~~ I’m not a ‘real life’ Tom Cruise fan, but Mission Impossible has always been one of my favorite franchises….. Maybe because he does a majority of his own stunts…. AND don’t think for a second that Mission Impossible spawned off the Bourne franchise….
A Lauren Hill – Ready Or Not drop in the Trailer?!?!
Trailer for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, fifth in the Mission Impossible franchise.
Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.
Release :: July 31st, 2015
Starring :: Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner & Rebecca Ferguson
~~ The moment Martin Skrtel leaned his shoulders back, you knew he was committed to some type of challenge on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea…. And you could see in real time that the big centerback somehow caught him. But then the replay happened and it was clear as day where the contact was and what his intent was….. PS – I love the in-depth explanation here giving us the step by step break down of exactly what happens AND how it happens…
Martin Skrtel has been charged by The FA for violent conduct following an on-field incident which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.
The charge is in relation to an incident involving the Liverpool defender and Manchester United’s David de Gea which occurred in the 95th minute of Sunday’s game.
The player has until 6pm on 24 March 2015 to respond to the charge.
In Premier League matches, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel of former elite officials will be asked by The FA to review the footage independently of each other.
They will then advise what, if any action, they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time.
For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence.
In this instance, the decision by the panel was unanimous.
~~ After a long flight from Seattle to Zurich and a few training sessions under their belts, Duece pulls up grabbing the hammy… Now to see how Jurgen elects to build his starting eleven…..
U.S. Men’s National Team captain Clint Dempsey suffered a right hamstring strain during training Monday in Zurich and will not be available for the USA’s upcoming friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland. Dempsey returned to Seattle on Tuesday and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.
No replacement will be added for the match against Denmark, which kicks off March 25 at 3 p.m. ET. The match at NRGi Park in Aarhus will be broadcast on ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMás, and UDN. Fans can follow all the action from the USA’s Zurich-based training camp on Twitter.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)
DEFENDERS (8): Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Hamburg), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Danny Williams (Reading FC), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS (3): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
~~ After a rough and tumble 90 minutes against Manchester United, both Sturridge and Lallana have officially been withdrawn from Roy Hodgson’s England Squad that was preparing to take on Lithuania in a Euro 2016 Qualifier and then Italy on the road for an International Friendly….. That’s a long almost 180 mile round trip just to ‘find out’ you’ve got an injury that rules you out…
Here is a fact for you. When we first started this site back in like 2009, we had a lot of people question us about some of the content we put on the site. One of the more popular questions we got was “why do you post sneakers on a soccer site?” We would tell people that the site is about the culture and lifestyle of the sport. Not just what is taking place on the field, but the lifestyle that it inspires. That sneakers were a part of our lives growing up. They were a part of our lives during our playing careers. And they continue to be a part of our lives to this day. We would tell folks that the vast majority of professional soccer players out there are in fact, very big fans of sneakers.
Over the last few years we have had to explain this less and less as the lifestyle of the sport continues to become a bigger part of the conversation. Soccer fans are seeing that soccer and culture aren’t mutually exclusive and that the lifestyle side of the sport is getting stronger everyday. This video from Nike Sportswear of Kyle Walker talking about his love for the Nike Air Max 90 is a reminder of the lifestyle that surrounds the sport. This video and others like it were not happening when we first started talking about the lifestyle side. Now they are a big part of the overall conversation around the sport. That is amazing progress.
Kyle Walker is an Air Max 90 dude. Of all the Air Max styles, I would agree with Kyle here. The 90′s are my go to Air Max’s. Always have been. There are some other great Air Max silhouettes, but the 90′s reign supreme for me.
With Air Max Day taking place this week, I will be wearing a lot of 90′s over the course of the next five days or so.
EL Clasico is no doubt the biggest and baddest in terms of a league match taking place in soccer. The amount of interest and eyeballs on each and every El Clasico is staggering. But how does all that interest translate socially online? Well, Facebook went ahead and answered that question by looking at the social data that was occurring on FB during yesterday’s match. And here is what they found:
Globally, 22 million people drove 58 million interactions around El Clasico this year. Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi were the most-buzzed about players while the United States was the country with the highest level of conversation about the match.
Top Social Moments
1. Match ends with 2-1 win for FC Barcelona
2. First goal for Real Madrid by Ronaldo
3. First goal for FC Barcelona by Mathieu
4. First half of the match ends
5. Second goal for FC Barcelona by Suarez
Top 10 Countries (where level of conversation on Facebook was highest)
1. United States
Overall: Cristiano Ronaldo
FC Barcelona: Leo Messi
Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo
Most talked about player in:
Spain: Leo Messi
Italy: Leo Messi
UK: Cristiano Ronaldo
France: Cristiano Ronaldo
Athletes, entertainers, politicians and more all took to Facebook to post about the Clasico. Here are some highlights:
Leo Messi posted this picture from the locker room after Barcelona’s victory with teamates Suarez and Neymar.
Andres Iniesta posted a photo of the amazing mosaic in the stands following Barça’s victory.
And lastly – EL Clasico that took place in Oct 2014 (about six months ago) had 14 million people driving 31 million interactions. Yesterday’s match killed those numbers.
This was a very interesting moment in the game last yesterday.
I’m one of those cynics that almost every single time there is any fan and athlete contact, I think that it can only end badly.
When I first saw those guys grabbing Mario I thought that it was one of those situations and it easily could have gotten verrrrrry out of hand very quickly if MB turns around and swings on someone who is holding him – and I don’t care what you say, he has EVERY RIGHT to do just that.
* ISPS opinion *
Buying a ticket, in no way, no form, no fashion means that you are allowed to be grabbing players, or touching athletes when its not initiated by the player, no matter how well your intentions are. Slap ‘em five, chest bump them if they bring it to you, but keep your damn hands to yourself.
Now, all that being said, I totally get what the supporters were doing. They were looking out for the best interest of the club and the best interest of Mario and its actually a beautiful moment because it truly does live up to the spirit of the club and what spot is really about.
* Someone on Mario’s PR team is now on the job. This is a reeeeeally good move on his part. Really good.
And big ups to Mario in the whole incident. There was a time when he gets up and slaps the supporters hands away, and then goes and squares up with Smalling until broken up by other players and / or the ref. Good on him that he’s maturing and seems to be in a different place.
Speaking of that, do we realize that Mario is still on 24 years old.
March 26th is Air Max Day and if you follow NikeLA on the twitter it looks as if the Giant Shoe Box will be out’chea this week and they are taking limited reservations for the experience right now. Get on it soon though because one of the four is already sold out.
Remember the experience at NBA All-Star weekend last month in New York:
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