Video :: DC United’s Stadium Announcement (Trailer)

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, DC United, Stadiums

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The D.C. Council has approved the District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Act of 2014 in its second and final vote, approving the development of the new 20,000-25,000-seat stadium for D.C. United in the Buzzard Point neighborhood of Southwest Washington. The legislation’s passage targets the opening of the stadium in 2017 and ensures that D.C. United will make the District of Columbia its home for generations to come.

The approval of the new stadium bill is the culmination of more than a decade of efforts, including most recently two-and-a-half years of work by D.C. United and District of Columbia leadership.

* I don’t know DC real estate that well at all, and really have no idea what the Buzzard Point neighborhood of Southwest Washington is, so I had to go to the Google Maps to break it down.

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Basically, its less than a 5 minute drive or about a 10 minute walk from Nationals Park. According to wiki, “Although officially the name of only the tip of the peninsula, the term “Buzzard Point” now serves to identify much or all of an urbanized area south of M Street SW and west of South Capitol Street SW, excluding Fort McNair. The area has long been known as a rather grim industrial backwater of the city.”

But, we all know what that means. This area used to be some sort of way, but it is on its way to something special and if you want to get a condo, you better get in here quick before prices sky rocket. I can tell you this, I’ve lived in LA most of my life and the area where Staples Center now is…. and the Ritz Carlton are…. and all of the restaurants and concert venues and high priced lofts that all encompass a place called, “South Park”, well it was definitely a much worse area than, “a rather grim industrial backwater of the city.” It was a shithole better known as downtown Los Angeles. Now, you don’t even bother coming down there looking for a place to live with less than half a mil ready to go.

I bet this park is going to be incredible. Can’t wait to see it raised.

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Full presser over at DCUnited.com : D.C. Council approves D.C. United stadium

Added on December 17th, 2014 by

Nike Hypervenom Collection For Young Athletes

Filed under: Boots, Culture & Lifestyle, Nike, Sneakers

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Nike is getting set to release a new Hypervenom collection for young athletes. Inspired by the Hypervenom boot, the collection features an updated color way of the boot along with a Nike Free Hypervenom and an Air Max 1. Soccer + sneakers are a couple of my favorite things. And when the sport serves as the inspiration for sneakers that are this fresh, even better. I think we can safely say that the lifestyle of the sport is getting more shine and attention than ever before. It certainly deserves it.

Here are the official deets:

Young athletes around the world who love the game of football want to celebrate that passion 24/7. On the pitch and off they want to proudly wear the colors of their heroes and their favorite teams. To give these young fans of the beautiful game a special way to display their commitment and style, Nike has created a special Hypervenom Collection that includes three packs of footwear for young athletes.

Each pack in the Hypervenom Collection features the lead colorway of the adult Hypervenom introduced at the same time. Every pack will include the Nike Hypervenom Phelon (FG) cleat; the Nike Free Hypervenom; and either the Nike Air Max 1, Air Max 90, or Air Max Command. Each versatile pack gives kids the ability to shine on the pitch, in the classroom and on the playground.

The first edition of the Hypervenom Collection is the Nike White Hypervenom Pack. The powerful white colorway is currently being worn on the pitch by some of the game’s very best players, including Brasilian and FC Barcelona offender Neymar. Nike designers drew inspiration from the energy, atmosphere, and visuals of New Year’s Eve celebrations in Brasil when creating the look of the White Pack. White is the traditional color worn by Brasilians on New Year’s Eve.  White is also an expressive color choice among footballers and is currently the second most selected hue on NIKEiD. The color contrast splashed along the Swoosh of the boots loosely mimics the way New Year’s fireworks cascade through the night sky.

Nike Hypervenom Phelon FG

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The Nike Jr. Hypervenom Phelon soccer cleat is built for unrivaled agility on firm, natural surfaces. An innovative traction pattern places studs only where they’re needed for fast release and maximum responsiveness. The usual soft, thin synthetic leather upper has been customized to more closely mirror the texture of the adult boot while still offering a glove-like fit and awesome ball feel. A shortened lace area on the upper increases the strike zone on the boot for younger athletes and the contoured sockliner with textile top layer provides soft, supportive cushioning for growing feet.

Nike Free Hypervenom

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The Nike Free Hypervenom gives young athletes a flexible and lightweight everyday, off-pitch shoe. The superb flexibility comes from hexagonal flex grooves that are cut into the outsole and wrap around the sidewall, allowing the foot to move naturally in every direction. A rounded heel mimics the foot shape, rolling with the ground to promote natural movement and extended range of motion.

The dimpled NIKESKIN upper of the White Pack Free Hypervenom takes its inspiration from the adult Hypervenom cleat and offers durability without added weight and an adaptive, supportive fit that moves naturally in sync with the athlete.

Nike Free started with the insight that Stanford runners were training barefoot on the university’s golf course. Three of Nike’s most innovative and creative employees then set out to develop a shoe that felt natural and weightless, similar to bare feet. In 2002, they examined a group of men and women with pressure-measuring insoles taped to their feet, using high-speed cameras to capture images of each foot in motion.

The team spent eight years studying biomechanics and the results yielded a profound understanding of the foot’s natural landing angle, pressure and toe position. This allowed Nike designers to build an unconventional and flexible shoe from the inside out that enables natural motion. 

Nike Air Max 1

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Made with a visible Max Air unit and full-length Phylon midsole, the Nike Air Max 1 shoe that is part of the Nike Hypervenom Collection White Pack for young athletes offers a comfortable, cushioned ride. A durable rubber waffle outsole features grooves for superb flexibility and a natural range of motion while the visible Max Air unit in the heel delivers great cushioning. The full-grain and synthetic-leather upper gives the footwear long-lasting durability, and a low-cut collar around the ankle area provides young athletes with great support for all-day comfort.

Nike Air Max’s origins started when Nike’s revolutionary Air-Sole unit made its way into Nike footwear in the late ’70s. In 1987, the Nike Air Max 1 debuted with visible air in its heel, allowing fans more than just the feel of Air-Sole comfort—suddenly they could see it. Since then, next-generation Nike Air Max shoes have become a hit with athletes and collectors by offering striking color combinations and reliable, lightweight cushioning.

Available December 18th at Nike.com and select retailers.

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Michael Garcia Sends FIFA His Resignation

Filed under: FIFA, Soccer News

~~  Just a day after declaring his appeal of Hans-Joachim Eckert’s statement ‘inadmissible’, Michael Garcia sent in his resignation as FIFA’s Independent Ethics Investigator.

Garcia also dropped a fews bombs on his way out letting everyone know that the Fifa executive committee, led by Sepp Blatter tried to have disciplinary proceedings opened against him in September.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter said: “I am surprised by Mr Garcia’s decision. The work of the ethics committee will nonetheless continue.”

The best quote though might have come from UEFA President Michel Platini –  ”We wanted all transparency but this is a new failure for FIFA.”

#TaxiForBlatter… And it’s time for this report to be leaked.

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DC City Council APPROVES New DC United Stadium

Filed under: MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Soccer News

It’s official! #ForeverUnited #DCU

A photo posted by D.C. United (@dcunited) on

Another HUGE step forward for Major League Soccer and a LONG, LONG time coming for DC United and their supporters.

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CONCACAF Announces Venues For Gold Cup 2015

Filed under: MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Soccer News

~~  If you’ve forgotten how busy the calendar year will be in the United States, CONCACAF drops this tweet announcing the stadium sites for Group Play and the Knockout Stage locations.

Now to see what kind of roster J. Klinsmann elects to go with this time….

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D’Angelo’s New Album Black Messiah Available to Stream

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Music

I can’t even begin to tell you how long I have been waiting for this D’Angelo record. Long overdue is an understatement. Much needed barely scratches the surface. Put this on and just let the night ride out. Welcome back D. We need you.

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Added on December 16th, 2014 by

Video :: Sky Sports Welcomes Thierry Henry with First Interview

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, SkySports, Thierry Henry

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Here’s Thierry Henry talking to us ahead of today’s big announcement. You can watch an extended version on Sky Go, On Demand and Sky Sports 1 HD from 12pm. #?WelcomeThierry

Earlier today, the announcement was made that Thierry Henry will join Sky Sports as a football expert and ambassador from the start of 2015 where he will work across Sky Sports’ games and join football experts that includes Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness.

Added on December 16th, 2014 by

Trailer :: “The LOFT”

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Movies, Trailers

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Five friends who share a loft for their extramarital affairs begin to question one another after the murdered body of an unknown young woman is found in the property.

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* Hmph. *** ISPS opinion *** I love the idea of the movie. Love the look of this movie. I just don’t know how successful this is going to be.

There is a relatively large audience that this will appeal to, but I have to guess a very niche audience that will to see it in the theatre – which will have to be a younger audience….

In theory, the concept is incredible, but much like the show “The Affair” on Showtime, what adult male in his right mind will take his lady to see this? There is just no need for the questions….that will lead to the looks…. that will lead to the argument…. Not that anyone will have anything to worry about, but guys will make jokes about something like this and jokes about shit like this will having a significant other on the other end of it feeling some type of way. I don’t know if that makes sense, I just know that I wouldn’t take a wife or a girlfriend to see this with me.

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