Nike Free Flyknit Chukka – Mineral Teal

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Kicks

Nike Chu

~~ I can’t even begin to do justice to how damn comfortable these are… I mean, seriously THE most comfortable pair of kicks I’ve EVER thrown on my feet.  THE first pair I reach for if I’m just looking to chill out or travel.

A good look at the Mineral Teal color way drop in the Nike Free Flyknit Chukka, spotted and available over at CaliRoots.

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Added on November 19th, 2014 by

Real Madrid Unveils Microsoft Agreement

Filed under: La Liga News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Spanish La Liga, Soccer News

Real Madrid Microsoft

~~  That first quote says it all…..  And shouts to ISPS for dropping the collab early.

via RealMadrid

“We seal a powerful alliance and the creation of a gigantic digital platform capable of changing the relationship of millions of fans with Real Madrid,” said Florentino Pérez.

Real Madrid unveiled its agreement with Microsoft in the presidential box of the Santiago Bernabéu. Prior to an enjoyable practical demonstration of this powerful digital tool, Florentino Pérez, president of Real Madrid, and Orlando Ayala, chairman of emerging markets at Microsoft Corporation, both gave speeches.

Florentino Pérez offered his positive assessment of the agreement: “Today we seal a powerful alliance and the creation of a gigantic digital platform capable of changing the relationship of millions of fans with Real Madrid. It is essential to remain at the technological cutting edge and for this reason we have chosen Microsoft to lead this commitment to the future,” said the Whites’ chief.

“In every country, on every continent, there will always be millions of Madridistas connected by a feeling that knows no borders, and we will be there with you. This club always seeks excellence and there are areas in which this club has proved a pioneer. Today, we again inspire one of those areas. We must keep pace with the new times and strengthen the pride of belonging to the best club in the world.”

Added on November 19th, 2014 by

The FIFA Chronicles

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, English Football Association, FIFA, Germany, Michel Platini, Soccer News, UEFA

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There has always been speculation that there is funny business going on with FIFA. Back handed deals, paying people off for votes, brown bags filled with cash. Questions about this sort of thing ain’t nothing new. But what is going on right now is getting more and more crazy all the time. And yet somehow, it doesn’t seem to be a major story yet. Or I should say, there are more stories surfacing, but we need some major blow the roof off of this scandal type of story. In the meantime, let’s take a look at a few of the major things going on, right now, surrounding FIFA.

Have you read the story of Chuck Blazer basically turning state’s evidence against FIFA. That’s right. Chuck Blazer. The same Chuck Blazer that was a member of the FIFA Executive Member and general secretary of CONCACAF. You couldn’t make up something like this, yet is seems to be going down. Like for real. Check out this NY Daily News story on the Chuck Blazer becoming an informant for the FBI and IRS. Yes, you read that last line correct. This is one of the wildest stories I have read in a while. It’s a must read.

How about the CNN story that has the title “FBI Moves Ahead With FIFA Corruption Probe.” Yep. The FBI is investigating FIFA. This is happening as we speak.

FIFA is being investigated by the FBI and the IRS. And that’s just here in the US. I’m sure there are some forensic accountants hard at work somewhere with these federal agencies trying to follow the money. And if they do. Oh man, things could get super interesting. Real quick.

Oh yeah, how about all of the things going down with Michael Garcia and judge Hans-Joachim Eckert. Michael Garcia was brought into investigate the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Apparently he has an exemplary record as an investigator so he was brought into look into how the bidding and awarding process went. He spends a considerable amount of time looking into these matters (like two years). He submits a 430 page report on his findings, but yet FIFA won’t release these findings. Apparently if this report gets leaked, Garcia gets fired by FIFA for ethics violations. Yet, he was brought into investigate FIFA on ethics violations. Hmmmmm….

Fox Sports lays out some of what is going on in this story.

The FA Chief in England, Greg Dyke, has sent a letter to 26 members of the FIFA Executive Committee demanding urgent action be taken on the ethics report. Dyke says in his letter:

‘I am writing to each member of the FIFA ExCo to urge you to insist on the publication of Mr Garcia’s full report as a matter of some urgency.

‘As you probably know the reputation of FIFA was already low in England and much of Europe before the events of last week. The failure to publish Mr Garcia’s report and his statement that the summary report contained “numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations” has resulted in further decline in public confidence of FIFA. 

While all of this is going on, former FA Chief David Bernstein is urging European nations to boycott the 2018 World Cup. You can read more about this over at the Daily Mail.

Two whistle blowers from Michael Garcia’s report have been outed and they have submitted complaints about this. The Guardian has that story.

The Guardian is also reporting that the president of the German football league that UEFA’s 54 members could ultimately quit FIFA over what is going on. What, what? All of UEFA’s members might quite FIFA? How is this not a way bigger story than what we are seeing? This might be some posturing by certain people just to see the full report. But damn, this is serious stuff.

In a pretty interesting BBC story, there is this:

Why, for example, was the English 2018 bid criticised when it was so obviously more open and transparent about what it did than the “highly uncooperative” Russians, for instance, whose computers were destroyed along with any potential email chains?

How can England be admonished for their $35,000 sponsorship of a Caribbean Football Union gala dinner when Qatar got away with a $1.8m sponsorship of the CAF Congress in Angola shortly before the 2010 vote?

Another Guardian story talks about how an “Ethics war on FIFA is about as futile as ‘war on terror’.” About how no matter what stories are published, or investigations happen, FIFA will go on unscathed and without any changes made. I particularly like this from the piece:

In fact, I can’t help feeling that in the event of a global nuclear apocalypse, the only manmade structure left standing would be Fifa’s Zurich headquarters. I’m not sure even one pane of its exoskeleton would be shattered. That distinctive architectural shell isn’t glass – it’s a deflector shield somehow capable of repelling all past and future flak. As Earth’s few remaining survivors prepared to withdraw into its catacombs to distil drinking water from their own urine, Sepp Blatter would simply blow the fallout ash off his $12,000 attache case and get on with his day. Maybe he’d mull the unveiling of a new corporate motto, and charge some aide with coming up with the Latin for “we so CAN go on like this”.

Perhaps Fifa is just becoming one of those rogue states we either can’t or daren’t do anything about. The more eye-popping the charges against world football’s governing body, the more sensationally impervious to them it seems, with even those of us who write bi-monthly about them beginning to lose track of who the hell would technically have jurisdiction over its activities. The Hague? The Pentaverate?

Honestly, this is just a tiny sliver of stories that are out there about what is going on with FIFA.

I have a couple questions, well a lot actually, but I’ll lay just a couple out for now.

1. When is someone going to do some super expose on FIFA. Like get inside. Infiltrate them and all that. Ever seen that show Outlaw Bikers on National Geographic Channel? The ATF sent in an undercover agent to a seriously dangerous biker gang for years. This cat risked his life to infiltrate the gang. What about Joseph D. Pistone, aka Donnie Brasco. This dude was an FBI agent that spent six years undercover with the mafia. THE MAFIA. Someone needs to get on this. Maybe it’s already happening. He might not have been a mole, but this story about Chuck Blazer turning states evidence might be the most interesting story I have read about in a long time.

2. Which leads me to point number two. Who is making this movie? I want to. Shady meetings in hotels around the world. Bags filled with cash. Super expensive apartments for his cats (like kitty cats). Private jets. You can’t make this up. And it’s unfolding right now.  If this wasn’t happening around my favorite sport, I would think this is the greatest caper of all time.

3. Does all of this even matter? Will the full report be made available? Will there be reform at FIFA? Do people even care enough to demand that changes need to happen?

I don’t know. But what is happening is pretty fascinating to me. This all certainly makes for a good story, but a terrible narrative for the sport.

Added on November 19th, 2014 by

Video :: Republic of Ireland v. US MNT – International Friendly

Filed under: Friendlies, Highlights, Ireland, US National Team

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Republic of Ireland 4 – 1 – United States : Scoring Summary

Republic of Ireland: Anthony Pilkington (7′), Robert Brady (55′,86′), James McClean (82′)
United States: Mix Diskerud (39′)

The U.S. Men’s National Team fell 4-1 to the Republic of Ireland in front of 33,332 spectators at Aviva Stadium to finish its 2014 campaign. Mix Diskerud’s fifth-career goal was the high point of the match for the USA, which conceded three unanswered goals in the second half. Full Match Report

There was some tough sledding for our guys against Ireland today. The game was sketchy early on after an early Pilkington goal, but Mix tied it up about 5 minutes from half. The boys in red, white and blue maintained and kept the pressure up after about 15 minutes Fabian Johnson’s shot banged off of the post in the 22nd, Mix scored in the 39th, and Jozy hit the bar from the edge of the box late in the first half. They went in to the room tied at 1 and just got boat raced in the second half. A lot of positives in the first, but that 2nd half was kind of a bloodbath after it started to feel like there was a cover on the goal and an equalizer wasnt coming.

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Added on November 18th, 2014 by

Ken Block’s – Gymkhana SEVEN: Wild In The Streets Of Los Angeles

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Videos

Ken Block LA

~~ So. Dope.  And what we’ve all been waiting for.

Ken Block is just DEMOLISHING the streets of Los Angeles in the custom built 1965 Ford Mustang with 845 horses under the hood and the only ‘All Wheel’ Mustang ever built.

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* Side Note *

BP_TOW extended family member Erik Valdez, rising star, soccer supporter, race care driver / enthusiast was on hand a few days ago and got a look at this monster up close.

Added on November 18th, 2014 by

Watch :: A Whole Stadium TIFO for Independiente Medellin in Colombia

Filed under: Colombia, Culture & Lifestyle, Rivalries, Supporters

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Just before to rival Colombian sides, 8 time champions Deportivo Cali and Independiente Medellin, saw a ginormous TIFO put out by the supporters of BIM.

This is a see-it-to-believe-it type of situations.

[H / t to Pro Soccer Talk]

whole stadium tifo

* Random side note, have you seen the Atanasio Girardot Sports Complex where the “Estadio Atanasio Girardot Medellin” is? That’s where they play, and there is everything there. Looks incredible.

Added on November 18th, 2014 by

San Jose Earthquakes have Installed their new video board . Its awesome!

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

Good lord! The largest outdoor bar in North America and a massive friggin’ video board are pretty much in place at the new Earthquake Stadium.

The seats are in, the grass is looking plush. If you aren’t following this all online, you are missing out on seeing an absolute beautiful barn going up. President Kaval has been posting, pretty much daily, all things construction of the stadium and QuakesPrez has some great stuff on his twitter and ig accounts. You should definitely be following along. *

#quakes74 stadium coming together #buildingitnow

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* I might need to lob an email out to Dave Kaval and set up a long form story about this… I want to drive up to San Jose and check this out in person.

Added on November 17th, 2014 by

This IKEA “Hack” DIY Shoe Display is Everything Right Now

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Sneakers

ikea shoe hack

This is incredible. And I’m posting it because I’m building this this weekend * for Dunny (see image below)

Over at ikeahackers.com, they built a custom shoe rack out of products you find at IKEA. They used Dioder LED lights, Expedit bookcase, Kallax wheels, and Variera shelfs.

I’ll let you head over there to see how they put it all together, and you should go there. Now. This is important.

EXPEDIT Shoe Display – ikeahackers.com

Decisions, decisions….. Which #SuitKicks to rock tonight with my @adattocustom …

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* I’m a sneakers still-in-the-box guy – but that may be changing this weekend.

Added on November 17th, 2014 by