Trailer :: “Barclays Premiere League Live” aka Premier League on Movie Screens … wait, whaaaaa?!?!!

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Fathom Events and NBC Sports Group are bringing the famed Barclays Premier League 2014-15 soccer season to movie theatres nationwide. Every Saturday morning, catch your favorite English club soccer teams LIVE on the big screen.

Wait, WHAT!!!! Did that just say that they will be showing Premier League on movie screens!!!!!! Every Saturday.

For match information and participating theaters, visit http://bit.ly/BigScreenBPL

* So, it happened to be date night tonight and me and friend went to get a bite to eat at a local casual dining spot. While we were eating some avocado egg rolls and stuff mushrooms, waiting for the rest of our food to come out, we decided to see a flick as well. After a shot of Jack, we decided on going to see Lets Be Cops. That movie is funny as shit by the way, but its just background for this post.

As we were leaving, she of course needed to make a stop in the restroom so it just happened to be me and the dude sweeping up, while I happened to see that commercial above playing on some monitors in the lobby. I didnt see the whole commercial, I just saw two guys doing the weekend at bernies dance and then I saw Timmy Howard. Then I asked dude sweeping what the hell I just watched and he proceeded to give me the stinkeye, pull his earbuds out, but then tell me that it was something about soccer games being shown at movie theatres starting on Saturday.

He didnt seem like he was up to having a conversation about it, so I just took a mental note and hopped on the computer when I got home.

Apparently, this is a thing and this is for reals. Every week, there will be a game chosen, and it will be shown at select movie theatres across America. How awesome is that? I thought it might be at some rinky dink movie theatres, but the one closest to me, is Universal CityWalk. If you know anything about SoCal, and the Hollywood area in general, Universal CityWalk is a maaaaaaaajor hub.

Thats a really big pull, and there are many other big movie theatres that they will be showing these games.

Games, special half time content, I’m sure there will be some sort of promotional stuff going on. This is going to be really good. I can’t wait to go check some of these games out. I love it, and I love how more and more push and more and more acceptance is coming around.

I’ve said it before, and I know I’m beating the drum a little bit, but as a soccer community, we HAVE TO support this kind of stuff. We are now getting the attention that we’ve always wanted. We get sportscenter, we get the cover of webpages, we get all of the facebook status updates. We are big shit. Think about it… when was the last time they showed a Patriots game or an Angels game or a Duke v. North Carolina baskeball game at a movie theatre?

Exactly.

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To ensure that the best, most impactful match-ups are featured in the movie theaters, each week’s game will be announced the Tuesday before the Saturday playdate.

Fans are encouraged to visit FathomEvents.com and their social media pages each week to see which match-up is being featured.

* Why didnt we know about this before today though? Hmph.

* International spelling of “Premiere” by the way. That’s in the youtube title. TYVM

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Man City Sells Javi Garcia To Zenit St. Petersburg For £13million

Filed under: EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Soccer News

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~~  When Alvaro Negredo went down early in the preseason, the rumors started to swirl about the potential sale of Javi Garcia with man City needed to drop two ‘foreign’ signing…. Looks like AVB got his man.

via Zenit

The football clubs Zenit and Manchester City reached an agreement over the transfer of the Spanish midfielder Javi García! He has already undergone a physical examination and will soon join the team.

The contract with García lasts until the end of the 2018/2019 season, the midfielder will play with the number 21.

Javi García was born on the 8th of February in 1987 in Mula. He began his professional career with Real and played with various teams from 2004-2009 with a brief period on loan to Osasuna. In 2009 he transferred to the Portuguese side Benfica and in 2012 to Manchester City. On the 26th of May in 2012 he debuted for the Spanish National Team.

García won the Supercup in Spain with Real and then the League Cup at Benfica as well as claiming the English Premier League Championship and the Football League Cup with Manchester City.

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Bayern Munich and AudiSoccer Pick Up Game NYC

Filed under: Audi, Bayen Munich, Culture & Lifestyle, Fans, New York, Pickup Soccer

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Bayern Munich and AudiSoccer held a pickup soccer game in Brooklyn recently as part of their time here in the States.  In addition to some Bayern legends, my boy Jeff Carvalho got his game on as well. Officially, here are some details:

On Wednesday, July 30, Audi and legendary FC Bayern Munich players hosted the #AudiSoccer Pick-Up Game—an epic soccer pick-up battle at Brooklyn Bridge Park between two teams of twenty in celebration of the Audi Football Summit.

FCBM legends Giovane Elber, Markus Babbel, Paul Breitner and Paulo Sergio competed with the likes of Chris Tompson (Vampire Weekend), Josh Henderson (Dallas), Kevin McHale (Glee), model Alexandria Morgan (Tom Tom’s), and Stacey Griffith (Soul Cycle), among many others.

Seeing things like this always makes me happy. And I’m sure for the Bayern fans that were on hand that day, both in the crowd and participating, this will be a day they don’t forget. We don’t always get to see and interact with players and clubs like this. especially those from Europe. So getting the chance to do that, pretty rad. Shouts to both Bayern Munich and Audi for making this happen.

On another note…If memory serves me correctly, I’m pretty sure I was available to play in a pickup game on the 30th. Just saying…

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Soccer In America – A Photographic Journey

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Photography, Pickup Soccer, Soccer in America

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Long work days end with pickup games with new homies.

Pomona, CA

August 2014

~beans

To submit your photos to be included in this series, email them to dunny [at] bumpy pitch.com.

 

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Watch :: Roger Bennett & Michael Davies on Late Night with Seth Meyers #MIB

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Family, NBC Sports

Seth has a soccer chat with the Men in Blazers.

Ahead of the Premier League starting this weekend, MIB have had a pretty big couple of weeks. First off, they (along with Syd’s tutu and Alexi’s loafers) were the break out stars of the World Cup.

I’m sure their podcast and website traffic has exploded over the last month or so and people are starting to see what the soccer community has known all along: There couldn’t be two better ambassadors for this game in our country.

It was recently announce that NBC is giving them their own show, they had an awesome all star week podcast (MLS All-Star Week Special With Guests DeAndre Yedlin, Alex Morgan, and Clint Dempsey), and they even gave away some of these awesome one-off t-shirts made by us!

These guys are doing it, and its awesome. Check out part 2 of the interview after the jump…..

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Video :: “Sticks and Stones” by Moreya (Anti-Bullying)

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Music, Social Issues

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This is a music video for a song called Sticks and Stones from an artist called Moreya that you will be hearing a lot from sooner rather than later.

I have a feeling that we will be hearing a lot more from this girl for a couple of reasons: I don’t know her. I don’t know much about her. But I know that she is 14 years old. I do know that she wrote this song. I do know that this was entirely her idea.

I can’t tell you how impressed I am with that.

A friend sent me the link of the video that was posted on Moreya’s facebook page and shared with me some of Moreya’s words: “She wants to spread the message that bullying, peer pressure, & domestic violence deeply effects children, and by standing together we can continue to raise awareness and hopefully be the cure.”

She’s 14 bro.

That’s incredible. I don’t even want to tell you the things I was doing when I was 14 years old out of sheer embarrassment.

But, its kids like Moreya, and kids like Ethan King, that are going to legit change the world.

We need to support them as much as we can along the way. The beauty of the time we live in, is that support is easier now than it has ever been. Share the video, share posts, like their facebook pages, do all of the social stuff that we do on the reg and get word out.

I salute you Moreya. Thanks.

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Kobe Bryant Tweets Picture Of Sydney Leroux’s Turf Burn

Filed under: Soccer News

~~  VERY interested to see how this #ProtectTheAthlete campaign runs its course…. Even though #Sepp & Co don’t want to acknowledge it, this will DEFINITELY pick up some steam.

Check out this NYTimes article that dropped two days ago.

Full Disclosure :: My career ended because of ‘Artificial Surface’….

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Everton Completes Loan Move For Christian Atsu From Chelsea

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~~  Roberto Martinez making MOVES….

via EvertonFC

Everton have completed the signing of winger Christian Atsu on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

The Ghana international, 22, passed a medical on Wednesday and, having secured a work permit, will now be available for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League opener at Leicester City.

Atsu becomes the fourth summer addition at Goodison Park following the arrivals of Gareth Barry, Muhamed Besic and Romelu Lukaku.

“I’m very happy to be joining Everton because it’s a great club, which likes to play football, and it’s a great pleasure to be here,” Atsu told evertontv. “Playing in the Premier League has always been a dream for me and I have achieved that dream.

“This is the biggest level for me to play at. I know that it’s a very competitive league and I believe with hard work we’re going to be successful this season.”

Roberto Martinez had previously expressed his desire to add a wide man to his squad and the Toffees chief said: “He’s a player who fits in with the culture and the way we want to play. He’s a very gifted, technical footballer and he’s got the right personality and character to fit in with the group, which is vital.

“He will excite fans because he brings something completely different and a different way of playing to what we’ve got in the squad.

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