Video :: Cruz Azul & Alajuelense Fight After The Final Whistle #CCL

Filed under: Highlights, Soccer News, Videos

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~~  This has a familiar feel to it, doesn’t it?  Cruz Azul ONCE AGAIN electing to throw haymakers after the final whistle, with the same thing happening last year in their knockout round match up with Tijuana…..

Psst CONCACAF… Time to make a statement.

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Added on October 23rd, 2014 by

Soccer In America – A Photographic Journey

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Soccer in America

#TheRiot :: @realsaltlake vs @chivasusa – #ViewFromTheBooth

A photo posted by brian dunseth (@theoriginalwinger) on

~~  Such a great setting last night at #TheRiot…. Pretty incredible stat line below as well.  Hard to remember (and forget) the days of Rice-Eccles and the turf…..

To be included in our Soccer In America – A Photographic Series, send your Pictures to dunny@bumpypitch.com and include your Twitter & Instagram handles

Added on October 23rd, 2014 by

#TBT :: The Swindle Continues

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

~~  Quick update :: #ElTanque was playing for the NY/NJ MetroStars, not the LA Galaxy…. One team later, same exact jersey w/ stripes, just slight different colors…. Blame concussions.

Added on October 23rd, 2014 by

Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7

Filed under: Boots, Cristiano Ronaldo, Culture & Lifestyle, Design, Nike

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Nike has just unveiled the new Mercurial Superfly CR7 and they look incredible. But before we get into my opinion on them, let’s take a look at what Nike has to say about them:

Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is set to debut his New Mercurial Superfly CR7 this weekend in Madrid. The new boot features a classic black Mercurial Superfly silhouette with a shimmering twist and is available in both a high- and low-cut version.

“These new boots are well-suited for me because they’re elegant, beautiful, and they really shine in a new and different way,” said Ronaldo. “I’ve always liked trying out new boots, new collections, new colors. Obviously it’s a special game against a big team this week, and I’m excited to play in boots that I feel so good in.”

“Our team was really inspired by the idea of taking a classic color and making it look totally new,” said Max Blau, VP Global Football Footwear. “What we’ve done here is create a completely new way to look at black. This boot should set a new bar on-pitch.”
The shimmer effect of the new Mercurial Superfly CR7 is created through a new iteration of NIKESKIN technology.

“We knew we wanted to create this shimmering effect on-pitch, and do something that would really stand out in the sun or under lights, but it took us many iterations to get it just right,” said Blau. “The idea was inspired by Cristiano,” added Blau. “His technical ability makes him the best attacking player in the game, and the way he shows up in big matches and really shines, is what makes him the best there is.”

The Mercurial Superfly CR7 is also built specifically for speed. With a dynamic fit collar that locks down the player at full speed, the micro-textured Nike Flyknit upper provides a barefoot-like feel that gets the foot closer to the ball and closer to the ground for increased control. A highly responsive carbon-fiber plate is designed to further provide explosive speed in all directions.

The new Mercurial CR7 is also available in a Mercurial Vapor X silhouette, allowing players to decide which collar height is best for them. The Mercurial Vapor features a tongue-less upper that wraps the foot for locked-down fit, and a micro-textured synthetic upper.

The Mercurial Superfly CR7 and Vapor X will be available to purchase exclusively through the Nike Football App for iOS and Android starting Oct. 23, and more broadly through nike.com on Oct. 24. The full CR7 collection will be available at nike.com beginning Nov 6. Learn more about the Nike Football App.

OK. That’s what Nike has to say about them. Here’s what I think.

These are beautiful boots. First of all, we don’t see that many new boot releases in black. But these aren’t just any black. And I’m not saying that because Nike mentioned that in the press release. These are black boots like I have never seen. I’ not sure if it’s the knit upper that allows for this sort of color that we see here. Or if it’s the contrast of the sole plate. But these are some really beautiful boots. I don’t want to overstate things here, but these are some elegant looking boots.

Can I say that about a boot? Should I say that about a boot? I have no idea. But it seems the most appropriate adjective for these boots. These seriously put the “super fly” in the Superfly.

It makes me wonder if we will start seeing a movement back towards black boots, or if this is just a one off statement from Nike. Either way, these boots win. I think this is hands down, the best looking boot I have seen in a very long time. Well played Nike, well played.

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Added on October 23rd, 2014 by

Video :: Liverpool v. Real Madrid Highlights – Champions League

Filed under: Champions League, Highlights, Liverpool, Real Madrid

Liverpool 0 – 3 Real Madrid : Scoring Summary

Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo (23′)
Real Madrid: Karim Benzema (30′, 41′)

After going up 3 – nil in the first half of their Champions League matchup at Anfield behind a fantastic goal from Cristiano and a brace from Karim Benzema, Real Madrid coasted in the second half to an easy win in front of over 43 thousand in attendance.

Watch that first goal again… the goal was fantastic but I dont know if his strike was better or the pass from James. * Perfectly weighted. Ok, I still might say the strike was better. Its close though, really close.

* That’s pronounced Haaaammmmmass!

¡Goleada histórica en Anfield! / Historic goal-fest in Anfield! #LIVvsRealMadrid #HalaMadrid #RealMadrid #Liverpool #UCL

A photo posted by Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) on

Added on October 22nd, 2014 by

Mario Balotelli swaps shirts with Pepe … at half-time ….of a Champions League Match

Filed under: Liverpool, Mario Balotelli, Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli is making it harder and harder to be a supporter of Mario Balotelli.

And look, I love the kid. I love his story. I love his game. I love his choice in ladies and whips.

I’m a big proponent of the time and place theory, where pretty much ANYthing is acceptable to do, if its in the appropriate time and place, and the idea that above all else, awareness is one of the best senses you can possess.

Not only body awareness of “where you are” in the physical sense, but also a social awareness, mental awareness, a psychological awareness – all of those things being the new catchphrase in motivation called mindfulness – and Mario shows none of that here.

Liverpool was on their way to a crushing L. Mario wasn’t playing particularly great and was on his way to being pulled at halftime, but on the way in the tunnel, he figured it a good idea to swap shirts with Real Madrid’s Pepe.

Look, who knows if it was his idea. Who knows if the situation was that Pepe wanted Marios jersey and he initiated, but this is something you can’t do. This isn’t a friendly. The game isn’t over. Its half-time.

That’s where my time and place, awareness, and mindfulness theories come in to play. Gotta know the set and you gotta know where you are and you gotta know how its going to look. Even if this wasn’t Balo’s idea, it looks bad that he is even involved in it.

I want you to win bro, but dammit man, you’re killing me smalls.

Added on October 22nd, 2014 by

Red Band Trailer :: The Gambler

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Trailers, Videos

~~  Now this one right here has some SERIOUS potential….

A literature professor with a gambling problem runs afoul of gangsters.

Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman & Jessica Lange

Release :: Jan 1st, 2015

Trailer - The Gambler

Added on October 22nd, 2014 by

Nike Women’s Half Marathon

Filed under: Culture & Lifestyle, Nike

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October 19, 2014 – 5:44am

It’s almost 5:45am on a Sunday morning and I have already been up for over an hour. It’s dark out. A little chilly. The coffee isn’t quite strong enough. I’m hungry. I’m in the middle of Union Square in San Francisco and there is a palpable buzz. Especially given how early it is.

And there is good reason for the streets to be buzzing. Today is the Nike Women’s Half Marathon which has become a significantly important run for more than just a couple of reasons. At it’s core, the race benefits “the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) which is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancers. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.”

It’s very evident when you are in the midst of the runners that there are thousands of people who are running the race for a cause much greater than simply getting 13.1 miles under their belt. You can feel that there are countless runners running for loved ones, trying to raise awareness, trying to raise funds or maybe trying to honor someone that they loved that now may be gone. You feel it. You see it in the signs. You see it on the faces of the participants.

6:05am

The race is officially kicking off at 6:30am, so runners and participants are getting ready. There are more than 25,000 people about to run the streets of San Francisco, and all of them are starting at the same location in the heart of Union Square. The sea of runners mixed with the crowd of supporters is getting real thick.

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6.28am

In just a couple of moments the streets of SF are about to be filled with thousands of runners. It’s quiet for the moment, which is kind of odd given that about 100 yards away there is a mass of people that exceeds 25,000. There is an almost calmness about the moment that you know will not last much longer. A couple minutes after this photo was taken, this street was overtaken with athletes, mothers, sisters, wives and their male counterparts flooding the streets and running for something that was most likely much bigger than themselves.

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6:32am

The selfie game was super thorough before the race kicked off. If there was a record for most selfies taken in a short amount of time in the same location, Union Square in San Francisco on this day would have been in the running to be crowned champion. And as many selfies were taken pre race, there were countless folks lined up on the streets capturing moments as the race kicked off that the marathon participants will never forget.

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7:12am

This was our first vantage point of the race after the runners left Union Square. I’m not sure the distance from the starting point to this part of the course, but that doesn’t really matter that much anyway. You could tell that at this point the runners were settling in. Your pace is super important when running one of these things. You need to find that rhythm. Get in that groove. And this is around that point where you can settle. The nervous energy is gone. Nerves and anxiety have been replaced by focus and grit. You have at least a couple miles under your belt. You also have about 10 or 11 miles ahead of you. But you don’t want to think about that. Trust the kid on that one…

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8am-8:15am ish…

I’m not even going to front. I don’t remember the exact time we were at this location. I meant to make a better mental note of it, but I was a little taken by a couple of other things. And those other things are as follows:

1. The runner in the picture below was in the lead at this point. And I’m pretty sure she was in the lead the entire time because she was absolutely crushing it. We showed up like five minutes before she ran past us. It was a Sunday morning and super tranquil. Things were real quiet. It was mad foggy. A couple dudes on bikes strolled past on their morning ride, but that was about it. Next thing you know there is a convertible car with folks sitting on the edge rolling past us and this runner who was running like a gazelle. And this is like mile 10. Or maybe 11. This may have been just beyond the mile 10 hill. Either way, she was crushing this run. It was one of those athletic moments where you just stand back and admire the person for their strength and ability. I don’t know her name. I don’t know her story. But I know she could run. And I also know that the second place runner was at least five to seven minutes behind. She was crushing the game!

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I like this photo. It reminds me of those training runs I would do when I was by myself. No teammates. No coaches. Just me and a road (and maybe some random dude on a bike in the background – dude photo bombed this photo – grrrr). But I always enjoyed moments like this. I still do. Solitary moments on a run when there is no distractions. No stress. No to do list that needs my attention. Just me and a road. I would need some headphones and music though. That’s always necessary. And in an ideal world, it takes place in a beautiful place like The Presidio on a cool, foggy morning. But that’s just me…

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13.1 miles later. Exaltation is yours. For some, this race is about time. About challenging yourself to do better than the last time. To push for a better outcome than the previous one.

For others, the race is no more than a journey. 13.1 miles are a part of the process. Part of raising awareness. Or celebrating a recovery. Or maybe part of the grieving process.

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I’m always inspired by people who push themselves. Those who find a goal and work relentlessly to achieve it. Each and every person in this race pushed themselves in one way or another. And for that, I am inspired by each and every person that took part in this.

Check the Nike Women’s Half Marathon site for more info.

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