Inter Miami by Diego Guevara

Filed under: Bumpy Pitch, Culture & Lifestyle, David Beckham, Design, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights

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We’ve been really lucky to work with some very talented people. One of these talented folks happens to be a Miami based designer named Diego Guevara. Diego happens to be a very talented designer who is also a fan of the beautiful game. As a fan of the game and a resident of Miami, Diego has become somewhat frustrated with the lack of movement with the proposed MLS Miami franchise. So he took it upon himself to do something about it. And thus Inter Miami was born.

According to Diego:

“Fast forward a few months and we are still in limbo. We have no stadium location (mostly because Beckham is funding this project privately, which means no commissions for local politicians and contractors), we don’t have a team name or even an identity. Needless to say, every other MLS team and city in the US is laughing at us. Now, for a couple of months I’ve been thinking about this issue and the possibility of taking action and doing my part to spread the word and at least get the ball rolling on this subject. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able due to my busy schedule, until now. Last week I had to travel to Chicago for a couple of days, so I realized it was the perfect excuse to disconnect from work, and use a couple of free hours to develop my ideas and build a Miami Team (if you check towards the end, you’ll see real photos of work taking place mid-flight). I challenged myself to develop a complete branding case study in less than a week, and here are the results…”

“And then, there’s Miami… When I heard that Beckham chose Miami to build his team, that he would use private funds and contractors to build a stadium, or that he would be able to attract world class players to the city, I thought ‘done deal!’ Unfortunately, Miami is a very strange city and Becks has faced numerous ridiculous obstacles (mostly based on money, favors and commissions if you ask me). It’s been seven months and his proposals to build a world class stadium and city parks have been denied three or four times – yet a huge ridiculous and phallic building was recently approved. These issues have crippled the team development process and as a result, we don’t have a stadium, team name, or identity. As sad and embarrassing as this is, it also provided a blank canvas and an opportunity to share my vision of what a Miami team should be or look like.

So, here’s my branding project, as well as some insights and explanations. Hope you enjoy it. And if you don’t like it, I challenge you to spend time conceptualizing, designing and developing a similar experiment in order to compare our visions – I’m kidding. But not really.”

Here’s some more from Diego’s project and how he came up with Inter MIami and where some of the inpsiration for it came from.

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Diego has done an incredible job with this, and it’s all been done out of a passion for the sport and a desire to see a Miami franchise get moving forward. I highly urge you to check out the project in it’s entirety. It’s a really good read and the end result of what he has put together is really, really good.

Check out the full story at Diego’s blog.

Oh, and there may be some Bumpy Pitch product in the works with Diego’s concept. Stay tuned for that…

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Trailer Alert:: “Focus” starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie

Filed under: Beautiful Women, Culture & Lifestyle, Movies, Trailers

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Focus is an upcoming American romantic comedy-drama film of a veteran grifter who takes a young, attractive woman under his wing, but things get complicated when they become romantically involved.

Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Rodrigo Santoro star in the film dropping February 27, 2015.

* Willard is my guy. And this movie is so Will Smith that it hurts. Margot Robbie was that chick in The Wolf of Wall Street. This looks like my kind of movie…. Leggo.

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Neill Lennon Named Bolton Wanderers Manager

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

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~~ After the success that Lennon had at Celtic, you knew it was only a matter of time until an English club took a chance on him….

via BWFC

Bolton Wanderers are delighted to announce the appointment of Neil Lennon as the club’s new manager.

Lennon, 43, joins the club after a successful four-year spell at the helm of Scottish giants Celtic, where he won three league titles, two domestic cups and led the side in European competition.

Lennon also enjoyed a decorated playing career, most notably with Crewe Alexandra, Leicester City and Celtic, as well as representing Northern Ireland on the international stage. The extensive list of high calibre applicants demonstrated how those candidates viewed the opportunity to manage the club, even in its present position at the bottom of the Championship table.

Following a process of first and second interviews with a shortlist of initial candidates, a unanimous decision was taken by Eddie Davies, Brett Warburton and Phil Gartside. The club are delighted and excited to appoint Neil Lennon. He brings with him experience at the highest level and an infectious enthusiasm to take the club forward.

He will officially take charge of the Bolton Wanderers team from Monday morning in the run up to our upcoming game away at Birmingham City. Lennon will be joined by assistant manager Johan Mjallby and first team coach Garry Parker.

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Berlusconi :: ‘I Remember Balotelli Was Bought Against My Advice’

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

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~~  Convenient timing isn’t this?

via Gazetta

‘I remember [Balotelli] was bought against my advice,’ Berlusconi told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

‘We have many champions: (Jeremy) Menez, (Keisuke) Honda, (Stephane) El Shaarawy, (Fernando) Torres, (Nigel) De Jong.

‘The base is there. And we no longer have a rotten apple in the dressing room.’

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Jermaine Jones Signs Boot Deal With Under Armour

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

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#Repost from @underarmour with @repostapp — @jermainejunior of the USMNT is now powered by Under Armour. Welcome to the family, Jermaine! #TeamUA

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~~  Man… Under Armour is on that ‘Puma movement’ we’ve seen over the last couple of years…. Wait for a big name to come to the end of their boot deal and POUNCE…..

Added on October 9th, 2014 by

#TBT :: 1996 MLS Poster

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#TBT :: The 1996 version of @mls – where kids in the US finally realized their dreams of being ‘professional soccer players’…. #DickButkasOfSoccer

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~~  I can vividly remember Beans (@bumpypitch) and I heading to the very first MLS :: LA Galaxy game at the Rose Bowl as they took on the NY/NJ MetroStars…. Seeing Kenny Hess, Danny Barber and Brad Wilson repping CSUF on the field that day made us realize that our dreams of playing professionally in the United States were right around the corner…..

Got this poster a couple of games later and it went straight up on the wall in my room.

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Trailer :: Black Sea starring Jude Law

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Two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law captains the cast of Black Sea, the suspenseful adventure thriller directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland).

Black Sea centers on a rogue submarine captain (Jude Law) who, after being laid off from a salvage company, pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control on board their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival.

Release :: January 23rd, 2015

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#TBT :: Landon Donovan In A US Jersey

Filed under: EPL News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | English Premier League Highlights, Landon Donovan, MLS News, Highlights, Videos, and Scores | Major League Soccer Highlights, Soccer News

~~ People can talk as much ish as they want on social media, but the pure and simple fact is that Landon Donovan is THE best American player ever produced…… And his consistency both domestic and internationally speaks not just through his stats, but shown through the respect of his teammates.

I’ve know LD since he was 15 years old and he’s always had the desire to be the best every single time he takes the field.

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