~~ If you want to have the *ish scared out of you, you need to watch these Insidious movies… So well done.
A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.
Obviously, the crew here at BP_TOW are huge fans of NBA star Steve Nash, the man behind the “Showdown in…..” series that started in Chinatown and is now an annual event held on both coast.
As we threw up on a post a while back, and still feel to this day even more, very rarely do you see an accomplished athlete in another sport consistently pushing the game worldwide in a forward direction.
Having been lucky enough to see him rocking some Bumpy Pitch gear over the years, and having been invited guests at some of his events and the fact that he is a part of the Vancouver Whitecaps ownership, we know that he will be even more involved with the game of soccer going forward.
We congratulate Steve Nash on a great NBA career and look forward to a lot of his future endeavors.
* Wingers, When you get a chance, head over to The Players Tribune and check out his open letter / official retirement piece. Its great.
Its the kind of thing that you hope to see and the kind of perspective that is great to see when an athlete has to hang ‘em up for good. never having been a professional athlete (high school was as far as I’ve gotten), I’ve had many discussions with Bean and Dunny about what that moment is like when its all said and done. Spoiler alert, its not easy.
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SUBWAY Global Ambassador Pelé, center, the greatest footballer of all time, shares a laugh with Liverpool FC legends Robbie Fowler (left), and Steve McManaman (right) at a SUBWAY Restaurant in London, Friday, March 20, 2015, prior to the Liverpool FC v. Manchester United football match. SUBWAY Restaurants is the Official Training Food Partner of Liverpool FC.
* Pelé, arguably the greatest soccer player ever, is on to a new phase in life, and I’m going to say that he is slowly becoming the greatest athlete pitch man ever! Every product that he gets behind, I find myself loving his commercials and his twitter feed and his instagram posts. Here, we got word of him out in London for the Liverpool v. Manchester United match happening tomorrow and he stopped in to a local Subway with a couple of English Football legends in their own right, former Liverpool players Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman.
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SUBWAY Global Ambassador Pelé, center, the greatest footballer of all time, meets Liverpool FC legends Robbie Fowler (left), and Steve McManaman (right) at a SUBWAY Restaurant in London, Friday, March 20, 2015, prior to the Liverpool FC v. Manchester United football match. SUBWAY Restaurants is the Official Training Food Partner of Liverpool FC.
Pelé is still a reeeeally big deal. Check out this video!
Apparently Boy George is a supporter.
I'd eat at Subway if @Pele was making the sandwiches! Welcome to the UK Mr Legend!
Manuel Pellegrini has refused to be drawn on his future at Manchester City. Pellegrini has come under pressure after a run of five wins in twelve games this year.
* I forget who first made the statement that coaches are hired to be fired but I don’t know if there is any sport in the world where it is more applicable than in soccer. Maaaaaaybe American football, but the NFL doesn’t have a lot of movement during the season because it’s just entirely too hard for players to learn an entire new system with so few games per season. But dammit man, in soccer, it is incredible the pressure that the press and supporters and team owners place on the man on the sideline.
I get it. They make A TON of money and the owners give them all the resources needed to produce a winner, but good lord, how there is even a discussion of this man possibly losing his job is crazy to me. They won the league LAST YEAR, and they have been in SECOND place the ENTIRE season, and there is a question if he will be retained? Its not like its the last week of the season either, there are still plenty of games to play.
I get it. The owners of these teams didn’t get the b status by accepting that there are times that even though you give your best effort and do everything pretty much right, that they other team is just better. They can be better on a day or better on a season. Its not like the guys at United or Liverpool or Chelsea don’t have monopoly money too, they have great players and great managers too. I could see if they fell the hell off and went from winning the title to 6th place, or were out there playing grabass and not trying to win, but at what point are you expecting TOO much? Is it possible to expect too much?
Then again. Motion creates emotion. Conflict can create results. Drama creates headlines and click through. Can that all be creating extra noise that is detrimental? Does any one know the answer to that? We should get Gladwell on it and see if he can provide some answers. “Pressure in sports: does it work?”
Other thing, he sounds like he is rebutting specific statements and words, doesn’t it? I don’t know if he reads headlines or if his friends send him tweets and stories and things like that, or if he is speaking out on things that “management” has said to him, but interesting how he words all of this…
David James and I are Talkin’ Real every Thursday night on KMYU Talkin’ Sports. This week I take a look at how the RSL game with the Union turned into a crazy 3-3 shutout and look ahead to the RSL game with Toronto FC on March 29th, which will be heavily impacted by National Team absences as both teams will be missing stars during the International Window.
David James talked with midfielder Luke Mulholland about his unusual career path from England to Utah, growing up in Preston, not far from Liverpool and Manchester. He made a trip to the USA as a teenager and was hooked, so he returned for college, playing at NCAA Division II Wilmington, then he bouncing through soccer’s minor leagues, PDL, USL Pro, NASL before finally earning a spot in Major League Soccer.
Join us for a special edition of Talkin’ Real after the Utes play Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament. The Utes game will probably start at about 6 p.m. MT on KUTV 2 and Talkin’ Real will follow the game.
Former Old Trafford star feels Sunday’s match against the Reds at Anfield is season defining for Louis van Gaal’s side
Great listen here at Phil Neville sits down with the talkSPORT Football guys and covers a lot of topics from how he and Gary raise their kids and which teams to support. He gives some great soundbites on this weeks fixtures and some of the thoughts on the last round of matches.
They then talk about English teams in the Champions League and if the competition in the PL is why they arent performing as well in the tournament. One of the things he hits on is something that Beans and I debate all the time at the HQ if the competition level in some of the other leagues is to the level of Premier League. He thinks the gameplay is different and how in Spain and Germany, guys are resting in games and weeks because of the fact that a Bayern wins the league with months to go, or the teams other than the top 4 in Spain arent competitive. Interesting stuff.
He talks about the league going forward, how the new tv deal will affect the Premier League and he talks about social media and some of the noise that he hears after making comments, such as he did about Newcastle last week. Good stuff.
In his latest presser, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho states that he thinks it’s a five-horse race for the Premier League title. He definitely his team is in poll position, and are in a “frustrated situation” after the bowing out of the Champions League last week at the hands of PSG,and he also says that he isn’t looking past Liverpool or Manchester United making a run.
Coaches are going to coach, and its great how the best coaches can always find some silver lining even at the hands of a crushing loss, like the one suffered in the Champions League. Most supporters, like myself, are still railing from the loss, but Jose isn’t looking backwards, and sees that the side can now get some rest, more training and be better prepared to win the trophies still available.
~~ I’ve got all the respect in the world for Arsene Wenger… BUT he’s not dropping these quotes IF he was going through to the next round…. Excuses, excuses. You lost 1-3 AT HOME TO MONACO…. Stop giving up terrible goals at home and this conversation wouldn’t even be a talking point.
Wenger has campaigned for the rule to be reformed in the past and raised the issue as recently as last summer, during a UEFA coaches meeting in Geneva.
And the Frenchman once again called on UEFA, who introduced the rule into European competition in 1965, to re-examine it.
He said: “Two (English) teams have gone out on away goals. That I think should be questioned because it is a rule that is outdated now. That has to be changed and I fight for that for a long time.
“Look it should count maybe after extra-time because this rule has been created in the 60’s to favour teams who attack away from home. But since then football has changed and with this rule the weight of the away goal is too big today.”
Wenger is not overly concerned that no English side has reached the quarter-finals of Europe’s premier club competition but admits Barcelona look a cut above the rest of the teams still involved.
“In direct knockout it’s important that you are very efficient and a bit lucky sometimes as well. None of the teams, apart from Barcelona, looks to be superior in Europe today. I think the other two teams could have gone through in Chelsea and Arsenal.”
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