Now this is very interesting. First of all I live along the coast of Eastern Connecticut, which essentially is a battleground between New York and Boston. Sure there is Patriots and Jets/Giants, Celtics and Knicks, but nothing is comparable to the Red Sox and Yankees rivalry. Fortunately my area is covered by the New York radio stations, as well as the Boston stations, but in an area where you're either "for them or for us" it's almost a judgement depending on which team you favor. Growing up it was always fun to have half your friends root for the Red Sox, and half for the Yankees. Yet as I've grown older I've realized it's much more geographical and territorial than I had ever thought. Hands down, the best rivalry in American sports, and I'm lucky enough to be right in the middle of it.
ESPN Video: With the FIFA World Cup two years away, will Brazil be ready to host soccers premiere event?
This short sports documentary (12 minutes) looks at some of the socioeconomic and urban planning issues that are a part of the logistics for a country to prepare for a sporting event on the magnitude of the World Cup. The discussion of demolitions in the favelas (squatter settlements) is especially intriguing. Major sporting events of this magnitude that last for two weeks can reshape local geographic patterns for decades.
I know my soccer, and I know Brazil knows its soccer considering the country has one of the richest histories in the world. The nation eats, sleeps, and breathes the beautiful game and to host a World Cup right now is immaculate timing. Some of the best players (possibly ever) in the world would be playing next year, all from star-studded nations. The forecast for this spectacle will surely be one of the best in history, but that's if it all goes to plan. There's been many videos and articles of Brazil coming into more problems than solutions. Repairing and even building new stadiums have set back schedules and have even angered many locals. In some cities, there have been cases of gentrification, places such as favelas have fell victim. Being such a passionate fan of the sport, it's almost upsetting that all of these people are being misplaced to house the tournament which has been anxiously waited on since 2010. The main picture says it all with the three hands covered in blood... A nation which cares so much about a sport, where it is a way of life and prosperity, is in fact doing more harm than good in some areas. In the end I hope Brazil can get back on schedule, and leave as little people harmed in the process so the world can enjoy one of the greatest sporting events come summer of 2014.
I have always wondered some of these statistics when I happen to catch a MLS game on television or in person. I've been a lifelong player as well as follower of soccer and each player brings a certain aspect and individuality to the game, sometimes depending on where they hail from. Certain countries teach different tactics in their youth teams. So when the traits of each player are factored into the finished product of a team, the results are very interesting.
Speaking of the league in general, it has come such a long way within the past decade. Advertising, better support, and attractions of big names have all added to helping the MLS become more well known in the world of soccer. I have season tickets to the New England Revolution, and I've witnessed first hand how much more popular the game has become in the United States. It would be quite a stretch to say the MLS will ever be as popular as some of the European leagues, but having several players from foreign countries will help the league progress in quality as well as entertainment.
These "GoPro" cameras are truly one of a kind. I would never personally do this type of stunt, but the few people that are willing to share this perspective are greatly appreciated. The scenic views in Scandinavia are unique considering their ancient land formations. The glaciation which formed in this specific region are like no other, the colors and various land matter all in one shot with rivers, mountains, and green valleys. Even some of the fjords give off an emerald color from the oceans which can be seen as they literally fly down the cliffs and mountainsides. Pictures are one thing, but a video of a birds eye view is on another level.
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