3 games win for the title

anonymous asked:

How does a team clinch a playoff spot? Does that mean even if they lose their remaining games they'll still make it?

okay, let me explain it on the example of Leafs or/and Capitals, I’m gonna try to make it as simple as possible, for those who don’t know the NHL well yet.


this is the Atlantic Division only; table of it

first three (3) teams of each division (amount of the teams in the divison doesn’t matter– it’s always three) automatically clinch a playoff spot. so let’s edit it.

as you can see, the Leafs are 4th, 3 points behind Bruins. a couple years ago it would end like this, no chance for the Leafs to get to the playoffs, of course if we’re talking about the season ending this soon.

however, we have Wild Card these years and this is where it gets more difficult. it really used to be simplier without it.

here’s Eastern Conference, all these teams except of the Islanders are in playoff position now. they’re also the only eastern teams to be so.

the Wild Card is basically (or almost literally) combination of two (2) best teams of the specific conference that have not enough points to be in top three in their own divisions. 

you can see all these teams are mixed, from two different divisions.

kinda tricky thing about this is that there could be 3 teams of Atlantic Division in the playoffs + 5 teams of Metropolitan Division (3 top of the division + 2 Wild Card teams), it literally happened last season, same with the Western Conference where there were only 3 Pacific Division teams in the playoffs. so yes, the Islanders and Bolts are direct, really serious enemies of the Leafs in the run for playoffs though they’re not playing in the same division.

but what if the Leafs end up having the same number of points at the end of the regular season, as the Islanders have? well, then that’s quite easy. or not. I’m gonna explain this on the Caps, which have the same amount of points as the Blue Jackets but are still listed as first in the division.

NHL deals with this following ways. 

(let’s say we’re/you’re rooting for the Capitals)

1. the first and most important thing you must look at, is the number of games played. 71 - 71. same. this doesn’t solve the problem, so here comes the next thing you look at. 

(if the Jackets played one less game, they would be listed first automatically)

2. you would think the second criterion is number of wins, right? well, not exactly… the W column stands for all wins overall- including shootouts, but that’s not the column we’re thinking about now. we’re looking at this one. ROW.

it literally says Regulation plus Overtime Wins. like I said, W is wins overall, but ROW is only number of games won in regulation time and overtime. as you can see, the Capitals have won 46 games overall this season so far, but 45 of them were won in regulation or overtime. that means they have only 1 game in shootouts this season. so shootouts are really not that important to the NHL. 

and as you can see, this number is the same with the two teams. again.

3. third and usually the final criterion is the number of points the Caps have earned in games against the Blue Jackets. so basically, it’s a thing about who has been better in the mini Caps-Jackets series of 4 games this season so far.  

the first game of this season the Capitals played against the Blue Jackets ended with regulation win of the Capitals, 3-2, so the score is ‘2 points - 0 points’ 

the second game they played ended with regulation win of the Capitals, 5-0. ‘4 points - 0 points’

that’s all they have played against each other this season. they’re playing 2 more games against each other until the end of the regular season– since they’re in the same division the number of games playing against each other is 4 per regular season.

so what’s the score in the mini series? 4-0 for the Capitals.

so this is finally the reason why they’re listed first in the battle of division title against the Blue Jackets.

4. but since we’ve come this far, let’s talk about the last criterion anyway. this one is simple. NHL literally describes it as ‘The greater differential between goals for and against for the entire regular season.’

now you have to look at these three columns.

the first one, GF, stands for Goals For so the number of all goals they have scored in this season. it includes shootouts goals, where one win in the shootouts = plus one goal. this column is tied, again.

the second one, GA, stands for Goals Against so the number of all pucks they have officialy let get past their goalie’s goaline. you can see that the Capitals have been less time got scored at than the Jackets. 

the third one, DIFF, goal differential is always and simply this: GF - GA = DIFF.

so 228 minus 159 is 69, that’s the Capitals’ DIFF; while 228 minus 164 is 64, that’s the Blue Jackets’ DIFF. 

(DIFF can be totally below 0, Avalanche’s -96 is the worst DIFF in the NHL currently, while Capitals’ +69 is the best.)

the Capitals have this number higher than the Jackets, so even if they have lost one of the games against the Jackets in regulation (let’s ignore the GF/GA change), and the score in the mini series would be ‘4 points - 4 points’, the Capitals would still be listed first in the division, because of the DIFF.

oohhhh and one thing. what about the x next to the names of the teams?

  • the x next to a team means the team will 100% get to the playoffs, even if they/it lose every single remaining regular season game, even if their divisional opponents win every single remaining regular season game.
  • the y next to a team will soon appear to a team that will 100% end the regular season with the Divisional Title– will 100% end first in its division.
  • the z next to a team will soon appear to a team that will 100% end the regular season with 1st place in its conference.
  • the p next to a team will soon appear to a team that will 100% end the regular season with 1st place in the entire league. there’s an actual trophy for it, called Presidents’ Trophy. the latest winner of it, for the 2015-16 season were the Capitals.

okay, I really enjoyed writing this, more than I expected and I hope the anon, and so you others, find this at least a bit helpful.

SammyTheClassicSonicFan’s entire “Rant Against the Sonic Fanbase: You All Ruined Sonic” video: The Transcript.

OK! THAT IS IT! THIS IS THE FINAL STRAW! I’VE HAD IT WITH ALL YOU FRICKIN’ TROLLS AND ALL YOU FRICKIN’ HATERS AND ALL YOU FRICKIN SONIC FAN FRICKS. YOU GUYS ARE THE ONES THAT RUINED SONIC FOR EVERYONE! CANT YOU SEE THAT? WHAT THE FRICK! ARE YOU GUYS DOING! ASKING FOR ALL THIS FRICKING GARBAGE- WHY DO WE NEED SONIC ADVENTURE 3? WHY DO WE NEED SONIC HEROES 3? WHY DO WE NEED ANITHR BOOST TO WIN TITLE? WHY DO WE NEED A SONIC 2006 SEQUEL? WHY DO WE NEED ALL THAT? CANT WE HAVE A 3D [ENVIRONMENT] CLASSIC SONIC GAME FOR CRYING OUT FRICKIN LOUD! YOU GUYS KILLED THE SONIC SERIES ALL YOU FRICKIN FAN FRICKS AND YOUR FRICKIN FANTASIES SPEWED OUT AT YOU BY FRICKIN POO MERCHANTS!!! I’M TIRED OF ALL YOU FRICKS! I’M SO FRICKIN MAD! I’M SO FRICKIN MAD- I MEAN, YOU GUYS- YOU GUYS HAVE OFFICIALLY MADE ME LOSE MY MARBLES! WHY CANT YOU GUYS JUST ASK FOR A 3D ENVIRONMENT CLASSIC SONIC GAME! THIS IS A NIGHTMARE! [THROWS CHAIR] I’M SURE NO SONIC FAN PREDICT- WOULD PREDICT- THAT THE ADVENTURE- THE ADVENTURE FANTASIZES WOULD RUIN EVERYTHING! [BREATHING HEAVILY] AND NOW- AND NOW I BET BY NOW THAT SEGA HAS GOT A FREAKIN SONIC ADVENTURE 3 IN DEVELOPMENT WITH SONIC TEAM BECAUSE YOU FRICKIN FRICKS CAN’T EVER, BE QUENCHED. YOUR FANTASIES CAN’T EVER BE QUENCHED- CAN THEY? YOU FRICKIN FRICKS. WHEN WILL YOU LEARN.. WHEN WILL YOU LEARN THAT YOUR ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!? YOU GUYS KEEP ON ASKING FOR SONIC ADVENTURE 3! YOU’RE RUINING THE SONIC SERIES- HASN’T IT ALREADY SUFFERED ENOUGH!?

AND IT’S STILL SUFFERING! WHAT THE FRICK! SEGA JUST CAN’T PERFECT SONIC IN THE MODERN WORLD, CAN THEY? ALL ‘CUZ WE HAVE TO HAVE MODERN SONIC! WE HAVE TO HAVE THE MODERN CHARACTERS! WE HAVE TO HAVE WE HAVE TO HAVE AN ADVENTURE TITLE DON’T WE? ANOTHER ADVENTURE TITLE! AAAHHHH!!! YOU FRICKIN FRICKS! I’VE HAD IT! I’VE FRICKIN HAD IT! YOU GUYS HAVE OFFICIALY RUINED EVERYTHING! YOU’VE RUINED THE SONIC SERIES THE SONIC SERIES IS DEAD BECAUSE OF THE SONIC FANBASE I WILL FOREVER HATE THE SONIC FANBASE THEY RUINED EVERYTHING RUIN EVERYTHING! I HATE THE SONIC FANBASE! I! HATE ‘EM! [BREATHING] WHY IS THE SONIC FANBASE HAVE TO BE LIKE THIS? WHY’S THE SONIC FANBASE HAVE TO BE SO NUMBSKULLED!? CAN’T YOU GUYS FRICKIN’ ACCEPT, THAT WE NEED A 3D ENVIRONMENT CLASSIC SONIC GAME!? HOLY FRICKIN’ FRICKS! HOLY FRICKIN’ FRICKS! WHY CAN’T WE HAVE A 3D ENVIRONMENT CLASSIC SONIC GAME? IS THAT SO HARD TO ASK? WHY CAN’T WE HAVE A SONIC CD SEQUEL- OR A SONIC PREQUEL- OR, EVEN, A PROPER SONIC 4!? WHY CAN’T WE HAVE THAT!? WHY DO WE NEED A SONIC ADVENTURE 3!?!? WHY DO WE NEED THAT?!? WHY!??! TELL ME! (GETS UNCOMFORTABLY CLOSE TO THE CAMERA) TELL ME. TELL ME NOW! RAAH! CURSE YOU SONIC FRICKS! YOU GUYS RUINED IT! YOU RUINED IT AND YOUR FRICKIN FANTASIES YOUR ADVENTURE FANTASIES- LET’S SEE, OOH YEAH GIVE US A SONIC ADVENTURE 3, GIVE US TREASURE HUNTING- GIVE US SHOOTING- THAT’S WHAT SONIC’S ALL ABOUT, HUH!?!? RIGHT! RIGHT! SEGA, RIGHT! GIVE US FRICKIN’ MORE SONIC CLONES! YEAH, WE NEED MORE OF THOSE! AS IF SHADOW WASN’T ENOUGH- OR SILVER, OH WOH, WHILE YOU’RE AT IT, WHY NOT- WHY NOT FRICKIN’ GIVE US MORE DRAGON BALL Z SONIC DUELS! WE’LL NEED THAT HUH! WE ALL NEED THAT! WHY DON’T NEED CLASSIC SONIC RIGHT!?!? WROOONG!!

WHY DO YOU GUYS HAVE TO RUIN IT WITH YOUR FANTASIES!? WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE LIKE THIS- I MEAN, FOR MONTHS, I’VE BEEN GIVING EVERYONE MY IDEAS OF A 3D ENVIRONMENT SONIC GAME IN THE STYLE OF [SIDE 3 AND KNUCKLES] WHICH IS PERSONALLY THE BEST SONIC GAME! OKAY!? I MEAN- SEGA NEVER ACKNOWLEDGES [SONIC 3 AND KNUCKLES]- IT MAKES ME SO MAD! I MEAN, WHY DOESN’T THAT GAME GET ATTENTION EVEN SONIC CD DOES! THIS MAKES ME SO FRICKIN’ MAD, YOU SONIC FANS HAD TO RUIN EVERYTHING WITH YOUR ADVENTURE FANTASIES! HOLY FRICK! OH, GIVE US SONIC ADVENTURE 3, GIVE US SONIC HEROES 2, GIVE US SHADOW THE HEDGEHOG 2, GIVE US SONIC 2006 2! SONIC 2006 SEQUEL, YEAH, GIVE US MORE BOOST TO WIN. YOU GUYS ARE ALREADY ASKING FOR MORE BOOST TO WIN- OH YEAH, FRICK [SONIC LAWS RULE] GIVE US MORE BOOST TO WIN— NO!!

YOU FRICKIN’ FRICKS! YOU GUYS HAD TO RUIN IT! YOU GUYS HAD TO RUIN IT! WHY!? WHY, WHY!? WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE LIKE THIS!? WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE LIKE THIS? WHY? WHY? WHY WHY WHY WHY? YOU SONIC FANS, THE SONIC FANBASE JUST GOT ME FRICKIN’ WORKED UP! ALL ‘CUZ THEY CAN’T GIVE US SOMETHING ACTUALLY ACCEPTABLE! JUST WHAT THE FRICK, WAHT THE FRICK. THIS MAKES ME SO MAD. YOU GUYS RUINED EVERYTHING WITH YOUR ADVENTURE FANTASIES YOU GUYS ARE FRICKIN IDIOTS- WH-WHY’D YOU HAVE TO RUIN EVERYTHING!? WHY? WHY!? JUST WHY? WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE LIKE THIS? I’M TIRED OF THIS! I’M TIRED OF THIS! THE SONIC SERIES IS RUINED (POINTS TO CAMERA) THANKS TO YOU GUYS! YOU FRICKIN FRICKS! HOLY FRICK! WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE THIS WAY?!?! RRR- I HATE THE SONIC FANBASE SONIC IS RUINED WHY CAN’T YOU GUYS LAUNCH YOUR REBUTTAL AGAINST SEGA FOR A 3D ENVIRONMENT CLASSIC SONIC GAME!? WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE THAT HARD? YOU. FRICKIN’. FRICKS! FRICKIN’ FRICKS! FRICKIN’. FRICKS!

AND LIKE I WAS SAYING EARLIER SEGA NEVER ACKNOWLEDGES SONIC 3 AND KNUCKLES! WAHT THE FRICK! WHY CAN’T THEY EVER FRICKIN ACKNOWLEDGE THAT GAME! THEY NEVER FRICKIN PORT IT! YOU ALWAYS SEE THEM PORTING FRICKIN SONIC 1 AND SONIC 2- IT’S NEVER SONIC 3 AND KNUCKLES! WHAT THE FRICK, IF SEGA JUST TRIED TO MAKE A GAME LIKE SONIC 3 AND KNUCKLES, I BET THAT COULD RECOVER THE SONIC SERIES! YOU FRICKIN’ FRICKS SAY, OH, THE SONIC SERIES CAN’T BE FRICKIN RECOVERED- IT CAN BE FRICKIN RECOVERED IF YOU GUYS WOULD JUST FRICKIN COOPERATE! AND FRICKIN ASK FOR A 3D ENVIRONMENT CLASSIC SONIC GAME! HOLY FRICKIN FRICKS! WHAT THE FRICK IS WRONG WITH YOU GUYS? WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE LIKE THIS!? WHY CAN’T YOU GUYS ASK FOR SOMETHING FRICKIN WORTHWHILE!? WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE LIKE THIS? HOLY FRICK I HATE ALL YOU FRICKIN FAN FRICKS! AND LIKE I SAID, IT’S ALWAYS SONIC 1 AND SONIC 2! THOSE GAMES ALWAYS GET ACKNOWLEDGED IT’S NEVER SONIC 3 AND KNUCKLES! THAT’S THE BEST SONIC GAME! HOLY FRICKIN’ FRICKS! IT’S NOT SONIC ADVENTURE 2! IT’S NOT- IT’S- IT’S NOT SONIC ’06 LIKE SOME OF YOU SAY- IT’S NOT SONIC 2006! YOU FRICKIN’ FRICKS COME TO MY CHANNEL AND SAY, OH, SONIC 2006 IS THE BEST GAME! I KNOW IT’S JUST YOU FRICKIN’ TROLLS TRYING TO FRICKIN’ TRYING TO FRICKIN’- TRYING TO FRICKIN’, MESS WITH ME, WHAT THE FRICK! WHAT THE FRICK! YOU-YOU FRICKIN’ TROLLS SEE THAT— AGGHH!!! GET OFF MY CHANNEL RIGHT NOW! YOU FRICKIN’ FRICKS! I HATE ALL OF YOU! WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE LIKE— MM. THIS. WHY CAN’T YOU GUYS JUST FRICKIN’- UH- WHY CAN’T YOU GUYS JUST FRICKIN’ BE GOOD PEOPLE? AND, THE SONIC FANBASE— CURSE THE SONIC FANBASE! YOU GUYS ARE ONES THAT RUINED THE SERIES! YOU RUINED THIS ENTIRE SERIES, HOLY FRICKIN FRICK..S! UH. AND GUESS WHAT? MH. YOU FRICKIN’ FRICKS— OK, SIGH, YOU KNOW WHAT? MARIO’S DOING MUCH BETTER RIGHT NOW. I MEAN, WHEN FANS REQUESTED UH, WHEN FANS REQUESTED, A 3D ENVIRONMENT CLASSIC MARIO GAME, NINTENDO FRICKIN’ DID IT! WHY CAN’T SEGA BE THE SAME? I THOUGHT WHEN SONIC LOST WORLD WAS ANNOUNCED- IT WAS A 3D ENVIRONMENT CLASSIC SONIC GAME.. BUT GUESS WHAT? INSTEAD, WE GET SUPER SONIC GALAXY! OK, YEAH, I’M SORRY.. I’M SORRY.. THAT. OK, I ACTUALLY LIKE SONIC LOST WORLD- I’M SORRY. I’M JUST GETTING WORKED UP, ‘CUZ OF YOU FRICKIN’ SONIC HATERS! HOLY FRICKIN FRICKS! I MEAN, THIS MAKES ME SO MAD! YOU FRICKIN’ FRICKS! JUST RUINED EVERYTHING! WITH YOUR FRICKIN ADVENTURE FANTASIES- YOUR FRICKIN FANTASIES (STARTS CRYING)

(CRYING CONTINUES. he keeps crying for like.. a solid minute..) YOU FRICKIN’ FRICKS.. RUINED EVERYTHING… YOU FRICKIN’— ADVENTURE.. FANTASIES… (SOBS) WE CAN’T GET A SONIC 2006 SEQUEL, YOU EEE-DIOTS! ‘CUZ THAT’S WHAT RUINED SONIC THE FIRST TIME.. (BREAKS DOWN SOBBING. GURGLES) YOU FRICKIN’ FRICKS! YOU GUYS HAVE TO RUIN EVERYTHING! I HATE YOU FRICKIN’ TROLLS! FRIIIIIICKKK YOOOOOU!

please… sonic fans.. i beg of you. please, stop porting sonic adventure 3.. and support my idea… of a 3d platforming classic sonic game PLEASE. please.. please.. please, all sonic fans out there.. we can assemble.. and… heal sonic for good. WE DON’T HAVE TO LISTEN! TO THESE ADVENTURE- FANTASIZERS. THESE FRICKIN’ FAN FRICKS. WE DONT HAVE TO FRICKIN’ LSITEN TO THEM. PLEASE.. PLEASE SONIC FANS- WE [INAUDIBLE GURGLING] STOP SUPPORTING SONIC ADVENTURE 3- STOP! RUINING! SONIC! YOU FRICKIN’ FAN FRICKS RUINED SONIC [GURGLING SOME MORE]

FRICK! FRICK! OWW! FRICK! FRICK! FRICK. [LOUD YELLING] FRICK! THIS IS FRICKIN’ STUPID! UUURGHHH HGHUUURGH CURSE YOOOOOU CURSE YOU SONIC FANBASE.

[roll end credit song]

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Mississippi State Morgan William at the buzzer with the winning basket that takes down UConn 66-64 in OT. UConn’s historic 111-game winning streak comes to an end.

Mississippi State will face South Carolina Sunday night for the championship title. (3/31/17)

📷 credit:
Top: Matthew Emmons/ USA TODAY Sports
Bottom: Eric Gay/AP Photo

Title race watch 👀: Why trust Arsenal to do a job when you can trust another team in London that hates spurs almost as much as Arsenal do. When the rest of London comes together as hammers fans for a night. West Ham, Lanzini, we owe you one 🍻 update for you all: FT - West Ham 1-0 Tottenham. (They could have been one point behind, one point, but nahhh they didn’t want that) 

Now, *if we win on Monday and next Friday, that’s it, and if not it could really be down to Mourinho winning us the title by taking points off spurs, what a story that would be. Though let’s be real if we really need a favour then I think everyone would rather Leicester do us that favour for the real fairy tale. 

ANYWAY WHO IS BUZZING. HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND EVERYONE. THIS TIME NEXT WEEK GUYS THIS TIME NEXT WEEK 

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Zverev defeats Djokovic to win the title in Rome

Alexander the Great beat the No.2 Novak Djokovic to win the tournament in Italy, and he did so in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. The 20-year old German played a consistent game and seemed to handle the pressure quite well. In addition, if you watched the match, Djokovic seemed to be off his game. He had multiple enforced errors and allowed the youngin to break his serve a few times.

This win for Zverez will give him an ego-boost going into Paris. He is definitely a new generation to player to keep on our radar.

In regards to Djokovic, for those that don’t know, he has ridden himself of all of his team and added Agassi to join him in his feat for the French Open title. We’ll see how his coaching will affect Novak in Paris.

All in all, congrats to Sasha Zverev for winning the title - well deserved!

Chelsea 4 Watford 3 - Monday 15 May 2017

Still on a high from our title winning exploits just three days earlier, the celebrations continued at Stamford Bridge as we played host to Watford in our penultimate league game of the season.

In an unsurprisingly changed team lineup, we had Begovic in goal with Zouma, captain, leader, legend JT and Ake making up the back three. In midfield were Kante and Chalobah, flanked by the ever present Azpilicueta and a welcome return for Kenedy. Up front, Willian and Hazard were supporting title goal hero Batshuayi up top. On the bench were Eduardo, Cahill, Aina, Alonso, Fabregas, Pedro and Costa.

A guard of honour from the Watford team greeted our boys, fittingly led out by JT. We kicked off to the resounded chorus of Campeones, and Antonio, Antonio as the boys set about their business on the pitch. To be fair, it did seem like a bit of an end of season kick about, except the Watford players seemed to want to kick about our players rather than the ball, Watford boss Mazzarri was clearly letting his previous with Conte do the talking on the pitch.

We were moving the ball around with confidence, the assured look of a team on top of their game, and we were dominating the play. And it was a fitting breakthrough just after 20 minutes when JT’s legs got the ball over the line, a scramble following a corner ball dropped into the box. But straight up the other end and an unfortunate header from JT back towards Begovic in goal found Capoue lurking as he nodded the ball into an empty net. Lack of communication there, but you had to feel for JT, not the sort of double double double he would want to be remembered for. Moving swiftly on….

We continued to play with style, Hazard taking receipt of some superb long passes that created chances on goal. We kept knocking on the door until it was finally answered by Azpilicueta, another corner, this time finding our ever reliable defender on the edge of the box as he planted the ball into the far corner of the goal. Our dominance was rewarded as our lead was restored, HT 2-1.

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“Messi’s Team” masterpost

This post is for the people who still live in 2012 and think that Messi is the only important player in the Argentina National Team. Sit back and relax while meeting the amazing players you missed because apparently Argentina is “Messi’s team”.

Meet Javier Mascherano.

Aka someone who is willing to tear his ass on the pitch multiple times to secure a win for his team. Plays for Barcelona and a big part of why they won the treble this year. Has an average 91.5% pass success in all competitions. Probably the best CDM in the world right now, and on top of that, shows great leadership (even when he’s not captain). “Hoy, hoy te conviertes un heroe” anyone?

Meet Marcos Rojo.

Can play as both center-back and left-back. Part of the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team in 2014. Amazing at set pieces, but even better at clearing balls under pressure. Won the Copa Libertadores in 2009 and the Argentine Primera División in 2010 with Estudiantes. Joined Manchester United in 2014 and makes an average 6.3 clearances per game in the Premier League.

Meet Nicolás Otamendi.

Arguably the best center-back from South America and one of the best in La Liga. Extremely strong at aerial duels (wins an average of 3.6 per game) and delivers important tackles, and yet very underrated. Makes an average 7.3 clearances per game for Valencia. In this gif, he blocked the shot of the player you believe Argentina revolves around.

Meet Lucas Biglia.

Plays at defensive/central midfield, yet great at tackles. Has one of the best pass success rates in the Copa America (92%) and Serie A (88%). This man actually has no position, he can play at many different areas in the field. One minute he’s blocking a shot and the next, he’s delivering a creative pass like the one in this gif. 

Meet Ángel Di María.

He needs absolutely no introduction. Has such immense pace and creates key passes for Argentina and Manchester United. Although he is an attack-minded player, he has made an average of 2.2 tackles per game in the Copa America. Named Man of the Match for the UEFA Champions League Final in 2014. Attacks like crazy in every game; the only reason he is not top scorer is because of tough luck and great goalkeepers.

Meet Javier Pastore.

The dark horse for Argentina this year. Only 26 years old, but plays in like 6 different positions, all the way from central midfielder to center forward. Great with both his right and left foot, so very versatile on the field. Great dribbler (average 2.2 per game) and great at stealing the ball. Has been key for the attack of Argentina in this Copa.

Meet Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Has not started for Argentina that often in this Copa America, but delivers a great performance every time he plays. Good at taking set pieces, but amazing at crossing. Has an 86.3% pass success rate in Ligue 1.

Meet Gonzalo Higuaín.

Like Messi, he scores goals for fun (esp. with this national team). He became the top scorer for the South American section of World Cup Qualifiers in 2013 with 9 goals, scored 18 and assisted 7 for Napoli in Serie A last season, and scored two goals in the Copa América this year. He is the 6th top scorer for Argentina in history. Raised hope for Argentina in both the WC2014 Final and the Copa America final by getting close to scoring the winning goal, but the world doesn’t want Pipita to have a moment like that in his life.

Meet Kun Agüero.

One of the best strikers in the world today. Scored 26 goals with 8 assists for Machester City last season and was the top scorer for Argentina in the Copa Améria with 3 goals. Has an average 4 shots and 2.6 dribbles per game. What he did for his club is undeniable; scored a goal in the 94th minute to give Manchester City the Premier League title after who knows how many years. Always praises Messi and calls him the best in the world, but man, he doesn’t know how great of a player he is himself.

Last but not least, meet Sergio Romero.

I don’t know what to say about this man. I really don’t. The number of times he has saved Argentina is countless. He was the hero when he led Argentina to the finals in the penalties against the NETHERLANDS!!! and led them to the finals again this year against freaking Paraguay. Not to mention that he is a free agent, which means that he hasn’t been playing for a club and is only on international duty; and yet, he has delivered such a kick-ass performance this tournament. He survived 2 penalty shootouts in one year and man, I don’t blame him for not surviving the 3rd. He must be tired. But, he is a freaking hero and ignoring his talent and determination and calling Argentina “Messi’s team” is a disrespect to football.

If you still wanna say Argentina is reliant on Messi, just know that you are completely and utterly IGNORANT to pure footballing talent and *flips hair* you can kiss my ass.

(stats: whoscored.com)

Fresh off the proverbial presses, it’s Fandometrics.

Television: Never

Miraculous experiences the divine No. 1.
How to Get Away with Murder returns at No. 8. All hail Shonda Rhimes.
Gravity Falls and so do good TV shows. Down six to No. 13.

Movies: Gonna

Ghostbusters (No. 3) busting moves as well as those ghosts.
☆ Beep beep! Passengers debuts at No. 8.
Warcraft is losing the battle, clinging to the bottom at No. 20.

Music: Give

Twenty One Pilots is keeping steady at No. 2.
The Weeknd dropped a new single, the last e in his name, and into No. 14.
⬆ There’s only One Direction (No. 4) for those guys this week, and it’s up.

Originally posted by stay-loww

Celebrities: You

Angelina Jolie is No. 3…
☆ …But Brad Pitt is only No. 6. 👀
Tatiana Maslany comes back to us at No. 17 after her rightful Emmy win.

Games: Up

Flight Rising reaches an altitude of No. 11
☆ An update titled Rise of Iron earned a certain video game No. 19. It was Destiny.

Web stuff: (…Sorry)

⬆ How-ell does he do it? Danisnotonfire is back at No. 1.
⬆ Check, Please! (@omgcheckplease) is at No. 5 after it won Kickstarter and Answer Time.
The Adventure Zone, a D&D playthrough podcast, debuts at No. 20.

Originally posted by just-phan-things

Number 2 - Baseball!Calum [SMUT]

Requested by Anonymous

Summary~ Baseball player!Calum doesn’t like people wearing his number on their baseball merchandise but when he spots you in a bar after a game, he makes an exception

A/N: I’m making most of this up and in reality I know fuck all about baseball

Word Count - 1217

You were brought up on the game, a born Red Sox fan, since the day you could set foot into the stadium you’ve pretty much never missed a game, your grandfather, then your father, now you’re on your own, well kind of, you’re never alone among your “Own kind” so to speak and the stadium folks know you.

Every week you don your freshly washed an ironed Red Sox shirt and make your way down to get use out of your season pass. Lucky number ‘2′ - Calum Hood.

“[Y/N] we were worried you wouldn’t be here,” Stan on the door grns opening the just locked gate.

“Late home from work,” you scan through the season pass and log on.

“I think Lou still has your seat saved,” he slaps you on the back as you move along and you run through the stadium to your usual spot.

“See, I told you she’d be here, now move along,” Lou the snack vender waves you over.

“Thanks,” you grin.

“Can’t have you with abad view”

You’re quite the personality in the stands, the loudest mouth the Sox have got at their home game, especially when they win.

This game has you barely in your seat and when its all over, with a huge victory to the Reds your entire section erupts.

“To the bar!” someone yells and with that a bunch of people are piling out of the stands and to the local team bar not far away.

For that Saturday you find yourself sat on the bar surrounded by red sox fans, chanting and singing the night away. It get’s to about 10pm when you see a ruckus in the crowd and suddenly you catch sight of the genuine number 2 shirt and Calum wearing it. He has a guy by the collar.

Suddenly you hear him yelling, “Two is my number, my business, not some bloody fashion statement”

The bar goes silent as the guy slides his shirt off and drops it to the floor, “Well then you better see to her too”

The finger points to you and before you know it Calum Thomas Hood is making his way to you.

“Seems we have a problem here..” he mutters quietly.

You look down and then into his eyes, “You want me to take my clothes off?”

A few people start laughing around you.

He doesn’t answer but turns to the barman, “Jack and coke please”

“I didn’t know you were so against people supporting your team,” you say to him a small while later when he’s sat on the bar stool next to you.

“I’m all for people supporting the team, the logo, the banners, the hats, just not my number,” he takes a sip.

“Why make an exception for me then?” you ask.

“Because, if someone found out that I got a girl to strip becase she was wearing my t-shirt number I’d have girls waiting at the locker room wearing them,” he laughs a little.

“Didn’t peg you as the big headed type”

“I’m not, it’s just the truth,” he laughs again. “Besides, isn’t there another number you could wear on your shirt, surely James Hicks number 6 is more deserving of your affection, isn’t he like 37th hottest guy inn sport?”

“You think I’m just here as some kind of groupie..”

You slide off the bar and drop to the floor, now a lot shorter than him still on the stool.

“Aren’t you?”

A little offended you smirk a little and turn to him, “Want to come back to my place?”

He smiles a little, “Let me grab my coat”

You’re majorly conflicted as Calum flirts with you, his hand resting on your knee in the back of the cab, he’s been your favourite player since he joined the team 3 years ago, when he made the winning hit in the world series he took over the spot of James Hicks in your organised hierarchy of baseball players.

You flip on the lights as you walk into your apartment and Calum’s hand stays permanently fixed to your waist.

“This may be a little creepy,” you say, leading him to the room he assumes is your bedroom.

“A little creepy can be good”

When you turn on the light he is met by the sight of your lounge room, with reclining sofa and tv opposite, set against your baseball memorabilia collection.

“Oh”

You wander over to the shelves and pick up a popcorn bag, “1999, my first red sox game, I was 3

“2004,” you pick up a hat, “The first time the Sox won a world series in 86 years, I was 8

“2007,” you reach for a signed picture. “They regained their title from 2004, I was 11″

“I get it,” he rolls his eyes.

“No,” you stop him, “2013, The Boston Red Sox win their World Series title once again, I remember this one well because I was 17 this time, they win with an almost record playing hit from newcomer number 2, a risk in the first place but it played out well, flew straight into my hands”

He wanders across the room and takes the ball from your hands, “Definitely not just a groupie then”

“No, not just a groupie, I’m also a huge baseball fan”

Your faces only seem to be a matter of centimeters apart, then millimeters and suddenly your lips are together, his tongue running along your bottom lip to kiss you properly. Your arms snake around his neck and his hands slide down your sides rubbing the skin that’s visible on your hips. He sits down on the arm of the sofa and lets you slot yourself in between his legs.

As his hands slide up your back and under your shirt you mutter against his lips, “Now you can get what you want”

“And what’s that?” he pulls away to ask.

“To get me out of your number,” you reach down and pull of your shirt.

His head falls into your neck and his kisses down your collarbones, grinding against your core. You shove his chest so he falls back onto the sofa and you manage to straddle his waist. You rake your fingers over his skin and help get him out of his shirt too before unbuckling his jeans His fingers fiddle past the rest of your clothes until there’s nothing left between you.

An endless stream of curses flows from his mouth as he takes you by the hips and eases himself into you, bucking his own hips at the contact. Your back arches as a knot builds in your stomach and you moan out.

He continues until his breathing gets heavy and the two of you ride out your highs and fall down onto the sofa down into a mess of tangled limbs on the sofa.

The next morning you wake up, alone, and sad at that realization. Then as you look around you notice a note hung over the baseball;

I had to go to practice, but I’ll be at the bar again at about 5pm
Also I left you a present.

Confused about the note you walk out into the first room of your apartment to see your No. 2 tshirt laid out next to a larger version.

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Who is Juventus' Player of the Season?

Juventus are on the verge of history. Take a point from Sunday’s game against second-placed Roma and they will guarantee themselves a sixth successive Serie A title, something that no club has ever done before.

However, it could just be the first leg of a first ever treble for the Bianconeri, who will meet Lazio in the Coppa Italia final in Rome on Wednesday before bidding to win a third European Cup when they tackle reigning champions Real Madrid in Cardiff on June 3.

So many of Massimiliano Allegri’s men have played pivotal roles in what has already been a remarkable campaign and honourable mentions must go to the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Dani Alves, Alex Sandro, Miralem Pjanic and, in particular, Paulo Dybala.

However, Goal has selected Juve’s top three performers of the 2016-17 season in descending order and, given there were some incredibly close calls, feel free to join the debate in the comment box at the bottom of the page!


3. GONZALO HIGUAIN


Whether Gonzalo Higuain is worth €90 million remains open to debate. The Argentina international was bought with the specific objective of winning the Champions League — and that target has not yet been achieved.

However, there is no denying that the 29-year-old centre-forward has made Juve even better than they were last season. To date, he has hit 32 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions. Even more impressively, so many of those strikes have been crucial.

He began his Juve career by netting the winner against Fiorentina — just nine minutes after coming off the bench in Turin — and, though there have been dips here and there, he has continued to score important goals. Indeed, there have been decisive strikes against Torino and Roma, as well as four goals against Napoli, including three in the Coppa Italia semi-final tie with his former club.

Higuain’s most significant contribution, though, was his double in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final at Monaco, which suggested that not only can he deliver in big games, he might also be the man to end Juve’s 21-year wait for a third European Cup. Do that and €90m will actually look like money well spent.


2. GIORGIO CHIELLINI


Faced with the daunting task of trying to nullify Barcelona’s feared MSN forward line, Giorgio Chiellini mused, “Knowing what you need to do, though, is one thing — producing it when you need to is another thing altogether.”

Chiellini, though, has always been able to walk the walk. The uncompromising defender rarely gets the credit he deserves, but he was widely lauded for the comprehensive man-marking job he did on Luis Suarez over both legs of Juve’s 3-0 aggregate defeat of Barcelona in the Champions League.

The 32-year-old didn’t just outplay the Uruguayan striker, he outscored him too, netting a towering header that effectively put the tie beyond the Blaugrana.

Chiellini may not have the eye-catching passing skills of his central defensive partner Bonucci, but there is arguably no more ruthlessly effective defender in world football.


1. GIANLUIGI BUFFON


After watching Gianluigi Buffon make a couple of uncharacteristically sloppy mistakes earlier in the season, Juventus fans felt compelled to show their unwavering support for their No.1.

“Even Superman is ‘only’ Clark Kent sometimes! Gigi, you’ll always be our superhero,” read a banner unveiled before kick-off in the Champions League group-stage clash with Lyon at the Stade Gerland.

That night, Buffon delivered an even more impressive riposte to those daring to suggest that time had finally caught up with the 39-year-old by turning in one of his finest ever performances, the highlight of which was a stunning stop of a deflected effort from Nabil Fekir.

The Italy captain has only gone from strength to strength in the interim, even going a record-breaking 689 minutes without shipping a goal on Juve’s run to the Champions League final.

Victory over Real Madrid in Cardiff next month would be a fitting end to one of the greatest seasons of Buffon’s truly incredible career and might just earn him the Ballon d'Or he so richly deserves.

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ZAKSA Kiedzerzyn-Kozle made a huge leap towards defending their Polish men’s PlusLiga title when they scored a very solid away win 3-0 (27-25, 25-21, 25-19) over PGE Skra Belchatow in the first leg of the final on Wednesday evening.

Kedzierzyn-Kozle now need just two sets before their own fans on Sunday to clinch the title - their worst case scenario being a ‘golden set’ to wrap up the home-and-away series.Dawid Konarski, out on an unstoppable attacking spree with 21 kills in 29 swings for 72% and top scorer of the game with 27 points was the bovious choice for MVP of the game. The visitors set the foundations for their impressive win from the service line, producing ten aces to Belchatow’s three.
EPL Table: Premier League standings after 37 matches

Harry Kane hit four goals as Tottenham picked apart Leicester 6-1 on Thursday night.

The England forward’s haul moved him two ahead of Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot with 26 goals ahead of Sunday’s season-finale at Hull.

Heung-min Son also scored twice at the King Power Stadium as Spurs continued to shrug off any disappointment following Chelsea’s title win.

Neither Spurs nor Leicester moved in the table following the result, but all 20 teams are finally level on 37 games played heading into the final day of the season.

EPL Table | Premier League standings after Gameweek 37

Southampton moved up to eighth in the table after playing out a 0-0 bore draw with Manchester United at St Mary’s on Wednesday.

Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini missed an early penalty on a frustrating evening for both sides, with Anthony Martial hitting the post on 72 minutes in the visitors’ best chance.

Reserve goalkeeper Sergio Romero was United’s star performer. In addition to denying Gabbiadini from the spot after five minutes he made six further saves in a match in which United registered only one shot on target.

Jose Mourinho’s side have switched focus to the Europa League Final, in which they will face Ajax later this month. It is now their only chance of qualifying for next year’s Champions League.

United had already been assured of sixth place on Tuesday after Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Sunderland at the Emirates.

That win kept Arsene Wenger’s hopes of Champions League qualification alive though the Gunners will need to beat Everton and, in the most likely scenario, hope Middlesbrough take a point or more off Liverpool if they are to finish in the top four.

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Television: ‘Tis the season for shows to ruin your night.

The Walking Dead ruined Sunday night and jumps 18 spots to No. 1.
☆ British soap Emmerdale debuts at No. 11 after a killer twist.
☆ You probably haven’t heard anyone talk about Black Mirror yet, but it’s a show and it’s at No. 20.

Movies: A trio of debuts.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show received mixed reactions, but came out on top at No. 1.
☆ Simply and accurately named Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 debuts at No. 11.
☆ America’s PBS aired the Hamilton documentary, Hamilton’s America (No. 6).

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Music: Some people would put a ssssssertain emoji here.

⬆ On the ten year anniversary of her debut album, Taylor Swift is No. 1.
Lady Gaga is at No. 3 after releasing Joanne, which is her album and not a prisoner. 

Celebrities: They’re just like all of us, constantly winning awards and needing bodyguards.

Benedict Cumberbatch moves up to No. 6, a symptom of Doctor Strange’s nearing release..
Lin-Manuel Miranda moves into the No. 7 spot after the aforementioned Hamilton documentary.
⬇︎ Katya Zamolodchikova gets dragged seven spots down to No. 13.

Games: Some spooky titles in this one.

Splatoon returns strong at No. 8 after appearing in the commercial for the Nintendo Switch.
Red Dead Redemption (No. 12) is about to get redder and deader with a sequel due 2017.
⬇︎ Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location’s location? No. 15, a nine spot drop from last week.

Web stuff:  A real internet shake-up.

RWBY premiered its fourth season and all the chatter surrounding it got it to No. 1.
Jacksepticeye’s (No. 3) faux-feud with PewDiePie (No. 16) served their rankings well.
AmazingPhil falls to No. 6, the lowest we’ve seen him in awhile.

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On this day in 1981 Serena Williams entered the world and would later become one of the most unstoppable forces in tennis. Throughout her career she has left a legacy of greatness; dominating the competition and activism; championing equal prize money for female tennis players, female empowerment, education, and bringing awareness to the issues of domestic violence, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and equality.
Just a few of her numerous accomplishments…….
– 7-time Wimbledon singles champion (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)
– 6-time US Open singles champion (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)
– 6-time Australian Open singles champion (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015)
– 3-time French Open singles champion (2002, 2013, 2015)
– 6-time Wimbledon doubles champion (2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016)
– 4-time Australian Open doubles champion (2001, 2003, 2009, 2010)
– 2-time US Open doubles champion (1999, 2009)
– 2-time French Open doubles champion (1999, 2010)
– 3-time Olympics doubles gold medalist (2000, 2008, 2012)
– 2012 Olympics singles gold medalist
– Wimbledon mixed doubles champion (1998)
– US Open Mixed Doubles champion (1998)
– Became the second African-American woman to win a Grand Slam title by winning the 1999 US Open.
– 4-time Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year (2002, 2009, 2013, 2015)
– Named Sports Illustrated “Best Female Athlete of the Decade” in 2009.

July 12th 2016

Dear Dwyane Wade,

The chances of you ever seeing this is almost impossible but I can’t help but write how much you’ve impacted me. It’s been a couple of days since you’ve announced you’re going to play for the Chicago Bulls next season and a lot of my friends have been messaging and asking me what are my thoughts on the decision and how everything went down. I’ll answer that question later on.

I’ve been a big fan and lover of the game of basketball ever since I could remember. I loved playing basketball since childhood. The first NBA game I’ve ever watched and remember quite a bit of was when I was 4 years old and the Lakers were playing the Sixers in the NBA finals. I remember at the time me, my sisters and my cousins were laughing at this big BLACK guy playing basketball (Shaq) and we were rooting for him. I even remember buying several Shaq shoes at Payless ahahah. But at the time I had no favourite player, no favourite team I just enjoyed watching games with my family. Fast forward to when I was around 7 years old, it was Eid and my family and I went to a family friend’s house. We were playing around in the basement while watching a Heat basketball game. You guys were playing the Minnesota Timberwolves and Kevin Garnett had a MASSIVE GAME. KG kept on grabbing each rebound, dominating the game and everyone watching was like wow he’s a monster. My parents were rooting for Minnesota because they love the city since there’s a lot of Somalis there (weird excuse I know but, very typical of immigrant parents LOL). I decided to root against them, and root for Miami instead. We all noticed this young guy balling out for Miami and it was you. The commentators kept on mentioning how you were one of the best young players in the league and there was no denying that while watching the game. You were the go to guy for Miami in the game and you kept on delivering. I forgot who won that game but ever since, I pledge my allegiance to you and the Miami Heat. I tried to watch every game that was on TV and as the games went by, I fell in love with the team and you as a player.

I remember buying my first NBA jersey in the summer of 2005 from Champs and it was a black Heat jersey with your name on it. I wore your jersey almost every single day. In my neighbourhood whenever I played ball, the older guys would always call me Flash because of the jersey and just naturally how fast I was at the time. I remember so vividly witnessing that first championship in my new house filled with boxes. My parents tried to make me go to sleep around the 4th quarter since the game was on a school night but I knew I couldn’t miss that game. So I watched the fourth with my head peeking from the sidewall and I remember Jason Terry shooting a 3, missing it and you got the rebound and just threw it up as high as you could. And then boom, world champions. It was an incredible moment in my life, witnessing my favourite player and team win a championship. I then walked upstairs and cried myself to sleep from joy. The next day I wore your jersey to school repping it SOOO hard. I remember at the time people telling me oh but you’re Canadian, why don’t you support the raptors… LOL, they were ass back then c’mon man (sorry rap fans… good thing they’re balling now.)

The next 2 seasons were tough to watch because of your injuries. They tore me apart because I was so worried you wouldn’t come back to your old self but damn, you came back better than ever. The 2008-2009 was one hell of a season that I will never ever forget. It inspired me to present a speech on it. I was in French immersion all throughout school and during elementary school we had to do french speeches on any topic. My grade 6 topic was ‘Who’s better, Dwyane Wade or LeBron James?’ I compared both of your young careers and hell yeah I was soooo biased. I said things like,

“But does LeBron have a title? Did he carry a team down 0-2? Did he have one of the greatest performances of all time? NO, NO AND NO! He’s sure not going to win MVP this season with the way Dwyane Wade is playing!!”

It’s all-good I love LeBron and in fact I actually bought a jersey of him along with another jersey of you and Chris bosh in 2007 before the finals LOOL! I still believe you should’ve won MVP that season but it’s all good, I’m over it (kinda). My life at the time literally surrounded around the Miami heat and you. NBA.com and debating about ball was my shit all day every day.

The next season I was shitting bricks. Almost every analyst said if the Heat don’t look promising or if they don’t put a core solid group of guys around you, then you would leave Miami and head home to Chicago. And man. That just killed me inside. But then game 4 in 2010 against the Boston Celtics, happened. It was the most incredible game I’ve ever witnessed from you. Your drive and will to win in front of your fans was just amazing to say the least. I knew after watching that game that your heart was in Miami. I knew deep down, you were not going to leave, which you didn’t. You sacrificed so much money (millions are a lot people) to recruit LeBron and CB in 2010. I remember going BALLISTIC on Facebook and screaming of joy in my house and my mom telling me to calm down, it’s just basketball ahaha. The era of the big 3 was just getting started.

It’s crazy, those 4 seasons passed by so fast but man were they nuts. Losing that title against Dallas was devastating to see and boy did I get harassed. Mr. Gitter sure loved rubbing it in my face! But those next 2 seasons… awesomeness. Before winning the title, watching Game 6 of the ECF against the Celtics was the most nerve wrecking game I’ve ever witnessed holy crap. I’ve never been that nervous for a game and God Bless LeBron James for saving me from a heart attack at the age of 15. It was the greatest playoff performance I’ve ever seen and I highly doubt anything would top that. Must’ve been awesome to see it live like you did. After that game I became one of his biggest supporters. LeBron is just awesome, I’m sure you know that since he’s your bestie aha. But anyways, watching the parade online and enjoying the title was definitely one of the biggest highlights of my life. Then the following year you guys repeated and man you became a THREE TIME CHAMPION! Cloud 9, we are back2back champs. Obviously in 2014 injuries played a huge part in the team and we couldn’t get the 3peat. Nonetheless, those years of watching the team play and your insane ball connection with LeBron was so much fun to watch. Can’t wait to tell my kids about it one day.

2014-2015 was another rough season but then came this 7foot beast Hassan. It was like god wanted Miami to succeed after LeBron left. Then we drafted Justise Winslow. I couldn’t believe he dropped that low but damn I’m glad he did! Drafting Jrich to the roster was genius as well. I had hope we were going to do great things in the upcoming season and we sure as hell did. When you guys went down in the Charlotte series 2-3, with Game 6 being played in Charlotte, I’m not going to lie, I was nervous. With the way Kemba was playing I had the right to be!! But deep down, I knew you were going to show up. What a sensational game you had, especially that 4th quarter. WOW!!! That goofy grown ass man on the sideline taunting better have some RESPEK on your name now. Bruh I couldn’t believe how well you were hitting the 3ball. I’m like yo.. Where was this the past 12 seasons though?? I think it was the first time where I really took in, greatness, seriously. The following series against Toronto was tough for me personally. I live in Canada’s capital and well… being a Heat fan ain’t easy up in the North. You were clearly the best player in that series and every time Miami needed a bucket, you were there. To be honest, I’m still wondering where the hell our offence was during the series but it’s okay, I have to move on. Obviously it was a tough loss, especially knowing that we honestly had a great chance winning the other games in the series and I truly believed we would have kicked Cleveland’s ass if we were healthy but it’s all good… gotta get over it.

I have felt so much joy for all the success you have achieved in your life. It’s weird feeling that for someone I’ve never met but it’s true. Not just in the basketball world, but with your family as well and what you’ve created with them. It’s clear your personal life has been a rollercoaster and I don’t know the full story and I never will. But the way you’ve handled everything has been incredible and the father you’ve been to your sons is something I am greatly fond of. What you’ve created with your family is something so inspiring and beautiful, and every athlete should strive to be a father like you. The best part of you is not that you’re a basketball player, not that you’re one of the best at it, the best part of you is that you are a family first man that’s sadly rare in sports. You do so much from the Miami community, a lot more than what is asked. You’re nothing short of an inspiration to everyone. I’m so proud of everything you’ve done on and off the court. South Beach will always be your home and you’re the greatest to ever put on that Heat jersey and I swear dawg, that ain’t ever gonna change!

Let’s fast forward today and you’re now a Chicago Bull. So much has happened in between, so many ups and downs but Heat Nation and I have been there every step of the way. It’s been an extraordinary journey watching you play for the Miami Heat. I always thought you’d be a Heatlifer and this is a bittersweet ending. But to answer the question on what my thoughts are on you leaving South Beach? It’s simply, okay. I know you’ve heard a lot of people saying this but I’ll repeat it; You’ve given your blood sweat and tears and everything else, for this team and because of that we’ve experienced the triumphs ever sports fan wants to experience. It’s crazy to think you’ve impacted a random kid from Canada but you have and you continue to do so. Miami and Heat Nation will miss you, but we’ll always love you. I wish nothing but happiness for you going forward with the Chicago Bulls. They are blessed to have one of their own on their team, let alone of the greatest guards to ever play this game. I hope you absolutely kill it in Chicago. I’m still all about Heat Nation though. Best believe imma hope Miami wins each game against Chicago ahaha, but I would love it if you could drop like 50 points each game so it ain’t all that bad iight? My boys Justise, Jrich, Hassan and TJ are gonna show Chicago what’s up.. I swear we’re on the rise!   

Peace and love Father Prime,

From Faisa Abdi - Ottawa, Ontario CANADA

PS: I still can’t believe you replied back to my tweet a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t sleep at all that night, i was so happy. And hell yeah you got fans in Canada!!! We took a beating supporting you and the team but it’s all good man!!

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Reclaiming Fitspo: Ashley Fiolek

Fiolek is a 24 year old motocross racer from Dearborn, Michigan. She began riding at the age of 3, when her parents gave her a Yamaha PW50. Using training wheels, she and her parents often spent hours riding in the woods near their house. This love of motocross turned into competitive when she was 7 and started to race.

She is a four-time WMA champion. In 2008, Fiolek earned the title of WMX Pro National champion after her first professional win at the WMA Pro National Hangtown. Despite fracturing her collarbone during the race, she repeated this win the next year too. In 2009, Fiolek won her first X Games gold medal in Women’s Moto X Super X, and went on to win her second consecutive X Games Gold Medal in Super X Women’s in 2010.

In 2008, she became the first female motocross racer to get featured on the cover of TransWorld Motocross magazine, while 2012 got her on the cover of Vogue. Fiolek’s work in this sport has helped to propel women’s motocross into the mainstream, making it more acceptable for girls to participate in competitive racing. Although she is now retired, she continues to both ride and advocate for motocross.

Fiolek has been deaf since birth. Her TED Talk, called “Motocrossing Against All Odds,” discusses the drive and ambition that continue to push her forward in life. Her organization, the Ashley Fiolek Foundation, also works to bring more women into dirt biking and provide resources to underprivileged kids through grants and out-reach programs. 

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DAI Raptr Q&A 7/8/2014 Info

The Inquisitor
* Voice Actors are Jon Curry (American M), Sumalee Montano (American F), Harry Hadden-Patton (British M), and Alix Wilton Regan (British F)
* Character creation happens before the opening cutscenes, like in Origins
* Mounts do not increase inventory size, though Laidlaw considers the idea ‘interesting’
* The Inquisitor can take part in the Grand Game of the Orlesian nobility
* The Human Inquisitor’s Trevelyan family is unrelated to the Amell, Hawke, or Cousland bloodlines
* The Inquisitor can take prisoners of war and sentence them
* The Inquisitor cannot have chest hair
* There are options to give the Inquisitor scars in character creation
* Conflicting information about freckles; Mike Laidlaw confirms, Mark Darrah denies
* The Inquisitor will be treated as a 'holy figure’ by certain NPCs
* Every race of Inquisitor has a concrete background, but will begin the game in the same place
* The Inquisitor’s race will have a constant effect throught the game
* The Dwarf Inquisitor is a surface dwarf
* The Inquisitor may have central heterochromia, but not complete heterochromia; the color of both inner and outer iris can be changed in character generation, but having both eyes be different was crashing the UI
* Non-mage Human Inquisitor is a noble

Romances
* Cassandra and Cullen are straight
* Josephine is bi
* There is a bi male Companion, implied to be Iron Bull or Blackwall
* Some Companions have 'other things to do’ besides being romanced- presumeably Vivienne
* The majority of romanes are not race-gated
* The jar of bees is unromanceable
* There are eight romances, two of whom are racegated for story reasons
* One of these romances is neither a Companion nor an Advisor

Companions and Advisors
* There is less chance to interact with Advisors, as they do not travel with the Inquisitor
* Iron Bull enjoys “bedroom Olympics”
* Solas spends a lot of time thinking about the Fade
* Josephine has a “cool” accent
* There are no specific 'recruit this Companion’ quests; Companions show up during the plot 'in the strangest places’
* There will be prompts to join in on party banter. If these prompts are ignored, the conversation will continue without input from the Inquisitor
* In the E3 demo, Sera was “not having a good day” when the demon threw her aside
* Companions may leave the Inquisitor based on choices, but Advisors will never leave
* Some Companions and Advisors can be hugged
* Solas has a Welsh accent, like Merrill
* The Inquisitor may be able to twirl Dorian’s mustache
* Josephine is being written by Sylvia Feketekuty (Liara T'soni in Mass Effect)

NPCs
* Some NPCs from old games will return- Flemeth is confirmed as one of them
* Gideon Emery 'may’ be showing up again (presumeably as Fenris)
* Alistair has been confirmed to be Fiona’s son; it is currently unknown if Fiona will appear
* NPCs will be more racially varied in skintone; Frostbite “handles skintone better” than the Eclipse engine
* Zevran will -not- be making an appearance
* In default-canon, Anders was killed by Hawke

Equipment
* NO CAPES
* Mages are able to wear proper armor with the correct crafting materials
* Qunari (Iron Bull and Qunquisitor) do not wear helmets, but have another kind of gear in their place
* Basil is a crafting agent

Specializations
* Specializations are to be earned, rather than freely given or unlocked
* Knight-Enchanter is designed to encourage mage Inqusitors into melee combat. It is desicrbed as “less tanky” than Arcane Warrior
* Necromancy is not as reviled as blood magic’ it is more of a 'grey area’. In Nevarra, it is considered a sacred magic to be treated with respect

Gameplay
* It is possible for the demons to win the war
* The game does not end when you finish the main story, much like an Elder Scrolls title. New Game Plus has been discussed but there are currently no concrete plans.
* Unlike Mass Effect 3, there are no 'war assets’ to be earned or missed opportunities if the player does not have enough.
* Many abilities and spells will be returning from previous games, and they will be accompanied by newer ones
* Control over Fade Rifts can provide “intereting combat abilities”
* There will be both moments where choices the Inquisitor makes are very black and white- ie, Option A or Option B- and moments where major choices can have multiple outcomes depending on previous player actions
* Skyhold Keep is “highly customizeable”; there are options to rebuild parts of it and perform crafting and research’
* Skyhold Keep has “a ton” of people, including Advisors, Companions, and NPCs
* Information about the Dragon Age Keep savefile system should be released around August or September
* Warriors can bash down obstacles, while Mages can repair things

Misc.
* No pysical Deluxe Edition for Europe. The items in Deluxe Edition will be offered as paid DLC instead.
* Tarot Cards from Inquisitor’s Edition may or may not be offered separately due to unforseen high demand
* The Inquisition will not be visiting Kal-Sharok