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Major League Soccer 2017 Season: Eastern Conference & Western Conference Teams

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Major League Baseball strikes hazing practice of dressing rookie players like women

  • Starting next season, there’ll be a new rule in baseball: No more dressing the new guys in drag.
  • On Tuesday, Major League Baseball is set to ratify a new anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy meant to end a sexist and transphobic tradition in the sport.
  • The rules prohibit “requiring, coercing or encouraging” rookie players from “dressing up as women.”
  • The rule also bans them from “wearing costumes that may be offensive to individuals based on their race, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identify or other characteristic.” Read more
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❝ Welcome to Major League Soccer. We’re messing with the big boys now. ❞

forbes.com
History Made: Buffalo Bills Hire NFL's First Full-Time Female Coach
At 30 years old, Kathryn Smith has made NFL history, becoming the first full-time female coach in the nation's most popular sport.
By Jerry Barca

“History has been made. The Buffalo Bills named Kathryn Smith the team’s quality control-special teams coach, making Smith the first full-time female coach in NFL history.

The move forwards a trend of women coaching men on the professional level.

For decades, women have made headway in men’s sports, becoming front office executives in professional franchises and athletic administrators on the college level. While it has been accepted that men can coach women, the opposite hasn’t been true. Well, until recently.

Smith’s hiring follows moves made by the Arizona Cardinals and the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, which brought women into the coaching ranks of mainstream men’s professional sports.

Spurs assistant Becky Hammon became the first full-time woman assistant coach in the NBA, or any of the major professional sports leagues in the country, in August 2014. Last summer, Hammon was the head coach of the Spurs team that won the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League. She was the first woman to hold that role and win that offseason championship.

Jen Welter became the first female coach in the NFL last summer when she served as a training camp and preseason intern working with the Cardinals’ linebackers.”

Read the full piece here

CONGRATULATIONS COACH SMITH!!! 

CURRENT MOOD: TOUCHDOWN VICTORY DANCE 

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Our friends at the futbolartistnetwork created these beautiful digital match posters for Heineken Rivalry Week. More info below on each piece:

Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC
Artist: John Zylstra
Description: We wanted to capture the larger than life culture of this rivalry but also include the landscape which plays such an important role to the two clubs’ heritage. You can read the image with the sky, mountains and trees as the Cascadia Flag.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy
Artist: wellsillustrates
Description: We used one of California’s most well known films, Michael Mann’s film “Heat” to tell a story about two elder statesmen, league icons and a longstanding & illustrious rivalry. 

Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact
Artist: oliverbarrett
Description: Toronto and Montreal are two cities rooted in English and French traditions, respectively, yet are uniquely united. Two parts of a whole. The proximity of Michael Bradley and Ignacio Piatti’s faces suggest a third, central face and the central split is an allusion to the highway connecting both cities.

FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo
Artist: nosmallvictories
Description: Like the Spaghetti Western was a novel kind of Western, the Texas Derby also introduces fans to a new kind of derby between the state’s two best teams battling for the El Capitán cannon. The poster frames the three major components of the derby in classic widescreen cinematic panels.