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

Here’s how we see the 2017 MLB season unfolding

First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens.

With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game 162, we’ve made a few tweaks.

After Pitch’s stellar first season left the fate of Major League Baseball’s first female pitcher on a dramatic cliffhanger, fans have just one question: Will there be a season 2?

Thankfully, series star Ali Larter says things are “looking good” for the Fox baseball drama.

“I’ve heard some whispers, yeah,” Larter told ET’s Deidre Behar at a junket for her new film, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, at the London West Hollywood on Saturday. “It’s looking really good!”

http://www.etonline.com/tv/207185_ali_larter_dishes_on_a_possible_pitch_season_2/

PLEASE OH PLEASE OH MOTHER FUCKING PLEASE

WHO DO I NEED TO BRIBE OR SQUEEZE?

GIVE ME SEASON 2 CONFIRMATION

The story tonight was always where this season was going to end — Ginny finally coming of age in full, on the mound, while throwing her best game as a major leaguer — a potential no-hitter even! If the pilot was the story of a young woman becoming the first woman in the major leagues, the rest of the season has been about this young woman deciding what type of woman she wants to be. She’s got a lot of people pulling at her, a lot of people wanting things from her, and her first season journey has not always been an easy one. But in this episode, Ginny finally takes the reigns of her life in full — ousting those she deems harmful, instead of helpful (even if she’s not seeing the grey areas) — and finally, in a scene mirroring the highpoint of our pilot episode, GIVING the speech to the veteran male catcher on the mound, instead of RECEIVING it. There’s hubris here, of course, and she hurts some people even as she makes these decisions — but they are her decisions. She takes control of her situation, and owns the moment. But of course, because life is imperfect, it could actually turn out to be the thing that destroys her fledgling career.
—  Dan Fogelman (x)
golden knights continue to be extra vegas-y 😂

“When the N.H.L.’s newest franchise went looking for a keen, energetic mind to help oversee the training and performance of its players, it did not confine its search to conventional hockey circles.

Instead, the Vegas Golden Knights, who will be the first major professional sports team in Las Vegas when they begin their inaugural season in October, went in a drastically different direction. They named Jay Mellette, a longtime Las Vegas resident, as their director of sports performance and head athletic trainer.

Although Mellette acknowledges he has much to learn about hockey, there are not too many people in the N.H.L. — or any pro sports league, for that matter — who have such a versatile and colorful background in sports medicine.

Mellette was in the United States Air Force and was a member of the Colorado Rapids’ medical staff during Major League Soccer’s initial season, in 1996. But he has spent the past 12 years with Cirque du Soleil, the Canadian entertainment company known for producing some of the world’s most ambitious and elaborate performances.

(Vegas Golden Knights Turned to Circus for Trainer)

So with the recent-ish rumours of a possible season 3 of Young Justice from Netflix, I thought that I would try to do my part to raise awareness for this amazing show. Young Justice was a cartoon that followed some of the sidekicks of the Justice League, including Robin, Superboy, Kid Flash, Miss Martian, Artemis and Aqualad. When first watching the show, I thought that this was quite a strange line up for what was essentially the Teen Titans, especially since I was so used to the previous 2003-2006 incarnation of the Titans. But, boy, was I mistaken.

So what is Young Justice about exactly? Well, like I said, the cartoon focuses on the sidekicks of superheroes as they form their own Team. Throughout the first season of the show they have to face off against the mysterious Light, who are kept extremely secretive for the majority of the season. Justice League members also make appearances, particularly Batman, Martian Manhunter, Captain Marvel, Black Canary and Red Tornado, who act as the Team’s mentors. While it is always awesome to see the League on screen, they never take too much attention away from the Team.

Another awesome part about the show is how all of the characters themselves are actually handled within the show. As Young Justice takes place on Earth-16, rather than in the mainstream DC universe, the writers were able to incorporate characters from all sorts of eras, such as the Jay Garrick Flash fighting alongside the Barry Allen Flash. We also get to see an incredibly fleshed out line up for the League, with B-list and C-list heroes even making appearances such as Doctor Fate, Icon and Black Lightning. Even some of the lesser known villains make important appearances, most notably the incredibly developed Sportsmaster, a lame comic character turned deep and sinister TV villain. All of these characters work in tandem to create one of the best universes that I have ever seen in a superhero cartoon and really makes you care for this world more than you really should.

The tone in Young Justice is also extremely different to superhero shows in the past and takes on a much darker, serious tone. There are quite a few laughs here and there, mind you, particularly from Kid Flash, but I say this show is serious, it is serious. Even an episode of Teen Titans Go made fun of how dark and brooding some of the characters could be, which was…creepy, to say the least. What’s even crazier, is by the second season, they managed to make the show even darker with insane storylines and subplots and basically cranking the dark and brooding up to 13. It was truly beautiful. While I do complain about how DC is handling their movies at the moment with how dark they seem to be going, with Young Justice, it just works. Perfectly.

The best part of this show though is definitely the chemistry between all of the members of the Team. Even when new members join the team later in the first season, like Zatanna, Red Arrow and Rocket, the Team manages to work extremely well together physically and emotionally, despite them getting pretty angry with each other every now and then *cough* Superboy *cough*. However, the fact that the Team actually does disagree every now and then adds another layer to their dynamic and makes their friendship together feel much more real and helps you to invest much more in their squabbles. On top of this, the relationships and shipping in the show is off the wall insane and so perfect. I don’t want to spoil any of the ships in the show, and you may not even be interested in ships yourself, but I feel that the romance in the show is handled extremely well and pays off massively when the two characters that you want together finally do.

So Netflix, if you ever read this, please renew Young Justice Season 3. Not just for me, but for the fans for who have been clamouring for years to find out what happens after that intense cliff hanger. And if you’re a reader who hasn’t seen the show yet, do yourself a favour and go watch the whole two seasons on Netflix. Not only will you be watching a fantastically made show with stellar characters and storylines, you’ll be telling Netflix that, hey, people are interested in watching more so please make more of this thank you.

anonymous asked:

what are your thoughts on calder trophy this year? mathews and laine seem to be the only ones people are talking about (and mathews will likely win) but i feel like marner and werenski should still be in the conversation because of the seasons they've had

okay to be really honest: I think players like auston and patrik shouldn’t rly be eligible. I don’t think fake rookie panera bread should’ve won last year either. they’ve played in pro leagues before. the rule is:

To be eligible for the award, a player cannot have played more than 25 games in any single preceding season nor in six or more games in each of any two preceding seasons in any major professional league

but I digress. I think the calder should be more than just scoring. so even though it looks like patrik is gonna win the rookie scoring race, I don’t think that should be the end all, be all. I think you need to look at the impact as a whole. and with that in mind: his position, the amount of ice time, and his point totals… I’d like to see zach win the calder. I really think he deserves it. (I also thought ghost deserved it last year. I guess I’m a sucker for rookie dmen.)

tl;dr there’s such a really good rookie crop this year, I don’t think I could be mad if any of them won it. they should all be in the conversation. while I’d be over the moon if mitch or zach won, I’d be nearly as happy for auston or patrik.

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In the season two premiere of The Movement, Calen Carr travels to Orlando to experience the growing soccer culture, visit Orlando City SC’s new stadium and examine the unique connection between the club and the community in the wake of the Pulse shooting.

Carr, a former MLS forward for the Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire talks with former Dynamo teammate Tally Hall about his new career with the Orlando Police department, Orlando City midfielder Servando Carrasco, Orlando Pride defender Toni Pressley and more.

To watch season one of the Movement [+]

The 2016 MSI: North America vs. Korea...Darshan vs. Faker

Recently, Riot Games hosted a major eSports tournament, the Mid Season Interventional (MSI), for League of Legends. At MSI, each region is represented by a professional team. Notably, this is the first year North America made it to the final round of an international League of Legends tournament. Unfortunately, they played against, arguably, the greatest team in the existence of League of Legends, Korea. The NA team, CLG, performed exceptionally well, even beating the Korean team during the group stages thanks to Darshan (Olivia’s favorite player), who carried the team. Similarly, SKT’s gameplay solely depended on their star player, Faker. Regrettably, SKT ended up beating CLG 3-0.

One of the highlights of the finals was before the second game began. North America challenged Korea with the exact same conditions as the first game, which North America lost. Clearly, CLG wanted to convey the message that they believe they could have won the previous game. Korea called their bluff, also choosing the same team composition from the previous game, proving that they are the stronger team. Though I am disappointed, I am confident that CLG will come back stronger for their next tournament.

There’s one more thing I want to discuss about the MSI: the aftermath. Because of the loss, many fans were angered with Darshan, claiming that he underperformed throughout the finals. Many even called for him to be kicked off the team; however, even though he made several mistakes during the finals, CLG as a whole underperformed and would not have made it to the finals without Darshan. To improve, CLG should assess what they did wrong and determine how to prey on the opposing team’s weakness. Specifically, CLG needs to figure out how to play against Faker because he won’t disappear from the professional scene anytime soon.

8 Insane Stats about Bartolo and the Mets Pitching Staff

1. Bartolo Colon was signed as an amateur free agent on June 26, 1993.
     Noah Syndergaard was 10 months old.
     Steven Matz was 2 years old.
     Zack Wheeler was 3 years old.
     Matt Harvey was 4 years old.
     Jacob deGrom was 5 years old.

2. When the 2016 season started Bartolo Colon had 218 career wins. The rest of the rotation combined had 61.

3. At the end of last season, Bartolo Colon had 2,237 career strikeouts. The rest of the rotation combined for 998.

4. Bartolo Colon has pitched 18 seasons in the major leagues. The rest of the rotation combines for just seven.

5. Jacob deGrom in two professional seasons has 21 hits, Bartolo Colon in 18 seasons has 20.

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6. Noah Syndergaard entered the 2016 season with 166 career strikeouts. Bartolo Colon reached that number while Syndergaard was just five years old.

7. The rest of the rotation had a total of 61 wins combined when we started the season. Bartolo Colon reached that mark on July 27, 2001. Noah Syndergaard was eight years old. Steven Matz was 10 years old. Matt Harvey was 12 years old. Jacob deGrom was 13 years old.

8. Bartolo Colon threw a complete game on Steven Matz’ seventh birthday, firing fourteen strikeouts in a 7-3 win over the Blue Jays.

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Women's Sports Is a Feminist Issue
So why don't activists and gender-equality advocates treat it like one?

Some takeaways:

-In 2014, ESPN’s SportsCenter dedicated 2% of its on-air time to covering women’s sports.

-Minimum salary for player in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is $6,842 (for the entire season.) Minimum salary for a player in the Major League Soccer’s (MLS) is $60,000.

-The 2015 Women’s World Cup (WWC) is being played on artificial turf. The 2014 (Men’s) World Cup was played on natural grass, the universally-recognized superior playing surface.

-U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) captain Abby Wambach holds the international goal-scoring record—for women and men.

“Men’s sports are going to seem more exciting. They have higher production values, higher-quality coverage, and higher-quality commentary … When you watch women’s sports, and there are fewer camera angles, fewer cuts to shot, fewer instant replays, yeah, it’s going to seem to be a slower game, [and] it’s going to seem to be less exciting.” - Cheryl Cooky, professor of women’s studies at Purdue University

If you’ve got kids, here’s a nasty truth: they’re probably not very special–as in, they’re ordinary, average, unremarkable. Consider the numbers–those applications your daughter is sending to Ivy League schools, for instance. There are more than a quarter of a million other kids aiming for the same eight colleges at the same time, and less than 9% of them will make the cut. And those hours you spend coaching Little League because you just know your son’s sweet swing will take him to the pros? There are 2.4 million other Little Leaguers out there, and there are exactly 750 openings for major league ballplayers at the beginning of each season. That gives him a 0.0313% chance of reaching the bigs. The odds are just as long for the other dreams you’ve had for your kids: your child the billionaire, the Broadway star, the Rhodes scholar. Most of those things are never going to happen.

If there was a time Americans were able to make peace with odds like these, that time has passed. Judging by the behavior of modern parents, we are living in a Lake Wobegon nation, where all children are above average, destined for the professional and educational 1%–if they work hard enough.

The kids are paying the price for parents’ delusions…

—  In Praise of the Ordinary Child | TIME (August 3, 2015 issue)
Insane stats about Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey has had an impressive start to his Major League career. If you look at the numbers, some of Harvey’s stats put him in elite company among pitchers. Take a look at some of the insane stats about The Dark Knight:

-        Harvey was the third pitcher in franchise history to earn a victory in each of his first two postseason starts joining Tom Glavine in 2006 and Jacob deGrom (3-0) this year.

-        Since 1950, Harvey has the third-best home ERA (2.05) of any starter in his first three major league seasons (min. 30 home starts).

-        Since 2012, his career 2.53 ERA and 1.000 WHIP are both second among major league pitchers with at least 50 starts in that span, trailing only Clayton Kershaw (2.07 ERA, 0.921 WHIP).

-        He has 15 scoreless starts in his first 65 career games, tied with Vida Blue for the second-most such starts in a pitcher’s first 65 games in the last 100 years.

-        Harvey is one of two starters in the last 100 years to allow one run or fewer in at least half (33) of his first 65 career games.

-        The righty has had at least six strikeouts and no walks in 16 of his first 65 career starts, no other pitcher in the last century had more than 11 such outings in his first 65 games.

-        He is the only pitcher in history to strikeout more than 350 batters but allow fewer than 350 baserunners in his first 50 career starts.

-        His 4.78 K/BB ratio (449 K/99 BB) is the best for any pitcher in his first three major league season (with at least 60 starts) since 1880.

-        Harvey’s 2.53 ERA after three seasons is the fourth best in MLB since 1920 (minimum of 60 starts)

-        Harvey has the most epic fist pumps by Major League pitchers since 1900.

OK, we might have made that last one up, but either way Harvey’s list of accolades is pretty impressive.