Pharrell was featured on a new song by Colombian Reggaeton singer J. Balvin. The song, “Safari” is produced entirely by the Virginia native and has him singing in Spanish. Unfortunately, Pharrell’s verse isn’t long enough for me to properly assess his fluency in my mother tongue (he does sound better than Kendrick though). Despite that, the verse-and song- serve as an interesting artefact for Spanish language music in popular culture.
Johan Cruyff is one of the most iconic figures in soccer. He helped reshape FC Barcelona, leading them to titles and records as a player in the seventies and as a manager in the nineties. Furthermore, he re envisioned how football should be played, embedding his philosophy of “Total Football” across the European continent. As the renowned writer Jonathan Wilson said, “Johan Cruyff invented modern soccer.”
Sadly, Cruyff passed away on March 24th at the age of 68 after a battle with cancer. While his legacy will live on through the numerous teams he’s influenced and through the countless disciples he’s amassed over the years, Cruyff will also be remembered for his insightful-if idiosyncratic- comments on soccer, and life. [Read more…]
Two hours south of my hometown of Modesto, Ca., is the city of Fresno. With a population just north of 500,000, it’s colloquially referred to as a “bigger Modesto.” The description is apt, as both cities share an agricultural heritage and both cities have fallen on economic hard times. Forbes has both cities ranked back-to-back as some of America’s Worst Cities For Jobs. And if that weren’t enough, a quick Google search has the neighboring cities on a wide array of unflattering lists. [Read more…]
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I am fascinated by a story former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden shares in his book Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections. At the first squad meeting before the beginning of each season, Coach Wooden would take the time to personally show his players how to properly put on their socks.
“Carefully roll the socks down to the toes, ball of the foot, arch and around the heel, then pull the sock up snug so there will be no wrinkles of any kind.”
After they finished with one foot, Wooden would have the players move on to the next foot with the same meticulousness and carefulness. Once the players had finished putting their socks on, Coach Wooden would have them carefully inspect their feet to make sure there were no wrinkles, folds or creases present.
It may seem more like a scene from Full Metal Jacket. After all at first glance, it does sound excessive. But Coach Wooden had his reasons.
In May 2009, FC Barcelona defeated England’s Manchester United 2-0 to claim the UEFA Champions League crown. In addition to their victory over Man U in Rome, the Catalans won the Spanish Cup and The Spanish League to claim their first “treble”. It was a historic and rare feat, one that had only been done four previous times since 1967.
Barcelona’s lineup that evening in Rome featured an eclectic mix of superstars, international champions and unproven youngsters.
I love Throwback Thursday. Mostly because I love to reminisce and share pictures of when I used to be fat. Which was basically like 5 years ago. Hooray at no longer being chubby Eric. But perhaps the biggest reason why I enjoy Throwback Thursday, or #tbt as the kids call it, is because it gives me an excuse to share and talk about the music from years gone by. [Read more…]
On Sunday, FC Barcelona won their 5th La Liga Championship in 7 years. Next week, they will play Athletic Bilbao for the Spanish Cup title. And on June 6th, they will face Juventus for the Champions League title.
They can end their season with a historic treble. Three titles. Rare and historic.
What a difference a few months make, for it was in January that the club was in seeming disarray. [Read more…]
My colleague Jordan (hello sir!) says that most of my coworkers hate me because I’m always happy. That’s the best backhanded compliment I’ve ever received! I never really considered myself a happy person, I just assumed everyone was the same. Now that I’m more mature and not just an overgrown 12-year-old at heart, I can see how I stand out because of my seemingly constant happiness. Before I continue, I’d like to clear up a few things with my beloved co-workers and anyone else that wonders if I’m on drugs. [Read more…]
Shea Serrano is a staff writer for sports and pop culture site Grantland. He’s the author of Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book and The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated and Deconstructed, which will be in bookstores this fall is now available for preorder (order it now so Shea can see that this interview was totes worth it). [Read more…]