Twitch is streaming every episode of Power Rangers EVER!

GO GO POWER RANGERS! Twitch will be streaming every season and episode of Power Rangers in anticipation for the release of Lionsgate’s Power Rangers movie, out March 24th! The stream will begin on March 14th and will last a whole 17 days, ending on March 30th.

You can watch all 19 different series and 831 episodes on the Twitch Presents channel (Click this link right here: twitch.tv/TwitchPresents). The streaming site will also allow streamers to co-host the marathon so they can give their own input on the show and it’s crazy action.

Twitch is attempting to branch out from just gaming. The marathon follows the success of the Bob Ross marathon stream from 2015. Twitch’s marketing director Annie Berrones said in a statement, “Guided by feedback from our community, Twitch has been focusing on content beyond gaming that nurtures the culture around their interests, whether it be anime, art, cooking, or pop culture, in general.”

Cheers to 17 days of Power Rangers!

Avatar’s sequel is delayed again

A few months ago I wrote an article talking about James Cameron finishing the scripts for not only Avatar 2, but also 3, 4, and 5. According to Cameron, production was starting on the four films all at once, so that they could be finished faster. 2018 was the targeted year that the director was aiming to finish the film for and said it would be done by then. Many have speculated there would be no way that he could finish the movie by then when he has a plate full of work, including a new documentary series, James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction. Well to no one’s surprise Avatar 2 has been delayed beyond 2018.

Cameron announced in an interview with The Star that the film will not be released in 2018. He went onto to say in the interview,

“What people need to understand is that this is a cadence of releases. So we’re not making Avatar 2. We’re making Avatar 2, 3, 4, and 5. It’s an epic undertaking. It’s not unlike building the Three Gorges dam.”

Well no crap! I honestly don’t understand why Fox even announced a release date in the first place. Taking on 4 movies at once while also working on Atlantis Rising and his sci-fi documentary series. Back in 2009 after the release of Avatar, Cameron stated he would create two sequels which then became four which clearly is slowing down the process of even creating one! Yeah, so 2018 isn’t happening and now there’s no specific date or year. Cool beans.

I’ll continue to keep you all updated on Avatar news, but at this pace expect the sequel to be out when we’re all dead.

Live action Disney films casting. Dumbo in talks with Danny DeVito and Aladdin looking for young actors

The future of cinema is going be filled with Disney live action remakes. Dumbo and Aladdin are getting the live action treatment next with Tim Burton directing Dumbo and Guy Ritchie directing Aladdin. Both of the films are looking for actors and actresses to fill their roles.

Danny DeVito could possibly be reunited with director Tim Burton as he is currently in talks to play the ringmaster in Dumbo. DeVito played the Penguin in Burton’s Batman Returns. DeVito will play one of the live action characters in a mix or live action and animation. Currently the actor is a star on FX’s original show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. DeVito is trying to make the film fit in his already busy schedule.

Eva Green, formerly of 300: Rise of an Empire, is also in talks to play a French trapeze artist in the film. The film has already lost Will Smith who was to play Dumbo’s father.

Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin remake is also in the process of casting. The casting call that was recently released is asking for Middle Eastern actors between 18-25 that have the ability to sing and dance.

Aladdin’s casting call is similar to that of the upcoming Mulan remake in which they asked for English and Mandarin speaking individuals. It seems Disney is going to stay true to the original films with their acting choices. Hollywood has taken flack for its casting of certain roles in recent films. Both Ghost in the Shell and the recently released Great Wall both have casted white leads in movies that are centered around Asian culture.

Both remakes are in the early stages of development along with other Disney live action films including Lion King, Mulan, and The Little Mermaid.

Vince Young is attempting a comeback in the CFL

 

The last time Vince Young played professional football was the 2013 preseason with the Greenbay Packers. Fast forward to 2017 and after being retired from football for 3 years Young is attempting to return to the field here in Canada. The former University of Texas great will join the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the upcoming CFL season, signing a standard 1 year deal.  

In 2005 Vince Young led the Texas Longhorns to a National Championship against Reggie Bush and the USC Trojans in one of the greatest NCAA college games of all time. After that game Young entered the NFL draft and was drafted 3rd overall to the Tennessee Titans. His 9 seasons in the NFL saw him travel to five different teams, attend two pro-bowls, win a rookie of the year award, and the comeback player of the year award in 2009. He boosts a 31-19 starting record with 46 TD’s and 51 interceptions. Young was once known as a mobile QB and in his rookie season cemented his place in the record books after rushing for the most yards by a QB with 552, later surpassed by Cam Newton and Robert Griffen III.  

Young will compete with five different QB’s during the preseason on a post Darian Durant, Roughriders team. There is no guarantee that the position will be his especially considering he’s been out of the game for so long. Riders GM and Head Coach, Chris Jones, said in a press conference,

“It’s competition. We’re early in the year, Vince knows what’s in front of him. He’s not naive to the league, he respects the league. We’ve got good players and we’re trying to create competition at every position.”


For the past 3 years Young has spent his time working for the University of Texas. His move to Saskatchewan will see him compete against a big name in the CFL, Kevin Glenn, for the spot. If the 33 year old former NFL star can overcome the competition and make the team, it will go down as a huge and successful comeback. The CFL has seen former NFL greats such as Chad Johnson make their way up across the border to revitalize their careers. It will no doubt be a tall task for a once promising QB.

Thor has a new look in latest images

Thor: Ragnarok will feature a much different looking Thor. Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive first look at the movie through a series of stills. The new images depict the iconic Marvel super hero, played by Chris Hemsworth, with short hair and twin swords. Thor’s long golden locks are gone and his trusty hammer, Mjolnir, is nowhere to be seen. His new look is very gladiator like.   

According to the films director Taika Waititi the film will take place on Sakaar, the planet in which the comic series Planet Hulk features. Interesting enough the new images show Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) along with Thor. The new look for Thor makes him seem more like a gladiator then a Norse god. His look fits the idea that the film is following the Planet Hulk story line. The planet is a gladiator futuristic world after all.

The images also show off Cate Blanchett as villain and Goddess of Death, Hela. Her hair and makeup create a frightening looking antagonist. Jeff Goldblum’s character, Grandmaster along with Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, are on full display. The images really show off a different feel compared to the characters last two standalone films. Thor’s shake-up could in fact spark new life into a character who’s movies don’t get as much love as his fellow Avengers teammates.

The film isn’t out until November 3rd, but we should be seeing a trailer sometime soon, most likely before Guardians of the Galaxy.

Nintendo Switch will receive streaming services…eventually

If you’re one of the thousands of people that bought a Nintendo Switch then you’ve probably noticed a lack of features that were present in the console’s predecessor, the Wii U. Netflix being the biggest omission from the Switch. But Nintendo of America’s CEO, Reggie Fils-Aime has now said that video streaming “will come in time.”

The CEO reiterated the fact the console is first and foremost for gaming. All the bells and whistles that could possibly come later will only make the console better. In his Washington Post interview Fils-Aime said,

“We’re talking to a range of companies about other services, companies like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon — things that will come in time. In our view, these are not differentiators. What differentiates us is the way you play with the Nintendo Switch and what you can play. And that will continue to be our focus into the future as we continue driving this platform.”

Obviously his statement doesn’t give a timeline of when the console will take on streaming. As of right now the Switch is one of the few entertainment devices that does not have any type of streaming capabilities. For a console that is essentially a tablet, having the ability to take it anywhere and watch your favorite movies and shows is actually a huge feature. The fact that it lacks features that have been promised, including an online subscription similar to PSN or Xbox Live, the sales of the device have been superb. Supposedly in the States the console has sold more units than any Nintendo console before it. In Japan the console has sold 313,700 units compared to the Wii U’s 308,600 and Sony’s PS4’s 322,100. It’s also interesting to note that the Switch was released outside of the holiday season while the Wii U and PS4 were released during that time of the year. The holiday season usually benefits sales for the gaming industry, especially when there’s a new console release.

The added benefit of streaming services and more similar features will only give the Switch and Nintendo a boost. The Switch is actually the one console you can take wherever you go so having a device with full functionality similar to say, a laptop, will only make people desire it more. Nintendo knows they need Netflix, and I doubt we wait any longer then the summer to enjoy our favorite shows and movies on their latest innovation.

We would have loved to give you a review on the Switch, but we haven’t received one. Hopefully in the near future we can bring you a review.

Riverdale already renewed for Season 2

The 1st season of Riverdale isn’t over yet, but it’s already got the ok for a season 2. CW has announced that the tv show adaption of the Archie comics is being renewed for a second season after achieving a pretty loyal fan base.

The shows ratings have flexed up and down it’s prime time Thursday night spot. That hasn’t stopped the show from earning a large dedicated fanbase. With a darker version of the Archie world, the series has targeted the 18-34 demographic including fans of shows like Gossip Girl and the Vampire Diaries. It’s worked with the series getting a healthy boost from that demo. Netflix is also home to the show and has helped increase its popularity.

The show is an adaptation of the Archie comics, but puts a twist on the characters and atmosphere of the comics. In a sense the show borrows the Archie characters in order to build it’s own unique story.

Riverdale joins seven other CW shows already renewed for new seasons, including other comic book shows, Arrow, Supergirl and The Flash.  

Rejoice! Ride hailing is coming to B.C

It’s finally happened, the provincial government has decided to allow ride hailing companies residence in B.C. Uber and Lyft will arrive in the province come December 2017, just in time for the 2017/2018 holiday season.

Companies like Uber and Lyft are huge in the United States and for the longest time, B.C refused to allow them into the province because of a failure to figure out a way to regulate ride hailing without screwing over the taxi companies. Transportation Minister Todd Stone and Translink Minister Peter Fassbender explained that the taxi industry will receive $1 million in order to create their own app to help them compete against these incoming companies.

Taxis are getting big upgrades to make the playing field for ride hailing even. They will now be able to serve people anywhere instead of being held back by municipal borders. Taxis also get the exclusivity of being ordered by phone, or hailed on the curb. Taxi and Uber drivers however will be held to the same safety standards and restrictions.

As your resident American here at Evolution I can tell you Uber and Lyft are one of the most amazing things to have come around in recent years. I’ve had to many terrible experiences in Vancouver taxis that I probably will NEVER ride in one again. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been refused a ride because I don’t want to pay with cash. Taxi drivers will have to smarten up in order to survive around here now.

Honestly why waste time downtown being refused a ride when I can pull up an app and get a ride super quickly? And even better yet we can become Uber drivers now! I actually may want to be one considering you can make your own hours, drive your own car, and of course get paid! Only downfall is the overly drunk members of society vomiting in your car.

I’m excited for the holidays even more then usual. This is a big announcement for the province and one that for sure will benefit transit around the city. 

Margot Robbie will star as the lead in upcoming movie “Marian”

Margot Robbie is a rising star in Hollywood since portraying Leonardo DiCaprio’s wife in the hit film The Wolf of Wall Street. Now the Australian actress has captured a leading role as Robin Hood’s, Maid Marian in the characters own standalone movie.

Marian is the love interest of Robin Hood. The movie will take place in an alternate universe, after Robin Hood’s death and follows Marian as she takes on his mantle and leads her people in a war for the kingdom. It seems like it will be a very action oriented movie, a genre of film that Robbie has taken part of in Suicide Squad.

Marian will be produced by Sony Pictures after a huge bidding war for the speculative screenplay. It won’t be the only film centered around the lore of Robin Hood, but it will be the only one that follows the story of Maid Marian. Lionsgate is currently working on Robin Hood: Origins with Taron Egerton as Robin Hood and Jamie Foxx as Little John. Disney also has a film in development that will be the start of a franchise called Nottingham and Hood. So in the future movie goers will have lots of Robin Hood driven films to choose from.

Margot Robbie is finishing filming a Tonya Harding biopic, I, Tonya and is also working on producing a Harley Quinn spin-off called Gothem City Sirens, which will focus on female villains from DC Comics. Robbie has a lot on her plate as of now, but seems to be a decent casting decision for an action driven film. Her rise from an Australian soap star to a Hollywood lead is well deserved.

The Gorillaz are making a comeback with a live performance

It was 2010 when the British animated band, the Gorillaz last played a live show. Fast forward to 2017 and the Gorillaz are coming back with a massive bang. Instead of just headlining their own comeback show, they have decided to host their own comeback festival and headline that!

The festival will take the name of the band’s second album Demon Dayz and will held at Dreamland amusement park in the English town of Margate. The festival will begin June 10th, and will feature the band headlining the entire thing. Right now a line-up hasn’t been announced for the rest of the festival. It’s a hell of a way to make a comeback. How many bands even create their own festival in the first place? Tickets go on sale March 10th.

The first single from their upcoming album was released earlier this year. “Hallelujah Money” teased fans yearning for new Gorillaz music, but also gave them a lot to look forward to. There’s currently no knowledge of when the band’s latest album will be released, however we do know it’s finished. Damon Albarn has said the album is done, and it could be out soon with the June festival just around the bend.

Unfortunately for us in North America, there’s no known date when the band will ever return, but with the release of an impending album that could possibly change.

 

The first still of the new Mary Poppins movie is here

Disney has decided to create a sequel to the classic movie Mary Poppins. The second film is named simply Mary Poppins Returns and will take place 25 years after the first film. The first image of the film shows Emily Blunt in the full Mary Poppins get up, umbrella and all.

The movie will feature the return of Dick Van Dyke from the original film, and will also star Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, and Angela Lansbury.

The film will take place in London during the 1930’s, the era in which the original novels took place. The movie focuses on grown up Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) along with Michael’s own kids. After Michael suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins returns to help the family feel joy once again.   

The movie is due out on December 25, 2018.

DuckTales remake gets first trailer

Disney XD is bringing back the beloved kids show DuckTales. The remake of the show has received it’s first trailer. The first season of the show will air during the summer of 2017.

The series will feature David Tennant as main character Scrooge McDuck, while Huey, Dewey and Louie will be voiced by Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz, and Bobby Moynihan.

The trailer showcases an updated animation style that brilliantly fits the current era of animated shows. Watch the trailer and get ready to be hit with 90’s nostalgia. The end features the iconic theme song, along with some of the adventures the characters will go on. DuckTales will no doubt go down as one of those kids animated shows that young adults can also enjoy.

Canucks trade Jannik Hansen to San Jose Sharks

Jim Benning has been making moves this trade deadline season. After trading Alex Burrows to the Senators for young prospect Jonathon Dahlen, they continued to get younger by trading Jannik Hansen away. The San Jose Sharks are getting the 30 year old winger in exchange for 20 year old forward Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional 4th round pick in the 2017 draft.

With the addition of the two younger prospects Jim Benning has begun to add younger scoring pieces in hopes the team will begin to trend back upwards in coming season. Another benefit from the conditional pick is that it could become a 1st round pick depending if the Sharks can win this years Stanley Cup. With the Canucks currently sitting out of playoff picture, and likely not to get in, fans of the team should switch allegiances to the Sharks for the time being. ‘

Hansen has scored 105 goals and managed 235 points in his 565 NHL games with the Canucks. This season his 6 goals and 13 points in 28 games is mainly a result of having to overcome a knee injury. Hansen said of his new team “They are a very good team that has a shot. That part is extremely exciting to me.”

Goldobin will bring a young presence to the team after being drafted in the 2014 NHL Draft as the 27th overall pick by the Sharks. The Canucks hope that the Russian will bring a spark to the team during a period where they are struggling to score.

The Canucks managed to pull of two trades before the deadline this season. Many of the fan base is praising Benning for the deals he has been able to make. Only time will tell if the younger players pan out.

WATCH: Netflix original film “Okja” gets first trailer

One of the more interesting upcoming releases on Netflix is the film Okja. Directed by Bong Joon Ho, the movie is about a young girl who has taken to residing in the forest of South Korea’s Gangwon Province alongside a mystery creature. The film is fantasy focused and will feature actors Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and Steven Yeun of Walking Dead fame.

The new trailer shows the young girl, actress Seohyun An, in the forest along with a small glimpse of the eye and grey skin of the yet unseen creature. The trailer leaves a lot of mystery behind what it could be which is something I wish many monster movies would do. So far all we know is that Okja is the creature.

The trailer also gives us a short preview of Tilda Swinton’s character, who presumingly seems to have created Okja based on what is shown.

We’ll have to wait until June 28th when Okja premieres on Netflix to uncover the mystery of what the titular creature really is. For now watch the trailer and take a guess for yourself.  

Microsoft to offer new game streaming service for Xbox One

It isn’t a secret that the Xbox One has struggled against its competitor the Playstation 4. I, myself switched over from Microsoft to Sony mainly based on the selection of games between the two and the fact more of my friends had already done so when the systems were first released. Microsoft needs to step up their game against Sony’s increasing popularity. With the release of Project Scorpio sometime before Christmas this year, Microsoft is attempting to reclaim its throne of number one console in all the land. Now the tech giant has announced a new addition to Xbox One. The company is attempting to create a Netflix for Xbox games, called Xbox Game Pass. The subscription based video game streaming service will allow gamers to access 100 plus games for $9.99 a month.

According to Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, the service will let gamers choose from a large library of games, with unlimited access to them. He said in the announcement via the Xbox website, “One of the best things about Xbox Game Pass is that you can discover and download the full titles directly on your Xbox One. That means continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without having to worry about streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues.”

So it’s up to you if you want to stream the games straight from Xbox Game Pass or download the games straight to the console to avoid lag, and streaming disruption.

Games will range from Halo 5 to NBA2k17 and even a selection of backwards compatible games. Developers like Microsoft Studios, SEGA, THQ, Warner Bros, and a few others have all signed on to have their games added to service. The collection of games will update every month sort of like Netflix, Microsoft will add new titles, and cycle out the older ones. For those willing to pay the $9.99 over top of their Xbox Live subscription, they’ll also get an exclusive discount to purchase games directly from the service to continue playing even after they are removed.

The service will go through testing in the spring with a preview of the streaming service given to a select few chosen Xbox Live users. During this Alpha test the game library will only be a small glimpse of what gamers will experience with their subscription.

I think this is more of an attempt to bring hardcore gamers back to the realm of Xbox One. I seriously doubt normal casual gamers will want to pay an extra $10 dollars a month to stream a huge library of games that of which they’ll never have time to play. However if you are a big gamer I think the service is great news especially when prices of full games are more than $80 dollars. However the only way it succeeds with any type of Xbox One user is if it actually has a library of games that people will want to play. If it’s a ton of crap games no one in their right mind will want to pay monthly to play them. It’s a great idea from the Xbox team and Microsoft, they just need to make sure they get the right developers to sign on and the best games added every month, and I think they will definitely succeed in bringing people back to the console.  

SpaceX will send two people around the moon in 2018

If you’ve ever had dreams of space travel or even visiting the Moon, those dreams may soon become reality. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and founder of Tesla, has announced that in 2018 two paying “space tourists” will get to fly around the moon.

The two lucky people that will get to do a loop around the Moon, have already paid an undisclosed deposit to be the first tourists in space. The two are mostly likely paying millions of dollars to be the first people since the 1972 Apollo mission, to blast off and travel past low Earth orbit. Those probable millions of dollars will not only pay for their tickets to space, but will also fund the entirety of the mission. Just like astronauts the unnamed travelers will be put into fitness testing and training within this year. Musk said to reporters “This presents an opportunity for humans to return to deep space for the first time in 45 years and they will travel faster and further into the solar system than any before them.”

SpaceX has yet to test the rocket and spacecraft that will take the two people to space. The Falcon Heavy will be the rocket that will carry the craft to space. It will be put to the test later this summer. The Crew Dragon will be tested sometime later this year as it will be the actually spacecraft that will make the trip around the Moon. Take off will take place at Cape Canaveral in Florida where the Apollo missions all took place.

There is supposed interest by others who are entertaining the idea of space travel as well. This is the first step to space travel for normal rich citizens. Eventually we all may be able to afford vacations to space. We’ll just have to wait and see what the future of space travel has for us, but clearly it’s looking bright  

 

Jim Benning and the Canucks trade away Alex Burrows to the Ottawa Senators

He slayed the dragon in 2011, but now Alex Burrows’ time with the Vancouver Canucks has finally come to a close. After years playing alongside the Sedin twins and nearly becoming a Stanley Cup champion, the forward has been dealt away to the Ottawa Senators. In return the Canucks received 19-year old Swedish prospect Jonathan Dahlen.

Before playing in 822 games for the Canucks, the Quebec native started his career off in the lowly 3rd tier of the ECHL, before climbing and fighting his way so close to the pinnacle of the sport. The Canucks picked Burrows up in 2005 and since that time he finished 4 straight seasons with 25 plus goals starting in 2008-09 and through the 2010-11 season. The feisty and bothersome forward played alongside the Sedins for many of those years, helping the Canucks become Western Conference champions and reaching the Stanley Cup finals in the 2010-11 season.

Burrows was set to become an unrestricted free agent this coming off season, and while the Canucks were about to discuss a contract extension, Benning obviously thought now is the time to get a little younger.

The player received in return for Burrows, is Jonathan Dahlen. Drafted in the second round, 42nd overall in the 2016 NHL by the Senators, the young Swedish forward has impressed internationally. He took to the ice with Sweden in this year’s World Junior Championship, helping Sweden to a 4th place finish and collecting 6 points of his own.

The Senators are hoping Burrows, who has 9 goals this season, will bring in some extra firepower to a team sitting second in the Atlantic Division behind Montreal. Jim Benning has a tough job ahead as it seems he has started to rebuild the Canucks through youth. This trade may just be the beginning.

Ranking the new 2017 MLS jerseys

The MLS season is upon us. Every year each team releases at least one new jersey thanks to league requirements. Now that the 2017 season kits have all been released, it’s time to rank them. This year seems to be a bit of a down year in terms of looks, a lot of the styles are simple, plain, and downright uninspired. So let’s get started.

1. Orlando City SC- Primary Kit

 

Purple and gold are a beautiful mix. The kit continues the simplistic style of this year, but with a stunning and bold color scheme. The gold lion on the crest pops and is definitely an eye catcher. It’s a great upgrade from the purple and white of last year.

2. Portland Timbers- Primary Kit

There’s a common theme amongst these top 5 jerseys, and it’s the gold accents. Portland took one of their best and top selling jerseys and reworked it to be their primary this year. The green is a nicer shade and the gold an even golder (if that’s even a word), it’s a total upgrade from that past alternate jersey. There’s no doubt the rabid Timber fans will snatch this one up like crazy.

3 Columbus Crew – Primary Kit

nitThank you Columbus for return to full on yellow kits. The kits bold yellow base and checkered side stripe are reminiscent of the great kits Columbus once dawned. Great choice to go back to solid yellow. Black and yellow baby!

4. Atlanta United FC-Primary Kit

This is one of the kits that stands out most this year. Red, black,and gold in my opinion are the best color scheme possible. Literally anything with a gold accent is a winner. Solid black stripes and a red base are a mixture of the historic AC Milan kits that are world famous. Atlanta did well for their first ever kit.

5. LA Galaxy- Secondary Kit

Classic dark blue, this is where simplicity is completely fine. The dark blue combined with the blue Adidas stripes and cuffs are a great combination. I love the off colored, uneven lines on the front of the jersey. They give it a feeling of depth. Great solid jersey for a solid team.

6. DC United- Secondary Kit

This kit is out there and that’s why it’s in the top 10. It’s a unique design that many people have been criticizing. I think it looks like super hero armor, like Spiderman kind of. Why would you not wanna look like a soccer playing Spiderman? I love it, ya’ll can hate it if you want, but it stands out among the simplicity of other kits.

7. Chicago Fire- Secondary Kit

Call 9-1-1 because this kit is FIRE! Best Fire kit in a long time. The grey is a nice change to seeing white away kits all the time.Love the blue secondary color combination too. The Valspar sponsor logo actually looks good on it too.

8. Philadelphia Union- Secondary Kit

Best white kit this season. The navy blue sleeves and blue side stripe are sleek. A solid black badge, absolutely beautiful on that solid white. I love everything about this kit and I’ve never been a huge fan of Union kits.

9. Seattle Sounder- Secondary Kit

Another white kit, but the Sounders made sure it was classy. It’s supposedly a call back to older kits from their 40 years of soccer history. The added collar and old NASL logo on the back are super attractive on a normally basic kit.

10. Atlanta United FC- Secondary Kit

A simple red and white, a perfect look for the first ever secondary kit for Atlanta. I think the barely visible stripes going across the body of the kit helps make the it look less boring than a solid white.

11. Toronto FC- Primary Kit

Toronto hasn’t really had to change much. The solid red and black sleeves still make it one of the best kits in the league. If only they could get rid of BMO as the shirt sponsor, it just looks out of place on a solid kit. It’s just another year where Toronto hasn’t disappointed. And that silver maple leaf…very nice.

12. Montreal Impact- Secondary Kit

Clean, and fresh is how you can describe the new Montreal secondary kit. Very reminiscent of the snow that covers Montreal every year. The blue accents looking stunning fitting along with the white. One more word for this kit: CRISP!

13. Houston Dynamo- Primary Kit

A clean orange kit. Not much to say about it as it follows classic Houston jerseys. The orange and white just makes it look fresh, but doesn’t really wow the eye. Best part about it, the sponsor logo isn’t obnoxiously large.

14. Minnesota United FC- Secondary Kit

Minnesota could have had a better showing for it’s new kits. The silver shoulders are what makes the shirt and of course the badge. They do have the best badge in the MLS.

15.Colorado Rapids- Secondary Kit

It’s another rehash of a previous jersey. I actually really love the yellow and blue. My question is why do the red and blue badge? It doesn’t look good on the yellow. There’s also a red button on the collar… I dunno Colorado is a funny place.

16. FC Dallas- Secondary Kit

No hoops, but there are stars. I honestly think it’s an upgrade from past Dallas secondary kits. But no way is it better than their home kits. The faded fronts are also stupid. They clearly didn’t learn from Columbus’ disaster of a jersey last year. The top and button up is nice though.

17. New York City FC- Primary Kit

It’s boring and obviously a Manchester City copy. They should be doing more with the New York flag colors. Mets and Knicks blue and orange are the best color combo in sports. Other than it being boring and uninspired there’s nothing really aesthetically wrong with the kit.  

18. Sporting KC- Primary Kit

It’s fancy, and has a nice collar. It’s not too exciting , but there’s definitely nothing wrong with it. The white stripes go nicely with the completely white pants. I think it’ll look even better when worn on field.  

19. San Jose Earthquakes- Primary Kit

The only reason why this isn’t at the very end of the list is because the design is so much different than any other jersey. It’s carrying over that earthquake fault line design from their nicer kits from the last couple years. It looks like a beer league jersey though, and the giant sponsor logo makes it look worse.

20. New England Revolution- Secondary Kit

Split jerseys aren’t the best. I like the combination of the colors, I just think the split ruins the jersey. It supposed to resemble the American flag. Everyone loved the white and red stripped USA jerseys, they should have done that.

21. Minnesota United- Primary Kit

The unique Minnesota colors are awesome, the kit not so much. The slash and sponsor logo ruins it. I just think they clash together. The silver and light blue complement each other so well. But I just can’t get over the look of the white target logo getting in the way.

22. Real Salt Lake- Secondary Kit

It’s just white. It’s boring too. RSL has a great color combination and none of it is shown off on this jersey. RSL is starting to disappoint with every new jersey release.

23. New York Red Bulls- Primary Kit

What the heck is this design supposed to be? It’s just a whole bunch of lines coming across the jersey. It’s not even a proper pattern. Red Bull jerseys have always been nice solid jerseys even with that annoying giant sponsor logo on it. But no this is terrible. Seriously it’s just lines!  

24. Vancouver Whitecaps- Primary Kit

The Whitecaps have always had some of the best white home jerseys, but not this year. This year they will wear pajamas as their home jerseys. Why triangles? If they wanted to put rain drops on the jersey they should have just done that. At least the Whitecaps have a beautiful secondary jersey.    

 

How sports games condition us to love sports

With the impending Whitecaps MLS season upon us, I started to think the other day how I even began to love the sport of soccer. Soccer in North America is only just growing to become a major sport and the cities I’ve lived in (Seattle and Vancouver) have only in the last few years had MLS soccer teams. 2009 is the year the MLS welcomed the Seattle Sounders into the league, but somehow I was a soccer fan years before that. How though did I become a fan of the sport when soccer was few and far between on TV back in the first decade of the millennium? The answer to that question is video games.

Sports video games are the reason for much of my love for sports along with thousands of other sports gamers. Gamers, specially sports gamers constantly trash sports games. From their hate of game mechanics, how the computer plays, or the glitches that accompany the game, gamers forget what the games have done for them. My experience is similar to many other sports fans and sports gamers that are around today. I hated soccer before 2006. I hated going to all of my sisters game, I thought it was boring and dull, and just a sport for kids. I then recieved FIFA World Cup 2006 for Xbox 360 from a family friend working at EA. Holy smokes that game became the equivalent of crack to me. I couldn’t stop playing. The feeling of scoring goals and watching the net ripple, winning close games, and lifting the World Cup trophy over and over was so magical. My love for the game carried over into watching the 2006 World Cup. I began to hate teams like Italy because they were good in the game and rooted for teams like Ghana because they were an underdog. Watching buildups and goals being scored by the world’s top players helped increase my skill in game as I learned different dynamics to help build my own scoring chances. Watching real soccer benefited my game playing, but my video game playing helped me fall in love with soccer. The funny thing was I wasn’t the only one. My friend started playing the game with me and soon he owned the game himself. As friends we never really sat down and watched sports together, but in the summer of 2006 that changed. We sat intently watching the final between France and Italy all the way through with the ups and downs, the famous Zidane head butt and Italy’s win in penalties. We were actually so upset with the result of the game, we booted up the 360 and replayed the game ourselves and kicked Italy’s ass.

One of the most important parts of my history is the day I received Madden 2001. It was really the first sports game I really had ever played. And just like that I was a huge football fan. Having only ever watched one football game in my life, Super Bowl XXXIV the year before, Madden 2001 taught me that football is my one true love. I played through franchise mode season after season as the Seahawks and learned all the players name, their positions, and even the players on other teams. I learned the ins and outs of the sport. I began to understand the playbooks and what each position did. I helped Shaun Alexander become an MVP years before he would do it in real life. When I began to play football in the 7th grade, I used Madden and ESPN 2k to learn my positions. I practiced reading holes and the defensive alignments. Football games helped me up my knowledge of the game, but most importantly it taught me that football is the greatest sport of all time. I owe Madden and even ESPN 2K for helping me realize my fondness for the game of football.

The point of this article is to remind gamers and sports fans that even though games like Madden, and FIFA have become lazy and often lack real improvements year to year, these games are responsible for helping us appreciate sports we enjoy today. I know a lot of people, and have read posts about people hating soccer before playing FIFA. Once they started playing the game they started to appreciate the sport for what it was. I can almost guarantee that the success and reach of the FIFA video games have helped spread the love for the sport here in North America. So sports fans and gamers remember next time you’re frustrated playing an EA Sports game or 2K or whatever sports developer makes the game you play, these are the games that have helped us learn and appreciate sports. Even if you were a sports fan before the games, you have to agree that the games have only made you a smarter sports fan. Think about it. You learn about more players in the respective leagues. This is especially true about FIFA. Ultimate team players find obscure players around the world that help their teams out in games. I’m one of those guys that wikipedia players I sign or earn in game. And boom I’m now a little more knowledgeable about the world of soccer.

If you want to get into a sport, learn little more about it and the players, then play their video games. Trust me when I say they are incredibly beneficial to becoming a knowledgeable hardcore sports fan. I plan on buying the MLB The Show, Playstation’s baseball video game this coming season just so I can become more of a baseball aficionado. Sports are my life, and it’s honestly thanks to sports video games. Younger generations are going to have similar stories to mine, learning to love sports through playing sports, and their video game counterparts. It’s the future. I’m sure VR will bring the next level of sports games and put us in a game without having to leave our house. Now that will be a learning experience.

MLB introducing new rule to speed up games

I’m not a die hard baseball fan, but I am a fan of the MLB’s local team, the Seattle Mariners. Any chance I get I’ll watch an M’s game, but often I have baseball games on TV in the background as I do other things. Baseball is the best background sport because of it’s slower pace of action. In recent years the MLB have attempted to speed the game up in order to keep the attention of fans and people like me. They especially have been targeting younger generations who are now growing up with higher paced sports leagues that are gaining popularity, like MLS soccer. Well now the MLB is reportedly creating a new rule to speed the game up even more. The league has decided to eliminate intentional walks. So instead managers can choose to intentionally walk someone from the dugout rather than have their pitchers purposely lob balls to their catchers. So instead of pitching intentional walks, the batter will be told to just take first base.

The new rule will save a minimal amount of time considering the fact that intentional walks are rarely happening in recent seasons. According to ESPN, intentional walks are declining with only 932 occurring in the entirety of the 2016 season. This translates to one every 2.6 games. With that in mind the rule change is almost pointless. If there are no intentional walks in a game no time is even saved. Games will continue to take the same amount of time even with this addition to the rule book.

Intentional walks shouldn’t take long in the first place. All pitchers have to do is lob a ball to their catchers, that’s it. No wind up or anything like that is necessary. It also is removing the element of mistakes from the game. Teams can benefit from an errant pitch, and without that threat the game becomes boring. Isn’t that the problem they are trying to solve? To me the rule change doesn’t make sense. I believe the league is attempting to make it seem like they are working on pace of game when really they are aren’t doing much of that at all. I’m still looking forward to opening day on April 2nd with or without intentional walks.