image credit: African StandPablo Guede, the coach of Club Tijuana, tested positive for Covid-19 and couldn't join his team on Sunday, but he made sure to make his presence felt at half-time during the game via Zoom. Guede is among Xolos' seven positive cases, which were identified only hours before the game, and he promptly went into necessary quarantine. Still, coronavirus couldn't stop him from participating in the match and he stayed connected with the team all along via Zoom. Ignacio Ruvalcaba, the stand-in coach, who usually manages the youth system of the club said that he acted just as the spokesperson whereas, Guede did all the team talk. Guede used Zoom to connect with the team from his house and to instruct the team as per his analysis. Ruvalcaba said that the coach took the decision regarding substitutions remotely. Also, Coach Pablo indicated all the changes on the basis of his analysis of the game while Ruvalcaba only transmitted the ideas. As of now, four players have already tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the game, along with two members from Cruz Azul, adding the number of total cases in Liga MX men's first team players to 101- 22% of players registered in the 18 club's squads. The first positive cases were reported on May 20. The eight positives at Santos Laguna. However, from that moment onwards, every club but Pachuca has confirmed coronavirus cases within team players; Santos recording the highest (19), trailed by Cruz Azul (16) and then FC Jaurez (10). Liga MX already cancelled the 2020 Clausura tournament in May; however, the 2020 Guardians season rolled out with strict Covid-19 protocols on July 23. In the season, ten rounds of matches are done so far; Pumas UNAM remained undefeated in the first place, and Cruz Azul drew on points with them in second place.
When it comes to TV series, Mad Men has established a reputation of having nailed the ideal character analyzation – a piece of art that reflects the culture of that era, primarily the 60s. It skillfully sheds light on the contemporary issues of the 60s and creates an atmosphere that is both nostalgic and enlightening. It single-handedly broke the mould that was earlier used to create male characters – here, the characters were androgynous and corrupt but tactful and complex. Even the female characters had a purpose and voice despite having somewhat traditional issues. Every dialogue delivered by these characters was layered with dual meanings indicating the deeper struggles and rummage. One of the best things about the show was the fact that many of the character arcs mirrored the state of the United States at the time. Mad Men ran on television for seven perfect seasons and masterfully kept all the characters consistent and cohesive. Although each season is perfectly stroked, it’s the fifth season that truly binds them all together. It is this season when all the crucial characters were given time to introspect and explore themselves emotionally. The fifth season of Mad Men could’ve easily torn apart the arcs of all the dominating characters, but the brilliant writing and dramatization kept it afloat. The characters never missed a beat and with that, we ended up getting a season that was crafted to perfection. In season 4, Mad Men made some bold moves: it ruffled up its narrative along with the writing and presentation style. It begins a few months after the new agency is formed – so while the new firm struggles to find balance, the characters are sent for a little soul-searching of their own. They were now face to face with more existential and philosophical issues. Source: YahooHence, by the time it reached its fifth season, the characters had mostly resolved their inner conflicts. They were more stable and solemn. In the past, we had already deep-dived into the psyche of Don Draper and Peggy Olsen, the central characters of the show. And so, in this season, the spotlight was put on other significant but supporting characters. This season focused on its strengths; it created rich stories throughout the episodes that emphasized more on the character development of Joan Holloway, Roger Sterling, Lane Pryce, and Pete Campbell. It gave us episode 5, titled Signal 30, which is arguably the most brilliant and stunningly written episode of all time! This episode primarily focused on Pete Campbell, who is undoubtedly the most underrated character of television history! Before this episode launched, we had seen him as a character that was always thirsty to prove his worth to the world. It wasn’t just plain attention that he demanded, but genuine praise and appreciation. All his life, he had felt burdened by his surname as people remained ignorant and unappreciative of his personal merits. Source: YouTube He wanted to establish relationships that made him feel seen and valued. He was keen on finding his happiness, but the most disturbing truth unveiled in this episode is the fact that he didn’t know what it was. We see a man who is lost and is craving to find meaning in his life. His adventure with the young woman shows that he’s not satisfied with his married life either. He’s restless, and even a mundane event like the dripping of his leaky faucet keeps him on the edge. He doesn’t feel fulfilled even though he has everything that he ever aspired for. He is overwhelmed with anxiety but his wife turns a blind eye to the way he behaves out of desperation. With his state of unhappiness growing, his frustration also grows.Source: VOXThroughout the series, we see that his need to stand out and outshine others remains unfulfilled. His insecurities are powerfully emphasized in this season – something that every person can easily relate to.It’s clear that he always wanted to be Don Draper – he desired to have his charisma and charm. Whenever Don would speak, others would listen, as he naturally possessed authority and power; he had the ability to easily influence others and become the center of attention without even trying. Pete was the opposite: he had to struggle and often opt for shallow ways to feed his pride. He would underestimate the achievements of others, making everyone else in the room uncomfortable. In just one episode we see his flaws, insecurities, and the psychological state that was tragically in shambles. We witness his continuous failed attempts to run away from his life, but at the end of the day, he was only running away from himself. By the end of the episode, we realize that he’s simply a mad man trying to find his true purpose, and he despises others because, in his eyes, they’ve all figured it out.
El Clásico will never be the same again…image credit: GoalLionel Messi, one of the most prominent soccer stars, dropped a bombshell news and shook the internet last night. He informed Barcelona that he wants to leave the club with immediate effect.By invoking a clause on his contract, it will allow him to abandon the club, where he spent almost his entire career, without having to pay any compensation fee. After the Catalan side’s humiliating 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich, in the Champions League quarter finals, he witnessed his club plunged into yet another burst of internal chaos. The manager, Quique Setien and Eric Abidal, the sporting director, both left the club and a former Barcelona player, Ronald Koeman, was selected as coach.The news of his leaving didn't come as shocking for the club itself. Club President, Josep Maria Bartomeu told Barça TV, “Messi has said many times that he wants to finish his career at Barca.In July 2017, Barcelona and Messi signed a contract extension that would keep him with the team until June 30, 2021 and is worth about €565,000 ($645,000) a week. He has been in the club since 2000. The six time Ballon d’Or winner made his league debut for Barcelona club in 2014. He has helped Barcelona to bag 10 league titles, including the Champions League four times. He is, no doubt, considered the finest player Barcelona has ever had and the greatest soccer player of all time. Messi has previously urged to end his career at Camp Nou, but the madness of the previous season, in which the club experienced a haunting and humiliating defeat and operated, in last eight months, through three managers, seems to have been a lot to tolerate.The news prompted fans to gather outside Camp Nou, where Barcelona’s executives were attending an immediate meeting, to ask the resignation of the club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu and his board. There’s still hope that they might convince him to stay in the club.Since the news broke, many Europe elite are queuing up to sign arguably the best player in the history of soccer, but Messi may have a change of heart and could surprise everyone by his next move.It’s a sad day indeed for all the Barca fans… do you want to cheer up your friend’s mood who must be devastated by the news? Make sure to give them a Messi Pro Training Ball, FC Barcelona Aluminum Messi Drink Bottle, banbotoys Messi Action Figure Toy and Bagazzi Barca Soccer Jersey. I am pretty sure they will be happy to have these goodies. Till then, you might want to preserve the memory of your favorite player playing in your favorite club by this Signed Lionel Messi Barcelo Photo Frame.
Sexism in sports is a major concern. Hockey, cricket, or football – the pay parity and overall importance and platform given to women is significantly discriminatory. From the body and color of their skin to the country origin, all of these factors contribute to the abdominal trolling that occurs on social media platforms. Their breast size holds more significance than their standard of talent. Their physique is perpetually critiqued and that’s something that we never witness with their male counterparts. And every time their physique comes to discussion, it’s only related to their performance which has either been degrading or improving. Patriarchy exists in every aspect of our life. Women have to fight for their dreams from their childhood. First, they have to fight their families and friends who oppose them believing that women should remain in the kitchen and leave the sports for the men. Then they have to fight technical obstacles like the lack of opportunities and resources for women in the sports world. There aren’t enough courts, coaches, tournaments, advertisers who would openly support upcoming talents. It’s 2020 and we still don’t see enough women behind racing vehicles. You could be Serena Williams but the length of your skirt and stretch marks would make headlines instead of the trophies you’ve won and the records you’ve made. Source: Today ShowAccording to a survey, approximately 60% of the female athletes experience sexism but due to numerous reasons, only 10% report it. Either their male coaches don’t take them seriously or the athletes are unaware of who to report. Some feel demotivated and unsurprised so they don’t even to raise their voice. But an important factor that raises eyebrows is the fear of not being selected. This is a major concern that has been witnessed across the board and it’s not limited to the sports industry. Women don’t approach their managers or coaches because they fear that their selection will be affected by it. They don’t want to come across as difficult. In addition, if they do talk about it, the newspaper will flash the new unethically and ruin their reputation. There are certain questions that are only asked from female athletes including “who are you dating?” or “are you pregnant?” and they’re frustratingly disrespectful. Source: Global NewsSource: InsiderSource: Business InsiderBefore taking any action, they have to think about the consequences. The fear of losing out future opportunities and sponsorship is real. One bad day and they’re out – no matter how good their performances have been. Gender discrimination is apparent when it comes to paying. What women make in the entire year, men earn in one match. They’re not given primetime on the television, they’re not given the same remuneration when they’re on tour, and their PR is restricted. The same sponsor would pay more to a less high profile male athlete compared to a female Olympian Gold Medalist. Hence, it’s out in the open that you could be the most crafted and well-accomplished athlete in the world but your worth will be less just because you’re a woman. Apart from harassment, pay parity, and body scrutiny, female athletes face major trolling online. Comments are passed on their physical appearance, their life choices, and everything but their performance. At least 30% of the sportswomen face online trolling every day. Source: Babe.netSource: The IthacanSource: Cricket AddictorHacking is almost normal in today’s day and age but it still leaves the person petrified in the aftermath, because you could lose everything with one controversial post or internet trolls by the virtue of being a woman.Another fact that interferes in femal sports and their career advancement is family planning. Many female athletes delay starting a family as they fear their career would be negatively impacted. In fact, the survey reveals that 4% of them even abort as they’re scared of losing their career. Male athletes don’t have to worry about any of this as it only targets women. They take sabbaticals all the time to introspect and reevaluate and strategize their career. Women, on the contrary, don’t enjoy this luxury. Female athletes already have limited resources, lack of promotion and consistent backlash from the public further hampers their ability. It impacts their mental health far more drastically. Despite all the hurdles women are stepping up and representing the gender in all kinds of sports. Archery, badminton, basketball, boxing cricket, cycling, darts, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, horse racing, judo, motorsport, rugby, shooting, skateboarding, skiing, squash, swimming, etc – women are everywhere!They’re fighting and the road is far from equal. Female athletes take the trolling with a pinch of salt because the fear of consequences circles them around. Ageism, sexism, and body-related criticism comes and goes, but they continue to strive towards excellence and breaking barriers! To find out more about women and their most treasured victories, read Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win.
Empty stadium? No problem, Baseball is back! Fox has a way out! Image credit: The VergeSo what if the real fans are not here to cheer their favorite teams during MLB, fake virtual fans are all ready to fill in space. Sports are returning to stadiums, but unfortunately, fans haven't! In the Covid-19 world, there would be empty chairs, silent stands, no cardboard cutouts, drinks or snacks rather than loud cheering fans in an attempt to halt the virus spread. Though, these visuals are not for Fox viewers! The sports network is planning to kick off the live broadcast of MLB this weekend, and they are not only planning to use fake fan audios but to also fill in the empty stands with AR fans created in Unreal Engine. You will see the weekend's Yankees-Nationals game with unreal fans shouting and cheering at the stands. The fake fans deception is not only for the viewers, sitting on their couches streaming the game in their living rooms, but it's also for the teams playing in the actual stadiums. According to a source from Sony's MBL: The Show Games, all 30 MLB teams will be reckoning on fake fan screams, including in-stadium announcers, walk-up music, and other elements of the ceremonial display that include in a Major League Baseball match. Image credit: thevergeHowever, Fox Sports decided to go a mile extra and has become the only network who would be broadcasting matches with virtual fans on TV. Brad Zager, executive producer and operations at Fox Sports says that crowd and people sitting on seats have always been the part of broadcasting, it is nothing but high level sports in all the major leagues. Therefore, we have now come up with a remarkable solution for this. He continues, it is not to fool everyone, it is indeed about the quality game; however, shot-to-shot, when anybody watches a broadcast, it is not much noticeable. We don't want people to feel weird watching a broadcast with an empty stadium. It's time to give people again, the sense of normalcy. He believes that providing a virtual crowd will hopefully help viewers focus on the major game even more as your mind won't focus the emptiness there is in a Major League Baseball stadium. The technology they are using is nothing new, and you must have seen before in different AR games. Pixotype is the augmented reality software used to create deception of crowds, which also has been used in AR graphics for the events like Super Bowl and the Weather Channel's storm warning illustrations. The software works by taking visual aid from graphics built in an unreal engine produced by a creative agency called Silver spoon animation. Unreal engine is widely used for creating video games or for designing virtual on-set backgrounds for events and shows like The Mandalorian. Film graphics use visual effects that are usually rendered in post-production, but Unreal can create the same effect in real time, which is why it's more suitable for the live broadcast. Fox Sports producers will curate "crowds" for a specific baseball game, controlling things like what they would be wearing, and what would be the percentage of the crowd present in the stadium and so on.. "We are figuring this out right now, and we will continue to evolve that process as we go through this weekend and from game-to-game, week-to-week," explains Zager.
In the latest sports news, we have heard that the US open is finally happening! From August 24th to September 13th, most of the matches will be held as per the schedule but a lot of players are not agreeing to the terms and conditions due to the pandemic.Source: Baseline Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep, Ashleigh Barty, and Rafael Nadal have shared their concerns with the management while Roger Federer has completely dropped out of the US Open and all the future tournaments of 2020. The coronavirus pandemic is still a cause of periodic deaths in the United States so we understand the reluctance of the players, especially since the matches will be conducted without an audience. No doubles draw and no mixed, junior or wheelchair draws will be played so we can already predict the kind of tournaments it will be. A lot of players are angry with the decision of holding the US Open at all but others like Serena Williams and Andy Murray have expressed excitement. So what do you say, should players risk their health and join the tournament?