Spot your favorite character!At times of social distancing and strict healthcare protocols, organized sports are coming with unique and creative ideas to fill in the audience space. But the NFL’s Denver Broncos take the crown for sure!For Sunday’s face-off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, around 5,700 actual attendees joined the stadium with cartoon cutouts displaying the residents of South Park. Yes, that’s the news! Isn’t it delightful?The Broncos boost up the game spirit by posting a brief video on Twitter ahead of the game on Sunday morning. The best thing was, each of the residents of South Park seemed to be masked. So, fellow Americans, you should also follow in the steps of your South Park faves. Keep yourself and your loved ones protected and wear a mask. If they can wear masks, then you should too!Reporter Benjamin Allbright also tweeted the pictures to give us a thorough look of all the attendees who joined the game last evening…And here’s the most amazing view of the standees from ESPN’s Jeff Legwold... Woah! Nailed it!South Park is placed in Colorado's state, in a real place but in a fictionalized version, which the Broncos call home... And it looks the cartoon characters have broken the barrier between the real and fictional world to show up in the match... Cool!
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.
The first round of the first Championship of Golf season 2019-20 concluded on the evening of Thursday at TPC Harding Park - San Francisco. Get ready to witness a lot of action packs and a diverse leaderboard to analyze for us, but don't worry, in this article, you will find everything you missed at the big 2020 PGA Championship. The highlights are: Bryson DeChambeau broke his driver during the play and eventually crushed the field in nothing but driving distance, Tiger Woods moved up ahead just by some strokes of the lead, and three among the top-five best golfers, including the top player Justin Thomas completed the tournament's first 18 holes unsatisfactory opposite to what we have been expecting.After one round, Brendon Todd and Jason Day who initiated as co-leaders at under 5 with Day throwing a bogey-free 65 and Todd getting there with a bogey-free final nine. Following the two stands other competent contenders at 4 under, including consecutive PGA Championship winner Xander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka, Martin Kaymer and Brenden Steele.Hayvine has dissected the leaderboard for you. Scroll down and check out all the significant actions from Round 1, starting with Todd and Day in action:T1. Jason Day (-5): Day, on Thursday, made bogey-free 65 looks like plain sailing. He swung it amazingly off the tee, controlled his irons with certainty and finally accomplished something on the field too. He said after the round: "Yeah, pretty sound the whole way around." It marked his leading bogey-free round at a championship ever since the 3rd round of Open championship in 2017. T1. Brendon Todd (-5): Todd's 65 was not as amazing just like Day, he managed to score, on his opening nine, two bogeys, strung together a 3-under-par, bogey-free final nine and concluded with a tie on the leaderboard. It will take quite a time for Todd kicking off the season as favorite, but the lad has succeeded twice, one at the Mayakoba Golf Classic and Bermuda Championship. Todd hasn't been exceptional on Thursday, hence, only gained 3.161 strokes on the field.T3. Scottie Scheffler, Brooks Koepka, Martin Kaymer, Bud Cauley, Xander Schaufelle, Justin Rose, Brendan Steele, Zach Johnson, Mike Lorenzo-Vera (-4): Koepka, a consecutive PGA Championship winner, started with the same passion and power where he left at off in Memphis at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational earlier. He has been exceptional with his performance, crushing off the tees, displayed patience and great control over his irons, completing his round with scoring six birdies. He started the tournament with good enthusiasm despite having serious injuries previously. T12. Daniel Berger, Tony Finau, Gary Woodland and other five players (-3): Finau seemed to be stressed to discover a groove on the greens as he scored five 14 fairways only, but he still managed to finish his round in an enjoyable 3-under 67 on Thursday by using great expertise to minus the gap between the green and tee. He could have easily led the field only if he hadn't missed some fairly doable shots on the greens. T20. Bryson DeChambeau, Tiger Woods, Patrick Reed, Adam Scott and nine others (-2): Woods made an under-par score appear a lot more difficult than nobody else would. He was continuously struggling with hitting off the tee, yet he had successfully bailed himself out in an amazing manner using his unusual approach along with his irons. He carded 1.228 strokes achieved in throwing on the field.DeChambeau turned out to be a definite meme material golfer this season. The most prominent moments of Thursday include when he leaned on his driver, causing the club head to distant from the shaft. T33. 14 others and Dustin Johnson (-1): Johnson's back didn't seem to be supporting him during the play, but he still managed to finish T12 with an opening-round 69. He increased his drives around 311.5 yards while struggling with the putter. He appeared to be relaxed and confident throughout the game.That's all from the highlights of Round 1 of the PGA Championship.
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.