FC Tucson might need to invest some of its capital in expanding the size of its bandwagon, because this club is about to become quite popular.
The second-year amateur soccer team made up of college players pulled off a thrilling 3-2 win in penalty kicks over San Antonio on Tuesday night, downing the professional Scorpions in Texas to advance in the U.S. Open Cup tournament.
San Antonio, a member of the second-division (behind Major League Soccer, in terms of U.S. soccer hierarchy) North American Soccer League, was the second pro team FC Tucson has beaten in as many weeks in the U.S. Open Cup, a 100-year-old tourney that this year pits 68 clubs from various levels of soccer in a single-elimination format.
FC Tucson beat USL Pro (Division 3) club Phoenix FC Wolves 2-1 last Tuesday in Tucson.
Tucson led 2-1 late in the second half when San Antonio was awarded with a penalty kick for a handball in the box, which the Scorpions converted into the equalizer.
After two scoreless 15-minute overtimes, penalty kicks decided the winner, with San Antonio missing on its first and fifth attempts while Tucson made all four tries to win 4-3.
"You're still PDL" chants the SA supporters. Yes, yes we are. You need a favorite PDL team America. Make us yours. #BeatHouston— FC Tucson (@FC_Tucson) May 22, 2013
With the victory, FC Tucson moves on to face MLS club Houston Dynamo next Wednesday (May 29) in Houston in the round of 32.
According to Houston's Web site, tickets are already on sale for the match at BBVA Compass Stadium. Sounds like it'd be a fun road trip.
People, John McCain just wants to make your lives easier.
First, he's going after TV providers by crusading for you to have a la carte cable programming.
His new mission: Making it so you don't have to mess with the f—king App Store to update things on your iPhone.
For clarity's sake, McCain was finishing his line of questioning to Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding Apple's fairly brilliant (and legal) tax avoidance and offshore cash storage practices, before throwing in a dig at Apple — or opening up an opportunity for hundreds of people to mock him for being old.
In 1969, four men by the names of John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfield and Mike Lang, set out to organize a music festival that, little did they know, would become one of the most well-known music events in history.
Although the festival created a huge amount of problems for the poor guys, including thousands of dollars of debt and approximately 80 lawsuits, it set the stage for the long history of successful festivals to follow.
By the end of the Woodstock Festival, more than 500,000 people had attended - some abandoning their cars in the middle of the highway just to walk to the massive concert, and helicopters had been issued to airlift performers to the stage. Movies have been made about it. People are still talking about it, and it seems pretty clear, the festival was pretty legendary.
But though it may have changed history, will there ever be such a festival again?
Now, for whatever reason, there are a number of these folks (like any faction in society, really) that are having trouble finding that one, true partner who loves Faygo just as much as they do. Thus, they've taken to OKCupid, the famed (read: free) Internet dating site, so they can find someone who they can make sweet "woop woop" to, all night long.
That said, some Internet hero has created okcupidjuggalos.tumblr.com, where one can examine the profiles of of lovelorn Insane Clown Posse fans — presumably to mock them, though I hope that someone, somewhere, can help those poor souls with their shot at love.
Because, I mean, love is a miracle — and how the fuck does that work?
Go visit her site right here and see what beautiful Ambercrombie ads she's put together.
Kadooks, the home of maduros (fried plantains) that are so good that we named them one of the 100 Essential Tucson Dishes, and Seis Curbside Kitchen, producer of award-winning gourmet tacos, are currently hanging out down the street from Weekly World Central on Hemisphere Loop, north of Valencia Road and near Palo Verde Road.
They'll only be around for a little while longer, 'til 2 p.m., so if you're jonesing for some excellent food truck chow, head down this way!
On the Bill Buckmaster Show on Friday, May 17, when Steve Kozachik was asked if the city's courting of Grand Canyon University to develop a campus on the the El Rio Golf Course property in Barrio Hollywood would move forward, the Tucson councilman said he didn't think it would and doesn't think it should.
Grand Canyon University wants to build a 100-acre campus in the Tucson area, and the city offered a special deal or lease for the golf course — although the Range was told recently that there have been 11 potential sites total that the city and university has identified for its campus development. Kozachik said he isn't involved in negotiations, so doesn't know the other sites identified.
"It was a big mistake going into negotiations with that group," he said.
One concern, Kozachik shared was an existing contract with the Conquistadors for their First Tee program, an after school program that is "well received by the community in the immediate area," and is known for teaching life skills, not just golf. The organization recently put in $2 million in to the facilities there.
The next reason he questions the idea is the west side community's 40 year history with the park, Joaquin Murrieta, the golf course and community center, that happened with organizer and community members protested and took over the park.
"On the heels of PCC (Pima Community College) and TUSD, we don't need a huge food fight," he said.
Plus, the school bylaws, will most like not play well in a community like Tucson, he quipped.
Community organizers called El Rio Coalition II released information early in the week when it was announced the city council would discuss the Grand Canyon University proposal in executive session at the Tuesday, May 14 meeting. The school's bylaws were released, and yep, the private university's bylaws are pretty clear on page 23:
Grand Canyon University will be guided by the understanding that human sexuality is a gift from the creator God and that the purposes of this gift include the uniting and strengthening of the marital bond. These purposes are to be achieved through heterosexual relationships within marriage.
Misuses of God's gift will be understood to include, butnot be limited to, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, sexual
assault, incest, adultery, fornication and homosexual acts. In an effort to minimize awkward situations, and to
protect their personal relationships, students are expected to refrain from inappropriate or lingering public displays
of affection or confrontation.
Grand Canyon University will strive to deal in a constructive and redemptive manner with all who fail to live up to these standards. Dealing individually with each case, efforts will be made to counsel and assist those involved. Constructive forgiveness will guide all efforts. Sexual misconduct as described above, depending on the facts and circumstances of each case, may result in disciplinary action.
Students who engage in sexual misconduct will be subject to the disciplinary process as follows:
10 hours community service
15 hours community service
20 hours community service and possible loss of campus housing privileges.
Visit the by laws here.
Kozachik said the city moving forward to negotiate with the university to help them acquire the city golf course property "will generate nothing but ill will and just a mistake to move forward."
"I don't think the City of Tucson, the west side residents and the Conquistadors are not here to curry favor with Grand Canyon," he said. "If they want to curry favor they could come in gracefully and encourage the community ... not create a huge blow back."
The councilman added that he didn't think it was the city's obligation to find them a site — plus the school's anti-gay policies doesn't reflect Tucson.
You can listen to the entire show here, including the interview.
Last weekend was the first Arizona Bacon Fest held at Reid Park that I talked about here. As a lover of all things pig I was bummed that I would not be able to make the porcine festivities due to work. Now from the information from people I know that went, and the plethora of post on the events Facebook page, looks like I might have been disappointed if I did go.
Now working in restaurants, I have worked these types of “Festivals” and such in the past, and there are some things that you just can't do if you want them to work.
First, they opened late. That alone set them up for failure. Huge inrush of people + waiting in the heat = angry mob lines.
Next, they were running out of food. It’s not Beer-fest or Sun-fest; it's Bacon Fest. They came for the swine! Now I know from experience, from prepping food for events like this to being there to serve, it’s likely you will run out of food…at the end. The food was running out way too early, not even halfway through the event. The restaurant people were either misinformed of the amount of people coming, they weren’t really pacing the food, or they way oversold the event. $25 bucks and no pig, strike two!
Another comment that was repeated often was that they ran out of the commemorative glasses. You should know how many tickets you have sold therefore you should know how many glasses to order. Seems logical to me, unless we go back to the oversold concept.
One good comment I kept overhearing was that there was beer aplenty. On the other hand, there were also many comments that, while food and beer samples were included in the ticket price, folks were paying to buy bottled water and stay hydrated in the Tucson sun. It’s the desert and with alcohol being served, water should probably be given freely.
So the overall impression from those that went looks to be an oversold, understaffed, non-organized, and disappointing event. However, it does look like the organizers are aware of the glitches, as they posted this on Facebook Sunday:
Thank you for everyone who turned out. Had to stop letting patrons in and had to turn away many people. Lots of mixed reviews but our efforts will continue to make the festival everything it can be. We appreciate all the comments, recommendation and all will be taken into consideration as we continue our quest to make bacntopia all it can. Thank you to the food and beer vendors for their contributions and all the volunteers for their time and effort.
It makes me really sad that something about one of my favorite proteins was thrown such a bad party. Maybe next year, they'll throw a superior tribute to swine.
There aren't a ton of heartwarming stories coming out of Oklahoma today - it appears that the death toll might have been overstated yesterday, although there are still people unaccounted for, so who knows? - but occasionally, you have to appreciate even the smallest bits of good news, like this moment captured in a CBS news segment.
A contest began today to name an adorable mountain lion cub that was recently adopted by the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum.
The cub, found in the backyard of a residential home in San Jose, CA., weighed only 15 lbs. at the time of his rescue, had a massive flea and tick infestation and was dehydrated.
The cub was treated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, before he made it to his new home at ASDM in April.
Statistics on the ASDM website say the cub loves "lazing" in the shade, chasing rock squirrels and feasting on goat's milk. He is described as energetic and full of youthful curiosity.
Now 51.5 lbs., a staggering weight difference from the time of his rescue in March, the little guy needs a name.
The name entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. on June 21.
According to the press release, the names should also be male or unisex, and reflect the following:
1. Reflect the Desert Museum’s mission;
2. Relate to the Sonoran Desert;
3. Relate to the scientific name for mountain lion (Puma concolor); or
4. Be inspired by names created by former Museum educator, Hal Gras.
Complete entry details and entry form can be found at Enter the Naming Contest
The Top Five Finalists will be invited to a "special celebration" on July 6, where the winner will be announced. The winner will receive a personalized gift from the mountain lion cub (interesting prize), and a free annual family membership, according to the website.
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