Friday, July 15, 2011

Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story

Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story is the true story of a Jay DeMerit but really it is about never giving up and chasing your dream as far as it can go. It is an amazing story of DeMerit's dream that seemed unattainable, of how after college he left for Europe to try and become a professional soccer payer. He slept where he could, he painted houses for cash and survived on beans and toast. Wonder if that limited his customers...

Jay took a wild and crazy route to get into the top levels of soccer and even represent America at the 2010 World Cup. His story is incredible and inspiring. I have to admit, I have not always been a fan of his on the field, but I do admire him for following his dream, showing that it can be done against huge odds.

The documentary is close to getting the needed funding to be finished. Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. People pledge money to projects from the worlds of music, art, film, technology, design, food, and other creative fields. Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires.

As of this morning there were about two and a half days left and only a few thousand more needed for the project to be fully funded. If the project in Kickstarter is not fully funded, the project does not get any of the money from Kickstarter.

Go here to pledge help to get this inspiring story finished and shared with the world.

I did...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

SKC: Ryan Smith shopping in Spain

Last time we see Smith's name in KC? 
Last Saturday I heard that Ryan Smith was shopping himself around and was headed to a team in Spain. Since then there have been a few articles showing up hinting or outright stating that Smith is on a free transfer, that he is a free agent and can go anywhere he wants with no compensation to his current club (Sporting Kansas City).

Since then I have gotten independent corroboration that Smith is in Spain. Both sources wish to remain anonymous and I am not using the flawed information articles as sources.

When I asked team officials about this on Monday I was told that he can do what he wants as far as shopping himself around but I was emphatically reassured that Sporting KC still holds the rights to him. There is two and a half years left on his contract and for him to play anywhere Sporting KC would have to send his ITC (International Transfer Card).

I have reached out to Ryan through multiple channels to see if I could get an interview but have not heard back yet. Hopefully I can touch base with him soon and clear it all up.

Just three weeks ago Sporting KC announced that Ryan was leaving the team for the rest of the season for "Family Reasons". I know from speaking with Ryan in the past he missed his daughter greatly which is very understandable and that may have prompted him to ask to find a team closer to home.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Comets hosting Women’s World Cup Watch Party

The Comets and Brew Top Pub & Patio of Lee’s Summit are hosting a Women’s World Cup Watch Party on Wednesday July 13th.  The US Women’s team came from behind in dramatic form to beat Brazil to advance to the semi-finals against France.

The women came back from a 2-1 deficit with only 10 players to tie the game in the last seconds and to take the game to penalties where Hope Solo made an amazing save. The cynical, unsportsmanlike play by Brazil won the crowd in Germany over to the US side and had the stadium chanting USA in support.

Brew Top Pub & Patio will be offering great food and drinks, including 40 cent wings all day long.  The game coverage starts at 10:30am, but doors open at 10:00am.

Comets players, staff, Calvin the Canine and Galaxy Girls will all be on hand for the action.  They will be giving away prizes throughout the game, including autographed merchandise and tickets.  An interesting new contest for season ticket holders, current and new, will also be announced at halftime of the game.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sporting KC 1 - 1 Chivas USA photos

Wanted to share the photos from the SKC draw with Chivas. The slideshow is below and the full gallery is here...