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What a USL D1 league might look like

TL;DR: Man with too much time on his hands goes deep down the rabbit hole on a concept this sub already didn’t seem that enthusiastic about. If you really want to skip ahead, CTRL+F “verdict” and it’ll get you there.
Two days ago, u/MrPhillyj2wns made a post asking whether USL should launch a D1 league in order to compete in Concacaf. From the top voted replies, it appears this made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.
But I’ve been at home for eight weeks and I am terribly, terribly bored.
So, I present to you this overview of what the USL pyramid might look like if Jake Edwards got a head of steam and attempted to establish a USSF-sanctioned first division. This is by no means an endorsement of such a proposal or even a suggestion that USL SHOULD do such a thing. It is merely an examination of whether they COULD.
Welcome to the Thunderdome USL Premiership
First, there are some base-level assumptions we must make in this exercise, because it makes me feel more scientific and not like a guy who wrote this on Sunday while watching the Belarusian Premier League (Go BATE Borisov!).
  1. All D1 teams must comply with known USSF requirements for D1 leagues (more on that later).
  2. MLS, not liking this move, will immediately remove all directly-owned affiliate clubs from the USL structure (this does not include hybrid ownerships, like San Antonio FC – NYCFC). This removes all MLS2 teams but will not affect Colorado Springs, Reno, RGVFC and San Antonio.
  3. The USL will attempt to maintain both the USL Championship and USL League One, with an eventual mind toward creating the pro/rel paradise that is promised in Relegations 3:16.
  4. All of my research regarding facility size and ownership net worth is correct – this is probably the biggest leap of faith we have to make, since googling “NAME net worth” and “CITY richest people” doesn’t seem guaranteed to return accurate results.
  5. The most a club can increase its available seating capacity to meet D1 requirements in a current stadium is no more than 1,500 seats (10% of the required 15,000). If they need to add more, they’ll need a new facility.
  6. Let’s pretend that people are VERY willing to sell. It’s commonly acknowledged that the USL is a more financially feasible route to owning a soccer club than in MLS (c.f. MLS-Charlotte’s reported $325 million expansion fee) and the USSF has some very strict requirements for D1 sanctioning. It becomes pretty apparent when googling a lot of team’s owners that this requirement isn’t met, so let’s assume everyone that can’t sells to people who meet the requirements.
(Known) USSF D1 league requirements:
- League must have 12 teams to apply and 14 teams by year three
- Majority owner must have a net worth of $40 million, and the ownership group must have a total net worth of $70 million. The value of an owned stadium is not considered when calculating this value.
- Must have teams located in the Eastern, Central and Pacific time zones
- 75% of league’s teams must be based in markets with at a metro population of at least 1 million people.
- All league stadiums must have a capacity of at least 15,000
The ideal club candidate for the USL Premiership will meet the population and capacity requirements in its current ground, which will have a grass playing surface. Of the USL Championship’s 27 independent/hybrid affiliate clubs, I did not find one club that meets all these criteria as they currently stand.
Regarding turf fields, the USSF does not have a formal policy regarding the ideal playing surface but it is generally acknowledged that grass is superior to turf. 6 of 26 MLS stadiums utilize turf, or roughly 23% of stadiums. We’ll hold a similar restriction for our top flight, so 2-3 of our top flight clubs can have turf fields. Seem fair?
Capacity is going to be the biggest issue, since the disparity between current requirements for the second-tier (5,000) and the first tier (15,000) is a pretty massive gap. Nice club you have there, triple your capacity and you’re onto something. As a result, I have taken the liberty of relocating certain (read: nearly all) clubs to new grounds, trying my utmost to keep those clubs in their current markets and –importantly--, ensure they play on grass surfaces.
So, let’s do a case-by-case evaluation and see if we can put together 12-14 teams that meet the potential requirements, because what else do you have to do?
For each club’s breakdown, anything that represents a chance from what is currently true will be underlined.
Candidate: Birmingham Legion FC
Location (Metro population): Birmingham, Ala. (1,151,801)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Legion Field (FieldTurf, 71,594)
Potential owner: Stephens Family (reported net worth $4 billion)
Notes: Birmingham has a pretty strong candidacy. Having ditched the 5,000-seater BBVA Field for Legion Field, which sits 2.4 miles away, they’ve tapped into the city’s soccer history. Legion Field hosted portions of both the men’s and women’s tournaments at the 1996 Olympics, including a 3-1 U.S. loss to Argentina that saw 83,183 pack the house. The Harbert family seemed like strong ownership contenders, but since the death of matriarch Marguerite Harbert in 2015, it’s unclear where the wealth in the family is concentrated, so the Stephens seem like a better candidate. The only real knock that I can think of is that we really want to avoid having clubs play on turf, so I’d say they’re on the bubble of our platonic ideal USL Prem.
Candidate: Charleston Battery
Location (Metro population): Charleston, S.C. (713,000)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Johnson Hagood Stadium (Grass, ~14,700)
Potential owner: Anita Zucker (reported net worth $3 billion)
Notes: Charleston’s candidacy isn’t looking great. Already disadvantaged due to its undersized metro population, a move across the Cooper River to Johnson Hagood Stadium is cutting it close in terms of capacity. The stadium, home to The Citadel’s football team, used to seat 21,000, before 9,300 seats on the eastern grandstand were torn down in 2017 to deal with lead paint that had been used in their construction. Renovation plans include adding 3,000 seats back in, which could hit 15,000 if they bumped it to 3,300, but throw in a required sale by HCFC, LLC (led by content-creation platform founder Rob Salvatore) to chemical magnate Anita Zucker, and you’ll see there’s a lot of ifs and ands in this proposal.
Candidate: Charlotte Independence
Location (Metro population): Charlotte, N.C. (2,569, 213)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Jerry Richardson Stadium (Turf, 15,314)
Potential owner: James Goodnight (reported net worth $9.1 billion)
Notes: Charlotte ticks a lot of the boxes. A move from the Sportsplex at Matthews to UNC-Charlotte’s Jerry Richardson stadium meets capacity requirements, but puts them on to the dreaded turf. Regrettably, nearby American Legion Memorial Stadium only seats 10,500, despite a grass playing surface. With a sizeable metro population (sixth-largest in the USL Championship) and a possible owner in software billionaire James Goodnight, you’ve got some options here. The biggest problem likely lies in direct competition for market share against a much better-funded MLS Charlotte side due to join the league in 2021.
Candidate: Hartford Athletic
Location (Metro population): Hartford, Conn. (1,214,295)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Pratt & Whitney Stadium (Grass, 38,066)
Potential owner: Ray Dalio (reported net worth $18.4 billion)
Notes: Okay, I cheated a bit here, having to relocate Hartford to Pratt & Whitney Stadium, which is technically in East Hartford, Conn. I don’t know enough about the area to know if there’s some kind of massive beef between the two cities, but the club has history there, having played seven games in 2019 while Dillon Stadium underwent renovations. If the group of local businessmen that currently own the club manage to attract Dalio to the table, we’re on to something.
Candidate: Indy Eleven
Location (Metro population): Indianapolis, Ind. (2,048,703)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Lucas Oil Stadium (Turf, 62,421)
Potential owner: Jim Irsay (reported net worth of $3 billion)
Notes: Indy Eleven are a club that are SO CLOSE to being an ideal candidate – if it weren’t for Lucas Oil Stadium’s turf playing surface. Still, there’s a lot to like in this bid. I’m not going to lie, I have no idea what current owner and founder Ersal Ozdemir is worth, but it seems like there might be cause for concern. A sale to Irsay, who also owns the NFL Indianapolis (nee Baltimore) Colts, seems likely to keep the franchise there, rather than make a half-mile move to 14,230 capacity Victory Field where the AAA Indianapolis Indians play and expand from there.
Candidate: Louisville City FC
Location (Metro population): Louisville, Ky. (1,297,310)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Lynn Family Stadium (Grass, 14,000, possibly expandable to 20,000)
Potential owner: Wayne Hughes (reported net worth $2.8 billion)
Notes: I’m stretching things a bit here. Lynn Family stadium is currently listed as having 11,700 capacity that’s expandable to 14,000, but they’ve said that the ground could hold as many as 20,000 with additional construction, which might be enough to grant them a temporary waiver from USSF. If the stadium is a no-go, then there’s always Cardinal Stadium, home to the University of Louisville’s football team, which seats 65,000 but is turf. Either way, it seems like a sale to someone like Public Storage founder Wayne Hughes will be necessary to ensure the club has enough capital.
Candidate: Memphis 901 FC
Location (Metro population): Memphis, Tenn. (1,348,260)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Liberty Bowl Stadium (Turf, 58,325)
Potential owner: Fred Smith (reported net worth $3 billion)
Notes: Unfortunately for Memphis, AutoZone Park’s 10,000 seats won’t cut it at the D1 level. With its urban location, it would likely prove tough to renovate, as well. Liberty Bowl Stadium more than meets the need, but will involve the use of the dreaded turf. As far as an owner goes, FedEx founder Fred Smith seems like a good local option.
Candidate: Miami FC, “The”
Location (Metro population): Miami, Fla. (6,158,824)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Riccardo Silva Stadium (FieldTurf, 20,000)
Potential owner: Riccardo Silva (reported net worth $1 billion)
Notes: Well, well, well, Silva might get his wish for top-flight soccer, after all. He’s got the money, he’s got the metro, and his ground has the capacity. There is the nagging issue of the turf, though. Hard Rock Stadium might present a solution, including a capacity of 64,767 and a grass playing surface. It is worth noting, however, that this is the first profile where I didn’t have to find a new potential owner for a club.
Candidate: North Carolina FC
Location (Metro population): Durham, N.C. (1,214,516 in The Triangle)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Carter-Finley Stadium (Grass/Turf, 57,583)
Potential owner: Steve Malik (precise net worth unknown) / Dennis Gillings (reported net worth of $1.7 billion)
Notes: We have our first “relocation” in North Carolina FC, who were forced to trade Cary’s 10,000-seat WakeMed Soccer Park for Carter-Finley Stadium in Durham, home of the NC State Wolfpack and 57,583 of their closest friends. The move is a whopping 3.1 miles, thanks to the close-knit hub that exists between Cary, Durham and Raleigh. Carter-Finley might be my favorite of the stadium moves in this exercise. The field is grass, but the sidelines are artificial turf. Weird, right? Either way, it was good enough for Juventus to play a friendly against Chivas de Guadalajara there in 2011. Maybe the move would be pushed for by new owner and medical magnate Dennis Gillings, whose British roots might inspire him to get involved in the Beautiful Game. Straight up, though, I couldn’t find a net worth for current owner Steve Malik, though he did sell his company MedFusion for $91 million in 2010, then bought it back for an undisclosed amount and sold it again for $43 million last November. I don’t know if Malik has the juice to meet D1 requirements, but I suspect he’s close.
Candidate: Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Location (Metro population): Pittsburgh, Penn. (2,362,453)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Heinz Field (Grass, 64,450)
Potential owner: Henry Hillman (reported net worth $2.5 billion)
Notes: I don’t know a ton about the Riverhounds, but this move in particular feels like depriving a pretty blue-collar club from its roots. Highmark Stadium is a no-go from a seating perspective, but the Steelers’ home stadium at Heinz Field would more than meet the requirements and have a grass surface that was large enough to be sanctioned for a FIFA friendly between the U.S. WNT and Costa Rica in 2015. As for an owner, Tuffy Shallenberger (first ballot owner name HOF) doesn’t seem to fit the USSF bill, but legendary Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Hillman might. I’m sure you’re asking, why not the Rooney Family, if they’ll play at Heinz Field? I’ll tell you: I honestly can’t seem to pin down a value for the family. The Steelers are valued at a little over a billion and rumors persist that Dan Rooney is worth $500 million, but I’m not sure. I guess the Rooneys would work too, but it’s a definite departure from an owner in Shallenberger who was described by one journalist as a guy who “wears boots, jeans, a sweater and a trucker hat.”
Candidate: Saint Louis FC
Location (Metro population): St. Louis, Mo. (2,807,338)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Busch Stadium (Grass, 45,494)
Potential owner: William DeWitt Jr. (reported net worth $4 billion)
Notes: Saint Louis has some weirdness in making the jump to D1. Current CEO Jim Kavanaugh is an owner of the MLS side that will begin play in 2022. The club’s current ground at West Community Stadium isn’t big enough, but perhaps a timely sale to Cardinals owner William DeWitt Jr. could see the club playing games at Busch Stadium, which has a well established history of hosting other sports like hockey, college football and soccer (most recently a U.S. WNT friendly against New Zealand in 2019). The competition with another MLS franchise wouldn’t be ideal, like Charlotte, but with a big enough population and cross marketing from the Cardinals, maybe there’s a winner here. Wacko idea: If Busch doesn’t pan out, send them to The Dome. Sure, it’s a 60k turf closed-in stadium, but we can go for that retro NASL feel and pay homage to our nation’s soccer history.
Candidate: Tampa Bay Rowdies
Location (Metro population): Tampa, Fla. (3,068,511)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Raymond James Stadium (Grass, 65,518)
Potential owner: Edward DeBartolo Jr. (reported net worth $3 billion)
Notes: This one makes me sad. Despite having never been there, I see Al Lang Stadium as an iconic part of the Rowdies experience. Current owner Bill Edwards proposed an expansion to 18,000 seats in 2016, but the move seems to have stalled out. Frustrated with the city’s lack of action, Edwards sells to one-time San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., who uses his old NFL connections to secure a cushy lease at the home of the Buccaneers in Ray Jay, the site of a 3-1 thrashing of Antigua and Barbuda during the United States’ 2014 World Cup Qualifying campaign.
Breather. Hey, we finished the Eastern Conference teams. Why are you still reading this? Why am I still writing it? Time is a meaningless construct in 2020 my friends, we are adrift in the void, fueled only by brief flashes of what once was and what may yet still be.
Candidate: Austin Bold FC
Location (Metro population): Austin, Texas (2,168,316)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Darrel K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium (FieldTurf, 95,594)
Potential owner: Michael Dell (reported net worth of $32.3 billion)
Notes: Anthony Precourt’s Austin FC has some unexpected competition and it comes in the form of tech magnate Michael Dell. Dell, were he to buy the club, would be one of the richest owners on our list and could flash his cash in the new first division. Would he have enough to convince Darrel K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium (I’m not kidding, that’s its actual name) to go back to a grass surface, like it did from ’96-’08? That’s between Dell and nearly 100,000 UT football fans, but everything can be had for the right price.
Candidate: Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Location (Metro population): Colorado Springs, Colo. (738,939)
Time zone: Mountain
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Falcon Stadium (FieldTurf, 46,692)
Potential owner: Charles Ergen (reported net worth $10.8 billion)
Notes: Welcome to Colorado Springs. We have hurdles. For the first time in 12 candidates, we’re back below the desired 1 million metro population mark. Colorado Springs actually plans to build a $35 million, 8,000 seat venue downtown that will be perfect for soccer, but in our timeline that’s 7,000 seats short. Enter Falcon Stadium, home of the Air Force Academy Falcons football team. Seems perfect except for the turf, right? Well, the tricky thing is that Falcon Stadium is technically on an active military base and is (I believe) government property. Challenges to getting in and out of the ground aside, the military tends to have a pretty grim view of government property being used by for-profit enterprises. Maybe Charles Ergen, founder and chairman of Dish Network, would be able to grease the right wheels, but you can go ahead and throw this into the “doubtful” category. It’s a shame, too. 6,035 feet of elevation is one hell of a home-field advantage.
Candidate: El Paso Locomotive FC
Location: El Paso, Texas
Time zone: Mountain
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Sun Bowl (FieldTurf, 51,500)
Potential owner: Paul Foster (reported net worth $1.7 billion)
Notes: God bless Texas. When compiling this list, I found so many of the theoretical stadium replacements were nearly serviceable by high school football fields. That’s insane, right? Anyway, Locomotive don’t have to settle for one of those, they’ve got the Sun Bowl, which had its capacity reduced in 2001 to a paltry 51,500 (from 52,000) specifically to accommodate soccer. Sure, it’s a turf surface, but what does new owner Paul Foster (who is only the 1,477th wealthiest man in the world, per Forbes) care, he’s got a team in a top league. Side note: Did you know that the Sun Bowl college football game is officially, through sponsorship, the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl? Why is it not the Frosted Flakes Sun Bowl? Why is the cereal mascot the promotional name of the football game? What are you doing, Kellogg’s?
Candidate: Las Vegas Lights FC
Location: Las Vegas, Nev. (2,227,053)
Time zone: Pacific
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Allegiant Stadium (Grass, 61,000)
Potential owner: Sheldon Adelson (reported net worth $37.7 billion)
Notes: Sin City. You had to know that the club that once signed Freddy Adu because “why not” was going to go all out in our flashy hypothetical proposal. Thanks to my narrative control of this whole thing, they have. Adelson is the second-richest owner in the league and has decided to do everything first class. That includes using the new Raiders stadium in nearby unincorporated Paradise, Nevada, and spending boatloads on high profile transfers. Zlatan is coming back to the U.S., confirmed.
Candidate: New Mexico United
Location: Albuquerque, N.M.
Time zone: Mountain
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Isotopes Park – officially Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park (Grass, 13,500 – 15,000 with expansion)
Potential owner: Maloof Family (reported net worth $1 billion)
Notes: New Mexico from its inception went deep on the community vibe, and I’ve tried to replicate that in this bid. The home field of Rio Grande Cr---I’m not typing out the whole thing—Isotopes Park falls just within the expansion rules we set to make it to 15,000 (weird, right?) and they’ve found a great local ownership group in the Lebanese-American Maloof (formerly Maalouf) family from Las Vegas. The only thing to worry about would be the metro population, but overall, this could be one of the gems of USL Prem.
Candidate: Oklahoma City Energy FC
Location: Oklahoma City, Okla. (1,396,445)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (Grass, 13,066)
Potential owner: Harold Hamm (reported net worth $14.2 billion)
Notes: There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow and it says it’s time to change stadiums and owners to make it to D1. A sale to oil magnate Harold Hamm would give the club the finances it needs, but Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (home of the OKC Dodgers) actually falls outside of the boundary of what would meet capacity if 1,500 seats were added. Could the club pull off a move to Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma – home of the Oklahoma Sooners? Maybe, but at 20 miles, this would be a reach.
Candidate: Orange County SC
Location: Irvine, Calif. (3,176, 000 in Orange County)
Time zone: Pacific
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Angels Stadium of Anaheim (Grass, 43,250)
Potential owner: Arte Moreno (reported net worth $3.3 billion)
Notes: You’ll never convince me that Rangers didn’t choose to partner with Orange County based primarily on its name. Either way, a sale to MLB Angels owner Arte Moreno produces a fruitful partnership, with the owner choosing to play his newest club out of the existing Angels stadium in OC. Another baseball conversion, sure, but with a metro population of over 3 million and the closest thing this hypothetical league has to an LA market, who’s complaining?
Candidate: Phoenix Rising FC
Location: Phoenix, Ariz. (4,857,962)
Time zone: Arizona
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): State Farm Stadium (Grass, 63,400)
Potential owner: Ernest Garcia II (reported net worth $5.7 billion)
Notes: We’re keeping it local with new owner and used car guru Ernest Garcia II. His dad owned a liquor store and he dropped out of college, which is making me feel amazing about my life choices right now. Casino Arizona Field is great, but State Farm Stadium is a grass surface that hosted the 2019 Gold Cup semifinal, so it’s a clear winner. Throw in Phoenix’s massive metro population and this one looks like a lock.
Candidate: Reno 1868 FC
Location: Reno, Nev. (425,417)
Time zone: Pacific
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Mackay Stadium (FieldTurf, 30,000)
Potential owner: Nancy Walton Laurie (reported net worth $7.1 billion)
Notes: The Biggest Little City on Earth has some serious barriers to overcome, thanks to its low metro population. A sale to Walmart heiress Nancy Walton Laurie and 1.6 mile-move to Mackay Stadium to split space with the University of Nevada, Reno makes this bid competitive, but the turf surface is another knock against it.
Candidate: Rio Grande Valley FC
Location: Edinburg, Texas (900,304)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): McAllen Memorial Stadium (FieldTurf, 13,500 – 15,000 with expansion)
Potential owner: Alice Louise Walton (reported net worth $45 billion)
Notes: Yes, I have a second straight Walmart heiress on the list. She was the first thing that popped up when I googled “McAllen Texas richest people.” The family rivalry has spurred Walton to buy a club as well, moving them 10 miles to McAllen Memorial Stadium which, as I alluded to earlier, is a straight up high school football stadium with a full color scoreboard. Toss in an additional 1,500 seats and you’ve met the minimum, despite the turf playing surface.
Candidate: San Antonio FC
Location: San Antonio, Texas (2,550,960)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Alamodome (FieldTurf, 64,000)
Potential owner: Red McCombs (reported net worth $1.6 billion)
Notes: I wanted to keep SAFC in the Spurs family, since the franchise is valued at $1.8 billion. That said, I didn’t let the Rooneys own the Riverhounds based on the Steelers’ value and it felt wrong to change the rules, so bring on Clear Channel co-founder Red McCombs. Toyota Field isn’t viable in the first division, but for the Alamodome, which was built in 1993 in hopes of attracting an NFL franchise (and never did), San Antonio can finally claim having *a* national football league team in its town (contingent on your definition of football). Now if only we could do something about that turf…
Candidate: San Diego Loyal SC
Location: San Diego, Calif. (3,317,749)
Time zone: Pacific
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm) (Grass, 70,561)
Potential owner: Phil Mickelson (reported net worth $91 million)
Notes: Yes, golf’s Phil Mickelson. The existing ownership group didn’t seem to have the wherewithal to meet requirements, and Phil seemed to slot right in. As an athlete himself, he might be interesting in the new challenges of a top flight soccer team. Toss in a move to the former home of the chargers and you might have a basis for tremendous community support.
Candidate: FC Tulsa
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (991,561)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium (FieldTurf, 30,000)
Potential owner: George Kaiser ($10 billion)
Notes: I’m a fan of FC Tulsa’s rebrand, but if they want to make the first division, more changes are necessary. A sale to Tulsa native and one of the 100 richest men in the world George Kaiser means that funding is guaranteed. A move to Chapman Stadium would provide the necessary seats, despite the turf field. While the undersize population might be an issue at first glance, it’s hard to imagine U.S. Soccer not granting a waiver over a less than a 10k miss from the mark.
And that’s it! You made it. Those are all of the independent/hybrid affiliates in the USL Championship, which means that it’s time for our…
VERDICT: As an expert who has studied this issue for almost an entire day now, I am prepared to pronounce which USL Championships could be most ‘ready” for a jump to the USL Prem. A reminder that of the 27 clubs surveyed, 0 of them met our ideal criteria (proper ownership $, metro population, 15,000+ stadium with grass field).
Two of them, however, met almost all of those criteria: Indy Eleven and Miami FC. Those two clubs may use up two of our three available turf fields right from the outset, but the other factors they hit (particularly Silva’s ownership of Miami) makes them difficult, if not impossible to ignore for the top flight.
But who fill in the rest of the slots? Meet the entire 14-team USL Premier League:
Hartford Athletic
Indy Eleven
Louisville City FC
Miami FC
North Carolina FC
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Saint Louis FC
San Antonio FC
New Mexico United
Phoenix Rising FC
Las Vegas Lights FC
Orange County SC
San Diego Loyal SC
Now, I shall provide my expert rationale for each club’s inclusion/exclusion, which can be roughly broken down into four categories.
Firm “yes”
Hartford Athletic: It’s a good market size with a solid stadium. With a decent investor and good community support, you’ve got potential here.
Indy Eleven: The turf at Lucas Oil Stadium is no reason to turn down a 62,421 venue and a metro population of over 2 million.
Louisville City FC: Why doesn’t the 2017 & 2018 USL Cup champion deserve a crack at the top flight? They have the market size, and with a bit of expansion have the stadium at their own SSS. LCFC, you’re in.
Miami FC, “The”: Our other blue-chip recruit on the basis of ownership value, market size and stadium capacity. Yes, that field is turf, but how could you snub Silva’s chance to claim victory as the first division 1 club soccer team to play in Miami?
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Pittsburgh sacrificed a lot to be here (according to my arbitrary calculations). Their market size and the potential boon of soccer at Heinz Field is an important inclusion to the league.
Saint Louis FC: Willie hears your “Busch League” jokes, Willie don’t care. A huge market size, combined with the absence of an NFL franchise creates opportunity. Competition with the MLS side, sure, but St. Louis has serious soccer history and we’re willing to bet it can support two clubs.
Tampa Bay Rowdies: With a huge population and a massive stadium waiting nearby, Tampa Bay seems like too good of an opportunity to pass up for the USL Prem.
Las Vegas Lights FC: Ostentatious, massive and well-financed, Las Vegas Lights FC is everything that the USL Premier League would need to assert that it didn’t intend to play second fiddle to MLS. Players will need to be kept on a short leash, but this is a hard market to pass up on.
Phoenix Rising FC: Huge population, big grass field available nearby and a solid history of success in recent years. No brainer.
San Diego Loyal SC: New club? Yes, massive population in a market that recently lost an absolutely huge sports presence? Also yes. This could be the USL Prem’s Seattle.
Cautious “yes”
New Mexico United: You have to take a chance on New Mexico United. The club set the league on fire with its social media presence and its weight in the community when it entered the league last season. The market may be slightly under USSF’s desired 1 million, but fervent support (and the ability to continue to use Isotopes Park) shouldn’t be discounted.
North Carolina FC: Carter-Finley’s mixed grass/turf surface is a barrier, to be sure, but the 57,000+ seats it offers (and being enough to offset other fully-turf offerings) is enough to put it in the black.
Orange County SC: It’s a top-tier club playing in a MLB stadium. I know it seems unlikely that USSF would approve something like that, but believe me when I say “it could happen.” Orange County is a massive market and California likely needs two clubs in the top flight.
San Antonio FC: Our third and only voluntary inclusion to the turf fields in the first division, we’re counting on San Antonio’s size and massive potential stadium to see it through.
Cautious “no”
Birmingham Legion FC: The town has solid soccer history and a huge potential venue, but the turf playing surface puts it on the outside looking in.
Memphis 901 FC: Like Birmingham, not much to dislike here outside of the turf playing surface at the larger playing venue.
Austin Bold FC: See the other two above.
FC Tulsa: Everything’s just a little bit off with this one. Market’s slightly too small, stadium has turf. Just not enough to put it over the top.
Firm “no”
Charleston Battery: Small metro and a small potential new stadium? It’s tough to say yes to the risk.
Charlotte Independence: A small new stadium and the possibility of having to compete with an organization that just paid over $300 million to join MLS means it’s best for this club to remain in the USL Championship.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: When a club’s best chance to meet a capacity requirement is to host games at a venue controlled by the military, that doesn’t speak well to a club’s chances.
El Paso Locomotive FC: An undersized market and a turf field that meets capacity requirements is the death knell for this one.
Oklahoma City Energy FC: Having to expand a baseball field to meet requirements is a bad start. Having to potentially play 20 miles away from your main market is even worse.
Reno 1868 FC: Population nearly a half-million short of the federation’s requirements AND a turf field at the hypothetical new stadium makes impossible to say yes to this bid.
Rio Grande Valley FC: All the seat expansions in the world can’t hide the fact that McAllen Memorial Stadium is a high school stadium through and through.
Here’s who’s left in the 11-team Championship:
Birmingham Legion FC
Charleston Battery
Charlotte Independence
Memphis 901 FC
Austin Bold FC
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
El Paso Locomotive FC
Oklahoma City Energy FC
Reno 1868 FC
Rio Grande Valley FC
FC Tulsa
With MLS folding the six affiliates it has in USL League One, the league is a little bit thin (especially considering USSF’s requirements for 8 teams for lower level leagues), but seems definitely able to expand up to the necessary numbers with Edwards’ allusions to five new additions this year:
Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Forward Madison FC
Greenville Triumph SC
Union Omaha
Richmond Kickers
South Georgia Tormenta
FC Tucson
Format of Assorted Leagues – This (like everything in this post) is pure conjecture on my part, but here are my thoughts on how these leagues might function in a first year while waiting for additional expansion.
USL Premier – We’ll steal from the 12-team Scottish Premiership. Each club plays the other 11 clubs 3 times, with either one or two home matches against each side. When each club has played 33 matches, the top six and bottom six separate, with every club playing an additional five matches (against each other team in its group). The top club wins the league. The bottom club is automatically relegated. The second-bottom club will enter a two-legged playoff against someone (see below) from the championship playoffs.
USL Championship -- 11 clubs is a challenge to schedule for. How about every club plays everyone else three times (either one or two home matches against each side)? Top four clubs make the playoffs, which are decided by two-legged playoffs. The winner automatically goes up. I need feedback on the second part – is it better to have the runner-up from the playoffs face the second-bottom club from the Premiership, or should the winner of the third-place match-up get the chance to face them to keep drama going in both playoff series? As for relegation, we can clearly only send down the last place club while the third division is so small.
USL League One – While the league is so small, it doesn’t seem reasonable to have the clubs play as many matches as the higher divisions. Each club could play the other six clubs four times – twice at home and twice away – for a very equitable 24-match regular season, which would help restrict costs and still provide a chance to determine a clear winner. Whoever finishes top of the table goes up.
And there you have it, a hypothetical look at how the USL could build a D1 league right now. All it would take is a new stadium for almost the entire league and new owners for all but one of the 27 clubs, who wouldn’t feel that their property would be massively devalued if they got relegated.
Well that’s our show. I’m curious to see what you think of all of this, especially anything that you think I may have overlooked (I’m sure there’s plenty). Anyway, I hope you’re all staying safe and well.
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Anyone flying in for CRSSD? Where from??

Wondering who is not from SD/OC/LA that’s flying in for CRSSD? I have a few friends that are coming in from Chicago. Also any international folks?
If this is youre first time here in San Diego, here’s some thing to do while youre here (some from Reddit members who posted recos under different threads):
LOCALS: Any other recos?
MODERATOR: Maybe pin this post thru next week as a visitor guide?
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Live Raw Discussion Thread - June 18th 2018

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WELCOME TO MONDAY NIGHT RAW
Show information for Tonight's Show
Check your guide to watch Raw live on your TV to experience the longest weekly episodic TV show in history! If you don't have access to Raw through cable and don't want to use any of the streams provided, Watch Wrestling will have Raw put up tomorrow.
Streams
Extra Show Enhancers!
Post-Show Information!
  • I don't know who y'all want, but I want darren716 and he'll usually post the post-show thread as soon as the show fades to black!
Additional plugs!
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Collecting California brewery bottle caps...where can I find more?

I am trying to collect bottle caps from as many CA-based based breweries as possible...I think I've bought all the individual ones currently available on eBay. Looking for recommendations on where I might be able to find more, whether for individual sale or in bulk. I even have a list of the breweries I'm still missing. I lived in CA for several years where my collection began. I'm trying to get bottle caps from 61 different breweries to fill a wooden map of CA. Currently I have 25.
I've posted in CaliforniaBeer as well, just looking for whatever recommendations are out there.

Edit: Breweries I am currently looking for listed below

• 21st Amendment Brewery in San Leandro • Ale Industries in Oakland • Altamont Beer Works in Livermore • Buffalo Bill's Brewery in Hayward • Cleophus Quealy Beer Company in San Leandro • Diving Dog Brewhouse in Oakland • Drake's Brewing Company in San Leandro • Eight Bridges Brewing Company in Livermore • Faction Brewing in Alameda • Fieldwork Brewing Company in Berkeley • Hoi Polloi Brewpub and Beat Lounge in Berkeley • JP DasBrew in Fremont • Oakland United Beerworks (formerly Linden Street Brewery) in Oakland • Old Kan Beer & Co. in Oakland • The Rare Barrel in Berkeley • Shadow Puppet Brewing Company in Livermore • Triple Rock Brewery and Alehouse in Berkeley • Trumer Brauerei in Berkeley • Woods Bar & Brewery in Oakland • Working Man Brewing Company in Livermore 
Amador County
• Amador Brewing Company in Plymouth • Butte County • Sierra Nevada Brewing Company headquarters in Chico • Eckert Malting and Brewing in Chico • Feather Falls Casino Brewing Company in Oroville • Feather River Brewing Company in Magalia • NorCal Brewing in Chico • Secret Trail Brewing in Chico 
Contra Costa County
• Calicraft in Walnut Creek • Danville Brewing Company in Danville • E.J. Phair Brewing Company in Pittsburg • Farm Creek Brewing Company in Walnut Creek • Elevation 66 Brewing Company in El Cerrito • Schubros Brewery in San Ramon • Epidemic Ales in Concord • Ocean View Brew Works in Albany 
El Dorado County
• The Brewery at Lake Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe • Cold Water Brewery and Grill in South Lake Tahoe • Cool Beerwerks in Cool • El Dorado Brewing Company in Diamond Springs • Gold Hill Winery and Brewery in Placerville • HWY 50 Brewery in Camino • Jack Russell Farm Brewery in Camino • Lake Tahoe AleWorX in South Lake Tahoe • Mraz Brewing Company in El Dorado Hills • Outbreak Brewing Company in Placerville • Outpost Brewing Company in South Lake Tahoe • Placerville Brewing Company in Placerville • Sidellis Lake Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe • Solid Ground Brewing in Diamond Springs • South Lake Brewing Company in South Lake Tahoe • Stash Brewing Co. in Garden Valley • Stateline Brewery and Restaurant in South Lake Tahoe 
Fresno County
• The Mad Duck Craft Brewery in Fresno • Fresno Brewing Company in Fresno • Full Circle Brewing in Fresno • Pine & Palm Brewing in Fresno • Tactical OPS Brewing in Fresno • Tioga–Sequoia Brewing Company in Fresno 
Humboldt County
• Eel River Brewing Company in Fortuna • Redwood Curtain Brewing Company in Arcata • Six Rivers Brewery in McKinleyville 
Inyo County
• Mountain Rambler Brewery in Bishop 
Kern County
• Crusader Brewing in Bakersfield • Dionysus Brewing Company in Bakersfield • Great Change Brewing in Bakersfield • Kern River Brewing Company in Kernville • Lengthwise Brewing in Bakersfield • Local Craft Beer in Tehachapi • Temblor Brewing Company in Bakersfield 
Kings County
• Bird Street Brewing in Lemoore • Hop Forged Brewing Company in Hanford 
Lake County
Los Angeles County
Madera County
• South Gate Brewing Company in Oakhurst 
Marin County
• Adobe Creek Brewing in Novato • Indian Valley Brewing in Novato • Iron Springs Pub & Brewery in Fairfax • Marin Brewing in Larkspur • Moylan's Brewery in Novato • Pond Farm Brewing in San Rafael • The State Room in San Rafael 
Mariposa County
• Yosemite Ale Werks in Mariposa 
Merced County
• Bobcat Brewing Company in Merced 
Mono County
• Mammoth Brewing Company in Mammoth Lakes • June Lake Brewing in June Lake 
Monterey County
• Alvarado Street Brewery in Monterey • Cannery Row Brewing Company in Monterey • English Ales in Marina • Peter B's Brew Pub in Monterey • Yeast of Eden in Carmel 
Napa County
• Calistoga Inn, Restaurant and Brewing in Calistoga • Downtown Joe's Brewery in Napa • Mad Fritz in St. Helena • Napa Smith Brewery in Napa • St. Clair Brown in Napa • Tannery Bend Beerworks in Napa • Trade Brewing in Napa 
Nevada County
• FiftyFifty Brewing Company in Truckee • Nevada Brewery in Nevada City • Ol' Republic Brewery in Nevada City • Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company in Truckee • Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Company in Nevada City 
Orange County
• Anaheim Brewery in Anaheim • Barley Forge Brewing Company in Costa Mesa • Brewing Reserve of California in Costa Mesa • Bootlegger's Brewery in Fullerton and Costa Mes • Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim • Cismontane Brewing Company in Santa Ana • The Good Beer Company in Santa Ana • Green Cheek Beer Company in Orange • Gunwhale Ales in Costa Mesa • Laguna Beach Beer Company in Rancho Santa Margarita and Laguna Beach • Left d Brewing Company in San Clemente and Irvine • Network Brewery in Santa Ana • Noble Ale Works in Anaheim • Old Orange Brewing Company in Orange • Riip Beer Company in Huntington Beach • TAPS Brewery & Barrel Room in Tustin • Tustin Brewing Company in Tustin • Valiant Brewing Company in Orange 
Placer County
• Auburn Alehouse in Auburn • Boneshaker Public House and Community Brewery in Rocklin • Crooked Lane Brewing Company in Auburn • GoatHouse Brewing Company in Lincoln • Knee Deep Brewing Company in Auburn • Loomis Basin Brewing Company in Loomis • Moksa Brewing in Rocklin • Moonraker Brewing Company in Auburn • Out of Bounds Brewing Company in Rocklin • Slice Beer Company in Lincoln • The Monk's Cellar in Roseville 
Plumas County
• The Brewing Lair of the Sierra (formerly UnderCover Ale Works) • Waganupa Brewing in Chester • Quintopia Brewing Co in Quincy 
Riverside County
• Aftershock Brewing Company in Temecula • Area 51 Craft Brewery in Riverside • Babe's BBQ & Brewhouse in Rancho Mirage • Black Market Brewing Company in Temecula • Brew Rebellion in Banning • Brewcaipa Brewing in Yucaipa • Coachella Valley Brewing in Thousand Palms • Desert Beer Company in Palm Desert • Electric Brewing Company in Murrieta • Grey Wolf in Norco • Inland Empire Brewing Company in Riverside • Ironfire Brewing Company in Temecula • La Quinta Brewing in Palm Desert • Las Palmas Brewing in Palm Springs • Refuge Brewery in Temecula • Wiens Brewing Company in Temecula • Woody's Brewhouse in Moreno Valley 
Sacramento County
• Alaro Brewing in Sacramento • At Ease Brewing in Sacramento • Big Sexy Brewing in Sacramento • Big Stump Brew Co. in Sacramento • Burning Barrel Brewing in Rancho Cordova • Claimstake Brewing in Rancho Cordova • Delta Borne Brewing in Sacramento • Device Brewing Company in Sacramento • Dreaming Dog Brewery in Elk Grove • Flatland Brewing in Elk Grove • Fort Rock Brewing in Rancho Cordova • Fountainhead Brewing in Sacramento • Hoppy Brewing Co in Sacramento • King Cong Brewing Company in Sacramento • New Glory Craft Brewery in Sacramento • New Helvetia Brewing in Sacramento • Oak Park Brewing in Sacramento • Palm Tree Brewing Company in Orangevale • Porchlight Brewing in Sacramento • Red Bus Brewing in Folsom • River Rock Brewery in Galt • Sacrament Brewing in Sacramento • Tower Brewing in Sacramento • Track 7 Brewing Company in Sacramento • Tilted Mash Brewing in Elk Grove • Urban Roots Brewing in Sacramento 
San Bernardino County
• 3 Iron Brewing Co. in Colton • Brewcaipa in Yucaipa • Desert Barn Brewery in Hesperia • Escape Craft Brewery in Redlands • Hangar 24 Craft Brewery in Redlands • I & I Brewing in Chino • Kings Brewing in Rancho Cucamonga • Oak Hills Brewing Company in Hesperia • Ritual Brewing Co. in Redlands • Rowdy's Brew Co. in Rancho Cucamonga • Sour Cellars in Rancho Cucamonga 
San Francisco City and County
• 21st Amendment Brewery • Barrel Head Brewhouse • Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant • Black Sands Brewery • Black Hammer Brewing • Cellarmaker Brewing Company • Cervezería de MateVeza • Eagle Brewery • Enterprise Brewery • Fort Point Beer Company • Golden City Brewery • Hamm's Brewer • Harmonic Brewing • Hibernia Brewery • Laughing Monk Brewing • Lafayette Brewery • Local Brewing Company • Magnolia Brewing Company • Schuster's Railroad Brewery • Seven Stills • Southern Pacific Brewing • Speakeasy Ales and Lagers • Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company • Thirsty Bear Brewing Company • Triple Voodoo Brewing • Washington Brewery • Willow's Brewery 
San Joaquin County
• Dancing Fox Winery and Brewery in Lodi • Five Window Beer Company in Lodi • High Water Brewing Company in Lodi • Idol Beer Works in Lodi • Lodi Beer Company in Lodi • Morgan Territory Brewing in Tracy 
San Luis Obispo County
• 927 Beer Company in Cambria • BarrelHouse Brewing Co. in Paso Robles • Libertine Brewing Company in San Luis Obispo • Tap It Brewing Company in San Luis Obispo 
San Mateo County
• 47 Hills Brewing in South San Francisco • Alpha Acid Brewing Company in Belmont • Armstrong Brewing Company in South San Francisco • Blue Oak Brewing Company in San Carlos • Devil's Canyon Brewing Company in Belmont • Freewheel Brewing Company in Redwood City • Half Moon Bay Brewing Company in Princeton-by-the-Sea • Highway 1 Brewing in Pescadero • Hop Dogma Brewing in El Granada • Sacrilege Brewery + Kitchen in Half Moon Bay 
Santa Barbara County
• Captain Fatty's Brewery in Goleta • Island Brewing Company in Carpinteria • M. Special Brewing Company in Goleta • Pure Order Brewing Company in Santa Barbara • Solvang Brewing Company in Solvang • Telegraph Brewing Company in Santa Barbara 
Santa Clara County
• Clandestine Brewing in San Jose • El Toro Brewing Company in Morgan Hill • Gordon Biersch Brewing Company in San Jose • Hermitage Brewing Company in San Jose • Kelly Brewing in Morgan Hill 
Santa Cruz County
• Discretion Brewing in Soquel • Humble Sea Brewing Company in Santa Cruz • New Bohemia Brewing Company in Capitola • Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing in Santa Cruz • Sante Adairius Rustic Ales in Capitola • Seabright Brewery in Santa Cruz • Steel Bonnet Brewing Company in Scotts Valley • Uncommon Brewers in Santa Cruz 
Shasta County
• Fall River Brewing Co. in Fall River Mills • Wildcard Brewing in Redding • Final Draft Brewing in Redding • Woody's Brewing Co. in Redding 
Siskiyou County
• Dunsmuir Brewery Works in Dunsmuir • Etna Brewing Company in Etna • Mt. Shasta Brewing Company in Weed • Siskiyou Brew Works 
Solano Countu
• Heretic Brewing Company in Fairfield • Right Eye Brewery in Suisun • Mare Island Brewing Company in Vallejo 
Sonoma County
• Carneros Brewing Company in Sonoma • Fog Belt Brewing Company in Santa Rosa • Moonlight Brewing Company in Santa Rosa • Old Redwood Brewing Company in Windsor • Petaluma Hills Brewing Company in Petaluma • Seismic Brewing Company in Santa Rosa • Sonoma Springs Brewing Company in Sonoma • St. Florian's Brewery in Windsor • Stumptown Brewery in Guerneville • Third Street Aleworks in Santa Rosa 
Stanislaus County
• St. Stan's Brewery in Modesto • Blaker Brewing in Ceres 
Ventura County
• Anacapa Brewing in Ventura • Casa Agria Specialty Ales in Ventura • Enegren Brewing Co. in Moorpark • Flat Fish Brewing Company in Camarillo • Institution Ale Co. in Camarillo • Leashless Brewing Co. in Ventura • MadeWest Brewing in Ventura • Poseidon Brewing Company in Ventura • Red Tandem Brewery in Ventura • Surf Brewery in Ventura • Topa Topa Brewing Company in Ventura • Ventura Coast Brew Co. in Ventura • Westlake Brewing Co. in Westlake Village 
Yolo County
• Bike Dog Brewing Company in West Sacramento • Dunloe Brewing in Davis • Jackrabbit Brewing Company in West Sacramento • Super Owl Brewing in Davis • Three Mile Brewing Company in Davis • Yolo Brewing in West Sacramento 
San Diego County
• Burgeon Beer Company • Carlsbad Brewing Company • Pizza Port • Rouleur Brewing Company • Offbeat Brewing Co • Nickel Beer Company • Bagby Beer Company • Legacy Brewing Company • Breakwater Brewing Co • Oceanside Ale Works • ChuckAlek Independent Brewers • Abnormal Beer Company • Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment • Align Brewing • Amplified Aleworks • The Beer Company • Deft Brewing • Division 23 Brewing • Duck Foot Brewing Company • Eppig Brewing • Fall Brewing • Kilowatt Brewing • Little Miss Brewing • Longship Brewery • Mike Hess Brewing Co. • Mikkeller • Mission Brewery • Modern Times Beer • New English Brewing Co. • North Park Beer Company • O'Sullivan Brother's Brewing • Pacific Beach Alehouse • Pariah Brewing Company • Protector Brewing • Rip Current Brewing • Rough Draft Brewing Company • Saint Archer Brewing • San Diego Brewing Company • Savagewood • Societe Brewing Company • Thorn Street Brewery • Thunderhawk Alements • Lost Abbey • Port Brewing Company • Rip Current Brewing Company • Stumblefoot Brewing Company • Wild Barrel Brewing Company • Aztec Brewing Company • Barrel Harbor Brewing • Belching Beaver Brewery • Booze Brothers Brewing Company • Indian Joe Brewing Company • Latitude 33 Brewing • Mother Earth Brew Co. • Toolbox Brewing 
Culture Brewing Co
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Live SmackDown Live Discussion Thread - June 27th 2017

LIVE STATUS: OFF THE AIR
After the controversial ending to the first-ever Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan has declared that Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Natalya and Tamina will face off once again for the coveted Money in the Bank contract, this time with James Ellsworth banned from ringside. Who will climb to new heights and earn a contract for a guaranteed SmackDown Women's Title Match? Welcome to the SmackDown Live Discussion Thread for June 27th 2017!

sponsored by /lasskicker, the hub for becky lynch fans

Link to the Pre Thread

[Link to the Post Thread]()

[SmackDown Live Survey!]() [(results)]()

The Venue Information!
  • Venue: Valley View Casino Center
  • City: San Diego, California, USA
  • Approximate venue size: ~10,000
The Streaming Info!
Check your guide to watch SmackDown Live on your TV to experience the better brand, the A-Show to that red Raw thing every Monday. If you don't have access to SDL through cable, Watch Wrestling will have SDL put up while the show is going on.
/lasskicker Plugs
The Results!
Match Stipulation Winner Time Rating
The Usos vs. The Hype Bros Tag Team Match The Usos via Pinfall N/A Link
Naomi (c) vs. Lana WWE SmackDown Womens Championship Match Naomi via Pinfall 0:41 Link
Baron Corbin vs. Sami Zayn Singles Match Baron Corbin via Pinfall 8:10 Link
Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch vs. Tamina vs. Carmella (w/ James Ellsworth) vs. Natalya Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match Carmella 24:30 Link
The Notes!
  • Commentated by Tom Phillips, John "Bradshaw" Leyfield, and Byron Saxton!
  • We start off SmackDown Live with an in-ring visit from our General Manager, Daniel Bryan! He asks everyone if they're ready to have a great night tonight, and follows it up by re-announcing the two womens matches tonight; Naomi versus Lana for the WWE SmackDown Womens Championship, and the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Rematch! However, Carmella comes out suddenly with a message towards Daniel. She questions if SmackDown Live is really the "land of opportunity" if it's more like the "land of injustice", referring to him taking her controversial Money in the Bank briefcase. She keeps insisting that she won fair and square via No Disqualification being in Ladder Matches and that the first woman in possession of the briefcase is declared the winner. Daniel then says that no one in history has ever got the briefcase and handed it to another competitor. To prove his decision was good, he asks the crowd if the match should still go on to which everyone cheers in applause. Ellsworth is furious, so he starts trashing both Daniel and the crowd. This makes Dnaiel respond by saying that he should fire him, but instead, he makes sure that tonight is not about him and about the real superstars. He said last week on Talking Smack he was going to ban Ellsworth at ringside. Daniel, however, reinforces it by banning him from the entire arena instead. After Ellsworth is harshly brought backstage to be thrown out, Daniel wishes Carmella "good luck" on the match tonight.
  • After The Usos beat the Hype Bros, The New Day come out for some words against them. A Rap Battle between the two tag teams will happen next week!
  • Another episode of the Fashion Files, "Under Pressure". Includes scenes like bribing Ascension with Eddie Money tickets to confess on who attacked Tyler, and Ascension saying that they only appeared at MitB for an actual match on the card. Also, someone else just trashed their office again!
  • Becky interviewed by Dasha Fuentes, being asked about her feelings on her second chance at getting the Briefcase. She responds by saying she was inches away from having a career change before Ellsworth ripped it away from him. Becky's thankful for Daniel giving her a fair chance and that she will be the first ever fair winner.
  • Aiden English returns for another singing performance! However, just seconds into the song, Randy Orton interrupts, giving him an RKO and has some of his own words for a specific WWE Champion. He's not leaving the ring until he get's what he wants: A rematch for the WWE Title. After threatening Jinder with an ass whooping every moment in his life, Shane McMahon appears! He tells Randy that he shouldn't be threatening the safety to Jinder, but Randy says he doesn't care because he disrespected his family, regardless of being fired or arrested. Shane reminds Randy that he has done similar tactics from the Singh Brothers before and it led to a match between each other, but ultimately gives him the rematch. However, Jinder will have a choice on what stipulation that match will be at WWE Battleground. Speaking of which, Jinder Mahal and his Singh Brothers come out with some of his own words. Jinder says this is exactly why there is so much wrong in Management, the Crowd and SmackDown Live. Randy doesn't deserve another rematch, he says. He announces that the match will be a Punjabi Prison Match!
  • AJ Styles comes to Daniel Bryan backstage to talk about how unfair Kevin Owens' US Open Challenge is, until Kevin finds the two and tells him that he's missing the point about the challenge: It's for people who he hasn't beat yet, and that he should face the fact that he is a loser. Daniel tells Kevin about John Cena's Open Challenge, and he also tells him that on July 4th, next Tuesday, there will be an Independence Day Battle Royal for a chance at the WWE United States Championship at Battleground. AJ's invited, too!
  • As Mike and Maria Kanellis introduce themselves yet again to the WWE Universe, Sami Zayn's entrance interrupts them, signalling that the Zayn/Corbin match will be starting!
  • Dasha asks Shin about if he's interested in a match against Corbin, to which he responds that Corbin's right to be fearing him.
  • James Ellsworth somehow got back into the ring and helped Carmella. However, Becky was able to take him down before he was able to recreate the events of MitB.
[Talking Smack Guests!]()
  • Hosted by Daniel Bryan and Renee Young
  • WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens
  • WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions The usos
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Live Raw Discussion Thread! - October 26, 2015

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WELCOME TO MONDAY NIGHT RAW
Show information for Tonight's Raw
Check your guide to watch Raw live on your tv to experience the longest weekly episodic tv show in history! If you don't have access to Raw through cable and don't want to use any of the streams provided, Watch Wrestling will have Raw put up tomorrow.
Streams
Taima Streams
Extra Show Enhancers!
Post-Show Information!
If you enjoyed (or hated!) tonight's Raw, be sure to stick around for the Post-Show discussion, which is typically hosted by Slyguy46! There, you can express gratitude over how wonderfully put-together the episode was - or groan with disdain over the direction that the product is going!
Additional plugs!
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05/11/2018 Interview and tour information mega-thread

Don't mind me, just shoving everything in one big thread. Please avoid posting separate threads, post in this instead! I will update this thread as time goes on.

Tour dates

UPDATE: More dates to be announced. https://twitter.com/muse/status/1059456440526626820
"Mexico and South America dates will be in the autumn. Still working on venues etc."
"Stay tuned, LA will be a part of the US tour, also NY and Chicago"
"We are hoping to do a tour of Japan in September! More dates to come"
https://twitter.com/MattBellamy/status/1059456986683752448
https://twitter.com/MattBellamy/status/1059457212148576256
https://twitter.com/MattBellamy/status/1059457314330157058

In a question to "Will the shows at open air venues (like Lisbon) be any different than the stadium shows? ", Matt answers: "No, all parks and stadiums same show"
Official Store pre-sale starts Tuesday 13 November at 10a local. Codes will be delivered via a separate email on Monday 12 November.
Members section pre-sale begins Tuesday 13 November at 1p local. Please note you will need to reset your password to gain access to the new Members section.
General on sale starts Friday 16 November at 9am local for the UK, 10am local for Europe, noon local for North America, except Philadelphia & Phoenix which are 1pm local. Stay tuned for ticket links!
The Simulation Theory World Tour will feature an exciting new Enhanced Experience Package that allows access to an exclusive Mixed Reality Pre-Show Party, powered by Microsoft, with three original virtual reality games, inspired by tracks from Simulation Theory. Additional Enhanced Experience perks include a premium concert ticket, show specific poster, interactive photo experience with props and memorabilia from the band’s latest videos and more. More details are available here.
Ticket resale will be strictly limited to Twickets, a fan-to-fan ticket resale platform.
22/02/19 Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
24/02/19 American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
26/02/19 Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
28/02/19 Vivent Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
02/03/19 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
05/03/19 Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, California
07/03/19 Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
09/03/19 Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
24/03/19 BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida
26/03/19 State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
28/03/19 Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
30/03/19 Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
31/03/19 Videotron Centre, Quebec City, Quebec
02/04/19 Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia
04/04/19 Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
07/04/19 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10/04/19 TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
26/05/19 Letnany Airport, Prague, Czech Republic
28/05/19 Papp Laszlo Sports Arena, Budapest, Hungary
29/05/19 Stadhalle Graz, Graz, Austria
01/06/19 London Stadium, London, England
08/06/19 Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
12/06/19 Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia
15/06/19 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia
18/06/19 Suvilahti Open Air, Helsinki, Finland
22/06/19 Tauron Arena, Krakow, Poland
27/06/19 Goffertpark, Nijmegen, Netherlands
29/06/19 RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany
30/06/19 Rock Werchter, Werchter, Belgium
03/07/19 Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
06/07/19 Stade de France, Paris, France
09/07/19 Stade Orange Velodrom, Marseille, France
12/07/19 San Siro Stadium, Milan, Italy
16/07/19 Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux, France
20/07/19 Olympic Stadium, Rome, Italy
24/07/19 Passeio Maritimo de Alges, Lisbon, Portugal
26/07/19 Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain
06/10/19 Rock In Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Interviews

Deejay
https://www.deejay.it/news/muse-a-tropical-pizza-ogni-brano-del-nuovo-album-sara-accompagnato-da-un-video/578553/amp/
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1047959418699268&id=75575542251&refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2FRadioDeejay%2Fvideos%2F1047959418699268%2F&_rdr
News: You can see a preview of the next music video at 3:40. Blockades and Algorithm apparently will be released on Friday. It is pretty interesting interview, I recommend to watch this!
Virgin Italy Radio 1 PM Italy time (in 5mins) ENDED
https://www.virginradio.it/news/home/253454/muse-dalle-13-15-ospiti-a-virgin-radio-segui-la-diretta-onair-e-su-facebook.html https://www.virginradio.it/sezioni/1184/virgin-radio-on-air https://www.facebook.com/virginradioitaly/videos/187698868775390/
News: no new information what's o ever.
RTL 102.5 (3PM Italy time) ENDED
https://www.rtl.it/ospiti/i-muse-a-rtl-1025-ospiti-in-the-flight-lunedi-5-novembre-2018/
News: "Brass, choreography and other "interesting formations" in live shows. "Vdeos are gonna come out when the albums comes out". Matt reassured that there will be nine music videos in total.
(thanks u/dmarcop777)
Tour announcement official time by Muse (6AM PDT / 9AM EDT / 2PM GMT / 3PM CET)
https://twitter.com/muse/status/1058335152823250944
"Muse will be in the final of X Factor in Italy on December 13th (artists often play 2/3 titles)"
https://twitter.com/MuseFrance/status/1059411559028588544 https://xfactor.sky.it/2018/11/5/muse-ospiti-internazionali-finale-x-factor-2018/
"Friday 9.11 between 6pm and 7pm **@**muse will be in interview in the Drive @RTL2officiel! "
https://twitter.com/LeDriveRTL2/status/1059415576588795904
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Post SmackDown Live Discussion Thread - June 27th 2017

After the controversial ending to the first-ever Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan has declared that Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Natalya and Tamina will face off once again for the coveted Money in the Bank contract, this time with James Ellsworth banned from ringside. Who will climb to new heights and earn a contract for a guaranteed SmackDown Women's Title Match? Welcome to the SmackDown Live Post Discussion Thread for June 27th 2017!

sponsored by /lasskicker, the hub for becky lynch fans

Link to the Pre Thread

Link to the Live Thread

SmackDown Live Survey! (results)

The Venue Information!
  • Venue: Valley View Casino Center
  • City: San Diego, California, USA
  • Approximate venue size: ~10,000
/lasskicker Plugs
The Results!
Match Stipulation Winner Time Rating
The Usos vs. The Hype Bros Tag Team Match The Usos via Pinfall N/A Link
Naomi (c) vs. Lana WWE SmackDown Womens Championship Match Naomi via Pinfall 0:41 Link
Baron Corbin vs. Sami Zayn Singles Match Baron Corbin via Pinfall 8:10 Link
Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch vs. Tamina vs. Carmella (w/ James Ellsworth) vs. Natalya Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match Carmella 24:30 Link
The Notes!
  • Commentated by Tom Phillips, John "Bradshaw" Leyfield, and Byron Saxton!
  • We start off SmackDown Live with an in-ring visit from our General Manager, Daniel Bryan! He asks everyone if they're ready to have a great night tonight, and follows it up by re-announcing the two womens matches tonight; Naomi versus Lana for the WWE SmackDown Womens Championship, and the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Rematch! However, Carmella comes out suddenly with a message towards Daniel. She questions if SmackDown Live is really the "land of opportunity" if it's more like the "land of injustice", referring to him taking her controversial Money in the Bank briefcase. She keeps insisting that she won fair and square via No Disqualification being in Ladder Matches and that the first woman in possession of the briefcase is declared the winner. Daniel then says that no one in history has ever got the briefcase and handed it to another competitor. To prove his decision was good, he asks the crowd if the match should still go on to which everyone cheers in applause. Ellsworth is furious, so he starts trashing both Daniel and the crowd. This makes Dnaiel respond by saying that he should fire him, but instead, he makes sure that tonight is not about him and about the real superstars. He said last week on Talking Smack he was going to ban Ellsworth at ringside. Daniel, however, reinforces it by banning him from the entire arena instead. After Ellsworth is harshly brought backstage to be thrown out, Daniel wishes Carmella "good luck" on the match tonight.
  • After The Usos beat the Hype Bros, The New Day come out for some words against them. A Rap Battle between the two tag teams will happen next week!
  • Another episode of the Fashion Files, "Under Pressure". Includes scenes like bribing Ascension with Eddie Money tickets to confess on who attacked Tyler, and Ascension saying that they only appeared at MitB for an actual match on the card. Also, someone else just trashed their office again!
  • Becky interviewed by Dasha Fuentes, being asked about her feelings on her second chance at getting the Briefcase. She responds by saying she was inches away from having a career change before Ellsworth ripped it away from him. Becky's thankful for Daniel giving her a fair chance and that she will be the first ever fair winner.
  • Aiden English returns for another singing performance! However, just seconds into the song, Randy Orton interrupts, giving him an RKO and has some of his own words for a specific WWE Champion. He's not leaving the ring until he get's what he wants: A rematch for the WWE Title. After threatening Jinder with an ass whooping every moment in his life, Shane McMahon appears! He tells Randy that he shouldn't be threatening the safety to Jinder, but Randy says he doesn't care because he disrespected his family, regardless of being fired or arrested. Shane reminds Randy that he has done similar tactics from the Singh Brothers before and it led to a match between each other, but ultimately gives him the rematch. However, Jinder will have a choice on what stipulation that match will be at WWE Battleground. Speaking of which, Jinder Mahal and his Singh Brothers come out with some of his own words. Jinder says this is exactly why there is so much wrong in Management, the Crowd and SmackDown Live. Randy doesn't deserve another rematch, he says. He announces that the match will be a Punjabi Prison Match!
  • AJ Styles comes to Daniel Bryan backstage to talk about how unfair Kevin Owens' US Open Challenge is, until Kevin finds the two and tells him that he's missing the point about the challenge: It's for people who he hasn't beat yet, and that he should face the fact that he is a loser. Daniel tells Kevin about John Cena's Open Challenge, and he also tells him that on July 4th, next Tuesday, there will be an Independence Day Battle Royal for a chance at the WWE United States Championship at Battleground. AJ's invited, too!
  • As Mike and Maria Kanellis introduce themselves yet again to the WWE Universe, Sami Zayn's entrance interrupts them, signalling that the Zayn/Corbin match will be starting!
  • Dasha asks Shin about if he's interested in a match against Corbin, to which he responds that Corbin's right to be fearing him.
  • James Ellsworth somehow got back into the ring and helped Carmella. However, Becky was able to take him down before he was able to recreate the events of MitB.
[Talking Smack Guests!]()
  • Hosted by Daniel Bryan and Renee Young
  • WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens
  • WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions The usos
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Had an amazing 2-week coachella W2 road trip and wanted to share my itinerary because it worked so damn well!

Hey everyone, I'm a Canadian who's done a couple festivals in Canada (VELD and Osheaga), but I always wanted to go to a camping festival and Coachella worked out amazingly with my school schedule this year. I got most of April off, so I bought 2 W2 passes at the general sale and found a buddy who was interested in doing a road trip. I'm a huge fan of climbing and surfing, and I love California but there's a lot of places I haven't been, so I wanted to work in some of that given how much free time I had. Anyway, here's the details of our trip, hoping it may inspire some future Coachella road trippers!
PRE-TRIP:
  1. Bought 2x W2 passes + Shuttle Pass (unwanted) and car camping on General Sale day ($1200 US total). Wanted W1 and actually had a shot at them but my credit card was maxed out.
  2. Bought flights on SWOOP from Hamilton Ontario (near Toronto) to Vegas - $250 round trip.
  3. Reserved a rental SUV in Vegas for 2 weeks. (Considered a JUCY but eventually decided tents and an SUV would be more flexible and cheaper).
  4. Did some general research on the places I wanted to go, had a rough idea of an itinerary but no bookings.
Sunday April 14-VEGAS:
  • Parked at Hamilton Airport ($65 CAD for 1 wk + $15/day for each additional day).
  • Direct flight Hamilton to Vegas 9:30pm. Packed everything in 1 backpack per person, didn't pay carry-on or checked fee.
  • booked a room at Luxor hotel that same day on Priceline (came to $80 US total for 2 queen beds).
  • Booked campsites at Zion for next 2 days ($20 + $50)
  • Walked around Vegas till 2am drinking beers, checking out casinos (I had never been).
Monday April 15-ZION:
  • Picked up Venture 2P camping rental pack from Basecamp Outdoor Gear in Vegas. Upgraded to 3-season sleeping bags. Came with stove, sleeping pads, 2P tent, camp table, 2 camp chairs, knife, headlights, lantern. $325 for 2 weeks.
  • Grocery run at Walmart, got pasta, meat and sauce, chili, water, etc.
  • Arrived in Zion, did a sunset hike of Watchman trail, set up camp and cooked dinner.
Tues April 16-ZION:
  • Bought America the Beautiful 1-yr all-included National Park pass (covers a whole vehicle). - $80 USD
  • Hiked Zion: Angel's landing was amazing, very cool classic hike with scary cliff drops. The Narrows hike, another classic, was closed (typical in April). Ranger said we had hiked most of the open trails in Zion.
  • Opted to give up our $20 site and instead drive to Page AZ to check out other parks. Easily booked a campsite, $25.
Wed April 17-Antelope Canyon/Grand Canyon:
  • Went on Antelope Canyon tour. $60 US, run by Navajo locals. Short, photography-based tour. Had to either book ahead or show up early for cancellations.
  • Drove to Indio, beautiful drive and stopped at the Grand Canyon on the way.
  • Stayed at Indio motel (booked day-of, $100 US for 2 beds). Owner held onto our camp knife and tent pegs for the weekend!
  • got In-N-Out burger - was amazing
Thurs April 18-SO-CAL:
  • Debated going early for Coachella camping spot, but instead spent the day getting supplies at Walmart (Got info from another camper to get a Canopy - this was key) and in Orange county/LA. Checked out Newport Beach.
  • Pulled into car camping at 10pm, short lines. Spot was pretty far away in 1017 st S, but it really didn't bother us too much. Neighbours were all friendly, most of them stayed around camp for most of the festival though.
  • Checked out silent disco and went to bed.
Fri April 19-COACHELLA:
  • Woke up late, made breakfast, got ready and headed to festival for 2pm. Blown away by how amazing the grounds were. Antarctic was also dope. Saw about 15-20 acts, just exploring the grounds. Went back to camp 1x in evening, then went back to the festival until 1am, then slept.
Sat April 20th-Coachella:
  • Entered fest at about 3pm, regrouped at camp in evening, then went back and stayed till 1am again. Slept
Sun April 21st-Coachella:
  • Lined up for Sunday Service at 7am. Stayed till finish
  • Went to camp, headed to the grounds at 3:30pm, stayed until midnight. Went to turn-down tent for a couple hours, grabbed food, had beers with neighbours and slept around 2-3am.
Mon April 22nd-Joshua Tree:
  • Tore down camp and ready to go by 10am - needed a jumpstart though (dude did it for free because we only had canadian version of AAA!)
  • Grocery run at Wal-Mart
  • drove to Joshua Tree, rented climbing shoes ($10 each), and tried to rent a crash pad but the place was closed.
  • Cooked dinner in the Boy Scout parking lot, then hiked out to backcountry camp (you have to self-register)-FREE.
  • ran into a dude hiking who was gonna go bouldering the next day so we planned to meet up in the morning.
  • Stars in J-Tree are amazing. We threw "Underwater" by Rüfüs du Sol on repeat to relive Antarctic, and right at the final second we saw a gigantic shooting star!
Tues April 23rd-Joshua Tree:
  • Caught sunrise in J-tree from our campsite, then tore down camp and met up with the guys to go bouldering. Bouldered till 3pm, then returned our shoes and did the Mt Ryan hike at sunset.
  • Drove to Santa Barbara for a halfway stop on our way to big sur. 4-5hr drive, motel cost $100 for 2 beds.
Wed April 24 - Surfing/Big Sur
  • Got up late, drove to Pismo beach (such a nice surf town) and rented some boards and wetsuits for the half-day-$25 USD each. Waves were good for beginners to fool around on. Packed up around 4pm and drove towards Big Sur, Highway 1.
  • Saw the elephant seals at the southern tip of Big Sur
  • Saw evening and sunset along Big Sur - truly the most amazing drive I've ever done.
  • Got dinner in Monterey and then drove to Yosemite in the dark. Got to the park entrance at 2AM and slept in the car.
Thurs April 25 - Yosemite
  • Woke up at 5am to drive to Camp 4 and get spots in this famous campground where rock climbing was born. We were 12th in line for 59 spots, and cost is $6/person per night. (*NOTE: this first-come first-serve system is getting shut down forever in May - you will have to enter an overnight online lottery).
  • We set up camp (6 people share a site - our site-mates were really friendly and we met lots of great people in Camp 4).
  • We hiked Upper Yosemite Falls which starts right at Camp 4. Took all day as we decided to try to get to El Capitan during a trail closure (many trails were closed due to snow). We didn't succeed but it was fun.
Fri April 26 - Yosemite
  • We rented shoes and boulder mats in Yosemite and went bouldering until 3pm. There are great boulders right near Camp 4.
  • At 3:30pm we did the Mist Trail hike, which brings you to Vernal falls and Nevada falls. It's beautiful and a lot easier than Upper Falls.
Sat April 27 - San Francisco
  • Caught sunrise over the Dawn Wall of El Capitan. This was an amazing sight to me.
  • Tore down camp and headed out before 11am. Drove to San Francisco (5 hours), crossed the Golden Gate in.
  • Got a cheap motel in San Francisco ($110/night for 2 beds). Used the Ford GoBikes ($10/24h) and did a bike tour of Japantown, Chinatown, Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, Mission District, Coit Tower and Telegraph hill, Haight-Ashbury, and Presidio/Palace of Fine Arts. Got home at about 3am, exhausted.
Sun April 28th
  • Woke up at 7am for the long drive back to Vegas. Stopped at the google campus in Mountain View to ride the GBikes around.
  • Got to Vegas at 5pm, returned our camping gear and ate some great Mexican food.
  • Flew back to Hamilton on a 10:30pm flight.
Overall we had an AMAZING coachella, saw some breathtaking views, got a taste of California climbing and surfing, did some amazing drives, and met awesome people. We spent a lot of time outdoors and we felt super relaxed by the end of the trip. I think overall we did well saving money, and had a good mix of planning and spontaneity.
WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY:
  • Plan only 1 day in Zion and book campsite in advance - too many closures in April. Maybe spend some time in another park (Death Valley, Mojave, etc)
  • Spend less time on Friday getting supplies and more time in So-Cal (check out LA Observatory, LA Proper or San Diego)
  • Try to do less campsite re-groups for coachella, and just stay once I enter the grounds. Maybe go a little later in the day to stay out later. Try and find a big group there to party with early on. Bring more Mio Sports (1/person/day would be safe) for electrolyte hydration :P
  • Try not to let our battery die on Monday - think I left a door open, oops
  • Get to J-Tree a little earlier for a boulder mat (3:30 or so)
  • See the eucalyptus forest in Pismo Beach!
  • Bring my own climbing shoes, maybe other climbing gear too.
I definitely travel very fast and I was lucky to have a travel buddy who was able to keep up. But if you want to see some amazing parts of california and have some free time around coachella, I hope this gives you some ideas! Drop any questions below, and let me know if you think it would be good to crosspost this anywhere.
Thanks!
PS: We got so much good coachella info from this Sub. Not sure how it would have gone without everyone's help. Thank you!
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Post SmackDown Live & Talking Smack Discussion Thread - October 4th, 2016

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With the WWE World Title Match five days away, what will happen when AJ Styles and his No. 1 contenders John Cena and Dean Ambrose step into the squared circle with each other? Welcome to the Pre Discussion Thread for October 4th, 2016!

Come vote and rate tonight's SmackDown Live!

Which show was better this week? RAW or SmackDown Live?

Talking Smack Question - How would you book the Main Event?

The Venue Information!
The Results Info!
Match Stipulation Winner
Bray Wyatt vs. Kane Singles Match Kane via Countout
Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Bella Womens Division Match, Carmella on Commentary No Contest
Becky Lynch & Nikki Bella vs. Alexa Bliss & Carmella Womens Tag Team Match Alexa Bliss & Carmella via Pinfall on Becky Lynch
The Vaudevillains vs. The Hype Bros Tag Team Match The Hype Bros (Mojo Rawley) via Pinfall on Aiden English
Jey Uso vs. Jason Jordan Singles Match Jason Jordan via Pinfall
Jack Swagger vs. Baron Corbin Singles Match Jack Swagger via "Submission"
The Notes!
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205 Live discussion thread 6/27/17

The Venue Information!
Tonight on 205 Live:
Additional plugs!
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From 1 Sunset to the Next : 1 day on the road

Hi everyone, I posted a few weeks back about starting to write a series about my adventures on the road - to inspire! I just finished the first section of my first story. This part takes place from 1 sunset to the next - adventures of 1 day on the road. This is part of a longer segment about a road trip to Coachella.... I hope you enjoy: ps. any feedback greatly appreciated
It’s 4:45pm on a cold April evening in Boston, I’m counting the minutes and seconds 'till I can dart out of my office and head to the airport. I have my carry on bag and backpack with me at my desk, and my mind is far from work. My father, who happened to be in the city for meetings, is waiting outside to take me to the airport. The clock strikes 5 and I am gone before the big hand ticks again. I smoke a quick spliff on the sidewalk around the corner and then hop in my father’s car - I’m officially on vacation. He drops me off, we say our goodbyes, and I arrive at the airport with enough time to have 2 beers before my flight. As I sit in my window seat waiting for takeoff, I slowly watch the sunset over the Boston skyline, only imagining what the next couple of sun sets will look like from the west. I couldn’t imagine everything I would see before the next time the sun set. The plane took off at 8pm. I’m usually the type of person to stare out the window for the entire plane ride, so much so that I usually leave the plane with a sore neck - but for this flight I knew I should sleep so I could be energized for what lay ahead. I managed to sleep for about 2 hours on the plane. I woke up to the captain calling for the final descent into Denver. We touched down in Denver in the midst of a late spring snow storm, 10:30pm local time. Syd was already at the Terminal West pickup zone waiting for me with his bags packed. We make a couple of quick stops to prep for the road (munchies and what-not) and off we went - headed West. The clock strikes Midnight as we get on the highway - it’s now officially 4/20 in Colorado, I’m overwhelmed with joy, excitement, and weed smoke. Syd took the initiative and picked up an ounce for our trip - each gram was in its own bag which was odd at the time but came in handy later on in the trip. Just a few hours ago, I was in my cubicle - now I’m in Denver on 4/20, every adolescents dream. This was just the very beginning.
Exiting Denver heading West, I started to notice the drastic change in landscape. Denver sits at the very edge of the plains that spread across middle America from Pennsylvania to literally Denver. East of Denver is plains, farmland, and corn for 1,500 miles. Each farm and cornfield a spitting image of the previous one. West of Denver is the most beautiful, drastic, diverse scenery all the way to the Pacific Ocean. You have what seems like unlimited options to choose from once passing through the rockies - head southwest for desert, head norwest for ancient forests and god’s country, head directly west for a mix of both and everything in between. This trip we were going southwest. We zoomed into the rockies with snow getting heavier by the minute. I started to get nervous but remembered how I was here back in February with the same road conditions and the same fright. I then remembered how well Syd could handle these roads, so I chilled out. We passed by Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, and Keystone ski resorts, and I started to reflect about my 2 weeks of snowboarding here only 2 months prior in February. I thought about how I would love to snowboard here again one day. Little did I know, I would be working for Keystone the following Winter (more on that later).
With Keystone in our rear view, we quickly approached Breckenridge, then Copper, then Vail, and then Beaver Creek. Coming from the East Coast it was hard to believe that all of these world class resorts were all within 45 minutes of each other. You can drive 10 minutes in any direction in Summit County, Colorado and arrive at a world class resort. Once we passed Beaver Creek the snow started to subside and you could see dirt and grass start to be evermore present. A relief from the harsh storm. I was now more relaxed and slept for an hour or 2. I woke up to see an array of lights in the near distance, a massive city- like region as far as the eyes could see. We were approaching Grand Junction, CO, a city declared in the late 1800s as a “grand” junction of the mighty Colorado River and it’s largest tributary, the Gunnison River. Grand Junction is Colorado’s wine country and the closest civilization to Grand Mesa, the world's largest flat-topped mountain which covers hundreds of miles. I was in awe as it seemed to go on forever. We passed through Grand Junction and immediately crossed over into Utah around 4AM, and I took the wheel.
One thing that strikes me about these Western states is you can actually see and feel yourself crossing into another state without there being any formal notice or signs. The way the land drastically changes is amazing. As soon as we entered Utah everything around us started getting more colorful. The brown dirt changed to red clay, the tan grass of Western Colorado quickly changed to green cactuses (or cacti?). The snowy mountains changed to rainbow-colored hills and otherworldly rock formations. I felt like I had just left planet earth and landed on Mars. “This is the coolest place ever” I said to Syd. I continued on in admiration for about an hour, then I could see the very first sign of the sun rising in my rearview mirror. What I thought was beautiful before instantly appeared way more spectacular. I was in awe, trying to soak everything there was to see. I’m lucky that I didn’t drift off the road during these gazes, but luckily the Utah highway was straight and flat, with no other cars at this hour. Each and every minute grew more beautiful as the sun rose higher and higher in my mirrors. It seemed as if the sun was chasing us from the east as we bolted west at a steady 80mph. Once the sun was about halfway up the horizon behind us everything started to brighten up from the darkness of the night. I pulled over at a rest stop to climb a hill and watch the sunrise over the utah desert. I found a boulder at the top of the hill perched over a valley, and watched the sun slowly illuminate hundreds of miles of desert. I will never forget it. Now that it was bright as day, I hopped back into the driver’s seat and continued on. Syd woke up from a snooze; I tried to describe what I had just witnessed but no words could do justice. From there on, I pulled over at every scenic viewpoint that we came across, which seemed like every 10 minutes. They each got better and better the further into Utah we ventured. Sand Bench, Ivie Creek, Devil’s Canyon, Ghost Rock, Spotted Wolf, San Rafael Reef, Black Dragon Canyon, and Crescent Junction to name a few. We probably lost an hour off of our ETA for these stops, but to me they were priceless, and I didn’t care the least. By this time it was around 8am and the temperature had now reached a comfortable 70 degrees. From here the windows would be down for the rest of the trip.
After about 8 hours of cruising I-70 from the snowy Rocky Mountains through the Utah desert, we passed through Fishlake National Forest in Salina, UT and pulled onto interstate 15 to start heading South. The desert had now transformed into an oasis with green grasses growing, wildflowers budding, trees waving in the gentle wind, and chirping birds greeting the morning. It was like entering a whole different environment yet there was still snow capped mountains in the near distance. I could smell the beautiful scent of the valley and everything it had to offer. I thought to myself how bad the streets of Boston stunk where my office was located, and how amazing this often overlooked section of the country had been so far. Syd was well rested at this point so we pulled over, took our shoes off to walk around the soft warm grass, had a quick beer while soaking in the morning, and hopped back on the road - Syd driving now. We only drove for about 10 minutes until we saw Our next stop was Zion National Park.
We approached Zion National Park from the north, so we were able to get in without paying the national park dues. As we approached Zion, I was convinced that I had already seen the beauty of Utah, and that Zion National Park was going to look like the beautiful valley that we were in during our approach. I was wrong. We traversed the winding road that leads into the northwestern park of the park and then she revealed herself. The sheer beauty of this valley is almost indescribable, and only the finest poets could barely do justice. All of a sudden we were hundreds of feet above this majestic garden of eden. Both Syd and I had to pick our jaws up from the car floor, and still remained speechless after that. We pulled the car over and sat there in awe and tried to absorb all the beauty that was in front of us. It reminded me of the old childs movie “The Land Before Time”. I imagined pterodactyls soaring above the cliffs, gazing over all sorts of other dinosaurs that roamed the valley floor. There were emerald rivers below me and massive cliff walls surrounding me with trees and plants growing everywhere. Every color on the spectrum could be seen in this little speck nature. I pictured the natives who used to call this place home and how it must have felt to discover this desert oasis. I felt one with nature here. Syd and I must have spent an hour sitting here and admiring this beauty. We had to get going so I took one last gaze, and went back in the car. I told myself I would come back here to really explore the place. I sure did, but that adventure comes in a later story.
We left Zion and had Las Vegas in our sights. Zion is only about 2 hours away from Las Vegas, so we planned on that being our next stop/point of interest. Right around this time, about 10AM, we realized that we had left Denver about 10 hours ago and needed some food. We decided we would wait until Vegas, but then all of a sudden a mirage appeared in the desert. “That is a mirage, right Syd?”. “It must be”. I got overwhelmed with excitement as my mouth started watering, the mirage got closer. “That mirage looks pretty real” “But it can’t be...we’re in Utah”. Yup, it was real. I rubbed my eyes to be sure. We pulled up to the Washington, UT exit signs and there was a billboard that read “In-N-Out 1 mile”. I hadn’t been that happy in a while. We checked what time they opened: 10:30 AM, we checked our clock: 10:20 AM. It was a miracle. We smoked a joint and walked in as they were taking down the “closed” sign.
Now here is where I had another “holy shit it’s a small world” moment. Throughout my life I had always had these weird coincidences where I see someone I know while on vacation or somewhere hundreds/thousands of miles away. From seeing a college friend at a resort in Puerto Rico, to sitting next to my hometown buddy on a plane from the DR, to sitting across the table from a classmate in the Bahamas. As I was munching my burger, in the middle of Southerwestern Utah, two people from my highschool walked in. An older couple that was I think 3 years above me. Now we didn’t know each other well enough, so we didn’t speak but we all looked at each other with the “WTF?” eyes, and continued to pretend not to know each other, even though we both knew our stories started in a small coastal town in MA. “What a small world” I thought as I finished my burger (animal style, of course).
We hopped back in the car and in a flash we were in Las Vegas. I was very excited to finally see Las Vegas. I was reminiscing of all the crazy stories ive heard and movies ive seen, portraying this to be the place of no rules where everyone leaves with a crazy story that they can’t tell their mother (I do have a crazy vegas story, but thats from a different road trip). Well, not at 1:00pm I guess. We drove up and down the strip feeling like movie stars with our arms and feet hanging out the window, trying to show off my fake Y-3 shoes (SMH). Vegas is a whole nother world during the day, and there is not much to be excited about. We parked the car at Caesars Palace and roamed around the casino, only to find desperate slot-goers at this hour. It was kind of depressing. After an hour of roaming the strip and fantasizing in the Louis Vuitton and Gucci stores, we decided it was time to leave Vegas. The next time I was in Vegas turned out to be a lot more...fear and loathing-ish, we’ll get to that later.
After Vegas we were ready to get to California. We decided we would only stop for gas from this point on, and set our sites on San Diego. The goal was to race there fast enough to watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean before heading to Coachella the following day. My cousin lived in San Diego at the time and welcomed us to stay the night at his house before the festival. We drove and drove racing the sun which was starting to gain on us. We crossed into California and kept driving until we hit San Bernardino and came to a complete stop. There was traffic for as far as the eyes could see. “Are you kidding me? LA traffic all the way out here” while it might not have specifically been LA traffic, there was certainly bumper-to-bumper traffic all the way to LA. “wow, people aren’t joking about LA traffic” we laughed. Luckily after only a couple miles we pulled off the exit to head south to San Diego and were back cruising along.
In what seemed like a close race against time, we pulled into Pacific Beach, San Diego right as the sun was reaching the point where it really starts to turn the color of the sky to a pinkish-peach color. It was so beautiful. We paced onto the boardwalk and got a perfect spot to watch the sun set over the surfers trying to catch their last waves before darkness. We stayed and watched in awe until there was no sun left to watch. As we were exiting the boardwalk we were overwhelmed with delicious smells of local vendors preparing food for the night crowd. It felt as if we entered a food truck convention, and thousands of people now fluttered in to get a taste of the local cuisine. We walked around aimlessly smelling and tasting all they had to offer. I had a couple beef and pork tacos and a churro; Syd had a freshly caught fish taco. From there we soaked everything in, breathed a sigh of relief for we had made it and reflected on what an incredible day we just had. From there we went to my cousins loft and relaxed with him, only to begin a new adventure tomorrow.
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2 Sunets - 1 Day on the Road

Hi everyone, I posted a few weeks back about starting to write a series about my adventures on the road - to inspire! I just finished the first section of my first story. This part takes place from 1 sunset to the next - adventures of 1 day on the road. This is part of a longer segment about a road trip to Coachella.... I hope you enjoy:
ps. any feedback greatly appreciated
edit: I misspelled the title :/
It’s 4:45pm on a cold April evening in Boston, I’m counting the minutes and seconds 'till I can dart out of my office and head to the airport. I have my carry on bag and backpack with me at my desk, and my mind is far from work. My father, who happened to be in the city for meetings, is waiting outside to take me to the airport. The clock strikes 5 and I am gone before the big hand ticks again. I smoke a quick spliff on the sidewalk around the corner and then hop in my father’s car - I’m officially on vacation. He drops me off, we say our goodbyes, and I arrive at the airport with enough time to have 2 beers before my flight. As I sit in my window seat waiting for takeoff, I slowly watch the sunset over the Boston skyline, only imagining what the next couple of sun sets will look like from the west. I couldn’t imagine everything I would see before the next time the sun set. The plane took off at 8pm. I’m usually the type of person to stare out the window for the entire plane ride, so much so that I usually leave the plane with a sore neck - but for this flight I knew I should sleep so I could be energized for what lay ahead. I managed to sleep for about 2 hours on the plane. I woke up to the captain calling for the final descent into Denver. We touched down in Denver in the midst of a late spring snow storm, 10:30pm local time. Syd was already at the Terminal West pickup zone waiting for me with his bags packed. We make a couple of quick stops to prep for the road (munchies and what-not) and off we went - headed West. The clock strikes Midnight as we get on the highway - it’s now officially 4/20 in Colorado, I’m overwhelmed with joy, excitement, and weed smoke. Syd took the initiative and picked up an ounce for our trip - each gram was in its own bag which was odd at the time but came in handy later on in the trip. Just a few hours ago, I was in my cubicle - now I’m in Denver on 4/20, every adolescents dream. This was just the very beginning.

Exiting Denver heading West, I started to notice the drastic change in landscape. Denver sits at the very edge of the plains that spread across middle America from Pennsylvania to literally Denver. East of Denver is plains, farmland, and corn for 1,500 miles. Each farm and cornfield a spitting image of the previous one. West of Denver is the most beautiful, drastic, diverse scenery all the way to the Pacific Ocean. You have what seems like unlimited options to choose from once passing through the rockies - head southwest for desert, head northwest for ancient forests and god’s country, head directly west for a mix of both and everything in between. This trip we were going southwest. We zoomed into the rockies with snow getting heavier by the minute. I started to get nervous but remembered how I was here back in February with the same road conditions and the same fright. I then remembered how well Syd could handle these roads, so I chilled out. We passed by Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, and Keystone ski resorts, and I started to reflect about my 2 weeks of snowboarding here only 2 months prior in February. I thought about how I would love to snowboard here again one day. Little did I know, I would be working for Keystone the following Winter (more on that later).

With Keystone in our rear view, we quickly approached Breckenridge, then Copper, then Vail, and then Beaver Creek. Coming from the East Coast it was hard to believe that all of these world class resorts were all within 45 minutes of each other. You can drive 10 minutes in any direction in Summit County, Colorado and arrive at a world class resort. Once we passed Beaver Creek the snow started to subside and you could see dirt and grass start to be evermore present. A relief from the harsh storm. I was now more relaxed and slept for an hour or 2. I woke up to see an array of lights in the near distance, a massive city- like region as far as the eyes could see. We were approaching Grand Junction, CO, a city declared in the late 1800s as a “grand” junction of the mighty Colorado River and it’s largest tributary, the Gunnison River. Grand Junction is Colorado’s wine country and the closest civilization to Grand Mesa, the world's largest flat-topped mountain which covers hundreds of miles. I was in awe as it seemed to go on forever. We passed through Grand Junction and immediately crossed over into Utah around 4AM, and I took the wheel.

One thing that strikes me about these Western states is you can actually see and feel yourself crossing into another state without there being any formal notice or signs. The way the land drastically changes is amazing. As soon as we entered Utah everything around us started getting more colorful. The brown dirt changed to red clay, the tan grass of Western Colorado quickly changed to green cactuses (or cacti?). The snowy mountains changed to rainbow-colored hills and otherworldly rock formations. I felt like I had just left planet earth and landed on Mars. “This is the coolest place ever” I said to Syd. I continued on in admiration for about an hour, then I could see the very first sign of the sun rising in my rearview mirror. What I thought was beautiful before instantly appeared way more spectacular. I was in awe, trying to soak everything there was to see. I’m lucky that I didn’t drift off the road during these gazes, but luckily the Utah highway was straight and flat, with no other cars at this hour. Each and every minute grew more beautiful as the sun rose higher and higher in my mirrors. It seemed as if the sun was chasing us from the east as we bolted west at a steady 80mph. Once the sun was about halfway up the horizon behind us everything started to brighten up from the darkness of the night. I pulled over at a rest stop to climb a hill and watch the sunrise over the utah desert. I found a boulder at the top of the hill perched over a valley, and watched the sun slowly illuminate hundreds of miles of desert. I will never forget it. Now that it was bright as day, I hopped back into the driver’s seat and continued on. Syd woke up from a snooze; I tried to describe what I had just witnessed but no words could do justice. From there on, I pulled over at every scenic viewpoint that we came across, which seemed like every 10 minutes. They each got better and better the further into Utah we ventured. Sand Bench, Ivie Creek, Devil’s Canyon, Ghost Rock, Spotted Wolf, San Rafael Reef, Black Dragon Canyon, and Crescent Junction to name a few. We probably lost an hour off of our ETA for these stops, but to me they were priceless, and I didn’t care the least. By this time it was around 8am and the temperature had now reached a comfortable 70 degrees. From here the windows would be down for the rest of the trip.

After about 8 hours of cruising I-70 from the snowy Rocky Mountains through the Utah desert, we passed through Fishlake National Forest in Salina, UT and pulled onto interstate 15 to start heading South. The desert had now transformed into an oasis with green grasses growing, wildflowers budding, trees waving in the gentle wind, and chirping birds greeting the morning. It was like entering a whole different environment yet there was still snow capped mountains in the near distance. I could smell the beautiful scent of the valley and everything it had to offer. I thought to myself how bad the streets of Boston stunk where my office was located, and how amazing this often overlooked section of the country had been so far. Syd was well rested at this point so we pulled over, took our shoes off to walk around the soft warm grass, had a quick beer while soaking in the morning, and hopped back on the road - Syd driving now. We only drove for about 10 minutes until we saw Our next stop was Zion National Park.

We approached Zion National Park from the north, so we were able to get in without paying the national park dues. As we approached Zion, I was convinced that I had already seen the beauty of Utah, and that Zion National Park was going to look like the beautiful valley that we were in during our approach. I was wrong. We traversed the winding road that leads into the northwestern park of the park and then she revealed herself. The sheer beauty of this valley is almost indescribable, and only the finest poets could barely do justice. All of a sudden we were hundreds of feet above this majestic garden of eden. Both Syd and I had to pick our jaws up from the car floor, and still remained speechless after that. We pulled the car over and sat there in awe and tried to absorb all the beauty that was in front of us. It reminded me of the old childs movie “The Land Before Time”. I imagined pterodactyls soaring above the cliffs, gazing over all sorts of other dinosaurs that roamed the valley floor. There were emerald rivers below me and massive cliff walls surrounding me with trees and plants growing everywhere. Every color on the spectrum could be seen in this little speck nature. I pictured the natives who used to call this place home and how it must have felt to discover this desert oasis. I felt one with nature here. Syd and I must have spent an hour sitting here and admiring this beauty. We had to get going so I took one last gaze, and went back in the car. I told myself I would come back here to really explore the place. I sure did, but that adventure comes in a later story.


We left Zion and had Las Vegas in our sights. Zion is only about 2 hours away from Las Vegas, so we planned on that being our next stop/point of interest. Right around this time, about 10AM, we realized that we had left Denver about 10 hours ago and needed some food. We decided we would wait until Vegas, but then all of a sudden a mirage appeared in the desert. “That *is* a mirage, right Syd?”. “It must be”. I got overwhelmed with excitement as my mouth started watering, the mirage got closer. “That mirage looks pretty real” “But it can’t be...we’re in Utah”. Yup, it was real. I rubbed my eyes to be sure. We pulled up to the Washington, UT exit signs and there was a billboard that read “In-N-Out 1 mile”. I hadn’t been that happy in a while. We checked what time they opened: 10:30 AM, we checked our clock: 10:20 AM. It was a miracle. We smoked a joint and walked in as they were taking down the “closed” sign.

Now here is where I had another “holy shit it’s a small world” moment. Throughout my life I had always had these weird coincidences where I see someone I know while on vacation or somewhere hundreds/thousands of miles away. From seeing a college friend at a resort in Puerto Rico, to sitting next to my hometown buddy on a plane from the DR, to sitting across the table from a classmate in the Bahamas. As I was munching my burger, in the middle of Southerwestern Utah, two people from my highschool walked in. An older couple that was I think 3 years above me. Now we didn’t know each other well enough, so we didn’t speak but we all looked at each other with the “WTF?” eyes, and continued to pretend not to know each other, even though we both knew our stories started in a small coastal town in MA. “What a small world” I thought as I finished my burger (animal style, of course).

We hopped back in the car and in a flash we were in Las Vegas. I was very excited to finally see Las Vegas. I was reminiscing of all the crazy stories ive heard and movies ive seen, portraying this to be the place of no rules where everyone leaves with a crazy story that they can’t tell their mother (I do have a crazy vegas story, but thats from a different road trip). Well, not at 1:00pm I guess. We drove up and down the strip feeling like movie stars with our arms and feet hanging out the window, trying to show off my fake Y-3 shoes (SMH). Vegas is a whole nother world during the day, and there is not much to be excited about. We parked the car at Caesars Palace and roamed around the casino, only to find desperate slot-goers at this hour. It was kind of depressing. After an hour of roaming the strip and fantasizing in the Louis Vuitton and Gucci stores, we decided it was time to leave Vegas. The next time I was in Vegas turned out to be a lot more...fear and loathing-ish, we’ll get to that later.

After Vegas we were ready to get to California. We decided we would only stop for gas from this point on, and set our sites on San Diego. The goal was to race there fast enough to watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean before heading to Coachella the following day. My cousin lived in San Diego at the time and welcomed us to stay the night at his house before the festival. We drove and drove racing the sun which was starting to gain on us. We crossed into California and kept driving until we hit San Bernardino and came to a complete stop. There was traffic for as far as the eyes could see. “Are you kidding me? LA traffic all the way out here” while it might not have specifically been LA traffic, there was certainly bumper-to-bumper traffic all the way to LA. “wow, people aren’t joking about LA traffic” we laughed. Luckily after only a couple miles we pulled off the exit to head south to San Diego and were back cruising along.

In what seemed like a close race against time, we pulled into Pacific Beach, San Diego right as the sun was reaching the point where it really starts to turn the color of the sky to a pinkish-peach color. It was so beautiful. We paced onto the boardwalk and got a perfect spot to watch the sun set over the surfers trying to catch their last waves before darkness. We stayed and watched in awe until there was no sun left to watch. As we were exiting the boardwalk we were overwhelmed with delicious smells of local vendors preparing food for the night crowd. It felt as if we entered a food truck convention, and thousands of people now fluttered in to get a taste of the local cuisine. We walked around aimlessly smelling and tasting all they had to offer. I had a couple beef and pork tacos and a churro; Syd had a freshly caught fish taco. From there we soaked everything in, breathed a sigh of relief for we had made it and reflected on what an incredible day we just had. From there we went to my cousins loft and relaxed with him, only to begin a new adventure tomorrow.
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Pre SmackDown Live Discussion Thread - June 27th 2017

LAST TIME, ON SMACKDOWN LIVE!

After the controversial ending to the first-ever Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan has declared that Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Natalya and Tamina will face off once again for the coveted Money in the Bank contract, this time with James Ellsworth banned from ringside. Who will climb to new heights and earn a contract for a guaranteed SmackDown Women's Title Match? Welcome to the SmackDown Live Pre Discussion Thread for June 27th 2017!

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The Venue Information!
  • Venue: Valley View Casino Center
  • City: San Diego, California, USA
  • Approximate venue size: ~10,000
The Scheduled Matches
Match Stipulation
Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch vs. Tamina vs. Carmella (w/ James Ellsworth) vs. Natalya Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Naomi (c) vs. Lana WWE SmackDown Womens Championship Match
Baron Corbin vs. Sami Zayn Singles Match
The Usos (c) vs. The Hype Bros WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match
The Weekly "Predictions" brought to you by WWE.com!

Second-ever Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match to take place tonight on SmackDown LIVE

The women of SmackDown LIVE will get another opportunity to make history tonight in the second-ever Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
The first match at WWE Money in the Bank was supposed to be a historic occasion, though it was arguably tarnished when James Ellsworth knocked Becky Lynch off a ladder, then climbed it himself. He retrieved the briefcase and tossed it down to a waiting Carmella. The Princess of Staten Island and Ellsworth gloated on SmackDown LIVE, flaunting in the faces of the WWE Universe that they had done nothing wrong by the letter of the law in the WWE Rulebook.
However, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Natalya and Tamina saw things differently, and the four women urged SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan to “do the right thing.”
After considering all options, Bryan revealed that all five women would compete in another Ladder Match for the guaranteed title opportunity. Bryan took the briefcase from an astonished Carmella and announced on WWE Talking Smack that Ellsworth will be banned from ringside.
With Ellsworth’s meddling out of the equation, will Carmella be able to retrieve the coveted contract again, or will one of the other four Superstars be calling themselves Ms. Money in the Bank?

Naomi and Lana face off in SmackDown Women’s Championship rematch

Lana will get another opportunity to challenge for the SmackDown Women’s Title tonight in a clash with Naomi.
The Ravishing Russian certainly impressed the WWE Universe in her battle with Naomi at WWE Money in the Bank, but she was distracted when Carmella and James Ellsworth arrived on the scene, as The Princess of Staten Island teased that she might cash in her Money in the Bank contract. The disruption gave Naomi an opening to trap Lana in a submission hold to retain her title.
Following a backstage confrontation on the June 20 edition of SmackDown LIVE, Naomi agreed to once again defend her title against The Ravishing Russian the following week on the blue brand.
Will Lana prove she can hang with SmackDown LIVE’s best and make the most of her title opportunity, or will Naomi make The Ravishing Russian feel the glow?

Sami Zayn battles Baron Corbin on SmackDown LIVE

In a match requested by The Lone Wolf, Sami Zayn will battle Baron Corbin tonight on SmackDown LIVE.
Though Corbin is certainly in a position of power with the Money in the Bank briefcase in his possession, Zayn has had his number in recent weeks. The Underdog from The Underground has defeated The Lone Wolf on several occasions in singles and tag team action. However, Zayn has not gone unscathed in this rivalry, as a furious Corbin has unleashed his rage on Zayn multiple times.
Will Zayn continue his winning streak against The Lone Wolf, or will Corbin make sure that Zayn meets his End of Days?

The Hype Bros battle The Usos for a chance to earn a SmackDown Tag Team Title Match

The Hype Bros will get an opportunity to prove themselves tonight when they face the reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions, The Usos, in non-title action.
The opportunity is a long time coming for Zack Ryder & Mojo Rawley. The two won a battle royal to earn a title match last December, but Ryder suffered a knee injury while earning the victory that kept him out of action until last week. The Hype Bros looked like they hadn’t lost a step at the WWE Money in the Bank Kickoff on Sunday during their impressive victory over The Colons, and now, they’ll finally get their chance to show what they can do against the champions while looking to earn a SmackDown Tag Team Title opportunity.
The Usos, however, have shown that they’re willing to do whatever it takes to stay on top of the mountain, evidenced by the count-out loss they took at WWE Money in the Bank against The New Day. How will Jimmy & Jey react when The Hype Bros turn up the heat tonight? Find out on SmackDown LIVE, tonight!
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Pre SmackDown Live Discussion Thread - October 4th, 2016

With the WWE World Title Match five days away, what will happen when AJ Styles and his No. 1 contenders John Cena and Dean Ambrose step into the squared circle with each other? Welcome to the Pre Discussion Thread for October 4th, 2016!
The Venue Information!
The Scheduled Matches
Match Stipulation
under construction
The Weekly "Predictions" brought to you by WWE.com!

What will happen when Cena, Styles and Ambrose come face-to-face-to-face?

This Sunday, Team Blue will show No Mercy when WWE World Champion AJ Styles looks to defend his illustrious title against both John Cena and Dean Ambrose in an epic Triple Threat Match.
For weeks, the three competitors have torn each other apart in a highly personal struggle for momentum on both SmackDown LIVE and Talking Smack, with Cena most recently giving each of his imminent opponents an Attitude Adjustment.
Find out what will happen when they come face-to-face-to-face tonight!

Who will lose the mind games between Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton?

Randy Orton hasn’t been successful in getting his hands on Bray Wyatt in an actual match, but the struggle between the cerebral masters over the past couple months has been every bit as dangerous. Last week, The Viper answered his adversary’s challenge by stalking his prey and eventually unleashing a sneak attack on The New Face of Fear.
As their cold war continues to run on all cylinders, who will have the final word heading into their one-on-one showdown at No Mercy this Sunday?

Who's the hottest competitor in the Women’s division?

Alexa Bliss has wasted no time in making her mark on SmackDown LIVE, capturing the right to battle Becky Lynch for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at No Mercy and, most recently, attacking the titleholder from behind as the Irish Lass Kicker was emerging for a match.
However, is she the hottest competitor in the Women’s division? Carmella has proven herself to be extremely vicious, relentlessly targeting the always-game Nikki Bella with several assaults and even pinning the Fearless Superstar in tag team action last week.
Despite these hungry up-and comers making so much noise against the likes of Becky and Nikki, one must be careful not to turn her back on the likes of Naomi or Natalya – or they might just end up paying a very painful price.

Is Ziggler his own worst enemy?

OK, it’s official. Last week, Dolph Ziggler agreed to put his career on the line against The Miz in order to secure another Intercontinental Championship opportunity.
For a while now, The Showoff has been determined to prove his worth at any cost. However, considering how things have gone in recent showdowns against The A-Lister, has Ziggler made a huge mistake? And what will Miz do to antagonize him now that the match is set in stone?

Can anyone stop the aggression of The Usos?

American Alpha believes that they are the premier tag team on SmackDown LIVE. Yet, the ruthless actions of The Usos continue to keep them from getting a legitimate chance to prove it.
Last week, not only did Jimmy and Jey decide to once again target Chad Gable’s injured leg, but they also went after Heath Slater and sent a strong message heading into their SmackDown Tag Team Title Match this Sunday.
Can anyone stop the Samoan aggressors? Find out on SmackDown LIVE, tonight!
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Shelter Live Tour: Second Leg Discussion Thread

DISCLAIMER: Spoilerssssssssssss
DISCLAIMER 2: Be sure to put the comments with the "new" filter! So you guys can easily see the new comments. :)
DISCLAIMER 3: If you have any videos from the show look at the redditors videos section below~
UPCOMING SHOWS:
EUROPE:
02/07/2017: O2 FORUM KENTISH TOWN IN LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
02/08/2017: MELKWEG IN AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
02/09/2017: L'OLYMPIA IN PARIS, FRANCE (i'm going!)
JAPAN:
02/21/2017: ZEPP DIVERCITY IN TOKYO
AUSTRALIA:
02/24/2017: RIVERSTAGE IN BRISBANE
02/25/2017: HODERN PAVILION IN SYDNEY
02/26/2017: HISENSE ARENA IN MELBOURNE
COACHELLA (FINAL SHELTER SHOWS):
04/16/2017 & 04/23/2017: COACHELLA IN INDIO, CALIFORNIA
shirazdh WILL TAKE CARE OF THE EUROPE/AUSTRALIA TOUR THREAD. THANK YOU EVERYONE! <3
Ayyy here's the Episode 2 of the Shelter Thread. Yay~
We'll focus more on the changes made to the show this time rather than the content of the show. Here's the archive thread if you want to know everything about the first leg of the show: link
I'll update this post as much as possible! (Don't worry if I'm late on updating, its mostly going to be because of school... and time zones lol)
DISCLAIMER: Credits go to all the people who posted videos on Youtube, Instagram, Twitter etc. :)
Youtube Playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0JZyucw2PCoBF5lb_uil1vGqqVw4Dhq2
I'll update this playlist as soon as I see a video (as opposed to the "notable videos" tab below where I post anything important, i'll basically put in this playlist everything I find!). Check regularly for new videos; I'm able to update this playlist way more frequently than this thread!
Notable Videos:
New Pop Culture Visuals :
https://www.instagram.com/p/BMk60Mnj2WC/
https://www.instagram.com/p/BMlNCf0ALUf/
New OK edit:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BMk5IH1j8yk/
New encore stage setup: https://www.instagram.com/p/BMk_LzsBC45/
New Shelter Visuals (with Rin!) (slight): https://www.instagram.com/p/BMmRnIYgJ0Q/
New Finale Visuals: https://www.instagram.com/p/BMoci8UBK36/
New La Lune Intro: https://youtu.be/K75n_MjzImE?list=PL0JZyucw2PCoBF5lb_uil1vGqqVw4Dhq2&t=101
Home x Shelter: https://youtu.be/K75n_MjzImE?list=PL0JZyucw2PCoBF5lb_uil1vGqqVw4Dhq2&t=556
New You're On Visuals, then new OK edit: https://youtu.be/PpHrSVABOGw?list=PL0JZyucw2PCoBF5lb_uil1vGqqVw4Dhq2&t=41
La Lune x SoV x Natural Light... x Unison (at Echostage (2)): https://instagram.com/p/BM53OJ1BTUq/
Divinity with DnB drum pattern: https://www.facebook.com/Arii.Gabriella2/videos/1412339018778829/
Full sets:
Near Indianapolis Full Set (as a YT Playlist): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrad-wNFYo1NjimjA-DxMUNpg0IkjPeEn
Electric Factory, Philadelphia (11/11/16) - Front Row, Madeon's side (Nice Audio Quality!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FevNWEGcJr0
Metropolis, Montréal (14/11/16): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MwohURfjfg
Theatre at MSG (2), New York City (18/11/16) (Nice Audio Quality!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywYueBBAngE
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (2), San Francisco (25/11/16): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGwz9G34XXk
Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles (26/11/16): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZSKyTBq-VI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qksurcfjkKg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZOOs4lR7rM
Shrine Auditorium (1), Los Angeles (27/11/16): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFUQAf4Ubl4
https://youtu.be/FIS-_vjs48k
Shrine Auditorium (2), Los Angeles (28/11/16):
https://youtu.be/l-U9KVH5uZw
Valley View Casino Center, San Diego (29/11/16):
https://youtu.be/gQUf0SuaDe4
McClellan Park, Sacramento (03/12/16) (Nice Audio Quality!):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnB0N_kEsLE
WaMu Theater, Seattle (10/12/16):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3rVC-pyJ9U
Chivteam videos:
Flicker (Madeon Live Edit): https://twitter.com/porterrobinson/status/797190708259979264
Fellow Feeling + Icarus: https://twitter.com/porterrobinson/status/799724222553661440
Other Videos:
The You're on trap remix thing (i just love this so much): https://www.instagram.com/p/BMmgvv6gpNy/?tagged=porterrobinson
Rehearsal at NYC (Saturated Shelter, Clean versions of Sad Machine X You're On and You're On) + Interview: https://www.facebook.com/nytvideo/videos/1782328901984624/
Redditors Videos: SEND ME A PM ON REDDIT IF YOU RECORDED ANY VIDEOS!
BILL GRAHAM CIVIC AUDITORIUM (1) AT SAN FRANCISCO, 11/23
Thanks to KeybordKat:
You're On trap remix: https://twitter.com/rickyaredough/status/802269659982536705
Thanks to this_one-guy:
Fellow Feeling x Icarus: https://youtube.com/watch?v=aVvVzI75pEQ
Icarus: https://youtube.com/watch?v=aVvVzI75pEQ
Language: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krem4DEQsjw
BILL GRAHAM CIVIC AUDITORIUM (2) AT SAN FRANCISCO, 11/25
Thanks to hyperbliss:
Language: https://www.instagram.com/p/BNQ-fc7AVIs/?taken-by=eatsleepcritrepeat
Pop Culture: https://www.instagram.com/p/BNRHXlQAAt?taken-by=eatsleepcritrepeat
Divinity x Technicolor x Innocence: https://www.instagram.com/p/BNRHur6AK2y/?taken-by=eatsleepcritrepeat
You're On: https://www.instagram.com/p/BNRHvQQAqKM/?taken-by=eatsleepcritrepeat
Sad Machine: https://www.instagram.com/p/BNRH67-gQmw/?taken-by=eatsleepcritrepeat
MICROSOFT THEATER AT LOS ANGELES (11/26)
Thanks to ItsChadReddit:
Intro https://streamable.com/u03b
SHRINE AUDITORIUM (2) AT LOS ANGELES (11/28)
Thanks to de_ro:
Shelter x Language: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYPkYosrlQ8
Sad Machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmOqFKnCl8k
You're On (Trap/Synth Edit): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Abd7MrM_q2U
COMPILATIONS
Thanks to daaahhn:
Album with a lot of videos (11/25 to 11/29 shows): https://streamable.com/album/7m9t
Global changes:
New visuals for:
  • Shelter
  • You're On
  • Finale
  • Pop Culture
  • Pixel Empire (not much)
[New] and {modified} edits:
  • {OK}
  • {Divinity x Technicolor x Innocence} (slightly)
  • {Home x Shelter}
Other changes:
  • New encore stage setup: Shelter (acoustic) is now played by them on the center of the stage instead of on their stand
  • Slight changes on their live setup: Porter's keyboard to his left (which was never used during leg 1) was removed and now Madeon has cymbals on his left and on his right instead of just on his right
  • Updated light show for some songs
  • ADDED ON SF SHOW ON 11/23: Lasersssss
  • ADDED ON SF SHOW ON 11/23: Added pyrotechnic stuff to some songs
Remakes: https://clyp.it/bqaiex11 Fellow Feeling x Pixel Empire x Icarus - by kyllian1212, TheDialol and N3HL (mastering) (updated on 06/11/2016)
https://clyp.it/jato4p2e Technicolor x Divinity - by Mushroomizer
https://clyp.it/132aw0s0 Pay No Mind X Easy - by TheDialol and kyllian1212
Bonus stuff:
Technical difficulties at the Indianapolis show (features Shelter played with the La Lune Lead)
https://youtu.be/7zxCaUZuXtY?list=PL0JZyucw2PCoBF5lb_uil1vGqqVw4Dhq2&t=464
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K75n_MjzImE
Porter & Hugo's speech about how they met at Webster Hall (11/17): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vclP_yH7dw
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