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Discovering the Bones of a Football Stadium

The Discovery Channel + Sports?

Yes. It’s true.

In the spirit of recent news regarding new innovative soccer stadiums in Europe, as covered here on Jimmy’s Daily Planet involving Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur, let’s dive deep into an enlightening perspective of the building process for a football stadium (applies to American and European football equally) that’s not normally fit for front page news.

Discovery UK, staying true to its M.O., dove into the groundwork of how American football stadiums are built for its latest (ad)venture. Specifically, the University of Phoenix Stadium was examined.

Tackling this fascinating subject matter–which again still qualifies for stadiums dedicated to the world’s game–should certainly earn some views at the pub whilst sipping on a frosty pint during halftime of Champions League.

Today’s UEFA Champions League schedule at 3 p.m. ET:

  • Ajax vs. Juventus
  • Manchester United vs. Barcelona

Interestingly, like the version of football favored in Europe, constructing a stadium requires acute attention to detail, innovation in design and patience for achieving the ultimate goal.

The following blueprint isn’t for your average LEGO set.

Interior and outer design, size, sound control and distribution, the impact of weather, pitch condition, and many other essential variables and constants must be addressed–and can be addressed–in a variety of ways when building a new major sports stadium. Thankfully, Discovery UK has provided at least a few answers that will hopefully satisfy our understandable curiosities concerning our particular tastes in sports stadiums.

Given that sports stadiums are a community’s calling card and identity, knowing the bones (so to speak) of our favorite stadiums around the world is valuable knowledge. An awesome power, really. Because, like sports, once we understand the fundamentals, we can then begin to innovate in ways that redefine perception locally and beyond for generations to come.

What’s your favorite sports stadium(s)? Why? What experience(s) impacted your opinion(s)?

Isn’t it amazing how our cherished memories of watching sports live are only partly about the game? That’s what’s really beautiful about “the game” in the abstract.

Oh, substitute hot dogs for well-done mini bratwursts and we’re all good, Discovery UK.

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Yes.

It seems like the days are gone when we would excitedly await new neighbors. That feeling that something profound is about to happen by mysterious chance. How will the neighborhood change? Will he, she or they become my new best friend(s)?

There are so many questions concerning new neighbors and the subsequent impact on our lives. Arguably no neighbor will have an influence equal regarding sincerity, warmth and overall goodness as Mr. Rogers. Thankfully, some moviemakers felt the same way…

My answer–along with everybody else–is yes (Hint: This, along with this blog post’s title, answers the film’s endearing question).

I was very happy that Mr. Rogers was my TV neighbor. He embodied the highest-definition of friendship.

Mr. Fallon’s Surprise Lesson Plan

A good teacher changes countless people’s lives for the better.

Fact.

Yesterday’s news was dominated by the surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey. However, May 9th was Teacher’s Day. Much like mother’s and father’s day, this occasion should be an everyday celebration. And to express his appreciation for educators, Jimmy Fallon did something special for the teachers who were in his Tonight Show audience last night.

Late Night Hosting Grade: A

Jimmy shows great interest in this subject and has a way of winning over his classmates audience members with his positive demeanor and entertaining sketches akin to hijinks of a class clown. He also has a comedic sidekick by the name of Steve Higgins.

IMPROVing How Knowledge Speaks to Us (& to Others)

Have you ever wondered how to attempt accents from places in and around the British Isles?

Well then, you’re in luck.

A valuable element of life is the pursuit of knowledge on a continuous, daily basis. The exciting part about this relentless educational adventure is that the new information is boundless, meaning there is no limit to what can and should be learned. Nobody knows everything for every single present and future moment.

Except maybe Ben Stein.

As a matter of fact, engaging with and encouraging the introduction of non-traditional knowledge is where genuine creativity lives and breaths.

Here’s a quick tutorial of accents by actor and famed impressionist Tom Hiddleston.

As an improv actor and student, I can say with confidence that, despite your skepticism, you’ll discover a valuable use and surprising moment for knowing how to properly speak with the accents showcased in the video above. Sooner or later.

I bet you’re already chuckling at a time and place to utilize one of those accents.