New England Revolution
During the Revolution’s preseason trip to Tucson, Ariz., staff and players had the luxury of an off day approximately halfway through our two-week stay. Many in our travel party (smartly) used the day to sleep in, relax by the pool and generally recharge for the week ahead.
But I, along with four other Revolution staffers, decided to experience a bit of the local landscape by hiking through Sabino Canyon. We’d talked about a hike the year before, but never had the time. Now was our chance. We took a short guided tour through the canyon to the base of the mountains before hiking our way back, keeping our eyes peeled for rattlesnakes and mountain lions along the way.
Luckily we avoided interaction with any such wildlife, but what we did encounter were some of the most stunning views I’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing firsthand. With the backdrop of a clear blue Arizona sky, we hiked through a canyon punctuated by rolling mountains, cacti and … well, lots of cacti.
As our hike finished, I was overjoyed that I’d taken the opportunity to experience something I could’ve only experienced in Arizona. I definitely had one of those “what a beautiful country we live in” moments and decided immediately that I wanted to experience as much of it as possible.
As it happens, my job provides plenty of opportunity for travel. We’re on the road approximately 20-25 times a season, visiting spots all across North America from Texas to California, from the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest, from Colorado to Canada.
Convenient, I thought. I’m typically afforded a bit of free time in the mornings and early afternoons on game days, so I set a rule for myself that I would experience something unique to each city we traveled to this season. Then, as I do with most thoughts which pop into my head, I posted it to Facebook. Because that’s what people do.
In the comments section, a Revolution supporter (thanks, Eric!) made a fascinating suggestion. Why don’t I document all of my experiences and post them to the blog? It would interest him, he said, and perhaps a few others, as well.
After a quick discussion with my boss (Far Post Podcast social media master, Jason Dalrymple), the “Road Trippin’” blog series was born. On each road trip this season I’ll use my free time to experience something unique to that destination, and follow up with a quick blog post (with pictures and perhaps video) to keep fans up to date. Perhaps my experiences will even prompt you to travel to an MLS city to catch a game and experience the sites.
I’m assuming many of you have already traveled to some of the cities we’ll be visiting this year, so I could actually use your help. Any suggestions as to what I should do in any specific cities? Anything I can’t miss or you’d like to see? Let me know …
Weeeeeee're baaaaaaack! The team has returned from Arizona and is making final preparations for the start of the 2013 MLS season. This also means we're back in the studio each week for an all-new Far Post Podcast, starting today. I know, I know - we missed you, too.
The second and final RevGirl auditions took place on Thursday night at RiRa in Providence, with three lucky winners being selected out of a total of 10 contestants. Comedian Bill Simas hosted the night's events, as Revolution supporters watched guest judges Kelsey Fournier (Miss Rhode Island 2012), Will Gilbert (WPRI Rhode Show), Jessica Schiano (92 PRO-FM) and Jenna Pelletier (Providence Journal) carefully chose the night's three winners.
Your 2013 winners are Christina Attaway, Rachel Sibley and Sara Leonard.
Great time at RiRa Providence on Thursday evening as both the final stop of the Revolution Pub Tour and the Rhode Island leg of the RevGirl finals took place. Kalifa Cisse, Ryan Guy, Saer Sene, Dimitry Imbongo and Clyde Simms and were all on hand to chat with fans, take pictures and sign autographs.
If you were at the event and took a photo with the guys, you can download your photo here.
In the fifth and final episode of "Inside the SuperDraft," the behind-the-scenes series concludes with a busy second round for the Revolution, who are excited to see several highly-ranked players fall to them.
Today was that magical day where the entire team has promotional photos and head shots taken for the 2013 season. Needless to say, there's some characters on this squad. Photos by David Silverman.
The series goes behind the scenes on draft day in Indianapolis with top pick Andrew Farrell getting ready for the big day and at the New England table as they make the number one selection.