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30 Inspirational Bob Ross Quotes To Brighten Your Day

Known as one of the most prolific artists of the 20th century, Bob Ross was a captivating figure recognized not only for his artistic talent, but for his profound knowledge and wisdom. In his short life, Ross was able to achieve worldwide success through his artwork and critically acclaimed television show The Joy of Painting. Artists are usually connected to their ‘higher selves,’ and Ross dropped a vast wealth of inspirational messages that are still very much needed today. Whether you are passionate about art or not, we could all use a little dose of daily positivity. Here are 30 different Bob Ross quotes to make your day brighter.  

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Talent is a pursued interest. Anything that you’re willing to practice, you can do.

2. “No pressure. Just relax and watch it happen.” — Bob Ross
3. “We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.” — Bob Ross
4. “It’s so important to do something every day that will make you happy.” — Bob Ross
5. Don’t forget to make all these little things individuals — all of them special in their own way.” — Bob Ross

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In painting, you have unlimited power. You have the ability to move mountains. You can bend rivers. But when I get home, the only thing I have power over is the garbage.

7. “Just let go — and fall like a little waterfall.” — Bob Ross
8. “I really believe that if you practice enough you could paint the ‘Mona Lisa’ with a two-inch brush.” — Bob Ross
9. “Go out on a limb — that’s where the fruit is.” — Bob Ross
10. “Talk to the tree, make friends with it.” — Bob Ross

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Don’t forget to tell these special people in your life just how special they are to you.

12. “If I paint something, I don’t want to have to explain what it is.” — Bob Ross
13. “Gotta give him a friend. Like I always say, ‘Everyone needs a friend.’” — Bob Ross
14. “Painting will bring a lot of good thoughts to your heart.” — Bob Ross
15. “There’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend.” — Bob Ross

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“The secret to doing anything is believing that you can do it. Anything that you believe you can do strong enough, you can do. Anything. As long as you believe.”

17. “See how it fades right into nothing. That’s just what you’re looking for.” — Bob Ross
18. “Didn’t you know you had that much power? You can move mountains. You can do anything.” — Bob Ross
19. “Be so very light. Be a gentle whisper.” — Bob Ross
20. “You can do anything you want to do. This is your world.” — Bob Ross

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If we’re going to have animals around we all have to be concerned about them and take care of them.

22. “Anytime you learn, you gain.” — Bob Ross
23. “Talent is a pursued interest. Anything that you’re willing to practice, you can do.” — Bob Ross
24. “You too can paint almighty pictures.” — Bob Ross
25. “Remember how free clouds are. They just lay around in the sky all day long.” — Bob Ross
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You can have anything you want in the world — once you help everyone around you get what they want.

27. “Look around. Look at what we have. Beauty is everywhere — you only have to look to see it.” — Bob Ross
28. “I guess I’m a little weird. I like to talk to trees and animals. That’s OK though; I have more fun than most people.” — Bob Ross
29. “I think each of us, sometime in our life, has wanted to paint a picture.” — Bob Ross
30. “That’s where the crows will sit. But we’ll have to put an elevator to put them up there because they can’t fly, but they don’t know that, so they still try.” — Bob Ross

Bob Ross certainly left a lasting impact. Let us always remember his powerful lessons.

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These 6 New Year’s Eve Horror Stories Will Make You Want to Stay In to Bring in 2020

When it comes to New Year’s Eve, expectations don’t always become realities. What you think is going to be a wild-in-a-good-way night out with great drinks, great friends and general happy vibes often ends up in some sort of disaster. From nights out that were foiled by hot dogs to coat-check thieves, here are seven NYE horror stories from friends—real and digital—and coworkers that will make you want to lock your door on December 31 and hibernate until 2019 begins.

Roberta, 27

“One year I had a hot dog for dinner before going out on New Year’s Eve. While I was out, I had only had one drink, but started to feel super sick—like throw-uppy sick—and went home. I ended up puking all night from food poisoning from the HOT DOG. So miserable.”

Conor, 29

“In 2013, I went to a bar near Washington Square Park in NYC, paid more than $125 for an ‘open bar,’ which essentially equated to tipping the bartender $20 every time I went up for a drink because dozens of people were trying to be served all at once. On top of all that, the police were called around 1 a.m., because it turns out the women who were working the coat check were robbing everyone’s jackets and bags. I was stuck waiting around until 4 a.m. to get my coat back, before struggling to make my way back to my friend’s apartment. Needless to say, I’ve soured on NYE ever since then.”

Maggie, 28

“This was in college (I was young and stupid). My friends and I were going to a house party that ended up being super crowded. Because it was so hot and loud inside, I decided to hang outside for a little while. I was having a great time until my right ear started to get extra cold. I didn’t think anything of it until I woke up the next morning and discovered that it was fire-engine red and still feeling numb. It turns out I had gotten frostnip (basically a less-serious version of frostbite) and had to spend the rest of the winter basically living in earmuffs.”

Anonymous, 31

“I was at a large New Year’s Party that was being thrown by an arts group that I was a part of in a two-story Irish bar near Penn Station. Eventually, my friends and I made our way to the dance floor where I happened to run into another friend of mine that I had had a big-time crush on. We started dancing together a little bit and just when I felt like maybe there were some sparks going on between us, we both noticed that her ex was standing a few feet away and staring at us. We tried to ignore him and keep grooving, but he kept staring. We would move to a different part of the dance floor. His eyes would follow. Typically, I don’t see nothing wrong with a little bump ‘n’ grind, but we left plenty of room for the Holy Spirit, lest this man decide to ring in the New Year by thumping my butt into the ground. It felt like we were trapped in an episode of American Bandstand.

Anyway, the tension was finally cut when another friend of mine started puking all over the place. I know a lot of people puke on NYE, but I remember having to pick up her shoes and bring them to her cab, so I can only assume that she puked her shoes off. Anyway, this story has a happy ending because we ended up dating, but ALMOST YEAR LATER. We now live together, but that lurking ex delayed our happiness BY 10 MONTHS.”

Lauren, 35

“Does being at an open bar event, which cost an exorbitant amount of money, and not being able to even get close to the bar because it’s so crowded count? If yes, then every New Year’s from age 22 to 26.”

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What It’s Like to Complete the Under Armour HOVR Challenge

Earlier this fall, Under Armour flipped the concept of an outdoor race in NYC on its head. Instead of everyone starting from the same place, the runners began in five separate locations and funneled to one finish line on Roosevelt Island.

However, it was never going to be that easy.

The race took place at night, and each runner had to map out their own way to the finish line, a location they were given the day of the race. Everyone was geared up: Equipped with a pair of Under Armour HOVR sneakers, which have impact-eliminating HOVR cushioning built for all types of runs, the runners enthusiastically tackled their task.

We spoke with influencers and UA HOVR Challenge runners Kellen Scantlebury and Kenny Santucci about their experience in the HOVR Challenge and how they approached the unique race.

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Kellen Scantlebury

ONE37pm: What was the most exciting part about the Under Armour Challenge?

Kellen: The most exciting part about the Under Armor Challenge was definitely crossing the finish line. The crowd and energy were bumping, and it really helped push me mentally as I finished the race. 

What’s your favorite thing about the Under Armour HOVR sneakers?

Kellen: What I really love about the Phantom/SE is how comfortable they are and also how light they are. I had never run in them prior to the race and was honestly a little nervous about running five miles in brand-new sneakers. Once I put them on my feet, though, I quickly found them to be one of the more comfortable running shoes as well as one of the lighter shoes for running. 

Did you find one part of the course harder than the others?

Kellen: One of the toughest parts of the course was running over the Pulaski Bridge. I had never run across the bridge before and was really looking forward to the challenge of the uphill at the foot of the bridge. I was weaving through pedestrians while bumping J. Cole. As you get to the middle of the bridge, you are still on an incline but you see the NYC skyline. It was a moment for me, taking in the Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building. Just thinking about the grind and grit of NYC. I swear I experienced runner’s high at that moment and sprinted downhill like a scene from Rocky. It was awesome.

What was the energy like at your starting point destination?

Kellen: There was a sense of nervous energy at the starting line. I would describe it like butterflies before you have a big game or see your crush. There was a group of about 20 of us who started together at McCarren Park and we really didn’t know much about each other. We were told to have our Under Armor bracelets and make sure that we listened for directions as the race began. The cameras started rolling and everyone started to get warmed up about ten minutes to race time. That’s when the energy really start to pick up and people started to chat and talk with each other. We were talking about our individual planned routes, and once the whistle blew, we were off!

What’s your go-to cross-training routine when preparing for a big race?

Kellen: I always make sure to cross-train while training for any race. The team at Fit Club Physical Therapy and Sports Performance develops strength programs for runners to reduce injury as well as increase speed and reduce race times. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with them on exercises such as lunges, single-leg squats, side planks and various banded exercises. These exercises are specific to my body and its needs. 

I have been injured before and it sucks. I now understand the importance of a cross-training routine that is properly designed by a professional.

What’s your favorite pump-up running song to kick in the last stretch of a run?

Kellen: I mentioned J. Cole earlier. I have been listening to The Blow Up lately a lot. It’s old, I know, but for me, when rappers are grinding before they make it to the top, that’s when they have some of their best lyrics and content. That song is a classic for me and gets me pumped to take on any challenge. “This is a song for my haters, y’all got me feeling like the greatest. Yeah, I’m about to blow up!”—J. Cole

Where’s the coolest place you’ve run in the world?

Kellen: The coolest place I’ve ever run I would have to say hands down is Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town is like California in Africa, it’s amazing. The weather is great. The scenery, Table Mountain in the background, two oceans meeting each other. It’s just a special place on this planet and one of the most awesome places I have had the chance to run.

Kenny Santucci

ONE37pm: What was the most exciting part about the Under Armour Challenge? 

Kenny: There wasn’t a clear course. I loved that each participant had to map out their own way. 

What’s your favorite thing about the Under Armour HOVR Phantom SE

Kenny: Not only do they look cool, they were super comfortable to run in. 

Did you find one part of the course harder than the others? 

Kenny: The 59th Street Bridge always beats me up! 

What was the energy like at your starting point destination? 

Kenny: Super excited. There were all different types of athletes there—not just runners—which made it more fun. 

How do you fuel on your long runs? 

Kenny: Not well! On long runs more than two hours, I make sure to take in 80 ounces of water, a sodium pill and electrolytes.

What’s your go-to cross-training routine when preparing for a big race? 

Kenny: CrossFit .

Do you have any mantras you keep handy for when it gets really tough on a long run or race? 

Kenny: I tell myself to just keep going! 

What’s your favorite pump-up running song to kick in the last stretch of a run? 

Kenny: “Welcome to the Jungle.”

Where’s the coolest place you’ve run in the world? 

Kenny: Salt Flats in Utah.

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The Best (and Worst) Wrestling Merch of 2019

Pro-wrestling fans aren’t exactly known for their sartorial decision-making skills, but even WWE is greatly underestimating the taste level of their audiences with the latest batch of NXT merchandise. Looking to cash in on NXT’s television debut, a handful of atrociously designed tees representing a bevy of rising superstars were discovered this past week on the WWE shop: Something must have gone wrong, fans guessed, for these to have been approved at all.

What’s frustrating about the new fashions is that there’s already plenty of stylish and trendy merch available online to support your favorite grapplers, much of which is as slick as the hottest streetwear out now. While WWE may be aiming for lowest effort output, indie designers have been working overtime to deliver deeply cool looks with edgy sensibilities. 

Now, we’re counting down some of the worst merch we could find and showcasing the wrestlers who have aspired to much higher heights. (For the sake of brevity, as far as the worst shirts are concerned we’ll only be looking at bad designs, as opposed to purposefully offensive or intentionally ugly. The even more elusive category of so-bad-it’s-good will also be tabled.)

The Worst

1. Every Cody Rhodes Design

All Elite Wrestling has positioned itself as the younger, trendier alternative to the stodgier and more conservative WWE, but you wouldn’t know it from the merch available for the brand’s executive vice president. The jingoistic and patriarchal imagery on every design borders on patently disturbing, especially considering our current political climate. 

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2. The Classic Bullet Club

There’s nothing inherently wrong with the Bullet Club design (although the firearm-worshipping iconography is certainly questionable when taken out of context), but the ubiquitous black and white tees have become synonymous with the worst kinds of ultra-serious wrestling fans usually seen trolling superstars’ replies on Twitter.

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3. No Coffee, No Bliss

It’s unclear how the tiny, Harley Quinn-inspired brawler got saddled with a Starbucks gimmick, but this incomprehensible graphic is illegible to anyone who missed a series of incoherent talk show segments briefly featured on television. Even the most die-hard Blissfits should stay away.

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4. A Boy and His Dino

Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus are one of the most beloved tag teams currently working in pro-wrestling, but there’s something grotesque about this pop-culture crossover tee. Aside from the laziness of the Super Mario reference, the doodle of a bearded Yoshi is as nauseating as it is nostalgic. 

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5. Chase Owens “Storming Area 51”

Chase Owens is a relatively smaller figure in the pantheon of New Japan Pro Wrestling, but what he lacks in profile his shirt makes up for in gaucheness. There’s an inherent danger in meme fashion (in that it’s easily forgettable and quickly outdated), and the poorly drawn “Storming Area 51” tee is about as low as it gets. The graphic being plopped right in the center of the garment—with no border or stylistic flourishes whatsoever—is as bad as the actual sketch itself.

6. Brock Party

Based on a lazy Paul Heyman pun, the retro-inspired graphic has no connection to Brock Lesnar’s fearsome (and deeply loathsome) character. A demon boombox? The soundwave in the background and the gold and green color palette take this tee to next-level ugly that can’t even be rescued by irony.

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7. The New NXT Designs

Although these looks were the impetus for this article, it’s worth exploring precisely why they’re so bad: Each tee has no correlation to the aesthetics of the individual personalities they are supposed to represent, and the designs resemble the kinds of soulless AOL-era word art more recently transformed cynically into normcore fashion. If they weren’t so uninspired, they’d almost work as some post-internet art statement, but since they’re supposed to help these burgeoning talents garner new fans, they’ve failed miserably. The Xia Li design is particularly offensive, considering the outdated, orientalist typeface—but none of the others are much better.

The Best

1. Meiko Satomura X SPLX

Perhaps the most fearsome living fighter—man or woman—in the entire world, Meiko Satomura is known for her insane striking ability and indefatigable grit. Her collaboration with U.K.-based athletics brand SPLX is a smart take on Japanese street style in celebration of her Sendai school. 

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2. Effy Lives

Bawdy brawler EFFY has become a beloved protector of LGBTQ athletes and his collaboration with Brooklyn, New York-based deathmatch wrestler Casanova Valentine is a perfect emblem of a queer and punk rock ethos, showcasing the Southerner’s signature spiked jacket. Although the two recently feuded over the profits from the shirt, it seems likely these bloody buddies will make up sooner rather than later.

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3. Chris Brookes’ Death by Rollup

U.K.-based wrestler Chris Brookes, who makes occasional appearances in Japan’s premier comedy league DDT, clearly has an eye for comic-book inspired, satanically influenced fashion. The spooky graphics elevate the otherwise goofy performer to mythic proportions, transforming him from a silly side-character into an ‘80s horror villain. It’s the perfect balance of campy and creepy. They’re sold out for now, but another printing seems possible.

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4. Anything Zach Sabre Jr.

Inspired by the visual language of classic hardcore music, British bad boy ZSJ’s socialist politics are practically oozing from the anti-authoritarian motifs in all of his designs. It’s the best gear possible for protesting Boris Johnson.

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5. Cheap Pop’s Demon Bride

When Akira Hokuto emerged onto the Japanese wrestling scene in the 1990s, her regal accoutrements and fearsome fashion made her an international icon. Cheap Pop has taken her devilish style and turned it into a smart statement tee. 

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Brody King “Violence Is the Answer” Tie Dye by Lapel Yeah

With the return of ‘90s and early ‘00s fashion, it’s no surprise that the trendiness of tie-dye has seen an upswing in recent years. But pairing this pattern with the Villain Enterprise enforcer’s bloodthirsty catchphrase is a cheeky subversion of the hippie philosophy commonly associated with this psychedelic flourish. Hail to the King!

Hardway’s Monster Bruiser Brody

Bruiser Brody will be forever remembered as a patron saint of pro wrestling. Hardway commemorates his legacy in their playful take on his immortal presence with a cartoony but sleek homage. 

Related: The 6 Most Countercultural Moments in Indie Wrestling

Related: WWE NXT Debuted on TV and Here’s What Happened

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Scenes From the Most Deserved Championship Parade of All-Time

By winning their second straight World Cup—and their fourth overall, two more times than any other country—this year’s United States Women’s National Team cemented their legacy as one of the most dominant and talented teams ever. The on-field prowess the team displayed was astonishing. When veteran midfielder Ali Krieger said that the USWNT didn’t just have the best team in the tournament, but the second-best team as well, the U.S. team spent the whole tournament proving just that. The Golden Ball and Golden Boot winner, Megan Rapinoe, didn’t even play in the semifinal—THE WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL—and she didn’t really need to. That’s how good this team was in this tournament.

But this team meant so much more to so many people. They are style icons. They are social media stars beyond compare. They are athletes with important perspective who just wrapped up a forceful argument for pay equity. They dunked on the haters (including the President) who chided the team for flashy play and their candor, winning the whole thing with an intense, skillful focus. 

To say that they deserve a parade is the understatement of the century. So when New York City scheduled a ticker-tape parade for Wednesday morning in downtown Manhattan, ONE37pm commissioned Lucia Buricelli to document the community that the USWNT has created, celebrating one of the greatest teams in American history. 

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5 Soccer Athletes Who Should Get Their Own Boots ASAP

In 2019, an athlete is as only as good as their endorsement deal. When it comes to proper football, we immediately think of David Beckham’s $160M lifetime deal with Adidas, or Cristiano Ronaldo’s $1B lifetime deal with Nike. But so many huge stars don’t have deals like that—even when it comes to signature boots.

So, here’s our five soccer athletes who we’d like to get their own signature boots ASAP. 

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah took the Premier League by storm last year, becoming its top scorer and helping Liverpool reach the 2018 Champions League Final in Kiev. During that season, Salah put up ridiculous numbers and set the record for most goals in a debut season (44). “The Egyptian Messi” is also being included in Time magazine’s 100 most influential people along with the likes of Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga. In the accompanying Time article, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver wrote that Salah is “a better human being than he is a football player.” Someone as influential as Salah would surely have no problem selling his own line of football boots.

Kylian Mbappé

Kylian Mbappé is destined to become one of the top players in the world, the heir apparent to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. One thing that already separates Mbappé from the best is that he has won the World Cup at the young age of 19. The only other teenager to score two goals in a World Cup match other than Mbappé is Pelé, who recently stated that Mbappé can certainly become the next version of him.

Off the pitch, Mbappé is incredibly marketable. He is currently one of the best young players and he’s playing for one of the richest clubs in the world. His club, Paris Saint-Germain, recently collaborated with Jordan Brand for their Champions League away kits.There’s no denying that Mbappé is one for the future, and out of this group should be the most likely to sport his own signature boot.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a global star, and it’s only partly because of his prestigious career in the top flights of football. He’s a one-man branding machine, a man whose outlandish claims have been breaking the internet since the late 2000s. He’s a larger-than-life character who is probably Sweden’s best player ever. So why doesn’t he have a signature boot?

Zlatan has a long history of attempting to play Nike and Adidas against each other. Eventually, he started his own company, A-Z Sportswear, while continuing to wear Nike or Adidas cleats on the pitch. But it’s time for someone to make their relationship with Zlatan official. Because the world will certainly hear about it, loud and clear. 

Andrés Iniesta

Considered a “magician,” Andrés Iniesta is one of Spain’s most creative midfielders of all time. The Barcelona legend has won every trophy possible at the club and international levels, and most notably scored the winning goal for Spain in the World Cup Final in South Africa in 2010.  

Iniesta’s insane vision and footballing IQ is what made him stand out from the rest. His image off the pitch is positive, and it is well known that he is a true family man. Midfielders all around the world would certainly feel more confident on the ball with some Iniesta influence sketched in. 

Harry Kane

Harry Kane is England’s golden boy at the moment. He is one of the best strikers in the world and has been extremely consistent for club team Tottenham Hotspur since his breakout season three years ago.

Being a captain and leader on the pitch, Kane offers marketability off the pitch by not only being a world-class player but also being involved with Tottenham Hotspur’s thriving culture. He’s become known stateside as well for his increasing interest in the NFL. Tottenham recently opened up its new billion-dollar stadium in London. All eyes are currently on the Spurs, which gives Harry Kane the chance to pounce on the opportunity of starting his own boot line.   

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How LAFC Is Raising the Bar for the MLS

A few weeks ago, ONE37pm had the opportunity to link up exclusively with LAFC & the 3252—the main supporters’ group of LAFC—in New York as they took on NYCFC in their third match of the 2019 MLS Season. Before we dive into that match, we should take a look at LAFC more closely and the culture/community they’ve created around the city of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles was awarded a new expansion team by Major League Soccer (MLS) back in 2014, which came days after former LA Club Chivas USA had folded.  There was a lot of buzz going around this announcement, especially with the list of official owners such as Henry Nguyen, Peter Guber, Tom Penn as well as co-owners Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Mia Hamm Garciaparra, Nomar Garciaparra and Tony Robbins. Along with this extraordinary group of people, Will Ferrell also announced his involvement in the club at a press conference in 2016. (Even then people were unaware if he was serious or if it was a joke). Thus, LAFC was born.

One of the most important aspects of the beautiful game is the 12th man: The fan. The relationship that the owners have with LAFC’s supporters’ group, the 3252 is honest, genuine, and unique like no other. (The number 3252 refers to the 3,252 seats designated for supporters, and the individual numbers 3-2-5-2 add up to 12). We had the opportunity to spend some quality time with 3252 president Jimmy Lopez, who gave us some insight into the group and how it came into fruition.

“The relationship between the 3252 and the LAFC front office has been amazing. We have a clear understanding that we want to grow the sport and supporters culture in the United States,” Lopez said. “If all the other teams had a front office like we do the league would be so much better. From top to bottom the ownership, staff, and supports all breathe LAFC. We aren’t a team, we are a community.  We are more than a fandom. We are a family.”

From building a community from the ground up to the construction of a soccer-specific stadium and training facility, LAFC had planned it all out and executed it in a way that MLS has never seen before. Rich Orosco was crucial in creating a community to get behind this amazing project. “Street by street, block by block, one by one” has been their message since day one.

When asked about his favorite part of building the LAFC community, Orosco had a response ready. “Watching the community grow, Orosco said. “We didn’t have to teach people in LA about football. They were just waiting for the right home. We built the home. And the people followed. It was also fun to beat all the odds and prove the hecklers wrong. There was room for another Club in LA. And we proved it.”

A great example of this outreach is the LAFC merch trucks that popped up all around Los Angeles County. Players from LAFC attend these events as well as food trucks to create inclusive cultural events that bring the community together. Rich was also instrumental in setting up a trip for the 3252 to visit German Club Borussia Dortmund to meet with that team’s group to gain knowledge and inspiration to bring back to the Banc of California stadium. That influence is apparent in the 3252 section.

Two weeks ago at the NYCFC match, it was the first time that LAFC 3252 supporters had traveled from the west coast to the east coast to support their club. The 3252 created an electric atmosphere and were the loudest group in the stadium for a majority of the match. Every single supporter gave it their all and showed the true progression of the popularity of the sport in the United States. MLS is continuing to raise the bar year after year and the United States should be excited about the league’s future.

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What’s the Biggest Difference Between European Soccer Stadiums and American Ones?

A stadium is one of the most important pieces of a professional sports team. Throughout the United States and Europe, many stadiums serve not only as a playing ground but also as a historical landmark filled with decades of moments that will forever live in the history books.

As of late, soccer has been growing exponentially in the United States, and many MLS clubs have opted to build their own stadiums built just for the sport. Most recently, Los Angeles FC and Atlanta United FC opted for a more soccer-specific and cultural approach. LAFC built its own soccer-specific stadium—Banc of California Stadium—with the goal of creating a more passionate and electrifying environment, something that has been lacking in the MLS for the past decade. Atlanta, on the other hand, plays in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which comes complete with new technology that transforms it from an NFL stadium to a soccer-specific venue.

The soccer-specific model has been working, as the top five markets in the league have seen increases in average match attendance. The difference, however, between stadiums in the United States and ones in Europe is predicated on one big issue: Teams in the United States often move to different cities. This concept is totally unheard of in Europe. Teams in Europe have been around since the late 1800s, and the thought of one team moving to a different city would certainly cause chaos. Imagine Liverpool moving to Manchester; it would not end well.

What Europe also has is heavy investors that pour billions into the top markets. For example, Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium will cost around £1 billion. A project like that will command a huge naming rights fee.

Because of the influx of money coming into the top leagues in Europe, teams have opted to change their historic stadium names to sponsored names, which in turn drives an extreme amount of revenue. Fans have been disappointed by this and feel that most clubs are selling out. However, sponsorship creates more sustainability for clubs that can use the cash for improving the team.

MLS is taking this approach and has shown positive results. Juventus, a powerhouse in European football, recently changed its stadium’s name from Juventus Stadium to Allianz Stadium. This, in turn, gave the club more funds and most likely had some influence in the purchase of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

While European soccer maintains its role as the hotbed for viewership and talent, the United States is certainly making some waves as well. In the next few years, expect to see a shift not only in the talent coming to the United States but also in stadium concepts that replicate the European model that has been working ever so well.

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Shooters Shoot: How Joe Harris Made Himself Indispensable

The NBA is as three-point happy as it has ever been. And with a quick glance at any NBA game during 2019, the evidence is pretty clear. In order to keep up with contenders at the top—namely, the Golden State Warriors—teams league-wide are scouting more closely for skills that may not be as physically obvious. Where teams used to round out their rosters with physically-imposing forwards and powerful centers, they’re now on the hunt for lanky, deft sharpshooters who have a nose for open space and a knack for complimenting ball-handlers. Times have changed, and rosters have adjusted.

Players’ skills are evaluated differently now than they were even two or three years ago, creating the NBA Free Agency version of the butterfly effect. For instance, if the 2014 draft happened tomorrow, it isn’t farfetched to say Brooklyn Net forward Joe Harris, who is having a career year, would be a lottery pick (look it up if you don’t believe me).

Luckily for the Nets though they didn’t have to draft him at all; they were able to grab him after he was waived. Still recovering from the 2014 calamity, Brooklyn was trying to figure out how to rebuild without any draft picks. Despite minimal NBA reps, Joe’s reputation as a shooter and absence of ego matched with Nets GM Sean Marks’ new ground-up approach, and they signed him in the summer of 2016. While coming to NYC is daunting for anyone from a small town like Chelan, WA—”There are more people that live in my building than the town I grew up in,” says Harris, sitting in the media room of the Brooklyn Nets’ Industry City practice facility—Harris is one of the great success stories in the modern NBA.

Two years later, Marks’ vision has paid off wildly. When we spoke with Joe in late January, the Nets had just ripped off 20 of their last 28 with Joe a key asset, averaging 13PPG and 45% 3FG — good enough for top five in a league filled with an unprecedented level of shooting talent. The NBA has taken notice; Harris will compete in the All-Star Weekend’s celebrated Three-Point Contest. ONE37PM sat down with Joe to talk about his craft, the importance of culture on the Nets’ rebuild and the benefits of betting on yourself. 

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You’re shooting 48% from three right now, third in the NBA — can you talk about honing your craft? Were you always training to be an NBA shooter or did your training take shape at different levels of your career?

Harris: My dad was a basketball coach. I always grew up around the game, being in the gym. I had an inherent passion for the game early on. I was always pretty technical, especially when it comes to shooting and form. So that skill was kind of what I was always honing in and from the time that I was a little kid. I tried to do a lot of different stuff to be a better all-around basketball player, but the one thing that was always consistent was that I was always a pretty good shooter. I was fortunate to have my dad as a coach, and he could be real technical with me when I was really young, in terms of following good habits and the proper shooting mechanics and form.

What are some of the things your dad did to ensure you had a pure jumper?

Harris: The first thing anybody who played for my dad had to do when they got to the gym, is what he would call “cotton shots.” You’d get in, and you’d shoot directly underneath the hoop, one-handed, and make five shots from five different spots around the rim. Honestly, it’s such a simple thing, but that helped build up the proper mechanics. Now I go into these youth camps and stuff and the kids, the first thing they want to do is go heave it from three. Everyone wants to be Steph Curry.

You can see still see those fundamentals in your jumper today. A couple of the best shooters over history have had an unorthodox element in their jumper, but the great ones always have rhythm and confidence. Are you a believer in textbook shooting?

Harris: Sort of. I mean, in terms of shooting it quicker you have to be somewhat technical and have proper form. But then there are guys like Reggie Miller and shooters like that. Even Ray Allen, his shot is pretty textbook once it gets to a certain point, but he does things like dipping the ball, and he shoots it relatively flat, which is different than what you would want from a good shooter. So it’s hard to say that being exact and proper gives you a distinct advantage or anything like that. I think the consistency of doing it, whatever that you do, being able to do it over and over again is probably the most important thing.

At a certain point, shooting really just becomes about conviction over discipline. Like Klay’s quote the other day where he was talking about how to solve his shooting slump, and he goes “Who at this point do I get advice from?”

Harris: Who the hell is going to give him advice? Not a lot of people are gonna take him to the side and be like, “This is how you need to shoot.” That’s the thing. Shooting—at least the way that I look at it—is based on rhythm and confidence, and for someone like him, it has nothing to do with his mechanics. It’s like a hitter in baseball; you’re gonna go through slumps at some point. It’s just a matter of time.

So this year you guys are 5th in the NBA in 3PA. How much planning from the Front Office to the game plan goes into a stat like that? Obviously, this is an extremely deliberate strategy.

Harris: You’ve seen a wave in the NBA. There’s much more of a priority put on shooting and shooting threes. And a lot of it boils down to the analytics of the game, too. They talk a lot about the points per possession, and your points per possession are going to be significantly higher shooting threes. Especially, corner threes, uncontested threes, the points per possession averages jump up super high. And even if you’re shooting at a really high clip from the mid-range, your points per possession is still not going to be even comparable to what you would get from threes.

It’s easier to shoot when you know everyone on your team is rooting for you, and not going to get bitter when someone else is taking shots. How much of the shooting success would you credit with game planning and Xs and Os versus just letting shooters shoot?

Harris: Kenny [Atkinson] instills a lot of freedom offensively—guys are not afraid to make mistakes or take errant shots. Obviously, you have to know your place, and not to shoot if someone is draped all over you. But Kenny wants people playing free and loose, and that’s when the offense is at its best.

You don’t want it to be constricted and people to be second-guessing what they’re doing. You want people to play freely and get creative, and the system that we have in place is all built around guys reading and reacting and being able to make plays, and I think we’ve gotten more comfortable with it and we obviously have gotten better offensively because of that.

Anyone can make a game plan to chuck but in your team’s style of play it’s really clear that everyone is bought in to get open threes. Like Jared Dudley comes in and he’s just setting screens and swinging the ball side to side. Can you explain how this culture came to be?

Harris: Kenny [Atkinson] has definitely built a system where we don’t have necessarily a superstar talent where we can just go into isolation all the time. We really have to move the ball and get the ball going side to side in order for guys to get clean looks and get good shots. And I think, like you said, you have someone like a Jared Dudley or even just some of our other, bigger guys that are really good at getting the ball and facilitating. And we have guards that are really good at facilitating and kind of doing it on every level, you know, D’Angelo [Russell], Spencer [Dinwiddie] — we just do a lot through them, you know where we’re trying to get the defense moving side to side and let certain guys facilitate and create open shots for a lot of the shooters that we have.

There has been some criticism around the popularity of threes, though. Earlier this season, Gregg Popovich said that three-pointers are killing the game. What would you say to someone who thinks that?

I’m in the NBA right now because of three-pointers. I would have to disagree with him, but I can see where his point is made. You don’t want to overdo it on the analytics.

The other day, we played against Houston, and it was an NBA record for threes taken in a game. I think they took like 70 as a team which is just absurd. It’s like a track meet. People were just launching, honestly. It’s almost like playing in a rec league, and if you’re a basketball purist, there’s something to be said like the way the game was played through the 90s, even through most of the 80s where people weren’t really putting much of a focus on threes or even really guarding the three-point line. It was more just people were trying to swing the ball around to get a good shot and preferably something at the rim. It’s funny, you know, the way that people play now, they’re talking about it, the other day, even when with D’Antoni Phoenix teams, their pace of play would be almost last in the NBA right now

How do you think that bodes for the future of the pace of the game?

Harris: The game is just adapting. That’s all that it is. Like, you’re gonna look ten years from now, and we’re all going to be saying the exact same thing. We’re gonna be like “Jeeze, everybody that plays is just 6’9 and 6’10 and shoots threes, and brings the ball up the floor.” The game is just going to be played at a ridiculous pace. I think everybody just kind of gets better, they start playing different styles, and yeah—I’m gonna be an old head 10 years, 15 years from now looking back on the NBA like there’s no way that I could have played. I came into the league at a good time where there’s obviously a precedent put on shooting but then ten years from now I’m probably gonna be like “Yeah, there’s no way I could play now.”

Sometimes on other teams, you see vets get bitter on the success of the younger dudes, but your vets seem like genuine teammates. What role do they play in the culture?

Harris: They are genuine teammates. That’s the perfect way to put it. Those guys have the most respect in our locker room. We’ve had success playing this way, so people understand that we’re not going to be going off and doing stuff on your own. You got to play within the system. Like Jared Dudley, Ed Davis, DeMarre Carroll, they’ve played on some good teams, some playoff caliber teams, and they understand what it takes to win. If things start to kind of shift one way, they’re really good at reeling it back in and basically reminding guys you know why we’ve had success in the first place.

This rebuild was also a result of the smart contracts Sean signed players to, yourself included. Do you think not having expensive contracts with heavy expectations is related to the culture too?

Harris: It’s definitely made it a little bit easier. But then on the same token too, you have guys that are playing for contracts, and they know that you know, you’re not going to be able to get the best deal if you’re on a bad team. You got to be on a good team in order to get your value up.

With regards to your current success despite your contract, fellow Brooklyn legend, Jay-Z once proposed the question, “Would you rather be overpaid or underrated?”

Harris: I have no comment.

When you were a free agent, what role did NYC’s other opportunities off the court play in your decision to signing with the Nets?

Harris: That’s definitely a factor. The Nets they want us to be here and be around, and part of that goes into establishing the culture. If you sign with a team like Brooklyn, you’re basically committing to being in NYC. And you know, I love being here, I love living in Brooklyn, the convenience of the city, being able to walk around, to not have a car. I’m a huge foodie, I love eating around different spots, and there’s probably no better place in the country to do that than in New York—especially Brooklyn.

How do you weigh the benefits of the city compared to the actual ‘workplace’ during free agency?

Harris: Yeah, at the end of the day, all that does play an important piece, but it is secondary to the basketball stuff. Because that is the top priority, that is what I’m doing day in and day out. What’s most important is like what are the people like that I’m working with every day.

You got a favorite pizza spot? Top two?

Harris: I like Roberta’s a lot. But for purely like New York pizza, Di Fara. I mean you got to make the trek out there and just get a slice. It’s big time.

Along the way to the success you’re having now as an NBA player, can you describe a time where you really had to double down on your vision and bet on yourself?

Harris: Back to when I was in Cleveland, I got surgery on my foot, and I got traded actually the same day I had surgery to Orlando in my hospital bed. And Orlando waived me. So I was like, shit. I was sitting there with no job, and I’m pretty realistic to the fact that I’m a second round pick. I hadn’t done anything in the NBA, so there wasn’t anything for other teams to even evaluate. And like, my chances of staying in the NBA are very slim at this point.

At any point, did you ever really waver from your vision or consider any non-NBA careers?

Harris: I didn’t. When I got waived, I was basically like, “Well chances of me staying in the NBA are probably slim, but I’m going to play basketball regardless” If I got to go play in South America, I was totally fine with that. For me, I’m going to try and play basketball for as long as I can because I love it. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do since I was a little kid.

And so regardless, you know, NBA, overseas, wherever, like I was going to plan on playing somewhere and to be honest, I did have a little bit of doubt about getting back into the NBA. But I was still reassured by the fact that I’m still going to have the opportunity to make a living playing basketball. It’s not all that bad. And then, I got lucky—after the rehab process, I had couple different free agent workouts and then lucky that Brooklyn was in the mold of obtaining younger players a little bit more creatively and giving guys second-chance opportunities.

A lot of guys in the league today are investing super heavily off the court both financially and in themselves and other interests. How have you used your position as an NBA player to open up doors in other industries?

Harris: This past summer, I went for like a week to SL Greene, Blackstone, Madison Capital. And I basically just sat in with some of the administrators for like the week just to see like day to day operations. I never had a normal job, so I don’t know what putting a suit on and going and sitting in an office space is like and yeah—there’s just a lot of cool opportunities that present itself just by playing basketball. So it opens up a bunch of doors, and I think the NBA players have gotten a lot better of taking advantage of building up relationships and networks and kind of you know just figuring out what the next step might be.

When you’re a rookie, there’s this transition program, and they talk about the average career span for NBA players and even a long career, might be 10, 11 years. And that flies by. You know, it goes by quickly. They want guys to be prepared for what they want to do next, and what they try to get across to most guys too is that the intangibles, the things that make you a great basketball player are applicable in every aspect of everyday life, business, whatever you want to do. 

Have you put in any thought to what you might want to do after your playing career?

Harris: I’m not too interested in having you know, a 9 to 5 job afterward. My interests lie mostly in basketball. Like if I was to be done playing tomorrow, in an ideal world, I would still be involved in the game in some capacity. If that was like in coaching, front office, whatever, I would still just want to be around the game.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

Read more: So, What Exactly Is Basketball’s Warm Up Challenge?

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How to Overcome Gym Anxiety

Do you even lift, bro?

Or, rather, did you resolve to start lifting on January first, but haven’t? On those rare days you do go to a gym, do you hover by the elliptical machines, steering clear of the gym’s more testosterone-dominated free weight area for fear of being eaten, or worse, judged?

Your Problem Might Be Gym Anxiety

There are plenty of excuses not to work out. You don’t have time. You don’t have energy. You do have Netflix. But some of these excuses are actually rooted in gym anxiety, an ugly cocktail of perceived inadequacy, incompetence and judgment. The key word is “perceived,” because most of it is going on in your own head, which doesn’t make it any less difficult to deal with.

Gym anxiety is a lot like social anxiety and can manifest itself in different ways: Excessive fear of being judged, worrying that you’ll embarrass or humiliate yourself, or being so self-conscious that it’s hard to concentrate.

You’re not alone. In fact, really ripped guys with lots of Instagram followers have felt the same thing.


“When I joined the gym, I was always self-conscious that my form was bad and people were looking at me,” says Adam Pfau, a fitness influencer who has 740,000 Instagram followers and looks like he can bench press five of your closest male relatives at once. “That was always in the back of my mind. Rather than worrying about doing it correctly, I was really worried about what other people were thinking.”

There are real, tangible steps you can take to lower your gym anxiety. The first step is knowing what’s going on.

Gym Anxiety Is Social Anxiety’s Cousin

Whether you’re a novice who feels dread at the mere thought of entering a fitness club, or a vet who still feels the occasional twinge of fight-or-flight, you’re normal and OK. Gyms are places with lots of noise and stimuli, lots of clanking, lots of grunting. It kind of feels like a fight could break out at any minute, but also like everyone is about to take a selfie? There are mirrors everywhere! Gyms can be weird.

But if these stimuli create a fear that’s excessive (or makes you want to not come back), you’re probably experiencing a form of social anxiety, says Noah Clyman, a cognitive behavioral therapist in Manhattan and the founder of NYC Cognitive Therapy.

“Social anxiety is a condition where people are excessively afraid of negative evaluation by other people,” says Clyman. “It’s also linked to negative beliefs that the individual has about himself or herself. These beliefs can be things like, ‘I’m awkward, I’m defective, I’m weird’ and so on.”


People with social anxiety tend to have anxiety about anxiety, says Clyman. In other words, they tend to try and suppress it or avoid at all costs. If the gym is giving them anxiety, they’ll avoid the gym. But there are better ways to deal with the issue than avoidance.

Know That You’re Going to Be Self-conscious, and Then Count the People in the Room

Clyman says that when someone enters the gym as a beginner, or they’re simply prone to anxiety, they’re going to be self-conscious. That’s the just the nature of the game, so don’t spend time beating yourself up about it.

“That’s going to happen,” says Clyman. “They’re going to focus attention on themselves, automatically. It’s not their fault.”

Instead, people experiencing gym anxiety should work on shifting their attention from the internal to the external. Focusing on what’s going on in the room is a good way to do this. What color are the walls? How many people are in the room? Try to count them. Seriously: Count every person in the room. By putting yourself through these mental paces, you’re putting your focus back on the outside world.

Clyman also recommends identifying an object in the room—a water fountain, a clock—and focusing on it for 30 seconds. What shape is it? What texture? After you focus on it for 30 seconds, re-evaluate your anxiety level. It probably went down.

Have a Plan

Before you even step into the gym, do some research. Find a fitness plan that’s right for you, and then stick to it. This sense of structure can cut anxious feelings way down.

“Now you’re walking in with a ton more confidence because you know you have a plan,” says Pfau.

He recommends a full body beginner’s routine. You can find one with a quick Google search, but spend some time looking at the reviews. It will probably put you in the gym three days a week, on non-consecutive days (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, for example). This is enough of a structure to keep you motivated, but not so daunting that you’ll feel overwhelmed. Also, by focusing on the whole body, Pfau says you’ll see the most substantial progress in the shortest amount of time.

“You’re building your overall strength,” says Pfau. “You’re only in the gym three days a week, so as a beginner you don’t need to be in the gym that often.”

Get the Movements Down by Using YouTube, And Start Light

Pfau recommends compound movements, like deadlifts or squats, to build size and strength. For the novice, however, these movements can be intimidating.

“I remember first trying to deadlift,” says Pfau. “I was definitely paranoid that people were looking at me.”

He recommends watching YouTube videos of the movements and practicing them. Then, when it’s time to work out, don’t use too much weight. Allow yourself to become comfortable with the movement first.

In fact, it’s OK to work with no weight on the bar at all.

Know That the People Looking at You Are in the Same Boat You Are

You might feel weird bench pressing a bar with no weight on it. Like you’re about to be judged by the guy next to you who’s absolutely yoked. But Pfau, a guy who is absolutely yoked, says that’s not the case.

“If someone else is looking at you, it’s because they’re in the exact same position as you and they’re just as self-conscious,” says Pfau. “They’re looking around because they don’t know what they’re doing.”

Meanwhile, the people who are more advanced are so deep in their own habits, that they barely notice anyone else in the gym. These people are too focused on their next set, or on the podcast that they’re listening to, to care about how much weight you’re putting up. They’re in their own rhythm, one that’s built up over years (and sometimes decades).

“It’s really important to say that the people who are judging you are the in the same exact position as you,” says Pfau.

Set Achievable Goals and Be Relentless in Giving Yourself Credit

If it’s your first day in the gym, it’s not realistic to think you’re going to bench press 500 pounds. Instead, create a concrete goal based on your fitness level. That goal can be something like, “I’m going to walk into the gym and do more pull-ups than I did yesterday.”

And then give yourself credit. Acknowledge that you achieved your goal and that you did better than the day before. “Just thinking these things isn’t going to be enough, at least for most people,” Clyman says. ”Writing it down will make it much more impactful.”

Your achievements will sink in more when you write them down, thus creating positive forward momentum. You can keep your ongoing list of accomplishments on your phone’s Notes app. Over time, that list gets pretty long. The longer that list gets, the more your confidence takes off.

Go With a Friend

This may not be an option for you (not because you don’t have friends, but because their schedules might not line up with yours). But if it is an option, do it.

When Pfau first started working out, he always went with a buddy. This alleviated some of the self-consciousness he felt about his form. Having a friend can provide much-needed support, and you two can keep one another on point.

Go During Off-hours

Whenever possible, Pfau recommends working out when the gym is less crowded. If you can go during your lunch break—or if you’ve got flexible work hours—do it.

Typically, that means avoiding the 6 p.m. after work crowd, but you can check the “popular times” feature on your gym’s Google Maps listing.

Remember Why You’re Going in the First Place

Be extremely clear with yourself about why you’re going to the gym. Is it to be healthier? Is it to look better in your clothes? Clyman says that the clearer you are in your rationale for working out, the more likely you’ll keep going to the gym.

He recommends keeping a list of reasons that you’re going and referring back to it any time you start to feel shaky. “If you’re starting to waffle, that’d be a good time to pull out that list,” says Clyman. “Just remind yourself of why you identified that as your goal and why that’s important.”

Know That There’s Something Really Cool Waiting for You on the Other Side of Your Workout

The ironic thing about gym anxiety is that exercise is instrumental in reducing anxiety and stress. If you can manage your anxious symptoms—either by employing the tips above or seeing a therapist—just know that there is a whole world of wonderful, joy-inducing chemicals waiting for you on the other side of your gym session.

When you complete a workout, your body releases endorphins. Endorphins improve mood and pain resistance, “two critical features of a successful stress autoregulation” according to the Archives of Medical Science. You begin to rewire your brain’s reward system, and your body starts to look forward to the dopamine and endorphin hits it gets from your workouts. You basically get a neurochemical prize from going to the gym, and start to associate it with good feelings—not anxiety and dread.

Once that forward momentum starts going, it can be hard to stop.

Just remember to set achievable goals and give yourself credit. And maybe one day, you’ll be able to bench press all your male relatives (or, at the very least, feel pretty damn good about yourself).