Soccer in Sacramento

The world loves soccer.  Let’s just say most of every other country besides the US is obsessed with the beautiful game.  Every country in South America and Europe have kids playing futbol all over the place.  It’s a religion to them.  You can feel the passion when countries play each other especially in the World Cup.  Every 4 years in a randomly selected country the World Cup unfolds.  Many people from all over the world flock to one country to see the best soccer played.
Throughout history there has only been a handful of countries that dominate the sport across the board.  In South America, Brazil and Argentina are the two best countries that compete at a high level.  In Europe, as of lately Spain and Germany have been very dominate in World Cup play.  It’s no surprise that countries that are obsessed with the game win every year.  It doesn’t take much for young kids to play.  All that is really needed is a ball and land.  Endless possibilities take place with the beautiful game.  Young kids that are scouted early on have a chance to develop their skills even more with a professional team.  In today’s era all the money in soccer is in Europe, so most of the talent from South America that gets scouted ends up getting bought by European powerhouse clubs.
As for soccer in America it’s pretty stale to say the least.  It’s no surprise if you’ve seen the US in any friendly matches.  Simply put the US doesn’t care enough about soccer.  If you’re an avid sports fan in the US you’ll notice how there’s simply too many sports to keep up with.  Football, baseball, basketball, ice hockey, and soccer are seem to be big on TV.  Soccer definitely comes last out of those big sports in popularity.  It’s also pretty obvious driving around in the streets looking at parks how you will fail to notice any kids playing soccer.  In many of the impoverished countries of the world soccer is played religiously in the streets, fields, or beaches.  Everyday kids continue to get better and better while kids in the US keep playing video games all day long.
Whether you like it or not soccer is the most popular sport in the world.  It’s crazy! The biggest game is between Spain giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.  Last year the number of people that watched the game exceeded 500 million.  No other sport could claim those numbers.  Of course Spain would have the biggest teams with the most fans in the world.  It’s funny to think that Spain is the biggest country in Europe for soccer despite the fact that England brought the game to the continent.  There are rumors that centuries ago the Englishmen brought the game to the streets.  It really wasn’t until the late 19ty century when official rules were cemented.
Today soccer in Sacramento is a big deal.  Whether you know it soccer is huge in Sacramento.  There’s great youth programs that develop and put out outstanding players.  Every years dozens of high school soccer players rise to the next level, collegiate soccer.  Sacramento is perfect for soccer if you think about it.  Great weather and plenty of land make for ideal conditions for soccer.  The Sacramento Republic FC is the local professional soccer team that is continuing to gain more and more interest as the team impresses the fans.  Many local Sacramento fans are excited about the new and improved downtown basketball arena but many are also even more thrilled about the Sacramento Republic FC soccer stadium coming to downtown.
Many people in Sacramento are becoming more and more passionate about the game.  Reasonably so because the sport has been popular in the world for a lot longer than the US has kept up.  It’s time the US and more specifically Sacramento put soccer on the map.  As a fellow American it’s embarrassing to watch my country play in the World Cup.  To be honest my friends and I end up rooting for opposing countries or dominate European teams as they are more fun to watch.  It’s not that hard to understand how these countries dominate the world stage.  They play everyday all day! Just like anything else in life if you want to become the best you must be obsessed.  As Conor McGregor says, “there is no talent, only obsession.” I don’t think he could’ve said it any better.  Sacramento must have more kids playing soccer in the streets and fields to be a major soccer hub.  Let’s think about it soccer is fun and boasts great exercise.  Especially living in Sacramento anyone can play year round.  Let’s grab a ball, juggle, and play a game!

Sacramento Newbies

If you’re a newbie to the Sacramento area, I suggest entrenching yourself in the Sacramento lifestyle and quickly see what the city has to offer you so you know what to do for the rest of the time you are here.

Quite contrary to the downers who are always complaining that there is nothing to do in Sac, they are usually the people who sit inside their home and play video games and watch TV. There is nothing to do exciting for them because their brain is zapped by electronics that the exterior environment is no longer fun for them. Their satisfaction comes from technology and it’s tough to satisfy those kind of people.

But if you are a person who can appreciate the outdoors, there is so much to do. One of my go to activities that never fails in giving me a good time is heading down to the American River for some fun. A hot summer it is in Sacramento, and no doubt, one of the best ways to cool down is swimming in that river. Since the water comes from the icy mountains of the Sierras, and then exits from the bottom of the Folsom Lake, you are never going to fill like you are swimming in dirty murky water like you may at the Sacramento River. There is so much fun activities to do on the river, that, whatever you decide to do, just know it’ll be a blast. My friends and I have a tradition of going out to float on inner tubes on the river at least once a month over the summer, and usually, without fail, we will find a rope swing on the side of the river that we will hit up and enjoy some beached fun.

If not being entrenched in the water is your type of thing, visit the grid of downtown Sacramento. The night life is actually poppin’ off the hook throughout the week, and if you go on a weekend, it’s finna be lit! Downtown Sacramento isn’t even the only place to go on a night, there are clubs all throughout the city, and if you are looking to get away for a night, San Francisco is about an hour and fifteen away, and Folsom and El Dorado is about 35 minutes from downtown Sacramento, where if you can’t have fun there, maybe you should be sitting in front of the TV anyways.

Anything joyous thing I do around Sac is go to an event. Sacramento has concerts on a regular basis and music shows too. We have an amphitheater, two arenas, a whole lot of nightclubs, giant parks, and we also host music festivals. TBD fest is one of the main staples around here for great musical artists to come visit and show off their talents.

The county and state fair also come by here often, and, during the summer months, there are other fairs that take place on the outskirt cities around. Rancho Murieta, which is about 25 minutes from downtown Sacramento has a summerfest every year in October where it is mostly younger people hanging out along with their older parents and grandparents. If you are looking to avoid the 24-35 year old range of people, this is definitely an event you want to hit up.

No more complaining Sacramento residents. There is always something exciting to do if you have good people to hang around, and even by yourself. Get out there and get away from the TV and enjoy what the environment around you has to offer!

Sacramento Bike Party

The cultural event I attended on May 6 was Bike Party Sacramento. My mother and father are long time attendees of the event, and are super passionate about making sure they don’t miss a single one. My dad just bought a brand new bike that he paid $2000 dollars for, and even though it’s an expensive toy, it sure does look beautiful. So, I thought his first time riding this bike for bike party would be the perfect time for me to join my family for my first bike party event.

Bike Party Sacramento, in general, involves decorating the bike with lights, often flashing, and riding through Sacramento with a large group of 200-500 other bike enthusiasts. Usually there is a theme to each event, and this particular one was the superhero theme. People were dressed as all kinds of make-believe superheros, some normal dressed folks, and some in completely out of pocket outfits.

Before the event, the Bike Party planners post online what the tour route will be. We met this time near the parking lot at Sacramento City College. Beforehand, people are hanging out, socializing, drinking their alcoholic beverages, eating food from a hot dog stand bike, and dressing their bike up for the ride.

When we commenced our journey, it was about 8 oclock, and just beginning to get dark. Our flashing and blinking light bikes ride through the city towards downtown Sacramento, ringing our bells and yelling to the onlookers, “BIKE PARTY!!!!!”

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The first stop we get to is the park right by the Crocker Art Museum. One of the bikers had a 5 foot tall speaker he carried, and started bumping some party music, and became our very own DJ. Some people stary dancing, while most people are drinking their alcoholic beverages. For about half an hour, we hung out and then hopped back on the bikes towards the party streets in Downtown. We rode down R street, where there are a lot of bars and restaurants with many people hanging outside. People look onto us shouting and checking out our bike parade. A lot of people will ask when the next Bike Party is, and how they can get involved.

We then continue to ride for about 6 more miles to a second stop at another park where the real dance party gets going. A lot of people are alcohol inhibited, and it turned into a mini rave. After a sweet little park party, we hop back on and ride back to Sac City. It was about a 13 mile round trip from 8pm-11pm.

The Bike Party event is primarily about having a good time with your companions. They promote exercise, good vibes, and the use of bikes in Sacramento. We also develop a good relationship with the bikers and car riders, I didn’t notice any cars that were bothered by our crowds, and whenever a car needed to get through, the bikes would separate and allow them through the crowd. More often than not, the car riders would be smiling and shouting out at as full of joy. Bike Party also promotes a happy vibe for the tourists who are visiting Sacramento, and gives them a good sense that our citizens are upbeat, social, and passionate about exercise.

I attended the event because my mom and dad are always talking about Bike Party, and I can tell this is now their passion in their old age. This is their primary way of socializing with their friends outside of work, and gives them a good change of pace compared to the sitting around at a bar drinking.

The cultural significance of the event is about bringing together groups of people, and just being able to have a good time and let loose. It’s definitely something I have never seen before in another city, and I think it helps make Sacramento a little bit original. Promoting good vibes and sharing happiness with your fellow men and women are definitely great for the city, and it’s a perfect way for a new person in town to make a whole lot of friends.

I think this event ties to a lot of subculture research we have done this semester. This group consists of bike enthusiasts, who like to party, and are generally there for the promotion of good ambiance. Like the Star Trek fan fiction people, the skaters, and the hip hop movement, bike party advertise happiness in doing what they like to do, and is just another form of entertainment and being able to let loose.

If I had more time in my life, I would love to attend these events more often. I had a blast and it was cool hanging out with my parents and their friends for the first real time of my adult years. I learned that I could now definitely fit in with my parent’s social group, and as I come up to the drinking age (not a drinker, but cool to be around), there is a lot more that I am able to share with them. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a fun time on the first Saturday of every month!

Sacramento Turn-Ups

Having grown up in the city, many people are surprised to find out how lively Sacramento’s party scene truly is. Most people expect to go to the bars, nightclubs, and downtown restaurants to find their late night fun, but in truth, house parties are always better. Memories are made much more often at house parties. The rules are far less, you’re more likely to be surrounded by people with similar interests, and quite often, friends. To truly discover the house party scene, you must integrate yourself into the city.

House parties are usually invite only. It’s not like going to the bar or the club where you pretty much know where to go, and what you’re going to get. Part of the fun of going to a house party is that you never know how the night is going to turn out. So many of us go out searching for the Project X style party (the fun parts, not the destruction). And the truth is, the party lies in your hands just as much as everyone else’s. The party will get as crazy as you, the host, and the other party guests let it. So make it memorable and get loco!

The following are the list of the best parts of Sacramento to get integrated and find a house party! Continue reading “Sacramento Turn-Ups”

It’s getting Hot in Sacramento, What to do?

Sacramento’s heat is going to be on the rise this summer. The city has already broken many temperature milestones this year, and be prepared to break a couple more in the thick of this summer heat. The world is warming, and as much as global warming dissenters want to deny it, it’s caused by human interaction with the Earth, and it’s all of our faults for allowing this to happen. But, if you do the best you can to help the environment, and you are also looking for a way to cool of without having to spend a couple hundred dollars on air conditioning this summer, jumping in a body of water is likely your best bet in cooling off. I have compiled a short list of activities you can do to cool off this summer.

Backyard Swimming Pool

The first, and most obvious choice to cool of this summer is to jump into the swimming pool you have in your backyard if you own one. The reason this is the best option is because in your backyard, you have privacy, no travel time, can stop at any time of your choosing, and you have the least likely chance of getting an illness from swimming in the water. As compared to what you will see continuing on the list, a swimming pool in your backyard or at your local gym even can be well taken care of, cleaned, and kept at the right balance for your body and your eyes to open them under water. My uncle, who is a swimming pool cleaner for his living says that it doesn’t take more than 10-20 minutes of care every day to have a swimming pool that is optimal for anyone to swim in. So with that advice, take it, clean your pools, and enjoy your easy breezy summer.

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The Kings are coming to downtown Sac!

Maybe you’ve been to Sacramento, you can’t help to notice how boring the downtown area is.  Compared with most other big cities in the U.S. the nightlife and entertainment can use some serious uplifting.  Many people follow basketball but if you’re from Sacramento you’ve got to be a Sacramento Kings fan.  For years the Kings have played just past downtown in Natomas where it’s considered a suburb.  The biggest problem with this location is it was very far for most people and the surrounding area was boring neighborhoods.  Natomas is a great place to raise a family and live, but not for a professional basketball team.  Most of the NBA teams have their arena positioned in an area where restaurants, clubs, and dining are at the epicenter of the arena. Sacramento natives for years have been itching for a live downtown scene where people can congregate downtown for the night.
The effects the arena will have in downtown will be needed.  Not only will new clubs, bars, dining, shopping stores flock downtown but the real estate in the area will go up pushing out many of the trashy, homeless parts of the area.  On a side note after the basketball arena is built in downtown there is talk and plans of building a soccer stadium for the Sacramento Republic FC.  Sacramento is considered a big soccer city but many people wouldn’t realize it.  I can’t even imagine what downtown Sacramento will be like with two sporting event arenas.  The downtown will shift from a 9am-5pm downtown to a 24 hour poppin downtown in a short amount of years.sac republic fc
These arena could be exactly what the Kings need.  If you don’t follow the Sacramento Kings it’s okay because in the last 10 years they haven’t done much at all.  The team is considered a middle of the road below 500 squad.  But with the arena coming to downtown a new surge of money and people will take over the area and a new energy will be born.  It’s funny because Kings games are considered the loudest in the league but I can’t even imagine what the level of loudness will be with a brand new arena.  Concerts at the new arena will be crazy.  Picture your favorite artist on stage performing for you and 17,000 other people.  It’s rumored that civilians will be able to see the action in the arena from the outside on the sidewalk.  Only time will tell, but that would be something else.
sacramento kings arena
When the fall of 2016 comes it will be a new downtown Sacramento.  It is a must if you live in the city or in the surrounding cities to visit and go to Kings games.  There will be so many things to do before and after the game in midtown and old sac.  A lot of the crusty old buildings near the arena are being bought up and rejuvenated for commercial use.  Along with amazing clubs, restaurants, and shopping centers the poor, homeless crowd will be in a way pushed out.  It will be a necessary event.  In order for people to come downtown to enjoy the night out with their friends and family they need to feel safe.  Much of the northern part of downtown Sacramento is sketch and has to be avoided at night, but when the basketball arena and soccer stadium are popular we can be assured safety and lively fun events will be the highlight of the night.

Misc Jessica Introduction

Hi Everyone, my name is Jessica, I just had a website malfunction and am in the process of transferring articles written on the website previously. Some of the same blog article ideas will be repeated initially, thanks for hanging in there with me!

I love my town, and am excited for what the future of the city brings. I truly believe Sac is a blossoming city, and quite possibly, the centire of the universe (will be explained later). The new NBA Sacramento Kings arena is getting built downtown, and boy does it look amazing compared to the rest of the arenas around. IT surely proved a lot of the naysayers wrong who said it might be an eyesore for the city. The arena is also believed to be nearly energy efficient due to the high powered solar panels on the roof and exterior of the arena. But, one thing that I am worried about is if the traffic situation will get worse because of the arena. Sacramento highways have not been seriously updated in over a decade, and the traffic situation is actually horrendous in the city. If you are anywhere near what you think might be peak traffic hours, you will hit traffic. Don’t expect to go more than 10 miles anywhere in the city during traffic hours unless you can handle maybe 30 minutes in traffic.

That’s why I am an avid biker. I think biking around Sacramento during traffic times makes life certainly a breeze, and I will discuss a new joy of biking that I have recently discovered.

Like I said, the name is Jessica, I’m a Sacramentan native, born, raised, and remain! I’m an  extravagant thinker and I enjoy trying to stretch my brain out and think outside the box. I’m a quirky one, call me out on anything that you like, dislike, or want to have a conversation about. I love empowering others and having others empower me, let’s grow together!