Eye of the Falcon

 

 
In what fans had hoped would be an exciting rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game, the Atlanta Falcons came out on top again Sunday night, beating the Green Bay Packers 34-23. As eagerly anticipated perhaps, was the Sunday Night Football debut of the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the brand-new home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC (MLS).

The state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium covers 2,000,000 square feet, and includes 71,000 total seats. It boasts the largest scoreboard in the world — three times as large as any in the NFL — a revolutionary 360 degree, 58 by 1100-foot LED “halo board” that circles the entire arena. There is also 100-foot mega-column LED display board.

Click to watch timelapse of the roof in action!

What is most spectacular about the new stadium, however, is its 14-acre retractable roof, featuring 8 translucent petal-like panels that weigh roughly 500 tons each, and open and close like a camera lens. In front of a sellout crowd, the stadium’s groundbreaking roof opened for the first time Sunday night for the Falcons’ first open-air home game since 1991.
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Wimbledon 2017: Be In The Know Like A Tennis Pro!

 

ILLUSTRATIONS BY FERDINAND VAN ALPHEN  

Now in the 4th round of play, let us turn our attention across the pond to The Championships, Wimbledon! As the tournament gets into full swing, here are the 10 things you need to know to be a tennis pro…

CONGRATS TO 2017 LADIES’S SINGLES CHAMPION GARBINE MUGARUZA

 & 8-TIME MEN’S SINGLES CHAMPION ROGER FEDERER!

1. The Championships, Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world.
The first Wimbledon championship took place in 1877 when only Men’s Singles were played. Ladies’ Singles and Men’s Doubles events came on the scene in 1884.

2. Wimbledon is the only major played on grass… today.
Prior to 1975, three of the four majors — the US Open, Australian Open, and Wimbledon — were all played on grass. Only the French Open was not. Wimbledon is played on the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, and during the event, the grass is cut to a height of exactly 8mm. As the tournament progresses, the wear and tear becomes obvious as the baseline gets browner and browner. This used to appear at the T, when the game was more serve and volley, but the style of play has shifted over the years to a baseline game. There is usually no play scheduled on the middle Sunday to allow the courts to recover from Week 1 and be thoroughly watered for optimum performance in Week 2.

3. The dress code is all white… and they mean it!
That includes no off-white or cream either. It is strictly enforced from head to toe, as Venus Williams learned in her first match. With a hot pink sportbra peeking out beneath her shirt, she was forced to change mid-match. Maybe it was good luck because…
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Milly On The Marathon

 

”From afar, I had this crew pegged as Italian. Italian men are confident enough to wear pink, and they do quite well.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover these dudes are French. Move over Italians, French men wear pink and look TRES BEAU doing so! The French are fiercely committed to neck scarves, even on the running track. And they’re CHIC AF, non?”

 

…says MICHELLE SMITH, DESIGNER & FOUNDER, MILLY

 

Happy NYC Marathon Sunday! Today more than 50,000 runners will take over the streets of Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx to cover the 5 boroughs and 26.2 miles that make up the New York City Marathon. What makes this one of the greatest sporting events in the world are not the pros — we know they can do it — but the thousands of regular folks like you and I, who decide this is the year they are going to run this unfathomable distance, and put in every ounce of their heart and soul into crossing that finish line.

One of the best pre-Marathon sights are the visiting runners on the roads and trails of Central Park. You can spot them from a mile away. Something about their bright colors and uniform style gives them away… or perhaps it’s the name of their homeland proudly displayed on their running jerseys.

So on a gorgeous fall morning, Style of Sport’s good buddy Michelle Smith, Designer and Founder of Milly, and I went for a stroll around the Central Park Reservoir to check out the running attire for this year’s race. Michelle is known for her popping colors, playful silhouettes, graphic tees – and an inimitable way of expressing her opinion. You’ll have to Google “AF” if you’re not familiar with that term.

Here is her fashion take on the runners of the NYC Marathon, as only she can give you!
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A Jump In The Park

 
THE ROLEX CENTRAL PARK HORSE SHOW, CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: STABLE AREA OF MCLAIN WARD; BENJAMIN MEREDITH ON ANNABELLE 28; GEORGINA BLOOMBERG ON CROWN 5; THE GRAND PRIX AT DUSK; CONOR SWAIL AT THE ROLEX JUMP; MCLAIN WARD ON HH CARLOS Z

 

PHOTOGRAPHS BY KIRK EDWARDS

 
Wollman Ice Skating rink was transformed into a horse ring for the third year in a row last week, in what has become a new annual fall highlight in New York City, the Rolex Central Park Horse Show. Nestled at the bottom of Central Park, with the luxury hotels of Central Park South as a backdrop, this metropolitan yet bucolic setting makes for a spectacular venue, and one that is distinctly New York.

New York City is not a place for those who expect success to come easily, and the course itself is extremely challenging for both riders and horses alike, squeezing the multiple combinations of the massive jumps that define a Grand Prix competition — up to 1.5 meters or roughly 5 feet in height and distance — into what is a small and oddly shaped arena. New York’s theme song aptly applies, “If I can make it here, I’ll make it anywhere”, and the lyrics could be changed to “If I can jump it here, I’ll jump it anywhere.”

The five day show has quickly established itself on the international circuit as one of the world’s leading equestrian competitions, combining Grand Prix show jumping and dressage. One of the most anticipated events of the show was the $216,000 Rolex U.S. Open Grand Prix. Held Friday evening, it featured two Olympians from Team USA who competed in Rio this summer, McLain Ward and Kent Farrington, both of whom won silver medals in Equestrian Team Jumping. We had the opportunity to meet Kent, a Rolex Testimonee, and currently ranked #2 in the world, just before the competition, to chat about what has become an iconic and uniquely NYC sporting event — as well as his first Olympic games in Rio.
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4 Days in Rio: How To Crush the Olympic Games!

 
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: USAIN BOLT LEADING MEN’S 100M FINAL; BEACH VOLLEYBALL ARENA IN COPACABANA; YOUR EDITOR; ORIGINAL OMEGA STOPWATCH FROM 1932 SUMMER OLYMPICS; WOMEN’S 4X 100 WOMEN’S MEDLEY RELAY START

 
Four years ago during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, I started blogging about the sport and style of the Games. Fast 4-ward to 2016, and STYLE of SPORT is here in Rio at the Summer Olympics as a guest of Omega watches, the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games — a distinction they have held for 27 Olympics since the 1932 Summer Games in Los Angeles. So this is how you crush the Olympics with some VIP access and a bit of luck on your side.

DAY 1: Take an overnight flight from NYC to Rio and hit the ground running! After a quick shower at the hotel (freshen up… it’s going to be a long day), head over to the Olympic Park for the Men’s Tennis semi-final match between Juan Del Potro vs. Rafael Nadal. You may think you’re going to see your typical major tennis event, but this is a battle between two countries, Argentina vs. Spain, and the crowd is as loud as a World Cup soccer match.
 

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CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: JUAN DEL POTRO WINNING MEN’S SEMI-FINAL AGAINST RAFAEL NADAL AS ARGENTINA CHEERS ON; OUTSIDE CARIOCA ARENA 1 IN OLYMPIC PARK; INSIDE MEN’S BASKETBALL USA VS. FRANCE

 
Follow that with a little swimming just across the park. How about the Men’s and Women’s 4 x 100 medley relay and USA wins gold in both! You get to see Michael Phelps anchoring the men’s race, but first do a double take when you spot Boomer, the most famous Olympic baby ever, and family in the Omega Hospitality Lounge having a bite with the rest of us before Dad swims. You’re off to a good start!
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America’s Cup Sails Into NYC

 

 

America’s Cup racing hit the harbor of New York City this weekend for the first time since 1920 and so did the crowds, as throngs of spectators lined the waterfronts of lower Manhattan and Jersey City to watch this world-class sailing competition. After a rainy week, and windless Saturday which cancelled the race, the sun finally came out on Sunday to shine brightly on a thrilling winner-take-all final.

No lead was safe as the wind shifted through wide arcs from the west to the north. It ranged anywhere from 5 to 20 knots — stopping the boats dead in the water, then slingshoting them forward with huge gusts. Emirates Team New Zealand dramatically unhooked itself from a starting buoy tangled on its rudder, and tactfully maneuvered the win in the opening event of the 2016 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series.

The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is the preliminary competition among the six countries in the 35th America’s Cup — United States, Great Britain, France, Japan, New Zealand and Sweden — to be held in Bermuda in June of 2017. Points earned count toward the final competition and determine who will take on defending champion Oracle Team USA.
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Real Men Wear Pink

 

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and one of the most uplifting places to see this campaign in action is in the NFL. For the month of October, all the players from every team wear pink cleats, gloves, mouthguards, wristbands and other accessories in support of the NFL program “A Crucial Catch”. In partnership with the American Cancer Society, the campaign focuses on the importance of annual screenings and provides outreach to women in underserved communities.

Yesterday was the first sunday of October and one of the most touching moments from the day was that of 49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams dropping to his knees and pointing to the sky after catching a pass. His grandmother died from the disease. Williams said after the game, “I look forward to the whole month and being able to support it and wear pink. I was just saying hello. She was my rock.” To find out more about “A Crucial Catch”go to http://www.nfl.com/pink.

 
 

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