For the 28th time, the Mexican and Colombian national soccer teams meet in an international friendly that promises a full plate of kicking, head butting, and overhead shirt waving. Led by coach Manuel de la Torre, Mexico returns stateside for another match, prepping for this summer's World Cup qualifying in the CONCACAF region. Last year, an average of 73,000 El Tri faithful thronged U.S. stadiums to witness the powerful shots and celebratory post-goal Charleston dancing of Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, who last season netted 20 goals while playing striker opposite Wayne Rooney for Manchester United.
The Marlins take the field at Marlins Park: an eco-friendly, 37,000-seat facility equipped with a retractable roof, plexiglass fish tanks behind home plate, and a vibrant sculpture in left-center field that kicks into motion for Marlins home runs. Born in 1993, the Florida Marlins quickly established themselves as contenders in the National League, taking home World Series titles in 1997 and 2003. And today, after some light rebranding to go along with the new stadium, the rechristened Miami Marlins aim to continue traditions new and old, expand their list of Hall of Famers, and train the stadium’s fish to stealthily intercept batting signals.
Gotham Dream Cars lets drivers grip the throttle of exotic speed machines such as the Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Bentley Continental GT for personal rental or specialized thrill experiences. During the Dream Car Sprint, auto enthusiasts slip into a Ferrari or Lamborghini on a closed course and whip their more than 500-horsepower drive three times around the autocross track, learning how to tame their power with the aid of an instructor before coming out of the third lap on a straightaway to open the engine up to its full potential. Drivers conduct an orchestra of firing pistons and camshafts for three laps before crossing the finish line and parking to the pianissimo of the softly purring V8 engine. Gotham Dream Cars snaps pictures of the sprint, so drivers are sent home with hands they will never wash and a CD of images to parade before jealous coworkers and humbled shopping carts.
Like a 24-hour caddie, Golf Pipeline empowers golfers to make tee times, keep tabs on improvement, and follow the on-course exploits of their fellow club swingers. After signing up and creating a profile, golfers enjoy access to the website's tee time reservation system, where they can search for available time slots by date, time, location, and cost, and then invite contacts from their network, Facebook, or LinkedIn to join them. The score tracker lets golfers log rounds and monitor their own performance trends such as stroke average, putts per hole, and greens hit in regulation. If they choose to join a Golf Pipeline handicap club and log five rounds in the system, golfers can submit the data in exchange for a handicap number that is helpful to know when assessing one's own game and betting their parents' house on a round of golf.
Families, athletes, and coaches gather at Sun Life Stadium in Miami to peruse more than 120 exhibits from vendors and soccer experts. Kids take part one of the United States' fastest-growing sports in popularity—after video games and competitive pranks—with skill drills that develop freestyle shooting and dribbling techniques. Fans can obtain autographs and learn about the sport during Q-and-A sessions with professional players or check out live games from around the world broadcast on a ten-foot-tall screen. Attendees can also study up on what it takes to aim toward a professional career with coaching sessions and seminars, shop for gear at an 80,000-square-foot trade show, and take on other attendees in FIFA '13 or real-life soccer matches.
Though their end products are as convenient?if not more?as commonplace frozen dinners, the chefs at Bring Organics Back render convenience healthy by freshly preparing each meal with nutrient-packed, natural ingredients. To keep sodium and sugar levels low, they make every element of the meal from scratch, even sauces and crinoline toothpicks. They design dishes around in-season fruits and vegetables, yielding both high-variety and high-flavor dishes such as pineapple jerk tilapia and a steak and vegetable quesadilla. Once the day?s lunches and dinners are fully cooked, the team packages them into single portions and delivers them to workplaces and homes.