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Finally in the WordPress theme directory

Ten months after submitting it to the WordPress Theme Directory, my number one goal with Nuovo finally got checked off. In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Nuovo was finally accepted into the WordPress Theme Directory and is available for anyone to download and use.

An open letter to Sepp Blatter and FIFA

Dear Sepp Blatter, Congratulations. You managed to tick off one the largest countries and one of the best investigative bodies in the world and now you and FIFA are going to pay for it. And you're going to have zero sympathy from the people who support the game which you and your minions have destroyed. You have put us fans in a bind between loving the game of soccer/football and the World Cup and hating with every thread in our bodies those three letters that have become synonymous with corruption and evil.

Globe Life Park from the first base dugout

Prince Fielder’s awakening bat leading Rangers emerging offense

For the past year-and-a-half or so, the Rangers trade with the Tigers for first baseman Prince Fielder looked like a complete dud. Fielder only saw the field for 42 games last year, hitting just three home runs and batting in only 16 runs before ending his season with neck surgery. And then this year got off to a rough start. At the end of April, Fielder had only one home run, five doubles and 10 RBIs as people wondered if the Rangers had made the right move. But since the calendar turned to May, Fielder has gone, dare I say, Josh Hamilton (pre-2012 obviously) for the Rangers. In this month, Fielder has hit eight home runs and driven in 25 RBIs while posting a .701 slugging percentage headed into Tuesday's game at Cleveland.

Toyota Stadium looking from the east side as the teams walk out before a game

Now’s not quite the time for promotion/relegation in MLS

There's good reason some people here in the U.S. are clamoring for Major League Soccer to start using the promotion and relegation system. And I actually tend to agree with that way of thinking. I think it would be unique and against the "traditional American" sports; however, at the same time the league isn't quite ready to tackle the task of switching the entire U.S. Soccer pyramid to such a system.

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Continuing the Giornalismo rebuild

So there's not too much of an update with the themes this week. I've continued to re-code everything in the Giornalismo theme. Over the weekend I knocked out the header template, staying close to how things are to be done in HTML5 and what not.

Toyota Stadium from the west side as FC Dallas and Orlando City play

FC Dallas needs defense to be on point to carry the team

Over the past year-plus, FC Dallas has become known for its flashy offense. Between Mauro Diaz, Fabian Castillo, Blas Perez and Tesho Akindele, the Hoops certainly have no shortage of highlight-real playmakers. But there's also the saying that goes, "defense wins championships" which is true for all sports. Scoring points/goals/runs is nice and all, but it means nothing if you can't stop the other team from scoring. Case in point is the New England Patriots, who won the Super Bowl on a defensive stand at the goal line. The same will have to be true for FC Dallas this season if they want to legitimately contend for the MLS Cup.

American Pharaoh’s quest for Triple Crown will end one way — disappointment

American Pharaoh, who entered the Kentucky Derby with 5-2 odds, overcame a drenched track in Maryland to win the Preakness by seven lengths and put it's hat into the ring to try to break the Triple Crown drought that's loomed over the sport. But unfortunately, I only see this latest Triple Crown threat ending one way — disappointment.

Miami Marlins screwed up managerial change

Look, I know needing a two-out hit in the ninth to avoid being no-hit and I know nearly becoming the opponent in back-to-back no hitters is a very poor look, but the Miami Marlins' upper management really overreacted this past weekend. Just 23 minutes or so after Justin Bour singled up the middle to thwart Shelby Miller's no hit bid, Marlins manager Mike Redmond and bench coach Rob Leary were fired. Because, yeah, they're the source of the Marlins problems and were the sole reason they nearly got no-hit.

Toyota Stadium from the west side as FC Dallas and Orlando City play

FC Dallas will go as far as Mauro Diaz lets them

This season, the 24-year-old from Argentina has proven to be an incredibly vital player for the Hoops. In six games played in this season, Diaz has scored twice and has assisted on four other goals. Tack on this start to last year where he posted three goals and three assists in an injury-plagued season and it's easy to see him being such a key part for the club. Which leads to this simple statement: FC Dallas will only go as far this season as Diaz takes them.

Globe Life Park from the first base dugout

Recent run shows signs of hope for Rangers

Over the last week or so, the Rangers have shown signs of life. As of Monday night's win, Texas has won six of its last eight games, including a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros on the road. The offense has come alive as well, scoring 39 runs in that stretch. Monday night, the Rangers belted three home runs for the first time in a while. And while the team is still only in fourth in the division and six games behind Houston, there are a number of signs that the Rangers can at least make a run at it this season.