June 26, 2011
Well it turned out I couldn't make the full stretch of away Galaxy games without some time with the ACB. After spending a lot of time wrestling with whether to, I finally gave in and signed up for their bus trip to a game in San Jose. Despite 6-hour trips both ways in one day and a 6am departure, I'm glad to report that I have no regrets. It was definitely an experience. Two seats were reserved for kegs, and they were tapped before the bus even left the lot. After many warnings from trip veterans about not overdoing it, I really tried to hold off, but at 8am, a beer with my name on it was delivered to me. Next time, I'll know not to worry about pacing so much. The ride passed faster than you'd expect, without ever needing to open up a book or watch anything I had on the ipod. The game itself was purely surreal. The Quakes play in a stadium that is about at high school stadium level quality. While singing our chants and cheering, we were waiting for the old wood of the bleachers to give way any minute. In the midst of a game full of questionable reffing, our goalkeeper broke his arm while the San Jose fans chanted 'f--k you Ricketts' while he lay on the ground. Then our second keeper was given a red card in what replays showed to be another bad or at best questionable call. Emotions were high, and it was getting ugly on and off the field. We had no goalie. It wasn't even halftime yet. Though he had never played as a goalkeeper before, Midfielder Mike Magee stepped in and the team played one man down. And as the game went on, save after save, it became amazing watching Magee and the team rally around him. ACB didn't already have a chant for Magee, somehow "Magee. Magee. Magee's on fire" organically arose and became our rallying cry. Several times during the game, he would give us signals after a play that he heard us. Those are the moments that drive what we do as a supporters group. It wasn't until I got home and watched the replay that I discovered how loud we actually were and how much tv coverage we got during the game, holding our own against the Quakes group that was probably 4 or 5 times our size. Somewhere in the last few minutes of the game, I realized we might actually finish the game without being scored on. I've walked away from a lot of ties feeling a little negative about the game. This 0-0 tie felt like the greatest win I've witnessed so far, and I've never been prouder of the heart shown on the field by the Galaxy, as well as in the stands by the ACB. As expected, the ride home was hell. But 12 hours later, I was ready to go again.
Posted by Jon Berry at 11:15 PM
June 23, 2011
I've posted a couple recent projects to my website. This first is a graphics package for the recent Discovery Channel series called "Wild Animal Repo." The show is a wildlife series produced by the Jay & Tony Show where exotic and endangered animals are rescued from unfit owners & environments. The open ended up being based on a titletool graphic the network wanted replicated, with the addition of the claw scratch & frenetic elements to enhance a sense of danger. A different direction for this package was originally approved for this and I'm debating whether or not it would be okay to show that - perhaps I will post it in the next few days, along with the original graphic that led to the abrupt change to this direction. The second project is for a new TLC series called "Surprise Homecoming." The show is hosted by Billy Ray Cyrus and features military members surprising loved ones with unexpected returns from service overseas. The open for the show was to highlight Billy Ray Cyrus singing his new song 'Runway Lights,' along with clips of homecomings from the series. For the open and look, the network wanted to reference Americana but not go overboard in that direction, as well as to stay on the warm emotional side and not veer into technical or militaristic references. A home movie like treatment became the signature footage style mixed with warm light leak effects. These combine with closeups of American flag fabric to give a tactile, accessible feel. "Surprise Homecoming" premiered Memorial Day weekend, and remaining episodes begin in July. You can check out both projects on my recent work page here:
Posted by Jon Berry at 11:48 PM
June 19, 2011
Well I've let the blog slip through the cracks, but I really feel like I just haven't had anything to share. I said a few weeks ago that I wouldn't apologize anymore for the gaps in between posts. So, no apology. Here are a few random snaps from over the weekend and last week...
Posted by Jon Berry at 11:25 PM
June 12, 2011
Yet another LA Galaxy game with my Angel City Brigade on Saturday. I had my largest group of friends to come with me this week, and like every game, it just gets more fun each time. There were six of us this time, 3 repeats and 2 first-timers. Like last week, the game could have been better. Despite having the best record and being on top of the league, the team is playing pretty crappy lately. Part of learning soccer is learning to be okay with a tie. I'm still working on that one. Of course, being with the ACB makes the games fun no matter what, because we go nonstop from beginning to end regardless (not to mention the fun before and after the game). We even made it on some of the tv coverage. But now comes a stretch of away games for the next few weeks; I'm not sure how I'm gonna manage that. Guess we will see...
Posted by Jon Berry at 11:33 PM
June 9, 2011
June 5, 2011
Friday was another great night with the Angel City Brigade at the LA Galaxy game. Every game I meet more folks at the pregame tailgate and post-game hangouts afterward, and it just makes the experience more and more fun. The ACB prides itself on being welcoming and friendly, and it really has turned out to be the case (so if you've ever been hesitant about hanging with us, go for it.) Its a crazy cast of all types of characters, but the way everyone comes together is pretty remarkable. Its non-stop standing and chanting like you'd expect to find in a playoff or championship game for another sport, but its that way for every game: win or lose, good game or crappy game. And unlike other sports, the interaction with people next to you isn't limited just to just a high-five when your team scores. The game coulda been a lot better, but we ended with a draw, which at least keeps LA well on top of the rankings. Easily the best spot during the night was one of the guys breaking out a sax unexpectedly and launching into a rendition of "One Step Beyond" that sent everyone into a frenzy. We only have one more home game before a long away stretch. The idea of making an away game trip is getting enticing.
Posted by Jon Berry at 3:30 PM