Thursday, September 22, 2011

My 5 Favorite People to Follow On Twitter

Fuck Facebook. I think we can all agree on that point. Twitter is the new frontier where caution can still be thrown to the wind because our parents have yet to hop on the bandwagon. There is something rather quaint about being able to express yourself in 140 characters or less. Some people are better at it than others. Here are a few of my faves:

Alec Sulkin aka @thesulk aka your angsty Jewish uncle

Lauren Caltagirone aka @MrsRupertPupkin aka my future ex-wife

Diplo aka @diplo aka Diplo

Julieanne Smolinkski aka @BoobsRadley aka the babe genius

Ian Nunley aka @babyianpotpie aka the handsome shameless self-promoter

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A List of the Wave of NBA Players Heading Overseas

The NBA lockout still appears to have absolutely no end in sight, and every day more and more are fleeing the NBA ranks to head overseas. No superstar has fully committed to moving elsewhere, but plenty of buzz has surrounded the likes of Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and Dwight Howard. Here is a list of some of the prominent names that have already declared to play elsewhere for at least part of the upcoming season:

Leandro Barbosa (Toronto Raptors) - Flamengo (Brazil), one year deal w/opt out
Nicolas Batum (Portland Trail Blazers) - SLUC Nancy (France), one year deal w/opt out
DeJuan Blair (San Antonio Spurs) - Krasnye Krylya (Russia), one year deal w/opt out
Wilson Chandler (Denver Nuggets) - Zhejiang Guangsha (China), one year deal w/no opt out
Jordan Farmar (New Jersey Nets) - Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel), one year deal w/opt out
Rudy Fernandez (Dallas Mavericks) - Real Madrid (Spain), one year deal w/opt out
Danilo Gallinari (Denver Nuggets) - Olimpia Milano (Italy), one year deal w/opt out
Acie Law (Golden State Warriors) - Partizan Belgrade (Serbia), one year deal w/no opt out
Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets) - Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania), one year deal w/opt out
J.R. Smith (Denver Nuggets) - Shanxi (China), one year deal w/no opt out
Sasha Vujacic (New Jersey Nets) - Anadolu Efes (Turkey), one year deal w/no opt out
Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets) - Besiktas (Turkey), one year deal w/opt out

If the lockout does not extend for an entire season, the Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets could be in a world of hurt with all of their players locked into contracts with no opt out. Word also came out today that Virtus Bologna of Italy has extended an offer to Kobe Bryant that would pay him $600k per game.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Nike Air Mag Is Worth More Than Your Life

Last night marked the end of the Nike Air Mag eBay free for all, and as expected, the shoes managed to bring in quite a bit of dough for Michael J. Fox and his foundation. A grand total of 1,500 pairs of the shoes were created and placed on eBay for auction. As of last week, the shoes were being snatched up for anywhere from $3,500-$10,000.

However, a live auction was held in Hollywood last week to sell off one pair of the Back To The Future II inspired kicks, and the shoes managed to pull in $37,500. The buyer was British rapper Tinie Tempah, a self-professed "sneaker head". All proceeds generated from this auction and the eBay auctions, will go directly to the Michael J. Fox Foundation to Fight Parkinson's.

The specs of the Nike Air Mag are pretty impressive. The shoes were designed by Tinker Hatfield, who helped design the original shoe models that were used in the original Back To The Future II movie. The shoes have been designed to be exact replicas of the ones used for the movie, save for the self-lacing feature. Hatfield and his fellow creators made several attempts to make the self-lacing feature a reality, but in the end all methods proved to be impractical. The shoe's rechargeable LED lighting and electroluminescent "Nike" panel on the strap carry a five hour glow per charge.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

If you actually know me, then you should know by now that the Rugby World Cup is going on right now in the lovely country of New Zealand. If you don't, then you are probably not my friend. Earlier today the United States clashed in a battle versus Russia and managed to come away with a 13-6 victory. The win over Russia marks only the third win in RWC for the United States.

American scrumhalf Mike Petri proved to be the difference maker in the match, scoring the game's lone try in the 18th minute after a beautifully executed pass from inside center Andrew Suniula. This victory comes on the heels of a tremendous American effort put forth in their 22-10 loss against Ireland. No one in their right mind expected the United States to pull out a victory against strong Shamrock side, but the relative closeness of the score shows that USA rugby is on the up and up. Next up for the American side is an incredibly tough bout against the Wallabies of Australia, a team that was within two points of making the semifinals at the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. The USA Eagles will then finish up pool play against a scrappy Italian side.

The United States will need more than their fair share of help in order to finish in the top two of their group (USA, Ireland, Australia, Italy, Russia) and advance to the quarterfinals, but hope still exists. They will have to win out against Australia and Italy, rack up several tries in the process, while simultaneously hoping that mountains of poor fortunes fall upon the Shamrocks and the Wallabies. Should all of that fall into place, the Eagles might be looking at a spot in the quarterfinals. Dare to dream.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Lil Bearz and Girl Def Fux Wit It

Rating The Miami Marlins New Uni Mock-Ups

Major League Baseball announced that my second favorite team in all the land, the South Beach Marlins of the Greater Miami Florida Metropolitan Area, will open up the 2012 season showcasing their brand new stadium. The Marlins, who will be known as the Miami Marlins starting in 2012, have yet to address whether or not the team will have new uniforms to go along with the new moniker. This hasn't stopped a number of fans from putting together their own ideas and visual mock-ups for new uni ideas. Here are a few:

Here is one of the first mock-ups that I came across. Keeps the general turquoise, black and grey/white color scheme that I have always been a big proponent of. I like the home and away jerseys, but that alternate all turquoise getup could go downhill in a hurry. It could only be saved with similar turquoise pants and cleats, kinda like how the Royals used to do with their solid powder blues. I have already copyrighted the "Blue Streak" nickname, so don't any of you fuckers try and steal my shit.

This is probably my favorite of the designs I came across. Keeps the old color scheme and I'm actually pretty into what this artist has done with the hats, even if he is basically just ripping off the old Minnesota Twins "M" script logo that they used. The home jersey looks especially fresh to death and I really like the script used on the "Miami" logo with an underscore. Well done.

Obviously I must follow up my favorite jersey prototype with the ugliest and most garish one of all time. I'm gonna go ahead and venture a guess that this artist is a big fan of the U. This uniform literally looks like vomit on cotton. To top it all off, lets throw some fucking orange pinstripes on this thing for good measure. Good googly moogly, nothing about this uniform is okay by any stretch of the imagination.

In case you were curious, this hate actually already does exist on as part of their promotion tying in teams with local colleges and their colors. Ok, I might actually buy this.

Apparently the good people of Miami are the least creative human beings on the planet. While this mock up is much, MUCH better than the green and orange clusterfuck, it still just basically rips the Miami Dolphins orange and turquoise color scheme and places it ever so gently on a baseball uniform. Also, that orange brim on that hat is atrocious. If you are going to go for garish, go for the solid color uniform (i.e. first mock up alt jersey). A little splash of color here just doesn't do it for me. Go for 100% ugly or don't go at all.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Back For The Future

Michael J. Fox and Nike are going to single handily cure Parkinson's by unleashing the Air Mag upon the world. Oh what a glorious day!!!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Punters Are Not Athletes, or The Lying Lies of Armchair Quarterbacks

A plethora of people, NFL players included, seem to think that being a punter requires little more than the ability to take three steps and boot a ball towards an opponents end zone. In fact, former UCLA Bruin and current Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe publicly debated this point with former NFL tight end Nate Jackson on Deadspin earlier this summer. Not only did Kluwe eloquently and emphatically detail the identical routines and activities that a punter goes through on a weekly basis for game preparation, he outlined perfectly the true value of punting in today's NFL. As a former punter myself, I am here to provide video proof as to the athleticism and beauty of the punting game.

Yes, it is true that no punter will probably ever be Ray Lewis, Troy Polamalu, or Barry Sanders, but they aren't exactly pushovers either.