Sports

Another Bo Jackson?

Do we have another two sport athlete in the making? Well let’s not jump to conclusions just yet. Still Miami Heat star Justise Winslow was taking in the Marlins game and not only throws out the first pitch, but make a great play during the game. He caught a home run ball, hit by opposing team slugger Matt Kemp. Being the loyal Miami sports fan he is, Justise threw the ball back.Check it out over at FOX Sports!

Jordan Brand Gets Ready For The NFL Season

The Air Jordan sneaker is not just for athletes who play basketball. The Jordan Brand also has kicks in the other sports too. Since the early 2000s, Air Jordan silhouettes have had a strong presence on the gridiron, with several of the game’s greats, including one of the brand’s founding football athletes, receiver Randy Moss, and world-champion safety Earl Thomas, executing game-winning plays in Jordan footwear.

This weekend, Jordan Brand builds on this celebrated heritage with player-exclusive Air Jordan IX cleats. Originally released in 1993, the Air Jordan IX was the first namesake sneaker issued following Michael Jordan’s initial retirement from professional basketball and worn by Jordan in his pursuit of a baseball career. Now, the shoe continues its cleated legacy as Jordan Brand athletes celebrate kick-off weekend in the bespoke cleats.

Each cleat is designed in the athlete’s preferred mid- or low-cut style and features team-inspired color schemes, personalized tongue embroidery, a Dynamic Fit inner bootie and a single-pull lacing system.

This season, Jordan Brand is also proud to extend its family of football athletes by welcoming Golden Tate, world-champion and Pro Bowl wide receiver, Thomas Davis, Pro Bowler and elite outside linebacker, and Jordan Reed, a dynamic tight end. Jordan Brand rookies, Jalen Ramsey and Corey Coleman, will also take the professional field for the first time this Sunday.

Stay tuned to Nike News and @Jumpman23 on Instagram and Twitter for more information on Jordan Brand’s family of athletes.

Reebok Honors Shaq And Iverson With Hall Of Fame Kicks

Today, Reebok celebrates the illustrious careers of two of its most storied basketball athletes – Allen Iverson and Shaquille O’Neal.  As they take the stage in Springfield, MA today for their official inductions into the annals of basketball history, Reebok will be releasing two limited edition versions of their two iconic Reebok sneakers – Allen Iverson’s Question Mid and Shaq’s Shaq Attaq.

Dubbed the Question Mid “Celebrate” and the Shaq Attaq “Celebrate”, the shoes will go on sale at noon EST today exclusively at Reebok.com – www.reebok.com/us/celebrate

Made of premium Italian Pellegrini leather uppers in platinum metallic, the sneakers sport pale fold smooth leather accents on the heels (and the toe of the Question Mid) with deep debossed logo treatments and glove-soft chalk leather linings.  The shoes are an homage to each of the player’s permanent mark on basketball and culture in general, but also serves as a thank you from both Allen Iverson and Shaq to their fans and supporters via messages on the insoles of both sneaker styles.

Allen Iverson

The Answer

This induction is a tribute to everybody that helped me – my family, my friends, my fans.  I want so much for the people that stuck with me through everything, I want them to feel good about it.  I want them to feel like they’re Hall of Famers.  Everybody that was with me throughout the ride, I want them to be proud of themselves for helping me get to such a high level.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart. – Allen

Dear Shaq-Nation,

It’s been a long journey in this game and I can truly say that I’ve loved every part of it.  I set out to be the most dominant player ever, but stats don’t validate my career, the respect of my peers and love from the fans are my biggest validation.  This induction is only a part of what makes my career so special, the other it you, the fans.  Without your love & support, I would never have become the Big Diesel.  From the bottom of my heart, I give you the big thank you. – Shaq

The Question Mid “Celebrate” and the Shaq Attaq “Celebrate” will retail for $275 exclusively at Reebok.com today at 12pm EST.

Don’t Fumble On Your Health

Joe Pisarcik is the President and CEO of the National Football League Alumni Association. For those who don’t know the NFL Alumni Association is a non-profit organization comprised mainly of retired National Football League players, coaches, professionals, and Associate members. The focus of NFL Alumni is to serve, assist, and inform players in their post-NFL lives. The Association offers a variety of medical, financial, educational, and social programs to keep members and their families healthy, productive and connected.

To help those alumni they teamed up with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month to spread the word about the importance of prostate cancer screening. Three of the NFL’s best-known head coaches — Bill Cowher, Dick Vermeil and Herm Edwards — share their thoughts about prostate cancer and why early detection is vital to help catch the disease before it spreads.

We spoke with Joe Pisarcik on the work that he is doing Cancer Treatment Centers of America and much more. Check out the interview here.

For more information about prostate cancer awareness, go to ProstatePepTalk.com.

Ford Has Football Fans Covered

We are just one day away from another NFL season! I can’t wait and neither can Ford! To celebrate being the official Truck of the NFL, Ford Motor Company is announcing a series of exclusive offerings for only the toughest of players and fans to get involved all season long. But what’s kick-off without a hardcore tailgate experience, right?

Ford  partnered with celebrity chef and “King of Burgers” Josh Capon to create exclusive tailgate recipes with the power to tackle even the toughest appetite —  including the F250 Double Short Rib BBQ Burger stacked with double short rib patties, a layer of pulled braised short rib, fried onions, BBQ sauce and aged cheddar.

Ford and Uber are reinventing the tailgate. Today, fans can experience the first-ever ‘Tailgate On-Demand’ experience in NYC. Anyone in Manhattan (below 95th street) can enter the code ‘FORDTOUGH’ into their Uber app, and on Sept 7th between 11 and 6pm they can request the “Tailgate” option in their app for the change to be connected with a Ford Tough Tailgate vehicle. Those lucky users who are connected will receive 2 tickets to a local NFL game this season, a $100 gift card for NFL merchandise, and a mouthwatering tailgate feast made by celebrity chef, Josh Capon.

Ford is working with the NFL to celebrate the unheralded tough guys of the offensive line. To celebrate, every week Ford will highlight the Offensive Line who best exhibits toughness, smarts and capability, as measured by performance in the prior week’s game. Winners will be announced on Tuesday afternoons on NFL.com/Ford.

You can enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Super Bowl LI, plus an all-new NFL-themed 2017 F-15; apply online at NFL.com/Ford.

DeMarcus Cousins Teams Up With KT Tape

DeMarcus Cousins is having fun in Rio de Janeiro as he plays for Team USA in this year’s Summer Olympic Games. While he is down there he saw other athletes using KT Health tape. He was a fan of the product so much that he now has a partnership with KT Tape. Cousins joins James Harden as the second pro basketball athlete to be sponsored by the brand.

“Basketball, on both an amateur and professional level, is a sport that attracts millions of participants and fans around the world,” said Greg Venner, Chief Executive Officer of KT Health. “DeMarcus is an extraordinary athlete that we are proud to have join our family of athlete ambassadors and work with him to engage basketball enthusiasts for our products both domestically and abroad.”

Cousins has had nothing short of an impressive career since being drafted fifth overall by Sacramento in 2010. His accolades include being a two-time NBA All-Star and 2nd Team All-NBA during both the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Cousins is the latest to join KT Tape’s family of athlete ambassadors, many of whom competed in this year’s Summer Olympic Games, which include Tony Azevedo (water polo), Haley Anderson (open water swimming), Joe Berenyi (Paralympian, cycling), Boris Berian (track and field), Tucker Dupree (Paralympian, swimming), Adeline Gray (wrestling), Sarah Hammer (track cycling), Olympic gold medalist James Harden (basketball), Molly Huddle (track and field), three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings (beach volleyball), three-time Olympian Meb Keflezighi (marathon), Brenda Martinez (track and field), Oksana Masters (Paralympian, cycling) and Melissa Stockwell (Paralympian, triathlon).

Roger Federer Takes Us Through The History Of Tennis

Even though Roger Federer is not going to be competing in any matches for 2016, he is still on the court. Well sort of. One of the greatest tennis athletes of all-time will be on the court for an new ad that will be played during the US Open later this month. The video from Mercedes-Benz features Roger Federer, Rod Laver and Bill Macatee, celebrating iconic eras of tennis excellence: Roger Federer and the SL. Timeless Legends.

Federer is a true brand ambassador for MBUSA, using earnings from his first-ever tournament victory to buy himself a new Mercedes-Benz vehicle. This new “Timeless Legends” video campaign celebrates Roger as one of the best performers in the history of the sport with imagery of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL convertible.

The Tide Car Comes Back To NASCAR

Just like Michael Jordan’s return to basketball or Michael Phelps giving it one more go around in the summer games, there is a huge amount of buzz going around as an iconic car comes back to NASCAR.  The folks over at Joe Gibbs Racing are pleased to announce the return of the Tide Car. Earlier this week P&G’s Tide brand announced its return as a sponsor in NASCAR. They have partnered up with Joe Gibbs Racing and veteran Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth. As the iconic laundry detergent celebrates its 70th anniversary, the classic orange-and-yellow paint scheme will once again hit the track, reborn as the new powerful Tide PODS Toyota Camry, to showcase the evolution of the brand.

Not only was Tide Brand Manager Amy Krehbiel, Coach Gibbs and Matt Kenseth in attendance, Tide brought back all former “Tide Ride” drivers including Darrell Waltrip, Ricky Craven and Ricky Rudd!

The Tide brand has been at the forefront of some of NASCAR’s most memorable moments, from three-time champion Darrell Waltrip notching his first Daytona 500 win in 1989 to Ricky Craven edging out a win at Darlington Raceway by the shortest margin in NASCAR history: 0.002 seconds. During its nearly 20-year stint in the sport, Tide powered over 200 top-ten finishes and 20 wins across 628 starts in the Sprint Cup Series.

adidas Has Your Hockey Needs Covered

If you are a hockey fan and are looking for World Cup of Hockey 2016 jerseys and fan gear, adidas has you covered. You can go to adidas.com, adidas Sport Performance stores, and select retailers across the country.

The tournament will be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto from September 17 to October 1, and will feature eight international teams: Canada, Czech Republic, Europe, Finland, North America, Russia, Sweden and USA. Each team’s jersey design is inspired by essential elements of national pride from the participating teams.

Made with adidas’ cutting-edge adizero technology, the new authentic jerseys feature the blending of three lightweight, resilient fabrics, which have been tested and tuned over the past four years. Engineered for durability, while providing greater airflow, the innovative adizero fabric has been developed to keep athletes cool and comfortable. Additionally, the new adizero cresting reduces weight, adds flexibility and improves overall movement, allowing players to perform at their highest levels.