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JJ Watt Honors His Roots In Latest Reebok Shoe Pack

Have you heard about the latest news from Reebok and J.J. Watt? Today, they announced their newest collaboration of one of the hottest releases of the summer, the JJ II Everyday Strength Pack.

JJ II “Everyday Strength” Pack honors JJ’s football history and strength of will over the years, never forgetting where he started by featuring his high school’s color scheme. JJ notoriously became one of the best players in the NFL through his diligent training from an early age.  The pack focuses on JJ’s continuous dedication to training and his passion to instill his same values in hard working young athletes.

As the season progresses and J.J.’s support for his team moves from the field to the sidelines, there is no more important time to showcase J.J.’s physical and mental strength that has made him who he is – one of the most fearsome and strongest players in the league.

“No matter where this wild journey takes me, Pewaukee will always be home.” says J.J. of his Everyday Strength Pack.

The JJ II Everyday Strength Pack is available today on Reebok.com for $99.

Jose Altuve Gifts His Team Crown Royal

Not only does Jose Altuve know what if feels like to win a World Series, but he knows how to give a great gift. As the team returned to Houston as kings of the city and had their victory parade, second baseman Jose Altuve generously gifted bottles of Crown Royal XR to the entire 2017 championship squad. The bottles of $130 whisky come enclosed in a blue velvet bag that were embroidered to reflect the team’s achievement. As the number one selling whisky in Texas, Crown Royal was the perfect way to commemorate the season and celebrate like royalty.

Altuve had the following to say about their accomplishment:  “I literally love this team,” said Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. “I wanted to do something special to thank them for bringing the first ever championship to Houston which is why I gifted everyone a bottle of Crown Royal XR to celebrate our win.”

Budweiser Celebrates The Earned History Of The Astros

Did you watch the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series Championship last night? Houston is a lot of things: strong, determined, dedicated and persevering. And for the first time in 56 years, they can add World Series Champions to that list. At the end of a record breaking 7 game World Series run— and 25 home runs later— the Astros are world champions!

To celebrate, long time Major League Baseball sponsor Budweiser has released a unique video in honor of the city and team that truly embodied the fighting spirit of Houston. Complete with footage of the Clubhouse celebration, the video celebrates a city that we also call home Budweiser’s Houston brewery has been around since 1966…almost as long as the Astros!

Just a few months after one of the worst recorded hurricanes to hit the city, Houston’s enduring spirit would not and could not be denied.

Dale Jr Gets A Nice Send Off From MTN Dew

As the legendary Dale Earnhardt Jr. continues his final laps around the track before retiring at the end of this season, decade-long partner Mtn Dew celebrated NASCAR’s most popular driver and his final race in the No. 88 Mtn Dew Chevrolet with a big weekend at Talladega. This included a new TV commercial, culmination of the Ride with Jr. program and limited-edition Dale Jr. Mtn Dew cans.

To celebrate the last few weeks of Dale Jr.’s racing career, DEW launched limited-edition “cheers to Dale Jr.” Mtn Dew cans, hitting shelves in major markets across the US.

Let Your Team Pride Show With Fanchest

Who is your favorite team to root for? Are you a NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB fan? Or are you a college sports fan? Well no matter the sport or league you can get some sick gear from a company called FanChest.

At Fanchest they love to support their favorite teams, but dread shopping for gifts for the sports fans in their lives. To them going to a big box sporting goods store is like traveling in on of Dante’s layer of hell. Fanchest feels that at those big stores there is no customer service, an insane amount of choices, and no excitement. Even checking out the big ecommerce sites is frustrating. They would rather get a root canal. So that is why they created a new subscription service.

They wanted things to change. They feel that gifts should be thoughtful, fun to give and get, and capture the passion that all sports fans have. These are the gifts that you’ll cherish for years and brag about to your friends. Their mission at Fanchest is simple, to deliver the best gifting experience for all sports fans.

They work with a lot of great sports properties like Majestic, Stance, Topps, and ’47 Brand. I recently got a Chicago Bears Fanchest. This box was packed with a lot of great items. There was a comfortable T-shirt, a sick winter hat, a mug, mints, pens and a notebook that had different Chicago Bears logos on them. If you are interested in getting your own subscription go fanchest.com

Ron Jaworski Talks Football And How He Is Raising Awareness For Prostate Cancer

Cancer Treatment Centers of America and the National Football League Alumni Association have built a new partnership to raise awareness among NFL Alumni, and fans around the country about screening, diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer. This year, the American Cancer Society estimates 161,360 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and 26,730 men will die from the disease. Today, a variety of treatment options are available to men diagnosed with prostate cancer, including radiation and active surveillance. However, the critical first step is to get screened.

Now through Oct. 15, 2,000 men, ages 40 and older, who meet eligibility requirements, may sign up to receive a free Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening by LabCorp at any of its 1,750 locations throughout the U. S. After the first 2,000 free PSA screening spots are filled, eligible men may still schedule a screening at the discounted price of $25 throughout the sign-up period. Screenings must be performed within six months of the sign-up date.

“Routine screening has significantly improved the outlook for men with prostate cancer, which is very treatable when diagnosed early. And innovative technology has helped minimize the side effects of treatment,” says Maurie Markman, MD, President of Medicine and Science at CTCA. “We at CTCA are looking forward to working with the NFLA to bring a broader awareness of the latest clinical advances in prostate cancer treatment and deliver those to their membership.”

As part of the Prostate Pep Talk campaign, public service announcements featuring legendary former NFL head coaches Herm Edwards, Dick Vermeil, and Bill Cowher will raise awareness of prostate cancer risks and encourage men to get screened for the disease. The public service announcements will air nationally throughout September, which is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

I talk with former NFL QB and now analyst, Ron Jaworski about the work he is doing with the NFL Alumni and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America as well some football.

For more information visit Prostate Pep Talk.

Click here to listen to my interview with Ron Jaworski.

Go Beast Mode On Your Wardrobe

Who is excited that Marshawn Lynch is back in the NFL? Lot of Raiders fans and fantasy football owners for sure. Well to keep up with the Beast Mode momentum DraftKings just announced the launch of the DK Shop, its new online store with custom gear, branded apparel and curated collections from top athletes. The first collaboration is with Marshawn Lynch’s Beast Mode line and available only at the DK Shop, featuring eight, limited-edition pieces with the “Ride with Me” slogan made popular by Lynch upon announcing his return to the NFL for the ‘17-‘18 NFL season.

The new collection celebrates Lynch’s return to Oakland and his incredible story, showcasing how powerful community is for him and for football fans around the world.

“Oakland helped define who I am overall as a person,” said Marshawn Lynch, Running Back for the Oakland Raiders. “My collaboration with DraftKings has been a dope experience and it helped me show them my love for Oakland.”

The partnership with Marshawn Lynch is the first play for the DK Shop which will be one of many exclusive partnerships with athletes across major sports. At launch, the DK Shop will feature fantasy and football-focused apparel with plans to include other sports down the line to coincide with active seasons across the 10 sports that DraftKings offers. The online store will also offer custom trophies, belts, draft boards and more for DraftKings player’s fantasy leagues.

“Marshawn Lynch has established himself as one of the most accomplished players in the NFL and we’re honored to collaborate with him on our first collection,” said Michael Meltzer, Director of Strategic Ventures at DraftKings.  “Customers are at the core of everything DraftKings represents and we believe the DK Shop will offer these passionate sports fans an exclusive way to bring them one step closer to the athletes they love.”

Where Are You Watching The Fight Saturday Night

Lot of people say they are buying the Mayweather/McGregor fight. Are you? In preparation for Saturday night’s fight, AT&T is promoting the fight, which will be available to DIRECTV and U-verse customers.

Cross-country building projections w/ real time polling – Fans in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and New York will be able to get in on the action from their hometown. Select buildings in these cities will project massive videos on their structures promoting the fight, along with LIVE polling of Mayweather/McGregor fight winner projections.

Below is a list of where projections will take place in each city. So if you live near one of these areas you might want to take part in the action.

Atlanta: Peachtree Center Ave & Auburn Ave

Chicago: 830 S Wabash Ave

Dallas: 2201 N Field St

Houston: 1410 Pease St

Los Angeles: W Olympic Blvd & S Flower St

Miami: 5th St & Ocean Drive

New York City: 8th Ave & W 27th St

There is a Fight Microsite for fans looking to enjoy the fight from the comfort of their own home, they can order it on DIRECTV and U-verse  through our dedicated microsite which breaks down the matchup and also includes real time polling from twitter. There is also a Sports Bar Finder app – The DIRECTV Sports Bar Finder app on iOS and Android devices helps fans to figure out which locations near you will have the fight available.

Michael Rapaport Talks Fantasy Football, Draft Kings & How You Can Meet Rob Gronkowski

As the commissioner of a few fantasy football leagues I am getting psyched that football is back. I know a lot of you like me are looking to plan a great party for your league. Still nothing we all look to do will compare to what Draft Kings is doing later this month.

DraftKings, the world’s largest daily fantasy sports company, will be hosting its second annual Fantasy Sports Fest bringing fans closer to the sports and athletes they love. The experience will prepare fans for the upcoming NFL season with fantasy insiders and entertainers, the opportunity to play on the Gillette Stadium field and celebrate with friends throughout activation areas.

This year’s event will be hosted by actor, comedian and fantasy sports fanatic Michael Rapaport, with appearances from Rob Gronkowski, Matthew Berry, Trey Wingo, Jim Breuer and Patriots alumni. Fans will receive access to Gillette Stadium and a chance to participate in on-field drills and activities, including a chance to run out of the tunnel – just like the Patriots on game day.

I got to chat with Michael Rapaport today to talk about the event, how you can Patriots tight end, Rob Gronkowski, fun activities at Gillette Stadium, how long he has been playing fantasy football and more. Here is my interview with Michael below.

Tickets are available in four package offerings. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit fantasysportsfest.com.