Earlier this year Riddell reached out to the football community to commit to “smarter” tactics both on and off the field. Riddell, who is the leader in helmet design and innovation recognized seven teams for going above and beyond in creating a better, safer game as part of its first-ever Smarter Football initiative.
The seven programs, which span youth and high school teams, will receive a combined $100,000 in equipment grants from Riddell. The donations include the InSite Impact Response System and SpeedFlex helmet – two of Riddell’s most advanced football protection technologies.
The Riddell 2015 Smarter Football Grant recipients are:
Juniata Thundercats Youth Organization (Philadelphia, PA)
Westlake Village 101 Warriors Youth Organization (Westlake, CA)
Pioneer High School (Whittier, CA)
Ypsilanti Panthers Youth Organization (Ypsilanti, MI)
Boyne City High School (Boyne City, MI)
Natick Youth Football (Natick, MA)
Jensen Beach Falcons (Jensen Beach, FL)
As the game evolves, so too does the technology and techniques that will push the game forward. Riddell created the Smarter Football program to promote smarter tactics and is excited to reward these programs for doing their part in bringing the game into the future.
For some college football is the be all and end all. They will make sure that they are near a TV when their team is playing. As technology improves we are able to watch games on our tablet or smartphone. So before you start streaming the next college football game download the Diehard app.
With the app you will be able to choose your college team and favorite design, instantly ‘paint’ on your game face, and share with a picture or video. It’s easy, completely lifelike, and moves as naturally as you do in real time. The app is brought to you by Nissan, which is a proud supporter of NCAA Football.
So you can pull a David Puddy and support the team without actually painting your face.
The app lets you choose from authentic face paint designs in a variety of colors and you can share with friends via Vine, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, Tumblr, Facebook and E-mail. Plus you can share directly via Facebook Messenger and save your videos and photos to your personal gallery. You can even check out celebrity game faces in the Hall of Fame.
For more info and to download the app go to the Diehard Fan’ App page.
What is your favorite MLB memory? If you are New York Mets fan right bow you might not be too happy with the way the World Series has gone so far. Yet there is still hope. The Mets will play three home games against the Kansas City Royals to try and even out the series.
In case baseball fans need even more reasons to be excited this post season Bank of America team up with MLB legends Eric Karros and Tino Martinez. Bank of America’s #MLBmemorybank Vault traveled to New York City and Los Angeles to ask fans to share their favorite baseball memories, only to later help them create new ones. After revealing their most memorable moments, fans were surprised by Karros and Martinez, who rewarded them with autographs, memorabilia and even tickets to the World Series.
Do you have a favorite baseball memory? Share it by using the hashtag #MLBmemorybank.
You would think that playing in the NFL was enough of a challenge for one athlete. For Tiki Barber it is just the opposite. Tiki is always looking for his next hill to climb. In this case that hill is the New York City marathon. This Sunday Tiki will be running along with many other athletes as they challenge themselves to beat last year’s time.
In Tiki’s fantastic NFL career he did experience the pain of a few injuries, but he always kept going. Now as he trains for this year’s marathon he looks to KT Tape to help when his body is in pain. If you are an athlete and have some pain, but still want to keep playing KT Tape is right for you. Whether you’re training for your first marathon, getting ready for your next game, reaching a personal fitness goal, or just trying to get through the day nothing slows you down faster than pain and injury. KT Tape is lightweight, comfortable to wear, and can be used for hundreds of common injuries such as lower back pain, knee pain, shin splints, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tennis elbow, just to name a few.
KT Tape not only looks good, but it also provides 24 hour relief per application for days at a time through sweat, strain and humidity, and can even be worn in water thanks to our specially designed adhesive.
Art Eddy: You are running in the New York Marathon this year. Thanks to the folks at KT Tape for setting this interview up. How has KT Tape helped your training this year?
Tiki Barber: This is my second year running the marathon. Just like last year I am running it for CC and Amber Sabathia’s Pitch In Foundation. It helps inner city kids with educational and athletic activities to build self-esteem and hopefully fulfill any dreams that they have in life.
The marathon is actually a unique athletic challenge for me. I was built to run in short spurts. I would power my way for a touchdown. Being retried now for nine years I needed something else to do. Running has become a passion. The issue was that I got beat up as a football player. I tore my PCL in my right knee when I was a rookie. So when I started running finding a substance or a support application became very important for me in my right knee.
KT Tape has provided that. Like I said my PCL has laxity in the joints. KT Tape acts as a support system for my right knee, my quads and my hamstrings. It gives me the needed support. The most important thing about it is that it is flexible. It doesn’t restrict my movement when I run. 26.2 mile is a hike in a lot of different ways, but because I use KT Tape I can do it pain free.
We are almost ready for the start of the NBA season. Are you ready? Reebok is! They will be releasing a game changing shoe tomorrow. Reebok’s patented Pump technology takes 360-degree custom fit back to the court with a true performance basketball sneaker.
Just like the game has evolved since the 90’s, so has one of Reebok’s most iconic technologies in sport. The ZPump Rise is unlike any other basketball shoe because it uses only 3 key lightweight parts to deliver high performance features and wearable comfort.
The fusion compression sleeve offers a seamless and irritation-free upper to enhance any modern basketball player’s game, and an internal mesh bootie lends superior ankle support with that tailored personalized feel. But what makes this sneaker stand out from the rest is the fully customizable Pump Air-Cage that provides the foot with a locked-in custom fit and added support.
The ZPump Rise will drop in three different packs through the rest of the year and the first “Cloud Pack” is set to launch tomorrow on Thursday, October 15th, with 2 colorways of the ZPump Rise – Dark Royal/White and Black/White.
For $124.99, you can grab them at Reebok.com or Finish Line.
Last week our friends at DraftKings invited us to Staples Center for the official unveiling of the DraftKings Fantasy Sports Bar & Lounge. Located inside the arena just past the box office, the new 4,500-sq.-ft. F&B concept is loaded with monitors and touch-screen tablets so LA sports fans can get their daily fantasy sports fix going while watching the Kings, Clippers and Lakers compete. Designed with the feel of a Vegas sports book, the $1.5 million dollar craft beer and gastro pub was completed in a very quick timeframe and features 35 Toshiba Smart TVs, six Toshiba Virtuoso Screens, 15 Microsoft Surface Tablets and four iMacs. Fans can sign up or log in to their DraftKings accounts through these devices in order to enter tournaments, unlock food discounts and sign up for ticket giveaways.
The menu for this new spot was designed by Josiah Citrin and features some pretty scrumptious takes on classic bar food like hot dogs with mac and cheese. Fans thirsty for a a Bud Light alternative inside Staples will be happy. with the selection of Goose Island options on tap.
In addition to the AEG and DraftKings cutting the ribbon on their new DFS hangout, DraftKings also presented a $2 million check to week one winner BALLAH who came from behind on the first Monday Night of the season to put up 228.04 points and take home the top spot in the DraftKings Millionaire Maker Week 1 league.
This BALLAH fella and his buddies looked familiar to me. Turns out they all went to my hye school. Glendale High breeds some pretty savvy fantasy football enthusiasts, and these guys were no different. BALLAH and his boys have been playing in yearly leagues for more than a decade. They all knew their stuff, too.
Going into that first Monday Night BALLAH’s $2 million winning lineup was sitting in 3,000th place. Carlos Hyde’s two scores and final six yards put BALLAH over the top. Here’s his lineup:
“The thing is,” BALLAH told me, “you need like 30 points from each spot. You can maybe miss on one guy but you need that kind of production out of each spot.”
That’s definitely a different approach from your regular fantasy football decision making. In a standard league, you hope that all your guys will produce, but you’re happy to get 10 points out of your flex spot. You want each slot to give you numbers, but with DFS, you’re forced to go big. You have to build your lineup using a budget, yes, but you need those home run hitters in there. You gotta go for the boom and bust dude that’s undervalued, not for the consistent player who will guarantee you steady production without a ton of upside.
BALLAH’s score of 228 was good enough to win it all week 1. The next week’s DraftKings Millionaire Maker featured a top scorer who cracked 300 points. Imagine that. Typically your happy if you can crack that 100 point week barrier with your standard annual fantasy team. If you’re near 200, you’re totally dominating. But when the whole field has access to the same players with the same budget restraints, you need to think bigger. You need to aim for 30 points from each spot.
So keep that in mind next time you dabble in daily fantasy sports. If you’re playing to win big, you need big time production from every single start. That likely means passing on trustworthy point scorers so you can swing for the fences on guys who have higher week-to-week ceilings.
Is your team still playing baseball? Are loving the MLB Playoffs? It seems that the St. Louis Cardinals are an October staple in the MLB. So Cardinal fans are surprised that often in the post season. That is unless a former St. Louis great shows up unannounced in the stands. Bank of America just released a cool video featuring Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith surprising St. Louis fans with selfies at a recent Cardinals game.
That is pretty sweet even for me who is a Boston Red Sox fan. What are your favorite baseball post season memory? You can share your #MLBmemorybank on your social media outlets.
Last month Russell Athletic started up with their fifth annual “Fight Like Dylan Award” campaign that honors high school teams that have demonstrated inspiring determination and perseverance through sports. And who better to lead the panel of judges than former NFL Head Coach Tony Dungy.
Along with Dungy a group of judges will select one recipient to receive a $50,000 grant in athletic apparel and sports equipment for their school. If you know someone who deserves recognition go to FightLikeDylan.org.
Last year’s “Fight Like Dylan Award” recipient was Shoreham-Wading River High School in Shoreham, New York, which honored fallen teammate Tom Cutinella who embodied the spirit of teamwork and sportsmanship. Tom rallied the team around the idea of being the Long Island Champions. Through his inspiration, the Wildcats finished 10-0 and won the Long Island title.
“This is truly a program that is near and dear to my heart,” said program spokesperson Tony Dungy. “I am so proud to partner with Russell Athletic, Dylan’s family, and the previous recipients to celebrate these great stories of teams coming together to overcome tragedy and hardship.”
For those who don’t know of Dylan Rebeor’s story here is some background on the courageous young man. In 2010, he was diagnosed with cancer, but after becoming ill, his commitment to his team never wavered. His final wish was for his team to receive new uniforms for the upcoming season through the “Make A Wish Foundation”.
The “Fight Like Dylan Award” was established by Russell Athletic in conjunction with Dylan’s family and coaches to not only grant that wish, but to celebrate other teams facing adversity and turning it into a powerful story of success through teamwork.
“Dylan had an extraordinary life and always inspired others while dealing with difficult circumstances,” said Heather Rebeor, Dylan’s mother. “We’re so proud that Dylan’s memory and spirit will live on through the Russell Athletic ‘Fight Like Dylan Award.’”
The 2015 NBA Season starts in 28 days. Chris Paul is getting ready for the new season as his new signature shoe, the CP3 IX comes out. After ten pro seasons and eight consecutive All-Star appearances, Chris Paul has demonstrated that speed plus control leads to on-court domination. With this performance equation in mind, Jordan Brand introduces “Striking Control” via the Jordan CP3.IX. The shoe, built for Paul’s agile playing style, helps stabilize the foot during quick cuts and direction changes.
The Jordan CP3.IX employs several performance-driven technologies to meet the demands of aggressive play. An innovative web-lacing system offers lateral support and 360-degree lockdown. A composite mesh material and strategically placed foam form a durable and supportive upper that is also lightweight and breathable. A full-length, breathable internal bootie provides a close, one-to-one fit.
A nine-chamber Zoom Air unit in the forefoot acts like a piston for mechanical cushioning and greater responsiveness. Outrigger enhancements to the sole provide lateral stability during sharp cuts and jumps while rubber wraps the medial side, enhancing traction and control.
The Chinese character for “family” is inscribed on the outsole’s toe to symbolize the player’s close relationship with his family. Additionally, the chevron symbol on the sole – an icon of CP3’s signature shoes – honors his late grandfather.
The lead colorway of the CP3.IX – Yellow Dragon – draws parallels between Paul’s on-court movement and the dragon dance that celebrates the Chinese New Year. Additionally, the scholarly yellow dragon is known for its intelligence, a descriptor often attributed to Paul’s play.
The Jordan CP3.IX will release in the Emerald and Yellow Dragon colorways October 1 in China for a suggested retail price of $130. The Emerald colorway will also launch in North America on October 1, followed by a general global release on November 1. Stay tuned to @Jumpman23 and Jordan.com for more information on the Jordan CP3.IX and future colorway launches.
To celebrate the kick-off of the professional football season and the 23rd Anniversary of the Air Jordan VII silhouette, the Jordan Brand outfits its football athletes with player-exclusive cleats.
Originally released in 1992 and worn by His Airness in his first back-to-back championship season, the Air Jordan VII features a neoprene inner bootie and colorful geometric detailing inspired by West African tribal culture. Each Air Jordan VII cleat incorporates team-specific colors. The Lunarlon cushioning system delivers a responsive feel, while the multi-colored 12-cleat configuration offers premium traction and durability.
Each season, Jordan Brand adds to its family of football athletes with players who embody the championship mindset and represent the iconic Jumpman on and off the field. Today, the brand welcomes Joe Haden, two-time Pro-Bowler and elite cornerback, to its family roster.
“I am honored to represent the Jordan Brand this season alongside some of the best players in the game,” says Haden. “The brand’s legacy of pinnacle performance product is unlike anything in the world and I am excited to continue showcasing that heritage on the field.”