Sports

Steph Curry Still Poppin Bottles

He might have lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in NBA Finals, but Steph Curry is popping bottles of champagne. It is all part of the 2016 Celebrity Spray-Off took place on July 21st in Lake Tahoe at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship with celebrity and athlete competitors including Steph Curry, Jerry Rice, Roger Clemens, Alfonso Ribeiro, Aaron Rodgers and more!

Just before celebrity superstars teed off on the 18th hole, Korbel California Champagne challenged them to show off their champagne celebration skills as part of the Celebrity Spray-Off. Contestants competed to see how far they could shoot the cork from the top of a bottle of Korbel.

Baseball Keeps People Together

Baseball has been a staple in our country for some time now. It brings people together. To illustrate that point Bank of America is sharing a great video from their  #MLBmemorybank program. Bank of America invited Carol and Warren Reckmeyer, whose “Together Since 1952” jerseys went viral last year – to a VIP experience at the Cardinals/Giants game earlier this season. The couple, who has been married for 64 years, received a variety of surprises during the day, which icluded throwing out a double first pitch to Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and Giants manager Bruce Bochy, and a visit from Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith.

MTN Dew Looking To Get Into eSports

For those who might have not noticed eSports is becoming an integral part of gaming culture. So with that notion Mountain Dew is making waves by announcing the Mountain Dew League otherwise known as MDL. The league is designed with one purpose in mind: helping amateur gamers become pros. DEW and the ESL, the world’s largest esports company,  are both instigators in the gaming world, and are now partnering to host a massive three-phase competition for amateur gamers.

The MDL global championship will culminate in one amateur team joining next season’s ESL Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Pro League. The tournament will start in August, and will unfold over the course of 20 weeks beginning with 7,400 players, down to nine teams in each region, down to the final team. Fans will be able to watch the competition unfold through live-streamed events, behind-the-scenes action and real-time stat tracking via the ESL and Twitch channels.

Mercedes-Benz Style Introduces The Garia Golf Car

Mercedes-Benz has always been a fan of golf. Whether they are sponsoring athletes or tournaments Mercedes-Benz is present on the golf course. Now they introduce the Garia Golf Car. This new car transfers the unmistakable Mercedes-Benz automobile design to a premium-class golf cart. The show car is the result of a partnership between Mercedes-Benz designers, Daimler’s Think & Act Tank Business Innovation and the well-known golf cart manufacturer Garia.

The Garia Golf Car has integrated onboard touchpad that displays several car functions, as well as the layout of the golf course, current position and an electronic score card. There is a built in refrigerator under the bench seat and a storage tray under the dashboard to hold a row of golf balls at one time.

The hands-free system with Bluetooth connection and hi-fi speakers integrated into the rear roof frame, allowing music from any smartphone make all those who love tech and gadgets swoon. It has a range of up to 50 miles with a top speed of 19 mph and uses LED technology in headlamps, ensuring good visibility in any weather conditions. So who is ready to test it out on the course?

Get The Most Out Of Your CrossFit Workout From The Reebok Nano 6.0

You already may have known this but, Reebok has been the leading global provider of CrossFit apparel and footwear. This week Reebok has unveiled the latest iteration of the most sought-after shoe in CrossFit boxes around the world – the Reebok CrossFit Nano 6.0 — the #1 shoe in CrossFit.

Ever-evolving, the Nano franchise continues to demonstrate Reebok’s commitment to refine and engineer the most groundbreaking CrossFit footwear available. The Reebok CrossFit Nano 6.0 features one of the most innovative outsoles for performance training while providing an anatomical fit that is both natural and secure.

Strength starts from the ground up and the Reebok CrossFit Nano 6.0 introduces a new shape that is built to support the movement of the foot under load. The shoe provides more natural stability and control through a new molded heel counter and foot bed alongside a new stretch Kevlar fabric that retains durability.

Here are some details on the why the Nano 6.0 is perfect for your CrossFit workout.

Uppersole – 360 Degree abrasion protection Kevlar shell, fused to breathable performance upper mesh combined with heavy textured Kevlar on medial side, taking ROPEPRO to the next level

Midsole – Thermo-polyurethane midsole protective wrap for ultimate stability with R55 Rebound Reebok technology for great cushion, response and impact absorption during running movements

Outsole – MetaSplit Expansion forefoot flex grooves for optimum splay and increased stability for heavy lifting and dynamic movement.

The Reebok CrossFit Nano 6.0 will retail for $130 and is currently available on Reebok.com for Men’s and Women’s styles.

J.J. Watt Teams Up With Reebok To Release Signature Shoe

You can never question J.J. Watt’s heart and determination. Reebok feels the same way. They teamed up with the Texans star player to launch Watt’s sneaker called the JJ I. The  JJ I provides the athlete who wears it with ultimate heel to toe stability. The raised topline midsole keeps the foot locked in on top of the platform for increased support, while the outsole provides multidirectional traction for strong, dynamic grip during the most intense agility workouts.  In the mid-foot, FlexCage technology, a substructure cage with webbing tie-downs integrated into the upper, provides the lock-down feel without sacrificing agility and responsiveness, ensuring maximum transition of power. A second cage is integrated into the toe for added protection during jumping and pushing exercises.  The JJ I also introduces Reebok Liquid Foam technology for the first time, which allows for rapid reaction to every impact.

“I’ve trained in many different shoes throughout my career, but there was never one that I felt was clearly the best shoe to get the job done,” said J.J. Watt. “So I decided to build one and with the help of some great designers, I am proud to say that we have created the best training shoe I’ve ever worn. We spent over a year making sure that this shoe would perform at the highest level on any surface for any activity. Everyone has their own personal vision of greatness, the JJ simply ensures that you have the right tools for the hunt.”

The JJ I will be available for $99.99 on Friday, July 15th at retailers including Reebok.com, Academy, and additional stores nationwide.

Riddell Is Looking To Make Football Smarter

We all love football. Whether it is from the pro level to college to high school we enjoy watching the games and rivalries unfold. Still we want all the players to be safe. Thankfully tThis week, Riddell kicked off the second season of its Smarter Football program, a grassroots campaign that recognizes and rewards those who advance the sport through a commitment to safer, more intelligent practice and playing habits.

As part of the program, Riddell is donating a total of $100,000 in equipment to the teams that best articulate how an equipment grant will strengthen their ability to implement a safer, smarter game on and off the field. Parents, players, coaches and fans can now apply for a chance to win an equipment grant for the upcoming 2016 football season at smarterfootball.riddell.com.

Last year, Riddell received hundreds of submissions from teams at all levels of play. Seven teams in all received an equipment grant from Riddell, including the Juniata Thundercats, a youth program from northeast Philadelphia. Now is your chance to work with Riddell.

Perry Baker Interview

The 2016 Summer Olympics kick off in Rio this August, and we’ll be treated to some new events during this edition of the world’s most celebrated athletic competition. In addition to golf and kite surfing, rugby sevens will be making it’s debut on the Olympic stage. A fast paced game, rugby sevens features two sides of seven players (instead of the usual 15 players per side) that compete in two seven minute halves. The sport of Rugby hasn’t been played on the Olympic stage since 1924, and this is the first year that rugby sevens will be featured. Qualification for the event started with the 2014–15 Sevens World Series for both men and women. Twelve teams will compete in the event from August 6 to 11, including the US Men’s National Rugby Team.

US National Rugby player Perry Baker is partnering up with Team Budweiser, the Official Beer Sponsor of Team USA, to promote the upcoming games. Baker wasn’t always a rugby player. When you’re uncle (Wes Chandler) plays a decade in the NFL (including four trips to the Pro Bowl as a wide receiver) and your brother (Dallas Baker) earns the nickname “Touchdown Maker” before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in Round 7 of the 2007 NFL Draft, football is in your blood. Perry played college football at Fairmont State University in West Virginia. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles and played two seasons in the Arena Football League before a knee injury ended his hopes of playing football at the highest level. Undeterred, Perry picked up rugby, a sport he was first introduced to by one of his high school football coaches. Perry began playing rugby full time in 2013 and he made his national team debut at 2014 Gold Coast Sevens in Australia. With a few years under his belt, Perry is ready to represent his country in Rio.

Last week we sat down with Perry Baker to discuss his role with Team Budweiser, the 225-foot Olympic mural designed by artist artist Malika Favre in midtown Manhattan, the pace of rugby sevens and how football has influenced his new career. Here’s the interview: