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.
If you or anyone else you know that you will be buying holiday gifts for loves to fish then you might want to check out Lucky Tackle Box. Lucky Tackle Box is the number one monthly subscription box in fishing. For one low monthly fee, Lucky Tackle Box will deliver you a box jam-packed full of new lures and baits on the 10th of every month. Shipping is free everywhere in the United States, there’s no contracts to sign and you can cancel at any time. If you’re looking to fish with the products that professional anglers use to catch big fish, then Lucky Tackle Box is the only monthly subscription box you’ll ever want.
Other subscription services might send you sample packs in a box, but Lucky Tackle Box will send the same number of baits per box. Lucky Tackle Box thinks that sending sample packs sucks.
Richard Marks and Rick Patri are the innovators and creators of fishhound.com and the Lucky Tackle Box. Founded in 2009 these two sites have been the premiere destination for anglers and industry professionals providing a unique platform for rich content and engagement, along with news, forums and reports to keep fishing enthusiasts and pros up-to-date.
These fishing tackle gift boxes are perfect for a variety of fish including: largemouth & smallmouth bass, redfish, trout, snook, striper and, coming soon, crappie and other panfish. Every month the contents change, fitting your preference, to include the best brands for the season as well as magazines to read up on the latest news from the pros.
For more info go to http://www.luckytacklebox.com.
Lot of people load up on carbs the night before a marathon, but what do people do after they have run one? Some might rest. Some might get a massage. Others might celebrate with a pint! Well at least one runner did. Former professional football player Tiki Barber celebrated finishing the New York City with a flight to Dublin and pour a perfect pint of Guinness.
Days after beating last year’s finishing time for the New York City Marathon, Barber traded in his running shoes for a pint glass during a visit to St. James’s Gate which is the Guinness brewery in Dublin, Ireland.
While there, Barber tried the newest beer from the brewery, Guinness Nitro IPA, and received a tour of the Guinness brewery and a one-on-one session with the brewery team to learn how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness.
Not a bad way of celebrating if you ask me.
Seasonal change doesn’t exist in Los Angeles. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. Who doesn’t like wearing shorts in November? It’s a pretty sweet perk, actually. But the months do tend to blend together here on the left coast. So when the folks at GM reached out to us to participate in the nationwide #FindNewRoads trip for the 2016 Chevy Camaro, we signed up for some different scenery.
Over 150 outlets participated in the Find New Roads Trip that spanned 48 states, 16 cities and about 160,000 miles over a four week period. Sure, we could’ve kept it local. LA to San Francisco is a pretty drive, but it’s not new to us. We chose the Syracuse to Boston leg of the program because we wanted to experience an actual autumn. And if we could hit up the Baseball Hall of Fame, party in Albany, pay a visit to the Johnson Family compound in Worcester and explore Cambridge and the Freedom Trail on foot in the process, not a bad plan, right?
Well that’s what we did. On one tank of gas no less. Can you imagine?
Taking the Scenic Route
All the media members in Syracuse selected keys from a Camaro bag to see which ride they would end up with. I pulled a manual 3.6L V6 in bright yellow. As I was driving this No. 2 pencil rocket more than 350 miles, I noticed that it turned quite a few heads. But I suspect most of those head turns weren’t due to the humming purr of the 335 horsepower engine or the svelte new look of the noticeably trimmer new model. Nope. I think people were honestly tripping on the color and wondering why anyone would take such a pretty machine and paint it to look like a lemon. Luckily, Chevy offers 9 additional color options for folks that believe a high performance sports car shouldn’t resemble a banana.
Color aside, it’s still a fantastic ride. This sixth-gen Camaro offers up 240 percent more horsepower than the first-gen Camaro’s 3.7L six-cylinder that was produced in 1967, so it was nice that I pulled a manual transmission. My camera gal was a little less enthused about the manual option, because you see, your humble car reviewer here hasn’t driven a stick since the 90s. I live LA, what can I say. But despite the early cries over safety concerns from my lovely passenger, the whole shifter car thing came back to me real quick, and I made good use of it as we put Syracuse in our rearview and bolted out to scenic Route 20 on our way to Cooperstown.
The designated scenic byway section of US Route 20 was a thing of beauty. I’ve been to New York City before, but us Angelenos tend to forget that our nation’s fourth most populous state isn’t just a series of gigantic cities. The 108 mile corridor from Lafayette to Duanesburg cuts across Central New York and rewards motorists with a colorful views of a lost American landscape. Think rolling hills, sprawls of agricultural expanse, derelict barns, every shade of tree and a distinct lack of human inhabitants. Carving through the turns of this scenic country byway made me feel like I was driving inside a warm, comfortable sweater.
Cooperstown to Albany
Albany seemed like a reasonable midpoint between Syracuse and Boston, so Cooperstown was a natural stop. Americana was on the agenda in a big way the entire road trip, so why not check out the hallowed halls of America’s pastime?
The first thing that struck me about the village of Cooperstown was that it was, without a doubt, a village. Less than 2,000 people live there. When I parked the Camaro on Main Street, I felt like I was on a movie set or something. It’s a well maintained area that embraces nostalgia without hesitation. Cooperstown pulls it off so well that it all seems not quite real.
That’s probably because by design, this place hasn’t changed in generations. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum opened up in the historic district in 1939. The post office directly across the street was completed in 1936 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. It’s just a time warp experience worth seeing for yourself.
After soaking up some baseball lore and chowing down on New York style pizza (or as the locals call it, “pizza”), it was time to get back on the road.
Inside the 2016 Chevy Camaro, 95 mph feels like 35. It’s really quite remarkable. You can be flying down a highway at top speed and the ride still feels pedestrian. The simplest nudge of your foot delivers the sweetest hum of power inside the cockpit. Just a little tap wraps you up in a low frequency sound blanket that you never want to remove. It never feels like you’re too much either. You accelerate as you want, when you want, with no hesitation or even the slightest hint of unsteadiness. Going fast in this car just feels right.
By nightfall we checked ourselves and the Camaro into the 74 State Hotel and went out for a wander. At the Albany Distilling Company, co-founder John treated us like homies, gave us a tour of the joint and sat with us to sample tasty rye whiskey and full-bodied bourbon. He sent us off with good spirits and a recommendation to visit Speakeasy 518.
The Prohibition-era throwback spot on Howard St. was the truth, man. Spotting the dingy red light above the door is the only way to track this dimly lit gem that’s unmarked from the outside. Of course, it wouldn’t be a speakeasy if you didn’t have to go through the motions of knocking on the door and working your way in all clandestine-like. It’s good fun though, and the service at this place was matched only by the quality of the craft cocktails they serve. Engaging bartenders, dated décor, live jazz and a no cell phone policy made this stop a real treat.
Onwards to Worcester and Boston
Jeremy Johnson is arguably the more senior auto writer here at MANjr, but he grew up in Massachusetts, so clearly he didn’t need to be on this mission. But we couldn’t pass through Western Mass on our way to Boston without making a stop in Worcester to visit the Johnson fam. Hanging out with your buddy’s parents without your buddy present makes for interesting conversation. It’s like I picked up an unauthorized biography that’s more authorized than any other source out there. And where else can you expect to find embarrassing childhood photo gold like this?
After enjoying the hospitality, lively chats and good eats at the Johnson household, it was time to make the final push to Boston. We rode Highway 90 across the entire state, and I don’t know why, but this particular stretch of asphalt just demanded to be driven with all deliberate speed. We weren’t in a rush and there was no emergency. There was just something about that fiery foliage backdrop, situational openness and the complete lack of awareness from criminally slow, aging, fast lane-clogging Mass-holes that just made me want to gun it across the state.
As was the case the entire trip, the 2016 Camaro responded well. Maybe it’s because the car’s more than 200 pounds lighter than the 2015 fifth-gen V6. Maybe it’s the increased aerodynamics, reduced drag or the improved chassis. Maybe I was feeling more comfortable in general because I could charge my phone quickly and sync up to Chevrolet Mylink with ease and flip through my phone’s Spotify selections using the on-wheel controls while still maintaining top speeds. Whatever the primary cause, the new sixth-generation Camaro is a winner.
Parting with this machine was bittersweet, but it did free us up to explore Cambridge and Boston on foot and by train. From Beacon Hill to Cambridge Commons, Fenway to the Freedom Trail, we soaked in all Beantown had to offer. If you ever get a chance to drink in historic pubs, dance to quality soul music selections and absorb all the history and character this city has to offer, I highly recommend it. And if you want in on the leaner, more powerful 2016 Camaro, they start at just over $25K. Not bad for a quality first entry of a new generation.
And if this whole road trip recap is just too long for you do read, check the video instead:
Earlier this week I shared the new Reebok Wheat pack with you. Now Reebok is giving one of their iconic retro sneakers a wheat makeover. First launched in 1996, the Reebok Kamikaze II Mid is the original go-to shoe for Seattle basketball legend Shawn Kemp. This groundbreaking silhouette burst onto the scene coupling an aggressive design with performance enhancing Hexalite technology. Shawn Kemp helps validate the support and comfort this shoe offers as he was known as the Reign Man for his incredible dunking ability. Reebok is bringing back the Kamikaze II Mid just in time for Fall. The Stay Storm Ready wheat colorway pays homage to rugged, weather-ready work boots needed to navigate the terrain of hilly, muddy Seattle. This shoe features a wheat and brown upper which is the perfect complement to any fall style. Get the Kamikaze II Mid Stay Storm Ready for $99.99 at Finish Line, Jimmy Jazz and Reebok.com.
I can’t wait for the Star Wars Battlefront game to come out in two weeks. I played the BETA version last month and it was fantastic. It harkens back to the old Battlefront games. For those who haven’t heard about this game you can take part in epic Star Wars battles. You can feel the thud of an AT-AT stomping down on the frozen tundra of Hoth. Rebel forces firing blasters as Imperial speeder bikes zip through the lush forests of Endor. Intense dogfights between squadrons of X-wings and TIE fighters filling the skies.
Now you can be among the first players to experience the Battle of Jakku, the pivotal moment when the New Republic confronted key Imperial holdouts on a remote desert planet. Taking place in the aftermath of the Rebel victory in the Battle of Endor, players will experience the events that created the massive, battle-scarred landscape of Jakku shown in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Star Wars Battlefront is available November 17th on PS4, PC and Xbox One.
Check out the latest trailer for the game.
Reebok has a new sneaker pack that is perfect for this time of year. This new pack blends well with the fall colors of brown and orange. So if you are looking for some new kicks make sure you check out these three polished looks from this year’s latest “wheat” pack. Inspired by one of the best cold-weather staples, the work boot, the Reebok Classic Leather, Ex-o-Fit High and Ex-o-Fit Low all incorporate elements of the tried and true go-to footwear this Fall. Each style in the Wheat Pack features a supreme wheat-colored nu-buck upper, brown lining and winterized boot laces to give it that rugged treatment. Stand out from the rest by pairing any of these go-to kicks with your warm weather wardrobe. You can pick up your favorite style on November 1st for $74.99 at Finish Line and Urban Outfitters.
Modeled by the popular work boot, the Classic Leather “wheat” features a light beige color, a white midsole, a gum outsole, a brown heel collar, and winterized boot laces. It is the perfect way to add an unexpected casual element to your polished look. Retailed at $74.99 you can pick them up at Finish Line and Urban Outfitters.
Take on brisk days and colder nights with the Reebok Classic Ex-o-Fit Hi and Ex-o-Fit Low. The clean and crisp Ex-o-Fit Low in wheat colored nu-buck will effortlessly accent blue jeans and joggers alike while the Ex-o-Fit Hi relates even closer to the footwear it was inspired by with a high top design and black accents. Pick them up for $74.99 at Finish Line and Urban Outfitters.
I am a big fan of signature shoes. Before Clippers star Chris Paul has his own signature line he would wear Air Jordan kicks with his number and team’s colorway on them. Now we get to pick up those kicks this weekend. This fan favorite Chris Paul Air Jordan 13 Retro player exclusive features premium black leather and mesh uppers paired up with Orion Blue suede. Sunstone yellow lines the outsole as well as the embroidered ‘CP3’ logo on the tongue. Get yours November 7 on Nike.com.
Are you looking for something new and fun? If you are a fan of social media and the latest and greatest in car innovations the new 2016 Nissan Altima has a challenge just for you. Nissan is challenging its social media fans to prove that they are on the Altima’s level.
They created the Nissan ALT16 Challenge. It is a series of video tests to be published on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You must watch closely to capture screenshots and answer questions about the footage, which features the Altima in the midst of flashing lights, reflective glass, fast-moving street scenes and other eye-catching elements. Participating fans will have a chance to win one of 10 $500 cash gift cards. The contest, which will be codenamed using the hashtag #ALT16Contest across social media, is running now through 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, November 16.
“We know the new Altima has been turning heads since we unveiled it in September,” said Jeremy Tucker, vice president, Marketing Communications and Media, Nissan North America. “This campaign will have our fans doing a double-take or two as they take a look online.”
Altima, Nissan’s best-selling vehicle in North America, has been redesigned for the 2016 model year, including new exterior and interior styling, enhanced technology and connectivity, a new Altima SR sports model and new available safety features such as segment-exclusive Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW). In addition, highway fuel economy has been increased to a best-in-class 39 miles-per-gallon for Altima 2.5-liter engine models (except 2.5 SR).
The new 2016 Nissan Altima is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide on November 11 with a starting MSRP of $22,500 USD.
What does Rob Gronkowski do in his spare time? He dresses up as iconic video games characters of course. The Patriots tight end showed up to do some trick-or-treating on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week dressed as the video game character Master Chief from Halo to promote the new Halo 5: Guardians video game released this past week for Xbox One.
In the video below you will see Gronk, dressed in an authentic Master Chief costume as he hands out some copies Halo 5, pour candy all over himself and defended himself from a little ballerina who was critical of his play week four against Dallas.
I was just waiting for Gronk to smash the candy or video game on the floor like he does with the footballs he scores with each game. Does he do that? Watch the video to find out.