Help Others In Need With Crown Royal

One of the great things about this part of the year is that people reflect on what they have and what is really important to them. That notion set the idea of #GivingTuesday in motion. Crown Royal is looking to help too. They started the “Live Generously and Life Will Treat You Royally” campaign. Their mission is to inspire and facilitate generosity in all of its many forms. In celebration of #GivingTuesday, Crown Royal is partnering with GoodWorld, a tech startup that fuels charitable giving on social media. Together they are encouraging people to support worthy causes by commenting #donate on participating charities’ Facebook posts, tweeting #donate at a cause’s username or by signing up at GoodWorld.me to trigger real-time donations.

As an incentive, Crown Royal will donate $1 to our longstanding partners at Packages From Home for every person who registers with GoodWorld between #GivingTuesday and the end of the year, up to $50,000. Crown Royal and Packages From Home have worked together to send nearly half a million Crown Royal Care Packages to active duty troops overseas over the past five years. If you are looking to help out go to GoodWorld.me or packagesfromhome.org

The Magical Things That Came In The November Loot Crate

One of the things that I am thankful for is the Loot Crate. As a collector each month I can’t wait to see what is in the crate. This month’s theme was magic. It had items from Dr. Strange, Fantastic Beasts, Big Trouble In Little China and MORE!

The crate came with an exclusive Doctor Strange Q-Fig made by Quantum Mechanix. The figure art is superb and you see Dr. Strange making a mystic shield while wearing the cloak of levitation. I really enjoyed the movie and felt that Benedict Cumberbatch did a great job playing Dr. Strange.

Another movie that is out in theaters is Fantastic Beasts and this month’s crate had a rare Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Obliviator T-shirt made by Bioworld. Then there was the Game of Thrones “Melisandre” journal made by Caden Concepts that had The Red Woman with lettering that reads “The Night is Dark…” on one side, and “and Full of Terrors.” on the other side.

I also got the Big Trouble in Little China / Escape from New York #1 from BOOM! Studios which is a great read.  I love the artwork in that book. The Loot Pin is an Elder Scrolls pin made by Loot Crate

Like what you see? Get a subscription. December’s theme is Revolution! You will get items from Assassin’s Creed, Mr. Robot, and Firefly.  Plus there are different themed crates as well. There is a Loot Anime, Loot Gaming, Loot Pets, Firefly, and LVLUp. They even have limited edition Star Wars and Call of Duty crates. You can pick out the best one that fits your style and your budget. Go to lootcrate.com for more info on each one and to start your subscription today!

Pizza Hut Challenges Noah Droddy To A Race

If you are in the cross country field you have heard of cross country running folk hero Noah Droddy. Pizza Hut asked Noah to participate in some friendly competition. The also got the help of former NCAA All-American Shane Battier to help with this challenge.

Pizza Hut officially kicked off its NCAA Sponsorship and Pizza Hut All-American program in Terre Haute to celebrate the NCAA 2016 Cross Country Championships. The newly named Pizza Hut All-American took the celebrations up a notch. While onsite, Droddy challenged the Pizza Hut All-American to a race – can Droddy run the miles-long cross country course before the Pizza Hut All-American can make and deliver a pizza? Here is the video below to see who wins.

Plus throughout the course of the 2016-17 NCAA season, the Pizza Hut All-American will visit as many NCAA Division I championships as possible, sharing his journey on social media along the way.

Let Your Fandom Be Heard

If you truly believe that you are the number one fan for your team you need to check out the one of kind Bluetooth speaker from Nima Sports. It will improve your office, TV room, or wherever you want to show off your team pride. Just in time for the holidays you can get a gift for the sports fan on your list or even for yourself.

Just imagine you sitting in your house watching your favorite college football team on TV and you wanted to hear your favorite radio host call the game. With the Nima Sports helmet speaker you can. You just sync up your new football helmet speaker to your phone. Then just mute the TV and listen to the game from your favorite college team’s helmet. Even when it is not game day you can listen to your favorite sports talk shows that discuss your team’s performance from the weekend or listen to music.

There are three sizes for each helmet. You can pick up any size and you will be happy with your purchase. I was able to test out the small version of the Auburn Tigers helmet and was very pleased with the performance of the speaker as well as the look of the helmet. There are certain Bluetooth speakers that spend too much time on the design of the speaker and neglect the performance of that speaker. You can tell once it starts trying to play off your synced device. The sound quality is poor and at some points even irritating. Then there are others that focus way too much on the speaker. The look of that speaker is flimsy and often tends break and looks horrible in your office or game room. So you end up with a speaker that either under delivers in sound or look. Why would you spend money on that?

For the Nima Sports helmet speaker you can instantly tell that they put their heart and soul into the development of the design and sound. Any sports fans will tell you that when they rep their team they want something that looks authentic and real. Nima provides that slick look. These helmet speaker look like a mini version of the helmets they wear on game day.

What about the sound from the Nima Sports helmet? It comes with one down firing subwoofer for massive bass beats, two midrange speakers for clear sound, and seven preset equalizer options. The NIMA Sports helmet is compatible with any Smartphone, Tablet, MP3, PC or Mac with Bluetooth connectivity. Stream wirelessly and seamlessly control every feature of the speaker from anywhere within 65 feet. So this helmet from Nima is perfect for when you are tailgating right before the game.

Nima developed with the goal of connecting the sports fan with the music that invigorates them. The speakers come as extremely realistic NCAA team helmets, with NFL helmets and NBA basketball are soon to be released. From pumping up your fellow fans at a tailgate to displaying your team pride at work, this helmet is the perfect way to fervently display your fandom. The products come in various sizes, please check out the website for further details.

When Fashion Meets Bourbon

What do you get when you have a two great companies work together? In this case you get great bourbon and a great jacket. Bulleit Bourbon and NOBLE Denim continue to find unique ways to combine two of the best materials in the world: denim and whiskey. Building on the partnership that began with barrel aged jeans in 2014, Bulleit and NOBLE are again joining forces to bring whiskey lovers NOBLE jean jackets aged in Bulleit barrels.

The jackets will be available in limited quantities on NobleDenim.com, at the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller in Louisville and at select retail outlets beginning in late-November. They are perfect for anyone you know who can rock a good looking jacket.

To celebrate the launch, Bulleit and NOBLE teamed up with indie-rock band Houndmouth, to record exclusive videos incorporating the NOBLE jean jackets and, of course, Bulleit cocktails. Make sure you are on the lookout for these videos that will be available soon. Check out the teaser trailer HERE.

A New Way To Watch Football

We are passed the halfway point this year in the NFL season. If you are in a few fantasy football leagues like me then you know it is crunch time to see if your team gets in. With all the travel this week going to visit family and friends you might miss out on catching NFL games. Now with go90 you won’t.

With go90, Verizon subscribers can watch some of the best NFL games for free from their smartphones, at any time and from anywhere – and without using data.   Therefore, fans traveling into ‘enemy’ territory can still watch their favorite game on their smartphone, even if the main TV is being used for another rivalry.  And for those trapped at an airport, in the kitchen cooking up a storm or stuck in traffic during the long ride home, go90 ensures they never miss a moment of heart-stopping football.

The big games featured on go90 over the coming holiday include the Thursday games of Vikings @ Lions, Redskins @ Cowboys and Steelers @ Colts.

Plus you can watch Sunday’s games of Cardinals @ Falcons, Jaguars @ Bills, Giants @ Browns, Rams @ Saints, 49ers @ Dolphins, Chargers @ Texans, Bengals @ Ravens, Titans @ Bears, Seahawks @ Buccaneers, Panthers @ Raiders, Patriots @ Jets and Chiefs @ Broncos as well as the Monday night game of  Packers @ Eagles.

NFL on go90 also includes the opportunity to re-watch games including highlights, best and worst plays and additional sports programming.  The app is available to download via the App Store or Google Play.

Cam’ron Takes The Shoe Game To A Whole New Level

I remember listening to Cam’ron’s “Oh Boy” on repeat back in the day. When it comes on the radio it brings back some great memories. So when I heard that Reebok Classic announced its second collaboration with American hip-hop artist, actor and entrepreneur Cam’ron, with the launch of the Reebok Ventilator Supreme Cam’ron I couldn’t wait to see what that had in store.

The hip-hop artist first teamed up with Reebok Classic earlier this year with his popular take on the Ventilator Supreme which sold out in less than 24 hours.  For his latest collaboration with the brand, the resulting sneaker pays tribute to Cam’ron’s signature color, pink, featuring a pink outsole combined with pink camouflage laces and a Dipset logo stamped on the shoe’s heel.

The highly anticipated collaboration drops on Monday, November 28th – transforming our traditional Cyber Monday holiday into Cyber Pink Monday.  The Reebok Ventilator Supreme Cam’ron will be available on Reebok.com starting at $159.99.

Want A Special Edition of Blade and Bow’s Single Barrel

Any whiskey collectors out there? If so you may want to take part in this unique auction. Whiskey aficionados should mark their calendars for Dec. 9 for the opportunity to purchase a one-of-a-kind collectable piece of Kentucky bourbon history when the only known barrel of Blade and Bow 24-Year-Old Whiskey will go up for auction through Christie’s Auction House. The barrel was distilled and aged at The Stitzel-Weller Distillery outside of Louisville, famous for producing some of the most sought after whiskeys in the world. All proceeds from the sale will benefit Robin Hood, New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization.

Blade and Bow 24-Year-Old contains bourbon distilled at The Stitzel-Weller Distillery before it’s shut down in 1992. This rare 24-Year-Old whiskey was barreled on Nov. 22, 1991 and is 93.4 proof. This fine spirit begins with notes of well-aged cedar, campfire and soft leather. The finish includes sweet notes of vanilla bean, light caramel and raisin. A precious 34 bottles of Blade and Bow 24-Year have been waiting years to be enjoyed, so it’s important to sip slowly and responsibly. The lot up for auction contains all 34 750 ml. bottles, artfully displayed in beautiful Blade and Bow bottles, as well as the barrel the bourbon was aged in. Blade and Bow donated the complete lot to nonprofit Robin Hood, who has consigned the auction and will receive all proceeds.

Take A Look Behind The Scenes Star Wars Rogue One

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is hitting theaters next month. I know I can’t wait to see this film. Thankfully we get to go behind-the-scenes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in this featurette with Director Gareth Edwards and the cast of the film. From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

A Holiday Gift Guide For Whiskey Fans

There is nothing better that getting what you want for the holidays. For those wanting to open a great bottle of whisky from under the tree here is a great list of whiskeys for your friends or even yourself.

George Dickel No.12

In George Dickel No. 12, you’re getting a quality whisky at a great price. Winner of the “Best Tennessee Whisky” award at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, George Dickel No. 12 is widely considered the quintessential Tennessee whisky. If you’re looking for an affordable whisky for a family member or friend with an affinity for Tennessee whisky, you can’t go wrong with George Dickel No. 12. The Tennessee Cider, shown below, is the perfect cocktail for a holiday get-together.

I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a classic American whiskey for those that appreciate a rich history, with a modern mentality. For over a century, I.W. Harper’s iconic bowing man has been an embodiment of the brand’s sophisticated image. Know any well-dressed folks who enjoy a nice cocktail?  Treat them to a bottle of I.W. Harper and let them sip in style.

Bulleit Bourbon 10-Year-Old

Aged in a select number of charred American white oak barrels, Bulleit 10-Year-Old immediately made its presence felt within the spirits industry upon launching in 2013, scoring a 92 out of 100 and earning a Gold Medal, amongst other accolades at the 2013 Ultimate Spirits Challenge. It also won Gold at the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Grab a bottle of Bulleit 10 and share the smooth, smoky bourbon with the folks at your upcoming company holiday party.

Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Winner of a gold medal at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a luxury spirit best reserved for, say, your boss, or someone who can truly appreciate a fine glass of whiskey. Born from the oldest remaining whiskey stocks to be distilled at Stitzel-Weller Distillery, Blade and Bow is best enjoyed neat. If there’s a whiskey enthusiast in your life, Blade and Bow makes a great gift.

The Hilhaven Lodge Whiskey

Give your friends and family a taste of Hollywood this holiday season in, The Hilhaven Lodge, a whiskey created in collaboration with esteemed movie director Brett Ratner. The Hilhaven Lodge, named after Ratner’s Beverly Hills estate, consists of a unique blend of bourbon, Tennessee whisky and rye whiskey. Modeled after the Lodge itself, The Hilhaven Lodge bottle is timeless, well-appointed and discrete. Pick up a bottle and drink like a star this winter.

Crown Royal XR

Straight from the celebrated LaSalle Distillery, Crown Royal XR is a limited-release whisky well worth its price tag. Crown Royal XR is made up of an interesting blend of dried fruits and honey, with spicy notes of Canadian rye. Now’s your chance to splurge on the rare, limited-release variant and treat yourself – or someone special – to this exquisite whisky as you celebrate the end of the year.