Some Say Allen Iverson Was Misunderstood

One of the most talked about players in the NBA in the past 20 years was Allen Iverson. Some loved him, while others loved to root against him. One thing that everyone could agree on was that Allen Iverson loved the game of basketball.

To this day, Iverson remains one of the most polarizing figures in sports history. Inundated with on-court accolades and off-court controversy, he elicited a true emotional reaction from every person he encountered – they either loved him, or hated him. There was no in-between.

The former, revered him for his heart and his hustle. It wasn’t hard to notice that Iverson left it all out on the court, putting up record numbers and enduring unrelenting punishment to his six-foot frame, only to get right back up for more. He played with an unrivaled fearlessness, prolific skill and an iconic style that earned the love of a city and the respect of fans across the country.

While Iverson’s character and talent captivated a slew of admirers, it procured just as many adversaries. He was condemned for his rocky past and distaste for authority. Drew criticism for unprofessional behavior and poor practice attendance. He was chided for his hairstyle, his tattoos and his tendency to say whatever was on his mind. At its worst, he was accused of playing “hero ball” before “hero ball” was even a thing.

But despite the assumptions of his critics, and perhaps even, the assumptions of his fans, Allen Iverson didn’t set out to make a statement with his style or cause controversy for the sake of it. Iverson just wanted to be himself…and win his game.

And while the stories and opinions will follow him, forever branding him as the game’s most controversial player, what he really was, was misunderstood.

The ‘Misunderstood’ takes inspiration from newspaper headlines and other notable quotes about Allen, both positive and negative, in a black and white colorway. The Question Misunderstood will be available on Friday, April 1 for $129.99 at Jimmy Jazz, Shoe Palace, Villa, and Reebok.com.

How March Madness Gave Me Have Real Strength

This past weekend I got to check something off my bucket list. I was able to watch my Tar Heels play in the NCAA March Madness tournament. I was there with unbelievable seats watching my favorite college team take on the Providence Friars.

It was all thanks to Dove Men+Care. They gave me two tickets to this past Saturday’s games in Raleigh, North Carolina. Not only did I watch UNC take on Providence and win, but I also was able to see Virginia take on Butler.

Besides checking out the game I was able to get to know one of my neighbors a bit more. I recently moved from New Jersey to North Carolina. I would say hello to my neighbors and make some small talk. Yet a few of my neighbors and I bonded over sports. When I got the tickets from Dove Men+Care I knew that one of my neighbors would appreciate the other ticket.

He was psyched that I asked him. While we were taking in the madness he and I were talking about everything from hoops to family to our old college days. He went to NC State and I went to UNH. Even though the schools are miles apart we still shared some very similar stories from back in the day.

Dove Men+Care is all about finding new and positive ways that men can show real strength. For me it was the ability to share a passion for sports that helped me to bond with my neighbor. I really appreciate the way Dove Men+Care looks to encourage men to display all types of real strength. It will be a weekend that I will never forget thanks to Dove Men+Care.

Since the 2010 launch at the Super Bowl, Dove Men+Care has been committed to representing men in an authentic way, supporting all the caring moments that we all men experience. Learn about what makes a real hero from NCAA basketball coach Jim Calhoun and coach Kevin Ollie. The unique bond that they share is a perfect example of how care makes a man stronger.

“A real hero is not the player that hits the game winning shot, it’s the guy that has your back when you miss it.”

Visit dovemencare.us to see other highlights that define #RealStrength and learn about the products that Dove Men+Care offers. Care makes a man stronger.

Please note: Dove Men+Care gave me tickets to some of the March Madness games, but my thoughts are my own.

Harrison Ford Is Hosting A Q&A Today

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming home on Digital HD and Blu-ray Combo Pack in April and Harrison Ford is doing something very special to celebrate.  Han Solo himself, Ford, will be answering questions this Monday, March 21 at 1:30PM ET/10:30AM PT right here on Tumblr.

Matt Shivley Talks About His Role On ABC’s Real O’Neals

Fans of comedy are in for a real treat as they experience the talent of actor Matt Shively. He is currently starring in the first season of “The Real O’Neals,” which recently premiered to an outstanding 6.3 million viewers. Matt stars as ‘Jimmy O’Neal’ alongside Martha Plimpton and Jay R. Fergsuon, who play his parents on the new ABC comedy. The series will chronicle the lives of a close-knit Chicago family with Catholic roots, whose secrets will reveal their real lives. The family is in for a reality check after they come clean to each other—with Shively’s character revealing his own secret.  Matt also finished filming “Summer of 8,” which premiered March 8th. Shively plays “Oscar” in the coming of age story where eight close friends soak up their last day of summer together on the beach before parting ways for college. This year Matt has also guest starred on “Resident Advisors” and NBC’s “Aquarius” starring David Duchovny.

Here is my interview with Matt! We talk about “The Real O’Neals,” acting, and what he learned from David Duchovny.

Follow Matt on Twitter @MattShively1

Reebok Classics Has A Major Announcement

Reebok’s 20th Anniversary of the Question Mid, one of Allen Iverson’s iconic on-court sneakers that debuted 20 years ago in 1996.

The newest release is in collaboration with Washington DC sneaker boutique MAJOR, and takes inspiration from AI’s college experience in that city and his flashy style of play during his era there. The MAJOR x Reebok Question will be available in limited quantities for $180 in-store at MAJOR on March 18 at 11am, followed by an online release on the 19th. To honor the latest release of the iconic AI shoe, DC boutique MAJOR took inspiration from AI’s college team in impeccable form. The bold colorway combines an all-reflective material for the upper—inspired by Iverson’s flashy style of play—with the recognizable kente cloth graphic print from the uniforms of Iverson’s era with the team.

Below the icy blue outsole, you’ll find a graphic of AI’s bulldog tattoo, his first of many more that decorated his frame over the years. Further special detailing includes insoles printed with the zip codes of the Georgetown area of D.C.

Play Hoops With Lakers Star Julius Randle

Want to play hoops with Lakers star Julius Randle? You could if you live in the L.A. area. For #WhyNotWednesday, Verizon is partnering with the NBA to show how a better network makes for a better game. Verizon is releasing a new digital game called “Basket Blitz” that lets you play hoops on your phone or computer for the chance to win a flyaway to Los Angeles and an awesome Lakers experience! To enter, Verizon customers simply visit WhyNotWednesday.com.

Verizon will give also residents of Southern California the opportunity to play Basket Blitz against Lakers star Julius Randle in-person today (3/16) from 6-7 PM PT at the Glendale Galleria.

Verizon’s #WhyNotWednesday gives customers amazing access to cool experiences every week featuring the latest in music, sports, fashion, entertainment and technology. Follow @Verizon on Twitter for all the latest #WhyNotWednesday happenings.

Kendrick Lamar Surprises Fans In The UK

Many people may not know that the Reebok Classic Leather was born in the UK and raised in London.  The Classic Leather originally broke ground in 1983, and has withstood the test of time to become one of the most iconic sneaker styles.  From Bolton, UK to Boston, USA (where Reebok is based) and its understated, timeless design has provided a blank canvas for generation after generation.

To show how Classic Leather has evolved as a style staple all across the world, Reebok Classic united with brand ambassador Kendrick Lamar and leading UK creative talent to celebrate the brand’s most influential sneaker. Kicking off in London, Reebok Classic presented a fashion show at the legendary Tate Modern museum, featuring the Classic Leather styled apparel from some of the UK’s top designers – Agi & Sam, Katie Eary, Ashish, Holly Fulton, Matthew Miller, Christopher Shannon, Kesh, Sadie Williams, Alex Mullins and Cottweiler.  London based rapper Little Simz provided the soundtrack to the show with an intimate performance.

The Reebok Classic celebration then continued to Manchester with Kendrick Lamar descending on UK’s second city, spreading his message of inspiration and originality.  Reebok Classic and Kendrick Lamar surprised a group of kids at Manchester’s local community center, Wonder Inn, delivering a strong message of individuality to the city’s burgeoning creative youth talent who received a unique opportunity to recite their own spoken word.  Kendrick then traveled to Granada Studios, one of Manchester’s most historic spaces where he gave a powerful intimate performance for select guests.

Kendrick says, “With my music, I share and seek for understanding. Through a freedom of expression and originality. This is what Reebok is about- being original and authentic. My memories of Reebok go back to high school when I wore the Classic Leather. It’s a sneaker that identifies with culture and lets you express your own style, lets you stay true to yourself.”

Regarding the Classic Leather sneaker, “It means originality, self-expression, in the most sophisticated, classy way.  It means longevity,” said Kendrick Lamar.  “You can’t really go wrong with wearing Classic Reebok’s.”

The Classic Leather is currently available at Reebok.com and Finish Line and Journey’s.  The Classic Leather style is available for the whole family with adult sizes retail for $75, Grade School for $55, Pre-School for $50 and Toddler for $38.

Mtn Dew Pitch Black‏ Is Back

Hey everyone in the words of Ron Burgundy. “I have an important announcement!” Mtn Dew Pitch Black is back! The popular drink is back from hibernation. People have been patiently waiting, petitioning and begging for Mtn Dew Pitch Black to come back. Now people are dancing in the streets when they found out that DEW opened their vault in December 2015 to offer the coveted flavor in limited quantities for a limited time via a sweepstakes.

The classic flavor is available as a fountain drink and, in some participating Speedway stores, as a Speedy Freeze through June 2016.