Reebok Classic Presents The Lemar & Dauley Capsule Collection

Reebok Classic has been spot on with their recent releases. From shoes to clothing Reebok Classic is bringing back ideas from back in the day and mixing it with technology from the present. If there is one thing that Reebok owns in the game of basketball, its heritage. From the brand’s start in the sport in the early 80’s, Reebok has helped define the basketball landscape with groundbreaking footwear, sponsoring some of the game’s most awe-inspiring athletes.

For Spring/Summer 2016 Reebok Classic has teamed up with high impact streetwear brand, Lemar & Dauley, to deliver a unique footwear and apparel capsule. Focusing on the brand’s rich 90’s basketball heritage, the designs feature iconic Reebok athletes Allen Iverson, Shawn Kemp, and Dominique Wilkins.  However, rather than placing images of these legends against a typical basketball backdrop, Lemar & Dauley reinterprets them as “Basketball Gods” and tells a unique story throughout the collection. Utilizing engineered prints and cut lines on elevated fabrics and reflective detailing, the collection delivers a fresh of breath air into the retro basketball landscape.

The Reebok x Lemar & Dauley  capsule will launch on Friday, March 25, 2016, just in time for Easter Weekend, and it will be carried exclusively at www.Lemaranddauley92.com and VILLA.

These Drinks Will Always Make The Highlight Reel

Is your bracket busted? If so don’t worry about it. I am guessing everyone is feeling your pain. I am right there with you. With all the crazy upsets that happened your interest in the tournament might not fully be there. We are still going to sit down this weekend and watch all the games.

While you are watching the games might I suggest these three cocktails below that will make the games a bit more enjoyable?  These whisky-based cocktails are perfect to sip on as you sit back and watch all your picks fight for a spot in the championship game. As always please enjoy these cocktails responsibly.

The Buzzer Beater

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Cannon Blast

0.5 oz. Cranberry Juice

Shake with ice and strain into a shot glass.

The Three Pointer

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Deluxe

.5 oz. Lemon juice

.75 oz. Simple syrup

Garnish with lemon wedge.

The Alley-oop

1.3 oz. George Dickel Rye Whisky

0.5 oz. lemon juice

0.25 oz. ginger syrup

1 tsp. simple syrup

0.75 oz. sparkling water

Raspberries

Mint leaves

Muddle, shake, and double-strain into a punch glassor coupe.

Spring Is In The Air With These Cocktails

Ah….do you feel that warm breeze? The temperature outside is perfect. Now all you need to do is take out the patio furniture from the garage and enjoy a nice beverage. Jack Daniel’s – the world’s best-selling family of whiskeys – has some really creative and unique cocktail recipes that celebrate the weather beginning to warm up.

Here are some cocktails that you can enjoy responsibly during the Spring months.

Grilled Tennessee Sour

Grilled lemons give this classic sour some edge

1.5 oz. Jack Daniels Single Barrel select

1 oz.  Grilled Lemon Juice

1 oz.  Raw sugar syrup

2 dashes Orange Bitters

1 oz. Soda water

1 mint sprig

Directions: Add first 4 ingredients to shaker filled with ice.  Shake and double strain over ice filled Collins glass. Top with soda and garnish with grilled lemon wheel, mint, and a straw. Grill lemons at home:  Cut lemons in half and dip in lightly in white sugar place face down on a 400 degree grill. Remove when grill marks begin to appear.

The Spring Fling

2 oz. Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select

3 lemon wedges

3 sprigs fresh thyme

3 sprigs fresh rosemary

1 oz. honey syrup

1 oz. ginger beer

Directions: Add two lemon wedges, 2 sprigs of rosemary and thyme to a shaker. Muddle to release oils from herbs and juice from lemons. Add honey syrup, Single Barrel Select, and fill with ice. Shake vigorously to combine, strain over an ice filled copper mug, and top with ginger beer. Garnish with lemon, rosemary, and thyme.

The Upper East Side of Lynchburg

2 oz. Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey

1 oz. Dolin Blanc Vermouth

.5 oz. Chamomile tea syrup

2 dash lemon bitters

1 lemon wheel

Directions: Shake Tennessee Fire with citrus mix. Stain over ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a cherry. Make chamomile tea syrup at home: dissolve 1 cup of sugar in 2 cups of boiling water Steep 3 Chamomile tea bags for 4 minutes, cool and will store for 2 weeks.

Gentleman’s Tea Thyme

1 750 Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey

1 qt chamomile tea chilled

1 cup honey syrup

1 pint fresh lemonade

2 lemons sliced into think rounds

1 bunch fresh thyme

Directions: Add all ingredients to the punch bowl stir well with a block of ice. Add thyme and lemons and serve.

Forbidden Fruit

1.5 oz. Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey

1 oz. apple brandy

.5 oz. maple syrup

.5 oz. orange juice

.5 oz. lemon juice

1 oz. Korbel Brut California champagne

2 dashes citrus bitters

1-3 thin red apple slices soaked in lemon juice

Directions: Add first 5 ingredients to shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain over ice filled Collins glass, top with Korbel Brut. Garnish with apple slices, dash of citrus bitters, and a straw.

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