We’re only a couple days away from the start of the NFL regular season. I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m confident in the chances my Big Blue have this season. After these last couple of seasons, there’s only one way to go and that is up. With teams prepping to make a statement in their respective openers, it’s time to lay down your focus and everything you have on the field and let your game do the talking for you.
Action on the court is mostly dormant (understandably) in the NBA, but thanks to the open blinds of player social media profiles and the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship, we get to keep up with our favorite players even in the offseason.
Kevin Durant was in Spain pushing his KD line with Nike and was asked the debated question of naming his all-time starting five. His answer didn’t really leave much room for surprise as he tapped on the most recent greats to sit atop of his rotation. And fellow MVP Stephen Curry gave some uplift to the Philippines while touring the country by way of Under Armour’s “UA Roadshow.” There was no sighting of the ever-animated Riley Curry but that didn’t stop Steph from channeling her heartening spirit with some dance moves he picked up from her.
Week 2 of college football is underway to coincide with NFL football, so there won’t be any shortage of football action anytime soon. In this week’s edition of Style Points: Braxton Miller Goes Next Level; Joe Haden Gets His First Air Jordan Player Exclusives. Remember, it’s not always about what you do but how you do it.
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You already know the saying teamwork makes the dream work. If I remember correctly, you hit the B-button (or circle button) in Madden to pull off a spin move…but rarely do you see a player in real life pull off a spin move with the exact fluidity that you would catch in a video game. Now lined up as a receiver for No. 1 Ohio State, Miller scored two monster third quarter touchdowns to give his squad the W over Virginia Tech, and on one play unleashed what’ll go down as one of the nastiest moves we’ll see all year. I still don’t know what’s better, though, Braxton Miller’s spin move or Ezekiel Elliott’s block to ensure that the stud star saw himself get into the end zone untouched. Ain’t no stoping the Buckeyes.
What’s worse: Having to play against the Ohio State Buckeyes, who most likely routed Virginia Tech’s BCS hopes after Week 1 of the college football schedule…or the Internet catching fire over whether you were wearing a Rolex or not during the nationally televised game. Everyone has their idiosyncrasies on the field and Coleman’s is wearing a watch on his wrist while in-game. He explained that the watch serves him as a reminder, metaphorically, that it is his time to breakout. Turned out it was just a G-Shock, but keep getting it young’n. This is swagger personified as the young kid was out there flexing on everyone in a way that you almost never seen on a football field.
Remember that moment when Andrew Wiggins was suppose to get his learning alongside LeBron James–whom he was thought of as the second coming of while in high school–and Kyrie Irving? Instead, he was traded to a squad of young talent in the Minnesota Timberwolves. This gave Wiggins leeway to be his own star and maybe lead the Timberwolves to the trumpet sounds of success. He humbly let the power moves play out and harnessed any negative feelings as fuel for the court. Here he is throwing down with the same ferocity and muscle as the player he was initially compared to (the King) in the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship.
Watching highlights of Mario Hezonja throw it down overseas only adds more to the speculation that he will be a force in the league for some time to come. He’s only 20 years young but he has an unshakable confidence that will only mount more pressure on him when he finally gets to play in the NBA. While his Croatian team fell short of wining the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship, he did provide a few spectacular highlights and plays that prove he is a force to be reckoned with.
Haden is one of the NFL’s biggest sneakerheads. In fact, when I spoke with Cincinnati star wide receiver A.J. Green about that very topic recently, Haden’s name was one of the first to come up. The cleats feature a number of special details, from the “JH23” on the interior to the missing Jumpman on the heel. Done up in Cleveland Browns colors atop an Air Jordan VII sneaker, this could be just the start for the cornerback.