September is almost here. Students, while it may be a wrap on your summer vacay, it doesn’t look like the summer sun will be going away anytime soon with a weeklong heat blast coming your way if you’re living in the City. Before we get onto the freshest action in sports this past week, let us pay our respects to one of the most beloved poets of the rim. Who else could slam it down and then be able to call it like Darryl Dawkins? Better known to many as “Chocolate Thunder,” he was one of the original smooth-wave cats in the NBA.
We are a little over a week away from the start of the NFL season, so start revving up those engines on all of your tailgating festivities and Sunday’s big game hosting call-ins. While headlines cover the latest RGIII news–will the Redskins proceed without him permanently?–and off-the-field news, teams like Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles, with newly-acquired vet Sam Bradford at the helm on offense, have their engines firing on all cylinders.
In the world away from football, we have Floyd Mayweather, always turbocharged, showing off the perks of being the king in a trash-talk spectacle against Isaiah Thomas; the boys from Queens (represent, represent) show us what is meant when they say “by any means necessary” with a spectacular 1-3-1 putout against the Phillies; Nick Cannon, outside of the Wild ‘n Out stage, attempts to one-up Chris Brown on the sneaker room tip; and Usain Bolt trades his “to the world” pose for LeBron’s “The Silence” pose after reminding us yet again to never lose faith.
In this week’s Style Points: Dez Bryant Rocks Sideline Sneaker Heat; Nick Cannon Showcases His Crazy Sneaker Collection.
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Coming off of a ridiculous season that saw him decimate opposing defenses for 16 touchdowns and over 1,300 yards–incredibly, he now has 41 touchdown catches in the last three seasons–Bryant is primed for another big year. Yes, right now he probably won’t play during the team’s final preseason game. But that’s more precautionary anyway. All in all, the Cowboys best playmaker is the epitome of what Style Points is all about, dominating on the field but doing it in style. Recently during the team’s loss against Minnesota, Bryant, Cole Beasley, and Terrance Williams all took to the sideline rocking the dope Air Jordan XIV Low “Laney” edition.
Floyd Mayweather/Isaiah Thomas
I’m having trouble heaping praise onto just one with these two squaring off against each other on the hardwood. Mayweather, ever humble if we were to make-believe, raises the stakes on a pick-up game with his signature trash talk roundup against a more-than-willing opponent in Isaiah Thomas. Thomas, well he’s a pro so we all know he can ball, takes the best of five games but not without Mayweather putting up some buckets and highlights.
Don’t call it a comeback. Not just an Island favorite, Usain Bolt proved that no one can keep up with him as he breezed through the competition yet again. With the world watching, he added three more gold medals to his count in the World Championships, forcing doubters to reverse questions onto themselves instead.
New York Mets
Mets fans have every reason to celebrate this year. Atop of their division, not only are they making a strong case to be one of the most compelling teams during postseason play, they’re blowing up the Vines with some spectacular in-game plays. This Angels in the Outfield reminiscer starts off with a spinning back kick from pitcher Carlos Torres that helps field the ball that in turn sets up Daniel Murphy to make a last-second backhand throw to a sprinting Torres to beat Jeff Francoeur to the bag. A mouthful to say. Watch it play out poetically beneath.
Fat Joe is no stranger to being a sneakerhead. Remember in that (throwback now) MTV Cribs episode where he licked the soles of a rare pair of “Olympic” Air Jordan VIIs from 1992? That was the same Joe who said he wouldn’t wear a pair of AF1s more than a couple of times. Well, he proves to still be that Joe, keeping strong on his sneaker-game prowess by showing off a special “Terror Squad” customized pair of the Air Jordan IV “Eminem” edition, showing us that #TEAMFATJOE knows no rest.
Being the host of Wild ‘n Out means you’re always a walking target for quip freestyle comebacks and jokes. Cannon, one of the best sports around, took to Instagram to show off his sneaker closet while calling out Chris Brown in the process. To offset the brandishing of all the fresh sneakers, he also uploaded pictures of some grown man “church shoes” that he’s very proud of. Looks like no one is touching you with the “hard bottoms,” I guess. Keep getting it.