Style Points: Dunk-Off Showdowns and Hip-Hop Takeovers

  • Andre Reed and Jim Kelly

    Reed and Kelly might be the greatest quarterback/receiver combo in NFL history. So what that they never won a Super Bowl; their numbers and memories together will never be forgotten by a Buffalo franchise still searching for their replacements nearly 20 years later.

    Recently, Reed was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and to celebrate, Kelly threw him one final pass. Reed called Kelly his “inspiration” and Kelly, showcasing his famed toughness, showed up to the ceremony despite battling life-threatening cancer. Have all these style points, Jim and Andre.

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  • Rick Ross

    With the release earlier this year on his new album, Mastermind, Rick Ross is back on top of the game again. But while the album has been out for a few months, Rozay gets his style points this week because the dude not only dropped videos on back-to-back days — first for “Supreme” and then for “What a Shame” — he took the spots to another level visually. Ross successful weaved a traditional mobster story throughout the video to “What a Shame” but yet never loses the sense of artistry that appears all over “Supreme.”

    When you combine passion and hustle with a unique artistic air, that’s when you can create something masterful.

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  • Paul George, Floyd Mayweather
    Sports World

    What happened to Paul George during the National Team’s scrimmage over the weekend is something we don’t wish on anyone. All reports indicate the All-Star’s broken leg will probably force him to miss all of next season. But the reaction to it by everyone around the game was awesome to see.

    From LeBron to Money Mayweather to just about everyone associated with Team USA made sure to let George know they were wishing him well. For fans, it felt like they’d lost a family member, considering George’s popularity and burgeoning rise to fame. Luckily for everyone involved, it sounds like he’ll make a full recovery.

    Even Dolphins starting wideout Brian Hartline spoke up to reassure Indiana’s leader. Hartline suffered almost the same exact injury during high school and says he came back even stronger, offering words of encouragement for George.

    Have some style words for rushing to quench the fire, sports world.

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  • Usain Bolt

    It’s fun being the best, isn’t it?

    Prior to the 4×100 meter relay at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Bolt warmed up by dancing to “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers, a jam that had almost all of the sprinters wildin’ out. Bolt was feeling the beat the most, however, and it seemed to help him, keeping him hyped as they got ready to start. The Jamaican team went on to win the competition, despite the rainy conditions, with Bolt annihilating everyone on the final leg.

    “Even though it was cold, the energy was warm,” Bolt said afterward. We could see that.

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  • NBA Rookie Dunk Contest

    Even though Andrew Wiggins is doing all he can do to shoot down the trade rumors circling around him, and even though Zach LaVine wants everyone to know he’s more than just a dunker, the best thing to come out of the recent rookie photo shoot in New York was this dunk contest.

    Featuring Wiggins, LaVine, and Minnesota rookie Glenn Robinson III, the three took to Twitter for a dunk-off where GRIII started it off with an impressive 360 windmill. LaVine topped it with an off-the-wall, through-the-legs jam, and Wiggins finished it off with his patented 360, behind-the-back jam.

    Did you know there’s a really good chance all three of these guys end up in ‘Sota this year, catching lobs from Ricky Rubio? They’d have to raise the hoops out there.

    Even Markel Brown got in on the act with a ridiculous 360.

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  • Nike Zoom Revis
    Darrelle Revis

    If you haven’t heard by now, Revis has some serious sneaker game. As one of the few players in the NFL with his own signature shoe, and as one of the guys with dope shoes that you need to be watching out for this year on the gridiron, New England’s corner is a must-follow on Instagram because of posts like this.

    Who knows if these MLB PEs of the Nike Zoom Revis will ever release, but if they did we’d be all over them. This dude’s sneaker line never fails to disappoint. We can’t wait to see what he’ll be wearing for the Patriots this season.

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  • Andre Reed, Jim Kelly
  • Rick Ross
  • Paul George, Floyd Mayweather
  • Usain Bolt
  • Zach LaVine
  • Nike Zoom Revis

We all grew up playing sports, and I can’t be the only one who struggled with . Well, apparently, professional athletes have it all figured out. Sometimes they know when to be serious (check Paul George‘s injury this weekend) and still they know when to break it down and entertain. (We can always lean on Usain Bolt for that.) During a week filled with firsts — the official start of the NFL season — and finales — a final completion between Jim Kelly and Andre Reed

In Style Points, we’re once again handing out some extra props for those in the sports and entertainment world who took their performance one step farther.

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