Style Points: Kobe Bryant is Back; the Rams Trick the Champs

  • DeMarcus Ware

    DeMarcus Ware is a beast but even still he must’ve surprised himself with this one. Going up against San Francisco’s left tackle Joe Staley, Ware made him look absolutely stupid with the half spin move. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that in the NFL.

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  • Alec Burks

    Kobe Bryant might have a few of these embarrassing moments this season. Alec Burks isn’t the most well-known player but still this move reeked of Allen Iverson on Michael Jordan. It was enough that he lost KB with a sick series of moves. He didn’t have to add insult to injury by going in and converting on the three-point play too.

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  • St. Louis Rams

    To beat the best, you need a little luck. That’s exactly what St. Louis had against Seattle in their two-point win, converting two huge special teams plays in the game. The first one should go down as one of the top plays of the year.

    During a punt return, the entire Rams unit ran to one side of the field, bringing the ‘Hawks with them and allowing Stedman Bailey to catch the punt and have the entire sideline to himself. Big-time.

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    Damian Lillard

    The Blazers are stepping up their kick game this season. For real. On one hand, LaMarcus Aldridge has reportedly signed with Jordan Brand and has been wearing the X and XIII most of the preseason. Then there’s Damian Lillard who, went he isn’t rapping, is showing off his new signature sneaker with adidas.

    Lillard has already shown he can carry a brand, keeping the D Rose line alive while Derrick Rose was out with his injuries. Now he finally has his own stage.

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    Shane Victorino

    Victorino is one of baseball’s biggest sneakerheads. He is constantly bringing the heat and has enough customs and player exclusives to make just about anyone sweat. But what he shared recently might’ve been his best pair yet.

    Relevant Customs and Rich and Faded helped design this 1-of-1 all-white premium Yeezy IIs for Shane and all we can say is: wow.

    These joints feature ostrich on the toebox, midfoot, and heel, as well as ostrich leg on the strap. The side panels are made of python, and finally, there’s a lizard tongue. They got the whole jungle in there.

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  • Drake
    Drake

    Okay, so Drake shot an air ball during layup lines that had the Internets goin’ crazy. But you know what? Dude still gets style points.

    A longtime friend of the program, Drake recently got the chance to take part in Kentucky’s Midnight Madness kickoff celebration and played the part of the role player quite well. He also rocked some incredible French Blue Air Jordan XIIIs. We are super jelly.

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  • DeMarcus Ware
  • Alec Burks
  • Stedman Bailey
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  • Air Yeezy II
  • Drake

So unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few weeks, you probably remember the ranking heard ’round the world. I’m talking about ESPN’s annual #NBARank survey. You remember…the one where they ranked Kobe Bryant as the league’s 40th best player. Then not only did they not back off their stance, they went even harder, crusading like the soul of the game was on the line.

They were part wrong and part right.

Either way, they pissed Bryant off enough that he went back to his old ways, putting up 45 shots in his next two preseason games. Yet even as his offense has come around, he has found some solid competition on the other end.

That’s where we begin this week’s Style Points roundup, with a young cat schooling the old head, because as you know: It’s not about what you do but how you do it. This week it’s all about toppling the legends and the champs. Kobe Bryant got a little taste of his own medicine, but so did the Seattle Seahawks. The defending Super Bowl champions matched up against a fired up St. Louis Rams squad recently and the game produced a few of the best highlights of the season. I’ve seen plenty of fake punts during my lifetime but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a fake return, one in which an entire team gets fooled. How does that even happen?

Check it out in this week’s Style Points: Kobe Bryant is Back; the Rams Trick the Champs.

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