Monday, August 24, 2009

"It's More Than a Game For Us Too" Tees Lead a One-Time Cavs Round-Up

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 2:41 PM


— Glen Infante of LeBron 2010, Real Cavs Fans, and I Love the Hype — or, most notably, the Delonte West t-shirts — posted new tee pics to his Twitter account today. "It's More Than a Game To Us Too" is the design, with mimicked film credits and debut date on the bottom. Don't know when they might be for sale, but they're pretty clever.

John Krolik over at Cavs The Blog takes a look at J.J. Hickson:

For all of Hickson’s talents, he still has a lot of massive holes in his game at this stage of his career. And remember, his career-high is currently 14 points. He has a nice stroke on his shot, but only made 30% of his jumpers last season. He loved to take the ball right at the rim, and 60% of his shots came from “inside,” with a third of those being dunks, but his forays lacked nuance-a full quarter of his layup attempts were blocked. He got to the line a fair amount, but only shot his free throws at a 68% clip when he got there. His post game is often rushed and ugly, and his footwork can get careless around the basket. He’s not a passer.

But what keeps Hickson off the court more than anything else is his Gooden-like tendency to completely blow defensive rotations. In Mike Brown’s defensive system, which is based on sound show-and-recover defense from bigs out on the perimeter, defensive mental lapses are simply not forgiveable. Hickson has defensive talent; he’s probably the most talented shot-blocker on the team outside of LeBron, and has extremely light feet for a guy his size. But he needs to know where he is more often than he currently does if he wants to be in the rotation when the important games roll around.

— We have a soft spot for former Cav Lance Allred. We reviewed his stunning memoir here, and now we find out that, yes, Lance will be heading to Europe next season, as he didn't land on an NBA roster. Bad news. The good news, however, is that his manuscript on his second book — a historical fiction based on the Teutonic Knights of 14th century Europe.

— Kelly Dwyer over at Yahoo!'s Ball Don't Lie ranks the best teams of the last decade to not win a championship, and you could probably guess which squad takes the No. 1 spot.

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eBay Item of the Day: NFL Corsets

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 2:06 PM


Alright, so that picture is for the Steelers version and not the Browns, but in my defense, the eBay store doesn't have the Browns version up. But you can get it, and that's really the only important thing to know.

For a bargain $29.99 you can get your girlfriend or wife settled into this classy piece of fan apparel. The company is called Adorably Sporty, and if I have one qualm with that and this product, it's that a corset really isn't classified as "adorable." That description, I would think, is a bit off.

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The Barge, The Browns, and Missed Opportunities

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 1:40 PM


For the uninitiated, the Browns vs. Lions preseason game is named the Great Lakes Classic. Not only does this meaningless game and make-believe rivalry have a name, it has a trophy. That thing you see to the right is the barge, and it goes to the winner.

Now, you probably know that many college football teams have trophies they play for during the regular season. The Brown Jug, Paul Bunyan's Axe. etc. Geographical rivals, historical rivals, and some pretty freaking random teams, when they win, claim these trophies with gusto. Maybe it's the youth factor, maybe it's the earnestness of the college game, but whatever the reason, they charge over to the sidelines when they win and they grab whatever piece of junk they've won and they hold it up and pass it on and trot around like they just won the freaking Super Bowl — even when the game features two teams with losing records. See video below.

You see where I'm going, don't you?

The winner of the GLC should do the same thing. Clearly, it would provide levity and entertainment at the end of this preseason affair, precisely when there's little to no entertainment anymore. Fourth stringers are in, no one cares, stadium's 90% empty. Perfect chance for a bunch of guys who might get cut anyway to grab the trophy and charge around the field like lunatics.

Richard Bartel, if you're still here next year, I'm counting on you.

(pic via No Logo Needed)

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Beyond the Scenes of Nike's "Hyperizers" Commercial With Mo Williams and Kevin Durant

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 12:45 PM

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LeBron on Akron and the Summer of 2010

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 11:06 AM

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

More Than a Game LeBron World Tour in Akron Tomorrow (Friday, August 21)

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 5:25 PM


If you're a student, off tomorrow, unemployed, or you can play hooky without anyone important noticing, perhaps you'd be interested in heading down to Akron for the latest stop of the LeBron James World Tour.

Head over to the Summit Lake Community Center (380 West Crosier Street, Akron) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. for a whole mess of things having to do with LeBron James, Nike, More Than a Game, Basketball and LeBron. And LeBron.

First and foremost, before any of the festivities, everyone should be excited to see what the custom artist series of the new Nike Air Max LeBron VII's look like. For every city on the tour, an artist is doing some one-of-a-kind kix and, so far, the DC ones were pretty hot and the Chicago ones were sub-par. Akron's will be unveiled tomorrow.

As will the limited edition (total pairs: 123) of the Akron colorway of the Nike Air Max LeBron VII's. Once again, a new release hits with each new city. Each has a scene from More Than a Game on the shoe along with the city's name and other unique details. Pics should be available mid-day tomorrow at the latest.

The festivities themselves are probably similar to what went down in the previous two stops of the tour. WFNY has a full recap up of the DC event here. Expect music, some basketball, probably an appearance by King James, and the build-out from Nike displaying the history of both James' career on the court and his shoes.

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Remembering MLB's "Turn Ahead the Clock" Promotion

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 4:56 PM


It was ten years ago that 22 teams took part in a bizarre, forward-thinking (literally) promotion by donning "Turn Ahead the Clock Uniforms" for 14 different games combined.

The Indians — thankfully for those of us that still like to talk and read about the Tribe this season — were one of those teams, so every once in awhile it's nice to look back at the abomination of athletic apparel the Tribe wore for one game.

By the "future," it seems that the designers meant a time when "everything was blown up really, really, really big," because everything would be huge in the future — because of the nuclear radiation, natch. On the back of the Tribe's top, the nameplate ran vertical to the right of the number — another new "innovation" the future was sure to experience. (Except not really.)

Admittedly, there were some pretty interesting designs. Not good. Just not bad. Those didn't include the Indians.

Paul Lukas recently penned a column on the anniversary of the promotion over at ESPN and caught up with the guy whose idea it was to take MLB into the "future," and ranks the top five of the "TATC" uni's.

Reaction was swift, and mostly negative. As the promotion unfolded and the uniforms looked more and more bizarre, everyone from local newspapers to "SportsCenter" was asking the same question: Whose bright idea was this?

Ten years later, we finally have an answer: "It was my idea," says Steve McKelvey, who teaches sports marketing at UMass. And if you think he's here to apologize, forget it. In fact, McKelvey's primary regret about the TATC program is that the uniform designs were too tame.

"If we'd been able to do it the way we wanted to, the uniforms would have been more futuristic," he says. "But MLB wanted to control the uniform design, control the brand, so we lost control of that. That was their decision. They didn't want to step outside the box too much. So we'd have to try to suggest things that wouldn't provoke some level of push-back about making the uniforms too crazy."

So there, perhaps that's why they were all basically snooze-inducing. There was a sponsor (Century 21) and MLB was involved, so not surprising overall.

Although, as atrociously boring as the get-ups were for the Wahoos, part of me wishes they, or any other team for that matter, would take one game a year and put on the vintage future uniforms. That just naturally would lend itself to a Back to the Future Night, and no one can tell me that'd be a bad thing.

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