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HOMAGE

Posted in Basketball, Clothing, Fashion with tags , , on March 5, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Seems like the homies at NO MAS are certainly not the only team playing around with iconic sports imagery in the gear game.  HOMAGE has some cool pieces, certainly worth checking out. Being a lover of all things Los Angeles Lakers (Thank you Fletch!) I love the showtime piece featured below.. oh and the Moses Malone Tee is a must have.

PAY HOMAGE.

Homage turns back the clock with shout outs to eclectic moments and personalities in sports, music, politics and popular culture. From Dr. J to Kris Kross, our tees tell stories of triumph, individualism and hustle, preserving the old school and creating new legacies. http://www.homageclothing.com

Moses Leads

The Freshness – Sport Styles of the 70’s & 80’s

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 24, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

THE FRESHNESS
Magic 7up Ad 1982

The 70’s might very well have been the disco era, The 80’s was the decade of greed and excess . The 70’s saw the end of the Vietnam War and the first resignation of a sitting President. Our country needed to put itself back together after the tumultuous 60’s…and who would have thought a time of such distress, healing and change would produce the most stylistically amazing professional sports uniforms, graphics and product packaging.

Pro athletes of the 70’s and early 80’s just looked plain dope. And it wasnt simply the polyester NBA tight as hell shorts, or the rainbow colorways. It was the packaging and the birth of the mass marketing of pro athletes and endorsed products to an ever-expanding audience that would make for incredible images.

You remember Dr. J endorsing Converse and OJ Simpson pimping for Hertz and Dingo boots. The collection of advertisements, baseball cards, Kellogg boxes and so on featuring the icons of pro sports is an endless display of freshness.

The Freshness is a column dedicated to all those things “Crazy Fresh” from the world of sports from the 70’s and 80’s. I am here to spread the wealth.

YOUR WELCOME!

We start with a simple 7up ad from 1982 featuring “Magic” .

It truly is quintessential Magic Johnson. The incredible smile, the clean 7up logo, the Magic Johnson autograph signature (as was common on baseball cards of the era, as if he really signed the ad) I see this and I just think damn, I need that on my wall. Freshness!

Last Name Ever…First Name Greatest

Posted in Basketball, History, Sneakers with tags , on February 17, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Happy Birthday MJ!!

Happy Birthday!!

I know you dont need to see the stats, all you needed to do was have a pulse in the 90’s and MJ impacted your life in one way or another, for me it started at summer camp around 86. I got my first pair of “SKY” Jordans (the SKY was for the little guys) and I thought for sure I would be dunking on all the other campers as soon as I slid them on. They may not have improved my game, but they made me feel like I could ball. During the second 3-peat I can remember the Bulls basically NEVER LOSING. No one dominated like MJ and I doubt anyone ever will again.  (Come to NY Lebron!!)

The Top flick was taken the day after the 1984 NBA Draft…wow!!

Courtesy of SoleCollector

INDIANS ON ICE …..WE WERE THE WORLD and the SLAM JUNK CONTEST….Tough Weekend!

Posted in Basketball, CELEB GOSSIP, YouTube Classics with tags , , , on February 14, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

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Let me start this post by saying that I dont think my blog should be a forum for my complaints about life or just stuff that flat out annoys me, but every now and again life throws you a little slice of  fate, a little moment in time where the powers that be, the “Producers” of big media, mass entertainment just get it all WRONG!

Tell me what are the chances that an opening ceremony for a Winter Olympic Games (which happens every 4 years) , and  an NBA All Star Weekend fall on the very same weekend, coupled with the one month anniversary of perhaps our lifetimes greatest natural disaster , THe Earthquake in Haiti: and the corresponding debut video of “We are the World” 25 for Haiti benefit record, which as its title indicates is a remake of the classic “We are The World” USA for Africa record of 1985.

Where would you like to start, pick your poison. I say start on Friday with the Opening of the Winter Games, held in our very own neighbors backyard. And perhaps this is why the genius of the founding fathers of our nation knows no bounds, The United States basically gave Canada away following the WAR OF 1812 (The Treaty of Ghent 1813). Listen I dont have anything personal against Canada or its citizens, but with the eyes of the planet on Vancouver and the opening of the Games, My dear Canadians u seriously dropped the PUCK.

This spectacle was nothing short of Terrible, in the most boring , terrible and amateur way. I felt like I was watching “Displaced Indian Tribes on Ice”

Go to your average county fair or Six Flags  theme park and your bound to see the same caliber talent hard at work. The worst part of this theme park gig is the poor indians (Who looked more like they came from Ft; Lauderdale than the Canadian woods) They had to dance for TWO STRAIGHT HOURS, are you kidding me? As the night went on I couldnt believe how horrible this display was and It certainly could not possibly get any worse…ahh but it could and it did.

“We are The World” The Remix..25 for Haiti.

As my man Jay Z said, you dont remake “THRILLER” and the original “We are The World” was the “THRILLER” of all charity records. “We are The World” from 1985 will forever hold a special place for all who got to witness the elite of the music industry, the greatest of all the globes Rock Stars, that “checked their egos at the door” and created a Worldwide Anthem, that was not only a great song, but a real snapshot of our culture at the time. We had real serious rock stars in 85 , larger than life figures who created a classic. A classic that should never have ever been touched or even contemplated.

The King of Pop would not be havin it! Im sorry but you simply can’t have Justin Bieber sing the first verse of perhaps the most classic reboot of all time and expect people to take it seriously, they lost from me the first note. And it only got worse, Barbara Streisand sounded terrible, Lil Wayne is on his way to prison, Kanye needs to stick to wearing FUR coats at the fashion shows in Paris and cmon Jeff Bridges , your about to win an Oscar….Not necessary.

Anyway the whole thing was a disaster, now Ill donate money to Haiti, (god knows they need it) But I will say it again, Wanna Be Rock Stars need to follow Jiggas example, the man defines cool and if Jay Z thinks its a bad idea. It probably is..in this case it was a no brainer. Bad Idea, Bad Execution. Ill stick with 1985 version..thank you very much.

Then we come to the nail in the weekends coffin. The NBA Slam JUNK  contest, I wont even waste too much time on the NBA product, because as I have stated in earlier posts the NBA needs to step the whole operation up, and in their signature annual events filled weekend with the Slam Dunk contest was always my favorite highlight. That ended last night. Even though a Knick won the contest (Nate Robinson) The dunks were boring and the talent repping the NBA even worse.

I dont need to see 4 lame non – stars do mediocre dunks that I can watch Lebron do mid-game, double teamed with his eyes closed. If the NBA wants to go back to the glory years of the  All Star weekend, where MJ, Nique, and Larry Legend competed in the dunk contest and the three point shootout comp. They need to break out the big guns.The NBA is all about its superstars, Give me Kobe, Give me Lebron!!

So to the Canadians, To the participants of the “We Are The World” remix , and to the NBA….I want my weekend back!!!!

Slam Dunk Time!!

Posted in Basketball with tags on February 11, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

NBA ALL STAR WEEKEND

SPUD WEBB!

Now I have to admit, the NBA becomes less and less interesting year after year.  Maybe its because I live in NY and the Knicks have been terrible since the days of Patrick, or maybe its because the league is just full of thugs that play no D and get paid astronomical amounts of money.  Or maybe its because there are only like 4 teams in the Eastern Conference with a winning record. Well no matter what the woes of the NBA are….there is still one weekend every year that I get excited for..ALL STAR WEEKEND.

It makes me think of the days of Dominique and Jordan and polyester shorts that were just way to small , the classic image of Larry Bird sinking another 3 to win back to back 3 point shootout titles. Magic winning the MVP after being diagnosed with HIV ,  Spud Webb, Kenny “Sky” Walker,  and more Jordan!! Mike winning the MVP in Chi-town.  Fine I miss the NBA of the 80s, but we still have Lebron and Dwight, and Dwade and of course little Nate going for his 3rd Slam Dunk Title….should be fun.