Air Jordan (Flint Grey) Retro 13 preview

This is another sole for real update and preview for all you sneakerheads in the Barbershop Nation. Today we preview the Flint Grey Retro XIII,  the shoe that made its first appearance back in 1998. For my hip hop heads, this was also the same year Jay-Z dropped Hard Knock Life Vol. 2. This was the last model that Michael Jordan played in as a member of the Chicago Bulls other than the pair of  XIV that he wore in the last game against the Utah Jazz. The shoe was designed by the great Tinker Hatfield, the engineer of a lot of great Jordan models. One of the coolest features of the shoe is the hologram that appears on the upper shoe. This hologram depending on the angle viewed. Choices are a basketball, the number 23 or the Jumpman logo.

If all that doesn’t sell you, keep in mind, Jordan took the Bulls to the NBA finals with this shoe and won his sixth championship ring. He also broke Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record for consecutive games with double digit scoring with his 788th consecutive game.

This colorway is probably the most popular in this shoe. Collectors have been waiting for the limited line to drop, so expect heavy lines on the official release date,  Nov. 26.



The Dirty Birds Get Run Down in the End

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Atlanta Falcons both came into Sunday’s game both needing a win to prove a point. The Falcons wanted to show that they are real contenders for a Super Bowl and the Steelers wanted to show that they could win big games without Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers defense made their presence felt early and often as the Atlanta offense struggled to move the football.  Michael Turner found little daylight on the ground and Roddy White seemed to be the only receiver that could get open for the Falcons.

Mike Tomlin and the Steelers came out with a conservative game plan to help quarterback Dennis Dixon in his first NFL start. The plan was to focus on best Keurig coffee maker reviews.  Running Back Rashard Mendenhall  responded with 22 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown. Dennis Dixon had a decent day, completing 18 of 26 pass attempts  with one interception, and the Falcons defensive backs helped him out by dropping several other potential interceptions. The Steelers defense had Dixon’s back today by holding the Falcons offense to a minimum.  All in all, there was no one mistake that Dixon made to cost them the game.

Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense could not get in the groove. Ryan threw for a quiet 27 of 44 for 252 yards. The ground game was just as ineffective as Michael Turner, who carried 19 times for 42 yards and resulting in an average of 2.2 yards per carry. Roddy White had 13 catches for 113 yards. The one bright spot for the Falcons was that Tony Gonzalez made NFL history with his 1,000th catch.  He is the first tight end to accomplish this feat.

The game was back and forth with both teams only able to manage to score with field goals. Pittsburgh had a chance to win the game late in the fourth quarter with 39 seconds left, but kicker Jeff Reed missed a
40-yard attempt wide right and the game went into overtime. The Steelers would only need one play in overtime to win the game.  Dixon handed the ball off to Mendenhall and he took it 50 yards to the house.

Game over folks. Next up for the Steelers is Chris Johnson and the Tennessee Titans, while the Falcons try to bounce back against the Arizona Cardinals.…

Player Profile: Alabama A&M’s Byron Wilson

A Dawg on the Field

On a heated summer day in the middle of July, when the sweat burns like fire in your eyes, anxious football players pay no mind to the heat index that screams blazing. From the raunchy talk in the locker room to the seriousness of plays on the field, each player is ambitious in his own mindset. From pee wee days to four-year lettermen college days, each player anticipates going on to play professional ball in some aspect. Whether making an impact in arena football or running out the combines in the NFL, the dream that rises in a player’s heart is one that will never die. For guys like Byron Wilson, that dream has been birthed and is now growing like a wildfire in Southern California that even two fire stations can’t control.

Wilson, or B Will as his friends know him, has been waiting on his chance to dominate the world of football for a long time. When so many others did not believe in him, he pushed on and blocked out the negativity. With inspiration and dedication to the game he loved, he managed to sign with University of Toledo. Wilson transferred to Erie Community College, where he earned all conference honors as a middle linebacker and various offers from other D-1 schools. However, it wasn’t until he made his way to Alabama A & M University, home of the Bulldogs, that he started making a name for himself. Under Coach Anthony Jones, he started to learn his way. He quickly adjusted to the defensive end position very well. Linebacker is what he was use to, with his thirst for knowledge of the game and learning new positions, he was open to learn any and everything that would make him and keep him a versatile player. For two years, he played as a defensive end/linebacker for AAMU, where he also accumulated 15 sacks, one touchdown for 52 yards, four fumble recoveries, 40 tackles for loss, eight pass break ups, and 70 tackles. In his senior season, he was honored with the Iron Dog Award, as well as named as America’s Top HBCU Player in 2009. In the HBCU competition, top black college players go through a series of test drills and ability tests on and off the field to see who the best and top HBCU athlete is. With a sly grin on his face, a crushing smile on his lips, Wilson delighted at the fact that he won the competition.

Coaches often speak of his quickness and his special knowledge of quickly learning the game plan. Smith says that Wilson is one of those players that you have a game plan for agility, strength and quickness. Ask any of his teammates and they will tell you that Wilson is a great athlete with a lot of ability. He has a nose for the ball and is also a play maker that can play various positions from middle linebacker, defensive end, defensive tackle and outside linebacker. While at Ohio State University, Wilson’s Pro Day numbers recorded as the following: 40 Time: 4.65 225 Rep: 31 Broad: 9’9 Vertical: 36 5 10 5:4.48.

During his pro career, he has played in the United Football League for the Omaha Nighthawks. In May, he was signed by the Omaha Beef. Prior to playing for the Nighthawks, Wilson played for the Tulsa Talons Arena Football League team. He also played in the United National Gridiron League, where he made the draft board. In 2009, he worked out and participated in developmental training for the Arizona Cardinals. As B Will continues to grow and push towards greatness, the dream that some will try to kill, and others have already slept on, is second nature to this beast … and the hunger he has is just getting started!…

Shop Talk Episode 3 Kicking it Old School

Well ladies and gents we are down to the final four in the NFL. This decides who will be going to that final dance? Who you like in the matchups this weekend? We will definitely be chopping it up Barbershop style on football. Word on the street is there has been an Uncle Poteat sighting! It’s always a pleasure to have every one’s favorite uncle from the bayou in the Barbershop tonight! He’ll be making his picks for who he likes for the Superbowl so that’s sure to be a good time. We’re gonna start getting heavier into the NBA talk tonight as the season heats up. If you missed last weeks heated debate about Carmelo Anthony you missed a treat! We’ll be chopping it up about the young up and coming player Blake Griffin tonight and and some of the Old School players like the great Henry Bibby and Doug Collins. Lastly as we move into Black History Month we will be featuring a great African American athlete of times past every week. This weeks feature will be Negro Leagues great Josh Gibson! Stay tuned as Big T, Brotha Hez, Bucco, and B-Ri tear it up! See you in the Barbershop tonight at 9pm EST sharp!…