If you had to shoot 10 free throws in your driveway right now, how many would you make? 10 out of 10, you say? Sure thing buddy.
Now, imagine you are doing it in a 20,000 seat arena. Now, imagine you are doing it in a 20,000 seat arena that is sold out. Now, imagine you play in the Big Ten and you are on the road playing the Indiana Hoosiers. Add to the mix that everyone knows your dad and people you don't even know are talking bad about him. And, you're basically running around in your underwear.
How many free throws out of 10 could you hit, again? Grazing the rim would be an accomplishment. Traevon Jackson does this every night and hits 8 out of 10 consistently. Check out this interview we did with him.
What’s the most annoying or creative heckling you have heard in any Big Ten arena?
“A lot of stuff about my dad, but I’ve heard that forever so it’s rare I hear anything new. Honestly, I don’t know. There was this one lady at Indiana after we beat them. It was after the game and I was walking off the court and she was just sitting there on the sidelines. I was walking off the court and apparently I was smiling and she said, “There’s nothing to be smiling at!” It caught me off guard and I thought, “Why are you so mad?” That’s one thing that comes to mind. Fans always say “Jimmy’s better!’ (laughing) but I’m so focused on the game I don’t even pay attention except at maybe at a dead ball.”
Is there added pressure based on who your dad is to succeed? What’s the dynamic of that like?
“Growing up, I felt it more than I do now, but now I don’t even think about it at all, actually. The pressure that I feel now the most is pleasing the Lord. That may sound cliché, but that’s an everyday type of task and the biggest thing for me. As long as I continue to grow in that aspect, there is no other question.”
Who would win a game of one on one right now?
“Oh, me of course (laughing). Easily. He can beat me in golf and all the other, cards, all that stuff, but he’s not beating me on the court.”
How did him moving, playing for 12 different NBA teams, impact you as you were growing up?
“It was great. I got to go to a lot of different cities and see a lot of places I wouldn’t have probably otherwise seen. But, just from watching him, I got to really go thru and experience his career. He started out as a top guy in the league and eventually became a productive role player. Just seeing how he handled it was awesome. It taught me no matter what, and I think about it now when I go through adversity, I never saw him put his head down, he always found a way, just like my mom- keep working hard and good things will come.”
Contact Traevon on Twitter @T_Jacks12
On its face it looked like a normal outfit- a smart black polo, tucked neatly into an equally black pair of “Chaps” pants. But that was while he was sitting down, his outfit obscured by a well-placed table top.
Suddenly, he stood up to corral a beverage from the bar and his fashion sin became obvious.
One so heinous, so egregious, a sin to outweigh all other combined it cannot be overlooked. And that sin is wearing a brown belt with black shoes. There is nothing on earth that looks more dorky, even wearing an “Alf” shirt.
How old are you, sir? Old enough to know better.
Okay, so let’s talk Gatsby. I am sure you were forced to read it at some point growing up. It was one of those books that you might have just read the Cliff’s Notes on. I know that wasn’t just me. The famous book by F. Scott Fitzgerald is now being made into a movie for the 5th time. To be honest, before the hype surrounding this go-round I was only aware of one film adaptation as my English teacher in had us watch it after “finishing” the book.
Gatsby is one of the years most anticipated films. The lavish opening was held Wednesday night at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC included a seemingly un-ending line of A-listers walking the red carpet.
As for the leading men Leonardo Dicaprio arrived solo in head to toe Prada in Navy, with his classic slicked black hair. Tobey MaGuire equally as dapper chose a Saint Laurent Navy suit, accessorizing with his beautiful wife, Jennifer. Both looking like they walked directly out of the 1920′s into the current era. Leo spoke for a brief moment on channeling his inner Gatsby. “This novel took on a whole new meaning for me when I became an adult. I really connected and was fascinated by the loneliness and isolation of this man that is a part of this new America that is emerging as this superpower.”
Tobey also shared his thoughts on portraying Nick Carraway: “I think we’re pretty true to the book. In the book, Nick is observing a lot of the action but we did find a way to show the audience how the action affects Nick, and I think that was one of the keys to our strategy to making the film.”
But no one caught my attention as much as Jay Z. It is no surprise that he was dressed to the nines. The co-creator of the soundtrack and executive producer of the film stood out above the rest. In a charcoal window pane two button suit, Jay Z continues to show that a hip hop artist can look as sophisticated as the next, all you have to do is add some men’s dress shirts to his wardrobe. Jay Z is showing us that 2013 is a big year for him, not that we are surprised, with Beyoncé as his wife every year is a big year. He has already made the cover of Time Magazine’s Most Influential issue and recently received a shout out from the President.
The film was swarming with celebrities, so much so that Jennifer Lawrence even seemed a little star struck running into Jay Z. While he is impressive in a number of ways, Director, Baz Luhrmann noted that he was more impressed with his work ethic than his talent and fame. Luhrmann boasts “he is one of the most professional people I have ever worked with.”
There is no stopping Jay Z at this point in his career. It seems there is no mountain he can’t climb and no project he is afraid to tackle. Next on the list is a remake of Annie, a film that should fare quite well with an added twist of Jay Z’s flair.
Of course no premiere is complete without an after party, the Plaza Hotel hosted the event where the stars danced alongside performers dressed as flappers to give it a modern day Gatsby feel.
The event went out without any mishaps, and those who were able to view the film imply they are pleased with the final product, seems it was well worth the anticipation leading up to the premiere.
Who built Stonehenge? How did those monoliths make their appearance on Easter Island? What are the Nazca Lines all about? Why did LL Cool J always roll his left pant leg up, exclusively, throughout the 90′s? It’s one of the great mysteries of our time and perhaps the only one we will get an answer to any time soon.
“It’s just a style from New York,” he says in this article.
I don’t believe him. I believe this thread, though, Holmes.
When I’m cleaning my face, I want a system. I don’t want to approach the situation haphazardly, like the parents on MTV’s hit TV show “Teen Mom.”
Let’s be frank — and yes, you “can still be Garth.” Your face skin is essentially your billboard to the world. And what does this billboard promote? The business of You, Incorporated.
If your face looks blotchy, dry, flaky, weird, or any other adjective that would describe a rabid Russian dog, scrounging the public subway system for scraps, you probably don’t want to look like that. You probably don’t want to look like Gorbachev, either.
You, Incorporated is coming off of another great fiscal quarter, but how do you maintain the momentum and feed all the families who depend on your face?
Any guy who has ever been married can tell you that 30 is a very low end estimate- for one day. But our friends over at “India’s largest men’s lifestyle site” (lol) have created this list.
If the “language of love” transcends all, so does stupidity.
This guy’s Menu Fort puts the “Men” in “Menu”.
If you’ve ever been out out to eat with a woman, then you can relate to this dude in the picture. Sometimes, you just get tired of looking at them. Other times, you’re just tired of hearing about “their day” or the women they work with.
All this poor guy wants is some attention- does he have to SCREAM it from the rooftops? The pink shirt is attention grab #1. He’s trying to show his versatility as a dresser, plus, looking comfortable in the color pink, neatly hinting that he is pleased with his sexual prowess. And she could be, too.
The Menu Fort is just an extension of his “Inner Child”. And she’s still ignoring him, actively texting with, presumably, the man she will hook up with after her free meal.
If you just can’t win, make a Menu Fort and let it all just recede into the background….
One time, Brad Smith returned a kickoff 90 yards-with one shoe. Another time, he scored on a 32 yard scamper via the ground. Yet another, he returned a blocked punt for a TUD. And I didn’t even mention the fact that last season he scored on a 32 yard receiving TUD against the rival Patriots.
His insane versatility on the field stretches to his local community as well, where he started the “Brad Smith True Foundation” to help kids in his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio to promote “discipline, education and organized activity.”
Recently, BarberShopBlog spoke with him about his first season in Buffalo, his preferred position, and his recent stint as an intern/backstage interviewer at Men’s Health magazine.
BE: Since you’ve been in the league, we’ve seen an evolution where a QB who can run, like a Russell Wilson type, has become really valuable. Why do you think that’s happened now and what started the shift since you got into the league?
Brad Smith:I think there’s always been this type of player in the league, it’s not new- you’ve always had guys like Fran Tarkenton, Steve Young, Randall Cunningham and other guys like that who have had a lot of success. Players like that are hard to find and I think that’s a big part of it where colleges are going to the zone read- that’s not all that these guys can do. You can be multi-dimensional and people start saying, “hey they have to defend this, and then this.” Then, their running back gets more yards in the hole because they’re worried about this. It’s all about scheme, man.
BE: In your pro career, you’ve been used in a myriad of ways — wide receiver, quarterback, kick return, running back, special teams — is there a way that you visualize yourself as a player?
Brad Smith: It’s been crazy experience going on eight years now- because it’s always something new. First, I come in, work at receiver for a few plays, then I go to running back, coach calls a few plays, did that. Then go to quarterback and work on those plays. Then I will hear the coach say, “Hey can you return kicks?” So, I tried that. Then its special teams tackling and blocking. So I just got an appreciation for the entire game but just want to make sure I help the team. There’s no play that doesn’t matter- every play matters. I don’t know how to look at it any other way than that I’m just a football player who wants to win and get a Super Bowl championship.
BE: One thing I don’t like as a fan are the new kick return rules; it’s taken a lot of fun out of kick returns. How do you feel about that?
Brad Smith: I feel the same way. It’s definitely added a drag to the game. About half the time now the ball is going out of the end zone, and if it doesn’t, most teams don’t bring it out deep. You’ve got a lot of teams that do bring it out. You’re gonna see more and more teams just taking a chance and bringing it out.
Baby, let’s get down to brass tax. Spring has “sprung” and that means Spring Training is also in “full swing”. It’s time to “spread the pollen around.”
If a guy ever tells you that he doesn’t enjoy watching you scarf down that hot dog (or banana) from your view in the box seats, he’s straight up lying to impress you. For shame, germs.
Which is why I like this dude and the serious face he makes when he confirms he is in fact, “turned on.”
You’ve been warned, baby. Now…who wants an Astro Pop??
If you’re in Vegas next week, the Las Vegas Nightclub & Bar Show kicks off on March 19th and runs thru the 21st.
Billed as “the definitive on-premise beverage show”, it’s held every March and features “innovative speakers, informational tools, and special on-floor events. Speaking of “innovative speakers”, Cee-Lo Green will host the opening ceremonies.
Show up and check out RP & Associates on March 20th at booth #1155 and have a change to win a free RP shot glass, flask, or other prizes.
Either way, it’s Vegas baby, live it up!