Streetball gets a bad wrap. After being exposed to the And1 Mixtape Tour, and occasional Rucker Park Tournament highlight, it’s easy to envision four guys standing around while one guy dribbles, each possession punctuated by a slam dunk with little or no defense.
But the Ball Up “Search for the Next” is completely different from its predecessors. It’s a 10-city tour looking for the best undiscovered player in the country that culminates in $100,000 and a roster spot for the tour’s winner.
In 2003, the most popular streetball player in the world right now, The Professor, was one of them.
While attending an And1 Mixtape Tour stop in Portland, Oregon in 2003, the 5’10,” 155-pound 19-year-old Professor competed in an open run competition prior to that evening’s game and did well enough to get invited back that evening to square off against Team And1.
After a solid performance in the game, he joined the team full-time and was suddenly getting paid to play basketball, literally overnight.
“Yeah, true story. We would’ve been fully content just watching the game,” said Professor about the experience. “I got there early and saw that there was an open run going on and that there was a chance. I hopped in as soon as I could and showed them what I could do.
“And next thing I know, I’m selected to play against the And1 Mixtape Tour team. I got the crowd excited again a few times in that game, and then that night, they asked me to go on tour with them, and I was just shocked.”
Ball Up started in 2009 and took the concept of touring streetball to a new level.
“The whole experience has been a blessing. I’ve been able to travel the world, got to call basketball my job thanks to the company giving me my first contract in 2003. So I just feel really blessed to be in this position and that Ball Up wanted to start this movement up again.”
The Professor is humble, but let’s not forget how sick he is.
Here’s that move, in a single frame:
Princess Cruises, the Official Cruise Line of the Seattle Seahawks, kicked off the “Sail with the 12s” with an onboard rally featuring the Sea Gals dance team. Wide Receivers Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse were also in attendance alongside mascots Blitz and Boom.
The Sea Gals were on hand to incite the crowd to join other fans on the Alaskan cruise, that also features several current and former Seahawks joining the cruise for exclusive Q&A sessions, meet-and-greet autograph signings and photo opportunities. Click the link for full details.
To some people, Alexis DeJoria is the wife of Moster Garage star Jesse James. To others, she is the daughter of Jean-Paul DeJoria, billionaire businessman and co-founder of Paul Mitchell hair products and the Patron Spirits Company. But on the NHRA Mello Yello circuit, Alexis DeJoria is one of the most successful Funny Car drivers on the tour.
We spent two days with Alexis and her team from Kalitta Motorsports at the Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kansas, and inadvertently found ourselves in the middle of the most exciting weekend in the history of the sport.
In this video, Alexis talks about how her car accelerates faster than anything on earth (yes, even a fighter jet), how she got into racing, and her career-defining victory in the 2014 NHRA U.S. Nationals, it’s 60th anniversary, a feat akin to winning the Super Bowl.
The day before we arrived in Topeka, during the second day of qualifying, DeJoria ran the best run of her career, an Elapsed Time (ET) of 3.994. ET is the time it takes from the car to get from the starting line to finish line.
Nothing worse than looking like an idiot in front of your friends at a young age.
“So you wana act grown…well now you can look grown too,” said barber Russell Fredrick on the Facebook page for his A-1 Kutz barbershop in Snellville, Georgia, near Atlanta.
Fredrick shaved his son’s head bald and then showed him a picture of an old bald man, like the character in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
“I showed him and I told him, this is your next one if you keep it up,” Fredrick told him. “He didn’t want it, so he got his act together.”
You know what’s really annoying? About 99% of the announcers on TV, especially during the NBA playoffs.
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What’s just as cool is that you can announce the games tonight yourself. I mean, if you’re hanging out with your buddies, drinking beers, and cracking jokes, why not broadcast the hilarity for the entire world to hear. You know you want to!
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- Listen to an audio broadcast of any NBA Playoffs game or call the game yourself.
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And check out this video the company made. I’m pretty sure we can all relate to how much it sucks listening to crappy announcers who spew out the same boring clichés.