February 5, 2016 - ALL HaiL Super BowL

Each year the Super Bowl is one of the biggest events in the United States. There are bills that have been written to make the day after the Super Bowl a national holiday, (good idea considering how many people call in a little under the weather the day after). Copious amounts of chicken wings and guacamole are consumed, fields of hops and barley are razed to create the oceans of beer consumed.

Yet for most of us the Super Bowl is better known as the "I don't care who wins, I just hope its a good game," bowl. And sometimes we get our wish, sometimes we're coming up with new prop bets in the third quarter to keep our guests interested.

We don't know who will win this year's contest between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, but we do know Ceasar's Roman Numerals won't be making the trip. After generations of using the archaic but apparently exigent XXIV etc in place of a simple 24, the powers that be decided that the best way to commemorate number fifty is to label it, Number 50. It couldn't have had anything to do with not wanting teams and fans wearing hats and shirts advertising the big game to have a massive "L" on their heads and chests, could it? 

All we know if that we just hope it's a good game.

Source: Super BowL 50

January 29, 2016 - Staying Current

Buzzzzz. For many sports nuts who grew up in the '70's and '80's this sound meant one thing. Time for football. More specifically, Electric football. Nothing was more fun.

It was the paradoxical mash-up of high-tech meets low-tech. Yes, the phrase "electric football" was new and thrilling when it first came into being. You mean we can plug this game in and flip a switch and characters will move, bump into each other and score touchdowns? Inside my own bedroom? Yet it was silly and clumsy too because the players were next to impossible to control, sometimes spinning mindlessly in a circle, other times running with the ball to the opposite end zone of often just straight out of bounds. The players couldn't pass or kick, instead one needed to turn off the game, then invoke a special device that would flick a felt ball and hope it hit a stationary player, arm that player with the ball and flick on the game again. Compared to today's eleborate video games, it seems prehistoric.

But boy was it fun. And our guess is kids today would find it enchanting as well. At least that what Tudor Games believes as they're not just offering one model, but a handful along with an elaborate array of players and teams. You can get the Broncos and the Panthers in time for Super Bowl 50.

They ship fast because they're a secure factory direct store. Interactive play builds teamwork, interpersonal skills and actually makes kids think. They can get as elaborate as they wish, "tweaking" bases to control a player's speed and direction, even changing out various bases for different purposes. They can even play with detailed videos created by coaches.

Yes, we may be taking a nostalgic trip down memory lane, before the days of smart phones and Playstation, back to the days when board games were the norm and plugging one in was revolutionary. Now, not only is electric football not "up with the times" it's an outdated relic. Ironically, that's what gives it so much charm.

Source: Tudor Games


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January 22, 1016 - Your Cup of Chowder

I'm not particularly a fan of any Boston teams. Though I did meet my wife in Boston and had the absolute best cup of clam chowder from a street vendor on a cold winter day. This is why it is no mystery to me that Bostonians refer to themselves as "Chowderheads".

So with the AFC Championship Game this weekend, we thought we'd give some props to a city that doesn't need them. The Patriots will be playing in this game for an incredible fifth straight year. If you're a Pats, Celtics, Bruins or Red Sox fan, we found the site that has everything imaginable to display your pride.

Chowdaheadz has been around for over 12 years serving the fervant New England fan base with T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, signs, stickers, bar items...basically anything and everything you can imagine from logoed items to unique creations. This isn't just a place to get a T-Shirt reading "Celtics". Humorous wearables are their forte, but there's enough for everyone.

Need a Boston Red Sox Snuggie Blanket? No problem. How about a New England Patriots nightlLight or Boston Celtics flameless candle. There's the Boston Lobster Stuffed Fanimal and Shirt.  And to make sure the baby is indocrinated properly from day one, the Charlie Chowdahead doll or the Born Into It Infant Bib 4 Pack show above.

Sports fans are nutty. Boston fans might be the nuttiest of all. You can slake your thirst for that fanaticism at Chowdaheadz. Don't be surprised if you can order a good cup of soup from them soon.

Source: Chowdaheadz

January 15, 2016 - One For the Money

More style. More variety. Social acceptance. More money in your pocket. This is what Dux Sports strives to offer in their exceptional clothing line. They boast a wide variety of sleeves, batting gloves, compression wear, hats and sunglasses for baseball players and other athletes. They sent us a sampling of their products to try out and they are all superior in quality and value.

Their compression 3/4 shirt is a fraction of the price of other similar items on the market. I gave it to one of my college baseball-playing sons, who is pretty picky about what he wears. He loves it and wears it every day to practice.

Dux Sports’ vision is to be recognized as the premier socially driven brand in the sports industry changing athletes lives for the better while making them look good. Dux Sports’ mission is to spread knowledge free of costs to those athletes in need of it by supporting these activities with a brand that offers stylish but affordable accessories to people throughout the world. We hope they succeed because you have to root for a company that puts customer satisfaction over company profits. Our hunch is that their philosophy will lead to lots of profits and even more happy athletes.

Source: Dux Sports

January 13, 2016 - Not Slippery When Wet

If you play hoops, especially on an indoor surface, you know why you always see people bending their knees, wiping the bottoms of their soles. Dust and dirt on basketball floors cause slipping and sliding, which can not only adversely affect your game, but cause injury. Consequently players have to spit into, (or, worse, lick) their hands to try to moisten the bottoms of their shoes. Not only is this kind of disgusting, it can be tough to do when you're breathing heavy and have a dry mouth.

Now you can keep your hands clean and the bottoms of your shoes just damp enough to hear the "squeak" of traction on the court. GuardDawgs are a lightweight, hygienic, anti-slip, improved grip and traction control solution for indoor court shoes.

It's a simple little pouch that attaches to the laces of your shoes. Inside is a mesh sponge and microfiber stick. Take it out of the pouch and dampen it. The furry stick holds the water and also traps the dust and dirt from your shoe when you swipe your foot on it. So now, instead of using your hands, just swipe one foot on top of the other and you're off and running...literally.

They sent us some to try out and they really do attach easily and provide moisture and improved traction. We worried at first that having them attached to the shoes might be cumbersome, but they were not even noticeable - that is until you felt your feet losing grip. The pouch can even store small items like cash or keys.

When you're on the court there's no longer any reason to live hand to mouth. Slip on a couple GuardDawgs and while everyone else is sliding around, they'll be wondering how your shoes stay so "squeaky clean."

GuardDawg Court Grip Traction

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