NCAA Watch: Sweet 16

NCAA Watch: Sweet 16

words // Brennan Hiro Williams

The first two rounds of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament are in the books, having provided some of the same great finishes and upset victories that make us tune in every March. 16 teams are still on the board, with all four number one seeds making it through (UNC, Syracuse, MSU, Kentucky), along with three surprise underdogs (Ohio, NC State, Xavier).

The tournament action continues on Thursday, March 22, with the East and West regional semi-finals.

Photos via Y! Sports.

USBWA Player of the Year Anthony Davis leads Kentucky into the semis in the Nike Zoom KD IV.


Florida’s Bradley Beal launches a trey in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011 Low.


Kanas Jayhawk Tyshawn Taylor attacks the rim in the adidas adiZero Crazy Light.


Will UNC’s Kendall Marshall (Air Jordan 2012) return from his wrist injury?


Indiana celebrates its victory over VCU in adidas basketball shoes.


Stevie Taylor (Nike LeBron 9 “Dunkman”) and the #13 seed Ohio Bobcats celebrate their berth into the Sweet 16.

NCAA Watch: It’s a Madhouse!

NCAA Watch: It’s a Madhouse!


words // Brennan Hiro Williams

The 2012 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament officially kicks off tomorrow with “First Four” games in Dayton, Ohio. March Madness continues through the rest of March, concluding with the championship game at the New Orleans Superdome on April 2. As most of you fill out last-minute brackets, agonizing over which 12-5 upset to pick (hint: all of them), let’s take a closer look at some of the footwear choices on the tournament’s best players in the latest edition of NCAA Watch.

Photos via Y! Sports.


Kentucky’s Anthony Davis leads the #1 seed Wildcats wearing the Air Jordan Retro 10.

Duke frosh Austin Rivers wears the Nike Zoom Hyperenforcer.


Ohio State guard William Buford launches a three in the Nike Air Huarache BBall 2012.


Kansas forward Thomas Robinson posts up in the adidas adiZero Shadow.

SDSU’s Xavier Thames (Air Jordan Retro 13) drives against New Mexico’s Drew Gordon (Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011).


Marquette’s Junior Cadougan (Jordan CP3.V) defends Lousiville’s Peyton Siva (adidas adiZero Crazy Light Low).

Nike Signs Quarterback Andrew Luck

Nike Signs Quarterback Andrew Luck

words // Brennan Hiro Williams

Today Nike announced the signing of two-time All-American quarterback Andrew Luck to its roster of athletes.

The former Stanford star will enter the April 26 NFL Draft as one of the most heralded quarterback prospects in decades. The two-time Heisman Trophy finalist led the resurgence of the Cardinal football program, helping his team to a 23-3 record over the past two seasons. Widely regarded as the likely first pick of the 2011 draft, Luck returned to school for his redshirt junior season, completing a record-breaking career as Stanford’s all-time leader in touchdown passes (82), total yards (10,387) and passing efficiency rating (162.8). Luck excelled as a scholar-athlete as well, as the architectural design major earned three straight Academic All-America honors during his time on The Farm.

“I’m excited to be part of the Nike team,” said Luck. “And I look forward to pursuing the next chapter of my career with such an innovative company supporting me.”

The Indianapolis Colts are expected to take Luck with the first pick, hoping that the 22-year-old signal caller can successfully step into the newly vacant starting role. The Colts released their all-world quarterback, Peyton Manning, last week after 14 years under center.

Nike Signs Andrew Luck

MLB Watch: The Return of Spring

MLB Watch: The Return of Spring


words // Brennan Hiro Williams

Four months after the St. Louis Cardinals won the 2011 MLB World Series, baseball is back, thawing out in the balmy climates of Florida and Arizona. With no shortage of new storylines, the 2012 season is sure to provide plenty of dramatic moments, all of which starts now in Spring Training. Cactus and Grapfruit League play officially kicks off tomorrow, March 2, for teams around the MLB.

Check out the new gear on your favorite MLB players in the latest edition of MLB Watch.

Photos via Y! Sports.


Rangers rookie Yu Darvish gets acquainted with Texas culture and his new Nike glove.


Rockies superstar Troy Tulowitzki backhands a grounder in the Nike Shox Gamer.


Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman works on fielding drills in Under Armour.


Jose “Joey Bats” Bautista appears to have switched over to Reebok for the 2012 season.


Gerald Demp “Buster” Posey III blocks a ball in the dirt wearing the Under Armour Pro Chest Protector.


Adrian Gonzalez works on first base drills in the Nike LunarEclipse+ 2.


Breakout Blue Jays slugger Brett Lawrie runs sprints in the Nike LunarGlide+ 3.


Yankees stars Derek Jeter (Jordan Brand) and Alex Rodriguez (Nike) stretch out on Tampa’s Steinbrenner Field.


Power-hitting prodigy Giancarlo Stanton poses with his Marucci baseball bat.


“Big Time Timmy Jim” Tim Lincecum poses with his Rawlings baseball glove.


Pittsburgh star Andrew McCutchen sports a crisp new Pirates New Era 59FIFTY Authentic Cap.

NCAA Watch: Who Will Survive?

NCAA Watch: Who Will Survive?


words // Brennan Hiro Williams

As February comes to a close, the final tournament field is beginning to take shape, with top teams trying to secure high seeds and bubble teams trying to survive. Take a look at some of the latest sneakers on the collegiate hardwood in the newest edition of NCAA Watch.

Photos via Y! Sports, Robby Nicholl.



Syracuse sophomore C.J. Fair wears the Jordan Melo M8.


Auburn’s Varez Ward attacks the hoop in the Under Armour Micro G Bloodline “Roma.”


Missouri’s Michael Dixon ties up the rock in the Nike Air Zoom Flight 5.


Coastal Carolina forward Bisi Addey shuts it down with a big dunk in the “Rice” Nike Zoom Kobe VI.


Duke’s Quinn Cook wears the “Pewter” Nike Air Foamposite One.


Blue Devil guard Seth Curry wears the Nike Zoom Hyperenforcer.


Tyler Thornton wears the Nike Zoom Rookie.


Austin Rivers wears a Nike Pro Combat VIS Basketball sleeve.


UConn point guard Shabazz Napier wears the Air Jordan Retro 4.


Tony Wroten (Air Jordan Retro 4) goes up against Josiah Turner (Air Jordan Retro 10) and Nick Johnson (Air Jordan Retro 11).