Carolina quarterback Cam Newton is truly one of a kind. From his game-day greatness to his post-game fashion, the MVP’s athleticism, leadership, and swagger are unmatched. All of this comes through in his signature cleat: the Under Armour C1N. Engineered for a seamless fit and total support, the cleats are explosive, durable, and flashy: just like Cam.
But Under Armour didn’t just stop there; they wanted to add as much of his unique personality and skills into this cleat collection as possible. That was the inspiration behind the four limited-edition versions that just dropped: ‘Paisley,’ ‘High Society,’ ‘Created Player,’ and ‘Midas Touch.’ Let’s break them all down.
The main inspiration behind the ‘Paisley’ cleat came from one of Cam’s bold outfits during award show season, but when he unveiled them before an away game in Minnesota, they also became an ideal tribute to the Gopher State’s own legendary musician, Prince.
His fashion is as unique and head-turning as his play, so it makes sense that the ‘High Society’ cleats are all about Cam’s style. The designer pants he’s sported before games inspire the cleat’s upper while the classic fox tail he has rocked postgame make an appearance on the back. And don’t worry; the removable tail is synthetic, not real fur!
Sometimes, Cam is so good, you’d swear he’d entered cheat codes. The controller codes and video disc designs on this cleat are perfect for the player who makes it look like he’s set the difficulty level to ‘Easy.’
With Cam’s ability to turn any play to gold, the ‘Midas Touch’ cleats are fitting. The Metallic Gold and Rose Gold colors on the cleat are the perfect way to symbolize the QB’s first-class skills, speed, and style.
So now that you know about all four special cleats, the question is, which cleat will you choose? Let us know in the comments and make sure to grab your favorite pair soon since these are limited edition and sure to be gone fast!
The moment you have been waiting for all year is finally here: it’s football season! Diehard fans and fantasy fanatics, as you await kick off, take a look at our break down of the top 5 teams favored to contend for a Super Bowl this season (in no particular order).
The Panthers made it look easy last season. They lost only one game during the regular season, and Cam Newton became the coveted star quarterback Panther fans hoped he would. Many people also seem to forget they were missing their No. 1 receiver in Kelvin Benjamin the entire season due to an injury. The 6-foot-5 Benjamin broke out during his rookie campaign in 2014, with 73 catches for over 1000 yards and nine touchdowns. With a healthy Benjamin joining a 15-1 team from last season that didn’t lose many players to free agency, the odds for another strong season in Carolina are high.
Year in and year out, the Seahawks boast one of the toughest defenses in the NFL. Add that to one of the best dual threat quarterbacks in the league in Russell Wilson, an aggressive but successful coach in Pete Carroll, and one of the toughest home venues to play at in the league, and you have a recipe for success. If the young running backs can step up to fill the void of the loss of Marshawn Lynch, and Wilson continues to improve his young receiving core, expect the Seahawks to once again be playing ball late in the postseason.
Despite continuing to get older offensively, with Carson Palmer turning 37 in December and Larry Fitzgerald recently turning 33, the Cardinals continue to be a powerhouse in the NFC. Boasting one of the quickest and hardest hitting defenses, led by safety Tyrann Mathieu, and an offense that likes to score via the big play, the Cardinals were an easy pick. As long as Palmer can stay healthy and gets the ball to his strong receiving core—including Fitzgerald, John Brown, Michael Floyd—as well as his young and talented running back, David Johnson, you can pencil in the Cardinals as a contender once again.
New England Patriots
Yes, Tom Brady is suspended for the first four games of the season. But life will go on in New England as long as Bill Belichick is at the helm, and that’s for sure. The Patriots defensive and offensive lines once again are rock solid, and Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman continue to put up big numbers year after year as pesky slot receivers for Brady to throw to. Along with this, If Rob Gronkowski can avoid injury for another season, he is just another huge asset for Brady on offense. Look at it how you want, but the Patriots haven’t won less than 12 regular-season games in seven years, so don’t expect that to change this year with the AFC wide-open.
Green Bay Packers
One of the best pitch-and-catch combinations in football, Jordy Nelson and Aaron Rodgers, will be reunited in 2016 after Nelson tore his ACL in 2015. The injury allowed defenses to focus on the rest of the Packers’ targets and slow Rodgers and the passing attack down. With a healthy Nelson back as a No. 1 receiver, and a slimmed down Eddie Lacy in the backfield, Rodgers should have no shortage of weapons. In addition to the offense, the defense also looks poised to have a strong season as Clay Matthews moves back to his natural outside linebacker position with more opportunities to rush the quarterback. To add on to the other positives, a young defensive secondary returning with more experience should only help put the Packers in position for a playoff run once again.
As the 2016 season gets underway, there is no way to truly know what will happen. Maybe a sleeper team steps up and makes a playoff run, or maybe the teams you expect to be there in the end will be there after all. No matter who you are cheering for this season, make sure to rep them the right way all season long with our biggest and best selection of fan gear at eastbay.com.
words // Brandon Richard
The Carolina Panthers entered their Monday Night Football matchup with the New England Patriots having won five-straight games. Despite their recent success, many felt that quarterback Cam Newton needed another signature victory to cement himself among the NFL’s elite — and he had the perfect opportunity to pick one up with Tom Brady on the other side of the field.
Newton was every bit as good as the phenom we remember from his rookie season. He completed 19 of his 28 passes for 209 yards and 3 touchdowns. On the ground, he racked up 62 yards on 7 attempts.
Doing what he does, Brady led the Patriots to a field goal drive and a 20-17 lead with about 6:36 left in the fourth. Responding to those who said he needed that signature win, Newton answered with a 13-play touchdown drive from Carolina’s own 17 to retake the lead 24-20. The Patriots marched down the field with less than a minute left, but ultimately fell short in their rally bid due to an extremely controversial no-call on the game’s final play.
Carolina is now 7-3 and travel to Miami to play against the Dolphins Sunday.
There have been a lot of questions about Cam Newton’s footwear this season. Here’s what we know: Newton is wear-testing the new Under Armour Highlight cleat set to release next year. We’re calling it Highlight ’14, but that is not the official name. In some instances, he’s been wearing superhero-inspired make-ups from the ‘Alter Ego’ collection. Much more on Newton’s new cleats as the story develops.
Also in Week 11, the Denver Broncos ended the Kansas City Chiefs’ undefeated start; Josh McCown helped the Chicago Bears even things up in the NFC North; the Cincinnati Bengals won a pivotal division game against the Cleveland Browns; Nick Foles continued to play well as the Philadelphia Eagles topped Washington; the New Orleans Saints edged the San Francisco 49ers 23-20 in a possible playoff preview; with Aaron Rodgers still sidelined, the New York Giants won their fourth-straight; and Percy Harvin returned to the Seattle Seahawks in a win over his former team.
For a look at some of the football cleats that hit the field in these games and more, check out today’s NFL Watch.
Cam Newton – Under Armour Highlight ’14 ‘Camo’
Cam Newton – Under Armour Highlight ’14 Low
Steve Smith – Under Armour Mercenary
Donald Brown – Nike Super Speed TD 3/4
Marquise Goodwin – Nike Alpha Pro TD
Josh McCown – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro
Vontaze Burfict – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro
Charles Woodson – Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats
Carson Palmer – Nike Zoom Flightposite
LeSean McCoy – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro
Jerricho Cotchery – Under Armour Nitro Diablo
Bobby Rainey- Nike Alpha Pro TD
Charles Clay – Nike Alpha Pro TD
Marques Colston – Nike Vapor Jet TD
Rueben Randle – Nike Vapor Pro Low
Hakeem Nicks – Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats
Percy Harvin – Nike Vapor Pro Low
Montee Ball – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro
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