Eastbay Memory Lane: Terrell Davis Covers August 1999 Issue

Eastbay Memory Lane: Terrell Davis Covers August 1999 Issue

words // Brandon Richard

This past Sunday, the Denver Broncos defeated the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII. The game marks Denver’s first trip to the Super Bowl since January 1999, when they beat the Atlanta Falcons to become back-to-back champions.

An integral part of  that roster was running back Terrell Davis, MVP of Super Bowl XXXII and a 100+ yard rusher in both games. Injuries forced Davis into an early retirement, but in a four-year span, he had three 1,000+ yard rushing seasons, a 2,008 yard campaign, was voted 1998 MVP and won two rings. That’s why he’s still up for consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

With the Broncos heading back to the big game, today’s Eastbay Memory Lane takes us back to August 1999, when ‘TD’ covered our Fall Sports issue. It’s a shame we didn’t get to see a full healthy 10-or-so year career play out, but what he accomplished in 7 injury-hit seasons is remarkable. Where does Davis rank among the all-time running backs? Will Knowshon Moreno be able to replicate some of his Super Bowl magic?

Eastbay Memory Lane // Terrell Davis Covers August 1999 Issue

Eastbay Memory Lane // Reebok Big Hurt Spring 1996

Eastbay Memory Lane // Reebok Big Hurt Spring 1996

words // Brandon Richard

Yesterday, former Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas was one of three players elected to the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame class. In 19 seasons, also spent with the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays, Thomas recorded 2,468 hits, 521 home runs, 1,704 runs batted in and a batting average of .301. He won two MVPs in 1993 and 1994, was named an All-Star five times, Silver Slugger four times and won the AL batting title in 1997.

With his popularity soaring in the early 90s, Thomas signed an endorsement deal with Reebok in 1993. Highlighting a partnership that would last 5 years, the brand released Frank’s signature Big Hurt cleat and trainer in 1996.

The Big Hurt was part of Reebok’s Mobius Collection, which consisted of shoes with unique 50/50 black and white counterblocked uppers. In line with Chicago’s pinstriped uniforms, the Big Hurt featured a fully striped upper, three Vectors along the side and a Big Hurt logo on the tongue.

Today’s Eastbay Memory Lane celebrate’s Frank’s HOF election with a look back at the Big Hurt from our Spring 1996 catalog. What’s interesting about this two-page spread is seeing the different versions of the Big Hurt ranging from pro level to beginner. The version Frank wore on field was equipped with Insta Pump technology, which with the aid of a manual inflator, enhanced cushioning and support. Takedown versions for novices or softball players were made without the steel cleats you’d find on a pair of pro levels.

Check out the catalog pages below and if you’re a fan of the Big Hurt, you’ll be happy to know that the training sneaker version is being re-released this year.

Eastbay Memory Lane // Reebok Big Hurt Spring 1996 (1)

Eastbay Memory Lane // Reebok Big Hurt Spring 1996 (2)

Eastbay Memory Lane // LeBron James, April 2004

Eastbay Memory Lane // LeBron James, April 2004

words // Brandon Richard

Two NBA Championships. Two-time Finals MVP. Four-time league MVP. Nine-time All-Star. Seven-time All-NBA First Team. Five-time All-Defense First Team. Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist. And he’s not even 30.

Today, LeBron James celebrates his 29th Birthday. The most publicized American sports prospect of all-time has lived up to the hype and then some. With his eyes on a three-peat, James is still somehow showing signs of improvement, averaging 25.4 points per game while shooting a career-high 59.2%  from the field. That makes him the only perimeter player Top 10 in field goal percentage.

With LeBron, you get the sense that the best is yet to come. Four or five more prime years could shape one of the greatest basketball legacies we’ve ever seen — maybe even THE greatest.

Celebrating another year of greatness, today’s Eastbay Memory Lane takes us back to April 2004, when James covered the catalog in amazing velour gear and his Nike Air Zoom Generation signature shoe. At this point LeBron picked up his sixth-straight Rookie of the Month Award and wrapped up a Rookie of the Year campaign.

Almost a decade later, what do you remember about 2004 and LeBron’s rookie season?

Eastbay Memory Lane // LeBron James, April 2004

Eastbay Memory Lane // adidas Kobe Holiday 2000

Eastbay Memory Lane // adidas Kobe Holiday 2000

words // Brandon Richard

En route to his first NBA Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000, Kobe Bryant debuted a unique new signature shoe — the adidas Kobe.

To be perfectly honest, the Kobe was a polarizing design. You either loved it or you hated it, and that’s fine. In a way, that’s been somewhat of a microcosm of Kobe’s career. But you notice him, just like you noticed the adidas Kobe on court.

Inspired by the Audi TT, the Kobe’s curved molded build and midfoot arch were designed after the car’s grill, lights and wheel wells. The double-layered collar helped prevent ankle rolls and a 3D Torsion system balanced rearfoot and forefoot responsiveness.

In addition to Bryant, the Kobe was famously worn by teams like UCLA on the college level.

Kobe and adidas have since moved in different directions, but there will always be a following for Kobe’s ‘fro era’ signature models. For loyalists, the Kobe is on its way back soon, albeit with a new name — the Crazy 1.

Today’s Eastbay Memory Lane focuses on our Holiday 2000 issue, when the Kobe graced a page next to other memorable models like the Superstar 2G and the Bromium. Were any of these adidas Basketball shoes on your feet in 2000?

Eastbay Memory Lane // adidas Kobe Holiday 2000

Eastbay Memory Lane // Air Jordan 12 ‘Taxi’ December 1996

Eastbay Memory Lane // Air Jordan 12 ‘Taxi’ December 1996

words // Brandon Richard

History will repeat itself this weekend, when the ‘Taxi’ Air Jordan 12 makes its highly anticipated return. Seventeen years ago, sneakerheads also had the opportunity to grab the classic for the holidays, when it graced our December 1996 catalog.

Today’s Eastbay Memory Lane focuses on Page 3, which the ‘Taxi’ 12 shared with Charles Barkley’s Air CB 34 and various Air Flight models. You’ll mainly recognize the Air Zoom Flight, one of the shoes Penny Hardaway wore prior to having his own signature line.

Did you own the original ‘Taxi’ 12 in 96-97? After seeing the incredible Frozen Moment commercial, there was no way I wasn’t getting a pair. They were mostly sold out in my area, but I managed to find them in a size and a half too large. No problem — stuffed socks in the toebox and the rest is history. I definitely don’t recommend doing that now, though.

Share your stories about these classics Jordan shoes with us below.

Eastbay Memory Lane // Air Jordan 12 'Taxi' December 1996