Miami Heat’s Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen against Indiana Pacers’ Lance Stephenson during Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference final playoff in Miami, Florida May 22, 2013.
Photograph: Joe Skipper/Reuters Miami Heat 103-102 Indiana Pacers Heat lead series 1-0 A LeBron James overtime buzzer beater gave Miami an exhilarating victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game One of the Eastern Conference finals.
James drove almost unattended into the paint with 2.2 seconds left and layup as the game clock reached zero and finally claim a 103-102 win after a see-saw struggle which saw 17 lead changes between the East’s number one and three seeds.
The advantage had swung throughout the night, but with 20 seconds of regulation remaining and the Pacers down by 2 points, Paul George looked like he had thrown the game away.
George threw the ball to the Pacers bench – and out of bounds – appearing to confuse all the yellow uniforms standing courtside for a wide open colleague actually on the court.
But 19 seconds later George found redemption with a 3-pointer from way outside to tie the game with 0.7 seconds left.
And so to overtime.
With three seconds of overtime left and the Heat leading by two points, Dwyane Wade fouled George outside the 3-point line, fouling out of the game in the process.
A preternaturally calm George proceeded to shoot all three freethrows.
Unfortunately for Indiana there was still time to get the ball to MVP James for his final charge past George.
Miami’s Big Three had been matched all night by the might, muscle and skill of Indiana.
James led Miami with 30 points in a triple double.
Wade scored 19 and Bosh 17.
For Indiana George had 27 points, David West 26 and Roy Hibbert 19.
With so many of the frontline players performing, perhaps it was the surprise of Chris “Birdman” Andersen’s biggest ever playoff performance that made the difference.
Andersen was 7-of-7 from the field and 2-for-2 at the freethrow line.
As if to prove it was Andersen – as if his mohican and tattoos didn’t already do that – there was also a technical foul in his 18 minutes of action.
Game Two is in Miami on Friday.
The Oakland A s have a roster filled with a host of players1 who thankfully enjoy the lighter side2 of things, so it only feels appropriate that the team has etched Zubazpalooza day into the schedule for early August.
So for baseball fans in Oakland that find themselves in dire need of new hangover pants, all they need to do is purchase a Plaza Reserved ticket package for August 3 and they ll be gifted with a pair of vomit-inspired, albeit comfortable Zubaz to throw on for an afternoon game against the Rangers.
The question is, who isn t draping their fans in Zubaz this summer?
Probably the Yankees.
- ^ host of players (twitter.com)
- ^ enjoy the lighter side (twitter.com)
- ^ humorous reliever Sean Doolittle (twitter.com)
- ^ for a Joe Sixpack-friendly, $449.99 (shop.wwe.com)
- ^ Cubs are also in on the Zubaz fun (chicago.cubs.mlb.com)
- ^ @Zubaz (twitter.com)
- ^ MLB (oakland.athletics.mlb.com)
- ^ UCLA Adidas Uniforms Have Zubaz and Sleeves, Subtle Yet Horrifying (www.thebiglead.com)
- ^ Cincinnati Zubaz Uniforms Were Worse Than Expected (www.thebiglead.com)
Spacesuit uniforms for the groundkeepers as they prepare the diamond for the first game in the Astrodome, Houston, Texas, April 12, 1965.
The dome, as seen here, had a translucent roof to allow the grass to grow but glare caused the panes to be painted over, which caused the grass to die, until eventually Monsanto invented AstroTurf as a replacement.
Photograph: Robert Riger/Getty Images It hosted the biggest stars in sports and entertainment and became one of the most iconic and influential buildings in America.
Now forlorn and empty, the Astrodome in Houston could soon be razed and replaced by a parking lot.
On Tuesday the NFL’s owners meet in Boston to decide which cities will host the 50th anniversary Super Bowl in 2016 and the following year’s game.
Santa Clara and Miami Gardens are vying for 2016 and the Bay Area is the firm favorite because the San Francisco 49ers are soon to move from venerable Candlestick Park to a new stadium, while Florida’s politicians recently refused to pay for upgrades to the Miami Dolphins’ ageing home.
The loser from the 2016 contest will battle Houston for the right to host Super Bowl LI.
While south Florida undeniably has a trendier beach scene than south Texas, Reliant Stadium has a strong sporting case.
Opened in 2002, the arena has a retractable roof and successfully hosted American football’s showpiece in 2004.
The Houston Texans are currently installing the largest HD in-stadium video screens in the world, to boost the bid and outdo the Dallas Cowboys in a classic piece of “Everything’s bigger in Texas” one-upmanship.
The main problem with Houston’s case is the landmark only 200ft away: a decaying relic that now resembles a sad gray souffl .
Roger Goodell hinted in March that bulldozing the Astrodome would help Houston’s Super Bowl prospects.
Said the commissioner: “Those are decisions that have to be made by the community.
It sounds like a very positive change because they’ll be able to use the space that the Astrodome sits on in a very positive way.
Whether it’s more parking, whether we can have more events there on that space – it’s not just the stadium itself, it’s the area surrounding it that’s valuable.
And, I think that could be a very positive change in their Super Bowl bid.” In March, the Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo revealed they had commissioned a report that claimed the Astrodome could be imploded and replaced with 1,600 parking spaces for $29 million – less than half the cost of previous estimates.
But the Reliant Park complex already boasts more than 26,000 spaces.
“I don’t think it’s about the parking spaces.
I think they don’t want a giant derelict stadium sitting next to the Super Bowl in 2017,” said Tory Gattis, a Houston business strategist.
The 1962 ground-breaking ceremony was conducted in truly Texan style: local dignitaries used guns to shoot blanks into the earth.
It opened in 1965 and was home to Astros baseball and Oilers football.
It inspired the construction of multi-sport venues elsewhere and its artificial grass became popularly known as AstroTurf.
During the 1960s it was a symbol of American ambition and modernity and the pride of “Space City”, together with NASA’s Mission Control.
Muhammad Ali fought there, Evel Knievel soared over cars on his motorbike and Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes tennis match.
Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Jackson Five and many more headline acts performed in the once-futuristic, air-conditioned surrounds of the world’s first domed stadium.
In 1970, Robert Altman directed Brewster McCloud, a film about a young man living in the Astrodome who plans to build a pair of wings.
Thirty-five years later, it was a temporary home to thousands of refugees from Hurricane Katrina who were bussed from New Orleans as conditions worsened inside the SuperDome.
Refugees of Hurricane Katrina fill the floor of the Astrodome in 2005.
Photograph: Richard Carson/Reuters The Astros quit for a new downtown ballpark in 2000 and when the rodeo moved to Reliant Stadium in 2003 there were no major tenants left.
It was officially shut in 2008 after an inspection found that it was unsafe for occupancy, though the structure remains sound.
Now, as pictures show, the stadium is slowly, spookily, rusting towards oblivion.
Numerous ambitious and inventive renovation schemes have foundered due to a lack of funds and political inertia but the attention on the Super Bowl bid has given the debate fresh impetus and a resolution finally seems near.
Knocking it down would be the least expensive solution, but a blow to nostalgics in a forward-looking city with few historical buildings.
June 10 is the deadline to submit proposals to the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation, which will then make recommendations to local government later in the month.
Ideas that require significant taxpayer funding are likely to be put to a public vote in November.
Says Gattis: “For Houstonians it carries a lot of weight and for Americans in general it’s a known thing.
It was such a big deal in the 60s.
Houston is a city that’s lacking in distinctive icons.
It’s still magnificent inside.
When you’re under that roof it’s just a spectacular space.
It just feels impressive.” Gattis suggests the Astrodome could become a national museum of technology and innovation.
“If we did a flagship museum on the scale of the National Air and Space Museum in DC that could put us on the map,” he said.
Chris Alexander heads a non-profit group called Astrodome Tomorrow, which is putting together a proposal for the Astrodome to become a public park with museums on topics such as sports, oil and gas and rodeo.
He said he first fell in love with the arena as a 15-year-old attending its inaugural concert in 1965, which featured Judy Garland and The Supremes.
“We know there is sentiment in the Texans to knock the building down,” he said.
“There’s a better solution on parking that satisfies the Texans’ needs.” Alexander wants to build a garage elsewhere on the site.
“Our biggest priority is to save the building and preserve it for future use,” he said, adding that he thinks it could last for another century.
He estimates his park plans would cost between $800m – $1bn.
Even the University of Southern California reportedly has a secret plan for the Astrodome.
Given USC’s Los Angeles location, there is speculation it could involve turning the site into a giant film studio.
Other ideas include a hotel and convention center, a lake and an amusement park.
In the meantime, Alexander is seeking donations to buy a pressure-wash for the grimy, dulled exterior and make what was once called the Eighth Wonder of the World sparkle again.
Super Bowl 2016 and 2017 announcement: 2pm ET.
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The University of Arizona football team will be rocking new threads this season, and it almost seems as if they’re going the same route as similarly-Nike-sponsored PAC-12 rivals, the Univeristy of Oregon Ducks, with uniforms that seem slightly…gimmicky.
Brian Pedersen, the resident sports guy around here, had similar thoughts (though he appears to have wished they were just a bit more gimmicky):
The seven different uniform combinations on display in the YouTube video released today (which you can see above) feature a new number font, gradient-like color blending on the shoulders and the numbers, three different jersey and pants options and four separate helmet options.
Basically, I’d be surprised if Arizona wore the same uniform combo twice this season.
While I’m not a fan, I’m sure that recruits will be psyched.
The Adidas epidemic in college athletics may end soon. Not because of numerous1 sartorial2 blights3 but because of a labor issue in Indonesia. Workers rights groups have censured the company for not paying severance4 after an Indonesian factory closed in 2011 (Nike and the Dallas Cowboys did so).
The WRC, United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) and other worker rights advocacy groups claimed adidas was refusing to pay $1.8 million in legally mandated severance owed to the 2,800 workers of PT Kizone.
Total severance and other pay due under Indonesian law to the workers, who had no advance notice of the factory s closure, totaled $3.3 million. Both Nike and the Dallas Cowboys contributed partial severance, but for nearly two years, adidas has maintained it does not owe any of the monies.
This has caused a backlash with colleges. Some have progressed beyond the we re really angry about this stage.
University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman told Adidas in a letter6 dated March 14 that failure to produce an adequate plan could lead the (University s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights) to examine recommendations concerning the future of our partnership.
But, even if it does not affect current contracts, campus pressure may affect schools willingness to renew with Adidas.
- ^ numerous (www.thebiglead.com)
- ^ sartorial (www.thebiglead.com)
- ^ blights (www.thebiglead.com)
- ^ have censured the company for not paying severance (espn.go.com)
- ^ could cost the company its contract with Michigan (www.mlive.com)
- ^ a letter (media.mlive.com)
- ^ forced Adidas to settle (www.oregonlive.com)
- ^ $60 million deal (michigansportscenter.com)
Established in 1881, the University of Connecticut1 is one of the leading public research universities in the U.S., attracting over 30,000 students to its six campuses. Additionally, its athletics team, the Huskies, have won 15 NCAA national team championships in the Division I, mainly through their women s basketball team. Earlier this month the university first announced a new logo to be adopted organization-wide that would also reflect a marketing name change to UConn and later introduced a revised athletics identity, both designed by guess who?
the Nike Graphic Identity Group.
But we sometimes have a tendency to look at things which fall into the category of marketing and branding with a skeptical eye, wondering how much it truly matters. The truth is that it matters a great deal.
UConn President s Note2 (a must-read actually, for a lesson in preemptively appeasing the mob)
The official logos: The wordmark by itself, the wordmark with full name, the seal (at ease all seal-loving-jerks, it s not going anywhere), and the oak leaf symbol (now a secondary mark). Full details here3.
Unlike other Nike/university projects where the athletics identity has been contained to athletics, this one has bubbled all the way to the top to become the official, primary logo for the whole university.
Which is kind of a big deal. It s rare, in large universities, for both the academic and athletics sides to share the same logo, mostly because they serve different needs and audiences. In this case, at the academic level, the change is quite interesting and almost disconcerting when you go to UConn s main page and are greeted by the simple, five-letter wordmark.
It s almost cool. That is not to say that the wordmark is the best thing in the world, but it s a good change of pace from most universities. The wordmark itself is an evolution of a similar wordmark, but more condensed, that had been floating around since 2012.
While in the academic setting the change pikes my interest, on the athletics side it s another ho-hum effort from Nike that resorts to the usual sports identity malarkey.
This logo is everything that a Husky is supposed to be – powerful, aggressive, determined, he says.
The history of the UConn husky. That first husky is so asking for a meme of its own.
And contrary to speculation, the Husky will not appear to be mean, snarling or capable of frightening small children!
In contrast to how the UCONN wordmark is used on the academic side, here it is surrounded by strokes. Of course. Making it look cheaper.
There is also an undercooked Huskies wordmark in the same style that just doesn t have the same impact. And perhaps more relevant to the fans is the redesign of the Jonathan husky logo, who has transformed from a heavily blow-dried, diva-esque husky to an aggressive one full of angular lines and sharp teeth. It s nothing new or exciting, but at least it does make the husky look like it cares about what s going on.
The uniforms this time around don t have the polish of previous Nike uniforms.
They are nice and simple with a couple of fun moments like the helmet and the back of the basketball shirts.
Overall, nothing bad but nothing overly exciting.
- ^ University of Connecticut (www.uconn.edu)
- ^ UConn President s Note (president.uconn.edu)
- ^ here (www.logo.uconn.edu)
- ^ Press release (today.uconn.edu)
- ^ UConn President s Note (president.uconn.edu)
- ^ here (www.nikeblog.com)
- ^ Andy Van Engen (www.andyvanengen.com)
- ^ comments powered by Disqus. (disqus.com)