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Air Jordan IV White/Cement vol. 2012


I’ve been going back and forth on these for the past two months and still haven’t made up my mind. Obviously, there is a lot of concern surrounding the price tag. The 1999 version of this sneaker retailed at $100.00. Fast forward about 13 years. Nike now plans to throw these on shelves as of February 18th and demand $160.00 per pair. Is inflation that much of a bitch? $160.00 for a sneaker with 1989 technology is asking a little much, no?

Secondly are the minor (major in my eyes) detail adjustments. As most people know, long gone are the days of the heralded “Nike Air” logo on the back of earlier Jordan retros. We’re now overwhelmed with jumpmen on the back of our favorite late 80’s-early 90’s J’s. I suppose I can live with the jumpman on the heel tab of the III, V, and VI. But for some reason it just doesn’t look right on the heel of any IV. Maybe it’s too bulky. Or it could be it suffers from the lack of the Air under it. I don’t know. All I do know is that it never belonged on the IV (or most other Jordans for that matter). 80’s babies agree with me.

Another obvious difference between the 1999 vs. 2012 is the shade of gray. The 2012 has more of a true cement color, which makes sense considering the name of the colorway. The 1999 had a “tech” gray which was on the lighter side. If I had to choose, I’d again have stick to the ’99 tech gray. My hope is that the above image and all other pre-release images are not how the final product will turn out. Wishful thinking I guess. These will be a game-time decision for me.

This will probably be one of the only pairs of kicks I cop all year if I decide to pull the trigger. I can’t handle the pace that Jordan Brand has been dictating for the past few years, releasing sneakers damn near every month for upwards of $160-200. The problem is the cycle will continue because Nike is making bank off these kids don’t hold back at all. I blame hip-hop ūüėõ

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Fashion, Shoes & Hats, TNell, Videos

 

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UFC 139 thoughts and predictions


Let me first say that I love this card. Absolutely stacked. So stacked that the UFC probably should have considered watering it down to put some of the big names towards their UFC on FOX failure. I say failure because I felt the debut was awful. I was reduced to watching the prelims on a crappy stream while the one hour time slot was basically a hype show followed by a single don’t blink your eyes or you’ll miss it heavyweight fight. I hope they handle it better in the future.

UFC 139 is loaded with former champions. Faber, Cung Le, Dan Henderson, and Shogun are all former title holders in either the UFC, Strikeforce, or WEC. Stylistically, they all fight to please the common MMA fan and are battling for title contention. Wanderlei is just the icing on the cake. Guaranteed to see some brutal striking in every main card bout. Should be an excellent card and will likely be worth the $44.99 PPV fee.


Henderson vs. Shogun

Great match up and a worthy main event. Overall, I haven’t been impressed by Shogun since his switch to the UFC. Although he has won some key fights to stay in the picture, his cardio remains his downfall in my eyes.¬† Hendo is getting older but he is still capable of pressing the action at an impressive pace. No way Shogun can keep up. Also keep in mind that Hendo has never been knocked out and has quite the chin. I like Dan Henerson winning via some type of stoppage.


Wanderlei vs. Cung Le
Wanderlei Silva is pretty much damaged goods at this point. As much as I respect the guy, he’s been knocked out in brutal fashion one too many times. He always comes prepared to slug, but it never appears that he has a gameplan. This entire fight will be fought on the feet and Cung Le is a more well rounded striker. He’ll emerge the victor in a fight that doesn’t last 3 rounds.


Faber vs. Bowles
Two top 5 bantamweights. Could very well win fight of the night honors. Faber is non-stop and Bowles will gladly exchange. I think it will ultimately come down to experience, and Faber has more. He knows how to win fights and will outpoint Bowles in a fight that does go the distance. Faber in 3.

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in MMA, TNell

 

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THE WALKING DEAD – Season Two Premiere Analysis: The Fuck Up List…

I wasn’t disappointed enough with Season 1 to write a review COUGH… scathing analysis. However after three minutes of the Season 2 Premiere I quickly changed my mind.

The Season starts off with a recap of how awful the 1st season was which I brought back fond memories of wasting hours of my life hoping the actors would suddenly learn how to act.

Then it kicks in with the main character Rick Grimes talking about his feelings over a walkie talkie to someone from the first or second episode thats been dead for weeks. It quickly moves to their caravan of survivors rolling out of ATL to Fort Bennett. They quickly become stuck on the highway due to overturned cars and gridlocked traffic. Oh and then their 30 year old RV surprisingly breaks down…

FUCK UP #1 – In the Zombie Apocalypse, invest in new whips and equipment and by INVEST I mean STEAL something new that isn’t 30 FUCKING YEARS OLD. Nobody gives a shit what you steal; EVERYONE IS FUCKING DEAD.

As the kids wander off in a sea of cars and they all meander away solo to reluctantly scavenge supplies, an old man on a roof keeping watch doesn’t see a pack of zombies walk up behind him from the direction they just came 10 minutes ago (somehow driving right past a pack of 200 zombies?). Finally, they notice they have company. They are 50 yards away… Officer Rick Grimes stands among the cars with his sniper rifle breaking all rules of having a fuckin sniper rifle in your hands.

FUCK UP #2 – Put someone with a SNIPER RIFLE and better vision than a 70 year old on fucking roof for look out detail.
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Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Author, Entertainment, It Was Written, Mazz, Random Cool Shit

 

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Crush Em All Tour Review…

Just saw the Crush Em All Tour this past Monday at The Met in Pawtucket RI. ¬†Co-headlined by Veil of Maya and After The Burial, the tour also included Misery Signals and Within the Ruins as well as Structures. ¬†Originally I though Volumes was playing but they played select dates in order to join a different tour to promote their new album “VIA” which is sick.

I got there at the beginning of Within the Ruins set. ¬†I saw them at Metal Fest this year, they are pretty solid. Singer seemed pissed the crowd was hardly moving but on a Monday at 7:30 in Pawtucket you aren’t gonna get much energy… ¬†Kudos to him for trying though.

I was looking forward to Misery Signals the most as their album “Controller” is in steady rotation on my MP3 player. ¬†They didn’t¬†disappoint¬†and the crowd was really into them; there were some die hard MS fans fucking shit up. ¬†I figured they would be the best band of the night but I couldn’t even pick a favorite if I tried.

After The Burial¬†really killed it. ¬†Their lead guitarist Trent Hafdahl is a BEAST. ¬†I haven’t been that impressed by a guitarist in a long time. ¬†“Aspirations” is ridiculous live. ¬†Both guitarists ripped on black-light 8 strings and the singer kept the energy super high. ¬†He dedicated a song to his late mother which was so intense it gave me the chills. ¬†The whole band was impressive.

Veil of Maya is a band I never really got into but live they were great, very technical. Sometimes it takes seeing a band live to get into them.

I would definitely HIGHLY recommend both this tour and seeing any of these bands perform outside the tour.
The Met is also a decent little venue. ¬†Lots of pillars so I can’t see any great pits going on here (the circle pit attempt was interesting) but spacious with good sound and a nice deck for smokers. ¬†Too bad Pawtucket is a fucking shithole!

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2011 in Author, Entertainment, Mazz, Music, Videos

 

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Monday Night MTV: Death Valley & Ridiculousness…

Death Valley is MTVs latest show designed to phase out music videos entirely. Debuts tomorrow at 10:30 after the new Rob Dyrdek show¬†Ridiculousness at 10:00. ¬†Looks like a Reno 911 + a George Romero movie sprinkled with some True Blood. ¬†I enjoy the Sean of the Deadesque treatment of the undead genre almost as much as I like 28 Weeks Later style flicks. ¬†Also keep an eye out for the upcoming “World War Z” movie starring Brad Pitt. ¬†If they got Brad for it, its gotta be a dope movie. ¬†Might need to check out the book too.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2011 in Entertainment, Mazz, Random Cool Shit

 

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Air Jordan V Black/Metallic Silver-Fire Red tomorrow 8.20.11


This sneaker/colorway combo is in my top 5 as far as Jordan brand kicks go. A lot of sentimental value here. I can still visualize them worn by the older kids on the first day of school back in 1990. Never actually owned a pair until many years later and instead settled for a pair of maroon VIs from JCPenney in ’91. I’m sure a lot of people have their recent retros in rotation or stored away carefully somewhere. For those that don’t, the “Metallic Vs” retro once again tomorrow for a hefty $150 + tax (no tax on clothes in MA :P). Good luck to everyone.

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2011 in Shoes & Hats, TNell, Videos

 

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Abercrombie & Fitch are some hypocrites with this whole Mike “Situation” Sorrentino publicity stunt

NEW YORK (AP) – The Situation doesn’t usually require a lot of motivation to lose the shirt. But Abercrombie & Fitch wants him to go one further – the company has offered to pay “Jersey Shore” cast members to stop wearing clothes carrying their brand.

The preppy teen retailer said Tuesday it would pay a “substantial payment” to Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino or any cast member who stops wearing its clothing on the popular MTV reality show because the series is “contrary to the aspirational nature of the brand.”

“We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino’s association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image,” the retailer said in a press release.

These idiots should have checked their past t-shirt lines before dropping this nonsense on the Situation. They think this dude will damage their image? I’m thinking these A&F corporate fags have never walked into one of their own store fronts or taken a look around at who wears their $70.00 cargo shorts. Damaged is something their image is well past.

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2011 in Fashion, It Was Written, TNell

 

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Kimbo makes quick work of James Wade in boxing debut [video]

Kimbo Slice is a bona fide hustler. Started out as a high school and college linebacker, but was denied by the Miami Dolphins in his only tryout with the team. Discovered that football wasn’t his calling, so he took to the street earning e-props as one of the best alleyway brawlers. Meanwhile, he was up to his elbows in ass as a bodyguard for the Reality Kings porno dudes. MMA promoters finally discovered him and paid Kimbo to put his street skills to the ultimate test (something the entire MMA world was calling for). He squeezed as much out of mixed martial arts as he possibly could and now he’ll probably live out the remainder of his athletic career beating up tomato cans while the world enjoys the show. That’s what I call the American Dream.

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2011 in Sports, TNell, Videos

 

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Rock the Bells 2011 Line-up is looking serious…


Might have to end my streak of 9+ years without attending a hip-hop show. Rap began to dwindle circa 2000-2001 in my opinion. Even Nas was about five years late on his “Hip-Hop is Dead” record. I think that’s why the top four lines of the above poster is so appealing to me.

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2011 in Entertainment, Music, TNell

 

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Random Objects


Vision Test: “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight and no vision.” I love the Random Objects t-shirt line. Unique and simple at the same time. Everything printed on American Apparel tees too. You can find the Vision Test and others for $23.00 plus shipping @ www.randomobjects.net.

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2011 in Fashion, TNell

 

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watched The Cove (2009) for the first time…

A couple months back I read a pretty amazing news story about a pod of dolphins in Ireland that unsuccessfully attempted to rescue a construction worker that fell into the ocean. It got me googling for related stories. Somehow I was directed to a review for the The Cove. It’s a couple years old but sounded really interesting. The documentary tells the story of Ric O’Barry and his dream team group of animal activists as they attempt to shed light on the sickening slaughter of dolphins that occurs every September in Taiji, Japan. I was blown away. It’s easily up there with Hoop Dreams as one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen. Combine an animal-liberation message with a spy thriller and a touch of conspiracy and The Cove is the result.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2011 in Entertainment, TNell, Videos

 

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Street League Skateboarding 2011 Championship

It would take a massive choke for Nyjah NOT to emerge as the champ here. He’s dominated every stop and takes a nice point lead into Jersey on the 28th. Seems like it’s almost too easy for him. Kid is only 16 years old but has the swag of veteran. Looks effortless. For me, it doesn’t matter who wins. I tune in for the contrasting styles. P-Rod’s switch skills, Sheckler and his go big or go home philosophy, Torey Pudwill’s innovation, and so on. It’s been fun to watch this summer.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2011 in Extreme Sports, Sports, TNell

 

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A. Samuels is “Livin De Life”

55 year old casino executive Allen Samuels has one of the best mid life crisis’ going. Now he just needs to learn how to dress. I don’t know why but I actually enjoyed this tune. Dude is sending a positive message and gloating about shit he’s actually done. Good for him. Now stop it.

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2011 in Comedy, Music, TNell, Videos

 

is tonight the last hurrah for Tito Ortiz?


Tito has had a brilliant career fighting nearly every one of his bouts for the UFC. Once regarded as a top dog in mixed martial arts, he has compiled a respectable 25-8-1 record. It took him five years to clinch his 25th victory, however. His five consecutive no-win decisions did not come against slouches. Chuck Liddell, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, Forrest Griffin, and Matt Hammill are among the names Tito was unable to pull off wins against in a span of five years. If you weren’t keeping tabs, that’s four one-time titleholders and one of Tito’s understudies. He ended that losing streak just last month against fast rising LHW contender Ryan Bader. I was as surprised as anyone at how quickly the Huntington Beach Bad Boy disposed of the young Bader.

Now just over one month later, Tito has decided to step up and fill in for Phil Davis against Rashad Evans at UFC 133. You have to respect Tito for his willingness to fill the void, but I believe it was a poor career decision. We saw Rick Story make the same move just months ago. His plan backfired. I would have liked to see Tito get a full camp in, regroup, sort his personal life out, and mentally prepare for his next fight. Rashad hasn’t fought in over a year, will be fresher, and has looked better in every fight since his loss to Machida. Vegas has Tito at +350 and Rashad at -400. I almost think that they were too generous to Tito. Way too much working against him in this one. I’m fully expecting Rashad to have his hand raised at the end of the night.

With this being said, will a loss for Tito ultimately mean the end of this career in the UFC and/or MMA? He has had more highs and lows than anyone in the fight game. Has 14 years in the UFC been enough and will he finally hang them up after Rashad beats him tonight? Or will he prove resilient once again and give it another go at 36 years old?

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2011 in MMA, TNell

 

The scene from Concepts last week (Ray Allen XIII release video)…

Most people agree that this sneaker will go down as one of the worst releases in recent memory. People (specifically resellers) camping outside every Boston sneaker spot for close to a week made it next to impossible for diehard Celtics and Ray Allen fans alike to get a chance to own this limited piece of history for retail. Here we are about a week later and the only way you will be able to find them is dropping upwards of $1,000.00 on ebay. Nearly 6x their retail value. No thanks. Producing a few more pairs and spreading the release out a bit would have at least given us a better chance to scoop. Good looking out Nike/JB (sarcasm).

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in Shoes & Hats, TNell, Videos