Monthly Archives: January 2017

Nearly $5 Billion USD in Bets Will Be Placed on Super Bowl LI

According to a report from the American Gaming Association, an estimated $4.7 billion USD in bets will be placed by Americans on Super Bowl LI this Sunday. Because Nevada is the only state that legally allows sports gambling, 97% of the aforementioned sum (approximately $4.5 billion USD) will be placed illegally, mainly through underground means and offshore sites. That's an 11% increase from Super Bowl L's numbers.

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The AGA represents the $240 billion USD U.S. casino industry and has been a vocal advocate for a change of federal law, which currently precludes states (other than Nevada) from allowing individuals to wager on the outcomes of individual games. It has cited to a September 2016 report, which concluded that legalized and regulated sports betting is a necessary condition to preserve and protect the integrity of sports, not a detriment to the integrity of sports.

Yet, National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell has remained steady in his position that the league enforce the current federal law that largely prohibits sports betting throughout the U.S., which was originally implemented to protect the integrity professional and amateur sports. Even though the Oakland Raiders appear destined to move to Las Vegas, Goodell has not wavered on his belief that the federal law should remain in place.

Whether it's legal or not, people are going to bet on the game. As of Tuesday, the New England Patriots are three-point favorites over the Atlanta Falcons.

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Vince Staples Announces the Mysterious ‘Bagbak’

Even though he's been consistently killing it as a featured guest and collaborator in recent months, Vince Staples has yet to move beyond last summer's essential Prima Donna EP. However, with a new year well underway, it looks like the Long Beach rapper is ready to release something on the solo front. Keeping his tactics cryptic, Staples has taken to social media -- specifically Instagram and Twitter -- to introduce a new musical effort known as "Bagbak." Several media outlets have speculated on "Bagbak" being anything from a fully-formed project to a new single, so, for now, critics and casual fans alike just have an announcement, some artwork and a release date to work with.

Barring any more announcements or revealings, check back in on this Friday, February 3 to find out what Vince Staples' next major move holds.

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George Rocha Turns Old Skateboards Into Furniture and Resurrected Decks

Artist George Rocha loves two things: creating art and skateboards. The owner of Iris Skateboards turns old beat skateboards into colorful revived decks as well as functional furniture. He wholeheartedly believes in creating "whatever your imagination comes up with" and this shows in the short film Day By Day - The Iris Story. Take a look above as Rocha walks us through his creative process and shows off footage of skaters coming to ride his backyard bowl. Learn more about Iris Skateboards here.


The Legendary ‘Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater’ Will Soon Receive Its Own Documentary

One of the sport's most influential video games in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater will be making its way to the big screen with an upcoming documentary. After making its gaming debut in 1999 and launching its most recent installment in 2015 with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, the forthcoming project is set to be titled Pretending I'm a Superman. Its title pays homage to the Goldfinger track "Superman," which happened to be a cut from the first game's soundtrack. Pretending I'm a Superman is said to be worked on by Tony Hawk and Neversoft producer Ralph D'Amato, who worked on previous installments of the THPS series. YouTuber Icebears43ver will also have a hand in the project thanks to experience in the past of creating his own THPS documentary.

Additional details have not been shared, but stick with us as we'll provide further information upon availability.

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Square Enix Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of ‘Final Fantasy VII’ With a Remake Teaser

Way back at PlayStation Experience 2015, Square Enix finally showed off gameplay for its long rumored Final Fantasy VII remake after officially confirming the game's existence at E3 earlier that summer. In the year-plus since, though, all has been quiet on the modern FF7 front -- until today.

In celebration of the game's 20-year anniversary (it dropped on January 31, 1997) and the series' ongoing 30th anniversary festivities, Square Enix offered up a "key visual" from the remake earlier today. In what essentially looks like a hi-res still from 2005's CG Final Fantasy VII film, Advent Children, Cloud appears alongside his trusty Buster Sword with the Shinra Building in the background -- a not-so-subtle nod to the game's original box art. Sadly, however, the image was all Square Enix offered up -- a new trailer is nowhere in sight and no new info for the game was volunteered by the developer, either.

Here's to hoping the remake hits consoles somewhere closer to Final Fantasy VII's 20th anniversary and not its 25th.

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PUMA Collaborates With Roc Nation’s Emory Jones for the “Bet On Yourself” Collection

Known as Roc Nation's "Lifestyle Specialist" and the man behind its apparel, Emory Jones has been tapped by PUMA for a special capsule collection. Dubbed "Bet On Yourself," the range is inspired by Jones' hustle and the idea of persevering in the face of seemingly unsurmountable odds. The result is a range that include a long-sleeved tee alongside a track suit and PUMA's Star and Dual footwear models -- all of which come in blue with red accents and Vegas-inspired graphics as a literal translation of the betting theme. Says Jones:

Where I grew up, there was a sense of urgency instilled in us from birth. If we didn’t make it big and make it fast we wouldn’t be anything, therefore gambling was always seen as quick route to success but nobody ever told us that the only betting we should ever do is on ourselves. If you don’t set goals for yourself, other people will always run your life. Eventually I accepted that greatness was a process and I would stay on that course no matter what hand I was dealt.

Look for the full collection to be available soon at select PUMA stockists.

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A Closer Look at the adidas UltraBOOST Uncaged 2.0 Multicolor

In early January, the adidas UltraBOOST Uncaged 2.0 Multicolor was announced. We now give you a closer look at the model which boasts the popular color blocking. Having hits of blue and red woven into the Primeknit upper, this rendition sits atop a white BOOST midsole like many of its counterparts. The lace tips are mismatched to echo the blue and red used in the construction and the UltraBOOST branding on the rear heel is highlighted in metallic silver and gold.

Already making its way to retailers like Feature for $180 USD, hurry to see if there are any left.

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Robbie Brockel Drops New “Surveillance” Part for Real Skateboards

Since turning pro last year with Real Skateboards, Robbie Brockel has been quiet. A little too quiet. His reasoning? He was out shredding and collecting footage to drop the above video part for Real's Surveillance series. There's not many people that can bounce like Brockel, so enjoy the four-minute part above with cameos from Ishod, Chima Ferguson, Jack Olson, K-Walks and more.


Rihanna Teases One of Horror’s Most Notorious Scenes in the Trailer for the Final Season of ‘Bates Motel’

A&E's award-winning Psycho prequel, Bates Motel, is about enter its final season, and a new, star-powered trailer in support of the series' new episodes has surfaced to bolster anticipation for the program's concluding chapters. Alluding to the most famous scene depicted in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic, Rihanna teases her portrayal of Marion Crane -- the victim of Norman Bates' notorious on-screen shower rampage -- with an appearance in the trailer that hints at Bates' fatal descent into madness. Intensifying the even darker, more sinister twists and turns to come in the last batch of episodes, the creators of the A&E program have also used Radiohead's foreboding "Exit Music (For a Film)" to soundtrack today's vignette.

You can watch the new trailer for the last season of Bates Motel above; A&E is set to broadcast new episodes of the program beginning Monday, February 20.


Porsche Design & adidas Unveil a Brand New BOOST Sneaker

Porsche Design and adidas are back with a brand new BOOST collaboration -- and this time it isn't a modified take on the UltraBOOST. This time around, the two German entities have come together to craft the Travel Tourer BOOST. Essentially the perfect pair of adi kicks for the airport security line, the new design is aimed specifically at modern travelers and couples a simple breathable mesh upper with a leather tongue, subtle Porsche Design branding, a BOOST midsole and rubber outsole.

"Onix" and "Trace Cargo" colorways of the silhouette can be found now at the likes of END.

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adidas Originals’ Gazelle Model Adds Sand Coloring to a Premium Upper

adidas Originals' unforgettable Gazelle silhouette is back in a sand-themed colorway. The model rests atop of a thick rubber midsole and honeycombed outsole while incorporating premium suede along its upper. You'll also find leather on its tongue, lining, heel tab and Three Stripes branding as some subtle detailing. Closing out the colorway is gold foil on the heel's trefoil logo and Gazelle branding on the lateral sides.

The adidas Originals Gazelle "Sand" is currently available at select retailers such as KITH for a retail price of $80 USD.

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DRÔLE DE MONSIEUR Drops Clean Cut 2017 Spring/Summer Lookbook

Following up on a limited edition two year anniversary capsule from last year, DRÔLE DE MONSIEUR presents its 2017 spring/summer collection lookbook. The brand sticks with its "NOT FROM PARIS MADAME" slogan on select pieces like a dad hat, yellow crewneck, white sweater and cream hoodie. A maroon turtleneck features "DDM" in white and new pieces like a T-shirt have the words "PRINTEMPS-ETE" (spring/summer in French) on it with 1986 crossed off in favor of 2017.

Maroon and yellow selects are offset with easy cream, black, and white solids while a vertically striped grey and white overcoat and jogger set give the collection some contrast. In addition to tops and bottoms, footwear also makes an appearance in a primary colors styled sneaker, maroon low-top, and grey and yellow sandal.

Check out the lookbook above and head here to purchase.

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