NCAA March Madness, A U.S. Holiday

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March Madness is here. The kickoff for March Madness is probably one of the most anticipated weekends for sports lovers. Hell, even those who are not sports lovers can enjoy this weekend because college ties may be near. And for those who are in the work force, it is not uncommon to hear large commotion or even see a gathering of fellow coworkers huddled around laptops, in the break room etc. to watch some of the games. Starting at noon on a Thursday with games virtually until midnight for four days straight, man for someone who lovers basketball like I do, it’s bliss lmao.

I have always found collegiate sports more interesting than professional. There is something to be said about these young individuals playing with the pressure of pressures and the world watching. This is also a time where you see those players who are top dawgs put on the best of shows. Earn your respect and possibly earn a chance at the next level!

March Madness is here.

A Letter To JG

Dear JG

How are you doing my brotha? I mean, like how are you feeling, what are your thoughts, what do you think about in idle time? I’m interested in how you feel personally because that’s all that matters to me and several others. I could give a damn about a football and your ability within this game because my brother, my friend, you are much more important than any game.

I’ve been reading your story and I admit it is heartbreaking and I’m not going to be like a lot of people and tell you I understand how you felt back when all this started in Middle School, hell mentally before that. I do believe in demons and I do understand the impact of trauma and how that can have an affect on ones mind. I grew up in a small but reckless city called Saginaw. MI and have seen my fair share of crazy shit. You know, dead bodies on corners, murderers, friends I’ll never see again from death and behind bars. All that shit can break the strongest of us.

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The thing is JG, you matter to a ton of people, maybe you know them but there are some you don’t know, but we are out here and in support of you!! Yes you, JG the young black King who will change the lives of thousands. We care about you because we love you and want the best for you the person. And although it is almost impossible to tune out things these days, please try to tune out football and those who only seem to care about you when you are participating for their favorite sports team. I’m all for taking care of self because at the end of the day, you have to make sure that you are fine.

You see, even with your current problems I see a long line of success waiting for you. You have already beat the odds JG, and on the road to building up yourself please remember that this is all part of the process. The only timeline that you are on is the one God has destined for you. And I know there is pain in all of this, I know there is, but you have a special story and one that you are not the only one to go through so think about that going forward. You have the ability to help more people than you ever imagined but it starts with you.

More blessings you JG and get well ASAP. We need you happy and healthy.

Confidence

The truth is confidence can come from many different forms both internal and external. Going into a situation the right string of confidence can push you towards whatever goals you may have. But you have to ultimately believe in yourself for everything to come to fruition. I’m saying this because often times we say we believe but don’t demonstrate that belief in our actions.

As someone who played sports there were always times that I had someone pushing and motivating me because they believed in me and my talent and wanted to build up my confidence. Those times I will never forget and am forever grateful for, but it took me believing in myself for that confidence to come to life. People on the outside can tell you that you are the greatest ever but if you don’t believe that yourself, you may never build your confidence.

The purpose of these post is to help push everyone who takes their time to read this to be the source of your on confidence building and believe in yourself. Only you have to make actions become a reality and by you stepping onto the scene like it’s already yours, your half-way to claiming those wins you have to accomplish for yourself.

LLC Out

What Sneakers Mean To Me

What do sneakers mean to you?

If you ask that question, I’ll give you the most dramatic, but honest answer. That is, to me, sneakers mean everything, and I mean that. There isn’t a thing I cannot tie a certain sneaker to.

And I’m not saying that just to say that I truly mean it.  My earliest memories in life are of me as a toddler rocking Jordan 8s and being able to relate the design to Bugs Bunny.  I’m talking me at 4 years old fresh as hell in AJ8s.  It’s a wild image to remember because I truly don’t remember anything else at that age unless my mom recorded it.  But that image of me in a baby windbreaker and some Air Jordan 8s walking down the stairs at my Aunt and Uncles house for a family party will never leave.

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At that point, a monster was certainly created and my mom lets me know all the time she loves/hates that she built that in me lol.  Crazy thing is my mom has always had fresh shoes.  Not limited to just sneakers but she certainly had those to, so without question I got it honest as hell.  So like I said, for as long as I can remember she made sure that my kicks were fresh.

Growing up and going through school I always was the kid with nice shoes, at that time it was more so Jordan Brand of course but see, I’m a basketball connoisseur and have tremendous respect for the history of the game from the actual art of playing to the shoes, outfits that the players wore.  Outside of Jordan’s, you would certainly catch me in my favorite players shoes including Penny Hardaway, Allen Iverson, Pippen’s, hell Shaq’s, Barkley’s, Grant Hill’s and I could go on!  There was no doubt that my love for sneakers stemmed from my love for basketball.  And like that, before I could hold full conversations, I was engulfed into this passion for sneakers.  

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This passion continued to grow of course and at the time my fashion sense was more of full basketball outfits with the sneakers to match.  A much more basic approach lol.  But, the beauty of sneakers is it opens you up to a world of different things you had no idea about.  So via collabs and the early stages of the internet brought the introduction to the now more so prevalent streetwear culture.  Because my obsession with sneakers and wanting to know more about the what’s going on in sneakers, I was able to find out about these different streetwear brands.  My style definitely is built from the ground up, I start all of my outfits with shoes lol.  To some it may be a weird concept but like I said before, my shoes represent a lot more to me than just being fresh, they are actually my mood for the day.

The quests!  The long searches!  The building of bonds!  One of the more under-appreciated arts of sneakers and the craze to attain them is how they bring tons and tons of people together, all for a common theme.  It’s crazy the amount of people I’ve met and connections I’ve made with awesome individuals.  Having to look into sneaker releases and see when and where releases might take place are some of the more enjoyable moments for me.  Things are a lot easier to find out with social media and that part is love/hate because I remember you didn’t know unless you knew somebody.  It’s a bit different now with the bot evolution and resale of sneakers being mainstream but I still enjoy it.  And this quest never gives, no matter how rich you are or even your access I think there’s always a pair that you are hunting for and that’s the beauty of it all.

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Personal brand building from sneakers is also a great highlight. Building a brand of self happens whether you are a known reseller or a Shoetuber or just have been known to talk cash shit at big releases and/or are a source for release information etc. etc. etc. Individuals such as Foamer Simpson and HesKicks are the reason I started watching YouTube for shoe reviews and it has grown to these individuals having tons of opportunities outside of YouTube. They aren’t the only people I watch but they certainly changed how review videos go. A reseller such as 23Penny is someone who is well respected and it comes from the footwork he puts in and some of the most fair after-market prices that you will see. I enjoy this because what often ends up happening is they release merch or introduce me to different brands that otherwise I would have overlooked. Hell, I rock Asics because of Foamer and they are now one of my favorite shoes.

This sneaker game has come a long way, both good and bad but I’m happy to be a part of it and look forward to the continued growth.

LLC Out


Basketball Season Is Here!!!

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Anticipation of the next basketball season is certainly heavy in my household, I make sure of that lol. Whether we are talking College Basketball, the NBA or my favorite, High School basketball. This time of year where the expectations are high for everyone is one of the most exciting times in the season because of the unknown.

Let’s take a look at the college level. For someone as myself who is not a Duke fan I have to admit I am anxious to see these freshmen ball. Vandy will be a team that I certainly watch because I have been watching Darius Garland for the last few years. Expectations for Kentucky are still there and their roster includes some Ga talent I am familiar with. And even with all of this said, I am and have always been a part of Tar Heel Nation, so let’s get it!!

Next, we take a look at the NBA level and the biggest elephant in the room is LeBron in a Laker jersey. I must admit, a few preseason games in and I still can’t believe it. Boston looks destined to run the East but I’m sure the 76ers have something to say about that. Teams I’m looking forward to watching include the Bucks, Suns, Cavs and many more. Oh, and I still believe that Dub Nation will win again with Boogie.

Finally, let’s talk some High School basketball. There is a ton of good talent in each class and the incoming freshmen class has nothing but good reviews. For me, I will be paying close attention to the 2020 class as I think it is certainly a special group. Being here in Atlanta is a benefit when it comes to this because the Southeast area host several of the top tournaments in the country such as Holiday Hoopsgiving, Chic Fil A Classic and City of Palms to name a few. Also, as far as the Senior class I see a ton of unfinished business as the #1 spot is certainly up for grabs amongst about 4 or 5 players. Just a FYI, I’m going with Cole Anthony.

Like I said, this time of year is hopeful not just to the teams participating, but even for those who love to analyze and breakdown the game like myself. And the cherry on top? The sneakers!! Cheers to basketball season!!