Calvin Johnson is one of the best playmakers in the NFL, and he’s probably got the best nickname in the league, too: Megatron. The Detroit Lions’ star wide receiver is nicknamed after the Transfromers character, and thanks to Nike his connection with the Decepticon is getting a lot more real.
Nike and toy company Hasbro teamed up to create a sneaker and action figure collection based on Megatron — the robot and football player. The signature shoe, called the Nike CJ81 Megatron Trainer Max, is inspired by the Transformers character. It’s got a purple, red, and metallic silver color scheme, and includes the Decepticon logo on the heel. Its bold red swoosh and glossy purple finish will definitely make you the center of attention at the gym. Oh, and it parts of it glow in the dark to make you look even more robotic.
Yesterday, the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers pulled off a pretty big trade: Tigers slugger Prince Fielder for Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler (and some cash, according to Yahoo! MLB columnist Jeff Passan). We'll have to wait until April to see how good the deal is for both teams, but as SI.com writer Jay Jaffe reported, it's "a move that not only fills persistent holes for both teams but also clears roster logjams by opening spots for their respective top prospects."
It's also a move that was sorta-kinda predicted in 2010. This morning, the MLB Fan Cave dug up an old ESPN Sunday Night Baseball commercial that featured Fielder and Kinsler talking about trades. Check it out:
Week 11 was a pretty significant one for the 2013 NFL season. The Broncos beat the Chiefs, which means there are no more undefeated teams in the league. Carolina took down New England, and the Panthers are quickly becoming one of the league’s most dangerous teams. Denver overtook Kansas City for the top spot in the rankings, but that could change soon: The two teams play again on December 1.
With great upcoming matchups, including the second Denver-Kansas City game and New Orleans-Seattle on December 2, the rest of the season will show us which teams are truly elite.
Tell us where you think your team should be ranked in the comments!
New concussion alert technology is aimed at reducing injuries in young players
One of the biggest topics in football today is head injuries. And it’s become more important than ever to find ways to make the game safer. Solutions have ranged from stiffer penalties for head hits in the pro game to teaching safer tackling at the youth level.
But technology is playing an important role, too. Athletic equipment companies have worked to develop sensors and alert systems to track especially heavy hits and warn of possible head trauma. And in New York last month, the helmet manufacturer Riddell launched the latest entry in this growing field, the InSite Impact Response System.
“We need to clean up and change the game, improve it,” former Steelers quarterback and current ESPN analyst Merril Hoge said at the Riddell launch event, In the Film Room. “Here’s another tool. Here’s another opportunity.”
The Pacers stay in the top spot of the Power Rankings didn't last long — defending Western Conference champs the San Antonio Spurs took over as the number one team in the NBA this week thanks to a seven-game winning streak. But the Spurs' stay at the top might not be long. The Pacers are still lighting it up, while the Derrick Rose finally had his "I'm back!" game for the Bulls.
Will the Spurs reign for another week? Will the Bulls charge into the top five? Can the Heat get hot? What does the Jazz need to do to win a game? Find out in this week's rankings!
Check out this week's NBA Power Rankings and tell us in the comments section where you think your team should be ranked!
As the MLB offseason starts up, one part of baseball is in full swing: Baseball bat production. Fall is one of the best seasons to get wood that is used to make bats. When I was in Cooperstown, NY, recently, I visited the Cooperstown Bat Factory and had a chance to see the process of how bats are made.