While those of us on the east coast are getting walloped with another big snow storm, hockey fans on the west coast are thinking about ice. The LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks meet for the first Stadium Series game ever on Saturday. And the question on everyone's mind is: How can anyone play an outdoor hockey game in southern California?
Lost in the run up to the NFL's conference championship games was Nike's reveal of some Team USA Olympic gear. The Areoloft 800 Summit Jacket and Flyknit Trainer Chukka FSB will be worn by American athletes who win medals in Sochi.
The jackets are the coolest aspect of what Nike calls its US Medal Stand look. Not only does the outerwear look like some kind of spacesuit, the letters "USA" on the back change color. Nike used a lenticular fabric technology on the wording so that it changes from red to blue based on the movement of the athlete. The coats were also designed for maximum warmth and ventilation.
Here's a closer look at the front and back of the Summit Jacket and the winterized Flyknit Chukkas:
The big sports story of the weekend might have been the Broncos and Seahawks punching their tickets to the Super Bowl. But the NBA got things started with two epic individual performances.
Yesterday's AFC and NFC Championship games were ones to remember — especially for Broncos and Seahawks fans. In the early game, Peyton Manning led Denver to a 26-16 victory over Tom Brady and the Patriots to earn the right to represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLVIII. Denver's opponent will be Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks, who needed some late-game defensive magic from Richard Sherman to secure a 23-17 win over Colin Kaepernick's 49ers and a place in the NFL title game.
Before we move to wall-to-wall Super Bowl coverage, let's take a look back at some of the best moments from the two conference championship games through some of the great photos that came out of yesterday's action.
The first Reebook Classic release of the year hits stores today, and takes things really old school. The Kamikaze I was the footwear of choice for Seattle Sonics great Shawn Kemp. He wore the shoe starting in 1994, and to mark its 20th anniversary Reebok is bringing it out of retirement.
Here's a closer look at the Kamikaze I, as well as a shot of Kemp wearing the shoe during his playing days, and a photo of Kemp with the Concord High School basketball team in Elkhart, Indiana. Kemp attended Concord High, and along with Reebok he donated pairs of Kamikazes to the school's basketball team during his visit to Concord High on January 10.
We know that the Boston area is full of Patriots fans, Denver loves its Broncos, Seattle is the heart of Seahawks nation, and the 49ers are golden in San Francisco. But what about the rest of the country? Are there fans of those four teams in other parts of America?
As we prepare for the AFC and NFC championship games, the folks at Facebook answer that question with two awesome Fan Matchup maps. By taking a look at what teams users said they rooted for and where they lived, Facebook charted how popular each conference final team is with football fans across the nation.
Here's the first map, which focuses on the Patriots and Broncos. Click on the image to see it full size:
Super Bowl XLVIII a little more than two weeks away, and people all across host city New York are getting pumped up — and that includes those in the fashion industry. The retailer Bloomingale's has teamed up with the Council of Fashion Designers of America on a charity auction featuring football helmets created by some of the world's top fashion designers.
There are 48 helmets up for auction, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the National Football League Foundation. The charity is a non-profit dedicated to improving youth football and the health and safety of sports.The auction began yesterday and runs through February 4.
The helmets aren't cheap — some have already climbed to more than $1000. But just because they're pricey doesn't mean we can't look them over. Here's a selection of some of our favorites: