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Odell Beckham Jr. Rocks Joker Cleats

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. wore cleats featuring the Joker for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos. The design is similar to the latest incarnation featured in the film Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix.

The custom cleats were worked out between Beckham and Nike before the season began and are coordinated with the jersey worn as per rules. Unfortunately, this game’s jersey was switched so Beckham was forced to change cleats for the second half of the game.

Odell Beckham Jr. Joker cleats

(via ESPN)

Pop! NFL Wave 3 in August

The third wave of NFL Pop! figures imbue each player with a distinct personality!

We have an impressive offense that features clutch quarterbacks like Russell Wilson and Tom Brady, and show-stopping wide receivers like Odell Beckham Jr and Antonio Brown!

That side of the ball is rounded out with legendary tight ends Jimmy Graham and Jason Witten, as well as running back powerhouses Le-Veon Bell and Todd Gurley!

The defensive side showcases some of the most famous faces in the NFL with Richard Sherman, Luke Kuechly, and Super Bowl 50 MVP, Von Miller!

Pop! NFL Wave 3 are out in August from Funko.

Titans Clash: Super Cam v. Iron Manning

So the premise here is a new column where I will take two opposing sides of conflict and pit them against each other here in a titanic literary smackdown! I want to stay as current as possible but I will jump around to all time frames if I feel froggy enough. (Call me the Rip Hunter, of the Blogoverse) 

So with that being said, we had some very significant events happen in the form of two professional championship football games to decide the NFL Championships. We had on the AFC side, the evil empire of the gridiron: New England Patriots, led by Tom “Terrific” Brady vs the Heroes of the Mile High: Denver Broncos flanked by Peyton “Iron” Manning.

Like their many clashes before this again was one for the ages. It had action, drama, suspense, and was full of shock and awe. This was tooth and nail till the final tick of the clock and no matter what side you were on, in the end you were proud to be a football fan. (Being a native New Englander myself I had the urge to wear black in the midst of my morning today but, I came to my senses soon enough) Yes I was surely dejected that my team lost (Don’t look so surprised, I root for the Sith against the Jedi too) but was proud of the fight and they never gave up till the end.

When the smoke had cleared, the victors stood tall. Peyton Manning is going back to his 4th Super Bowl and will try to write what may be the final chapter of a long standing epic career. He will be looking to close this story with a big W on February 7th in front of the bright lights with the millions and millions looking on.

Victory comes with it’s price though. As the now battle weary heroes will have to do battle once more before they can lay claim to that holy grail. One thing is for sure, it will be a challenge the likes of which they’ve never seen.

Which brings us to the other side of the coin. The showdown in the NFC for the vaunted title between the New Kids on the Block: Carolina Panthers spearheaded by their now folk hero-like one “Super” Cam Newton who would throw down with the Wily Veterans of the West: Arizona Cardinals and their field general: Carson “Power” Palmer.

Unlike the AFC showdown this did not resemble anything of a titanic struggle between two forces at all. Super Cam all but dispatched of his foes almost single handedly. It wasn’t even a fight, since the other team decided not to show up. (Sorry Cardinals fans, it was downright embarrassing and I felt truly sorry for you 49-15, your team should have called in sick)

With their enemies vanquished on the field, the stage is now set. Today, February 7th, in Santa Clara, CA we will see a battle for the ages. It’s young gun v. old gun and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Both teams are heading out west to go to war for the richest prize in all of sports: The Beli, er.. Lombardi Trophy. This signifies you are the best of the best in the world. It doesn’t get any more gunslinger than that folks. Problem is, one of these outlaws is going to have to go home empty handed and fully of heavy heart.

So if your on either side, what do you do? Well the key to victory is all in the preparation. You have to know your enemy. In order to do that you have to see what both sides bring to the table.

In today’s society we pretty much revere sports superstars as folk heroes of sorts. Since the place where this final war will take place is aptly known as the “Super Bowl” I thought let’s have some fun and re-imagine both team quarterbacks as just that.

It’s Super Cam v Iron Manning in a battle for all of football supremacy with our sports laden hearts hanging in the balance. Depending on what side you are on, you may classify this as good v. evil, Marvel v. DC, Batman v. Superman, or even yes Trump v. Everyone.

Each hero has their own unique way of achieving victory time and time again. For Super-Cam he has the ability to shoulder tremendous pressure and never lose sight of the victory at all times. His devil may care like approach allows him to thrust himself into the fray in a moments notice and never once have a second thought about the danger involved. The opposing forces always try to bring him down through various schemes but he always pulls through. He’s good at the long bomb and allowing time for the enemy to make a mistake so he may capitalize on it with the help of his troops. To the untrained eye it would almost seem that this man of apparent nigh invulnerability has no weakness to even speak of.

However like even his personal hero Superman, Cam has his form of kryptonite: his ego. The one hindrance that can bring even the mightiest warrior down. He is almost shameful in his display of this fact. For if someone could find away to twist this against him, it could be his Achilles heel. Cam loves to grandstand and play to the crowd as much as possible. If he is put into a situation where he is forced to rely on the other members of his team, he can be neutralized. The bad news is, many a force has tried this and almost next to none have succeeded. He has but one blemishing chink in his armor this season, which makes this almost an otherworldly task to accomplish. It can be done however. If one has not tasted the bitter agony of defeat time and time before, then one will surely be unaware of the pitfalls that may await them. It will be up to Iron Manning and his Denver Revengers to take the fight to Cam. It shouldn’t be a battle of brawn, but better yet a battle of wills. There is one hero in this fight who through constant tribulations, has a will that is tempered.

Which brings us to Peyton now. Peyton is no stranger to the agony of defeat. He has tasted it’s mighty sting before and maybe shall yet again. This time though he has an edge. He is going to war with a foe who is in all new territory. Cam has never been to the mountain top and is not familiar with the terrain that lies ahead. This can be used to his advantage. Being on this front for a long time, Peyton’s skills are not what they once were. That’s okay though, they don’t need to be. All he has to do is be as good once, as he ever was. (Hey that reminds me of a song) If he can be great, one more time it might just be good enough. The good news is, where Cam’s ego is his folly, Peyton is not afflicted the same way. Earlier in his career he may have been more of a center focus, he is now seemingly melded to his team. They are a more in sync machine. All of them with parts to play. This could be a tactical advantage against his one man show foe. If he forces Cam to make mistakes, and the defense keeps bringing the heat, the war could be his. It’s exuberance against experience. The latter may be the one key that can be useful to breaking the Panthers Cinderella spell.

So who will win the battle of skill v. will? Only time will tell. One thing for sure is, history will be made on that day. The remaining question is.. which side are you on?

Originally posted on The Epic Grail

Are You Ready for Some Football? Pop! NFL in December

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Funko‘s latest NFL Pop! figures celebrate the most famous football players in the world!

From first class quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning, Tony Romo, Colin Kaepernick, and Tom Brady to rookies on the threshold of greatness, like Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, there’s something for everyone!

Defensive and offensive stars like JJ Watt and Odell Beckham Jr. are in the set, too!

We’re also paying homage to Funko’s home team with Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch!

Pop! NFL are out in December from Funko.

Marvel Promotes College Football with ESPN

This January, ESPN will host the first ever College Football Playoff – and the television channel is teaming up with Marvel to promote the occasion! Only one team can be crowned champion, but which teams will make the playoff? Ultimately, a twelve-person selection committee will decide. But until then, there will be lots of campaigning from the schools and teams still in the hunt.

Marvel has released a first look at the College Football Playoff on ESPN “IN” Variant Covers that will grace the front of 8 special Marvel titles in January!

Why the cross-promotion between ESPN and Marvel? That’d be parent company Disney. Both Marvel and ESPN are owned by the house of the mouse. You can see what else Disney owns at this handy list. We look forward to the future How to Get Away With Murder graphic novels… It’ll also be interesting to see what promotion for Marvel appears on ESPN (if any).

There’s also irony that after a month of variants to highlight anti-bullying efforts, a sport which is having massive PR issues for abuse of women, a cover up of abuse, charges of rape, and more, is now getting variant covers.

Available only in comic shops in the month of January, these eight exciting Marvel titles are “IN” for the College Football Playoff on ESPN:

  • All-New Captain America #3 – 1/7/15
  • Amazing Spider-Man #12 – 1/7/15
  • Ant-Man #1 – 1/7/15
  • Avengers #40 – 1/7/15
  • Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool #4 – 1/7/15
  • Hulk #10 – 1/7/15
  • Legendary Star-Lord #7 – 1/7/15
  • The Punisher #14 – 1/7/15

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Comic Fantasy Football

SuperPro 1Unless you’ve been living a cave the last few weeks you know football season is soon approaching if not by all commercial coming up advertising this network or that network. Then by someone in your office telling you about their lame-ass fantasy football team. For the record I have never played fantasy football and never plan to because I root for my team and my team only (Yeah I’m that guy!).

During a long flight for work I got bored and thought what it would be like if two of the things I am most passionate about crossed over and so I give you the ultimate comic fantasy football team (please note only Marvel characters were used because I don’t have a large working knowledge of the DC Universe).

I present to you, the comic book fantasy football team!

Owner – Tony Stark, Iron Man, because hey if there aren’t two people in sports and comics that live almost identical lives it is Jerry Jones and Tony Stark.

GM – Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic, with number nerds taking over sports and the move towards analytics I pick Marvel’s number one nerd.

Head Coach – Steve Rogers, Captain America, a coach must command the respect of everyone in the room and he’s Marvel’s top dog.

QB – Peter Parker, Spider-Man, you want your quarterback to be athletic and intelligent enough to get you in and out of the right plays. There is a lot of Andrew Luck in Spider-Man as the quarterback just cool enough that he is still respected, a nerd at heart and smart enough to put it all together when it counts and then there’s this because the QB lands all the chicks.

RB – T’Challa, Black Panther, first I know what you are thinking why not Quicksilver or someone like that? In football if you only have one talent it’s easy to scheme for and erase (as you will see when you get to the defense). Secondly running backs need to have cat-like quickness and agility. Finally, insert race card here, most skill position players are black in football so the King of Wakanda gets the nod.

FB – Cain Marko, Juggernaut, Bo Schembechler famously said once “I recruit fullbacks that 6’0 because when they are done playing for me they will be 5’9”.” The fullback is bulldozer and opens the holes so why not take the Juggernaut. I know up until this point it’s been only superheroes, but there was the brief stint when Juggernaut was part of the X-men so I’m taking him as my fullback.

WR1 – Richard Rider, Nova, you have to have a receiver that can take the top off a defense so why not the Human Rocket. With success of the Guardian of the Galaxy I think we can all envision a Nova movie coming soon.

WR2 – Matt Murdock, Daredevil, I know what you are thinking. Why Daredevil? The answer is simple. A second wide receiver is usually the most reliable. He finds the weakness in zones, is a tactician at running routes and just gets the job done. This epitomizes Daredevil, he’s not Marvel’s biggest hero, but series after series he just delivers a great book.

WR3 – Genis Vell, Captain Marvel, a typical third wide receiver is usually a combination of the first two wide receivers (Genis Vell has super strength & speed along with Spacial Awareness), but also not quite as consistent. So of course Genis Vell is a third wide receiver. When he was re-introduced as Captain Marvel instead of Legacy he looked awesome and his character in Avengers Forever gave him a good story to go alongside his new look. But like most third wide receivers he is considered polarizing.

TE1 – Luke Cage, Powerman, the tight end has to be tough enough to make catches over the middle along with being strong enough to hold up as an inline blocker. Cage gives you both and can’t you see him having a big season and then holding out for a better contract?

LT – Peter Rasputin, Colossus, the left tackle is blind side protector and “a dancing bear.” Left tackle is also a finesse position and while there are other powerhouses out there this position suits Colossus more than other heroes.

RT – Ben Grimm, The Thing, Grimm serves as the perfect counter to Colossus as left tackle because the right tackle is a mauler and road grader and more of a power player. Few in the Marvel Universe are more about power than The Thing. It also doesn’t hurt he was an All-American at ESU.

C – Hank McCoy, Beast, another Marvel Hero with a football background Hank McCoy is the prototypical center. He is smart enough to recognize defense and put the rest of the O-Line in the right protections.

LG – Elvin Haliday, Rage, here is another character that may come as bit of a shock, but I want a big physical O-Line. Not only does Rage fit the criteria, but he also essentially wears a football uniform for his costume.

RG – James Proudstar, Warpath, because of his mutant abilities he is the ideal right guard. The right guard usually does most pulling, trap and wham blocking so he needs to have size, strength and the ability to move well. Plus if you were on the opposing team and you saw this for a guy’s team pic you would probably think twice about crossing him.

Part two coming soon. The DEFENSE!!! Let me know what you think, and your fantasy team below, and as always thanks for reading!

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