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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)

Toy Fair 2019: Funko Reveals Sports Legends, MLB, NFL, and Nascar

POP! SPORTS LEGENDS – MUHAMMAD ALI

There are legends and then there are LEGENDS and boxer Muhammad Ali undeniably qualifies as the latter. Bring home Pop! Muhammad Ali, also known as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.

POP! SPORTS LEGENDS - MUHAMMAD ALI

POP! SPORTS LEGENDS – BABE RUTH

There are legends and then there are LEGENDS and baseball player Babe Ruth undeniably qualifies as the latter. Bring home Pop! Babe Ruth, also known as “The Bambino” and “The Sultan of Swat.”

POP! SPORTS LEGENDS - BABE RUTH

Pop! MLB Mascots & MLB

“Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, I don’t care if I never get back.” Indulge your love of America’s national pastime by bringing home your favorite Major League Baseball mascots and players.

MLB MASCOTS

The Oakland Athletics™ Mascot, the Chicago White Sox™ Mascot, the Toronto Blue Jays™ Mascot, the Texas Rangers™ mascot Rangers Captain™, the Milwaukee Brewers™ mascot Bernie Brewer™, the Miami Marlins™ mascot Billy the Marlin™, the Baltimore Orioles™ Mascot, the Detroit Tigers™ mascot Paws™, the Minnesota Twins™ mascot TC Bear™, the Seattle Mariners™ mascot Mariner Moose™, the Cincinnati Reds™ mascot Mr. Redlegs™, the Kansas City Royals™ mascot Sluggerrr™, the Washington Nationals™ mascot Theodore Roosevelt™, The San Diego Padres™ mascot The Swinging Friar™, the Boston Red Sox™ mascot Wally the Green Monster™, the Houston Astros™ mascot Orbit™, The New York Mets™ mascot Mr. Met™, the Philadelphia Phillies™ mascot Phillie Phanatic™ and the Pittsburgh Pirates™ mascot Pirate Parrot™ are available as Pop! figures.

AMERICAN LEAGUE™ East Division

The Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, outfielder J.D. Martinez and pitcher Chris Sale are available as Pop! figures. The New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is available as a Pop! figure. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell is available as a Pop! figure.

An additional Pop! Mookie Betts will be available as a Fanatics exclusive.

AMERICAN LEAGUE™ Central Division

The Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is available as a Pop! figure.

AMERICAN LEAGUE™ West Division

The Houston Astros second baseman José Altuve and pitcher Justin Verlander are available as Pop! figures. The Angels center fielder Mike Trout is available as a Pop! figure. The Oakland Athletics left fielder Khris Davis is available as a Pop! figure.

The Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani will be available as a Pop! 2-Pack Fanatics exclusive.

NATIONAL LEAGUE™ East Division

The Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer and outfielder Juan Soto are available as Pop! figures. The New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergarrd is available as a Pop! figure. The Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. is available as a Pop! figure. The Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola is available as a Pop! figure.

NATIONAL LEAGUE™ Central Division

The St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is available as a Pop! figure. The Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is available as a Pop! figure.

NATIONAL LEAGUE™ West Division

The San Diego Padres outfielder Wil Myers is available as a Pop! figure. The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is available as a Pop! figure. The San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is available as a Pop! figure.

POP! NFL – GRIFFIN BROTHERS – TWO-PACK

Indulge your love of football, the NFL and brotherly love with the Pop! Shaquem and Shaquill two-pack. As the Seattle Seahawks linebacker and cornerback respectively, these twins will bring muscle to any collection.

POP! NASCAR

Bring some speed to your collection with your favorite NASCAR drivers including Pop! Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott and Bill Elliott.

Pop! NFL: Legends this Fall

Their days of playing in the NFL might be over, but the legacy they left behind will not be forgotten. Funko is excited to announce the latest wave of Pop! NFL Legends!

Add notable NFL Legends to your collection this Fall, including the all-time leading receiver – Jerry Rice, Quarterbacks Troy Aikman, Brett Favre, and Bart Starr –  A retro black and white version is also available! In addition, look for Linebackers “The Boz” Brian Bosworth and Junior Seau, Running Back Jerome Bettis and more!

Pop! NFL: Legends are out this fall from Funko.






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.

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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.

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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

Hut, hut, hike!

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.

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