In a bit of fashion meets sports (my kind of space) news, Kanye West announced Monday that he has agreed to a deal with shoe brand Adidas.
The deal comes as a bit of a surprise for some. But if you’ve been paying attention lately, it should not. West has been openly airing his grievances with Nike. You’ll remember West has designed two shoes for Nike in the last 5 years — the Yeezy and Yeezy 2. Both shoes were wildly accepted by sneakerheads, fashion aficionados, and urban music listeners alike. However West believes Nike wasn’t showing enough interest in making the shoe and its later iterations a top priority for the brand.
West was also not pleased with the amount of money Nike was willing to put on the table for the collections. With the popularity of the Yeezy and Yeezy 2, he wanted royalties and apparently Nike wasn’t so willing to give up that kind of money. So Mr. West jumped ship, and headed over to Adidas, a brand known for embracing hip-hop forerunners Run DMC.
It remains to be seen of course, if shoe aficionados will make the jump with Yeezy. Nike has crazy brand loyalty, and is deeply entrenched in the sports and hip hop worlds.
Chip Kelly made it official: Nick Foles is the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season. Barring injury, Foles will remain the number one spot while Mike Vick moves to number two.
The move comes as a surprise to no one who has watched the Philadelphia Eagles play of late. Since returning from injury (and replacing Vick during his injury) Foles has played quite well. After a lights-out performance against the Oakland Raiders which saw him throw for an NFL record-tying seven touchdowns, he followed up with solid performances. He helped the Eagles get in a position to fight for the NFC East.
Even Michael Vick isn’t surprised by the decision. He’s made it known that he fully supports Foles and agrees that he is playing great now. Personally, Vick hopes to have a full week of practice and be ready as the Eagles’ backup option.
Kobe Bryant will retire a Los Angeles Laker. At least that is what today’s news indicates.
Monday, Bryant signed a two-year extension with the Los Angeles Lakers. Though neither side released the financial terms of the contract, sources close to the situation report the deal is worth $48.5 million.
Both parties agreed on the salaries to help create cap space to pursue one top-tier free agent next summer. The 2014 free agent class will include LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.
After undergoing surgery Monday morning to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the 2013-14 NBA season.
Rose had a few options when it came to repairing the knee. He could have had the meniscus removed, which would have given him the quickest return. However it often leads to a shortened career. The guard made the tough decision to repair the torn meniscus, basically ending his season. Rehab for this type of surgery often takes 4-6 months.
The season-ending knee injury is the second for Rose in the last 3 seasons. You’ll recall Rose missed the entire 2012-13 season recovering from a torn ACL suffered during the 2012 NBA playoffs.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Sources revealed to ESPN that the ban is for non-PED substances.
Thurmond would begin serving the suspension some time this week, and would further diminish an already depleted Seahawks defensive backfield. Star cornerback Brandon Browner is expected to miss a month due to a groin injury suffered recently.
The 10-1 Seahawks are on bye this week, and have yet to offer a statement.
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