The Best View of the Braves Collapse

If you’re a sports fanatic like myself, you probably have found yourself digging through random websites researching stats from the past for a story, or just because, well, it sounded like an enjoyable Friday evening. This year the Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox both fell victim to their own demise, and as a matter of fact, they were some of the worst collapses in baseball history. Both teams had nearly a 99 percent chance of making the post-season with just a month remaining in the regular season.

The Braves sat 8.5 games above the rest of the National League Wildcard contenders, but somehow managed to chop themselves right out of the post season in 28 days. FUNGraphs presented a cool way to look at the demise, so long as you’re not a Braves fan, scroll down to take a look and be sure to check out them out at FUNGraphs.tumblr.com.

 

The Atlanta Braves Collapse by FUNGraphs

Brian Wilson x Marty McFly x SF Giants

Considering I am obsessed with sneakers and the San Francisco Giants, it’s probably no surprise to anyone that knows me, or reads my blog, knows that I’m also obsessed with Brian Wilson. Though I can definitely appreciate the man’s beard farming abilities, I’ve been slightly preoccupied with his choice of footwear since I noticed some nice iD’s on his feet a while back and he sported all orange cleats from the Boom Pack, pre-beard at the All-Star Game. I suppose it’s also easy for me to relate to someone so uncontrollably awesome. Brian Wilson’s Nike collection moved up on the scale (along with his awesomeness) when he wore one of the two pairs of the Nike Air Mags that he won, on the field for the game on Friday, September 16th. Check out the pictures below I posted on Twitter.

Note: I’m still looking for a Boom Pack if you have a lead on one please let me know. Thanks to @xBRICHx for giving me credit on his post, and for the guys at SBNation for updating their post when I contacted them. It’s greatly appreciated.

Brian Wilson wears the Nike Air Mag from Back to the Future on the field for the San Francisco Giants.

Brian Wilson's Nike Obsession, The Nike Air Mag from Back to the Future, on field.

adidas Player Exclusives: Chauncey Billups Home TS Lightning Creator

adidas Player Exclusives: A break down of Chauncey Billups' adidas shoes.adidas Player Exclusives: A break down of Chauncey Billups’ adidas shoes.

I’ve been a fan of Chauncey Billups since I was in high school. As a freshman, I remember seeing Billups play at George Washington in Denver. He was a couple years older than me but easily the best player in the state back then and someone I looked up to. It’s taken me a while to hunt down some of his adidas Player Exclusives (without paying outrageous prices that is). One thing that makes it easier is that Billups never changes shoes! He’s been wearing the adidas TS Lightning Creator PE for a couple of years now, even having adidas make him a New York Knicks colorway as recently as April of this year. Since I spent my high school years in Colorado, I became somewhat of a Denver Nuggets fan, especially when the team landed Jalen Rose of the Fab Five.

I rarely buy any shoes that are not my size, or at least close enough to wear, so Billup’s size 13 has always been something I’ve searched for. The more I’ve looked for Chauncey Billups’ PE’s the more interesting things I seem to find. It seems like Billups has had a few variations of the adidas TS Lightning Creator. The first and most common version features his number 7 jersey number on the outer forefoot. From what I’ve found, this version came in a home, White, Blue and Yellow colorway but Billups also wore the same colorway on the road with the light blue Nuggets jerseys. The version of the TS Lightning Creator that Chauncey wore while wearing the jersey number 7 (2008-2009 season) was similar to the TS Creator that he wore with the Pistons, in that it was made available in various sizes at adidas retailers.

Since Chauncey opted to stick with the TS Lightning Creator, for the 2009-2010 season, adidas had to switch up the details ever so slightly. Billups went back to jersey number 1, the same number he wore in Detroit. Meaning, the number 7 on the forefoot had to be changed. Replacing his jersey number was his nickname, “Mr. Big Shot.” For this version of Billups’ PE, there were two versions, a home colorway with White, Light Blue, and Yellow, and an away colorway with a Black base color and Light Blue, Yellow and White accents. These versions never released at retail that I am aware of, and were only made in Chauncey’s size 13. I was able to obtain a pair of the home colorway which you can see below, along with the various versions of Chauncey Billups’ adidas shoes.

 

Chauncey Billups adidas Player Exclusive TS Lightning Creator PE SampleChauncey Billups in the adidas TS Lightning Creator PE from 2008-2009.

Chauncey Billups wearing the USA colorway of the adidas TS Lightning Creator.Chauncey Billups wearing the USA colorway of the adidas TS Lightning Creator.

adidas Player Exclusives: Chauncey Billups Denver Nuggets Away TS Lightning CreatorChauncey Billups wearing the adidas TS Lightning Creator PE “Mr Big Shot” away version.

Chauncey Billups adidas TS Lightning Creator Player Exclusive "Mr. Big Shot" Denver Nuggets home colorway.Chauncey Billups adidas TS Lightning Creator Player Exclusive “Mr. Big Shot” Denver Nuggets home colorway.

Chauncey Billups wearing the New York Knicks away colorway of his PE adidas TS Lightning Creator.Chauncey Billups wearing the New York Knicks away colorway of his PE adidas TS Lightning Creator.

adidas Player Exclusives: Chauncey Billups TS Lightning Creator "Mr. Big Shot"adidas Player Exclusives: Chauncey Billups TS Lightning Creator “Mr. Big Shot”

adidas Player Exclusives: Chauncey Billups TS Lightning Creator "Mr. Big Shot" Nuggets Homeadidas Player Exclusives: Chauncey Billups TS Lightning Creator “Mr. Big Shot” Nuggets Home

adidas Player Exclusives: Chauncey Billups TS Lightning Creator "Mr. Big Shot" Denver Nuggets Homeadidas Player Exclusives: Chauncey Billups TS Lightning Creator “Mr. Big Shot” Denver Nuggets Home