Saturday, January 28, 2012

2012 NHL All Star Game Jerseys and Merchandise

Click Here for All Star GearThe 2012 NHL All Star game is being played in Ottawa. No Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin this year but still plenty of other NHL stars to get excited about seeing. The team captains this year are Zdeno Chara from the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins and Daniel Alfreddson from the Ottawa Senators. Now you can purchase the exact same NHL All Star jerseys the players will be wearing in the game. Every All Star player is available - order your custom jersey today. Other 2010 NHL gear also available, including hats, tshirts, collectibles and more.

Click here for official 2012 NHL All Star Game jerseys and merchandise

Friday, January 20, 2012

2012 NFL Draft Preview: More Than Just Andrew Luck

The 2012 NFL Draft features a deep pool of NFL prospects, including the 'can't miss' QB prospect Andrew Luck from the Stanford Cardinal. Luck is expected to go #1 to the Indianapolis Colts but after that, things could get interesting. Keep in mind that this is the first draft with a rookie salary cap. We expect this to result in more trades and deals as the top picks will no longer get monster contracts. In recent years, the salaries paid to top picks was so high, it often prohibited teams from being able to trade those spots. Here's a look at some of the top college football players entering the draft:

Trent Richardson, Alabama Crimson Tide:
He is the no-doubt top rated RB prospect in this draft. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist and showed significant production for the last 2 years for the national champion Crimson Tide. However, running back has become a lesser valued position in the NFL now as the passing game gets all the attention. For that reason, Richardson could even be selected outside of the Top 10 spots.

Matt Kalil, USC Trojans:
Kalil is the consensus top offensive lineman in this draft, considered the best tackle prospect since Jake Long was selected first overall by the Miami Dolphins. Kalil could be coveted by the St. Louis Rams at #2 or the Minnesota Vikings at #3, both teams need help on the line.

Andrew Luck, Stanford Cardinal
we've all heard 'Suck for Luck' since about September as Luck is the most prized QB prospect since Peyton Manning. In fact, Luck may have been the #1 pick last year if he chose to enter the draft then. Luck possesses the physical skills needed to be a top line QB, as well as the intelligence and drive to lead an NFL team. Luck is a Stanford University graduate: those boys aren't dumb. There is very little doubt that the Colts will select Luck.

Robert Griffin III, Baylor Bears:
The 'other' QB in the 2012 NFL Draft is Heisman Trophy winner RGIII. With a cannon arm and excellent running abilities, Baylor's Griffin offers a very enticing set of physical skills. Some NFL scouts actually prefer Griffin over Andrew Luck. With Matt Barkley and Landry Jones returning to college for 2012, RG3 will be in high demand as more teams need elite new QBs than there is available. We expect the Rams to trade the #2 draft pick to a team wanting Griffin.

Morris Claiborne, LSU Tigers:
The LSU secondary was deep and talanted across the board this past year but Claiborne is a notch ahead of his teammates, and the top cornerback in the NFL draft. CB is still a premium position in the NFL and LSU's Claiborne is likely going to be a top 5 selection this April.

Riley Reiff, Iowa Hawkeyes:
There's a long tradition of successful offensive lineman from the Big 10 and the Iowa Hawkeyes Reiff is the conference's top dog in 2012. Along with Stanford's Jonathan Martin, Reiff isn't as elite as Kalil but he will be drafted in the top half of round one. Reiff played left tackle for the Hawkeyes but could also play right tackle at the next level.

Dre Kirkpatrick, Mark Barron and Courtney Upshaw, Alabama Crimson Tide:
Seeing as a stifling defense led Alabama to the BCS National Title, we will see more than one 'Bama player from that side of the ball playing in the NFL in 2012. These 3 all rate highly and could well be first round picks in April. Cornerback Kirkpatrick is likely the best prospect of these three and could be the 2nd Crimson Tide player selected after Trent Richardson. With talent this deep, is it any wonder Nick Saban is in the national title picture every year?

For more information on the 2012 NFL Draft, check out's Draft page.

Monday, January 16, 2012

2012 College Football: Who Will Be the Top Teams?

An Early Look at the Top College Football Teams for 2012

The 2011 college football season just wrapped up, with the Alabama Crimson Tide winning the BCS title with a victory over the previously undefeated LSU Tigers. Now we take an early look ahead to next year in NCAA football - who are some of the teams that could be legitimate challengers for the BCS Championship in 2012?

Alabama Crimson Tide:
A no brainer - Roll Tide! The Tide will be losing many players to the NFL draft this year, including running back Trent Richardson, but with one of the best recruiting classes in the nation and coach Nick Saban running the show, the Crimson Tide will be a top team again

USC Trojans:
With quarterback and perhaps the early Heisman Trophy leader Matt Barkley returning to school for another season, the USC Trojans are set up for a national title run. Their out of conference schedule is not daunting, and they get both Notre Dame and the Oregon Ducks on their home turf at the LA Coliseum. This team is our early favorite for the BCA title in 2012.

Michigan Wolverines:
Big Blue returned to national prominence in 2011 under new coach Brady Hoke, defeating Virginia Tech in the Suger Bowl. Dynamic QB Denard Robinson returns to lead the Wolverines but be warned, Michigan has a tough schedule. Included on the 2012 sked is an early season tussle with the Crimson Tide, as well as road visits to Ohio State and Notre Dame. It's possible that Michigan could be a better team in 2012 but not win as many games based on the tough schedule.

Oklahoma Sooners:
Bob Stoops' Sooners were the pre-season pick as 2011 national champs but their season turned out to be a disappointment. Quarterback Landry Jones chose to return to school and there is plenty of other talent in Oklahoma to consider the Sooners in the BCS picture for 2012.

LSU Tigers:
Les Miles will have the LSU Tigers back into the national title picture again in 2012. There is some talent going off to the NFL but the 2012 schedule is much more forgiving than the murderer's row LSU faced in 2011. Also, the Tigers will get Alabama at home in Death Valley this time around.

Oregon Ducks:
in recent years, the Oregon Ducks have surpassed USC as the Pac 12's top dog. Coach Chip Kelly will have his lightning fast paced offense back in the top 10 again in 2012, and possibly again in the national title race. A narrow loss to USC last year was the only thing that kept the Ducks of the BCS title game.

Michigan State Spartans:
the Spartans play great defense and in the Big 10, that's usually a recipe for success. Sparty has had the Wolverines' number recently, winning 4 straight, and Urban Meyer's Ohio State Buckeyes are on probation in 2012. The Wisconsin Badgers will be strong again but perhaps the Spartans will be the Big 10 favorite.

Arkansas Razorbacks:
oh yeah, that OTHER team in the SEC West division. LSU and Alabama hog most of the spotlight and headlines in the SEC but Arkansas has a great team too. The Razorbacks get both Alabama and LSU at home in 2012 - if there's ever a season to leapfrog the big boys, 2012 is it.

Oregon Ducks Limited Edition 2012 Rose Bowl Metal Football Helmets

Special Edition Liquid Metal Oregon Ducks Football Helmets from 2012 Rose Bowl

The Oregon Ducks dominated the field in the 2012 Rose Bowl game because of their superior gridiron skill and unstoppable passion for football—the eye-catching uniforms didn't hurt either. The Ducks won their first Rose Bowl in many decades, with a victory over the Big 10 champion Wisconsin Badgers.

Take home your own piece of custom 2012 Rose Bowl memorabilia with this Riddell LiquidMetal Speed Authentic helmet. Crafted to the exact specifications of the helmets worn by your favorite Oregon players on the field during the 2012 Rose Bowl game, it features a mirrored black finish achieved through two cycles of a 12-step technological system that involves hand-placement of die-cut wing graphics (made famous by your Ducks' success on the field) between shining chrome and LiquidMetal layers. This high-quality collectible will prove to be a stunning addition to any UO fanatic's collection!

Click here to order your own Oregon Ducks LiquidMetal football helmet. A must-have collectible for Ducks football fans!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Top 10 Selling NFL Player Jerseys

The Top Selling NFL Jerseys of 2011

After a lockout grabbed the NFL headlines for most of the 2011 off-season, the NFL roared back to its spot as the #1 professional sport in America. The 2011 season saw increased TV revenue, strong attendance and very solid NFL merchandise sales too. NFL apparel is found in over 60% off all homes in the United States, with jerseys being the most popular item. Below are the top selling NFL player jerseys of 2011.

1) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

2) Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos

3) Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers

4) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

5) Tom Brady, New England Patriots

6) Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers

7) Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles

8) Eli Manning, New York Giants

9) Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

10) Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys

Monday, January 9, 2012

2012 NHL Winter Classic Gear: NY Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers

The 2012 NHL Winter Classic: Outdoor Hockey in Philly!

The annual New Year's Day NHL Winter Classic was once again a very popular and hard to get ticket as in 2012, the New York Rangers took on the Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philly.

The game was actually played on January 2nd this year, as New Year's Day fell on a Sunday, which is strictly NFL territory. The game featured two of the top teams in the NHL's Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division rivals: the Flyers and the Rangers. The game also highlighted many of the top players in the NHL, including Claude Giroux, Henrik Lundqvist, Marion Gaborik, Brad Richards, Daniel Briere and more.

The 2012 NHL Winter Classic was another well played game, with the NY Rangers prevailing with a 3-2 victory. The game featured a very late 3rd period penalty shot from Daniel Briere, which was stopped by Lundqvist to preserve the win.

The NHL Winter Classic featured unique jerseys and appare worn by both the Flyers and Rangers. These special edition Winter Classic items are now available for purchase at Big Sport Quantities are limited though.