Ken Griffey Jr

Twenty-six years later, Ken Griffey, Jr. can still pull off a youthful look.

The former MLB star, whose 1989 rookie card became an iconic image of the blossoming baseball giant, donned a vintage hat and uniform while making a cameo appearance in Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' latest music video, "Downtown."

This side-by-side comparison shows just how close the recreation was to the original:


Macklemore hails from Seattle, which explains why the city plays such a significant role in his work, particularly this video. Griffey is shown catching a fish tossed at the Pike Place market -- a popular tradition just off of Seattle's waterfront.

Griffey was the city's biggest star when Macklemore was growing up . He would have been 6 when Griffey's rookie card came out, so it makes perfect sense that he would admire the baseball star.

The full music video, which includes some profanity, is below. Griffey Jr. appears just after the 1:20 mark:

The season hasn't started, but Nebraska defensive end Ross Dzuris is getting a lot of national praise -- for his mustache.

The junior recently made local headlines for earning a scholarship from the Huskers after walking on to start his career. But his beautifully sculpted facial hair has caught on like wildfire online.


According to 247Sports, Dzuris takes great care in keeping his old-fashioned 'stache on-point.

"He styles it all the time in the locker room with gel, and he's got this little comb," teammate Maliek Collins told 247Sports.


The risk of such daring grooming, of course, is that it becomes a distraction. But Dzuris has managed to impress on the field as well as in the glamour pages of 1800s-era men's fashion magazines.

Collins described him as a "consistent" player who is "never flustered. He kept plugging along."

As a likely second-stringer, Dzuris isn't on the long list for this year's Heisman. He may never be known more for football than his mustache.

But when you carry around a facial-hair comb, you probably know what you're getting into.

Tommy Hilfiger achieved the first step. He secured 14-time Grand slam Tennis champion Rafael Nadal to endorse his underwear.

The hard part was building a campaign Nadal would approve. Hilfiger's advertising partner, Trey Laird, advised the brand develop sex appeal to go along with its traditional, family-oriented image.

Rafael Nadal Suit

"What if Rafa's in the locker room and he's taking off his briefs?" Hilfiger remembers Laird asking him. "I said 'I don't think we can do that.'"

Laird went ahead with a storyboard and filmed a rough cut. "I don't think he's going to want to take off his underwear in front of a whole camera crew," Hilfiger warned Laird.

Laird and Hilfiger showed Nadal, 29, the video and held their breath. They got the answer they wanted.

"At the beginning, I thought it would be crazy, but when I was checking on the videos, I felt comfortable with it," Nadal says. "I like it. There was a great team around when we were shooting."

Nadal obviously felt comfortable in front of the team. In the ad, filmed in Mallorca, shows Nadal nearly taking his underwear off.

Hilfiger says he met Nadal more than ten years ago, and the Spaniard was wearing Hilfiger's eponymous brand at the time. They have kept up a personal relationship for the past decade.

Nadal's name is added to a list of previous Tommy Hilfiger celebrity models that include David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz and Britney Spears. However, Nadal's tennis success gives him a unique dimension.

Rafael And Tommy

"He is a global icon," Hilfiger says. "He's known all over the world. He's respected all over the world. I really believe if we were to have used a model, for instance, people would look at the ad, and say, oh, there's a nice model, but there wouldn't be any interest or intrigue. I think when you have a personality representing a brand, there's something else there."

To publicize Tommy Hilfiger's new line of underwear, tailored suits and fragrance, the brand put up a makeshift tennis court in New York City's Bryant Park. Nadal, along with models including Hannah Davis and Chanel Iman, played a game of strip tennis. They started with full Tommy Hilfiger attire, but only Nadal was left with his suit on. Jane Lynch hosted the match with actress Lake Bell by her side. Martha Stewart and actor Nat Wolff were also in attendance.

Nadal says he felt "comfortable" with the event that left him shirtless. His stripping was more to fit in with his fellow competitors than for losing purposes.

"I try to enjoy a different thing, a new world, a different experience," Nadal says. "With all experiences, I'm going to learn something in life, and now, I have the experience to know the world of fashion and it's something interesting for me."

Nadal uses his tennis as a tool to become well-educated, something he says he values. He does not let his outside interests thwart his game.

"I already practice two hours and 15 minutes in the morning before coming here," Nadal said late Tuesday afternoon after playing strip tennis. "All the promotions, all the work outside of tennis is great. If you have that, good news. It's because people have an interest of you if you have all these things. All the things that happen outside the court won't affect inside the court."

Nadal Shirtless

On the court, Nadal cannot deny he is having one of his poorer seasons. A nagging wrist injury kept Nadal out of Flushing last year, and Nadal dropped to No. 10 in the world in June, his lowest since April 2005. He is now No. 8 and he did not surpass the quarterfinals in any of the year's first three majors.

Is there something different about you, Rafa?

"No, I am still Rafa," he says. "I still live in the same place. Winning or losing is part of the game. Because of the victories, I didn't change. Because of the losses, I didn't change. It doesn't affect my personality and my way to see the things in life. Tennis is just a game."

A game Nadal was very good at for a very long time. Numbers suggest Nadal may be on the decline. His drought of four straight majors entered without a title is his longest since he won his first, the 2005 French Open.

Two years ago, Nadal came into Flushing on the flip side. He won his two hard court tune-ups in Montreal and Cincinnati before dropping just two sets at the U.S. Open. He finished the season as the world No. 1.

Nadal calls 2013 a "magic year." "I was playing at the highest level I played on hard court," he says.

Nadal had mediocre outings in Montreal and Cincinnati this month, reaching the quarterfinals and third round, respectively. He thinks his confidence is building though, and a high U.S. Open finish can boost his season.

"It's important for me to finish the year in the top eight to start the next year with the possibility of being high-seeded from the beginning," he says.

Tommy Hilfiger Group

Next Monday, Nadal, seeded eighth, will start his pursuit of his third U.S. Open title.

In the meantime, he will see pictures and videos of himself in underwear floating around the Internet and New York City billboards.

Kobe or Michael? Michael or Kobe?

One NBA fan can't decide, but he is encouraging others to think about the debate. More specifically, the people who walk behind him.

ESPN's Darren Rovell tweeted out this picture via Twitter user @tattoo_monky (whose tweets are protected).


One leg features Kobe Bryant. The other has Michael Jordan. The two NBA icons are staring each other down with the words, "I love this game" under them.

The artwork, for what it's worth, is actually very good.

Let the Kobe-Jordan debate begin -- or, rather, continue.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is something like the Dennis Rodman of football.

He overflows with energy, which earns him into both fame and trouble. The ultra-skilled Italian striker is a lot to handle personality-wise, and he has been passed through four mega-clubs in the past eight years (Inter, Manchester City, A.C. Milan, Liverpool).

The 25-year-old's immaturity has been at the forefront of the media since his Inter debut as a 17-year-old.

Even so, kids can now try to channel their outrageous idol -- and his signature style. This week, Puma released a junior soccer cleats line inspired by Balotelli.


All of the materials are blue and white, as Puma is the kit provider of Balotelli's Italy National Team. The motto, "Why always me?" is an ode to a shirt Balotelli wore in 2011 after scoring a goal against Manchester United while with Manchester City. Balotelli, then just 21, was mocking the media for continuing to paint him with a sophomoric image.

As for the fuzz, Puma is trying to weave Balotelli's signature mohawk into the shoes. So, yes, children can buy cleats with a mohawk on them. The ball has the hair too.


The boots are official known as the "Puma Kids MB 9 FG Jr Soccer Cleats." The shoes are not the same footwear Balotelli uses, but a variation made for youths.

Balotelli is currently rifting with Liverpool and the club has kept him out of the lineup for its first two fixtures. If another high-profile team has the funds and patience to attain Balotelli, he will likely transfer to a new club soon.

Mario Balotelli

The Giants and Cardinals are two of the world's oldest and most successful baseball franchises. Since 1883, the two have battled each other in the National League. Since 1952, Carol and Warren Reckmeyer have battled in their household.

The Reckmeyers gained fame Monday night with viral photo of the Mt. Morris, Ill., couple in their jerseys at Busch Stadium.


The Reckmeyers love baseball, but they actually met through art. Both were music teachers, and Warren, 92, retired this summer after 59 years as the director of Mt. Morris' Kable Concert Band. Carol and Warren served as teachers in Mt. Morris schools from their arrival in the city in 1955 to their teaching retirement in 1985.

Carol's father turned her into a Giants' fan going all the way back to the team's days in New York. Warren spent the 1930s glued to the radio, and remembers when the 1934 Gashouse Gang won the Cardinals their first World Series.

The Reckmeyers were at Busch on Monday for a pitcher's duel the Cardinals claimed 2-1. For the past few seasons, Carol and Warren have had a lot to cheer about. The last five pennants have been won by either the Giants or the Cardinals. The Giants have won three World Series and the Cardinals one. Last year's National League Championship Series featured both teams. The Giants won the series 4-1.

Carol, also in her 90s, told Rockford, Ill., local television she and Warren have a "truce" when their teams play each other. As seen by their uniforms, the couple, married since 1952, will not let baseball fandom get in the way of their love.

Carol jokes Warren's last words in a conversation are always "yes, dear" anyway.

In the local news story, Carol and Warren say they attend a few Rockford Aviators (Frontier League) games each year. The Rockford Peaches, the real franchise fictitiously depicted in the 1992 film A League of Their Own, played their final season of a 12-year run in 1954, one year before the Reckmeyers moved in. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League shut down in 1954.

Rockford is objectively Cubs country, but these two fans do not seem to care. They will support their team's colors through and through, even if their spouse disapproves.

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ThePostGame had a chance to test-drive the Nike/Jordan Brand Super.Fly 4, and here are the impressions from one staffer:

I’ve never been able to dunk. When I heard I had a chance to try out the new Super.Fly 4, Blake Griffin's shoe, I starting thinking ... What if?...

Then I remembered I'm 5-8 with no hops.

While my challenge to get air was more genetic, Jordan Brand's challenge was to design a shoe for a 6-10, 250-pound freak athlete like Blake Griffin. That meant providing enough support, cushioning and flexibility to allow Griffin to do all the things he needs to do on the court.

Griffin Shoe

When I first put on the shoe, the first thing that struck me was the weight. The way it looks was not the way it felt. It was extremely light, almost like a running shoe. As I ran up and down the court, my feet never felt heavy. My toes were comfortable in the forefoot but still felt like it had my locked in so I could push off and move on the court with ease. The herringbone outsole provides great on-court traction every player needs (even me) and the Zoom Air unit provided enough cushioning for every step, jump and rebound.

The look of the shoe pops right away. The colors include black and green, and it's an homage Marvin the Martian from Space Jam. It's the 20th anniversary of the film, and Marvin the Martian was an big part of the campaign in 1995 when he lost to Bugs Bunny in an intergalactic game of hoops. Of course, Bugs Bunny won that battle which made me wonder why Blake would want to wear something in honor of the guy who lost.

Texas summers are hot. High school football players in the state have to suffer through summer workouts amid triple-digit heat, sometimes creating a legitimate safety concern in the process.

Even so, most high temps aren't enough to melt the shoes on players' feet. In Allen, Texas, that's exactly what happened.


The Dallas Morning News reports that the first day of official high school football in the state saw 106-degree temps in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, a record.

Part of the problem here is the football field's artificial turf: Synthetic fields tend to get much hotter than natural grass during the summer. In fact, synthetic turf can sometimes reach temperatures more than 50 degrees hotter than what natural grass would experience.

In perfect conditions, fake turf can get hot enough to cook meat.

Melting shoes is rare, but according to Allen head coach Tom Westerberg, it isn't unheard of.

"[We've] played in some hot games where a few shoes got a little melted," said Westerberg to the Morning News, while suggesting it might have just been a single bad shoe causing the hub-bub.

And sure, maybe that's true. But when estimates are pegging the football field's surface temperature as possibly passing 150 degrees Fahrenheit, it seems a bit nit-picky to blame the shoe.

Hot is hot. But another football player the Morning News talked to didn't seem bothered.

"I didn't even feel it," he said. "It's football weather."

Tell that to the Green Bay Packers.

NBA dance teams tend to be solely female, but Keith Wilson tried to break through with a memorable audition for the Miami Heat's 2015-16 squad. Check out of videos of Wilson that have surfaced from the tryout:

Wilson, 28, was the only male trying out for a spot this year, and he did not receive a call back for the final round. Wilson also fell short of making the team when he tried out in 2012, and but he says the Heat are one of the more open teams to adding a male dancer.

Wilson says he will attend the final cuts to congratulate the dancers who are selected for the 2015-16 team. For now, we will have to settle for watching Wilson in last week's video to Beyonce's "Run The World (Girls)."

Wilson is a teacher at the Executive Vibes Contemporary Dance Theater in Miami.

The Yeezy shoe line has been a hot one this summer. Kanye West's inaugural sneaker from Adidas has continually sold out of stores all across the country, turning the shoe into a high-demand item -- even among professional athletes. Apparently Padres pitcher James Shields managed to get his hands on a pair -- but not without sparking some jealousy among his teammates, particularly Matt Kemp.

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