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How to Smoke Weed with Your Parents

Weed has officially gone mainstream—and the green is rolling in. Even with federal prohibition still in place and an unapproving administration in Washington, D.C. (where the herb is legal in a gray area sense of the word), nine states currently allow for recreational marijuana use and another 30 allow medical use.

In 2017, the blossoming business brought in nearly $9 billion. According to CNN Money, the opening of California’s legal weed market could potentially boost national sales up to $11 billion by the end of this year, a total they place as surpassing the entire snack bar industry (i.e. granola bars, cereal bars etc.). Investors are taking notice too, including Billionaire investor Leon Cooperman, Mick McGuire’s Marcato Capital, Corona Beer’s parent company Constellation Brands, who have plans to brew a “weed beer,” and even our own Gary Vaynerchuk, who recently acquired a 50 percent stake in a cannabis-focused marketing and branding agency called Green Street.


So what does this mean for you? For starters, it’s never been safer to light up if you live in a city where legalization, or at least decriminalization, is being given the green light. As prohibition is being lifted by individual states across the country year after year, so are some long-lasting stigmas, including parents openly smoking more of, or even investing in weed. So is now the perfect time to starting lighting up with mom and dad? It just might be.

Growing up, you likely received a firm talking-to from Mom and Dad about why you shouldn’t mess with grass—even if, behind closed doors, your parents were doing just that. But now, some parents are entertaining creative ways to get into the weed economy to make ends meet, or they’re simply investing in dispensaries or weed stocks to boost their annual income.


In 2017, Yahoo News and the Marist Poll surveyed more than a thousand adults in America and found that 54 percent of cannabis users were parents, a number that’s likely to rise. They also found that almost half of those puffing parents had consumed it in front of their kids or with them.


Now, if you’re a parent with young kids, should you smoke with them? Definitely not! That’s bad, man. But if your kids are old enough, according to the age of legalization in your state (usually 21, like drinking), then a little smoke sesh just might be the key to making your familial bond stickier than ever. A Mic article weighed the pros and cons of smoking with your parents, and brought up the point that doing so can add a more humanizing, down-to-earth vibe to your relationship. “Smoking weed with our parents helped her see them more fully and get to know them as “real people, not just mom and dad,” an interviewee in the story said. They also touched on how smoking brings parents back to their fun-loving youth in front of their kids—far better than a gin and tonic and Fleetwood Mac CD I would say. For some who might have parents who look down on weed, and who have preached that it will make you do terrible, unholy things, perhaps seeing their kids smoke—and not lose their minds but instead be totally chill—could help reverse some of their outdated opinions on the plant.


If you’re a young person reading this and you’ve discussed taking part with your folks but feel timid, confused or just plain freaked out by the concept, read on. It’s going to be fine.  

Know What You’re Smoking
Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/GettyImages
A man takes a whiff of legal pot products in Santa Ana, CA

Like anytime you’re going to smoke, you should know where your product is coming from. If you’re smoking with your potentially middle-aged parents, know this: Your stash is a lot stronger than what they were getting into when they were teenagers listening to the Dead.

According to the popular marijuana information site Leafly, today’s weed is 57 to 67 percent stronger when compared with samples from the ’70s. What goes into today’s strains simply contains more psychoactive compounds, including THC, in the individual buds. Your parents likely don’t have the same tolerance as when they went to back-to-back showings of Star Wars in 1977, either, so you should take all that into account if you’re masterminding this family gathering.

Look for strains with less THC, which should be possible by simply talking with your dealer or reading up on the product, which you should be doing anyway if you’re being smart. You don’t want Dad losing his shit and wandering the neighborhood in his bathrobe.

Consider CBD

Perhaps your parents want to get in on the culture of weed in 2018 but aren’t in the mood for actual weed? Look into CBD. The popular oil, which provides some of the pain-reducing and therapeutic effects of cannabis without the psychoactive compounds (meaning it doesn’t technically get you high), is being used by tons of people around the world to treat everything from autism to cancer, as well as relieve common ailments for older folks, like back pain.

CBD will get you and your fam to chill out, while ensuring things don’t get too weird. It also comes in everything from body lotion to a variety of yummy candies. You can also look into using a vape pen, which is great for CBD or just regular THC-toting weed if you want a lighter, more controlled hit. Vapes are nice for parents who might be turned off by a stinky joint or your giant bong.

Stick with Sativa

If your folks are interested in kicking it up a notch, then it’s a good idea to look for a strain in the sativa category versus indica. If you don’t know what that means, consider this: Sativa is more of a happy-go-lucky vibe, versus indica, which usually equates more to “I can’t feel my legs.” In the end, it’s about asking each other what type of mood and sensation you want and doing your research.

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Set the Mood

Even with weed laws becoming more lenient or simply legal, you still want to make sure everything feels right, especially when it involves your mom and dad. Make sure you’re in a safe, secluded and controlled environment that you and your family feel comfortable with. Your house is probably a good bet. Then consider putting on some chill music and cueing up a favorite family movie (skip Fantasia, trust me). And please don’t ask your parents to cook you dinner after. Just order Seamless.

Talk It Out

Whenever you’re trying something new, especially if it’s with the people you grew up listening to and in some cases being grounded by, you always want to talk before. It’s possible that your parents are finally down with Mary Jane, but it might not feel right for them to do it with you, their child. And that’s OK! You don’t want to force this, and you definitely don’t want to enter a smoke session already feeling super awkward, because that will probably come later anyway. Find a good way to break the ice and get your fears and hesitations off your chest. This is already going to be weird, so let’s not make it worse. Good luck, and hey, pass the Doritos, Dad!

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Sports Strength

Should Jeff Bezos Buy the Seattle Seahawks?

According to reports, many prominent NFL owners want Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to buy the Seattle Seahawks, a team that may soon be up for sale in the wake of Paul Allen’s passing. (His sister and heir, Jody, doesn’t want to run the Seahawks or Allen’s NBA team, the Portland Trail Blazers.) For the NFL, Bezos buying in would achieve two things at once: It would keep the Seahawks rooted in Seattle, an important West Coast market for the NFL, and it would all but guarantee Amazon’s money flowing into the league in some capacity.

While American tech giants have dipped toes into the live sports broadcast game, the NFL is anxious for someone (Apple, Amazon, Facebook) to commit to a more substantial broadcast agreement. While traditional cable providers will always be in the market for live TV rights, a pact with a tech company could potentially be more lucrative for the NFL. Since the NFL’s business has always been about squeezing every dollar out of every possible partnership, the prospect of Bezos buying into the league is tantalizing.

But does the Bez believe in the future of football?

Unlike Comcast or Spectrum—who have cut major deals with teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers whether they might not be able to fulfill if current cable TV trends continue—Amazon has money to burn. The NFL is still American sports’ live television behemoth; franchise values have ballooned over the past decade, and they’re still rising. As an investment, it’s a no-brainer. Jerry Jones paid $140 million for the Cowboys in 1989 and the team is now worth $4.8 billion. Bezos likely isn’t being held up by the sticker price because, of all the American sports leagues, the NFL has proven to be the surefire wealth-maker. He couldn’t lose.

While it’s far too early to speculate that Bezos is leaning one way or the other, whatever he decides should be telling about the health of the sport, which is plagued by health issues and growing disinterest. (Additionally, the NFL has far and away the weakest players’ union. Of the four major sports, the NFL’s players are by far the least financially protected despite playing the most violent American sport.)

Once upon a time, cultural commentator Malcolm Gladwell predicted that football would be dead in a couple decades’ time. If Bezos declines to buy the Seahawks, we could very well look back at this moment as the one that sealed the NFL’s fate.

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Sneakers Style

The 10 Most Reasonably Priced Luxury Sneakers You Can Buy

Luxury sneakers aren’t for everyone—if I’m being honest, they’re probably not even for me. Not because they don’t hit or because the styling is off. They’re just so. Freaking. Expensive. Not everyone can afford to spend a month’s rent on a pair of sneakers at retail value. Don’t feel bad. You are not alone!

Pricing is everything for the consumer. Sometimes, going over budget on a shoe might mean staying in the house for a good month or two, or keeping that sneaker in your closet for fear of destroying them the moment you step outside. But we’ve got good news. Those designer sneakers may be a bit out of your price range, but there’s still some luxury heat available to cop that might be a little closer to what you’re looking for.

Axel Arigato Toe Cap Sneaker
Axel Arigato
https://axelarigato.com/usd/men/shoes/cap-toe-sneaker/cap-toe-sneaker-26056
$220

This designer piece is simple enough to go with any outfit for business or for play and comes in a variety of colors. The shoe is made from full grain Italian leather and comes with a styled toe cap. Its logo is minimal, but makes its presence known with its gold tone.

Axel Arigato Clean 360
Axel Arigato
https://axelarigato.com/usd/men/shoes/clean-360/clean-360-28328
$250

The Clean 360 gives you more than enough material to get by. It’s a chunky yet simple silhouette with a rubber sole thick enough to boost you up an inch. Like the Toe Cap, its branding is minimal, restricted to the upper and the heel tab, but the subtlety is what makes the shoe attractive.

Axel Arigato Clean 90
Axel Arigato
https://axelarigato.com/usd/men/shoes/clean-90/clean-90-28034
$225

The Clean 90 might be the best the Axel Arigato brand has to offer. The sole isn’t as thick as the Clean 360, but the shoe’s upper is made entirely of luxury Italian leather with a rubber sole equipped with cushioning in the foot bed. The comfort in this shoe is rare in a luxury piece.

Filling Pieces Low Top Lane
Filling Pieces
https://www.fillingpieces.com/collections/signature/products/low-top-ripple-lane-gum-dark-green
$205

This piece was the first sneaker Filling Pieces designed, but it’s become the brand’s signature model. Its upper is made from soft nubuck with a touch of velvet on the finish. It’s a sneaker that comes with a premium look, but will still look good years down the line.

Filling Pieces Low Top Lee
Filling Pieces
https://www.fillingpieces.com/collections/signature/products/low-top-ghost-twist-white
$260

The Low Top Lee is immediately jarring because of its lace system. It’s an elastic system consumers can pull, tighten and lock in. The system stretches to the midsole of the shoe, locking the foot in and providing a ton of comfort for the consumer.

Buttero Tanino Low Sneaker
Buttero
https://www.buttero.it/en/mens/icons/natural-brown-leather-tanino-low-sneakers.html?RwDet=true&articoli_ID=759
$285

The Tanino Low comes in full length leather like plenty of other luxury shoes, but it’s the seaming on the heel and the tongue that make this shoe stick out. It comes with full leather laces and metal eyelets that really round out the sneaker’s classic look with a more luxurious touch.

ETQ Alloy Low 5
ETQ Amsterdam
https://www.etq-amsterdam.com/store/product/men/essence-low-5-black/
$240

This shoe makes simplicity look stunning with its plush, nubuck upper. It comes in different colors to match every occasion and brings comfort with its thick sole.

Converse Comme des Garçons Hi
Nordstrom
https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/comme-des-garcons-play-x-converse-chuck-taylor-hidden-heart-high-top-sneaker-men/4049999?country=US&currency=USD&mrkgcl=760&mrkgadid=3313960123&utm_content=50089948071&utm_term=pla-302646900132&utm_channel=shopping_acq_p&sp_so
$135

Comme des Garçons took a Converse classic and made it luxury with this high top Chuck Taylor piece. Its branding is prominent on the shoe’s upper, which isn’t common from a luxury design, but it’s just enough for it to be recognizable without doing too much to clash with other pieces of your outfit. The sneaker trades in simple for stunning.

ETQ Mid Top 2 Sneaker
ETQ Amsterdam
https://www.etq-amsterdam.com/store/product/men/essence-mid-2-white/
$250

Mid top sneakers are hard to pull off, usually, but the ETQ mid gives the consumer a ton of options. The shoe’s upper is made with suede, bringing a classic feel to a shoe that fits every occasion. It comes with a comfortable leather lining to boot, with minimal branding. This one is clean.

Alexander Wang x Adidas
Alexander Wang
https://www.alexanderwang.com/us/shop/women/shoes-sneakers-adidas-originals-by-aw-bball-soccer-shoes_cod11482846cs.html?dept=adidas_originals_3_1
$250

This Alexander Wang collab piece with Adidas brings in a classic look, borrowing Adidas’ soccer style while adding a premium twist with a suede upper. The sole comes with Adidas’ boost material, giving it the ultimate comfort to go with a stylish look. This shoe offers the most in both style and sport.

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Culture Gaming

This List of Most Valuable Esports Companies Is Proof the Industry Is Blowing Up

How much do you think an esports team is worth?

Ask anyone the question and the answers are bound to be all over the place. My roommate said $2 million. My dad said half a billion. My brother ignored my text. The reason the answers are so chaotic is that the esports industry is changing more rapidly than your average observer can keep up with. A few years ago, $2 million would have been a good guess. In 2019, $500 million might be.

But one thing’s for sure: Forbes’s new list of the most valuable esports franchises is a testament to how rapidly the competitive gaming industry is growing—the numbers are already impressive, and only getting bigger.

Unlike traditional sports teams, these organizations usually aren’t focused on strictly one sport. All of the top five organizations have competitive teams spanning a myriad of games, including League of Legends, Overwatch, Fortnite, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rainbow Six Siege, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Call of Duty and more. A diverse roster of games gives teams a better chance at success and caters to fans of different genres. The difference between watching League of Legends and Call of Duty is as distinct as watching football and basketball.

These teams aren’t just strictly sports operations either. Many of them operate in the spheres of merchandise and entertainment. 100 Thieves, the brand Drake and Scooter Braun recently invested in (and the 11th most valuable on the Forbes list), was started as a clothing brand by pro gamer Nadeshot. Since then, they’ve expanded into creating professional esports teams and Nadeshot said that the Drake/Braun investment will go toward the company’s apparel and content arms.

“As we think about making great content and making amazing apparel, we wanted to think about other investors who know that world really well and can help us level up really fast,” 100Thieves COO John Robinson said in a YouTube video on CEO Nadeshot’s channel. “At the top of your list, and the top of my list, was Drake, and when we met Scooter and learned his background, and what he offers and how many connections he can help us make, it was a dream team right away.”

Despite the fact that these esports teams are still cash-flow negative—they’re spending far more money on building their teams than they’re making—we’re still seeing more money flood into the industry than ever before. According to Forbes, 2017 saw 74 deals worth a total of $1.52 billion. This year, that number has only increased: 63 deals worth $2.34 billion. To put it in perspective, if you go back a decade, 2008 had just a handful of deals totaling $34 million.

Of course, haters will always argue that no matter how much money esports teams are worth, it still can’t compare to the world of real sports. But this fascinating graphic from Cycle points out how rapidly that’s changing. This year, the top esports teams are worth more than the top Major League Soccer teams.

The MLS is hardly the biggest pro sports league, but it’s still a sports league with millions of fans and sold out games in major cities across North America. The fact that professional video game teams now compete on that level is astounding if you haven’t been paying attention—and still impressive if you have.

So with more investor money than ever before—plus the Drake seal of approval—what can we expect from esports in the near future? Just ask Andy Dihn, the CEO and founder of Team SoloMid, the second most valuable esports team.

“I want TSM to be a household brand; I want us to be the Dallas Cowboys and the Yankees,” he told Forbes. “It’s not enough for me just to be successful in North America.”

With the way things are going in the gaming world, that goal might not be so far off.

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BAH’s Bangers Weekly Playlist: Steve Aoki, BTS, Vardaan Arora, Nao and More

South Korean boy band BTS continues its global ascension with its first-ever full English single, the ultra-catchy “Waste It On Me,” with electronic music stalwart Steve Aoki. The release follows a massively successful year for the seven-member group, which has rightfully been dubbed “the biggest boy band in the world,” with two No. 1 albums on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, several coveted bookings on American award show stages and talk shows, as well as high-profile co-signs from Nicki Minaj and Aoki.

Amid the other 11 additions to my BAH’s Bangers playlist is India-bred bop machine Vardaan Arora’s mesmerizing club banger “Dance Like You” and British singer Nao’s funky Thelma & Louise-inspired “Yellow of the Sun.” Keeping the heat going is Lauren Jauregui’s impressive debut solo single “Expectations,” and rounding out the picks is the late Chris Cornell’s unreleased live cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

? You can listen and subscribe to BAH’s Bangers on Spotify or Apple Music

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There’s a Fashion Brand Called Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs might have been known for always rocking jeans and a black turtleneck, but the similarly–named Italian clothing company Steve Jobs has nothing to do with the late Apple genius—except his name.

According to Verge Magazine, the brothers behind the fashion brand chose the name in 2012 simply because they realized that Apple had never copyrighted the name Steve Jobs. So they named their company that, complete with a logo that even featured the iconic apple leaf. Apple, naturally, was not happy, filing a motion against the company in the European Union Intellectual Property Office. In the end, Apple lost the case—the court ruled that the name was totally legal and shot down Apple’s motion.

Our suggestion though? Don’t wear Steve Jobs brand clothes to your job interview with Apple; they might not be over it.

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Sports Strength

Luka Doncic and Trae Young Is the Most Exciting Rookie Rivalry in Forever

With respect to Donovan Mitchell and Ben Simmons’s rookie campaigns last year—and the resulting series of annoying gestures by Mitchell in the build up to the Rookie of the Year award announcement—Trae Young vs Luka Doncic has the potential to be the greatest rookie rivalry debate in recent memory. There’s just so much there: Both players have wildly different playing styles. They were traded for each other on draft night, ensuring an entire generation of “what if?”—style second guessing. One player is from the U.S. and came up through the college basketball ranks (Young), and one is an international who has been a pro since he was 16 (Doncic). Both are being pegged as the savior for sagging NBA franchises. And no matter which side you’re taking in the debate, you have plenty of ammunition.

The early season has delivered slivers of hope for the Hawks and the Mavs: Young poured in 31 against Cleveland in his third game as a professional and last night Luka Doncic was the reason the Mavs pushed the superior Spurs into overtime. With the kind of attention that they’re already earning, it’s going to be fascinating to watch both players blossom as players, as personalities and as brands.

Trae Young

If you watched Trae Young in college, you know his game. He’s a post-Curry point guard whose range extends far beyond the three point line. He also attacks the rim with crafty drives—he’s already been able to blow by NBA-caliber defenders, so there’s reason to believe Young will be able to produce on offense consistently. 

On defense he’s a mess, but we’re two weeks deep into his rookie season. A good rule of thumb to remember about rookies is that they’re bad at most stuff. Whether Young can develop into a more well-rounded guard will be an intriguing plotline: It should be noted that when Stephen Curry entered the league, he was also a below average defender, and Curry worked himself into an above average one. Can the Hawks recreate that magic?

Long live the Trae Young experiment.

Luka Doncic

If you’re watching these clips, you don’t need me to tell you that Luka Doncic’s playing style is wildly different from Young’s. Long, lanky and creative, Doncic uses his body to create passing lanes. He can keep defenses honest with his shooting while creating space for himself to make plays for himself and for others. He doesn’t give up on plays—for a rookie, Doncic appears to be extremely patient. Doncic’s skill set is a little more conventional than Young’s, but when you’re watching either player you can sense the way they’re playing is just a little different than whoever else is on the floor.

Both players represent separate cultural movements in the NBA, and not just because one is a foreign-born player and one is an American. Doncic plays slow and in control, whereas Young plays like his hair is on fire. Doncic may reinvent the point forward position while Young may eventually exemplify the game’s new approach to three-pointers and quick, explosive guards who might be considered undersized compared to different eras of the NBA. 

The game continues to evolve; last night, Klay Thompson made 14 threes and scored 51 points in 26 minutes, which has blown the top off of any conventional concept of efficient scoring. The arcs of Young and Doncic will not only tell the story of two young players finding their place in the greater context of the NBA—it will tell the story of the NBA itself.

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Culture Gaming

21 Years of ‘Backyard Baseball’: Who Was Your Favorite Player?

Damn, 1997 was an epic year. Titanic became the world’s highest-grossing film ever for a dozen years, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott released one of the greatest hip-hop albums with her debut outing Supa Dupa Fly and Humongous Entertainment hit a homerun with the Backyard Baseball game.

Backyard Baseball, which came out 21 years ago this month, would go on to become a PC classic. All these years later, gamers still remember the game’s diverse cast of 30 characters fondly. I mean how can you forget drafting Angela “Super Pop” Delvecchio for her pitching prowess, Pete “Wheelie” Wheeler for his running rating (“I can run real good”), Achmed “Axeman” Khan for this batting abilities, graceful ballerina Vicki Kawaguchi for her quick reflexes, Stephanie “Bubbles” Morgan for her shortstop skills, or Pablo “Secret Weapon” Sanchez for his all-around aptitude. You took pride in creating your team name—i.e., Humongous Melonheads, Little Giants, Junior Bombers—and picking the perfect lineup to take you to the Backyard Baseball World Series.

We asked our ONE37pm team what they remember about playing Backyard Baseball on Macintosh or Microsoft Windows and which characters they loved the most.

Humongous Entertainment/Aimee Paganini

Tyler Huyser, 24

aka “TyHy” as a kid in Kingstown, Virginia

While I wasn’t allowed to have video games, I was allowed to have Backyard Baseball. I was first exposed to the game during after–school care on the shared Windows 96–operating computer. I remember eight of us crowding around Zach, the resident computer nerd of our after–school care universe and the small, dusty screen of the hand-me-down machine watching as Pablo Sanchez would strike home run after home run. When each game was over, we’d all scramble and fight over who would play next and when the dust finally settled, somehow Zach would be the one playing again.

I begged my parents for the game for years, but it wasn’t until we finally traded in our old Zena computer (imagine the computer from the Hatch on Lost) for one that ran Windows XP that I was finally gifted the game for my eighth birthday. From then on, I would spend countless sunny afternoons (perfect for a game of catch) inside, working my way to numerous Backyard Baseball World Series titles with the help of Pablo Sanchez, Vicki Kawaguchi and Luanne Lui. All in all, I’d say it was time well spent.

Madison Russell, 24

aka “Madi” as a kid in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

There was an unintentional pathway, stamped among the bushes, separating my next door neighbor’s house and mine. Every day after school, we’d retreat to my neighbor Elizabeth’s playroom. Computer games were all the rage in the late ’90s and early 2000s and the two of us embraced the movement. Remember when games came on CDs that you’d feed into a disc player? Backyard Baseball was one of those computer games and it appeared in high rotation. We adored the characters, but I’m pretty sure we had little to no idea what their rankings implied or their abilities on the field.

There was a little girl who clutched a teddy bear (Luanne Lui) and like Helen of Troy, she inspired great wars every game as to who would get to be her. Was she even good? No idea. I’m also pretty sure we spent the majority of our time designing their outfits, but c’est la vie. I didn’t play a single sport in real life, opting for a devoted regiment of ballet, but those hours spent playing out a fantasy life of Backyard Baseball recall a time of carefree abandon.

Humongous Fan Soundtracks/Youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMmqNpmA60U
“Backyard Baseball 2001” for Macintosh and Microsoft Windows.

Omari White, 28

aka “O” as a kid in Brooklyn, New York

All I ever wanted to do was become a pro athlete, and Backyard Baseball was the game that let me live out that fantasy of becoming the next Ken Griffey Jr., my favorite baseball player at the time. Summertime was the best because my close friends in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, would always spot my pair of baseball cleats and a bat whenever I joined them for some of the best basketball tournaments the borough had to offer. They knew that once I was done with playing hoops, next on the agenda was hitting home runs and diving for catches on the diamond. With my parents chauffeuring me to all of my games, I felt that I was living out the best Deion Sanders impersonation of a two-sport superstar.

Backyard Baseball is a classic gem for computer gaming because it carried the tradition of introducing grassroots baseball at its best. The quirky trash–talking (“We want a batter, not a broken ladder”) and the authentic locations, such as Ernie Steele’s backyard or Cement Yards, showed kids everywhere that no matter where you came from, you don’t need to be at a state-of-the-art facility to enjoy America’s Game.

There’s nothing better than running up the score in a regular season game with perhaps the greatest Backyard Sports athlete of all time in Pablo Sanchez or blasting a gazillion-foot home run thanks to the “aluminum power up.” This classic game brought out so many nostalgic memories which made you feel bad for today’s young generation of sports gamers because they’re missing out on seeing their childhood unfold one pixelated pitch at a time. I can remember winning it all at the Super Colossal Dome, where you got to unlock the game’s REAL “secret weapon” who’s been sitting in the playhouse all along—the unstoppable, un-hittable Mr. Clanky!

Backyard Baseball will forever be the GOAT of all sports games; case closed!

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Sports Strength

Layups Are Cooler Than Dunks Now

A few years ago, a crew of high school basketball players in New York made a big ripple in basketball culture with “the jelly,” a flashy layup that instantly became a social media sensation. As highlights–focused accounts on social media have become dominant media platforms in their own rightthe Jelly Fam’s media savvy made them a well-known enterprise on Basketball Internet. And Jelly Fam is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the layup’s renaissaince.

While a well–executed dunk has long represented the peak of athletic prowess in the NBA, one could easily argue that the game’s most iconic play ever was a layup. As the athletic quality of the NBA has steadily increased over the course of the history of the game, the dunk has become less special. What inflamed the imagination in the ’80s doesn’t work the same way in the modern era: The last few years’ All-Star weekend dunk competitions have featured younger players, since the game’s stars have nothing to gain by participating. While many of the dunks in those contests are face-melting, they don’t make the impact they once did.

Hence, the rise of the layup. First there was the jelly. Now, the term “layup package” has crept into the public imagination, thanks to a few particularly high-wire performers like Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook (and also thanks to the thriving NBA2K franchise). Finishing at the NBA level is increasingly difficult, and sometimes dunking isn’t an option—there’s not enough time to wind up for a full jump and getting the ball to the rim as fast as possible is the only option.

Like a dunk, a layup is infinitely customizable: Part of the mystique of the jelly is the free-form nature of it—no two jellies are the same. More and more high-flying players are deferring to the finger roll, and crowds are going wild for it. See for yourself:

Like any social phenomenon, the layup’s renewed status may be temporary. Personally, I think the window is closing as we count down to the day Zion Williamson is draft eligible—if Williamson were in the NBA right now as an 18-year-old, we wouldn’t need to have this conversation at all. It’s imperative to enjoy the layup’s cultural renaissance while it lasts, as well as celebrating the fluid nature of prowess and athleticism in the NBA.

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Grooming Style

The Screen-Blocking Sunglasses from ‘They Live’ Are Now a Reality

Some of us get sick of being constantly surrounded by technology—and we all know that it’s a good idea to step back from screens every once in a while.


So entrepreneur Scott Blew took that idea to the next level with sunglasses that actually block out all screens, according to Wired. The glasses use a film lens that blocks out light from electronic screens and are a perfect ode to John Carpenter’s iconic capitalist horror They Live. Blew raised $25,000 using Kickstarter and is on his way to becoming a real thing.


So what do you think: Would you buy a pair of these?