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Sports Strength

Against The Spread: Sheasby’s Week 8 NFL Best Bets

Week 8, the halfway mark. If you’re profitable on the season at this point, you’re most likely far better at betting than all your homies. I thankfully, too, am profitable so far, putting up numbers that are the equivalent of shooting say, a 92 in golf. Better than the masses, but not quite good enough yet.

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It hasn’t been easy grinding to +7.23 units, but no one said it would be. Let’s dive into the Week 8 board.

Detroit Lions +3 vs Indianapolis Colts
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I’ll admit I’m a bit of a homer with these Detroit Lions, as I did lock in the OVER on their wins this season. After a rocky start, Stafford has seemingly righted the ship (1-2 followed by 2-1 to get us to 3-3 on the season), and this is a team that, for the first time really in a decade, is FIGHTING for wins. 

Just last week, as Todd Gurley mistakenly took a garbage time TD in for the score rather than going down after getting the first down  to win the game, what did Matt Stafford do? Marched down the field in 60 seconds with no timeouts to score the game winning TD. That is GRIT, baby!

Enter the Colts. The Colts on paper boast an impressive resume: they’re 4-2, one game back of the division lead, with a defense ranked 4th in DVOA (defensive efficiency), 4th in opponent points per game, and 2nd in opponent yards per play. Not bad, especially when comparing it to this Lions team: 18th in DVOA, 20th in opponent points per game, and 20th in opponent yards per play. 

So what gives? Why is the line so small, at +3? Naturally, that small line showcases Vegas’s belief in this Lions team, and is a strength indicator for the Detroit Lions.

The first red flag for the Colts is their strength of schedule. Yes, their defense has been great. No, their offense has not been, but according to TeamRankings.com Power Ratings, this Colts defense is 32 of 32 in strength of schedule. Such a poor SOS means we must deflate the elite defensive rankings, and further downgrade their subpar offense. 

Where does that leave us? I’m taking a Lions team with the 13th rated SOS and looking at yards per play and points per play both offensively and defensively on the season, and then juxtaposing that against the same stats from their last 3 games (reminder: games in which the Lions played good football):

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  • Very similar stats on the season offensively; downgrade the Colts due to SOS.
  • Defensive advantage for the Colts; downgrade the Colts due to SOS, and very similar.

Last 3 games defensively, we see a VERY similar opponent yards/play as well as opponent points/play:

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Offensively, we actually see the Lions outperforming the Colts: 

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Don’t sleep on the Colts lack-of-production in the red zone (50% vs. 76.92% TD rate) either. 

Lions +3, lock and load.

Las Vegas Raiders @ Cleveland Browns OVER 49.5
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As the great Patrick Henry said, “GIVE ME POINTS OR GIVE ME DEATH”, and points are for sure what I need this week. The bad news first: the Raiders are 6-0 towards the OVER this year, and Vegas of course is aware of that; a number that glaring generally should regress. Vegas has taken a step to curb that trend: the total of this week opened at 55.5 the highest total of the week, but has since moved SIX points lower to 49.5. The good news? The Raiders are loaded on offense and can’t stop anyone on defense, so naturally their game script is that of a shootout, and with that in mind, the six points of movement is enough for me to back the over once again.

There’s more good news when it comes to the over here, statistically, and that stems from the data surrounding these two defensive units. In short: they both blow. More specifically, the Raiders rank 31st in DVOA (defensive efficiency), 31st in opponent points per game, and 30th in opponent yards per play. The Browns are right there with them: 24th in DVOA, 29th in opponent points per play, and (a slightly better) 16th in opponent yards per play. Those numbers across the board scream POINTS, POINTS, POINTS.

Offensively, we have good things across the board. The Raiders: 9th in offensive efficiency, 11th in points per game, 9th in yards per play. The Browns: 15th in offensive efficiency, 10th in points per game, 15th in yards per play (still a solid 5.8 YPP). 

Is OBJ out? Yes. Is that what’s driving this total down? Perhaps. Perhaps it’s the sharp money saying that the Raiders simply cannot keep up this over streak. Nonetheless, 6 points of movement (which has happened ZERO times) since 2017) is too much for me not to act on.

Raiders/Browns, OVER 49.5, straight to the bank.


As always, thanks for reading. Good luck this week. For all my last minute adds, follow me on Twitter here – I’m sure we’ll have a few more plays before kickoff.

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Sneakers Style

The 20 Best Adidas Basketball Shoes That Need to be On Your Radar

Having been around for nearly 100 years, Adidas has been a staple of our sneaker collections for many decades. Collaborations with superstars like Beyoncé, Pharrell, Donovan Mitchell, and Kanye West have played a huge role in the brand popularity surge over the past few years as well. Known for their flair, versatility, and comfort, Adidas has shoes for just about every setting you can think of. 

With Fall in full effect and the holiday season just around the corner, you may have your sights set on updating your sneaker collection (or maybe it’s just time for a new pair of kicks). Here are the 20 best Adidas shoes on the market now with a few upcoming releases sprinkled in. 

1. The Ultraboost LTD Shoes

2. Yeezy Boost 350 v2 Natural

3.  The ZX 2K Boost Gradient Midsole

4. Women’s NMD_R1

5. Pharrell and Adidas Originals Human Race Sneakers

6. Adidas Samba OG Shoes

7. Toy Story Adidas Kids Collection

8. Adidas Futurecraft/Ultra 4D

9. Adidas Adizero Boston 7

10. Ninja’s Adidas Time In Nite Jogger

11. Adidas Gazelle OG Fall

12. Adidas Superstar Stan Smith

13. Adidas Continental 80

14.  Adidas LXCON 94 Shoes

15. Adidas Supernova Shoes

16. Adidas AlphaBounce

17. Adidas Handball Spezial Shoes

18. Adidas Nizza France

19. Adidas Tyshawn Original Shoe

20. Beyoncé IVY PARK Nite Jogger 

1. The Ultraboost LTD Shoes
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Adidas UltraBoost LTD

Release Date: Sept 2, 2020

During this quarantine period, many have turned to both morning and evening runs as a part of their daily exercise routine. The ‘Ultraboost LTD’ is a running shoe designed to give cushioned support and balance while running. The shoe gives you a comfortable fit while giving you some wiggle room as well. The sneaker comes in the color ‘Core Black’ and can be purchased on the Adidas website for $180. 

Price: $180

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2. Yeezy Boost 350 v2 Natural
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Adidas Yeezy Boost 350

Release Date: Oct 24, 2020

Since 2015 the ‘Yeezys’ have been an integral part of Adidas’ boost in popularity. The ‘Natural’ is a neutral gray that can go with just about anything in your wardrobe. The ‘Natural’ style is considered to be one of the coldest ‘Yeezys’ on the market and will be available on Adidas for $220. 

Price: $220

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3. The ZX 2K Boost Gradient Midsole
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The ZX 2K Boost Gradient Midsole

Release Date: Oct 1, 2020

Since 1984, the ‘ZX’ has become one of Adidas’ signature sneakers. Released on Oct 1st, this version of the ‘Boost’ model is an eye-catching sneaker complete with a “gradient” effect. The shoe also provides comfort with a TPU heel clip and a soft mesh and comes in six different colors. The sneakers retail for $150 and can be found via Adidas.

Price: $150

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4. Women’s NMD_R1
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Women’s NMD_R1

Release Date: Oct 19, 2020

The ‘NMD_R1’ is a metallic sneaker complete with cushioning. Since its debut in 2015, the ‘NMD_R1’ has become one of the best-selling women’s shoes for Adidas over the past five years. The latest Fall lineup released on October 19th, and comes in ‘Core Black.’ The price is currently set at $140 and can be found on the Adidas website.

Price: $140

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5. Pharrell and Adidas Originals Human Race Sneakers
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Pharrell and Adidas Originals Human Race Sneakers

Release Date: Oct 25, 2020

Recently released, the ‘Human Race’ is a set of three different colors/styles. Each pair showcases Korean or Chinese text that translates to the phrase “Human Race.” All three sneakers have a ‘Boost’ insole complete with inner mesh, and a comfortable fit. The gray pair can be found on the official Adidas confirmed app, while the blue-green sneakers will be available globally. The white pair, however, will be exclusive to the Asian Pacific territories. All three will be priced at $220.

Price: $220

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6. Adidas Samba OG Shoes
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Adidas Samba OG Shoes

Release Date: Jun 1, 2018

The ‘Samba’ shoes go all the way back to 1950. The original ‘Sambas’ were created as a good protective soccer shoe. In June 2018, Adidas decided it was time to run it back again. While the ‘Sambas’ can still be used for Soccer, many also wear the sneaks for streetwear style now too. The ‘OG’s’ can be purchased through Adidas for $90.

Price: $90

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7. Toy Story Adidas Kids Collection
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Toy Story Adidas Kids Collection

Release Date: Oct 15th, 2020

We all know how hard it can be to find a good pair of sneakers for kids. However, Adidas made the experience much more enjoyable by teaming up with NBA superstars Damian Lillard and Donovan Mitchell for the ‘Toy Story’ Collection. Toy Story has been able to live through different generations, and the collection is an exciting one for both kids and the parents that enjoyed the original Toy Story in their younger years. The collection comes in a variety of colors and can be purchased via Adidas with the prices ranging from $60 to $120.

Price: $60 to $120

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8. Adidas Futurecraft/Ultra 4D
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Adidas Futurecraft/Ultra 4D

Release Date: January 18, 2018

One of the best running shoes out there, the ‘Futurecraft 4D’ sneakers has been a hot seller since January 2018. The ‘4D’ is a performance sneaker complete with a lattice midsole, and the shoe is designed to keep your feet comfortable in all different weather types. The ‘Futurecraft’ model has since merged with the ‘Adidas Ultra’ models to create the ‘Ultra 4D,’ bringing Adidas fans a new experience.

Price: $160-$180

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9. Adidas Adizero Boston 9
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Adidas Adizero Boston 9

Release Date: July 2020

With a ‘Boost Sole,’ the ‘Adizero Boston 7’ is a classic shoe that both men and women can wear. Originally designed for racing, the shoes do have a snug fit. However, the snug fit also allows for good ankle support (especially while doing long-distance running). The sneaker comes in a neutral ‘Cloud White’ color and runs for $84 on Adidas.

Price: $84

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10. Ninja’s Adidas Time In Nite Jogger
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Ninja’s Adidas Time In Nite Jogger

Release Date: October 14, 2020

Expanding upon the partnership with streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the ‘Time In’ release is the latest installment of the beloved ‘Nite Jogger’ series. The shoes have all of the classic ‘Nite Jogger’ elements that Adidas fans are used to, but this round is a tad bit more colorful. Simply put, the sneakers look like one designed by a gamer. The ‘Time In Nite Joggers’ are the perfect Fall addition and can be purchased through Adidas for $150.

Price: $150

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11. Adidas Gazelle OG Fall
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Adidas Gazelle OG Fall

Release Date: Sept 1, 2020

The ‘Gazelle’s’ are another household Adidas Staple. The classic sneaker was first released in 1968 as a football training sneaker. Through the decades the shoe has gone through many different reinventions, and the latest was released on Sept 1st. This ‘O.G Fall Edition’ pays homage to the classic 1991 version and retails for $80 on Adidas.

Price: $80

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12. Adidas Superstar Stan Smith
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Adidas Superstar Stan Smith

Release Date: Oct 14, 2020

For over fifty years, the ‘Superstar’ collection was originally created as a Basketball shoe in the 1970s and crossed over into Hip-Hop territory in the 1980s. The shoe was seen on entertainers like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the iconic Hip-Hop group Run DMC, and more. The latest ‘Superstar’ rendition pays homage to Tennis Legend Stan Smith and goes for $64 on the Adidas website.

Price: $64

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13. Adidas Continental 80
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Adidas Continental 80

Release Date: Jun 21, 2018

Released in 2018, the ‘Continentals’ are a must-have in any sneaker collection. An all Vegan product, the shoes are bright and colorful and comfy with an Algae-Based EVA foam midsole. The ‘Continental’ shoes remain an Adidas bestseller and are available for $72 on the Adidas website.

Price: $72

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14. Adidas LXCON 94 Shoes
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Adidas LXCON 94 Shoes

Release Date: Feb 2019

A rework of the original 1994 ‘Adidas Lexicon’s’, the ‘LXCON’ sneakers are the very definition of a vintage sneaker. This new rendition of the ‘LXCON’s’ keep a lot of the original components from the 94 edition, and remains a supportive running shoe. The sneakers are priced at $104 and can be purchased on Adidas.

Price: $104

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15. Adidas Supernova Shoes
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Adidas Supernova Shoes

Release Date: June 2020

With cushioning in both the forefront and heel areas, plus ankle support, these shoes are effective for running while being environmentally friendly with 50 percent of the material being recycled. The shoe also helps to increase flexibility and endurance while running. The ‘Supernova’ shoes retail for $100 and can be purchased via Adidas. 

Price: $100

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16. Adidas AlphaBounce
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Adidas AlphaBounce

Release Date: 2016

A performance shoe, the ‘AlphaBounce’ sneakers first hit the market in 2016. Since then, they’ve become known for the versatility and support that they provide to competitive athletes in all different types of sports. The ‘AlphaBounce’ is reasonably priced at $100 and is available via Adidas.

Price: $100

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17. Adidas Handball Spezial Shoes
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Adidas Handball Spezial Shoes

Release Date: 1979

First released in 1979, the ‘Adidas Handball Spezial Shoes’ are a beloved Adidas classic. With a lace closure and a rubber outsole, the shoe is extremely comfortable. However, you have to be careful because the outside is Suede, meaning the shoe can be ruined if you are caught in the wrong weather conditions. At $100, the sneakers can be purchased on Adidas.

Price: $100

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18. Adidas Nizza France
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Adidas Nizza France

Release Date: August 24, 2020

With a 1970s retro theme, the ‘Nizza’ shoes are the definition of a laid back look. The sneakers are good for casual everyday wear, and the colors can be coordinated with just about any outfit for any occasion. The ‘Nizza’ shoes can be purchased through Adidas for $65. 

Price: $65

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19. Adidas Tyshawn Original Shoe
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Adidas Tyshawn Original Shoe

Release Date: 2019

A hooping shoe complete with a little skateboarding effect, the ‘Tyshawn’ sneakers have been a heavy hitter since Tyshawn Jones announced his collaboration with the Three Stripes. A comfortable shoe, the sneakers are filled with swag, and diverse in the sense that they can be paired with anything. The sneakers are priced at $85 and are available on Adidas.

Price: $85

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20. Beyonce Ivy Park Nite Jogger
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Beyonce Ivy Park Nite Jogger

In January of this year, Beyoncé released her Adidas Ivy Park collection. With the next phase entitled ‘DRIP 2’ dropping this week, the Beyonce Ivy Park Nite Jogger is definitely a good addition to the new collection. The price ranges from $130 to $180, and has all the classic ‘Nite Jogger’ features that Adidas fans know and love.

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While there are certainly plenty more all-time great sneakers in the Adidas lineup, these are the ones that we felt were the classics. However, any Adidas sneaker you choose is sure to take your drip to the next level. Be sure to treat yourself to a new pair this holiday season, and always remember to never crease the kicks.

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Consoles Gaming

The 12 Best Pokémon Games, Ranked

Do you know the best Pokémon games ever made? Are you looking to get an old Nintendo console and become a Pokémon Master? You’re in the right place.

We put together a list of the 12 best games to help you dive back in, compiled of some of the most influential Pokémon Games from the last 23 years. Which one was your favorite? Which generation did you enjoy the most? We’re certain to have the games that will enable you to recreate your fondest Pokémon memories. Also, get ready to search eBay for that game you cherished most. Let’s “catch em’ all”!

12. Pokémon Black & White Versions (2010)
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Available on Nintendo DS, Black and White received high praise upon release. Located in the Unova Region, and boasting 156 new Pokémon to catch, the original Generation V games have more than enough to pique your inner gamer. Black & White boasts updated graphics, wireless features for Internet connection, and the ability to access Pokémon Dream World. Pokémon Dream World is an online mode that allows players to send their Pokémon into a game where they could meet up with other Pokémon or send back available items. Through Pokémon Transfer, you can receive Pokémon from previous games such as: Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold & SoulSilver. Pokémon Black & White are solid entries in the franchise.

buy now, $97.99
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=pokemon+black+%26+white+game&dc&ref=a9_sc_1
11. Pokémon Sun & Moon (2016)
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The fastest-selling games in Pokémon history, Sun & Moon are our favorite recent games. Available via Nintendo 3DS, Sun & Moon are the first of the Gen. VII games. Located in the Alola region, there are 81 new Pokémon to catch. You can partake in Battle Royals, where four opponents battle each other until one is eliminated. Whoever has the highest total of knockouts and Pokémon remaining is the winner. Another cool feature: the games are 12 hours apart. So Sun would be during the daytime and Moon at night and vice versa.  Compatible games for Pokémon transfers are Pokémon X & Y, Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. You can also utilize the Pokémon Bank, which is an online storage system capable of holding up to 3,000 Pokémon per player. Instead of Gyms, you have Island Challenges where you complete numerous challenges before gaining permission to advance in the game. If you have a Nintendo 3DS or prefer a newer console, Sun & Moon is a solid choice.

BUY NOW, $39.98
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=pokemon+sun+%26+moon+game&ref=nb_sb_noss_2
10. Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 (2012)
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One of the best sequels in the Franchise, Black 2 & White 2 are available on Nintendo DS. The Gen V games take place in the Unova Region, two years after the original games, offering 5 new areas for you to explore. Game options such as Challenge or Easy Mode are available, and you can see flashbacks from the original Black & White game via the Memory Link. There’s a good amount of Legendary Pokémon available after beating the game. If you re-enter a region and walk past a Pokémon Breeder you previously defeated, they will challenge you again. Pokémon World Tournament is a new addition, where you can battle almost every Gym Leader and champion from the main games. With an expanded Pokédex for original Pokémon and 301 total to catch, these entries will certainly provide a great challenge.

BUY NOW, $167.99
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9. Pokémon X & Y (2013)
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Would you prefer to play a newer game with 3-D elements? The first Pokémon games to make the advancements are X & Y. They even improved upon the effects when a Pokémon is attacked. Situated in the Kalos Region, there are 72 new Pokémon in X & Y. The first Generation VI games added Fairy-type Pokémon to the realm, which improved battling against Dragon-type Pokémon. Pokémon-Amie was a new element to the games, allowing players to train, feed, and pet their Pokémon in an effort to provide a closer relationship. Another new feature was Horde Encounters; where up to 5 wild Pokémon can battle your Pokémon. Although it’s a great way to increase your own Pokémon, for every strike, each wild healthy Pokémon get to strike back.

buy now, $39.99
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8. Pokémon Diamond & Pearl (2007)
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The first Pokémon games on Nintendo DS, Diamond, and Pearl take place in the Sinnoh Region. The DS system allows you to take advantage of the touch screen, such as selecting options in battles and while playing mini-games. The graphics, colors, and experience are all improved. This is the first game to allow battles and trades with people over the Internet. You could also voice chat with opponents. Unfortunately, the online features ended on May 14, 2020.  The type of Pokémon you use in battle is more important than past games, with strengths and weaknesses getting much more attention. The introduction of a new battle system was a major change. Having a physical or special attack depending on how specific moves function changed battling. The Generation IV games Diamond and Pearl have 107 new Pokémon, and 151 total to catch.  

buy now, $79.50
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Pok%C3%A9mon+Diamond+%26+Pearl+game&ref=nb_sb_noss
7. Pokémon Platinum (2009)
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The updated version of Diamond & Pearl, Platinum is a new area located in the Sinnoh Region. This Generation IV game is situated in an alternate universe, with 59 new Pokémon and 210 total in Gen. IV along with all the non-Legendary Pokémon in the previous Gen. IV games. There’s the Global Trade System, which allowed you to complete trades via email. You can also connect to multiple games, such as Diamond & Pearl along with HeartGold & SoulSilver. Battle Park provides great challenges and allows you to earn Battle Points. The Points can be traded or utilized at the Exchange Service Corner. Try your luck at the Battle Tower and see if you indeed are the very best. 

Buy Now, $28.99
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Pok%C3%A9mon+Platinum&ref=nb_sb_noss
6. Pokémon Fire Red & Leaf Green (2004)
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Thanks to the upgrades available with Game Boy Advance, Fire Red and Leaf Green improved upon the original games and added the 100 Pokémon from the Johto Region to the Kanto Region. Having 251 Pokémon to catch, trade, and breed in one region is staggering. You also could explore the Sevii Islands, which have Pokémon specific to the region. Pokémon have different genders in this game and they can hold items. Compatible games for trading are Ruby, SapphirePokémon Colosseum. You can also choose between Male and Female when creating your character.

buy now, $141.99
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Pok%C3%A9mon+Fire+Red+%26+Leaf+Green&ref=nb_sb_noss
5. Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire + Emerald (2002 & 2005)
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The 3rd Generation, Ruby, Sapphire & Emerald hold the title as the best selling Game Boy Advance games ever. The Hoenn Region has 135 new types and 386 total Pokémon to collect and trade for. For the first time, you could battle with two of your Pokémon at once. Multi Battles with up to 4 players were also added. The game also included Pokémon Contests, which is a pageant of sorts where the Pokémon exhibit their abilities and character in front of judges. They introduced Abilities, such as flying type Pokémon taking no damage from ground-type Pokémon. This improved gameplay by creating more opportunities to outsmart your opponent.

buy now, $67.99
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Pok%C3%A9mon+Ruby+%26+Sapphire+%2B+Emerald&ref=nb_sb_noss
4. Pokémon Blue & Red Versions
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Back in 1998, deciding between Pokémon Red or Blue was a tough choice. Due to limitations of which Pokémon characters were available in each game, trades for certain Pokémon dominated conversations with friends at school. Without a trade, you couldn’t evolve Kadabra into Alakazam. Red and Blue were the introductions, from choosing one of Charmander, Bulbasaur, or Squirtle, to catching Pokémon, battling, trading, and eventually becoming the Pokémon Champion.  With all 151 original Pokémon technically available, it’s a great challenge. Make sure to have a friend get the other version or just buy both so you can complete the quest to catch em’ all. 

buy now, $52.99
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Pok%C3%A9mon+Blue+%26+Red+Versions&ref=nb_sb_noss
3. Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver (2010)
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Bigger than their predecessors, HeartGold and SoulSilver are a thorough expansion. The sequels to Gold & Silver are considered masterpieces. You can have one of 493 Pokémon follow you and you can battle gym leaders multiple times. In Pal Park, you can transfer Pokémon from multiple games: Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Fire Red & Leaf Green. You can also connect the Nintendo DS to a Nintendo Wii to play the Pokémon Battle Revolution. Battle Revolution was the first Pokémon game for the Wii console. With improved graphics, larger regions, and the addition of Battle Frontier, this could be your go-to set to play and is certainly entrenched in the top 3 all time Pokémon Games.

buy now, $168.99
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Pok%C3%A9mon+HeartGold%2FSoulSilver&ref=nb_sb_noss
2. Pokémon Yellow Version (1999)
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

The Third Generation I game, Pokémon Yellow, was a strong update to Red and Blue. Modeled after the original show, you begin the game receiving Pikachu from Professor Oak. The most famous Pokémon, Pikachu had to have his own game. Pokémon Yellow gives the most authentic feel for Gen. I players. The improvements on Red and Blue are noticeable as well. Some trainers and the front artwork of Pokémon when battling are improved to resemble the commercial artworks previously released by artist Ken Sugimori. Since Pikachu was the only Pokémon that could follow you, it became a must to train and keep him on you at all times. Pikachu can’t evolve or be released and will cry at times. Facing off with Team Rocket Villains Jesse & James is another reason to choose Yellow over Red or Blue. Original Game Boy Color players will definitely get nostalgic playing Yellow

buy now, $64.99
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Pok%C3%A9mon+Yellow+Version&ref=nb_sb_noss
1. Pokémon Gold/Silver Version/Crystal (2000-2001)
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

The 2nd series of Pokémon games, Gold, Silver & Crystal get top billing. The original Generation II games did not disappoint; with full-color graphics, 100 new Pokémon to catch plus the original 151 characters, and 16 gyms, it was sprawling. Introducing the Jhoto Region while being able to go to the Kanto Region, later on, was unprecedented. Gold & Silver were the first games to have breeding, introduced Shiny Pokémon, and were originally intended to be the final Pokémon Games. You will certainly be busy trying to complete this masterpiece. The opportunity to Catch Em’ All is right here.

buy now, $59.99
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Pok%C3%A9mon+Gold%2FSilver+Version%2FCrystal&ref=nb_sb_noss

If you think you’re going to make the dive back into Pokémon, make sure to tag @137pm on Twitter when you start playing! And keep your eye on our social channels for a lot more Pokémon content. 

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Sports Strength

The 30 Best Gifts for Sports Fans

It’s never “just a game” to the sports aficionado in your life. Between throwing out stats or plays in the midst of everyday conversations and cutting off society whenever a game is on, their life doesn’t have meaning unless there’s some form of a ball on the field.

After years of being gifted tickets and team shirts, it’s never quite enough to satisfy their obsession. This dream gift list for a sports fan takes all the thinking out of your shopping with something they can cherish beyond a single moment in time.

1. Lakeside Memento Wall Storage Boxes
Lakeside

Instead of rediscovering old ticket stubs crumbled up in a drawer months later, keep the collection together in this wall storage box that turns memories into an intricate collage.

BUY NOW, $21
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074GHLXH4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_e-fzEbTD6JFMJ
2. Kitboys Reconstructed David Beckham Soccer Jersey
Kitboys

This collection of rebranded and reconstructed jerseys showcases soccer teams from around the globe. Whether the final product is a mashup between two authentic kits or an original design, the periodic new drops every few weeks keep fútbol addicts on their toes. 

BUY NOW, $30-$160
https://kitboysworldwide.com/collections/kitroom/products/beckham-real
3. Sharper Image Golf Club Drink Dispenser
Sharper Image

Golf automatically gets dubbed as boring unless you’re at Topgolf and boozed up to the max. To spice up a day on the green, add this “club” that fits in any bag. The faux driver doubles as an insulated drink dispenser that holds 48 ounces of any beverage, hot or cold. 

BUY NOW, $60
https://www.sharperimage.com/si/view/product/Driver+Drink+Dispenser/204226?p=plist2470005&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=CPC&utm_campaign=Shopping+Campaigns+High+Priority&Keyword=&device=c&creative=207335339702&cm_mmc=CPC-_-Google-_-Shopping+Campaigns+High+
4. Personalized Video Message From Your Favorite Athlete
Cameo

A meet and greet with sport’s most iconic figures might not be in the cards, but a personalized video shout out is just a click away. You can request a plethora of stars like NFL legend Doug Flutie or soccer megastar Darren Bent send video messages to a loved one that legit make it feel like the recipient is their friend. 

BUY NOW, $5-$500
https://www.cameo.com/browse/athletes
5. Custom Air Pods Case
Etsy

Whether you etch a personal jersey number or a tribute to “24” into this leather AirPods case, the crisp detail on this little memento is small but mighty. Engrave a name on the top of the case to ward off anyone who wants it for themselves.

BUY NOW, $20
https://www.etsy.com/listing/774628853/airpods-case-that-can-be-personalized?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=sports+fan+gift&ref=sc_gallery-1-1&plkey=f7e3d6bf8233326bd9aa8192ead42288c2feac97%3A774628853&bes=1
6. Foster & Rye Polyresin Baseball Bottle Holder
Foster & Rye

For the baseball-loving, wine-o in your life, this specially crafted baseball player holds their favorite bottle.

BUY NOW, $51
https://www.amazon.com/Foster-Rye-5285-Polyresin-Multicolor/dp/B01N39DFN9/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=baseball+wine+holder&qid=1583816052&sr=8-3
7. Vintage Sports Art
Row One

Nowadays, something being vintage automatically gives it some added flair, and this vintage sports art is no different. Tickets from the biggest moments in sports are blown up into colorful art pieces that add life to any dull space.

BUY NOW, $75-$200
https://rowonebrand.com/
8. Michael Jordan Fat Head
Fathead

Hear us out. We know it might be a little off-putting to most to have a giant replica of Michael Jordan in your room, but a sports fan needs it for their altar. The reusable, high-graded vinyl sticker is so HD you can even see Jordan’s sweat.

BUY NOW, $25-$100
https://www.fathead.com/nba/chicago-bulls/michael-jordan-wall-decal/
9. Hockey Puck Chillers
More Surprise

Ice cubes are so last year. Instead of diluting your cocktails with ice, these hockey puck chillers keep your drink extra cold without sacrificing any of the flavors. 

BUY NOW, $15
https://www.moresuprise.com/hockey-puck-chillers
10. Football Helmet Bottle Cap Holder
Etsy

It’s as if it’s scientifically impossible to focus on football without a beer in hand. This map holds 63 bottle caps of America’s favorite game-day drink in a variety of colors to match your home team.

BUY NOW, $28
https://www.etsy.com/listing/565616443/football-helmet-bottle-cap-holder?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=bottle+cap+map&ref=sr_gallery-1-38&col=1
11. NFL Tailgate Kit Collection
Bed Bath & Beyond

As tailgating season dawns upon us, it’s critical to let the sports world know what side you land on. The set includes one table, two chairs and four cupholders, all of which are easily transportable. 

BUY NOW, $80-$100
https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/nfl-tailgate-kit-collection/242142
12. Stance Socks
Stance Socks

Repping your team from head to toe is only possible by donning the loudest, most attention calling socks. In no other instance is it acceptable to have someone’s face on your feet.

BUY NOW, $20
https://www.stance.com/fan-gear/
13. Wall Mounted Recycled Ski Bottle Opener
Uncommon Goods

In an ode to winter sports, these ski bottle openers are cracking open brews to stick in your bottle cap map. You can feel good about your purchase, knowing it’s both handmade and recycled.

BUY NOW, $45
https://www.uncommongoods.com/product/wall-mounted-recycled-ski-bottle-opener
14. NFL Denim Jacket
Sports Fan Island

This one goes out to all the leading ladies that are presumptuously left out of the “sports lover” conversation. Delicate patchwork and a bit of glitter dawn this denim jacket that’s an embodiment of football meet fashion.

BUY NOW, $65
https://www.sportsfanisland.com/products/minnesota-vikings-nfl-womens-denim-jacket?variant=29514554540126&dfw_tracker=21707-29514554540126&gclid=Cj0KCQjw0pfzBRCOARIsANi0g0t6VKVZdvE26zhD70fyMq7Kjw5Ci5nb5v-prW4iSAg2NRG77nkD1lYaAu6WEALw_wcB
15. Lasercut Stadium Map
The Grommet

We all know someone who casually slips in where they’re from every opportunity they get. If you put on for your city every day, you deserve this highly detailed 3D stadium art. The laser-etched birchwood includes not only the most celebrated sports arenas but the outlying city that surrounds them. 

BUY NOW, $125-$185
https://www.thegrommet.com/products/stadium-map-art-laser-cut-stadium-city-map
16. NBA TV
Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Porch pirates aren’t a factor in this gift with the fastest shipping known to man. Access to exclusive interviews, never before seen angles and blacked-out games come together in what’s basically a headfirst dive into the NBA world. Prepare to be ignored while they’re immersed in their basketball bubble. 

BUY NOW, $60 Annually
https://www.nba.com/nbatv
17. ‘New York Times’ Baseball Book
New York Times

Discover the glory days of every MLB team in a book that compiles all the greatest New York Times headlines. Every glory-filled moment is bound together in a book that hypes up a team even if they haven’t won a series. 

BUY NOW, $72
https://www.uncommongoods.com/product/new-york-times-custom-baseball-book?clickid=RM0QETXXUxyJUmzwUx0Mo381UknXNrw5R0HU1M0&irgwc=1&utm_source=Skimbit%20Ltd.&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_campaign=8444&utm_term=Online%20Tracking%20Link&trafficSource=Impact&shar
18. 25-Layer Stadium Lighted End Table
Stadium Views

Although this little table costs some serious dough, the chances of it being donated to Goodwill after a few uses are slim. Original word artwork gleams through the tempered glass surface surrounded by LED lights that replicate a stadium’s actual lighting. They’ll be obsessed for years.

BUY NOW, $600
https://www.thegrommet.com/products/stadiumviews-25-layer-stadium-lighted-end-table
19. Playful Sports Mugs
Uncommon Goods

Playing with our food might be what we’re all missing from our morning routine for an extra jolt of energy. We recommend the basketball mug where you can yell “Kobe” before swishing a piece of cereal through the hoop.

BUY NOW, $25
https://www.uncommongoods.com/product/playful-sports-mugs?gclid=Cj0KCQjw9ZzzBRCKARIsANwXaeIkQPx0Uk1QivMZCHfydpy7SV0vZ1bHcGwAC4FYv1UdZKGvk1UkvH0aAqstEALw_wcB#255120000000
20. Ballpark Blueprints
Ballpark Blueprints

If they’re going to spend every free moment inside a stadium, they might as well get familiar with the architecture. These high-end blueprints give a look inside every detail of their heaven on earth. The designs are all original, crafted on museum-paper for a gift that’ll last throughout the years.

BUY NOW, $60-$210
https://ballparkblueprints.com/
21. Customized Wilson NCAA Black and Gold Basketball Size 29.5
Etsy

This customized Wilson NCAA basketball is sure to make any sports fan happy. In addition to being great for both indoor and outdoor use, the ball can also be designed to have a customized name on it, making it a great gift.

BUY NOW, $60
https://www.etsy.com/listing/598629380/customized-personalized-wilson-ncaa?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_ts1-a-toys_and_games-sports_and_outdoor_games-balls&utm_custom1=_k_CjwKCAjw0On8BRAgEiwAincsHPoc4PrGGjZslwCEG
22. Sports Icons Pillowcase – Football
Personal Creations

This custom pillow is the perfect touch for any football coach or player. The pillow can be designed to have the names of the coach/player on there, as well as the names of their teams making it a great gift for any football household.

BUY NOW, $18
https://www.personalcreations.com/product/-30217582?REF=PCRFeedGooglePLA_PID_30217582&ssid=4&cobrand=PCR&cvosrc=pla.google.30217582&adpos=&scid=scplp30011932&sc_intid=30011932&prid=pla25&gclsrc=aw.ds&gclid=CjwKCAjw0On8BRAgEiwAincsHMyggO00lkx68jR-lIorbxqH2
23. Playful Sports Baseball Mug
Uncommon Goods

To follow the basketball mug, this baseball mug will also get the kids excited as the mug is shaped in the form of a baseball, and has a glove built in to “catch” whatever food/drink is in the mug. It could get messy, but it still makes a cool gift for those young baseball fans out there.

BUY NOW, $25
https://www.uncommongoods.com/product/playful-sports-mugs?gclid=CjwKCAjw0On8BRAgEiwAincsHJFgPjL0R4Ad9mob2DTootG2ICt0RvE2mTCPMMgXFsinbV1nsdR3khoC1agQAvD_BwE#255120000004?country=US&utm_source=google%20surfaces&utm_medium=organic&aw_cid=418702497&aw_aid=230
24. Gtracing Gaming Chair
Gtracing

If you know somebody who will be playing a lot of games (or watching a lot of games) this holiday season, then the Oversized Gaming Chair is perfect. The chair is super comfy, and will definitely make playing NBA 2K and Madden more enjoyable.

BUY NOW, $170
https://gtracing.com/products/footrest-series-gt901-black?gclid=CjwKCAjw0On8BRAgEiwAincsHErFFqxhAKR5h1c3Cmc2zUZraQzMiWiOes_htxUVewCp-PYRgUC2ZhoCztEQAvD_BwE
25. NBA2K21
2K

Speaking of 2K, many people are waiting for the next gen to come out before purchasing this latest edition. The hardcopy version (or the money to buy it) would make a great gift to 2K fanatics anxiously awaiting for the next updates.

BUY NOW, $60
https://www.gamestop.com/video-games/pc/games/products/nba-2k21-mamba-forever-edition/218602.html
26. Home Plate Doormat
Uncommon Goods

What better way to reach “Home” than to have a home plate doormat waiting for you after a long day? The mat is a great gift for super baseball fans everywhere.

BUY NOW, $30
https://www.uncommongoods.com/product/home-plate-doormat?gclid=CjwKCAjw0On8BRAgEiwAincsHDlVw-2KmfFwPKwC_T2MxyXCyuLSwRv6tVqFwQPeDu2Sd7qVUCGpPRoCjMwQAvD_BwE#150420000001?country=US&utm_source=google%20surfaces&utm_medium=organic&aw_cid=418702497&aw_aid=2303
27. Golf Ball Whiskey Chillers
Uncommon Goods

This gift is self explanatory. The golf whiskey chillers help make your drink better, while giving you that “golf” aesthetic.

BUY NOW, $30
https://www.uncommongoods.com/product/golf-ball-whiskey-chillers-set-of-2?gclid=CjwKCAjw0On8BRAgEiwAincsHAn9zcKyafMRsdEIZ8Y18cLuy_-Bl7vHZu8mhog2Gs3b4t4zKUu1bBoC6zQQAvD_BwE#440210000002?country=US&utm_source=google%20surfaces&utm_medium=organic&aw_cid=4187
28. Spalding Mini Basketball Hoop
Spalding

With a good percentage of kids being homeschooled this year, a mini basketball hoop would be the perfect addition to the house, and a great option for “recess.”

BUY NOW, $30
https://www.target.com/p/spalding-nba-slam-jam-over-the-door-team-edition-basketball-hoop/-/A-14336358?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&DFA=71700000012767052&CPNG=PLA_Sports%2BShopping_Local&adgroup=SC_Sports_Local&LID=700000001170770p
29. Record-Breaking Baseball Glasses
Uncommon Goods

While the baseball season is now over, it’s never too late to add some baseball glasses to your cupboards. With these glasses, you can still enjoy a nice cold beverage giving you that gameday feel. 

BUY NOW, $35
https://www.uncommongoods.com/product/record-breaking-baseball-glasses-set-of-4
30. Nike Air Max 97
Nike

You can never go wrong with a classic. The Air Max sneakers are a staple to any shoe collection, and are a stylish and fresh new piece to add to your wardrobe.

BUY NOW, $170
https://www.nike.com/t/air-max-97-mens-shoe-SD3ZmW/921826-101?nikemt=true&cp=71606177307_search_%7CPRODUCT_GROUP%7CGOOGLE%7C71700000041489779%7CAll_X_X_X_X-Device_X_Nike-FullPrice_X%7C%7Cc&gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=CjwKCAjw0On8BRAgEiwAincsHPsVFM7CSiyICxKFnTCbgZ
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Consoles Gaming

16 Games Like ‘Persona 5’

Persona 5, contrary to what its name implies, is the sixth main entry in the Persona series following Revelations: Persona, Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, Persona 3, and Persona 4. The series by Atlus began in 1996 with Persona 5 dropping a full two decades later in 2016 and loyal fans with them the entire way.

Persona 5 received some of the best reviews of the series and is a fan favorite. It follows the theme of previous games, taking place in the same universe, and even got itself an upgrade like Persona 3 and 4 got with Persona 5 Royal.

There are many reasons to love the game – an immersive JRPG, the intriguing silent protagonist, the idea of Personas themselves, how it encourages you to build relationships with others, etc. If you’ve finished with Persona 5 and are looking for something similar to pass your time with, we’ve made a list of 15 games like Persona 5. And no, the other iterations of Persona 5 and previous games in the series don’t take up any spots!

In alphabetical order, here they are.

1. ‘Attack On Titan 2: Final Battle’

If you’re a fan of the Attack On Titan anime and/or manga series, then you might already know of this game which is developed by Omega Force. Just like in the series, here you’ll be taking down titans that try to kill and eat humans. Like many games on this list, where this game is most similar to Persona 5 is how you bond and build relationships with other characters. The mechanics are focused around this and it shows.

Buy, $59.99
https://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/601050/
2. ‘Bravely Default’

Many of the games on this list are RPGs, which is only natural, and this is one of them. A Japanese game by Silicon Studio, Bravely Default came out in 2013 and if you feel like elements of it are similar to the Final Fantasy series, then you’re spot on. It was initially made to be a sequel to Final Fantasy: The Heroes Of Light but then took on a life of its own with its own gameplay elements. Set in Luxendarc, the aim of the game is to retain the four crystals that keep the world in the balance after they are consumed by darkness. This one is only available on 3DS.

Buy, $45.70
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nintendo-202923-Bravely-Default-3DS/dp/B00CETU3DE
3. ‘Bully’

Bully is the popular game from gaming giants Rockstar that came in 2006. It’s so popular in fact, that even in the era of classic games like Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto, fans are clamoring for a sequel to it or even just a remastered version. If you know anything about it, then it might surprise you to see it on this list. While it’s not quite an RPG, fans of Persona 5 might appreciate it for the school setting and all of the complex emotions and social implications that come with that – relationships, social hierarchies, and cliques, to name a few. Take on the role of Jimmy and navigate your way through the crazy world.

Buy, $14.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/12200/Bully_Scholarship_Edition/
4. ‘Catherine’

Just like Persona 5, this game was developed by Atlus. In it, you play Vincent Brooks, a 32-year-old systems engineer whose life happens in two parts: his daytime and his nightmares. In the daytime, you’ll interact with people at the Stray Sheep bar. The interactions there are cool, but where the real magic happens is at night, wherewith Vincent’s nightmares come puzzles that you’ll have to solve. The problem solving here will appeal to fans of Persona 5. Your actions have consequences too, with multiple endings possible, giving incentive for replays.

Buy, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/893180/
5. ‘Danganronpa’

In Danganronpa, a group of high school students who attend Hope’s Peak Academy who are forced into a game where they must kill. It’s essentially a high school murder mystery which will appeal to fans of Persona 5 who liked that aspect of that game. The best part of this is if Danganronpa appeals to you, there’s a lot more where it came from as this is an entire series.

Buy, $12.22
https://store.steampowered.com/bundle/361/Danganronpa_1__2/
6. ‘Dragon Quest XI’

Dragon Quest XI is the latest in a long series of Dragon Quest releases that began way back in 1986 with the first game. Since then, there have been 10 main releases, including this one. Many consider it the best in the series and one of the better Japanese role-playing games of all time. Set in Erdrea, XI follows the theme of the previous games and players will control a sort of chosen one who seeks to defeat evil. The combat system is turn-based here, just like Persona 5’s is.

Buy, $59.99
https://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/742120/
7. ‘Final Fantasy XV’

Final Fantasy XV was unique for the series in that it strayed away from the structure of the previous games and went full-on being an action RPG. This was hit or miss generally, but most were fans. This game is set in Eos which is described as a “fantasy based on reality”. Players control Noctis who must retrieve the Crystal after it was stolen by Lucis. Where this one is similar to Persona 5 is in that it tells the story of a protagonist with bonds that pay off in the end. There are a few spin-offs to this game which are all part of the Final Fantasy XV Universe.

Buy, $34.99
https://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/637650/
8. ‘Fire Emblem: Three Houses’

Bully made this list because it’s set in a school and there are similarities there with Persona 5. If you’re looking for something set in a school but with a twist, then this might be right up your alley. Fire Emblem: Three Houses differs slightly because instead of playing a student, here you’ll play a professor and whether you play a man or a woman is up to you entirely. Developing relationships with those around you is also encouraged and rewarded here. The only drawback here is that this game is a Nintendo Switch exclusive.

Buy, $45.99
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fire-Emblem-Houses-Nintendo-Switch/dp/B07NSNT5HQ
9. ‘I Am Setsuna’

Released in 2016, I Am Setsuna is a quintessential JRPG developed by the aptly named Japanese RPG Factory that features elements of all of your favorites in the same genre, including the beloved Persona series. Setsuna is a woman who is made to sacrifice herself to appease demons that descend upon her homeland. It’s a sad game, so be prepared for that in advance. If you were a fan of the early Final Fantasy games, you’ll be able to appreciate the Active Time Battle System that was also prominent in Chrono Trigger.

Buy, $39.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/441830/I_am_Setsuna/
10. ‘Octopath Traveler’

This is one of the best-selling games on the Nintendo Switch, moving more than 2 million units, and it’s clear to see why. It’s an RPG with a graphical aesthetic that the developers describe as HD-2D, which is “a combination of retro Super NES-style character sprites and textures with polygonal environments and HD effects”. If that’s gibberish to you, all you need to know is that this game looks phenomenal. The gameplay mechanics are similar to Persona in that the combat is turn-based and requires genuine strategy and the exploitation of an enemy’s weakness. The only downside is that Octopath Traveler is only available on Switch, Windows, and Stadia.

Buy, $59.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/921570/OCTOPATH_TRAVELER/
11. ‘Tales Of Berseria’

Tales is a great series and Tales Of Berseria is a standout. You’ll control Velvet who seeks revenge after the death of her younger brother Laphicet. The enemies in this game are called Daemons and they’re created by Daemonblight, which is caused by the negative emotions of humanity. Though it’s not a turn-based combat system here, the game boasts the Liberation-LMBS (Linear Motion Battle System) where players can move freely around the arena and rotate the camera as they please.

Buy, $49.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/429660/Tales_of_Berseria/
12. ‘The World Ends With You’

An action RPG with some fantasy elements, 2007’s The World Ends With You is set in Shibuya which has a whacky concept. Some chosen dead people have the opportunity to play in the Reapers’ Game where the winner will be brought back to life or ascended to some form of higher existence. Neku Sakuraba takes part in the games and just like you are in Persona 5, here you’ll be shaped by the people you meet and benefit from the bonds you form with people as you head onto this incredible journey.

Buy, $39.99
https://www.amazon.co.uk/World-Ends-You-Nintendo-DS/dp/B0012EA9M2
13. ‘Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE’

This game is a famous crossover between the aforementioned Fire Emblem series and Shin Megami Tensei. Nintendo published this game but just like the Persona series and Catherine (which appeared earlier on this list), it was developed by Atlus. Just like Persona, it’s set in modern-day Tokyo. A group of teens fights the Mirages who want to steal people’s energy from them. It’s an interesting story that some critique as being too predictable but playing it through doesn’t feel tiresome. On the plus side, the combat system here is nearly identical to the one in Persona 5.

Buy, $42.98
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mirage-Session-Encore-Nintendo-Switch/dp/B081P27PLL
14. ‘Tokyo Xanadu eX+’

Developed by Nihon Falcon, Tokyo Xanadu is an action RPG that was first released in 2015. Tokyo Xanadu eX+ is an enhanced version of the original game. Once again, this game is set in the common environment of a school where a group of high schoolers battles through swarms of monstrous enemies. Though the school is set in modern-day Tokyo, it’s a sort of warped version of it in some alternate universe. Each character has an opportunity to shine in different chapters of the game and bonding events will make you appreciate each and every character even more.

Buy, $59.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/587260/Tokyo_Xanadu_eX/
15. ‘Xenoblade Chronicles’

This is the name of the first game in a longer series but realistically, all of the games in the Xenoblade Chronicles series work for this list, including this year’s Definitive Edition rather than the original version of the first game (as it’s a revamped version of it). These games are some of the best Japanese role-playing games that you’ll ever play, with elements of sci-fi and fantasy prevalent in them too. This one features a bunch of great things that many on this list and Persona 5 do, including a bonding system that boost’s the main character’s affinity with other NPCs.

Buy, $35.00
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Xenoblade-Chronicles-Definitive-Nintendo-Switch/dp/B086HF9CX7
16. ‘Ys: Memories Of Celceta’

Another one of Nihon Falcon’s games, Ys: Memories Of Celceta was originally made for the PlayStation Vita but has since been released on Microsoft Windows and the PlayStation 4 (which of course means that it’s playable on the upcoming PlayStation 5 as well). Just like the other Ys games, you’ll control Adol Christin. In Memories Of Celceta, he finds himself with amnesia and he wakes up in a town where he meets a few people who all claim to know him. Navigating your way through this is an incredible task. If you were a fan of Persona 5’s crafting system, you’ll like this game because the items you earn in battle will help you make weapons.

Buy, $24.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/587110/Ys_Memories_of_Celceta/
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Your Ultimate Guide to Selling and Investing In Pokémon Cards

Looking to invest short and long term with the safest cards on the planet? Pokémon cards are on a blistering pace that shouldn’t plateau for years. The facts will have you on eBay in a matter of minutes. With prices shooting to the stratosphere, are you curious to see what your old cards collecting dust are worth? This Ultimate Pokémon Guide is your compass to buying and selling vintage Pokémon cards today and for the future.  

For more information on what Pokemon Cards are worth you can read our Pokemon Card Value and Price Guide.

(Note: all values listed are valid as of date of publication)

Why Invest in Pokémon?
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Pokémon cards are the premier non-sports cards to invest in today. The original 1999-2000 sets have been on an upward trajectory for over 5 years, with 2020 being the mega increase, thus creating a cultural demand similar to the 1999 release. 

  • Pokémon is the highest-grossing media franchise ever. Recently the company hit $105 Billion. 
  • The Most Valuable English card, 1st Edition Charizard in PSA 10 Gem Mint has soared from $50,000.00 in July 2020 to a recent record-breaking purchase by the rapper Logic for $225,000.00 
  • Pokémon Trading Card sales have topped $10.25 Billion. 
  • The buying demographic is between ages 24-36. This group will continue to make more money annually and have a higher spending threshold. The next 20 years should be meteoric. 
  • Since March 2020, prices have changed in part due to the pandemic. Being stuck home has caused a major demand in collecting and opening original sealed packs. Pokémon Cards have exploded. 
  • Grading companies have been overloaded, unable to meet the demand in a timely fashion causing graded cards on the market to surge. The trajectory from January 2020 was for cards to double in price over the year, not quadruple. 
  • Original Pikachu cards have increased up to and beyond 1,000% in the last 10 months. The most famous Pokémon has become the new go to character for collectors. 
  • Japanese Pokémon cards are 24 years old. With the 25th anniversary near, predictions are all the original cards will see another massive surge. 
  • A 1st Edition Box recently sold for $198,000.00 at auction, doubling in value while many of the 1st Edition Base cards have stayed around the same price from before the record sale.

High-End Pokémon cards are being viewed as modern art, with the price tag for a pristine 1st Edition Base Charizard at $220,000.00 and climbing if you can get one. Due to correlations to Magic the Gathering, the prices today should increase steadily over the next 5 years. Outside of the economy crashing, Pokémon is very safe. 

Demand for original cards has consistently increased since 2010, but due to awareness, and points mentioned previously, there has been a fearlessness from buyers to set records. All year, record sale after record sale for high-end Pokémon Cards. The fear of missing out on today’s price is real.

Set Your Goals
  1. Budget 

It’s imperative that you set a budget and know when to stop buying. Winning auctions can be addicting and it’s easy to go overboard fast. Monitor recent sales. Know how much you’re willing to spend to acquire the desired card.  

  1. Decide your financial goals with the hobby

Why are you getting in? Are you an enthusiast who wants to collect for long-term profits or are you trying to make money fast?  

There are many routes you can go when investing in Pokémon Cards and there is a quality card for every budget. Starting out at $10 card purchases works in the long term. Buying the rarest cards under $20,000.00 for a quick profit has been a major play in 2020. 

Understand Different Card Buying Strategies
  1. Long Term Investing

With 1999-2000 Pokémon cards, the long term investing would be towards Mint raw cards and Near Mint graded cards. Graded cards have been on a blistering pace the last 12 months. Lower grades of the most expensive cards or PSA 8 and up for the rest of the 1999-2000 cards are great long-term investments.   

  1. Flipping

Flippers will buy a card with the goal to make a profit on it ASAP. Education is what sets the flipper from the casual collector. They know the sales, population reports and what cards are coveted by monitoring the market. If a card takes off, flippers often look to capitalize. If you only know the main Pokémon characters and not much else about the cards, flipping is probably not for you. You have to study sets, know errors, sales, population reports and have a deep understanding of why cards/sets get hot. All of this is covered here. 

  1. Collecting

Pokémon cards are all about collecting. Gotta Catch Em All is the slogan and for good reason: children aimed to have every card. In 1999, having a binder with complete sets was a major deal. Set collecting isn’t much different now, with gem mint and lower graded complete sets becoming all the rage once again. Pokémon battling and collecting were the essence, but today collecting dominates. One of the phenomenons with Pokémon cards is the overwhelming nostalgia and lack of willing sellers due to attachment to the cards. Many collectors value their cards well beyond the current prices and it’s shown with a limited supply of high-grade 1st Ed Base holograms available. Being out-priced is becoming more apparent and some collectors are flipping cards to finish sets and upgrade. 

How To Find the Value of Your Cards
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Taking your old cards out of the closet and researching to find their current value is the most common way people are getting back into Pokémon. When trying to figure out a card’s value, make sure to follow these steps:

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Step 1. Find the year of the card. Check the bottom year(s) of the card.

Step 2. Find the set the card belongs to. If there is no logo on the right side, it’s Base. Every other set has an indicator. 

Step 3. Identify the card with the name and number in the set. 

Figuring Out What Pokémon Card To Buy
1st Edition Base 
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  • The grail set, Charizard is on fire with a recent sale topping $225,000.00.
     
  • The graded population on this set is low, and the demand has become astronomical.
     
  • The last Sealed Box auction ended at $198,000.00.  
Shadowless Base Set
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  • Identical to the 1st Edition cards except they don’t have the 1st Edition Stamp. 
     
  • The Shadowless set is just as rare / more rare than the 1st Edition set.
     
  • Gem Mint Charizard has a much lower population and the price hovers around $90,000.00. 
     
  • Shadowless is the only other set with the Red Cheek Pikachu Error card.
Base Unlimited
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  • The Unlimited Set Boxes are over $35,000.00.
     
  • Gem Mint Charizard is around $30,000.00.
     
  • This set had 6-8 times the print runs compared to 1 print run each for 1st Edition and Shadowless.
Jungle Set
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  • 2nd Expansion set
     
  • 1st Edition Boxes worth over $25,000.00
     
  • Each Holographic card has a non-holographic version
     
  • Only expansion set where every holographic card has a no symbol version. 
Fossil Set
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  • 3rd Expansion Set
     
  • 1st Edition Boxes Over $20,000.00
     
  • Each Holographic card has a non-holographic version.
Base Set 2
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  • Combination of Base & Jungle sets.
     
  • Boxes over $25,000.00
     
  • PSA 10 Charizard valued over $8,000.00
     
  • Having the original Charizard artwork will always keep this set in demand. 
Team Rocket
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  • The 5th set, Team Rocket pays homage to the villains of Pokémon: Jesse, James & Meowth.
     
  • 1st Edition Boxes over $20,000.00
     
  • 1st Expansion set to have Charizard
     
  • After Base Set, Team Rocket is arguably the hottest Gen. 1 set to collect. 
Gym Heroes
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  • Focuses on 1st 4 Gym Leaders: Brock, Misty, Lt. Surge & Erika
     
  • 1st Edition Boxes are at $15,000.00
     
  • PSA 10 1st Edition Moltres is valued over $4,500.00
Gym Challenge
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  • Focuses on Final 4 Gym Leaders: Sabrina, Koga, Blaine & Giovanni
     
  • 1st Edition Boxes are valued over $20,000.00 
     
  • PSA 10 Charizard is valued over $5,000.00 
Promo Cards
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Pokémon had numerous promo cards: E3 promos, Black Star Promos and Prerelease promos. They were available at events, in magazines, by mail request and one was available with a VHS film. Due to scarcity, some have skyrocketed and the demand is increasing rapidly.  You can read more about Black Star Promos in this article.

Complete Sets
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Serious collectors always value sets. The challenge of putting together any complete original set gets tougher by the day due to demand. For example, there are only 12 complete PSA 10 Base 1st Edition English sets currently, with the last sale fetching $129,500.00 in July 2020. Set collecting is a crucial aspect of the Pokémon community; even filling a binder with every card is an accomplishment that will make you money over time. Money isn’t the biggest driving factor; the desire to hold cards you coveted as a kid outweighs all other aspects and provides further proof that prices will continue to skyrocket.

Sealed Packs
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Hands down the safest way to invest in Pokémon has been buying sealed packs. The opportunity to pull a Charizard or rare card is enough to make people rip packs open to display or send cards in to get graded. Blister packs are the safest way to get un-weighed packs (packs can be weighed to determine if a hologram is or isn’t in it). There are lots of ways to tamper with packs so make sure to read the risks involved further down.

Boxes
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Owning any original English sealed box has become a major accomplishment. Multiple boxes make you a rock star. A clean, sealed box is one of the ultimate investments moving forward. As noted earlier, a 1999 Base English 1st Edition Box fetched $198,000.00 recently at Heritage Auctions. That’s almost triple from the last public sale in 2019.

Artist Autographed Cards
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Pokémon artists have become rock stars as well. Mitsuhiro Arita (Charizard & Pikachu Base Set artist) signed cards have soared in value and created a whole new market for collectors. Illustrations on the cards have also become a major part of collecting and the sales are staggering.

Error Cards
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Error cards have shown to be major value opportunities for collectors. There are many error cards, such as the Red Cheek Pikachu in the 1st Edition and Shadowless sets. 1st Edition cards, the stamp itself can be grey, which is highly desirable. There is a ghost stamp 1st Edition Pikachu where the 1st Edition logo is barely noticeable: this card is a grail. In 1st Edition and Shadowless there is a Vulpix with a Green Dot on its butt.

Variables That Can Affect a Card’s Value
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1. The Grading Company

PSA is the king of Pokémon card grading with BGS a close 2nd. Both companies command top $ for their graded cards and have proven that grades do matter in the Pokémon realm, with a BGS 9.5 1st Edition Charizard selling for nearly $73,000.00 in July. 

2. Supply of the card (Population reports)

Pokémon cards have low populations compared to sports cards. The number of graded cards can be the biggest indicator of value, but some cards, such as Pikachu or Charizard, have insane demand regardless of populations. Supply is outmatched by current demand, and after two decades since these cards were produced, that won’t change. Check the PSA 1999 Pokémon Game Population report to get more info on how limited the Base set cards are. 

3. Buying Raw vs. Graded

Thanks to modern technology, getting clear photos of cards is easier than ever. That said, until you hold a card, you don’t know how clean it really is. Graded cards are the safest indicator that you’re getting what you want. When buying graded cards, think of the price paid for the grading and that there is no wait time besides shipping. There is much less risk buying graded cards, but raw (loose cards) can be the best bet to make profits faster. You never know what you can find in a binder someone is selling, but be careful and do your best to inspect those cards.  

4. Surface, corners, edges, creases & centering

In the process of card grading, the most important aspects are the surface, corners, edges and how well the card is centered front and back. For Pokémon cards, are there any scratches on the holofoil? Do you see whitening on the edges? Are the corners nicked? Grading is subjective with individuals determining what a card is valued at, based on its condition.

5. Your negotiation tactics

How you negotiate will go a long way in collecting and flipping. Knowing market value, monitoring auctions, and making offers when possible are great ways to limit risk and help you score deals. Never be afraid to message a seller, feel them out and potentially make a long-term outlet for purchases while building trust. Networking is a major component.

6. Nostalgic elements

Pokémon culture is wide-ranging, with the Pokémon Go app, video games, movies, TV shows, merchandise, and more, everyone knows something about Pokémon. Pikachu is as recognizable as Hello Kitty, Pokémon is unisex, and the cards are a major component for the culture. This won’t change. The cards are a major part of Pokémon Lore and will continue to be the biggest aspect of nostalgia moving forward.  

Best Channels To Buy Pokémon Cards

1. eBay:

The safest online marketplace to buy and sell Pokémon cards. Check sales for a quick look at where cards are at price wise. Check seller reviews and buy with confidence from high rated sellers. eBay is the largest online marketplace and is your best chance to locate inventory. When searching for cards, look at items nearest you, and contact nearby sellers, potentially creating a local network. It saves on shipping and more. Load up your watch list to get faster alerts when cards sell or are pulled. 

2. Facebook groups & Instagram:

Look for feedback from sellers to check legitimacy, these are great places to score deals and build relationships within the collecting community but beware of scams. 

3. COMC:

Marketplace designed to help you buy individual cards, specializing in set collecting.

4. Mercari:

Popular marketplace to buy and sell cards. When hunting for low population cards, it’s important to utilize all options. 

5. Card Shows & Stores:

If you can find a show or store with vintage Pokémon cards, go. You get the chance to look at cards in person, check sales online, network and decide what’s of value. You never know what you can walk away with.

Risks

Shill Bidding

“Shilling” is when a card bids for an overly high price, but the sale never gets completed. Bidders often times will try to manipulate the market this way, to pump the value of their own identically or near graded cards. Check recent sales and bidding history on a sale to identify if it’s legit or not. There is a number rating next to buyer’s names in the bidding history. Often times it’s safe to trust the highest bid from a legitimate account. 

Fake Cards

When purchasing loose cards, make sure to research what you are buying, check the indicators (years, artwork) to make sure you are not getting scammed. The fake Pokémon cards are easily spotted, you can see through them, although there are some impressive forgeries of Charizard and the Illustrator Pikachu. 

Re-Sealed Packs

First off, check whom you are buying packs from. Ratings, reviews, make sure the seller is legitimate. Packs can easily be resealed and if you don’t know how to look, you can easily be scammed. Ask for as many pictures as it takes to see the entire pack, look at the top and bottom of the foil to see if there are any discrepancies, such as the foil looking different in one spot, and check for how crumpled up the pack is to indicate if the cards inside have been damaged. 

Weighing packs

Assume every Booster pack you buy is weighed. If it says Unweighed, it’s almost certain to be a light pack. Light packs won’t contain a hologram. Heavy packs will. When listed as heavy, make sure to tell the seller you intend to open the pack upon arrival, which will ensure they send a legitimately weighed pack otherwise they face ramifications of bad reviews, refunds, and can be labeled a scammer. The safest way to purchase individual packs is in Blisters. Blister Packs are sealed in plastic and cardboard, they can’t legitimately be weighed or tampered if sealed. Sealed packs get more limited by the day because people won’t stop opening them. Nostalgia is a major factor. Also, the dream of pulling a perfect Charizard or Pikachu can’t be overstated.

The Future of Pokémon Cards

Given this is vintage, the original high graded cards, sealed boxes and packs are scarce. The probability for further profits is strong. Due to demand, desire and drive, the Pokémon Game appears to be safe. Over $10 Billion in card sales since 1996 is staggering. 

Long term investing has paid off in a short term for collectors in 2020. So far, the only people losing are the ones who sell too soon. It’s a winning proposition due to Pokémon culture being bigger than any competing market. They flat out win. Television, video games, cards, it’s still going strong. The children collecting today know all about the original cards and they covet them. Can you name the top 10 sports cards to own pre-1980? The children collecting today can name the top Pokémon Cards from 1999. 

During this recession, prices have only gone up. That was bound to happen regardless, but the speed at which prices have soared is impressive. The only concern moving forward is liquidity drying up, but that would impact the entire card market and more.   

The first generation of collectors is dropping record money on these cards because all the indicators show Pokémon is still wildly undervalued. The new investors who research and make rational decisions should see major profits moving forward. If you are selling, make sure you pay close attention to detail. 

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The 15 Best Sneaker Cleaners to Keep Your Kicks Fresh

With Fall now in full swing it’s time to think about protecting your kicks against the elements. With nubuck, suede, leather, and other materials to consider, picking a product is no easy thing. There’s plenty of solutions, scrubs, wipes, and other tools for keeping your kicks as deadstock as possible and we’re here to try and make sense of the fury of brands jockeying to clean your kicks. 

From popular products to some OG shoe cleaners, and some other not-so-well-known products, we’ve rounded up the 12 best sneaker cleaners to keep you fresh throughout the season and after. Check out our curated selection below, picked just for your sneaker rotation.

  1. Reshoevn8r
  2. Jason Markk
  3. EB Kicks
  4. Crep Protect
  5. Sneaker Labs
  6. Angelus Foam Tex
  7. G-Star Raw
  8. Rufus Styles
  9. Kiwi
  10. Liquid Proof
  11. SneakersER
  12. Pink Miracle
1. Reshoevn8r 8 oz. Cleaning Solution
Reshoevn8r

Reshoevn8r has been a bastion of sneaker cleaning with 10 years in the game and they have a plethora of products to choose from. Their basic entry-level product is their 8 oz. premium sneaker cleaner. It can be applied with a brush or cloth. The brand also offers a discount when you subscribe, a good deal for anyone finding themselves cleaning their kicks often. Shop their other products or a whole kit here, for all your sneaker cleaning needs.

BUY NOW, $18
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2. Jason Markk Premium Bundle
Jason Markk

Jason Markk is another name in the sneaker cleaning arena that carries a lot of weight. From celeb endorsements to deals with major retailers, the double K moniker is a highly trusted name for getting those sneakers restored to their former glory. The premium bundle is just about all you’ll need with their repel spray, RTU foam, microfiber towel, and suede cleaning kit. Their premium products are effective and reliable, also it makes a great gift for the sneakerhead in your life, even if that’s you!

BUY NOW, $65
https://jasonmarkk.com/collections/shoecare/products/premium-bundle
3. EB Kicks Cleaner and Conditioner Kit
EB Kicks

EB Kicks’ cleaner and conditioner kit comes fully stocked with an 8 oz. cleaning solution of their own, wooden brush, and sponge to carefully scrub both leathers and suedes. The brand advertises that their product lasts for 60 washes and can even be used on other things besides sneakers. You might have seen EB Kicks products at your local FootAction store but check out their website for their cleaner and conditioner kit as well as a fury of other related products. E-mail subscribers get 10% off their first order so make sure you get that code before you click checkout.

BUY NOW, $19
https://www.ebkicks.com/products/cleaner-conditioner-kit
4. Crep Protect Bundle
Crep

Crep Protect is another big name in the sneaker cleaning world and for good reason. The brand offers a wide variety of products like the Pill shoe freshener, wipes, insoles, solution, and even pretreated laces. The best bang for your buck is their “Bundle” which includes some of the aforementioned products in an “all you need” type of packaging that includes their well-known spray.

BUY NOW, $50
https://www.crepprotect.com/product/bundle-can-cure-wipes-pill/
5. Sneaker Labs Wipes
Sneaker Lab

For most sneakerheads, wipes are the easiest and most handy item to have and Sneaker Labs is one of the many brands doing it right. With their cool packaging and modern design, they’re one of the top-selling sneaker cleaning products. Their all-purpose sneaker wipes are suitable for any sneaker material and are good in a quick pinch to combat a spill or misstep. Also, they’re biodegradable. Watch this video for the official how-to applying process.

BUY NOW, $8
https://www.sneakerlab.com/products/all-purpose-sneaker-wipes
6. Angelus Foam Tex Cleaning Kit
Angelus

Angelus Foam Tex cleaning kit takes a simple, no-frills, approach to sneaker cleaning. Their simple but comprehensive cleaning kit comes equipped with a wooden brush, microfiber cloth, and 5.7 fl. oz. of their foaming cleaning solution. The foam route is one to go if you’re tired of filling a bowl with hot water and making a mess while you try and clean. With foam tex, the warm water is practically built-in, featuring a no dry mess. Apply the foam directly to your sneakers and start scrubbing until clean.

BUY NOW, $15
https://angelusdirect.com/products/angelus-foam-tex-cleaning-kit
7. G-Star Raw Footwear Cleaning Kit
G-Star

While you might not know G-Star Raw for their footwear cleaning products, but their cleaning kit is one of their better accessories. The kit features some top-notch products like a leather cleaner conditioner, water repellent spray, multi brush, and microfiber cloth. The highlight here is that brush, handle, and all separate it from the handheld bristle brushes that come with other kits. This heavy-duty tool comes in suede with both plastic and brass bristles for a tough or gentle clean.

BUY NOW, $17.50
https://www.g-star.com/en_us/shop/men/accessories/d15271-b741-1260
8. Rufus Styles Sneaker Cleaning Kit
Rufus

Rufus Styles sneaker cleaning kit features the usual suspects of a sneaker cleaning kit with their own solution, cleaning brush, and cloth. Rufus Styles boasts their own long-lasting clean scent after a wash and is available on Amazon for quick and easy shipping. The spray and other products come with a tidy kit for keeping everything together and it’s safe for any sneaker material like nubuck, suede, leather, and mesh.

BUY NOW, $19.95
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9. Kiwi Sneaker and Shoe Cleaner
Kiwi

Kiwi has a solid reputation for footwear products and their sneaker and shoe cleaner seems to be up to par. The site has a variety of sneaker accessories including a three-step sneaker cleaning product lineup. If you’re not interested in taking all three home, just getting the sneaker and shoe cleaner should be good enough for a base clean. It’s available on Amazon in a three-pack of 2.5 fl. Oz. size. The pack comes with a sponge applicator to help you out.

BUY NOW, $16.71
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YCZ1ML3?ie=UTF8&tag=etaleuskiwi-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=B07YCZ1ML3
10. Liquiproof LABS Cleaning Kit, $19.95
Liquid Proof

The Liquid Proof LABS cleaning kit comes equipped with all your sneaker cleaning necessities and it’s environmentally friendly. Their eco-cleaner even comes with a vegan brush and microfiber cloth. The 50ml solution is safe to use and scrub on leather, suede, and it’s great for removing stains. Pick up the non-toxic formula today.

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https://www.sportique.com/products/liquiproof-labs-cleaning-kit-50ml?refSrc=1505350320181&nosto=productpage-nosto-2
11. Sneaker ER “Dopper” 7-Piece Luxury Kit
Sneaker ER

Sneaker ER has plenty of basic tools and products but they separate themselves from the competition with the “Dopper”, a 7-piece luxury kit that comes with just about everything the site has to offer, plus a leather Dopp kit to keep it all together. The kit is comprehensive, with different types of brushes, solutions, and other products. It’s the complete on-the-go kit for any sneakerhead looking to stay clean while traveling.

buy now, $78.62
https://www.sneakerser.com/products/dopper-7-piece-luxury-sneaker-care-leather-dopp-kit
12. Pink Miracle Shoe Cleaner
Pink Miracle

The OG sneaker cleaner, Pink Miracle has been around since 1985, a convenient year to market your product as the first cleaner to scrub the Air Jordan 1. Pink Miracle comes in an 8 oz. bottle and is made from a combination of concentrate with saddle soap, gentle oils, and conditioners. A little goes a long way with this concentrate-based product so be conservative with how much you apply to your brush or cloth. Check out their how-to video for the best possible practice on bringing your dirty sneakers back to their deadstock glory.

BUY NOW, $20
https://thepinkmiracle.com/products/pink-miracle-shoe-cleaner?variant=20763810201711
13. ShoeAnew Shoe Cleaner
Amazon

Many people have benefited from using ShoeAnew over the years. While the company puts a disclaimer out that the product “can’t fix a broken shoe,” ShoeAnew can help to remove scuff marks as well as dirt and build up. The cleaner also automatically comes with a nylon brush and microfiber cloth that are made to protect your shoes while cleaning them, and can be used on every fabric except Suede. Amazon prime members can also take advantage of getting the sneaker cleaner shipped free. 

BUY NOW, $15.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F9FVUEA?tag=dotdashvwellf-20&linkCode=ogi&th=1&psc=1&ascsubtag=4175302%7Cn135008b7a88c4fcab57dfe84f861602918
14. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
Walmart

Most people associate the Mr. Clean brand with household cleaning items, but in actuality, the product can also be used as a shoe cleaner. The process of cleaning your sneakers is pretty much the same as cleaning your kitchen. Simply grab a sponge and use the cleaner to wipe down your shoes. The product has no harsh chemicals added to it, making it safe to use on your sneakers.

BUY NOW, $3
https://www.walmart.com/grocery/ip/Mr-Clean-Original-Magic-Eraser-Cleaning-Pads-with-Durafoam-3-count/619190122?athcpid=619190122&athpgid=itempage&athcgid=null&athznid=null&athieid=null&athstid=CS014&athguid=466001f5-46cfa622-d67235d39a18a716&athancid=nul
15. New Balance Suede Cleaner
New Balance

Suede is a tricky product. One wrong move and your suede item (whatever it is) can be ruined forever. It is extremely important to have a suede cleaner in your household, as shoes can get dirty pretty easily. The New Balance Suede Cleaner helps to renew and restore suede items, and can also work on leather, synthetic, and nubuck items as well. The Suede Cleaner is definitely an affordable and handy item to have at hand.

BUY NOW, $6
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Meet Apazo: The Man Behind the Scenes Making it Happen

Life is about perseverance. It’s also about taking the things that could be considered a “negative” and turning it into a positive. That mindset is one that Apazo has had for his entire seventeen years on this planet. Now the editor/channel manager for Bugha, Clix, and the Sentinels, Apazo already has quite the resume and spoke with ONE37pm’s Aaron “Don” Dukes about navigating the other side of esports.

Apazo
Apazo’s Home Set Up

“I’ve always been a fan of video games. For those that don’t know, I have a disability—I’m in a wheelchair, and I always wanted to play sports. So I realized video games were something I could do. I used to make Minecraft videos, and at first it was really bad. I continued on with editing videos separately, and a friend of mine suggested I combine my edits with gameplay videos. I didn’t really know you could do that. So I went on Twitch and found a random person, and worked with him for about six months.”

“After that, I worked for free because I was really trying to find what I was looking for and what I wanted. I met Bugha who was this really talented player. At the time he only had about 10,000 followers. So after we talked, I was waiting to hear back from him, and I just ended up making a video and sending it to him. He liked it and we started working together.”

Bugha’s popularity started exploding soon after, and so did Apazo’s. This popularity surge was a turning point in his young career. 

“After I started working with Bugha, all of his stuff just blew up. At the time I was also running his Instagram and Twitter. Eventually, he got a team and they stepped in, but Bugha still wanted me to be a part of his team. So we kept working together, and now of course he is with VaynerGaming. I’m actually a freelance editor for Vayner now too.”

In addition to Bugha, Apazo works heavily with Clix, another esports heavyweight, and also does media work for the Sentinels.

“So my two biggest clients are Bugha and Clix—Clix is popping on every platform and he’s doing big numbers as well. I also work as an editor for the Sentinels, and now I’m starting my own media company.”

That media company is named Motional, and Apazo plans on making it one of the world’s premier media companies.

“Around March I launched Motional, which is a media development company that I am currently running for Fortnite and Valorant. I’m doing more than just editing, and my goal is for Motional to be more than just a media company. I wanted it to be focused on business strategies, and I want it to be a brand where we can also combine and focus on music and apparel. Sort of like with 100 Thieves where they also have their apparel on the side. I would like for Motional to blend.”

Apazo was dealt a hand that could have been considered a challenge, but instead, he flipped his experience and used it to create something positive. Now he is on his way to becoming a power figure for esports, and he wants you to know that everybody else can do the same thing too, no matter what obstacles life throws your way.

Use your disadvantages and turn them into your strength. Look at your obstacles in a different way. Learn and create content, and always try to take the positives from things.

Solid advice from a pro. Be sure to follow Apazo on his Instagram and Twitter for more cool content.

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The 25 Best College Football Teams of All-Time

In sports, there will always be a debate surrounding who is considered to be the greatest of all-time. This topic can range from individual players to teams, and even coaches. In this edition of the “great debate,” we are talking about the top college football teams to ever be assembled. While historically there have been many great teams in college football, these particular teams changed the course of the league with their dominance. Here is a ranking of who we consider to be the top 25 college football teams to ever do it.

25. The 1997 Michigan Wolverines
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The 1997 Michigan Wolverines

Coached by Lloyd Carr and led on the defensive end by Heisman winner Charles Woodson, the 97 Wolverines were the definition of dominant, winning all 12 of their regular-season games. The Wolverines went on to be crowned the Big Ten champions and eventually defeated the Washington State Cougars 21-16 in a come from behind victory, being declared the national champions by the Associated Press

24. The 1991 Washington Huskies
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The 1991 Washington Huskies

Representing the University of Washington, this 1991 Huskies squad went the entire year without a team beating them. Led by head coach Don James (who was in his 17th season), the 91 team is considered to be among the best in the program’s history. Team leader Steve Emtman set the tone on defense, winning both the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy. A total of eleven Huskies players ended up being selected in the 1992 NFL draft. The team defeated the number 4 ranked Michigan in the 1992 Rose Bowl, sharing the championship with the Miami Hurricanes. 

23. The 1997 Nebraska Cornhuskers
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The 1997 Nebraska Cornhuskers

With a perfect 13-0 record, the Cornhuskers made sure to send head coach Tom Osbourne off in style for his last season before retirement. Nebraska was incredibly efficient throughout the year, winning most of their games by at least ten points or more. The team’s 1997 Championship was their third in four years, and they were declared co-champions with Michigan, still making it one of the all-time great debates in the history of sports. The group was spearheaded by offensive lineman Aaron Taylor and defensive menace Grant Winstrom. The team is considered among the best in Cornhusker history. 

22. The 1996 Florida Gators
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The 1996 Florida Gators

While this Florida Gators team did suffer a loss, the team was still a powerful force outscoring their opponents 612-228. Coached by Steve Spurrier, the Gators compiled a 12-1 record that included victories against the Tennessee Volunteers, the Kentucky Wildcats, and the LSU Tigers. Their only loss was against the number 2 ranked Florida State Seminoles in a close 24-21 matchup. The Gators, however, were able to get their revenge against the Seminoles beating them 52-20 in the Sugar Bowl to win their first championship.

21. The 1992 Alabama Crimson Tide
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The 1992 Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama has been one of the most dominant football programs over the past 30 years. While there are many all-time great Alabama teams, the 1992 Team makes the list for their underdog status. Known for their defense, the Crimson Tide led the nation in defense. Coached by Gene Stallings, the team went 13-0, beating Florida 28-21 in the SEC Championship Game. The Tide then went on to win the 1993 National Football Championship beating the Miami Hurricanes 34-13 in the 1993 Sugar Bowl, putting the cap on their 100th anniversary of Alabama Football.

20. The 1976 Pittsburgh Panthers
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The 1976 Pittsburgh Panthers

With victories against powerhouse teams such as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Georgia Bulldogs, the Pittsburgh Panthers pretty much pummeled all of their opponents to win their first championship in over 40 years. Coached by Johnny Majors, and led by Heisman winner Tony Dorsett, the team was equally balanced on both offense and defensive. The Panthers defeated the Bulldogs pretty easily in their Sugar Bowl Championship matchup (with the Bulldogs only scoring a field goal), and were ranked number 1 nationally.

19. 2000 Oklahoma Sooners
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The 2000 Oklahoma Sooners

Representing the University of Oklahoma, the Sooners were another underdog team that caught the college football world by storm. Certainly, nobody expected the team to be champions after a 7-5 record the previous season. Coached by Bob Stoops (who was only in his second season with the team), the Sooners finished the regular season a perfect 12-0. The offense was led by Mark Mangino, while the defense was led by Torrance Marshall (who was selected in the third round of the 2001 NFL draft), and Rocky Calmus. After winning the Big 12 against Kansas State, the Sooners defeated the Florida State Seminoles in the 2001 Orange Bowl.

18. The 1969 Texas Longhorns
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18. The 1969 Texas Longhorns

Considered one of the best college football teams of all time, the 1969 Texas Longhorns Team powered their way to an 11-0 record. Along the way, the Longhorns beat the number 4 ranked Texas Tech Raiders, the number 8 ranked Oklahoma Sooners, and the number 2 ranked Arkansas Razorbacks in what was considered the “game of the century.” The Longhorns were coached by Darrell Royal and led by team captain Bob McKay. Following their victory against the Razorbacks, the Longhorns then defeated the number 9 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Cotton Bowl Classic.

17. The 1947 Michigan Wolverines
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17. The 1947 Michigan Wolverines

Selected as the nation’s number one team at the end of the season, the 1947 Michigan Wolverines cruised to a perfect 10-0 record under head coach Fritz Crisler, outscoring their opponents 394-53, making it one of the widest scoring margins in collegiate football history. After easily securing the Big Ten, the Wolverines went on to absolutely destroy the USC Trojans in the 1948 Rose Bowl game, winning 49-0. The 1947 Wolverines team has since gone on to be considered the best team in Michigan Football History.

16. The 1968 Ohio State Buckeyes

Considered to be among the best in OSU history, the 1968 Buckeyes were a force to be reckoned with. With players such as Jack Tatum, Rex Kern, and Jim Otis, the team was 10-0 under head coach Woody Hayes. The Buckeyes closed out the season with a win against their arch-nemesis Michigan, and defeated USC in the Rose Bowl, making it their last championship until 2002. 

15. The 1938 TCU Horned Frogs
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The 1938 TCU Horned Frogs

Led by Heisman quarterback Davey O’Brien, TCU produced one of the best seasons in the school’s history during the 1938 campaign. Coached by Dutch Meyer in his fifth year, the team went 11-0 during the regular season. O’Brien is considered one of the greatest college football players ever, and under his leadership, the Horned Frogs defeated the 6th ranked Carnegie Tech Tartans for the Sugar Bowl Championship.

14. The 2008 Florida Gators
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The 2008 Florida Gators

Led by head coach Urban Meyer, the 2008 Florida Gators team is recognized as another all-time great college football team. The Gators were led by one of the greatest college quarterbacks in CFB history in Tim Tebow and only lost one game the entire season. Some of their biggest regular-season victories came against LSU and Georgia, and the Gators went on to defeat Alabama in the Georgia Dome for the SEC Championship. After that, Florida defeated the number 2 ranked Oklahoma Sooners for the title in the BCS National Championship Game. 

13. The 2004 USC Trojans
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The 2004 USC Trojans

While the 2004-2005 title technically doesn’t exist in USC history anymore, the 2004 squad was still one of the best to take the college football field. Led by Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart, the team went 11-0 under head coach Pete Carroll (who is now the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks). The season included victories against the California Golden Bears and the Arizona State Devils, and the Trojans went on to beat the Oklahoma Sooners in the BCS National Championship game making them one of the most talented teams on paper for the Sooners.

12. The 1924 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
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The 1924 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

You can call this team the “Luck of the Irish.” Featuring the Four Horsemen backfield (Jim Crowley, Harry Stuhldreher, Don Miller, and Elmer Layden), the team certainly made their mark on defense and finished the season with a 10-0 record under coach Knute Rockne. Their 10th victory was a Rose Bowl win over the Stanford Football Team making it their last bowl appearance until the 1969 season.

11. The 1902 Michigan Wolverines

Going all the way back to 1902, the Michigan Wolverines went undefeated with an 11-0 record winning the Big Nine Championship. Coached by Fielding H. Yost, the team was an unstoppable offensive machine outscoring their opponents a whopping 644 to 12. The Wolverines scored more than 100 points on offense on two different occasions and averaged roughly 59 points per game. The offense was led by quarterback Boss Weeks, while halfback Albert E. Herrnstein was the team’s leading scorer. The Wolverines are recognized by many outlets as being the national champions for that 1902 season.

10. The 1994 Penn State Nittany Lions
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The 1994 Penn State Nittany Lions

This team is different from the others included in this list due to the fact that they didn’t actually win a championship. However, the 1994 Nittany Lions are considered one of if not the best team to not win a title. Coached by Joe Paterno, the Lions had a perfect 12-0 record. The team concluded their season with a win over the Oregon Ducks. Back then, however, the college football system was different in terms of how championships were awarded, and the championship was instead given by vote to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a now-controversial decision. Many still believe that the Lions should have at least been co-champions. Nevertheless, with a perfect record, and 3 players drafted in the NFL (Kyle Brady, Ki-Jana Carter, and Kerry Collins), the team is one of the best in school history.

9. The 1971 Nebraska Cornhuskers
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The 1971 Nebraska Cornhuskers

The 1971 Cornhuskers had no problems handling business during the 1971 Campaign. Under the tutelage of Bob Devaney, the Cornhuskers went 13-0 beating two teams in the top 10 rankings (The Colorado Buffaloes and the Oklahoma Sooners) and finished the year pummeling Alabama in the Orange Bowl 38-6. Nearly all of their wins were blowouts (with their biggest one coming against Kansas with a 55-0 defeat), and the team is one of the few to actually repeat as college football champions.

8. The 1972 USC Trojans
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The 1972 USC Trojans

Coached by John Mckay, the 72 Trojans were also very efficient in their offense, easily beating opponents Ohio State, Notre Dame, Washington, and UCLA (all of whom were ranked). That dominance led them to a perfect 12-0 record defeating the Buckeyes in the 1973 Rose Bowl 42-17. This Trojans team is also one of the all-time greats in team history, and produced an All-American in the tight end, Charlie Young.

7. 1956 Oklahoma Sooners
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1956 Oklahoma Sooners

Led by future hall of fame head coach Bud Wilkinson and standout quarterback Jim Harris, the Oklahoma Sooners put together one of the most cohesive seasons in team history during their 1956 Campaign. The Sooners were a perfect 10-0 and defeated the number 18 ranked Colorado Buffaloes. Oklahoma sealed the deal on December 1st, 1956, against Oklahoma A&M 53-0, repeating as national champions. 

6. 1979 Alabama Crimson Tide
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1979 Alabama Crimson Tide

Having had 6 championships to their name in 1979, many were wondering how the Crimson Tide could top themselves. The Tide found a way to do it during their 1979-1980 Season. Under the guidance of head coach Bear Bryant, Alabama cruised to a 12-0 record (with five of those wins being shutouts). Alabama finished the season as SEC Champions and went on to become national champions beating the Arkansas Razorbacks 24-9 en route to their 7th championship as an organization.

5. 2018 Clemson Tigers
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2018 Clemson Tigers

Coached by Dabo Swinney and led by star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the Clemson Tigers delivered one of the best seasons in the program’s history. After winning the quarterback battle against team veteran Kelly Bryant, Lawrence proved himself leading the Tigers to a 15-0 record (most of which were easy wins). The Tigers routed Alabama in the 2019 CFP National Championship beating them 44-16.

4. 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers
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1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers

Ranked number 1 nationally, the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers marched to a 12-0 record under head coach Tom Osborne. Looking to follow their 1994 success, the team beat the Kansas State Wildcats, the Colorado Buffaloes, and the Kansas Jayhawks (all of whom were ranked) during their season. The Cornhuskers closed the season by beating the number 2 ranked Florida Gators 62-24, earning them the 1995 NCAA Division I-A championship.

3. 2019 LSU Tigers
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2019 LSU Tigers

A perfect 15-0, the Tigers finished the season not only as the number one ranked team in the nation but also as the national champions. Coached by Ed Orgeron and led by Heisman winner Joe Burrow, the Tigers defeated Auburn, Alabama, and Georgia along the way, and found themselves in the college football playoffs where they beat the number 4 ranked Oklahoma, and the number 3 ranked Clemson for the championship. Offensively, the team set tons of records, and Burrow won the Heisman by the largest margin ever in history.

2. The 2005 Texas Longhorns
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The 2005 Texas Longhorns

With quarterback Vince Young leading the offense, the 2005 Texas Longhorns team remains one of the greatest. Coached by Mack Brown, the Longhorns went undefeated in a 13-0 campaign. Those wins included a beatdown versus the Colorado Buffaloes where the Longhorns won the Big Ten title 70-3 and a classic Rose Bowl showdown against USC where they defeated the Trojans 41-38.

1. The 2001 Miami Hurricanes
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The 2001 Miami Hurricanes

Most universally agree that the 2001 Miami Hurricanes team is the best college football team in college football history. Not only that, but the team had one of the best pools of talent ever seen. Led by head coach Larry Coker, the Hurricanes went 12-0 during the season. From there, they defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers 37-14 to win the national championship. The Hurricanes are considered one of the most explosive collegiate teams ever, with 17 players being selected in the first round of future NFL drafts.

That concludes our list of the top greatest college football teams, while there are plenty of other honorable mentions, these are the teams we believe are in the top 25. With plenty more college football ahead, we could easily see more teams filling these slots in the future.

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UPNXT: Best Week 8 NFL Waiver Wire Pickups and Trading Card Moves

And then, there was one! Only one undefeated team remains in the NFL after seven weeks of football, as the Pittsburgh Steelers won the battle of the undefeated teams, narrowly knocking off the Tennessee Titans, 27-24. It’s difficult not to consider Pittsburgh as legitimate Super Bowl favorites with their strong play on both sides of the ball.

Another storied NFL franchise is experiencing the opposite fortune this season, as the Dallas Cowboys were blown out by the Washington Football Team, 25-3. The fact that Dallas couldn’t muster one touchdown with the likes of Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb on the roster, is alarming. And last, as if losing Dak Prescott for the season wasn’t bad enough, Andy Dalton exited the game early after a nasty hit to the head while sliding. This can’t be the way Cowboys’ fans saw the season playing out after inking head coach Mike McCarthy to a big contract.

Finally, we can’t talk about Week 7 without mentioning the explosive showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals. Watching this game reminded me of the pointing Spider-Man meme, as Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray both passed for over 350 yards, attempted 45 or more passes, threw 3 TDs, and rushed for 60 or more yards. Murray out-dueled Wilson, handing the ‘Hawks their first loss of the season thanks to an overtime field goal by Zane Gonzalez. But the real star of the show was wide receiver Tyler Lockett, who posted an incredible line of 15 receptions, 200 yards, and three touchdowns! Oh, and DK Metcalf is fast…really fast.

This week, we have the start of a dolphin’s tale in Miami, a wide receiver with some bite in Cleveland, and a running back with a golden opportunity in San Francisco. Here’s who’s UPNXT in Week 8!

BONUS: Hang around until the end for a quick recap of last week’s picks!

NFL Week 8
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins
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In a sudden changing of the guard in Miami, veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick’s magic has run out. “The Beard” had been playing well for the Dolphins, so the news of Tua Tagovailoa taking over was a bit of a surprise. The vote of confidence from Miami’s coaching staff says a lot about how they feel about Tua’s progress as a pro. With fellow rookies Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert playing lights out this season, it’ll be interesting to see how Tua compares to his draft classmates.

Fantasy Ownership: At just 28% rostered, Tua is widely available in most fantasy leagues. He makes for a solid speculative addition to fantasy rosters if you can afford to clear out a spot on your bench. His next three opponents are the Rams, Cardinals, and a head-to-head matchup with fellow rookie Justin Herbert’s Chargers.

DFS: (DraftKings: $5,600, FanDuel: $6,800) vs. Rams Tua makes his first start against a stout and stingy Los Angeles Rams’ defense. The implied game total and spread aren’t available yet for this contest, but I can assure you that there are much better options at quarterback in DFS this week. I would completely fade Tua until he gets a couple of games under his belt.

Card Market Rating: Buy, however… This is such a polarizing buy, so proceed with caution. Tua’s prices are already sky-high in anticipation of what he COULD be. However, let’s all remember that he is coming off of a major injury and seems to always be banged up. IF he can stay healthy, he is going to be an absolute star. But that is a MAJOR if. He scares me. Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow seem to be the safer two quarterbacks in this class. However, if his injury issues are behind him, he may have the higher upside of the three. That excites me. 

Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns
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The injuries continue to pile up for some of the league’s best and brightest stars. Odell Beckham Jr. is the latest in what’s becoming a long list of players who have suffered season-ending injuries. In OBJ’s absence, Higgins proved himself more than capable as a fill-in, posting six catches for 110 yards. Higgins boasts adequate size at 6’1 and could soak up some of the red zone looks with both Beckham Jr. and Austin Hooper out for the Browns.

Fantasy Ownership: 0%. That’s it. That’s the number. Higgins is available in every league, so go get him and hope that Baker Mayfield continues playing as he did on Sunday.

DFS: (DraftKings: $4,200 FanDuel: $5,500) vs. Raiders The Browns host the Raiders in Week 8 in what is shaping up to be one of the highest-scoring games on the slate. With an implied game total of 54.5, with the Browns as underdogs, Higgins is squarely in play this weekend. I could see rostering David Carr, Nelson Agholor, then running it back with Rashard Higgins in a game stack. I prefer him on DraftKings slightly more thanks to the $1,300 discount.

Card Market Rating: Sell. It isn’t likely that you are a big owner of Higgins cards unless you are related to him, went to high school with him or you are a Colorado State fan, but a 26-year-old receiver who is getting extended playing time because of injury is not somebody to invest in. 

JaMycal Hasty, RB, San Francisco 49ers
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An undrafted rookie, JaMycal Hasty isn’t a household name…yet. Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, and Jeff Wilson are all banged up right now, which means the oft-injured Jerrick McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty will need to shoulder the load for the Niners backfield. What catches my eye about Hasty, is for a guy who is just 5’8 and barely 200 pounds, he runs with physicality and looks for contact. He hits the hole with a noticeable burst, changes direction effortlessly with well-timed jump cuts, and plays bigger than his measurables would indicate. With San Francisco unable to stay healthy this year, adding Hasty to your squad makes a lot of sense.

Fantasy Ownership: Sticking with our 30% and below theme, Hasty is rostered in just 12% of fantasy leagues right now. He’s not a home run add by any means, but with running back being such a thin position in fantasy, he should be added this week as a dart throw.

DFS: (DraftKings: $5,000, FanDuel: $5,600) @ Seahawks I know the Seahawks were just lit up by the Cardinals, but Hasty is probably best left out of your daily fantasy lineups this week. If you’re playing in a 150 max entry tournament, it may be ok to have a small percentage of Hasty on your teams. Otherwise, he’s probably someone we should fade for now.

Card Market Rating: BUY! BUY! BUY! Hasty was an absolute beast at Baylor and is playing in one of the best offensive systems in the league. He is going to have a real opportunity to earn the #1 spot for years to come, and when you combine that with the extremely low entry point on his rookie cards, this is one of my favorite buys since we began this article. 

BONUS: Week 7 Recap
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Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos

THE LINE: Receiving: 4 TGTS, 3 REC, 44 YDS

THE SCOOP: Broncos’ quarterback Drew Lock spread the ball around in this game, finding ten different receivers on the day. Denver’s tight ends were the most targeted pass catchers on the day, mostly limiting Patrick from repeating his recent success.

UPNXT vs Chargers: Tim Patrick gets a chance at redemption as the Broncos host Los Angeles this week. I view him as a low end WR3/FLEX option in this matchup.

Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

THE LINE: Rushing: 12 CAR, 46 YDS Receiving: 3 REC, 46 YDS, 1 TD

THE SCOOP: After a mostly quiet game, Scott managed to haul in a highlight reel TD catch to put the Eagles ahead late versus the Giants. If you started Scott, you’re probably a happy camper.

UPNXT vs Cowboys: With starter Miles Sanders expected to miss this game, Scott should find himself starting once again. If you’ve been paying attention, Dallas’ defense is terrible, so Scott makes for a solid RB3/FLEX play.

Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

THE LINE: Receiving: 2 TGTS, 1 REC, 12 YDS

THE SCOOP: This week was more of a sideline story for Cole. The Jaguars passing game has started to taper off recently, meaning Cole might be better off riding the pine than in your lineup.

UPNXT BYE Week: After the bye, Cole gets a soft matchup versus a very beatable Texans team that just allowed Devante Adams to catch 13 balls for 196 yards, and two tuddies.