The Jordan 12 “Flu Game” returns from 1997, Under Armour honors America on the Curry 2, And Puma links with Rhianna on the Creeper for the ladies. See all this and more on the latest episode of Heat Check presented by Jacques Slade.
Meet the Nike Zoom Pegasus 33, the latest entry into Nike’s longest-running franchise. This sneaker’s a monster of both performance and sleek, sporty looks. The Pegasus line has been a go-to for people who like the running comfort, but also for everyday wear. With an engineered mesh upper and overlaid Flywire similar to its immediate predecessor, the Nike Pegasus 33 switches up the design and tweaks the sole. The purpose of the Pegasus is to create smooth transitions for walkers, runners, and athletes everywhere.
For the ladies, with a new colorway, this update to the Pegasus is a great addition for your summer rotation. With the support you need during your workouts or giving some sport-luxe flare to your street vibes, this sneaker will refresh your step on a hot day.
It’s everything and more you could want from a running shoe. Get the Nike Zoom Pegasus 33 for the entire family on Thursday, 6/2 at finishline.com.
It has been 19 years since one of Michael Jordan’s defining moments of his career with his improbable performance in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, the infamous Flu Game. The stage was set in a pivotal Game 5 as Jordan and Pippen faced off against Stockton and Malone. A game where Jazz fans went home sick with disbelief.
News broke that Jordan was sick with the flu, but would still try and play. He was puking the entire day and finally got out of his hotel room to get to the stadium about an hour before tip-off. Teammates, fans, and broadcasters began to believe he wasn’t going to suit up, but we all knew better… it’s Michael Jordan, it’s the Finals, he’s going to play. During the game, the GOAT was visibly sick. He lacked energy and was sweating bullets like a Gatorade commercial. Chicago sports fans held their breath as they saw their beloved team stumble out of the gates. The Jazz did not hold back as they took a 16-point lead in the second quarter. It began to look like the Bulls were going to catch the L, but then, Jordan started being the Jordan we all have grown to love. Not even the Monstars from Space Jam could steal his thunder. He started hitting shot after shot, slashing to the hoop, and getting teammates involved. 23 nailed a clutch 3 pointer in the fourth quarter and looked over at the Jazz bench with fire in his eyes. The Bulls came out on top 90-88 in Game 5 and went on to win the next game for the title.
Putting up these numbers while extremely sick is nothing short of a miracle, but added yet another reason why MJ is considered the greatest of all time.
In 2013, MJ’s former team trainer Tim Grover, revealed some interesting information about that historic night. He stated that it was actually food poisoning from a pizza Jordan had eaten the night before and not the flu.
Nineteen years later, this game still resonates in culture today with his iconic Retro 12’s he laced up that night being re-released and especially within the hip-hop community. Here are a few examples of artists paying homage to this iconic game and or sneakers:
Back here with your weekly collection of killer Air Maxes. This week’s roundup calls to question the method of sneaker photo-taking, and specifically, the angle our fans use for their photos. Top-down, reaching down and getting a side shot, or getting someone else to take the photo for you. What’s your go to? Anyways, if you want to be featured next week, break out your Air Maxes today, show them off on social media with the #AirMaxMondays hashtag, and check back next Monday. Stay tuned to Finish Line by following us on Twitter and Instagram.
Inspired by the punk rock and grunge era of the 80s and 90s, the creeper silhouette made a return on last year’s PUMA Creeper. After selling out within hours, the world has been waiting to get its hands on some more. Finally, we can all lose our collective minds because the PUMA Creeper is back in three, hot new colorways.
The White Glo, Bordeaux-Green, and Black Satin are definitely going to give your look an edgier spin. Pair them with anything from jeans to joggers to complete your athleisure look. Check out the looks below for some inspiration.
Not sure about everyone else, but there’s something about ‘University Blue’ on the Air Jordan Retro 12. Super fresh and a standout to say the least. With the majority of this sneaker being a pristine White, the Metallic Gold and University Blue get put in the spotlight so easily. It’s hard not to fixate on what Jordan has going on with this colorway. A subtle yet beautiful color combination to not take away from your style, but only making you look more on point.
The ladies have been getting some love from Jordan Brand lately, and this design is nothing short of that. This specific colorway at one time was a PE for Carmello Anthony when he played in Denver and now you can pull them off as you see fit.
Ladies, bring these Grade School Jordans home to your stylish little girl Saturday, 5/21 and size down 1.5 if you wanna rock ’em along side her.
For our fans, throwing on a pair of Air Maxes in the morning is just one other way that they get ready to take on the day’s activities. Be it with snazzy patterns, bold monochromatic touches, or unique color schemes, a fresh pair can definitely brighten up the start to your day. If you want to be featured next week, break out your Air Maxes today, showing them off on social media with the #AirMaxMondays hashtag, and check back next Monday. Stay tuned to Finish Line by following us on Twitter and Instagram.
From Monday 5/16 to Monday 5/23, show us how you rock your PUMA Fierce or an image of what #FNLFierce means to you for a chance to win a training day with celebrity trainer, Jamie Granger in Los Angeles, California.
HOW TO ENTER #FNLFierce CONTEST:
From 5/16/16 at 8am EST to 5/30/16 10pm EST, post a picture of yourself in your PUMA Fierce or an image of what #FNLFierce means to you on Instagram and tag #FNLFierce.
Training day with Jamie Granger
Airfare for two
One night hotel accommodation for one room
PUMA gift bag from Finish Line
$250 AmEx gift card for travel/food expenses
Prize Date: Week of June 20th
Ages 13 years or older
Open to residents of the 50 United States excluding Rhode Island and the District of Columbia
Employees and immediate families (spouses, parents, siblings, and children) of Sponsor and its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents are not eligible to enter.