Sportiqe Apparel Zip Up review

We had the chance to wear and review a Black Zip Up from Sportiqe Apparel Company and it’s everything they said it was. The product I tested is a black zip up with the emblem of hot band O.A.R on the front and O.A.R. spelled out on the back. The material is high quality and the fit is right on for those who are in decent shape to top shape. I say that as the zip up is form fitting and can compliment those who have a good physique (It will fit tight if you’re sporting a beer gut!).

With branded t-shirts and zip ups featuring food, spirits and all kinds of sporting teams, Sportiqe Apparel starts at $29.99 and is available at Nordstroms, Bloomingdales, Urban Outfitters and online at


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Captain Morgan officially names Marisa Miller first mate

This past saturday, Las Vegas played host an evening of adventure, debauchery, and swashbuckling as Captain Morgan held his “Welcome to the Captain’s World” party. The purpose behind the bash was to unveil a new ad campaign for the world renowned rum, and to give the Captain a chance to introduce his new First Mate: Marisa Miller.

Set to launch nationwide this week, the campaign chronicles Miller’s new responsibilities as “First Mate,” including what it takes to protect the Captain’s world famous spiced rum – attitude and some serious sword-handling skills. Yeah, we said sword-handling skills. We normally try to avoid knife fights, but if Marisa Miller was bearing down on us with a sword, well, we’d be fools not to sit back and take whatever beating she’s willing to dish out.

As the clock moved past midnight and on to 10/10/10, Marisa Miller debuted her new video, aptly named “Welcome to the Captain’s World.” She and the Captain also announced the formation of the First Mate Fund, a non-profit fund established by the Captain Morgan brand to award grants to several charitable organizations that focus on responsible drinking awareness and education.

Starting this week, you’ll be able to catch the “First Mate” campaign in print and online advertising, billboards and bus wraps as well as in various social responsibility communications and event appearances. Additional information about the First Mate Fund and its beneficiaries will be announced in the coming weeks.


Friday Video – Mark Ronson, “The Bike Song”

The UK pop charts might be more forgiving than ours when it comes to inane novelty hits (two words: Crazy Frog), but by and large, the Brits have maintained their affection for melody. Most of the plastic American pop stars are eaten alive on their charts – they love American rock bands though, embracing the Pixies well before we did – while the ones who embrace the Beatles’ affinity for songwriting are handsomely rewarded. Who knows, maybe the real reason is more nationalist than this, that the UK population simply likes UK acts, but you have to admit that the Brits have a much greater love affair with pop in the classic sense of the word than we Yanks do, particularly today.

Which is why our video of the day has reached #17 on the UK pop charts, and doesn’t have a prayer of being a hit here. But that doesn’t make it any less awesome.

If you had told us that “The Bike Song,” from UK It Boy producer Mark Ronson, was a long-lost cover from some Nuggets-era band (think “Green Tambourine” by the Lemon Pipers), we would totally have believed you. (It was actually written by a Zuton and two members of the Dap Kings.) The song has an effortless sunniness to it and one of those instantly memorable choruses, marvelously sung by the View’s front man Kyle Falconer. Who are the View, you ask? They’re a Scottish band who were poised to ride the UK wave of the mid-’00s along with Hard Fi, Franz Ferdinand and the Arctic Monkeys, but Falconer was busted for possession, their US tour was canceled, and that was that. If you’re an Anglophile, though, go hunt down their song “Street Lights.” Good tune. Not as good as this one, but good just the same.

The video for this is a throwback, consisting mostly of Falconer and Ronson (that is Ronson with the blonde hair, right?), you guessed it, riding their bicycles. Spank Rock, who looks a bit like Mos Def’s geeky little brother, joins the fun, and then boom, three gorgeous girls on bicycles. That whole ’60s look…it makes us tingly. Have Friday, everyone. Good luck getting this one out of your head.



Tim McGraw Silver Cologne Review

Are you a fan of Tim McGraw? (How about the lovely Faith Hill??) Well, Regardless of whether you like McGraw’s music or his cowboy hat, his new cologne by Coty is a great cologne. I have been wearing and testing the new fragrance – McGraw Silver – that includes an exclusive accord named “Captivate” which is comprised of unique ingredients. In McGraw Silver, I felt like I wasn’t wearing just another new cologne but something distinctive. It’s a fragrance that was noticed by others in a very positive manner.

The packaging caught my eye with a bold rectangular bottle that signifies Tim McGraw’s country style in an urban setting. McGraw Silver has the right balance to be your everyday cologne at the right price and for all of us Tim McGraw music fans remember, “I may be a real bad boy, but baby I’m a smell good man.”


11th Dodge Viper Owner Invitational 2010

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The Eleventh Viper Owner Invitational (VOI) was held in Salt Lake City, Utah from September 30th to October 3rd, 2010. If you love Vipers this is as close to heaven as you'll get! Our friends were kind enough to let us take a look at the weekend events and many of the out of this world Dodge Vipers. The main theme behind this Utah gathering is to celebrate the passion and unbridled enthusiasm of Viper Nation and it's hosted by Viper Club of America. The turnout was strong with more than 350 Vipers, 750 guests, and a special SRT performance driving experience with the Challenger SRT8 and Charger SRT8 on an autocross course.

Word out here is that the Dodge Viper brand will live on after a short hiatus. Loyalists and competitors worldwide anticipate a resurgence shortly after, bringing the raw power and sleek design of the Viper's namesake back into spotlight! Enjoy the photos!