Adidas debuts D Rose 3 '90s Throwback


Adidas debuts D Rose 3 '90s Throwback

Adidas' unveiled the latest from the D Rose 3 collection, the D Rose 3 '90s Throwback, which takes cues from the fashion, style and colors of the 1990s. It also features "South Side" and "773" on the left and right tongues, representing Derrick Rose's hometown neighborhood.

Check out the photos below:

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Harbaugh on Dantonio: 'One of the best college football coaching jobs in the history of the game'


Harbaugh on Dantonio: 'One of the best college football coaching jobs in the history of the game'

It's been a tough season for Michigan State, a shockingly uncharacteristic campaign for Mark Dantonio's program that has seen five losses, all coming in the last five contests.

The Spartans were projected during the preseason to once again compete for a conference and national championship after winning the Big Ten title last season and reaching the College Football Playoff, but neither of those things will happen this time around, with Michigan State experiencing its worst season under Dantonio since 2009. In all likelihood, it will be the worst season, record-wise, during his tenure.

But there's at least one man who doesn't think anyone should lose sight of what Dantonio's done in East Lansing and what has made this season such an aberration: Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Michigan and Michigan State get together Saturday in the annual battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy, a game that was supposed to be one of the key contests shaping this season's Playoff picture. Instead, the Wolverines enter as heavy favorites, undefeated through seven games while their in-state rivals sit at 2-5.

But Harbuagh praised Dantonio on Monday, telling reporters that what Dantonio has done in turning Michigan State into a perennial contender deserves recognition in the annals of college football history.

"He's done a great job," Harbaugh said. "One of the best college football coaching jobs in the history of the game. It's been at the highest level."

Certainly Harbaugh is right. Dantonio took over a program that between 1991 and 2006 had just one double-digit-win season, featured only four campaigns with seven or more wins and had eight seasons of five or fewer wins.

In his 10 seasons, Dantonio has turned in five double-digit-win seasons, all coming in the past seven years and featuring two wins in the Big Ten Championship Game, a win in the Rose Bowl, a win in the Cotton Bowl and a trip to the Playoff.

In true college football coach fashion, Harbaugh went on to say that despite the lack of success for the Spartans this season and the fact that the Wolverines have pounded pretty much every opponent into the ground, his team needs to be ready for a "championship" kind of game.

And while that cliche gets a little tired sometimes, Harbaugh made a good point considering the outcome last season, when Michigan State beat Michigan on that legendary fumbled punt returned for a touchdown as time expired in Ann Arbor.

"It doesn't matter what's happened before this week for us or for an opponent. It never does," he said. "It matters what happens on the gameday. We know the task in front of us, we know the challenge, and it's up to us to make sure we get prepared to play that game so we can go out there confident and execute and have a chance at being successful.

"They're a very good football team. We know we'll be tough to beat, we know they'll be tough to beat. In the meantime, we'll get prepared for the game."

Bears get Jay Cutler back as QB competition with Brian Hoyer fades to black

Bears get Jay Cutler back as QB competition with Brian Hoyer fades to black

If there was any quarterback “controversy” swirling about the Bears – and one likely will be after this season – this one is safely resolved with Jay Cutler cleared by team medical staff to return from his injured thumb and begin practicing this week, all of this about the time that Brian Hoyer was undergoing surgery for his broken right arm suffered in the loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Whether Cutler would have been re-installed as the starter had Hoyer remained healthy, and throwing for 300 yards per game, is a moot point now. Indications were that Hoyer would not lose the job if he was playing well.

But now, “obviously Jay’s our starter,” said coach John Fox. “He was injured, not permitted to play medically. And now that he’s healed he’s back to being our starter.

“That’s really the facts and kind of what happened and where we’re at now. So I don’t know that there was a ‘competition’ to speak of. Just like there wasn’t a competition when Matt Barkley went in [at Green Bay]; he was our only quarterback left. So it’s good to have Jay back. We’re excited to have him back and hopefully he can remain healthy.”

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Team chemisty is difficult if not impossible to gauge from the outside. And whether teammates prefer Cutler or Hoyer personally is only marginally relevant anyway.

But Cutler was voted an offensive co-captain (along with Alshon Jeffery) and the offense ostensibly is more dangerous with Cutler and his deep-threat capability. Still, the Bears scored just 21 points in the combined seven quarters behind Cutler, while reaching 17-17-23-16 in whole games under Hoyer.

Cutler’s return is expected to have a ripple effect on the rest of the team.“We don’t really play into that much,” said center Cody Whitehair. “[Whoever’s] back there, we’re going to try and do our best to protect them and do our thing on the run.

“But you know, it is nice to have him back. He’s been a leader on the sideline even while he wasn’t playing and it’ll be nice to have him back out there.”