Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal and his throwback Shaq Attaq Reebok sneakers.
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Make way for The Great Shaq Fu! Reebok and retired NBA player/current NBA commentator/sometimes rapper(/one of my PERSONAL favorite players of all time) Shaquille O'Neal are teaming up for a sneaker relaunch of epic proportions — fittingly, since he too is a man of epic proportions. Shaq and Reebok revealed at the PROJECT trade show in Las Vegas that BOTH lines of namesake kicks that the legendary tower of a center released during his mid-'90s tenure on the Orlando Magic would be making a comeback THIS spring and summer! *cue domino effect wave of fainting sneakerheads*

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Beyonce

Beyonce performs for the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Ho. Ly. Mackerel. Talk about "Lose My BREATH." The Super Bowl XLVII game may have reached a teeth-grinding halt with the Baltimore Ravens leading the San Francisco 49ers 28-6 just before a POWER OUTAGE (whatttt??), but the break was probably for the best since Beyonce's epic halftime performance and the HIGHLY anticipated Destiny's Child reunion which just unfolded in the New Orleans Superdome STILL has us totally floored, not exactly ready to dive back into all the sportsball just yet. Had the Harbaugh brothers entered onto the field on a tandem bike and we actually followed through on that epic snack stadium, we might have had a few more things to keep ourselves occupied while waiting for the Beyonce show to start. Instead, we were white-knuckled counting down the two hours before FINALLY getting to see the Rubin Singer creations worn by Bey and her DC girls Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

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Unless you've been living under a Beyonce-proof rock, you know the 47th Super Bowl is this Sunday. The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers (and their Harbaugh brother coaches) will go head-to-head for the coveted NFL championship game in New Orleans this weekend. The ad world's best and brightest commercials will premiere, hundreds of pounds of pizza and buffalo wings will be consumed, and we will be chronicling The Great King Bey's every sartorial move from her halftime performance on these here blog pages. Right now, though, we want to discuss what you (yes, YOU) will be wearing on Super Bowl Sunday.

If you're anything like us, you're probably mostly (okay, only) tuning in for what is affectionately being called "the Beyonce concert." You're into the idea of looking event-festive, but the mesh that jersey pennies are made of kinda gives you hives (from anxiety, not allergies). On the other hand, we can't all be Katy Perry. Thus, we've rounded up some sporty shirts that don't totally suck, so you can have a little low-maintenance football spirit on game day. Enjoy!

FOOTBALL FINERY

Sporty shirts that don't suck for when you reluctantly watch the Super Bowl this Sunday.
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+ Lazy Oaf Exclusive Football T-Shirt: ASOS ($66.65)
+ Number 86 Tee: Topshop ($40.00)

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Beyonce

Beyonce blocks an imaginary tackle in an umpire uniform.
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Okay, we realize we might be stretching a little, but with Beyonce's Super Bowl XLVII halftime performance inching closer and closer every day, and Bey posting about a bajillion rehearsal photos to her Tumblr on what feels like an hourly basis, it's hard to stop ourselves from searching for ANY clues to her upcoming stage wardrobe. We know that rehearsal style doesn't necessarily translate to whatever an artist will be wearing come showtime, but when Bey uploads two black-and-white striped looks, all her behind-the-scenes rehearsal snaps are in grayscale, AND she takes special note to highlight these horizontal stripe legs, we're going to start wondering if maybe these are all signs pointing toward a common theme: black and white stripes.

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Iman Shumpert

Iman Shumpert rocks a flat top on the court.
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Keeping ourselves apprised of all the intersecting happenings in the worlds of music and fashion doesn't leave us with much bandwidth for sports. For the New York Knicks' youngest player Iman Shumpert, though, we're willing to make exceptions. So willing, in fact, that we're carving out this explicit time to illustrate why (if you didn't already) you need to know about this guy. During the 2012 NBA Playoffs, Shumpert suffered a knee injury — a torn ACL and meniscus, to be precise — which kept him off the court for the entire summer and for much of this season until a little over a week ago. But injury didn't keep Shumpert down, he used his time away from the hardwood to rehab his knee, release one of history's most palatable NBA player-turned-rapper crossover mixtapes (go ahead and check out the rest of the rapping baller annals for proof), and cultivate a clear style identity — one that extends much further than the flat top haircut that's been garnering him so much attention lately.

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Jay-Z

Jay-Z reps Brooklyn Nets gear.
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First things first, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JAY-Z! We hope you and your girl Beyonce are doing it up big today and celebrating all the crown jewels of your empire. Thanks to the intimate behind-the-scenes packages your Life + Times outlet has been creating, we can celebrate right along with you, and this "Road To Brooklyn: The Look" video, which reveals an in-depth view into overhaul and refresh of the Brooklyn Nets brand, is one of our hands-down favorites thus far.

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The regular NBA season kicked off this month, and while we're uuuusually more clued in to the everyday happenings of fashion front rows than post-game press conferences, this just might be the year we officially change our tune. We caught the basketball bug late last year thanks to those Finals faux glasses, but add Jay-Z and Beyonce as courtside staples for 2012-2013? We're sold. In honor of Hova and Queen Bey's sporty styles (and the fact that the Carter-Knowles family has been steadily rallying support for the Brooklyn Nets all year), we're kicking off the first of a series of monthly recaps of their courtside outfits. LEGGO!

NOVEMBER 3, 2012

Jay-Z, Beyonce

Jay-Z and Beyonce watch the Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center on November 3, 2012.
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Match-Up: Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets
Final Score: 100-107 Nets
On Jay-Z: Solid black t-shirt, tucked-in gold chain, gold watch, camouflage pants, and custom "Brooklyn Zoo" by PMK Air Jordan 1s
On Beyonce: Matching printed Tibi shirt and pants set, two-tone patent Giuseppe Zanotti peep-toe heels, Erika Pena "Obama" earrings
Why We Love It: Bey and Jay are not the kind of couple to go OVERTLY matchy-matchy on you. At most, they'll give a little simultaneous leather action, but you're likely to never see this couple in full-on high school prom (or *achem* Destiny's Child status) coordinates. This doubled-up print situation is about as far as they go, and we love them for that. The way the forest greens of Jay's camo complement the oxblood base of Bey's outfit is very autumnal and feels way better on our eyeballs than, say, this.

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Jay-Z wore custom Carter #4 Brooklyn Nets jerseys for the Barclays Center opening concerts.
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Usually when an artist like Jay-Z gets something custom-made, it's extremely exclusive, one-of-one, never to be created again. Apparently, that isn't the case with the Carter #4 Brooklyn Nets jerseys Jigga wore throughout his sold-out 8-show inauguration of BK's Barclays Center. Jay has autographed and posted 10 of the limited edition jerseys up for auction through NBA auctions.

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The internet rumor mills are churning at full-speed this afternoon as speculations that Beyonce MIGHT be the Super Bowl XLVII halftime performer are cropping up seemingly everywhere. [UPDATE: Beyonce CONFIRMED!!! *brain explodes into flurry of blue glitter confetti*] The current football season's Super Bowl will take place February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the 10th Super Bowl for the Big Easy's stadium. Bey would certainly have some big shoes to fill coming off Madonna's EPIC 2012 halftime show which was not only stacked with career hits ("Vogue," "Music," "Gimme All Your Luvin," and more) but loads of FASHUN. Madge's performance was dripping in Givenchy and Jeremy Scott for adidas, setting the sartorial bar high for whoever might follow. Though Beyonce's performance is still unconfirmed by the NFL and the singer herself, we still wonder what she might bring to the Super Bowl performance outfit table, so we looked to some of Bey's past sports performances (with and without Destiny's Child) for some styling clues. Call it our version of Fantasy Football.

WHITE HOT SUITING

Beyonce performs the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXVIII and before the 2004 NFL opening game.
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Beyonce has worn ivory suit separates for two major NFL events in the past: singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXXVIII and perfoming with Destiny's Child before the 2004 NFL opening game. Bey certainly didn't leave the crisp white look behind in the early aughts (see her "I Was Here" music video for proof), so we definitely think this is fair game if Beyonce hits the New Orleans superdome stage in February. PLUS, blazers and rip-away slacks can always hide a more sparkly ensemble underneath. *WINK*

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Jay-Z

Jay-Z performs in a leather Brooklyn Nets snapback.
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It's true. Jay-Z really can make a Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can. But when you're at the helm of a massive rebrand for a different sports team - enter the formerly New Jersey, now Brooklyn Nets - it's probably time to switch snapbacks. Even if it's one-of-one with a python overlain brim and gold buckle. *pours a little out for the fallen headgear* For years, Jay-Z has been lending favor via his status as a sartorial tastemaker to the Bronx Bombers, but with the impending opening of the shiny new Brooklyn Barclays Center around the corner, he's switching headgear (LUHHHH that leather Nets cap) and public focus across the river.

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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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