I Love Being a Basketball Fan

I was born in ’91. My first love (when it comes to sports) was basketball. I had a tiny, little basketball hoop and eventually got a big basketball goal that’s still in my driveway today (from ’97 to now). I played rec league basketball and won a watch from being the best shooter on the team after a day during practice in which I hit more shots than my teammates.

I thought Michael Jordan was the shit (just like every other ’90s kid). Space Jam was my jam; I even had the soundtrack playing all the time. I bandwagoned the Los Angeles Lakers when I was 8-years-old because I thought there could be no duo better than Shaq and Kobe. It pissed my dad off, because he was a Boston Celtics fan who wanted me to like them! He also was a big Tim Duncan fan, and the last NBA Finals we watched together before his death was the 2003 Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and New Jersey Nets.

I don’t really have a singular favorite “team”. I felt a soft spot in my heart when the Celtics beat the Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals. I have a shithorde of favorite players from over the years. Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Brandon Roy……………. the list goes on and on.

That’s why, I guess, I still love the game now! So many people bitch and cry over the Golden State Warriors running the table, but I find it pretty entertaining. Of course, the league is at its best when big market teams are contenders.

I’m just a southern white boy from southwest Virginia. There are no teams here. I guess the closest one would be the Charlotte Hornets, about four hours away from me. I’m from a rural area that cares more about college and pro football than it does anything else. NBA isn’t talked about here unless you are playing basketball with other fans, and even then — despite it being shit in quality these days — college basketball is favored.

So hell, I love all the shit that is going on in the NBA right now. It’s fun. It’s entertaining. Sometimes I root for certain teams to defeat others, but all in all, I’m just a fan. I don’t feel this way with any other sport (outside of, say, an individual sport like MMA).

Roots of Fight: Overpriced and Overrated Apparel

Roots of Fight rides the coattails of celebrities to support their brand, while ignoring everyday people that have spent a plethora of hard earned cash for their overpriced clothing.

I have nine Roots of Fight shirts (and one hoodie; the navy blue BJ Penn one). They are great shirts; very comfortable. However, they aren’t worth $40 plus shipping. If I could go back in time, I probably wouldn’t have spent the money I did for all the clothing, based on 1.) the customer service is weak in comparison to other companies, and 2.) I just don’t support their ideas in regards to advertising and poor sales.

The thing that makes me smirk is that I just found out they blocked me on Twitter back in December, all because (in response to their winter/Christmas sale) I posted, “Very underwhelming sale. Shipping costs are outrageous and nullifies the marginal discounts on the site.”

Yikes.

So, your sale that drops the $39 shirt down to $33 which will be nullified when shipping comes into play gets called out and you block me… for that?

Roots of Fight, your business model and customer service blows.

The older I get, the less I give a fuck about giving my hard earned money to companies that don’t really give a rat’s ass about its customer base. I believe in paying money for nice things, but their clothing material isn’t of higher quality than anywhere else where you’d find something soft and comfortable.

Roots of Fight spent almost a year advertising for a clothing line featuring The Rock, and then when they didn’t deliver, they didn’t have the testicular fortitude to confront consumers about the bait and switch. The Rock smartened up and signed with Under Armour. Under Armour might have expensive clothing, too, but at least their shipping costs (and the threshold for free shipping) and sales actually make sense.