Thursday, March 16, 2017

5 Last-Second Upsets that Make Sense in the 2017 NCAA Tournament

Let's be honest..Picking a bracket is like picking names out of hats at times. Teams who should beat inferior competition lose because 1) they take their opponent lightly or 2) the lower-seeded team wants it more..

We've seen this plenty of times in the past. Florida Gulf Coast, Davidson, Lehigh, Harvard and Northern Iowa are some teams to bust brackets around the world. The most recent and maybe most memorable upset was last year when then 15-seed Middle Tennessee shocked the 2-seed Michigan State Spartans.

In the past, picking upsets has been the deciding factors on whether your bracket is successful. This hasn't changed.

Today, we will go over 5 upsets that make sense in March Madness this year. If you had one of these upsets predicted in your bracket then you should be in good standings. Trust us, we have been a part of an upset ourselves...

Thursday, December 8, 2016

5 Reasons this NBA season WILL be one for the ages

For years, people have said, "It isn't like the old days in the 1980's-90's" or "this player wouldn't be able to 'do this' or 'do that'" or, "the defense would be too tough for these kids today."

While for some players, that may true. There are some SOFT players in the league. However, collectively, I believe the league has began to show it's grit.

The 2016-17 NBA season has been VERY entertaining on many levels. We have seen records made, teams forming strong cores and, overall, this season has been more exciting than usual. I have seen multiple games that have been NBA Playoff quality.

This week, we will give you 5 reasons why this NBA season is unlike ANY season in recent memory. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Meet Dunkademics' dunker Thomas Johnson

Dunking is a combination of two things: genetics & work ethic.

Sometimes, guys can jump out of the gym without touching a weight.

For most of us, turkey-loving, Netflix-streaming, basketball-worshiping, athletes aren't always lucky in the genetics department.

A small, elite group of people in the world are blessed to have great genetics AND have the tenacity to get themselves in the gym everyday.

Dunkademics dunker, Thomas Johnson, from Dunkademics, is one of that elite group.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The History of the Dunk (Part 3): Inspiration from the Streets

The dunk became a focal point of basketball. This was not just the case for the NBA.

Many different companies and brands began to emerge from street competitions that had athletes that were just as athletic, if not more athletic, than NBA players.

In, 1926, the first of this exhibition style of basketball was a group called "The Harlem Globetrotters".

Friday, November 18, 2016

The History of the Dunk (Part 2): The Age of the NBA Dunk Contest

In 1984, the role dunking played in basketball changed when the NBA added the Slam Dunk Contest to NBA All-Star weekend for the first time.

Believe it or not the 1976-77 season was the first official NBA season to have a dunk contest. However, it was a season long event and Darnell Hillman won the title.

Pheonix's Larry Nance, father of current LA Lakers' forward Larry Nance Jr., won the first All Star dunk contest title over Julius Erving in Denver.

The next year,

Monday, November 14, 2016

The History of the Dunk (Part 1): The Pioneers of the Dunk

Dunking the basketball wasn't always a part of the game. In fact, the first dunk in an official game was by Joe Fortenberry, a 6’8” Texan who captained the U.S. team in the 1936 Olympics. 

The 1936 Berlin Olympic games were the 1st games to feature basketball in Olympic competition. 

That means that NO ONE dunked in an official game until 45 years after the invention of basketball.

The dunk was not heralded as a power play in the past. It was just a normal basketball play. But, you bet your ass that dudes in the 1930's weren't getting up like Zach LaVine:

The dunk continued to be a seldom used tool in basketball. However, as time passed, players began to get higher and higher above the rim.

Friday, November 11, 2016