8 April 2013
Posted by Kevin J.
It’s been 27 years, but your Louisville Cardinals are NCAA Basketball Champions once again. The Cardinals defeated the Michigan Wolverines 82-76 to claim their first NCAA basketball Championship since 1986. This latest win makes Louisville three-time champions and further cements their legacy in the pantheon of NCAA Basketball history. Celebrate with Fanatics as we bring you all the best Louisville NCAA Basketball Champions Gear, including Louisville Cardinals Champs T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Hats and more!
Cardinals Flyin’ High
To say the Louisville Cardinals Basketball team is good is a terrifying understatement. Louisville has been to the NCAA Tournament an astounding 30 times out of the last 37 years. They’ve been to 26 Sweet Sixteens and 10 Final Fours. They are also tied with legendary basketball powerhouses Indiana, Duke and Kansas with three National Basketball Championships apiece. In fact, only four schools have more NCAA Basketball Championships than Louisville: Duke (4), UNC (5), Kentucky (8) and UCLA (11).
The numbers are surely astounding. Louisville is 5th in all-time NCAA Tournament appearances with 39. Their 69 NCAA Tournament wins puts them in sixth-place nationally. And, their 10 Final Fours put them at 5th-most of all college basketball teams. Let’s not forget to mention, Louisville is your 2013 College Basketball Champions. Grab a piece of this moment in time with Louisville NCAA Champs Apparel from Fanatics and show off your Cardinal devotion in a Louisville Champs T-Shirt ot Hat today!
7 April 2013
Posted by Kevin J.
It’s NCAA National Basketball Championship time, and this one is an ’80s flashback Final Four matchup. Neither the Louisville Cardinals (1987) or the Michigan Wolverines (1989) have won a National Basketball Championship since the 1980s. It’s the Big 10 vs. the Big East in a battle of the red and black vs. the blue and maize. Fanatics has all your team’s colors represented in our collection of NCAA National Championship Gear and we honor both the Louisville Cardinals and Michigan Wolverines in their respective quests for ultimate college basketball supremacy.
At a Glance: Louisville Cardinals Men’s Basketball
22 Regular Season Conference Championships
39 NCAA Tournament appearances
26 Sweet Sixteens
13 Elite Eights
10 Final Fours
2 NCAA National Championships (1980, 1986)
59 Cardinals players have been taken in the NBA Draft.
Louisville is second only to UNC with their 65 1000-point career scorers.
At a Glance: Michigan Wolverines Men’s Basketball
13-time Regular Season Conference Champions
21 NCAA Tournament appearances
12 Sweet Sixteens
12 Elite Eights
7 Final Fours
4 NCAA Tournament Runners-up
1 NCAA National Championship (1989)
In fact, Michigan’s lone NCAA Basketball Championship still sits in the records book as one of the six-ever by smallest margin of victory, in their 80-79 OT win over Seton Hall.
No matter which team you wish to rise to the top and become the 2013 National Basketball Champions, Fanatics is here with all the best Final Four Apparel and Clothing. And when that last net of the season is cut down, we’ll be the #1 place for all the NCAA Champs Gear as well.
5 April 2013
Posted by Kevin J.
The box score for the April 15, 1947 matchup between the Boston Braves and the Brooklyn Dodgers reads like almost any other. It was opening day for Major League Baseball, and 26,623 people were in attendance at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field to watch the Dodgers defeat the visiting Braves 5-3. Nothing too much out of the ordinary took place in the game except for the name on Brooklyn’s lineup for first baseman: Jackie Robinson. Up until 1947, baseball had always been a segregated game. Yet, on that day in April, Jackie Robinson broke the “color line” and made his Major League Basbeall debut. On April 15, we celebrate this occasion with every baseball fan and Jackie Robinson Day. All around ballparks in this great nation, people show their respect for the event by wearing Jackie Robinson Jerseys and T-Shirts as well as Brooklyn Dodgers Gear and Hats.
Jackie Robinson was an exceptional baseball player. In fact, he attained Rookie of the Year honors in 1947 as the best first-year player in all of Major League Baseball. In his 10 seasons with the Dodgers (1947-’56), Robinson would appear in six World Series, and was a six-time All-Star from 1949-’54. He won a World Series Championship with the Dodgers in 1955, a year before his last major league appearance. Over his baseball career, he won batting titles, stolen base titles and was an inspiration to millions. In 1962, we became not just a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but the first-ever African American in baseball’s Hall of Fame. Throughout his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Jackie Robinson wore the #42, and in 1997, that number became the first-ever number permanently retired by Major League Baseball. Celebrate rich baseball history with Fanatics and a Jackie Robinson Jersey or Brooklyn Dodgers Hat from our illustrious collection.
26 March 2013
Posted by Kevin J.
Silence of the Lambs wins five Oscars, including Best Picture.
Kentucky Fried Chicken officially changes its name to KFC.
Nirvana’s Nevermind is the #1 album in the country.
Tim Berners-Lee creates the World Wide Web and with it the world’s first web site.
Governor Lawton Chiles officially establishes Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), to be located in Fort Myers, as Florida’s 10th state university.
An historic ‘first’
A lot has changed since 1991. There are less and less firsts each day. Yet, for that small university created little more than 20 years ago, an historic first has occurred: the first-ever 15th-seeded team to enter the Sweet 16 of the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament. With their bold and fearless playing style, dubbed “Dunk City,” the FGCU Eagles have made history as this year’s Cinderella team of the tournament. Fanatics celebrates all FGCU Eagles and college basketball fans with our collection of FGCU Apparel.
Cinderella at the Big Dance
Currently, there are less than 13,000 students in attendance at Florida Gulf Coast University. Yet, you can bet there’ll be 26,000 eyeballs glued to televisions when FGCU faces the Florida Gators this week. Even if the Eagles don’t get the better of their upstate rivals and advance to the Elite Eight, they’ve done enough this year to bring the nation’s collective eyes to their South Florida school. Every college basketball fan from Tucson to Tampa is talking about a team that just a few years ago, practiced in high school gyms and had an athletic department that was little more than a slew of trailers beside a swamp. They’re talking about a team whose entertaining Globetrotter-esque style of play took down a college basketball authority and 2nd-ranked Georgetown 78-68. Most of all, they’re talking “Dunk City, USA.” Fanatics is here to welcome this year’s Cinderella team to the Sweet Sixteen with FGCU Dunk City T-Shirts for fans and alumni everywhere.
Diamond in the rough
These days, as you stroll past the restored wetlands where Florida Gulf Coast University sits, you’ll notice a lot of changes. Enrollment is booming. Academic buildings are being constructed, facilities expanded, and more degree programs are being added. What was once a hidden gem in the south of the Sunshine State is beaming like a diamond on the ring finger of an Eagles team that refuses to quit. Grab a piece of history with Fanatics and our FGCU Gear and Dunk City Apparel, and show the world you believe fairy tales still do come true.
19 March 2013
Posted by Kevin J.
Soccer is in full swing around the world, and Fanatics celebrates another amazing year of soccer with a look at the best Soccer Jerseys of the 2012-2013 season. Some of the big soccer clubs made this year’s list, including: Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester United. Many of the changes this year aren’t too dramatic, proving, once again, that sometimes simplicity is best. So, sit back, and take a look at 2012′s Top Soccer Jerseys and revel in the greatness that is World Soccer.
The Top 10 Soccer Jerseys of the 2012/2013 World Soccer Season:
Don’t forget to shop ALL the great Soccer Gear and Soccer Jerseys at Fanatics–your Ultimate Soccer Store!
12 March 2013
Posted by Kevin J.
And, now, a new logo? Things are heating up in Jacksonville! Be the first on your block to get the New Jaguars Logo Gear from Fanatics. Whether you’ve been cheering the Jags on since ’95 or just jumped on the bandwagon, a new Jaguars T-Shirt will show you fit right in with "The Cardiac Cats."
Small Market no more
Always considered a “small market” area, Jacksonville nearly stunned the sports world when they were awarded an NFL franchise in November 1993. Many thought the stadium in Jacksonville was outdated, and the fan base too weak to support a professional football team, but the league disagreed and NFL owners gave Jacksonville the NFL’s 30th franchise. Another stunner came just three years later, when the Jaguars, playing in only their second NFL season, clinched the fifth-seed in the AFC playoffs. Many still speak today of the upset victory of the ’96 Jags over the heavily favored Denver Broncos in the AFC Divisional playoffs. While the Jags would eventually fall to New England in the 1996 AFC Championship game, the sudden success they garnered is still a source of great pride in and around Jacksonville. Show off your Jags pride with the New Jaguars Logo Hat or T-Shirt, and let everyone know your Jags fandom never fades!
A special place in time
There have been many great players, games and story lines throughout the history of the Jacksonville Jaguars. From Jimmy Smith to Justin Blackmon. From Fred Taylor to Maurice Jones-Drew. The list of amazing Jags players, past and present is long and varied. There have been many ups and downs through the 18 years of the team, but one things for sure – the city of Jacksonville, Florida has always stood behind this team and will continue to today, tomorrow and many, many years from now. The Jaguars are a special part of Jacksonville’s history and you can celebrate their latest addition to it with the New Jaguars Logo T-Shirts and Hats from Fanatics. Do your city, team and yourself proud with New Jaguars Logo Gear today.
8 March 2013
Posted by Kevin J.
For the first time in school history, Gonzaga Basketball is the #1-ranked team in the nation. To celebrate this historic occasion, Fanatics brings you the best collection of Gonzaga Basketball Gear, as well as a brief history lesson on some lesser known Gonzaga University facts. Go Bulldogs!
5 Things you may not know about the #1 Gonzaga Bulldogs
1) From the 1910s to the 1920s, Gonzaga University’s Sports teams actually went by the name “the Fighting Irish” like Notre Dame. Yet, after a 1921 football game in which the team was described as playing like “bulldogs,” a new mascot was born.
2) American singer and actor Bing Crosby attended Gonzaga University and was an assistant football coach there. In fact, Crosby credited much of his success in the entertainment industry to what he learned at Gonzaga.
3) NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton played his senior year at Gonzaga University from 1983-’84. In that year, Stockton was named the league’s most valuable player and led the West Coast Athletic Conference in assists, steals and scoring average.
4) Before every Gonzaga home game, team chaplain Fr. Craig Hightower, S.J blesses all four sides of the McCarthey Athletic Center exactly 26 minutes before tip-off.
5) After every Gonzaga home game, Baseball coach and alumnus Steve Hertz hands out a Gonzaga Baseball hat to whichever player made a key play or set of plays during the game.
Get all your Gonzaga Basketball Gear at Fanatics and show you know all the ins and outs of Gonzaga University. We’re also the place for all the great 2013 March Madness Apparel, including the best collection of College Basketball Gear, no matter what school you cheer on.