A watch can be a simple timepiece, or it can be a fashion accessory. For those that are particular in the look, feel, and performance of a watch, Nixon watches are the way to go.

Nixon watches are made with those with an active lifestyle in mind. Skaters, snowboarders, surfers, and athletes can all benefit from the durability and stylish nature of Nixon watches.

Nixon 48-20 Chrono - Black

If a night out on the town is on the agenda, you can’t go wrong with a Nixon 51-30 or 48-20 Chrono watch featuring large faces, multiple hands, and Japanese Miyota quartz movement. Coming in stainless steel, black, or gold, these watches make a statement that you take class seriously.

Nixon Lodown Tide Watch - Black-on-Black

For everyday use, Nixon produces many options that fit any style. Nixon Digital Tide watches will tell you when it’s the perfect time to grab the board and hit the surf. “The Player” watches feature a James Bond-like look that compliments the business casual or formal dress.

Each watch is specifically designed and manufactured to handle the rigors of an active and sporty lifestyle. Wear them out to a party or wear them during your favorite activity. Browse our selection of Nixon Watches and make your statement.

It’s been a long time coming for head coach Tim Corbin and the Vanderbilt Commodores baseball team. After two SEC regular season championships and two College World Series appearances, the Commodores are now National Champions of College Baseball.

It was not an easy road for the Vanderbilt Commodores to take home their first National Championship. After finishing in 3rd place in the SEC during the regular season, Vanderbilt went on a run during the NCAA tournament and made it all the way to the semifinals where they faced the Texas Longhorns. After losing 4-0 in the first game against the Longhorns and forcing an elimination game, Tyler Campbell stepped up to the plate in extra innings with the bases loaded and a chance to send the Commodores to the College World Series. Grounding softly to the shortstop, Campbell then hustled to beat out the throw to first and punch Vanderbilt’s ticket to the College Baseball World Series!

But then came the hardest part of all – the Virginia Cavaliers. Heading into the season as the nation’s #1 ranked baseball team and entering the NCAA tournament as the top overall seed, the Virginia Cavaliers were one of the most feared team in College Baseball and the Commodores now had to go toe-to-toe with them for the National Championship. After winning a 9-8 in game one, the Vanderbilt Commodores dropped game two and Virginia looked to have the momentum in the series. But Vandy proved the critics wrong by settling down and taking down the favorite in the very next game behind solid pitching by Carson Fulmer and a solo home-run in the top of the 8th by John Norwood to become 2014 College World Series National Champions!

Now it’s time to celebrate! No matter if you’re a Vanderbilt student, alumni or just a huge Vandy baseball fan, you can commemorate this championship run and remember it forever with any of the latest Vanderbilt Commodores College World Series Champs gear now available! Choose from the vast selection of t-shirts, hats and accessories from FansEdge.com and show off your Vanderbilt baseball pride everywhere you go. Order today and cheer on a repeat performance next season and every season to come!

Neon is here to stay! The trend that brings a pop of color into any look has been gaining momentum from season to season, but summer is where it belongs. You might think that the sports world hasn’t caught up with this warm-weather trend, but here’s 5 ways to prove the opposite.

1. Commit to the trend with neon-colored V-neck tees

The best way to wear this look is to go all out! If you’re up for the challenge, a neon-colored tee is the way to go. Personally, I just can’t resist the neon blue of this #88 tee. This shirt + a warm summer day = recipe for style success!

2. Cool down in a colorful tank top

There are some sunny days that absolutely require the coolness of tank tops. Luckily, tanks like this ‘Bama top with subtle neon accents are a super cute way to combine your love of sports with your love of neon colors.

3. Take it down a notch with neon details

Not into wearing a bright-colored top? Don’t worry! Tees like this Majestic Spurs shirt have the perfect combination of neon, style and spirit with a touch of color on the logo. After all, there are no neon laws – you can wear this trend however you want!

Neon Ladies Slim Fit Spurs Tee

Neon Spurs Tee from Fans Edge

4. Pack up with a bright backpack

There’s no doubt that days at the pool or beach require a lot of accessories. If you’re anything like me, your tote bag is usually overflowing with sunscreen, snacks and magazines. Solution? A backpack! Take this Cleveland Browns neon-accented backpack for example. It’s perfect for letting every other sunbather know that you’re a fashion-conscious gal who loves her team.

5. Radiant bracelets complete your look

It’s time to accessorize! Take any outfit to the next level with accessories like this Michigan bangle bracelet.

See, there are plenty of neon and spirited looks out there! Make sure you shop at FansEdge this summer to keep up with this fun trend.

Hannah Collier: a neutral sports fan since she doesn’t really have a favorite team, but that doesn’t stop her from being passionate about other things like photography, writing and personal style. The views expressed in this post reflect the author’s own private opinion and do not, in any way, reflect the opinions of FansEdge or its affiliates.

There are still questions as to the readiness of the venues, security and overall infrastructure for the upcoming soccer championships in Brazil, but as any diehard soccer fanatic knows, all that matters is what happens between the lines.

GROUP A
Anything less than a championship will be considered a failure by Brazil, especially playing at home. With five championships, football is not only the national sport, it’s an obsession. With international stars such as David Luiz, Neymar Jr., and Thiago Silva, expectations are sky high for this team.

Mexico poses the biggest challenge to Brazil in Group A. Expected to lead is Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, but the biggest concern may be how their midfielders adapt to quick turnovers.

Croatia is a relative newcomer to top-flight international play, but led by Luka Modric, they can be dangerous. Inexperience will be an issue.

Cameroon can strike quickly, but at this level, defenses are much stronger than what they’re accustomed to. There is talent here however, especially in Samuel Eto’o and Pierre Webo.

GROUP B
Defending champion Spain comes in as a tough match up regardless of the opponent. A nice mix of experience and youth is featured, with the biggest concern being defense. Standouts are Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez.

Coming so close in recent tournaments is frustrating for The Netherlands. This year, it appears that they’re going to be too reliant on youth. Veterans Robin van Persie and Wesley Sneijder are the stand-outs.

Another relative newcomer to upper-level competition is Australia. The Aussies are a thrown-together squad this year, relying on aging veterans such as Tim Cahill.

Chile’s squad is led by Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal, but there’s little else. A lack of defensive consistency is also a concern.

GROUP C
Colombia’s Radamel Falcao is one of the most exciting players in the tournament, but he’ll need considerable help for to them advance past Round Two.

Ivory Coast is one of the more athletic squads in the tournament, but a lack of upper-level international experience will offset it. Also, midfield consistency is lacking. Didier Drogba is the team’s leader.

In the event for just the third time, little is expected from Greece. Strong defensively, uneven offensively, veteran Kostas Mitroglou is the team’s heart and soul.

2014’s “mystery team” is Japan. They’ve improved dramatically in recent years to become a solid, disciplined group, led by Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa.

GROUP D
In the Group of Death, it will be tough to advance, as all four clubs have tons of talent. With Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard, England can never be counted out, but it doesn’t appear that the Brits have much else in the way of a consistent threat.

For this year’s Uruguay squad, scoring shouldn’t be a problem, but stopping opposing advances will be a challenge. Luis Suarez is their headliner.

Historically, only Brazil has more success at this level than Italy. Exciting young players such as Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy are Italy’s immediate and near future.

Costa Rica’s strength is at the front and backsides, with a marked drop off in the middle. Any success at all will be a surprise. Bryan Ruiz is a proven producer.

GROUP E
Switzerland’s unpredictability is maddening. Wins against weaker opponents has boosted their confidence, but they’ll need more to advance very far. Gokhan Inler is their top player.

Roger Espinoza is the leader of the Honduran squad; unfortunately, he doesn’t have much help, making Honduras a likely first round fatality.

Playing in South America may be Ecuador’s biggest hope, but more experienced squads should handle them easily. Antonio Valencia is an aggressive attacker, but his supporting cast is mediocre.

France is an interesting collection of aging and (sometimes) temperamental stars. Playing without Franck Ribéry (back) is bad enough, but the uncertainty surrounding the rest of the team already made France an unlikely finalist.

GROUP F
Lionel Messi is a superstar, but he has plenty of help on the Argentine squad, including Sergio Aguero and Angel di Maria. Scoring is not a concern, but like so many prolific offenses, how they defend is key.

Nigeria is good, though very inexperienced. John Obi Mikel is top-flight with the ball, but there’s little else to get excited about.

Iran’s history in the tournament is brief, and just making the field is considered a victory. They qualified by upsetting South Korea, and their top player is probably Ashkan Dejagah.

Appearing in the tournament for the first time, Bosnia-Herzegovina is largely unknown on the international stage. The squad doesn’t lack in talent (Edin Dzeko, Asmir Begovic, etc.), but there’s little depth.

GROUP G
One of the best players in the world, Ronaldo will be the defensive focus of every opponent. He’s not all that Portugal offers however, with Bruno Alves, Raul Meireles and Nani also experienced and talented.

Placement in probably the toughest grouping doesn’t help their chances, and fallout from the Landon Donovan omission lingers for the U.S. Michael Bradley should be the leader, but they really need Jozy Altidore to break out of his slump in a big way to advance.

Advancing to the tournament for the third consecutive time, Ghana, has a star in Asamoah Gyan, but that’s about the extent of it. More defensive intensity is needed at this level.

Germany looks to be among the favorites. Talent, experienced and smart, few squads can match up with standouts such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil.

GROUP H
“Potential” is the key term for Belgium. Loaded with young players, this team is one to keep an eye on. Eden Hazard is the leader, but he has plenty of capable support.

Algeria is more than capable of pulling off an upset or two. Sofiane Feghouli and Carl Medjani are world-class, and with several promising young athletes, the future looks bright.

South Korea’s standouts are midfielders Ki Sung-Yueng and Lee Chung-Yong, but there’s not much else available to expect much advancement.

Russia has plenty of talent, but teamwork and cohesiveness is iffy. Alan Dzagoev has shown he can terrorize defenses, but there’s still too many holes.

Don Zimmer Helmet Pic

Don “Popeye”  Zimmer during his tenure as a Yankees coach

Younger fans may not remember Don Zimmer. For fans of a certain vintage, though, Don Zimmer’s name is synonymous with baseball history. A baseball lifer who died Wednesday at the age of 83, telling the story of Zimmer’s odyssey through Major League Baseball is akin to providing a history of the game as it used to be, decades ago.  Vin Scully,  the beloved Dodgers play by play man, was reminiscing about Zimmer this week, and called him “the most beloved Dodger among his teammates.”

Since 1954, Don Zimmer was part of MLB, whether as a player, a manager, a coach or as an advisor, as he was in his last gig with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Zimmer was one of the original Mets during his 12 year career as a player — playing for the Dodgers on both coasts, as well as the Cubs, the Reds, and the original Nationals.  He also is remembered fondly for leading the Chicago Cubs to a division title in 1989, with Harry Caray calling all the games and extolling the legend’s exploits, only to find himself fired a couple of years later after bucking unsuccessfully for a contract extension.

“Am I any different [than the players, in terms of a need for financial security]?” Zimmer told the GM. “What am I? A piece of garbage in Lake Michigan?”

After being fired, he invited the Chicago beat writers up into his suite, where they drained the minibar, at the expense of the Cubs.

Younger fans are encouraged to ask their fathers — or their grandfathers — about Zimmer. Chances are that if they loved baseball, they have opinions, and maybe a story or two.

If you are looking for a Father’s Day gift for your father or grandfather, meanwhile, why not consider a  piece of Don Zimmer memorabilia? Chances are that it will lead to interesting conversations, both about baseball and life.

Don Zimmer Jersey

Autographed Don Zimmer Jersey — Verified Signature

 

Miami Heat vs. San Antonio - 2014 NBA Finals

Here are some names that will indefinitely warp you back in time: Keith Van Horn, Chauncey Billups, and Tracy McGrady. These classic NBA players all have two things in common – they were all drafted behind Tim Duncan in the 1997 NBA Draft and they are all retired or (in Chauncey Billups’ case) rumored to be on their way out. While these iconic names have thrown in the towel to their NBA careers, Tim Duncan is still showing, 17 years later, why he was a number one draft pick, as he leads his team to a NBA Finals rematch against Lebron James and the Miami Heat.

In 2012, Reggie Miller coined the nickname “Old Man Riverwalk” for Tim Duncan and if you consider his ripe old age of 38 and the fact that he plays in the city of the infamous Downtown Riverwalk, it seems rather fitting. But statistically, Duncan appears to have turned back the hands of time to give Father Time a nice slap in the face. No, he’s not scoring 25.5 points per game as he did in 2001-2002 or the 12.9 rebounds per game he achieved in 2002-2003, but rather, a modest 15.1 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game, which is relatively outstanding, considering he’s competing in an NBA that is entirely different than his rookie year… 17 years ago! He’s evolved over time to maintain a fundamentally sound, consistent performance and nicknames aside, he and his team are heading into the 2014 NBA Finals.

All throughout the 2014 NBA Playoffs, the entire Spurs team was inundated with nicknames referring to age, such as Boris Diaw’s moniker, “Old Man at the YMCA,” or “El Contusion,” the nickname given to the aging Manu Ginobli, but oddly enough, their upcoming NBA Finals opponent actually leads the league in the category of average age per team for the 2013-2014 season – 30.3 years old. Who would have thought that out of 15 players, the average age of the Miami Heat was exceeding the San Antonio Spurs (28.5 years old) by a couple years? Anyone stuck in the frame of mind that the Miami Heat are simply going to blow the “old men” of the Spurs out of the water might be surprised when the two teams hit the hardwood.

Regardless of where you stand on this topic, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are repeating history and going head to head in a Best of 7 Finals series – you don’t want to miss it! For the best NBA Gear for either the Western Conference Champs or Eastern Conference Champs, depend on the unparalleled selection at Fansedge.com. We hope you are as excited as us to see the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs going after the Championship title again!