In each issue of Athlon Sports & Life, we pick six of our favorite things. They may be books, automobiles, gear, booze, apparel or whatever happens to be awesome. Here's what made our shortlist this month:
The ever popular hockey video game by EA Sports just keeps getting better. What's new? Now you can play on outdoor rinks and journey from the ponds to the pros in new and returning game modes. Compete with and against 200 of the greatest hockey legends to ever hit the ice, highlighted by Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mark Messier, and Patrick Roy. Thanks to cutting-edge new gameplay technology, you can experience explosive-edge skating that delivers more acceleration, speed and responsiveness.
If you don't have it already (it hits stores today), here's peek at what you'll get...
Limited Edition RF97 Box Set
Roger Federer fanatics are going to love this. To highlight the tennis great's new Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph racket, Wilson launched a campaign designed to highlight "the musicality and joy of sport." Wilson will only produce 1,200 of these box sets to celebrate the fusion of these two elements. Here's what it includes...
• Pro Staff RF97 Autograph Racket
• 7”x7” Photobook: Showcases exclusive behind-the-scenes photography from the making of the Play Your Heart Out campaign.
• Digital MP3 Download: Digital download card featuring the Play Your Heart Out soundtrack.
• Tennis Ball Bluetooth Speaker
• Vinyl Record: Full soundtracks from the entire Play Your Heart Out campaign.
Mil-Spec Automotive H1 Launch Edition
This brute restomodded H1 is actually a four-door hardtop pickup with an eight-inch overall increased track width. It has undergone a meticulous frame off restoration and features an "After-Burner Grey" paint scheme. It also features a Duramax 6.6L LBZ Turbocharged Diesel V8 with 500 hp and 1,000 lb-ft of torque. The interior boasts hand-stitched, waterproof marine-grade leather, a fully custom dash and sound system, and bespoke tailored materials. They are all hand-built in Wichita, Kansas. Arnold Schwarzenegger sold separately.
Starting at $218,499 milspecauto.com
Playing for More: Trust Beyond What You Can See
Denver Broncos QB Case Keenum shares his story of football, faith and perseverance in this personal look at his life and career. He gives a play-by-play account of barely getting recruited to play college ball (only the University of Houston offered him a scholarship), suffering a devastating knee injury, not getting drafted even after setting NCAA records and how it felt to be released by three different NFL teams. Read and be inspired by his faithful journey.
DeMarini CF-XD(-10) Fastpitch Bat
Anyone who's ever played ball knows the give and take of choking up on the bat. Choking up decreases the length of the bat which allows you to increase bat speed, shorten your swing, and gain inside plate coverage and control. The tradeoff is a significant loss of power because your hand is no longer positioned properly on the knob. That's why we love this innovative fastpitch softball bat. It allows hitters to lengthen or shorten their bat via an adjustable knob that creates multiple lengths. Here's how it works...
OtterBox Yampa 35 (Camo)
We could tell you that this durable bag features waterproof zippers, a low-density foam exoskeleton and it allows you to carry it by hand or wear as a backpack, but instead we'll just show you this video of someone strapping a bunch of larger Yampas together and riding rapids. Is that durable enough for you?