2008 NIKE T.O.C winner the X-Men
Not many teams in this city stick together with the same player personnel year after year, which is a shame. The team that sticks out the most to me though is the X-Men. Every year they bring the same vets while adding some juice with a few hand-selected young cats. Dytanya Mixon is a genius with the X’s and O’s and knows what it takes to win as a coach. I interviewed him over the summer, but with all the mayhem in my schedule, I wasn’t able to release it in time. Believe me, though, I’m going to catch up to him again and get that interview up.
The X-Men feature players such as Tommie Eddie, Mike Campbell, Steve Chase, Reggie Roberson, Harlem Globetrotter Miguel Millien, Sean Dantzler, Chris Wehye, Plucky Edness, Malcom Conner, Kevin Green, George Turner, Kahlil Nixon, Mike Davis, Whyett Benn, Kashif Ahmed and Jon Foss, when he’s in town. The reason why the X-Men are contenders year after year is for the simple fact that they play as a unit and no one is afraid to play a role. Last year, when they went into T.O.C. as the underdog, they came in there and smacked the competition. We know Nike was shocked because there were no sneakers for them at the end, no rings, just a trophy that probably cost $19.99 from a TV ad, a few t-shirts that said champs and some free food from the concession stand. I will quote it here myself, I never thought they would win T.O.C last year and they did, so I think they deserve a lot more respect than they get in the city.
All of a sudden N.I.K.E 1 goes back to T.O.C. this year and what do you know, there’re rings and all kind of goodies. What kind of respect is that? When people enter their teams in these tournaments they pay a minimum of $1500, not including ref fees, except for Pro City, where Ray Diaz includes that with the registration. Why can’t all the teams get the same treatment or at least all the elite teams? It looks as if you have to be affiliated with Nike, so if you don’t coach or play for N.I.K.E. 1 or United Brooklyn, you’re not entitled to any of the good stuff. What a slap in the face! Vern was telling me the other day how P.R and company were handing out free stuff to N.I.K.E. 1 such as shoes, headbands, etc at T.O.C and they didn’t even fulfill their obligation to give the X-Men the rest of their stuff that they were promised at the last T.O.C. This year, the X-Men went on to the final after beating N.I.K.E. 1 so bad that they quit with four minutes remaining. They may not have won the final, but I’m pretty sure they were happy with the win against N.I.K.E. 1. My friend Ramel who attended the game called me and said they played against N.I.K.E. 1 like it was personal. I thought it was going to be N.I.K.E. 1 vs X-Men in this year’s final but it looked as if they wanted to knock the X-Men out early so they made it a first round heavy weight match and lost.
The X-men have already added firepower with Smush Parker, but the circle will be crazy once Miguel “Miles High” Millien makes his official return to the X-Men because teams aren’t going to be able to double up on Tommie Eddie in the post. It’s already bad enough no one in this city can move Tommie Eddie off of the block and he continues to thrive going to the basket at will but just think about a starting line up like this: Miles High, Tommie Gunz, Smush, Steve Chase, and Mike Campbell. Who’s stopping that? We have heard of three-headed dragons before such as Strick, Junie and Speedy… Miles High, The Beast and King Bell… Anti-Freeze, Razor and Undertaker… Circus,T y Bodywide & Carl…(Whatever happened to Team Paradise? they need to make a comeback) Mookie, Murder & Slow Motion a.k.a. Way too smooth etc etc but a five like this would be like a locomotive with no brakes. Beware of the X-Men. They mean buisness!
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