It’s the time of year to begin brainstorming holiday gifts for that lovable sports fan in your life. Here are some cool ideas to get the ball rolling.
The basketball documentary that’s turning heads in the world of hoops takes a revealing look at the successful NBA® career of Dallas Mavericks All-Star Dirk Nowitzki. Perhaps the definitive film on the future Hall of Famer, Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot ($27) should get the adrenaline pumping.
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Also in the #BallIsLife category: 94Fifty announced that its Smart Sensor Basketball (US$180) is now available in Canada – and it’s not just any old rock. This ball is loaded with sensors to feed data back in real time, so the player can learn more about release speed, trajectory, spin and other instant metrics. Welcome to the future of basketball practice.
But let’s say your favourite sports geek prefers a different kind of ball game. The Zepp Tennis Kit ($150) lets players and coaches study serves in 3D and follow their match play on any iOS or Android device. Canadian bonus: Milos Raonic lent his star wattage to the brand this past spring.
Poetry and competitive sports don’t usually coexist outside of poetry slams, but Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion ($15) collects the best quotes from sports interviews and blends them into poignant and hilarious verse. You’ll never look at Allen Iverson’s “practice” rant the same way again.
EA Sports satisfies hockey zealots once again with NHL 16 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 ($60), the go-to video game for puck buffs. Rosters have been updated, gameplay has been fine-tuned to be even more realistic, and the graphics have been boosted so much that gamers can see reflections on players’ helmets.
A great way to show team pride is to dress up the gadget that rarely leaves our hips. Smartphone cases ($20 each) from Rogers come in a range of NHL® teams and colours. You could also double down on the sporty wireless gadgets by getting a Logiix Piston Play Bluetooth Speaker ($50) decked out in team colours.
An incredibly appropriate goody for all NHL enthusiasts would be an air hockey table, like this foldaway beaut (US$350). And don’t forget: with Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™ (free 2015-16 season’s pass subscription* with a two-year Share Everything™ plan), they’ll have access to regular-season games, including every out-of-market and national game, the 2016 Stanley Cup® Playoffs and special-event games, plus full replays of every game.
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