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      FIU Fans | Win a Free "Sucks to be U!" Anti-Miami Shirt (Facebook Giveaway)

      FIU Fans | Win a Free "Sucks to be U!" Anti-Miami Shirt (Facebook Giveaway)

      We're giving away a free "Sucks to be U!" Anti-Miami shirt to an FIU fan who shares our shirt on Facebook! Simply follow the rules below and one lucky winner will be contacted on December 3rd!

      Sucks to be U! Shirt

      FIU had their biggest win in school history on November 23, 2019, when it upset the Miami Hurricanes 30-24. To commemorate this incredible victory, Smack Apparel launched a "Sucks to be U!" shirt with the 30-24 score on the back. It's now available on Amazon for sale in Short Sleeve and Long Sleeve styles.

      FIU Anti-Miami Shirt

      Rules

      1. Share our original Facebook post on your Facebook page or in a relevant Facebook Group.
        FIU Shirt (Anti-Miami)
      2. Comment that you shared it on the original post, share the URL to the post you shared below, or email us (help@smackapparel.com) with a screenshot of your shared post.
        FIU football shirt
      3. That's it! We'll contact the winner on December 3rd to collect additional information.

      Terms and Conditions

      Smack Apparel has no affiliations with FIU, Facebook, or any other relevant parties associated with this giveaway. The promotion is no way sponsored, endorsed, or associated with Facebook or other parties.

      The winner will receive one "Sucks to be U!" short sleeve t-shirt.

      You must be 18+ years old and located within the United States to enter. The winner must respond to our outreach within 7-days from the selection to still be eligible. No purchase necessary to enter, and your submission does not warrant 

      Alabama Crimson Tide vs Auburn Tigers: 2019 Iron Bowl Preview

      Alabama Crimson Tide vs Auburn Tigers: 2019 Iron Bowl Preview

      Date: November 30, 2019, at 3:30 PM EST
      Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium | Auburn, Alabama
      Teams: #5 Alabama vs #16 Auburn

      The trophy is called the James E. Foy, V-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy. It's awarded to the winner of the Iron Bowl. 

      It's a rivalry that dates all the way back to 1893. It was the Auburn Tigers edging the Alabama Crimson Tide to the tune of 32-22 in the series' first meeting. There are plenty of rivalries throughout sports, but not too many can hold a candle to the Iron Bowl.

      The Alabama Crimson Tide are currently leading the all-time series 46-36-1. Alabama has won 4 of the last 5 meetings.  

      Auburn Tigers 

      Auburn Tigers Gear

      When I reminisce about Aubrun, the first few names that come to mind are the great Bo Jackson, Cam Newton, Ronnie Brown, and Cadillac Williams. Sure there are plenty of others, but Jackson is without a doubt Auburn's finest. Jackson won back to back Iron bowls in 1982 & 83 with an abundance of memorable rushes. He went on to become one of the best athletes in sports history.  

      Jackson was a two-sport superstar. Not just in college, but as a professional athlete. Bo was an MLB All-Star along with being a Pro-Bowler in the NFL. As the clock continues to strike swiftly, and the years continue to stack up, we tend to forget how good players like Jackson were.

      Perhaps the younger generation will continue to link Cam Newton as the best player in Tigers' history. If you are reading this and are under the age of 35, pull up some Bo Jackson Tigers' highlights.

      It seems Gus Malzahn's Tigers often enter the game as an underdog. Before Malzahn became the head coach at Auburn, he served as the team's offensive coordinator for three seasons. During that time, the Auburn Tigers won the National Championship. Gus was named the Nations' top assistant college football coach.

      After earning the award, Gus was granted an opportunity to become the head coach at Arkansas State. It was only a one year stint before returning to Auburn as the Tigers head coach. He single-handedly turned the program around, making them once again relevant after just one season.   

      Auburn's Offense

      In 2019, it's highly-regarded true freshman quarterback Bo Nix who paces the Auburn offense. Nix is a dual-threat QB who fits Malzahn's system perfectly. Nix was destined to play quarterback at Auburn. His father is Patrick Nix, who played QB for the Tigers from 1992 until 1995. Nix was awarded Alabama's Mr. Football in 2018.  

      Sophomore tailback JaTarvious Whitlow leads the Tigers rushing attack. The option run remains a staple of Malzahn's playbook. If it's not Whitlow or Nix scampering on the ground, Nix is usually trying to hook up with Auburn's big-play threat Seth Williams. 

      Williams, another Sophmore, is averaging 16.3 yards per catch in '19. Believe it or not, it's down from last seasons' 20.5 yards per reception. Whitlow has missed some time due to a knee injury this season, but he is expected to play in this years' Iron Bowl.

      The skilled positions on offense are young and talented, and you can expect them to continue to develop. 

      Auburn's Defense

      On defense, senior defensive back Jeremiah Dinson leads the way for the Tigers. He's a tackling machine, and prior to last weekend's game against the Georgia Bulldogs, he'd already recorded 61 tackles to lead the team. Dinson has also recorded one interception, a pair of sacks, and one forced fumble.

      No Tigers' defensive back has more than one interception. Despite a strong unit overall, they are struggling to get takeaways on defense.

      Upfront, it's Marlon Davidson regularly causing havoc pressuring opposing quarterbacks. Davidson has recorded a team-high 5.5 sacks on the season. Derrick Brown plays inside and also generally provides a push upfront. He's recorded four sacks on the year. 

      Can Tua's Injury Open the Door for the Tigers?

      Although Gus Malzahn has had plenty of success with Auburn in the past, his seat is about as hot as it can be. With a 21-14 loss to Georgia and a date with Alabama coming, it could be an 8-4 season for the Tigers, which is just not good enough for Auburn. However, a serious injury could potentially leave the door open for an Iron Bowl win, in turn, saving Malzahn's job.

      Alabama Crimson Tide 

       

      Alabama Crimson Tide Apparel

      When I think about the University of Alabama, the first name I think of is Nick Saban. Saban is, without a doubt, the best head coach in all of college football today, and arguably college football history. He's a perennial National Championship contender and continues to acquire many of the Nations's top recruits. 

      Nick Saban has won six National Championships. Count them...six. He's a coaching offspring of New England Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick. Saban served as Bill's defensive coordinator during their time with the Cleveland Browns. Saban also had head coaching stints with the Michigan State Spartans and LSU Tigers before settling in at Alabama.

      Saban's career record with Alabama is eye-opening. He's 149-22 with the Crimson Tide since he was hired back in 2007.

      Alabama has produced many NFL superstars over the years, especially linemen. They are also known for providing a plethora of skilled positional players too.

      Julio Jones, of the Atlanta Falcons, is arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL right now. Amari Cooper from the Dallas Cowboys is no slouch, either. Not only does Alabama consistently deliver great wide receivers, but they are also known for their staple of quality running backs — although Alabama does tend to put a lot of miles on their backs.

      Take Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy, for example. They had incredibly successful collegiate careers in Alabama and were drafted early because of their talent. However, after just a few seasons, the wear and tear from the NFL and their time at Alabama caused them to lose a step. 

      But there are plenty of Crimson Tide running backs still excelling in the NFL.  Kenyan Drake was a Bama running back who was recently traded to the Arizona Cardinals where he's beginning to get back into form. Look at Heisman winners' Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans) and Mark Ingram (Baltimore Ravens) who are both top 15 rushing leaders in the NFL right now. Let's not forget the latest product out of Alabama, Josh Jacobs, who is excelling in Jon Gruden's run-first offense with the Oakland Raiders.

      Alabama seemingly always finds a way to grind out wins with a ground and pound system. However this year, the Crimson Tide was opening the playbook with Heisman hopeful Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback. Unfortunately, Tua suffered a season-ending hip injury this past Saturday against Mississippi State. The Tide were in their 2-minute offense just before half-time with the game already out of hand. According to Nick Saban, it was going to be Tua's final drive of the day — unfortunately, it was his final drive of the season.

      He was scrambling out to his left, waiting for a receiver to present himself open when he took a crushing hit from two defenders at the same time. He suffered a broken hip, one similar to what ended the great Bo Jackson's career along with a broken nose. 

      He won't be able to compete against Auburn in the Iron Bowl, leaving the game in the balance. Tagovaila also suffered a broken nose. The hip and nose were both repaired successfully Monday, but his Alabama career is all but over. The recovery time will be at least three months, and the NFL draft is where his sights are set now.  

      Alabama's Offense

      Tua Tagovailoa is a gifted thrower and can run like the wind. He's likely to be the first overall pick in the up and coming NFL Draft even after suffering the devastating injury. He's connecting on 71% of his pass attempts and has tossed for 31 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions on the 2019 season.

      With Tua out, 21-year-old Mac Jones will now be asked to lead Alabama into the bowl season. In limited action this season, Jones has a completion percentage of 64% with five touchdowns and 689 total yards.

      Najee Harris on the ground leads Alabama, yet another Alabama runner that will likely be playing on Sundays. Harris is averaging north of 6 yards per carry (YPC) but has only found the endzone six times this season.

      DeVonta Smith is another big-time receiver from Alabama. He's reeled in 50 balls to total 934 yards and 11 scores in 2019. His running mate is Jerry Jeudy. Jeudy has 753 yards on 57 grabs and has recorded 9 scores. Alabama has featured its passing attack this year, which is unlike the traditional Crimson Tide model. It'll be interesting to see how they choose to attack teams moving forward without their star quarterback.

      Alabama Defense

      Trevon Diggs and Patrick Surtain (yes, the son of former NFL DB) are ballhawks in the Bama secondary. Xavier McKinney, another defensive back leads the Crimson Tide in tackles. Don't be surprised to see all three DB's coming off the board early in next year's NFL draft. 

      Jennings, Lee, and Harris are three linebackers that fly to the football. The DL to watch is a future first-round pick, Raekwon Davis. Bama is known for producing run stuffers, and that's precisely what Davis does. He can create plenty of interior penetration, causing havoc.

      It will be fun to watch the option run of Auburn versus te stout run defense of Alabama.

      Tale of the Tape

      Ranks Alabama (9-1) Auburn (7-3)
       Offensive Ranking 4th 36th
      Defensive Ranking 10th 3rd
      Overall 3rd 10th

       

      * All Stats are from College Football Reference. Rankings are from ESPN.

      Written by Bob Heyrman: A passionate life long Detroit sports fan. I Love the city, I’m often found in the District Detroit enjoying a sporting event! Follow Bob on Twitter.

      Holiday Gift Ideas for New Orleans Sports Fans (New Orleans Saints or Pelicans)

      Holiday Gift Ideas for New Orleans Sports Fans (New Orleans Saints or Pelicans)

      Have a New Orleans sports fan on your holiday shopping list? Here are some great gift ideas for your favorite sports aficionado. No matter what home team they’re rooting for—Saints or Pelicans—we’ve got you covered this holiday season.

      Black & Gold ‘Til I’m Dead & Cold Saints Shirt

      New Orleans Saints Holiday Gift
      $26.99

      Take your team loyalty to the grave. This New Orleans Saints shirt, which comes in long- and short-sleeve, is perfect for die-hard fans.

      New Orleans, Drinking Town with a Football Problem Shirt

      New Orleans Saints Holiday Gift Guide
      $25.99

      This funny t-shirt is the perfect gift for hardcore Saints fans. Whether you’re watching the game at the bar or at home, grab a cold one and cheer on your team!

      New Orleans Saints Heritage Banner

      New Orleans Saints Holiday Gift Ideas
      $23.99

      Know your Saints history. This vertical wall hanging showcases the New Orleans football team’s logos through the years, from when the team first formed to present day. Celebrate your favorite team’s heritage while upgrading your space.

      New Orleans Saints Tiki Totem Statue

      New Orleans Saints Holiday Gift Idea
      $20.99 (on sale)

      Add a fun touch to your garden or patio. This outdoor 16” tiki totem statue, sculpted from 100 percent resin and hand painted, features Gumbo, the official Saints mascot, as well as the team’s colors and graphics.

      New Orleans Saints Trifold Leather Wallet

      New Orleans Saints Holiday Gifts
      $21.99 (on sale)

      This stylish brown leather wallet helps New Orleans fans organize their belongings while showing off their team pride. The embossed Saints logo adds a rugged touch to this winning design.

      Gumbo (New Orleans Saints) Mascot Bobblehead

      New Orleans Saints Holiday Gift Guides
      $26.59 (on sale)

      Put your Saints pride on display! Place this Gumbo mascot bobblehead on your desk at work or set it on a shelf at home to show everyone you’re a real fan. This must-have collectible is perfect for any New Orleans football lover.

      New Orleans Saints Coaster Set

      New Orleans Saints Holiday Gifts
      $26.99

      Crack open a cold one and root on your favorite team – without messing up your furniture. These classy wooden coasters featuring the Saints logo and team colors are perfect for your next game-day gathering.

      New Orleans Pelicans Throw Blanket

      New Orleans Pelicans Holiday Gifts
      $36.98

      New Orleans basketball fans, get ready to cozy up on game day. Wrap yourself in this comfy throw blanket while watching the next Pelicans game in the comfort of your home or add a pop of team pride to your living room décor. This 60” by 80” raschel-inspired blanket is large enough to cover an entire couch and the fun design play gives this fan favorite a unique look.

      New Orleans Pelicans License Plate Frame

      New Orleans Pelicans Holiday Gift Ideas
      $16.95 (on sale)

      Let everyone know you’re a real Pelicans fan when you hit the road on your next adventure.

      New Orleans Pelicans Scarf & Gloves Set

      New Orleans Pelicans Holiday Gift Guide
      $19.79 (on sale)

      Chilly game days are a breeze with this comfy team gear resplendent with New Orleans Pelicans colors and logos. Cheer your team to victory in style!

      New Orleans Pelicans Tie

      New Orleans Pelicans Holiday Gift
      $18.74 (on sale)

      Show your team pride in the office or add some sporty flair to your party wear. This team tie features New Orleans Pelicans colors and graphics, making this dapper piece a must-have for any true fan.

      Holiday Gift Ideas for Wisconsin Sports Fans (Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks)

      Holiday Gift Ideas for Wisconsin Sports Fans (Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks)

      Have a Wisconsin sports fan on your holiday shopping list? Here are some great gift ideas for your favorite sports aficionado. No matter what home team they’re rooting for—Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers or Milwaukee Bucks—we’ve got you covered this holiday season.

      Is It Just Me or Do the Bears Stink? Children’s Apparel

      Green Bay Packers Holiday Gift for Kids
      $18.99

      Start your little Green Bay Packers fan early! This funny anti-Bears design inspires young football lovers and their families to root for their home team.

      Don’t Be a Dick (Anti-Chicago Bears) Shirt

      Green Bay Packers Holiday Gifts
      $24.99

      Cheer on the right side of this classic NFL rivalry! Any Green Bay football fan would be proud to don this anti-Bears t-shirt—which comes in long-and short-sleeve—the next time the Packers take on Chicago.

      Green & Gold Until I’m Dead & Cold Packers Shirt or Hoodie

      Green Bay Packers Holiday Gift Guide
      $26.99

      Take your team loyalty to the grave. This Green Bay Packers shirt, which comes in long- and short-sleeve, is perfect for die-hard fans. This design is also available in hoodies for the hometown Packers' fans.

      Milwaukee Brewers Coaster Set

      Milwaukee Brewers Holiday Gift
      $19.99 (on sale)

      Crack open a cold one and root on your favorite team – without messing up your furniture. This ceramic coaster set features the Brewers logo and adds the perfect touch to your next game-day gathering.

      Bernie Brewer (Milwaukee Brewers) Mascot Bobblehead

      Milwaukee Brewers Holiday Gift Guide
      $28.49 (on sale)

      Put your Brewers pride on display! Place this Bernie Brewer mascot bobblehead on your desk at work or set it on a shelf at home to show everyone you’re a real fan. This must-have collectible is perfect for any Wisconsin baseball lover.

      Milwaukee Brewers Heritage Banner

      Milwaukee Brewers Holiday Gift Ideas
      $24.99

      Know your Brewers history. This vertical wall hanging showcases the Milwaukee baseball team’s logos through the years, from 1970 to present day. Celebrate your favorite team’s heritage while upgrading your space.

      Milwaukee Brewers Tiki Totem Statue

      Milwaukee Brewers Holiday Gift Idea
      $23.99 (on sale)

      Add a fun touch to your garden or patio. This outdoor 16” tiki totem statue, sculpted from 100 percent resin and hand-painted, features Bernie Brewer, the official Milwaukee mascot, as well as the team’s colors and logo.

      Milwaukee Bucks Leather Trifold Wallet

      Milwaukee Bucks Holiday Gift
      $24.99

      This stylish brown leather wallet helps Milwaukee Bucks fans organize their belongings while putting their team pride on display. The embossed team logo adds a rugged touch to this winning design.

      Milwaukee Bucks Throw Blanket 

      Milwaukee Bucks Holiday Gift Ideas
      $37.76

      Wisconsin basketball fans, get ready to cozy up on gameday. Wrap yourself in this comfy throw blanket while watching the next Milwaukee Bucks game in the comfort of your home or add a pop of team pride to your living room décor. This 60” by 80” raschel-knit blanket is large enough to cover an entire couch and the design’s fun shadow play gives this fan-favorite a unique look.

      Milwaukee Bucks Tie

      Milwaukee Bucks Holiday Gift Guide
      $23.50 (on sale)

      Show your team pride in the office or add some sporty flair to your party wear. This woven tie features the Milwaukee Bucks logo and team colors set against a gradient design, making this dapper piece a must-have for any true fan.

      Holiday Gift Ideas for Washington Sports Fans (Nationals, Redskins, Capitals)

      Holiday Gift Ideas for Washington Sports Fans (Nationals, Redskins, Capitals)

      Have a Washington, D.C. sports fan on your holiday shopping list? Here are some great gift ideas for your favorite sports aficionado. No matter what home team they’re rooting for—Nationals, Redskins or Capitals—we’ve got you covered this holiday season.

      Bryce-less Washington Nationals Shirt

      Washington Nationals Holiday Gift Ideas
      $19.99 - $29.99

      Take a dig at former Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who walked away from the team as a free agent in 2018. Despite his star status on the team at the time of his departure, Washington, D.C. went on to win the 2019 World Series and fans have plenty to crow about. This funny shirt is the perfect gift for any true fan.

      Washington Capitals Tiki Totem Statue

      Washington Capitals Holiday Gift Ideas
      $25.99

      Add a fun touch to your garden or patio. This outdoor 16” tiki totem statue, sculpted from 100% resin and hand-painted, features Slapshot, the official Washington Capitals mascot, as well as the team’s colors and graphics.

      ‘Skins & Gold Until I’m Dead & Cold Redskins Shirt

      Washington Redskins Holiday Gift
      $26.99

      Take your team loyalty to the grave. This Washington Redskins shirt, which comes in long- and short-sleeve or a tank top, is perfect for die-hard fans.

      Washington Redskins Heritage Banner

      Washington Redskins Holiday Gift Ideas
      $24.49 (on sale)

      Know your Redskins history. This vertical wall hanging showcases the Washington, D.C. football team’s logos through the years, from when the team first formed to the present day. Celebrate your favorite team’s heritage while upgrading your space.

      Washington Nationals Throw Blanket

      Washington Nationals Holiday Gift Guide
      $29.95

      Washington baseball fans, get ready to cozy up on gameday. Wrap yourself in this comfy throw blanket while watching the next Nationals game in the comfort of your home or add a pop of team pride to your living room décor. This 60” by 80” raschel-knit blanket is large enough to cover an entire couch and the design’s fun shadow play gives this fan-favorite a unique look.

      Screech (Washington Nationals) Mascot Bobblehead

      Washington Nationals Holiday Gifts
      $41.24

      Put your Nationals pride on display! Place this Screech mascot bobblehead on your desk at work or set it on a shelf at home to show everyone you’re a real fan. This must-have collectible is perfect for any Washington, D.C. baseball lover.

      Washington Nationals Scarf & Gloves Set

      Washington Nationals Holiday Gift Idea
      $24.74 (on sale)

      Chilly game days are a breeze with this comfy team gear resplendent with Washington Nationals colors and graphics. Cheer your team to victory in style!

      Washington Capitals Coaster Set

      Washington Capitals Holiday Gift
      $14.99 (on sale)

      Crack open a cold one and root on your favorite team – without messing up your furniture. These puck-shaped coasters feature the Capitals logo and add a nice touch to your next game-day gathering.

      Keep Calm and Hate Dallas Football Shirt

      Washington Redskins Holiday Gift Guide
      $26.99

      Cheer on the right side of this classic NFL rivalry! Any Washington, D.C. football fan would be proud to don this anti-Cowboys t-shirt—which comes in long-and short-sleeve or a tank top—the next time the Redskins take on Dallas.

      Washington Capitals License Plate Frame

      Washington Capitals Holiday Gift Guide
      $17.95 (on sale)

      Let everyone know you’re a real Washington Capitals fan when you hit the road on your next adventure.