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What does it mean to be a fan? February 20 2014, 0 Comments

I'm sitting here on a sunny Thursday afternoon in Austin, TX.  It's beautiful outside...the kind of day where you want to play hooky and play golf, or have drinks on a patio or bike around the lake.  But that's not what I'm thinking about.  No, all I'm thinking about is heading to my car after the store closes, so I can make a new preset on my XM radio.  You see, on Sunday, I have to make a little road trip and that means I won't be able to watch the SMU versus UConn men's basketball game.  Fortunately, we live in an age, that seemingly any sporting event is accessible from seemingly anywhere.  I've watched a UT/Ohio State football game on AFN on a military base in Iraq, I've followed national signing day on twitter, I've streamed Astro games while in the south of France...very few sporting events are completely unavailable.  And that makes me happy.

All of this got me thinking about what does it mean to be a fan.  Some people can recite stats for days, some people travel hundreds or thousands of miles to attend games, some people have bought every piece of attire and memorabilia.  I don't think any of those things make on a fan.  No, I think being a fan comes down to loyalty and faith.

Faith is what convinces Cowboy fans that they can overcome Jerry (or Romo or the defense or whatever their individual gripe is).  Loyalty is what keeps them tuning in after yet another 8 and 8 season.  Faith is going to the Cotton Bowl to see SMU during the Mike Cavan/Phil Bennett years with 3000 other fans.  Loyalty is continuing to renew your season tickets.  Faith is believing that the Astros suffered through three horrendous seasons because there is a long term plan in mind.  Loyalty is studying up on the next generation of potential major leaguers and getting excited for their potential.

It's easy to buy a shirt or put on a hat and claim that you're a fan.  But do you consider those thousands of Miami Heat patrons who left game 6 of the NBA Finals fans?  Those are probably the same people who have been fans all of their lives since they signed LeBron James.  It's easy to be a fan when your team is playing for titles, it's not so east when you are hoping for a miracle to win.

Sports have become so popular that there are no right or wrong answers any more.  Can you be a Kevin Durant fan AND a Mavericks fan?  Can you cheer for a university that you didn't attend?  Are you allowed to change favorite teams?  I think so, but others may not.  I live in Austin and it seems like the number of people who aren't from Austin increases each day.  Do they have to stop supporting the teams that they grew up cheering for?  Are they allowed to root for a local team?  Can they do both?

What does being a fan mean to you?


Mock Draft 1.0 February 20 2014, 0 Comments

We're lucky to have a couple walking sports encyclopedias on staff here at Gameday Cloth. One of those is Jeff. He runs a site called The Draft Narrative. He's Norm's go-to draft guy and is currently headed to the NFL Combine. As we do without him in the store, he's graciously contributed to our blog in absentia. 
 
Now that the season is finally concluded with the Seattle Seahawks crowned as the champs, the final draft order is set. Well, almost. The Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens finished with identical records and will flip a coin on Feb 20th at the Scouting Combine to determine who has pick 16 and 17. Though it may be trivial, the Cowboys may wish to lose that toss as pick #17 has proven fairly "lucky" in their past, producing Emmitt Smith, Mel Renfro, Kevin Smith and Kevin Brooks the four times they have picked 17th. And we all know Dallas needs all the help they can get on Draft Day. With that in mind, here is my first mock draft of the season. So much will change between now and May 8th, including free agency, trades, cuts and more, but this is a good way to look at the team needs and the prospects as they stand going into the Combine in an entertaining way. For more check out my website www.thedraftnarrative.com

1. Houston Texans: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

It is often said, new regime means new QBs. After Bortles blazes in the 40 at the Combine, his stock should solidify at the top spot.

2. St Louis Rams (from Washington): Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

Though I think Matthews is the better prospect, Robinson's run-blocking is a good fit for what HC Fisher wants for his Rams

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

The Jags would be thrilled to land Clowney with the #3 pick despite their desperate need for a QB

4. Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

And why wouldn't the most wheels-off franchise take the biggest boom-bust candidate in the draft? Synergy!

5. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, wrWR, Clemson

The ghost of Al Davis is going to appear at the 2014 NFL Draft and force the Raiders to take the fastest player.

6. Atlanta Falcons: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

The Falcons learned the hard way last year what happens when you go cheap on the offensive line.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo

The Bucs must upgrade their pass-rush and Mack could slide all over Lovie's defense.

8. Minnesota Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

The Vikings should be thrilled to get Bridgewater at #8. The most NFL-ready QB paired with Peterson is a god.

9. Buffalo Bills: Eric Ebron, TE, UNC

The Bills telegraph their pick every year, but no one pays attention enough to Buffalo media to pick up on it usually.

10. Detroit Lions: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

The Lions really want to find a compliment to Megatron, but this draft is full of WR depth but not starting CBs. Gilbert's 40 time should be impressive.

11. Tennessee Titans: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

The Titans are switching to the 3-4 and need someone to rush the passer from the OLB spot. Barr, though raw, should show well at the Combine.

12. New York giants: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

The Giants love versatile offensive lineman. Martin, though he has guard size, has the feet of a LT and will get a shot to start for Big Blue.

13. St Louis Rams: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

The Rams fill two big holes with these two 1st round picks, OT and S. Clinton-Dix is a playmaker desperately needed in the Rams secondary.

14. Chicago Bears: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

The Bears defense got RUN OVER last year and needs big bodies up front. If Jernigan answers the condition questions, he'll be the first DT off the board.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Rumors persist the Steelers are looking for size at the WR spot to compliment Brown. At 6'5" Evans would be ideal in Black and Gold.

16. Baltimore Ravens: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

With both starting tackles slated for free agency, the Ravens will likely sign one and look to draft the other. Alabama OL is a good place to go for that.

17. Dallas Cowboys: Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt

The Cowboys, like the Bears, will be looking for help on the D-line and Donald's a great fit at the 3 technique.

18. New York Jets: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

The Jets are looking for offensive pieces to add around young Geno Smith. Lee, with great speed and route-running, is a great fit.

19. Miami Dolphins: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

I believe in kharma so given the Incognito mess, it is only fitting the Fish land the sliding OT from Michigan with tons of red flags around him.

20. Arizona Cardinals: Kony Ealy, DE/OLB, Mizzou

Ealy is a great pick for Arizona because he can fill two needs: a strong-side OLB and a pass rushing DE in the 3-4.

21. Green Bay Packers: Rashede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

The Pack are rumored to be parting ways with BJ Raji and will need a replacement up front. Hageman's game is similar to Raji's w/o the pricetag.

22. Philadelphia Eagles: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

The Eagles will be looking to upgrade the secondary, but will likely spend money on safeties and look to draft CBs.

23. Kansas City Chiefs: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

I'm not high on Benjamin with worries about his hands and route-running, but that size/speed combo will be hard to resist for most GMs.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

Like the Eagles, the Bengals will be looking to upgrade the secondary. Pryor is a rising prospect who might not be here come May.

25. San Diego Chargers: Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn

The Dwight Freeney signing really didn't work out and the Chargers could really bolster their pass rush with Ford's burst off the edge.

26. Cleveland Browns (from Indy): David Yankey, OG, Stanford

I really like UCLA's Su'a-Filo more as a pure prospect, but the Stanford pedigree will likely have Yankey go before him.

27. New Orleans: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

Positions like guards and inside linebackers tend to slip on draft day and Mosley could be a real value in the 20's of this draft.

28. Carolina Panthers: Odell Beckham Jr, WR, LSU

The Panthers finally replace 35 y.o. Steve Smith with a big play WR in Beckham Jr.

29. New England Patriots: Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame

Until he recovers from the knee injury, I think Nix could slide in this draft and be the perfect successor to Wilfork for the Pats.

30. San Francisco 49ers: Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

To replace Carlos Rodgers, I think the Niners opt for Roberson over Verrett based on size.

31. Denver Broncos: Stephen Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

The Broncos are looking for a compliment to Von Miller and Tuitt has the perfect versatility to do just that.

32. Seattle Seahawks: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

Many people have Amaro landing in NE, but I think he becomes a great versatile weapon for Russell Wilson at both TE and WR.

Pony Up February 10 2014, 0 Comments

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I don't normally write too sports specific on this blog. I leave that to the boys, who usually know a bit more than me instinctually. But on this occasion, I can't help it. I am bursting with Pony Pride! Cheesy? Yes. But, true.

I've had football season tickets for six consecutive years, along with a few before I moved away to NYC (kind of hard to commute from Manhattan). And now I'm in my second year of basketball season tickets. I cannot explain what it feels like to watch a sports program at SMU light it on FIRE the way Larry Brown has with our basketball program. It is awe-inspiring.

Check out this video and tell me it doesn't inspire you. They play it to open every home game. I've watched 100x now. Chills. Every. Time.

I shot the finally seconds of the game last Saturday the 8th against #7 Cincinnati. I've never seen anything like it since beginning my SMU career in the Fall of 1998. I'm so proud that the students are as supportive and excited as they are of our extraordinary team. You can watch my little iPhone video on our YouTube page. Next time I'll shoot wide. I was just too excited to think!


Thank You, Larry Brown February 05 2014, 1 Comment

It's been almost 20 years since I started college at SMU.  That seems like a really, really long time.  It's been even longer since SMU has been to the NCAA tournament.  I wasn't even paying attention to SMU when they won the Southwest Conference Regular season title in 1993.  I remember the Sports Illustrated when former Mustang Jon Koncak was (briefly) the highest paid player in the NBA. I was in school when SMU played the #1 Arkansas Razorbacks in 1994.  I witnessed the 'revival" under coach Mike Dement when we made an NIT appearance in 2000.  That team had two future NBA players on it, which was a big deal to us.  Quinton Ross played several years in the NBA and still plays professionally overseas.  Jeryl Sasser was a first round draft pick.  We made the final four in the CollegeInsider.com Post Season Tournament in 2011 (yes, that's a real thing).  These aren't even enough to be footnotes in your history if you are a North Carolina or Duke alum.  For Mustang fans these are fond memories.  Larry Brown has changed all of that.

When we were in school, I went to probably 90-95% of the home games.  There were plenty of good seats available.  The only time it seemed to be close to a sell out were those times when a ranked opponent (i.e. Fresno St or New Mexico) showed up or if it was a nationally televised game (I seem to remember a couple of 11pm games versus TCU).  Those games notwithstanding, attendance was so sparse that every chant or cheer could be heard throughout the arena.  Larry Brown has changed all of that.

The big time SMU recruits I remember were players who had accolades (Mr. Basketball Colorado, Texas 5A player of the year, etc) but weren't heavily recruited by the NCAA basketball blue bloods.  Basketball is one of the few sports that one impact recruit can impact your program.  Jeryl Sasser, for example, led us to the NIT without much help (Ross was a freshman that year).  We weren't getting those guys.  Larry Brown has changed all of that.

I can't remember SMU basketball being this exciting.  Since I've relocated to Austin, I haven't been able to get to any games.  But Coach Brown has made us relevant enough that we're on tv at least once a week.  Every Monday I check the new polls to see how many votes we get.  I don't think I've ever been able to do that before.  ESPN's Bracketology is another can't miss for me.  I don't know if we've ever even appeared on that page prior to this year.  And I'm excited for our future...Coach Brown has signed the highest ranked recruit ever for SMU and he enrolls in August.  Two of this years top freshman had narrowed their collegiate choices to Kentucky (8 national championships), Kansas (invented basketball) and SMU.  So, thank you, Coach Brown.  Thank you for bringing pride to SMU.  Thank you for bringing wins and expectations to SMU.  And thank you for doing it the right way and with class.

 


Want want want January 30 2014, 0 Comments

After a hiatus the last couple years, the much-requested Ruana is back at Gameday Cloth. Versatile and so much cuter than a cardigan.

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Bonbon by Micah Yancey …

Shop this resident jewelry collection by Dallas local Micah Yancey

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Want to know the easiest way to add style to your jeans and tee? A sequin scarf! Get the Calvin Klein look with our $36 version.

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Limbo jewelry design … We've brought this local Austin line back to 2ND Street as our resident jewelry collection. It's simple, modern and the ultimate in fabulous.

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If you don't know already, then it's time that you learned … Hanky Panky is the best.

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Reflecting December 31 2013, 0 Comments

Reflecting

I can't help but get a bit nostalgic around the holidays. We've had our first doors open now 1,263 days. (Yes, I just used days as my measure of time). Sometimes it feels like no time at all, but most of the time it feels like the longest 3 1/2 years of my life.

I focused a lot over the Christmas season about getting my heart in the right place and making sure I saw what was important. It's easy to allow stress and pressure to succeed to bring you down and overwhelm you. I will admit, there were a few times this year I thought Gameday Cloth was going to open up like a Blue Whale and swallow me whole.

But sitting on the precipice of 2014, reflecting back, as one does, on 2013, I'm grateful. I've met some of the most amazing people I couldn't imagine my life without all because of the store - customers, employees, vendors; all now friends. I've been able to see a dream realized. I had a vision in my head and it is now an actuality. How many people are lucky enough to say that in their life? And what fashion female wouldn't be excited about a massive store that also acts as your personal closet and shopping spree? Let's be real.

I'm not one for resolutions. I'd rather try and make a positive change I can keep. Some may say that's a resolution, but for some reason, once that's what it's labeled, I break it. Two years ago I vowed to make more time for myself, last year to focus more on work and this year I will focus more on those around me. Of course, I also vow to get out of debt and pray every day, but neither of those have yet to come to fruition after years of attempts. But sitting here today in the quiet, I'm so proud of what the store looks like and has become and am so grateful for all of the people that have gotten us to where we are. It seems only fitting that I spend my next year investing in those people that have so tirelessly invested in me, us and our dream that is Gameday Cloth.

Happy 2014!


We Love ... Colosseum November 06 2013, 0 Comments

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Colosseum believes clothing should move seamlessly between the activities of every day life - without requiring a wardrobe change. Colosseum is activewear that performs as beautifully as it looks.

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Like the Colosseum of Ancient Rome, American women are strikingly versatile: they perform, compete, strength train and meditate.

Designer for motion, the collection offers three categories: Running, Training and Active Lifestyle, addressing the needs of serious athletes without sacrificing beauty, comfort or style. We at Gameday Cloth believe in the beauty of their Active Lifestyle collection and are beyond excited to now feature it in our Shops at Legacy location.

Let Colosseum inspire the fitness-fashionista in you.

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Good Morning Texas - the GDC Way October 15 2013, 0 Comments

SO MUCH FUN! We got a call a couple weeks ago asking to put together looks for a Red River fashion segment on Good Morning Texas for Friday, Oct 10th. I've only been on a TV set a handful of times and, let me tell you, nothing gets you going more than LIVE TV! (no pressure).

I grabbed a couple friends and GDC girls and LOVED putting my styling hat back on. Now that we have the GDC Denim Bar I can truly style head to ... well, ankle. It was a little chilly to rock our Havaianas or Hari Mari's.

Look at how cute these girls were!

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The stylist doing the segment for GMT was Jeannette Chivvis and she's posted the video and some more pics on her blog. I couldn't help but snag a few of my own pics as well.

photo 2 photo 3 photo 4When do we get to do it again??!!??!

From L to R: (everything can be found at GDC).

Cheryl is wearing OCJ jeans in OU, G Wear top in Oklahoma, Randolph Engineering Aviators

Kristi is wearing James Jeans Twiggy in Ginger, Original Retro Brand cropped burnout UT top, LeeLee Rox Texas hat

Daryn is wearing thvm jeans in Salt, Original Retro Brand OU dolman, necklace from Gameday Cloth

I am wearing James Jeans Twiggy in Moroccan Leaf, Original Retro Brand Hi/Lo Dolman in UT, necklace from Gameday Cloth


Fourth Annual GDC Tailgate is TONIGHT! October 10 2013, 0 Comments

Beer from Estaminet Pils & Palm Beer, pizza from Coal Vines, music from Luke Betchner ... How could even think about missing this?

And tomorrow, Friday, is our annual trunk show featuring G Wear & Randolph Engineering. The party starts again at 11am. All happening in The Shops at Legacy.

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ACL Style the GDC Way October 03 2013, 0 Comments

ACL Style the GDC Way

I, personally, am so excited for ACL this weekend! My wristband is registered, my fridge is stocked and my friends have arrived. The biggest question remaining - what to wear?

Check out our top styles for your upcoming ACL Festival weekend. We've got you covered head to toe. Seriously, I love fashion.


College Football ABC's (part 2) September 24 2013, 0 Comments

N is for Notre Dame's schedule.  After this season, Notre Dame is sort of, kind of, in a way, joining the ACC.  So longtime rivals like Michigan are getting dropped from the future schedules.

O is for Oregon.  Who might have the best shot of ending the SEC's national title streak.

P is for Penn State.  Penn State, Miami, Northwestern...these teams are having surprisingly good seasons.

Q is for Quarterback.  Between Johnny Manziel, Tajh Boyd, Teddy Bridgewater, Bryce Petty, Marcus Mariota, Aaron Murray, AJ McCarron, we have one of the best quarterback groups in recent memory.

R is for Ralphie.  The coolest on field animal mascot in college football.

S is for Stanford.  If Oregon doesn't do it, the Cardinal might.

T is for The Eyes of Texas.  Yes, it's a song that's sung after every longhorn game, but I'm reffing to the eyes across the state.  And they are all on Mack Brown.  Is this his last year?  Will they rebound and win the Big XII?  We'll all find out together.

U is for USC.  The one in the east (University of South Carolina) may have the top pick and the draft and may play for the national title.  The one in the west (University of Southern California) almost lost to Utah State last week and will be looking for a new coach in the off season.

V is for Virginia Tech's helmets against Georgia Tech.  Do yourself a favor and see them here.

W is for Wofford.  Wofford is the only team (through three games) to hold Baylor under 70 points in the Bears 69-3 victory.

X is for Xavier.  Look, this is harder than you think ;)

Y is for Yell.  Midnight yell, specifically.  The Aggies drew their largest midnight yell crowd ever before the Alabama game.  If you've never been, it's an experience that cannot be put into words.

Z is for Zebras.  The officials have had a rough early season (Arizona State versus Wisconsin, for example).  Let's hope they return to anonymity soon.

* Opinions, all of them belong to Dustin


Game of the Week 4 September 20 2013, 0 Comments

Let's face it, there are no exciting games this week.  Auburn and LSU is intriguing, but shouldn't be much of a contest.  Bet the house on the Tigers (I made that same joke last year. I'll probably make it next year.  You've been warned).  Stanford versus Arizona State might have some upset potential.  I can hope that Texas A&M is looking past my alma mater and the Mustangs pull an upset, but that's not going to happen.  I'll watch the Kansas State versus Texas game, but only because I'm a masochist and like counting missed tackles.  Heck, ESPN's College Gameday is at a North Dakota State/Delaware game this week.  Besides that, not much else to look forward to, so I'm going to skip talking about games and try the ABCs of Texas football. A-M this week, N-Z later on.

A is for Aggies.  They may have lost the game of the (you pick your superlative) but they are saying all of the right things, about how they can still win the conference, etc.

B is for Baylor.  I can't wait until these guys play some decent teams.  Their offense is almost Oregonian at this point, averaging 69.5 points per game.

C is for conference play.  It can't get here soon enough.

D is for Defense.  If A&M IS going to challenge for an SEC title, they need their's to be better. They are giving up more yards per rush than UT is.

E is for ESPN.  They control college football anyway.  And, no, Aggies, Longhorns, Red Raiders, Sooners, etc, etc, etc, they aren't out to get you.  They just aren't.

F is for Finebaum.  Thanks to College Gameday, the nation is starting to become familiar what those in SEC country have known forever: he's annoying, he's a homer and he is the absolute authority on anything SEC.

G is for Garrett Gilbert.  Keep trying buddy.  We all believe in you.

H is for Heisman.  Can Manziel win it again?  He seems to be closer than some people want

I is for Interesting.  I can't wait for conference play to start.  I have no idea who is winning the Big XII, but it could be anyone of six teams.  Same with the SEC.  Who knows what conference SMU is in, but I'm sure there's a gaggle of teams behind Louisville awaiting their chance.

J is for Johnny.  The reigning Heisman winner put on quite a show last week against Alabama.  He made some incredible plays, a couple of mistakes, irritated the opposition and further endeared himself to the Aggie faithful.

K is for Kliff Kingsbury.  He seems to have a handle on this head coaching thing.

L is for Loss.  Another loss for SMU, UT, TCU and their fans are going to start getting restless (or more restless).

M is for Mack.  Thanks for everything you've done for The University.  You have been incredible.  Maybe it's time to see what someone else can do.


Introducing ... the GDC Denim Bar September 18 2013, 1 Comment

I am stoked to let you in on our newest & greatest addition to GDC - our Denim Bar. We've spent about a year researching, scouring and meeting with people we know & love in the denim world and have picked the initial four brands to launch our Denim Bar. We could not be more proud and excited to let you, our own GDC fans, in on it.

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James Jeans is based out of Los Angeles, where production takes place. It is the only denim line to be solely designed and constructed by hand. Seun, being the first female to successfully launch a contemporary denim line in the US, has accomplished the yin and yang of perfect fit and ultra-appealing look.

The James Jeans muse is every woman looking for an amazing pair of jeans that exceeds her denim expectations. Seun and the design team find inspiration in a multitude of art, iconic fashion, and the tangible experience of working with new fabrics.

James Jeans customers include innumerable celebrities. A current selection: Blake Lively, Charlize Theron, Demi Moore, Halle Berry, Jessica Alba, Minka Kelly, Nikki Hilton, Rachel Bilson

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THVM, stands for This Here Very Moment. It is a collective of creative minded people dedicated to designing and producing quality premium denim at an affordable price. The brand’s aesthetic aim is to create sophisticated and refined designs, while being accessible to a wide audience. Simplicity is the core of the basics collection, allowing an individual to express their style and personality without the interference of over embellishment.
Based in Los Angeles, CA, THVM hosts events that showcase local artists and performers and opens it’s studios to the public on a regular basis. The interaction with diverse creative minds feeds the design of the collection, resulting in fresh and progressive styles originating from exploration. The washes may derive from the subtle grain of a photograph or the finish of a sculptural installation. The cuts may be inspired by the angular crescendo of a musical score and the movement from an accompanied dance. MADE IN USA
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 CHIP FOSTER prides his jeans on having exquisite construction and execution, which means clean lines and a beautiful “skeleton”. To see the premium detail in the tailoring of each pair, you have to turn them inside-out. In fact, the brand is proud enough of their attention to quality that they encourage customers to turn them inside-out and inspect!

You may recognize Chip Foster—he’s the creative director at large at Chip and Pepper denim jeans. “This is my new baby, my new line invitation only for the best selected stores that I love. There was no need to create another line… it was not needed but wanted.”

GDC is excited to have some of the FIRST Chip Foster California collection in our Denim Bar.

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 OCJ Apparel has combined the irresistible quality of Los Angeles designer jeans with fashionable adaptations of University pride, bringing you the first-ever line of premium collegiate denim. The line is fashionable enough to wear on all occasions, not just during the game.
OCJ manufactures all of its products in the denim capital of the world: Los Angeles, CA, while still headquartered in Ft Worth, Texas, where football is like a second language.
In staying with the GDC tradition of always showcasing what's new & next, we're proud to have the new "Slate" collection from OCJ, bringing their high quality from their traditional collegiate line with perfect fit and material to a clean "slate" pair, sans any logo.
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Game of the Week 3 September 12 2013, 0 Comments

Let's be honest...there's only one choice for the game of the week.  I could talk about Bama's revenge, or A&M being disrespected, Manziel's chance at a second Heisman trophy, or Alabama's quest for it's third consecutive national title.  I could talk about that, but I won't.  Those stories and many more are being told ad nauseum all over the internet.

I'm old enough to remember the "Hurricane Bowl" between the Aggies and Tide the last time they met in College Station.  Remember, for a long time, Texas A&M football wasn't as popular as it is today.  Sure they would sell out when they played Texas, but for most of the other home games, if you bought a Blizzard at the College Station Dairy Queen, you got a free end zone ticket to that weeks game.  I seem to recall that being the case for Bama, but I may be mistaken.

I do remember the circumstances surrounding the game.  The Tide were supposed to visit A&M in September for an early non conference game (Bama was SEC, but A&M was in the Southwest Conference...look it up).  Then Hurricane Gilbert looked as if it were headed straight to College Station.  Citing player safety, Alabama coach Bill Curry asked for (and received) permission to postpone the game until December.  On that September day, the day that it was supposed to happen, it was sunny and beautiful in College Station.

The Aggie fans had a field day...I vividly remember several of the Chicken Curry t-shirts being worn by the Ags.  And after A&M beat Texas on Thanksgiving, they were riding high and ready to defend their house.  But it was not to be.  Led by the late, great Derrick Thomas, Alabama won 30-10.  Thanks to Dairy Queen, I was there.

Other Games I'll be Watching:

TCU at Texas Tech - TCU's starting QB is out for "several weeks" and Tech is still using a true freshman walk on.  If he leads them past the Frogs, it significantly impacts the race for the Big XII title.

Ole Miss at Texas - This one could get ugly quickly.  Mack Brown's job might be at stake.

Wisconsin at Arizona State - I like Wisconsin.  After their early season slate of junior high teams, they finally face a decent opponent.  Can Todd Graham continue resurrecting the ASU program?

Iowa at Iowa State - Okay, I won't actually watch this game...but I do like knowing who holds the Cy Hawk trophy.

* Let's not concern ourselves with who Dustin took shots at.  Let's just send angry thoughts his way.


Game of the Week 2 September 05 2013, 0 Comments

I wish that I could tell you that I had some strong memories of Notre Dame and Michigan, but I don't.  I wish that I could tell you that I had strong feelings on either of those teams, but I won't.  I wish I could tell you that I will be cheering for (or against) one of these storied programs, but I can't.

I do have some early positive memories about the Wolverines.  A long time ago, kids, not every team, nor every bowl was available for you to watch.  There was no internet, and no DVRs.  So, if you did stumble upon one of those rare games, you either got sucked in or indifferently turned the channel and moved on with your day.  I remember being mesmerized by Jaime Morris and the Wolverines in the Hall of Fame Bowl.  It made such an impression that I rooted for them the following year when they won the NCAA basketball tournament.  I was even wearing a Michigan jersey in the middle of the North Carolina section when "the Timeout" was called a few years later.

People tell me that I'm supposed to hate Notre Dame.  I tried to for a while, but I don't.  They are arrogant, entitled and have unfair advantages.  But it seems that every advantage they have, my beloved Longhorns have similar circumstances.  I have liked and rooted for Brian Kelly since his U of Cincinnati days. I was entranced by the Manti Te'o story last year (as you were too, admit it).  I don't particularly like Rudy, I just can't hate Notre Dame for that.

This Saturday the first and third winningest college football programs will be meeting.  And, since Notre Dame is (sort of) joining the ACC, they are meeting for the last time in the foreseeable future.  They each claim 11 national championships and have sent too many players to the NFL to count.  This is why I'll be watching.

Other Games I'll be Watching:

South Carolina at Georgia - USC had a big win last week and UGA had a big loss...If UGA loses, their title hopes are done. If South Carolina wins, they have a very favorable schedule going forward.

Florida at Miami - Nostalgia...that and seeing what a Florida team with (almost) its full roster can do.

West Virginia at Oklahoma - With the Mountaineers rebuilding, this game isn't as exciting as it was last year.  However, this game should show how far they have to come and will give us a better indication on how good (or bad) Oklahoma is.

Washington State at USC - Could this be the first big upset of Mike Leach's Wazzou career?

Dustin is clearly biased...but so are you.  Let's all move on shall we?  And thanks to Wikipedia for it's help.


Game of the Week 1 August 29 2013, 0 Comments

So much has been said about the Johnny Manziel saga, that I'm going to skip my opinions on him, his (alleged) actions, the people with whom he surrounds himself, and the recent NCAA ruling on him.  I'm also not going to rehash my opinion on Texas A&M athletics...

What I'm really fascinated by, is how he performs on the field.  Last year, love him or hate him, you have to admit that he was electric.  He broke so many SEC and Texas A&M records it's hard to keep track of them.  He led an A&M team that most people assumed would struggle in their new conference and propelled them to 11 wins and a Cotton Bowl crown.  And he became the first freshman to win the Heisman trophy.

Manziel has had an...um...eventful time since the season ended.  It started with him having to take all of his classes online, because he was mobbed everywhere he went on campus.  After that there were divisive tweets, dehydration and autographs.  But not much mention of film study or practice.  I'm sure that he was studying film and practicing, but stories on those activities don't help the Nielson ratings.

How has this off season impacted his readiness?  Has he had time to prepare behind a rebuilt offensive line?  Has he gelled with his receiving core?  What skills has he added to stay ahead of SEC defenses?

Right or wrong, we won't find out until the second half of the Rice game.  Texas A&M's second and third team quarterbacks should have the game out of reach by then.  But, no one is more compelling than Johnny Manziel.  And I'm sure that the second half ratings on ESPN will reflect that.

Other Games I'll be Watching:

Texas Tech at SMU - Friday night's main event...or at least one of the few times my alma mater is on tv.  Go Ponies

LSU versus TCU - SEC versus the Big XII...two heavyweights battling it out in Jerry World.  Should be closer than people think.

Georgia at Clemson - Two exciting top ten teams meet on the opening weekend.  It should be an indicator of how much SEC hype we'll be getting for the rest of the season.

New Mexico State at Texas - Oh wait...even in Austin I don't have the Longhorn network

*These are all opinions from Dustin.  Blame him.


Happy Birthday America July 04 2013, 0 Comments

Have fun celebrating and y'all be safe out there...


2nd Bar and Kitchen June 30 2013, 0 Comments

I've had the pleasure of visiting 2nd Bar and Kitchen a handful of times, but with all of these restaurant posts, I wanted to visit it once more before I wrote about it.  Before I get to the food though, I want to mention Congress Bar which is adjacent to 2nd.  It's simply my favorite bar to watch the bartenders perform their craft.  Eye droppers, test tubes, zesting...it's really a show when they are concocting their drinks.  Even if you aren't drinking anything stronger than Austin tap water, it's worth going just to watch the show.

Back to 2nd...the food is fantastic.  As I've said, I've had the chance to visit a handful of times before and since I've moved to Austin and they've always exceeded expectations.  This time I went the safe route and ordered the Bar Congress Burger.  I enjoyed it but the Pork Belly Bahn Mi that my sister ordered was so delicious that nothing else on the table could match it.  You can't really go wrong with either of those.  Nor can you go wrong with the Short Rib Sliders that my brother in law ordered.  We started the whole thing off with fried buffalo pickles and each ended with a dessert (I had the peanut butter cookies...wow).  It's was a great meal from start to finish.

The item that I would recommend above all others at 2nd is easily the Black and Bleu Pizza.  Normally I'm not a big fan of red onions, but in this case, don't alter a thing on your first try.  Everyone will get to experience what a true foodie (which I am definitely not) gets to experience with this pizza.  Without fail you get how the blue cheese and black truffle mix perfectly with each other to make this beautifully sweet taste that easily balances out the onions.  The pork belly confit melts in your mouth and the medjool dates complete the experience.  It is an eye opening culinary experience that speaks to every palate.  It is amazing.

If I can't convince you to try the black and bleu, seemingly everything else on the menu will be the best thing you've eaten that day.   Enjoy!


The Gameday ManMosa June 13 2013, 0 Comments

With Father's Day fast approaching we've been discussing how to celebrate at Gameday Cloth. (And for those of you that may not have realized it, Father's Day is this Sunday. You're welcome).

I heard recently of something called a ManMosa. Upon further research I realized that there are quite a few recipes for ManMosa's. Is this something you've tried? Do any of our fans order these? Would a bartender even know what you were asking for? These questions have lead me to select a few recipe options to share and see if I can garner a response, or vote, if you will, for the best ManMosa recipe.

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The first recipe is Vodka, Orange Juice & Beer. Plain, simple & to the point. And can I just get 3 cheers for the Absolut ad? Stellar!

Another is a more traditional Champagne, Orange Juice & Beer. I personally wouldn't want the beer ruining my Mimosa. And I am also a girl that loves to drink bubbles. So there's that.

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Based on the above picture, another option is Beer, Orange Juice and Disaronno, which goes along with the Beer, Orange Juice & Triple Sec recipe I read about.

We've read, pondered, taste-tested and landed on one. Our "Gameday ManMosa" has its own unique spin to it. We use a traditional amount of Champagne and Orange Juice ... wait for it ... & serve it in a red solo cup. And we'll be doing so ALL WEEKEND in store in both The Shops at Legacy & The 2nd Street District.

Happy Father's Day Weekend


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PS - Did you know the markings on a red solo cup were for your drinks?


Franklin BBQ June 11 2013, 0 Comments

The phrase "food coma" gets thrown around a lot these days and I've can't say I've ever really experienced what I think that means.  Until today.  Today I had the pleasure of trying Franklin BBQ.  If you aren't familiar with Franklin, its considered one of, if not the, best barbeque restaurants in the world.  Celebrity chef and food critic Anthony Bourdain has said that the brisket is the best he's ever had.  Texas Monthly named it the best barbeque in the state.  There's usually a three hour wait and people swear it's worth it.  On their website, they state that they have run out of brisket every day they have been open (think about that...that blows my mind).  What I'm saying is that it's pretty highly regarded.

There's a line.  There seems to always be a line.  The doors open at 11 and people are there before 9.  When I first drove by it was around 9:45 and there were about 50 people waiting.  Even with a long wait, you aren't promised anything.  When they run out of meat, they are done for the day,  There's a way to skip the line, but if you have the time and the patience (which I lack) it looks like quite the scene.  People line up for hours.  They bring iPads and magazines.  They bring coolers and folding chairs.  They mingle with their neighbors in line and there seems to be a real sense of camaraderie.  I am impatient and lazy so I found a way to skip waiting in line.  I won't bore you with the details but it involves pre-ordering, a minimum of two weeks and the entire process can be spelled out with an email to Franklin.

I had the turkey (moist and delicious), pulled pork (also moist and delicious) and the brisket (um...also, also moist and delicious) with a side of potato salad and some key lime pie.  If you are on a diet, avoid this place at all costs.  There doesn't seem to be anything "lean" or "skinny" within blocks of this place and you'll just be mad at your diet..  Everything was tender and seasoned perfectly.  The potato salad was the only thing that wasn't amazing, but it was still good enough that there weren't any leftovers.  The sauce (vinegar based) was superb and I'm glad I have extra.  Having lived in Texas 90% of my life, I've had plenty of BBQ.  This is easily on my list of favorite BBQ places.  Go and don't let the line scare you away.


The Austin Food Scene June 10 2013, 0 Comments

I am constantly amazed by how much great food there is in Austin.  Our store is lucky enough to be on the same block as Lamberts, La Condesa and Leaf.  We are fortunate to be on the same street as Jo's Coffee Shop, Taverna, Austin Java, Cru, and Coal Vines.  And if you venture further down there's 2nd Bar and Kitchen and Berry Austin.  This is all on our street.  You could be full and happy at any and all of these places.  If you venture off in any direction you could end up at Bob's Steak and Chophouse, the Bonneville (a personal favorite), III Forks, and I could go on and on and on.

My problem is that I live and work in this area.  Why is that a problem?  Because there's no need to venture more than a block or two for an amazing meal.  And I haven't even scratched the surface of all of the culinary hotspots, Top Chef winners and James Beard recipients or renowned food trucks that are all throughout the city.  I told myself that when I moved here, I would constantly try new places and I've failed in that.  That changes now.

I'm going to start hitting some of these places up and I'll report back.  I'm no food critic, but I know what I like.  I know when service is good and when it isn't.  I know what places I would recommend to anyone who walks in the store and I know what places never seem to be on that list.  Take my advice, listen to my recommendations or ignore me completely...that's your choice.  But if you're interested in some Austin dining information, I'll try my best to provide it.  These will be my likes and dislikes and mine alone, and I'll try to be fair.  I'll have more tomorrow...because it starts then.


Almost There.... May 21 2013, 0 Comments

We are 100 days until the first college football game of the 2013 season.  That is all.


Dustin's Mom Memory May 11 2013, 0 Comments

Dustin is a co-owner in Gameday Cloth and is in Austin running our 2nd Street District location. He had wonderful things to share with his Mom as well:

I have no one specific memory that stands out about my mom. I say that only because she's been consistently great for my entire life. She was always the one who cheered the loudest at youth soccer games, always the one to help me and my sister with our homework, always the one who took care of the family (whether sick, elderly, recovering, etc). She was also the most thoughtful member of the family, the one who makes me laugh the hardest and the one that I miss most often. She's the conscience, the heart and soul, and the rock in my family and I can't put into words how much I love her and how much she's meant to all of us. Happy mother's day Glenda!