For the second year in a row, Hoop & Hang was a resounding success and our personal highlight for SXSW. Yes, watching people rock on stage is a delight, but hanging out with genuinely cool people for a few hours away from the festival’s hustle and bustle is easily the most fun we can think of having.
This year, teams got more competitive and trash talk was tossed around like jumpshots, but when the final whistle was blown, everybody was able to just relax, dap each other up, laugh and take in the atmosphere. Our friends also came through even stronger this year by going the extra mile to whip up jerseys for the event. Just a few days removed from Hoop & Hang, we’re already counting down the days to year three.
The “You Didn’t Come to Hoop” Accessories Award: Vic Lloyd
The LDRS 1354 forefather came in, copped a squat for about 15 minutes, and then decided to play in place of the folks who couldn’t make it. After receiving his official Hoop x Hang attire we noticed the telltale signs of someone who was just wingin’ it: rainbow socks and his Nike Zoom Kobe VII “Duke” on the left foot and the Nike Zoom Kobe VII “Cheetah” on the right foot. With the tongues of each shoe swapped out. Swag.
The GM Of The Year: Hustle Simmons
The beauty of Hoop & Hang is how, somewhere towards the end of last year’s tournament, people started to really take the games seriously and competitive-yet-fun energy started to really pick up. Hustle clearly took the game seriously and went out and recruited for his squad. He came back with 2011 MVP PUSH! and Kid Named Breezy who’s easily 6’7″ and was throwing down two-hand alley-oops in layup lines. Don’t be surprised if you see Hustle in the news for costing some poor college kid a scholarship by offering him money to join the squad next year.
The Annual Jake One “I Just Embarrassed TC” Award: Skotch Davis
So here’s the story, after Team NOLA gave TC a DNP(CD) in the first game, he was determined to get in the second game. So, trailing 4-0, TC hopped in and replaced David D. What would transpire over the next seven seconds would be stuff of legend: Skotch Davis got the ball on three consecutive possessions and straight up torched TC for six points and a 10-0 skunk. When asked about it later, Skotch said “When I saw him get in the game, my eyes just got big. You shouldn’t have put him in.”
The moral? A$$ whoopings come to TC in all shapes and sizes.
Even though players were dropping bombs, TC managed to find a way to stay calm, knowing he held their Cig ratings in the palm of his hand.
Ringer Of The Year: RT-FaQ (pronounced “Artifact”)
Trackstar swore The Force squad would be better after last year’s poor outing. Now, I’ve known most of The Force guys for a while, yet I’d neither heard nor seen hair or hide of RT-Faq until last Saturday. Track had to have scooped him up from a community college bball team in St. Louis somewhere because this guy had crazy springs. We’re not talking run-of-the-mill dunks. Buddy was windmilling, double-pumping like ‘Nique and even more. RT-Faq, skip college and go straight to league, bro.
The Guy That Seemed To Have The Most Fun: Chase N. Cashe
This guy just embodied the spirit of Hoop & Hang. He chopped it up with any and everyone in sight and you could tell he had a blast. Dude was challenging people to push-up contents and even did a soccer goal slide down the halfcourt line after a win. Watching people like Chase N. Cashe have so much fun is really the ultimate reward for the event.
The “Dwight Howard Free Agent Of The Year” Award: PUSH!
Even though PUSH! could probably fit in Howard’s pocket, he gets the award named after Superman solely for the fact that every team in the HxH league wanted him on the squad. People were shifting cap room and offering draft picks and beats to get last year’s MVP on their roster. We were thiiiiis close to filming a “Decision” special to determine where he’d finally land.
Surprise Hooper Of The Year: Young Roddy
We should have learned last year not to underestimate the Smoker’s Club, but we still gave Young Rod a curious look when he donned his jersey. But he’s good. Not just “good for a celebrity game” good, but he’s a legit hooper that was out there putting defenders on skates and looking every bit like Allen Iverson. Between the Smoker’s Club and Michael Phelps, I’m considering getting high in order to become a better athlete.
The Champions: Team HardKnock
Last year, Smoker’s Club took the chip and held Twitter bragging rights plus the right to talk smack at every music festival for 365 days. That may seem small in words but trust that everybody was gunning for them coming into this year’s competition and each squad was staking their claim. The championship game came down to the defending champs versus Team HardKnock. Now, the whole day – from the lacing up of shoes until the last shot – cash sh*t was talked between these two squads before Nick, DJ Hyphen and Cary Chery from XXL dropped in the final bucket to walk away with the crown…and a year’s worth of argument ending point of “yeah, but we won.”
The People That Made It Possible: Ash, April Bombai, Miss Dimpelz, Chan-Lo, Brittany, 5th Child and the whole GUS Leagues crew
I know it says The Smoking Section and HardKnockTV on the shirts, but the heroes are the people that gave of themselves to do the grunt work for nothing more than a thanks and our unending appreciation. These people really took ownership of the event and kept the wheels in motion through any moments of pandemonium. In essence, they made the event what it was.