Excluding 30 For 30′s overwhelming popularity, lost in current discussion is how spectacular ESPN’s original programming was in the early 2000s. Playmakers suffered a controversial execution, despite being one of the station’s most beloved series. The Life was simply an all-around dope look into the lives of athletes we watched daily.
The And 1 Mixtape Tour, however, was an after-school ritual.
I feel I speak for most hoops heads between the ages of 25-35 by saying The Worldwide Leader’s dedication to the tour was a religious experience. Names like Escalade (R.I.P.), AO, The Professor, Spyda, 50 and more became household names rivaling guys like Iverson, Garnett, Shaq, Kobe and T-Mac.
Arguably the most revered was Hot Sauce, whose crossovers, cockiness and image somehow made him a more hood version of Bubba Chuck. Turns out, too, buddy is still up to his usual tricks seen in this video. The poor defender never stood a chance. To make matters worse, too, he got Jason Terry’d. By a guy named “Baby LeBron,” at that, who did the LeBron celebration immediately afterwards.
Life comes at you fast.