March 8, 2012 BY Aaron Kr. / 98
March is here and that means it’s time for our annual Sneaker News March Madness tournament where we pit some of the all-time sneaker greats against each other on the road to one shoe’s eventual championship supremacy. Last year, we let the most beloved original Air Jordan colorways battle it out, with the Air Jordan XI ‘Concord’ emerging as your choice for G.O.A.T. This year, we’re taking the next logical step and will have the very best in non-OG Air Jordan colorways facing off to see which is the king of them all. While we all love the OG’s, there’s no denying that there have been some serious neck-breakers to stray from the traditional Air Jordan color schemes over the years, so on diversity alone, things should get pretty interesting once this year’s action gets underway.
With college teams fighting through their conferences this week with their NCAA tournament lives on the line, we thought we’d further amp things up for our tourney this year by adding a play-in round to let our readers determine the final additions to the bracket field. We have 24 selections already locked in place, but as you can imagine, there are a lot of worthy competitors, so you will decide from 24 additional selections which 8 will survive to claim a place in the big dance. The bubble selections are divided into four groups with the top two vote-getters in each grouping moving on to the tournament. You will get two votes per group, so make them count. As you can see from the choices below, there’s some pretty stiff competition right out of the gate, so you can only imagine what’s waiting for these contenders in the main event. Voting for the play-in round will remain open until 5pm EST on Sunday with the winners to be announced later that night. Check out the 2012 bubble kicks after the jump and voice your opinion by casting votes for your favorites.
Instructions: Select TWO Air Jordan Retros from each Group to move on to the Round of 32.
PLAY-IN ROUND – GROUP 1
PLAY-IN ROUND – GROUP 2
PLAY-IN ROUND – GROUP 3
PLAY-IN ROUND – GROUP 4
I wish this was a shoe give-away instead. and these would be the shoes they were giving away. This would be more interesting.
Group 3 is absolutely bonkers. if this is just the play in round, how in the hell am i gonna pick a winner. I was seriously making life decisions already.
Encore 4 - Wheat 13 Burgundy - DB 4s DB6(SICK) - Thunder Beijing 6 - CG4s my lineup.... yea i agree ray allen and wheat 13s... COLD, so are all of these 4s Encores caught my eye and i didnt think twice about voting
group 1 eminem 4s motorsports 6s group 2 ray allen PE doernbecher 4 group 3 tokyo 5s doernbecher 6 group 4 cool grey 4s Beijing 6 lotta heat up there though hard choices to make....can't wait for results!!!
Em 4s, Tokyo 5s, Ray Allen 13s wh/grn and Beijing 6s what I voted for. Every shoe up there is ill though
Eminem x Air Jordan IV 'Encore' - Air Jordan X 'Ice Blue' Air Jordan V 'Burgundy' - Air Jordan XIII 'Ray Allen' Air Jordan XIII Premio - Air Jordan V 'Tokyo 23' Air Jordan VIII 'Quentin Richardson' - Air Jordan VII 'Chambray'
IMO, group 3 was the most difficult. Not that anyone actually cares, but here's my personal choices: Group 1: Encore 4 + Ice Blue 10 Group 2: DB 4 + Burgundy 5 Group 3: DB6 + Tokyo 5 Group 4: Chambray 7 + Beijing 6
My votes: Encore 4s & Motorsports 6s French Blue 12s & Ray Allen 13s Thunder 4s & Db 6s Q Rich 8s & Cool Grey 4s Cool contest SN. These are always fun.
Those bangin blue swede 4's + wheat Db 4 + ray Allen pe Thunder 4 + primo 13 Db 2 + olympic 6 IMO!!!!!! ....which is the right opinion
Really a lotta hypebeasts on here eminem 4s are just aiiiight if they werent so limited people wouldnt care about them lets be realistic
Eminem 4 and olive 5. Burgundy 5s and ray Allen PE 13. Thunder 4 and Tokyo 5. Cool grey 4 and Olympic 6.
wow I have over 50 pair of Jordans, and only one of them on here, lol "FLIPS". But i know there is more to come.
I guess half of you dont understand that this is just the play in round. The winner of these brackets will go on to the round of 32. So the 8 winners will be placed into the brackets along with 24 other non-og jordans.
Chambray VII's are so under-rated...still will get crushed by Thunders, French Blue XII's, and Eminem IV's...but just sayin'
All about the 5's this year, Olives, the "Maroon 5's", Tokyo 5's , ray allen 12's then the lightning 4's!!!! That's just my opinion....
I actually realy like em, would cop if they wer gr, those olive 5s are disgusting and ppl only like them cuz they limmited
You trying to say that those banging blue swede fours are only getting love because they're limited is a tarnished spot on your record and why I now know "newlotsavekid" has no idea what the hell he is talking about.
Db 3's are so not underrated its not even funny. I would know, I have the db's. The offers I get in those would make y'all trip . I really started sweatin my 4's but at the end of the day I gotta go 3's. Db 1s are the most comfortable. Nig I'm on it, I got what you need