Sneaker News March Madness Non-OG Air Jordan Tournament – Final Four Voting
The field of 32 capable contenders in our March Madness Non-OG Air Jordan Tournament has been whittled down to the Final Four, leaving the remaining competitors to fight it out to determine who is truly the best of the best with the 2012 crown still up for grabs. When weighing the popularity of OG Air Jordan models, it’s a little more clear cut which are the top dogs, but with the non-original colorways, things are fairly open to debate and personal opinions, making sure that the eventual outcome should be interesting to say the least. Now that four shoes have made it all the way through their respective regions, it’s time to see once and for all which shoe is the king of them all. As you know, the results will be in your hands, so make sure to get your votes in before Sunday night at 11:59pm EST, and check back Monday for the announcement of our Sneaker News March Madness Non-OG Air Jordan Tournament finalists!
FINAL FOUR ROUND VOTING
FINAL FOUR MATCH-UP #1
WEST  Air Jordan XI ‘Cool Grey’ vs. SOUTHWEST  Air Jordan V ‘Raging Bull’
WEST  Air Jordan XI ‘Cool Grey’ – You shouldn’t be surprised that an Air Jordan XI is back in the Final Four. That particular model is not only a perennial contender, but the overall favorite to win, and despite the major hoopla over the recent Air Jordan XI releases, it is still considered to be one of the greatest sneakers of all-time. The ‘Cool Grey’ serves as the representative for the sneaker proudly boasting patent leather and thick-roped laces, and even before the 2010 re-issue, the Air Jordan XI ‘Cool Grey’ was one of the most coveted and celebrated non-OG Air Jordans in history. It spawned an impressive lineage of Cool Grey offspring in the Air Jordan III, IV, and IX – all of which were present in this year’s tournament.
SOUTHWEST  Air Jordan V ‘Raging Bull’ -
Of the thirty-two colorways of the March Madness Non-OG Air Jordan Tournament, just three of them bear any resemblance to the iconic Chicago Bulls colorway. Such a lack of representation didn’t equate to a lack of success, as the Air Jordan V in the tonal red suede ‘Raging Bull’ took down two ‘Cool Grey’ Retros as well as the #1 ranked Air Jordan VI ‘Olympic’ in the Southwest Regional Finals to earn a trip to the Final Four. The Air Jordan V ‘Raging Bull’ released just three years ago as part of the Toro Bravo Pack; is is still fresh enough in our memories to take down the highly-favored Air Jordan XI ‘Cool Grey’?
FINAL FOUR MATCH-UP #2
EAST  Air Jordan V ‘Laney’ vs. SOUTHEAST  Air Jordan VI ‘DMP’
EAST  Air Jordan V ‘Laney’ – Can a sneaker that released twelve years ago still remains strong in our memories and bang with the young guns? The Air Jordan V ‘Laney’ was originally released in 2000 as one of the first ever Retro+ colorways of the Air Jordan legacy; the Varsity Royal/Varsity Maize combination was a throwback to Michael’s basketball days at Laney High School, where he was actually cut from the basketball team at one point. It’s not surprising that Michael fought back and began the blaze a trail of glory that we are in awe of today, but can this historically significant Air Jordan Retro be deemed the greatest Non-OG of all time?
SOUTHEAST  Air Jordan VI ‘DMP’ – On June 12th, 1991, Michael Jordan celebrated his first ever NBA Championship, scoring 30 points and dishing out 10 assists en route to a series win over the Los Angeles Lakers in a mere five games. That glorious day was undoubtedly one of Michael career-defining moments as it served as the bookend of a three-peat of Championships, part of a string of six total trophy-winning victories. Released as part of the Defining Moments Package in 2006 – the first ever two-pair Pack release – the Air Jordan VI was colored up in a Black/Gold colorway fit for a king. It celebrated another Defining Moment in 2012 as it defeated the Air Jordan IV ‘UNDFTD’ in the Southeast Regional Finals to achieve Final Four status, but is there another victory in the books?
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I have the 5s and 5s winning this round with the 5s taking the championship in the next round with a close victory over the 5s
This is way off topic but in my opinion I remember a time when I could walk in a 9 in the morning and pick up my shoes no problem. Now all these damn hype beast faggots make a big deal out of every shoe that drops-worst part-half of em rock payless velcro's... Moral of the story hypebeasts voting on shoes that aren't even Heat & alot of other argues
fuck laneys, no one ever bought em til the h-ype beast kids all of a sudden crave them... i seen a beat up pair go for 220 n the guy said he got em cheap 0_o
shoe game is corrupted cuz you stupid hype beast! cool grey11 gtfo! olympic lost eminem lost undftd lost lasers lost all better shoes than the final four. go burn all your shoes stupid kids
just cause these shoes are hyped up doesnt mean theyre gay. it sounds like you guys just like the Jordan's that nobody knows about
im getting annoyed at people who only love iv's or v's (or xi's for that matter) and because of those people thats how this tournament has and always will turn out...i was hoping for a xii or xiii to make it a bit further as those kicks have crazy design elements and are also much nicer to wear (cushioning-wise)...having said that im voting raging bulls/dmp vi's...hope to see a PE tournament next year!
Why do people call people hyebeast because they like a colorway? SMH. The DMP's are my pick. I have them all but the DMP's get used way more so for that reason alone they are my pick. The Laney's and clean but if you actually owned a pair you would know when they aren't clean they are hard to save. The cool grays are boring.
Looks like all you hypes voted for the cool greys just because they're 11's and laineys because the are coming out again, pathetic
Hoping for........ well anything but the XI. If the CG's win i quit. I've grown tired of the color way and 11's as a whole. DAMN ****BEAST. This is the reason J's come out and cost 250 or more online 3 days later.
Olympics should have got the win N if u didnt have some original xi retros u aint sh*t cool greys vs dmp's
Wake up people 5's are the best and always will be! Raging Bulls all the way!!! Would of liked it vs Tokyo in the final 2!
its funny... i bet if the undefeated iv's and the laney v's were GS and re-releasing.. i bet all these suckahs that said the shoes sucks would be the first MF's in line.. because if sneakernews kept posting pictures of these two shoes everyday until release day.. people would be paying guap for these two. stop denying it, most of you are h y p e b e a s t and are just denying it. i say cool grey 11 because i've always loved the shoe since 2001 and laney 5 because loved the shoe when it first released, and i'm still waiting for a re-release on them.
The finals should of been the Eminem IV AND Undftd IV... Those 2 sneakers kill the whole tournament... It most of been the new school sneaker fans voting.. SMH... When has the Cool Grey XI ever been better than the Eminems, Undftd, The Lightings or The Oreo IVs.... Damn. Sneaker game has no hope
how the hell did the lighting 4s not advance, and the undftd 4s not advance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's funny how everyone's bitching about the UNDFTD iv's not being in this , if they weren't so god damn limited no one would like them , they're uaf so everyone bitching about the hype beasts should take a look in the mirror
I feel ya bro! The Lighting 4s, UNDFTD 4s, Tokyo 5s, & Raging bull 5s or Thunder 4s (one of those two) shoulda been the final four. That's my opinion because RIGHT THERE IS STRAIGHT HEAT!!!
Dude I can see if you ALWAYS liked the shoe from the OG date. But we all know kids, teens, adults, and even alot of randys just got into the shoe game when the concords were released. WE ALL KNOW LANEYS & UNDFTD are hot shoes (if you have always been a sneaker head) but fuck H Y P E B E A S T S nowadays smh... Like dude I remember a time when I could walk in a 9 in the morning and pick up my shoes no problem. Now all these damn **** beast ***gots make a big deal out of every shoe that drops-worst part-half of em rock payless velcro's...
Couldnt agree wit u more... Eminems n undftd ivs are way better than sum cool greys xi.. 2 many kids wit internet access. Killing da game we built.It wasnt jus JB n Foams. I remember BKs, Lottos, Filas, even adidas cleats. If u remember adidas cleats u an og sneakerhead.