April 2, 2012 BY John Kim / 175
It’s been quite a ride since the polls for the Sneaker News March Madness Non-OG Air Jordan Tournament first began with the Play-In round almost one month ago. A total of forty-eight Non-OG Air Jordans were up for consideration, starting with the twenty-four Play-In round candidates and the twenty-four that already cemented their spots in the Tournament. Both the Air Jordan V ‘Raging Bull’ and Air Jordan VI ‘DMP’ took down some intense competition to earn their rightful spots in the Finals, and with almost every match-up being decided by the slimmest of margins, a multitude of alternative scenarios could have been expected. However, it’s Raging Bull V vs. Defining Moments VI that will decide the worthy sneaker that will join the Air Jordan XI ‘Concord’, last year’s winner of the OG Air Jordan Tournament, as the two greatest Air Jordans of this generation. Continue on for the final voting round of the Sneaker News March Madness Non-OG Air Jordan Tournament because we’re just one step away from crowning the greatest Non-OG Air Jordan of all-time! The polls stay open until 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday night!
SOUTHWEST  – Air Jordan V ‘Raging Bull’ vs. SOUTHEAST  Air Jordan VI ‘DMP’
SOUTHWEST  – Air Jordan V ‘Raging Bull’ – Whodathunk a Chicago Bulls colorway to be in the Finals of an outstanding spread of Non-OG Air Jordans? Just three of the field of thirty-two could qualify as possessing the classic Bulls crest – the other two being the Air Jordan III ‘Doernbecher’ and the Air Jordan IV ‘Laser’ – but neither was capable of flying beyond the Sweet 16 round. However, the Air Jordan V ‘Raging Bull’ of 2009 rose to the occasion by obliterating three ‘Cool Grey’ Air Jordans as well as the heavily-favored Air Jordan VI ‘Olympics’ to be deemed the Best of the West while earning a trip to the Championship round against a formidable opponent – the Air Jordan VI ‘DMP’.
Upholstered in a lush red suede and accentuated by the AJ5’s fine detailing, the Air Jordan V ‘Raging Bull’ – one half of the Toro Bravo Pack of 2009 – is without question one of the most visually stunning Air Jordans of all-time despite its relative youth in the deep catalog of Air Jordan Retros, but that’s hardly a reason for it to be any less of a worthy candidate. The ‘Raging Bull’ legend continues to grow so don’t be surprised if it wins it all!
SOUTHEAST  Air Jordan VI ‘DMP’ – At the time of the release, the Air Jordan VI was undoubtedly one of the most sought-after Air Jordans – period. Before the onslaught of Retro releases in 2010, the scarcity and treasured nature of the Air Jordan VI was matched by few other Air Jordans, so news of the VI’s return, let alone as part of a two-pair package, was some of the best news to ever hit the network of sneaker news and information. In January of 2006, Jordan Brand released the Defining Moments Package – two pairs of Air Jordans that paid necessary tribute to Michael Jordan’s Championship-winning years in 1991 and 1996.
Truthfully, the Air Jordan VI ‘DMP’ was just a re-done version of the popular ‘Infrared’ colorway with minor hints of metallic gold, but it was clear that Jordan Brand displayed its alchemic touch with this release because it had, without question, the toughest road to the Finals as it took down the Air Jordan IV ‘Eminem’, Air Jordan III ‘Doernbecher’, Air Jordan IV ‘UNDFTD’, and Air Jordan V ‘Laney’ on its way to the top. Not only was it the first ever ‘Pack’ release, it was the most thorough and effusive display of homage to Michael’s past achievements, placing a deep and rich history inside a sneaker that went beyond the basic Black/Gold colorway. Visually stunning and historically momentous, the Air Jordan VI ‘DMP’ is deserving of its spot in the Finals and has every shot at winning it all.
lol, i bought the 5 pack, kept the 3Ms and sold the Raging Bulls for 1/2 the price of the pack (3Ms way harder, surprised they weren't in the tourney). The suede was garbage and the red too loud. I picked the Laney 5s from the beginning. BTW I don't know why some people are so upset about the UNDFTD IVs. That color way was mad ugly. Damn it's limited #'s that shoe never would've sold out as a regular release.
Raging Vs, and no I'm not a fuckin "hypebeast" or a rookie in this shit or "under the age of 20" but seein as somehow the dmps beat em 4s undftd 4s and db 3s, they'll prolly win this too
VOTE LIKE IT WAS OBAMA....AIR JORDAN 6 DMP ALL DA WAY..........FIRST PACKAGE.......YES I UNDERSTAND THE TOURO PACKAGE OF DA BULLS 5 WERE HOT .....BUT NOT FOR ME...ONLY FOR THE TOMATO HEADS......AM STILL MAD AIR JORDAN 11 WERE SUPPOST 2 HAVE 3X WINS............VIVA LA COOL GREY!
really like both but I'm taking the DMPs just cause I like 6s more than 5s...can't go wrong with either
Raging 6 concept was ignorant and they bleed on your jeans. DMP 6 was the weakest by far most people wanted to resale them. LANEYS ALL DAY
i mean really??????????????? so many nice js in this match, db3s, tokyo 5s, ray allen 13s why DMP 666666666666ssssssssssss??????????????????????
this shoulda been J11 Cool Greys all throughout. Either because of history and/or style. Congrats, you just upped the unnecessary hype on J6. What a finals.
I bought both packs and sold the red suede kept the 3M and sold the dmp 6 and kept the 11. not a good finale here.
Raging Bulls!!!! but yeah @ Rich EightNine Watkins prices for which ever kicks win will sky rocket =/ even tho dmp 6's are already high as the sky.
5's Easy, beautiful shoe in a Bulls colorway. My favorite "looking' shoe in the tournament. Who cares if the resellers prices go up, if you like them so much you would of got your pair years ago.
My favorite shoe of all time is a 6. But i have to go with my favorite and only 5s i own. Raging bulls. Go check out my video on my loganjbaez channel on YouTube
SHAM!! whole thing is a sham. if you are one of the new jacks who voted for some black and gold sixes or some tacky ass red velvet fives please proceed to blow your brains out. youre probably the same cats who buy used sneakers off ebay.
U gotta be kidding me?! How the dmp vi made it pass undtfd iv and em iv is beyond me me. I like the shoe and own it but really?! And those V smh. I rather have seeing the CG iv or XI
Im still shocked this beat the Undefeated IV,Eminem IV,Tokyo VI and the Dorenbecher 3s. This was a hype tournament. At least it's not the Cool Grey 11s. I guess us older sneaker fans have to back off Nike for a bit and maybe they'll get the message if their loyal supporters leave.
So I like the DMP 6s but im being told to believe the h y p e and pick the raging bulls which will make me a h y p ebeast because i cant make my own opinion and choose the shoes that i actually like, so choose what you want, im going with the 6s.
For me it's always very hard to comment such results. As I always repeat, maybe it's for the fact I'm italian and in Europe we have different criteria to evaluate something. Somehow I can understand why the AJ V Raging Bull arrived in the final ut honestly why VI DMP? Ok paying homage and whatever else, but, are we evaluating the shoes entirely or just the abstract feeling of it. DMP are absolutely basic shoes with nothing that can put an accent on them. This final is for me absolutely unespected.
I couldn't think in a better final, I don't know for which vote for... I want your opinion, I've bought a pair of white and grey jordan olimpia, what do you think about them?
WHEN LOOKING AT JORDANS YOU CANT JUST LOOK AT STYLE OR HISTORY YOU HAVE TO BLEND BOTH THE REASON THE SHOES HAVE SO MUCH HISTORY IS TO SERVE AS A TIE BREAKER IN UR CASE YOU FEEL THE DMPS ARE BASIC SO VOTE FOR THE 5S OTHERS THINK THE RED SUEDE IS UGLY AND GO WITH THE 6S .....IN MY CASE I LIKE BOTH SO I LEAVE HISTORY AS THE TIE BREAKER THE 6S COMMEMORATE MJS FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP SO I WENT WITH THEM