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MIAMI – The beauty of the “live, dream, be” motto of Digmi is that it’s open for interpretation.

In short, it can mean whatever you want it to.

For me, it sure seems to apply to covering the Super Bowl.  It’s the annual culmination of a year of hard work, and is all three of “live, dream, be.”  

This is my fourth time I’ve been fortunate enough to cover the big game, and this one has felt more surreal than the others given the location.  With my first three coming in Houston, Minneapolis and Atlanta, the unique setting has provided for some head-turning moments.

Whether it be strolling up and down South Beach during some rare time off, or routinely seeing cars that are worth more than my house on the streets, this particular Super Bowl week will go down as one of my most memorable.

But they’re all improbable.

I was never supposed to get this far.  I did because I wanted it.  Dreaming turned into living, turned into being.

I didn’t get here because or mommy or daddy has a lot of money, and certainly didn’t get here because of my name.  I made my own name over nearly two decades of grinding, and working those dreams I had when I was a kid into reality.  That nothing’s ever been handed to be is an incredible source of pride.

So, I don’t take an opportunity like working a Super Bowl lightly.  Over the past few days, I’ve tried to make the most of the various media availabilities, starting with FOX Sports media day on Tuesday afternoon at the Miami Beach Convention Center, which is serving as the media center for the event.

That was like being a kid in a candy store, just walking from podium to podium and getting to chat with the likes of Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Vick for a story I was able to get into the paper the next day on Sunday’s quarterback matchup.  I followed that with a trip to American Airlines Arena, where I worked the Miami Heat game…and, oh yeah, wondered what that rumbling underneath my feet was as I was walking to the media entrance.  

Just an earthquake, no big deal.  My reward for choosing extra work over the annual Super Bowl media party, which was being held at the seaport.

Wednesday was a trip to both team hotels, where I was able to speak with players from both teams for stories we’d end up using over the next few days; I submitted pieces on LeSean McCoy, Jordan Matthews, Dontae Johnson and a feature on both backup quarterbacks.  

Thursday was more of the same, a trip to the team hotels for some additional content, but it’s Friday where everything really starts to sink in.  It’s the first day where you can pick up your gameday credentials – you use a “week of game” pass until Sunday – and I put mine on right away.

Saturday is NFL Honors day, and I’m only a few hours removed from covering that in downtown Miami.  I got to speak with Adrian Peterson, Kyler Murray, Michael Thomas, Ryan Tannehill and John Harbaugh about the various awards they won, but got out of there as soon as I could to get as much rest I can before the big day on Sunday.

This is my first Super Bowl where the New England Patriots aren’t playing, and seems to also be the first where many people are expecting a close game.  All I ever want is a good game regardless of what I’m working – whether it’s a camp day in indy ball on a Wednesday or the biggest sporting event of the year – and that certainly wasn’t the case at last year’s Super Bowl, so perhaps my prediction is based more on what I want than what I think will happen.

Regardless, I’ll take the 49ers over the Chiefs, 31-27.  

Kansas City’s defense will have a difficult time shutting down San Francisco’s run game – especially with Jimmy Garoppolo being a weapon under center, which makes their offense far less one-dimensional than the Titans were in the AFC Championship Game — and the 49ers defense has been playing well enough to where they’ll be able to keep Patrick Mahomes semi-contained.  


“Marbury, ‘Melo And The Mecca Of Basketball”


Everyone has a reason why they fall in love with their favorite team.  For me, I fell in love with the New York Knicks for a couple of good reasons. You’re going to have to thank my grandfather and dad for that. Like many kids growing up in the New York City area, heading to Madison Square Garden was a thrill. Hopping off the LIRR, walking through Penn Station and heading up those stairs into the lobby was like nothing else. You could fell the energy of the crowd the moment you get inside. It was easy to understand why they call it the Mecca of basketball.

From a very young age, there was one thing I loved more than anything else; the passion this city has for one team. When the Knicks play at home, the Knicks are the only basketball team that has “New York” across their chests. They don’t share the city with anyone. And even though the Nets recently moved to Brooklyn, the Big Apple belongs to Knicks. Anyone who knows anything about New York basketball knows that. Thats just the bottom line. There is something to be said when a team can unify the biggest of rivals. In a world that seems so divided at times, the Knicks have been known to bring New Yorkers together for years. Remember when Larry Johnson hit the famous “4 point play’?; you saw Mets and Yankees fans hugging it out. Rangers and Islanders fans couldn’t stop giving each other high fives when they saw John Starks dunk over “The G.O.A.T” Michael Jordan. And Giants and Jets fans were loving life when Jeremy Lin showed up at the Garden and “Linsanity” took over the city.

Madison Square Garden is such a special place. Whether the team is winning or losing, if there is excitement or frustration, its always sold out. Always. And thats why road teams and opposing players love to suit up and play there. The Garden is the biggest stage in the NBA, if not in all of sports. The games brightest talent gets to play in front of the brightest lights and the worlds biggest stars who are sitting in the front row. Win or lose, Knicks fans feel like they can be a part of something bigger than just being an average fan. Its easy to relate to this team. The hype, the high expectations, the disappointment, the heartache and most of all, the hustle. All of us know that being a Knicks fan is different. Its special. And for all the hard times we have faced, envisioning the day when “The City That Never Sleeps” will shut down to celebrate a NBA Championship parade makes being a loyal fan even easier. When that day comes, it will be like no other parade in sports. Its the Knicks, its New York and it will be so worth the wait.


You may be wondering why I feel so strongly about the Knicks and what my reason is that I fell in love with this team? Like I said earlier, there are a couple of of good ones. Let me give you the first one. My grandfather went to Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, and was always a fan of their sports teams, especially basketball. He was super excited about this young kid on their team who was starting to get a lot of national attention. His name was Stephon Marbury. My grandfather took me to a game and I’ll never forget the crowd I saw when I walked into the gym. I was immediately hooked. Marbury quickly became “my guy” and I began following the young superstar from his days playing in Brooklyn to Georgia Tech to his debut in the NBA with Minnesota Timberwolves. My man Marbury eventually made his way to Jersey to play for the Nets, which made things a little difficult for me as you could probably imagine. He was my guy, and I ended up rockin’ Nets Marbury jerseys even though I bled blue and orange. This guy had me going to Meadowlands to watch him play as much as I was going to the Garden. But then it happened. My favorite player, Stephon Marbury was traded to my team, the New York Knicks. Its was meant to be. My guy, my team, my city. Marbury brought life and excitement back to the Garden which was missing since the days of Patrick Ewing and company. Marbury got us believing again. An although his time in New York didn’t end the way I had hoped, he was a major reason why my love for this team grew even stronger.


My father graduated from Syracuse which gave me a good reason for them to become my favorite college basketball team. So you know where this going, right? Just like Marbury at Abraham Lincoln, Syracuse basketball introduced me to Carmelo Anthony. This kid shows up on campus and brings home a national title in his freshman year and I was hooked. I followed him as he made his debut into the NBA with the Denver Nuggets and quickly became one of the NBA’s brightest stars. And then just like that, another one of my favorite players found his way back home to New York and was traded to the Knicks. When ‘Melo arrived in the Big Apple, you could feel the excitement, the optimism and the hope that Knicks brightest days were ahead of us. For the first time in years, we had a legitimate superstar leading the way. And like so many other Knicks fans, I believed he would lead us to the promise land. He did his thing, there is no doubt about that. He led us to the playoffs, gave the fans a 54 win season and even played in the All-Star game in front of his home crowd.  And although the team showed glimpses of greatness, the came up short of bringing home a title. And we all know, it didn’t end well for “Melo in the Big Apple. After ? years in blue and orange, he was traded to Oklahoma City this off season.

It hasn’t always been easy being a Knicks fan. Lets get that straight. Everyone knows about the disaster that was the Phil Jackson project, the Charles Oakley ordeal and an owner who seems to rub his fans the wrong way at times. But thats life as a Knicks fan. Thats life as a New Yorker. Nothing comes easy for those that hustle.


Even during the darkest of days; the fans continue to weather the storm and they keep coming out to support this team. They keep fighting, hustling and believing. Thats what Knicks fan do. Thats what New Yorkers do. Thats what I do. The day of Marbury and ‘Melo are long gone and I cant deny that. But my team has New York across the chest. They have some young talent now who are showing a ton of heart nowadays and have fans hyped. The future is bright. But isn’t that how it has to be when you root for the Knicks. I mean how bad can it be when your team plays in a garden right in the middle of the big apple. I’m not sure if there will ever be another Marbury to me, or who might stroll in with the expectations that came with ‘Melo, but I do know this….no matter who it is, they’re going to do it in the Mecca of basketball – Madison Square Garden.

– Evan Okon.


Tip Your Cap – The Official Blog Site of “The Guy In The Tie”

I’ve been wanting to add some cool content from team contributors and introduce guest authors to our growing base of Digmi fans and customers for quite a while now. Every time I was ready to start to work on this concept, another project or opportunity presented itself, pulling our team in a different direction, and leaving this on the back burner. I guess you can say thats a good thing, right? Busy is good. And I can tell you that we have been crazy busy this past year. I’m sure many of you have heard about of our debuts at Bloomindale’s, Tilly’s and Lids. Crazy to think that our story and brand have gone from selling tee shirts in minor league clubhouses to landing on the shelves of some of our favorite retailers, isn’t it?

Well, we still are crazy busy. I don’t think that is going to change anytime soon, or at least I hope not. We have a lot of great things to design, products to offer, and a story to keep telling. But with all of that, I think it’s time that we just start writing and sharing cool, creative content from some incredibly talented people. People that are part of our team, people that have inspired and motivated us along our journey, and people that continue to influence so many with their positive messages.

Welcome to Tip Your Cap, the official blog site of “The Guy In The Tie”, a platform offering articles & video content focusing on fashion, sports and pop-culture.

We are new to this. We are not seasoned writers or experienced journalists. We will never claim to be. We are just a bunch of passionate people who believe that hard work pays off and if you keep pushing forward, you’re bound to find your way. So here goes nothing. Get ready to Tip Your Cap to honesty, creativity, and passionate personality.

Thanks for stopping by!

– Ray Digmi

Founder/Editor In Chief