Archive - 2015

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The Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular Returns to Boston
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Only the Strongest Remain in the 2015 NHL Playoffs
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Wizards Take the Postseason By Storm
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Stephen Curry Named 2015 NBA MVP
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The Legacy of Manny Pacquiao
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The 2015 NBA Playoffs Have Arrived!
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St. Louis Blues Game-Used Jerseys Arrive for the 2015 NHL Playoffs
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The Legend of Number 42 – Remembering Jackie Robinson
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Jordan Spieth Wins 2015 Masters Tournament!
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Fanatics Authentic March Signings

The Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular Returns to Boston

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Fanatics Authentic is heading back to Boston, Massachusetts on June 5th for the second time and will bring over 40 prominent athletes along for three days of events. At the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular in Boston, the Royal Plaza Trade Center is scheduled to host a variety of New England sports icons and the biggest names from all major leagues to provide fans with the rare chance to meet some of their favorite athletes.

From Friday June 5th until Sunday June 7th, the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular will give Boston area sports fans a weekend of family fun that includes autograph sessions with future superstars, champions, and Hall of Famers. In addition to headliners, David Ortiz, Dan Marino, Malcolm Butler, and Pedro Martinez, the Boston show features an impressive lineup of athletes from the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL. In honor of the show opening, there will be roll back pricing for “Today’s Stars at Yesterday’s Prices” with discounts on autographs from  Steve Grogan and Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd on Friday night. On Saturday, June 6th, Fanatics Authentic will honor the 40th Anniversary of the 1975 Red Sox with appearances by more than 15 former Boston stars, including Carlton Fisk, Fred Lynn, Dwight Evans, Jim Rice, and more. Fans of all loyalties can get closer than ever to some of their most idolized athletes, ranging from the second overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft Marcus Mariota to the legendary Bo Jackson, at the Fanatics Authentic show courtesy of many exclusive signing sessions and photo opportunities all weekend long.

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The Boston show caters to a wide range of sports fans and collectors by offering a diverse assortment of ticket options. General admission is free of charge for the entire weekend and every person in attendance will receive a raffle ticket to enter to win a deluxe framed Tom Brady jersey with a value of $1,500. For serious collectors and the most die-hard fans, there is an all-inclusive $99 VIP package, which includes an express line pass to cut autograph lines, early admission that allows entry 30 minutes before the show each day, tickets for an autograph and inscription from Gaylord Perry, one random autograph ticket, and raffle tickets. Tickets for athlete autographs, special inscriptions, and photo-ops are available for athletes in attendance and can be purchased at different price points depending on each player. For $10 each, items signed at the Boston show can also be certified authentic by the Fanatics Authentic and will be fully backed by our authenticity guarantee.

For more information regarding the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular in June, visit the show website, here.

Only the Strongest Remain in the 2015 NHL Playoffs

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The 2015 NHL Postseason began on Wednesday, April 15th and since the race to the Stanley Cup got underway, hockey fans have witness shocking upsets as well as the complete domination of teams. In the first round of the playoffs, two exciting match-ups went to seven games while only the Anaheim Ducks were able to blowout the Winnipeg Jets. Forget the entertainment provided during the regular season because the best has yet to come as the NHL playoffs wrap up the second round and enters the Conference Finals.

The Anaheim Ducks finished with the number one seed in the Western Conference Pacific for a first round match-up against the Winnipeg Jets, the five seed in the Central division. Unfortunately for the Jets, the Ducks continued on their spree of dominance and eliminated Winnipeg with a series win of four games to none. Led by right wing Corey Perry and centerman Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim is nearly unstoppable, especially with these two players leading the postseason in total points scored with 14 points and 12 points respectively. The other three first round match-ups in the Western Conference all ended in six games and featured some exciting performances. Pitting fellow foes from the Pacific region against each other, Vancouver faced off against Calgary, but despite the Canucks higher record coming into the playoffs, the Flames came out victorious. The Minnesota Wild finished fourth in the Central division during the regular season but put on a very impressive performance and took down the St. Louis Blues who were ranked number one in the same division. Chicago finished just under the Nashville Predators in the Central division but that didn’t stop the Blackhawks from advancing to round two. Led by All-Star Patrick Kane, the Chicago Blackhawks are an extremely dangerous team that is in search of their second Stanley Cup in three seasons and secured another trip to the Western Conference Final to face off against the Anaheim Ducks.

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Meanwhile in the Eastern Conference, both match-up featuring the Tampa Bay Lightning versus the Detroit Red Wings and Washington Capitals against the New York Islanders took the first round to seven games. Although center Tyler Johnson for Tampa Bay had a terrific series, Braydon Coburn and Anton Stralman recorded one goal each in the final game to give the Lightning a 2 to 0 victory for a trip to the second round. The New York Islanders haven’t won a first round playoff match-up in the last 22 years, but the Washington Capitals were merciless as their opponents faced what seemed to be an inevitable fate. Game 7 was tied 1 to 1 in the third period but Evgeny Kuznetsov came up clutch and scored the game winning goal with seven minutes and 18 seconds remaining to keep the Capitals postseason hopes alive. As for the rest of the East, the Montreal Canadiens outlasted the Ottawa Senators in six games and the New York Rangers easily eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins in five. Centerman Derick Brassard and left wing Rick Nash both came up with big performances for the Rangers to help them advance to the second round.

Round 2 of the NHL Playoffs is coming to a close with the two Western Conference contenders set and two Eastern Conference teams on the verge of victory. With the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks easily advancing to the Conference Championship, hockey fans are in for a real treat with a match-up between two dominant contenders, while the Tampa Bay Lightning hopes to keep its lead alive entering Game 6 against the Montreal Canadiens and a Game 7 tie-breaker will leave either the New York Rangers or the Washington Capitals a Stanley Cup hopeful and crush championship dreams of the other. All four teams that will advance to the semifinals will be comprised of the best and most talented athletes on the ice, so the competition in the NHL is going to get even hotter as the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals rapidly approach.

Wizards Take the Postseason By Storm

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The Washington Wizards finished out the NBA regular season with a record of 46-36 to take the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference and were matched up to face the fourth seeded Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs. Entering the series, the majority of NBA fans thought that it would be the closest and most entertaining first round match-up in the East, but instead the Wizards shocked the basketball world.

John Wall and Bradley Beal led the Washington Wizards into the first round ready to play, regardless of home court advantage being in favor of their opponent. As the series got underway, small forward Trevor Ariza was replaced with Paul Pierce, adding another surprise to the mix because of the veteran’s his old age. Despite the critics, Pierce proved his clutch gene is still in effect and came up huge for Washington in the first round. Throughout the series, Pierce played at a very high level and showed why he deserves the nickname “The Truth”. Meanwhile, the Raptors got very little production from their All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry and the entire team just seemed lost. Although Toronto was a frightening contender during the regular season, Washington’s defense made it awfully difficult for the Raptors’ offence to produce. The Washington Wizards swept the Raptors in four games, earning the team a few needed days of rest until they would face off against the Atlanta Hawks in the second round.

Due to their size and two All-Star caliber guards, the Washington Wizards have the ability to match up well against any team in the NBA and provide a serious threat. Even though Washington will face a top-ranked Atlanta team in the second round, the Wizards have a very good chance of pulling off an upset. The Hawks came into the postseason with a record of 60-22 for the number one seed in the Eastern Conference. Prior to meeting the Wizards, it took the Hawks six games to knock off the eighth seeded Brooklyn Nets. Continuing on their unexpected postseason run, the Washington Wizards stole the very first game of the series in Atlanta. With John Wall sitting out in Game 2, the Hawks evened the score to put the series at 1-1. Now, the Washington Wizards have three out of five possible games at home and control their fate. If the Wizards win the best of seven series against Atlanta, they will face the winner of Chicago and Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals.

At 1-1 in the second round against the Atlanta Hawks, the Wizards aren’t going down without a fight and look to emerge as a contender for the Eastern Conference title, despite being the underdog. Check out the video below to see the recent shipment of Washington Wizards game-used collectibles arrive at Fanatics Authentic and shop the selection of Washington Wizards memorabilia to celebrate your favorite NBA stars as the 2015 NBA Playoffs competition gets even fiercer.

Stephen Curry Named 2015 NBA MVP

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The Golden State Warriors finished the 2014-2015 NBA regular season as the number one seed in the Western Conference with 67 wins. Their dominant season is largely courtesy of the strong play from point guard Stephen Curry. Curry was always one of the top players in the NBA, but this year under new head coach Steve Kerr, the two-time All-Star took his game to another level and was named 2015 NBA Most Valuable Player.

In just under 33 minutes per game, Stephen Curry averaged 23.8 points per game to go along with 7.7 assists and over 4 rebounds per game throughout the 2014-2015 regular season. The six year veteran is also recognized as arguably the best shooter in NBA history and for good reason. During the 2012-2013 NBA regular season, Curry hit 272 three pointers which broke the all-time record held by Ray Allen. He went on to break his own record this year with 286 threes and shot over 44 percent from beyond the arc while doing so. Curry also shot over 91 percent from the free throw line. The Warriors were ranked as one of the top defenses in the league and Stephen Curry even contributed to this reputation, while averaging two steals per game.

For most of the second half of the NBA regular season, it seemed like Stephen Curry was neck and neck with Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden for the MVP trophy, but by the end of the season it was clear which player was well deserving of the trophy. The Warriors won 11 more games than the Rockets and Curry ended up blowing Harden out of the water when it came down to the MVP voting. Out of the 130 first place votes, Stephen Curry received 100 of them and the Warriors have a very special team this season thanks to their All-Star point guard. Leading the Warriors into the postseason with a first round sweep, Stephen Curry is the clear MVP of the league and hopes to bring Golden State its first championship since 1975.

In addition to his unbelievable jump shot that put his name on the map, many basketball fans would say that Stephen Curry has one of the best handles in the NBA, which makes him so tough to defend against. Curry can get his shot off at will and if the defense leaves him any inch of space, chances are it’s going to be a long night chasing the 6’3 point guard around the court. Earning his first league MVP title just six seasons into his professional basketball career, Stephen Curry is already on his way to ranking among the top player of his generation and writing his name in NBA lore.

Commemorate the 2014-2015 NBA Most Valuable Player with unique basketball collectibles and shop the selection of authentic Stephen Curry memorabilia, here!

The Legacy of Manny Pacquiao

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Answering to unending demands from boxing fans worldwide, Pacquiao will go up against Mayweather on May 2nd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. As the two boxing greats go head-to-head, only one will emerge as the winner and the best boxer of their era. After 20 years of professional fighting, the eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao is finally gearing up to take on the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. in “The Fight of the Century”, but let’s not forget the plethora of victories that earned the Pac-Man his storied reputation.

At only 16 years old and 4’11”, Manny Pacquiao fought in his first professional boxing match in the light flyweight division. Despite the required 105 pound minimum to be eligible to fight in the light flyweight division, Pacquiao was only 98 pounds but put weights in his pockets for a chance to compete. His impressive fight against Edmund Ignacio marked the beginning of a legacy as Manny Pacquiao took the match in a decision to mark the beginning of a dynasty.

As time passed, Manny Pacquiao got older and started gaining weight to compete in other weight classes. Pacquiao went on a winning streak, Pacquiao was matched up against Chatchai Sasakul in the Flyweight division for his first ever world title. Pacquiao took home his first major title by knocking out the defending champion.

Gaining continued national recognition, Pacquiao then fought Lehlohonolo Ledwaba for the Super Bantamweight title in June 2001. Pacquiao defeated Ledwaba in the fourth round via technical knockout, despite fighting just two weeks prior to win his second major world title.

Moving up to the Featherweight division in 2003, Pacquiao was immediately given the chance to take the title from Marco Antonio Barrera. Upsetting the defending champ for his third world title, Pacquiao became the first Filipino and Asian to become a three-division world champion and gave Barrera the only knockout loss of his career.

Manny Pacquiao continued to dominate the ring and moved up to the Super Featherweight division in 2005. Taking on Erik Morales for the title, Pacquiao fell to three-division champion in the twelfth round, but took the BC International Super Featherweight title later that year in a fight against Hector Velazquez.

3, Pacquiao was immediately given the chance to take the title from Marco Antonio Barrera. Upsetting the defending champ for his third world title, Pacquiao became the first Filipino and Asian to become a three-division world champion and gave Barrera the only knockout loss of his career.

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Manny Pacquiao and Erik Morales quickly became rivals in the Super Featherweight division. The two boxers were matched up three times with Morales winning the first fight and Pacquiao taking the second victory. For a highly anticipated rubber match, an estimated 18,276 fans showed up to witness Manny Pacquiao emerge as the better fighter as he knocked out Eric Morales in the third round.

In 2008, Pacquiao got his long awaited rematch against Juan Manuel Marquez for the WBC Super Featherweight and The Ring Super Featherweight titles. Referred to as “Unfinished Business”, the fight was Pacquiao’s chance for revenge after a previous loss to Marquez in 2004. Defeating Marquez in a controversial decision, Pacquiao was named him a four-division world champion before he moved up to the Lightweight division.

With the WBC Lightweight title on the line, Pacquiao entered the division and was scheduled to fight David Diaz on June 28, 2008. After completely dominating Diaz the entire fight, Pacquiao took home his fifth world title for five different weight divisions. This Pac-Man victory also made him the only Filipino and Asian to become a five-division world champion, as well as the first Filipino fighter to ever win a world title at lightweight.

At the end of 2008, Manny Pacquiao entered the welterweight division for a highly anticipated fight against Oscar De La Hoya. Boxing fans eagerly awaited “The Dream Match” and tickets were sold out in less than one day. Although many wondered if Pacquiao’s heavier weight would prove to be a disadvantage against the larger De La Hoya, the Pac-Man won via technical knockout after eight rounds. With that fight, Manny Pacquiao recorded his highest earning for a fight in his career and seemed unbeatable.

Manny Pacquiao then fought in the light welterweight division for the first time in 2009 against Ricky Hatton in “The Battle of the East and West”. For the win, Pacquiao landed a left hook on Hatton that crushed his opponent and was awarded “Knockout of the Year” in The Ring Magazine. Pacquiao also became the second boxer in sports history to win world titles in six separate divisions, become a six-division world champion, and the first man to win lineal world titles in four weight classes.

In a fight titled “Firepower”, Manny Pacquiao was scheduled to face off against Miguel Cotto in the welterweight division. Pacquiao shocked sports fans as he effortlessly picked apart his opponent and knocked Cotto down in rounds three and four. Sealing the victory and his WBO Welterweight title in the twelfth round, Manny Pacquiao became the first boxer to win world titles in seven different weight divisions.

After winning back the Welterweight title from Joshua Clottey, Manny Pacquiao was given the chance win another world title in an eighth weight class in 2010. Only one fighter stood in the way of the Pac-Man becoming an eight-division world champion: Antonio Margarito. Even weighing in 17 pounds less than his opponent, Manny Pacquiao absolutely destroyed Margarito. Pacquiao fractured Margarito’s orbital bone and won the fight via unanimous decision to make him the first and only eight-division world champion.

The 2015 NBA Playoffs Have Arrived!

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With the conclusion of a thrilling 82-game regular season, the competition is getting even hotter as the 2015 NBA Playoffs get under way. All sixteen spots in the playoffs were up for grabs for the majority of the season and as the regular season play began to wind down, one final night of play would decide the two number eight seeds for the postseason. Facing a tie in both conferences, the New Orleans Pelicans and Brooklyn Nets just barely clinched a postseason berth to set the stage for another thrilling postseason.

For the eight seed in the Eastern Conference, the regular season came to a close with a showdown between the Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets. Before a Pacers loss that eliminated Indiana from the postseason, both teams had 38-44 records, but only the Nets earned the chance to continue their season for what’ll likely be just four more games against the Atlanta Hawks. Cruising to the top seed, Atlanta is seven games ahead in the East and will coast through the first round, and maybe even the second. Regardless of the Hawk’s dominant lead, LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers are quickly emerging as the favorite to take the Conference Championship and advance to the NBA Finals. While the Cavs look to assert their dominance in the first series and will likely defeat the seventh seeded Celtics in a blown out, Boston has a bright future ahead considering their seven additional first round picks. The third seeded Chicago Bulls defeated the Hawks in the last game of the season to jump ahead of the Toronto Raptors, but may have been better off losing and ranking fourth rather than eventually facing the dangerous Cavaliers for a chance to compete for the conference title. Beneath the East’s big three players, the rest of the conference is fairly weak. In the fourth spot, the Raptors barely kept their home court advantage against the Washington Wizards, who would benefit from a first round exit and replacing their coach. Then there is a Milwaukee Bucks team that is using their trip to the postseason to integrate the hopeful new face of the franchise, Michael Carter-Williams.

The eighth postseason team to compete in the West Conference also came down to a tiebreaker between the New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma State Thunder. After both teams finished the regular season with 45 wins and 37 losses, the Thunder made a surprising exit from the postseason and the Pelicans advanced to the playoffs for a rough first round beating from the dominant Golden State Warriors. Even with future NBA great leading the Pelicans into the postseason, Anthony Davis is not quite talented enough to take down the the number one seeded Warriors and the Splash Brothers. Closing out the regular season with a ten game advantage in the West, it’s going to be tough for any team in the conference to stop Golden State. Regardless, the two and three seeded, the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers will look to emerge as contenders. The Rockets and the Clippers are sure to move onto the second round with a depleting San Antonio Spurs teams and the mediocre Dallas Mavericks, standing in their way. After dropping from the second seed to the sixth seed due to a loss to the Pelicans, the defending champion Spurs will have to play exceptionally well on the road for the duration of their postseason run and fight their way back to the top for a shot at another trip to the finals. In a first round match-up between the Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies, a fourth seed with a worse record than the six seed will face an injury ridden roster for a series that could fall in favor of either team.

Although the postseason is almost a week in and the first round is reaching Game 3, the NBA is still as the beginning of a very lengthy road to the 2015 NBA Finals. Basketball fans should gear up for a month of play that will keep them at the edge of their seats, because each of these sixteen teams wont let the crown slip through their fingers easily. With plenty of epic plays and shocking upsets to come, even a minute of the 2015 NBA Playoffs should not be missed.

St. Louis Blues Game-Used Jerseys Arrive for the 2015 NHL Playoffs

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Just in time for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Fanatics Authentic received a huge collection of game-worn St. Louis Blues jerseys. With jerseys for sale that were worn by every star on the Blues, from Vladimir Tarasenko to T.J. Oshie, fans can gear up for the long road to the Stanley Cup and commemorate their favorite St. Louis hockey moments from the 2014-2015 NHL season. Finishing the regular season as Central Division Champions with a 51-24-7 record and the fourth-best power play in the league,the St. Louis Blues took the second seed in the Western Conference and are a strong contender entering the postseason.

As the second-ranked team in the West, the Blues are projected to take down the Minnesota Wild in the first round and make a long postseason run. Check out the video below to see the shipment of St. Louis Blues game-used collectibles arrive at Fanatics Authentic and shop the selection of St. Louis Blues memorabilia to celebrate your favorite hockey players as the NHL postseason competition begins to heat up.

The Legend of Number 42 – Remembering Jackie Robinson

JackieRobinsonMythical baseball icons like Babe Ruth and Willie Mays may be credited as some of the greatest MLB players to ever take the field, only one athlete changed the course of America’s pastime; none other than the legend, Jackie Robinson. Remembered as a courageous sports hero, Robinson challenged the world, persevered through an unthinkable amount of controversy, and broke baseball’s color barrier during the height of United States civil unrest. The former Brooklyn Dodgers star not only reshaped the game of baseball forever, but provided MLB fans with some of the most incredible moments the field has ever witnessed.

After completing a historic college sports career at UCLA, becoming the first athlete to win varsity letters in four sports, Jackie Robinson spent several years playing professional baseball across the country in the Negro Leagues. In a famous discussion with Brooklyn Dodgers president, Jackie Robinson became the first African American baseball player to sign with an MLB team in over half a century and began his journey in the Minor Leagues. Despite the many challenges posed by racial segregation in the Minors, Robinson continued to chase his dreams and finally got his shot in the Majors in 1947.

Although he faced endless racial slurs and ample disrespect from across the MLB, including players, managers, and fans, the Brooklyn Dodgers newest star would not let his critics affect his play on the field. Robinson capped off an extraordinary rookie season at first base with 175 hits for a .297 batting average and a league leading 29 stolen bases. Those spectacular numbers at the plate and stellar play in the infield earned Jackie Robinson the Rookie of the Year Award for the 1947 MLB season, as well as a top five finish in MVP voting.

Following his second-to-none rookie campaign, Jackie Robinson continued to dominate the baseball diamond and his best seasons were yet to come. The 1949 MLB season marked the year in which Robinson would take his game from above-average to legendary. In his third year as a member of the Dodgers, MLB’s first African American player since the 1800’s topped the league at the plate with a .342 batting average and a career high of 37 stolen bases. That season’s National League MVP reached the 200 hit milestone for the only season of the Brooklyn hero’s decade of play and was named to his first of six consecutive Major League Baseball All-Star Games.

Throughout his ten seasons of Major League Baseball, Jackie Robinson led the Brooklyn Dodgers to six world championship appearances and finally took home a ring at the1955 World Series. The Dodgers second baseman also consistently led the league statistically in just about every MLB season during his career. Regardless of his extensive list of MLB achievements, Jackie Robinson’s most important feat from his entire illustrious career was successfully breaking baseball’s color barrier in 1947. Becoming the first African American player in the Major Leagues since 1880, Robinson faced a country full of critics at the peak of racial tension in the United States and fearlessly took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Jackie Robinson paved the way for many of the most outstanding players in all of baseball history to create their legacies in Major League Baseball. Without the determination and courage of Jackie Robinson, the game of baseball would not be what it is today. In honor of his contributions to sports history, Jackie Robinson’s famous #42 was universally retired by all Major League Baseball franchises for the rest of time and became the first professional athlete to receive such a high honor. As a man that completely reformed baseball forever, Jackie Robinson live on as a sports legacy for bringing a diverse group of people together to share their common love for the game.

Jordan Spieth Wins 2015 Masters Tournament!

After a weekend  of the 2015 Masters Tournament, there is a new face dominating the game of golf and it belongs to Jordan Spieth. Despite the tournament’s reputation for close competition and a weekend full of anticipation, the 21 year-old from Dallas established a lead early on and continued to defy all odds  on his way to an astonishing victory. Shooting one of the best tournaments that Augusta, Georgia has ever seen, Jordan Spieth finished at an astonishing 18 shots under par to win the 2015 Masters and take home the coveted green jacket.

Just a year ago, Jordan Spieth showed tremendous promise for his first appearance at the 2014 Masters Tournament, finishing under par during each of his four rounds and was the stand-alone leader on the final day of the tournament before Bubba Watson took the win. The 2015 Masters tournament would provide an entirely different story. From the first tee-off of the weekend, it was clear Spieth would not fall short of the victory again. Dominating the tournament from start to finish, Spieth shot a 64, 66, 70, and 70 in each of his four rounds to finish with a four shot lead over Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose. Jordan Spieth’s heroics at the Masters not only earned the young golf sensation his first green jacket, he also made sports history. Spieth set a Masters record with his 28 birdies over four rounds and was the first player in tournament history to go 19 strokes under par. Jordan Spieth also became the second youngest player, at 21 years and eight months of age, to win a Masters, just behind none other than the legend Tiger Woods himself.

Although it may seem that Jordan Spieth emerged as a superstar after winning the Masters, but Jordan Spieth was deemed a prodigy of the game back when he first picked up a golf club. Before joining the PGA Tour in 2011, Spieth won the U.S. Junior Amateur tournament twice, which is a feat only reached by one other golfer before, Tiger Woods. The following year, Spieth competed in the adult U.S. open as an amateur and tied for twenty-first after an impressive performance. At the age of 19, Spieth then became the youngest golfer in 82 years to win a PGA Tour event in 2013, as he defeated Zach Johnson and David Hearn in a sudden death playoff for the win at the John Deere Classic. Seemingly unstoppable, Jordan Spieth was promptly named the 2013 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year and moved up in the world rankings to 22nd.

Now ranked No. 2 in the Official World Golf Rankings, sitting just behind Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth is already being compared to the likes of golf’s greatest athletes and is sure to have an extremely bright future ahead. As an athlete that clearly chases his goals relentlessly, Jordan Spieth will be a player to watch throughout the next year and can be expected to return to the Masters Tournament in search of a second title.

Fanatics Authentic March Signings

From the Chicago Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular to an assortment of private and public autograph signings, March was another exciting month at Fanatics Authentic. Despite hosting the first Fanatics Authentic show of the year in Chicago, we spent the month working with an array of remarkable athletes from across all major leagues and professional sports to bring fans the most premier autographed collectibles on the market. In addition to reuniting generations of Fighting Irish for a “Salute to Notre Dame”  at the Fanatics Authentic Show in Chicago, it also featured a full lineup of incredible professional athletes, including Colin Kaepernick and Randy Johnson. Throughout March, Fanatics Authentic also had the pleasure of hosting autograph signings with a multitude of successful athletes and sports stars, such as legendary quarterback Peyton Manning, highly-anticipated NFL Draft prospect Marcus Mariota, UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, Chicago Bulls superstar Joakim Noah, and many more. Check out the behind-the-scenes photos from Fanatics Authentic March autograph signings below, as well as our extensive online product offering to find featured products from each signing session.  FreddieFreemanSigningMariotaJersey Hammond-Smith II-Saunders-GaitherSigningCraigErickson13506_1040848465932466_5471781194374552358_nRomoSigningCarlaEsparza Hammond-Smith II-Saunders-GaitherSigning2 JoakimNoahSigning LukeKuechlySigning MikeKiddGilchristSigning PattyMillsSigning PeytonManningSigning RedSoxSigning ReggieJacksonSigningKaepernickSigningRouseySigning3

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