It's the holiday season, which means it's time for Nike to release slightly altered versions of old Air Jordan sneakers. This year the hot ticket is the $185-per-pair Air Jordan 11 Retro Gamma Blue, the model MJ wore during the 1995 playoffs.
What are people so excited about? What sets the new model apart from its forebears? Eastbay's description highlights their "all-new 'Gamma Blue' colorway, featuring a black patent leather and cordura base with gamma and maize branding hits." Sold?[jump]
Sneaker aficionados are so pumped about Saturday morning's release that they started lining up at Dallas' Southwest Center Mall on Thursday. As a shoe store there was preparing to dispense tickets for the shoes at 6 o'clock this morning, Fox 4 reports, a fight nearly broke out.
There were no arrests or injuries reported, but the station reports that "tempers flared and police had to intervene." If this sounds familiar, you might recall a similar incident last year at Hulen Mall in Fort Worth.
A reporter for NBC 5 described it as a "small riot" and reported that 300-400 people were pepper sprayed, all for a shoe that debuted almost two decades ago.
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