Who wears short shorts? College basketball players!

With college basketball’s March Madness starting today it is only right to dive into the new/old style that is taking over the game. Short shorts are becoming far more popular in college basketball again.

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Over the last few decades we have seen a few major swings in short length on the basketball court. Of course the game started with players wearing near boxer length shorts, as displayed above by WVUs own Jerry West.

But short length began to drop further down the leg very rapidly. Some accredit the very beginning of this trend to the great Michael Jordan and the young, Fab Five Michigan basketball team. There are a few different stories as to how Michael originally started the trend. One story is that Michael had a habit of grabbing at his shorts when he was playing defense or when he was bent over from exhaustion… because of this habit Michael went to Champion (they made the shorts) and asked that they drop the seam down lower so he could easily grab the bottom of his shorts.

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Another rumor is that Michael wanted to wear his UNC shorts under his Chicago Bulls shorts. The problem was that the shorts were too short. What did he do? You guessed it… asked for bigger ones.  Put simply, Michael Jordan did it first and everyone wanted to be like Mike and wear baggy shorts.

This trend of baggy shorts is still the norm in the NBA, although the overall style length has shorted since the Iverson days and “The Dress Code” of 2005. Still today, if you watch any NBA game, on any night, most all of the shorts are roughly at the knee, give or take an inch up or down.

This is not the case in college basketball. Players such as Zion Williamson and Jordan Poole are starting to push back. Zion is undoubtable going to be the number pickI the draft this year and Poole a great career ahead of him as well. With social media trends catching fire so rapidly, I would bet that the short shorts are going to make a huge comeback in the NBA very soon.

 

 

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Nets Stealing Biggie’s ‘Coogie’ Look?

Although the Brooklyn Nets sit in 7th place in the east and are making the playoffs finally; they could have a bit of trouble coming their way. Well, the Nets, NBA and Nike.

Clothing Brand “Coogi” is suing the Brooklyn Nets organization, Nike and the NBA for copywriter infringment over a new jersey the team debuted this year. The jersey is predominately black with, what they call, “Brooklyn Camo” on the collar and sleeve end. The problem with this is the design is pretty blatantly stolen from the clothing company, who is known for very interesting and eye confusing patterns.

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While alive, Notorious BIG not only wore Coogi sweaters but rapped about the brand on many different occasions/records. The team does admit they purposely based the jersey design on Biggie… not a stretch considering he is/was and will be the king of Brooklyn.

Now, even if the design isn’t exact, there is some damning evidence against the 3. The lawsuit states that the defendants (NBA, Nets, Nike) purchased advertising on google for “Coogi Brooklyn nets” and “Brooklyn Coogi.” The clothing brand claims this is to direct people to Nike. The lawsuit was filed last Thursday, in a federal court in Manhattan.

But seeing tweets like this one over the past week… I’m left wondering if Nike didn’t actually do Coogi a favor. They’ll probably come to some settlement where Nike pays Coogi a lot of money (not to them) and Coogi just got an insane amount of publicity for the first time in who knows how long.

Coogi is a New York based company, Nike has a headquarters in New York , the NBA is based in New York, the Nets are in New York and of course Notorious BIG is as well. Although I doubt it…this could be quite the east coast show down.

Below is a map of some of Biggies favorites spots in Brooklyn along with the headquarters of those involved in the lawsuit.

UPDATE: Break Bank Bryce….?

Looks like our speculations were correct. Yesterday, Bryce Harper agreed to a 13-year, $330-Million-dollar contract with the Philadelphia Phillies…. 13 years is a big commitment to one organization, especially when your 26. BUT $330 million dollars is a whole lotta money.

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This deal is the largest contract in major North American sports history. The signing comes after a long, long free agency filled with many cities visits and reporters going crazy. We knew it would be a huge contract AND we knew he was holding out to see what Manny Machado was able to get. It, of course, is a good business decision to wait and see what the market has to offer but its also the most Bryce Harper move out there. Let’s not forget he’s been the golden boy of baseball since his early teens… a bit of a LeBron James of baseball (not even close though).

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It only makes sense that he would expecttt the largest contract, it was really just a matter of when someone would cave. With Manny going for 10 years $300 million, Nolan Arenado going for 8 years $260 million and Bryce getting his 13 year $330 million… I think it’s safe to say that there is a new pay standard for stars in major league baseball.

 

Father Prime Strikes Back

Dwayne Wade is making his farewell tour this year. The Flash has had quite the career and is highly regarded as the 3rdbest shooting guard of all time. Sitting only behind MJ and Kobe… wow. For his career he averagesaround 22 points and 5 assists. But the stats don’t tell the full story. They don’t tell how he, somewhat, carried the Heat to a finals win very early in his career; or him teaching LeBron James how to win a championship. Dwayne Wade is, for lack of a better term, a sweetheart of the NBA. And watching him and the reactions he received last night, really showed that.

Last night Wade hit a dagger 3 pointer as time expired to beat the Golden State Warriors.

After catching the ball at the 3-point line, hesitating, having his shot blocked, catching it again and floating it up… he was able to bank it in off the glass. Of course him and his teammates ran wild and the arena was going nuts. But I think it was how the Golden State Warrior’s reacted that really got me thinking. After the initial shock, they were all smiling and congratulating Wade on the shot. It was the last time these guys would be on the floor at the same time as him and it was great to see.

“I told [Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry] I needed this one on my way out. So y’all get enough, you got enough. I think the one thing cool for me is to be able to do this when you’ve got younger teammates that heard about some of the things you do, but don’t always get an opportunity to see it. So it was cool to be able to do it in front of those guys as well.” -Dwayne Wade

Hilarious and accurate. I bet everyone watching this game wanted that shot to do in. And I mean everyone… even Warriors fans! But lets not forget he’s rounding third now. High fiving the 3rd base coach and soon, riding off into the sunset.

Yes, it was a regular season game. Yes, Miami isn’t winning a championship. and YES it was lucky. But it was special. They are his best friend’s arch enemies (kind of, who knows in the NBA anymore), he was in Miami, he pumped KD out of his shoes….. it was special. It was the first time D-Wade has hit a shot like this since 2009 and it couldn’t have been more special…. during the regular season**

Break Bank Bryce….?

With Manny Machado just signing a 10 year $300 million dollar deal with the San Diego Padres, all eyes have shifted to Bryce Harper. This years free agency has been orbiting around these two since the beginning.

The 26-year-old, right fielder has been really testing the trading market to see how much money he can squeeze out of someone. But it is expected that he will signed a deal somewhere in the same range as Machado. This comes as no surprise considering they are the same age and both insane talents.

Harper has been in the baseball spotlight since he was 16 years old when the E:60 profile “The Natural”was filmed. But he is a bit of natural in another field as well… fashion. Since entering the league (not so much in high school) Bryce shown he cares about how he dresses. Signing a blockbuster deal will certainly help him bring this style to another level… Let’s take a look at some of his best looks over the years as we wait for his decision.

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Photo by Anthony Mair

Bryce wore a tuxedo lined with “MVP 15” and his number “34.”

Using his outfit to show where he’s from and his cities new team.

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Bringing some style to the field with his gloves.

Serena Aces The Oscars

Sticking with our Oscars and athletes and film theme… Serena Williams is probably our biggest story from the night. If you are unaware Serena was, somewhat, recently involved in a bit of situation, check the link for full details. But long story short; during one of her matches she protested an officials ruling that she was being coached and a cartoonist depicted it that she threw a tantrum and was being dramatic.

Serena is now trying to dismiss this common description of female athletes. She was very out spoken that she feels her situationwould not have been the same if she were a man.  During this year’s Academy Awards Serena teamed up with Nike to debut the “Dream Crazier” advertisement. It is a follow up ad to a advertisement titled “Dream Crazy.” This first ad featured Colin Kaepernick:

 

“Dream Crazier” hopes to combat the common misconception that if a female athlete complains she is being dramatic and to empower female athletes. Female athletes face a number of different perceptions and obstacles, such as unequal pay, that male athletes do not. Nike hopes to shine a light on these issues and drive women of all ages to strive fro greatness. In order to show a sign of unity amongst these women the ad will feature athletes form the women’s soccer team, an olympic gymnast and an olympic fencer. Very different sports, one goal.

“So if they want to call you crazy, fine. Show them what crazy can do.”

Taking Their Talents To The Big Screen

I don’t know about you, but I feel like there is a big award show every other week. The country music awards, the Grammys, the Met Gala…. and on and on. Last night was another one of those nights as actors, athletes, producers and everything in-between took to the red carpet for the Academy Awards. For those of you that don’t know, the Academy awards are awards given to the best of the best in the film industry that year. Now. I personally do not watch the show itself but I do enjoy seeing who won.

Over the years there have been many athletes to cross over into the film industry. At last year’s awards Kobe Bryant won the Academy Award for best Animated Short for his “Dear Basketball.” But sadly no big athlete has won an oscar for their acting ability. That doesn’t mean there hasn’t been some great performances. let’s take a look at some of the most well-known athletes turned actors.

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Everyone knows him. Arnold is, of course, known for his insane physic and for winning the Mr. Olympia competition 7 times. He made his big screen debut in the 1977 film “Pumping Iron.” The film followed Arnold around during his preparation for the 1975 Mr. Universe and 1975 Mr. Olympia competitions. After that he had roles in a number of films but is now best known for his role in the Terminator.

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LeBron James: As if being the best basketball player on the earth wasn’t hard enough… LeBron has been trying to break into the movie scene for a few years now. In 2015 he had a solid role in the film “Trainwreck” and seemed to be gaining some skill. More recently he had a large voice role in the animated film “Smallfoot” and it is reported that Space Jam 2 will go into production summer 2019.

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Michael Jordan: Jumpman has to be the best “main sport” athlete to cross over onto the screen. Although I find myself on the LeBron James>MJ debate; I can’t argue that he was great in the original Space Jam. Not only was it his first time staring in a film…. 90% of his costars were animated making acting far more unnatural for Mike.

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