So, there’s this guy. His name is Russell Westbrook. you might know him. He plays point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and is considered to be one of the NBA’s best players, no holds barred. Above you’ll see a photo of him on draft night, in 2008. He looks like pretty much any other NBA Draftee. You’ll notice the sheepish grin, the ill-fitting suit, the professional as possible tie, and the soon-to-be-outdated Sonics hat. But one thing really stands out about that strapping young lad. That glint in his eye. Something tells you that this is as guy who wants it all. And it’s almost certain that it all won’t come on a basketball court.
Fast forward to 2013, and Russell Westbrook has become the NBA’s most prominent fashion icon since Dennis Rodman. He’s appeared in ESPN the Magazine, GQ, VMAN, Vogue, and the New York Times, on all occasions solely for his fashion interests. (He’s yet to appear in the legendary So6ix magazine, but that’s probably because he knows about the curse.) I couldn’t name a single other active player in any other major American sport that comes even close to the notoriety and bravado of Westbrook’s style. The irony of it all is that Westbrook plays for a team in Oklahoma City, where fashion is about as important as who the Democratic candidate for senate is going to be.
In the spirit of Westbrook’s fashion achievements, I’m here to bring you his greatest outfits. They will be graded in three categories: Creativity, Plausibility (in other words, how well the outfit works for everyday wear), and Memorability. The photo with the highest total score wins. Also, before we begin, I think it’s important to disclose that THIS is my idea of excellent fashion. Moving on, here’s to you, Russ!
10. The Hillbilly Homage
Personally, I absolutely despise this outfit. Mainly because it’s something you’d only seen worn by rednecks who don’t take showers and drive 40-year-old pickup trucks. But, somehow, Westbrook messes with your perception here. He brands it with some ultra-chic semi-transparent horn-rimmed specs, and stands in front of a futuristic wallpaper. Basically, you’re looking at a strange dichotomy that somehow finds a way to blend together through color.
How many jackets can one man wear? That’s the question Russell Westbrook attempted to answer with this outfit. It’s hard to tell what’s going on exactly, but the high collar and the black capeish looking thing on the second layer make me thing he’s a vampire. That, and the extremely intense glare he’s giving me. Capping off this photo is a Nike basketball turned upside down, because Westbrook is signed with Jordan bland.
Know how to clean a tuba??? With a tuba toothpaste! Funny, huh? I’ll be here all week. Tip your waitresses and bar staff.
The reason I started this post with a hysterical joke about tubas is because hysterical drama is still unfolding with the Pride of Oklahoma marching band. Just weeks after the Pride issued a list of demands to OU President David Boren, the band’s tuba section has now gone on strike. The Tubateers, as they are affectionately known on campus, are upset by some of the changes implemented by new band director Justin Stolarik, including his strange insistence that they dot the “I” in Oklahoma.
The OU Daily student newspaper has all the details:
The Pride of Oklahoma’s tuba section lacked all but three members at rehearsal Monday after members decided to take a stand against inadequate teaching and changes made to the band this year.
Freshman tuba player Michael Boyd said members of the tuba section decided Sunday not to show up to rehearsal Monday and emailed their director, Justin Stolarik, to voice their concerns with the band’s performance this year.
So your band’s performance has sucked this year, and you combat this by not going to rehearsal? That makes as much sense as hiring an unqualified band director from Wisconsin to lead your university’s marching band.
The article continues:
So, does anyone know of anything interesting that happened last week?
The internet was set afire with a five-part series from Sports Illustrated written by George Dohrmann and Thayer Evans. I thought that today I’d write a little bit about the reactions to it. I want to be clear here that I have no interest in defending SI’s story. Even if every single allegation in the story is true, I don’t really care. The NCAA’s rules are dumb, and dinging OSU for breaking dumb rules strikes me as a waste of time, except to the extent that it gives me ammunition to needle my OSU fan friends.
Unfortunately for Sports Illustrated, their series was pretty sloppy, and most bafflingly they devoted half of what has been published so far to marijuana use and sex, both of which strike me more as telltale signs of everyday college life than of an out-of control football program.
Conceding that the SI report was really weak, though, I also didn’t think the local media totally covered themselves in glory.
Before the story even dropped — before we had any idea what would be in it — KFOR, for instance, was already circling the wagons. Here’s Channel 4′s long-time news anchor Linda Cavanaugh:
So I’ve been busy this past week and haven’t watched TV, surfed the World Wide Web, or turned on the radio. Or talked to any person in the state of Oklahoma. What’s the new word? Anything exciting going on in the area? So did that article about the OSU football atrocities have any legs? Oh … oh really …
10) OSU dismantled Lamar
I mean, what do you say about the Cowboys destroying a horribly over-matched FCS team in the home opener 59-3? That this was just another step on the road to a national championship? That this huge home opener will propel OSU to a second conference championship in three years? I guess Poke fan wants me to say who great the offense looked and how the defense held the mighty Cardinals to 3 points.
Just like any other day, today is not a good day to be an OSU fan.
Earlier this morning, Sports Illustrated released the first of what OSU fans must think is an infinite part series on alleged corruption and scandal within the OSU athletic department. According to SI.com, the OSU football program was an out of control monster where athletes took cash, cheated on tests, smoked marijuana and had sex with girls. Basically, they acted and behaved like college students.
Unfortunately for OSU, NCAA athletes (fair or unfair. Hint: It’s unfair) play by a different set of rules. Because of that, the report has the potential to set the program back a decade and destroy all the progress it’s (rightfully or wrongfully) made under Les Miles and Mike Gundy. That may seem overly dire, but it’s very possible.
Obviously, the article has most Cowboy fans in a very bad mood. Because of that, I thought I’d post a photo to cheer them up:
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