Remember the short-lived “throwback jersey” era of hip-hop? That was cool for a while, until Jay-Z completely guillotined it on “What More Can I Say,” telling people “I don’t wear jerseys, I’m 30-plus.” You don’t see too many people wearing jerseys anymore; when you do, it’s usually doughy white people and the players on the jerseys suck. So iif Jay-Z - who was never really part of the throwback scene to begin with - can kill off jerseys with one line, imagine what the NBA’s going to look like in a month now that Allen Iverson just shaved his braids.
Forget the dunk contest and HORSE; the freshly shorn Iverson was the real “buzz”* of Phoenix yesterday. Let’s get this straight, Iverson brought cornrows to the NBA, and sorry Rip Hamilton, he’s taking them away now. Hey, it was a good run, 10 or 11 years. After the jump, an interview with Alley I, where he credits his kids and you-know-who for the change. Read more…
Our favorite part of baseball’s All-Star Game is the fact that sportswriters are forced to spend this week searching up the most obscure stories around (the ones not falling back on doing a story about Josh Hamilton’s love affair with God, at least). For the most part, this leads to a bunch of boring, inspirational crap. But not for John Rutherford of NBC NEWS, who dug up surly old ballplayer Bill Werber.
The 100-year-old Werber, the oldest living former major league ballplayer and former teammate to famous racist Babe Ruth, no longer watches baseball. Why? Because you’re all a bunch of pansies! Read more…
Those of you worried about Tom Brady’s appearance at the Super Bowl can now breathe a sigh of relief. No, we’re not talking about soothing his sore ankle, but taming his scruffy locks.
The BOSTON GLOBE’s DOUBLE COVERAGE cuts to the chase that Pini Swissa - Boston stylist and Brady’s personal barber - is in town and ready to give Tom a pre-game trim.
Swissa claims he’s “on call” during his stay in Phoenix, and has his shears ready at a moment’s notice. And Pini’s got big plans before the Big Game:
“I did Tom Brady (Tuesday), and right before the Super Bowl, it’s a surprise for everybody. Saturday night, I’m gonna cut it off. Saturday night, we’re gonna cut it really, really off.”
And he’ll probably give him a haircut, too. Ba-Zing!
HS FOOTBALL TEAM WITH MOHAWKS GETS CLIPPING CALL: Members of a Pennsylvania high school football team that were modeling mohawks now have to shave them off:
The EASTON EXPRESS-TIMES cuts to the chase of 25 Easton High School footballers sporting the unusual hairstyle. The players said it was a show of team unity before their Thanksgiving Day game against rival Phillipsburg.But the principal told them this week to cut their hair or get cut from class. The school’s dress code prohibits “mohawk- type haircuts” or “spike haircuts in which the hair is sectioned and brought to a point.”
Many players are upset with the code rules, and have even petitioned the school board to scalp the mohawk ban. Some board members suggested letting the team retain the ‘dos until after the Turkey Day game, but the principal said he would maintain the policy.
In the meantime, the Red Rovers will have to come over, and hippity-hop to the barber shop.