Sports and fashion are two explosive worlds that have increasingly embraced one another with each passing week. The blossoming romance is akin to the unbreakable bond between Tomax and Xamot. They go hand in hand. It works for the players, it works for the brands, and most of the time it even works for the fans.
What true naturals like Joe Namath sparked simply by going with their instincts has evolved into a giant publicity spectacle, which often leads to various endorsements from brands looking to move that all-important needle. And that’s when things inevitably snowball into an attention-forced abyss, like the time Russell Westbrook oddly decided to look like this, or when Clyde Frazier recently opted to wear creepy, unsettling cobras on his feet.
On celeb row @realmikefox Jude Law ,Steve Schirripa @nyknicks @WaltFrazier wearing these – #spotthecobra @nyknicks pic.twitter.com/lmhG2C3Ved
— Jill Martin (@JillMartin) February 27, 2016
So much going on here and once again I can’t take my eyes off of Clyde’s wonderful feet sweaters because, well, they feature cobra heads. Would we have it any other way? No, we would not. But anyway, this is what I would to call a proper tone-setter. The man is a national treasure. And if you haven’t embraced that notion by now, you got some puzzling problems, man.
Knicks vs. Heat – 2/28/16 – Grade: A #knicks #clydesofly #waltfrazier #clydefrazier #NBAstyle pic.twitter.com/pJ7FUPNTrr
— Clyde So Fly (@ClydeSoFly10) February 29, 2016
Once again, Clyde’s suit is screaming “I’d rather be in South Beach” and I’m hardly here to judge, especially since I’ve taken in my share of Knicks games this season. #PrayForClyde #PrayForEveryone
Clyde Frazier, AGAIN
Knicks vs Magic – 2/26/16 – Grade: A+ #knicks #clydesofly #waltfrazier #clydefrazier #NBAstyle pic.twitter.com/4hcYn8K7xv
— Clyde So Fly (@ClydeSoFly10) February 27, 2016
I’ve gone full Clyde this week because why the hell not? At this point, I’m not even sure this amazing human being is an actual person. The Bold & The Beautiful was absolutely created with Clyde Frazier in mind. What a hero.
Cherry wants to save 21 pit bulls. “There is no need to kill them.” https://t.co/Ez9fdx0k0w from @joe_warmington pic.twitter.com/P9LrkxbADY
— Toronto Sun (@TheTorontoSun) February 26, 2016
I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed Don Cherry in any kind of public setting looking so casual. And really, it’s for a damn good cause. So cheers, brutha.
Russell Westbrook honored Avon Barksdale by rocking an 'Above the Rim' throwback jersey. https://t.co/63uYG9cwWb pic.twitter.com/YR9UfB7teH
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 28, 2016
Allow me to repeat: “Russell Westbrook honored Avon Barksdale by rocking an ‘Above the Rim’ throwback jersey.” Ha! I’m not even sure to what to say at this point; this dude is equal parts fascinating, dumbfounding, and amazing. You really can’t say that about too many people.
Michael Jordan & Scottie Pippen
Traveling with Steph Curry is way different than traveling with Michael Jordan was. https://t.co/3jSHCK7DNa pic.twitter.com/i5h1oSL9CT
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) March 1, 2016
Obviously not a recent photo, but Complex tweeted it this week — so that makes it recent. And boy, does that look like fun. Have you ever seen Michael Jordan so happy? Must’ve had a great night at the tables.
Hands down the most #motivational #interview of my career w/Chris Berman @espn #classact #clicklinkinbio for video pic.twitter.com/KoNArdOhEH
— Jason Harrell (@BarTherapist) February 21, 2016
You know what? Chris Berman looks great here. No sweat spewing from his forehead and he genuinely looks at peace with himself. A true rarity. It’s actually somewhat refreshing to see him not look like an absolute dumpster fire.
Well CBS Sports broadcaster Jim Nantz may live at Pebble Beach but traffic doesn't play favorites #waititout pic.twitter.com/U8kNnpwbFX
— Garrett Johnston (@JohnstonGarrett) February 16, 2016
Jim Nantz is an unpredictable, wild party animal that must be controlled.
LeBron James & James Harden
These are some very dedicated LeBron James and James Harden fans. pic.twitter.com/YVnRTiqRNZ
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 1, 2016
Duuuuuuuuude. This is just creepy. Let’s move right along now, please.
.@StephenCurry30's response to LeBron James saying he doesn't know what Under Armour is: https://t.co/5FWIVk2deQ pic.twitter.com/LucTT25Gct
— SoleCollector.com (@SoleCollector) February 28, 2016
The spectacle that is Steph Curry is just a fascinating study. Whoever thought LeBron would be ousted from the throne so abruptly? Under Armour is the happiest brand in the entire WORLD right now. Additionally, and possibly of more significance, is that WWE’s Virgil to Steph’s right? I sure as hell hope so.
Cam Newton & Rob Gronkowski
Cam Newton, Rob Gronkowski to headline new Nick series:https://t.co/Jh7EqHWeWf pic.twitter.com/2tNwWFfDyh
— ABC 7 News – WJLA (@ABC7News) March 3, 2016
Is Cam Newton channeling his first day of school here? Good lord, man. Take a break. You need one. Gronk, however, is completely on point because he’s GRONK, and — hate it or love it — that’s just how it works.
Cam Newton's younger brother Caylin looking to make a name for himself https://t.co/nRpJL51NUG @NewtonCaylin pic.twitter.com/YlAjh0eK0q
— Wesley Sinor (@WesleySinor) March 1, 2016
Yeah. Apparently Cam Newton has a brother who is somehow not Will Smith’s brother. #TheMoreYouKnow
Jeff Van Gundy
That foursome of Griffin, Jordan, Paul & Redick is as good as any other foursome in the league. – Jeff Van Gundy pic.twitter.com/FBss72NUkx
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 3, 2016
Ladies and gentleman, the doctor of style, Mr. Jeff Van Gundy! Actually, in all honesty, I would say JVG looks pretty spiffy here, had it not been for the glasses that make him look like he’s at the very least, 50% bird.
Jeff Van Gundy & Mike Breen
Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Breen Get Awesome Jerseys for Heat-Nets Game https://t.co/cOPNlQb3V8
— HooperShooter (@HooperShooter) February 28, 2016
But just like that, he TOTALLY redeems himself! These two dudes genuinely seem to enjoy their jobs, so I will do my best not to mention the problematic, disproportionate stitching, particularly on JVG’s jersey.
Don Cherry, AGAIN
Don Cherry with the save? @joe_warmington says the coach wants to help 21 pit bulls https://t.co/iEqyE6dmvL pic.twitter.com/AnOTc81AxH
— Toronto Sun (@TheTorontoSun) February 27, 2016
Gotta be completely honest here: Love the cause, absolutely despise “casual Don Cherry.”
#Top #Nike Air KD Kevin Durant VII 7 EXT Premium Floral size 11 #Sports #Shoes pic.twitter.com/e7y0zQMJEk https://t.co/YW0AgJM13e
— Kevin Durant Fans (@KevinDurantFan5) February 23, 2016
I have but one question: What in the living HELL are these? “Premium Floral.” Yeah, thanks, but no thanks.
getting involved in the fashion game… stay tuned for more pic.twitter.com/Z3vqWcLKW0
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) March 1, 2016
Is Kevin Love kidding us with this tweet? Stay tuned. That’s one hell of a teaser. I simply cannot wait and need to know more NOW.
Kevin Love, AGAIN
all I want in life is someone to hug me/ smile at me the way isabel is hugging/smiling with Kevin love tbh pic.twitter.com/c3FHnrzqaT
— Evie Lavelle (@EvieLavelle14) March 2, 2016
Well, we’ve stayed tuned and I think I speak for everyone when I say we are NOT impressed.
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