3.01.2009

Shakin' It Loose



There are going to be some major corporate changes around here in the near-future. The ads will be gone, replaced with a more reader-friendly, transparent strategy that basically just encourages you click on a text link to, say, Amazon before doing your shopping. Trust me, it will be unobtrusive and revolutionary. And we've opened our own super-goofy CAFE PRESS OPERATION, in case you want a mug or the un-named item by its very existence embodies the most general sense of "FD." Debate what it is, maybe even buy it. It's a shop, but also a conceptual piece about internet commerce and branding.

This is not an effort to exploit you, or tarnish our good name. Mostly, times are hard, and I'm looking for ways—ideally low-key or hilarious—to maximize the money I can make off of this site while writing for it close to every day.

SOME BASKETBALL: Dwyane Wade is the Monster's Ball right now, whatever that means. What he did to the Knicks last night was both inhuman and inhumane, and yet way-up-in-the-middle-of-the-air radiant. He's like those movies where vampires turn out to like cotton candy and long walks. I know I've been hard on him in the past, but with LeBron having crested for the moment (or at least our discussion of him), Kobe Kobe, and Durant out, it's time we paid some homage to D-Wade. . . with these links other people gave me!

-Ziller is awed by the forceful classiness of Wade's NBA headshot. Since when do they wear suits in these?

-Those band-aids were a major fashion statement, and now they've been. . . BAND! But seriously folks, this look was positively jarring and frivolously assertive, just the kind of thing I've always wanted from his game. I also think these fall more under the Li'l Wayne category of talisman-like adornment, rather than that old Nelly "you know, it just shows I can flip it like that."

-Finally, some wunder-stats courtesy of TZ: "Wade needs 20 more blocks to break the record for most blocks by a 6'4 or shorter player in a season." (SOURCE). Now that's fucking money.

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15 Comments:

At 3/01/2009 3:51 PM, Blogger Crabbie said...

That apron will be hard for me not to buy, and I'm not kidding even a little bit.

 
At 3/01/2009 5:50 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

That would place you in very select company.

Proper post tomorrow. Am finishing up "Then and Now" for TSB.

 
At 3/01/2009 6:00 PM, OpenID Brian said...

I think a kangol-style cap with just the free darko silhouette and the words where "kangol" would be written would be FD to the upteenth degree.

 
At 3/01/2009 9:21 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Seriously, this CafePress store is all I've ever wanted from you. I was psyched to buy a shirt in the earlier run, the book was, obviously, a high point, but I'm totally willing to shill out the cash if it means supporting these vision quests of yours. And I don't think I'm alone on this.

Second: according to his total blocks and games played, if he continues on this average, he won't make it. Y'all need to somehow use some of your connections to get this word to DWade to step up his game so that he can break that mark.

 
At 3/02/2009 1:09 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

TSB Week in Review column. It's called "Then & Now," I do it late every Sunday.

 
At 3/02/2009 2:53 AM, Blogger D.J. Foster said...

I'm partial to the Free Darko throw pillow myself.

 
At 3/02/2009 3:17 AM, Blogger The Till Show said...

I agree with D.J. The throw pillow will be copped swiftly. That Kangol idea's pretty awesome, too.

 
At 3/02/2009 5:46 AM, Blogger Alexander J said...

"By my standards, it's a good win, but boy, they've got some nice young players they're working with," said Sloan, who gave his biggest praise to Golden State rookie Anthony Randolph.

"Randolph was a live wire out there," Sloan added. "He had maybe two or three blocks in a row, and it looked like we were going to cave in, but fortunately we stayed in there and kept our composure and ended up winning the ballgame."

let the bandwagon roll out!

I think AR could become the Ronnie James Dio of versatile big men, take what you will from that.

 
At 3/02/2009 10:04 AM, Blogger FunWithLogic said...

I have an idea for revenue-generating: print more Arenas/Tiger shirts!

 
At 3/02/2009 12:37 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

...because everyone wants to sport the t-shirt of a guy who hasn't played for two years.

 
At 3/02/2009 1:15 PM, Blogger FunWithLogic said...

Touché.

I'm keeping the flame alive. If anything, the "playing tricks" moniker is more alive than ever, given that he recontracted despite a bum leg.

If there is something missing this year from the great sport, it is definitely Agent Zero's spirit....

 
At 3/02/2009 2:36 PM, Blogger Gabe said...

uh, wade averages 1.4 blocks per game and has 24 games to go - if he continues on this pace he'll get like 35 more blocks

 
At 3/02/2009 4:32 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Whoops, sorry. Thanks Gabe, did my math backwards, and missed the column where per game blocks are listed regardless. Very cool.

 
At 3/02/2009 8:08 PM, Blogger Shiv said...

Has Wade done more/less for NBA fashion than anyone since His Airness? First the tights and now the designer bandages. Discuss...

 
At 3/02/2009 10:48 PM, Blogger The Till Show said...

AI and the long sleeve when not injured is a staple among players.

 

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