Wizards Fashion Week Continues
After Jarvis Hayes's win in last Tuesday's "Best Dressed Wizard" contest, the stage was set for a dramatic showdown on Saturday night. And I'm not talking about Kobe-Gil. The "Best Dressed Wizard" contest was back, featuring Andray Blatche, Roger Mason and defending champion Jarvis Hayes. Since I wasn't at the game, we'll have to rely on Reader Nancy's comments:
Roger Mason, hands down. This time the crowd was quite decisive.
Blatche and Hayes were both going casual, which is fine. Just have to do it perfectly if you do it.
Blatche, not so bad -- hard for us to judge by the camera shots the quality of the sweater. Really good shirt. A little smarmy -- too hammy -- on the two-fingered kiss to the crowd. Just a little bit in the jury's personal space there.
Mason: Very very good. No budget problem here! That was a nice suit, well cut. Nice, nice color choices for the shirt and tie together -- pastel blue just barely setting off from the offwhite shirt. Good walk. Just, basically, no points off.
Jarvis: Hmm, camera cheated on you a little: we couldn't see much of the pants to see how it went with the sweater look. I must say, the sweater look was, well, just a sweater. It was nice and all -- but nothing noticeable about the shirt underneath or nothing. It was good, you were all good, but 'specially since you won last time, for me it was going to be between Blatche and Mason anyway.
The fact that the team is not making these video clips available on YouTube is eating a hole through my soul. If every team in the NBA hasn't started doing this, they're all stupid. But anyhow, I do have some player reaction to Saturday night's events.
"It was unexpected," Mason said of his victory. "I wore a suit to the game and the crowd picked me....I might have to bring something else to defend my crown tonight."
"That was a nice suit," Brendan Haywood said. "I didn't even know he owned a suit. I was glad to see he came to the game dressed nice."
"Roger came with it," Jarvis Hayes agreed, gracious in defeat. I asked if Mason's win should be considered an upset. "Upset?" Jarvis said. "No, Roger had his 'A' game."
I asked what we should expect from Hayes tonight. "I plan on getting it back," he said. "You'll see, you'll see. It'll be top three again."
Elsewhere, Donell Taylor was unhappy that he didn't reappear in the Top 3. "I got here late, it was supposed to have been me," he said. "I got gypped the last game."
I told him that some people on the Bog agreed that he was actually the best dressed Wizard in Round One. "I was, I was," he said. "But hey, I got confirmation now, so tonight I may wear a three-piece suit to try to come out victorious. Try to take it strong."
(If you're curious, the Best Dressed Wizard contest originated with Sashia Jones, the team's senior director of community relations, she who passes out tickets for family and friends and who clearly deserves a promotion for thinking of the Best Dressed idea. She sees the players before 'most every game, and at a recent game she and some co-workers were impressed when they saw DeShawn Stevenson coming down the hallway.
"You know, because DeShawn has his swag, and we were like, 'Your gear is tight,'" Sashia recounted this morning. "And he did a little spin and showed us what it was all about. And Caron was looking, and he was like, 'Hmmm, wait 'till Saturday. And we were like, 'This could be a little bit of fun.'"
The team does plan to continue using this as a game-day segment, although perhaps not at every home game. No word yet on whether it will definitely happen tonight. And for the record, since Sashia has seen these guys entering the locker room more than the rest of us, I asked her to handicap the field.
"I think Caron is the favorite on a day-to-day basis," she said, confirming my earlier thoughts. "He comes with that business look; [he's] ready to do business.")
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