The ‘Grandpas’ of Hockey

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“A few minutes before the eight Czechs not in the N.H.L. took the ice for an hourlong practice, the Bolshoi Ice Dome was alive with the sounds of “I Love It,” a hit by the Swedish duo Icona Pop. The song contains this line, sanitized so it is Olympic family-friendly: You’re from the ’70s but I’m a ’90s chick.”

An entertaining read by Karen Crouse in The New York Times.

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Fall 2014 Men’s: A Few Favourites…

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Alexander Wang

Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane

Neil Barrett

Neil Barrett

Neil Barrett

Neil Barrett

A.P.C.

A.P.C.

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Wawrinka’s Mantra

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“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”

-Samuel Beckett

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One Last Dance

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It seems like yesterday we were talking about Nadal and Djokovic’s U.S. final. Now, here we are four months later and the tennis gods have given us one more Rafa and Roger showdown in a Slam.

After the year Fed had in 2013, most predicted the end was near. He quietly came into the Australian Open as the lowly #6 seed. And the world waited for the inevitable: another Rafa and Novak final filled with bruising base-line rallies. But then, a few weird things started to happen: Wawrinka ousted Novak in a fantastic five-setter, Rafa struggled with a problematic blister and Roger looked like he discovered a time machine.

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And now here we are, Roger and Rafa, Take #33. It’s been two long years since we’ve seen these two battle in a Slam. More importantly, they stand in each other’s way on their respective march to claim the greatest of all-time title. True, this is still only the semi-final and Wawrinka will have an extra day of rest, but whoever comes out on top will have an opportunity to move closer to that title.

With Fed sitting at 17 majors, Rafa is starting to breathe down his neck with 13. If Roger could pull off this win on his way to a fifth Australian Open, maybe, just maybe, it could be enough to hold off Rafa’s march towards Fed’s record. If Rafa wins, he could potentially begin 2014 with his 14th major, and with another French Open just around the corner, this could be the year of Rafa.

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Whatever happens, we’re thankful they’ve given us one last dance.

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Game of Style, 2014 Edition

It’s been so long… but we won’t start making excuses. Instead, let’s get right back into it with two big announcements this week.

First up, the Riccardo Tisci and Nike collaboration.

Look04-099rRVBNeither party has released details about the products but we do know that the pieces will have the NIKE RT logo and will launch this spring. Read more about the partnership and watch the video at Style.com. We can’t wait to see what the creative director of Givenchy has up his sports sleeve.

The other big news from the sports and fashion world is that Adidas relaunched the Stan Smith today.  The 1973 Adidas original, popular among the fashion crowd including one of our style icons Céline’s Phoebe Philo (below), was named for the tennis pro, Stanley Roger “Stan” Smith. I remember boys wearing them when I was in university and I’ve never been a fan – something about the really round toe always  bothered me – but since Philo can do no wrong…

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Nadal: Grunting His Way to Greatness

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I’m really into Nadal’s grey and pink outfit this year.

The talk at the start of the U.S. Open was all about the possible Rafa and Roger showdown in the quarter finals. Sadly this never came to pass as Fed’s disappointing year ended by him being thrown to the curb by some guy named Tommy Robredo.

It’s probably for the best though, as it would have been too painful to watch Federer endure another Rafa beat-down. I am starting to believe that by 2017, many will acknowledge Rafa, and not Roger, as tennis’s G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time).

Tonight, Rafa squares off against Djokovic once again, continuing the biggest and longest head-to-head rivalry in the modern age of tennis. Rafa is arguably the hottest player in tennis and holds a 21-15 lead in match-ups with Djoko. It’s not a huge advantage, but Rafa still has the upper hand.

With Rafa being healthy and in his full-on beast mode, I like his chances of lifting his second U.S. trophy tonight. Now, let’s look at the tennis landscape as the dust settles after the year’s final major: Rafa is your player of the year with two majors, the No. 1 ranking and his health.

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Rafa celebrates his U.S. Open win in 2010.

But more importantly he now has 13 MAJORS! (13!) Why is no one talking about this? If he can pull this last major out, the great Fed and his 17 majors will finally be in Rafa’s reach. Four majors is a lot (just ask that whiny bitch Eldrick Woods) but I think we can bank on Rafa winning two more French Opens in the next few years. This puts his total to 15 majors and counting, and still leaves him 3 to 4 more years of playing majors at a high level.

By the way, I believe this fear is what keeps Roger going. Everyone talks about him walking away, but I think he feels that one more, just one more major, could put things a little more out of reach. But if Rafa wins tonight and with his dominance on clay, his march towards Federer (and all-time greatness) should become the game’s biggest plotline.

Be afraid Roger, be very afraid.

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Muirfield Magic

 

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The Open Championship returned to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers (a.k.a. Muirfield) today. Past winners are a ‘whose who’ of the game’s finest. Check out this list: Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Sir Nick Faldo and Ernie Els. These seven legends have  a total of 51 MAJORS among them!

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Tom Watson, 1980

By Sunday afternoon another player will have his name on the Claret Jug and become ‘Champion Golfer of the Year’.

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Gary Player, who won in 1959

We would love to see Phil the Thrill win his first Open Championship this weekend. After another heartbreak last month at the U.S. Open, he would be a perfect fit to the illustrious list of winners at Muirfield and could match Gary Player’s 1959 triumph. Although, I think there is a slim chance Phil will be posing for ESPN ‘The Body” issue anytime soon let alone when he’s 77 (see Mr. Player above).

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We wanted to see if you were still paying attention. This is yours truly playing at Turnberry in Scotland last month. A man can dream can’t he?

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