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The cheerleaders of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets will wear uniforms as tough and sexy the New York City borough they’ll represent.
Forget the wholesome, girl-next-door look. The “Brooklynettes” will wear flashy black and silver “stretch leatherette,” knee high and high-heel boots and studded fingerless gloves when they entertain fans at halftime of Nets games, according to Sunday’s New York Post.
The old New Jersey Nets franchise turned to fashion designer David Dalrymple of HBO’s Sex and the City to help develop the costumes. Via the Post interview with Dalrymple:
“This isn’t palm trees and sunshine. It’s New York City, and it’s Brooklyn. It’s a different sensibility. We go hard,” the designer said.
Dalrymple, 45, had designed the red and blue costumes for the Nets dancers in New Jersey and was hired to give the outfits an edgy makeover to commemorate the team’s move to Brooklyn. “They had an empty closet we had to fill,” he said.
The Brooklynettes collection consists of seven full costumes.
“They have a jumpsuit, a neoprene scuba blazer with sequin leggings, a little cropped warm-up jacket, and painted sequin leggings,” Dalrymple said.
The cheerleaders will debut the uniforms when the Nets’ preseason schedule starts next month. The team opens the Barclays Center with a home game against the New York Knicks on Nov. 1.
USA TODAY SPORTS mocks 77-year-old stroke victim Lee Corso of ESPN
This must be the kind of “edgy” content the new USA TODAY SPORTS wants. The Game On! blog wrote a stupid, mean-spirited post on ESPN’s College GameDay analyst Lee Corso’s repeated attempts to plant a spear during his picks segment.
Never mind the guy’s 77-years old and had a stroke a couple of years ago. Or that it made the bit funnier. Or that it’s the silly Corso picks segment that many viewers like most.
No, Corso “failed miserably,” according to USA TODAY. The inconsequential TV moment was an “Epic. Fail.”
The funniest part is how USA TODAY’s own readers ripped them in the comments section.
Shannon Stearns wrote: “That might be the lamest article ever. If you watch gameday, thats the part a lot of people look forward to.”
Matt McGrath asked, “Is it really an “epic fail” that a 77 year old man who had a stroke three years ago can’t plant a spear in two inches of padding or wood or whatever it is? Must be a very slow news day.”
Johnny Indelli added: “This article = fail. The guy is a legend and could be in his last year of the show. Show some respect!”
Gronk Flakes’ hitting New England supermarkets
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is hitting the store shelves — not an opposing player — with a corn-flake cereal from PLB Sports, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
Fans can get there fill of the outgoing and very popular Gronkowski for $3.99 at New England Stop & Shop stores, starting this week.
PLB president Ty Ballou tells Rovell that his company has sold 155,000 boxes of Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander’s Fastball Flakes in the Detroit area. Ballou believes that Gronk Flakes should sell more. Sales will benefit the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation.
PLB sold 2.5 million boxes of Flutie Flakes — in honor of then Buffalo Bills quarterback and 1984 Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie — from 1999-2001.
— Contributing: Bob Kimball