The virus that is March Madness finally struck our home. On Sunday, at the end of the first round of games, I watched with my son as upset after upset slowly destroyed our brackets. Now in the end, who really cares how that goes, except that what is truly at stake isyour pride, your sports cred, and the emotional tug of the multiple allegiances you have built up over the years for so many different reasons. The constant battle between your desire to have your brackets be right in this cultural classic and the reminder of your loyalties to your hometown teams, alma maters and plain old favorites makes this time of year chock full of angst. How do I root against La Salle, the small Catholic college from my hometown of Philadelphia, who, as a little girl, I watched with my father compete in the original big five league along with Penn, St. Joe’s, Temple and Villanova? The foundation for all that I love about basketball. How do I root for their opponent, the team I have picked to win in my bracket? How could I not pick Iowa State to go to the final game? I watched them torture Kansas University three times during the season. Surely they were underrated by the rest of the country, but surely I knew better. The same thing with Oklahoma State--hate 'em when we play them, love 'em when I have the luxury of choosing them in the tourney.
I run a business that specializes in team color apparel. I live in the midwest when not working in NYC, and work in an office staffed by total fashionistas. Who is near last in the office bracketology, you ask? Yours truly, of course. This past week as I was licking mysecond round wounds and lamenting my near last place standing in the bracket, I asked the ladies at the top of the heap, just how did they choose their teams. Did I feel better or worse after this conversation? I will let you be the judge. One, a fabulously talented young woman from Great Britain, confessed that she chose her teams based on the whether they sounded like they were from an obscure American place, like Oregon or Florida Gulf Coast. Well, clearly that worked. The next expert I asked chose her teams basedon the warm and fuzzy nature of their mascot. A badger over a beaver? In the zoological hierarchy, I clearly don’t know who isthe most fierce of the two. They sound like they are from the same family, but clearly, based on mascot logic, the beaver was the better choice. Why wouldn’t you root against a cyclone? We have all collectively suffered at the hands of one too many natural disasters these days, perhaps the logic was not misplaced. From Kansas state to Davidson, to Illinois to Miami, the disappointment seemed to be never ending to me and I never ever personally attended any of these schools. So for those of you who did and still do, my sympathies go out to all of you whose hearts were broken this championship season of march 2013.
As I eagerly awaited this holiday weekend chock full of third round action, despite all of the angst we have all shared up until now, Ismiled and was thankful for all of the overriding joy that in the end we all share these three weeks in Spring. May the games begin again and may the best, the fuzziest, the most obscure, the most talented, the best looking, the kindest, the smartest, and the most athletic team win. To quote the king of beers: “here we go.”
Well, March Madness officially started this week! Here at Slater Zorn we couldn’t be more excited to dress you in your fave team colors. We also got to thinking: college basketball has a whole bunch of stylin’ celeb followers out there and we’re sure they’re looking to support their teams in the most fashionable way possible. We think these famous fans would look fabulous cheering in Slater Zorn. So, here’s what WE think they should be wearing:
Justin Timberlake, Memphis fan
Like any good Memphis boy, Timberlake has shown his love for his hometown team in the past. We think the sexy singer could sport his support for the Tigers in our stripe sleeve quarter zip sweater.
Jon Hamm, University of Missouri
We’re pretty sure Don Draper isn’t a college sports fan, but the guy who plays him on TV certainly is. St. Louis native and Mizzou alum Jon Hamm is a Missouri team fanatic, and he would definitely look classically cute in our stripe cable knit crew neck sweater.
Brooklyn Decker, UNC fan
Actress and model Brooklyn Decker grew up in North Carolina and she knows how to root for her roots. She’s shown her allegiance to the Tar Heels before, but we think the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit alum would look super sweet in our Polka Dot Sweater.
Erin Andrews, University of Florida
Reporter and sports lover Andrews not only attended the University of Florida, she was a dancer for their basketball team! The lovely Erin would look adorable cheering (or dancing) for the Gators in our Lettuce Edge Scarf.
Who’s your fave college team? Who’s your fave celeb sports fan and what do you think they should be wearing? Tell us in the comments!
What will you wear to show your school spirit as the University of Missouri Tigers take on the University of Kentucky Wildcats this Saturday? This is the first season the Tigers play the Wildcats in basketball as members of the same conference.
According to the Bleacher Report, an SEC win for Kentucky means one step closer to the Big Dance. Featured columnist Matt Overing wrote that a Kentucky win against Mizzou would ensure a trip to the NCAA tournament.
“A win will put the Wildcats on an inside track to the NCAA tournament. A loss will all but end the Wildcats' dancing aspirations,” wrote Overing.
Slater Zorn offers luxury sports fashion to show your team spirit for the Wildcats or the Tigers.
This Blue and White Slater Zorn Stripe Sleeve Quarter Zip Sweater is perfect to support Kentucky basketball.
This Black and Gold Slater Zorn Stripe Cable Knit Crew Neck Sweater is perfect to support Mizzou basketball.
No matter who wins tonight, the inside fashion track belongs to Slater Zorn, whose quality and durability will last beyond a single sporting season.
The game will take place Saturday, February, 23rd at 9:00pm (ET) at Rupp Arena in Lexington Kentucky.
STEP 1: SHOW YOUR LOVE
Proud patrons and sports enthusiasts always appreciate everyday pieces designed with their favorite team colors in mind
STEP 2: CELEBRATE YOUR LOYALTY
Sharing the sporting life with your loved one is always a thrill. When you wear those colors, do it with flair.
STEP 3: EXPERIENCE THE LUXURY
Give the gift of sport-themed apparel made from the finest fabrics, finished with the most fashion-forward details.
to The Slater Zorn Site! We are excited to share our newest endeavor
and we hope that you find something that you love.
The Slater Zorn brand represents the loyalty, comraderie, tradition, and sense of community that stems from supporting your favorite teams and organizations. The ultimate show of luxury fan fashion, stay loyal and stylish in Slater Zorn.
Have a very Happy Holiday season!
- The Slater Zorn Team