Commentary

Who belongs in the style file?

Originally Published: November 3, 2009
By Scoop Jackson | Page 2

Style in sports. Some have it, but most don't. If you look too hard, you'll miss it even when it's right in front of you. It can't be defined by anything normal or anything absurd. It can't be shaped by Tim Gunn, Tom Ford, Cary Mitchell or Sean Combs. It's beyond aesthetics and accessories, but at the same time style doesn't exist without them. In sports -- especially at a time when all the major sports are going on at one time -- style plays both the forefront and the background. Those that have it know. But it's our job to recognize it.

Style is …

The way CC Sabathia rocks his cap twisted to the right

Joba Chamberlain's and A.J. Burnett's Phiten necklaces

Manny's No. 99

[+] EnlargeChauncey Billups
Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesChauncey Billups just didn't look right to us wearing No. 7.

Chauncey Billups getting his No. 1 back

Vlad Guerrero's batting helmet

Baron Davis' "Grizzly Adams"

LT's game shades

Chris Andersen's hair

Steve Nash's one-handed layups

Keyshawn Johnson's fuchsia socks

Anything Mike Tomlin does

Dwight Howard's V-neck sweaters

Ed Reed's and Ray Lewis' beards

Teams that don't wait on the larger governing body or league officials to take action on disciplinary issues

Teams that stand behind their players and coaches but aren't enablers

Athletes who wear their wedding rings

Josh McDaniels' exuberance

Qadry Ismail's glasses

Skip Bayless' player nicknames

Shelden Williams and Candace Parker getting married

Charles Barkley still wearing Nikes during broadcasts

The three parts in the back of Brandon Roy's head

Ron Artest's haircuts

Joe Torre wearing his collar up on his Dodgers jacket like The Fonz

Tiger's walk

[+] EnlargeUsain Bolt
AP Photo/Thomas KienzleWe can think of 9.58 reasons why Usain Bolt's stride epitomizes style.

Usain Bolt's stride

College football's big three (Tebow, Bradford and McCoy) returning for their senior seasons despite the risk of injury

Andy Pettitte covering his face before every pitch

Deion Sanders' and Michael Irvin's wardrobes

Jack Nicholson wearing a purple Ralph Lauren polo and a red NYY cap to the ALCS at Angel Stadium

The way Ted Ginn Jr. handled his demotion

The way Cedric Benson handled playing against the Bears

The last name Ochocinco

Still pointing to God after a loss

Players getting into arguments with opposing coaches during games

Goalpost dunking

Troy Polamalu's and T.J. Houshmandzadeh's hair

The tat on the lower half of Gilbert Arenas' left leg

The deception of Anderson Silva's strength

Brett Favre's two games against the Packers this year

A.I. getting his cornrows back

[+] EnlargeRasheed Wallace
David Liam Kyle/NBAE/Getty ImagesRasheed Wallace rolls in style when he breaks out the blowout.

Rasheed's blowout

Kurt Busch's gold Dodge

Carmelo and La La holding it down

The Yankees playing Jay-Z's "Empire State Of Mind" during games

The beautiful arrogance of a Rex Ryan postgame news conference … win or lose

Bryce Harper's swing

Melanie Oudin's innocence

Lisa Leslie's exit

Jim Caldwell's inner Tony Dungy

Meb Keflezighi not holding back his emotions after winning the NYC Marathon

Any Alex Ovechkin jersey

Brandon Jennings' "baby" locks

Dhani Jones' bow ties

Rafa Nadal's capri shorts

Dreadlocks hanging out of the back of helmets

Pro athletes who don't allow Twitter to get them into controversy

Reggie Bush and Lamar Odom nabbing Kardashians … (or is that the other way around?)

The NHL's Winter Classic

Bob Knight declining IU's HOF induction (citing his being there would distract from the other six inductees)

Michael Jordan's HOF speech (note: understand the difference between "class" and "style")

Manny Pacquiao saying of Floyd Mayweather Jr.: "I'm sure he doesn't want to fight"

Pedro's curl

Mariano Rivera

Scoop Jackson is a columnist for Page 2.

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