Fug File: athletes

Fugs and Fabs: Wimbledon

There was much pushback on the new Nike tennis dresses, to the point where they even offered the female players an alternative after the first day or two of the tournament — which some claim is an unprecedented backpedaling. Let’s dive into it ,and some of the other stuff worn on the courts during the first week of my very favorite tournament. I know the monochromatic dress code makes Wimbledon less sartorially energetic than the others, but what it lacks in the color wheel, it makes up for in aura.

[Photos: Getty]


Well Played: Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas on Teen Vogue

I love these covers. If I were a teen, I would run out and buy them; if I were the mother of a teen, I’d be delighted to see them arrive in the mail:

These covers are, simply put, utterly great. Both Simone and Gabby look like the strong, confident, supremely talented young women that they are. There is no weird fashion-mag artifice here; no decision was made to put them in some kind of directional, glossy milieu. Obviously, they’re both very pretty, and these are compelling photographs, but part of what is wonderful about these covers is that they’re primarily focused on how good Simone and Gabby are at what they do. I particularly love that Teen Vogue chose to run a photo of Simone where she’s lightly covered in chalk dust — it’s got a beautiful effect on the image, like an Instagram filter, except it’s actually a tool that she uses to dominate at work every day:

This quote, from Gabby’s interview, is likewise great:

Gabby’s mother (who doubles as her manager), Natalie Hawkins, reflects: “I remember when everyone was talking about her arms, and she became very self-conscious about how muscular they were. Then Gabrielle saw the elegance with which Serena Williams handled all the negative criticism of her own body. It was liberating for my daughter to see that. She said, ‘I don’t have to apologize to anyone about my body. My body is beautiful.’”


(You can read interviews with both women in whole at Teen Vogue.)

[Photos: Jason Kibbler, Teen Vogue]


Fugs and Fabs: The 2016 NBA Draft

The NBA draft made history… by featuring a guy outfitted simultaneously in Gucci and bespoke JC Penney.

[Photos: Getty]


Your Afternoon Man: Dwyane Wade on ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue

This more or less speaks for itself.

He may be out of his comfort zone, but he’s pretty squarely in mine. In other words: HELLO.


Well Played: Serena Williams and Anna Wintour

AKA, The Buddy Comedy I Didn’t Know I Wanted Until Just Now.

[Photos: Getty]


Well Played, Jubilant Men In Beards: The Pittsburgh Penguins Win the Stanley Cup

It’s the most wonderful time of the year (note: except for all the other times I say that), made better because for the third time in five years, a team I love has won the Cup, the first two being the Kings; one might suggest my third team, the Calgary Flames, are now due, but one might be laughed at cruelly for saying such a thing about my beloved perennial bubble team. Anyway, I don’t even need to CHECK to know that it’s been seven long years since the Penguins hoisted Lord Stanley’s goblet. That’s because I watched them take down the Red Wings in seven games while seven months pregnant — that’s a LOT of sevens in this posts — with my Pittsburgh-native hubby over in Hawaii on a job, both of us blissfully unaware that we were 11 days away from becoming parents. That same year the Steelers won the Super Bowl, by the way, so the beans in utero were REALLY GOOD sports luck.

Also, the Pens won the cup after firing the head coach mid-season and replacing them with Mike Sullivan, a guy who whipped them into shape — only the sixth time that’s happened, two others being Dan Bylsma in Pittsburgh in 2009 and the Kings in 2012 with Darryl Sutter. I LOVE a factoid, y’all. Congrats to Mike Sullivan, who ought to get a meaty bonus.

Enough nattering. TO THE BEARDS, which we shall chronicle in order from feral to least-furry.

[Photos: Getty]


Your Afternoon Man: Nathan Adrian

Yesterday, I spent like 20 minutes of my First Thing In The Morning Scroll Through Instagram just…fixated on this. I might have watched it several times. (Mouse over the photo to get the option to play it.)

Big news! I’m the newest menswear ambassador for @TommyHilfiger

A video posted by Nathan Adrian (@nathangadrian) on

It felt mean not to share.

[Via Instagram]