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Scott wrote a long-form piece over at SB Nation on pre-game handshake rituals. Good stuff as always– “The origin of the term dap is rooted in mystery, but is universally understood among NBA brethren to be a greeting that, regardless of setting, doubles as a sign of respect. Word-of-mouth history suggests that the term, an acronym for “dignity and pride,” was first introduced by African-American soldiers during the Vietnam War. Conversely, overwrought critics have recently offered that the dap is a sign of the deconstruction of formal Western culture, erasing the more formal — and far more obligatory and meaningless — handshake. A dap can be as simple as the mutual knocking of a fist or as complicated as a series of hand-to-hand gestures coupled with moves rooted in pop culture significance. Whatever the mechanics, and however animated the moves, the dap is rarely spontaneous. It is predetermined, orchestrated and usually executed flawlessly by the men who, for the next 48 minutes, hope to reach the same level of perfection on the basketball court.” [Sargent/SB Nation]
“Irrelevant Week at first was a low-key event — “We were just goofing around in Newport Beach with the guy,” Fitch says — but it’s now a multiday parade of activity with buy-in from the Chamber of Commerce and local businesses that have helped raise more than $1 million for charity through tickets for the Lowsman Banquet and other events.
The week begins with the Arrival Party, which Fitch refers to as “the showering of gifts.”
“He gets hundreds of gifts from the community,” she says. They have included clothes, food, trip tickets, golf clubs, luggage and a puppy to signify Mr. Irrelevant’s underdog status.” [Williams/ESPN Playbook]
New rule changes for college football next season. No more hashtags painted on the field. Also take notice Oregon- “New in 2013: Jersey numerals must be of a color that itself is clearly in distinct contrast with the color of the jersey, irrespective of any border around the number.” [PDF]
“So who makes sense for the Cavaliers? The easiest place to find one of these guys might be the Draft. Otto Porter and Victor Oladipo both project in most analysts eyes as above average defenders in the league, and both enjoyed some success shooting from distance in college this year. There are caveats with both; neither are naturally gifted shooters, and when they get to the NBA and things speed up and the line moves back, there is reason to believe that there will be some adjustment time before they become proficient shooters. Oladipo might be a little short on height to guard some small forwards, and Porter may lack the lateral quickness to check all but a few shooting guards. In other words, while I think both have outstanding potential as “3 and D” wings (and perhaps much more) expecting it next season might be unfair. If I had to choose between the two at this point I would lean towards Oladipo; I think his strength and athleticism will allow him more flexibility in guarding NBA wings.” [Zavac/Fear the Sword]
“Santana exited April with the highest average in the Major Leagues and the highest average in a season’s first month by an Indians catcher in team history. His 1.198 OPS also led baseball and marked the fourth-highest OPS for an Indians hitter in March/April in franchise history. … Reynolds’ eight homers and 22 RBIs are both the most for an Indians hitter in the season’s first month since Juan Gonzalez had eight RBIs and 26 RBIs in April 2001.” [Bastian/MLB.com]
“Oladipo’s athleticism when in transition makes him stand out, and when he has any momentum at all going he can be very hard to stop. His offense is sketchy, as he can be turnover prone and not the most reliable as a ball handler – but the kid is a workhorse, and is getting better by the minute. Because of his strength, speed and finishing ability near the basket Oladipo is best used on offense coming off cuts. His jump shot is improving, and he can knock down his fair share of threes (shot 44% last season at Indiana) but he won’t be relied on as a scorer, nor should he be, as a rookie.
You take this kid and from day one he will make you better. His work ethic and intensity will be contagious (unless he ends up in Charlotte), and I’m sure he will love the opportunity to do battle with the Wade’s and Hardens of the world. The ideal landing spot for him would probably be (gulp) the Pistons. To me, it’s a natural fit.” [O’Leary/Stepien Rules]