Baseball Caps, Hockey Jerseys With Suits Are Draft Rites of Passage

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The NHL draft resumes Saturday, continuing the yearly spring draft season and its tradition of ridiculous fashion choices.

When young hockey players hear their names called, they take the stage, where they pull on an oversized jersey of the team that drafted them. The look is awkward, but at least they go all-out; NBA and NFL draftees just go with the hat-and-suit look, and MLB draftees don’t even bother to attend the festivities.

While the outfits might make the GQ set cringe, they provide some great memories. Jalen Rose‘s crimson concoction in 1994 is a cult classic, and he was fortunate to be drafted by a team with maroon as one of its colors. Otherwise, the hat might have thrown off the flavor.

(The winner for best suit-and-hat ensemble at the 2011 NBA Draft was definitely Kemba Walker. Somehow, he found a suit that was the Charlotte Bobcats’ precise shade of grayish blue. Shows what a UConn education will do for you.)

Those lucky enough to get shopped around on draft day even get to exercise a number of accessory options. Rumor has it Jimmer Fredette forced a trade from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Sacramento Kings because he thought the Bucks’ red and green clashed with his blue suit. Who knew guys from BYU were such fashionistas?

PHOTO OF THE DAY

He’s a newly-made millionaire and he looks good. Why wouldn’t Walker, right, be happy?

Baseball Caps, Hockey Jerseys With Suits Are Draft Rites of Passage

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You need glasses. This is the first time you have opened your mouth and it is a call on an over-rule on set point. Also, learn how to pronounce my name properly.”
Women’s tennis player Julia Goerges, angry at Wimbledon chair umpire Graeme Jones over a call and his repeated mispronouncing of her name

TWEET OF THE DAY

Good idea. Red Sox baseball on NESN is a great alternative when you’re bored of soccer.

Baseball Caps, Hockey Jerseys With Suits Are Draft Rites of Passage

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