College Basketball Primer

I absolutely love the month of March. Not only are signs of spring starting to emerge, but the best sporting event of the year (at least in my opinion) occurs. I’m talking, of course, about that month-long college basketball extravaganza. No other sport’s playoff comes even close. In college basketball, nothing is guaranteed. Upsets are commonplace – meaning filling out a winning bracket takes some combination of knowledge and total luck.

So here, some tips for you. The simplest (but least exciting) way to fill out that bracket is to pick the top-seeded teams to win each matchup. This year, that means taking Louisville, Kansas, Indiana, and Gonzaga. But like I said, nothing is guaranteed in the tournament – except that at least one of those teams won’t make it to the finals.

Another route? Pick by mascot. But good luck sorting out some of those match-ups. Who do you take between a Fighting Irish and a Cyclone? Your guess is as good as mine.

Since college basketball is no stranger to fashion controversies (just check out the very interesting alternate uniforms adidas recently unveiled), why not make your picks based on what they’re sporting? If you choose that route, make room for Michigan, Marquette, University of North Carolina (the argyle is pretty iconic), and Oregon.

Whatever you choose, make sure you tune in starting Thursday. This is one month-long sporting event that shouldn’t be missed.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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March 18, 2013

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Snow is on the ground for many of us, but thankfully, two critical rites of spring are around the corner. New York Fashion Week – and Spring Training. You might not think so, but it actually makes perfect sense to be a big fan of both. Here’s why:

1. Everyone wears a uniform. Whether it’s regulation MLB or all black and a pair of rag & bone boots, knowing what you’re going to wear lets you focus on your job. And that uniform has to change periodically to keep up with the times. (There’s a whole site, Uni Watch, dedicated to those changes in sports.)

2. We style our uniforms to express our individuality. Two editors in black suits at NYFW won’t look the same. Just as a single roll of the skinny pant leg says, “I’m cool, I’m relaxed, and I break the rules,” small uniform adjustments in baseball telegraph larger messages. Most notable is the visible stirrup – which says, “I honor history. Tradition matters. I plan to win or die trying.” – versus long pants cascading over the shoes like a pair of pajamas. That says, “See you at the 40/40 Club.”

3. Style is democratic. Baseball is the only sport where managers suit up like the rest of the team. Your position doesn’t drive what you wear. To me, it communicates that we’re all in this together and the same things matter to all of us. At Rue, everyone falls in love with a trend and we start to look alike. (Right now, spot us in sequins for day and ankle boots.) Thanks to a host of iterations, from high to low, we can all be in the fashion trenches together.
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January 9, 2013