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76ers' Sunday Morning Shootaround: The Tom Ford Edition

In this edition of the Sunday Morning Shootaround, we take a look back at a classic Nickelodeon show, contemplate spending two years' worth of car payments on a pair of slippers, and choose the next film in Liberty Ballers' "At The Movies" series.

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Royce White likes Lady Gaga and thinks Tom Ford is too expensive. He's my kind of dude.
Royce White likes Lady Gaga and thinks Tom Ford is too expensive. He's my kind of dude.
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Honestly, who DIDN'T want to be on Double Dare back in the day? Not only is it on the Nickelodeon game show Mt. Rushmore next to Legends of the Hidden Temple, Guts and Nick Arcade, but it might be the greatest kids' game show ever.

If I had known back in 1987 that they taped Double Dare down at WHYY, there's a very good chance (read: guarantee) that I would have ridden my Huffy down to the studio every day and begged to be on the show. Reach inside of a large, fake nose for a flag that could be my ticket to Space Camp? SIGN ME UP.

Props to Marc Summers for flipping that hosting gig into an entire production company. Sadly, his talents don't extend beyond the realm of TV: His website is the Internet equivalent of the current Sixers' roster.


I don't pop Molly, I rock... Good Lord. $6,000 for a pair of slippers? At that price, these aviator sunglasses are a relative bargain at $545. And if you've ever wanted to smell like success, $40 will get you one step closer to your dream.

Can't lie: I had no idea who Tom Ford was until Magna Carta... Holy Grail came out. Then again, I'm a simple man. I'm more Beverly Hills Polo Club than Ralph Lauren Polo. I love my Vizio TV. And if I walk into a restaurant that doesn't have prices on the menu, I immediately walk out. But I digress...

Actually, I don't digress. The Tom Ford web site doesn't have any prices. But Neiman Marcus does, and they're more than happy to charge you $300 for a credit card holder.

Ford (who apparently lives in "Los Angeles, London and Santa Fe") says that he's been dressing Jay Z for years now. At last... we've finally found someone to blame for these hideous outfits Mr. Shawn Carter has been sporting recently. Even Dwight Schrute thinks the sleeves on Jay Z's shirts are too short.


I'm slowly coming to the realization that Royce White and I have quite a bit in common. Neither of us played a second of NBA basketball last season, we both think Tom Ford apparel is way too expensive, and we share a strange affection/admiration for Lady Gaga.

Like the rest of the sentient world, for the first few years of Lady Gaga's career, I thought that she was simply... weird. And then in 2011, there was an HBO special ("The Monster Ball Tour") that gave us a more intimate look at the life of one Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.

Most of the documentary is concert footage, but at the very end of the film (the clip that White posted on his Twitter feed), Gaga breaks out into an a capella version of "Born This Way" that is absolutely phenomenal. While it's hard to get past Gaga's blatant rip-off of Madonna's steez, she's one of the five best singers in the game today. But talent alone isn't enough these days, which is why Miss Germanotta will probably wind up wearing a box of Steak-Umm again as she promotes her new album.


How do we know it's August? The two main stories on the Philadelphia 76ers' home page are about a 20-year-old backup point guard who shot 38.4 percent as a rookie last season.

** Editor's note: Before this post, the top FOUR stories on Liberty Ballers made mention of Wroten, one of which has 80-plus comments. So there's that.

For the curious sort, the Sixers put together 10 facts about the man who was traded by the Memphis Grizzlies for a top-50 protected second-round pick. Here are some of the highlights:

- Wroten's aunt (Joyce Walker) played for the Harlem Globetrotters, and his cousin is Nate Robinson (that explains the poor shooting).

- He attended the same high school as Brandon Roy (Garfield HS in Seattle).

- According to, he played both PG AND SG last season. #FactsOnly

- His Twitter handle is @TWroten_LOE (his timeline is somewhat boring - I hope he rectifies that ASAP).


** Editor's note: This wasn't an actual slide, but it should have been.


Evan Turner stopped answering questions on his page (unless he's just on an extended hiatus), but he's using his newly discovered free time to work on his game and watch basketball movies.

This happens to be perfect timing on Turner's part: Earlier this week, our very own Tanner Steidel put together a brilliant write-up on "Above The Rim" because... offseason. Will "Love and Basketball" be the next installment of Liberty Ballers at the Movies? You'll just have to keep checking back to find out. Until then, me, Dave Rueter, LB Wifey and 76ers' PR maven Michael Preston are going to keep ourselves busy with a "Catfish" marathon.

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