Thomas Jacob Hilfiger, casually known as Tommy, is an American fashion designer and owner/founder of the Tommy Hilfiger fashion and lifestyle brand. Born in New York on March 24, 1951, Tommy is a direct descendent of the Scottish poet Robert Burns and passed up college in favor of learning machine shop trades and working retail starting at the age of 16. In 1984, he founded Tommy Hilfiger Corporation to launch what would become his signature menswear clothing line. He sold Tommy Hilfiger Corporation to a private investment company in 2006 for $1.6 billion. His daughter Ally was on the MTV series Rich Girls, and his son, Rich, is an aspiring rapper.
The above paragraph is incredibly boring. Here’s what you REALLY need to know about Tommy. When you Wikipedia “Hip hop fashion,” under the subsection “Urban Fashion” the following paragraph occurs:
Tommy Hilfiger was one of the most prominent brands in 1990s sportswear, though Polo Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Nautica, and DKNY were also popular. When Snoop Doggy Dogg wore a Hilfiger sweatshirt during an appearance on Saturday Night Live, it sold out of New York City stores the next day. Hilfiger’s popularity was due to its perceived waspiness, which made it seem exclusive and aspirational. Moreover, Hilfiger courted the new hip hop market: black models featured prominently in the company’s advertising campaigns, and rappers like Puffy and Coolio walked during its runway shows.
I have never been able to get over the fact that this Irish-Catholic raised, Hamptons-summer-goer, Scottish-poet-descended white guy was able to make clothes so appealing that rappers and hip hop artists HAD to have them. Mr. Hilfiger, you are a wizard.
Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Hilfiger’s name is dropped during the best radio edit job of all time in A$AP Rocky’s song “F***in’ Problem”: “AT LEAST HILFIGER RIIIIIIIICH!” At least Hilfiger rich, indeed. Let’s get to the news and views.
-After Julius Randle’s commitment on Wednesday and the loss of one more available scholarship, Dominique Hawkins of Madison Central and KY High School State Championship fame has yet to make any concrete moves regarding his impending commitment. Hawkins received an offer from Purdue late this week, to go along with his current offers from South Carolina, Morehead State, Tennessee Tech, and Western Kentucky. Hawkins has also received a walk-on offer from Louisville and has heard from Tennessee, but says he is still waiting to hear form Kentucky, which he has explicitly called his “dream school.” But for now, we wait.
–UK baseball won both games in today’s double header after poor weather forced a game delay last night. The Wildcats beat the Mississippi State Bulldogs 3-2 in the first game, and in the rubber match, the Cats won in dramatic fashion as Austin Cousino hit a walk-off for a 4-3 win. The Cats return to action Tuesday against Marshall.
–The UK Hoops begin their NCAA Tournament run tomorrow against the Navy at 12:05 pm (ESPNU). The Cats’ #2 seed is their highest ever in the NCAA tournament, and the Cats will be playing in Queens, NY- near the hometowns of redshirt sophomore point guard Jennifer O’Neill (Bronx) and sophomore forward Jelleah Sidney (Queens Village). Junior forward Samantha Drake did not make the trip after being suspended for “not upholding team standards.” Drake had averaged 12 minutes and 3.6 points in the past five games. Scroll down for Wilder Treadway’s preview of what’s to come.
-Let’s make this point especially quick. Louisville looked every bit the number one overall seed as they steamrolled over Colorado State 82-56. The Cards forced 19 turnovers and outrebounded the Rams 29-24; Russ Smith led the Cards with 27 points. On the bright side? That horrible red is finally out of Rupp Arena as the Cards will play Oregon in Indianapolis in the Sweet 16 next weekend. It’s the little victories.
–You know who’s not bitter about Louisville’s success in the tournament thus far? UK alum Ashley Judd. Check her tweet:
Typical Pitino #1 overall seed NCAA blow out game…Go Cards. I have you winning it all. The rising tide and success liftsall Kentucky!
– ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 23, 2013
Was Kentucky’s favorite movie star in a gracious mood tonight? Or should we take this as a sign that Judd is planning a run for Kentucky senate and realizes she needs some Louisville votes?
-The Rupp Arena second and third round games came to a close tonight with the most exciting game of the day between Butler and Marquette (AND HOW AWESOME WAS THAT GAME?! Fun fact, Lexington native Lyle Wolf is a GA for Marquette). From what I’ve heard and seen, the atmosphere at Rupp has been electric for today’s sessions, and it’s nice to know that even when the Cats aren’t playing, Lexington can still remain the college basketball mecca of America. Attendance for the night was quoted at 20,601.
-While you were laying in bed, eating burritos, and watching March Madness all day, Kentucky’s football team was continuing their spring practice. Nick Roush has done a fabulous job of keeping you up-to-date on the happenings inside Nutter Field House, but look who showed up today to check in on the new coach:
No word on whether Eli requested that the practice music playlist be turned off while he was in the building.
–Reports are coming out that Ben Howland at UCLA was fired today following his team’s loss to Minnesota. If only Ben Howland’s dad had raised him to be a basketball coach from a young age.
**UPDATE: UCLA just released a statement saying that they have not fired Howland. Welp, this is awkward.**
Welcome to the off-season, folks. It’s going to be a long, sometimes slow 200 or so days until Big Blue Madness. We’ll get through this together. Andrew McCarthy and I will see you tomorrow. Sweet dreams, BBN.