In my hometown of Helena, Mont., they hold a parade each spring known as the Vigilante Day Parade. The event commemorates Helena’s history as a mining community, and high school students get together in groups or 8 or 10 to put together historical floats. From remembering mining expeditions to drive-in restaurants to classic sports teams, it’s always a fun affair on the downtown walking mall. I was happy to see there were a couple of tennis floats this year. Even Montanans can get their tennis on. And how about that old-time fashion?
Speaking of fashion, I took in Adult Ed‘s program, “Success Stories” last night with a few friends, including fellow blogger Rich, of Down the Line! fame. Andrew Feldman‘s talk on tennis fashion was superb. He gave shout outs to the likes of Bill Tilden, Serena Williams and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The mixed crowd of Brooklyn hipsters was thoroughly impressed (and somewhat shocked?) by all the chatting about tennis fashion. Yes, us geeks are out there, everyone. They’ll get used to us eventually.
Sport itself got a great fashion nod this month as World Cup competitors took to the cover (and insides!) of Vanity Fair. Meanwhile, Seattle’s weekly paper, The Stranger, ran a great feature on the fashionistas (and designers and handy people and on and on) that make the Seattle art world tick. An injured Kim Clijsters got her fashion on last week, as well, debuting her Fila summer clothes and even showing some undershort in the process. Mama is bold!
There’s plenty going on in the human-interest side of things this week. Sports Illustrated‘s Gary Smith called recently-out rugby player Gareth Thomas the “bravest man in the world” and the boys of Slate.com‘s podcast backed that statement up. Slate’s crew also talked about the early retirement of Mexican L0rena Ochoa from golf, throwing in some Henin/Clijsters comparisons along the way.
Shahar Peer opened up in a New York Times piece about a Holocaust site visit with her grandmother, who is a survivor. It was a feel-good story in tennis that delved a little deeper, something we haven’t seen in the recent past from a injury- (and drama) filled tour. And if you haven’t heard about Electron Boy yet, you need to. Or watch here.
Briefly: The Feliciano Lopez drama is now approaching Sania Mirza-like levels. Writer Maria Burns Ortiz takes down Jim Courier (in Wii tennis). And it’s been a tough go for Robert Dee on the court and in court, too.
(vigilante day parade photo by dylan brown/the helena independent record)