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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ask the MB: Basketball Shoes

Ask the MB: Basketball Shoes
Q: I play basketball and my old hightops are tired. Is there such a thing as a basketball shoe that does not reek of toolbag? Growing up, I loved the Air Penny II. Do you approve? Do I need to stop playing the sport altogether? Help!
--Matt


A: We have about a dozen well-worn copies of Paul Fussell's brilliant book Class lying around the office. One its greatest contributions: a sport's class is inversely proportional to the size of its ball.*

How's your backhand?

(* Of course not every theory is perfect. If it were, a softball would be about the size of the moon.)

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