D'Angelo Russell Voted NBA's Most Stylish Player by GQ Magazine

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RunningFree's picture

Whatever happened to good 'ole hoodies and jeans?  Then again, I literally tell people to get off my lawn every summer (I'm growing grass here!).

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stxbuck's picture

NBA dress code-Stern forced the players to stop dressing like refugees from the projects in public, so the players became fashionistas by default.

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stxbuck's picture

You’re too young, dumb, and woke to realize it but that is the truth of the situation. Back in the Allen Iverson era, David Stern, the commissioner of the NBA got sick of the public image of a bunch of multimillionaires sagging their jeans below their asses in public, so he established a league wide suit and tie dress code for all public team functions like travel. I realize you want to show how woke and PC you are with your chickenshit meme accusation of racism-which you don’t have the stones to actually verbalize, but that is the truth-the players had to dress like adults in public, so they ran with the notion and became fashion models. Social history-it is what it is.

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stxbuck's picture

That's your only response? if you have a problem with my post, be man enough to explain why intelligently.

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cricejr's picture

And yet when someone does respond, you go back to the trite and true "millennial" whining.  But when you start using other terms like "woke" and "PC" and "projects", I think your true intention becomes clear.  Look I know you are an angry little person because people who you feel may be beneath you have surpassed you in ways you couldn't even imagine, but it's not their fault, it's yours.

It is obvious what Stern's problem was. Its the same reason Iverson had his tattoos covered in interviews, the assumptions of people like you was the reason for the change.  However Sterrn didn't realize, you can't make a dress code for race and THAT'S what the real issue was. .

I bleed scarlet...literally

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stxbuck's picture

I made no assumptions about Allen Iverson based on his dress , his tatts, or his background. FWIW, he just might be my favorite player ever to watch. It's sad that his post-NBA troubles have led to him being banned from casinos, declaring bankruptcy,etc,etc-but I have never looked down on him for his demons. I had no opinion on Stern's dress code when it was implemented-it's not like various other sports, at various levels from HS to pro, didn't have public dress codes for players on gamely/travel long before Stern implemented his. I also know as an alum of a Catholic school that if a dress code is implemented, young men will do everything they can to stretch it/mock it/flaunt it within the letter of the law as written.

A few younger posters on this site have taken their PC posturing and ran with it-and their assumptions- waaaaaaaaaay further than anything most people would have expected. Times have changed on campus.

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TheBadOwl's picture

Anyone getting rose-tinted glasses looking back at the Stern years because of a damn dress code is completely missing the point here.

Modern NBA players express themselves partially through their fashion choices. That expression makes them stand out from the other crowd of professional athletes. That gives them more visibility, which leads to more marketability. And the NBA is the one league in the country that's not afraid to leverage player personalities in marketing. 

That's played a big part in the NBA's recent growth. It's the most popular sports league from a viewership and merchandise standpoint in China. And then there's this, from Fortune Magazine. Emphasis is mine:

Overall revenues might be a better metric, and though that’s still somewhat opaque, it’s where the NFL’s weakness is most obvious. NFL revenue grew an estimated $900 million to $14 billion in 2017, or just short of 7% growth. Forbes, meanwhile, reports the most recent NBA season generated $7.4 billionfor teams, up a staggering 25% from the year before.

That suggests the NBA is growing more than three times as fast as the NFL – and that could have startling impacts in just a few years. Using the most basic sort of growth calculation, current trends point to NFL revenues of around $28 billion by 2029 – about in line with a goal of $25 billion by 2027 Commissioner Roger Goodell set a little over a decade ago.

But the same calculations using the most recent growth numbers suggest that by 2029, NBA revenues will be – brace yourself – over $68 billion.

Now, those aren’t projections based on detailed models, and the nature of TV contracts means revenue can be an imperfect measure of overall trends. The NBA’s huge 2017 growth was probably a one-time surge – growth was a little over 13% in 2016. But even at that lower rate, the NBA would close most of the gap with the NFL over the next decade.

And intangibles also suggest things are trending the NBA’s direction. The NBA has been propelled in part by a deep bench of charismatic megastars including not only LeBron, but the Houston Rockets’ James Harden and the Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry. The NFL’s biggest names – including Tom Brady, Cam Newton, and J.J. Watt – arguably tend to be older or lower key. And, the NBA has much stronger ties to popular culture, especially hip-hop.

The NFL is losing popularity among younger viewers, as MLS and the NBA gain popularity very quickly. The NBA, in particular, is far more progressive on social issues, has more pop culture ties and players that are FAR more active on social media than the other leagues. 

The NBA is surging in popularity because its players don't conform to the boring, team-first, don't-rock-the-boat mindset that players in the other leagues do. If you think they should conform to the same boring standard that players in those other leagues do, well, it's a good thing you're not running the NBA, right? If you're upset about the way players are dressing, you're not in their target audience – and that audience is what's going to propel them past the NFL.

It's not a matter of what sport is better to watch, it's a matter of which league is more fun to follow. I prefer sitting down to watch a football game, but following the NBA (even through highlights) is far more fun than the NFL. From a business standpoint, the NBA is thriving, and again, much of that success is because they don't try to stifle their players' personalities. 

So you can say that you don't like the way the players dress – and IMO the way you said that can very easily be read as a pretty clear dog whistle – but regardless, the league is clearly thriving because it's doing the exact opposite of what you're saying. The David Stern dress code was a response to players modeling their fashion after hip hop artists. Hip hop fashion has changed, and now the league is embracing it – and seeing far more success than they did under Stern. 

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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Sanitarian2's picture

I always wonder why the truth gets down voted on this site, is it because it shall not be spoken? Stern was concerned with public perception of the players and took steps to protect the brand, is that wrong? Is it wrong to explain it?

Sani

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stxbuck's picture

Because some millennials don’t have the courtesy to make their bs accusations in print

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Arsenal7's picture

i'm gen z actually but anyway if you really want me to say it you're a racist sorry you had to find out this way

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stxbuck's picture

So you weren't born, or can't remember when Stern put in the dress code, but feel compelled to call people out for it. Grow up child.

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Arsenal7's picture

lmao get a load of this big brain logic. "You weren't around during slavery so you can't say if it was good or not".

you seem a bit sensitive, snowflake

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stxbuck's picture

Slavery and a dress code are equivalent comparisons . You can’t make this idiocy up. Just a tad bit of difference between the key historical factor in American history as taught to every person and an edict from an NBA commissioner when you were 3 or whatever. I get it, you are into promoting your own wokeness 

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Arsenal7's picture

I'm not comparing the two I'm just criticizing the idea that if you weren't there/alive at the time, you can't critique something. It's absurd and you know it.

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The Braden's picture

I get a three day timeout for asking if the wide receivers knew where their hands were in the PSU game. You openly call another poster a racist and you still have an account?

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Arsenal7's picture

1. he literally asked me to call him that

2. he was being racist

so yeah i did. pretty wild that you're more mad at me calling a guy racist than the guy actually being racist. yikes!

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The Braden's picture

"Literally". That says all I need to know.

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Arsenal7's picture

Stern was concerned with public perception of the players and took steps to protect the brand, is that wrong? Is it wrong to explain it?

Explaining it like this is fine. Calling the players "refugees from the projects" is why they got downvoted. Pretty simple. 

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stxbuck's picture

The last time I was in the West End of Cincinnati, about 4 years ago, everyone was wearing white wife-beaters and sagging shorts-like 35 people walking around the neighborhood in the evening. It is what it is, that's the style of dress that predominates in many poor black communities. David Stern apparently had a problem with it. You have a problem with demographic/social realities.

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Arsenal7's picture

I perfectly understand the social realities. That's how people dress, who cares?

I have a problem with the stigmatization of lower class communities by calling them "refugees from the projects".

For what it's worth, I disagree with Stern's dress code too because I feel like it does the same. It's dehumanizing. Players should be able to express themselves just like any other human being.

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stxbuck's picture

My family were all refugees-it’s not a negative term-just a statement of reality.

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BuckeyeInDenver's picture

So surely you understand that the definition of refugee is one who flees another country, not someone who rose from the lower class to the upper class, right? Calling them “refugees from the projects” isn’t a statement of reality; it’s inaccurate, insensitive, and idiotic. I know you like to call anyone who disagrees with you “woke” or “PC” as though those are some kind of cheat code that automatically demonstrates the truth of your argument, but you’re clueless on this one. And this is coming from someone who is old enough to remember the imposition of the Stern dress code. Moreover, NBA players’ fashion choices have long paralleled hip hop and streetwear style more broadly, and if you haven’t noticed, “wife beaters and sagging jeans” have been out of style for a long time. As for what you saw on the West End of Cincinnati, I’m sorry the scary poor black people made you uncomfortable. Sounds like a personal problem, snowflake. 

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stxbuck's picture

A-Who said anything about being scared or uncomfortable. People were wearing wifebeaters and sagging shorts-big deal. My mom had her purse snatched years ago by a dude wearing Polo. I don’t make instant value judgments on clothing-but I,m certainly aware of the social demographics of styles and brands.

B-Why does virtually every NFL, MLB, and NBA player from a less than middle class background but their mom or grandma a house AWAY from the neighborhood they grew up in? Oh, gee, they don’t want their family living in a dangerous neighborhood either-just like my grandparents didn’t in Ukraine 1943 or people today aren’t enthralled by the idea of living in Somalia or Moldova or Venezuela. People relocate-but they still often dress like they did back home. So take the PC woke stuck out of your ass.

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TheBadOwl's picture

Stern was concerned with public perception of the players and took steps to protect the brand, is that wrong?

From a purely financial stance, yes, Stern's concern was misplaced, seeing as the league is seeing explosive growth now that is heavily driven by player personalities, and should pass the NFL in terms of yearly revenue in the next 10-15 years

 Stern wanted the league to be seen as professional. Today's NBA is trying to be seen as hip and fun instead, and it's clearly working far better. 

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

lmao wow you are a racist piece of shit

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BbBnD's picture

Stern implemented rules with classist and racial undertones. Pointing that out isn’t racist. It’s a fact. If the OP had said those rules were fantastic and he was happy to see the cultural expression crushed, that would be racist.  

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RunningFree's picture

Huh, and here I was just making a tongue-in-cheek comment about being too old to understand fashion these days (or any days).  You have a lot of rage, my friend.  I hope you're able to channel it into something a bit more productive.

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Txsbuckeye's picture

In a few years he is gonna look back at those photos and be like “what the F was i thinking?”

#TheBuckeyesAgainstTheWorld

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BrutusB's picture

In related news, GQ has just informed me that I apparently know nothing about style. 

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stxbuck's picture

Fashion is fleeting, style is eternal. Derek Jeter or Michael Jordan would never wear most of that stuff. It’s not about true style, it’s about attention whoring-the same reasons the players own Bugatti’s or McLarens

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Kevin Harrish's picture

I'll give you Derek Jeter, because he basically just dresses like a normal guy, but uh... Michael Jordan is pretty notoriously one of the worst-dressed athletes of all time. I can't let that slide.

stxbuck's picture

Jordan was an adult in the 90s, what can I say-that tumbler thing isn't that horrible,unless you are the type of person who is a mindless trend-whore.

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Kevin Harrish's picture

I just thought it was funny that you lauded someone so unanimously mocked for their wardrobe as an example of how an athlete should properly dress. It's not that your take was his style "isn't that horrible," but you listed him as exemplary.

I get he's from the 90s, but 1) that's not exactly a great look for the 90s, either 2) there are other people who were adults in 90s that don't wear an ill-fitting, all-denim outfits to throw out the first pitch of the 2013(!!!) ALCS. To me, it's just pretty glass-housey to think DAR's outfits are ridiculous but that somehow isn't.

TomNYC's picture

I'd suggest that he is being fashionable AND stylish ... each of the looks in this thread are practical. There's nothing there that would look out of place on the street in the city. I particularly dig the jackets, jean and formal, while I'm not particularly fond of the pants-into-socks look.

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teddyballgame's picture

It's called fashion, look it up...

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MountainsAwait's picture

Looks like the Tin Man got into a fight with an accordion!

"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity..." -John Muir

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njcro's picture

Feel like the fans voting were trolling the system. I support me buckeye athletic alums as much as possible but this is tough. I'll keep the take from getting hot and just say that this just isn't my personal style preference. 

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Max's picture

He's no Jim Jackson... Yikes.

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Kevin Harrish's picture

Well, the vote was from readers of a fashion magazine, not on a sports blog. So trolling is pretty unlikely, especially since most of these guys dress relatively similarly.

TomNYC's picture

All those looks are on-trend. You can't pull that stuff off one-at-a-time ... and as mentioned by the OP, you've got to be pretty confident in your style game to execute on this level. He's certainly got a stylist who helps him pick his look.

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tcm1968's picture

Stylist and DEEP pockets... the thing that allows you to tuck your $12 nike socks into your pants is because you are wearing $10K+ worth of stuff like Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.. 

I go over to Target with my socks tucked into my pants and get laughed at and someone probably does a mental health check.. D'Russ does it and it's fashion... as you said... got to be able to pull it off.. but it's a fine line for sure... 

Go Bucks!

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stxbuck's picture

If you are poor you are crazy as hell, if you are rich you are just eccentric.

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Bucks62's picture

Pajama pants that don’t match your shirt?  I need to tell my wife that I am not lazy, I’m stylish. 

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BeepBeep's picture

Value City bargain rack looking clothes.

Is value city still around?
 

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BuckeyeSki's picture

Leave one wolf alive....and the sheep are never safe

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RoyWalley's picture
 
You mean this fabulous look is out, who would of thought!!
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TomNYC's picture

He's wearing Thom Browne, a truly iconic men's fashion designer who changed the shape and scale of men's clothing through what amounts to confrontational tailoring. An off-the-rack suit from his permanent collection will run you about $4k. Those socks carry his signature 4-stripes (one side only), are likely cashmere and probably cost $200 minimum. I personally dream of a day where I could pull off that look ... it's not likely coming. 

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TomNYC's picture

https://www.mrporter.com/en-us/mens/product/thom_browne/striped-cotton-blend-socks/1094081?ppv=2

... oh, i was so wrong. The socks are $170 retail, but available at 50% off right now, so stock up!

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stxbuck's picture

Waste of good cashmere, putting smelly feet in it.

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Buckeye@317's picture

I'm not judging him for his outfit or style, but I am judging him a little for spending $200 on a pair of socks.  Someone needs to tell them they sell a 6 pack at Walmart for about $11.99. 

Also, asking for a friend, do you get a $4,000 suit for less if you buy shorts instead of pants?     

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BornAndBredABuckeye's picture

Maybe they're some of those kick ass pants where you can unzip the legs to turn them into shorts!

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kmp10's picture

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

When I die, sprinkle my ashes over the 70's 

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NOBLUE's picture

Well damn isn't this something to get excited about...i know i'll sleep alot better at night knowing this most important thing ...what would we have done if 11W didn't report this

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Cooper's picture

Breaking: middle-aged men on a sports blog don’t like an NBA player’s sense of style.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

Lol all these baby boomers wear wrangler jeans and tshirts with loose neckholes 

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goodlifesean's picture

I mean I'm the old end of Millenial and rock the wranglers. Though to be fair I'm broke and and have a fat ass and Walmart and Wrangler cater to my people lol.

Have you ever seen a fierce animal who you were sure wouldn't bite? Because I haven't.

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BbBnD's picture

Honesty is always appreciated. And the best policy. 

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stxbuck's picture

That moon trench coat is pretty fly, I’ll give D’Angelo that.

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Sanitarian2's picture

Now you are appropriating another  culture with your verbiage, please come into this century old man. You must learn what is acceptable and what is not in todays society. 

Sani

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Kevin Harrish's picture

“Let me click on this article and comment to tell you how much I don’t care about it, then return again to check on my comment and tell you all how much I don’t care that everyone has downvoted me.”

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

After seeing all that, I guess I'm gonna have to go dig in the basement for my Eldridge Cleaver pants. Fair warning - link contains graphic imagery not for the prudish.

Bobbing for french fries.

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TJG32's picture

Silky smooth he is. 

TG Proud Buckeye alumnus.

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LB U's picture

Lol the comments from the old dudes on here that wear white reeboks and khakis every day are cracking me up.

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BrutusB's picture

Don't be ridiculous. 

Fresh white New Balances or get out.

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Sanitarian2's picture

It's time to get my coaches shorts back out, been waiting thirty years for them to come back in style. The elastic might be a bit stretched out but baby they are coming back.

Sani

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Kevin Harrish's picture

Damn right they're coming back!

Sanitarian2's picture

is it just me or does he look like he's just smuggled weed on a plane and smoked it in the john in those pictures? Not that there's anything wrong with it.

Sani

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LB U's picture

Only the real mile high club members know.

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BeijingBucks's picture

He also was initially nominated for best dressed golfer... there was some consternation when it was realized he had taken golf pants to the street

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puddy's picture

Maybe MLB needs to follow the NBA philosophy. Promote indivudual player personalities

puddy

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Sanitarian2's picture

Yes, that boring team first concept is horrible, society wants the look at me, me first and f you all hero. Sad commentary on our youth 

Sani

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GlenBuck's picture

I’m never going to understand fashion, and I’m okay with that.

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puddy's picture

If you are poor wear some of these ensembles ( and I use that term loosely ) you are crazy. If you are wealthy, and seen wearing the same clothes, you are innovative and eccentric. NBA players make alot of money.

puddy

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OH-IO's picture

A fool and his money........

OH-IO living in SEC! SEC! Ville

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outdoorbuckeye's picture

Makes me think of Frankenstein. (Big daddy gif here)
I wonder if he had 50 packs of catsup for dinner.

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Nikkibucksfan's picture

Express yourself !

Nikki emmerson

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