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The Memorial MOTH: Bert Sugar

Raise a glass, men. One of the most iconic gentlemen of our time passed away last night, the boxing writer Bert Sugar. He was the platonic ideal of a sportswriter—rarely seen without an unflipped fedora, a cigar and some of the loudest ties ever seen in a newspaper. He was larger than life from the beginning, looking and dressing as if he’d just walked out of His Girl Friday. And given that he covered both Sugar Rays and all three Ali-Frazier bouts, the nostalgia was well earned. He’ll be missed.

A few more Bert Sugar pics, for the road»

Surfers Have the Best Fans


Surfin’ U.S.A.: The Times stops by California’s surfing U.S. Open to detail the latest in navel-oriented fashion. [The Moment]

The Dictionary of Denim: Valet runs down all the crucial denim terms, in case you’ve ever wondered what “sanforizing” is. [Valet]

Up Top: A gentleman’s guide to folding a newspaper pressman’s cap out of your Sunday paper. Now if you could just find a Sunday paper. [Cape Cod Today]

Spandex Ain’t Free: American Apparel may be having liquidity problems, also known as “running out of money.” [Wall Street Journal]

Bag Men


The New York Daily News chose today to delve into the treacherous world of the man bag, and the results were every bit as spectacular as you would expect. It looks like they wandered around Union Square for half an hour with a camera man, but great photosets have been put together with less. Especially when they contain pictures like this one.

This gentleman’s Leonello Borghi pack is pretty much the murse personified. From the outsized proportions to the flamboyant fringe, it’s what every straight man worries about when he sets out bag shopping. It also makes the gentleman in question look like he’s trying to smuggle a baby sheepdog onto the 6 train.

To be fair, the photoset does show off some handsome, non-ridiculous satchels from Filson, 3.1 Philip Lim and Banana Republic, but they all get upstaged by the fearless lunacy of Mr. Borghi. Shine on, you crazy bag man.

One Way or Another


Hey, Blondie: The JC Report sings the praises of Ms. Debbie Harry. [JC Report]

I Wish I Could Quit You: Michael Arrington has had enough of the iPhone. Expect some blowback from this one. [TechCrunch]

Bat Boy Lives: The Weekly World News archives go online. [Gawker]

No Bark: Creature featurer Guillermo del Toro on the enduring appeal of the vampire. Apparently Lord Byron has a lot to answer for. [NYTimes]