Brooklyn t-shirt company puts spin on traditional athletic gear
by Jess Berry
Nov 20, 2014 | 401 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walk into a Sports Authority or Dick’s Sporting Goods and you will see lines of the same t-shirts lining the walls, neon in color and plastered with motivational phrases like the classic “Just Do It.” But two Brooklyn women got tired of the status quo and decided to create a clothing line that speaks to a different kind of athlete. “I’m a runner, because I don’t want to look like a meatball,” reads one of the designs created by the new, Brooklyn-based athletic wear company Whiptail Athletic. The idea behind Whiptail is simple, explained co-founder Jaimee Nelsen. “Let’s be honest, why do half of us work out?” Nelsen asked. “To look good naked. It’s just having fun with that, and that’s okay. It’s just a matter of not taking yourself so seriously.” Whiptail is all about not taking itself too seriously, with t-shirts slapped with silly phrases and images, ranging from triceratops doing tire flips to Vikings working out on an erging machine. “I’ve always kind of seen it as social commentary on current workout culture,” Nelsen said. “It’s trying to mix the geek and athlete together. It’s for individuals who are just kind of individuals.” As athletes themselves, Nelsen and her partner Sarah Litt are well aware of the needs specific to athletic clothing. The t-shirts are made to be soft and smell-resistant, Nelsen explained, so that “you can work out in it if you wanted to, but you can also wear them out.” And, she said, Whiptail will ideally not be stopping at t-shirts. Nelsen and Litt have both played rugby with New York Rugby Club for many years, a sport that is well-known for players with body shapes and sizes that run the gamut. “I think my ultimate pipe dream is to do some athletic clothes that fit athletes that aren’t pink or purple,” Nelsen said. “Just functional things. Like spandex that actually fit you, or women’s shorts, but if you have a booty you can still fit in them.” Whiptail will have its launch party this Friday night at the Brooklyn Pub, with first come first serve free beer and t-shirts for sale starting at 6 p.m. All are invited and will have a chance to meet the Whiptail co-founders and learn more about the company. For more information on the company and to see the t-shirt designs, check out their website.
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m.Bonano
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November 19, 2014
Wow, within 1/2 hour of just driving around the block I seen two people urinating in public, throwing trash in the streets and peoples yards and smoking weed online and down the block.
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St. John’s men start season with a couple of wins
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The St. John’s men’s basketball team opened the second half with a blistering 21-0 run, propelling the Red Storm to a 94-81 victory over Franklin Pierce on Monday night at Carnesecca Arena in the NIT Season Tip-Off. The win improves St. John’s to a 2-0 record on the still-young season. “We were disappointed with our first-half performance defensively,” said St. John’s Head Coach Steve Lavin. “We made adjustments in the second half and as a result we pulled away for a win.” D’Angelo Harrison scored 31 points to go with a career-high 17 rebounds. Rysheed Jordan added 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Phil Greene IV contributed 18 points. Trailing by seven at the break, St. John’s needed just 1:50 to level the score as a pair of Harrison free throws completed a 7-0 run that tied the game at 50-50 with 18:10 to play. After a Jordan jumper gave St. John’s a 52-50 advantage, its first lead since the 18:22 mark of the first half, a pair of Harrison 3s helped extend the run to 21-0 and push the lead to 64-50 at the 13:29 mark. “That’s St. John’s basketball right there,” said Harrison after the game. “Defense, execution and rebounding led up to a lot of run outs. When we are in transition, it is hard to guard us.” St. John’s got the 2014 campaign off to a good start last Friday with a victory over NJIT, but Lavin still saw plenty of room for improvement in that contest. “Overall I was pleased with our defense, but there are a number of areas that we need to improve on,” he said following that game. “I wasn’t pleased with the end of the first half or our end-of-game execution, but I thought the overall defensive effort was solid.” Chris Obekpa and Sir’Dominic Pointer each finished the game with double-doubles, and five Red Storm players reached double-figures to lead St. John’s to a season-opening 77-58 victory. Obekpa scored a career-high 13 points and matched a career-high with 13 rebounds as part of his first-career double-double effort, while Pointer totaled 13 points and 10 rebounds to give St. John’s two double-doubles in a game for the first time since Dec. 1, 2011, against then-No. 1 Kentucky. “It’s good that we ran into this problem in tonight’s game so that we can learn from it for the next games,” Obekpa said. St. John’s returns to action at Carnesecca Arena and continues play in the NIT Season Tip-Off on Nov. 19 with a 7:30 p.m. game against LIU Brooklyn. The game will be carried live on ESPN3.
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