You know how you'll often check to see what the most popular show on TV is or see which movie made the most money at the box office and it will end up being something that seemed to universally-revolting that it seems to defy everything you knew about America and society and humanity?
"Wait...HOW many people watch Two And A Half Men? No....there's no way. I have yet to meet another person who says they actually watch that show. I refuse to believe it."
It happens all the time, right? Conversely, the same phenomena works in reverse. "I don't get it. EVERYONE I know loves Community. How is it only being watched by, like, 27 people. I know more than 27 people and they all say they're watching!"
First of all, you do not know more than 27 people so stop lying. Loser. Second, the lesson is, you're the outlier. I'm not going to theorize too much about why the shows and movies you know are terrible do so well, it's just the way of the world. There are more of "them" than there are of "you."
And the same thing applies to the Nike Hyper Elite Platinum unis that the Syracuse Orange will wear Wednesday night.
Donnie Webb inadvertently channels The Hudsucker Proxy in his latest piece when he reminds all of us complainers that while "we" might hate the idea of Syracuse wearing
gray platinum, "they" love it.
"It was like, hold on, I need to stop and look at this for a second," [Breanna Stewart] said. "I think they’re cool."
"The first time I saw them, I was like, ‘Wow, they’re nice,’" said [Jerami] Grant. "I’m hoping that we’ll be able to wear them next year."
One store representative, whose target audience is 18-35, said interest and sales in the various platinum products was "crazy."
Who is buying all this platinum? Future Syracuse basketball players, apparently. Even DaJuan Coleman is in on it.
"I like them a lot," [DaJuan] Coleman said of the platinum uniform. "I wish they’d bring them next year when I come there. I think the fans will definitely love them. It’s something cool to bring out this year, like a fire."
Wait a minute...DaJuan wants the Orange to literally come out on fire? SOMEbody is a Hunger Games reader...
I still say SU (read: Jim Boeheim) isn't a fan. Donnie mentions that the schools helped select the opponent, which might explain why Syracuse chose to use its least-televised remaining game of the season to debut the uniforms (not to mention that USF wears Under Armour). Originally not set to be televised nationally, the game will now be televised on SNY/ESPN3.com.
(By the way, if you really want my theory on why crap rises to the top and quality stuff sinks to the bottom, it's because most people aren't looking for quality from their entertainment. They're looking for escapism. Something to turn their brain off to for an hour or two. There you go.)