Unless you spent Thursday night becoming best friends with a volleyball on an island somewhere or (God forbid) doing something worthwhile, then you became aware of a two-colored dress that broke the Internet.
No one can agree on what color this thing is. People have fought over it. Friendships have been ended. Marriages ruined. Governments are falling and wars being waged. This dress is our “The Purge,” bringing us nothing but anarchy and lawlessness across the land.
The short answer? It’s an accidental, and very neat, optical illusion. The perception of color is subjective; my red may be your blue. And that makes the brain’s color sense shockingly easy to throw off. For example, context matters in an image; we’ll see the same color as lighter or darker depending on what’s around it.
So, if you see the dress as blue first, you’ll see the lace as black. If you see the gold of the lace first, you’ll see the dress as white. So both sides are actually correct, as far as the colors they see in the photo. But what about the actual dress itself?
The Camera Never Lies … Except It Does
What about the arguments over the technical end of things? Surely, physics can help us! Well … maybe.
There are two arguments here, and it boils down to the actual lighting and how cameras work. If the dress was shot in sunlight, it’s white and gold. If it was shot in another kind of light, it’s blue and black. The problem for team blue and black is that the dress being shot in sunlight is much more likely.
Why? Take out your camera and turn off the white balance. Everything changed color, right? If you’re outdoors, everything suddenly took on a bluish tinge. That’s because all light has a “color temperature,” practically speaking from blue to red. Because of Rayleigh scattering, daylight is technically blue in a photo and has to be corrected with a white balance.
OK, got it? It’s an optical illusion based on perception of color which is subjective and it boils down to actual lighting and “color temperature” because of Rayeigh scattering. Now are you satisfied? Me neither. Because the stupid dress is blue and black. And if you think otherwise, you’re a moron and I will fight you.
Although I will allow for one other possible explanation. But that’s it.
February 2015 should go down as the longest month in our lifetimes, I don’t care how many days it says on the calendar. It’s been excruciating. Just an interminable test of will and endurance. And finally tomorrow we put it in our rearview.
The one saving grace is that it started out the best way a month in the life of sports fans can, with a championship. And not just any championship, but one that cemented legacies in arguably the most dramatic game ever won. So we all owe it to ourselves to wrap up this interminable month enjoying the highlights of the 2014-15 Patriots.
If you know me, you know I watch a lot of Patriots Porn. And this is without a doubt the best I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait for the NFL Films official DVD, the Patriots’ own “3 Games to Glory IV” and the NFL Net’s “America’s Game” to be released. But I can’t imagine any of them will be this comprehensive.
Yes, it’s 45 minutes long. But you deserve to take a break and watch this. You’ve earned it. If you’re at work, put your headphones on and pretend you’re being productive. They should give you a raise just for showing up all winter. If you have to wait until the weekend, neglect your loved ones, forget about clearing the ice dams, sit back and enjoy this before the Internet Police take it down.
Oh, and have some tissues ready. Lots of them. Because when Malcolm Butler comes off the field in tears at the end, you’ll be in tears, too. Thanks for the masterpiece, BryBry.
Mookie sat in with Dino, Gerry and Kirk to discuss the upcoming season and his preparation for playing in the outfield. Mookie also details one of his favorite hobbies, bowling.
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The guys kick off a free form Friday by looking at the competition in the outfield and a possible peace with Pete Abe.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss David Ortiz and his objection to the new 'pace of play' rules. They also discuss which Boston athletes are spoiled.
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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Hornets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Heat at Pelicans, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Thunder at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN) College basketball: Siena at Quinnipiac, 6 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: Harvard at Cornell, 6:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Manhattan at Iona, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Ohio at Akron, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Valparaiso at Cleveland State, 10 p.m. (ESPNU) NHL: Bruins at Devils, 7 p.m. (NESN) NHL: Blackhawks at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Boston College at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN; WEEI-AM)
Lloyd was one of three black players to start the 1950-51 season in the fledgling NBA. The Celtics started the ball rolling, drafting Duquesne’s Chuck Cooper in the second round of the 1950 draft. The Capitals then took Lloyd in the ninth round and the Knicks signed Harlem Globetrotters star Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton.
The Capitals opened the season on Oct. 31, 1950, one day before the Celtics and four days before the Knicks, allowing Lloyd to play first. He was inserted into the game in the second half of a 78-70 loss to the Rochester Royals in upstate New York and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with six points. The move did not have anywhere near the same impact as when Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier three years earlier.
Lloyd credits the Celtics for paving the way for him to play in the league.
“I truly believe this, that if the Celtics did not draft Chuck in the second round, you could not tell me that the Washington Capitols in 1950 were going to make me the first black player to play in this league. No way. … The Boston Celtics had a tremendous influence on my acceptance in the NBA.”
The Capitals folded in January of that season, but Lloyd went on to play for the Syracuse Nationals — helping them win the 1955 NBA title — and Detroit Pistons before retiring in 1960. A 6-foot-5 forward known as a standout defender, the former West Virginia State star finished his career averaging 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in 560 games.
Lloyd coached the Pistons for just over a season in the early 1970s — becoming the second black NBA head coach after Celtics legend Bill Russell — and then served as a scout for Detroit for five years.
The Virginia native was living in Tennessee at the time of his death.
“Today is a very special day for me because today is the day that I take my shoes … and I find a little street corner down the street and throw my sneakers on the power lines because today I officially retire from the NBA,” Hamilton said on ESPN’s “His & Hers” show.
Hamilton, who spent nine of his 14 NBA seasons with the Pistons, including 2004 when he helped Detroit upset the Lakers in the NBA Finals, had not played since the 2013-14 season with the Bulls. He explained that he took last season off in order to let his body recover, but when he suffered a freak foot injury in October he started to realize his career was over.
“I looked myself in the mirror and said, ‘Hey, you know what, it might be my time,” Hamilton said. “I’ve got a lot of miles on my body, I think I just need to let it go.”
A three-time All-Star, Hamilton finishes with a career average of 17.1 points per game. Prior to entering the NBA, he helped UConn win the 1999 NCAA title and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four that year.
After being informed by an assistant coach that Wade Baldwin IV was misbehaving — apparently not for the first time — Stalling confronted Baldwin while they went through the handshake line and loudly berated him, saying among other things, “I’m going to [expletive] kill you.”
“I handled it completely inappropriately and I apologized to Wade — and I need to apologize to our fans and the Vanderbilt administration,” Stallings told ESPN. “Having said that, and it may seem as though I’m trying to rationalize my behavior, sportsmanship will continue to be a high priority. I did not mean it in the literal sense and I’ve never touched a player in all my years as a coach. That’s not me. I will learn from this and handle this situation differently in the future.”
Stallings also apologized in a school press release about an hour after the game.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 27, 1983, which Bruin recorded two goals and an assist in a 4-3 victory over the Whalers in Hartford and in the process became the sixth player to score 250 goals in a Bruins uniform?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “First thing I would do would be cancel the replay thing. That takes a lot of time. When you have to review a play that just happened, man, sometimes that takes forever. If you call safe or out, they should just leave it right there like it used to be. It’s taking forever, and we’re talking about shortening up the time.” – Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, on MLB’s attempts to speed up the game
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Warriors guard Andre Iguodala shows off a nice crossover and behind-the-back pass to David Lee for a layup during Thursday’s loss to the Cavaliers.
Red Wings forward Luke Glendenning spins and lifts a no-look backhander past Sharks goalie Antti Niemi with 1:15 remaining to give Detroit a 3-2 victory.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Rick Middleton
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Josh Groban was born on this day in 1981.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
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Michael and Dale discuss the re-emergence of the Celtics in the public's eye, especially since the trade to bring in Isaiah Thomas. The grit of this young team just might be contagious.
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