So with that awful UConn-Butler finals game leaving a sour taste in the mouths of NCAA basketball fans across the country, it's understandable that some people wouldn't feel like they had gotten proper closure on March Madness. Noted sports obsessive Lil Wayne was keeping the college hoops spirit alive at an Indiana University gig last night, though probably not the way you'd expect. While onstage, he wore the #4 jersey of Skylar Diggins, a guard for the Notre Dame Women's Basketball team, whose 28 points helped ND defeat the UConn juggernaut who had won the last two NCAA Women's Championships in this year's Final Four.
With Lil Wayne's history checkered with moves that somehow managed to straddle the line between feminism and misogyny, this unconventional move—if you can name another instance of a high-profile rapper wearing a woman's basketball jersey in public, we'd love to hear it—can be similarly interpreted in two ways. One one hand, it's a fine tribute to a stellar female athlete who was helped pull off one of the great upsets in recent sports history. On the other hand, it could very well just be part of his ongoing attempts to bed the 20-year-old hoopster that Weezy has already claimed for his bride. Tough one.
More purely motivated was Atlanta blogger Rembert Browne of 500 Days Asunder's simultaneous tribute to NCAA basketball and legendary hip-hop duo OutKast, with his "Stankoff 2011" project—a tournament-style bracket of OutKast's 64 most popular songs (including play-in games!), with "Rosa Parks," "B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)," "Ms. Jackson" and "Hey Ya!" as the #1 seeds. It's easy to take umbrage with any of the upsets ("A Life in the Day" over "Ms. Jackson"? "Speakerboxxx Intro" over "The Whole World"?) or the tourney's eventual winner ("Southernplayalisticadillacmusik"? Really?) but then again, Browne reserves that all matchups and winners are decided by no factor other than his opinion, so...yeah. It's worth a look anyway as one super-fan's impassioned, delirious analysis of his hometown artist's excellent back catalog.