Monday, August 29, 2011

A Tribute to Rec Specs

Recreational spectacles.  Of as they're more fondly referred to "rec specs."  This beautiful combination of fashion and function burst onto the scene in the early 1980s, providing those in the athletic arena with less than stellar vision a safe but stylish alternative.  But alas, as the 80s wound down so did the popularity of this eye wear.  Banished from main stream society they found their way to local YMCAs to be worn by "that guy."  You know "that guy."  The guy who tries a little too hard at pickup basketball, plays defense a little too closely, wears cloth Champion exercise shorts that are too short and seem to absorb sweat in funny places.  Yes, that guy.  But no more!  We here at Shoot That S! recognize genius when we see it.  And so we offer up this tribute to the athletes who made them famous and we hope that you will join us in making the Rec Spec commonplace once again.

Eric Dickerson:

What list of prominant Rec Spec folk can omit the former Ram and Colt RB?  This NFL Hall of Famer still holds the single season rushing record.  Not to mention rocking the jheri curl along with the Rec Specs.  Are you going to tell him he's not cool, cause I'm not.

Chris Sabo:

If there was an equally iconic Rec Spec model to Dickerson it had to be Chris Sabo.  This 3-time All-Star was the 1988 Rookie of the Year, played third base for the Cincinnati Reds and won a World Series in 1990.  Plus he turned his Rec Specs into an endorsement deal with LensCrafters!  Now that's foresight.


Horace Grant: 

A 4-time NBA Champion with the Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers, Grant's stylish frames were almost as recognizable in Chi-town as Michael Jordan's tongue.  Amazingly enough his brother Harvey Grant also wore Rec Specs, but as evidenced in the photo at right, not with nearly as much class.  What is the perfect complement to championship rings?  You guessed it.  Rec Specs.

1980s Los Angeles Lakers:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Kurt Rambis.  The 80s era LA Lakers rocked the Rec Specs and made them "Showtime."  If ever there was a team that could bring them back to the fashion forefront it would be them.  Think about it Kobe, think about it.

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