CHRISTMAS CRITIQUES: The 10 teams that played on Christmas Day all wore special uniforms that primarily featured one color. In California, Kevin Ding wrote if you "loved the Lakers' nearly all white uniforms Tuesday, sorry." If they "hurt your eyes, good news" as the team is "not wearing them again this season." It was a "Christmas-only uniform production by the NBA" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 12/26). ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy said, “Put on your sunglasses for these Knicks uniforms. Carmelo Anthony must feel he’s back at Syracuse” (“Knicks-Lakers,” ABC, 12/25). But in Boston, Gary Washburn wrote Celtics G Rajon Rondo "liked the Christmas variation." Rondo said, "These are the best ones, the green on green. I just don't like the original. It's time to change it up" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/26).
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The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association has "revoked its contract" with spokesperson and former U.S. Olympic runner Suzy Favor Hamilton after she confirmed she worked as an escort, according to the AP. The association's BOD cited the "moral turpitude clause in the contract, saying the situation would reflect unfavorably" on the organization (AP, 12/26). In Madison, Dee Hall reported other organizations were "re-evaluating their ties" with Favor Hamilton. Spokespersons for the Univ. of Wisconsin School of Education, Foot Locker and the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series "all said they were reconsidering Favor Hamilton's promotional work for their groups in light of the bizarre revelation." Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Midwest Regional Coordinator Peter Henkes said that it is "unlikely Favor Hamilton would be allowed to work -- even as a volunteer -- for company events involving children." Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series PR Dir Dan Cruz also said that Favor Hamilton's role with the company "will likely end." Cruz said that she had "participated in four or five health and fitness expos for the organization in the past year." UW School of Education Associate Dean Dawn Crim said that the university "has worked with Favor Hamilton for 'several years' in a one-week summer camp to encourage middle school-age students to pursue college." Hall reported Favor Hamilton was "scheduled to lead the 'Movin' Minds' camp in July," but her name "had been removed" from the camp's website by late last week (WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL, 12/22).
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