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WSJ: 3 Goggles a Nationwide Phenomenon

The Wall Street Journal has an article by Darren Everson and Ben Cohen about all the NBA and college players "fitting themselves with pantomimed spectacles" after making 3-pointers. Yes, they give the Blazers credit: ----------------------- The goggles started earlier this season in Portland as a joke. Patty Mills, a guard for the NBA's Trail Blazers, liked to tease teammate Rudy Fernandez about his poor eyesight. "I'd always give him a little bit—well, not a little bit, but a lot of grief for not being able to see," Mills said. In the first half of one particular game, Fernandez struggled from long range. Mills said he told Fernandez at halftime that he needed glasses or contact lenses—something. After halftime, Fernandez hit a few three-pointers. He turned to Mills on the bench and brought his pointer finger and thumb together in a circle over his eyes, with his three other fingers extended upward. "It was like, 'I don't need glasses. I've got these three goggles that work perfectly,'" Mills said. ----------------------- So, how did it spread so fast to the college ranks? It seems Wesley Matthews may have had a hand in that: ----------------------- While some teams don't even know where the goggles came from or what the gesture means, others are fully aware. Marquette's players started to mark three-pointers with goggles for their Jan. 10 home game against Notre Dame after Wesley Matthews, a Marquette alumnus now with the Trail Blazers, called Johnson-Odom, a Marquette junior guard, and told him about the latest trend in Portland. "He made sure that we did it," Johnson-Odom said. ----------------------- ed: bumped to front page

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