Let’s get this out of the way: Lavar Ball’s shoe is bad.
The dad of future NBA draft pick Lonzo Ball is somehow charging $495 for some unsightly footwear. But this is America, so I’m sure he’ll profit from it. How does any of this relate to Ohio State? It doesn’t, thank God.
There is one aspect of the shoe, though, that caught the eye of Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith. Smith famously created the term Zone 6 for his receivers, referring to the end zone. He went so far as to either make a logo or commission someone else to produce one. And that logo, which dates back a few years, looks a bit like the one on the back of the Big Baller Brand shoe.
— Chris Schaar (@Coach_Schaar) May 4, 2017
It’s probably a coincidence. The worlds of UCLA basketball and Ohio State football don’t often enter each other’s orbit. At the very least, Smith provided some Thursday night entertainment on his Twitter feed.
— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) May 5, 2017
(This first appeared in Friday’s Wake-Up Sloopy)