Leading off today:
Waverly three-sport athlete Paul Girolamo died in a car crash in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, according to media reports
in New York's Southern Tier.
The 16-year-old was set to begin his junior year at Waverly High School. (His obituary can be viewed here.)
Police said the teen's car truck a telephone pole. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Girolamo played football, basketball and baseball at Waverly and also was a member of the National Honor Society. His father, Peter Girolamo, is the Section 4 bowling coordinator.
Intriguing dispute: A New York City basketball star is caught up in a bit of a controversy that will probably fade away in a matter of days but does have the potential to go nuclear. And at the very least the issue raises questions about how creative minds, big businesses and a bunch of others with at least a marginal say in the matter (Yes, NCAA, we're talking about you ... ) should come together in the future.
Isaiah Washington, selected Mr. Basketball by BCANY after last season at St. Raymond's, was fooling around with friends a few years ago when for whatever reason they coined the word "jelly" in reference to a successful finger roll lay-up in the vicinity of a defender poised to swat the ball into the next area code.
"Jelly" evolved into "JellyFam" membership, a status bestowed upon about half a dozen hoops friends and family who've executed the requisite move multiple times in a single game. Somewhere along the line, "JellyFam" started showing up on social media and Washington tagged himself as @Jellyfam_Dimes on Twitter.
It became "a thing" recognized by the knowledgeable as related to basketball. And Washington, a point guard who'll play for the University of Minnesota this season, is the face of that "thing." NBC Sports notes that he is such a draw that he has more than 335,000 followers on Instagram despite having posted just 27 times on the site.
Because of his status as a college athlete now, Washington can't profit from the JellyFam brand because it's tied directly to his basketball skills and identity. But that doesn't mean others cannot make money off a concept that certainly displays similarities to the JellyFam brand.
SlamOnline.com has backed off its original story labeling Nike's newly released Paul George line of purple basketball shoes as JellyFam-inspired. In fact, there's reasonable documentation verifying George's love for grapes and grapes-