Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sports Hair of the Week

A recent runner-up for RV99 Mustache of the Month, Los Angeles Lakers Owner Dr. Gerald Hatten "Jerry" Buss takes home the prestigious honor of Sports Hair of the Week. With his franchise down 2-0 to the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals, Buss needs a big game at home tonight from Kobe and the Lake Show to cut the series deficit in half. With a similar hair style to that of Donald Trump, Buss goes with the "comb-over look" along with a solid dye-job. Is the 'stache doctored-up as well (no pun intended)?!? Perhaps so...

Raised in the coal mining region of Kemmerer, Wyoming, Buss worked his way through the University of Wyoming, graduating with a B.S. degree in two and a half years in 1953. He then moved to Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California, where he earned a M.S. and Ph.D. in physical chemistry by age 24. Buss also delved into real estate investment and after much success he pursued real estate full time. Buss first forayed into sports ownership during the 1970s, becoming an owner at various times for a variety of teams in the ill-fated first incarnation of World Team Tennis. However, he is most known for being the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. He purchased the team, along with the Los Angeles Kings hockey team of the NHL, The Forum, and a large ranch from Jack Kent Cooke in 1979. The purchase price, $67.5 million, made it the largest transaction in sports history at that time. Daughter Jeannie Buss (seen right) is also involved in the family business, serving as VP of Business Operations for the Lakers as well as being the high-profile romantic partner of Lakers Head Coch Phil Jackson. This photo of Jeannie was taken for a photo shoot for Playboy.

On May 29, 2007, Buss was issued a DUI citation after two California Highway Patrol officers saw him driving his gold Mercedes-Benz with a 23 year-old woman on the wrong side of the road in the coastal community of Carlsbad. After failing a field sobriety test, Buss was taken into custody, given a blood test and booked on suspicion of driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level over 0.08. "Although I was driving only a short distance, it was a bad decision and I was wrong to do it," Buss said in a statement. "It was a mistake I will not make again."

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