Bill Brewer — Lawyer, Noted Peacock, Youth Basketball Coach

This weekend, the basketball team I co-coach, the SVAA U-9 Falcons, participated in a season-ending tournament. The highlight was the championship game, wherein our boys — down (I believe) 12-1 at halftime and looking worse — gutted out a 24-21 comeback win, capping off an undefeated season. I am not being facetious when I say the feelings I was feeling post-game rivaled, but did not surpass, when the Mavs won their title in 2011. The second highlight came in the semifinal game when we squared off against a team being coached by Bickel & Brewer’s Bill Brewer. He seemed like a nice guy and a decent coach, though his squad was no match for our patented 36 Minutes of Heck attack. Most notable, however (and previously noticed but not remarked upon here), was his attire. I have helpfully placed a pic of said attire after the jump. (Since it was a make-or-break day, I was wearing Kobe “Pythons” and a Dirk shirt.)

 

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“I think people expect high-powered lawyers to look like high-powered lawyers,” Mr. Brewer told the Wall Street Journal in 2009. “Anything else is sending the wrong signal.” That’s a Bickel & Brewer visor, by the way.

16 comments on “Bill Brewer — Lawyer, Noted Peacock, Youth Basketball Coach

  1. I guess he came straight from work, and so that’s why the French cuffs? Surely the dude doesn’t get up on a Sunday and put on those pants and that shirt to go coach U-9 basketball. Also, does he really only have three of seven buttons on that shirt buttoned?

  2. Just out of curiosity, Crain, was it your team or Brewer’s team that advanced to the championship round via forfeit in the semi? (and when my boy’s team played Brewer’s team, he wore that same get-up, right down to the visor)

  3. Bill Brewer has a U-9 kid? Lede–> buried. I bet you the new wife is nothing to scoff at.

  4. Good lord, I need to actually read these posts. I see you guys played each other in the semi round. Disregard. That means that the team you beat in the championship game is the one that took a forfeit in the semifinal round. Glad you beat ‘em.

  5. We played Brewer’s team in the semi-finals, so the answer to your question is neither of us advanced via forfeit. The game after ours was to determine who we faced. As I understand it — I had left because there were two hours between the semis and the championship — the team that forfeited did so because the entire squad went to the wrong gym — Lake Highlands Junior High, where the Saturday games were played, in stead of Richardson West, where the Sunday games happened. They showed up 30 minutes late, by which time the referees were gone. Apparently, and as you can imagine, the kids were devastated. Feel terrible for them.

    So, long story not even a character short, we faced the Bulldogs, the team that won via forfeit. I don’t know who their coach was. Also, feel free to call me Zac. “Crain” seems angry.

  6. We played Brewer’s team in the semi-finals, so the answer to your question is neither of us advanced via forfeit. The game after ours was to determine who we faced. As I understand it — I had left because there were two hours between the semis and the championship — the team that forfeited did so because the entire squad went to the wrong gym — Lake Highlands Junior High, where the Saturday games were played, instead of Richardson West, where the Sunday games happened. They showed up 30 minutes late, by which time the referees were gone. Apparently, and as you can imagine, the kids were devastated. Feel terrible for them.

    So, long story not even a character short, we faced the Bulldogs, the team that won via forfeit. I don’t know who their coach was. Also, feel free to call me Zac. “Crain” seems angry.

  7. My apologies, limitations of the medium. Definitely not angry (I’m not one of those parents), but frustrated, sure.

    Our coach, a hell of a nice guy, made a simple mistake, and no one felt worse about it than he did. However, when we got to the correct gym (admittedly, 20+ minutes late), many of the parents and players were still there, but we couldn’t get a game arranged. C’est la vie.

    This left us parents trying to figure out what sort of a life lesson you could pass on to your boy about a forfeit. I went with a version of “Son, sometimes life just sucks.”

  8. Well done, Zac. This post just confirms that you, not Russell Westbrook, deserve the nickname Jalen Rose bestowed upon him: Furious Styles.

  9. Oh, man. I did not know you were one of the parents affected. So sorry to hear that. Since they move games around to so many gyms, that was for sure one of my biggest fears, but thankfully the other coach is much more organized than I am when it comes to scheduling. That’s a terrible way to end the season. Hope your boy is feeling better.

  10. Any truth to the rumor that the coach of the team that had to forfeit called Brewer to see what gym the games were at that day?

  11. So, an attorney takes extended time to be involved with his kid — to coach a team no less — but it is okay to ridicule him for what he is wearing? Says the man apparently dressed like a college-aged gym rat?

    I wish more parents spent time with their kids, regardless of attire.

    Unless they are using coaching as an excuse to blog about sub-nine-year-old athletic achievements, which may actually be sadder than anything Merritt used to puke about Summer camp on Overheard.

  12. I used to work at B&B, and there always was an unofficial uniform. Underneath the formality, Brewer is an OK guy — at least he always was to me.