Wes Johnson Signs with Panini

When I first saw this headline, I thought some up and coming fast food chain had decided to use Wes Johnson as a spokesperson.   Apparently, though, Panini is some sort of parent company for sports-card-maker Donruss.  (Sorry, I haven’t been into cards since I was twelve.)
As part of the relationship, Panini will hold exclusive rights to include Johnson’s autograph in 2010-11 Panini Basketball products.  In addition, Panini may include Johnson’s image on Panini packaging and will utilize Johnson in promotional appearances.

Johnson, a Forward at Syracuse decided to forgo his final year of college eligibility after being named Big East Player of the Year in 2010 as well as a First Team AP All American. Johnson’s first NBA cards will be included in Panini’s 2010 NBA Prestige product, set to arrive in stores at the end of September.  The collection will include cards from other top rookie draft picks, including Washington Wizards’ number one draft pick, John Wall; Philadelphia 76ers, Evan Turner; New Jersey Nets, Derrick Favors; and Sacramento Kings, DeMarcus Cousins.

“We are excited to add Wesley Johnson as an exclusive Panini athlete, Wesley excited Syracuse fans in college, we expect him to do the same for the Timberwolves fans and we look forward to introducing Wesley to NBA trading card collectors,” said Scott Prusha, Director of Marketing for Panini America.

In something semi-related, but perhaps not at all, does it also seem to you as if Wes Johnson’s eye are pointed in two different directions in the photo above?  In this picture it’s almost as if each eye is looking to the side, except opposite sides. That’s not something I’ve noticed about him in the past, but maybe I was just too distracted by his incredible smile.

Nope.  Here’s an extremely rare, non-smiley Wes Johnson photo and I don’t see any signs of strabismus, amblyopia, or any other ocular dysfunction.  That’s fairly reassuring, because I would think something like mis-aligned eyes would totally throw off your jumper.  Then again, it worked for T-Mac.


And anyway, even if Wes Johnson did have slightly googley eyes, he’s still a pretty good-looking guy from my completely hetero point of view.  I mean, things could certainly be worse…


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Doctor by day, blogger by night, Derek Hanson founded the Bloguin Network and TWolves Blog. He is one of the original Timberwolves fans, hailing back to 1989.