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Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Warren Sapp calls LeBron James a 'pretty boy'

Posted by Ben Golliverlebron-james-pretty-boy

One thing we know about 330-pound defensive linemen: they love piling on. 

MySanAntonio.com reports that Warren Sapp -- a monstrous former All-Pro defensive tackle and current television analyst -- decided to jump on top of the massive pile of NFL players who have questioned whether Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James is tough enough to play professionall football.   
“How about LeBron do one-sixth of what Jordan did, let’s see him go win a championship,” Sapp said.

“Go do that. Go see if you can conquer your sport before you come over here because them boys on defense, we like pretty boys like that. We want to split them.”
Sapp made the comments on an NFL Network broadcast.

The idea that James, who was a high school football stand-out, might be interested in the NFL arose back in October, when Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll started recruiting him on Twitter.

The backlash from football circles at the time was swift and furious.

Cincinnati Bengals corner Leon Hall said: “It wouldn’t be easy. I recommend he keep his NBA contract and just play the Madden video games if he misses football.”

"He's the mentally weakest person I've ever seen," added former All-Pro linebacker Chris Spielman.

Sapp's comments are another indication that James is respected as an athlete but not feared. While he plays hard, James lacks a certain ferocity, not to mention a championship, that would serve to insulate him from this type of macho criticism. Sapp's analysis boils down to one part football provincialism and one part psychological challenge.

Sapp knows as well as anyone that his critique will be rendered moot if and when James wins a title. He's just getting in his shots while he can.
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:44 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2011 1:50 pm
 

LeBron James gets custom Liverpool FC jersey

Posted by Ben Golliverlebron-james-liverpool

From football jersey to futbol jersey.

On Wednesday, the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, desperate for attention, had head coach Pete Carroll deliver a customized jersey to Miami Heat forward LeBron James on Twitter. Within 48 hours, James had moved on to a much more popular team in a different sport.

On Friday, James posted a photo on Twitter of a customized red Liverpool Football Club jersey with his first name and his jersey No. 6 on the back.

Back in April, James and his LRMR sports marketing firm acquired a minority stake in Liverpool FC by striking a deal with Fenway Sports Group, a company that owns both Liverpool and MLB's Boston Red Sox.

James tweeted that he toured Anfield, Liverpool's home stadium, before Saturday's match against Manchester United. The clubs are two of the Premier League's biggest powers and among soccer's most popular and venerable franchises.

"Ready for the big match tomorrow," James said. I can't wait!!! Amazing."

As of Friday, Manchester United sat tied for first in the Premier League's tables with a record of six wins, one draw and no losses. Liverpool was in fifth place with a record of four wins, one draw and two losses.
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:38 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Seahawks recruit LeBron James with custom jersey

Posted by Ben Golliver

If you somehow missed it on Tuesday, Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James sent the media in two sports into a minor tizzy when he "innocently" inquired about the deadline for an NFL team to sign a free agent. That led to a back-and-forth with Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, who has already invited free agent guard Nate Robinson to his camp, in which player and coach joked about the NFL's rookie minimum salary.

On Wednesday, Carroll upped the ante by posting a customized Seahawks jersey with James' name on it to his Twitter account.

lebron-james-seahawks

Carroll was known as a master recruiter during his days at the University of Southern California, and it's clear he's kept his skills sharp despite his transition to the NFL.

"Nice!!! looks great," James replied.

Judging by the choice of jersey number (No. 1), Carroll has James slotted in to play either quarterback, kicker or punter. Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst -- Seattle's two-headed monster of signal-calling ineffectiveness -- better prepare for some pressure on the depth chart.

Of course, the risk of injury, the fact that he has yet to win an NBA title and the nearly $100 million he has remaining on his contract with the Heat all conspire to prevent James making a detour to the NFL during the NBA lockout. But make no mistake, James could succeed playing professional football. His ideal position, most agree, would be tight end, where he could use his combination of height, size, speed, wingspan and athletic skills to greatest effect. Sure, he would have to re-learn how to take a hit, but something tells me if he was given a helmet and shoulder pads and played in a league where flopping was expressly discouraged, he would do alright. We're talking about, by far, the biggest athletic freak in a sport that is full of them. He can make the transition. He's a mismatch anywhere and everywhere.

As you probably guessed, the Seahawks are below .500, sitting at 2-3 in the pathetic NFC West. They've got nothing to lose with such a blatant, pointless publicity stunt. Perhaps this ends with Carroll sending James an autographed copy of his book, "Win Forever." The King just might learn something.
Posted on: August 3, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Carroll invites Nate Robinson to Seahawks camp

Posted by Ben Gollivernate-robinson

Back in July, we noted that Oklahoma City Thunder guard Nate Robinson expressed interest in playing in the National Football League should the NBA's lockout lead to a work stoppage.

"I might go play football," Robinson told SLAM magazine at the time. "Do something that nobody's tried to do." 

At the time, we noted that Robinson's football background, quickness and athleticism made this a somewhat viable possibility and not just crazy talk.

One person who is listening to Robinson: Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

In a Twitter exchange this week, Carroll invited Robinson, a Seattle native who briefly played cornerback for the University of Washington Huskies before dedicating himself solely to basketball, to the team's camp.

The Seattle Times notes that Carroll, then a coach at USC, actually recruited Robinson out of high school and left open the possiblity of an NFL career for Robinson.  
Robinson said via Twitter that he was ready to show Carroll he still had some football skills. "Coach give me a chance and I'll prove it to u," he said.

Carroll said practice started at 1:30 p.m., and requested Robinson bring his cleats. Practice came and went without an appearance from Robinson.

"He may be a little distracted with basketball, I don't know," Carroll said afterward. "If he is, he probably won't be able to do it. But if he can get focused, there's always a chance."

Obviously the key factor here is the risk of injury. Transitioning from one professional sport to a much more violent professional sport carries with it a significantly greater chance of injury than swapping the NBA for an international league. Robinson is 27 years old and entering the last year of his contract so he's got a fair bit at stake financially over the next 12 months when it comes to future earnings potential.

Now that he's been practically begging for a look, though, Robinson owes it to Carroll and to his fans to show up and give camp a try. It would represent a public relations coup for the Seahawks, who can always use some good publicity, and we would all get a better sense for how possible -- or impossible -- Robinson's football dream would be to complete. 

 
 
 
 
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