Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:44 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2011 1:50 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
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
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.
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
Posted by Ben Golliver.
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.
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.