Who’s Who In Sports and Entertainment Came To Play Ball In Supporting Richard Sherman’s Foundation

Who says that Seattle Seahawks man-of-the-hour, Richard Sherman can’t pull a crowd. On Sunday, Sherman brought in over 22,000 people to Safeco Field to watch and support his second annual charity softball game. In attendance were Sherman’s teammates quarterback Russell Wilson, defensive end Michael Bennett, wide receiver Doug Baldwin and safety Earl Thomas. Even music’s hottest new group, Macklemore stopped by to play a little ball. However the highlight of the night was to see Laker’s Kobe Bryant pick-up a bat after 20 years and hit a solo homer. Kobe-Bryant-softball

“I respect these guys tremendously and it’s humbling, it’s not something you can put into words,” Sherman said before the game started. “You don’t wake up one day and be like I’m going to have Kobe Bryant, Nate Robinson, Lawyer Milloy playing in my softball game, and Macklemore. It’s something that happened and you’re numb to the feeling until like years later when you realize that was a pretty incredible event.”

richard+sherman+softball+game-4_jpg_BIM In addition to Bryant, other NBA notables such as Jamal Crawford, former Seattle Super Sonics stars Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton took part, as did Chris Hansen, the investor hoping to bring the NBA back to Seattle. richard+sherman+softball+game-24_jpg_BIM

“He’s a psycho like me,” Bryant said of Sherman. “I think it’s just mutual respect and I have a great amount of respect for people who work at their craft. When him and I met, we just talked and hit it off.”   “I’ve always enjoyed coming here. I’d much rather come here in the postseason than Oklahoma,” Bryant said.

richard+sherman+softball+game-21_jpg_BIM Richard Sherman’s Foundation is run by himself and his brother, Branton. The beneficiaries are Sherman’s Blanket Coverage Family Foundation and other local charities who supply under-privileged, school-age kids with clothes, backpacks, computers and athletic shoes “to even the field,” as Sherman put it. As a kid from Compton who made it to Stanford, he’s keenly aware of class distinctions and the negative vibe it creates.

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Marcelle English

LeBron James is just a regular dad when it comes to his son playing basketball

No doubt LeBron James is an extraordinary player, however when it comes to his son playing basketball, he’s just an ordinary dad.

LeBron James, Jr. was recently playing in  the AAU 4th Grade National Basketball Championship basketball tournament in Lexington, Kentucky and his dad, LeBron James was right there on the sidelines cheering him on. So was University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari. 

We saw a glimpse of LeBron enjoying time with his sons in various Samsung commercials, and that was cute. Seeing him live, watching his son with the excitement that any dad can muster is just wonderful to see. 

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

Documentary on Lakers’ dismal past season also reveals Kobe Bryant’s doubts and fears about the future

When you’ve only done one thing for the past 20 years, change can be scary and the future can seem bleak. Just ask Kobe Brant. In a documentary called Kobes Bryant’s Muse, the L.A. Lakers guard reveals his angst and excitement about his future.

Via ESPN:

“I’m afraid, too. You really have to lean on muses and mentors going forward, just as I did as a kid. It’s about having that next wave of things, which is scary as hell, but it’s fun at the same time.”

The documentary will air on Showtime in November is and is rumored to give us a different look at Bryant to see what makes him tick.

“It’s more introspective,” he said. “It’s about who or what has inspired me.”

Bryant is credited as an executive producer on the Showtime film, a vanity credit only.

“I’m not even quite sure what it is they do,” he said.

Kobe sat on the bench much of last season, which is the larger focus of the documentary. It will be interesting to see what he says about his life after basketball.

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I’m looking forward to watching the documentary. What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend, 

~Angela Davis

 

Forbes’ list of most valuable sports teams shows soccer still reigns supreme; Football gaining ground

The may be “America’s Team” but the Dallas Cowboys aren’t the most valuable. In fact, among Forbes list of most valuable sports teams, soccer teams made up 4 of the top 10 – a bold reminder of how lucrative and profitable soccer is in the world, and it’s potential to growth in the United States. 

Here’s the the top ten most valuable sports teams in the world:

1. Manchester United – Soccer $2.3 billion

2. Real Madrid – Soccer $1.88 billion

3. NY Yankess – Baseball $1.85 billion

4. Dallas Cowboys- Football $1.85 billion

5. Washington Redskins – Football $1.56 billion

6. L.A. Dodgers – Baseball $1.4 billion

7. New England Patriots – Football $1.4 billion

8. Barcelona – Soccer $1.31 billion

9. NY Giants – Football $1.3 billion

10. Arsenal – Soccer $1.29 billion

While baseball  only accounted for two of top 20 spots, to no surprise football (American football) held 11 of the 20 spots. This is indicative of the NFL’s increasing popularity. The quest to take the NFL ‘across the pond’ to England is still an annual game with the goal of driving more international fans.

Don’t hold your breath. Soccer still reigns as king among sports fans globally, but the NFL may be slowly but surely gaining ground. What’s also not surprising is the lack of the MLB’s presence. Baseball is still a popular sport, but is no longer ‘America’s favorite pastime’. 

The other opportunity is the chance for soccer to become bigger in the United States. MLS is growing in presence and with the most major cities having or acquiring an MLS team, it may not be long before soccer finally becomes a popular U.S. sport.

In the meantime, the NFL is king in the U.S. and soccer may be the only sport able to dethrone it.

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell doing OK after collapsing at event

NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell collapsed at a speaking engagement in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. According to the Associated Press:

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — Celtics officials say NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell is doing OK after collapsing during a speaking engagement near Lake Tahoe.

Team spokesman Brian Olive says the 80-year-old Russell felt faint after the Thursday morning fall at the Hyatt Regency resort in Incline Village, Nevada, but was planning on returning home to Seattle this evening.

No health problems have been reported with Russell, but at 80 years of age, this kind of incident would seem normal.  According to a witness, Russell was telling a story about Wilt Chamberlain when he started to sway and fell backward. He was conscious when first responders arrived to treat him. 

 Russell, a five-time NBA MVP, won 11 championships in 13 years as a center with the Boston Celtics. As a player-coach for the last two, he was the first black head coach in a major U.S. pro sport.

Bill Russell was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 1975 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010.  Last year with a statue outside Boston’s City Hall was erected in his honor.

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Bill Russell and I can tell you he’s a kind man. I wish him well and continued good health.

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

Stuart Scott’s speech at ESPYs will inspire, motivate and uplift for years to come (VIDEO)

THE shining moment at the ESPY’s was Stuart Scott. The long-time sports analyst has had a long battle with cancer and still stands strong. When he was honored with the Jimmy V award fans got to see rare moments in Scott’s life, his daily battle with the disease and his courage and strength in fighting it. When he graced the stage the Nokia theater, we knew something great was going to happen, we just didn’t realize how much we’d be changed by it:

This was more than an acceptance speech. This was a critical message to all of us. It was a call to action to recognize what’s really important in life and refocus on the things that matter.

Stuart Scott’s speech was amazing. Moving. Inspirational. The great thing is that this speech was about him. How he felt. He made us feel. 

He reminded us what life is really all about.

“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer,” Scott told the audience. “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

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