When you have an interest in sports, you may be interested in absolutely everything. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes, you just can’t get into a particular sport no matter how hard you try. And when it’s one of the country’s leading spots, as well as one that all of your friends and family get behind, you can often feel like you have to force yourself to like it. But that’s not necessarily your only option. In fact, instead of pushing yourself towards enjoying something that you really don’t like, you need to find an alternative. And when the sport above is football, there are plenty other ball-based sports to explore.
Sports are more than just great entertainment. Through sports exceptional individuals have not only excelled in their chosen fields, not only pushing the boundaries of achievement but influencing generations. History is rich with figures whose legacy goes beyond their sporting achievements and leaked into the broader popular culture, causing their names to become synonymous with greatness in the field and beyond.
But how have these sporting greats transcended their roots and become pop culture icons? What is it that makes their influence extend to the point that their jerseys become cherished commodities on Hollywood Collectibles? Let’s have a look through some of the most influential sports stars of all time and see how each, in their own way, has helped to change the world.
We’ve written a handful of ‘Sports Crush‘ posts since we launched America’s White Boy. We’ve spotlighted female MMA fighters, WWE Divas and female sports reporters like MLB Network’s Heidi Watney, ESPN’s Britt McHenry and NFL Network’s Kay Adams. We decided to profile another female sports reporter, MLB Network studio host Lauren Shehadi.
Shehadi co-hosts MLB Central with Mark DeRosa and Matt Vasgersian.
Shehadi also once worked for CBS Sports and was an intern for Fox Sports Network’s The Best Damn Sports Show Period.
We are crushing on Lauren Shehadi and once you look at our photo gallery, you will understand why.
As far as American sports go, there isn’t really one that’s more famous than baseball. It has become known as the ‘national pastime‘ and has been around for hundreds of years – it is said to have originated just before the American Civil War, where it was originally the game of rounders. As rounder developed into the game of cricket for the British, the Americans took the classic game and with it, baseball was born. Now, it is a sport played all over the country at many different levels, and it is loved and adored by people of all kinds of backgrounds. If you are someone who has been thinking about playing baseball, good for you! Anything that gets you fit and moving is something to be celebrated, and the friendships you can make from a team sport like baseball are very valuable. Here’s how you can step out onto the pitch as a total novice – Babe Ruth had better watch out!
George ‘The Animal’ Steele is a former professional wrestler whose career lasted from 1967-1989. He is best known as the wrestler with a blue tongue who ate the stuffing out of the turnbuckle.
Steele was in Rochester, New York for the Collectorfest monthly card show. He had the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a Rochester Red Wings game. The Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins didn’t realize that he would make an epic first pitch.
Steele was handed the ball and he proceeded to eat away at the cover and started eating the inside of the baseball. After he was done eating, he threw the remaining piece as the game’s ceremonial first pitch.
I’m done describing it, you have to check it out for yourself. The video is after the jump… Continue reading →