Ask any hard rock fan, and you might get a different answer to the question “Who is the King of Metal?” They might say Metallica frontman/human torch James Hetfield. Or walking zombie/corporate shill Ozzy Osbourne. Or even good ol’ totally insane Axl Rose. But the right answer just might be Cavs center Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
No, Big Z hasn’t started some underground Lithuanian thrashcore band (although admit it, you would totally pay to go see that live). I’m talking about actual pieces of metal - screws, plates, and God knows what else - all now part of his left foot which has been surgically repaired at least five times. As THE NEWS-HERALD reports, Ilgauskas has so much metal in his foot that it can’t be put through an MRI machine.
The SEATTLE TIMES has a story on a 24-hour turncoat NFL fan who, for once, won’t make you blanche (unlike some people we know).
Diehard Seahawks fan Jeff Hansen was normal, early-30s kind of guy until last year, when he suddenly became sick and “was diagnosed in 2004 with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. He had an enlarged heart that did not pump properly. He had a pacemaker installed, and in 2006 was put on the transplant list.“
A few weeks later, Hansen received his donor heart from a fallen police officer named Michael Watts. Watts, a devoted Baltimore Ravens fan, was killed in a car accident. His wife was nine months pregnant at the time and “she gave birth to their second daughter the same day Hansen received her husband’s heart.”
To pay tribute to Watts, Hansen wore Ravens gear at the Seattle-Balto game last Sunday at Qwest Field. He later sent the Ravens merch to Watt’s family, and hopes to start a nonprofit foundation named after his donor.