There have been few athletes who have dominated pop culture the way Shaquille O’Neal has over the past 15 years. He was one of the first to fancy himself a crossover star between the worlds of sports and entertainment. Sure, you might think that Michael Jordan was there first, dominating the NBA, sneaker market, and business worlds in equal measure, but he never did so with the wink-and-a-nod lightheartedness that Shaq did with things like Shaq Diesel and Kazaam.
(Wouldn’t be the first time.)
But the odd thing about Shaq is that as his athletic ability has diminished with age, his presence in the cultural discussion has increased. He was the first athlete to embrace Twitter, and his hubris has taken on a whole new level lately with things like his “Shaq Vs.” reality show concept. And now Shaq is throwing around his celebrity weight in a whole new way, with plans to show up at the White House and pal around with President Barack Obama - uninvited and unannounced. This could end badly for everyone.
This man holds all the cards, doesn’t he? While refusing a two-year offer from the Jets, Brett Favre wants you to know he’s not done talking about the Packers’ mistakes. Chief among this week’s criticisms? Their hiring of consultant Ari Fleischer, former spokesman for the Bush White House.
The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS gets Brett’s rebuttal:
“What does that tell you? I mean, come on - damage control,” Favre said.
Well duh. Then again, Favre’s sitdown interview to bash the Packers looks like damage control as well. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander sometimes, Favre should know as much. But Fleischer wasn’t his only complaint: Read more…
We lived in the South for over 10 years, and covered NASCAR during that time. We wouldn’t say we love the sport as much as say, the mustard barbecue in South Carolina, but it was fun following it.
The chase for the cup thing now has us too confused to really care much about the *sport* anymore. But the Daytona 500 is right around the corner, so we’ll be spicing in NASCAR items when we can. Read more…