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candle
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posted 06 January 2005 12:16 AM      Profile for candle     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Can anyone name anyone who had significant careers in both athletics and music. Two immediately spring to my mind:

1) Paul Robeson is one of the greatest collegiate football players in U.S. history. He didn't make the College Football Hall of Fame until almost 80 years after his college career ended and almost 20 years after his death due to anti communism. At Rutgers not only was Robeson a top athlete (he earned 12 letters in 4 sports) but we was also a top student (class valedictorian of 1919, 4 time winner of the college oratorical contest, Phi Beta Kappa). After he graduated he played pro football for 3 years using his earnings to put him through law school at Columbia graduating in 1923. After that, he became a leading singer, actor on stage and screen, and anti-racism and political activist. He was declared Un-American and had his passport witheld for almost 10 years because he would not agree to conditions that he would not make speeches while abroad. If they have a Greatest USian television show, Robeson would probably be my nominee.

2) Scott Radinsky was a middle relief pitcher for the White Sox, Dodgers, Cardinals and Indians from 1990 to 2001. In 1984, at the age of 16 he wrote the skate anthem "Skate to Live" for his band Scared Straight. He continued with the band during his baseball career when they eventually changed their name to Ten Foot Pole and shortly after Scott was asked to leave the band due to the lack of time that his baseball career offered. He then formed a group called Pulley with members of other Southern California punk bands who have recorded 5 albums on Epitaph.


Beyond these guys, there are some NBA players who have released rap CD's - Allan Iverson, Shaq, and Ron Artest. I'm not sure how much of a rap career these guys will have (although Artest has some time on his hands now). The rapper Master P played a handful of exhibitions games in the NBA (including with the Toronto Raptors). However, the most notoriety in sports was as an agent - he was Ricky Williams original agent and negotiated the worst contract in the last 20 years with the New Orleans Saints (it had low base salaries and high hard to achieve incentives)

Waymon Tisdale played in the NBA and is a successful jazz bassist and his recorded 5 albums.

Mike Keenan (noted as a coach rather than althete) has been the singer of Nik and the Nice Guys since his college days in Upstate New York.

Jack McDowell was a Cy Young award winning major league starting pitcher, and teammate of Scott Radinsky in Chicago, and also singer/guitarist for the bands V.I.E.W. and Stickfigure. While Radinsky leans toward SoCal Skatepunk, McDowell is good friends with Eddie Vedder and is influenced by artists such as Paul Westerberg and Wilco.


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Phonicidal
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posted 06 January 2005 12:25 AM      Profile for Phonicidal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Glenn Healy plays the bagpipes.
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fuslim
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posted 06 January 2005 12:41 AM      Profile for fuslim     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Jeez, didn't a couple of old time NHL players record "Honky, The Christmas Goose" way back when?
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Phonicidal
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posted 06 January 2005 12:46 AM      Profile for Phonicidal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hey, what about the Chicago Bears who recorded "Superbowl Shuffle?"

Edited to add: Was Shaq's album as good as his game, "Shaq Fu" for the SNES?

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posted 06 January 2005 12:50 AM      Profile for fuslim     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Aha! A little google and I found it:

quote:
Johnny Bower: Toronto's singing sensation

Courtesy of mapleleafs.com
Writer: Chris Lomon
Editor: Wendy McCreary

Johnny Bower, bigger than the Beatles? Well, at least that's the story the Hall of Famer is sticking with.

Some 37 years after Bower, one of the most talented and respected men to ever tend the twine in the NHL, recorded two Christmas songs, the colourful and charismatic backstopper still chuckles at how the whole thing came about and the end result.

It was during the 1965-66 season, when Chris Young, a songwriter, came to Maple Leaf Gardens, seeking the assistance of a member of the Original Six club in recording two songs he had penned...

..."When Chris came into the room and asked if anyone would be interested in helping out, most of the guys dashed to the showers," recalled Bower, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976. "I've never seen so many players make a such a quick exit in my life."


...though he agreed to lend his time and vocal 'talents' to the project, he was far from certain he was the right man for the job.

...Bower, accompanied by a chorus of kids, including his own son, Johnny Jr., collectively known as Johnny Bower & Little John with The Rinky-Dinks, gathered around the microphone at a CBC studio in Toronto, to record Honky the Christmas Goose and Banjo the Mule.

...While the record sales didn't rival those of any "Fab Four" releases, Honky the Christmas Goose did enjoy a significant amount of airplay, making it on to the Canadian music charts, peaking at No. 29.

...On December 27, 1965, Honky the Christmas Goose was only 27 and 28 spots behind the two top singles on that date: We Can Work it Out (No.1) and Day Tripper (No.2), two legendary hits by four famed lads from Liverpool.

Not bad for a puck-stopping NHL star, someone who never wanted to sing in the first place.



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posted 06 January 2005 12:52 AM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sega version had an extra 8 fighters and four more attacks per person. Far better fighting game. AND SHAQ MUSIC BAD!

What was his name...some weird basketball player...Rodney or something. I can't remember. He put out some crappy music.

Well, William Shatner is technically an athlete because of his exploits in space fights. And he just put on album. But Russell Crowe is better.


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Phonicidal
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posted 06 January 2005 12:57 AM      Profile for Phonicidal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw a photo of some of the Barenaked Ladies and the Guys from Great Big Sea playing road hockey when the Junos were in Newfounland. That count?
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posted 06 January 2005 01:30 AM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Buck 65 was scouted by the NY Yankees.
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kingblake
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posted 06 January 2005 01:39 AM      Profile for kingblake     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I heard that Rod Stewart had a tough time deciding whether or not to become a footballer or a singer.

[feeling slightly bad mentioning Rod in the same thread as Paul Robeson]

edited to add: I hope the paper I'm in the midst of writing in between Babble checkups has better grammar than my post.

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al-Qa'bong
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posted 06 January 2005 01:55 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
I heard that Rod Stewart had a tough time deciding whether or not to become a footballer or a singer.

Don't leave us hangin', man.

Which one did he choose?


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James
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posted 06 January 2005 01:56 AM      Profile for James        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Doug Flutie -
From the Doug Futie jr. Foundation (autism website
" Doug is a high-energy individual who has a strong passion for all sports. Whether it is football, hockey, soccer, or his favorite sport, basketball, he is always giving it 110 percent. On May 9, 2001, he was invited to take batting practice with the San Diego Padres and throw out the first pitch of the game.

Doug is also a very talented drummer. He and guitar playing brother Darren formed the rock band "The Flutie Gang" with local musicians Michael Gauvin Smith, Spencer Hargis, Sean Jenness and Bobby OíDonnell. "The Gang" has played at several Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism events."


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Briguy
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posted 06 January 2005 08:54 AM      Profile for Briguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
110%. He's obviously not a mathematician.

Sam Roberts used to play hockey at a high level (Major Junior? Junior 'A'?). I've heard him say in interviews that he wouldn't refuse a chance to try out for the Habs (in jest).


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posted 06 January 2005 09:16 AM      Profile for Reality. Bites.        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Elton John owns the Watford Football Club.

And while not technically a musician, PeeWee Herman plays a mean game of pocket pool.


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Tommy Shanks
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posted 06 January 2005 10:39 AM      Profile for Tommy Shanks     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hah hah. Haven't heard that since grade 8.
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posted 06 January 2005 10:51 AM      Profile for Snuckles   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I doubt if anybody has heard of Erwann Menthťour, a one time French professional cyclist who left the sport after an injury and a doping controversy and is now apparently a minor rock star in France, according to ProCycling.

I haven't heard his music, although someone on rec.bicycles.racing says that it's crap.

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posted 06 January 2005 11:09 AM      Profile for FPTP        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Julio Inglesias used to play 'keeper for Real Madrid, back in the 60s. Then he broke his leg, and took up singing full time.

in spanish:
http://www.realmadrid.com/web_realmadrid/templates/noticias/detallenoticia.jsp?idnoticia=20252&sec=4&subsec=3


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posted 06 January 2005 12:21 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Former French tennis star Yannick Noah has recycled himself as a singer; he is very popular in France: http://www.yannicknoah.com/
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Bill Haydon
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posted 06 January 2005 10:09 PM      Profile for Bill Haydon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I seem to recall Carl Lewis putting out an album after the 1984 Olympics. It sold 2000 copies in Japan if I remember correctly.

Lance Armstrong has expressed doubts about riding le Tour this year. Maybe he'll spend his spare time singing backup for his girlfriend Sheryl Crow.


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posted 06 January 2005 10:30 PM      Profile for kingblake     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Anyone remember a rap song released around Italia 90 featuring a certain Liverpool midfielder by the name of John Barnes?
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posted 06 January 2005 10:31 PM      Profile for Section 49     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Troy Westwood former kicker for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, is also a singer (of sorts).
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posted 06 January 2005 11:03 PM      Profile for Reality. Bites.        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by lagatta:
Former French tennis star Yannick Noah has recycled himself as a singer; he is very popular in France: http://www.yannicknoah.com/

What else has he recycled himself as?


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GuÍpe
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posted 06 January 2005 11:29 PM      Profile for GuÍpe   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I have a brother who's a speed skater and accomplished pianist + organist.

He's been off the ice due to injury - but it seems like his band finally launched their website.

Good Question


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