Pele says he wanted to be a pilot, would've gone by a different nickname if he wasn't a sporting iconKristian Dyer at Dirty Tackle3 days ago
Hempstead, N.Y. – He could have been Dico, and the world may never have known the talent of the greatest soccer star and perhaps the greatest athlete of the 20th century. Now looking back on his storied career, Pele can muse and wonder about what his life would have been like if he was never discovered as a teenager and became the most famous athlete in the world.
Pele, originally named Edson Arantes do Nascimento, is now 73 years old and continues to be among the most famous names and faces in the world. And while the three-time World Cup winner looks back fondly on his career, he also can now look back and wonder what could have been had he not been the renowned soccer star. Life, to say the least, would have been very different.
Discovered in his teenage years, Pele played the entirety of his career with famed Brazilian club Santos before he finished with three years spent as a member of the New York Cosmos. But when asked if he hadn't developed into a professional athlete what his life would have become, his answer comes quickly and without hesitation.
The man who soared through the area with his famous bicycle kicks would have chosen another route for air travel.
- Kristian Dyer at Dirty Tackle12 days ago
Hempstead, N.Y. – In the eyes of the greatest soccer player to ever play the game, the host nation is not the favorite to lift the World Cup trophy this summer.
Pele tells Yahoo Sports that he favors two European sides to lift the trophy in Brazil this summer over the host nation. Looking ahead to the kickoff of the tournament in the nation of his birth, Pele doesn't think that Brazil will win a sixth World Cup this summer.
“It is difficult to say, it is difficult because the World Cup is a box of surprises. There are teams that are there all the time like Italy, England, Argentina. All those countries – France too. In the moment, I've seen a lot of games. I follow some teams. Today, one month and a half, two months out – to me – the two best teams are Spain and Germany,” Pele said in an exclusive interview with Yahoo Sports at Hofstra University.
Spain will start the tournament in Group B with Chile, Australia and fellow 2010 World Cup finalists the Netherlands. Germany, meanwhile, will be in Group G with Portugal, Ghana and the United States.
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner16 days ago
MARTINSVILLE, N.J. – Jamaal Westerman is going all Darth Vader to get ready for the NFL season.
The free-agent linebacker, set to enter his sixth season in the league, is known for his conditioning and being a physical specimen. But now Westerman is set to take it to a whole other level by utilizing a high-elevation training mask in his workouts that limits oxygen intake during his workouts.
He found the mask online and was intrigued by the science of making it harder to breathe when he trains.
According to the makers of the Elevation Training Mask, the device is fitted over your face and “will help you regulate your breathing, increase lung stamina, lung capacity, oxygen efficiency and increase overall mental focus. Training Mask can help your overall performance in all sports and daily living.”
In short, the mask makes him work and breathe harder while doing an exercise, which helps conditioning.
- Kristian Dyer at Dirty Tackle22 days ago
Peri Marosevic was set to eat his New York Cosmos teammates to a free lunch. Like Kobayashi.
And then he lost. Ironically to Kobayashi.
The reigning NASL champions easily landed the best April Fool's Day prank in the sports world on Tuesday with their ingenious video involving famous eating champion Kobayashi. The team went out for lunch at a Buffalo Wild Wings on Tuesday but truthfully, they were set up for the prank weeks before at the start of preseason camp.
As Cosmos Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover describes it, Director of Communications Jen Chang and head coach Giovanni Savarese had a part in setting the whole prank into play on the unsuspecting Marosevic, a midfielder who appeared for the U.S. in the 2009 U-20 World Cup.
“Jen Chang knew Kobayashi from some previous work before. He came to me and said 'I think we might be able to do something with him.' He's local to New York,” Stover told Yahoo Sports.
“So Jen reached out and he said 'Sure.' At first we weren't sure what we were going to do. Then the idea came up of turning it into a prank. His people liked the idea. Gio loved it. We had the kernel of the idea, how it would play out.”
- Kristian Dyer at Shutdown Corner28 days ago
It is now the No Fun League. Former NFL star wide receiver Terrell Owens had a multitude of touchdown celebrations that created highlight packages and headlines for the league, from his famous pom-pom celebration to mimicking Ray Lewis and even pulling a Sharpie out of his sock and signing a football for a fan.
- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner4 mths ago
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Well, those green and white Darrelle Revis jerseys are good for something, at least.
New York Jets fans expected to see Revis, largely considered the league's best cornerback over the past four seasons, to be with the franchise until he retired. But the Jets traded away Revis to Tampa Bay this past April, likely a shrewd move given that he could have opted out of his contract after this season.
He left behind plenty of unfulfilled expectations as the team twice made the AFC championship game during his six years as a Jet but never made the Super Bowl. He also left behind plenty of disappointed fans with Revis jerseys. As the team's star player, he had one of the most common jerseys worn at MetLife Stadium.
Now that Revis is with the Buccaneers, it becomes a challenge for Jets fans to wear his jersey to games. It is one thing to wear a retired player's jersey; it is another when that star player was traded away and left many fans with a sour taste in their collective mouth.