January 05, 2011
The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be stepping up to the plate in a big way. No, they haven't lured LeBron James(notes) back to northern Ohio, and they aren't embarking on a much-needed rebuilding project. But they are reportedly giving a job and a house to a man made famous on the Internet on Tuesday.
By now you've surely heard the tale of Ted Williams, a man with a gorgeous radio voice who, beset by personal problems, was left homeless and looking for work at the side of the road in Columbus, Ohio.
If you haven't seen our friend Ted, here's the introductory video that made its way throughout the Internet on Tuesday:
Smooth stuff indeed. And according to the New York Post, the Cavs have taken the lead amongst the many that have offered Williams a job:
"The Cleveland Cavaliers just offered me a full-time job and a house! A house! A house!," repeated a stunned Williams, 71, on local radio station WNCI.
A caller to the show who said she represented the Cavs offered Williams, who shot to stardom after local newspaper the Columbus Dispatch on Monday posted video of his perfectly-pitched panhandling, a full-time job doing voiceover work for the team and parent company and a free home in Cleveland.
Incredibly cool, and a gracious and much-appreciated move by the Cavaliers. Though he won't be handling play-by-play duties, at the very least, Williams could make for an inspired pairing with the notoriously gruff-voiced Austin Carr, who handles on-air color commentary for the Cavaliers, in some capacity.
NFL Films, CNBC's Darren Rovell also reported, is trying to get in touch with Williams about a potential job offer as well.
And the Cavaliers aren't the only ones in the giving spirit.
It's been hard to be a Zach Randolph(notes) fan, through the years. From his dust-ups with teammates in practice to a series of sexual assault accusations, to the lesser crimes of sometimes acting a bit selfish on the court, Randolph hasn't made it easy to root for the talented power forward of the Memphis Grizzlies.
But this helps. From the Associated Press:
Randolph has donated money to help with utilities payments for 100 Memphis families who were behind on their bills.
That's about as good as it gets. With the holidays past and families still wondering how they're going to scrape enough to juggle one paid bill with another overdue mark, to have Randolph swoop in like that? That's changing some lives.
Good on ya, Zach.