We thought Shaquille O’Neal‘s music career began and ended with the 1993 jam “(I Know I Got) Skillz,” but apparently we were so very wrong. Shaq, who currently plays for the Boston Celtics, took the stage with the Boston Pops to guest-conduct the orchestra as they played songs like “Sleigh Ride” and that old holiday nugget “We Are The Champions.”
Sounds like conducting took a toll on O’Neal, who happens to be the oldest player in the NBA. He told the Boston Globe “Actually you know I have a whole new respect for conductors. [I] went through a little rehearsal today and my arms are shot right now.” Check out the video above — Shaq’s head bobbing is fun to watch as he bops in time to the music.
What happens when a bunch of ambitious college students who grew up on Harry Potter tire of the usual club sports like Ultimate Frisbee and dodgeball? They form Quidditch teams, of course! Forget the fact that Quidditch involves riding brooms, defying gravity, and chasing a Golden Snitch with a mind of its own, and forget that the sport was made up entirely by J.K. Rowling and was only ever meant to exist in our minds, it’s just proof once again that with enough cheap beer fueling you, nothing is impossible.
The Quidditch World Cup, now in its FOURTH year, was held in New York City this weekend and forty-six teams from across the country participated. The fact that not a single player flew seemed inconsequential to the athletes, and ultimately, Middlebury College’s squad of Muggles took the snitch to win it. Please enjoy some of our favorite photos from the event (that t-shirt above is perhaps the greatest thing ever to be silk-screened) and after the jump, a video of some of the matches that took place. You haven’t lived till you’ve seen two teams running around with brooms between their legs just to catch a non-magical golf ball.
While hubby Russell Brand hobnobs with the Royals and other famous Britons in London, Katy Perry is taking a decidedly more low-key approach to her week by going on a casual bike ride in New York City. Did we say casual? We meant totally awesome ninja-style ride. Hard to believe the black-clad cyclist expertly negotiating the city’s potholes and taxi doors is the same girl who shoots whipped cream and fireworks from her boobs.
Got a case of the Monday grumpies? Feast your eyes on the perfection that is The Beckham Boys. After the LA Galaxy won their last game of the season, David Beckham (thankfully) removed his jersey and gave it to a fan, then welcomed his trio of adorable sons onto the field. Brooklyn, Romeo, and Cruz dashed to their hero for congratulatory hugs. Daddy Beckham never fails to melt our hearts with his genuine affection for his boys. His pipin’ hot bod ain’t bad either.
More photos below, including a bonus shot of Becks’ booty as he changed shorts mid-game. [Photos: Splash News Online]
While most of us would agree that it’s a stretch to still describe baseball as being Our National Pastime™, there’s little sense denying that every playoff baseball game played during the month of October is laden with the kind of dramatic tension that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand at attention. This post, however, is not really about celebrating the magic and mystery of America’s most revered professional sport. Rather, it’s about the celebrities who trot themselves out to the pitcher’s mound before games to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
First, the facts: Every single Major League Baseball team plays 81 home games during the course of the season. This means that the poor public relations department of each team has to come up with 81 different ways to get the crowd excited before a game. In some of baseball’s larger markets, teams draw upon their access to a range of different celebrities, a list that runs the gamut from Hollywood’s A-List to downtrodden reality television flameouts, to get their fans excited over a long and often monotonous season. So we here at TheFABLife thought you would get a kick out of seeing celebs of all magnitudes — most of whom are not exactly known for their athletic abilities — attempting to throw a baseball sixty feet and six inches. So, if you pardon the expression, who throws like a girl and who throws like someone who could be called up to The Show? Now’s the time to find out. Play ball!
Elin Nordegren has had a rough year but remained silent throughout her entire complicated separation from Tiger Woods. Now that their divorce is final, though, she has granted People Magazine an exclusive interview which she says will be her first and only public discussion of her personal life.
Nordegren tells People “I have been through the stages of disbelief and shock, to anger and ultimately grief over the loss of the family I so badly wanted for my children.” But what about the details we’ve been dying to know about? How was she so obvlivious to all of Tiger’s cheating? What about the Thanksgiving car accident? Details, girlfriend! Well, she delivers, albeit very diplomatically.
Of the cheating, she explains “I’m so embarrassed that I never suspected – not a one. For the past 3 1/2 years, when all this was going on, I was home a lot more with pregnancies, then the children and my school.” (Nordegren has been in college working toward a degree in physchology.) And hitting Tiger’s car with a golf club? “There was never any violence inside or outside our home,” she says. “The speculation that I would have used a golf club to hit him is just truly ridiculous.” The magazine and full interview come out on Friday.
And while she doesn’t get into specifics, Nordegren just has this to say about her settlement “Money can’t buy happiness or put my family back together.” But it can get you the hell out of Orlando, girl. Take that money and run.
Swift beat out Justin Bieber and seven other celebrities for the honor which was based on an online vote on the museum’s website. Swift has been seen on the lanes with pal Selena Gomez in the past, which likely made her the stronger candidate, although we’re wondering if Jeff Bridges or anyone else from The Big Lebowski was even considered because, hello, the clear winners were overlooked there. Congratulations, Taylor, and we can’t wait to see Kanye intercept this award for you.
As if the saga surrounding which team NBA star LeBron James will joinÃ‚Â couldn’t get anymore disgustingly reminiscent of Brett Favre’s yearly antics, ESPN revealed LeBron will conduct his own show on their channel in a one hour special airing at 9PM tonight. Oh, sorry did we make a wrong turn down egotistical lane? Who does he think he is? The president?
Let’s break it down together: a one-sentence announcement should only take ten seconds, right? We thought so, but hey, we could be wrong so let’s practice: “After much thought, I have decided to join the [insert team].” Oops! We were wrong, it took less than ten seconds! So what the #$%*&@! does he need his own one hour show for?!
Dearest LeBron (no, we will not call you “King”), we don’t care how great of an athlete you are. After you make “The Decision” just stick to basketball games, press conferences and interviews. Oh, and don’t even think about doing a reality show, leave those to Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens.
The Russian model was with Ronaldo and family at the Standard Grill (they headed to the Boom Boom Room later) when she heard the news. The cyber villians left a message on her FB page saying, “I am so devastated, I am at home crying right now,” referencing the surrogate babymomma news. She’s since closed her Twitter account and wiped her fan page and her rep has stated, “Any statements allegedly made by Ms. Shayk. She has not and will not in the future comment on such matters.”
Now… back to the serious activity of staring at his bronze, Gucci’d butt.
She likes big butts and she cannot lie. Well…she likes her big butt, and it’s taken her two decades to get there. Serena Williams revealed she loves her butt and her body in the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar. The tennis star is okay with the fact that she’ll never have a body type like older sister, Venus Williams, saying, “I’m super-curvy. I have big boobs and this massive butt. She’s tall and she’s like a model and she fits everything. I was growing up, wanting to be her, wanting to look like her, and I was always fitting in her clothes, but then one day I couldn’t. I was 23 when I realized that I wasn’t Venus. She’s totally different.”
And different is just fine, or as she put it, “Different is good.” And if it’s any consolation, she’s replaced Venus as numero uno in tennis rankings AND won Wimbledon this weekend. Again.
Serena’s been working on her fitness this year as well, dropping down to a size 10 from size 12, and she’s doing it the right way. “I’ve been doing Pilates and yoga, trying to lean out my body so I won’t be bulky.” She doesn’t ever go the diet route adding, ”I don’t even know the D word.” But what she does know is how a positive attitude can change everything, stating, “I think a smile can make your whole body. Models, they look fabulous, but they don’t smile and they look so mad.”
That’s ’cause a lot of them do believe in the D word!