By Mary Paoletti
Some members of the NFL have been productive during the lockout. Like Bret Lockett.
The Patriots special teamer has a very special talent that you won't find in any old media guide.
Lockett is an artist of sorts.
The music video for "Let's Go" was originally released on Wednesday night, according to Jeff Howe. I immediately checked Billboard's Hot 100, but Katy Perry, and maybe 90 other singers, have not yet surrendered a spot for Lockett. I'll keep checking.
One teammate of Lockett's had this to say about the video: "Hilarious. We were dying at workouts this morning."
I assume that the Patriots players were "dying" because the song got them very excited about the possibility of traveling to exotic places they've never seen. Such inspiration then motivated everybody to really give their all during workouts. Fun!
And I understand the to-do. Lockett croons that he and some lovely lady can "set sail with whales in Peru." How neat! Do the whales captain the ship? Or are the whales just fellow passengers? How big would that ship have to be? I hope they aren't those crazy whale-eating sperm whales that were plaguing Peru last summer. That would be problematic in trying to enjoy "the finer things."
Other than that, traveling to Bret Lockett's world (which he assures is "Our World") sounds fantastic.
So, let's go, everybody! Let's go!
Big Papi's "spring training" involves a beach chair -- not a baseball bat.
The former Boston Red Sox slugger made it clear on Instagram that he has no interest in returning to Jet Blue Park to begin training for the 2017 MLB season.
He announced in Nov. 2015 he would be retiring after the 2016 season, and he appears completely content with that decision despite speculation of his return to MLB. Ortiz posted a video on Sunday of himself in a beach chair reclined and relaxed.
"What's up [Instagram]. Oh, so good be retired. At the beach with the familia, the ladies. Big Papi in the bulding. This is my spring training. How 'bout dat? Enjoy. See you when I see you. Peace," he said, and then chuckled.
Ortiz's video came a few days after Hanley Ramirez said that if Ortiz made a return to baseball, he would be doing it, in part, for Ramirez, because they miss each other.
WBZ's Dan Roche then tweeted out Ramirez's comment on Thursday, and Big Papi waited no time to respond. Within 16 minutes, Ortiz had responded to reiterate he would not be returning to the Sox.
Most NBA teams would benefit from adding Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler. But few NBA have the assets to acquire him. The most legitimate suitor in the NBA resides in Boston.
"The potential of a Boston-Chicago deal for Jimmy Butler -- I think it will loom over the entire week," Yahoo! NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said Saturday. "These teams have engaged on the potential of this trade. They have not gotten far down the road on it. There still needs to be alignment within the Bulls organization -- from ownership to management -- that they want to make the decision to enter a full rebuild.
He added: "But the poential of this deal really illustrates the State Farm right combo, because these are two teams that have exactly what the other wants. Boston has been hoarding assets for years for a couple of season, trying to get in the position to get a star player."
Wojnarowski suggested the first building block for the Butler trade would start with either the 2017 or 2018 Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick, which the Celtics acquired in 2013 in the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade.
"And Jimmy Butler in Boston, paired with Isaiah Thomas and this Celtics team -- it would put this Celtics team in a position to seriously challenge Cleveland [Cavaliers] in the east, not only in the short term, but also in the long term."
Butler's contract extends to 2020, and then Wojnarowski explained Boston could then sign the guard to another long-term deal. In the meantime, he could help Boston surpass a vulnerable-looking Cavaliers team.