Famous Fans: Snoop Dogg

By August 23, 2012 Sports Stuff No Comments

Snoop Dogg (or maybe Snoop Lion for you reggae fans out there) has always been at the forefront of his favorite sports. While his other “recreational” activities might get more attention, Snoop (aka Calivn Broadus) has actually become pretty well known for his love of athletics.

We all saw him sport a Springfield Indian’s hockey jersey in his “Gin and Juice” video in the early 90’s. But that’s not the only hockey jersey he rocks. It’s no secret he supports the Pittsburgh Penguins but he has been known to cater to the crowd he’s performing for once in a while.

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Maybe he’s good friends with Ovechkin or maybe he just wanted to keep our nation’s capital as happy as possible. Either way, I’m sure Pittsburgh will understand. When you’re famous and rich, you become friends with everyone and loyalty to your favorite teams might be tested. But don’t judge the man based on his eclectic sports wardrobe. When it comes to actually understanding and learning the games he loves, Snoop is as loyal as you can get.

When he threw the first pitch for a Chicago White Sox game, he put some serious heat on his first throw.

“It was a strike. It was a changeup, screwball,” Snoop told Business Insider. “ It was one of my pitches that I normally don’t really go into, but we are in the Windy City so I had to make sure it got over the plate the right way.”

Then he wanted his kids to learn soccer. So who did he call? Well none other than David Beckham:

David and I go back years. I asked him to come over and do me this favor as he is the one who has made everyone wake up and pay attention to soccer over here. He is terrific with my kids and they had a great time as he taught them how to shoot and score the perfect goal.

Putting hockey and soccer aside, the biggest surprise has to be youth football. No I don’t mean his kids play youth football or that even he played youth football (though he probably did). Snoop actually has his own youth football league. Go ahead, I’ll give you time to mull that over.

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Got it? Good.

So the Snoop Youth Football League has apparently been around since the fall of 2005.  And it’s been pretty successful since they grow every year. The first year alone they had 1,300 kids (ages 5-13) from the Los Angeles area participate. In fact, they have even expanded to accommodate another league in Las Vegas. According to their website, the objective of the SYFL is:

The objective of the SYFL is to provide youth, regardless of race, color, creed, or economic background the chance to learn the values of character, integrity, discipline, and team work through football and cheer; to bring Black, Brown, and all other communities together through a common interest in sports; to promote fair play and fellowship; to teach the game elements promoting safety, enjoyment, and healthy competition.

It’s not just football either. The league has a whole department geared towards cheerleading as well. The man has left no stone unturned. So next time you’re at any sporting event, don’t be surprised if Snoop has some kind of connection to it.

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