Monday, December 10, 2012
Trending: LeBron James on SWAG cover
By Bill Speros Special to ESPN.com
What is the one thing LeBron James can't live without?
"SWAG 16" gives LeBron fans 16 answers to that question before James works it down to one final answer in a single-elimination tournament format.
The answers, and his final answer, may surprise you.
The video, produced by Los Angeles creative agency Zambezi in August, was posted on YouTube by Champs Sports to coincide with the Monday release of the holiday issue of SWAG, a sports-lifestyle digital publication for Apple and (coming in the days before Christmas) Android mobile devices.
James is the cover athlete in this issue and, in the video, picks the one thing he couldn’t live without from a list of 16 of his favorite things. The list was compiled after conversations with some of his friends and inner circle.
The 16 items are: NFL Sundays, "The Hunger Games," candy, road trips, fresh haircuts, Twitter, "The Godfather," fingernail clippers, "Madden," Brandon’s oatmeal (from LeBron’s personal chef), Thanksgiving dinner, "SpongeBob SquarePants," "Martin," ice baths, "Boardwalk Empire" and Bruce Wayne.
If you want to check out the issue or download the iTunes link, visit the SWAG site. Coincidentally or not, the hashtag #ICantLiveWithout was trending on Twitter Monday morning.
After watching the James video, you'll know how important the NFL is in his life -- no spoiler alert here beyond saying that it makes the Final Four.
Tonight, perhaps the most anticipated Monday night game of the season takes place when the Houston Texas (11-1) visit the New England Patriots (9-3) on ESPN. The combined 20-4 record of of the teams ties for the best in "Monday Night Football" history when each team has played at least 12 games, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The Patriots are 10-1 in their last 11 Monday night games. Tom Brady is 12-4 in 16 starts on "Monday Night Football," winning his last four. He’s averaged 276.2 passing yards per game with 37 TDs and 14 INTs.
For fans who want a different perspective on Monday night football, graphic artist and ad designer Daniel McDonald (@Daniel_Brett) of El Paso, Texas, offers his visual take on each game every Tuesday with an original cartoon on his In Case U Missed MNF blog. A 2011 UTEP graduate, McDonald said he spends about two hours on each of his cartoons and considers, among other items, "team names, logos, mascots, team cities, history, outstanding performances, controversial plays, current news and obviously the final outcome" when creating his art. "I try to find the funniest, creative combination that football fans and non-football fans can understand and enjoy," he said.
Among the highlights of the season thus far is his "Hail Mary or Fail Mary?" from the replacement referee game between the Packers and Seahawks on Sept. 24.
#&8226; The video is called "WCU vs App State-Worst free throw ever" and does not disappoint. The clip of Brian Okam's ultimate air ball has received more than 1.7 million views since it was posted by wcuTV62 on Saturday. Western Carolina beat Appalachian State 70-64 in the game after overcoming a 13-point deficit. Okam did hit one of his four free throw attempts in the game.
• A Porsche 997 Cup car driven by Piere Ehret, Tyler McQuarrie, Anthony Ward, Christian Bollrath and Memo Gidley won the 10th annual National Auto Sport Association's United States Air Force 25 Hours of Thunderhill on Sunday at Willows, Calif. The winners beat 69 other entries, winning by 16 laps over the 2.866-mile Thunderhill Raceway Park layout and covered 1,953 miles.
Thanks to the @cjwilsonracing crew and drivers this weekend! Finally on our way home. I've been up for 36 hours straight
A total of 47 cars, including the Mazda Miata MX-5 owned by Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher C.J. Wilson's racing team, finished the race. Wilson's "Young Guns" No. 55 car driven by Stevan McAleer, Tristan Nunez, Spencer Pigot and Elliot Skeer led for a portion of the race in the E1 class before finishing second in that group and 10th overall after having to make an engine change during the race.