Late Monday night, like any other good, red-blooded American, I was watching Wisconsin get hosed by the referees (and Duke) in the NCAA men's college basketball championship.
It got me wondering: who's the best baller on Orlando City? I took to twitter, of course, and that led to the following exchange with Lions midfielder Amobi Okugo and rookie keeper Earl Edwards Jr.:
@FootyAmerica if Mls had a two on two tourney me and @earljrucla would be in final four no doubt— Amobi Okugo (@amobisays) April 7, 2015
Woah! Bold words, Amobi! Far be it from me to question the professional athlete on his sporting prowess. Not to mention, at 6-foot-3, Edwards Jr. brings some solid height to the equation.
This got my thinking, though -- do any other Lions have potential back-up careers in a different sport? Using a highly scientific method, I set out to answer that very question. Here are the results:
Rugby- I'll start out with an obvious one! The imposing Frenchman has earned a reputation as a hard-tackling center back in his five years in MLS, and not without good reason. The bald look is appropriately intimidating for a rugger, and rugby may be the only sport the French love almost as much as soccer! Oh, and then there are the dozens of plays like this:
Bobsledding - Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it's bobsled time! Who needs Yul Brynner when you've got fellow Jamaican strong-man Donovan Ricketts?
Cool Runnings shaped more or less my entire understanding of Olympic bobsledding, and if it taught me anything, it's that the guys on the German team are kind of a bunch of A-holes. You definitely need an enforcer, and Ricketts would crush that role. Plus, we know he's got the cat-like reflexes to deal with that pesky turn 12.
Surfer - Exhibit A:
How did Shea even end up playing soccer with locks like those?! Dude was born to shred the gnar and hang ten on some beach in Hawaii.
Cricket - No lie, Molino is actually an accomplished cricketer. In fact, his brother, Kevon Cooper, plays professionally in the Bangladesh Premier League! Kevin certainly has the patience and focus to excel at the game, and apparently it's in his blood as well!
Hockey - The Canadian looks to be in line for some serious minutes up top in the coming weeks, but did you know he actually started his athletic career as a hockey player? He was born with a hockey stick in hand, as all Canadians are, but his Jamaican father turned him on to soccer at a young age. For that, Orlando City fans are thankful!
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That's all I've got. What do you think? Is Kaká the next Yankee's shortstop? Let us know in the comments.