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SALT LAKE CITY – Welcome to From Left Field! Here are three sports stories worthy of your clicks this morning.
1. LeBron James' tweets are worth $140,000 apiece
You know you're doing alright when a single character in a given tweet you send is worth $1,000 or more. That's reportedly the case for basketball superstar LeBron James, who was tied to a media value of roughly $140,000 per tweet.
Media value of a single @KingJames tweet? $140,000, says @opendorse http://t.co/Y9c2rchwjE— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 19, 2015
James, who has 23.2 million followers, is far and away the top athlete when it comes to the branding value of a single tweet. The exact total, according to a social media company called Opendorse, is $139,474 for every push of the "Send" button. Second-place Kevin Durant isn't even worth half that much, according to Opendorse's figures.
According to ESPN, most athletes are in reality paid far less for endorsement tweets. But per the CEO of Opendorse, LeBron was recently offered a six-figure sum for a single tweet – and turned it down. Rough life, King James.
2. Miguel Cabrera knows not of this "glove" you speak of
One naturally tends to picture a baseball player wearing, you know, a baseball glove. Detroit's Miguel Cabrera has no time for such monotony, but will still get you out even if you catch him napping during live play.
Cabrera, supposedly manning first base with a runner on, was somehow caught by complete surprise when a pick-off attempt came flying his way. Upon further review, it became clear Cabrera didn't even have his glove fully attached to his hand as the play began.
No matter, though – the ball took a favorable bounce, and a glove-less Cabrera retrieved it in easily enough time to gun down Dexter Fowler as he tried to advance to second base. It's better to be lucky than good, right?
3. Mario Balotelli releases 'mohican' style shoes, soccer ball
Mario Balotelli, already out of the good graces of his superiors at Liverpool, has found other ways to make his presence known while off the pitch. Balotelli has reportedly worked with Puma to release a new set of "mohican" style cleats, as well as a soccer ball – both complete with a Balotelli-esque mohawk.
PUMA made a ridiculous soccer cleat inspired by @FinallyMario: http://t.co/SSEmaqv5JDpic.twitter.com/8PwqYdSCtz — SoleCollector.com (@SoleCollector) August 19, 2015
Mario Balotelli has released a new line of football boots... and this bizarre ball: http://t.co/NOgdjIcAqNpic.twitter.com/dNhMfOEOvA — Purely Football (@PurelyFootball) August 19, 2015
I legitimately thought this was a joke when I first saw it. I mean, the cleats and ball are even trademarked with Balotelli's "Why Always Me?" slogan. How can someone kick a soccer ball with a full-on mohawk attached to it? This is either the greatest idea of all time or the worst.