It hasn’t been often that I’ve either written about sports in this space as of late, or frankly updated this blog. That has a lot to do, of course with being largely responsible for writing our official company blog over at Uncorked Ventures. While I certainly enjoy the work, it isn’t easy to write two wine pieces per day which is largely why this blog has suffered.
Today one thing caught my attention in the sports world (and no it isn’t the fact that my home town Padres are set to deal 3-4 pieces after never being able to overcome a terrible April, or the fact that the Lakers were swept out of the playoffs which is especially distressful because they are the only big market team I can cheer for) which was Yao Ming retiring.
I’ll also remember the Yo-Yao commercials from Nike which were classic, but the man himself always seemed to have a sense, at least from afar that his presence as the first foreigner picked #1 in the NBA draft was larger than himself.
A short piece over at ESPN confirms. Yao will always be one of those guys I remember playing simply because his skill set didn’t match my expectations. I never thought I’d see someone of that height shoot 80%+ from the free throw line or be able to step out to 20 feet to make jump shots without acting afraid of the paint. He was a special player and one of the few I’d make a point to watch at some point during every NBA season.
Lastly, for a company interested in doing business overseas…..his success marketing himself, clearly with plenty of help, is something we can look toward with hope for the future.