We posted some thoughts after the World Cup’s first group matches and told you about the best world cup Twitter feeds. We even tried to help you get excited about the month-long sporting event by showing you bits of web awesomeness spreading World Cup fever.
Sometimes, we’re really into sports. Sometimes, musicians are too. Some have recorded songs for their favorite team, while others have used their fame and wealth to sponsor teams and build sporting facilities. Here are 12 specific instances of artist-sport involvement that take the term “sports fanatic” to a whole new level.
Pictured is a batsman for Slaughters United, a Gloucestershire County League Fourth Division cricket team. He’s not just wearing a Coldplay jersey because he likes the band. Guy Berryman, bass player for the London-based four-piece, actually wrote the team a check for $1,100 and decided to sponsor them after their batsman and wicket-keeper, Paul Heming, wrote Berryman asking for some support.
Jeff Tweedy & Co. recently announced their decision to sponsor not one, but two sporting teams. Two little league teams, one of which is based in Chicago (The Royals) and the other in Northampton, Mass. (TMM/Wilco), can now brag to their friends (and other teams) about their rock star-backed status. According to this ranking site, TMM/Wilco currently holds the second place title in their four-team division.
When Dizzee Rascal released “Shout for England,” long-time U.S. Men’s National Team fans Weezerfired back with a World-Cup anthem of their own. They “Represent” for the USMNT in a music video (below) that pairs clips from the team’s qualifying matches with the power-chord-heavy jam.
Back in 2004, the Dropkick Murphys released their own punk-rock rendition of “Tessie,” a former Red Sox anthem. Watch a video of the band playing the song live at one of their favorite team’s games below:
The Hold Steady
“It’s always a shame when the Twins don’t win,” Craig Finn sings on The Hold Steady’s rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” He’s referring to the Minnesota Twins, of course, who personally asked the band’s frontman (a Minnesota native and long-time Twins fan) to record the song for their team. Click on the link below to give it a listen:
The Hold Steady – Take Me Out To The Ballgame.mp3
Speaking of Minnesota, remember that song Prince penned for the Minnesota Vikings after they defeated the Dallas Cowboys earlier this year? “Purple Pride”? So that happened:
After coaching his son’s youth football team, part of the Orange County Junior All-American Football Conference, Snoop decided to start his own youth football league. Based in Southern California, the league has been hosting an annual “Snoop Bowl” for the past eight years. According to The Boombox, the game has raked in more than $100,000 for charity. Check out highlights from the Snoop Bowl VII below:
Dave Matthews Band
Besides writing ESPN’s Wimbledon theme in 2006, Boyd Tinsley (violinist for Dave Matthews Band) also recently provided the majority of the funding for a $7.5 million tennis court expansion at the University of Virginia, his alma mater. According to ESPN, the Boyd Tinsley Courts were completed in 2006 and have hosted the ITA National Championships. Check out a pic of the indoor courts (courtesy the Virginia Cavaliers) below:
The late Steve Goodman penned three songs for the Chicago Cubs, the most well-known being the anthemic “Go, Cubs, Go,” which was often played at the Wrigley Field after a team win. Check out a video featuring the song with a slideshow of Cubs photos below:
They Might Be Giants
After having their name and art for the album No! used for a Seattle Little League team’s T-shirts, They Might Be Giants were so flattered they decided to sponsor 10 more teams. “Seeing an entire Little League team all wearing the No! t-shirts just made everyone in the band smile,” guitarist John Flansburgh said after viewing adorable pics like the one below:
The Chicago-based punk band appropriately-dubbed Team Band recently covered the classic Blackhawks fight song, “Here Come the Blackhawks.” Listen to it below:
Here Come the Hawks.mp3
When writing a list, it’s always important to save the best for last. That’s why we’re ending this one with a video of Creed frontman Scott Stapp singing “Marlins Will Soar,” a song he recently recorded for the Florida Marlins. Honestly, y’all… Who thought this was a good idea?