GQ/Miami City ballet

Gronk takes ballet class from Miami City ballet principal soloist

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Have you ever heard someone say football players should take ballet lessons to improve foot work and balance? No? How about dance isn’t a sport?

A recent GQ feature both of those things, proving dance is in fact a sport, by pairing Rob Gronkowski up with Miami City ballet’s principal soloist Nathalia Arja for a private ballet lesson. Arja taught the Patriots tight end the ballet basics such as a plie, fifth position and the importance soft jumps and nice, rounded arms.

The contrast between the two athletes is comical and Gronk, as always, had fun even though he was out of his comfort zone (probably not the dancing he’s used to). However, aside from the laughs and horribly bent limbs, you can really see just how much skill it takes to make ballet choreography look effortless.

On the football field you’re supposed to see the athletes looking tired because that means they gave the game their all, but on stage a ballerina can’t let the audience see them sweat, which can be 10 times more difficult.

Overall it was a fun experiment to watch (which you can do below), and while I’m sure he’d be good for lifts, he’s no Billy Elliot.



NFL must play its cards right when it comes to Las Vegas

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It’s official.

The NFL has approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas, and with the move comes the pressure the league must now face in a city that embraces its gambling and vibrant nightlife.

Not only could this cause problems for the league, which has been outspoken against gambling on sports, but it could impact its players, who now have to deal with being in and around gambling year round.

With so many questions, the NFL must embrace these realities of being a part of Sin City in the future.

PFT’s Mike Florio breaks down the NFL’s future in Sin City in the video above from the owners’ meetings in Arizona.


Vince Young wants to play again, hires agent Leigh Steinberg

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Vince Young is hoping his football career isn’t over.

Young has hired agent Leigh Steinberg, who announced on Twitter today that Young has a “dream of playing more football.”

That Steinberg used the word “dream” suggests that he and Young realize it will be an uphill battle to get back to the NFL. Young hasn’t played in a regular season game since 2011, when he threw four touchdown passes and nine interceptions for the Eagles. He has spent time with the Bills, Packers and Browns since then but never made it past the preseason.

The fledgling Spring League has already said it would be interested in Young, so he’s got someone interested in him. But the Spring League is a long, long way from the NFL. It’s highly likely that Young has played his last NFL game, even if, at age 33, he’s not quite ready to say definitively that he’s done.