Sunday, November 18, 2012

"I want to bring a bit of Snoop to things."

It may soon become a lot more of a doggy-dogg world. Rapper, entrepreneur, soccer coach... Celtic owner? Beckham thief? Stay tuned.

- Greg Seltzer


dallen said...

Much like the LeBron James/Liverpool/Kanye Vegas party comments, these quotes don't ring true.

He may be interested in investing, but the comments sound bogus.

Greg Seltzer said...

Why's that?

dallen said...

Only the most ardent Euro snob would say things like:
"I am passionate about my sport"
"he looks like a proper athlete"
"if we are to go far in Europe"

None of that sounds like anything a very casual American soccer fan would say, let alone someone with the unique, one-of-a-kind conversational flow that Snoop has.

I'm not saying he's not investing, I'm not even saying most of that legit, it just reads to me like someone took some major liberties editing that for UK readers. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if all of the quotes were either made up by the author or if maybe Snoop has a UK publicist that did it for him.

Greg Seltzer said...

Ummm... Snoop is not a casual soccer fan. He's been a nut for quite a long while now, and does spend a good bit of time in Europe. I even heard him reflexively call it football several times while guesting on a Dutch talk show.

dallen said...

To have to ask David Beckham whether or not Celtic is a big club sounds pretty casual to me :)

Listen, I don't feel strongly about this, it just reads false to me, that's all.
Snoop is a brilliant, savvy guy, so it's definitely possible he adopted some British flavor when he's spoke to a British journalist, especially considering the PR nightmares potential and actual American owners have experienced when approaching clubs about buying an ownership share (Hicks & Gillette, Glazers and the dude who tried to buy Rangers).

BTM said...

I had a similar thought to Dallen, although I wouldn't have framed it as "Euro snob" vs casual fan. American fans of all levels of interest will adopt soccer-specific British expressions, but it's rare to see such a change in everyday idiom. "Sport" over "sports"? "Proper" instead of any number of adjectives an American would naturally use there? It's hard to believe those quotes came directly from Snoop, and if they did he was really working at speaking in an affected manner.

Reminds me of an Irvine Welsh short story set in Chicago. He had American characters talking about turning on the "air con", going over to "Chicago Uni" then catching a game at "Wrigley Fields". Terrible stuff.

Greg Seltzer said...

Frankly, I assumed the "sport" thing was the writer dropping the s from habit. I've seen that before.