Posted by Jaboner Jackson 12:05 p.m. Life for the FOOTBALLPHDS isn’t always good times. Our good friend, Nate Dogg, passed away last night from stroke complications. We all know about Nate Dogg’s silky smooth voice but not too many people know that he was a big football fan as well.
We met Nate Dogg in 2007 when our flag football team was playing his little cousin’s team in the South Bay. At the time, his cousin’s team was fourth in the league and we were second. Thanks to some good luck (Nate Dogg’s cousin’s team was very herbally influenced that day), we pulled out a close victory. We ended up getting to know Nate Dogg and would meet up every once in a while to watch NFL games and chat about life.
My favorite memory of Nate Dogg was the 2009 Superbowl. This was the year the Steelers beat the Cardinals on the last drive of the game. The PhDs were at Nate Dogg’s cousin’s pad in Long Beach for the game. Nate Dogg had been herbally mellowing out during the game and by the time halftime rolled around, he asked us a bizarre question. He said: “If my little cousin’s team had Jose Canseco playing on his flag football team a couple of years ago, would they have been undefeated?”
We thought the question was odd, of course, but we were used to his introspective moods. Needless to say, we ended up debating this question not only on that Sunday but later over text messages as well. Rock was adamant (and he still is) that any flag football team would be undefeated with Jose Canseco while Doubletap was sure (and still is) that they would not. In typical Nate Dogg style, he’d started us on a debate that would last years.
The last I heard from Nate Dogg was six weeks ago, when I got a text from him saying: “Jaboner u know that my cuz team wud b UNDEFEATED with big JOSE.” We chatted for a while over text about his health (he’d started having health problems a couple of years ago; cardiovascular disease supposedly ran in his family) and promised we’d meet up soon.
We never did. I didn’t know that the Big PhD in The Sky would take our homie so early. The FootballPHDs will miss Nate Dogg. Peace forever.