Sports superstars are accorded demi-god status for good reason. Their superhuman strength translates to superhuman earning potential that mortals can only dream of. If the latter toil day and night to work, the former get paid with millions of dollars to, literally, play a few hours a day.
Even with issues that arise every now and then that question achievements of sports luminaries because they are too dazzling to be true, there is no denying that sports heroes inspire the rest of humanity to stretch their abilities beyond the limits of pain.
And what better way to put them in pedestal than to pin them up and gaze at them every day?
Below are some of the sports’ brightest stars who continue to shine long after they left the limelight.
1. The Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant 2013 Calendar
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Nobody in the National Basketball Association (NBA) makes more action-packed moves on the hard court than its highest-paid player Kobe Bryant. The shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers started his professional career after high school in 1996 and went on to earn accolades for his high-flying acrobatics early in his career.
He led the Lakers to three straight NBA championships from 2000 to 2002 and again in 2009 and 2010. For all his efforts, he was accorded one NBA Regular Season MVP award in 2008; three All-Star MVP awards in 2002, 2007 and 2009; and two NBA Finals MVP award in 2009 and 2010.
The 2013 Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant Wall Calendar features poster-size images of the player and lists major holidays and red date events in the United States and Canada for easy reference.
2. The Miami Heat LeBron James Wall Calendar for 2013
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Highly publicized since high school to be a future NBA superstar, LeBron James has indeed fulfilled earlier promise and prediction when he led Miami Heat to 2012 NBA championship.
A media sensation who landed appearances even in glossy magazines, (he appeared with supermodel Gisele Bundchen in Vogue), the small/power forward dubbed as “Mr. Basketball of Ohio” has won 2004 NBA Rookie of the Year and went on to win Most Valuable Player award three times.
Prior to his trade to Miami Heat, he was Cleveland Cavalier’s all-time leading scorer, and brought them to back-to-back playoffs appearance in 2006-2007.
Now, at 28, he is the youngest player ever in NBA history to have achieved 20,000 career points.
The 2013 Miami Heat LeBron James Wall Calendar captures the sportsman in poster-size images doing gravity-defying slam dunks and hard court stunts, a perfect gift item for equally die-hard fans.
3. NBA legend Michael Jordan Basketball Legends 2013 Calendar
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The most electric basketball players of the 90s earned legions of fans who can’t seem to stop comparing them with the NBA superstars of this generation. Collectively, these hard court heroes defined the golden age of basketball that spanned time zones, and inspired leagues of today’s basketball players to push themselves and level up their games.
Individually, the superstars featured in this calendar have gained dizzying fame that refuses to be forgotten even when younger faces have dominated the hard court.
Led-authored by 90s NBA legend “His Airness” Michael Jordan, the Basketball Legends 2013 Calendar features equally illustrious hard court superstars like Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen in their most exciting games.
4. The Maria Sharapova 2013 Wall Holiday Calendar
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Equally famous for her powerful ground strokes and magazine-worthy appeal, Maria Sharapova is currently ranked the world’s Number 3.
A professional tennis player since 17, Sharapova has won four Grand Slam singles and 27 WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) singles titles. Despite her inconsistent claims about the future of her career, Sharapova continues to remain strong and lethal on hard and grass courts and is presently seeded second after the recently-concluded Australian Open.
The Maria Sharapova 2013 Wall Holiday Calendar features 6 pages of the stunning tennis superstar (2 months a page) and lists United States and United Kingdom bank holidays and special dates.
5. Muhammad Ali Calendar 2013
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This 16-month calendar features “The Greatest” boxer who “floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee.” Nobody has ever reigned heavily in heavyweight boxing than Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. known to ring fans the world – and generations over – as Muhammad Ali.
Considered by Sports Illustrated as the “Sportsman of the (20th) Century,” Ali has left a tremendous legacy that is yet to be matched by boxers of this generation.
So what’s your favorite sports calendar?