SI: Heidi is
German. You're British. What happens if England and Germany play in the World
Cup this summer?
looking at a three-to-one ratio because my wife is German and my kids are
German. So I'd have to go with Germany.
SI: What should
we make of this tennis result: Mary Pierce/Seal def. Martina Navratilova/Regis
Seal: That's not
as memorable as when I played with Stefan Edberg. After I hit a volley, he
turned to me and said, "Great volley." Coming from arguably the
greatest volleyer in the history of the sport, well, not only was that a tennis
fantasy, but one of the highlights of my life.
SI: You've played
with a lot of other great players. Did you ever legitimately take a point off
Seal: I remember
Andre [Agassi] was serving to me in Monte Carlo. I said, "Come on, give me
a real serve. I don't want the sugarcoated one." I was still waiting for it
until somebody informed me that it had gone past me 20 seconds before.
SI: You and Steve
Young (below) are friends?
Seal: The team
that got me into the NFL in the first place was the 49ers, and I had a bunch of
Steve Young paraphernalia from my days of going up to Candlestick when he was
playing. He somehow learned that I was a fan, and when I won some Grammys for
Kiss from a Rose, he sent me a signed football that read CONGRATULATIONS ON
YOUR SUPER BOWL, CHAMP.
SI: What other
athletes are fans?
Sanders and Tiger Woods. I've played at the Tiger Jam [benefit concert] event
in Las Vegas. One of my greatest memories was playing acoustic guitar, jamming
to my music with Tiger, Barry, Charles Barkley and Dwight Clark. They were all
crammed around me, in this dressing room that was like the size of a shoebox.
For a sports fan, that was heaven.