The Flag, Football and more white noise

By |2018-05-28T09:48:53+00:00May 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Today of all days, I want the white noise about National Anthem protests to stop. Day after day, everybody’s losing ground on this issue. Pro football, sports overall and the sports media that feed off it are responsible. Only the fans can fix it, even though we didn’t create the problem. We have a voice. [...]

Placing a Bet on Teamwork

By |2018-05-15T06:16:09+00:00May 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|

If you follow sports, you know the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday struck down the federal law that prohibited gambling on professional sports everywhere but Vegas. The news pushes back my launch of an 8-part series about teamwork applied to everyday issues. But pro sports never disappoints in delivering drama, so the 8-part series can wait. [...]

Statues, Bronze Busts and Abuse: What to do with Jerry Richardson’s effigy in Charlotte?

By |2018-04-30T06:35:45+00:00April 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I had the privilege of appearing this past week on a Charlotte radio station to promote my just-launched memoir about life in the grip of the NFL as the son of a Hall-of-Famer and life-long pro football stalwart. The interview happened less than 24-hours after the latest round of news about Carolina Panthers owner Jerry [...]

What if fans made the NFL draft picks?

By |2018-04-22T13:09:48+00:00April 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

The day might come when you and I make our teams’ draft picks. The popularity of fantasy football, and the opportunity some fans are getting to call plays mid-game on their smart phones, point in that direction. So when the day comes, what’s our draft strategy? Best available athlete? Draft a specialist to fit our [...]

Character matters on and off the football field

By |2018-04-15T08:04:24+00:00April 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|

It was foolish of me to hope that the NFL’s off-season domestic violence stories would stop triggering flashbacks. The 49ers tone deaf response to Reuben Foster’s DV charges remind me some wounds don’t heal. But I will not quit on my belief that the many good people in professional football deserve better. I will not [...]

Prologue to Born Fanatic

By |2018-04-12T12:59:45+00:00April 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|

My high school buddies called him Big Mike. One of them said after meeting him, That was like shaking hands with a package of iron hot dogs. In his heyday, he was a 6'4", 260-pound World Champion, All-Pro offensive tackle, destined for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He had a big meaty head that [...]

The Path of Teamwork: Out of the Darkness . . .

By |2018-04-12T12:47:42+00:00April 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Studying sports fanaticism for my memoir taught me a lot about fanaticism across the whole American landscape, especially considering my research took place during the 2016 presidential election cycle. Just like being part of a football team’s fan base, when you’re part of any “tribe,” you belong with passion. For extreme sports fans, that passion [...]

#Teamwork: What, you thought it was easy?!

By |2018-04-01T10:02:39+00:00April 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Having grown up in the belly of the NFL beast on my father’s coattails, I developed strong, mixed feelings about football. Not unlike any father/son relationship, it’s a complicated story. But my grievances aside, the old man knew a thing or two about teamwork. He shared this lesson once [MORE]