Over the past 10 years, I’ve had the opportunity to profile many amazing Olympians! Two of those athletes, Kerri Walsh and Allyson Felix, will be competing for Team USA this month. Wishing them both health and success on the sand and track! (Back in 2008, Allyson shared where she keeps her medals, and Kerri gave me tall girl shopping tips.)
When Desmond was still with the Nationals, he was the only guy on his team who had the courage to speak at a Faith Night hosted after a game. He was joined by only one player from the opposing team. I admire them for taking a stand for Christ! Ian has an incredible testimony, and I hope his faith journey inspires a reader seeking to fill the void in their life. Ian Desmond>>>
For all of my fellow baseball fans! Here’s a piece I wrote on former Padres’ ace Ian Kennedy. His secret weapon is a long extension point, which means that he releases his pitch later than most hurlers. Batters think they have plenty of time to take that swing…but they don’t. Strike!
Former pro surfer Sean Taylor is Hollywood’s go-to water stuntman! I had the chance to catch up with him today for a unique magazine assignment. The SoCal native shared about his experience doubling for Oscar winner Leo DiCaprio in “The Revenant.” In case you’re wondering, the river scene was the most dangerous of his career. Apparently ocean currents are a piece of cake. Published piece to follow!
LeBron sure got my attention earlier this year when he posted on Instagram that Cryotherapy is part of his daily routine. As a fellow aging athlete with some aches and pains, and a nerve injury, I did a two month experiment. And I didn’t mind running into fellow members like boxing champ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Check it out in San Diego Magazine>>>
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USS Indianapolis: The Legacy Project. This is my friend, Sara Vladic, who has the ONLY authorized story rights to the greatest naval disaster of all time. She is a shining light of integrity in Hollywood. SO PROUD OF HER! You could have heard a pin drop during the packed private screening of her documentary. Hearing the survivors share a firsthand account of the sinking of the ship (after it delivered the atomic bomb that ended WWII), was deeply moving to say the least. Of the 1,197 on board, over 800 made it into the water. But when help arrived on the fifth day, only a few hundred had survived. For some of them, this was the first time they’d ever spoken of the sinking. Ignore all other unauthorized copy cats in theaters! And follow on social: @USSIndy #USSIndy (Nationwide distribution info coming soon.)
The day I attended Dodgers spring training to interview Clayton Kershaw back in 2011, he was just coming onto the scene and hadn’t risen to the level of fame he holds today. That day was also skipper Don Mattingly’s first day on the job. I gathered with a handful of other reporters for the first casual diamond-side “presser” of spring training. And realizing the enormity of that moment, I decided to have the guts to ask this crusty fellow his very first question as manager. I honestly didn’t care about making a fool of myself.
I remember reading that early scouts had compared Kershaw to Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax (my dad’s favorite pitcher!). So I blurted out, “Coach, Kershaw is looking to be a solid pitcher on the roster this season. He’s being compared to a few pitchers from the past. Is there someone from your playing days that he reminds you of?” He looked at me and said, “Shoot, hell if I know. Hadn’t thought about it.” I tried not to laugh. I think he was expecting, “How’s your first day on the job going?!” Sorry to see Mattingly leaving L.A., and couldn’t help but recall that unforgettable moment. Now all future pitchers are praying they get compared to Kershaw! Very proud of all he and his wife, Ellen, do off the field to minister to their community and other countries like Zambia. www.kershawschallenge.com