R.I.P. Stuart Scott
There’s sad news today as ESPN anchor Stuart Scott has passed away following a battle with cancer at the age of 49. Scott was talented and entertaining, and he was always a class act. I saw him in person several years ago at the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year awards where he was the MC as you can see in the photo above.
Our thoughts go out to Scott’s family and everyone at ESPN.
Jon Hamm Directs “Clint Dempsey: On The Move” For Degree Men
Since Clint Dempsey and the U.S. Men’s National Soccer team were knocked out early in the World Cup four years ago in South Africa, he’s been on a mission to DO:MORE so he could ultimately IMPROVE and lead the team farther during this summer’s matches in Brazil.
To help tell his personal IMPROVE story, Degree Men enlisted the help of ‘Mad Men’ star and soccer fan, Jon Hamm, to direct the short film, “On The Move.”
Here’s a behind the scenes look featuring Hamm and Dempsey:
We spoke with Clint recently and asked the US Soccer captain 10 questions, here are a few choice cuts:
1. Talk about your partnership with Degree: DO MORE and how one lucky soccer fan can win a trip to Brazil in June to support you and the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team.
Degree is working with soccer and promoting the game. And also they’ve got the new deodorant now out with Degree Motion Sense technology where the more you move the more protection you get. The cool thing about it the campaign is, if you go to degreesoccer.com, a fan can win a trip to Brazil to join us at the World Cup this summer, so that will be exciting.
2. Is scoring a goal the hardest thing to do in sports?
At times, it feels like that, but other times, it feels like luck is on your side. It is a great feeling. For me growing up, whether I scored a touchdown or hit a home run, or scored a goal, scoring a goal is the greatest feeling to me. It gave me such a rush you want to keep doing it over and over again. That’s the reason I love the game. I love that it’s continuous, there aren’t that many stoppages, and scoring a goal is why I fell in love with it.
3. What does it feel like to be the captain of the American team?
One, it puts more pressure on me to try to will the team on. At the same time, there are a lot of players on the team that have played in World Cups, and will be ready for that challenge. We have a lot of leaders on this team; not just myself. Michael Bradley, Tim Howard and plenty of others that have that experience and really helped the team out in tough times. We’re a team that’s in good hands and we’re looking forward to the challenge, and I’m excited about that opportunity.
Read the full interview with Clint here.
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Bullz-Eye on location at Daytona 500 with Jimmie Johnson
I have never been a NASCAR fan. For a guy who loves sports, I knew more about curling than I did NASCAR. I could never understand why watching cars making hundreds of laps was so popular.
Then I attended the 2014 Daytona 500 in Jacksonville, Florida courtesy of Lowe’s and my life changed. I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve watched each of the ensuing races in Phoenix and Las Vegas, intently. We interviewed 21-year old rookie Kyle Larson since then and my respect for him, and the sport, is through the roof.
The highlight of the trip? Meeting six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and Lowe’s driver Jimmie Johnson.
Prior to meeting Jimmie Johnson, I had no frame of reference for his level of success or how historically dominant he has been working alongside Crew Chief Chad Knaus.
It was only after someone aptly explained that Knaus is the Bill Belichick to Johnson’s Tom Brady (though they’ve been twice as successful in terms of championships) did I realize how much they’d accomplished as a team. Here’s Jimmie and I, laughing about our favorite recipes:
Read about the full experience here.
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The Greatest Sports Films
Over the years, there have been many films that have taken on the sports theme. While it may seem that sports movies would all fall under the same category, this is not always the case. In fact, these movies can be found in a variety of genres, including comedies, dramas and even romances. If you like sports films, you should explore Directtv offers to get setup with DirecTV today. You don’t want to miss any of the following films.
A League of Their Own
A League of Their Own is a movie that covers a time in baseball history that few people think about, World War II. When many of the men went to war, including professional athletes, America was left without much to do for entertainment and to lift spirits. This led to the creation of a women’s baseball league to help take the minds of the public off the war. This true story is filled with humor as well, making it a fun sports movie to watch.
Remember the Titans
Set in Virginia in the early 1970’s, this movie addresses the racial issues many sports team had when whites and blacks were often treated unequally. It follows the story of a black coach who must teach his team, and his community, to support racial integration and harmony. He is often beset by his local school board, they don’t like having a black head football coach. Remember the Titans is based on the true story of Herman Boone, and is a sports movie with a very human lesson.
Caddyshack is another sports classic that is more often thought of as a comedy. It features some of the funniest men in movies, including Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield and Chevy Chase. The movie is set on a golf course and follows a young man who is working as a caddy in an attempt to earn his way through college. This classic continues to be enjoyed and has many influential comedic themes that are still used today.
Rocky and its sequels are among the most popular sports movies of all time. Starring Sylvester Stalone, this movie follows an underdog fighter who is dedicated to making his way to the top. His hard work serves as an inspiration to all who watch the movie. This movie is one that everyone should see at least once.
Any Given Sunday
Another football movie, Any Given Sunday shows the struggles football players face on a daily basis and the real risk they face of being knocked out of the game. This movie follows the story of a young third-string player who finds himself in the spotlight when the team’s star quarterback is knocked out of the game with an injury. The ability to play is truly a gift that can be taken away due to injury at any time. This story offers inspiration to those who think they are doomed to remain on the bench but could find themselves in the game on “any given Sunday.”
Sports movies have a way of drawing the attention of both sports fans and other individuals who may have no real connection with sports. These movies can provide viewers with comedy and drama, as well as a little bit of romance. No matter what the genre of the sports movie, these films often come with important lessons the audience can learn. Whether you choose one of these favorites or another popular sports movie, you will be impressed with the depth many of these movies offer.
Packers Clay Matthews talks Campbell’s Chunky Soup, his badass DNA and great hair
Clay Matthews could definitely steal my girlfriend and probably yours too, bud. Upon scheduling this interview, my girlfriend did a quick Google search to put a face with the name.
As images of “The Clay Maker” flipped across her iPhone, she said, “Wow. This guy is a complete stud.” The accompanying far away look in her eyes told me all I needed to know; that if given the chance, she would shed me the way Matthews sheds opposing double teams.
Aside from getting the ladies flustered off the field, Matthews has established himself as the best pass rusher in the NFL, thanks to a successful start to his career that rivals any linebacker in NFL history.
In five seasons, Matthews has made the Pro Bowl four times, been selected as an All-Pro twice, been named NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 and won Super Bowl XLV.
I was fortunate to speak with Clay about his career, his lineage and the Campbell’s Chunky “Sacks for Soup” campaign.
Talk about the partnership with Campbell’s Chunky Soup.
For the past year I teamed up with Campbell’s Chunky and created the “Sacks for Soup” campaign. For every sack that I was able to get last year, Campbell’s Chunky donated 2,000 cans of soup; 1,000 to a local Green Bay food bank and another 1,000 to the opposing team’s city. To date, we’ve donated over 40,000 cans of Chunky soup. For every sack, they also donated $1,000, so we were able to get around up to $20,000 for my foundation (CM3 Charitable Fund), so it’s been a fantastic campaign; one that not only provides for myself, but gives back in the process of doing so.
What’s your favorite kind?
My favorite kind thanks to the Green Bay weather and obviously a play on the Packers is the Hearty Cheeseburger. They’re all fantastic, so it’s hard to choose, but just like on the commercial, I like the Clam Chowder and the Spicy Quesadilla as well. They’re all really good, so I have to say all three.
I thought they’d make you a special kind called “Bear Chunks” for the way you’ve annihilated Chicago Bears quarterbacks in your career.
I’m willing to try! I don’t know if it would be a big seller, but I’d be all for it.
Click here for the full interview.
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