The old Dari Delite in downtown Clanton, Alabama. Image created with #Snapseed #ClantonAla #oldschool #vintage #roadsideamerica
The Truth About Diabetes
In January 1988 I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a little more than a month shy of my 17 birthday. Twenty-five years later, almost to the day, my youngest daughter was diagnosed one month after her eighth birthday. I also have a sister and a niece with type 1 diabetes as well. To say we’re sick and tired of this disease is a vast understatement.
This article, published in the June 2014 issue of B-Metro in Birmingham, Alabama, is part first-person account of my family’s struggles with the disease, as well as a comprehensive look at how the medical and diabetes advocacy community in Birmingham are working to treat, cure, and support Type 1 and type 2 diabetics throughout the city.
My Off The Field sports column for the June issue Birmingham Magazine is a piece on a good friend of mine, Sherry Colgin. After a health scare forced her to retire from her career as a successful hand surgeon, Sherry discovered her true calling isn’t in the operating room at all but in the swimming pool.
Another World Cup another four-year wait for American dominance. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing this Julian Green kid develop before my very eyes. Who is he and where did he come from? Click the link to learn more.
A Brazilian man dies after suffering a heart attack while watching the host nation defeat Chile in penalty kicks, 3-2.
My first post at AllVoices.com, a short news item about Michael Bradley’s vote of confidence from U.S. Men’s Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Anyone for Cricket?
I had a chance recently to write about the Birmingham Cricket Club here in my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama for the April issue of Birmingham Magazine. Even after interviewing club president Rajen Shah and researching the rules of Cricket, I still don’t exactly understand this game. I would love to play and give this sport a try sometime, though.
This story is my most recent piece for the Off The Field sports column in Birmingham Magazine, a section I’m going to be taking over on a semi-permanent basis. My next Off The Field piece will be published in the June issue. You’ll just have to wait until then to see who I’ve written about.
End Soccer Selfies!
I love soccer. Love it, love it, love it. But, these idiotic, childish, narcissistic goal celebrations have just gotten out of hand. This guy - his name isn’t important - goes up into the stands to applaud his own goal. It might be excusable if was some kind of amazing, artistic goal, but it’s just a run-of-the-mill header of a corner kick.
Alexi Lalas Speaks!
This summer will mark 20 years since the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team shocked the world by beating 1994 World Cup favorites Columbia 2-1 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Anchoring the defense that day was Alexi Lalas, a wild-eye, redheaded, tornado who became the face of U.S. soccer throughout 1990s.To me that was the precise moment - ground zero, if you will - that soccer began to emerge is a force on the nation’s sports landscape.
Lalas was there from beginning - the 1994 World Cup triumph, the 1998 World Cub disaster, and the beginnings of Major League Soccer. Even Pele himself considers American soccer league equal to the game in Europe. The success wouldn’t have been possible without the likes of Lalas and teammates, including Ernie Stewart, Cobi Jones, Claudio Reyna, Tab Ramos, Eric Wynalda, and others.
Now a soccer broadcaster for ESPN and ABC, I had a chance to interview Lalas for the current issue of Tailgater Monthly. He opens up about his role in the sport’s growth and about the bright future for soccer in America. Let me know what you think.