Reading the children’s classic The Little Engine That Could might be the easiest way to understand what Avery Johnson has gone through to make it in the NBA.
Like the little blue engine from Watty Piper’s story, Johnson is an inspiration. Like the little blue engine, Johnson is much smaller than his counterparts. Like the little blue engine, Johnson has had to persevere. And like the little blue engine, Johnson’s goal is to climb a mountain.
I think I can – I think I can – I think I can – I think I can.
Look past the call-girl cards that litter the street like confetti at Times Square on New Years, or the erotic billboards on the sides of trucks going down the neon-lit Strip, and you’ll see Las Vegas in its grace.
You’ll see the fountains in front of the Bellagio dancing beneath the dry, Nevada sky, or the city calling your name as you look at it atop the Stratosphere, wooing you from below into an evening that never ends, where the casinos make promises and the liquor makes you believe them… Continue reading →
Watching Frankie “The Freight Train” Filippone fighting in the ring or protecting the streets of Virginia Beach can be an intimidating sight. Those who know the real Frank Filippone Jr., know that under his tough exterior is a heart of gold. He never misses a chance to use both his boxing and his badge for all the good he can. The 33-year-old Chesapeake, Va., resident has been a police officer for 10 years and boxing professionally for five. He lives his life by two constants. “My motto as a boxer is ‘keep punching,’” he says. “No matter what, I keep fighting. And my motto as a police officer is ‘Try to save a life before you take a life.’” Filippone is all about saving lives. He wants to make a difference in the lives of the teenagers who find themselves in the back of his police car. He wants to Read More
In only his fourth NBA season, A.C. Green has become the Los Angeles Lakers’ leading rebounder. Although small for a power forward, A.C. is an iron man in the lane. He has endured on some of the toughest turf in sports, appearing in every regular season contest but three during his first three campaigns. A.C. (whose initials stand for the letters A and C) talks with Kyle Rote Jr. about crashing the boards with the big boys.
KYLE: Let’s talk about the toughness of the game itself. A lot of people have believed for many years that playing basketball in the NBA is physically the toughest of any of the professional sports.
A.C.: That’s true in that it’s really demanding on your body. And it’s pretty obvious to anyone who might watch…
We heard the same sermon twice on the Wednesday night we went to West Monroe, La.—and both were unexpected.
We had just finished our interview with Miss Kay, Al, Willie and Phil Robertson, cast from the popular TV show, Duck Dynasty. It was interesting listening to Phil talk about sex and relationships, Willie talk about his early days when he and his wife, Korie, ran a Christian camp, Al add nuggets to almost every story, and Miss Kay laugh and talk honestly about her relationship with Phil… Continue reading →
Willie and Korie ran a church camp before Willie became the CEO of the family business, Duck Commander. Si’s blue plastic cup that he drinks tea out of was given to him by his mom while he was stationed in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The tea mentioned on the show and made famous by Si, is unsweet—not the usual sweet tea of the South. A&E asked the Robertsons to wear different bandanas on the show so that producers could tell the brothers apart. Willie chose one that looks like the American flag and rarely wears it in public. Willie originally began wearing a bandana to keep his hair out of his eyes. Although Si’s wife is never mentioned and has never appeared on the show, Si has been married (to Christine) for 43 years. Phil and his son, Al, are elders at White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ. Miss Read More
As Willie Robertson sits at his desk, signing what appears to be posters or lithographs, his oldest brother, Al Robertson, stands behind the desk, casually placing a new poster or lithograph in front of Willie each time Willie finishes signing.
It’s a perfect picture of who Al is, a behind-the-scenes (or behind-the-camera) guy who helps to keep things moving… Continue reading →
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