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BOYS OF SUMMER

BOYS OF SUMMER

  Today I’m in San Francisco working on a film about Steve Young. But my mind is on a memory my wife and I created last weekend. This is a story about friends, loyalty and love. Here goes. For the past 22 years, softball teams – lots of ‘em, good ones – have come to Buen...

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COOL TO BE 50

COOL TO BE 50

  “There’s Bono!” I said to my son. It was 8:20 on Sunday night and we were standing at one end of Madison Square Garden, near a small circular stage. The house lights were dark, but hundreds of iPhones lit up like fireflies. All eyes were on the massive rectangular stage at t...

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LEAVING THE WORLD

LEAVING THE WORLD

Crescent Beach, CT In Harper Lee’s intoxicating new novel Go Set A Watchman, Atticus Finch’s daughter Scout is 26 when she visits home from New York City. A friend asks if she likes living there. “When you live in New York,” Scout says, “you often have the feeling that...

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BROWN EYED GIRL

BROWN EYED GIRL

(June 30, 2015) There is no woman I’d rather go places with than the one who takes my breath away every time she paints her toenails or weeds the garden in a bathing suit. But Lydia’s as busy with her career – managing our farm, running an ice cream business, and opening a store &...

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WHEN I WAS YOUNG

WHEN I WAS YOUNG

  (June 11, 2015) The San Francisco Airport Marriott has been my home away from home this week. It’s a great hotel with a vibrant lounge that features 40-foot high, floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the water.

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MY BIGGEST FEAR

MY BIGGEST FEAR

  (June 3, 2015) I have a bedtime routine with my daughters Maggie May, 13, and Clara Belle, 9. After tucking them in and turning out the light I lay on the bed and we each pick a mellow song from my iTunes library. One night it’s Roberta Flack, The Association, and Paul McCartney; anothe...

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MORE THAN A FEELING

MORE THAN A FEELING

This picture of Steve Young emphatically spiking the ball after scoring the game-sealing touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the 1994 NFC Championship game at Candlestick Park is among my all-time favorites. It marks a magical era in sports and captures a defining moment in his career and in hi...

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NEXT

NEXT

March 18, 2015 I’m on a train that’s barreling past the broken bottles, old tires, and graffiti-covered buildings between Philly and Newark. U2’s “Bad” is rocking my ear buds, Bono shouting: I’m wide-awake; then whispering: I’m not sleeping. I have to write...

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THE HUNTING GROUND

THE HUNTING GROUND

February 27, 2015 Today I am in New York City for the premier of THE HUNTING GROUND, a frightening new film that shines a bright light on one of our culture’s darkest secrets – the epidemic problem of sexual assaults on college campuses.

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CREDIBILITY

CREDIBILITY

The controversy surrounding the New England Patriots’ alleged use of under inflated balls may go down as the biggest red herring in the history of pro sports. Days after the Patriots dominated the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 in the AFC Championship game, ESPN reported that during the first half of the...

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THE GREAT DIVIDE

THE GREAT DIVIDE

January 24, 2015This post is about a decorated Marine sniper. His name is Brandon Delfiorentino. His friends call him Del. He did three tours in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and was recognized as the most successful sniper in his unit during 37 missions in Ramadi during 2005-06. Today he’s a...

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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

  This post is about what happens when a woman who doesn’t like football goes to a football game.    But first, a quick update on last month’s post HANDS OFF MY SISTER.  My sister’s story prompted many readers to ask how they could help.  I’ve established a fund for my siste...

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TEN THOUSAND SPIRALS

TEN THOUSAND SPIRALS

For the past two years I've helped Steve Young research and write his life story for his family. I asked him if I could post an excerpt. This is from a chapter called, "Ten Thousand Spirals."

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HANDS OFF MY SISTER

HANDS OFF MY SISTER

There will be no pictures in this blog post. I’m nine years older than my sister Charity. I fed her from a bottle and changed her diapers. I put Band-Aids on her knees and made her peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. She was nine when I yanked her from her bed in the middle of the night and ca...

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MONDAYS WITH STEVE

MONDAYS WITH STEVE

It’s 7:30 on Monday morning, November 25, 2013. I’m in a no-parking zone outside Dulles Airport, waiting for Steve Young. His red eye flight from San Francisco should have landed by now. He’s in town for the evening’s 49ers-Redskins game on ESPN, where he’s an analyst...

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