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MONDAYS WITH STEVE

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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 for the network’s “Monday Night Countdown” show. I’m his ride.

 

JON ROSENTHAL

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(LOS ANGELES, CA) Jon Rosenthal was born in 1955 and raised in the San FernandoValley, amongst citrus orchards. As a boy he’d ride his bicycle to Van Nuys Airport, where he’d dream big while watching planes take off.

 

TOMMY FLYNN

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This blog post is about my chance meeting with a guy named Tommy Flynn. But also be sure and check out my Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times about domestic violence in the NFL. You can read it here.

 

MANHOOD

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Spetember 9, 2014

Yesterday the Baltimore Ravens cut running back Ray Rice and the NFL indefinitely suspended him after TMZ released a video of him knocking out his former fiancee who is now his wife with a punch to the face in an elevator inside an Atlantic City hotel.

 

BIOGRAPHY

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August 20, 2014

PALO ALTO, Ca. A week ago Monday my son walked into the living room and announced that Robin Williams had been found dead inside his San Francisco home. It was suicide. He was 63. The news was all over the Internet.

 

SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER

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August 12, 2014

DARIEN, Ct – There’s no greater turn-on than being married to a daring woman. I’m talking about a wife who is unafraid to step into the dark; try new things; go against conventional wisdom; figure stuff out; fall down and get up and try again.

 

JERSEY BOYS

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This post is about nostalgia and family bonds. But first – a postscript about my last blog entitled MAYBE I’LL MEET A GIRL:

I never expected a simple story about my friendship with a gay Mormon who performs in the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon to strike such a chord. But the moment the piece went live on June 23rd I was inundated. Over 200,000 people read it on my website. Over 35,000 readers Liked it on Facebook. An even greater number shared it on Facebook and tweeted it on Twitter. The comment page on my website got so overloaded we had to disable it.

 
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Jeff Benedict is a special features writer for Sports Illustrated and a bestselling author of twelve books, including My Name Used to Be Muhammad and The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football. The System is being made into a television drama.

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