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Candace Parker on ESPN Mag cover March 16, 2009

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ESPN Magazine has a cover story with Candace Parker.  Read it here.

 candaceparker3“It is this unprecedented combination of game, generosity and gorgeous that has Team Parker seeing miracles.  They believe with all their collective heart that their 22-year-old, 6’4″ stunner with the easy smile and perfect, white teeth will soon be the most recognized woman in American sports.”

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“What’s G” (continued) February 9, 2009

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I previously shared with you parts 1 & 2 of Gatorade’s “What’s G” campaign.  Below is the third installment.  I just found out Spike Lee directed the commercials.  Why didn’t I know that?  Now the coolness factor makes sense. Check out this interview with Spike.

Profiles In Black: Renel Brooks-Moon February 4, 2009

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renelbrooksmoon2Renel Brooks-Moon is the public address announcer for the San Francisco Giants.  The Oakland, CA native is the only female PA announcer, and one of the first African-American announcers in major league baseball.  Brooks-Moon is also a celebrity DJ for the Bay Area’s 98.1 KISS-FM, where she hosts been hosting “Renel In the Morning Show” since 1997.

In 2002, Brooks-Moon became the first woman to announce a championship in any professional sport.  Her scorecard from that World Series game in now in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

“…when I was a kid, there were no women doing anything in sports broadcasting. There weren’t any women doing anything in broadcasting, period. And now you watch ESPN, you watch Headline News, you watch any of the cable channels, you watch any of your local affiliates and networks; you see women covering sports like never before. It’s a great time to be a woman and to continue to make great strides.”

Super Bowl XLIII February 1, 2009

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Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Coach Mike Tomlin.  Tomlin becomes the second African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl two years after his mentor Tony Dungy won.  He is also the youngest to win the big game.  The Steelers set a NFL record with six Super Bowls victories.

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By the way, President Obama made it know he was cheering for the Steelers to win.  The Rooney family and Hall of Famer Franco Harris were big supporters during the campaign.

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Goodbye Coach Dungy January 13, 2009

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“Don’t shed any tears for me. I got to live a dream most people don’t get to live.”

Tony Dungy, coach of the Indianpolis Colts, retired after 31 years with the NFL.  Dungy won a Super Bowl ring as a player with the Pittsburgh Steelers and became the first black coach to win the Super Bowl.  Dungy helped opened the door for other black coaches in the NFL.  Current coaches who worked under Dungy include Herm Edwards (Kansas City), Lubbie Smith (Chicago), and Mike Thomlin (Pittsburgh).  Dungy leaves with the highest average of regular season victories of any coach in league history.