This is spectacular.  After working with the team last season, the San Antonio Spurs have hired former WNBA player Becky Hammon, making her the first-ever female assistant coach in NBA history.  Kudos to Spurs ownership and management, Gregg Popovich, commish Adam Silver and the NBA  for taking this progressive step.

There were signs that this day would eventually come back in 2009 when Nancy Lieberman became the first woman to coach an NBA D-League team.

Of all teams, the Spurs were the obvious choice to pull this off as they have consistently stepped outside the box during the Popovich era.  The five-time NBA champions were one of the first clubs to fully embrace international players and their style of play.  

The NBA has made significantly bigger strides than other major sports leagues in the last few years regarding inclusion.  

Celebrating diversity, acceptance of the LGBT community and booting Donald Sterling clearly demonstrate where the NBA stands on some of the most important social issues of this generation.  

With the hiring of Hammon, the NBA once again proves that it isn’t afraid to take a stand on social and political issues, which is a risk that many professional sports leagues and teams are too afraid to take (for obvious reasons).  

This is a wonderful day for women and sports.  

            Going Roggin, KNBC - “Rapid Fire” segment  (July 7, 2014)

ESPN 710’s J from Compton and I go 1-on-1 with legendary KNBC sports anchor Fred Roggin ref’ing the fight in this week’s edition of “Rapid Fire.”

The topics up for debate are flopping, Jeanie vs. Phil, how long we’d last in the octagon with Ronda Rousey and of course, hot dogs.  Have a laugh and enjoy the clip.  

You can watch the show in its entirety at midnight (Sunday/Monday) on KNBC ch4 in Southern California or online via live stream here.

(courtesy: KNBC) 

pepperonsports:

Midnight tonight (Sunday/Monday) …You know what time it is… Going Roggin on KNBC ch4 here in LA. ESPNLA’s J from Compton and I went at it about soccer, the Lakers, NCAA athletes and much much more. Wait until you see what he said about Jeanie Buss!! Oh ya, and he stumped me too. Thanks as always to Fred Roggin and the sports folks at KNBC for having me on and to all of you for watching. Have a Happy 4th of July and be safe…. 

For those outside of Southern California, watch the live stream at midnight pacific time here: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Going-Roggin-249053701.html

In a room full of sports writers, editors, producers and programmers, there are only two #Cafeteros fans. #Colombia #WorldCup #COLvsBRA

Midnight tonight (Sunday/Monday) …You know what time it is… Going Roggin on KNBC ch4 here in LA. ESPNLA’s J from Compton and I went at it about soccer, the Lakers, NCAA athletes and much much more. Wait until you see what he said about Jeanie Buss!! Oh ya, and he stumped me too. Thanks as always to Fred Roggin and the sports folks at KNBC for having me on and to all of you for watching. Have a Happy 4th of July and be safe…. 

For those outside of Southern California, watch the live stream at midnight pacific time here: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Going-Roggin-249053701.html

The entire office was invited to eat BBQ and watch the #USAvsBEL game. Nice move. #yahoo 🇺🇸

            VIDEO QUIZ:  How Well Do You Know Team USA?

Do you like trivia?  Do you like soccer? Do you hate both?  There’s something for everyone in this quiz about Team USA!  From rap to beauty queens, this year’s men’s national team has all its quirky bases covered.  Get in the World Cup spirit by laughing and learning with this video quiz.  

(video via Yahoo Sports)

            VIDEO:  Psychic Animals Predict World Cup Winners

The title says it all.  Hopefully you’ll get a laugh out of this video and maybe, it will even help you get into the World Cup spirit if you aren’t there just yet.  Enjoy.   

(video from Yahoo!)

How did the #dodgers celebrate Clayton Kershaw’s first career no-hitter? Bubble Party!!!!!

Veggie doggin with the #dodgers

It was a pleasure watching games and working on all things World Cup with former USMNT captain Carlos Bocanegra today. We even got to have an interesting discussion about sports media, from both the athlete & reporter perspectives.

Landon Donovan: Most Memorable Goal in U.S. Men’s World Cup History?

Where were you on June 23, 2010?  

I was at work, sitting in the news room of CSN New England and watching the U.S. and Algeria duke it out on a soccer field in South Africa.  It was the World Cup, and the fever had once again taken over, as it does every four years.

During the weeks-long tournament, our office was very excited about the Cup and covered the games more than one might expect considering we were a regional cable sports network.  

The 2010 FIFA World Cup brought camaraderie to our office, which was comprised of folks from all over the country with allegiances to many different football, basketball, baseball and hockey teams.  

CSNNE hired then-MLS player Taylor Twellman as our in-studio analyst and he taught all of us a lot about the game, enhancing our experience of the World Cup.  

I remember sitting at my desk that day.  Most of the big screens in our newsroom had the U.S. vs. Algeria game on, as did the small TV at my desk.  The game was incredibly frustrating as the U.S. had so many great scoring chances, yet nothing was hitting the net.  Algeria was also in the hunt and each team struggled to gain traction against the other.

When Landon Donovan finally scored the only goal of the match in the 91st minute of the game, I’m pretty sure there was dust in my eyes, if you get my drift.  All of the tension, anxiety and adrenaline that had built up over 90 minutes had finally boiled over with one swift kick of the ball.

Did the U.S. win the World Cup that year?  No.  The American men have never won it all.  But that doesn’t change the joy and glory provided by that one moment.  

As a sports journalist and fan, I’ll never forget it. 

(video: Yahoo! Studios) 

You know what time it is … GM 4 Ducks v Kings at Staples Center.

Now THIS is how you party on a Saturday night/Cinco de Mayo weekend in Los Angeles.

                         Rapid Fire: Playoff Hockey Edition

L.A. Daily News sports columnist Jill Painter  and I dropped the gloves on KNBC Ch.4 in Los Angeles, debating all things hockey.  If it weren’t for host/referee extraordinaire Fred Roggin keeping the peace, who knows what might have happened! ;)  

To see the rest of our segments on the show, please watch on TV or live stream online (midnight every Sunday night/Monday morning) if you don’t live in the Los Angeles area.  

Thanks again to the producers of Going Roggin on KNBC for having two women headline a hockey show.  Enjoy, everyone.