Episode Archive for January 2012
Joe will be chatting on Twitter today beginning at 3pm est. and we will select 1 Random follower to RECEIVE A SIGNED BROADWAY JOE COFFEE MUG! 3PM Est
Other HBO playdates:
January 28 – 1:00 a.m.
January 31 – noon, midnight
February 3 – 5:30 p.m.
February 5 – 11:15 a.m.
February 7 – noon, 3:30 a.m.
February 9 – 8:00 p.m., 1:30 a.m.
February 11 – 3:00 p.m.
February 15 – 11:30 a.m., 5:45 p.m.
February 17 – 7:30 p.m.
January 30 – 4:30 p.m., 12:50 a.m.
February 6 – 6:30 p.m., 4:30 a.m.
February 18 – 7:45 a.m.
February 21 – 12:25 p.m., 8:00 p.m.
February 26 – 8:30 a.m.
February 29 – midnight
By David Laurell
The grandson of a Hungarian-born grandfather who, like his father, worked in the coal and steel industries of Western Pennsylvania, Joe Namath was born and raised in Beaver Falls, where he excelled in high school sports. Lured by numerous colleges, he chose the University of Alabama, where the Crimson Tide’s legendary head coach, Paul “Bear” Bryant, called his recruitment: “The best coaching decision I ever made.”
Drafted by both the National Football League and the upstart American Football League, Namath ultimately elected to sign with the New York Jets for a then-unprecedented annual salary of $427,000.
The American Football League Rookie of the Year in 1965, he became the first professional quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards in a season and was a four-time American Football League All-Star. A flamboyant and trendsetting phenomenon known for his charisma, bravado, long hair, Fu-Manchu mustache, white cleats, pantyhose commercial, keeping company with a bevy of beautiful blondes, television and feature film appearances and the controversy that brewed over his part-ownership of a New York nightclub – Bachelors III – Namath lived a jet-setting lifestyle that inspired his teammate, Sherman Plunkett, to tag him with the nickname – Broadway Joe.
On January 12, 1969, three days after making national headlines by uttering the now-famous line: “We’re gonna win the game. I guarantee it,” Broadway Joe became Super Joe by backing up his boast and leading the Jets to an upset win over the Baltimore Colts in the third World Championship Game. He also earned Most Valuable Player honors, induction into the hallowed halls of Canton’s Pro Football Hall of Fame and a secure place in history as one of the most legendary and beloved icons of American sports and popular culture.
It’s early afternoon in the kitchen of a Florida home as the final drop of a freshly made brew has just dripped into the carafe below. The white-wainscoted walls of the kitchen, as with most rooms in the sprawling bay-front home, are lined with photos of two beautiful children. The refrigerator is adorned with their crayon creations of a multi-colored pup, dolphin and tropical fish.
As the man of the house pours his coffee, a shelf above his head holds a New Parent First Aid Kit. From the adjacent Florida room porch, which joins the house’s two wings, a little Pomeranian named Rico passes a playpen filled with colored balls, stops, and then sits up on his back legs in front of his master, who takes a seat at a long, weathered-wood table overlooking the house’s manicured hedges and front lawn.
For this visitor from “Life After 50” who has been invited to join him, there is a momentary flash of incongruity. Not only is there no llama rug, well-stocked bar or any other trappings associated with a jet-setting superstar athlete in sight, a baby’s booster seat has to be moved to make room to sit across from the man who once epitomized the quintessential swinging bachelor – Broadway Joe Willie Namath.
“It’s very out-of-the-ordinary that I haven’t had a bite of food today, because I’m religious about putting something in my body,” says Namath as he takes a sip of coffee. “I am very conscientious about what I eat. When people ask me if there is anything I would have done differently back in my playing days, I always say that I wish I had eaten better. Back then, we didn’t know about nutrition. I would get up for a game, say in Buffalo with that brutal weather, and I would have a pre-game meal of a cup of coffee and chewing tobacco. It never dawned on me at the time, but years later I would think, ‘What was my body working on in the third and fourth quarters of those games?’ ”
Asked what changed his views on the benefits of proper eating, Namath smiles. “One night, I caught Johnny Carson’s show and he had a lady on who was 100 years old. Johnny asked her what she attributed her longevity and great health to and she said: ‘Oh Johnny – you are what you eat, ya know.’ Well that hit me and really sunk in. I’ve also been lucky enough to have two other ladies in my life that are centenarians. The one woman, whose grandson is my orthopedist, believed you should not drink liquids when you eat and let the enzymes digest the food. I used to drink four glasses of tea at lunch and four more at dinner. I put a lot of liquid in my body in college – and then, as time went by, a lot of that other kind of liquid, too. But it made sense to me to hear someone over 100 talk about not taking liquid with food and I paid attention to that. We’re such creatures of habit, but we can change our habits, and I got over the habit of drinking with meals.”
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