Episode Archive for July 2012
Well, here we are – the Olympics are upon us. There is no bigger a time in sports, as we find ourselves lucky enough to view excellence over and over again. These next two weeks will feature the best – not only our best, but the best our entire world has to offer. As a proud American, I’m pulling for the U.S. athletes as much as I can. That’s not to say I’m rooting against the other countries, but, frankly, I want our men and women to win everything.
I was thrilled to see our Women’s Soccer Team start things off with that thrilling comeback over the French Team on Friday. Down 2 – 0 early, our ladies stormed back with a vengeance – putting four goals up the rest of the match for a thrilling victory. The resilience displayed not only showed what our women were made of, it served as a magnificent exemplification of the resolve and character of our entire Olympic team. And speaking of our women, our Olympic Team–530 members strong–featured more women, 269, than men, 261. What a remarkable milestone we have reached in our country, made even more special when noted that this is the 40th anniversary of Title IX. I’m overjoyed to see the astounding growth of Women’s sports in this country; this is an accomplishment that makes me extremely proud to be an American.
As we enter our 4th day of competition, I’d like to congratulate all the winners and wish best of the luck to those yet to compete. I’m looking forward to more of the swimming, which I’ve been a fan of since back in the days of Mark Spitz’s triumphs. I’m excited to watch the track events – not just the races, but the field events of shot-put, discus, and such as well. Finally, I’d like to wish our Women’s Gymnastics Team best of luck tonight. I’ve become a huge fan of the gymnastics because I am a fan of excellence. Any time somebody questions my liking of a particular sport, my response is always the same. I am a fan of hard work, of greatness. These gymnasts possess unbelievable work ethic, honing their craft day after day, hour after hour. The strength–both mental and physical–needed to reach this elite level in gymnastics is uniquely astounding. As an athlete who has experienced a great level of mental and physical punishment, I have a deep respect and admiration for these gymnasts, and for all athletes who have reached new heights on this world stage. As the first few days have shown, this will be an incredible two weeks of competition. Check back here for more of my takes on the Olympics over this span.
BroadwayJoe.tv would like you to check out this ESPN article on Tim Tebow’s first day at Jets Training Camp. Many eyes will be on Cortland, NY these next few weeks, so check out BroadwayJoe.tv for Joe Namath’s thoughts on the events.
Having just finished up Joe Namath Football Camp for the 41st year, I’m happy to say it was, once more, a success. We’ve been doing this camp for a while now; so much of our success is based off the amount of injuries sustained by the campers. We’re very proud to say that we had no major injuries – no broken bones, no torn ligaments, no head trauma, nothing. Aside from a few rolled ankles, the kids left camp happy and healthy, prepared with a few football lessons going forward. It was great to see them improve not just their football abilities, but also their enthusiasm and sociability with the other players. That enthusiasm is brought out by our fantastic coaching staff, whose eagerness to teach was shown day after day with each activity we underwent. Only mother nature got in the way, with some thunderstorms getting in the way a few times. Besides that, the camp ran smoothly, and it was a pleasure to hear parents give their feedback at the end of camp. The looks on their faces showed how happy they were, and their thankfulness was abundant.
We were also lucky to have a young man come all the way from St. Petersburg, Russia. What a sign that was for the camp to have kids from different countries come over to learn from our great staff. The boy–who played tight end and linebacker–was supposed to come over with three other friends. Sadly those kids had some issues with their passports and couldn’t make it. Regardless, he had a great time learning and interacting with other kids here in America. He had some experience playing in Russia, and though his understanding of some schemes and concepts weren’t at the American level yet, his enthusiasm for the game showed that he was improving leaps and bounds. It was great to see him out there, and we’ll certainly keep in touch in hopes of broadening the reach of our camp.
I’d like to again thank all our coaches and staff for their fantastic work, and thanks to all those who sent their kids for a great week.
Joe Namath John Dockery Football Camp is, I’m proud to say, a few days into our 41st year of instructional football lessons. When I helped start the camp in my late twenties, I had no idea we’d still be going at it today. Our fantastic staff has done a terrific job teaching these kids fundamentals and refining their play, but it goes beyond that. The sport of football is just a game, yes – but in ways it’s more than that. It’s a teaching device, a structured motivational tool. Playing football, you learn about true hard work, about what it takes to compete and, more so, to succeed. You learn about the team structure, the personal sacrifices you have to make for the sake of others. No one man is greater, no one man is less – it’s a group of equal individuals coming together for something more than just a game. We at Joe Namath John Dockery football camp are not here to turn these kids into professional athletes, or to momentously change their lives. We are here to give these kids an opportunity to play, to compete. All we want is the kids to be there. There are very few who are willing to play the game of football. It’s hard – that’s a fact; there are no other superlatives needed. What I’m looking for is nothing more that kids being out there competing, because those hard times on the field prepare you for many difficulties you face in life. You may never need to form tackle anyone outside the field of play, but you need discipline and a defined work ethic. It’s what drives you, gives you the motivation to know that you can make it through trying times. If nothing else, this camp is teaches kids that competing and working hard today will pay off for the rest of their lives. I know this because of the dozens of young men who return year after year, then send their kids here when they’re old enough. The camp has changed over the years; campers and coaches come and go, drills and training are upgraded, and techniques improve. What hasn’t changed is the message: get out there and compete. There are a lot of young men who can play the sport of football, but few take hold of the opportunity. We’re happy to teach some of those few.
BroadwayJoe.tv would like you to check out the website for artist Joe Petruccio’s gala last night. The Gala featured Mr. Petruccio’s painting of Broadway Joe, with Joe’s signatures. Check out the link below:
Here is the poster for the gala
And here’s a photo of Mr. Petruccio hard at work on his painting of Joe, titled “The Promise”
BroadwayJoe.tv would like to thank Bleacher Report for showing our man, Joe Namath, some love for his legendary Broadway Joe nickname.
The 50 Best Nicknames in Football History–posted this past week–also features The Jets iconic “Gang Green” nickname. Curtis Martin is there for the Chris Berman-coined “My Favorite Martin”, as is Darrelle Revis for “Revis Island”. Check out the entire list at BleacherReport.com and through the link below.
BroadwayJoe.tv would like to share Joe’s thoughts on Wimbledon this weekend. Enjoy!
I’d like to congratulate Roger Federer on a amazing 7th Wimbledon title. It’s been a thing of athletic beauty to watch Roger over the years, not just at Wimbledon but for all of his 17 Grand Slam titles. However, as remarkable as those 17 titles are, it’s more than his game that has impressed me. The class and dignity with which Roger has carried himself throughout his career is just as, if not more notable than his triumphs on the court. He’s been an upstanding citizen in his dealings with fellow competitors, fans, and the media. To have such success and keep a level head on his shoulders is a feat in itself. In one way, his success at the age of 30–incredible in terms of the sport of tennis–shows just how much longer athletes are enduring today. From developments in training to advancements in nutrition, the potential of the human body is being extended to levels unfathomable even just a decade ago. On the other hand, this victory shows the incredible importance of Roger’s mind. His determination and work ethic has, from the start, been as great as any athlete around. What is truly remarkable, though, is the continued consistency of that mental approach. With such established and legendary success, a wife and children, and younger, more athletic players like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovik climbing past him in the rankings, Federer could have easily allowed himself to ease up and drift into retirement. After all, success can lead to a waning of ones determination. I can relate to such, as I recognized a decreased sense of drive following my Super Bowl Victory. It can take away an edge – an edge that was unrecognized while you’re still chasing that first title. You may not understand it at the time, not recognizing all the motivational factors that were there before the success. It’s not to say I tried less, because that was in no way the case. It’s that edge that isn’t the same anymore – something that’s very hard to describe unless you experience it. Roger has kept that edge, and used it to return to the mountaintop. And in that same esteem I hold Roger, I also hold Serena Williams. Serena fought through such incredible pain to come out on top on the Women’s side. To regenerate and overcome those numerous injuries is a feat just as, is not more impressive than that of Federer. She is an inspiration to not only athletes, but also anyone out there who must overcome either physical or mental impediments to gain success. Serena and Roger have inspired me, and their hard-fought triumphs this weekend were as well deserved as any. Congratulations!
BroadwayJoe.tv would like you to check out this post about Joe working with one of the world’s best Golf Coaches, Hank Haney.
I love working with the Golf Channel. I grew up in Maine and started playing golf when I was 10. Our high school golf team won 2 state championships. At one time, we won 50 straight matches. I assisted a Golf Digest photographer when I was 19. Golf is in my blood.
You lose most control when working with a film crew. The photographer is secondary. TV needs their shots first. However, the Golf Channel people recognize the importance of still images, and are wonderful to work with. The photos are used in the actual show, online and promoting the show.
We traveled down to the Breakers Rees Jones Golf Course in Palm Beach, Florida. Hank Haney worked with Joe Namath on the range and on the course. They worked on driving, chipping and putting. Haney loves to teach. Off camera, he was still giving lessons to Namath. During our lunch break, Haney went out to practice his chipping for a few extra minutes. No wonder he’s one of the best golf coaches in the world.
Speaking of lunch, the crew sat down at a round table with Mr. Namath and Mr. Haney in a private room at the golf course. Broadway Joe was kind enough to talk about his days playing football at Alabama and for the Jets. I find it crazy how someone can talk with vivid detail about events long ago. At one time, Mr. Namath was recalling scores, plays and what players were saying during a PRE season game! I usually can’t remember what happened yesterday. However, I will remember my photo shoot with Joe Namath & Hank Haney for many years to come.
Make sure to check out “The Big Miss” on Hank’s website and cool collectibles on Broadway Joe’s website!
All of us at BroadwayJoe.tv would like to wish you a Happy 4th of July! Here’s Joe with his thoughts on the day:
On this 4th of July, 2012, I’d like to give a Happy Birthday to, in my humble opinion, the greatest country in the world. I think back to my fondest 4th, the bicentennial in 1976. What stands out was the unity of the entire country. It seemed like we came together in a way not seen before, or since. It was an amazing spectacle. I remember being in Manhattan as the big ships, flotillas came around the city. That specific 4th of July left a greater impact on me than others. I don’t think I ever gave the day the respect it was due until then. The astounding patriotism took me back to the days of our pioneer. I began to understand the great sacrifices they made for us, and just how much veneration they are due. I’ll spend my 4th with my family and friends, I hope you’ll do the same. Happy 4th!
BroadwayJoe.tv would like you to check out Joe’s thoughts on instant replay in baseball. Enjoy!
A thought dawned on me the other day amid all this talk of instant replay. When DeWayne Wise of the New York Yankees dove into the stands and pretended to come out with the baseball, people began to label the play as ‘wrong’. But really, what is right or wrong in sports? DeWayne Wise broke no rules, he played within the boundaries of the game. It’s no different than a catcher framing a called 3rd strike. As a player–and it carries to fans as well–we all experience bad calls. When it happens, we live with it. We accept what has happened and move on. People claim Wise should be ashamed of his actions; I believe no such thing. He didn’t violate the integrity of the sport, he took advantage of the human error. That’s just the way things go.
Now, in regards to the human error, this shows why instant replay should be expanded soon. I don’t know what the negatives are – there really seems to be no downside. Yes, the human error is a part of the game as explained above. Yes, we all make mistakes – that’s fine. What I don’t understand is why we wouldn’t correct those mistakes when we are so easily and readily able to. With the dawn of High-definition TV’s and the ability to immediately rewind and slow down replays, everyone can see the umpires mistakes right after they happen. These umpires are becoming more and more susceptible to ridicule, and it will only get worse. The only issue I see is the difference in readily available cameras for each game. The are clearly going to be more cameras for a nationally televised Sunday night Yankees-Red Sox game than a Tuesday afternoon Royals-Indians game. It may come down to a disparity in replay availability between different games. It’s an issue of money – as it almost always is. They added more cameras for football and now the sports instant replay system is thriving. Let’s hope they can reach that level here.