A long-time print investigative journalist brings unique sports stories and beyond to a new platform.
Interview with former NFL executive Ernie Accorsi
Growing up in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Ernie Accorsi had an early, rich sports experience, when the Philadelphia Eagles held training camp there, and where the Wilt Chamberlain-led Philadelphia Warriors trained and played. Accorsi started out as a sportswriter, before being hired by the Baltimore Colts in 1970 as the public relations director, the start of Accorsi's long career in the NFL. In this latest "Stories with Street Cred" podcast, Accorsi discusses his distinguished NFL arc, his childhood memories in Hershey, and his sportswriting experiences, which included an interview with Moonlight Graham, and an exclusive scoop on Chamberlain's trade to the Lakers. Accorsi's last NFL executive post was general manager of the Giants, and perhaps his signature front office move was acquiring quarterback Eli Manning in a draft-day trade with San Diego. Manning, of course, went on to beat Tom Brady twice in the Super Bowl.
Interview with legendary photographer Neil Leifer
In a career that has spanned more than 60 years, and which began in an era when film was still used by photographers, Neil Leifer has taken some of the most iconic sports images -- Muhammad Ali glowering over Sonny Liston; Ali and Joe Frazier with promoter Don King; an overhead shot at the Houston Astrodome of the 1966 Ali-Cleveland Williams fight after Williams was KO'd -- when he worked for Sports Illustrated and later Time magazine. In this latest "Stories with Street CRed" podcast, I talk with Leifer about his life and legendary career, and we discuss his latest book, "Leifer. Boxing. 60 years of Fights and Fighters," published by Taschen.
Interview with Jana Webb, founder and CEO of Joga
The Toronto-based Jana Webb has been a trailblazer in professional sports and in the strength and conditioning world, and her career path as a fitness expert and the founder of Joga is one that has had several pivots and restarts. But after starting her own company, Webb's success led to TV opportunities -- including a stint on "Real Housewives of Toronto" -- red-carpet events around the world and business partnerships training elite athletes in the NFL, CFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL. Webb suffered a near-death car accident in 2016, and in the fallout, she had to begin an arduous rehabilitation and later, the rebuilding of her career. Webb joins the latest "Stories with Street CRed" podcast to tell her inspirational and motivational story.
Interview with two former New York Daily News Yankees beat writers - Peter Botte and Anthony McCarron.
Aspiring sports journalists may not be able to fathom a time when there weren't cell phones at your disposal, or when social media didn't exist to post a breaking news nugget. Former New York Daily News colleagues Peter Botte and Anthony McCarron can attest to just such an era, as both were Yankees beat writers when the franchise was in the midst of a dynasty under manager Joe Torre, and when owner George Steinbrenner was still at his blustery best. The New York tabloid rivalry was alive, the back pages ruled, and there was no shortage of pressure and stress on the job. Fasten your seatbelts for a trip back in time.
Interview with former Olympic speed skating hopeful Bridie Farrell
Since the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy, social justice advocate Bridie Farrell has worked with former Scouts who may have been victims of sexual abuse. She has raised awareness about different legal options, including how Scout sex abuse survivors can file a bankruptcy claim. Farrell, who is a sex abuse survivor and who founded the non-profit "America Loves Kids," has been a consultant for the law firm Motley Rice, which is handling many of those bankruptcy claims. Farrell also discusses the New York Child Victims Act and some of the other sex abuse scandals, and she hopes that by continuing the national discussion on this issue, other survivors will be encouraged to tell their stories as well.
Interview with former Olympic speed skating hopeful Bridie Farrell and reporter Mike O'Keeffe
Bridie Farrell was a teenage Olympic hopeful in short track speed skating when she crossed paths with an older male star of that sport. The relationship became an abusive one, Farrell says, and for years she stayed silent about her ordeal. But after she went public with what she experienced, she became a tireless social justice advocate. In this Part Two of the latest "Stories with Street CRed" podcast, Farrell joins me and reporter Mike O'Keeffe to discuss her story, sex abuse in sports, the challenges covering this issue and the passage of the Child Victims Act in New York State.