Monthly Archives: November 2014

Post Game Wrap: Kennesaw State 77-69 over Chattanooga in Kennesaw, GA

Post Game: Kennesaw State 84 Samford 71 Final

#Movember: The Power of the Mustache

For many of us growing a mustache has been an area of our life where a void exists. Since high school many of our friends and acquaintances have effortlessly grown facial hair while we go unshaven for several days and the change is almost unnoticeable. What takes some five days to grow, it takes us several weeks. Therefore, we didn’t even try to grow a ‘stache. Now enter the Movember craze. I had seen my co-workers grow mustaches in the month of November and call it their “Movember Mustache.” I thought it was just a funny  alliteration, but I found out about the Movember movement to raise awareness about prostate cancer and men’s health in general. I was immediately drawn to the foundation as my father and a close friend had been prostate cancer survivors. As Movember approached, I wasn’t sure about participating, because frankly, I look like a serial killer with the hint of a mustache I am able to grow. It draws snickers, funny looks and critical comments from the “men” who grow a mustache every time they belch. But, my boss at work challenged me and others in the office to participate this year. Therefore, I dedicated to sacrifice my dignity to grow my very own Movember Mustache.

Movember came in and with my full dedication, I accidentally shaved eight days in. Call it muscle memory or sub-conscious, but I completely shaved my face one morning before work on November 9. Crap! Then I had a decision to make. Do I give up or do I push forward. Channeling the strength of my father, I decided to move forward and continue to participate in Movember. I was scheduled to appear IMG_20141126_111456on ESPN3 on Novemeber 14 for a women’s basketball game and the internal desire to shave was strong, but I didn’t and made my appearance with a barely-there mustache. I have no reason to be vain, but I am and I hated every picture I saw from the broadcast. It was finally over, but I knew two more broadcasts on ESPN3 were approaching. Could I with stand the pressure?

The week of November 23, I was dreading the week, because I had The Jimmy Lallathin Coaches Show Tuesday, Nov 25, and ESPN3 men’s basketball game on Wed, Nov 26, Thanksgiving Dinner (with multiple photos being taken) on Thurs, Nov 27 and another ESPN3 men’s basketball game Saturday, Nov 29. It was Hell’s Gauntlet, and I didn’t know where I would find strength to survive, until…

I was settled in to watch NFL football on Fox. My Tampa Bay Buccaneers were battling the Chicago Bears. I heard the familiar voice of Thom 20141123_125649Brennaman and analyst David Diehl. Then the two-shot from the booth and I couldn’t believe my eyes. There on my Sony Bravia television was my motivation. David Diehl’s glorious mustache drew all of my attention. I no longer could hear what was being said about the game. All I could hear was the sound of confidence come rushing through my mustache. I then knew if David Diehl, who is standing in front of thousands (let’s be honest, Bucs vs Bears wasn’t the game of the week) of NFL fans and present his mustache during a broadcast, then I could as well.

Therefore, as I enter the final week of Movember, I have the confidence needed to take to the airwaves with mustache intact and ask you to visit my Movember foundation page and donate. The money raised Screenshot_2014-11-26-17-51-32will  fund programs for men’s health, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and global collaborations.

Movember Foundation Page: 20141126_090832

The Jimmy Lallathin Coaches Show: Hosted by Nathan McCreary

I am very excited to announce I will be hosting the Jimmy Lallathin Coaches Show for the 2014-2015 basketball season. Coach Lallathin and I talked about this project briefly back in August. I called my friend Jeff Davis, the Vice President of JW Broadcasting and Program Director for NewsTalk 1160 AM- WCFO. Jeff was unbelievably helpful and accommodating. He told me what I would need and offered to be the home of the broadcast. I immediately called my dear friend Wayne “No Offense” Kitchens and pitched the idea to him. Wayne was on-board as well. Thanks to some savvy work by Kennesaw State Associate SID, Brandon Scardigili, the show became a reality. We then turned to Lauren Katovsky from the Kennesaw State Athletic Department’s marketing office. She got me in contact with Bryant and Ken from O’Charley’s and they were super-excited to be the host location for the show. This is a win-win for WCFO and Kennesaw State, and hopefully O’Charley’s. I am so excited to get the show started! I want this to be a fun atmosphere for everyone, so please check the schedule and come out to watch the show live from O’Charley’s. If you can’t make it out, listen live through on the night of the show( ) But, I am also really excited the show will air on a re-broadcast on NewsTalk 1160 the evening after the live taping. A third way to listen is through the TuneIn Radio app, which carries WCFO’s broadcasts. Thanks again to everyone for making this happen! Go Owls!

JL Show Schedule