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Balancing the scales of gender equality one pound of flesh at a time…. For today’s DCOM, we’re kickin’ it old school with Herschel Walker. There’s been a lot of buzz about Ezekiel Elliott’s appearance on the cover of ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue, but let’s not forget the shoulders of Cowboys running back greats on which Elliott’s six-pack abs are perched upon. And as opposed to these millennials like Elliott with their over-specialization, prodigious development, and (probably) unnatural cravings for avocado toast, Walker is a true renaissance man who didn’t enter the NFL until the ripe-old age of 24. Of…

At the heart of every Super Bowl is its host committee, a locally based, guiding force responsible for a litany of factors ranging from fan experience to economic development. As Arizona readies for its first Super Bowl since 2008, and third overall, I met with Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee CEO, Jay Parry over the holidays. Parry’s path to this prestigious role started at Bank of America, where she worked in a variety of marketing functions and eventually oversaw sponsorships.  After 17 years with BofA, she moved back to Phoenix to lead the WNBA’s Mercury as their President and CEO…

“Let’s bypass the bullshit and move on because the minute hand moves faster than you think it does.” – Christine Golic’s Twitter bio Like soccer moms, there are football moms. Then there is Christine Golic, the quintessential football mom, who has also been a football wife, football daughter and football sister. A former high school cheerleader, Golic met her husband, Mike, while attending St. Mary’s College, the sister school to Notre Dame where he was a defensive lineman and captain of the football team. Mike went on to play eight seasons in the NFL, though is more famously known today…

In upstate New York exists a fantasy football league where the owners have selected atypical team names like The Long Synapers, The Endolphins and Gray Matters. The commissioner of this “Brain Lovers” league is Renee Miller Ph.D., who is both a professor of neuroscience at the University of Rochester and one of the fantasy industry’s most unique voices. Miller grew up in the upstate area casually watching football, though she did not have a strong affinity toward the Buffalo Bills, or any team for that matter.  But as the popularity of the NFL, and in conjunction fantasy football, exploded, Miller…

Most people enter college with little to no idea of their major, let alone their desired career. Tara Ostrowe was an exception. She grew up a huge football fan, had an infinity for the New York Giants, and was planning to study nutrition. So at 18, she began her quest to become the nutritionist for the Giants, a job she eventually secured in 2010. These days Ostrowe’s career plate is as balanced as one of her recommended meals. In addition to her duties with the Giants, Ostrowe is the nutritionist for the New York Red Bulls soccer team, works with…

Fantasy football is around the corner, which for owners means a Fall filled with draft cheat sheets, waiver wires, weekly rankings and excessive banter. And for successful owners it also means devoting ample time to one woman – ESPN Injury Analyst Stephania Bell.  Since August of 2007, Bell, a physical therapist, has been delivering injury insights (and fantasy advantages) to ESPN viewers, podcast listeners and ESPN.com readers alike. In the following Q&A, we discuss the origins of Bell’s unique position, ESPN’s infamous “War Room” fantasy league, how men and women approach fantasy differently, the future of fantasy and so much…

When I asked Mary Pat Augenthaler earlier this week what year she was promoted to her current role as the Vice President of NFL Events, she paused to think for a moment. “Let’s see my daughter just turned six, so it was six years ago,” she remembered. Augenthaler’s most important job became obvious when we spoke – she also has a nine-year old daughter.  And, as she continues to balances motherhood with an intense, high profile role at the NFL, the lights will never be as illuminated as this February when the Super Bowl heads to the New York/New Jersey…

Teresa Kaepernick watched last Saturday’s 49ers game at home in Modesto, California. She was inactive with a cold and didn’t want to get her son sick. Missing his games is not a common occurrence for Teresa (or her husband, Rick.) In fact, Colin’s record-breaking performance was just about the only game Teresa has missed in several years. The Kaepernicks are a close-knit family who have been catapulted into the spotlight because, well, their son happens to be hottest quarterback in the NFL, and his family comes with a fascinating back story.  Before Teresa and Rick, along with their other son,…

Danyelle Sargent always knew she wanted to be on national television. And at the ripe old age of 34, she has already landed anchor gigs at ESPN, FOX, and now NFL Network. In this wide-ranging Q&A, Sargent details her fast rise in the sports world, examines how widely the media has changed in ten years, and shares a little vulnerability when it comes to women and football cred.  Sargent inteviews Lawrence Tynes following Super Bowl XLVI Melissa Jacobs: How did you get your start in the sports world? Danyelle Sargent:  I started out in high school as a complete sports…

Writing a book about Hollywood actresses and their love for the NFL would make for a challenging assignment. Which is why Nikki DeLoach, who carries a deep passion for both the college game and the NFL, and isn’t afraid to show it, stands out so greatly. DeLoach, who was part of the “Mickey Mouse Club” at age 12, is probably best known for her current role on MTV’s “Awkward,” where she plays Lacey Hamilton, the mother of a high school girl. DeLoach describes her character as “inappropriate, self-absorbed, overbearing, but well-intentioned.” “Awkward” just wrapped up its second season this summer…

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