Jerimiah Spicer; Persistence & Drive

Truly a treat to have Jerimiah Spicer in studio at the Dash Radio HQ’s on April 30th.

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Incredible to share this inspiring young man’s story filled with sheer inspiration and hope, one whom against all odds, continues to push through whatever life throws at him.

From homeless on skid row as a child to numerous foster and  group homes, eight high schools despite it all he managed to get to college and play football.  Throughout the foster and group homes he struggled with many trying scenarios such as, no food after practice as the kitchen was closed. With continued drive and a never giving up mentality in 2018 he earned a spot with the Cape Fear Heroes of the American Arena League.

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With more persistence he received invitations to a few NFL Pro Days, but one really resonated for him, specifically with Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn and after pursuing him on LinkedIn , Lynn replied.  His support and word have meant the world to Jerimiah.

I met Jerimiah at the Chargers Local Pro Day at the Hoag Performance Center, but realized after we started speaking that he had been following me on Instagram and we had exchanged DMs.  Also, Denzel Perryman shared much support on the same day, pictured above.

He possesses a tenacity and persistence with a never give up, his story will continue.No surprise Jerimiah in Hebrew means May God Uplift.

Enjoy the inspiration that this amazing human brings.

Jermiah’s sister Miracle also came in studio and shares some of her own incredible miraculous story as well as their separation and reuniting.

Also on the episode a quick hits and a recap of LA Chargers Draft 2019 as he came in studio a few days after.

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Brandon Mebane shares heartbreak at Chargers

Costa Mesa, CA – Chargers HQ’s

Heartbreaking news today at Chargers HQ’s as Brandon Mebane disclosed the loss of their daughter. No words seem to be appropriate or enough to give to someone who has lost a child.

As a journalist or reporter it is my job to report what’s going on however as a person who loves people and honors their privacy during difficult times it’s a challenging one to navigate, as it was today at the Chargers.

In the presser Coach Lynn was asked about the status of Mebane for Sunday vs. Patriots, he said he’s working today and expecting him to play, unless something happens.

I saw Brandon in the locker room I stopped to shake his hand, believing that it was a good sign to see him, and say that my prayers are still with him and his family. I had no idea that his daughter had passed last Thursday, no one did at this point.

As things proceeded in the locker room, as they do with different media interviewing different players, Brandon’s locker became swamped with five times the amount of media for practice than normal, he was surrounded, too many to try and get close. This is when he disclosed the heartbreaking news that his 7-week old daughter Makenna, died Thursday.

“I’m still thankful, and I thank God every day,” Mebane said. “I still pray. We’re taking it one day at a time.”

I had honored his privacy today, I just welcomed him back and shared my continued prayers being a very sensitive and personal manner with his family, and what they have endured the last 7 weeks with his infant daughter in the hospital, but he did share his heartbreak.

 

I wanted to kick myself in some regards and in another regards I’m grateful I didn’t ask more, however would that have been better for him, to hear, that I wanted to ask how his daughter was doing?

My prayers, thoughts and healing love continue to be with Brandon, his wife Amena, and their two children, Mahailey and Makai during this heartbreaking and devastating time.

Eric D Williams broke the story and has had a long friendship with Brandon since his time in Seattle, so I will share his link here.

ITL: Wildcard Sunday Chargers head to Ravens

ICYMI January 3, 2019 episode ( LAC vs BAL week)

Inside The Locker Room with Desiree always raw and unedited with ambient noise.

Wildcard week, Chargers head to Baltimore to face the Ravens for the second time in 3 weeks. I spoke with Mike Williams and Russell Okung on the match up, the advantages and the similarities with other championship teams these two have been apart of.

After Eric D Williams, ESPN beat writer for the Chargers and I spoke on the match up, again more advantages vs a team twice especially on a quick turn around and Eric even tossed in his predictions.

Up now on Itunes and Soundcloud.

Enjoy Wildcard Weekend!

And as always thank you to the Chargers PR for the opportunity and to you all for your support.

The Desiree SHOW airs on Wednedsay’s 4-5 PM PST on Dash Radio, this is a special episode during the Playoffs.

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Black Monday

Black Monday! A dreaded day unlike Black Friday for avid sale shoppers (which I do not partake in) this morning five head coaches were fired, last night one and the tally now is up to 8 head coach openings in the NFL. Yes, this is something one knows going into the position however remember these individuals are people, ones with families. Couple that with the irony of it landing on New Years Eve, not what anyone hopes for.

This morning the below head coaches were fired.

Vance Joseph (Broncos)

Steve Wilks (Cardinals)

Adam Gase (Dolphins)

Marvin Lewis (Bengals)

Dirk Koetter (Buccaneers)

Todd Bowles (Jets) last night 

Week 13 Mike McCarthy (Packers) 

Week 8 Hue Jackson (Browns)

Jacksonville’s Doug Marrone and Panthers’ Ron Rivera will return for 2019 season.

Damion Square, Donnie Jones and Justin Jackson Inside the Locker Room with Desiree




This week was big, an AFC West showdown on prime time in Kansas City for Thursday Night Football vs. The Chiefs.  On the ITL 12-11-18, Inside the Locker Room at the Chargers HQ’s, a special on The Desiree Show. I spoke with Damion Square, Donnie Jones and Justin Jackson.

There is truly something special I have seen in this locker room this season and on the field, this team has a phenomenal unity. It’s tight, there is mutual respect, a fight together and a special something one can’t quite put a figure on, the ingredients of a championship team.

Donnie Jones, Damion Square and Justin Jackson.

I asked Donnie Jones about the specialness of this team, the Super Bowl and BCS Champ told me ” Probably the best locker room I’ve been apart of”

On the similarities of championship teams he has been apart of  three time  BCS Champion, Damion Square simply stated,
“Respect! We respect each other”

Also, some cool background on Justin Jackson’s current and past jerseys.

The ITL is a regular special on the show.

ICYMI on Dash Radio which aired 12-12-18 on the Desiree SHOW for your convenience its up on ITunes and SoundCloud.

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Marc Johnson on The Desiree Show

I welcomed the extraordinary MARC JOHNSON November 13, 2018 to the show or perhaps the Most Interesting Man in the World as I played to introduce him.

Seriously one of the most interesting humans I’ve had the opportunity to get to know!!

From North Carolina to Virginia, back and forth to hopping in a Honda Accord at the age of 16 with 80 dollars in his pocket and heading west to Nor Cal, SF, Santa Cruz onward south to San Diego. Although he left prior to graduating high school, he did home school and received his high school diploma.  He also went on to take classes in college and had hopes to even get a masters in math at Berkley had it not been for the explosion of travel for his skateboarding career.

He comes with a list of accolades ( too many to list) but including

Thrasher Skater of the Year 2007 (SOTY), over 34 video parts, he’s a company owner and all around creative minded authentic individual. One of the most technical and phenomenal skaters ever,

“He’s one of the best skateboarders ever”, Giovanni Reda.

We skimmed or hit on many points including MySpace perils, his first skateboard with a story never heard, where his SOTY award resides and ironically on National Pickle Day ( who knew), which is the key ingredient to his infamous breakfast sandwich.

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Heads up also for Business and Company board release with an ETA of February 2019.

Also, stay tuned to Marc’s return as so much we couldn’t even address, (talks of a mini series on the forecast).

Warm thanks to Jai Tanju, Giovanni Reda, Michael Burnett and Ben Colen for their quotes and time. 

And obviously BIG THANKS to Marc!  Look forward to having him back in studio.

ICYMI its up on the Desiree SHOW Itunes

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Chargers loss a case of one less vs Broncos, But the sky is not falling

Chargers loss a case of one less vs. Broncos
but the sky is not falling.

One less mistake, one less penalty and one made PAT or special teams play and they would have won.  This was  their first game back at home since October 7th, that is in 5 weeks, but came up short  by one  23-22 Broncos.

Won the coin toss once again, Joey Bosa’s first game of the year, but the 6 game winning streak was haulted.

14 penalties for 140 yards, one negating an INT, another successful fake punt for their opponent, and a failed conversion gave the Chargers their first loss since September 23rd vs. the LA Rams.

But the sky isn’t falling the Chargers still find themselves only 2 games back from the Chiefs and tied with the Patriots & Texans with the second best record in the AFC and in the number one spot in the wildcard (yet we aren’t even in December).

Penalties, special teams errs and .
Had Philip Rivers taken a sack, the Chargers run on 3rd and 7 and we would be taking about another gritty win. All the variables one brings up after a loss, the what if game.

But despite the loss … the good point (no one will agree) one got a loss out of the way, they had an off day, but more directly so,  a big slap to tighten up before they fly to Heinz Field ( 12/2) and Arrowhead (12/13) in the coming few weeks to face The Steelers and The Chiefs.

Third most penalized team in the NFL.

the hype or anticipation of Joey Bosa has been documented he made an impact, but wasn’t the messiah ( which is ridiculous to put on anyone) . This defense has been stellar without him, but need him now and he did show the brilliant impact the number 1 draft Ohio state player can add to this roster.

Anthony Lynn on Bosa: “I thought he looked good from the sideline. On a couple snaps I saw him edge rush, but I’ll know more when I watch the tape”.

Another loss on the day, Corey Luiget, however the next man up mentality is prevalent and productive with this stellar adaptable defense and Darius Philon will step up once again.

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