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It’s here, Super Bowl LII Kicking Off

It’s here, Super Bowl LII kicking off in 3 hours!

The Underdog vs. The Dynasty?!

Patriots headed to their 10th Super Bowl, the Eagles to their 3rd and still searching for their 1st ring, the underdogs vs. the seasoned veterans.

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Many many story lines coming in the last two weeks, over last few weeks I brought a little variety to The Desiree Show.

Former Patriot AFC champ Marrio Grier and Jim Steeg the man singly responsible for bringing the Super Bowl to the biggest one day sporting event along with Philly raised Bones team manager Vern Laird and what it’s like to be an Eagles fan.

A former NFL RB for the Patriots, 1996 AFC champion drafted in the 1996 draft 6th round 195th pick by New England.  Marrio Grier whom played under HC Parcells, Belichick as DC, Charlie Weiss as WR coach & Romeo Cremel as DL coach along a full cast of players & following with Pete Carrol at the helm. This was the 2nd time Marrio was on my show, broadcasting on last Wednesday.  The coaching history amplified with the 30 for 30 ‘The Two Bills’ premier airing Thursday evening, definitely want to catch it!  Marrio shares what it means to be a Patriot. and yes, not all NFL Organizations are the same bleed or breed dynasties, but that’s not the only reason.  He also shared what it was like receiving  the call from Bill Parcells and his first meeting of Mr. Kraft.

Jim Steeg coming in with 35 years in the NFL with a variety of roles, 26 in charge of Special Events for the NFL, former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the San Diego Chargers, Controller of the Dolphins, CSAG member and the list of continues.  Currently primarily with the collegiate world.  Twenty-six of those years Jim was in charge of the Super bowl and Pro Bowl. this alone is unfathomable and what he was able to do truly awing. Focusing on making everyone comfortable from players’  families, child care to the entire teams,  to accommodations to taking care of the media on a level today which has dropped along with the fan experience.  Throw in the gnarliest A-List of entertainment, on the stage and singing the national anthem, but don’t forget the following week of that wasn’t enough as well.  (Yes, the Pro Bowl used to follow the Super Bowl remember).

U2, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Phil Collins, Mary J Bilge, Smokey Robinson, Chubby Checkers, Tony Bennett, George Burns, Mickey Rooney, ZZ Top, the Blues Brothers, James Brown, the rockets the USC marching back had to throw in) and that only a smidgeon of all that you brought from 1979 to 2004.

Jim shares some of his ah ha moments during his tenor, and darn the NFL would be lucky to have him back! I am happy that a friend I hold in the highest regard will be singing the national anthem today, Alecia Moore AKA Pink and knock everyone’s socks off!  Who didn’t realize what the stage was or that he would have fans from countries he hadn’t ever played for be able to see him perform.  And of course DIANA Ross, listen to hear how that happened and how that shifted it all, no it wasn’t upside down, but in some ways it did go upside down as this was the shift that opened endless super bowl half time shows & national Anthems.  But the one he wanted for years and years never came to fruit only after he left, did Bruce Springsteen play.

To bring an Eagles perspective, Vern Laird in studio January 23rd on what it means to be an Eagles fan, growing up in Philly, and why the under dog is so suited for this city! Come on it’s an easy Rocky? Hello! Vince Papale, but its more than that.

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To the game more stats, yes! But these are easy; the number one seeds face off in Minneapolis. More about the host city with an awesome man whom always is giving back to the community and youth and what The Twin Cities are about, yes we all know its cold, really cold, especially now but, Mark Rodriquez owner of 3rd Lair amplifies the love for his community an illustration on what the people are like and also the ties to the SB and skateboarding. Did you know that they were granted one of the 52 grants for a new skatepark, yeah the SB community and that X-Games nothing?

Patriots head to their 3rd Super Bowl in 4 seasons

(Their 10th SUPER BOWL appearance)

8TH since 2001 their first Championship.

1985- Lost 46-10 to Bears

1998- Lost 35-21 to Packers

2001- Won 20-17 over Rams

2003- Won 32-29 over Panthers

2004- Won 24-21 over Eagles

2007- Lost 17-14 to Giants

2011- Lost 21-17 to Patriots

2014- Won 28-24 over Seahawks

2016- Won 34-28 over Falcons

Experience; Patriots with 33 players having been to a Super Bowl where as Eagles with 6. RPO yep, you’ve been hearing it and yes Eagles are strong in this play.Can Doug Pederson, Jim Schwartz and Frank Reich be able to plan to beat the dynasty, they sure have that go for it mentality.  This go for it mentality/ game plan of the Eagles, they need not seize that and play 60 minutes, disable diversion and adjust if needed, but don’t retreat and they can win.  And yes, the same as what I stated regarding New England hosting Jacksonville for AFC Championship game but I’ll add one more adjustment give yourself a chance, Bill will have 2-3 full plans to shift if needed the game plan at any given moment.

Eagles to win

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60 min full play, not a second less.  Get pressure on Brady!! Rattle him contain the run, on the offense don’t abounding the run you can’t at that’s not because Carson Wentz isn’t there that’s simple football 101, on the same vein do your job.  Creative ways to get you receivers.  Quick out routes, not always sexy but effective as Pats CBs play inside, using sidelines and no defensive communication breakdowns, they need to have faster communications which is challenging vs. Tom Brady with his dink and dunking. Pressure pressure pressure on Tom, and don’t let up, don’t over pursue. Use the Patriots motto of do your job!

Patriots to win

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Experience by far is on their side; familiarity, which is paramount with a football plus this, is Tom’s 8th SB appearance. Eagles  need no def breakdowns, faster communication but Eagles play CB’s way off, however only given up 17 in post but, Brady’s quick release could expose this and potentially be disastrous.

Passion both teams have it!

The underdog Rocky climate of Philadelphia the entire demeanor of the city plus anger at the loss the last time they had a SB appearance in Jacksonville vs. New England

Pats have too, could it be end of an era? Will that also be used with Belichick coaching tree grows as Matt Patricia to Detroit HC and josh McDaniel’s to Indy. Last time took a few years to get back to the Super bowl after they lost their cords but not long. Does this even matter? More importantly the discipline that this team plays with and the do your job there are no hero’s only a team. Btw did you Notice no crazy TD celebration dances?

I’m seriously on the fence, hard hard hard to pick against the Belichick always is, I think that if Eagles can keep pressure and play as they have utilize their running game, contain/ pressure Tom and the run of the Pats, an entire game and make necessary adjustments they can, just as I believed that Jaguars could, but we saw what happened. I’m going to say that it’s going to be close, (I thought that NFC Championship game would be too, however, lol)

One last random tidbit Eagles earn best celebration dance while can you remember any Patriot dance all season?

If and only if Philly can do what I outlined, they can win, it will be close, 21-20 or 24-21.

Now you see I haven’t given an affirmative vote on either, exited to watch this one, enjoy Super Bowl Sunday!

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Upset at Gillette? Kickoff in Minutes

Upset at Gillette or More of the same?

As the game nears within 30 minutes to kickoff at Gillette Stadium to a crisp and pretty perfect January football temp of 48 degrees for the AFC Championship game. The number one seeded Patriots vs the sixth seeded Jaguars get set.

I continue to listen, read and watch all the media via radio, twitter & TV.  While doing so I see New England finding  themselves in a very perfect Patriot way.

 

A dangerous position for any opponent when speculators feel they may have a slight advantage that’s when it continues to be real quiet. A scary alarming under the radar feeling ready to annihilate.

Natural inclinations sway to the suppose underdog, although I have come out publicly over 2 months ago, maybe even further back that I saw Viking & Patriots as this years Super Bowl contenders.  I do know history and that whatever weapons you may have Bill Bellichick will find a way to take it out of the equation, he always does.  However the constant play by play of Tom Brady’s throwing hand and stitches does have you thinking that maybe this time someone can go in to Foxborough and beat them, then you slap yourselves and realize no this is the Patriots and a hoody clan Bill will have a genius plan.

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I do have to add I am a defensive fan, so if some way Sacksonville can get to Tom and throw him off I can see Jacksonville being able to win.  But it will take 60 FULL minutes even if they get Tom rattled Patriots always always re scheme make adjustments in the 2nd half.

And don’t forget Tom Coughlin’s connections either, nor what Marrone can do, they did make it to the final 4 in the league and they have the us against the world mentality as well.

I think if some how this number one Defense comes in with a plan knowing that Bill will take their number ones out of the equation and they do play 60 minutes they can get a W, but you have to always remember this is Bill Bellichick, and anything can and will, this team feeds of the hate towards them.

Enjoy fist half of the Championship Sunday!

Desiree

 

*Note to all this was literally written in less than 20 minutes, a raw piece, thanks for looking through any errors.

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Divisional Rounds with Byron Chamberlain

Divisional Rounds were set and the National Champion crowned as Byron Chamberlain joined my in studio at Dash Radio for the Desiree SHOW.

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Bryon and I go over all the match ups and some recaps on the Wild Card Weekend, the road to SB LII, Divisional Playoffs and obviously our heart picks, as well.

The 2 x Super Bowl champ also shared how simply wonderful Minneapolis is, some history and that he wants to come skate with me in Minneapolis at 3rd Lair, Cal Surf or L Familia’s facilities.

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“My boards in my car now.”  Byron

Who had a thought, so stay tuned for some videos and photos skating during Super Bowl with Byron and myself.

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Also, did you know what TV series came from Minnesota?  I sure didn’t, and was surprised to hear not only that it was Little House on the Prairie, but that Byron knew that.

Our picks are on the show, however I will let you know I ended up shifting one that was a heart pick that some how Jacksonville could go in and get a W at Heinz Field.

Also, if you missed last weeks show I was thankful to welcome back Nick Ferguson, on January 3, we also went through our picks for the Wild Card Weekend, and I will admit I was only 500, 2 out of 4 of the picks.

Here’s the show if you missed on Dash.

One more bit of vital info for you all, if you are headed to Minneapolis for Super Bowl 52, Byron is involved in a pretty rad event Artic Bold in downtown  at Stella’s Fish Cafe on February 1st you can still get tickets here.

Enjoy the Divisional Football all weekend and make sure to tune in to Dash Radio, Dash Talk for the Desiree SHOW on Wednesdays 4-5 PM PST.  And if you do miss you can check it on Itunes or Soundcloud.

Dynamite week wishes!

 

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Updates, Promises & Quick Hits

Updates, promises and a quick whip around.

First, this may be all over the place, please bear with me, it also maybe long winded, but I want to say or pledge to be more active on here, that meaning at least a weekly post.

A plethora of going-ons all over sports, with The Desiree Show and myself.
Probably one of the most amazing Series just finished up, NFL through week 8 surprises, upsets and trades. Plus the tally on Beat the Outsiders after the first 2 quarters for the weekly NFL pickem by skateboarders and a small hold on the show.

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As previously mentioned, I will be posting at least one blog a week coinciding with the show and a catch up on past shows that you may have missed. Reminder the Desiree SHOW broadcasts at Dash Radio in Hollywood on Wednesdays, it airs 4-5 PM PST. In addition the show re-ars multiple times throughout the week. I might add some great news as well coming from DASH, which you will patiently need to wait for. The show also is uploaded to Soundcloud and ITunes.

The hold, just a small one I had a procedure two weeks ago on my leg, 13 staples and have to lay low, which is extremely difficult, but I am trying to be a good patient so I don’t have any repercussions, I’ll say make sure you are always covered with sun block and I won’t share the photo with the 13 staples, but I say that ALL was removed successfully.   I just need to let my leg heal now, something a bit challenging for a non stop human, but I am.

Since the show moved to DASH, I’ve had some amazing guests both in studio and via the phone and a slew of slated guest lined up.

8/2 LANCE MOUNTAIN & HARVEY ARMSTRONG
8/9 STEVE OLSON & DREW PINNOCK
8/16 CHRIS PASTRAS & ERIC D WILLIAMS
8/23 JERRY HAIRSTON JR & BILL WILLIAMSON

9/6 BEAT THE OUTSIDERS EPISODE 1
STEVE OLSON, SAL BARBIER, KENNY HUGHES & MYSELF
WITH ROB WELSH, CHRIS PASTRAS, LANCE DAWES AND PACKY FANCHER calling, (video dropping soon thanks to Ted Newsome)

9/13 NEEN WILLIAMS & MICHAEL GEHLKEN

9/27 KWAMIE LASSITER & JIM STEEG
10/4 GIOVANNI REDA & JIM LAZLAVIC
10/11 BEAT THE OUTSIDERS EPISODE 2
SAL BARBIER, STEVE OLSON & MYSELF with KENNY HUGHES calling in.

This Series Dodgers / Astros World Series welcomed two over 100 win teams, the Dodgers with 104 and the Astros 101 and had surpassed many World Series. Was one of the most prolific scoring, new balls and some big time hitting. Congrats to the World Champion Houston Astros on their first tittle ever and heads high although the outcome will always produce a second place, LA Dodgers had a phenomenal run. And please no hate on the players or the GM, it’s sickening to me to see all the rants and dismissals of this team. Remember there are no losers in the WORLD SERIES, no player or GM sucks, ok…I use that as I saw that all over also asking for Dave Roberts head. Maybe you question Roberts pitching line up decisions, blame the loss on Darvish having 2 bad games, leaving 10 on base in Game 7…….doesn’t matter nor does it warrant hate, one of these teams was going to walk away the champion and the other not. This was a GAME 7 series as well!  I will say that I was pretty awed at all the players looking really nervous amplifying the importance of this game to all on the diamond.

Thank you and the utmost respect to both teams on the most amazing baseball series I have seen! Congratulations also to Correa’s to be as we all witnessed one of the most amazing proposals post game.

On to the the NFL, trade deadlines offered some shocking news, and predictably non predictable outcomes through the first 2 quarters in the season. here’s a quick I mean really quick whip around, today Colts placed Andrew Luck on IR, Ezekial Elliot will be suspended 6 weeks. The league has 2 teams still unable to get a W, and I have to confess after reading Bill Walsh’s book, ‘The Score Takes Care of Itself’ recently, a must read, I have had expectations of the 49ers in the belief that they can shift the outcome of this newly rebuilding team.  That has yet to happen however they acquired Jimmy Garroppola from the Patriots for a 2nd rounder in the 2018 draft with Hoyer making his way to New England the following day with trade to the single QB roster of the Patriots. Unfortuantely their are still 2 teams whom have yet to get a W, the poor Cleveland Browns, whom I also secretly root for weekly and the Niners.  Best record in the NFL the 7-1 Philadelphia Eagles.   There have been devastating injuries throughout, Aaron Rodgers, JJ Watt, Odell Beckham Jr, Dalvin Cook, DAvid Johnson, Julian Edelman, Andrew Luck and  more just too many to address however most currently and scary Bear’s Zach Miller, Joe Flacco’s almost decapitation from Kiko Alonson and sadly also Cleveland Browns longest starter OT Joe Thomas who now missed his first snap in 11 years. He is however doing some journalism via MMQ

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Sadly just before I was finishing this post it has been reported that Houston’s DeShaun Watson is out for the season with a torn ACL sustained during practice.

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Beat the Outsiders, we have had two episodes on The Desiree SHOW it’s all outside the NFL, skateboarders picking NFL games, yes I wish I could show you our text thread, however it would probably take you 3 weeks to read it and see all the gifs. As of week 8, Rob ‘Patriot’ Welsh takes the last two weeks with back to back impressive 13/15 and 12/13 bringing him in 4th with a prolific texting Cowboy Kenny Hughes in the first place, Steve ‘SKOL’ Olson in the 2nd and JT ‘Bolt‘ Aultz, I might add very quiet in the thread in 3rd. I tanked last week, made 3 changes 20 min before the AM games all for losses, but no crying in football or baseball for that matter.

Here’s the full current overall list and stay tuned for more in depth on all the players!wk8overall.jpg

Thursday Night Football kicking off in 4 hours, AFC EAST showdown.

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The (5-2) Buffallo Bills at the (3-5) NY Jets. Bills find themselves a game back from the Patriots with two consecutive wins, while the Jets looking up but not out of the picture either however with 3 back to back losses. I will take the Bills tonight.

Have a dynamite week! I’m out!

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Episode 2 of Beat The Outsiders, NFL Weekly Pickem by Skateboarders

The Desiree SHOW Episode 2 of Beat The Outsiders, NFL Weekly Pickem by Skateboarders.

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Well episode two of The Desiree Show’s “Beat the Outsiders” was as much fun as expected and as much smack talk as I had hoped plus you got a glimpse also of our actually text threads but a little censored, something I would love to share with you, but I believe you can just visualize from the show. You just can’t see the pictures.

Steve Olson and Sal Barbier join me at the Dash Studios, while Kenny Hughes called in via NYC. Raw and unedited with lots of smack talk, strong biased NFL opinions and picks, competitiveness, sass and lots of laughs!!

Also alot of protectiveness over their picks, especially the birthday to boy, Cowboy Kenny.IMG_1365(1)

Sensitivity by Sal for “his” Saints, Tigers and of course his spirit stick, (which we are all still patiently waiting to actually see even a photo of).

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While first place (after week 5)  Mr SKOL Olson stays his calm self with witty jabs and subtle words throughout the show

On the thread or in The Desiree SHOW Weekly NFL Pickem, Rob Welsh, Lance Dawes. Chris Pastras, Chris Ray, Packy Fancher, Vinny Ponte and JT Aultz.

Stay tuned for episode 3, 4, and 5 and….. we will try quarterly, but just like skateboarders we did it our way, after week 5.  Hopefully the entire crew can make it in once, plus special guest including Jeff Ament, GLove and Ben Harper are slated as well.

Heads up on the video dropping from our inaugural show that kick it off, thanks to former center Ted Newsome.

If you missed the show on Dash Wednesday, October 11th you can listen to it in its the raw and unedited form on Itunes TheDesireeSHOW or via Soundcloud.

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Football is Family, Especially on this Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesdays is all over the NFL, players out in full force on their only days off, giving back to the community!

Last Tuesday my sister Dr. Patricia Riba and her clinic, Serving Kids Hope, the recipients of this special gift. As LA Chargers nose tackle and Bama 3 x BCS Champion Damion Square was at the Discovery Cube in Santa Ana helping to beat childhood obesity with healthy cooking options for game days and all the holidays.

This is always something that touches my heart, many or most of the amazing giving that goes on all over the league is done, and I must remind you, that this is the only day of the week the players get off and much giving under the radar.

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Football is family and it was for me on Tuesday as well, Damion & Patricia share the same birthday, family love, community, college loyalty, cooking recipes, ideas and even a toast of healthy spicy tomato juice.  They both also share the desire and gift to give to the children.   Dr Patricia has been at the forefront of helping childhood obesity for close to 20 years.  4207LAC

Damion is also involved aiding with his Youth Fitness and Nutrition Clinic.

Much much respect to the Chargers.   Kimberly Layton, Chargers former Community Relations and currently VP of External Affairs responsible for heading all the community outreach and implementing many aspects throughout the area.  All her doings for the Chargers helped also pave the way throughout the NFL.  And Chase Hartman, Community Relations Manager along with John and Tim whom were also in attendance for the taping.

 

Was a true treat to meet this really special man, Damion Square even though he’s Roll Tide! He even stayed later to sign some helmets and jerseys for the staff.  I also look forward to having him on The Desiree SHOW.

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Stay tuned for all the amazing and fun healthy cooking options with Damion and Dr Riba which will drop on October 11, 2017. Following with other holiday options as each one approaches.

The LA Chargers have a vast area they are giving back to, keep your eyes open to see all the wonderfulness that your community is receiving.

When the SD Chargers were trying to stay in San Diego, this aspect specifically, not just loosing an NFL team but all the outside, off the field, community reach in the entire San Diego area.  These special gifts throughout the vicinity impacted so many lives, not just the obvious Turkey, Blood Drives, but each school, football programs, gyms, individuals in need the beautiful hand of the Chargers touched.    I am still saddened for the are with the loss which they may or may not of realized while voting.  But I am happy for the entire Los Angeles and Orange County communities to having these priceless gifts.   I know or assume that the LA Chargers Community Relations have their hands full helping such a huge area!

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Neen Williams and Michael Gehlken on the Desiree SHOW

I have the special treat of being able to have variety of amazing individuals on my show, many friends and or new friends that I get to share with you.

This particular Wednesday the 13th of September was no exception, after months and months of corresponding and scheduling I was super thankful to welcome ripping skateboarder Neen Williams in studio, and via Raider’s Training Camp in Alameda in his new home, with a new team, always thankful to welcome a journalist I hold in high regard Michael Gehlken’s whom is the current beat writer for the Raiders for the Las Vegas Review Journal.

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“Neen is one of the most inspiring and determined people I’ve ever met. It’s been awesome watching the positive transformation and everything he’s accomplished”
Erik Ellington

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Such a treat to have Neen Williams at the station for the show, someone whom obviously rips on his skateboard but he shares such a slew of positive ways which others rarely share to their fans. His passion for cooking, recipes, an organic and sober lifestyles along with his work out routines all over his Instagram stories are only a glimpse of this special soul. We need more Neen’s in this world.

“Neen Williams might be the ultimate modern day renaissance man – a charming top tier athlete who personifies healthy living, with good looks and cooking skills to boot. Neen is a well traveled bloke who exudes positivity and has some of the crispiest tricks in the game.”
Oliver Barton.

Michael Gehlken the former beat reporter for the San Diego Chargers for the Union gehlkenTribune and currently in the bay covering another AFC West team the Raiders for the Las Vegas Review Journal. With a move to Nor Cal and new team Michael always has a great perspective and shares the transition into a new city and locker room. Always tremendously grateful for his time and insight.

“I’m a big fan of Gehlken’s. He’s bright, intellectually curious and has a dry wit I appreciate from a reporter. In a world where people in that profession often desire attention and want to make themselves the story, Michael is refreshing in that he never purposefully does that. He’s not a phony.

Plus, his eating habits are fascinating. Water without ice, salad without dressing and more Quinoa consumption that anyone I know. He’s an original.” -Darren Smith

If you missed the show on Dash Radio its up on Soundcloud and Itunes or simply subscribe to The Desiree Show on Itunes, or tune in live on Wednesdays 4-5 PM PST on Dash Radio, Dash Talk.

And make sure to check out Michael Gehlken on Twitter and or all his articles on the Raiders and you definitely want to follow Neen on IG and his stories, his new YouTube station with a slew of recipes and work outs,  plus his beautiful dynamo lady Jess is an amazing baker and has some awesome special goodies on order, @LilSparksJess as well.

Make sure to also follow The Desiree SHOW on IG, Facebook and Twitter along with Desiree’s personal accounts on IG and Twitter to stay up to date on the show guests and follow the Beat the Outsiders tally!

Enjoy and have an awesome weekend of football!

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