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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.

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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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Also, thanks to Matt our board op! and the Dash Family.

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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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Michael Booker, A Champion On and Off the Field

 

With a constant vein of winning, number ones, championships and firsts, Michael Booker has remained humble, focused and grateful throughout his journey and continues to give back. Sports saves lives a cliché, but it definitely impacted Michael’s path. Born in Cincinnati, raised in Oceanside catapulted through football to Lincoln, onward to Atlanta, Tennessee and currently Grand Prairie.

Michael didn’t have football on his radar, but after the loss of a friend, Defensive Coordinator, Bill Kovacevich grabbed him and sent him out on the field with minimal instructions, essentially don’t let them catch the ball.   The gesture would change his whole life and fill Michael with a deep gratitude to his Wild Cat DC for stepping into his life. Led by Head Coach Herb Meyer the two year starter and letterman, was also apart of two county titles for El Camino High School and earned all-league honors twice.

 

Along with championships, Booker also seemed to be guided or mentored by some all-time coaches, Herb Meyer, Tom Osborne, Charlie McBride, Jim Schwartz, Dan Reeves and Jeff Fisher, to name a few.   In regards to his goals, he has always given one hundred percent, but he hasn’t met them all. A man inspired by good people, coaches and great role models, including his dad, older and younger brothers.

 

In regards to his successes, Michael humbly replied,

“Its almost strange if I didn’t succeed with so many people believing in me, inspiring me and putting me in the right direction………God is good.“

 

 

A focus that stayed with Booker, a future not even on his radar, but with help from his teachers, possibilities and dreams arose, moving him to Lincoln, Nebraska and being on another number one team as Huskers received two back to back National Championships and following Booker, the Defensive MVP of the 1996 Fiesta Bowl.

Then into the 1997 NFL Draft where he was selected by Atlanta in the first round pick 11, and a team who a season later made their first appearance in franchise history to Super Bowl XXXIII with a 14-2 record and crowned the NFC Champs. After three seasons with the Falcons he moved to the AFC Central’s Tennessee Titans until he retired.

A young man who was given a car from Budget after the draft and was grateful for the ride, who also bought an apartment versus a mansion and thought nothing of it, not until he was told by his Falcon’s teammates that it wasn’t a NFL Draft Round 1 car. It didn’t change anything however for the modest hard working man.

Although the road took off in Oceanside he resides in Grand Prairie, Texas, recently Michael has come back to give back with his non-profit, Achieve Your Champion, inspiring kids and adults to live a healthier and a more nutritional life with one of their biggest programs, Sacking Childhood Obesity and tackling it thru the youth.

Michael Booker truly is inspiring and doing so to all those that cross his path with an uncharacteristic humility or maybe that’s the key, as he continues to give back and share his experience, strength and hope to all he encounters.

“When I think of Michael Booker, the word champion comes to mind.  He was a champion in high school, he was a champion in college, and he was a champion in the NFL, now he is helping others achieve their champion. I’m truly proud and honored to call him my friend.”

Bryant Westbrook, Former NFL CB & El Camino Wildcat

 

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2016 NFL Preseason Schedule Announced

2016 PRESEASON WEEK-BY-WEEK SCHEDULE

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NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 7
Green Bay vs. Indianapolis (ESPN, 8/7)

 

WEEK 1 – AUGUST 11-15
Dallas at Los Angeles (ESPN, 8/13)
Carolina at Baltimore
Cleveland at Green Bay
Denver at Chicago
Detroit at Pittsburgh
Houston at San Francisco
Indianapolis at Buffalo
Jacksonville at NY Jets
Miami at NY Giants
Minnesota at Cincinnati
New Orleans at New England
Oakland at Arizona
San Diego at Tennessee
Seattle at Kansas City
Tampa Bay at Philadelphia
Washington at Atlanta


WEEK 2 – AUGUST 18-22
Arizona at San Diego
Atlanta at Cleveland
Baltimore at Indianapolis
Carolina at Tennessee
Chicago at New England
Cincinnati at Detroit
Kansas City at Los Angeles
Miami at Dallas
Minnesota at Seattle
New Orleans at Houston
NY Giants at Buffalo
NY Jets at Washington
Oakland at Green Bay
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
San Francisco at Denver
Tampa Bay at Jacksonville

WEEK 3 – AUGUST 25-28
Atlanta at Miami (NBC, 8/25)
Cleveland at Tampa Bay (CBS, 8/26)
Tennessee at Oakland (CBS, 8/27)
San Diego at Minnesota (FOX, 8/28)
Arizona at Houston (FOX, 8/28)
Cincinnati at Jacksonville (NBC, 8/28)
Buffalo at Washington
Dallas at Seattle
Detroit at Baltimore
Green Bay at San Francisco
Kansas City at Chicago
Los Angeles at Denver
New England at Carolina
NY Giants at NY Jets
Philadelphia at Indianapolis
Pittsburgh at New Orleans

WEEK 4 – SEPTEMBER 1-2
Baltimore at New Orleans
Buffalo at Detroit
Chicago at Cleveland
Denver at Arizona
Green Bay at Kansas City
Houston at Dallas
Indianapolis at Cincinnati
Jacksonville at Atlanta
Los Angeles at Minnesota
New England at NY Giants
NY Jets at Philadelphia
Pittsburgh at Carolina
San Francisco at San Diego
Seattle at Oakland
Tennessee at Miami
Washington at Tampa Bay

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