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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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Tune in weekly Wednesday’s on Dash Radio 4-5 PM PST.
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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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You can also listen to the Desiree Show interview with Michael Booker https://soundcloud.com/the-desiree-show or TheDesireeSHOW on Itunes

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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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Lorenzo Neal on the Desiree Show

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I usually record my show live, however when I have a great friend, 4 x Pro Bowler and a man who has played in the NFL for a quarter of the teams, I have to take it.  Warm thanks to Lorenzo Neal for making the time for a few minutes on The Desiree SHOW, which will air tonight on the show.

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We hit on Raiders week in San Diego, as the Chargers host the Raiders Sunday, Seattle Seahawks coming to San Francisco for Thursday Night Football and the role of the full back.

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Also, tonight on The Desiree SHOW, Eric D. Williams, ESPN Chargers Reporter. Tune in Live on World Tuned Radio Wednesdays 5-6 PM PST.

Warm thanks again to amazing friend Lorenzo Neal for his time, you can follow him on Twitter or tune in every morning 5 days a week on Flight 957!

You can also follow me on instagram or twitter for The Desiree SHOW

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All Eyes on San Diego tonight for MNF!

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The Chargers (2-2) host the Steelers (2-2) center stage on Monday Night Football.

This week it is welcome back Antonio Gates, congrats to Phillip Rivers, the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, Chargers locker room sound, inside the lions den, and what it means to play on Monday Night.

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Another heat wave is here as the Chargers host yet another hot game.  Vets will tell rookies it’s just a Sunday game on Monday, but the truth is every eye is on you.  A chance for family, friends and the nation to watch, essentially every football fan will be watching!  Prime time, the lights, national television along with the ESPN broadcast crew, Mike Tirico and John Gruden in the booth, hopefully John won’t be playing catch with fish, perhaps he ran into Barrack Obama on the golf course or enjoyed the beach where the temperatures have reached to the upward 90’s in the last few days.

Yes, Monday Night Football is big!

Tonight will mark the 29th time the Chargers and Steelers meet in the regular season spanning from 1971 and the third Monday Night Football game.   The last time these to met in the regular season San Diego took the W 34-24 at Heinz Field December 9, 2012.

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After speaking with Antonio Gates I was heart warmed to hear his response to his first MNF, it wasn’t his first, but it was Phillip Rivers first, attesting to the closeness of this group.   Antonio’s next touchdown catch will be his 100 and possibly could come tonight on his first game back for the season.

Antonio Gates on his first MNF,

“I remember Phillip’s first one, I don’t remember my first one, I remember Phillips, when he first came, against the Oakland Raiders. He threw me a touchdown and we talk about this one, this is the one I remember and this is the one that sticks in my mind.  He threw me a touchdown and he was like, “one of many” and at the time it was like whatever, he hadn’t thrown me the ball the whole game.  Come to find out how many touchdowns later and I just remember him saying it to me and he was all excited.”

Random tidbits you may not know, Malcolm Floyd’s first MNF was almost 11 years ago to the day vs. the Pittsburg Steelers on October 10th at Qualcomm, where the Steelers edged over the Chargers 24-22.

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Playing on Monday Night Football, whether it’s the first or most memorable, I spoke with Antonio Gates, Keenan Allen, Malcom Floyd, Cordarrow Law, Tyreek Burwell, Jimmie Wilson, Jason Verrett, Javonte Herndon and Michael Ola.   Ambient locker room emotion is present and even Joe Barksdale is captured chirping in.   Enjoy, it’s raw!

After leaving camp I had an even more in depth perspective of the closeness this group does have, the “Lions Den” where all the offensive linemen congregate demonstrated to me how these players have been able to fill in and protect their quarterback, through injuries and other sorts of adversity.  It was loud, teasing and passionate the perfect recipe for any group of successful linemen. This resonates as well throughout the locker room with each positions group and is quite visible even at first glances as you see them all grouped together talking and joking amongst themselves.

The Game

Gruden: Blitzing Philip Rivers is risky proposition for Steelers

Blitzing is a big part of the Steelers’ defensive makeup, but Chargers QB Philip Rivers’ quick release — and smarts — can make Pittsburgh pay – John Gruden.

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Antonio Gates also creates a threat to Pittsburg, whether as a decoy or not, the Steelers defense struggles with tight ends. Chargers will have their handsful keeping the leader of this team Philip Rivers upright; pass protection and opening creases for Woodhead, Gordon and Oliver in the run.

Although Pittsburg has a 42-24 record on MNF, Steelers will be without Ben Rothlisberger for the second week and with thirty-five year old Michael Vick in, but don’t dismiss the fact that Todd Haley will have eleven days of prep and tweaking.

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The Chargers secondary will have some work this evening containing Antonio Brown and the line with halting Le’Veon Bell and D’Angelo Williams (I always think of “smash and dash”).

Both teams will duke it out to stay afloat in their respective divisions, should be a fantastic game, Chargers find a way to win in this unseasonably hot October in San Diego.

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