Blogger had some problems earlier when I tried to post. So here’s a couple things I didn’t get to say.
We had a great weekend. Saturday night we took the kids to our favorite restaurant, Timbeaux’s in Hernando. It was the first time for the kids in this nice restaurant where Cameron and I celebrate all of our anniversaries and birthdays. We got dressed up and had a fantastic time. It’s probably the last time we’ll get to eat there and we’ll miss it. If you’re looking for a great place to eat, try it out on the courthouse square. Shrimp and grits, steaks, cajun cooking. You can’t beat it in Memphis.
I caught only a glimpse of Claudia on reg the other night. She appeared as though she hadn’t missed a beat since leaving Fox13 and going into real estate. It did seem like I was watching a totally different station though. I hadn’t watched 2 minutes of their newscast since I left there in the summer of 04. The entire 10pm team (except for Glenn) was totally different. Well, I should say it looked familiar. Like I was watching a combination of 5 and 13 with Richard, Claudia and Jim on the set. Weird.
Fox 13’s new set looks great. I have to say when I watched their news Saturday night (i think) I was stunned to see such a plain temporary set. I had a better looking news set in my home studio! Good to see it didn’t stay very long. The new set is the best in town. Great graphics too. I particularly liked the 13 logo in the lower left-hand corner. The morning show looked really sharp with the anchors standing and then sitting. Big market look.
Last night I stayed around to shoot a story at Ole Miss. Salmon Rushdie was in town and gave one of the most entertaining and informative speeches that I have heard in a long time. After the speech I had an opportunity to sit down and interview him about the fatwa, religious fundamentalism and the separation of church and state. He has great insight into those subjects as he’s lived in the U.S. and observed us for the past 2 decades. The story will run later this week on WKRN.
This morning I stopped off to visit a friend and interview him for another upcoming story on WKRN. Kyle Rote Jr. is a wonderful man who is also one of the biggest sports agents in the country. He represents dozens of pro and college football coaches and dozens more pro basketball, baseball and football players. But what makes Kyle stand out is his background. He was a star football player in Texas and went on to play at Oklahoma State. He gave up a promising football career to play soccer!
Now, back in the 70s, soccer was nothing in the United States. Few schools had teams and there were no little league or pee wee soccer leagues anywhere in the country. Kyle not only went on to star in the professional league but really introduced the sport to the United States. A great athlete, Kyle competed with well-known pro stars such as O.J. Simpson, Dick Butkus, Julius
Erving and others in ABC’s old “Superstars” competition. He stunned everyone by winning it 3 straight years.
Today, Kyle represents many of the spoiled superstar athletes when it comes time to contracts. Sort of a Jerry McGwire. But Kyle is also a committed Christian who runs his business guided by biblical principles. He and his partner Jimmy Sexton have worked with some athletes who have nearly lost it all because of drugs and bad behavior. I talked with Kyle about how he works in such a greedy profession while maintaining his beliefs. I also talked with him about what these Christian athletes are really saying when they pray after a game or scoring a touchdown. It was very interesting to hear his opinions on Christian athletes at the highest level of competition. I hope the story runs Sunday after the Super Bowl. I’ll let you know.
So it was a good long weekend with a couple of days of work sprinkled in. Funny, it didn’t really feel like work.