Good Stuff Sports is a chance for young sports fans to hear from athletes, writers, podcasters, coaches, and others in the world of sports who have a story to share.
When I was younger, I was a sports lover, and I learned an immense amount by reading about my heroes like Bo Jackson, Charles Barkley, and Magic Johnson. I watched my heroes like Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, and Thurman Thomas continue to play even after Super Bowl setbacks. I still vividly remember reading Magic’s free throw advice: “Concentrate, bend the elbow, and hopefully swish.” As I put the pump back, I got the idea for the Good Stuff Sports Podcast.
Good Stuff Sports is a show that features athletes and others in the sports industry and their stories. What do they love about their sport or athletics in general? How important is practice? We’ll hear stories about not giving up, and of the hard work that goes into seeing results. What are the moments and highlights that stand out in their careers? Join me, Mike Mason, as I get to know a side of sports that kids can listen to and be inspired by.
Jeremy Bhandari wrote a tremendous book for young atheletes called ‘Trust the Grind’. I talked to Jeremy about some of the lessons that can be found in the book, and we barely scratched the surface. There is so much knowledge and insight from championship caliber athletes from a variety of different sports from MMA to the NFL that any young athlete will gain something to enhance their mental and physical performance.
There’s really not a cooler sound than a tennis ball being hit. I can’t even do an impression. I love tennis. It’s a great game. I was so excited to talk to Esther Forrester from Brainiac Tennis about her program, and what she does. Now get out there and work on your backhand!
Happy Thanksgiving! Getting the opportunity to speak to the ground breaking and barrier smashing Dr. Jen Welter was a privilege. We talked about football, and never letting an obstacle stand in the way of our dreams. Dr. Jen was the first female coach to work on an NFL sideline. She played tackle football, and we got into a fairly in depth conversation about the difference between having football instinct and being coachable. It was so interesting to hear about how her education has helped her to be a successful coach. Make sure you check out when Dr. Jen is coming to your town to lead a football clinic.
It’s time for a lesson in GaGa! The sport of champions that so many grew up playing at summer camps. Talon Athletics is going to bring the joy and competition of GaGa to you. It’s time to get in the pit for some rage in the cage! Talon Athletics hosts GaGa tournaments and camps, so check them out. Armond and Scott know what they’re talking about and they’ll make you a GaGa believer!
This is the coolest. I talked to Jonathan Horton who is an author, speaker, ninja warrior, and medal winning Olympic gymnast. It was amazing to hear Jonathan's story and talk about his athletic achievements. We talked about his book, 'If I Had Known: Life Lessons...
Sometimes things don’t work out the way we plan. That’s the case for EZ the main character in Bob Katz’s “EZ And The Intangibles”. It’s a basketball story, but more so it’s a story of resilience that young athletes will relate to and learn from. Bob and I talked about hoops, refereeing, youth sports, and about his book. If you have a young athlete in your home they will enjoy this conversation and Bob’s book.
Joel did it! He hiked the entire Wild West Trail.
I had a blast talking with Frank Gallo from Rolie Polie Guacamole about his bands brand new song ‘Ay Batta Batta’. The band’s first new single since 2014! It’s the perfect soundtrack to your World Series viewing. It’ll get the littlest little leaguer and the biggest big leaguer pumped to swing the bat and catch some fly balls! Frank and I had a wide ranging chat about training for the New York Marathon, Primus, and the greatness of Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage.
To hear more from Frank you can always go back to episode #134 where I talk to Frank and his dad Lou about their ‘Like Father Like Son’ project.
Team Handball! It’s an Olympic Sport and it is so fun to play. I talked to Mila Manevska from the DC Diplomats who taught me all about this incredible sport. You’ll really understand how this is a global sport and why so many people really love to play the game!
If you need inspiration to get outdoors and see the world then you have got to check out Hiker Steve. He’s all about helping people cultivate their passion for being outside. In many cases it’s a family affair for him too. He loves to hike with his son. Be sure to check out his website to stay updated on everything that he’s up to. He shares many beautiful photos and is a very good social media-er.