Legendary sportscaster Verne Lundquist called in for a chat about his new memoir PLAY BY PLAY: Calling the Wildest Games in Sports – From SEC Football to College Basketball, The Masters, and More. Topics: reminiscing about the Bears-Eagles “Fog Bowl” in 1988, being present for so many historical sports moments, and making a memorable call for the ages.Follow @bigwakeupcall
5-time Olympian swimmer Dara Torres called in to talk about her battle with psoriasis and the “Show More of You” campaign. She was joined by Dr. Shane Chapman, who shared information about psoriatic diseases.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Olympic champion swimmer Summer Sanders called in to talk about her battle with skin cancer and ways to recognize symptoms and prevent further skin damage. Summer and I have both dealt with three separate bouts of skin cancer, so this is a very personal cause for me.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Dana Vollmer is a U.S. swimming legend with four Olympic gold medals and six world records. She became the first U.S. woman to win a gold medal in swimming after becoming a mom. Dana was also diagnosed with a heart ailment at 14, and she talked about how she manages her condition while encouraging all women to “know their numbers” with a heart checkup this month, available free at CVS Minute Clinic locations nationwide.
Brian Boitano took a break from Thanksgiving dinner preparations to call in and talk about his skating special, airing this Sunday at 2 on ABC-7 Chicago, where he and his fellow skaters will be performing to live music from the band Train’s new holiday album.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Andrew Muscato is the director of “Doped: The Dirty Side of Sports,” a new documentary examining the broken system of substance testing in pro sports. We discussed Lance Armstrong, testing in the Olympics, Major League Baseball, and how the systems in place tend to be inconsistent and oftentimes arbitrary.
“Doped: The Dirty Side of Sports,” narrated by Nick Kroll, premieres Wednesday, September 30 at 8/7C on EPIX.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Besides being a former Olympic champion and a busy mom, Kristi Yamaguchi is also a childhood literacy advocate, and she called in to talk about her Always Dream Foundation’s 20-20 challenge to encourage parents to spend more time reading to their children.Follow @bigwakeupcall