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Former executive offers advice as more ESPN marriages end

Via Sports Daily

By John Ourand, Staff Writer

Published April 17, 2017 


Gerry Matalon’s phone started ringing in the weeks before ESPN laid off around 100 anchors, reporters and analysts late last month.

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Matalon’s phone continued ringing April 26, as ESPNers started to learn their fate. Now, a full week after the layoffs became public, Matalon’s phone continues to ring with people seeking advice on how to move forward with careers that seemed to be forever linked to ESPN.

All told, Matalon, who used to be ESPN’s senior coordinating producer of talent planning and development before he was laid off 18 months earlier, says he has talked or texted with around 100 people, both current and recently laid-off ESPNers.

Many of the affected talent view Matalon as a good person to give advice. Many of them have deep relationships with Matalon, who spent 27 years in Bristol. Plus, Matalon already experienced what they were going through. In October 2015, he was one of more than 300 ESPN colleagues who were let go as part of another cost-cutting purge. He’s now an independent talent consultant.

Matalon described the phone calls of the past week as more sad than angry, an emotion that mimicked how he felt in 2015.

“People are heartbroken,” Matalon said. “Before I was laid off, I thought that I was going to get to retire from ESPN. It’s such a great opportunity. But it’s different. When you work in the big city, there’s so much else going on that it kind of takes you away. When you’re in Bristol, it’s all right there. You’re it. You don’t date ESPN. You marry ESPN when you live in Bristol. Divorces don’t necessarily go that well.”

I heard that many ESPNers were calling Matalon, so I reached out to him last week to hear his advice. It was easy to see why so many people reached out to him — he has a relentlessly upbeat message.

He said he used a lot of the advice that was given to him by others in 2015. It breaks down into six areas.
DON’T GET DOWN ON YOURSELF

Days before Matalon was laid off, he was walking with ESPN NFL analyst Herman Edwards on the Bristol campus. Rumors of pending job cuts had been swirling, and Matalon confided in Edwards that he was concerned that he was going to be let go. Standing right outside of ESPN’s gleaming digital center, Edwards looked at Matalon and said, “No matter what happens, don’t get down on you.”

“There are many times that I’ve gotten down, and I hear Herm’s voice,” Matalon said. “When I would get down, I wouldn’t get down on me as a person. Those circumstances didn’t define me.

“I revisit that day often. What I thought was an incredibly simplistic line, I had no idea how powerfully that was going to speak to me.”

Gerry Matalon’s career at ESPN ended in October 2015. Many of those laid off last month have reached out to him for advice.
‘MAKE THEM PAY’

When NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” executive producer Fred Gaudelli left ESPN in 2005, he had a line that he used with Matalon several times: “Make them pay.” Matalon reflected on that line after he was laid off and said that kind of emotion can be helpful at future jobs.

“I took that in a positive and inspirational way,” Matalon said. “It wasn’t said with resentment and malice. The best way I can move forward is just being me.

“Everyone wants to say to ESPN: ‘I’ll show you’ and ‘You should have found a reason to keep me around.’ That’s what Freddy was saying. Life is filled with these kinds of moments. It’s about getting out of your own way and leaning on others.”
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Weeks 3-5

Well these weeks have literally flown by.

It’s all about perspective!

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“All you can handle, Bro!”

The workouts have remained fairly consistent and the eating has remained steady as well.

The one new aspect which my wife is amazing at, but I tend to struggle with is a cleanse.

She has started her 6 day cleanse and she will crush it.

I am stumbling into my cleanse by under preparing and not making it a priority.  I bought smoothie products to blend only to have to leave the house at 7:30am this morning and by the time I left my son had just woken up.  At the end of the day, its a bunch of excuses and I will buckle down today.

Let’s do this!

 

I’ll keep you posted as to how things proceed.

Week 2 recap – Journey back to health

Week 2 recap – Journey back to health

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Pic from the past – Back in 2011 when I was near my leanest and in top shape!

The past week has been a tough week.  As in life, things at work or at home arent always copacetic and this week had a bit of resistance in all those areas.  This naturally affected my workouts and at the end of the day, my eating.

Mind you, I stayed quite diligent in eating reasonably well, such as a quest bar as a snack or bringing a banana to work in addition to a snack as I knew I would be hungry.  I find myself a bit hungrier on the mornings I hit the gym.

The good news is, even with some later dinners and additional days with caloric intake near 2,200 total, I still managed only 1 Lenny & Larrys Protein cookie and was able to drink a solid amount of water.  At least 64 ounces per day if not closer to 100.  My goal for week 5 and thereafter is 128 ounces per day.

The best part of the chaos is being able to focus and hit the gym again.  Those mornings at the gym are wonderful and I leave there feeling like I got some good work in.

I’m looking forward to week 3 and surprising my wife in Clewiston, FL as she runs her first 50 mile race at the Skydive Ultra!  Can’t wait to see the look on her face when she see’s my sister, brother-in-law and myself cheering her on!

 

Life goes on for Lance Armstrong

Life goes on for Lance Armstrong

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By Rick Reilly | ESPN.com

AUSTIN, Texas — What I wanted was to find him slumped in his uneasy chair, naked nails on the wall, haircut in his hands, not even a poodle by his side.

I wanted someone who was sorry — sorry for what he’d done, sorry for what was next, sorry to be stuck in his new, sorry life.

But that’s not what I found.

Lance Armstrong is happy. In fact, he looks better at 42 than I’ve ever seen him, less gaunt in the face, thicker in the chest, bluer in the eyes. I found a man sitting in his den, surrounded by his seven Tour de France chalices, his 3-year-old, Olivia, on his lap, kissing him and laughing.

Really pissed me off.

I came to see ruins, not joy. I came to see a man ruined for lying to me for 14 years — and letting me pass those lies on to you. Ruined for lying to everybody. And not just lying to the world, but lying angrily, lying recklessly and leaving good people wrecked in his lies.

It wasn’t enough he’d been stripped of his seven wins, not enough that, so far, he’d lost half his estimated $120 million fortune to lawsuits, had to sell homes, his jet, lost every single endorsement (another $150 million), his earning capacity, and his association with the very foundation he started and built, Livestrong– with two more lawsuits to go.

Yet here he was telling me he was “at peace” with it. I didn’t want him at peace. I wanted him in pieces.

After Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah about doping, he lost an estimated $150 million in future endorsements.
“There’s a lightness to my life now,” he says. “I have no obligations. I have no schedule other than raising my kids, what time my tee time is, how far I’m gonna ride my bike that day. Life has become very simple very quickly. … I’m not in a hurry to get anywhere. Nobody’s waiting on the other end.”

And this is a good thing?

“I’m at the bottom, but I like establishing a base. When I was diagnosed, they told me I had testicular cancer. Then it spread to the abdomen. Then the lungs. Then the brain. I was devastated. But at that point, it was as bad as it could get. And I was like, ‘OK, now, I know everything. Now I have to get better from here.’ I’m in that place now. Not cancer, but now I know everything. I’m at the base.”

This is why I came, to ask him, straight up.

Me: “Why did you lie to me, repeatedly, all those years?”

Him: “I couldn’t go, ‘Well, Rick, since you’ve asked me for the 10th time, I’m going to tell you the truth this time.’ You can’t. You’re stuck. You’re deep in it, and there’s no getting out. The waves keep coming at you — the sport, the team, the media, the sponsors, the foundation, the family — and you can’t stop. … My issue was being so adamant. I’m the one who elevated it to the degree it got to. It was on me. It was my fault.”

I stared at him.

Me: “Why should I believe anything you say now?”

Him: “You shouldn’t. My credibility is shot. I’ve lost the thing that matters the most to people — trust. It feels terrible, but I know that, hopefully, with time, trust is earned back.”

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St. Anthony’s Triathlon results 2014

St. Anthony’s Triathlon results 2014

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If triathlon was easy they'd call it football starring Sally Smith

If triathlon was easy they’d call it football starring Sally Smith

My Super Bowl Pick – The Perspective

I’ve read a lot of the professional sports writers picks, predictions and reason for them regarding the Super Bowl, and after reviewing both teams and paying close attention to them during the course of 2 Fantasy Football teams’ seasons.

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I have come to this prognostication for Super Bowl XLVI in the Lucas Oil Dome in Indianapolis, IN.

New England Patriots – 35
New York Giants – 29

Enjoy the game!