Monthly Archives: March 2014

#87 – Zach Parise

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 87 - Zach Parise

This week on The Life of Dad Show, Tom Riles and Art Eddy talk about a wide range of topics. They talk about Opening Day in Major League Baseball, the respect for Derek Jeter, hockey, family trips versus vacations, throwback beer cans, and more. Plus the guys bring on Minnesota Wild star Zach Parise.

Zach Parise followed his father’s footsteps by playing in the NHL. Zach was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in 2003 as the 17th overall pick. Parise then signed a 13 year contact with the Minnesota Wild where he currently plays the position of left wing. This move was sort of a homecoming for Zach since his dad, J.P. Parise played there and was the captain for the team who at the time was called the Minnesota North Stars.

Just recently Zach was named the captain for the 2014 U.S. Men’s Hockey team for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. He and his fellow teammates came up short winning a medal, but he will always remember his time in Sochi.

We chat with Zach about the NHL, fatherhood, his Olympic experience including shooting a commercial with Chobani Greek Yogurt, and what lessons he learned from his dad before entering the league.

#86 – Grant Hill

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 86 - Grant Hill

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy chat about how the movie Frozen has taken over each of their households, what funny games they play with their kids, Art as the element of water, and his sneaker collection. The guys also have the great pleasure to have former Duke and NBA great Grant Hill on this week’s episode.

If you are a fan of the game of basketball than you are probably a fan of Grant Hill. From his college days at Duke University to his time in the NBA, Hill always gave it his all on the court. If you don’t believe just look at some of his accolades. In college he was a two time NCAA champion, the ACC Player of the Year, and NABC Defensive Player of the Year.

In the NBA Hill made his presence known right away by winning the NBA Co-Rookie of the Year award. He was a seven time NBA All-Star and was part of the All-NBA First Team in 1997.

Besides his great body of work on the court, Grant has helped just as much off the court with community service. Hill has been working with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Allstate to promote the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team. This is a team made up of 10 college basketball players who have been recognized for their community service and work off the court. Hill is a member of the voting panel with other former student-athletes, coaches and media members to select the team.

Grant was able to chat about the NABC Good Works Team program, basketball, fatherhood, and his signature sneakers.

#85 – Jay Wright

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 85 - Jay Wright

Tom Riles and Art Eddy talk college hoops, the #FrozenChefMadness, our Bracket Buster Challenge, we do Dick Vitale impressions and Tom tells Art about his first time at Fenway Park. To keep the sports theme going the guys welcome Villanova men’s basketball head coach Jay Wright to the show.

Villanova head coach Jay Wright hopes to see his team play for the NCAA National Championship for college basketball. This season for the Villanova Wildcats has been great so far. As fans of the tournament know anything goes in during March Madness.

As a coach of the team, Wright needs to guide his players with poise and a sense of determination. As you will see in my interview with Jay, it looks like he is putting his players in the right direction.

We chat with Jay about this year’s team, fatherhood, Twitter, and the great work he is doing with Dove Men+Care. You will be able to see his commercials during March Madness.

#84 – Miscarriage and Stillbirth

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 84 - Miscarriage and Stillbirth

Tom Riles talks about his wife’s recent miscarriage. A topic that is rarely discussed in public, especially by a dad, Tom found it important to begin the conversation.

The guys also discuss Tom’s most recent column, “Dear Son: It Was An Honor To Hold You” and why they think it connected with such a large audience.

For anybody that is going through a miscarriage or a stillbirth, know that you are not alone.

#83 – David Otunga

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 83 - David Otunga

Art Eddy brings on fellow Life of Dad member Patrick Quinn. The guys talk about the fun new contest at Life of Dad.

Picture the ideal college basketball game day scenario in your head. Chances are your vision doesn’t involve you spending a ton of time in the kitchen. That’s why March Frozen Food Month is the perfect time of year for you to discover Easy Home Meals.

Frozen foods are the ideal solution for any college basketball fanatic during March. With endless options of easy to prepare, delicious and filling meals, you can ensure that your time is well spent watching the games and loving your courtside cuisine, without hours in the kitchen! Now is your chance to win a $800 Visa gift card by taking the #FrozenChefMadness Challenge! We challenge you to become a Frozen Foods Chef and create your very own winning sideline dish.

Also, the guys bring on WWE Superstar David Otunga. David attended Harvard Law School and passed the Illinois bar exam. Next he joined the Sidley Austin law firm. Even though he loved his job something was missing. Deep down he still wanted to follow his dreams of becoming an actor and a WWE Superstar. Growing up Otunga was a huge fan of Hulk Hogan and had visions of one day stepping into the ring.

Now he is living that dream and loving every minute of it. David spoke with us about his career path, the importance of Black History Month, fatherhood, and his favorite WWE moments.