Monthly Archives: November 2014

#122 – Christian Laettner and Brandon Bass



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 122 - Christian Laettner and Brandon Bass

The Life of Dad Show hosts, Tom Riles and Art Eddy, have an “NBA Jam” packed show. The bring on Boston Celtics power forward, Brandon Bass, and former Duke and NBA great, Christian Laettner.

“I pride myself on attacking my fears and not being afraid of anything.”

That quote is from our interview with Boston Celtics power forward Brandon Bass. You might think he is talking about his mindset as he goes up against other NBA teams each night. Yet in this case he was referring to his fear of not knowing how to swim.

Believe it or not Brandon’s son was the first one in his family who was able to swim. Brandon knew that he had to learn as well. Bass wanted to make sure he could protect his family by learning how to swim. Now Brandon and his son can go into a pool and have fun in the water together.

Bass learned to swim with 10 children at the Boys & Girls Club of Boston. Bass grew up in Baton Rouge and had no real place to swim. So naturally he, his friends, his brother, and parents didn’t know how to swim. Sadly when he was a child, a neighbor his age drowned. That memory has stayed with him since that tragic event. So now that Bass is a father he wanted to protect his children every which way. Learning to swim was one of the ways he could do that.

We applaud Brandon for his courage to let go of his fears and learn to swim. We were able to talk to Brandon about him learning how to swim, fatherhood, and playing in the NBA. For more fantastic stories like Brandon’s make sure you follow NBA Cares on Twitter.

Then we talk with Christian Laettner. Not only will Christian always be in the conversation of having one of the best moments in NCAA Final Four history, but he will be mentioned as one of the best to play the game at the collegiate level. Playing for legendary Coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, Christian was part of a team that was always in the hunt to win a championship.

Laettner led Duke to consecutive NCAA titles in 1991 and 1992. He is the All-time NCAA Tournament career scoring leader with 407 points. He won the Wooden, Kodak/NABC and Naismith Awards as the National Player of the Year in 1992.

Then his career at the pro level in the NBA got even better. He was a member of the 1992 U.S Men’s Olympic Basketball Team better known as the Dream Team. He helped Team USA win the gold medal in Barcelona. Next he was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves as the third overall selection of 1992.

With all of the experience and passion for the game Christian opened up his own basketball academy called the Christian Laettner Basketball Academy. His academy looks to provide training and instruction to both male and female players ages 6 and up. Coach Laettner, and his CLBA certified staff of coaches provide individual, team, high school, AAU and college level sessions throughout the country and are available to travel to the comfort of your home gym. They focus on strength training, ball handling skills, guard play and shooting, post offense and defense, team concepts, one on one concepts, rebounding, fundamentals of offensive cutting, movement without the ball, and other high level basketball skills.

I had the great pleasure of talking with Christian about his basketball academy, his time at Duke and the NBA and fatherhood. I love hearing Christian’s take on fatherhood. It was neat to learn that he and his kids play music together and that he loves to take on every challenge that fatherhood brings him.


#121 – Larry Fitzgerald Sr.



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 121 - Larry Fitzgerald Sr.

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about what sports they would love to have played professionally, the reason why Tom doesn’t ump any more baseball games, and they bring on sports reporter Larry Fitzgerald Sr.

Larry Fitzgerald Sr. has covered sports every which way possible. His work has been in the newspaper, on the internet, radio and television. For over 31 years Larry’s passion for sports has been showcased in his work. Larry has been the sports editor and columnist with the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder for more than 25 years.

Fitzgerald was the first in Minnesota to weekly feature Minnesota Vikings’ star players on radio an hour before the game in front of a live audience. Fitzgerald worked with former Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Dennis Green on a radio show called the Dennis Green Radio Show.

In his high school days Larry was an All American, which he passed on his athletic ability to his sons Larry and Marcus. His son Larry Fitzgerald Jr. was selected by the Arizona Cardinals as the third overall pick of in the 2004 NFL draft. The coach for the Cardinals at that time was Dennis Green.


#120 – Joey Lawrence



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 120 - Joey Lawrence

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy bring on actor, singer, producer, and father, Joey Lawrence.

Joey Lawrence has been on some well-known TV shows. He first began working at age six on the hit show “Gimme a Break.” Then he was on “Blossom,” which was another hit series. Lawrence, who is always looking to improve his craft, successfully made the transition from teen icon to a legitimate actor. Today he continues to build on his incredible resume. From movies to TV shows to performing on stage Joey is always hard at work.

Lawrence’s current hit sitcom, “Melissa & Joey” is on ABC Family. He co-stars with Melissa Joan Hart. “Melissa & Joey” is a show where Melissa, who is a grown-up former wild child of a political family, is now a local politician herself. When her sister ends up in prison and her brother-in-law flees after a scandal hits, Mel must take responsibility for her teenaged niece, Lennox, and nephew, Ryder. Help comes in the unlikely form of Joe, who moves in and becomes the family’s nanny.

We chat with Joey about the show, his career, working with his brothers, and fatherhood. Joey and his wife are blessed with two lovely daughters. We enjoyed hearing Joey’s take on his most important role, which is being a dad. We think you will too!


#119 – George Martin



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 119 - George Martin

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about their respective Halloweens and they bring on former NFL player and Super Bowl Champion, George Martin.

Most of us know George Martin as the star defensive end of the New York Giants. He played in the 1970s and 1980s. He had a total of 96 quarterback sacks and has the touchdown record for a defensive lineman. In Super Bowl XXI he had an incredible interception that Coach Bill Parcells called the greatest football play he has ever seen.

George is a Super Bowl Champion, but has done so much more off the field. He has advocated for retired players with chronic injuries, and created a non-profit to help young people find their way to responsible adulthood through athletics and mentoring.

He didn’t stop there. George had the idea of walking across America to help the rescue and recovery workers who helped America stand tall after 9/11 by raising millions of dollars for their medical care. A true inspiration, George spoke with Tommy Riles and Art Eddy about his journey across the United States, his book,“My Journey for 9/11: Just Around the Bend”, his time in the NFL, and fatherhood.

Get George Martin’s book “My Journey for 9/11: Just Around the Bend” out now in stores.


#118 – Ray Lucas



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 118 - Ray Lucas

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy bring on two guests, Eric Bennion and former NFL player Ray Lucas.

Eric Bennion talks with the guys about Movember. Life of Dad is teaming up with City Dads Groups, Dad 2.0 Summit, and the National At-Home Dad Network. Eric shares his story about why he got involved with this movement to promote men’s health. If you want donate to our cause click here!

Ray Lucas played for eight years in the NFL. He played for the Patriots, Jets, Dolphins, and Ravens. Now he is an Emmy award winning analyst on TV. Still between his time in the NFL and now, Lucas battled an addiction to painkillers and had suicidal thoughts. Ray recently published his experience and thoughts in “Under Pressure: How Playing Football Almost Cost Me Everything and Why I’d Do It All Again” from Triumph Books.

In “Under Pressure”, Ray provides fans with a timely, uncensored look at pro football’s play-at-all-costs culture. Overcoming questions about his size and skills as a quarterback, Lucas persevered and went on to play seven seasons in the NFL. His professional football career, however, came to a sudden end at age 30, when a neck injury caused him to collapse on the sideline during training camp. Instructed by NFL doctors that surgery wasn’t an option, Lucas turned to painkillers for relief, but as his tolerance for medication escalated and his NFL insurance coverage expired, he began to plan his suicide.

Just days before he planned to take his life, Lucas was put in touch with a group of doctors who agreed to perform neck surgery free of charge. In this tell-all, Lucas shares how — in a league without guaranteed contracts and careers that average just a few seasons long — players in the training room are perceived to lack the toughness necessary to succeed on the field. He discusses how this prevailing attitude leads to widespread abuse of painkillers and leaves many former players unable to lead a normal life once their playing career ends while also sharing details on how he overcame his drug addiction and turned his own life around.

Ray sat down with Tommy Riles and Art Eddy to talk about his book, his playing days in the NFL, and fatherhood.