Monthly Archives: October 2015

#171 – Shane Battier



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 171 - Shane Battier

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about Tom’s trip to Mexico, discovering mojitos and why he thinks Art would break out into a dance while pumping gas at a gas station. Then the guys bring on NBA Champion and NCAA legend, Shane Battier.

In his 12 year NBA career and his fantastic collegiate career at Duke University, Shane Battier has established himself as a scholar athlete, All-American, leader, champion and philanthropist. Shane was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies as the sixth pick in the 2001 NBA Draft. In the summer of 2006 Shane went to the Houston Rockets where he was the catalyst for a three year stretch that saw the team win at least 52 games in each of the seasons that followed. Shane returned to the Memphis Grizzlies in a mid-season trade in 2010 and was instrumental in the first playoff series victory in franchise history. Shane joined the Miami Heat in 2011 as one of the NBA’s most coveted free agents and in his two seasons with the Heat, accomplished what he had set out to achieve back-to-back NBA Championships.

Shane Battier is also known for his exemplary character and his commitment to community service. He and his wife, Heidi, launched The Battier Take Charge Foundation to provide resources and programs for the development and education of underserved youth and teens.

Shane graduated from Duke University in May 2001 with an NCAA Championship and a degree in comparative religions. He swept the national player of the year awards, was named the academic player of the year and won a gold medal at the Goodwill Games as a member of USA Basketball.

Shane and Heidi have a son, Zeke and a daughter, Eloise.

For more info on his foundation, go to TakeChargeFoundation.org. Also, follow him on Facebook and Twitter @ShaneBattier.


#170 – Chad Hennings



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 170 - Chad Hennings

Tommy Riles talks to Art Eddy about his trip to Indianapolis to see his beloved New England Patriots take on the Colts. They also talk about the New York Mets and how this is a great time in sports for Tommy. They also are surprised with a special guest host, Tommy‘s daughter Barbara. She tells Art what she is going to be for Halloween and how a skeleton talked to her.

Then the guys bring on Chad Hennings. In order to attain excellence one must first live a lifestyle of excellence. Excellence isn’t a destination; it’s an identity. Chad has lived this message through a nine-year NFL career and three Super Bowl Championships with the Dallas Cowboys, forty-five successful combat missions flying A-10 jets with the Air Force, and as one of the most decorated college football players in NCAA history. Chad has taken this message across the world at the invitation of some of the most distinguished executive audiences ranging from American Airlines to Bank of America, General Motors to Citigroup, and a host of U.S. Governmental agencies.

He has also been a philanthropic leader in the Dallas-Ft Worth area as a member of the board of directors of Christian Community Action, an organization that provides assistance to at-risk families, and the establishment of Wingmen Ministries.

Chad challenges audiences to dare to be excellent and inspires businesses to create cultures of excellence. People and organizations don’t do great thing to become great; great people and organizations do great things. Chad credits his post-NFL career successes to a secret he learned early on: Excellence is a Lifestyle.

Chad and his wife, Tammy, have a son, Chase, and a daughter, Brenna. They currently reside in Flower Mound, Texas.

For more on Chad Hennings follow him on Twitter @ chadhennings and check out his personal website — ChadHennings.com — and his book’s website — ForcesOfCharacter.com.


#169 – Demetrious Johnson



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 169 - Demetrious Johnson

Tommy Riles tells Art Eddy why he is a nervous sports fan, and then Art quizzes Tommy on the state capitals. In the middle of that conversation they bring on UFC fighter, Demetrious Johnson.

Both UFC commentator Joe Rogan and UFC president Dana White has said that Demetrious Johnson is one of the greatest mixed martial artists in the world. Johnson, whose nickname is “Mighty Mouse” is known as one of the fastest fighters in MMA. Demetrious is known for his quick striking and elusive movement. Johnson is trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and used his training to be the first and only flyweight titlist in UFC history.

At home Demetrious is a caring father and loving husband. He is honored to be a father and is blessed with two young sons, Tyren and Maveryk. When he has to train and prepare for a fight he is all business. When he is at home he is having fun and creating memories with his family.

Art had the great pleasure of talking with Demetrious about how he got into MMA, being a father and which video games he loves to play when he gets some down time.

Follow Demetrious Johnson on Facebook and on Twitter.


#168 – John Wesley Shipp



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 168 - John Wesley Shipp

This week, Tommy Riles surprises Art Eddy with another special guest co-host. Tommy brings on his dad, Tom Riles Sr., to chat about family memories and that there are no heroes when it comes to trampoline accidents. Then the guys bring on actor John Wesley Shipp on the show.

There are some actors who over the years got typecast. John Wesley Shipp is not one of them. Shipp has played the role of good guy, bad guy, a cop and even a super-hero. I remember when my mom and sisters watched All My Children seeing him play a character named Carter Jones. That was back in 1992.

Also, back in the 90’s, Shipp starred in that decade’s version of The Flash. I would watch that show with my dad. I was a big fan of that series. Now Shipp, who has done theater, films, and many TV shows has come full circle with his role on the CW series The Flash as Henry Allen. As Henry he plays Barry Allen’s dad. Barry, played by Grant Gustin, is The Flash. In this series Henry is incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit. Now Barry looks to clear his dad’s name.

This role became even more surreal for Shipp when his former 1990’s The Flash co-star, Mark Hamill returned as the role of Trickster. I was able to chat with John about his role as Henry Allen, comic cons, acting, and reuniting with Hamill on set.

Make sure you check out John in Season 2 of The Flash starting on Tuesday, October 6th on the CW.

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