SPADORA ON SPORTS
SOME OF OUR INTERVIEWED GUESTS
(updated 11/24/11 ... more to be listed soon)
Dan Dotson – is the Auctioneer on A&E's Storage Wars , a real-life series which follows four professional buyers and their teams as they bid on storage units in default. When rent is not paid on a storage locker for three months in California , the contents are sold by an auctioneer as a single lot of items. Bidders try to purchase the contents based only on a 5 minute inspection and what they can see from the door when it is opened. The goal is to turn a profit on the merchandise. click to hear it now!
Fritz Fred Peterson - is a former Major League Baseball player who played for the New York Yankees , Cleveland Indians , and Texas Rangers from 1966 to 1976. Peterson was a southpaw starting pitcher who enjoyed his best success in 1970 with the Yankees when he went 20-11 and pitched in the All-Star game . During the final game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, September 21, 2008, ESPN Sports announced that the pitcher who had the all-time lowest earned run average at Yankee Stadium was Fritz Peterson, with a 2.52 ERA . Whitey Ford was second with a 2.55 ERA. That honor is permanent since Yankee Stadium has been demolished. Peterson was the starting pitcher for the Yankees in the last game played at the original Yankee Stadium, which was completely renovated after the final game of the 1973 season, forcing them to play at Shea Stadium during the 1974 and 1975 seasons. Controversy is stirring about the upcoming Ben Affleck and Matt Damon film, "The Trade," which aims to recount the 1970's "wife swap" scandal, involving former Yankees Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson. The scandal, which began in 1972 but wasn't leaked to the media until 1973, eventually led to the two swaping wives permanently. The idea started from a joke the two long-time friends and pitchers made over dinner.
Jeff Pearlman - is an American sports writer. He has written two books about baseball and was the author of the infamous John Rocker interview in Sports Illustrated . In October 2011 he released his fifth book, a biography of Walter Payton titled, "Sweetness: The Engimatic Life of Walter Payton." It has spent three weeks on the New York Times' best-seller's list
Roberto "Robbie" Alomar - is a former Major League Baseball player (1988–2004), regarded by many as one of the best second basemen in MLB history.   During his career he won more Gold Gloves (10) than any other second baseman in history, and also won the second-most Silver Slugger Awards (4) for a second baseman.  On January 5, 2011, Alomar was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame , in his second year of eligibility.  Alomar was a switch-hitter and threw right-handed. He is the son of Sandy Alomar, Sr. , a former All-Star second baseman with a 15-year MLB career. His older brother, Sandy Alomar, Jr. , was a Major League All-Star catcher and currently serves as bench coach for the Cleveland Indians .
Louis Nanne - is a retired ice hockey defenseman and general manager who has made significant contributions to hockey in the United States. Nanne grew up in Ontario where he played hockey with Phil and Tony Esposito . In 1967, Nanne became an American citizen which allowed him to play for and captain the 1968 US Olympic hockey team , alongside future Miracle On Ice coach Herb Brooks , which finished 6th at the Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France .Signing as a free agent with the expansion Minnesota North Stars , Nanne started his National Hockey League career in 1968 following the Olympics. He would spend his entire career in Minnesota , playing 635 NHL regular season games for the North Stars through the 1977-78 season. A steady defenseman and sometime forward, he scored 21 goals in 1971–72 but was mostly known for his defensive, penalty killing abilities. Nanne is arguably best known for his career as a general manager and coach of the North Stars and for the United States Canada Cup entries. He quickly rebuilt the North Stars into a contender after his playing career ended in 1978. The Stars would reach the Stanley Cup finals in 1981, the semifinals in 1984, and would make it to the playoffs seven consecutive seasons (1979-80 - 1985-86).
Timothy McKyer - is a former professional American football player who was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 1986 NFL Draft . A 6'0", 174-lb. cornerback from the University of Texas at Arlington , McKyer played in 12 NFL seasons for 7 different teams from 1986 to 1997. His best year as a pro came during his rookie season with San Francisco, intercepting 6 passes for 33 yards and 1 touchdown. He was an All Pro Corner for 2 NFL seasons and was named to the "All Madden Team". During the Carolina Panthers inaugural season, he intercepted a pass and scored on a ninety-six yard interception run for a touchdown to defeat the Super Bowl Champ San Francisco 49ers. A three-time Super Bowl winner with the 49ers in 1988 and 1989 and the Denver Broncos in 1997, McKyer became a journeyman throughout the 1990s, bouncing from team to team until he ended his NFL career after the 1997 season.
Mary Carillo - is an American sportscaster and former professional tennis player. Carillo began her television career working for USA Network from 1980 through 1987, PBS from 1981 through 1986 and MSG from 1981 through 1988. She started with ESPN in 1988 and continued with them for nine years, returning in 2003. Her work on the U.S. Open for CBS Sports began in 1986, and continues to the present. In addition, Carillo worked as both a host and analyst on HBO 's Wimbledon coverage from 1996 to 1999, and on Turner Sports ' coverage of Wimbledon from 2000 to 2002. In May 2003, Carillo joined NBC Sports as an analyst on the network's French Open and Wimbledon coverage, having made her debut as an analyst on NBC for the 1996 Family Circle Cup tennis event.Carillo has been a correspondent on HBO 's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel since 1997. Won 2010 Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism - First Female recipient of the award.
Turner Gill - is the head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks college football team and was one of 11 African-American head coaches in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision at the time of his hiring.
Doug Marrone – is an American football coach. He currently serves as head coach of the Syracuse University Orange , replacing Greg Robinson . He previously served as offensive coordinator for Sean Payton with the New Orleans Saints .
Fred Davis – is an American football tight end currently playing for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League . He was drafted by the Redskins in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft . He played college football at Southern California .
Barry Meguiar – Car Crazy is a Speed Channel television series about automotive enthusiasts, hosted by Barry Meguiar, President and CEO of the Meguiar's car care product empire. Each episode features various interviews with automotive enthusiasts, which Barry refers as 'car guys'. In each episode, Barry expresses the joys of being a "car guy" in missionary fashion. On various occasions, Barry has claimed that his "car hobby" is a form of incurable disease, and it is his job to spread this 'disease' to all over the world. Barry claims the 'disease' is also genetically inherited.
Marv Levy – is a former American and Canadian Football coach and front office executive. He is a former professional football coach, in the CFL as head coach of the Montreal Alouettes (1973–1977), and in the NFL as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs (1978–1982) and the Buffalo Bills (1986–1997), coaching the Bills to four consecutive American Football Conference Championships. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
Jenny “JWOWW” Farley – is a graphic designer and club promoter from Franklin Square, New York. Jersey Shore is a reality television series on MTV that follows eight housemates spending their summers together, in the first season at the Jersey Shore , and the second at Miami Beach .
Coolio - is an American rapper , musician and actor . He became famous during 1994 with his debut single " Fantastic Voyage ", and later during 1995 with the successful single "Gangsta's Paradise" , which was part of the soundtrack for the film Dangerous Minds .
Rick Harrison – Pawn Stars is an American documentary reality television series on the History Channel , the series is filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada , where it chronicles the daily activities at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop , a 24-hour family business operated by patriarch Richard Harrison, his son Rick Harrison, who opened the shop with his father in 1988, and Rick's son Corey, who has worked there since childhood, and who is being groomed to one day take over the shop The show debuted on July 26, 2009, and it usually airs on Mondays at 10 pm Eastern Time . The boss at the pawn shop , nicknamed "The Spotter". He started in the business at age 13, and is the co-owner of the shop having started it with his father in 1988. Claiming that the Gold & Silver is the only family-owned pawn shop in Las Vegas, Rick says he dropped out of high school in the tenth grade because he was making $2,000 USD a week.
Al Bernstein – is an American sportscaster , writer , stage performer Since 2003, Berstein has served as the boxing analyst on Showtime for Showtime Championship Boxing .
Doc Gooden – also known as Doc Gooden or Dr. K, is a former major league baseball player. He was one of the most dominant and feared pitchers in the National League in the middle and late 1980s, but his career declined because of injury, as well as drug and alcohol abuse.
Frank Shamrock - is a retired American mixed martial arts fighter. Shamrock was the first to hold the UFC Middleweight Championship (later renamed the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship ) and retired as the four-time defending undefeated champion. Shamrock was widely credited as being the #1 ranked pound for pound fighter in the world during his reign as the UFC Middleweight Champion. Shamrock has also won numerous titles in other mixed martial arts organizations, including the interim King of Pancrase title, the WEC Light Heavyweight Championship, and the Strikeforce Middleweight championship.
Frank Howard – nicknamed "Hondo", "The Washington Monument", and "The Capital Punisher", is a former left and right fielder , coach and manager in Major League Baseball who played most of his career for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Senators/Texas Rangers . One of the most physically intimidating (6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)) hitters in the sport, he was named the National League 's Rookie of the Year in 1960 , and went on to lead the American League in home runs and total bases twice each and in slugging average , runs batted in and walks once each.
Warren Moon – is a former American professional gridiron football quarterback who played for the Canadian Football League and the National Football League . He is currently a broadcaster for the Seattle Seahawks . He is one of only two people to be enshrined in both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canadian Football Hall of Fame . Moon was also the first, and currently only, modern African-American quarterback elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Derrick Brooks – former NFL Linebacker. He was 2002 NFL Defensive Player of the Year; 11 time Pro-Bowl Selectee; 9 time All-Pro; Super Bowl Champion.
Bert Randolph Sugar – is a boxing writer/sports historian. Sugar was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in January 2005.
Yogi Berra – is a former American Major League Baseball player and manager. He played almost his entire career for the New York Yankees and was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. Berra was one of only four players to be named the Most Valuable Player of the American League three times and one of only six managers to lead both American and National League teams to the World Series . Berra is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history. According to the win shares formula developed by sabermetrician Bill James , Berra is the greatest catcher of all time and the 52nd greatest non-pitching player in major-league history.
Jay Lakin – co-owner and Vice-President of PokerSourceOnline.com.
Maury Youmans – a former Syracuse University Football standout. He was a member of the 1959 won the National College Football Championship. He went on to play defensive end for the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys, retiring in 1965.
Kenny Easley Jr. - a former American football strong safety who played seven seasons for the Seattle Seahawks from 1981 to 1987 in the National Football League . He is considered as one of the greatest Seahawks players of all-time and one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. In 1984 Easley was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press . He was a 4-time All-Pro selection and was elected to the Pro Bowl five times in his career. Easley's career ended after the 1987 season after being diagnosed with severe kidney disease .
Héctor Camacho - nicknamed "Macho Camacho" is a Puerto Rican boxer . An imitator of Muhammad Ali's flamboyance and controversial style, Camacho became a three time world champion.
James "Buster" Douglas - is a former undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion who scored one of the most shocking upsets in sports history when he knocked out undefeated champion Mike Tyson on February 11 , 1990 in Tokyo, Japan . At the time, Tyson was considered to be the best boxer in the world and arguably one of the most feared heavyweight champions in history due to his utter domination of the division. The Mirage Casino in Las Vegas had Tyson listed as a 42 to 1 favorite.
Angelo Dundee - is a boxing cornerman who has worked with 15 world boxing champions, including Muhammad Ali , Sugar Ray Leonard , Jose Napoles , George Foreman , Jimmy Ellis , Carmen Basilio and Luis Rodriguez . Dundee was enshrined in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994 .
Frank Deford - is a senior contributing writer for Sports Illustrated , author , and commentator . DeFord has been writing for Sports Illustrated since the early 1960s. In addition to his Sports Illustrated duties, he is also a correspondent for HBO 's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and a regular, Wednesday commentator for National Public Radio 's Morning Edition .
His 1981 novel, " Everybody's All-American ," was named one of Sports Illustrated's Top 25 Sports Books of All Time and was later made into a movie directed by Taylor Hackford and starring Dennis Quaid.
Joseph Henry "Jo Jo" White - a former professional basketball player.
After college, White played on the 1968 USA Olympic basketball team in Mexico , which went undefeated (9-0) winning a Gold Medal, besting Yugoslavia 65-50 in the title game. White went on to become one of professional basketball's first "iron men", playing in all 82 games for five consecutive seasons during the 1970s. He was an All-Star for seven straight years from 1971 through 1977 , finishing in the top ten in the league in assists from 1973 - 77 . In 1974 and 1976 , White helped lead the Celtics to the NBA championship and was named the most valuable player of the 1976 NBA Finals . Perhaps the most exciting game White ever played was the triple overtime win against the Phoenix Suns in game 5 of those finals. White was the game's highest scorer with 33 points, had a game high 9 assists, leading the Celtics to a 128-126 win. Logging an incredible 60 minutes of play time, only the Suns' Garfield Heard (61) played more minutes. Many claim it to be the greatest game ever played.
James “Bonecrusher” Smith – Former WBA Heavy Weight Champion. In December of 1986, while preparing for a fight with the erratic Mitch "Blood" Green , Don King informed him at short notice that Tony Tubbs had dropped out of his upcoming challenge to reigning WBA champ Tim Witherspoon . Knowing of Witherspoon's mental weariness and lack of passion due to a never ending legal war with King, and with a million dollar shot at WBC champ Mike Tyson looming for the winner, Smith came out fast, dropping the usually durable Witherspoon three times in the opening round, scoring a shock first round knockout and winning the WBA title.
Ricky Sanders - is a former wide receiver who played for eight seasons with the Washington Redskins and one for the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League from 1986 to 1994 . In Super Bowl XXII, Sanders had one of the greatest performance in NFL history, catching nine passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns, while also returning three kickoffs for 46 yards. He set Super Bowl records for most receiving yards (193), most total yards (235), most touchdowns in one quarter (2), most receiving yards in one quarter (168), and longest touchdown reception (80 yards, tie) in Washington's 42-10 win over the Denver Broncos .
Mark McEwen - is an American TV personality, who performed a number of on-air roles for The Early Show on CBS from 1987 to 2002. He also contributed to the networks coverage of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville , France and the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer , Norway as well as 48 Hours .
Tony Hill - a former professional American football wide receiver who played 10 seasons in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys from 1977 to 1986. As a rookie, Hill won a championship ring with the Cowboys when they defeated the Denver Broncos 27-10 in Super Bowl XII . The following season, Hill became a starter and made the Pro Bowl , catching 46 passes for 823 yards and 6 touchdowns and assisting the team to their second consecutive championship appearance. In Dallas' 35-31 Super Bowl XIII loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers , Hill caught 2 passes for 49 yards and a touchdown. Hill went on to make the pro bowl 2 more times in his career (1979 and 1985). Hill finished his 10 NFL seasons with 479 receptions for 7,988 yards and 51 touchdowns in 142 games. He also rushed for 84 yards, returned 27 punts for 268 yards, and gained 96 yards on 4 kickoff returns.
Ed "Too Tall" Jones - an American football player in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys . Jones played defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys from 1974 through 1978 , attempted a professional boxing career winning all of his bouts in 1979, and returned to Dallas to play for the Cowboys from 1980 through 1989 . He was named All Pro in 1981 and 1982 , and played in 16 playoff games, including three Super Bowls . Jones played on three NFC champion teams and the 1978 Super Bowl winner. He retired for the second time in 1989, after a total of 15 seasons with the Cowboys. By the end of his 15 years with the Cowboys, he was officially credited with 57 quarterback sacks . He was a member of the famed
"Doomsday Defense" squad of the 1970s. Jones was the #1 draft choice in the 1974 NFL Draft .
Mike Oriard - attended the University of Notre Dame , was a walk-on-selection, that centered the footballfor Joe Theisman. Oriard made his professional debut in the NFL in 1970 with the Kansas City Chiefs . He played for the Kansas City Chiefs , as a Center, for his entire 4 year career.
Mark Maddox - a former professional American football linebacker for nine seasons in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals . Played in 3 Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills.
Steve Bartkowski - two-time Pro Bowler Quarterback who played for the Atlanta Falcons ( 1975 - 1985 ) and the Los Angeles Rams ( 1986 )..Bartkowski was chosen with the 1st overall pick in the 1975 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons and was the NFL Rookie of the Year as well as The Sporting News NFC Rookie of the Year in 1975. Bartkowski is one of only seven quarterbacks in NFL history that have achieved two consecutive (back-to-back) 30-touchdown passing seasons (1980 & 1981) at least one time in their career. The others are Peyton Manning , Brett Favre , Dan Fouts , Jeff Garcia , Dan Marino and Y.A. Tittle . Bartkowski was selected to the Pro Bowl after both the 1980 and 1981 seasons and was selected 2nd Team All-NFC following the 1980 campaign.
Roy Jones, Jr. - an American professional boxer who is regarded as one of the best pound for pound fighters of all time. (i.e. "Fighter of the Decade" for the 1990s by the Boxing Writers Association of America.) As a professional he captured IBF championships in the middleweight , super middleweight , light heavyweight and was regarded as the #1 fighter in these three weightclasses by all leading magazines such as the Ring Magazine . He also won the WBA heavyweight title in his only fight in this weight class. He is also noted for holding the WBC , WBA , IBF , IBO , WBF , and IBA light heavyweight championships at the same time.
Billy Joe Dupree – a former professional football Tight End who played his entire career (1973 – 1983) with the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League. Known as a superb blocker and pass receiver, Dupree was one of the top Tight Ends of his era, helping the Cowboys become one of the top teams in the NFL during 1970's He was selected to three consecutive Pro Bowls (1976 – 1978). Super Bowl XII Champion…was the top receiver of the game with four catches for 66 yards. Also played in Super Bowl X and scored a touchdown in Super Bowl XIII.
Joe Garagiola - a former catcher in Major League Baseball who later became an announcer and television host, popular for his colorful personality. In 1991 , he was honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame with the Ford Frick Award for outstanding broadcasting accomplishents.
Joe DeLamielleure – 2003 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee (Canton, Ohio)…. Offensive Lineman from 1973-1979, 1985 Buffalo Bills, 1980-1984 Cleveland Browns. Won All-Rookie honors . . .Durable, played in 185 consecutive games. . . Anchored Bills' famed "Electric Company" offensive line. . . Best known as lead blocker for O. J. Simpson , NFL's first 2000-yard rusher, 1973. . .Selected All-Pro and All-AFC 1975 through 1980 . . .Named to six Pro Bowls. . .Named to NFL's 1970s All-Decade Team.
Bob Motley - the only living Umpire from the Negro Baseball Leagues.And for over a decade beginning in the mid-1940s, umpire Bob Motley called balls and strikes for their games, earning the opportunity to work with such legends as Satchel Paige, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, and Willie Mays.
David Mantle – Son of Baseball HOF/ NY Yankees…. Mickey Mantle …(Fathers Day Program)
Jeremy White – Son of Football HOF /Green Bay Packers…. Reggie White …(Fathers Day Program)
Riddick Bowe –former Undisputed Heavyweight Champion…he is best remembered for his trilogy of fights with Evander Holyfield, and two brutal bouts with Andrew Golota. Won the World Heavyweight Championship, beating Evander Holyfield by unanimous decision.
Al Downing – is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for 17 seasons from 1961 - 1977 . He entered the majors with the New York Yankees , and then played for the Oakland Athletics and Milwaukee Brewers before retiring with the Los Angeles Dodgers . Downing is most remembered for surrendering the record-breaking 715th home run hit by Hank Aaron on April 8 , 1974 .
Maury Allen – famous sports columnist, he is the author of more than 30 books on baseball…including best sellers on Joe DiMaggio; Billy Martin…
Bill “Moose” Skowron – Signed by the New York Yankees in 1950 as an amateur free agent, he was platooned at first base with Joe Collins , but from 1958 on he became the Yankees' full time first baseman. He played in five All-Star Games as a Yankee: 1957 , 1958 , 1959 , 1960 , and 1961 .
Bruce Jenner – Worlds Greatest Athlete …. an American champion that won a gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics , setting a world and Olympic record of 8,634 points...most appearances on the cover of a Wheaties Box
Patricia Kara – Actress / Model…. Case #9 ”Deal or No Deal” Game Show
Jeff Idelson - President, National Baseball Hall Of Fame and Museum ….Cooperstown
Kevin O'Keefe – ESPN The Magazine and PRO SERVE Sports Management Group… His critically acclaimed first book, "The Average American: The Extraordinary Search for the Nation's Most Ordinary Citizen," became a national top-25 hardcover non-fiction Amazon bestseller and is in multiple printings.
Frank Vincent – Actor…known for his gangster flick appearance in The Death Collector , who quickly caught the attention of Martin Scorsese, who cast him in Raging Bull (1980), which led to a relationship between the two men that has lasted through such classic films as Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995). Seen most recently on HBOs The Sopranos
Joe Montana – 3 Time Super Bowl MVP with 4 Super Bowl wins at quarterback with the SF 49ers; Football HOF Inductee.
Joe Piscapo – Comedian; Actor; Entertainer…got start with Saturday Night Live. Has appeared in several movies including Johnny Dangerously; Sidekicks.
Bernie Carbo - right fielder / designated hitter who played with the Cincinnati Reds (1969-72), St. Louis Cardinals (1972-73, 1979-80), Boston Red Sox (1974-76, 1977-78), Milwaukee Brewers (1976), Cleveland Indians (1978) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1980). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed
Art Monk - a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League with the Washington Redskins . Nicknamed "Quiet Man" or simply "#81" for his humble and professional demeanor, he played collegiately at Syracuse University as a running back .
Dominique Wilkins - National Basketball Association All-Star and Hall of Fame Inductee
John Halligan – Director of Communications and Historian with the New York Rangers……and the National Hockey League
Brendan Steiner – Steiner Sports… YES Network Collectible Show
Kathy Kinney – comedian and versatile character actress known for her role as the made-up, flamboyantly vulgar, and vindictive nemesi Mimi Bobeck , of the Drew Carey Show
Oscar Gamble - a former outfielder and designated hitter, who played for 17 seasons, from 1969 to 1985 , on 7 different teams: the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees on two separate occasions, as well as the Chicago Cubs , Philadelphia Phillies , Cleveland Indians , San Diego Padres , and Texas Rangers
Ed Brophy - Executive Director of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum
Jon Heyman - Sports Illustrated
Todd Bodine - NASCAR Driver