These days, we are all connected more and more each day through the internet and social media. I meet people all the time that I feel I “know” because of our interactions online. Many of you have been following my work for over a decade. I wanted to give you an opportunity to learn a little more about me. This should be fun…
- I never bought my Neuro and Pedi textbooks in college – I used the book money to buy James Andrews and Kevin Wilk’s textbook Injuries in Baseball. I just went to the library a lot that semester.
- I’m not good with heights – My wife says I giggle like Butthead on a roller coaster.
- I’m a big fan of craft beer – Specifically west coast IPAs. Current favorite is Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA.
- I’m really good at NHL 95 on the Sega Genesis – I’m not sure why but I can score 20 goals without trying.
- I started playing guitar in my 30’s – I remember wanting to learn something new that could stimulate my brain that wasn’t related to PT or strength training. I was thinking guitar or Spanish. I love music, so picked guitar. Man, that was a bad first month but I remember the first time I played a song I liked and could recognize it, the beginning of Pearl Jam’s Corduroy. I was sold. I’ve been working on Yellow Ledbetter for a couple of years now, getting there!
- I failed the Athletic Trainer boards the first time – This one is for all the students. Yup, I failed. At the time there was a practical portion. I flip flopped Adson’s and Allen’s TOS tests and I didn’t imaginarily “wet” the sponges for the carbon ESTIM pads. This was obviously a long time ago. I reminded the examiners that sponges were no longer something we could use because each patient needed their own set of ESTIM pads, we couldn’t reuse the sponges for sanitary reasons. They didn’t seem to care.
- I’m really good at fantasy football – This just probably comes down to the fact I put the time in each week. This was the first year I wasn’t in a fantasy Superbowl, but my team in the Champion Fantasy League was one of my all time favorites. I think I had almost 400 points more than the next best team. Lost to Lenny Macrina and missed the Superbowl. FanDuel has been an awesome addition to my Fantasy life.
- I’ve turned down jobs with several MLB teams – Both before and after the Red Sox. These were extremely hard decisions but they always work out if you make the decision for the right reasons. It was really hard to turn down Theo Epstein, who I think is brilliant and the best person I’ve ever had the opportunity to work under.
- I’ve got two awesome daughters – Every guy should have a daughter. I got two. See above reference to the “right reasons.”
- I think everyone should own three things – 1) TempurPedic pillow, 2) Sonicare Toothbrush, and 3) Smart Wool socks. Just saying…
- I’ve won a Little League, Pony League, Adult Recreational Softball League, and World Series Championship – Sure, the last one probably puts it over the edge, but I’m proud of it all, especially the walk-off bunt in Little League when I was 10.
- I’ve sat in the gas chamber in San Quentin – It was off, obviously. We went on an inside tour of the prison once. Not sure why I did it. It seemed like a good off day at the time, but was super creepy. Felt too close to evil.
- You can’t beat me in Fruit Ninja – Another odd skill that serves me no benefit in life.
- I’ve wrestled in a WWE ring – We rehabbed a lot of WWE athletes in Birmingham and actually installed an offical ring in the biomechanics lab at ASMI when rehabbing Triple H. I’ll dispel the rumor that the rings are padded, it’s like a 1 cm pad on top of straight wood. But jumping off the ropes like Superfly Snuka was worth it.
- I’ve been on stage with Jason Aldean – I’ve done a lot of cool things over the years. I’ve been on the mound in the middle of a game in Yankee Stadium. I’ve run on the field after winning a World Series. They don’t come close to being onstage at a rock concert.
- I wrote a proposal for the first dual major PT/ATC program – I was a freshman at Northeastern University. It was ~10 pages outline how I would pull off the dual major, still pay per credit to make the university money, an graduate with both degrees. They didn’t go for it and I’m pretty sure they thought I was crazy. It was probably a good thing because that would have been hard!
- I have really sensitive boney prominences – Don’t even think about touching my ASIS’s, I’ll literally punch you in the face. It’s a reflex.
- I’ve been in the Pearl Jam vault – You can probably tell I’m a big Pearl Jam fan. I’ve been extremely fortunate to get to hang out with them several times, including in Seattle. I held the original recordings of every take of Alive. I wanted to listen to them all.
It feels good to get all that off my chest!