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Earnest Byner On “Everybody Fumbles”

Wednesday, January 6, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Browns’ and Redskins’ great Earnest Byner joined me today to talk “Concussion,” Johnny Football in a wig, ND’s Jaylon Smith and life after the NFL:




HH: I’ve got to tell you, there are days when everything comes together. And today is one of those days where there are four football stories. There’s the movie, Concussion. There is the terrible injury to Jalen Smith, the Notre Dame linebacker. He’s had to have reconstructive knee surgery. There is the Cleveland Browns in utter disarray hiring Paul Depodesta from the Mets to come in from baseball and straighten them out. Johnny Football is caught in Las Vegas in a blond wig, and everything comes together in my favorite Christmas present, which arrived unannounced at my post office box from one of my heroes, Ernest Byner, who is for 14 years one of the great running backs of my lifetime in the NFL. And Ernest Byner did me the great honor of sending me a copy of Everybody Fumbles, and I immediately emailed him, and I said Ernest Byner, come on the Hugh Hewitt Show, and he said yes. Ernest Byner, welcome, it’s great to talk to you.

EB: Oh, thanks for having me, man. Gosh almighty, how does this all come together, though? Johnny Football in a wig? No, you’ve got to be kidding me now.

HH: No, there are days when a guest just shows up, and it’s a divine appointment, because I was reading Everybody Fumbles, and by the way, it’s a terrific book. I don’t know when you wrote it, but it made me laugh, and I want to give it to every young man I know out there who runs into tough stuff. But let’s start at the beginning.

EB: Right.

HH: I want to start with Concussion.

EB: Yeah.

HH: Because I saw the movie two nights ago after I had gotten Everybody Fumbles, and I thought to myself, now Ernest Byner has written this terrific book, had 14 years of running.

EB: Yeah.

HH: No, what do you think of that movie? And what do you think of that controversy?

EB: Well, I think the movie is really great. I went to see it. It does break out some things that we didn’t know as players during the time, because you know, I actually played in a few games. I had a concussion. I had concussions and also went back in the game and continued to play, and I had a number, I can’t tell you how many dings of when my bell was rung in practice and in games. And you know, getting a view of Concussion really helped me to understand some of the issues that I’m dealing with today, that I started dealing with shortly after I finished playing the game. But the issues are continually popping up, for different reasons. Continue Reading

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“The Lucky Years” by Dr. David B. Agus, M.D. and “Everybody Fumbles” by Earnest Byner

Tuesday, January 5, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Of course I’ll be updating the pre-Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina news today –Donald Trump had an enormous rally in Massachusetts last night for example– but I also want to take the first week of the new year to introduce you to two books –one for the body and one for the soul.

Dr. David B. Agus, M.D. is one of the country’s best-known oncologists and authors, and his new book, The Lucky Years: How Top Thrive In The Brave New World of Health, was probably under a lot of Christmas Trees or should have been.  If you didn’t get it, listen to today’s interview in the third hour and order the book for yourself…then follow its advice, especially on movement.

Earnest Byner is a name familiar to all Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, and Baltimore Ravens fans.  He won his Superbowl ring with the ‘Skins but is beloved in Cleveland as part of the “Byner Mack Attack,” one of the bets running games featured in the modern NFL, and the 14 year veteran is also known for the “The Fumble,” from which comes the title of his book Everybody Fumbles.  The key thing about the man everyone know calls Coach Byner is that he won his ring after a miscue that might have driven lesser men out of the game or just down and out.

The audio:


The transcript:

HH: Special hour of this second broadcast year day, because Dr. David Agus at USC has written an extraordinary book called The Lucky Years: How To Thrive In The Brave New World Of Health, which I want to bring to your attention. There’s a lot of news today – the President’s press conference on guns, the press conference on the FBI and the San Bernardino killers. Nevertheless, I’m going to try and save your life today by talking to Dr. Agus. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The End Of Illness, and a Short Guide To A Long Life. I am breaking my USC rule. I actually have a USC professor on today, so that’s a new for me. Dr. Agus, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

DA: Thank you, Hugh, privileged to be here.

HH: I want to start by asking you, you know, you’re a Princeton guy. You come out of Princeton, and you decide to go to medical school. When you go to medical school, do you ever imagine this career you’ve carved out for yourself, not as an oncologist, and one of the world’s leading oncologists, but as a kind of public health guru?

DA: Not even close. Not even close. I was in my lab, actually, at Sloan Kettering in New York, and an old CEO from Silicon Valley named Andy Grove came by. And he said, David, you know, you’re doing good science, but you’re not great about speaking about it. And he actually pushed me to learn to speak better. And so part of my role is education, and I’ve got to push in that regard. And I thought he was crazy, but it turned out he was right.

HH: Yeah, well, you really should listen to Andy Grove.

DA: You’re telling me. Well, he used to come by video to some of our lab meetings, and literally, every time, made somebody in the lab cry. He is tough, tell it like it is, you know, a remarkable guy.

HH: Yeah, well, success is success. I’ve got to begin with a story that was sent to me today from People Magazine about Downton Abbey. I don’t know if you’re a Downton Abbey guy, Doc. Michelle Dockery plays the heiress there. Her beloved fiancé, John Dineen died at 34 from a rare form of cancer. He went to Germany for exotic treatment, but he died very, very suddenly. When you get news, and that’s a bit People Magazine story this week. When you get news like that about a big star, does it weary you, because you’re just, you’re trying to make people optimists about the years ahead, and then all of a sudden, this guy, who obviously had every resource at his fingertips, dies of a rare cancer.

DA: You know, unfortunately, we’re losing the war. There’s no question about it. For the first time, I think, in a long time, there’s hope, and there’s some new treatments that are just remarkable, like what’s happening with President Carter and others. At the same time, we lose people, I lose patients every week. And it’s hard, and it’s a failure on our part, and we have to get better. Continue Reading

Quotes Worth Remembering

Tuesday, January 5, 2016  |  posted by John Schroeder

Winston Churchill speaking to the Royal Society of St. George on St. George Day 1933, discussing the legend of St. George:

I have been wondering what would have happened to him and his story if he had lived now-a-days. St George would have arrived in Cappadocia accompanied, not by a horse, but by a secretariat. He would have been armed, not with a lance, but with some flexible formulas. He would, of course have been welcomed by the local branch of the League of Nations, and, encouraged by them, he would have proposed a conference with the dragon. He would have made a trade agreement with the dragon and would certainly have lent him a lot of money raised from the Cappadocian taxpayers. The question of the maiden’s release, which is very important in the story, would no doubt have been referred to Geneva. It being understood that the dragon reserved all his rights in the meantime. Finally, St George would have been photographed with the dragon, inset the maiden.

Those words were spoken 82 years ago.  What goes around comes around.

And then this from C.S. Lewis, Chapter 23, “The Screwtape Letters”

About the general connection between Christianity and politics, our position is more delicate. Certainly we do not want men to allow their Christianity to flow over into their political life, for the establishment of anything like a really just society would be a major disaster. On the other hand we do want, and want very much, to make men treat Christianity as a means; preferably, of course, as a means to their own advancement, but, failing that, as a means to anything – even to social justice. The thing to do is to get a man at first to value social justice as a thing which the Enemy demands, and then work him on to the stage at which he values Christianity because it may produce social justice. For the Enemy will not be used as a convenience. Men or nations who think they can revive the Faith in order to make a good society might just as well think they can use the stairs of Heaven as a short cut to the nearest chemist’s shop. Fortunately it is quite easy to coax humans round this little corner. Only today I have found a passage in a Christian writer where he recommends his own version of Christianity on the ground that “only such a faith can outlast the death of old cultures and the birth of new civilizations”. You see the little rift? “Believe this, not because it is true, but for some other reason.” That’s the game,

Almost as old – 1942.  If we think carefully we have seen both the Left and the Right fall to this ploy by Screwtape and his kin.

And The 2016 Broadcast Year Opens With…Chris Christie

Monday, January 4, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

It is going to be one great year for political talk radio, and mine began with New jersey Governor Chris Christie:




HH: So great to begin it with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who gave a major speech on his campaign today in New Hampshire. Governor Christie, Happy New Year to you.

CC: Thank you, Hugh, and Happy New Year to you.

HH: There’s a lot to talk about in this speech, but I have to begin with some less-than-serious questions first of all.

CC: Right.

HH: You’re friends with Jerry Jones, right?

CC: I am.

HH: All right. Can we get you to call him to take Manziel off our hands? I mean, don’t you think…

CC: (laughing) No thanks, buddy.

HH: Now look, look, he would do great in Dallas, Governor. He’s just not our guy in Cleveland. I just renewed my Cleveland Browns season tickets. We’re going to draft a new QB. He would be great in Dallas.

CC: Listen, he hadn’t, no one’s ever gotten in trouble for partying in Dallas, right, Hugh? So Johnny Manziel would be perfect for Dallas. That’d be great.

HH: So you’re not buying my pitch, huh?

CC: No, that’s classic New Jersey sarcasm.

HH: Okay, okay, just asking, then.

CC: (laughing)

HH: Second question, are you a Downton Abbey guy?

CC: I am not.

HH: Is Mary Pat a Downton Abbey person?

CC: Mary Pat is not a Downton Abbey person, either. No, neither one of us.

HH: Because it had a prosecution in it that took four seasons to wrap up. And I was going to ask you about that. Are you a Homeland person? Do you watch Homeland?

CC: I do not watch Homeland, either.

HH: What do you do for popular culture?

CC: (laughing) Run for president, Hugh. That’s what I do. Continue Reading

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