coach joe

The first time Auston Matthews met Mike Babcock, it was in the Detroit Red Wings’ coaches office at Joe Louis Arena.

Matthews was 17, playing for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program about 45 minutes west in Ann Arbor. His coach was Don Granato, brother of Tony Granato, assistant to Babcock in Detroit.

The morning of a Red Wings game, Matthews and teammate Matthew Tkachuk came with Don Granato to watch practice and preview life in the NHL. Babcock had seen them play against the University of Michigan, and he told Matthews, “You’re a good player, but you can’t let your talent make up for your work ethic.”

“It’s something that I’ve always remembered,” Matthews said.


Matthews grew up in Scottsdale, Ariz., and didn’t realize how good he was until he tried out for the NTDP and stood out against the best players of his age group in the United States. It gave him top coaching, top teammates, top competition and experiences like meeting Babcock.

It also gave a glimpse of his personality: humble but confident, calm but competitive, unaffected and unafraid, the kind of person who could play pro hockey in Switzerland at 18, play in the World Cup of Hockey 2016 before his NHL debut and star in Toronto without acting much like a star.

“I really enjoyed my time there, thought I learned a lot, really progressed as a player, as a person,” Matthews said. “Some of my closest friends kind of come from those two years.”

Matthews lived in a suburban subdivision with his billet family: Brian and Heidi Daniels, their sons Cole and Camden, and teammate Luke Opilka. He kept his room clean, brought down his own laundry, made his own breakfast and lunch. One day, the family brought home some mulch. He grabbed a shovel and helped spread it out.


“I’ve never met a more competitive kid,” said Camden Daniels, now 15. “If he lost, you weren’t going to hear the end of it for a couple days.”

But you wouldn’t hear much about ice hockey.

“Whenever we went out to dinner or anything and some of my friends would be with him … Everyone knew how good he was, and he would just play it off like it was nothing basically,” Camden Daniels said. “You would have never thought he was doing what he was doing.


i make too many of these but here have another

(i accidentally called joe the coach and not manager and chapman isn’t a cub anymore but you get the point)



Peyton Manning Guest Stars

“Do It Yourself” - Feeling empowered after his successful do-it-yourself  project, Phil convinces Jay to co-invest in a property he has always wanted to develop. Meanwhile, Claire’s new obsession with a TV chef and her new love of cooking Sunday dinners hasn’t been as tasty as she thinks. Haley is the family’s only hope to add a little spice to the situation. At the Pritchett-Tucker house, Cam and Mitchell see that the family is too reliant on technology, so they attempt to teach Lily the importance of hard work, which ends disastrously. Back at the Pritchett’s, Jay feels replaced when he sees Gloria has hired Coach Gary (Payton Manning) to coach Joe and serve as a handy man, on “Modern Family,” airing WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 (9:00-9:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.


I want a sequel to Bend It Like Beckham where Jess tried to go pro, but the league folded, so she ended up going to law school instead and now she’s a dissatisfied lawyer (aka “a barrister, bored out of [her] mind”) who writes about women’s soccer for peanuts in her spare time.

But Jules stuck with it, and has played in multiple iterations of women’s soccer leagues in the US, and is now in the NWSL, playing for shit ass pay in a shit ass stadium in front of like 3,000 fans, but she’s every bit as determined as she was when she made them start the Hounslow Harriers girl’s side.

Joe is coaching the England Women’s National Team, and he convinces them both to come back, so Jess has to get into shape Rocky style (but has been playing for fun all the while so she’s still pretty awesome), and Jules is just so fucking committed and determined.

And then they play in the Women’s World Cup and actually do really well and the whole country gets behind them and it’s lovely.


It’s Stampede time in Calgary, Y'all 🐴 (ft. Ferklund, JoCo, and Coach Hartley)


2014: San Fransisco Giants in the World Series.

2011: Vancouver Canucks lose in Stanley Cup finals

2015: Ohio State University wins the NCAA football championship

1999: Denver Broncos win the Super Bowl

1993: Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup finals

2011: Penn State coach sex offender Joe Paterno fired over child sexual abuse scandal

1984: Detroit Tigers win the World Series

1992: Chicago Bulls win the NBA championship

2004: Boston Red Sox win the American League Championship Series

2014: Keene, N.H. Pumpkin Festival.

Perhaps if communities of color rioted over sports games, pumpkins and child sex offenders instead of when their youth are killed & terrorized by law enforcement without reform or justice, they wouldn’t be vilified and labeled thugs by the media?


Behind The Scenes

Jamie Campbell Bower and Shahid Khan