Michael Brown weighs in on American issues from the United Kingdom
With America at a crossroads with COVID-19 and race relations, I wanted to reach out to see what the view is from outside America. Do others view the United States as chaotic as it is for us who live here? What did Europe do that we didn’t as cases continue to rise along with hospitalizations and no unifying philosophy on getting back to normal? Michael Brown is an American now living in the UK with a perspective on what in the world is happening here and why Americans aren’t on the same page. The conversation touches major themes including confederate statues while we are still able to have a little fun talking golf, the wife of Carlos Correa making the ultimate sacrifice and the dominance of Joey Chestnut. Plus, the world needs to hear about his wife’s second hole-in-one.
Viewing US Issues from the United Kingdom Through the Eyes of Michael Brown
"People think I care about these issues because I have a black husband or a biracial son and I tell people, actually, the time it impacted me most closely was coaching a mostly black team at Cal and seeing the world through their eyes and the experiences they went through. We flew commercial and would be going through security and inevitably someone would get stopped and searched. And it wasn't me...ever. And watching the way some commentators and fans talked about these women you and I knew so intimately, it was hurtful sometimes to hear some of the language used."
"Best guess is I say he comes back just because I'm never ever going to count out Joe Thornton for wanting to play. And my guess is his love of the game is as great as it was when he was 20 and he's a guy who's got plenty left in terms of being able to contribute. Having said that, do I think he's going to win the Art Ross Trophy? No. All great players go through this period where they change their role and the way they contribute to a team. Joe Thornton will always be someone who can help with the power play, developing young players and showing the work ethic and so forth. He has that fertile hockey mind that's so rare."
"Maybe it was time to go. I always said 36 years in one market at one station in our business is a really good run. And I'm really okay with what we did; how we did and how we accomplished it. And if that's the end, if I don't do anything ever again other than to be a husband, a dad and a grandpa, I'm really good with that."
"I would definitely say to stay persistent. I did try a few times before and got to the second round and just not be what they're looking for that season. But so many good people get turned away. I knew that in the back of my mind...they're not turning me away because I'm not good enough and that's what kept me going. And then having my students on there, I was like. 'maybe this is more attainable than I thought it was so I'll try again'...got lucky this time. Got through. Got noticed."
"It's really an opportunity for me to try and get better as a person, as a coach, as a human being and as a family member. I say it all the time. 'I'm not afraid to learn.' And so I'm using every opportunity that I can to learn something new. Everybody's on Zoom; everybody's on Facetime chats. I'm doing a lot of audio books. I'm trying to read from and hear everything I possibly can. It's a great opportunity to just grow."