Mike Doocy grew up in a baseball town, and he works in a football town.
He may have left Corsicana thinking it was a soccer town.
The Fox 4 sports anchor served as featured speaker during Tuesday’s VOICE, Inc. Men’s Lunch-ON. He touched on the Cowboys coaching search, his thoughts on successful people in sports and life, and answered questions, including a tricky one about ... soccer.
All of that followed a meeting at the Country Club with VIP ticket holders, where Doocy had a chance to take photographs with the ever-friendly Beauregarde, Navarro College’s English bulldog mascot.
“That was the first time I had ever posed with a bulldog,” Doocy said, “especially one with a tongue in my ear!”
Tuesday’s event marked the second fund-raising effort aimed toward men. VOICE also holds one geared toward women every April during the week of Derrick Days.
Doocy proved to be as welcoming as entertaining. His speech, beginning with his days on a perennial state tournament-bound high school baseball team in Iowa, centered on the qualities of athletes and coaches who seem to stand out among the masses.
He mentioned four ingredients that many of them share: 1) They have a combination of humility and confidence; 2) they know how to work as a team, but still display a level of independence; 3) they have tremendous work ethics, but also know how to relax a little; and 4) and they have great minds, but short memories.
“I thought he was great,” said local attorney Clay Beard, who quizzed Doocy on the ills of pro sports trickling down to children playing sports. “I thought he was honest and straight forward.”
When talking about humility, Doocy cited the late Johnny Oates, the former Rangers manager who took them to the playoffs. Battling cancer, Oates granted Doocy several hours for an interview at his Virginia home, and the two talked about more than just sports. At the same time, Oates displayed a lot of confidence, vowing to fight his affliction, Doocy said.
When he came to teamwork, he used former Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin as an example. The flamboyant receiver who often faced off the field woes could bring separate factions in the lockerroom together. When it came to work ethic, he harkened back to his first Byron Nelson golf tournament, when he arrived early, and the first professional to the driving range was none other than Tiger Woods, who recently won his seventh straight PGA event.
“The guys that are successful happen to be the guys that work the hardest,” Doocy said.
When he talked about sharp minds, he recalled former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith’s sense for finding holes, and the ability to run an offense like Peyton Manning, who will lead the Colts against the Bears in Sunday’s Super Bowl. As for short memories, he talked about Everson Walls, whom he teams with on Fox 4 during the football season, and is ever-engrained in the minds of Cowboys fans for being the defender closest to Dwight Clark in 1982, when the 49ers receiver’s touchdown ended the Cowboys season in the NFC championship game. It became simply known as “The Catch,” and the Cowboys gave way to San Francisco, which became the team of the ’80s.
“I asked (Walls) one time, ‘How’d you get past that?,’” Doocy said. “He said, ‘I’ve had so many blessings, and so many opportunities to play in big games and play well ... that I am not going to let that one instance ruin my life.’”
Doocy tied it all up by comparing VOICE to those very successful people in sports. The organization offers nine programs for kids and families in towns, with a mission of empowering them to make them more productive residents.
“I’m glad great minds are working like these are,” said Doocy, who came to Corsicana on his own expense.
So where does soccer come in? Navarro soccer coach and former professional soccer referee Aric Bonner asked Doocy when could viewers expect to see soccer at the forefront of television broadcasts.
After some hesitation, Doocy replied, “I guess the real question is will people care enough about soccer to put it at the front? I’ve been told since I was a kid soccer was the next big thing. ... I don’t know why it hasn’t translated.”
Like he did after his arrival at the County Club and before the luncheon, Doocy welcomed further discussion after the luncheon with Bonner, and anyone else who approached him.
“He was very informative,” Bonner said. “He did a very nice job.”
Raymond Linex II may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are a few random quotes from Tuesday’s VOICE, Inc. Men’s Lunch-ON, in which Fox 4 Sports Anchor Mike Doocy was the featured speaker:
“Our apologies to fans of the Cowboys, but when it looked like they might go to the Super Bowl, we started praying (against the Cowboys). We knew Mike might have other professional obligations.” — VOICE Executive Director Lynda Sloan
“Jerry promised he will call me first.” — Doocy, before his speech explaining his phone was on vibrate. He was referring to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, currently searching for a head coach, which Doocy believes will be former Cowboys offensive coordinator Norv Turner
“The good news is, Bill (Parcells) is gone. The bad news is, Jerry is hiring the new guy.” — Doocy
“Any of us that have kids, especially ones in an age group at high risk, such as high school like I do, you appreciate the work organizations like VOICE does.” — Doocy
Fox 4 sports anchor a hit with VOICE crowd
Mike Doocy grew up in a baseball town, and he works in a football town.
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