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January 31, 2007

Doocy scores at Lunch-ON

Fox 4 sports anchor a hit with VOICE crowd

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.

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