Welcome back to another edition of Browny's blog, aka Skip This Podcast blog, written by Browny (me).
We have a new episode dropping on Tuesday afternoon (America), Midnight Tuesday (UK time) and 7am Wednesday (Australia time), unless you are in Queensland where it will be 6am, in the year 1997. See what I did there.
Anyways, here is a preview of our chat with the man with, arguably, the most recognizable voice in action sports (sorry Micah, Tes, Bruce Robson), the one and only, Jimmy Coleman.
A big moment for Skip This Podcast, with Jimmy being our first ever international guest, coming to us directly via Dallas, via Zoom. He is also the first guest to have an IMDB page as well, for those of you playing at home.
Jimmy ended up on the microphone as a sporting announcer and host, almost by accident, and for that, we are forever grateful. He has had the pleasure to be on location at some of the biggest moments in action sports history, you may not know him by face, but if you follow action sports, those dulcet tones, you have heard on repeat over the years.
I don't want to put words in Jimmy's mouth, but perhaps his greatest achievement on the microphone was moulding Browny into, a somewhat servicable, "sideline expert commentator", in the now defunct (through no fault of Browny), Facebook Live Throwdown series in 2018. This is 4 minutes and 52 seconds of your life that you will never get back, but if you have the time, this might be the first time in history that someone's BEST OF, is actually a BLOOPER REEL. Sorry Facebook, please return my calls.
But.....Thats enough about me. Lets get to the important stuff, and the real reason Jimmy was Season 2, Episode 6 guest.
Like many in the action sports industry, Jimmy has battled his own demons. And like many, including myself, the first stage of that battle was to deny that there was anything wrong. The second stage was to acknowledge something was wrong, but not really do anything about it. Again, a recipe for disaster.
Jimmy goes into incredible detail (thank you for trusting us with this story Jimmy) of his battles, what caused them, and how he used the Covid shut down of live sporting events, to really deal with them in a way, that helped him get through it.
It is a very uncomfortable conversation for a lot of us to have in our industry, but i think we are at a really pivotal point in time, where we need to do more to help each other. Action Sports athletes (and staff like myself), lead a pretty 5th pinned lifestyle, not just whilst on tour, but whilst at home, and a big thing a lot of us do, is deal with our problems, by not dealing with their problems. I am living proof of that. I got out the other side, but not everyone has or not everyone can see a light at the tunnel.
FUCK ME. I JUST ACCIDENTALLY DELETED 6 PARAGRAPHS ON THIS STUPID NEW WEBSITE EDITING THINGY THAT I AM LEARNING ON. FML.
I did go into a deep dive about CTE, which I am pretty confident i was way out of my depth, and level of knowledge, so the accidental deletion of this, I am going to use for the purposes of good, and instead share an incredible story, written by Alyssa Roenigk, on the legend Dave Mirra.
I didn't have the honor of meeting Dave, but know so many people that knew him. They all did, and still do, worship the ground, that the Miracle Boy walked on.He is on my Mt Rushmore of Action Sports, sitting next to Mr Pastrami, Tony Hawk and Matt Hoffman. This is controversial no doubt, but its my Mt Rushmore, so, do your own if you don't like it.
Where were we....
I've lived and breathed action sports for the past 16 years. I have no doubt, that they are the toughest human beings on the planet. You talk to any one of them, and most of them will have had multiple, career ending injuries, yet they keep coming back. What drives that, and what drives them. The previous episode with FMX star Harry Bink gives a good insight into the action sports athletes mentality, and I am really not sure where I am going with this, but what I am trying to say, physically, these guys will continue to break and be rebuilt (either by the gym or the surgeon), but it is the stuff around CTE and head injuries, that we need to be wary of.
That's right, I remember what I was trying to say now. The head and the brain doesn't just need to be looked after with a helmet and concussion protocols, a lot of work between the ears can be done by your friends and family. Check in. Regularly. Ask the uncomfortable questions, to get inside the head, especially if you are worried about someone.
Its easy to be a friend in the good times, but you earn those friendship stripes in the tough times. Be there for one another. Ask the tough questions. You will forge an unbreakable bond, and you know what, you will save a life. You wont know it, but you will.
When I started talking about my problems, it changed my life. I wish I done it earlier. Jimmy has an eerily similar message. We are both so passionate about the mental health and fitness narrative, and hopefully can be at the forefront of a new revolution of the toughest men and women on the planet, being vulnerable and opening up about their heart and their heads, and all the feelings going on behind closed doors.
If you are still reading, thank you.
Thank you to Jimmy for this amazing chat.
And finally, thank you action sports. You have given so many, including myself, so much.
Listen to season 2, episode 6 HERE.