John Clark is keeping busy with Zoom, music, exercise and 'Curb'

John Clark is keeping busy with Zoom, music, exercise and 'Curb'

During this time of self-quarantine, we’re checking in with those in the Philly sports world to see How They’re Keeping Busy. Next up, NBC Sports Philadelphia airport specialist, John Clark.

What are you doing to keep busy during these strange times without live sports?

I am making sure to get outside every day and get some sort of exercise like running, biking, and tennis -- keeping plenty of physical distancing. Thank goodness the weather has been pretty good here. Places like Chicago, it’s tough to get outside when it’s in the 20s and 30s.

How are you getting your sports fill?

I am getting my sports fill right now covering NFL free agency and the Eagles moves. And tracking down the new Eagles players and doing interviews with them over the zoom app. It’s really hard for me to watch old games, except for the Eagles Super Bowl win. Part of sports for me is not knowing what’s going to happen. The suspense of that is amazing. My parents tape Villanova games and other sports and watch them sometimes a day later. I just can’t do that! And I would have heard what happened before it’s too late.

Tip(s) for everyone stuck at home who may be stressed?

Listen to plenty of music, the artists and songs that make you feel good. I have also tried to reach out to one person a day that I haven’t talked to in a long time that I am friends with or used to be friends with and we’ve lost touch.

Specific content you’d recommend to others? Anything you’re binging/reading/listening to?

If you want to laugh, I would suggest Curb Your Enthusiasm. And I watch Impractical Jokers a lot and the immature silly humor makes me laugh every time. Netflix standup comedy specials can give you a good laugh too. I think it’s also cool to go back and watch some concerts you have been to on YouTube or listening to them on Sirius radio, it brings you back to such a great night. Music always makes me think of good memories.

Is there a local business or charity you’re supporting during these tough times?

I am going to pick up food a lot because I wanna support restaurants and businesses that need it right now. I have friends who are restaurant owners who have laid off a lot of their staff and been forced to close down. Times are so tough for these businesses and I feel we need to support them. And I’m trying to leave bigger tips when picking up food.

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Brandon Graham is keeping busy with high school football tapes, 'Tiger King'

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Brandon Graham is keeping busy with high school football tapes, 'Tiger King'

During this time of social distancing, we’re checking in with those in the Philly sports world to see How They’re Keeping Busy. Up next, Super Bowl 52 hero Brandon Graham.

What have you been doing to keep busy during these strange times without live sports?

Brandon Graham: I have been playing a lot of board games, catching up on TV shows, and getting things done around the house with the family. 

Have you done any group FaceTiming with any of your Eagles teammates?

BG: No. I just talk to a couple people via text.

How are you getting your sports fill? Watching old games? YouTube?

BG: I've been watching old high school film that I got converted from VHS to USB. I have been watching alot of prank phone calls videos by the Steve Harvey morning show. They're a great distraction.

Any tips for everyone stuck at home who may be stressed?

BG: Try to look at the positives. We now have a bunch of free time to get stuff done, so spend your time staying prepared and being productive. 

Is there specific content you’d recommend to others? Anything you’re binge watching reading or listening to?

BG: I recommend everybody to go and watch Tiger King on Netflix and read a book called No More Excuses: The Five Accountabilities for Personal and Organizational Growth.

Is there a local business or charity you’re supporting during these tough times?

BG: I am donating $5,000 to Detroit PAL to help them with keeping some of the programs afloat. I'm also using social media to encourage others to donate.

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Kevin Negandhi on anchoring SportsCenter with no live sports: 'It's surreal'

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Kevin Negandhi on anchoring SportsCenter with no live sports: 'It's surreal'

During this time of social distancing, we’re checking in with those in the Philly sports world to see How They’re Keeping Busy. Up next, anchor for ESPN's SportsCenter and Temple University alum Kevin Negandhi.

What’s it like anchoring one of the biggest sports news shows in the world during a time with no live sports?

Kevin Negandhi: Surreal. It's definitely a challenge because you want to find a way to give the viewer the ability to escape. Wherever we turn, everything is different. We're in a different studio, we're reporting on teams and leagues are affected; the Olympics being postponed. We're all feeling the impact of coronavirus. There have been a handful of segments where we can talk about the NFL. It was great having breaking news -- I thank Tom Brady! -- that happened in the middle of our show Tuesday. To me, that was fun because we get to talk about scenarios when we're in this little bubble of the sports world that we're all craving to get back into. I miss it.

We still try to have some fun. The other day Karl Ravech and I did a five-minute highlight reel of the Top 10 Sweet 16 Moments. Man, that was awesome. That's the kind of stuff that keeps you coming back and wanting more while also doing our job and providing a service of letting everybody know what's going on with the leagues.

I know you’re a big Sixers guy. What’s your gut feeling on the timing of the shut down with the championship aspirations they had?

KN: I look at it this way, if this allows Ben Simmons to get his back heeled up, I'm all for it. If this allows Joel Embiid to rest his body and get ready for a playoff run, I'm all for it. I'm one of those guys who deals with the reality and tries to find the positives. If this time off allows those two to get their bodies ready for a six-week stretch, come on now. Let's find the positives.

Are you getting your Philly sports fill? Watching old games? YouTube?

KN: You know what I did on Wednesday night. I hyped my 6 and 7-year-old sons, before I went into work and I said, "Listen, the Eagles pick at No. 21 in the draft next month, we're going to target a wide receiver after seeing how free agency played out. Tonight, when I get home. We're going to go on YouTube and look at the top five to ten receivers. But there's one specific guy I want to watch. The three of us are going to watch it." So when I came home from work, first thing my 7-year-old said when I got home was, "Let's go, let's hit YouTube and look at the receivers." We focused on Justin Jefferson from LSU because many mocks have him going to Philly. We watched a ton of YouTube highlights so now they have some context when the draft comes around. Then I had to let them know that Jefferson could be gone at No. 21 and they'd have to prepare for that. We may have to go with another receiver, but I think we're targeting wide receivers.

You may want to send your reports to [Eagles GM] Howie Roseman.

KN: You know what, I think the way the Eagles have done their entire free agency, it's with the goal of getting two or three receivers in this draft. It continues the theme of making sure Carson Wentz is the strongest voice in the locker room on the offensive side.

Any tips for everyone stuck at home who may be stressed?

KN: Honestly, get outside if you can and get those endorphins going, especially when you're cooped up with kids. Even if it's just a 20-40 minute walk around the neighborhood, try and be active. We're making up games in the house with the kids, pop-a-shot tournaments, all sorts of stuff to be engaged and active. I think the most important thing for anybody is to do something active.

Is there specific content you’d recommend to others? Anything you’re binge-watching/reading/listening to?

KN: Aside from watching everything on Disney+ over and over and over -- I couldn't get the song from Frozen 2 out of my head the other day when I was on the SportsCenter set, nothing worse than that -- I'm binging Better Caul Saul. Really great show. I'm flying through that. Eventually I'll get to Tiger King on Netflix. While we live in a crazy world, I'm not sure why I'm going to spend more time watching a crazy show. It's a good outlet. One small little guilty pleasure I do every now and then, I watch Super Bowl 52. There's nothing better. I still get goosebumps at a variety of moments.

Is there a local business or charity you’re supporting during these tough times?

KN: I've always been a big supporter of the Special Olympics. They always need as much support as they can get to make sure they have activities. The impact it has on communities and families is huge. In times like these, it can be tough. So if people can give anything, no matter how small, it makes a difference.

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