Joe Cannon: Major League Soccer's surest hands

If you follow American soccer, you know Joe Cannon as one of the best goalkeepers in MLS history and a man who's featured between the posts in sold-out stadiums across North America (for both club and country). He’s been the last line of defense for superstar teammates like David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Chris Wondolowski, to name just a few.

At 36, Cannon is now plying his trade for MLS’s newly minted Vancouver Whitecaps, a team partly owned by Canadian NBA star Steve Nash, and he remains among the league’s elite netminders ...

... What many folks don’t know, however, is that Cannon and his twin brother used to shred the slopes of Sun Valley as alpine ski racers -- frequently referred to as “the next Mahre brothers.”

I recently caught up with Cannon after a match between his current Vancouver squad and the San Jose team he captained the past three seasons. My piece on our conversation about playing ball, ski racing, and hangin’ with the Beckhams (and Will Smith and Tom Cruise) will be out this fall.

ESPN Radio; 2011 NCAA Skiing Champs; Mac|Life

... Another month gone by very, very quickly.

Beyond the status quo, I embraced a few new opportunities this month, including two guest appearances on  to discuss the 2011 NCAA Skiing Championships (March 9-12), which were hosted by the University of Vermont at Stowe Mountain Resort and Trapp Family Lodge.

Covering the event on site, my stories appeared in two different outlets each day, and Have a glimpse of a particularly exciting event by clicking here -- a day when Colorado Buff Reid Pletcher made a thrilling escape to win the men's 20 k classic. My six-page feature on the 2011 Champs comes out in Ski Racing magazine on April 4.

I also had the privilege of contributing to Mac|Life magazine and this month, reviewing a super-stellar photo editing suite for iOS devices. The print edition doesn't come out until June, but you can see the article online here.

And now? Shifting gears and welcoming spring.

2010 US Open at Pebble Beach

This is a shot from an exclusive perch (wish it was because I was special, but alas, it's the company I keep!) adjacent Pebble Beach #6 on the final day of the 2010 U.S. Open. Moments earlier, Shaun Micheel notched a rare double eagle -- also known as an albatross -- after his approach landed just shy of the green and ran straight into the hole, setting the galleries at both #6 and #7 ablaze with cheers.

The MetLife Blimp, Snoopy One, hovers above Monterey Bay and the 17th green in the distance.

From Major League Soccer Press Box

Not long ago, I had the privilege of covering pro soccer when the San Jose Earthquakes played the New York Red Bulls. My post-match recap and this brief story on Earthquakes midfielder Bobby Convey went up on the MLS homepage (and each team's website) shortly after the game.

Looking down on a large, exuberant crowd from the press box made me realize just how far MLS has come since its inception -- high-quality play and crowd enthusiasm are now plain for even the most casual observers. Very exciting stuff.

If you're a soccer fan, make sure you check out MLS's new website -- they're still working out the kinks, but it's pretty dynamic and a dramatic improvement over the previous incarnation.

NCAA Championships: Steamboat Springs, CO

Though it didn't last long, a blizzard swept through here this afternoon during the men's second run of giant slalom at the NCAA Championships. At right, one of the day's best shots (despite flat light and snow): New Mexico's Petter Brenna, who hiked in his first run, throws down a blistering second run from the back of the pack and finishes third.

Read a recap of the day's action by clicking here.

Omega-3 Hunter-Gatherer

I've surrendered. I'm blogging. I promise only to post when I'm working on something apart from the ordinary -- not necessarily extraordinary, but something independent of the status quo. I've got interesting stuff going on in 2010 -- assignments that'll bring me to the Olympics in Vancouver, among others -- and I figure I might as well share with those who visit my site (faithful readers, like my mother). Without further ado ...

... Working on a feature for Men's Journal that drives around some very compelling new science: modern man's omega-3 deficiencies -- we're finding out -- are largely responsible for inflammatory diseases like Alzheimer's and cancer. Some of the most fun info. in the piece has to do with the diets of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, who had much healthier ratios of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in their bloodstreams than we do. As part of a special exercise and dietary regimen I embraced for the article -- and partly inspired by a wild boar episode from Michael Pollan's The Ominvore's Dilemma -- I embarked on a hunter-gatherer mission of my own for Thanksgiving. The result is this omega-3-rich A-run steelie, plucked from Idaho's Little Salmon River and happily placed on my Thanksgiving plate the very next day. Gut geschmeckt. Look for the whole article in MJ -- on newsstands everywhere -- this August.