JON WARECH

Ocean Drive - - With­out Whom This Is­sue Would Not Have Been Pos­sib -

Mi­ami-based writer Jon Warech has cov­ered en­ter­tain­ment and pop cul­ture for Us Weekly and AOL’S Manda­tory.com. His work has also ap­peared in the

New York Daily News, Vibe, the Mi­ami Her­ald, and ESPN the Mag­a­zine, among other publi­ca­tions. Re­cently, Warech coau­thored Slam-dunk Suc­cess with By­ron Scott and Charles Nor­ris, out next month. In this is­sue, he chats with es­teemed foot­ball coach Jimmy John­son and gives us a preview of the up­com­ing World Base­ball Clas­sic. What is your fa­vorite March event in Mi­ami? I was a ball boy at the Mi­ami Open— or Lip­ton, as it was called then—as a kid, so my March loy­alty is to ten­nis, but Ul­tra Mu­sic Fes­ti­val re­ally changed the land­scape of this city. What was it like in­ter­view­ing for­mer NFL and Uni­ver­sity of Mi­ami coach Jimmy John­son? He is just a cool guy and a foot­ball leg­end. Whether it’s foot­ball, fish­ing, or even TV rat­ings, you can tell he’s com­pet­i­tive, but he’s got this charm and charisma that make him in­cred­i­bly lik­able, even if he’s do­ing some trash-talk­ing.

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