I'm Michelle mendoza and you are my Michelle live sports time out where we are at the crack in practice. The NHL is brand new Jean hitting the ice for practice. That's where we're going to be broadcasting from and not be introduced you to the guys. Hey guys, welcome to the show today.
That pale man of 📍 steel.
We've got rich 📍 Holstrom, RN, cyclic, medium sports, Joshua 📍 McMillan 📍 joins us, and we should have some more of our fellows joining Jane guys. Welcome to the crack and practice.
Oh, Michelle, that hat looks great. And I know that you are having a fun time at the crack and practice just to shoot a duck.
Just be sure to duck. If a puck comes your way
so far, we're pretty good as we're at their practice facility. Just north of downtown Seattle. This is going to be a pretty exciting, watching, , coach Dave, , give the orders.
We're watching a lot of excitement and enthusiasm and he, a lot of fast paced move on the ice. It's pretty exciting. It's almost like I'm going to liken it to. You're a family here in Seattle. We have our family of teams. When you get a new team, it's like having a new child, you know, you, you don't know their personality, you don't know what they're going to be all about.
You don't know what the future is going to be, but you sure as heck know that you just love them. So rich, I wanted to talk just briefly about the crackhead hockey season kicking up. Well, shooting up pretty soon.
Well, I say that, uh, mark G or Dano though, the veteran that they got from the flames in Calgary, he's been a captain for the flames for the last eight seasons.
He was one of the first players on the ice yesterday. When training camp opened up, look for him to be a leader and Yani Gordy who had shoulder surgery in July. Unexpectedly came out in a red Jersey. He's raring to go. He is the pick they got from the Tampa bay lightning. So he knows all about championships.
Those are two big names I'm going to be looking at. Well,
talk about the crack and go rate. 27 years old, $10.5 million contract is not what we're looking for.
Yeah. That's we're, that's what we're looking at. Um, now I'm not sure I'm going to pronounce Phillip's last name. Uh, I'm so
glad you said that.
And I'm going to tell you why a hockey to me, of all of the sports is the most difficult to cover because it has the most difficult games.
Yeah. And everybody's name is worth 27 points in a Scrabble game.
That's right. So them well, and part of this, Josh is we'd look at crack and games starting up soon. I'll show you guys the schedule. Can you read it never rise it Richie over the Hab, as we're looking at that, uh, Josh, it is pretty exciting, but we are getting to know who our players are.
Some we signed the junior, lead some with other teams, seeing them in this new family. It's kind of exciting. I want to hear.
Yeah, I'm, I'm excited for this team. First of all, remind me later to get you a little microfiber cloth. You can clean off your camera there.
Sorry about that.
spy cam. It's a new edition of a spike in,
I got to get you one of those little screen keeled cleaners here.
You're not in a haze over there. Kind of got to fix your set up. Uh, yeah, I'm excited for this team. You know what I mean? I'm, I'm relatively new to hockey. I've watched it in passing, but never been like a super fan partially because you know, we, haven't had a team here in Seattle where I am. Yeah, you don't necessarily always follow teams around the country from you, but I'm excited for this from all that.
I've heard little research I've done here. This looks to be a team that Seattle will love very quickly. There. They look to be a team that is very heavy on. Even some other wingers that they got, these guys are not necessarily, I'm going to score 40, you know, put 40 pucks in the net every, every year. Uh, but there are guys that are gritty.
They're tough. And they're they're wings that play defense too. So this should be very Seattle. Uh, Seattle esque type of play that we're going to see from them, which you guys know I'm all about that defense. I love seeing
what do you mean by Seattle?
I mean, Seattle, that's kind of our thing, right? Defense is our thing.
Defense wins championships. That's what Pete Carroll preaches. And that's what the Mariners preach, you know, play good, clean defensive baseball, and that was kind of their goal. And their rebuild rate was to get it fast.
Did the defense do Seattle? Well, this. Uh,
last week, are you sure you want to bring that up now?
Cause I got some things to say you might want to, you might want to wait. How about I got, I got some things to talk about with Seahawks for you.
How about we stick to hockey until we didn't have to depress ourselves?
I'm ready. I'm ready to go on that. So I, I don't know if you want to. The cracking from me yet.
I think we need anything else, guys that we wanted to take on with hockey before we move on.
Well, I think we know Michelle by the pictures that you've been showing that that practice facility is top of the line and everything the cracking has done up to this point is top of the line they've become involved in the community.
They become involved in the community. They've signed a, a lucrative. Uh, forward-thinking with root sports. Their first preseason game is going to be on Sunday night at six against Vancouver from Spokane. So the cracking are really ready to go. This is an expansion team with an advantage taking advantage of the Las Vegas
rules and they they've built themselves a team all the way on many different levels.
And it's going to be great to see
we've we've talked about an NHL from primarily. Crazy crack and fans up in the Northwest corner of the United States, but, , down in NOLA, I mean, what scene do you guys, , what time do you guys report?
we don't have hockey down here, you know, I just doesn't do well, except when it's in a cocktail in new Orleans.
that's kinda how we
treat it. Um, a few years ago, along the I 10 corridor, we had the ECHL east coast hockey league, which is like AA. So there was teams in new Orleans and Biloxi and Pensacola Movil, Lafayette, Baton Rouge. And there was a, for about two years, it was a nice little rivalry because. Drive 45 minutes or an hour, and you write a new team.
There's always a lot of constant traveling, going back and forth and having some fun, but you know, that kinda hit its peak and took off. So unless you're a transplant from somewhere else, not a lot of hockey coverage down
here. That's okay. But I also think for the Seattle crack in here, it has been, you know, a hundred years since we had.
Uh, a professional hockey team like this there's been a junior legal course and a lot of folks have enjoyed that, but there is definitely a learning curve. Where hockey's concerned a lot of folks in, and I don't think we have an excuse where appear in the Northwest. It gets cold, but some of those warm weather states.
Yeah. It's been, it's been a bit of a learning
curve. Yeah. Don't hate on the new Orleans brass down there. Okay. You guys got it. We used to,
we used to, we used to, and now, and that was it gone now. Oh, they've been gone, but that was at Orleans brass. There was a Mississippi seawalls. That was the mobile mystics, the Baton Rouge king fish, the Lafayette ice skaters, and then the Pensacola ice pilots.
if Matt, do you think that the new Orleans area would have accepted. Better in NHL franchise, knowing that that is the top of the line. That's just, that's just like if new Orleans didn't have an NFL team and then an NFL team, all of a sudden showed up, I think there would have been better reaction to.
We'd have to look at how are the pelicans being received, right. If they're not winning, it's hard to put people in the stands, especially like on these mid-week games. And that's what the pelicans are currently facing, not to diverge in basketball, but it's a similar situation, right? You bring in a new team and unless they're going to the playoffs or less, they're winning consistently, they're just not going to fill the stands.
So it becomes kind of a cavernous, you
well, one thing I did want to talk about is. Full swing. There are some great things happening out there as we start off the season and week two, , one great ungreat thing was something that you mentioned, Josh, you want to unleash the crack and on the game that took place with the Seahawks.
And I find this interesting, just coming from Las Vegas, where we're looking at the odds this week. I think the Seahawks at the last chance are about down 1.5%. Unfavored in their game this weekend . And I'm looking at this thinking, you know, what do you want to unleash on our listeners and viewers?
Oh man. Well, there's a lot to unpack here and I mean, there's a lot to unpack from the game.
There's lots of impact from the drama that's unfolded with Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll since the game. Um, but we'll, we'll, we'll start with the game. You know, the first half the Seahawks were dominant, I saw Pete Carroll more animated than I've ever seen him heading into blocker. Hi, that guy was pumping his fist.
He was all about it. You know, the defense played well. They were keeping him out of the end zone. They were bend, but not break exactly what you want to see. Offense was moving down field and then. And the third quarter, you know, and even into the third quarter, they had a 14 point lead and there's been a lot of debate over whose fault this loss is on it.
It's on a lot of people, you know, I mean, Trey flowers did some awful, awful coverage that allowed Derrick Henry to bust that play wide open. He should have been bouncing, Derrick Henry back to the inside. Instead he over pursued him at the line of scrimmage, let them blast by, which was really unfair. Uh, but honestly, this is, this is going to be my hot takes, maybe an unpopular opinion.
I put a lot of this play much more so on the offense and Russell Wilson than I do on the defense. Now you guys know me. I have long been a Russell Wilson supporter. I advocated for him and all about him in his camp. This one. You know, after the game, he said, well, we scored 30 points. You know what Russ, you didn't, you scored 17 points really?
Because one point was on completely busted coverage where Freddie Swain was wide open, not a man in sight, you know? And you took advantage of that. Sure. But, okay. The other one, a fumble at the goal line, you know, so you gotta say 17, 13 of your 30 points were really kind of handed to you other than that.
a point that you need in that is, and I think it's pretty important. Um, the offense spent very little time on the field or out the defense who put up a pretty good
show. Yeah. The defense was on the field for almost three quarters of game time. They were on the field 40 more minutes than the opposing defense was because they, the offense didn't.
They have long drives. They did not run the ball. Well, they did not move down the field. All of their touchdowns pretty much were on the big, long, deep balls that didn't have these long drives that take the life out of yet. You know, where is the circle of toughness like we saw last week? Ran the ball through the ball, you know, almost 50 50.
It was like, you know, two more times, I think they ran the ball. There was no circle of toughness. They didn't get their defense off the field. So of course, by the end of the game, your defense is getting gas. You saw it out there, you know, being down a couple of defensive line men, it's, it's rough. And I think the bigger takeaway for me other than the game was, you know, afterwards Monday morning, the Pete Carroll show, uh, he, he said that, you know, Richmond wish Russ could help us out there.
Wish you would've checked it down. You know, especially those last three drives of the game, Russell Wilson was straight up awful. He was bad. You know, he lost the game faster and I
was talking last week is maybe some of that magic on it. I want to watch this past Seattle because the rest of the country is going.
Yeah. Okay. Seattle, you know, you had your moment.
Hold on because there's the important thing here is Russell Wilson's response yesterday to the media. Yeah. He asked if he agreed with what coach Pete Carroll said. And you know, I, I really expected him to be the standup guy he is and, and hang it on him and say, yeah, you know what?
I could've done better there. I should have stepped up for the team instead. He said, I know he didn't say I don't agree. But what he said was, what I agree with is that we want to win. And, you know, we were a couple inches from completing those passes and, you know, No excuses, there was no responsibility taken from him in that moment, which is what I would have liked to see.
And, um, you know, I'm upset with Russ about that. I would like to see some responsibility for, for not doing well. And the fact that he was, you know, it sounds like he's kind of low and Colin cowherd, you know, the Mo the media mouthpiece. Uh, Mark Rogers was also talking about Pete Carroll, making bad decisions, which I know rich.
You're rare. And to talk about that one. Well,
yeah, there's, there's all kinds of things, but I'm just going to zero in right with you, Josh. And I'm going to lay it flat at the feet of Russell Wilson. Russell Wilson almost gave up a safety in overtime and he mentioned he did not mention that at all. At all, you cannot hang your T almost hang
Let me intervene here. Let me and everybody in here, because I do want to widen this beyond just the, Seattle show do certain quarterbacks stars of the show, get a little starry-eyed and too into themselves, and then lose that initial grassroots that kind of propelled them to their fame and ability what's going on here.
And where else are we seeing this man?
beings at the end of the day. We're human beings. And yeah, we can read our own press clipping sometimes to get too caught up in it. Um, well it's gotta think so week two. This week too, if you're one-on-one, you know, so the chiefs, so the Ravens they're one-on-one, so you're not out of it.
So if you
think, well, that's, it gets a map
out a bit thing, and I don't think it's a panic. It's the end of the season. I just think that. In this age of COVID , and trials and the crazy things that are going on around us, uh, to watch people who get that elite bug and kind of lose their relate-ability.
We saw cam CHAM Newton, you know, it's like it is his hair represents how big his head is. I think
You know, they, they got to of course calming down, but they also think about these guys they've have been somewhat spoonfed their entire lives, how great they are. Right. They got a lot handed to them through, through high school, to college, and now they're in the NFL.
Um, so they, they breathe a different air, but they think they breathe a different there and they're treated that way. So. I forgot the next week and things changed and
the superstar ism ever work in someone's favor. I mean, Tom Brady superstar, and he's on seems unstoppable
Tom Brady, Tom Brady has done a lot to keep his team together, whether it be in Tampa bay or new England. We've talked about the numerous Paik numerous amount of pay cuts that he's taken numerous amount of other things that he's done to promote team unity. But that's why Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time.
And a lot of people's minds, seven super bowl championships. Russell Wilson's. I'm going to just flat out, say it. Nowhere near Tom Brady,
Russell Wilson. What's a Wilson is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but seven Superbowls versus one. It's no contest.
The ones he's won. He's lost.
Yeah. Yeah. And it's, and it's Russell, Wilson's see, this is the biggest thing to me about last week that Russell Wilson did not take take responsibility for also make, almost making that safety in the end.
And costing his team, the game without even without even a shot to win it. I think that's, that's the other, that's the other question you do not put your team in that position. That's the worst I've seen Russell ever play. I will flat out. I will flat out say it. Wow. The D the defense did enough for Seattle to win.
Bobby Wagner made the play of the game to get the defense off the field and get the ball back to the defense over time. But let's not overreact. Like Matt said it is one game they're one-on-one. They are
The bigger issue is when a team has to move on through the season, what holds them back and I do also want to get to some of the other takeaways from week two with, uh, the NFL. Any thoughts?
Yeah, I'll, I'll chime in on, on this. This is even though it happened to the normal saints, this could happen to anyone, uh, any team. So there was a big push, right from the NFL. Everybody gets your shot, get your shot, get your shot.
Get your shot. If not, you're going to face major issues. If someone tests positive. Have their whole coaching staff has her shots. We get eight of the coaching staff members tested positive. So eight of your staff that is normally on your sideline can not be there now for game time and for game preparation.
So you have your fourth string quarterback now putting substitution packages together for the author sense to try to send them. You know, we discussed this COVID protocol at massive length and everything they're trying to force to do in breakthrough cases. I don't know. I don't know where this statement is.
Kind of going to be honest with you. It's frustrating though, to say, all right, well, everybody's got their shot. Everybody's so far ready to go, right? You have, you have the elixir to save life and make you the fountain of youth, but we're still, this is not breakthrough, right? We're still testing positive.
Even though we have shots with. Three or four months, and now you can't sit there and do your job on the sideline, which then hinders your team and look at the debacle that we had. But that could happen to any team. I think that's worth kind of exploring a little bit and saying that,
what does the NFL going to do
at some point?
They're still, they're going to have to say, all right, we'll just show up and play or you gotta move on.
Oh, w well, punishing one sec of people when we're seeing this kind of. Outbreak. It shows that they kind of overreacted early and don't seem to have the adaptability to say, okay, now that we know more, maybe we should make other provisions
I think, I think that you can say that the, the leaks on any, on any level in any sport, football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and soccer have been playing catch up with this thing from thing from the very beginning.
And when you play catch up with something that is this serious, and you don't think. All the ramification possible ramifications. What you end up with
it is indeed. So as we look at week three, , anything that we have to look forward to from your favorite teams and some of the teams that are maybe, maybe showing a little bit more promise than we can.
Well, I think the big story this year, right now, Sam Darnold quarterback for the Carolina Panthers. They're now three and oh, and that's, that's a heck of a good team right there.
Yeah. I mean, it goes to show, you know, the New York jets are really just a quality franchise, which can really get the best out of a prospect right now.
They really just show, you know, they draft. Quarterbacks. And every time they just really get the best out of them. Right. Right.
I can understand you. Well, now they give
McCaffrey's hurt. Right.
They've been given him more than 30 touches a game and he was hurt last year. So we'll see what happens now, you know, without McCaffrey, but this is a guy that's 30% of your office. Yeah. So that's going to be backed by. That's for sure.
Roadblock huge roadblock. I mean, McCaffrey is one of the best running backs in the NFL, and he's not talked about that much anymore because he's been hurt so much, you know, and he's, he's kind of like your Ferrari, right? He's the guy that when he's on, he's on, but something's wrong. You, you know, It's a problem.
You know, most of the time with the
Ferrari it's the far I spent the garage with the Italian mechanics. It's not on the road.
exactly. He's the million dollar baseball card that you spill ketchup on at the dinner table.
again, you know, it is that, see, this is the thing going on today. Are we spending too much time waxing our Ferrari's and showing them off rather than running apart and.
You know that sometimes it's not the Ferrari that gets you across the finish line. Um, I wanted to talk about my trip. I will show you a short video of the experience I had going to Las Vegas.
That was a short trip, Michelle.
It was a short trip a Mexican team and an MLS team that made it to the final of the league cup. , the Seattle. Late hard and they've played well, , second half, there were, , three substitutions, boom. , Leon dominated the game after that. , looked fairly evenly matched throughout most of the match, but something else show you some of the comments that we got, um, on social media when I posed this question out coached. , we don't always think about the fact that there's a game going on on the field and there's often a game going on off the field and it's a game like chess between coaches.
Well, coaching is a tough game and, and just like coaches, you know, just like players need to take responsibility for the outcome of games, uh, coaches need, need to too.
And I would say that a lot of those people that say that Brian Smetzer was out coached. Do they also believe that Russell Wilson costs to see a game or would they think, or would they think that that was.
And, and that's the thing. There's a lot of people who just say, Hey, you can't question. Or, and it's kind of neat how serious we take.
Sports, because if you question, you're not a real fan and that goes to something that's happening in our society. If you question, you're not, you're not really complying, you're part of the problem, but that's the thing. When you question, when you bring people into account, that's how we get better. I think one of the most interesting stories in baseball is the harp play of the most extreme underdog in.
Of professional sports and that's the Seattle Mariners.
Yeah, man, these Mariners, they refuse to lose.
They are now I believe they're one and a half games back in the wildcard, race behind the blue Jays and then two games behind New York. It's it's such a tight race. They just pass the Oakland. A's who they slept in a four game series on the road. And you know, the answer. I will say they didn't look like a good team this last week.
And I think part of that is the emotions in that building, you know, and they're in a playoff time, we only have 4,000 fans in the stands. They don't know if they're going to be in that stadium next year. They don't know if there'll be an Oakland next year. They don't know if there's going to be a tear down with the new stadium deal somewhere else.
You know, I think there's some, some emotions get the best of a team
back. Josh, two games
back in the wild car right now, two games back now. Okay. Game back of the JS two games
And are they 15? Over 500.
Oh yeah. 84 and six. Yeah. So the, the one game back to the blue Jays and then two games back of New York and that, you know, there's what nine games left to go right now, nine games, you know, I think to get there still a difficult road, but you have New York and blue Jays are playing each other, you know, a lot of the T all, a lot of the teams in this playoff race of games against each other.
Uh, so it's going to be a really interesting time. The managers have to go seven and two to and out. But man, how exciting is this that a young team that was not supposed to compete this year is here right now. You know, this late in the season, nine games left and still vying. And even though, you know, like man that, that lost to the red Sox, Was tough.
That last loss. Cause if you losing that game, you became four games back with clawed, back to two. If we would have won that game at that time, we would have been only two games back. Look where that would've put us right now. Yeah. It's, uh, that was a tough loss to that red Sox. And honestly, a lot of people felt at that time that, all right, well, it's time to wrap it up.
That was the game. That was the, the playoff hopes. That was the momentum Turners. But yeah. Look at this young team that's still going. That's that's, that's something to hang your hat. There, whether or not they make it. So if this is a team that's still going and you know, 99% of this team is locked in and playing some of the best baseball.
They have Kyle Seeger with career numbers. But the one, the one guy you say QCI, who was our all star this year and has fallen off a cliff since the all star break, you know, he's the only guy that's really, you know, that. Failed us and a lot of ways, but you know, even last night we overcame a shaky start from him where he went only three innings and the bullpen came out and was nails.
And we won that game, which is another time when
really our, our, a weakness too, was our bullpen. And that's what we're seeing really saved the day games. I mean, this is, this is very exciting as we look at major league baseball guys. What are we looking at? Uh, it is still a really exciting because there are so many question marks, but is there anything that you believe is an exclamation mark and MLB rich?
Well, I would say the Chicago white Sox winning the division for the first time, since 2008, that's a, that's a big deal for baseball fans in Chicago, the Dodgers San Francisco. And it in tight races, uh, you know, Matt, that national league west is tough and San Diego fell on hard times after it looked like they were going to have an easy ride to the playoffs.
Yeah. They, they had an opportunity. You, you had a legit shot at three MLS teams. I'm sorry, I'm making it in the playoffs. And you know, the Dodgers, we have a finish out at home with three games against the Padres and they're going to still want to try and claw back. Uh, so that that's it's, it's still tough.
It's anybody's game right up until the. And again, kudos to the white Sox or right. Rich big, big on that. So you got a couple small market teams. Oh, you got, you got the raise and you'd have the brewers leading their respective divisions too. So it does create some parody in baseball. It's not just only the big guys, like the Yankees or, or Dodgers went in it.
Isn't that exciting. I'm loving this season because of all those question marks. This is one of the best times of the year. For me, I mean, think about this. We've got the drama for major league baseball. Football is just kicking off. We've got hockey just ready to hit the ice. And of course soccer is nearing the latter part of the season.
And a lot of exciting things happen. I mean, there's. There's all kinds of stuff going on. No, and inside, I just absolutely love this time of the year. So guys, I want to take this to, uh, just open up before we take our final shots, um, to any other sports story that hit you this week that you think we need to tell our listeners and viewers about Matt, we'll start.
Good. I, I like,
know, Richie sent that out the agreement here now between the MLS and, uh, Leah MX. I think that there's a, there's a great natural competition between the USA and Mexico and stuff. And between the two leaks, right? It's, it's fierce. It's, it's ugly. It's fantastic. You know, every, everybody loves it.
And it's also great because you have a lot of Mexican players that do come in and play on the MLS, but you don't have a lot of Americans going down to the Mexican leagues to play. So maybe that can create a little bit of more of opportunity. You have some more Americans going down to play in the league, MX, which would then actually help the us national team because let's face it.
The Mexican. Better than the MLS overall look at what expo does or does. Right. So I think it's really, it's a win for everyone all around, from a revenue standpoint, from a fan standpoint, from a competition standpoint, um, from player development standpoint, it's really fantastic.
And I think it's a great.
Improve Kanca calf. Michelle makes the conduct calf better because they've sanctioned this new tournament. You know, all 47 teams are going to compete. That's a way to make the product better and included in all your, all your media rights deals. This is a win-win situation for Liga, MX and MLS all the
way around, especially because what that does for.
Uh, American soccer is help us as we are really growing up. I mean, the us men's national team has had some impressive wins over Mexico. We saw for the first time. And then my last team go to, um, the leaks cup. This gives us that level of play. We've talked about many reasons why, um, American soccer just hasn't quite cut it.
We have so many other professional sports outlets for talented young players to go into in some of the other countries. If you're looking at south of the border, soccer is the big. That is it. So it is a good chance for us to continue. We're we're starting to grow up and I think that's really exciting.
And in fact, it's going to tie into my final shot. Is there anything else anyone wants to bring up before we shoot those
out? This is a, this is kind of another Olympic nod, Katie. Is going to be a volunteer swim coach at the university of Florida. Think about that in Olympic champion was so many metals and a pedigree that can't be beat except by Michael Phelps, helping my college, you know, swim team to become better.
Those, those kinds of experiences learning from a person with those kinds of experiences. That's wisdom and that'll make a team better
investing in the next generation. And I love that. Um, I think it's time for us to take our final shot. Um, we're going to start with Josh finally.
So I'm going to go, go, go back into the, uh, the golf bag for one I gave before, but, uh, Josh blue, who was a former Olympian, he did not, he was robbed of aigt victory.
I think he should've won, but he was in the final. In one of the top spots as a comedian there, if you haven't heard Josh blue go out and look him up. I love that guy, man. I really wish you would have won. I think he showed up that guy's hilarious. He's great. He has a great attitude. A great spirit. Um, yeah.
All in on Josh blue. So congratulations to do well in America's got talent this year.
Okay. I like it. Another kind of competition.
Well, I'm going to give my shout out to Cal Rawley who hit a big two run home, run yesterday to put the Mariners back into contention for that game and ultimately get that four game sweep.
Here's a guy that a lot of people didn't think belonged in the major leagues a week ago and was doing. You know, okay. As the starting catcher for the Mariners, but not really providing some punch there. And, uh, that was a big home run his second of the season. But once again, it put them in the, in the driver's seat for that four game sweep.
And without that four game sweep Mariners are not thinking about the playoffs, but they're still in the hunt because of let's go
on the hunt. Uh, Matt peel, Manistee.
a couple of weekends for Ryder cup weekend people. So even if you don't like golf support the USA, right. Go USA over team Europe is the fiercest competition golf.
Every two years it gets rowdy. It gets, it gets a little up tight and tense. So I'm go.
So the USA versus, uh, Mexico is what a lot of people looked at it as my final shop. Um, Mexico has a bad reputation for a good reason other fans. Um, when I was at the game though, here's what I wanted to give a shout out to, to my final shot is to the Leone fans that were sitting around me.
Um, they were the ones. Reaching out to people who weren't Leone fans, they were just cheering on Mexico to beat the USA team and they were using horrific language. There was an actual fight that broke out in the stands because the Mexican fans were throwing projectiles across the aisle. You know, just less than three feet harmful things at a Sounders.
And I want to just give a shout out to those awesome people sitting around me who put a stop to it, but said, you're making us all look bad. This isn't what the game's about. You're here to cheer on your team. You're not here to be a jerk. They were a lot of fun. They. Stared at us a little, when our teams score, uh, they high five dust when their teams forward.
And then they went out with us and enjoy some of the sights of Las Vegas afterwards. So I want to give my shout out to the Cole Leone fans that were saying. That's my final shot. That's the spirit of the game. That's the spirit of what America should be about. Here's our photographer in the background.
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Al is in full swing. Did you guys catch the game last night?
I still don't have internet
at home. So that's a big negative. No.
Yeah. If you are new to sports timeout. Yeah. New Orleans they're down in NOLA. They're still pulling things together. You're not going to have home games for a while.
Any update on that? I didn't follow it, Matt. Sorry.
You know, we don't up supposed
to open up Sunday, um, with the Packers at home. And then the schedule is two games on the road anyways, and then come back for the fifth. And they're saying, uh, we'll be all sums up, ready to go for that home game against the giant.
So in the end, it's just one home game, um, that we will not be, uh,
home. So you have internet where you're at. So that's good. Electricity internet things are getting back to
Yeah. So I'm at the gym where I work. So, uh, that's what it, the internet, I do have power at home. Uh, but, uh, who knows when internet will
on, can you give us an update on some of the roads?
I mean, how are saints fans going to get to the, to their first home game? I know you have a few weeks to go,
They're saying by that time power will be up, um, all over, not just in Moreland's itself, but all the regions will have majority of power roads be cleared. , trees will be enough off the side of the road and different places for people to get to the games.
The airport of course, will be open. The saints are a regional. Uh, you know, there's, there's no football teams in Alabama or Mississippi, you know, college, I mean, pros team. So, you know, people do come in from out of state and even from Texas. So, uh, the road should be open power should be clear and people can get, uh, flying
love to hear it.
Well, the road was open to the NFL. Josh, did you catch the game last night where we saw the Bucks take on the cowboy?
Well, is there a football on? Is that, was that what happened? What was that? It was curling is week one of curling. Oh, okay. It's the opening. I was watching the marble run. Oh, better? No, that was a, what a great start to the season.
Scott, by the way he looks, he looked really good coming back from injury. And, you know, if you have that devastating injury and it's one of those things that like, you don't know if someone's going to be able to come back and be the same player at that point. Uh, but he came back and he looked really, really good.
Um, Tom Brady, I mean, he looked like Tom Brady up. He was really good. He made a couple of mistakes, but it really like, I mean, they did, they did well, Antonio brown looking good, although that is, I will always think Antonio brown is just a ticking time bomb of when is that going to blow up in everyone's face?
Um, he lost his marble, so he's not on the marble run,
yeah, that was a great start to the season. A great game. Very exciting. Lots of plays Vienna via by the way, that UDaB stand out. I'm pretty sure he's just like a Volkswagen. Like he's like, he's huge. You see that guy and he like, just like looks bigger and stronger than everyone else. He plays for the bucks.
Obviously he was awesome and I love that they move them around and put them at full back. I wish he was a Seahawk man. I love that guy. He plays so hard. That there was a funny moment. Um, there was one of the morning shows here in Seattle. They had interviewed him before and he basically, they said, what's your favorite thing to do on the field?
And there was a good, like seven seconds of silence, like, uh, play football. So he just likes to go out there and mash people. He doesn't want to have to think about what he likes. He just wants to go out there. Destroy, any living being in front of him, whether he's playing offense or defense. So go B
go from blazing saddles.
We live in where you can make a pretty darn good living. Just destroying everything in front of you.
See life is good. Brady through life. 379 yards, four touchdowns. Um, Prescott, uh, was 400, three yards, three touchdowns, very comparable. And I think one of the most exciting parts of the game was the last minute of the game.
The Cowboys pull ahead , , the box. Final seconds and, uh, uh, three throws out of bounds purposefully so that they could bring in their kicker. , they beat the Cowboys, , 31, 29. It was pretty exciting. that was some game, , Brady and Gronk or pulling it off.
And it was pretty, pretty amazing. Just a perfect start to, NFLseasoned guys.
Yeah. Yeah. It's, it's exciting for, for it to be back and just candidate for it to feel a little bit like normal. We know that the world is not returning to normal and may, may never be normal
It's getting even less normal. I know. , the Raiders are pretty excited for their, , Las Vegas opener because they're going to. Fans, , remember a year ago, sports without fans just awkward and weird. So it's nice to have boring. Yeah. Boring to watch. And you heard me talk about the canned fan dumb, how it sounded like a bad sitcom.
It was just kind of like really. Why, you know it, wasn't genuine. Josh, uh, if you want to go see a game, you're going to have to mask up and. Um, you're going to have to be vaccinated. That's going to be really difficult as people, you know, they already have their season tickets.
If they aren't vaccinated, if you don't have both vaccinations, you don't get to go. Whoa, go ahead.
Josh Cox, it's actually vaccination or a negative test with them. Yeah. But you
have to have it within 72 hours. I guess. That's where I'm saying it's really difficult because where do you go to get your results?
Places like Amazon and Walmart are starting, I think today or yesterday are selling at home test kits at cost. So you can get them in stores or online. Will
those be accepted at the state? Do you know,
I I've not seen anything to say they won't be,
because I know there's a lot of venues where at home test will not be accepted.
There are other
ones, like if the Mariners make the playoffs, they will not
so far. If you're looking, if you're listing, you were expecting as a specter. That was a weird anyway, if you're, if you're just listening, you were spared that moment and it's okay. Pray for Garrick pig. Yeah, they, the, the thing to me is, , testing should be testing.
It is vital. If you have natural immunity, we are now seeing more and more big study. I've talked about recently, , out of Israel that says near natural immunity is lasting longer and stronger than the vaccines. And there's a number of scientific reasons why? So we should be testing for immunity. Instead of worrying about if someone is vaccinated, because if they're vaccinated great, you were vaccinated that vaccination can last as little as six weeks.
So we don't know if you're getting an end spreadable based on vaccination alone. So if you are vaccinating, you should be taking tests
positive COVID test. Because I had COVID back in December, which means that I have the, the immunities now the natural immunities, I actually got tested recently and still have the, uh, the, have the antibodies.
And so anyway, we digress.
Well, no, we aren't really digressing because this affects you. If you are, if you're going to any games, This affects you. Um, if you, if you, if you, if you want to work, this affects you. New York jets, receiver, Jamison Crowder, uh, still recovering from COVID and.
This is going to be a continued issue. And speaking of cam, um, he was kind of spouting off all a lot. I mean, he was all over the news. He may not be a Patriot anymore. He may have been from that region, but he is dominating the sports world
would have been a district, his wait, we need the sound. The fact for that his aura would have been a distraction for the Patriots without being a starter , , Matt Jones, , he would have been uncomfortable with him as his backup. What's that all about?
I think it's called ego.
Yeah. Guys, Josh Garrick, Matt.
Well, you know that there may be some truth to that. I mean, it's when you're a rookie coming to the league and you're, you know, you fought for your job, you won the job out of camp, but if you have a guy that's a former NVP sitting behind you on the bench, you're going to have a thought.
If I mess this up, don't mess. I mess up. There's a guy waiting to take the job back. All right.
, I'm going to challenge that challenge. I want to issue a challenge. , I want to issue a challenge. That's right, because you're, I know you're a rookie, but this is next level sports. This is the highest level of sports.
I think it's, it's the exact opposite, man. You're going to have to step up your game and if you're not ready, To have that sitting on the bench and threatening you, then you're not ready for the big game. You know, that's what it's all about. I think it can make you better.
I know pre-season clearly, I mean, he did step up his game, but I.
And there's two other things. One is, I do agree with what Josh is saying, cause you're always kind of looking over your shoulder back. However, part of it has to do with how cam is as well. I mean, is, is cam going to be there supporting him written for him or is he going to be hoping that he squeezes up?
And so, you know, your point in terms of ego,
right, right, right. I, I, I think, um,
guys, this isn't something new. No, it's not, it's happened every day in the NFL and the sports. You are always going to be looking over your shoulder. You're always at
your shoulder at an MVP, a former MVP. You're not like on your own bench.
Yeah. There's, there's, you're always looking over your shoulder. There's always the next guy, but it's different when it's someone that has the gravitas that cam Newton has. He has a following with cam
Newton going to help out. That's the end of the day,
I'm going to be a team
player. And I think that's the big thing to him.
He's not going to be, you try to be the number two quarterback to help.
Hi as a starter. I don't think that's true. I think he showed him the pre-season that he was, and that by all accounts, during the pre-season, he was all about helping Mack Jones, all about being the best he can to help that guy get into league, feel comfortable that he was doing the best he could for it.
But he was, there was multiple accounts saying that he was there, you know, being a mentor to Mac Jones, but that doesn't mean. Going to be, even if the guys are friends and you know, you're still gonna feel uncomfortable cause there's decision outside of those two people. And of course, cam Newton wants to be a starter.
You know, he's competitive. He wants to be a starter. You're still gonna have everyone else looking at you and the fans looking at you saying like, if this Mack Jones kid doesn't play, he's going to get crucified. Just like we see every year in, um, in Philadelphia, when the fans go nuts, anytime. A quarterback messes up one time, then they're like fire him, fire the staff, get new quarterbacks, draft three first round picks.
You know, it's, it's just the way it is in the league. So there is pressure there whether we
like it or not sure there, but let me say something. I think that's why America is great. If we remove competition. Everything falters when we had the more competition that we have, the better things get. And that leads me to a question that comes out of the U S open a women's single of the us open is going to feature two teenagers for the first time in, , gosh, since almost what, 21 years, since 1999.
I can go, okay, Leah Fernandez, I got that one and I followed her just a bit. They'll meet in a matchup and they are both teenagers. It's the first time in the U S open women's final of singles since 1999. And, , I guess that leads me to a question, , this new generation of sports figures we've seen.
Stories for, I think the first time, at least in my memory of people who have had to back down couldn't handle the pressure. Oh my gosh, the press they're. I think competition breeds excellence, but is a younger generation equipped to deal with the, the pressure of competition, high level sports and constructive criticism.
Okay. Well, I think
if you individual, yeah,
it does completely depend on the individual, but I think it opens up a great market for sports psychologists, um,
of which I am not.
Yeah. But, but no, seriously, I think that it is one of those situations where the world is, is certainly changing and this whole kind of movement, if you will, to, to.
To remove barriers for kids and, and th there's a positive side to that, but there's also, um, this huge downside in terms of exactly what you're saying. Michelle people are not learning there. There's no toughness to people anymore and, and no sense of resiliency or sense of. You know what I'm going to, I'm going to fight for this.
the upside of, , patting, the cells of, of the next generation? I mean, Josh, you're probably the youngest among us and I know you didn't grow up necessarily padded,
i, uh, I, I dunno, I don't think I'd necessarily say I'd see that in my peer groups that people were especially padded.
I dunno like my, my, my, the people I grew up with, we still. You know, our only rule was be back before the street lights come on, which is in summer. That's like 1:00 AM so
oh, up in Seattle.
Yeah. Well, you know, it's something to be that we can watch. And it is something that we've addressed on this program is, uh, you know, handling the, the. Extreme pressure. And we can say, yeah, I understand. But you know, the world is not an easy place. Are we really, as sports as an analogy for life, are we equipped for, , being athletes in the game of life to use a coin phrase from a fabulous book. Thank you
you. I appreciate that. , quickly as we wrap up talking about the NFL, , anything that's standing out for week one.
I mean, how can you not be excited about the Seahawks team, new offense, you know, another year, DK Metcalf, Chris Carson, Russell Wilson, a defense that looks to be improved offensive line.
It looks to be improved. We have questions at cornerback, but you know, honestly, other than cornerback, what holes do you see in the Seahawks roster? Where do you see a position where like, wow, they just have nothing, their safety. They have maybe the best safety tandem in the league. They have. You know, one of the best linebackers in the league with a couple of young guys that look really good, they have a defensive line that look, you know, did really well at the tail half last year with the addition of Carlos Dunlap.
And they've added more pieces to that you have on offense, your offensive line looks really solid now. I mean, maybe you wonder about. Evening, post sick et center. But I think that he did well last year, as long as he stays healthy, he could do well this year and all the other spots like good running back wide receiver, obviously quarterback, every position looks good on the Seahawks corner is the only question.
So you still got to be excited about this team and what they can bring to the table. I think there's a
lot of stories out there, you know, going on this weekend, you have obviously the Las Vegas read as finally having people in their stadium. So that's going to be exciting. Number one. Just something overall for a team in its second year in a new city, but really didn't have a chance last year you have, what is Joe burrow gonna do up in Cincinnati?
Uh, you know, he got hurt cause he has no offensive line that first. But he was a great quarterback in college. What can you do now? I don't know, a year to learning. And then, uh, you know, we're starting for the first time without drew breeze in 14 years. So, so that's happening. What's going to go down in Houston with the Sean Watson and that quarterback situation.
How about that organization overall? Can they focus on playing or is there so much crap from the outside as a field? Their team and infiltrator their team. Can they even find the way out of the locker room? You know? So you've got a lot of different
things going on. What about the trade with the Texans for, , Brady.
Uh, we get defensive
back. We're, we're pretty fin at quarterback, uh, with our main guy, Marshawn, Latta Moore, uh, still out on suspension. Um, we've had some injuries to people, so we're, we're pretty foun there. So it's, it's um, it makes sense. And we gave up a couple future draft picks for somebody that can play.
Now, we even signed Marcus Trufant. So, you know, hopefully he can give some, um, some decent snaps. So we have some questions, uh, also, but just interesting to see some of these different things playing out, you know, around. Uh, in different, uh,
Oh, you willing to lay down some money on, on your team this year?
I'd say we go with 17 games, right? Yeah. So, uh, that would say my math is going to do, I have to think about math. I've used to be eight and eight would be that. So it would be, I'll
say is that
no, nine and seven is still 16. Isn't it?
Yes, that'd be 10 and seven.
17. She met this hard. Make 17.
Yeah. Thanks Kara. That's why you have me on the show?
I do. I don't know anything about math, anything about 15 of lose it?
Oh, well I'll say 10 of seven. And the reason is the Seahawks. Aren't going to go. Oh, and nine to start the season. That'll be my prediction going against the NFL. Well, there was the prediction based on like a probability thing that someone does.
That's a national reporter that said they go, oh, and nine. And I saw that I was like, what numbers are you putting into your system?
Yeah. Yeah, we were pretty safe that that's, what's probably not going to
happen. I know what's the wager. I saw
that. Oh my gosh. Well, I'm asking this because, , a survey was done 36% of Americans, more Americans expect to bet on the NFL this season compared to last year. So we have. 40% increase on gaming.
Is that because people have had the sense of frustration or they they're ready to get back in the game? I don't know. But, , for online gambling,
let's talk about
this. Don't we talk about this, the stadiums that have. How sports betting at their stadium. Does that start this year? So there you go. Right? I think that's why the percentage
Cause now it's accessible right there.
You can do it right there at the stadium and , , it's another avenue for, for income. Connecticut is ever closer to, , allowing online gambling and sports. So it's a big deal. I want to take on soccer. Yeah. Um, I, I watched the, , us men's national team. . Can I just say our coach may have saved his bacon? This week with the wind because they have, they have had some disappointing outcomes. So I want to talk about that. Soccer is your game Garrick. And so I'll turn it over to you.
Well, I was quite worried at halftime, uh, when we went down one nil and, uh, this was against Honduras and.
They, they they're, they're not, uh, a perennial power in our, in our CONCACAF region. And so, so when, when we went down, I mean, they, they, it was, I mean, we had a little bit more of the run-up play at the beginning of the match, but, but that was a beautiful goal that they scored. And, uh, so credit to them. I was a little bit concerned, but we've
been having some problems finding the net, but what happened during halftime when he kept going, boom, boom, boom goal Christian rolled, Don comes on and suddenly, you know, we're scoring goal, goal goal.
He didn't score them, but I don't know. He's a good luck.
Uh, we experienced that, uh, I think with him in, in the gold cup as well, and he does well coming off the bench. Um, and I mean, he's, he's fine starting to, but, um, and we're, we're a little bit biased here on, on, uh, sports timeout because of our Seattle connection, uh, with some of generals off rolled down, but.
But he, he is, um, he really made, makes a difference, uh, in there just the way that he creates opportunities, the way that he is just, um, on both, both sides on the attack, as well as defensively.
Nice that we pulled it off Garrick, but man, we've, we've really had kind of a slump in the eye and yeah, there's been talk about, well, maybe we need to make some changes there.
Are we on track? Are we not to be a world cup qualifier? Contender TA time
will tell. Um, see, and one of the things that, that we've done with our team is that we have, have created a very deep bench, um, which, which is good and bad because it's good because you have that depth. And I think we talked about last week, we were missing, um, Christian, what's his name?
Um, Pulisic. Thank you. Um, To who can kind of fill in, but okay. But then in terms of. Team chemistry and guys working together. This is all the challenge with the national team in terms of bringing a bunch of stars together and seeing how well they, they can adapt and work together with one another. Um, but, uh, I think time, time is still going to tell, and the good news is the world cup is not happening right away.
And so there's time for the team to gel. You know what cup is provided that
we get in, you know, what cup is happening right away, but league's cup and there's only one you noted states or Canada MLS team that is still in the matchup. And that's the Seattle Sounders. Speaking of having a Seattle connection.
So the Seattle Sounders next week is going to host a Santos Laguna at their home stadium. They're in Seattle. So that's kind of exciting go Seattle Sounders for the league's cup. Josh, how about giving us a little bit of an update on, , baseball what's happening in the world of baseball?
How things are shaping up as we go into the book. The season leading to fall .
Well, first of all, there's no bat. It's winding down right now. We're in the season. We're winding them up. We're going to the playoffs.
Well, I'll tell you right now.
And the mayor is. It's a close right now. Yeah, right? Yeah. Oh, you have Boston. That is in the number one wild card spot. One game ahead of the New York Yankees who were in the second a half game behind them, or the Toronto blue Jays, two games behind them are both the Seattle manners and Oakland athletics.
So right there, you have five teams within three games of each other total between the top of the box. That are all playing for those two wild card spots and Seattle Mariners. They have three games against the Arizona Diamondbacks. You have not been good this year. They did put up a fight, but we managed to sweep them in the series.
They have, they have three games against them and then the red Sox come to town. And th so there's a lot of these teams playing each other at the end of the season, which is what is making this really exciting. And this wild
I'm going to give that to you. You're right. It is an exciting time of the season.
Yeah. Well, and look, I love football, but this year, right now, this is the year of baseball. We're kind of at a point right now where if there's a Seahawks game on and a Mariners game on, I'm probably recording the Seahawks game and watching the Mariners because they're super relevant right now.
They're right in the thick of this battle, they're playing really well. You know, we've had a couple of rookie mistakes, like the other day when we lost the Astros, we had a couple mistakes from our guys that let, let us to a loss, unfortunately, in a close game where we could have, we were just a breath away from taking that series from the distros.
They're playing well, and we're seeing a passion from them. We're seeing a want to from them and Scott service, he needs to be manager of the year, like give him manager the year he deserves it. He's taken the steam from nowhere. I know he's not going to get it because most of the baseball centered in the Northeast.
And so, you know, unless you're doing as well as like the Dodgers. No one in baseball is going to even know who you are, the Mariners who's that what's, that that's a future New York Yankee player that's up to bat or a former knew that that's happened before. By the way know when the Mariners they were, they were in the hunt for a wild, good spot.
A couple of years ago, Robinson Cano, there was a, a story that came out about them and they said former Yankee player, Robinson Cano as if his career never continued on. Yankee tenure. Now that's not a team. We'll talk about his Yankee career for all those that are not American league
homers out there. So I just pulled up the national league side, uh, to give, because there are two leagues Josh, in case you
that one's not nearly as right now, the Dodgers are up.
So the first
spot that, but for the second one, You have the Padres who have kind of gone from, uh, a worst to doing well. And the surprising Cincinnati reds are only a game back. You know, the reds are, have been bottom-feeders for a long time. So they're only gained back in the wild card on that. Uh, which could prove interesting, um, finishing that out with the cars three games back.
Yeah. I mean, that, that could end up being a bit more of a battle, but I mean, the fact that the Dodgers in the first spot are up by 13 games on anyone else. It's like, okay, well, that's just, we're all we're fighting for one spot.
It's like watching them in a way. It's kind of like watching the NBA, you know, of the last few years and it's like, oh, I wonder who's gonna make the final.
Right. I mean, you know, oh,
surprise. It, it, it to me right now watching the national league it's it's like watching, um, like watching the Tom Brady Patriots league where it's like, they're the ones that are going to get through your mind. Where's the drama here I am.
Without a fan. The giants are actually.
The lead in the NL west. It's not even the
doctor, so it's probably going to be the dusters, the giants and the Padres it's possible. So
you got all three NL west, just like in the wildcard you have, uh, the ALS teams are, are competing pretty well on that too, you know, with the rays and you got the JV, the raves, the Jays, the gangs from the socks.
So that's. Uh, and I'll use those right there for, I mean, at least for the wild card,
I am the ALS the manners, that flares. Right.
And Josh, you say that, , it's, it's the, it's the time for baseball? Well, you know, it's getting close to the time for hockey. Um, It's pretty exciting if you are in, I know it had to be for Las Vegas when they got their team.
Wow. This is great for Seattle. If you understand that they have their new team, the crack in that, uh, Seattle is still running. The the, you may not know if you're not from there, they're still reeling from the loss of their basketball team. And you'd like, it was yesterday, you know, that is still an open wound.
Hockey was big in Seattle. In fact, look up who the very first winners of the Stanley cup were back in 1917. Seattle does have a hockey history. And we do have somewhat of a hockey culture here. Well, yesterday I was able to tour the practice facility for the Seattle crack, and I even got to. Try a crack at some things on the ice.
Now this is said with a caveat. Yes. You're going to see Michelle falling on the ice. Okay. But keep in mind, I'm wearing these sparkly cute little sandals, right? With this slippery bottom possible, but I'm still out there like a trooper. So don't laugh too hard there. I am. Take a watch. Take a, listen. I am Michelle Mendoza in the ever.
There you go. You're seeing some of the facilities you walk through. You'll be able to get Starbucks, coffee woo-hoo and that's looking down into one of the practice to see the transformation. Having grown up in this area at the Seattle crackin are going to be our new paints. For the N H L this is their practice.
so Josh, our resident Wookie, this one's for you where we're practicing. Bit of curling. I'm going to get my hand at this. I think I'm going to be a little bit better than with the stick. We'll see how it goes.
That's right. Yeah. Now I'm going to take you to the public speeding area. I think just three years ago, I would be standing in the makeup at the makeup counter at Macy's. So right now, Part of the crack and practice facility. And this is where people get to come and do their skate and get their ice on as well.
Sports fans. This has been the cracking experience in their new practice facility. Uh, I think based on what you've seen, I'm not going to be quitting my job as a talk show host. Maybe the NHL isn't for me, but I will definitely be watching games for any of you who have experienced a sports team coming back to your town.
And back in our case, it is so exciting to have the NHL to have real, this kind of real level, next level hockey right here in our own backyard. So again, I say it never happened in my lifetime, but it is now, so go crack it. Back home. And I think it's time for dinner. So I'm going to make some crack and go cracking dogs.
So there you go, guys. That was, yeah. So there we go. I had to, uh, work with a little bit of that. Volume, but, uh, you got to see me on the ice and you may have missed me, uh, barely standing up and at least making a goal, uh, sled hockey. That was excellent, but, uh, it's a lot of fun. To get involved in your local sports teams and be able to, I don't know, just enjoy, enjoy a game.
We're getting back to that. I'll be at, in some weird ways. We're getting back to it. So I'm looking forward to watching the cracking. I don't know how great we are going to be the first year. I don't think we're going to see another replay of the Knights in their first year. So that's all I have to say.
Oh, that was very cool. Watching that video, Michelle and, and seeing your, uh, your curling experience, that was kind of fun. Um, but,
uh, I get it. I know I fell, but I'm thinking I want to join a career. I want to join a curling league, you know, just maybe for beginners.
I have to, I have to just comment, Michelle, as a, someone who is so into sports as you are, um, I love the fact that you you, I I've, I've seen some women's sports casters who have, um, and sports reporters who have feel like they have to become one of the guys. Right. And you're still comfortable being a lady and. A woman and, and still, um, you have this passion and this love for sports. And so I just want to commend you for being able to just be you and, um, and do, just do a great job with it.
Women, women. Seasoned passes, right? Women by sports memorabilia. Women love to follow teams, but no, we don't have to do it like a guy. You know, I'm an avid Fisher girl. I love fishing. And this year
I was gifted pink waiter. Yeah. Yeah. I have matching outfits because that's what I do. I fish like a girl as we go into the last part of our show and we give our final shot. My final shot is to being a girl there used to be. Ad that said, we need to ban the phrase. Like a girl, you run like a girl, you know what?
Fine. I run like a girl, but there's a lot of women we just saw in the Olympics that ran like girls and they were able to win some metals doing it. There's nothing wrong with doing something like a girl. So. For you girls out there loves sports. You are welcomed here and love them the way you see fit. If you want to bling out your, your hats and your sports paraphernalia, and you need to sparkle it up, then do it like a girl.
Just know you're always welcome here. It is time for us gentlemen to take our
My final shot goes out to girls in sports and girls sports fans.
Uh, you know, my shout out is going to be actually again to Matt brass, Jerry to Poteau said this week on a, another local sports show, he was talking about, you know, the people that are in, in their system. And Matt brash might be getting a call up here in September to play out of the bullpen.
If you don't remember, he is a starter that was moved from single a to AA this year. Actually doing even better in AA than he wasn't single AE. So we are, we might just see him this year. And I think that he's going to compete for a starting job next year. So I'm really excited to see what this kid can bring in the major league level.
He's got electric stuff, man. He throws hard, really hard ball to hit, so we'll see what happens, but yeah, go Matt brash. Happy for
you. All right, let's go to Matt.
I'm going to give my final shout out to Kyle Busch for just letting it fly in his interview. Even though he got fine, $50,000, the same shit right there on
national TV twice,
it was still pretty amazing for him to, um, you know, just passion and the guy just let it all hang out and, and didn't care.
And, uh, so I got to give him kudos for just. Just being a human being on that one. So that's Kyle Bush is
mine. Okay. And Garrick paying, bring it home, paying us.
Hey, Reverend, he could have just said amen.
So I I've got a special, uh, final shot shout out today. Um, I, I'm not going to use his name, just, uh, out of respect for his family, but, um, I have a buddy of mine who I went to high school with and he has brought me to several Sounders fan. Huge, huge. Sounders found, sorry. He's brought me to several games cause he has season tickets and um, and he recently, um, had, uh, a heart procedure and then he, uh, last week just collapsed in his bathroom and hit his head.
He's in a medically induced coma right now. And so, um, we've been praying for him and just sending out our love to him, but this guy, he's a Seattle sports fan through and through, um, just huge hearted guy. Um, you know, he works with, with animals and, you know, just, just an amazing all around diet. And so, um, so buddy, my final shot goes to you and we're just pulling for you and praying for you and wishing you all the time.
Uh, one thing I want to say before we go, uh, this weekend, we'll mark the 20th anniversary of nine 11. Um, and a reminder that there are those who would stand against us because of what we stand for. And that is Liberty. That is freedom. That is a freedom of speech, freedom of, of religion. Um, some of those freedoms have been under fire.
But that is exactly why America was under fire so many years ago, two decades ago, because we stand for freedom after nine 11, we stood for the national Anthem and we stood together despite our differences with one mind saying these are the values that we are striving for. So I'm going to encourage people to stay on and saying that national Anthem this weekend, remember.
Where we came from, remembering what we stand for and remembering who we are and maybe, well, we'll, we'll get back there again. Thank you so much guys, for joining us today for sports time out. Uh, thanks for helping us to look for a deeper meaning. We look. Every broadcast like us, share us and go to my Michelle live.com.
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I remember for sports. That's right. You, you have no idea as you're watching, listening, or reading the trouble I had with these boys before we started. Um, so I think it's going to be a good show today. Absolutely. Let me introduce you to the round table of fella. If you're looking at this Brady bunch style guy over that's all right.
The guy over to my left is who we referred to as encyclopedia rich. I mean, he is an encyclopedia of sports. He's a long-time veteran sports broadcaster from the great north of west rich hall, strong.
My hit for you, Michelle, you
properly prepared for this. I'm so callous. I don't know. What's up with that.
We have with us author. Oh, this book, it is a spectacular scifi book. I'm kind of geeky. So I totally love breaking yesterday. He's a sports reporter, coach and photographer. The one and only Brent are rape or photographer. Brent
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. We have with us off screen for some reason. Um, we're, we're not prepared to share him with the public yet. I guess he can be found. He can be found on Twitter at Josh reports live. He is our sports authority and yes. When you do get to see him, you'll know why we call him the rookie of the year, Wiki of the
Give us a, give us a Wookie call, Josh.
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Boom, boom. And then of course the one and only, uh, coach for the game of life. This is his book athlete in the game of life. We have Matt Peale.
Oh, what a bunch of guys we have with us today. There's so very much to talk about and you know what, we're going to talk about the NFL. There's some interesting stories there. Uh, Corona is affecting sports. We'll take that on. I have a story about LeBron James getting dissed again. Um, so we have, and am women's hockey.
There's a big story there. Uh, some coming together, kumbaya of college sports, and of course we'll talk major league baseball, be going to a game tonight, fellas, uh, w what I wanted to take on first is the big story, because it's on the, on the international stage and that's the para Olympics. I mean, we've, we watched the Olympics.
That was great. But man, when you see people who have gone through the ringer in life who have had to deal with disability and still overcome. Master and go for the gold man. It's so inspiring now. Rich. It is you've covered the Paralympics for years.
Um, yeah, my, my first experience was in 2004 and Athens Greece.
Can you give everybody a little background now? You can ask me what you were going to go ahead and ask me. Well,
thank you very much. Um, we know that, uh, we don't always see that you get around most of the time in a, in a wheelchair. So you've had to deal with a disability issue. So this is near and dear to you.
So I'm just gonna sit back, drink my coffee and let you talk.
Well, let's talk about the Paralympics, P a R a L. Uh, M P I C let's just,
let's just get
that spelling out of the way. It's not,
well, this is a sports show, not an academic show. Come on
now. It is. It's important because it's not the para Olympics.
It's the Paralympics. Let's give them their due and, uh, NBC sports network and NBC, you're doing a great job. 272 total hours. When it all, when is it, when it is all said and done, let's start with the U S team doing a great job in the pool and a Statia pagodas sets a world record in the 400 meter freestyle she's only 17 years old, her first Paralympics, then her room.
Then her roommate, Gina para glees sets a 100 meter backstroke record for the first two gold medals in the pool for the United States. You know, we talked a lot about how the United States, along with Katie, the Decky and several other people dominated the pool while the first two gold metals come out of the pool in Tokyo.
And also we got to take a look at women's wheelchair basketball and men's wheelchair basketball, both undefeated in pool play. United States in men's and women's basketball undefeated in pool play. They're both looking to go after a gold medal and Chuck Aoki had the sports illustrated cover several months ago before the Paralympics he is involved in what's called wheelchair rugby.
actionably known as Murderball, but they couldn't sell that name to sponsors. So they changed the name.
I'd sponsor it in a heartbeat. That is awesome. Aoki. Have you ever played
I want to go home at night, so I stayed away.
Your wife was like, yeah, no, it's not happening, Michelle. I stayed
away. I stayed away from those guys, but I, that was my number one event that I covered in 2004 in Athens. And the Australians are very good in that. Very good in that sports. So is great Britain, but the United States is on a gold medal quest with Chuck Aoki, their captain, uh, like I said, sports illustrated cover boy, several months ago, us undefeated, undefeated in pool play.
And they're going on to the semifinals. Lots of good stuff. Like I said, 272 hours by NBC, but I got to throw one thing in here. And this is where equality comes in and where we talk about taking people's accomplishments, steering. Seriously, only one of those hours is going to appear live on NBC television.
Wow. All the rest, all the rest of those hours, the 271 that are left are going to appear on NBC sports network and the Olympic channel. And online. Now, my question for sports fans would be, would that ever happen for the Olympics? If you value the Olympics and the Paralympics as equals in terms of athletic achievement, that should not be the case.
So we got some work to do
folks want to hear what you guys have to say about this?
Oh, go ahead.
Uh, let's say, well, first it's like, if you go to the ESPN site, I don't see, you know, in the quick links they had the, on the side of the sites, they had the Olympics for several weeks earlier right now there's they do have stuff that you can find on the site if you search for it.
But it's like, you go to that, that little bit quickly. It's not there.
You have to go to the Olympic sports tab. Right?
Exactly. So it's not, it's not something that they stuck out there. That's like, oh, I mean, that's going on. I better check it out. You have to actually know that it's going on and go look for it.
So that, that just reinforces what you just said there. I think for me, it, it just, um, More about the, the event itself? Um, I mean, I, I, I've one of the first guys to be on USA USA, but what I look like, I think just wrap your mind around this, but there is a Paralympic refugee team.
six people that, I mean, there's one guy I was reading about.
He was in the pair of canoe. Um, he was in a ref Syrian refugee camp. He escaped that went to several countries, um, made it to Germany, had a job installing solar panels, fell off a roof and was paralyzed from the waist down. Um, didn't even tell his family that he'd been paralyzed. They were back in back home.
And so he was like training. Um, didn't even tell him. And then he found out that his brother had been killed and. Um, basically coach forced him to continue rather than giving up. Um, and that was the point when he told his parents, Hey, look, uh, I had this accident got paralyzed. Um, yeah.
So you got stories like that, that just take it to a whole different level. And especially with, you know, what we're looking at, coming out of that, you know, coming out of Afghanistan this last couple of weeks, um, there'll be a lot more of people with these, these, these horrific stories, but I just, you know, we talk about all the things going on with mental illness and sports and, and what really, that is, um, these people.
Are just like, if you want to put somebody on a pedestal for mental toughness and what it takes to overcome horrific, horrific things that we can't even imagine. Um, I mean, it's just, it makes me teary sitting here to sleep thinking about, about these, you know, several swimmers thrower. It's just amazing to me.
What does Michelle
does please? Rich. Um, I have a little bit of a technical difficulty with our video. So talk amongst yourself. You might not see me for a moment. I'm going to fix that and make sure everything's working. Go ahead. Rich.
What I was going to say, Michelle, is this really challenges your view about is everyone?
Well, I'm sorry about that guys. Uh, we just had a little bit of a difficulty we'll catch back up with the guys and then you can see everything that's going on. I bet Rich's still talking. What do you think? Let's see, we'll check it out. There we go.
Everything that Martin Luther king talked about, the Bible and God from a Christian worldview, do you think of everyone like that or do you only think of certain people like that that make it convenient for you to, uh, be in friendship with them or be in relationship with them or be their biggest advocate?
Because I think what Brent talked about with the refugee team, we also have to add the fact that in solidarity, the international Paralympic committee flew the flag of Afghanistan in the opening ceremonies. That's the kind of messages we messages we need. This shows the power that God has on people's lives to help people overcome.
Now, not all those athletes know. Christ, but that's what we should be, be praying for, because think of all the wonderful testimonies that could come out of something like the Paralympics.
Well, it, it, it really does speak to a God story that I think anyone can relate to. And that's the fact that there is a deeper story.
There's something deeper to it. Two. And if that deeper thing isn't welcoming to people, if that deeper thing isn't life-changing, if that deeper thing brings hate, then you might want to reevaluate what that deeper thing that you're looking at is we'll talk more about that in some of the other sports stories that are going on.
I did want to go to the NFL. There's uh, you know, here we are deep into pre season, um, precinct. Guys, and I I'd like at least someone to address this preseason is not showing you a preview of what the year is going to be. You know, we're into week three, we're going to start seeing some of our starters play in a lot of the, uh, a lot of good teams, but it isn't necessarily a preview of how good your team is going to be.
And, uh, one of you may have been Brent last week that addressed this. It, it, people expect it because you're paying a premium to go and see your team in the preseason. And yet you're not seeing your team. So, Matt, what do you think.
It is, it is not the before season, actual season, it's a trout. It's where guys are trying to make the team and impress upon the coach. That's all it is. So you're right. You're going to see different people, uh, play, especially, it's not just for the guys that are trying to make that team, but you know, they're trying to make 18.
So that's what all the coaches appreciate is they want to give them time to get some tape out there so that they can maybe, you know, make it somewhere else. Cause it's not going to be on whatever team you're on. As far as fans in the stands,
um, for pre season,
I have season tickets to the saints and, and we can't even give pieces and tickets away and no one wants to go, you know, period.
It's just a, it's kind of meant for families or people that are not going to pay the regular dollars to go see a regular season game or a big group that just wants to get people out there just. Just to do something on a Friday or a Thursday night.
What you said, Matt is a great example of this is a glorified screen.
It's a glorified scrimmage in a way for the owners to make extra money in their own local markets. And to, uh, pretend to put on a show, to put on a show, it's a, it's a Broadway show without Broadway. And I think that's why people are a little bit disappointed in this whole thing, because as you said, Michelle, it is a lot of money to shell out for the, for those tickets.
And the Seahawks are one of the very few teams that also include the preseason games in the season package. So you can not buy. Season tickets without buying tickets to the preseason games. Also
the saints also there's
the same side or the same way. It's part of your, your deal. You get all of them. Um,
but you know, when you go with the concession stands,
you know, they're not charging less for the hot dog and the Coke and the beer and the preseason, even though you're getting a lower quality, that's still regular season
Yeah. Yeah. So here we are. Uh, NFL will, uh, maybe in week three, we'll see a little more of the starters, uh, maybe, uh, take it into stride folks. Uh, I guess you could say Josh NFL season is upon us, but the NFL season hasn't truly started.
Certainly. Um, and before I talk about NFL, one second, I just wanted to bring up something, uh, in relation to the Paralympics on ADT right now, there actually is a comedian Josh blue, who has cerebral palsy.
He is hilarious. He is awesome. Uh, former Olympiad. He was on the, uh, Olympic soccer team for the United States. Uh, but that guy's hilarious, uh, watch about ADT vote for them, support them, uh, shout out to Josh. Blueberry. Just wanted to get that in really quick. But yeah, I, I agree with what you guys are saying.
It's not, I mean, to an extent, though, there is another side of it where you see other teams that are, they're putting their ones out there. I mean, look at when we played against the Broncos and yeah, they're in a different place, but how much of a different place are they they're looking for? What their team is.
They're not, they have not been good, so they want their ones out there to see what they are. But the Seahawks are in a position where they have a brand new offense, and I am excited that we're finally going to get to see the ones in this preseason. Uh, but I, when you, I have a brand new offense with a guys, a first time offensive coordinator, I know he's been around the game a lot.
He's past game coordinator. He has his run game coordinator with them that he brought over. I want to see them get reps in and in the live game. Cause there's, you can practice against your teammates, all you want, but there's something about playing against someone else who has med tent and then hung in a hunger to beat you.
That has a reason to do this. And the reason to break up what you're doing. You know, I mean, not to say that the defense isn't going to try to compete with the offensive practice, but it's not the same. It's different when it's a different team. So I'm excited to see that come up in this pre-season game.
Hey Josh, I got
a question. Okay, go ahead, Brent. No, go ahead, Brent.
I think that, I think one of the big things that we saw last week with, especially like the Broncos and the Seahawks game, the Broncos had, um, have a starting quarterback competition going on, so that, so that's a specific reason why he play your ones is you want to see how your quarterbacks do with your primary guys out there and they aren't victimized by your fifth year, fifth string guy.
That's going to be playing for the Jaguars eventually for me playing. So for
me playing center,
Yeah. Now I think you're making a good point about, you know, we've got a new offense in Seattle. Um, but at the same time when you're playing against vanilla defenses, because no one's going to bring what they're really going to bring in the regular season.
What you see on it, uh, in a, in an exhibition game, which is a term that the NFL refuses to use, but it's what it is. Once you see in the exhibition game, isn't really going to give you anything that you're not going to see against your ones versus ones in practice. Now, you know, like down in new Orleans there, you had kind of a competition going on that really shouldn't have been a competition.
So I was like, that's finally been resolved.
Thanks. That that has been
resolved. Thankfully. I mean, Brett Brent, you're, you're a hundred percent correct. I think it is. Per team like what's going on per team is there and with the Denver,
same thing. Is there a, are you looking at a new quarterback? Are, is your offense or defense?
Pretty much set. So now you're really just looking at second strings and that's I guess the fun and also depends who your team is. A market is it's either. Oh, I'm done. Or,
Hey, we got to watch this
guys. I got to ask this as a serious question. Does the NFL really need
preseason? Yes. Yeah,
If you throw everyone in, in the regular season, we saw some of what the effects are. Last year, you have more injuries, you have people not ready for play. So then your first few games become your exhibition games. So the spirit,
he didn't really have training camp last year either. So I, I'm not sure if last year.
not really a
very accurate, but at the same time, it's. It, it was even worse than what we're seeing now, as far as nobody, nobody had anybody, anyone around them for, for a week and then you'd go out there and play.
Here's the thing, what we're seeing right now is we're seeing a lot of players saying, like they really want to have that, that person to person contact.
They want to have that, that team chemistry of working with people, especially in a, in a physical game, you know? And I'm like, maybe it's different in my job where I work in tech and I don't, you know, everything I can do, it can be virtual, but their game is physical. Their game is built on synergy being with people's important.
And more importantly than that, this is something that's been kind of frustrating to me in a lot of ways with this, the NFL players association is they're only really caring about the top, maybe. 5% of the league and saying that we don't want to have pre-season games. If we don't want to have in person practices, you don't the people, the other 95% of the league, that's always fighting for a job.
The new guys coming in, the people that are not superstars, they want to be out there to compete because they want to have those opportunities to impress the coaches. Like you said, that's what the preseason is for you. Can't get rid of that because that gets rid of their opportunity to show. I can do something.
You know, I think about the guys that are undrafted free agents, right? That are just kind of barely given a shot. They weren't really given a drafted, graded. How many of those, if we had in Seattle that have turned out to be well and think about the pre-season games and how they've changed the future, the present of the Seattle franchise.
Remember when Russell Wilson was a rookie and he beat up Matt Flynn, the guy they paid big. Two for a starter position. I mean, th the preseason is important and I don't, I don't think that we should ever get rid of it. Despite what the players association might be saying, why
are you then? Why are you okay with no pre-season and college football
college football is different.
It's like, it's a different game. You have, there's so many more like opportunities for guys to play there, but
it's not, but it's not 100% different is. As the NFL it's different, but your knee, but it's not as different as you make it out to be Josh. I would, I would, I would definitely, I would definitely say that it is not as different as you make it out to be, because if it
was that much and how many more people in rosters, and if not making, like you're not competing for this tiny amount of jobs, there's a ton of schools.
Like if you want to play football, you can find a place to play football in college. And if you do well in your first season, you can move to another school or, you know, like there's, you can move around like that. But these are men competing for, for their jobs and their opportunity in a small amount of places to play.
It's very different in that sense.
Well, then the other thing is different is, is, uh, last year, Clemson, Alabama.
Your season usually starts with two, three games. That don't mean the same as your conference schedule, but they all count. They count, but they don't count. It's not
their job, you know, they'll still get,
they'll still be, if, if, if you're not Alabama, you're not going to win out. Right? So th these games are, are treated differently.
Like in Washington plays say, Idaho, it's not the same as, as when Washington plays USC.
We all know that's a page. We all know that's a paycheck for Idaho. So the sorry. So I believe that the comparison you're making is not app is apples to oranges. And here's what I'll say. And here's what I'll say about that.
If, if the NFL needs their pre-season so badly, how is it that the Canadian football league can play eight game play 18 games and have only two preseason games
because no one cares about the Canadian.
If no one cares about the kid, if no one cares about the Canadian football league, Josh, then how come the Canadian football league is?
Where, where Warren moon earned his NFL career.
And why is it that the, the Canadian folk bulk T uh, Lee brings in so much more, many viewers and so much more await? No, they don't.
Right. Well, that's a point like NFL is the cream of the crop. This is the top tier for football. There's no better football in the world than what you have in the NFL,
That's that's, that's true. But to say that the nobody cares about it cares about the cares about the Canadian football league is insulting creatively.
Speaking that isn't, that
isn't, that is insulting of you to say that because those guys are just as much professionals and get paid. You don't get paid as much, but they get paid.
Oh, that is installed. So that isn't socially a
minor league somebody's career to a professional, like the professional NFL, top cream of the crop. And like they can get away with two preseason games. They still have a season that doesn't get rid of the fact that the preseason is important for these guys to have an opportunity.
You know, I bet some of the Canadian football league players that we've seen would not have the opportunity that they do if we don't have a pre-season in the NFL, because that is their opportunity to play and show NFL teams that they can play against other NFL.
And you don't see a lot of people saying, Hey, I'm, I'm highlighting what I'm doing in the NFL.
So I can go and play for the Canadian league, you know, as insulting as it may be. No, it's not on that level. And you could use that same argument with the XFL whom I've really enjoyed playing and yeah, they played just as hard, but it is not the same. It doesn't bring in the numbers. Not as many people care, you know, there you go.
And you know, you could watch Matt golf every weekend, which, you know, might be really fun, but, and the vast majority of Americans, nobody cares. I'm sorry, Matt. I don't mean to insult you, but guys, there's another way that the NFL is picking up their game. They're proposing testing, uh, backs, unaided players, every seven days, they're going, they want to test.
You heard me right? Vaccinated players every seven days amid the COVID 19 surge. Um, they want, in fact, some want daily, they NFL PA once daily testing. Now this is the it's. I'm going to bring it up. Outside of sports things to consider, how are they going to test, you know, after December 31st, uh, first according to the CDC site, they're going to withdraw requests for the food and drug administration to use that, uh, PCR test, because it has been inaccurate.
It gives false positives and false negatives. It's um, if you have just a couple of molecules of the Corona virus yet, you're, you're not sick. You haven't contracted it. It'll register as a positive. These are some of the numbers, by the way, we're all going off of, um, so there's that then there is the push to continue to vaccinate NFL players.
The Vikings, for example, had a disease expert come to them. To their team and to talk to them, to try to convince them, uh, because the vaccination rates are one of the lowest in the NFL of the Minnesota Vikings. So this, uh, expert an epidemiologist from the university of Minnesota spoke to the players.
Yeah. Training facility. And he let them know that there's a rumor going on that there's 6,700 people that have died from taking the back seat. And he said, that is absolutely not true. It's a rumor. The vaccine makes you sterile. Absolutely not true. Um, now two things that I want to bring in is one, no, you're right.
It's not 6,700. According to VARs the government's own site, uh, there's been 15,000 reported. Um, the VAR site has confirmed 6,700. Um, and that's only one reporting system. Now I know I'm getting off sports here, but I want to bring this all into, into consideration. Japan, um, has had some serious problems with, uh, the vaccines because of sterilization because of fertility issues.
And you can listen to our ruin stay program where we have. Fertility expert. So what I'm saying is, you know, when you go into planned parenthood and you say, you know, I'm pregnant, I'm kind of concerned. They give you information on the abortion, how we can give you abortion, the good things about abortion, but you're not making a real choice because they're not saying, you know, here are some side effects.
Here are some emotional things that could go on here are the big, huge risks. So it was it really conformed incentive. We're only giving part of the story for the Minnesota Vikings, bringing it back to football. They, they were told, look, you should get this, all of these things that are not really true.
They're not giving a balanced bill balanced information. Uh, Kirk cousins ha has been public about saying I'm not getting that darn thing. And yet they need to test vaccinated. All right, rich. I want you to weigh in on this year, itchin. Well,
here's the thing, here's the thing, especially about the Kurt cousins angle of this whole thing.
He has been vilified for not taking the vaccine, not taking the vaccine and Lamar Jackson has gotten COVID twice and you hardly hear anything about he needs to do. He needs to do this. He needs to be more responsible for his, for his teammates and even Kirk cousins, father, who is a pastor in Orlando has been personally attacked.
For his position on Twitter and other social media sites. So this,
yeah. And I just want you to take into consideration that people like this epidemiologist is saying, these things are absolute rumors. They're untrue. No, they are true. And they should be talked about that. Doesn't negate the fact that maybe a vaccine could help people, uh, that maybe it could lessen your, uh, risk of getting one variant.
But there are also a Nobel prize winning, uh, doctors who are saying well, because of this vaccine, that's why we're seeing superbugs and variants coming along. If we don't talk about it, we don't know. And here's the other concerning thing. This epidemiologist said, look, we have to take care of each other.
Getting vaccinated today is not just about protecting yourself. If you're an adult, it's about protecting your kids from getting the virus. It's the children. We have to do it from the children, but look, if it works, how are vaccinated people transmitting it? Why do we need to test them? I mean, I have, I'm not an epidemiologist, so that's why I want to listen to everything.
And not just someone who says they're an expert, but someone else who says, they're an expert that says something else, let's let the truth weigh out. Now I'm going to turn it over to you guys in just a minute, but maybe one of you could explain to me why the NFL is doing this, because I don't understand how I can give you a disease that I don't have when you've been vaccinated for it.
I'm I'm so confused.
That's a, that's a great question, Michelle. And the other question that we need to ask is. 100% of staff in the NFL, nearly 100% of people on staff in the NFL, other than players have at least been somewhat, been somewhat vaccinated and then nine, and then 93%, 93%. I believe in the latest article that we're talking about, uh, players have been somewhat vaccinated yet.
We're having to do all these tests and we're having to put in all these more stringent rules. That to me says, what we're doing now is not work. We're what we're doing now is not working. So if so, if getting the vaccine helps you and reduces the risk of getting a COVID-19, then we should be seeing the numbers go down.
Not not go up and we should have done, we should have had a better plan to, uh, battle this variant. And the other thing that confuses me is Joe Biden. When he came into office said there was no plan. He must've forgotten about operation warp speed and all the other things that the previous administration has done.
So, so you get it, you get a different message every different day of the week. And that's why I think people are completely just fed up with this, Matt.
Yeah. Y'all nailed on the head as a guy who works in health and fitness. I'm not a medical expert. Disclaimer,
disclaimer, but yeah. The CDC went from a
standpoint of research and knowledge and years of researching things for heart disease and cancer and obesity, and, uh, all these preventative measures to help you live a healthy, active lifestyle to now what
seems like, uh, every other week
it changes and the guidance changes and the guidance changes.
And so then other people come out with, well, what about this? All misinformation, the misinformation is coming from the government, from the standard bear of what we need to be doing and need to be following consistently waivers on what they're trying to tell us
then who are we to believe?
Well, and just another disclaimer, Brent, before you, before you weigh in.
Everyone on, well, everyone on, on our panel as at a different level of experience with COVID, uh, I believe Josh, you have not had it. I have had it. Uh, some of us are vaccinated. Some of us are not. So we're, we're coming from different angles here. And yet there's a consensus that there's a problem, Brent.
So for me, it's all about 2 cents here.
If you are being told you must have a medical procedure, whether you consent to it or not, there's a problem. When you are told that you must have a medical procedure or you are excluded from society and, and you have no rights to it. If you are injured or killed by it, the manufacturers and the politicians are not, are not responsible.
You can't Sue someone if you are permanently disabled by this. Yeah, I guess there are ways. Insurance settlements, whatever. But, so there's my there's there's my, my, like the core of the issue is like, when you start forcing medical procedures on people, you're not the good guys. That's, that's, that's, that's a hard line for me.
Secondly, we talked about the virus website where you have, um, Where the it catalogs reports of adverse reactions to the vaccine. That thing's a joke. I don't know if you've tried to work through it, but just, just, just, just trying to use it as a joke, but here's the thing. It is a self-reporting website and that as far as I can tell is the only place correct me if I wrong, please.
But the only place where this data is being collected,
correct. Okay. Uh, no, let me correct you on that. Since we talked about this on Wednesday, um, it is one area that data is being collected. Um, insurance does have, uh, some data on adverse affects. Uh, Medicare Medicaid may have data as well. These are things that my guest on Wednesday's health watch edition of my Michelle live, brought to light.
She also brought to light a Harvard study in 2010. I believe that said, Hey, as far as VARs is concerned, they're not collecting all the other data that is out there. According to Harvard study, not, not my word, Harvard study VARs is only getting 1% of the adverse affects. Um, and just keeping that it wasn't part of
that was part of what I was part of what I was after there.
It, part of what I was after there is that yeah, 1% was even lower than what I had had read several places, but even, so you have incomplete data, there's no science, there's no methodology to that. If it's like, oh, if I know about this website and I have. Some sort of reaction. Um, I report it here, but that doesn't even mean that whatever's going on with me is connected to the virus.
There's th there's nothing about the virus site that actually is scientific and how it's being used, how it's being collected or used. So if there are. Databases of adverse reactions. That's good. Be nice. If people actually knew about them,
see for themselves, these are the results. One thing to use VARs and say, yeah, it's a joke.
So, um, this epidemiologist to the Minnesota Vikings can say, yeah, you can't really trust that. That does not make it untrue that people are dying. It also doesn't make it untrue that people are having adverse effects. Uh, what we're finding now you can find this very much on mainstream media is that the, um, MRN doesn't stay localized in your arm.
It's distributed out throughout the rest of your body. Um, Yes, it is habit it's making its way to the reproductive organs, which means y'all men who have gotten vaccinated. You are going to be dealing with a possible loss of testosterone in coming years. That means beer bellies and, um, impotency and an inability to make babies for women.
We have seen, and you can look at Japan, they have, uh, they have said, wow, there's a problem here with reproduction. So yeah, there are some issues. So as we watch it effect sports, uh, what does that, what do you think could possibly be the effect of a vaccine, uh, that may have adverse effects on the future of our athletes?
Anyone Josh, you haven't waited problems,
problems with their muscle problems, with their muscle development problems with working. Oh, you know, all kinds, all kinds of
things, low testosterone. What does that do? What,
what, what I want to know too is where are the antibody, the antibody tests? Why are we testing for the disease testing?
We're not, I know, but why, so you have the NFL here. They want to do all these tests every, you know, every week. Why not test for the antibodies, which, I mean, the studies are coming out now that show that they're superior to the vaccine, as far as protecting you from the disease. Why, if you have had the disease and the antibodies are more present in your body than the vaccine, um, why are we going through this whole, this whole clown show with weekly testing?
It doesn't make sense to me. If you have the antibodies. It should
be, at least should be enough. So we could be, we wouldn't have to test every day. Like some in the NFL want Garrick paying is joining us. Uh, Garrick is on the road. So his internet may be spotty, but, well, it shows,
this is great.
I also have the, I was just, I had COVID back in December and I was tested for the antibodies back in February, which I had, and I thought, what the heck I'm going to test again here. Um, about two weeks ago I got tested and I, I was showed up positive still for antibodies. My doctor says I'm better protected than, than if I had the vaccine.
So I totally jumped
into the middle of the conversation. I don't know, completely appropriate. I have a couple of questions, one, um, Matt, uh, since we're now hearing studies and this applies to sports and to mandatory, uh, injections, if the marinade does affect, um, your testis Giller region and, uh, testosterone, what effect does that have, you know, you as a professional here in this pro in this profession, low testosterone, what effect does that have on, on men?
As far as athletics is concerned?
Incidental actually asking this question, right? I am no longer 29 years old. I am 46 years old. So what does that mean from a testosterone level? That means my testosterone naturally drops. I would conservatively say that I am as far as health and fitness for people in my age easily within the top 5% of fit people for my age group.
Guess what, ladies and gentlemen, my testosterone was almost on the bottom end of the acceptable range completely out of my voluntary control. It just happens. I didn't know that until last month when I actually had a blood test and blood drawn for the first time to check all my levels. So if this truly does affect testosterone levels as we age, which naturally drop, so that big S that's on our chest.
You know, 30 to 35 and then it kind of just starts to fade away and it's not there anymore when we're in our forties and beyond sure. It's going to accelerate. Um, muscle loss is going to accelerate fatigue. You're not going to feel like a man. Um, and the things that you do, whether it's in the gym or that's in the bedroom.
So all of this natural decline that you're going to have, if it accelerates that, then yes. Guess what? I'm now taking a testosterone shot once a week to get my levels back up. So what's that going to do to people that are not in my fitness level that are just of the quote unquote average Joe quote, unquote, dad bought that can be fairly
Wow. That's something to think about Josh. I'd like for you to weigh in, please.
Yeah, well, I mean, we could, we could go on at this ad nauseum and it is the, and we
almost have actually
sweeping the nation, right? I mean, this is what everyone's debating about and the problem is that we're not actually debating about it. The problem is that everyone wants to live in an echo chamber and shout down anyone else who believes differently than them, because that is where we've come to that.
That's just, well, if you're don't get the vaccine, then you know, you're believing in some cow parasitic or dewormer. Well, a bunch of idiots. Well, you know, there's lots of research. Japan recently said that if you look at the comparison between African countries that have used versus not that you have much better results, like there's data out there to look at, but we're not looking at it.
And for some reason we have completely forgotten that big pharma is. Your best friend, that big pharma doesn't actually care about your health. Oh,
thank you, Josh. He just got us canceled. We're going to be watching for the few more seconds that you can before they take us off the air. Great job pigs.
just lost your fights with your sponsorship
from the mouth of the babe.
People say like, well, now we have FDA certification. They're like, now you're gonna move the goalposts. So you don't trust the FDA and I'm over here. Like you guys ever trusted the FDA. Maybe it's my, my libertarianist at me, but it's did we forget that the FDA is 75% funded by big pharma by pharmaceutical companies?
That one of the, one of the presidents at Pfizer used to be one of the heads of the FDA. Like it's, it's an incestuous cesspool. Politics and money, then it's silly. And I could go on it forever, but I'm just going to stop there cause I, I won't stop if I
don't. I think Josh would be a really good commentator if he was a little bit more, I dunno, verbal about what he thinks.
true that the Pfizer vaccine that got approval is not the one that most people are getting right now. Did anyone hear that? I don't know.
Do you not know? I had heard
that it was, um, a different vaccine that it's being approved that has been approved because of the fact that the, uh,
the U K the
emergency used off use authorization still protects Pfizer.
And so they gave approval to a different vaccine. I don't know.
I just, just for those, for those who are watching or listening, that's something that maybe we could research if you've, if you know, and you have real data and not speculation, write us and we'll, we'll confirm it. It's and this is why we talk about things, because sometimes you just don't hear it in the news.
You just aren't hearing it reported. So it's bringing a lot of division. It's bringing division for teams and the time where we need to come together. But one place we can say kumbaya is the ACC big 10 PAC 12 Alliance that is now coming together. Rich.
Yeah. Yeah. The big,
well, Josh and I can tell you that tell you what's going on here and I'll tell you exactly what's going on here.
This is a move by the ACC, the big 10 and the PAC 12 to see if they can form an Alliance that makes things look better for them. To go up against the sec. They're tired of the sec getting the limelight and they want to, they want to have their piece of the pie. The pack 12 was the leader on making this agreement because they want to increase the visibility of football, football drives the college sports machine and the brand new commissioner who thank God is not Larry Scott anymore is finally thinking with this brain,
Yeah. Well, one of the things you guys know I've complained about it, a lot, the TV scheduling and how we'll have games that like end at 2:00 AM, uh, because, you know, pack 12, right? Yeah, why should we have our team actually watched by human beings are
the 8:00 AM starts they were
talking about, right? And that, that was one of the big points of this.
This is one of the big reasons they did this. And they said that is, they want a better TV scheduling. And it's exactly true. Especially with a sec, inviting Texas and Oklahoma to join them. You know, they're, they're trying to create themselves their own super college football league. They want to be the, be all end, all of it.
And this is a move to try to protect the rest of college sports from them becoming just the monopolistic juggernaut. And I'm, I'm here for it. I hope it works. I think the sec is too powerful. I think college sports follows the SCC more than anyone else, and there's a huge bias there. I also think that this will help push the arc schedules to be better because we'll have more better cross conference games being planned out.
And I think it will also push college sports to a bigger playoff. Picture. So we don't just have four teams that, and that's it.
Well, I think too, Josh, the thing that we also got to think about, let's not leave college basketball out of the mixed. This really helps the PAC 12 to play the ACC and college basketball and play the big 10 in college basketball.
So there you raise the level of another big time sport and we don't have
the respect to get X number of teams into the big dance in March. So I think that also comes in as, yeah.
Oh, you got to win some of those games. No, too. And so that, that's the other part, PAC 12 and see you, but
see you, but see Brent, you've got to get the, you've got to get the exposure and opportunity to play those games.
So now the pack 12 has maneuvered themselves. By taking this stance, we're going to be the leader on this. We're going to put ourselves in the, in the forefront that Washington, Michigan game to begin the season is big for the Huskies. Very big. They play Montana the week before, but that Michigan game is what it's all about.
I think for sex.
Yep. Yeah, it can, again, it, I think the potential is there for this to be really good, but you also have to take advantage of this. I mean, for the last five years, the PAC 12 has had some of these intersectional match-ups, especially in football where they've gotten blown off the field and they've proven they're not at the same level as the big 10 or the sec.
So yeah. So you can get these cross cross conference scheduling and maybe expand some recruiting bases that way, but they're going to have to, they're going to have to perform, or it's not going to. Okay.
We were talking about, so
we're talking a little bit about basketball. Um, I wanted to move on over to the NBA.
Um, I, I wanted to which story you tell it, then you tell it
what's on her
mind. Are you a mind reader? What does she even know
NBA players association is going to help develop Rucker court in Harlem Rucker park, the legendary point of street basketball for all the NBA, legends, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and everyone else you can think of got their start at Rucker park, and they're going to work on the main court and update the back boards and all that good.
don't you love? Yeah, that wasn't what I was going to bring up, but I love, but that was one story. So we might as well start there. Uh, you know, you're amazing rich, really. Um, we might as well start there because it is nice to hear a good news story. It is nice to hear a good news story. Uh, then I'm going to bring it over here to LeBron James, who is getting a dissed again.
Uh, Chris Carter was asked if LeBron, James would cut it in the NFL. Now Chris Carter, uh, he he's played for the Eagles dolphins. Vio
The field. He was Michelle
He could have just said amen.
Your, your audio. Yeah. <inaudible>
Author photographer. Brent <inaudible>.
Yeah. So <inaudible>
Especially <inaudible> and people say, well, does this look good? Well, honestly, you're never going to have the entire squad out on the field. You know, you're going to have to have a couple of little spots, so you really have to look at how, how can I look? Well, a couple things, one I like <inaudible> looked really good. I like <inaudible> quarterback.
I have <inaudible>. I am a little little turn about <inaudible> because <inaudible> here with us and like, we don't <inaudible> I am not comfortable with what we have to start right there.
He he's the guy that has all the talent to do the job. <inaudible> yeah. Yeah. It was mainly <inaudible> And again <inaudible> <inaudible> <inaudible> he's the guy <inaudible> Yeah.
I'm okay. I'm good. Moving on on that. But I really, I got to say <inaudible> that this is not good for the <inaudible> games. It was was bad. It was <inaudible> <inaudible> the equivalent.
Now <inaudible> all the Seahawks. We didn't even even see children's installing that. We'll see. When we see Russell, it'd be nice to see the real game situation against other teams. Yeah.
Well, brown is a brown <inaudible> and you know, <inaudible> quarterback in the NFL. They made a huge before, so that didn't surprise me at all. And it's, it's kind of a unique situation, Jacksonville with, <inaudible> why you saw Trevor. You want to install that app and then <inaudible> and right. And build it back up from the ground up. I guarantee you if a similar situation <inaudible> comparison, you feel that way.
Yeah. That was a man that was <inaudible> for <inaudible> to give a five and nine <inaudible> face. And then I got to say, like, I know <inaudible>, you know how many, many times Spot five and a half behind the <inaudible> and <inaudible> so yeah, absolutely.
This is tuning in because we have a <inaudible> spot, but actually the division <inaudible> division or not <inaudible> do really well. And he went out over three or out of a watch out
What do you mean, allegedly? What do you mean? <inaudible>
Definitely, definitely his behavior was not. Okay. And this is <inaudible>. We all need to realize that in the middle of the broadcast, Jack Morris did attempt to apologize and show him or her tape and all heard at accident that he was not offended. So no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. <inaudible> we all have inappropriate comments by Steven <inaudible> and basically nothing was done was done, done disseminated Smith.
So we have to look at all those different situation. So we're going to just pause. We're going to need to suspend Jack Morris, possibly fire him, which I take is still on the table, possibly because we have not seen the end end of this. Jack was a stupid mistake and it's a terrible, terrible thing. But we are not in all these instances and doling out the correct punishment equally to each one because no, I'm not, not taking one.
Well, I would have this degree.
Well utilized <inaudible> yeah.
Well, yeah. <inaudible> I feel like the counter of the accident. <inaudible> that then? And I appreciate <inaudible> okay. I cannot stand that, but, but, but, but that's not, that's not an <inaudible> <inaudible> right.
I don't think he needs to go that's to me that's a little bit about it.
Yeah. I would say I have input. Let me know if I should keep my job. <inaudible>
Aye. Aye. Yeah. Well, here's the, here's the thing though. People will come out those <inaudible> cause it's kind of like, like <inaudible> <inaudible> yeah.
<inaudible> He said, we just, just say you should set your hearing
What it is <inaudible>
But that's what I'm, that's what I'm saying. We are, we are living in what I call and you tell me what I call thrive. I call it <inaudible>. The whole thing is because punches punches a pack terrain in front of a bunch of boarders was the same thing. And those reporters did nothing. Yeah. And I think that, that, okay.
And you say guys who were jumping on yeah. Who are jumping on Jack? Jack are the same guys. They're from the same thing,
But let me just go back to the whole illegitimate <inaudible> inappropriate <inaudible>. Yeah.
Right, right, right, right. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
<inaudible> there's actual video.
No, he no. A good cross. <inaudible> Tony <inaudible> hitting him. <inaudible> unfortunately. And this is why I don't have practices. This is what with, with three games <inaudible> this is the way how many things can go wrong before I'll lose my job.
And how many guys I actually kill on the, on the field before the general manager will of me into his office to say, I'm sorry, but we need to find somebody else.
We have a band and the self-control and the responsibility for <inaudible>
To behave and put your mascot there too tight, too tight, tight. Okay. So that's another thing that I <inaudible> some of the racial sensitivity. Okay. And then per our last conversation about the things that I think there is an over sensitivity <inaudible> and there was a woman there elegant, literally African amendment <inaudible>.
And she said that, that she lived there where she is. She has never felt afraid or concerned or worried at all when she should go out. And she's just an outhouse. Nothing has changed. There's no increase in any of the, but, but now she feels when she kicks us out. So, so there there's a <inaudible> with one another. And then going to the, the, I think whoever said that you, you put a bunch of guys together who are trying to regroup and the team and then <inaudible> and <inaudible> or whatever you want to call it.
And so it's a recipe for disaster. So those are my thoughts. Cool. Yeah.
Well, I think <inaudible> one of the things that I'm seeing and hockey's cracked out on, on, on fighting a <inaudible> <inaudible> <inaudible> <inaudible> <inaudible> <inaudible> then you have <inaudible> needs to be done.
It goes <inaudible> <inaudible> <inaudible> it's hilarious. But yeah.
Whoa, whoa. <inaudible> if the flu wiped out a majority of starting at 11 for the Huskies team the second week season, and they could, I'm sure <inaudible> one of those year finally decided, Hey, we're not going to do the contest because we didn't get anything out of that cut and dry thing.
And if you can't play, I like it better than the <inaudible> <inaudible> Scott.
Well, that's true. But the big thing, the big thing I've done similar, but time last year, we more <inaudible> now some of them have the COVID-19 day every week for a year, but I think that's a situation that's like, okay, play fine, get yourself better, whatever. But if it's not <inaudible> the teams <inaudible> So I, and I think that that creates additional <inaudible> when you go out there and play regular <inaudible> 10 days.
So I think the situation is better. I'm not sure it answers all the questions since I have it, but yeah, I can live with it.
Well, I was going to make Michelle and really, unfortunately, we're, we're in a situation where only part of the data is coming out and it's only part of the data that supports the prevailing narrative, which is that vaccines are good. Everything else is bad. And so this was what, nine months ago. And I just tested positive for antibodies. And most doctors will tell you that you have better than a vaccine.
And then I had a family member who was COVID is just astounding to me that, that, that there is this hard line and our Washington <inaudible> shot and
Move into fall decision and Jaguars. And I think it might be over the Taliban <inaudible> <inaudible> <inaudible> <inaudible> <inaudible> okay.
<inaudible> Seattle group. <inaudible> <inaudible> okay. So <inaudible> sounds <inaudible> I think so <inaudible> 20 seconds of getting into the map.
Yeah. Yeah. And
<inaudible> yeah. <inaudible>
Honors him in the world and he has made such a difference because <inaudible>, I, in my mind has been the single biggest, just such an amazing start when we higher than that, but really without a single loss to sister season, and then pat has his time and Nash greatly.
And I, he he's a little bit to me, but the fact that he is just, just having all sorts of <inaudible> and it's going to be a great run here. Okay.
P P P P for voting for those rankings.
So <inaudible> Steve's
Job over her week and <inaudible> yeah. So Steve's doing an excellent job.
None. None. I think if she could just <inaudible>
Do you need more? Okay. Yeah. Let's talk to the, the women's world championships <inaudible> and if all those Wells swim in the national women's hockey team, the 21, the 20 21, 1 world championship, and then I'm going to battle each member of the team.
We'll we'll we'll get over 100 to $25,000 in compensation for all that <inaudible> this is the one year they sign with USA hockey and <inaudible> and then the gold medal who says that. Yeah. Negotiating. Good deal. Hey <inaudible>.
Yeah. So <inaudible> maybe some of the other sports <inaudible> metal in every single <inaudible> Michelle.
Well, Hey speaking, speaking of major things last week, I apologize. But the biggest sport in the world that, that took place last week, <inaudible>
<inaudible> sure, sure, sure. Okay. Hey, Hey. <inaudible> okay.
Actually, actually that's, that's an awesome thing, but she didn't make it past <inaudible> player in the world, but, but that doesn't take away from her staying there. Definitely <inaudible> the men's national team and the <inaudible> games and then the women's team went to the men's game.
So yeah, yeah, yeah. If you can coach and coach, and I think assuming we get hired, you know, within days it's like, oh yeah, well, I'm going to look forward to this <inaudible> basketball.
Well, I, I it's just whether or not <inaudible> the president to me, <inaudible> like, I mean, I think they <inaudible> <inaudible> residence white balance is like, yes. Now the same time. I think this is even more than COVID. I think the timing is really bad.
<inaudible> legitimate. What's going on there. And if you're having, if you have time to entertain the WWE champs, the white house, why do you not really? <inaudible> the whole following so fine.
<inaudible> turn it around now. Well, we know that this is very first professional sports franchises to residential <inaudible> by last year. So, so obviously sports unfortunately is not apolitical as has become politics almost as much as politics becomes Paul <inaudible> whenever it suits them and forward them, <inaudible> hopped up the word, the Seattle crack bandwagon, we were trying to get a NHL franchise and you know, how politicians use public venues like sporting events and all those things as campaign.
Yeah. I completely agree. And, and, and then <inaudible>, but I, I think Kiki just play, just, just, just do your best <inaudible>
<inaudible> well, it's not, well, you know what, I'm, <inaudible> take the high road and do the right thing. Well, that's not either because we all know we live in a world without the king, the real king that won't pass away. It is we're trying to set our own with our own rules.
Yeah, definitely. Yeah, absolutely. <inaudible>
It was probably the number one biggest sports story on the global stage, probably in the U S well, yeah, the no 9 1, 1 soccer player there in the real world. My favorite player <inaudible> with, with, with Barcelona, the <inaudible> mess up. I mean, immediately, literally lost him because they weren't working because they're, <inaudible>, <inaudible>, <inaudible> in their, in their, their threshold to pay him.
Oh my goodness. And so, and he's, he's reunited with his old pal. Brazilians are doodle Neymar. Are they going to be match? Well, Messi alert <inaudible> and it was a show when he was there and then yeah, yeah.
South American fighter anyway, but that's just a huge <inaudible>. Yeah. Well <inaudible> Let me go back.
Let me go back. If you remember, when he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, and if we remembered that day, 1988, like a messy crying tears, but <inaudible> Oilers, didn't have to find that <inaudible> part of that franchise <inaudible> international rear.
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0 (1s): My Michelle live podcast, Michelle, Michelle LA sports, timeout, the fans, the field, the fake, the fun here's Michelle. 1 (17s): Welcome to Friday. You made it to the end of the week and we give you a special reward because we make it fun. We sports it up. I'm here with my buddies here, the round table of fellows, I will introduce you to. So you know who, well, you know who to email, don't email me. I can't be responsible for these guys. Let me just give you a rundown of who we've got here. Now we call them encyclopedia rich. He's an encyclopedia of all sports knowledge. He is a veteran sports reporter and he is my friend. And <inaudible> <inaudible>. 1 (1m 6s): The author of athlete and the game of life, he will stretch you and strengthen you to be a better you. It is Matt Peale. It's photographer, author of breaking yesterday. A crazy, crazy good scifi book. 3 (1m 35s): Great author photographer, Brent R baker. That's right. What I want to know is did he get, did he get a call from Netflix yet? That's what I want to know. I turned them down. 1 (1m 57s): What I wanted to start with today is, well, the end of it, all the 2021 <inaudible> <inaudible> been closed out. Closing ceremonies happen this last week. And interestingly enough, I just wanted to say congratulations to the United States because we edged out China. We won it all. We took most metals, most goals. I mean, gold, gold medals. I want to give you the official count. 1 (2m 39s): We, I mean, astoundingly 30, we had 113 metals. China had 88 and that's overall, we had 39 gold 41 bronze and 33. Silver. Congratulations. You as a, it was a good for you. Did anyone see the closing ceremonies? 3 (3m 4s): Yes. Michelle and Johnny wears outfit was better than anything that they put on the screen. 2 (3m 11s): Closing ceremonies. 1 (3m 13s): There hit the lowest viewership ever for NBC. The Tokyo games actually face planted to the worst results NBC has had since it started broadcasting the summer Olympics back in. So Korea. Yeah, actually 19, actually 1988. 2 (3m 30s): Michelle. Thank you, Mr. 1 (3m 32s): Encyclopedia. So funny thing though, to me watching the closing ceremonies was it was, it just felt like a frat party to me, you know, it was just like, Hey, here we are. Let's get selfies. Let's make cute poses. And it was like this. Why, why would I watch this? And some of it was COVID protocol. Athletes were required to get out of here 48 hours after their event ended. So many of the big stars had already gone home, frat party atmosphere, selfies, all of that. But as you mentioned, rich, Johnny rare was really the most interesting thing in the entire, the closing ceremonies showing a picture on the screen of his outfit, complete with bouffant hairdo and an Asian inspired kind of an outfit. 1 (4m 31s): He has a lovely hair piece that is fashioned out of something that is Olympic ask and interesting. 3 (4m 42s): Well, in all seriousness, I gotta give him props because he seemed to be the only one that was really interested in what they were doing, what he was doing because terrible, terrible Penske can't even look at the camera without daring off into space. And Terry Gannon, I don't know where he's he was gentlemen, get in on getting on this. I don't want to seem like I'm bashing these guys, but it's a very easy target. 4 (5m 9s): I think Michelle asked to it for me when she says the lowest viewed and my TV was not on. So 2 (5m 18s): There was nothing. Why am I 4 (5m 19s): Going to watch something again, without fans, I can 1 (5m 23s): Go just about anywhere, millennials hang out and see the exact same thing. People wandering around everywhere. There's a camera posing and taking selfies. You know, that's that's anywhere on millennial goes, you know, or, or gen Z, I should say, millennials are starting to grow up a little bit and started they're reproducing. And they have more important things to think about. I wanted to mention, 2 (5m 47s): Because 1 (5m 49s): This was something that Jenna Elias had tweeted hashtag woke Olympics, closing ceremony. She said, how appropriate and utterly embarrassing about his outfit. She tweeted that it, she tweeted this bring back the days when boys cared about growing up to be actual actual men, biblical masculinity over woke fragility. And I just didn't think that was a, I mean, I'm all for what she said. Yeah, that's great. But applied to his costume. I mean, he's not wearing a dress, 3 (6m 25s): He's actually wearing a Toga. So it's actually appropriate if you consider the Olympic history of a Roman times and so on and so forth. If you want to stretch that far, it's, it's entered it's entertainment. The closing ceremonies are entertainment, and BC's got to try to get something out of this because they started doing makeup commercials halfway through the broadcast because they averaged 15.6 or 15.7 million, depending on your news source, watching the Olympics every night, which is the lowest, which is the lowest percentage of households. 3 (7m 8s): Since I believe 1998 in Nagano, which had 19.8 million and of the 15 lowest rated nights in Olympic history. As far as television coverage, Tokyo had 13 of them. 4 (7m 26s): Yeah, I think there's, there was a lot of reasons for, for the face plant of, of viewership here. I mean, I think we certainly have all of the political stuff going on around the woke Olympics, as you mentioned. I also think NBC just, I mean, I, I, they understand that the way people watch sports are changing, but they spent so much time driving, trying to drive people to their, their peacock app and not telling you when things are on, when you could see them, where are you could see them. And then when you did have the TV broadcasts in the evening, most of the time you already knew what had happened. So it was the way they produced it was worthless. 4 (8m 7s): So I really felt like the way they put this whole thing together, there was a 1 (8m 11s): Lot, a lot of hype where you saw other countries reporting. They got into personal stories that I thought were a little bit more interesting that brought bring in a wider audience. And I think that they didn't always do a great job of explaining some of the sports. We've talked every week about some of the obscure sports that are fun to watch the sports that maybe aren't the big ones here in the United States. They didn't always talk about how they score, what they're trying to do. So you had to try to learn as you go that doesn't really build audience. No 3 (8m 48s): It doesn't Michelle and, and you've, you've got to have that actual sport on the screen. And this is where it's a cooperation between the play-by-play announcer of the, the minor sport or a not so very known sport. And the color commentator of S also said, sport, that's the job of the color commentator of tin and make you familiar and make you knowledgeable. So you will stay and watch that sport. I 4 (9m 19s): Think part of the problem. Yeah. I think part of the problem with, I mean, you're totally right, but I think part of the reason why that didn't work so well is that the color commentators don't get a lot of chances to do this for that sport. So like we were, we actually really got into the archery and I think it was Japan and Netherlands is something in that I felt they actually explained what was going on. But if you have a sport that's only on TV, once every four years, your color commentators, it's not like, I mean, gymnastics, it gets widely viewed every four years, but it's still, they have broadcasts on periodically every year, national and world championships and stuff, but things like archery or curling where they're only broadcast every four years, I think you're running you a thing where, okay, you have an athlete where you know something, but you don't have experience sitting there in the booth and having to talk live about it. 4 (10m 10s): And I think that's, that's where we run into some of that. Some of the issues that then 1 (10m 16s): In addition, they are. So in the know they're talking to a smaller audience it's as though it's insular. So I know this, they 4 (10m 27s): Forget what their audience doesn't know. Yeah. Yeah. So your thoughts, Matt, five class four, it was the most forgettable Olympics ever been not to forget what you haven't watched. Yeah. Yeah. And again, it's just really disappointing for me because the Olympics are a true celebration. The athlete, all, all types of coordination, levels, mobility, flexibility, strength, speed, everything that I enjoy about being an athlete. And I could just could care less about seeing any of it. You know, I would say this year, but this time plus 2 (11m 8s): What's that? What was it behind that? Okay. 4 (11m 13s): Oh, you know, there's that sneezing and flu thing out there. They call it COVID, that's why it be your light. So 1 (11m 21s): It took the, it, it took your breath away in a bad way. 2 (11m 25s): They took all the air out, depleted 1 (11m 29s): The Olympics, so to speak. I think 3 (11m 31s): This is Matt's point. NBC did nothing to re-energize its audience prior to the fact that the Olympics were ramping up. They, they did, they did nothing. 4 (11m 47s): The only thing we heard about was are they even going to happen right up until the week before? It's like the day of ceremony we talked about, you're going to happen. So talked about that on the show. Yeah. So there's your two thumbs down from Siskel and Ebert on the Olympics for that. So how are you going to get excited if the only excitement is, is even going to happen? I lost my train of thought. There you go. <inaudible> 2 (12m 19s): I remember talking to somebody 4 (12m 20s): In like three days, oh, the Olympics are going on. So that's, you know, that's how bad it was. Is that after they started people still didn't even know that they actually were happening. Yeah. 1 (12m 31s): I guess that, that takes a little bit of the air out of it as well. I think the FA lack of fans, de-energized it as well, you know, they playing to empty stadiums and there was no, you know, it just takes a lot of that enthusiasm out of it. I guess that's where I wanna talk about the fan experience. Matt there in new Orleans where you're near you're in Louisiana, my birth town is Norlands hello, but the mayor has now mandated a vaccine passport or 24 hour negative test for all indoor activities. 1 (13m 14s): And that's going to the stadium going to a game that I really get. But my gosh bars, gyms, restaurants, man, that's, that's going to require an awful lot of testing. And we also know that some of the testings in the main test venue in particular is being counseled as of the end of this year, because it gives too many false positives. So it just seems like a lot of mayhem. I want to get your thoughts on this. 4 (13m 50s): I, you know, I will never tell someone don't get or get, or are not going to shut that that's up to you. And I think that's the whole point. This is it's up to you. So the new Orleans area, especially our team, you know, the saints are very regional. We're not like Seattle in a sense where every most people I'm going to go into the assumption, come from Lisa state of Washington, like to watch or close to that area. The normally saints pull from Alabama. They pull from Mississippi. They pull from all over Louisiana, even pull in from Texas people coming to the games. So now you're talking and the panhandle Florida. So now you're talking four different states that really draw to this team that each state in each city now has different rules and different laws and cultures. 4 (14m 42s): So you're forcing even more now. And I get that from the far left standpoint, but you're now you're, you're forcing all these people who don't even live in the area. You have to now comply to this small, tiny box. If you want to come in to this game, or if you even want to come to stay in the hotel, you'll think of all the revenue that comes in. When people come in from out of town, they stayed at hotels, the restaurants, they buy different things. So it's a huge moneymaker. And now you're really restricting that. I think that flow of cash and tax dollars into the lifeblood of the economy. 1 (15m 17s): One thing that I will say having a test can be a little bit better than just saying you have to be vaccinated. You know, I've said that again and again on all of the, my Michelle live podcasts that anything that can result in death should never be forced on the public. It should be a choice. If I want to take that risk, that's completely up. It should be completely up to me, not the government and not people who are benefiting from it. Having had COVID. And I was telling Matt before the show, the average person who gets back donated, and you can go and get an antibodies test, your antibodies count is averaging about 50. 1 (16m 4s): That means you have some level of protection. You want to know after COVID what the test came back as 16,500. So, you know what? It's like, I have super immunity or something, but I mentioned this and I'm going to show this on the screen for our audience. That as far as testing those concerned for, COVID not for antibodies, the CDCs RTPCR test for SARS, COVID two a is going to be withdrawn. The food and drug administration is withdrawing their request for emergency use because it gives too many false positives. 1 (16m 45s): And by nature of this test, gentlemen, and this is really important when you think about how it affects players in the NFL, there was another case recently, I'm trying to remember who it was that came out, whoa, I'll get there at any rate. There's too many false positives. And, and if the test is, is tweaked just right, you can find a molecule of COVID and anyone, everyone there's not any molecule of anything, you wouldn't be able to find you, your body doesn't mean that you have it. So I say all that in this long speech, just to say, there's some issues with testing and it just continues to show that we are an absolute mayhem guys, absolute mayhem. 1 (17m 38s): I think it was, I, it came to me. It was in the Yankees. I think it was Anthony Rizzo that tested positive this last week was that it 3 (17m 47s): Was all different kinds of different things. Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens is tested, tested twice for COVID and Kirk cousins is getting a bunch of flack for not getting vaccinated, but Lamar Jackson does not receive a lot of flack for the very same thing. Not, you know, not getting vaccinated. So 2 (18m 12s): The reactions all over the map, all over the map 1 (18m 17s): Through ideas of the Seattle Sounders supposedly had COVID twice. And now they're saying, yeah, it's likely people didn't have COVID it's likely they were sick of something. They had some symptoms. They may have had the flu, but th they don't think that people can get it twice. What's really happening is this particular test just shows a lot of false positives. So we really we're shooting ourselves in the foot. And with the NFL, having that SNU strict guidelines, that if there's an outbreak in your team, the one, the team that has the most unvaccinated are going to have to pay. Wow. How fair is that? 1 (18m 57s): When we have all these breakout cases? 4 (18m 60s): Well, one of the things that strikes me as interesting about all of this is that we spent several years before the virus, not so much in the sports world, but politically talking about the importance of giving consent. And usually it's talking about in sexual terms, but basically that you have the right to decline to have someone treat your body in a way that you don't want to be treated. And now with this, where is the consent with these vaccine mandates? 1 (19m 27s): There's also the, my body, my choice. 4 (19m 30s): Yeah. Well, it's the same kind of thing, but you're, you're, you're forcing a medical procedure upon me, which I might be much more willing to, to choose to do for myself. If I weren't being told that I had to, I was going to be consigned to a second, second rung of society, which is, you know, what what's being created here. So, yeah. So I guess you're kinda, you don't want it. You don't want to get, you don't want to get jabbed. You don't get to go to see the Hawks or the saints or, or whatever. Yeah. 3 (19m 60s): Well, it's a case of intellectual and moral superiority by a very few people. And that if we look back at history has always been dangerous. 1 (20m 9s): This is a mic time to drop it. Nice job. You're right, Andrea. Totally right on. So proof of vaccination or a negative test, I appreciate at least that there's that option for a negative test there in Louisiana, where we're not seeing that in other parts of the country, Matt, it's just like you're vaccinated or you're not welcome here. You're kind, ain't welcome. 4 (20m 37s): This just, this is just in new Orleans itself, which is also the parish or the county, the city of new Orleans and a county that is in a, one of the same. The boundaries are exactly same. So you, which is not really very big in geography. You know, you stepped outside on the other side of the canal or across the street, you can do whatever you want for anything flying city itself that live in the city to go other places, to enjoy a bite to eat. 1 (21m 10s): Yeah. And they will another fan experience thing that I wanted to talk about. Guys, did you know that while you were getting your stadium dog and your ice cold here at the game, you can also do a little sports betting and Arizona Cardinals will become the first NFL team to announce plans for sports books at stadiums. Did you hear that story? 3 (21m 36s): Yeah. Bet. MGM is licking their chops right now with a contract that they just signed with the Arizona Cardinals. Now, my question is can the Arizona Cardinals learn how to play defense so that the Arizona fans can take advantage of the fact that they can bet on games at the sports book. So 4 (21m 58s): What's going to be sold out the sports book or the stadium, right? 2 (22m 4s): Well, if you can't get into the stadium there, you get, you'll get into 4 (22m 7s): A situation where you got vans betting, I guess, their own teams or cheery against their own names. Because based on the 3 (22m 13s): Cardinal's defense, I'd bet against them too. 4 (22m 15s): Yeah. That happens every week at fantasy. You, you use cheer against your own team. I can't do fantasy sports, but I set my, I tried to set mine up a little differently, so I don't get caught in those situations. Well, 1 (22m 29s): What do you think about that? Do you think there's a place for that man? It's happening anyway? Is it really a big, a big problem as there a moral problem? Is there, I mean, what what'd you guys think? 4 (22m 42s): Well, I think that the NFL finally match. That's why they were allowing it then. 2 (22m 49s): Yeah. They don't care about the morality. It's all. 4 (22m 53s): Yeah. 3 (22m 55s): Point good point. Because to the, to the NFL, basically let's look at this. Let's go back to something you brought up just a second ago, fantasy sports to the NFL. This is another example of fantasy sports to interact for the fans to interact and to get to know the players, get to know the product, the whole thing be immersed in the experience. That's what it's all about. Right? 4 (23m 20s): You're immersed with your money, for sure. Yep. Let's you know, it's not enough. It's not enough to would cost 700 bucks to go to a game if you, especially, if you have a family, but now you can drop, drop it, lose another thousand. Try to get it back. Right. 3 (23m 36s): Hey, if I bet at the sports book, I want every hot dog free. 1 (23m 42s): Good luck with that. Come on, come on. But do you think there's a moral issue there or a danger? I mean, 4 (23m 48s): No, no, none whatsoever. Well, as 3 (23m 54s): A Christian, Michelle, you know, God provides for all of our needs, so I'm not, so I'm not going to throw away the money that God provided for my needs to enrich the NFL in a sports book. 1 (24m 8s): We got money to go and see a game. You know, it's, I guess for some, I get that gambling can be an addiction for a lot of people. They'll set aside a hundred bucks, 20 bucks, whatever you go into a casino, 20 bucks slot machine, 20 bucks is gone. It's gone. You win, you win. You don't, you don't. So for some it's just entertainment, but is it, so that's going to be interesting to watch that debate, play out, talking about the player's experience as well. The NFL is going to strictly enforce tontine this season as a point of emphasis for officials. 1 (24m 53s): So, you know, trash 2 (24m 55s): Talk, right? I had 1 (24m 58s): Posted this meme guys recently on my Facebook page and it's two announcers in the booth at an NFL game. It's called the new NFL. It's not the knee. It appears his feelings have been hurt and they've called the new 15 yard, but hurt penalty. The psychologist is attending him on the field right now. Is that what we're getting to? 4 (25m 27s): I think we're all just speechless on that one because that's sports, that's sports. So they tried to do this at different times throughout the, on foot history, Tom T and I didn't get it. You know, you don't want it. You're not going to stand over someone after you've maybe knocked him unconscious with a hit, but it's too far, too far. Where's a violin. Whereas the smallest violin in the world, 3 (25m 53s): Right. Officials got better things to do with their time. Like maybe actually call a pass interference penalty that actually happened. 4 (26m 0s): Hello, hello. 1 (26m 4s): I mean, come on. I just, it's taunting really part of the game. Does it really need to be can't we just be nice to each other? Or is this just come on, get over it, you know, harden your, your skin. I mean, we saw this in the Olympics where they were talking about mental health and Simone Biles, and I just can't handle it. Even Josh who isn't with us today, I was giving his millennial report and saying, well, I understand that, you know, she's not in the frame of mind. She could be hurt. You know what? Back in the day, I think it helped me encyclopedia rich, Dorothy, Hamill. I mean she, 76 performed and did an astounding routine when she was, 3 (26m 50s): I don't know what the specific injury was, but I know that she was, she was not 100%. And we, and all we have to do is go to 1996 and Kerri strug in the vault. She barely could walk. She barely could walk and performed a vault that at that time, according to the scoring that they knew at that point, Bela Karolyi and the team thought that she needed to perform Kerri, strug thoughts that she needed to perform. And she went out there and basically on torn ligaments, performed a vault that helped the team win the gold medal at the 19 96, 19 96, Atlanta Olympics. 3 (27m 33s): I mean, so people make sacrifices all the time. Now we understand that mental health is important, but not everything is mental health. This is my problem with this whole situation. Not everything is mental health and too many people are drawing a broad brush. And that is also brushing over people who need real mental health and real assistance. 5 (27m 59s): And 3 (28m 0s): It's not, the twisties is not mental health. Tim Daggett explained what the twist is. We're on the broadcast. And there was no mention of mental health in his description whatsoever. And my wife, if she was here would back me up on this. This is the twist uses a neurological physical ailment that sometimes affects gymnast and Simone Biles. I'm just going to say it had ample time to withdraw from the competition before any of this mess ever started. 3 (28m 43s): Cause she talked about that morning, that day prior to the competition having issues. So she should have never been on never been in that arena and gotten to that point, 4 (28m 56s): Russell Wilson, before y'all go to Superbowl say, ah, you know, I'm really just need a hug today. I don't know if I can go out and play against Peyton Manning my feelings. I'm feeling a little verklempt in the moment. 2 (29m 13s): Can you do that? When you go to work, Matt, 1 (29m 15s): Can you just call and say, you know, I'm not feeling it today. Yeah. That get be, 4 (29m 20s): I th I think with Russell that the bigger risk is that he'll get taught to it after he gets sad. Oh yeah. You know, he's gonna cry. So there they're there. Well then you might say something about getting tired 2 (29m 32s): Of, of getting we, we started 4 (29m 35s): Off though with a Tata in the NFL thing. And I mean, I think there are limitations. I remember the Miami hurricanes teams back in the eighties. Oh yeah. To a whole different level. And I th and that kind of stuff, that kind of stuff. I crossed the line for me, but it's like, you know, you play pickup basketball. You go, wherever you go, that's like, there is trash, 2 (29m 57s): Hey, better batter, batter batter. Part of, part of the competition 3 (30m 2s): That stuff is taken care of on the field is what I'm going to say, Brent. And we're going to see that this year, when the crack and start playing hockey, they take care of that kind of stuff. Hockey is 1 (30m 16s): The gold standard of a suck it up. And I want to play off of what you just said in just a moment, but let me kind of end that idea with this, the deeper story to sports and the reason why a lot of us are so drawn to it is because of that struggle. It's not because I give up. It's not because I walked away. It's not because my feelings are hurt. It's not because some jerk in the stand makes a racial slur at me, which you know, is unkind conscionable. It's because I suck up and I play hard and I have something to look back at them and say, yeah, what you got to say now, right? 1 (30m 57s): It's about overcoming. And that's the inspiration there. But I wanted to say this about NHL. Did you know, just for those who are maybe new to my Michelle live all over the world, we have our roots in a broadcast that was on the air for years in the greater Seattle area, where it was an afternoon drive show. And now it's evolved to this worldwide platform. But once in a while, you'll hear some Seattle biases from a few of the people here on the round table. Let me just cry me a river, but let me just say for representing, representing the rest of the world for us. 1 (31m 42s): Yeah. 4 (31m 43s): I'm here. I'm here for you. This is why I exist. I am for you 1 (31m 51s): Rich Alstrom after off of what you said about the Seattle cracking, which is the newest addition to the NHL, did you know, they haven't even played a game yet, but they've already beat the Islanders. Do you know how, 3 (32m 6s): I guess it's in Jersey sales and merchandising. I guess that that may 1 (32m 12s): Be, but the crackin having not played a single game in the NHL have more followers on Facebook than the Islanders crack in 413,000 followers, the Islanders, 39,000. So there you go. And speaking of hockey, 3 (32m 30s): Curse of Cuomo, it's the curse of Cuomo. 1 (32m 36s): Oh boy. Yeah. Resign a way. Speaking of the NHL though, but the next season is going to be absolute mayhem because of the winter Olympics. Rich. 3 (32m 51s): Yes. They've got two plans in place plan. A NHL players are going to compete February 7th through February 22nd, but they haven't reached agreement on whether NHL players are going to play. So they have a plan B for the schedule. One real interesting fact is a lot of teams have already worked out their entire traveling plans for the year for the regular schedule. So if teams do not, if NHL players do not end up playing in the Olympics, then they've got to rework all of those plans because they will have an alternate schedule and vice versa. 3 (33m 37s): Can you start over? No, I'm not in politics. I can't babble on like that. So we'll ha so we'll just have to go with my explanation and just let things flow. Just 1 (33m 49s): Let it go. Let it go. It's crazy. So COVID is not going anywhere. And the craziness it's caused isn't going anywhere. This is the world. As we know it. Now, speaking of the world, the there's a few soccer stories I wanted to take on. I, I am pretty excited. The us men's national team had that gold cup win over Mexico, FIFA world ranking they're in the top 10. That's pretty exciting. And leeks cup is taking on a smaller part of the world. It's a annual soccer competition between clubs like major league soccer clubs and yeah, Liga, MX, and it's all north America. 1 (34m 37s): Well, it, it started this cup started in 2019 with four teams from, from Liga four teams from MLS. And it was kind of exciting to watch this week. I have a couple of questions though. Okay. First of all, we have sporting KC, New York city, Orlando, and Seattle representing MLS. And then we have Leon tigress Pumas. And then w where does Santa Santos Laguna fit in? We need another cat, you know, El Gatos or Pumas. Oh my, anyway, I just wanted to say, you know, there's that Seattle connection against Seattle was the only MLS team to actually win. 1 (35m 22s): And they had a pretty impressive home game with three nil over T Gris. So that was pretty good. Michelle, 3 (35m 30s): I'm gonna ask you a question you think is at the Sounders best effort this year. 1 (35m 35s): Oh my gosh. Did you see the Sounders play entire year? They have had spectacular start up until the last, like three or four games. There's a lot of reasons for that. Nico Ladero is back and that's all great. I just think it's shades of things to come. So it may be one of the best, one of the best efforts, the best, I don't know. But another story is Lionel. Messi is leaving Barcelona and that was a big story as well. Well, 3 (36m 4s): He's not going to be, he's not going to be poor. PSG is going to put the green on the table and I think he can afford to take us out to dinner for the next 50 to 100 years. Well, 4 (36m 14s): He could afford to take us all on a trip around the world before he even signed this contract. And that's how much 1 (36m 21s): Money that got. Should we ask him about that? 4 (36m 25s): Sure. Give me a call, text him. Right? 3 (36m 27s): What do you think this, what do you think this contract does for the popularity of soccer internationally? Do you think it affects soccer in any way in the United States? Because all of the, all of the international leagues are now signing big contracts with the United States and have TV contracts. What do you think 4 (36m 50s): For us? You know, legal one really didn't get a lot of press. You pretty much have a PSG Monaco. You have two or three teams winning every year. The league is not one of the stronger ones in Europe, and this really kind of continues to tilt it that way to where it is continues to not be as strongly. We're just one team dominating. But I liked the fact that yeah, we can watch more leagues here in the United States, more readily available than just on some obscure cable channels. As far as a dollars, they've always had big dollars over there. I don't think this dollar mark should really surprise anyone nor does it really affect. They don't have a salary cap, I guess, in, in a league, they have that, that cap. 4 (37m 33s): But you know, the other leagues on necessarily have one. That's why you have such a disparity between the top and bottom, right? 3 (37m 39s): You think PSG makes a us tour next year and shows off MSCI to north America. 4 (37m 47s): You know, he's been here with Barcelona, so it sound like he's never taken the tour. When all these teams come over for their summer training camp, you know, if they're allowed to, I absolutely think they, they come with Neymar and Messi on the same team. Just like, again, 1 (38m 6s): I have no idea where it came from. It's just 3 (38m 10s): PSG versus the Sounders next year. Let's make it happen. 4 (38m 16s): I went to go see games with axles. Now I went to go see games. When I lived in Los Angeles a little while I saw that comes first game with galaxy only played against Chelsea. And I'm a Chelsea fan. I've seen Dacey Milan. I've seen rail Madrid and the Los Galapagos, you know, all against the galaxy and the galaxy got there, the butts handed to them. But then that's kind of the point, right? You're not going to get to see these other guys. Not your home, not the home team. 1 (38m 43s): Yeah. We're we're not going to get better in the U S if we don't have real challenges in 3 (38m 49s): Soccer, us soccer. Seriously. 1 (38m 51s): Yep. Boom. There you go. So guys, I want to give a face off kind of a thing. I'm going to play a sound bite from another sport show. And I thought it was kind of interesting. I don't know if you heard about skip Bayless and Jenny Taft, having a pretty heated exchange. Did you guys hear that story? Skip Bayless was commenting on Cowboys, head coach, Mike McCarthy and his physical Aperia appearance. Cause he's a big boy. He said he was a little heavy. He said, that's not his preference for a head coach in the NFL because it meant he couldn't motivate his players. Well, his co-host there will, I guess she's Jenny Taft. 1 (39m 33s): Isn't really a co-host. She's more of the moderator, which tends to be the, this, this is setting up the story. It tends to be the way sports shows are there's one female. 3 (39m 45s): Then she does Michelle, 1 (39m 46s): But I'm not a moderator. I'm well, let's talk about this. I'm I'm, I'm a commentator as well. I'm an instigator and this is the, my Michelle live show. So you don't have, you don't have a lot of shows where there's a woman talking sports women have had to kind of break in and it's been a slow ride. Right? And I'm wondering if, if Jenny was a male, would he have treated her different? I'm going to show this to our listening and viewing audience. You guys can hear the audio here. 1 (40m 26s): I don't 0 (40m 27s): Think that's a fair, that's my opinion, coach. I don't think that's a fair shot whatsoever. I wouldn't want, I said it was a personal preference. I wouldn't want him to be my head coach have not had the perfect ideal physique putting my college coach. So I don't think that's a fair shot and I don't have to have an opinion if I am allowed to say whatever I want to say on this show, as you join us, <inaudible> 1 (40m 57s): This is, is that w was that offensive to you? Was that just something that happens on, I mean, skip 4 (41m 4s): Bayless. I mean, I'm not sure what, I'm not sure. I'm not sure that w why anyone would expect like respectful behavior from him towards anyone. So I, I, I, I would prefer if you're actually gonna have a debate about something to actually debate, instead of just blow someone off like that. Well, 3 (41m 32s): We, we know that those, one of the things about those shows is that they are, they are really heavily scripted and heavily oughta say heavily scripted. That's our problem. 1 (41m 45s): We have, we barely know what we're going to talk about before we get out of here. Oh no. 3 (41m 51s): Oh no. We're, we're not going. We're not going there. That's why Ray. That's why rich does as good a job as he possibly can to 0 (41m 58s): Send an ID is for the gang every week for the gang every week 3 (42m 2s): I want, I want to show off our intelligence side so that we don't have to resort to skip Bayless calling the coward 4 (42m 11s): Every week. I mean, those 3 (42m 14s): Show, those shows are not meant to raise your sports IQ. If anything, they dumbed down your sports IQ and they insult the sports world. I'll just flat out say it. I don't, I don't care if it's skip Bayless. I don't care if it's Stephen, a Smith who has a problem with certain people who have talks about certain coaches who have white privilege, but he has no problem with certain black coaches getting a, getting a help from a friend to get a job. We talked about that when Steve Nash got a job in the NBA, Stephen, a Smith was all over. 3 (42m 59s): It was all over that. But if a brother helps out a brother, he's got no problem with that, but what do I, what do I know? Stephen? A Smith doesn't have any standards. Skip Bayless. Sometimes doesn't have any standards. So why are we paying attention to these guys when their shows aren't even really that relevant or that entertaining? 1 (43m 17s): Well, and for me, it's, it's a matter of the perpetuation of females in sports reporting. Let Jenny talk. She's probably got something to say, but the tradition is you have a bunch of sports guys talking sports, and then you have one hot chick that's there that says, we're going to talk about this next. 3 (43m 41s): Well, then ESPN needs to talk, needs to work on. And all these other sports networks really need to work on diversity and I'm going to bring it and I'm going to, and I'm going to bring this and I'm going to bring this up. ESPN started on September 9th, 1979 with anchor George Grant and not to put myself in a spotlight, but I'm going to say it anyway. Get their spotlight. How many, how many play-by-play announcers has ESPN hired with a disability of any kind in their entire history? 3 (44m 29s): They did not hire a play-by-play with a disability until 2016. Jason, Jason Benetti, who also does Chicago white Sox play by play major league baseball. And he also did some Olympics play by play for baseball, along with Eduardo Perez. He is the first one, not until 2016. Now, if he is PN is all hot for diversity. How come it took till 2016 for that to happen? But they have no problem talking about how racist America is and how sexist America is every week. 4 (45m 14s): Oh, you know, diversity is only reserved for certain categories. So 3 (45m 22s): What did it, what it is, is moral convenience, right? And doing the right and doing the right thing is not a convenience. It is a requirement. Wow. 1 (45m 34s): Who gets the drop the mic award for, for the week? 3 (45m 38s): We have to be better. We have to be better than we had to be better than this. What do we call? What do we call? What do we, what do we do? If we think everyone is equal, then we must equally be at odds with anything that is against what God says against what God says and promote what is promote, what is right. That's why he, that's why God's word says to, to lift people up. You know? And that's why we want to talk about the God's story this week, this week, and every week on this show, we're encouraged. We're encouraging people to run the race. 3 (46m 18s): You've got to run the race. You've got to run the bread. You got to run the race toward the goal. 1 (46m 24s): I want to tell ya, these are on my Michelle. Live our sports timeout, run the race, keep the faith. Good. Looking good. It's not on my doorstep. Yeah. I don't know. Shipping and handling maybe 3 (46m 41s): ESPN and ESPN intercepted it because tell 1 (46m 45s): You exactly why, because I think I ordered the wrong size for you. And then you said you needed a smaller size on his, like with those muscles, are you sure? Okay. All right, fine. I'll take your word for it. Okay. I'll keep that in mind. No, they don't. And that fell welcome back. It's been a long year ball, and then we are, I want to welcome you to week two pre-season games and Steelers had a pretty handy win over the Cowboys. We had the Washington, the team formerly known as the yeah. 1 (47m 25s): Patriots. 3 (47m 28s): Yeah. There you go. I still like 4 (47m 30s): To call me X, X skins, but 1 (47m 32s): So we're going to have some more games this evening, 3 (47m 37s): Alex, tomorrow night against the Raiders in Las Vegas. Oh my gosh. Guys. Place your bets now. So 1 (47m 42s): Excited about football this year. And I think it's going to be an interesting one, but again, when we get into some of the weird stuff happening and controversy, there was a green bay Packers wide receiver. Oh my gosh. 3 (47m 59s): Devin fungo. Right. You know? Yeah. He, he 1 (48m 3s): Was talking about how everyone looks with their masks on and he made an kind of an, he created a pho pod. Just, wasn't a cool thing to say at a press conference. So let me go ahead, put this up on the screen so you can watch him and see for yourself. 0 (48m 23s): Yeah. I like smiles and I wish I could tell you to smile. And I see my eyes to see the patient was everybody goes Tinky and that's when I spent a while. Yeah. 1 (48m 38s): Okay. So all he's all chinky is what he said. And he was, you know, making reference to Asians and it just wasn't 4 (48m 49s): You heard what he said, set that out 1 (48m 55s): Because you can't see it. You can't find it anywhere. They just said it was a slang and you know, you just want to know, okay. Was it, or what really happened? So he used the word chinky and he made a, it was just, you know, that's, it's just it. 3 (49m 12s): Yeah. 1 (49m 14s): It's kind of silly. It's a stereotype. It's a, it's an outright stereotype and it's not okay. And it was a racist remark and to a degree by our standards of what racism is. But then again, we've had that conversation that black people can't be racist. So what did, what does the media do with that? What does the woke community do with that guy? 3 (49m 39s): Well, I think that's the interesting question here, Michelle, because if you watch that clip and I've seen that clip and I've seen other people talk about that, clip, nobody in the press conference, talked to them, said anything. They all sat there and watched that happen. These, these same people who are telling people how to live when to get a shot. When to say something, when not to say something, these same people sat there and he, and they said nothing. And these, and some of these people are the same people that stare at me when I'm in a wheelchair. 3 (50m 23s): I'll just say that to 1 (50m 26s): Guys are, yeah, that's true. Yeah. Yeah. You're absolutely right. In fact, one experience that I had with rich at a press conference, we were covering, they held their press conference up a hill, up a hill in soggy grass. Now, how are you going to get a wheelchair up that? And so, you know, rich and I are trying to, you know, make sure that he's maneuvered while the rest of the press just kind of walked aside and then stood in front of him, even though he was in the front row, you know, that's the same press. And I think you've got a point there. Rich. Yeah. 1 (51m 6s): And next time I wish you would tell me what you really think. Don't hold that 3 (51m 12s): Football season. So rich 2.0 will be here soon. Any thoughts on week? One guy 4 (51m 22s): I want, I want a rich 2.0 shirts. 3 (51m 27s): What are you? What are you, what do you think about what I just said? Am I just, am I just making myself the whole story here? 4 (51m 34s): Or my man, you are, you're a thousand percent correct. As we talked about diversity, right? Diversity is what they choose that they want to see as diverse. Diversity is really not about everybody. You know, and making sure all disabilities, all races, everything is included. It's what sells, what sells. And if being anti Asian doesn't sell, then they just kind of sweep that under the rug. Then let's move on because that's not part of the current rhetoric that's out there. Selective algebra, selective, outrageous what we do. I'm going to bring this. There's something that's cool to be cool, to be able to print out. You can make a lot of money. 4 (52m 14s): Just, just picking apart people who violate this specific standard. So again, we've seen it, we've seen it with some of the anti-Asian violence where you don't see listed. It's interesting when there's a crime, you see like the descript, the physical description of who perpetrated, who the suspects were. And oftentimes when an Asian person has been attacked, you don't find out who the race is of the person who did the attacking. Because a lot of times they haven't been white. And so that doesn't fit the per the rhetoric. So rich to your point. I mean, I, I know you've dealt with it in other places too, like where you've been places where a press box is up a ladder and you don't ha you know, and that's where you need to be. 4 (53m 1s): And how are you supposed to get there? You know, stuff like that gets ignored because it's not, it's not cool. It's not profitable. 2 (53m 12s): It's not sexy. 1 (53m 13s): I see enough. Apparently only your wife, my wife on the show. And maybe 2 (53m 19s): She has, she'll tell ya, she'll tell you, she'll 1 (53m 22s): Set you straight. I know she will good for her. Good for her. And you know, anymore, you're not making this story all about you anymore than I am in saying, there's a frustration and how women can be treated as reporters as well. So the, to your point, rich, the whole wokeness and self-congratulatory at
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He is the author of all even grab the book cause I have it handy. 0 (1m 47s): The athletes in the game of life. Oh boy, it's doing that weird thing, but you'll take my word for it. You can even find it. My mutter live.com. Matt P <inaudible>. Boom. All right, guys. It is time. You might want to turn it down just a moment. This is how we get revved up. Just like as if you were doing trivia night, right? We take, we take the question out of the subject of spa. 0 (2m 34s): Yep. It is time for us to take on sports today and we're going to start with 1 (2m 40s): The Olympics. <inaudible> 0 (2m 49s): The Olympics have been on, in full, and we are going to give you a metals count. We've been, we've been kind of battling with China over metals. So we'll get that metals count in just a moment, but what have been the best events that you guys have been watching? Let's start with the rich. 2 (3m 11s): Well, I'm going to say I got a one thing to say. Wrestling needs more air time wrestling 0 (3m 20s): Almost didn't make the cut. I mean, it's been a battle for wrestling and even though wrestling was at the very first Olympics. Thousands of years. Yeah. 2 (3m 29s): Yeah. It's a foundational sport and wrestling, wrestling needs more respect. Gabe Stevenson in the United States wins the 125 kilogram class, the other night scores, five points in the last 10 seconds of his match and wins 10, eight. And he's going to possibly be a future WW II star. He draped himself in the flag and a great, you know, but those foundational sports, that's where the that's where the Olympics has got, has got to go. And they've got to keep their mind to things. And also the us women's national team gets a bronze, 3 (4m 11s): Very disappointed. 0 (4m 13s): Ask him what you want. And you know, when we're not going to go into all of the, you know, ins and outs, we'll get there. And just a moment, let's give some other thoughts to what sport, what events have really drawn your attention. That's the first question. And then we'll get to some of the highlights. So let's go with Garrick. 2 (4m 33s): Well, for me, it's a little bit different. One of the things that I found on YouTube the other day was, was the countries who had not metaled much in the past. And it showed kind of a compilation of different sports. Where were people metaled in countries where they hadn't before? Like for example, there was a female weightlifter from the Philippines who, who won their first Olympic gold medal, you know, that, that type of thing. So I've actually been enjoying watching all the sports, especially the ones that are a little bit less out in front, like basketballs and things like that. So I I've been enjoying watching us some of the more obscure sports. 0 (5m 16s): Absolutely Joshua. 2 (5m 18s): Yeah. I haven't watched a whole lot of Olympics, but the one thing that I've actually really enjoyed, a lot of people have caught on to this. The men's curling team won gold. They just look like a bunch of dads at a barbecue just out there casually winning a gold medal. I don't know. Like it makes me feel like I can go out there and do career live with these guys and have a good time and you know, drill a couple of steaks or something. Apparently it was a winter sport. I didn't realize going live the Olympics. Are you watching Josh? Maybe I'm just getting highlights. But that's one thing I was saying is that the team that curling is a winter sport <inaudible> 0 (6m 8s): Board, all he's doing is going in and kind of watch it. And I do have some fun stories from past Olympics and past events that do research insulate around the time of the Olympics. But you know, and Josh is more of a winter sports guy. I have to say, he's more of a winter guy. We've noticed Matt, how about you? I like Garrick. I 2 (6m 30s): Enjoyed seeing the not made for prime time players. So like this morning at the health club they had on one TV was equestrian and the other one was women's field hockey. And it's just neat seeing whatever's not mainstream, which is the gymnastics swimming, things like that. I enjoy because you're right. We get to see other countries that are middling as much and stuff that you don't typically see on television either. So it's a good time truly past, they're truly passionate in the badminton players about what they do. And you know, at home they have day and night jobs because you're not getting paid typically that much to play ping pong. 2 (7m 15s): So know maybe win a few beers down at the bar, but it's seeing these people really at the top of their game and the passion that they bring to it, you know, winning or losing that's that's pretty cool. You know, one thing I'll say about professional ping pong is one of my favorite videos of all time is two professional ping pong players playing against Bruce Lee is playing with nunchucks. That is crazy. That was, yeah. Look that up. Bruce Lee ping pong. Oh my gosh. It's one of the greatest videos of all time. I mean, the man is a legend, some with nunchucks and I tell you to have the control to be able to hit a ping pong. 2 (8m 0s): Are you kidding me? He beat the two professionals playing against him. He beat them with 0 (8m 8s): It was crazy. Oh really? Okay. I'm looking it up right now because I think you guys have to have to see, 2 (8m 16s): Thank you, Josh, for that shiny squirrel tangent. You're welcome. I'll always go off the trail for Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris. They're the two, 0 (8m 26s): They're the two. He was a beast. Okay. For me, I am in, I really enjoy some of the shooting events and I'm surprised in our era of political correctness and canceling things that we find offensive, that they would allow people to shoot firearms in competition without, you know, people coming unglued. I enjoy watching them anyway, but I'm wondering if going to have longevity with the way people feel, you know, just saying 2 (9m 2s): The IOC doesn't care about what the United States government says about fire 0 (9m 8s): Would stand out, but you know, why are we here? I'm just amazed that we aren't hearing people come on glued because they're, you know, 2 (9m 18s): It's because it's the Olympics. And if you really want to get into that Bailey wick, you'd be criticizing the Olympics as a, as an event without criticizing a performance, the performance of an athlete or the choices of an athlete. There's a, there's a huge difference in those two. 0 (9m 38s): Would you guys like to see Bruce Lee? All right. Now, if you, if you guys don't see it as readily as our audience, I am sorry. It's just the way things are. It's all in black and white and seriously, he is using nunchucks for those of you who are listening and not watching, he's using nunchucks against up on player. Have you heard this around lifting his leg under his leg, around his back? 0 (10m 19s): What the heck? That is freaking amazing. Would you like to have seen him in the Olympics, in the pink post-it would that have been really cool? You know, with nunchucks? 2 (10m 32s): Yeah. I mean, you have improper equipment. You're not going to be allowed to use those. He wears 0 (10m 38s): A Speedo. That would be okay. I don't know. I just can't imagine the timing 2 (10m 43s): You have to have. Cause he keeps the nunchucks in constant motion and still manages to time it up to hit the ping pong ball perfectly to serve it to the other side. I mean, it's just, it's an insane amount of talent, but you have to have there that can, can I put it up onto the zoom? 0 (11m 0s): Well, we already saw it for our listening audience record. Just for those of you who are, who are listening or watching because of our setup, we stream to a lot of different areas and we use a streaming service in order to do that. Now our, our cameras are all set up for studio for the listening and viewing audience, not so much for our guests. So my apologies to you guys for not being able to see that, but you're welcome. Yeah. The green screen, but you guys are welcome what you would like to show when you'd like to show it. 0 (11m 44s): It is the time that rich Hellstrom has been waiting for, for some of those Olympic highlights. So let's talk about some of the highlights that you want to share rich. 2 (11m 53s): Well, the highlights have to start with the low lights us. So women's national team gets only a bronze and a not ha I'm disappointed. They should let them, they should've had a more fo they should've had a more focused effort. You've got the best opportunities in the United States for women's for women as athletes inexcusable. 0 (12m 17s): All right. So what was behind that Garrick? What's the deal? Well, 2 (12m 23s): No, I don't know that. I completely agree with rich in the sense that, that, yeah, it was an opportunity and we clearly have some of the best talent in the world, but there's nothing wrong with a bronze metal either. And, and the other, I didn't say there was anything wrong with the bronze metal. I sit there. 0 (12m 45s): I said, 2 (12m 46s): I am disappointed because is the best women's national team in the world and no. Okay. Then you can't criticize me for bringing up the fact about the bronze, the fact about the bronze metal debt. The us win the us women's national team program is the best program in the world and they fail to win a gold medal. They failed to win a gold medal for women's soccer. Yes. 0 (13m 16s): Okay. Oh, go ahead. Josh. We'll get, feel like the world's caught up 2 (13m 20s): To them. I mean, they were the word the best they won, but the world is catching up to them and women's soccer was, was the best and don't hold onto it forever. And I think therein lies. Some of maybe Rich's criticism is the fact that they, they maybe are not as focused as they need to be because they're focusing on, you know, their protests and things like that. And so when it comes down to being on the pitch and getting it done, I mean their first, their first match where they got blown out was a total embarrassment. And so, so there's clearly something that's, that's not connected. 2 (13m 60s): Don't you think? Garrick, that, that, that this us team, let's just stick to the soccer part of things for, for a minute here, let's, let's divide things up here for a minute. A us women's national team, they're getting older and they need to replenish the talent stock of talent stock of their team, you know, because Megan or Pino and all the veterans can not play forever. And I think that's maybe where we've seen the world catch up and seeing, you know, them maybe get passed by a little bit. What do you think? Oh, I, I, I don't feel like they're not getting it done on the pitch except for when they don't. 2 (14m 44s): Right. And so age could be a factor. Of course. However, there are still, I mean, when, when you see them play, you know, they, they played very well on the final scoring. Those goals are in their, their final, which was the bronze metal round. And so, yeah, I, I think some might argue that. And I think it's, I mean, going back to an American's that ball analogy, you, you look at kind of the difference between the Seahawks and the new England Patriots, for example, and how new England was constantly re retooling and restocking depth and players and bringing in fresh blend. 2 (15m 26s): Whereas the Seahawks, and more recently we've done better, but, and some might not agree with me, but the Seahawks tended to be more loyal to their players. And so, as a result, someone that got a little long in the tooth, and so, so that, that, that may be some valid criticism there as well. Rich, who would you say is the best women's player on the U S national team right now? Where do you think you're a soccer day? I am a soccer guy and in, in my protesting the protest, I really don't watch a lot of it. So I, I would have to bow out on any comment on this one on 40, but I, I grew a few Garrick overall on their, just their lack of focus. 0 (16m 10s): Let me ask you about that. Everyone here has played to a degree or reported and watched and have been interconnected deeply with sports. Okay. So when you are focused that hard on your protests, John you're kneeling and things, is it a distraction or is it just an annoyance to the, to those who maybe see it from a different point of view, guys? Anyone? 2 (16m 41s): Well, I can't get to the scratch. I'm sorry. Go ahead. No, no, go ahead, Matt. I think it's a distraction. Anytime you have something else going on in the locker room, you know, your sport that you're doing your job, just think of any other day job out there. When someone is bringing in drama from outside, whether it's relationship drama or what the kids and distracts you from doing your job, then the entire unit suffers. So I think there's a lot of validity to that. Not everyone's going to be on board with the protests. You just can't assume all 22 players are going to agree with you, but because you're the veteran or the captain, you're kind of to bully that person in whether it's officially put out there or not. 2 (17m 21s): And if you better toe this line, because we're doing this together or nothing, so you just suck it up. And that just, it's a little bit of mental edge away from you. I 0 (17m 31s): Kind of agree with that. Or 2 (17m 34s): Professional can divide those two areas and concentrate 3 (17m 41s): And concentrate and cons 2 (17m 44s): A true professional can divide those areas and concentrate. 3 (17m 50s): No, 0 (17m 52s): You know, a true professional is a, still a person. And you're when you have some big things that are going on in your life, maybe, you know, maybe to a degree, they can say, okay, we leave it in the locker room or we leave it at the sidelines while we're kneeling, whatever. But, you know, I, I think that that's, that's an over simplification. I think that we are human beings. I mean, we saw with Simone Biles, you know, she's a true professional. She had a hard time handling things, you know, it, you're dealing with things and you've seen people who have lost family members or dealt with personal issues that it, it can either propel you or it can distract you. 0 (18m 36s): I, so I don't, I think that might, I hear your point. I think it's an oversimplification in my view. Yeah. I'll chime in a little bit 2 (18m 44s): Here. Like the Simone Biles thing. I think that was blown a little bit out of proportion. I think that gymnastics are a very difficult sport and you have to have your mind and body, right. The way that she described it. When I read what she was saying about it, it wasn't that she was dealing with like depression or something she was dealing with where she wasn't quite feeling. Right. And the last half turn, and when you're doing gymnastics, if you do one wrong thing, it could end your career. It could keep you from walking for the rest of your life. You know, it's something that's really intense. And do I, so I understand where she's coming from. Do I also understand that if like, you know, LeBron, James said that like, yeah, I'm not feeling good, so I'm not going to play in the last game of the finals. Like he would get lambasted for it. 2 (19m 25s): We have to respect is that they're, they're very different sports. You know, having your game off a little bit in basketball is not gonna put you in a wheelchair, you know, where it has legitimately happened for gymnast to have played, who've gone out there and done their thing when they weren't feeling right. And it ended their careers and they weren't able to walk again. I mean, that is a legitimate thing that's happened even at the Olympic level when people have forced themselves into it. So it's all, there's things we have to take into account. You know, it's all, it's not all one size fits all for all these situations here. I think there's another factor as well as just what's going on in terms of other things. 2 (20m 5s): But because of the fact that they have always been so dominant, there's kind of this, a little bit of an arrogance that says the us women's soccer team. And so when they, when they went into that game against Sweden, it was just kind of like, oh yeah, it's just Sweden. And I mean, Sweden has a good team. And I mean to, to be shut out three now, I think it just really, really shocked. And, and I think, you know, all the factors that have been discussed I think are fair and legitimate. And, and so, you know, you've just always gotta be aware. 2 (20m 45s): And if we go over to the, to the men's national team and, and a good example of that is when, when they played against Jamaica and Jamaica came out, I mean, within the first 30 seconds nearly scored and, and it, it woke them up, I think because they, I mean, Jamaica has never been an easy team for us to, to beat, but, but I think you just always have to be on, well, Jamaica, let's go back to that example for a second. Derek Jamaica is a much better team than a lot of people give them credit for. Oh yeah. 0 (21m 19s): Oh yeah. Yes, yes, yes. But yeah, I think 2 (21m 24s): It's fine. Yes. Cool. Run-ins cool. What a great movie. I love that movie. 0 (21m 32s): Right? Right. Something that maybe we can take into account too, is a little banter that was going on on social media. Speaking of Megan, Rapinoe, winning bronze there versus Australia and all of that. And is she long in the tooth? I think she, you know, there's some things that she does that I go, yeah, I don't agree with that off the field, but on the field, man, she's freaking amazing. And she's got, she brings life to her team and leadership on the field. People were bantering around, up in the Seattle area. If she might be a good addition to the MLS commentary, 2 (22m 18s): What are you going to say to the sound that's thinking to their coaching staff or to their commentary, with color, color commentary on 0 (22m 30s): Their broadcast team. She can, if she can get well, she's, we've seen her do a lot of talking and I think she can do that. And she knows her sport. If it can be a political, I'd be like, yeah, bring it pink hair and all let's do it. Some other things going on in the Olympics, I wanted to get to the count. As I said, that we have been battling with China, going back and forth. Japan is leading the metal counting or third place followed are in front of them. But United States, 31 gold medals, China, 36 gold medals. 0 (23m 13s): As I said, Japan in third place with 24. And that's in the goal, the loan don't let me confuse things. We are leading the United States, the overall metal count at 98. So a really great Testament to how great the, the United States is doing. There've been some really inspirational moments I wanted to. And if somebody else wants to make sure that you, we can all see this and you want to look this up later, we, we should, we can talk about this. I had that time, but wrestling let's talk wrestling real quick. Rich women's wrestling. 0 (23m 54s): Well, 2 (23m 58s): The us had the first black women's wrestler to win a gold medal to Mira Mintz stock, I believe is her name. I don't. I wanted to check that pronunciation. That's the closest pronunciation that I was able to check this morning. She won the very first gold medal by a black woman for the United States and this year's Olympics. Great. 0 (24m 24s): Don't need to see this. All you need to do is hear this day, hear how excited she is wrapped in an American flag. Touting her joy. 0 (25m 5s): It's not just precious. I mean, you know, my gosh, just precious. 2 (25m 10s): That might be the best reaction to the Olympics on the side. Sports are more fun to watch because you get that that's genuine, that's authentic. She's proud of it. It doesn't matter who she voted for. She didn't give a damn on that. Right. She's just proud to be an American. You know, the one other one I'll put in for best reaction was actually one of the commentators for the U S men's soccer, Alex lawless. I think his name is Alexi Lalas that's right. 3 (25m 37s): I remember him as the mustache. 2 (25m 42s): I really liked the way that he reacted after they won the cup. And he's like, you know, it's just like the proud to be an American. And like, he teared up a little bit on camera and that, that was 0 (25m 54s): Special cop. And you know what? I, I'm not Lexi lawless fan with Garrick, but his reaction was beautiful after the us won the cup against Mexico. What a game that was, we're going to get to that in just a moment, because we'll, we'll talk some additional soccer beyond just the bronze for the U S women's team. Another Olympic gold medalist that was grateful to have won and grateful to represent her country was another IX ecstatic story. 0 (26m 35s): I'm going to let you listen to one of the news reports of this. I think if I press play right, we go, 3 (26m 51s): Oh, there has to be a big Legion of America and Olympic gold medalist proudly representing the red, white, and blue draped in the flag while proclaiming how much she loves. Tamara says, I love representing the U S I love living there. I love it. And I'm so happy. I get to represent the USA. 0 (27m 16s): What are you kidding me? Who says that anymore? I just thought that was really a precious reaction as well, guys. 2 (27m 23s): Oh yeah. That's that's who Richard talked about. That reaction that I had heard about her, the way that she responded, just it, it, it gave me the, you know, the good kind of goosebumps, as far as it just made me proud to be an American. And I was just really grateful that she responded the way she did well. It 0 (27m 48s): Just shows all of that so that you can just soak it in. Go ahead, rich. 2 (27m 53s): It just shows that equal opportunity leads to greatness. All of the, all of these people are willing to put their effort into something greater than themselves into something greater than some sets than themselves. And the, the Olympics, in my opinion, are one of the greatest showcases for the power and the inspiration and the inspiration of God push ourselves and all the abilities that he has given the human body and us as human beings. I mean, it's, it's a great display, and it's a great way to witness to people because of the references that are also contained in God's word that are referenced in the Bible that tell us about that, about that history, to run the race and to make that, and to make that mark and to stand up for what is, and to stand up for what is right. 2 (28m 55s): That's why the, I believe the Olympics will ultimately transcend and jump over politics. We won't remember the politics. We will remember all, all of these gold medalists. We'll remember a Caleb Dressel. We'll remember Tamara menses stock. We won't remember the politics. 0 (29m 20s): Although the politics have been a big deal. Herschel Walker, if you remember him, he's a, he was a former Olympian for retired football player. He competed in bobsledding, curiously enough, a sprinter mixed martial arts artist. And he was, he, he had some pretty strong words concerning some of the, so he said, when he started seeing the United States flag and seeing people, the uniforms and his teammates from all these sports coming into the stadium, he said, it brought a tear to his eye. When he was thinking of where he grew up in his little hometown, having the chance to represent the United States of America. 0 (30m 1s): He said this, I couldn't have been more proud of anything. And he thinks that sports icon should encourage Olympic athletes to send a better message. He says, it's sad to me because any other country, I can promise you, you would not be representing your country. If you're not going out there strong and proud and ad going there to represent your country. You know, when you hear a medalist, say, I won this for me, for nobody else. Well, then you should've just competed for yourself and not as an American, but I think that's the point that shows making, first of all, 2 (30m 39s): Herschel's right on an, in the first point that he made. The second point is that none of those athletes got there by themselves. That's what we've also seen from the zoom reactions, from the family and friends. When we have, when NBC has shown those watch parties of family and friends all gathered around the TV. So for any athlete and say, I won this and I did this for myself. That's not true. A lot of people made sacrifices so that you could pursue your dream. And that's something that you should never forget, regardless of what country you're representing. 0 (31m 19s): All right, good stuff there. As we continue to watch, continue to root on America, it it's been fun for me, guys, watching, having sports on all the time. I mean, it's like around the clock, so I've really enjoyed it. Josh referenced something that I thought was really worth talking about. And that's the co Kanca calf gold cup who watched the final show of hands, show of hands, show of hands. Okay. I forgot 2 (31m 56s): My TV's stuck on Olympics guys. Sorry. Yeah. Well, you know, 0 (32m 10s): I'll be honest guys. That was, that was some match. I mean, we had to go to a go pass regular time. It was scoreless and regular time we had to go to it. Was it double overtime, double, extra time. The second extra time, extra time where 2 (32m 30s): They don't have golden goal anymore. They used to have golden goal where in extra time, whoever scores first wins, but they, they, they plan out. That was an excellent, yeah, I really agree with, I really agree with that change and it's a good runner on second in the extra endings. I don't want that. I want to, I want to play ball. Thank you. But you don't want, you don't like that second base runner, huh? Oh no. Okay. Look, you've sat through three hours. I opened a can of worms here. 3 (33m 1s): Oh my gosh. Three hours of baseball. 2 (33m 4s): Now we're like in the ninth inning and it's all tied up and like, all right, we're going to extra endings. Things are really exciting. There's all this tension and let's make sure the game ends sooner. Let's make sure that we get out of this really exciting high tense, high leverage situation sooner. My funny thing is Josh, you should love the extra ending in the base runner because the Mariners have taken quite a few advantages of that during the season. 0 (33m 27s): Yeah. And that's, we know you're, you're a Seattle Mariners fan. 2 (33m 31s): You know, I like to think they could have won it without that, but yes, they have taken advantage of it. But I just, I hate the idea of when baseball is at its best in those really tense and to game situations that we're artificially making it over sooner. That's just, I hate it, which I'm glad they're getting rid of it. So 3 (33m 49s): Of a little bit of a guys, 0 (33m 51s): Just to bring back, just to bring back just if you were listening and you, and you were like Matt and rich and maybe Josh that didn't watch the, the gold cup, the United States men's national team won a one nil. And it was really a spectacular game. So 2 (34m 10s): Show who it is become really our, our tribal and Mexico. We beat them earlier as well earlier this year. And so it was, it was a major grudge match. And you saw that throughout the game. It was intense. It was hard-fought. It was, I think pretty well refereed. And it was, it was an exciting 0 (34m 36s): Time. I was fairly well refereed. And if I remember right, it was maybe the youngest RAF to ever officiate in, in contact calf, gold cup, if I remember. Right. But yeah, I think it was fairly well done maybe because he's got a lot of pressure on his shoulders being the young guy he's got to prove and do it. Right. You know? Cause I could get my, 2 (34m 59s): To get out of the stadium before either a group of fans assaulted his car. You said what? The guys said 3 (35m 9s): That none of y'all like lawless. 2 (35m 12s): Huh? They all like Alexia loss. I think the mustache. And generally speaking, when I, the only year I lived in New Jersey, the only air living in New Jersey, they was the, the final four for men soccer was there at Rutgers and oh yes for Rutgers. And I was living as an eighth grade and my stepdad took me to FameBit Hey, final fours here. Let's go. You me. So we went and we saw them play against university of Vermont that year. And I remember seeing this big, huge, tall guy as a sweeper. Cause I played sweep with a big fro of red Ronald McDonald hair. Like who is that guy? Ah, Layla 3 (35m 54s): Layla's guy out there. I like that. Layla sky time. I saw him play when he 2 (35m 60s): Was in college. Well, you have a connection, a personal connection with them just from a purely soccer commentary standpoint. I just don't think he's that great for that either. Taylor, how does Alexi lawless? 0 (36m 15s): Yeah. And speaking of his mustache, I just want to mention here and you're seeing it on all the videos that you may be watching of my Michelle live, shout out to real bearded men gotta love those real bearded men, where they have all the real beard admin products to take care of your beer. Cause if you're going to have a beard, you know, make it nice and Josh get your flipping camera working. Cause you have one of the best beer on the freaking planet. So you can go to real beer, did mere men.com. They believe in what we're doing here and they have great products for your beard. 0 (36m 57s): So there you go. You can actually go to get this. You can go to my Michelle live.com. And if you go to the link for real bearded man, even on our front page, whatever you buy there, you'll get a great discount and we'll get a credit for that. And they'll they'll know you good job supporting my Michelle live and sports timeout. So there you go. Hey, beer guy, what were you going to say? 2 (37m 23s): That's why Alexa Wallace doesn't get a commentary because it got rid of the hair and he got rid of the mustache, but the power was there and he's cut it off. And also in a lot of people's minds, he failed as a GM with the Los Angeles galaxy. I believe so. Alexi's the running on fumes reputation. 0 (37m 47s): Josh, you're going to get all geared up to give us the NFL kickoff countdown. But in the meantime, I would really like to get a little baseball update. Go ahead. Hello. We can hear you now. There you go. 3 (38m 9s): Yeah. It's an exciting time for baseball. It's been hard. I know I missed a couple of weeks there, but it's been a difficult but great time at the 2 (38m 16s): Same time, an emotional leader of the clubhouse and Kendall graven was traded to our rivals, the Astros, just, I mean, we talked about this last time hours afterwards and that has had an effect on the team for a while. But what we have seen recently is the return on that investment in Abraham Toro, who has been really, really good. And he's sitting almost 500 right now and he's really proven his worth as now that he's getting the ability to play every day. And as a guy who you're looking to be part of your team, long-term, I'm not sure where he's going to end up. He's trying out second base right now. You know, we don't keep Seeger around long term. 2 (38m 56s): That is more of his natural position. So we'll see, we're also seeing Louis Torens who has been great since coming back, his defense behind the plate is awful. So they're actually his bat's been great. So they're trying to keep them the line up. They're putting him with reps at third reps at second. So it's been an exciting time right now is we're kind of seeing these guys develop their utility so we can keep them the line up and give Scott service a chance to really, really stretch out what this team can do. Having a longer lineup is one thing, but also having the ability when you only have really three players on the bench to have different guys, you can put in and pitch it situations and move people around defensively and still feel good about that. 2 (39m 37s): That's worth its weight in gold. And so I think we're coming to a really good place right now. We're right now in the middle of a series with the Yankees that really they're right ahead of us in the wildcard hunt. So it feels like playoff baseball, Marco Gonzalez taken the mountain tonight. It's been so exciting. These guys have been exciting to watch every day. They're a team that doesn't want to lose that doesn't give up and it's worth going out and supporting them at the, at the bowl. I love 0 (40m 7s): Getting the enthusiasm of Josh and we love kind of following your passion because the, the mayor nurse that he, that he so loves, they have had the longest run of not, not being in playoffs of any major league team, not just in baseball, but any major league team altogether. So watching, watching the potential rises pretty good we're in week 17. Are we not guys? What, which, what week are we in baseball 2 (40m 46s): A week? A lot. We're halfway through the season. I R squared. The only time I use for baseball is, is the all-star game, which, which is typically midwife. But I did want to ask Josh quick question, if you don't mind, because we were doing so well and playing, you know, these top teams and beating them. I mean, we just won the series against the, the Tampa bay. Yeah. And yet we lose the series to Texas. So what goes on mentally? 2 (41m 28s): Why, why do you, why do you end up losing those, those types of series? You know, I think th th the, the games to Texas were hard. Those, I think were the ones that we're seeing the fallout of losing Kendall graven. The team took that harder than the fan state. To be honest, a lot of people in the team were really hurt by that because he was such an emotional leader on this team, but you have to understand, you know, like he had, he only had this year left on his contract. So from a baseball perspective, you trade a half year. Well, not even a half year, you know, like a third of a year of Kendall graves and in exchange for four or five years of Abraham tarot, and then another pitcher, that's not as good in high leverage, but you have control over him. 2 (42m 9s): And he's a decent reliever arm. You know, it just made a lot of sense to make the trade. But from an emotional perspective, these guys are, I think at the time they were seven games, over 500, they're winning a lot of close games. They're playing with passion to lose an emotional leader. It's really tough. And I feel like those games, you just saw them kind of slumping a little bit, you know, kind of like sitting back and be like, I don't know, like do they, there was actually an anonymous quote that came out of the clubhouse of one guy saying like, it's the same old, same old it's always rebuild, you know, we're winning. Is it always going to be a rebuild? You know, there was, there was some hurt there, especially among some of the veteran players I feel, but they bounce back. 2 (42m 50s): And like you said, they took, they took a series against the race who at the time, at the best record, in their division, their division leaders, and one of the best in the entire conference. So they have the ability to go out there and play good baseball. I think there was just a real emotional time, because again, we had an emotional high of beating the Astros in late in the game in overtime, and then to go back and lose the pitcher that really sealed the game for you that has been nailed this season and era under one was the leader of a Bolton that it's been a complete surprise this year and how well they've been able to do and what they've been able to bring to the table. 2 (43m 32s): I'd like to remind our listening, viewing audience of the fact that early on in pre, before the season started and we making predictions. And I was the only one who from our sports round table, Matt wasn't with us at the time who said that the Mariners would make the playoffs and I'm still hoping, but one of the things that was cited, you know, Josh, he did point out the fact that our bullpen has over performed. We performed better than, than we thought that we were going to, but I'm still holding out that hope that we're going to make the playoffs to 0 (44m 9s): There. I want to, because our audience is not just from Seattle. So I don't want to lose everyone in just, you know, in, in delving into deep while it's fun to follow though. I did want to point out one of my favorite moments from the week Kansas city versus the white Sox. You've got to see this catch. I mean, O M G watch, watch this, see if we can get it to play. We'll do sound and there <inaudible> 1 (44m 52s): Right. You get to see that again. He hasn't played a lot of right. Nice catch. 0 (45m 10s): Yeah. That was just amazing. So that was my just, I'm just giving you my highlight of the week. What I thought was one of the best plays in major league baseball. Joshua. It is time that NFL countdown countdown to kickoff. 2 (45m 30s): Yeah. 34 days, four hours, 10 minutes and 40 seconds to do have some NFL. 0 (45m 37s): All right, guys, as we talk football, let's talk some of the big news stories. There's some political stories. There are some interesting injuries, stories. There's people making money stories who wants to volunteer? Where do we start? Okay. I will. Let's let's take on an injury story. Carolina Panthers wide receiver. Keith Kirkwood. Did you hear about that injury? Big hit. Yeah. Do you want to talk about it, Matt? I'll go ahead and finish. 0 (46m 18s): Yeah, he was, he was taken off with, by a stretcher, big head by J T a B who was later waived. Just a really, oh gosh. You hate seeing this. We were talking earlier when you were talking about Josh gymnastics and Simone Biles and you know, being right in the game because you don't want a career ending injury and boy, this, I don't know if rich, do you know, in the update 2 (46m 49s): He is doing, he is doing well. There's no paralysis news, as far as I know, but JTI is looking for another job. He may be riding, riding, or driving a bus. Now, since he's been, since he's been waived, this is one it's not too smart to take out one of your, your teams starting wide receivers. I know guys are trying to make a name for themselves. 0 (47m 18s): We talked about that before. Is that, do you play, I know you, you don't want to take out one of your teammates. I know you, you know, you want to preserve, but, and I understand just, as you said, rich, they're trying to make a name for themselves. They're trying to stand out. That's part of what camp is all about. But on the other hand, we've also, we've also talked about how it can, it can result in injuries later when we're too soft and fluffy in preseason, Josh. 2 (47m 53s): Yeah. I think there's something to be said for being able to take a hit and consistently having your body ready for it. I really worry as we move towards a world without training camp or without pre-season games, that it seems to be pushed for a lot these days, that if you're not used to taking the hit, the first time you take a hit is week one. I mean that, I don't know. I used to play pretty rough. I can't imagine taking months and months off from being hit. And then just going back and expecting to just jump right into it. It takes a special kind of person that be ready for that. You know, like if you gotta live tough and you gotta practice, you gotta be ready for it so that you can also give it, you know, like there's a hesitancy that can come in. 2 (48m 39s): A lot of things. It's not just sports. If you're not keeping yourself prepared, like I used to work security, you gotta make sure you keep your mind sharp. You gotta make sure that you're paying attention to your surroundings. And it's a different way of looking at life. And I think that to a large part, if you want to be violent on the field, you have to have that mindset for it. Not just in the couple of months you play, but you got to be ready for it. You know, get yourself prepared. And you know, I'm not saying you have to do it all year round, but you know, certainly leading up to it, getting your body ready for getting your mind, ready for it. To me, that's, that's huge. 0 (49m 13s): Well, Matt, understanding our bodies, stretch, knee stretching, strengthening. You're the guru in this. You, you help people every freaking single day. So I'd like your thoughts on that. 2 (49m 28s): Well, Josh, like you said, you, you do have to prepare your body and, but there's also using your brain. And when you go in for something, we've all been through a training camp situation, the guys on your team, you're trying to make the team. If you're a rookie or say you're a freshman or sophomore, and you're trying to make your high school team, you're going to go in a little harder, but you still have to know, all right, I'm not going to, can't hit this guy in the head and knock him out. If I hit him in the head during the game and NFL game, I'm fine. $20,000 now. So 0 (50m 4s): To be done, and that's all I'm saying, something else you can't do with your head, something else you can do with your head that has to do with the NFL. You cannot pull it on your head, a native American head dress. You cannot face paint your head with face paint. So according to the Washington football team, formerly known, ah, come on those guys, those guys. Yeah. They're, they're making, they're drawing some lines. You guys hear this story. 2 (50m 39s): Yeah. And this is a bad move by Daniel Snyder and his administration because it brings back all the things that you've been trying to get it. You've been trying to get under control. And you've been trying to be trying to not be known for. You're reminding people of the fact that you have a problem changing your name and getting away from the potential of the name being offensive. I mean, the Redskins should not be in this situation. In this situation, it brings up all kinds of bad memories. It brings up the fact that Daniel Snyder is the worst owner in the NFL. 2 (51m 21s): It brings up the fact that he doesn't know how to conduct himself business wise with his employee. It brings up all kinds of negative things for the Washington football team. It's it's nothing good. Nothing good can come from this nothing's happening in, in Kansas city, right? Nothing seems to be happening in Kansas city. It's winning. 0 (51m 41s): Ooh. Does that go back to that distraction issue we were talking about and I mean, come on, just say you gotta, you do have a good point there. Plus did anyone forget that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery? I mean, people are going, I think I've said this before. My gosh. It's like deja VU people. Aren't going out saying in American native American stank, they suck, you know, people aren't doing that. They're wearing it because they are bad-ass because they're fierce because they believe they believe this is cool. You know, that is a lot of where we've gotten. 0 (52m 22s): I think off the mark with cultural appropriation, when you are, when you are appreciating a culture and you are utilizing the culture, eating the food, wearing things that are like what that culture would, where you're endearing yourself. You're not you're, you're building bridges rather than tearing them down. Well, Daniel, Dennis Snyder could have, 2 (52m 49s): Go ahead, go ahead, Matt. It's always a mockery. So they're, they're looking for a reason and sports is not a mocking of the Cleveland. Indians is not a mockery. You know, it can't say chiefs are not mockery. The photo state symbols are not mocking anything. It's a mascot. It's power. It's what you rally around. Not well, let's go piss on the Seminole. That's not what it's about. It's let's get straight. This is somebody who's a warrior. Go ahead and reach. You are going to speak well. Here's here's. And to Michelle's point here is the problem with this situation, because there's also been speculation. Let's keep it with the Washington fo
0 (6s): Hi, Michelle live sports timeout, 1 (15s): Michelle. Yes, I am. Hey, thanks for joining in it is my Michelle live every day of the week that we podcast. Oh, we go from a different bent, a different angle, a different way to look at news, different news, altogether science and technology, natural health news, views entertainment. But on Fridays it gets fun. It gets crazy. It gets a little crowded, but what it also gets get ready for it. Sports <inaudible>. 1 (56s): It was actually pretty today. If that's shades of things to come, we are in good form. Let me just introduce you to the fellows. We've got a full table of commentators today. Each with their own expertise in sports, we'll start at my bottom, right? We call him the rookie of the year. You can find him on Twitter at Josh reports live. He is our sports authority. Josh, 0 (1m 26s): Josh Magilla. 1 (1m 29s): Yeah, just above him and the Brady bunch of boxes. As you're watching wherever you may be watching, he is the man who has been broadcasting oh, for ever veterans sports reporter, author of thunder sports network and our own encyclopedia of sports. Rich Carlstrom encyclopedia, rich encyclopedia. Rich. We call him. We have with us Garrick pain. He's a pastor. He's a coach. He's chaplain. 1 (2m 10s): He's an all around cool guy. He is the man who will we'll just say he gets us paid. Get ready to get. Amen. Amen. Brent, our baker is the author of this book. Breaking yesterday, had nothing to do with sports. It's actually Saifai and freaking phenomenal, but he is also a sports reporter, coach himself and a sports photographer. Brent arbitrator, 2 (2m 47s): The photographer, Brent, our baker. 1 (2m 55s): We have with a man himself. Ooh, what a guy? He, this is his book athletes in the game of life. He also has classes and help for you to stretch and strengthen yourself out of just about any predictable per take of it. You could get into math. <inaudible> Matt deal. And of course I am your humble host, Michelle. All right, gentlemen, those of you joining our show so much to talk about because wow, every moment there is something happening on your television screens from one end of the spectrum to the other, we are going to start off with the Olympics. 1 (3m 58s): <inaudible> 0 (4m 10s): Where is it? Where is it 1 (4m 15s): Guys? Let's start with some of the Olympic counts. China is in the lead with gold metals 19, actually right behind Japan. Great. For the host country, they have 17 gold medals and the United States is bronze and gold coming in third with 14 metals though, the United States does lead the pack in altogether metals. So you as a brand are baker 41 metals followed by China. And then the team formerly known as Russia, 3 (4m 54s): They joined, they joined like they joined the prints 1 (4m 60s): At the right, at the football team, formerly known, you 2 (5m 4s): Know? Yeah. Yeah. It took me a little while to figure out like what's ROC the country. That's on probation. Doesn't get the Russian conspiracy. Let's see. I thought it was Taiwan because they go by ROC the Republic of China. So refugee team, or is that different? There is an actual Olympic refugee team also. Yeah, that is, that is delineated by the international Olympic committee. 1 (5m 41s): Yeah. So very interesting Olympics. There's been a lot of firsts. There's been some, some twists and turns, something that happened that I wanted to follow up on. People don't necessarily no Connor fields who is a BMX race or won gold in Brazil, had a nasty spill and caused others to spill. Look to me like he caught a tire as he's going on the track. He's in ICU right now. He is awake and alert. He's had two cat scans. The second one was encouraging. They'll have a third one today, but here is here's this gentleman defending his gold title as an American and the BMX bike racing and boom, I CA I watched that and I was, oh, I was astounded. 1 (6m 37s): So real sad. He is in ICU right now. There's been some other interesting first. And then I'm going to open it up to you. I want to share with you, to me, the weirdest, the weirdest first in the Olympics and it has to do with a condom. So I'll let you marinade on that for just a moment. Yes, it is still a G-rated show, at least for now. Let's do, let's take on some of your impressions. We'll start with rich. 2 (7m 11s): I think the number one thing that we see the United States as an athletic program, overall balance leading the way and leading the way in total metals, Katie Ladecky once again, showing that she is probably the best women's swimmer ever to grace, the pool, multiple metals, also Sunni Lee with a great performance in gymnastics, coming around with the all-around title, having to leave some hurdles there, both on and off the mat for the U S team. And I'm sure that we'll get into that at one point, but that's a great story. 2 (7m 53s): I think too much has been made up off the field competition stories and not enough about competitions, actual competition stories. Well, let's just not mince words too much. Simone Biles for her not competing, not enough focus on the actual people who are competing. Simone, Simone Biles is, is an important, is an important stories is an important story, but someone who chooses not to compete should not overshadow and take away from those who are competing. Matt, I didn't feel like watching honestly, the non mainstream sports. 2 (8m 38s): So I know I said I was going to protest, so it has yet to go on my TV, but when I'm at the one I'm at the gym and it's on at different hours. So I'll, I have fallen in love just with watching team handball. And I don't know if anybody else has watched that. And maybe just because it fits my skill set and the Americans, I don't have, we probably suck at it, but it doesn't really matter. It's just fun to watch back. It's a new thing. And I've been watching just before I came onto this like badminton and table tennis and you know, the Asians don't dominate in that, but it's just fun to watch. I like seeing those things are just not made for prime time. 1 (9m 13s): That's a very good some things that we don't always see. I mean, Josh, during COVID you were bringing to the table marbles. Cause that was the only thing we could watch. 2 (9m 28s): I still watched it. That's great. To be honest. 1 (9m 35s): Yeah, I will. There you go right there. But so watching some of those, I have loved watching the slalom kayaking. I want to do that. That's that would be my sport. I would love that. So that's been really, really fun to watch. So I'm I'm with you, Matt, let's go to Garrick. 2 (9m 56s): Oh yeah. The Olympics are great. Just, I mean the whole, just the feel and the competition and just, I love the Olympics. I, I became hooked on the Olympics in the 1970s actually when sugar Ray Leonard was boxing and I spent the summer with my grandma. And so we sat and watched the Olympics and it was just wonderful. And, and so I have really fond memories of the Olympics, but I also have kind of a pet peeve about the Olympics or at least the us coverage of the Olympics. So I tend to flip over cause I do have cable and I, I watched the Canadian coverage CVC all the way, my man. 2 (10m 39s): Yeah, because they, they just, it seems to be a little bit more balanced. And of course they, they hype up the Canadians just as they should. But I was watching NBC's on YouTube watching their Olympic highlights and it's just, it's very American. I, I don't know. It just wasn't as, so I was watching the volleyball, the, the women's volleyball and there, they were playing can't remember another lens and, but they were, but they just showed all the American points and, and granted, it was just the highlights. 2 (11m 19s): But, but you know, it would have been nice to see a little bit more balanced, I guess, for like the fee and beefy and some they're off they're off shoot sister networks play from the other things. I guess that's why I get to see, 1 (11m 35s): I mean like badminton you had mentioned in India, it's so huge. Is it a sin who is one of the top paid athletes in the world? And she plays freaking badminton, you know, and we don't, we think bad, bad madness is something that, you know, maybe you play in the backyard once in a while, not as a real sport, but with that kind of money, it is indeed. Do you think that the American 2 (12m 3s): On badminton, if you ever have a chance to look up, Mary Carillo is badminton rat from like it's for like 20 years ago, she did it in the studio and it wasn't originally meant to be aired, but it, as one of the most hilarious things I've ever seen, that's really good. Mary Carrillo spent broadcasting long time. And apparently this has been a mortalized for her, but I'd never seen it before this week. What was it? What was she saying? She's a tennis announcer. She's a tennis announcer, but she starts talking about analyzing the shuttlecocks and stuff, but then like comparing it to how you play in the backyard. And it's like, oh, well then you get the shuttlecock stuck up in the tree and then the racket gets stuck up in the tree. 2 (12m 44s): Then you realize you actually have 12 footballs. Then your garage is you're throwing up and up to the tree to get the stuff knocked down and then you have the whole neighborhood over there. So yeah, it's worth, it's worth watching. I think for me, I may, oh, go ahead. I 1 (12m 59s): Was going to ask a plaintiff of what you said Garrick. Does anyone think that the United States coverage of the Olympics I've noticed is a lot of the bullets make it big and loud and bright? And I've noticed that the, I guess a lot of hype where Canadian coverage, for example has a more personal you'll, you'll see some interviews with the family, or you'll see the family talking, you know, getting to see their family and some of that interaction and more of a real, kind of a feel. That was my impression, but America does like to hype. So anyone who wants to comment on that, then, then Brent, what, what are your thoughts on, on the Olympics? 1 (13m 44s): What are your, your biggest impressions? 2 (13m 47s): Well, I may have let a performance by, by Sunni Lee. I mean, you know, when you've changed your mindset, I mean, everybody going into the gymnastics competition, I know that basically we're competing at least as far as how everything was presented, does everybody's competing for the silver Simone Biles was just like a shoe it, and you know, after watching the trials a bit, I was like, wondering if something, if it wasn't going to be such a shoe in, I didn't expect what, what did happen, but SUNY Lee coming through, like the way she, the way she did was awesome. I think, I think the other moments that I really enjoy Katelyn Dressel, you know, just, just a great 1 (14m 31s): Gosh, you have to share what happened with Caleb Dressel. That was freaking crazy. Even the announcers. It was w if you were watching the, his, his, his swimming event, you didn't even see the United States flag. You didn't even know if he was racing until last few. So 2 (14m 53s): The very end I'll touch this guy. And then I just, it was just cool. The whole interaction. Yeah. When the turbo, but afterwards, you know, when they were trying to interview them and they, they kind of did the zoom thing with his family and he couldn't even talk. And it was, you know, it was so emotional for him. I enjoyed that. I think the performance though is greatest as Caleb Dressel was shoot Bobby think in the 800 free. No, that's, that's a brutal event. And you know, when they made the final, when they made the final turn, you know, he was two lakes behind the leader. It was like, whether or not that seemed like it was like my buddy and I were watching were like, male, it'd be cool if he got a metal and to make up that kind of length. 2 (15m 40s): And when the gold, you know, the first ever 800 free, that was a performance that I won't forget. That was amazing. And then just as far as like, like, you know, for me also, I actually got into watching the women's Southern rugby. That was fun. Yeah. That was, that was cool to watch. I'll tell you, those chiefs can smash each other in the men, seven feet, Fiji team. Those are free trips, man. They will decapitate you. And you think about that without pads and helmets, right? I wish they put Aussie. 2 (16m 20s): I wish they'd put Aussie rules football in the, in the Olympics. That's a great one, but another year, maybe 1 (16m 27s): Joshua, let's get you way, Nan, on the Olympics. I know you have a new baby at home. So your, your main event is diaper changing, but have you had a chance to, to noon? 2 (16m 39s): Honestly, no, I haven't been paying any attention. I've been kind of over, over from the beginning this time. I don't know. The one thing I'll say is there was a, I forgot what her name was, but I did see some video of a woman that did sharp shooting with the pistol and her stance was just absolutely great. It was the most cowboy. I don't give a care stance. I've ever seen like hand in pocket gun kind of slack in hand and one gold metal. So, you know, I saw that, I thought it was hilarious. And it was also funny that like I saw a picture of it and I saw someone commenting, like you can't hold the gun like that. 2 (17m 19s): There's too much free coil. And here she is winning the gold medal. So it was like the goal, right? It's like ultimate like mansplaining fail. That's basically all I got for the Olympics. 1 (17m 34s): Yeah. That works. Okay. I'm going to share with you my story. And it has to do with the gold medal and the condom. Yes, indeed. That Australia and kayaker fixed her. How leak in canoe? I'm sorry. Was it a kayak? It was a canoe. Just Fox had a condom on hand. She said before she won her first Olympic gold medal in the women's C one canoe, slalom and bronze. By the way later, she shared a bit of audio where she was repairing the damage, knows of her kayak using a condom. 1 (18m 14s): And she said, you know what? I bet you never knew condoms could be used for kayak repairs. So that's why you guys always have them in your wallets. 2 (18m 25s): So, so the question is, was that the purpose that she had it for kayak repair, I guess we'll never know, but I've been to a summer Olympic event just out of curiosity. I mean, from 96 or in Atlanta or 84 in LA 96, what was your question? Has any of y'all been to, I know those winter lumps have been up there, but been to a summer when it was in 96 Atlanta or back in 84 when it was in Los Angeles, has anybody gone? Well, the closest I've been is in 2004 Paralympic games in Athens, Greece. 2 (19m 7s): And we'll get into the Paralympic games here in a few weeks, but definitely with the Olympics and Paralympics working together in tandem to promote international sports, those are great events. Those are great events and they have their own unique feel and character, and it's, it's different. It's different than going to then go into a super bowl, which I've also had the chance to go to. And it is really, really, really different. Yeah. In 80 and 84, I was a little kid living in Los Angeles. And so my grandparents took me to go see men's field hockey. 2 (19m 49s): What does a, the St 84? What does a nine-year-old know about men's field hockey in 1984? Nothing. Zero. If we went up and it was like Pakistan versus India, you know, again, two countries that a nine-year-old boy knows zero about. Then the only thing I remember from this, from the whole crowd going east LA community college, going time Paki span, I was like, oh, oh, look, there's a guy. There was some fingernails at about that long too. That's pretty, pretty crazy. But that's the only Olympic event I've been to. And then I've seen the women's marathon as it goes on the road race. All right. Then they went, but it is pretty different. 2 (20m 30s): It's this neat again, Phoebe's different sports, not just your standard football, basketball for us. It's, it's cool to see the different things. I really enjoyed archery. 1 (20m 43s): So some of the, some of the extraordinary things that you've never, that you just aren't exposed to, but you know, I, I was talking with someone this week, guys that maybe coverage could include just a regular person, you know, regular every day athlete, maybe, well, I'll volunteer mat to compete, not compete, but to maybe try out some of these sports, like I would love to do the kayak slalom, just a regular person, just to show maybe the level of difficulty to, to show what you need in order to do some of these things. How difficult is it to traverse a BMX bike track? 1 (21m 28s): I just think that would be kind of interesting. What are your thoughts? I mean, you could try a flip on a balance beam and make sure the ambulance is close by. 2 (21m 40s): Well, I will, I, I will, this is not really a big stretch for me, but I would volunteer for the wheelchair rugby. We'll get into that with parallel Paralympics. But that, that is something I would volunteer myself for. And I would be, I would make sure that I had like 17 pillows underneath me and around me, 1 (22m 8s): We can just, we can just re wheel your chair right into one of those bubbles. How about any of you? What, what, you know, I would love to do kayak slalom. What, what would be your event if you could, boom, turn on the limp, inner Olympic inside of you? 2 (22m 26s): Well, go ahead, Josh. So here's the thing I would actually really like to see at the Olympics. I would, and I heard someone else suggest this as well. Something like a triathlon, but instead like you sign up for it and it's just any like three to five random sports, the Olympics like that, you have to compete in that, you know, like you just, you gotta be prepared for anything. They basically throw it out of a hat and you have to compete at these and see how you do. I think that would be a lot of fun archery. And then you've got to run a marathon, shooting all the individuals you've got to compete. 2 (23m 11s): You have to be ready for anything they throw at you. You gotta be like the ultimate <inaudible> fence. I'm envisioning this, this really funny video video montage of all the sports that would be that I would probably embarrass myself most would be any of the gymnastics events, especially the rings I'd be like, yeah. Right. But I mean, remember, back in the day, some of you are old enough to remember when it was such a big deal when someone could do the iron cross. 2 (23m 56s): Right. Because that, that is quite, I mean, it takes incredible strength and discipline and all those different factors that need to balance and all that. And no, that's just one of the normal things that you have to do if you're going to be competitive. And, oh my goodness. I can't even, I can't even 1 (24m 18s): Imagine having to do three different events. And I'm just going to go ahead and say it. Some of the folks that I may have watched in the archery, I think it may have been France that was leading over the United States in one of the events. And that guy looked like he was the guy from France, looked like he was a redneck from somewhere down south. And he was not, you know, athlete shape will say, I'm like, I can't imagine someone like that. You know, doing a gymnastic dancing, you know, so, you know, I'm not sure that would work, but I will say I did look it up. And as we were talking about other uses for condoms, apparently it's popular boxing to fill with ice and to, or to freeze, to use as ice packs in boxing. 1 (25m 8s): Some people will use them by the way, to protect their cell phones while kayaking. So there's some uses there. 2 (25m 17s): I just use it as a block bag. So, 1 (25m 23s): And I wanted to talk about, and this takes us into some other sports, unless there's anything else we want to bring up in the Olympics, there's a lot going on. I wanted to bring up a German official that was sent home for racial slurs. Do you guys hear about that? It was a cycling official. Then he's been suspended, sent home from the Tokyo games. Cause he used a racial slur during the men's trial time. So German cycling Federation, sports director, Patrick monster had been overseeing the cycling squad there. And he used the slur while urging German, German rider to catch up to writers from African nations. 1 (26m 11s): So, you know, so who 2 (26m 14s): Did he slur though? That's what I want to know. Did he slur the African or did he slur the German? You know, of course there's 1 (26m 23s): No, I, and that's the thing, unless you're watching it and you hear it, it isn't that easy because they don't want to say the slur is we're looking at the CONCACAF gold competition, watching Canada and Mexico, they had to stop the, because the Mex and I'm going to just, I'm going to say this to Mexico, your fans suck. They had to stop the game. I mean, what a viral illness, 2 (26m 58s): This is going on multiple times. This is going on multiple times, Michelle. I mean, you've got to get, get a clue on this one, you know, get a, get a clue. 1 (27m 11s): Okay. So I'm a for one, you guys weigh in, if you want, I, for one I'm for having thick skin, I don't want to be offended at absolutely everything. You know, because we get to the point where we are we're so, oh gosh, it's it be offend me and everything has to come with a warning. Right? But there is a place where we have to cross the line where we cannot cross the line. And I, I applaud the officials, the officials for stopping the game and saying, you know what? We're not going to continue if you can't get yourself under control, because there's just no place for that. Nor a German, German cycling official who needs to have a higher standard heck. 1 (27m 55s): Now I don't care what the slur is. You know, you, you go off the cuff, we all who have comment that Don commentary, you go off the cuff at times, but you need to have a level of professionalism. Matt 2 (28m 10s): Completely agreed. I I've been, as we've been talking about this though, I've been thinking about actually and Derek, maybe you can chime in on this, my soccer playing career. And when I played against played with and against various nationalities and I am a, a Mexican heritage, and I will say this playing against teams that are primarily composed of Mexicans in my tenure as a soccer player have always been the dirtiest. I've always been the most brutal. They say a lot. There's a lot, a lot, a lot of words going on out there and why? I don't know. So it, it does not surprise me, unfortunately, that, that this is going on. 2 (28m 50s): And I know, you know, Richie, you nod your head to it's, it's, it's unacceptable to Garrick. I don't know. What's been your experience as a player. Yeah. I, I have, I've experienced similar things. We have a, well, it's primarily primarily Hispanic league here, illegal spending that that is adult men's competition. And I've, I've played in it from time to time. Not probably for a couple of decades, but, but yeah, it was very intense and a lot of, and, and I think part of it is that there there's a machismo in, in the, as a part of the culture, it, you know, and a male pride, which, you know, I think that too, but you know, as you get older and as you progress in the game and especially if you're playing recreationally, there's just no place for it. 2 (29m 49s): And I, I mean, there's certainly, there's heavy competition and people want to win. And, but, but it's, it's still a game. And I mean, when you're competing on the international level, I can see why people get very hyped up about it and very passionate. But as you said, Michelle, I think people need to know where the line is and, and you just need to not cross it. And if you do, then, then I think appropriate measures should be taken. And I, and I, I agree with everybody here, we were all in agreement that the official, the cycling session official as, as well as the Mexican fans should, should have been reprimanded. 2 (30m 32s): And I'm glad that they were officials on any level should be the ones that are setting officials on any level are the ones that should be setting the tone. The people who run organizations, the people who are presidents of organizations, the international Olympic committee president should be the one setting the tone for the international Olympic committee. For example, let's take Pete Carroll. For example, Pete Carroll is one of the Seattle. Seahawks is the one who sets the tone for everything that happens. And we know, we know that. And that's one of the things that we like about the Seahawk organization is that he's, he has his hands in everything and his fingerprints are all over everything, but that's what makes the CX successful is because they have one vision and they have one set of, they have one set of standards. 2 (31m 28s): You may not agree with everything that Pete Carroll does, but he does have a philosophy and he does try to stick to it. And I think in terms of international competition and the Olympics and all these other things that we see, I think we make too many excuses for using the word competition. Competition does not mean that you can act like a fool or an idiot. 1 (31m 54s): No, I think on a high level competition, we should demand a level of mutual respect. That's called sportsmanship and professionalism. I mentioned Kanca calf, the gold cup. And I wanted to quickly give standings in group. A Mexico is up on top of so they're bad fans and all their, they are in group B USA followed by Canada group C Costa Rica and group D is Qatar. So usually we see a Mexico USA final. 1 (32m 35s): We'll see if that happens this year. Now obviously rich has a thing for the Seattle Seahawks. And so I think it's time that we talk and FL and FL fell training camp starts this week. Actually, the, it opened for the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers last week, because they're going to be playing the hall of fame game on August 5th. The hall of fame game is the first preseason game of this year. And it kicks off hall of fame. Extravaganzas of course in Canton, Ohio, that includes in shrine moments of the 20, 20, 21, 20 20 and 2021 hall of fame classes. 1 (33m 23s): So there's some interesting things as we go into training camp guys and Josh, and a few moments, of course, you're going to give us the countdown to kick off, which will be exciting, man. I wanted to ask you, I've been thinking about this. Who do you think now? You're down there and NOLA my birth town, new Orleans, Louisiana, the new Orleans saints. My second favorite football team. I want to ask you, who do you think is going to emerge from the saints battle of Winston and hill? 2 (34m 0s): If I, if I'm the coach, I'm going to go with Winston, you know, training camp open yesterday and taste them hill was penciled in with the ones to go. So we'll see. I think you've got better as an overall NFL quarterback, even though he's turned the ball over, we all get that. I think he just understands being an NFL quarterback better than pay some, I guess when we talk about, I can't think of his name now Teebo right. Teebo was Keon. Teebo B is a great taste. Some hill type player, right? Easily a starting quarterback. No, I don't think pace on hill is a starting quarterback either. 2 (34m 41s): Now it's interesting with, and I'll segue to everything else you want. The Roger's showing up and getting rid of his contract. Now we look at our team, the saints and go, okay. So what if we just kind of mail it in this year and now get himself ourselves involved for, you know, the Rogers extravaganza, you know, come next year. That's a distinct possibility for us. Well, I think a distinct possibility St. Struggling, you look at the situation with Michael Thomas and his, his apparently delayed surgery that I was going to cost him a good portion of the year. And you wonder some of these things, you wonder what effects that has on the other guys on the team. 2 (35m 21s): But man, you, you take away with a guy like Winston. Who's been prone to turnovers. You take away a premier target. You know, we don't have any receivers this year. I'll be honest with you. That's going to hurt. I guess the thing apparently with Winston, they, they fixed some things with this vision, so that might help, but it's still, that's hard to, hard to hang on the ball and he got nowhere to throw it. That's another thing without him. And just any, any athlete that that's a particular about Winston, but you have, these athletes have means, right? They, they, they obviously have means to buy themselves groceries and pay the car insurance. Why are you waiting this long to get your eyes fixed? You've been an NFL quarterback for years, for years, you've made enough money to write a check for eye surgery for LASIK. 2 (36m 7s): You don't need financing and at $99 a night. So why are you waiting this long to get this done? I don't know that it's hard to figure. Okay. 1 (36m 18s): Another question I have, I wanted to present to the group is the idea of skipping out on, on camp, right? I think we've had like something like seven players, major players that skipped out on many camps in June, Seahawk safety, Jamal Adams, dolphins, cornerback, Xavian Howard, there, Aaron Rogers of course skipped out on many camp. What about moving forward training camp holdouts? Are we going to see much of that? Because I know that under contract, they're mostly going to be a thing of the past because of the penalties in the 2020, the 2020 NFL, NFL, PA collective bargaining agreements. 1 (37m 10s): So, you know, there, there is always a wonder who's going to show up. Who's not pretty much a thing of the past fellows. Well, I don't 2 (37m 18s): Think it's ever pretty much a thing of the past because I got to tell you from covering the Seahawks for a number of years and just covering football in general training camp and fall practice, whether it be for a college team guys, don't really like all that stuff they try to, they try to do as much do as little as pot do as little as possible. And let's get to the games, let's get into the, let's get to what really counts. 1 (37m 48s): How many, I mean, come on, half of you guys are coaches or have been coaches, can you imagine taking a brand your high school players and saying, oh, okay, well I know we don't like training very much, so we're just going to get right to the game. How does 2 (38m 3s): I don't ha I don't have to imagine it because of COVID we had that happen because of COVID and it wasn't at the start of the season. So the kids weren't completely out of shape, but we, yeah, we went through a COVID quarantine. And so I went a week and a half without having any practice or seeing our kids until we actually got on the bus to go to our regional championship at the end of the season. And it was it chaotic. It was crazy. I am glad we did it. That just because of everything COVID and the mental things that it's caused so many people, it was just good to have them out there, but you don't like in our case, the runners actually did. 2 (38m 52s): Okay. And that's largely because of how you trained with running. Lot of times at the end of the season, you do less to keep your legs fresh and stuff. So the riders did well, the field events where there's a lot of repetition and muscle memory and stuff, they were out of whack. It was not going to, that's not going to cut it. So, so that's, so yeah, you can, you can, and we can see the results last season of the NFL and just remember, well, injuries is one, but early on in the season, the defense has really struggled to Brent's point in terms of it depends on what, and you're seeing all these crazy high scoring games I had Russell Wilson is my fantasy quarterback and it was awesome. 2 (39m 36s): He was racking it up. But then as the defenses started to settle in because of the no season, I, I think we, we began to see, see how that kind of came fighters effects out towards the end of the season. Well, when no one likes practice like that, I know as happy can we like going into prefin practice? Absolutely not. It sucks. It's horrible, but you gotta do it. And it's just, it's just part of life. But even as Garrett kinda on a professional level, did that preseason no one likes no one wants to show up and do these things. Yeah. And so I, I, I would love to say that it's a thing in the past, but I think it really does depend on the position because certain position players in the NFL, you really can get away to a degree with missing the preseason training. 2 (40m 29s): And it's not as critical. Yeah. 1 (40m 31s): But this is high level sports. You need that training. Not only that, as I mentioned, injuries, Matt, you're a specialist in strengthening and stretching and, and helping your body to train for the game of life. How much more so for a professional sports team, 2 (40m 51s): It's super critical. You have to get your body in rhythm for the sport, whichever it is. But yeah, you have to develop your mobility. You have to get your game speed. And your, your mind, the mind muscle connection, as you were saying, Brenton yellow, that the field event. Yeah, you're right. The chatbot jelly. You got to know your steps. If you don't know your steps. Well, I mean a little facetious, but now you tripping and pale yourself. Right. You know, no one, no one wants to see the javelin through a guy's ear. So you have to, I think that the biggest adventure we actually had was high jump. Well, first in the bar that doesn't work or miss that, or yeah. It's all that. It's none of it. 2 (41m 31s): None of it's good. None of it's good. So yeah. So your muscles have to be ready. Your cardiovascular conditioning, your muscle conditioning has to be ready to go. And I think one of the reasons why they don't like training camp as much now is because everybody's pretty much staying, trying to stay in shape year round, right. There really is no quote unquote off season. You're not in physical contact. Maybe that's exactly right, but they're doing look at what's going on down there in San Diego with Todd, I forget his name. That's where drew breeze would go every off season and handful of other football players. So they're not coming in fat and out of shape, like the New York Yankees of the 1950s, right. Where they truly needed training to quit their smoking and drinking habits, mail truck during the summer. 2 (42m 15s): So let's also add this in Matt, a lot of, a lot of the old time football players and basketball players, especially had other jobs to augment, 1 (42m 29s): Augment their 2 (42m 29s): Income in the off season. So their insurance job was a job they did for six months. And then we did the football job. But as you said, Matt, it's not like that anymore. Another issue 1 (42m 42s): In the NFL, Josh, before we proceed, let us know just how long it is until NFL kickoff. Yeah. 2 (42m 56s): For NFL kickoff. Right now, we're at 41 days, four hours, 14 minutes and seven seconds. And he's counting, but he's counting 1 (43m 5s): My question to you is how many of those NFL players that are going to be engaging in the 2021 season are going to be vaccinated now that the NFL has made it pretty harsh. I want to play for you our round table. You won't see the sound bite, but you will hear the sound bite. This is what some of the players had to say, take a, listen. How many players 4 (43m 30s): Around the NFL safety does not solely mean avoiding 2 (43m 34s): You look around and almost everybody's either been vaccinated or, or in process on currently in process right now. So, 1 (43m 44s): But yeah, I 2 (43m 45s): Think the NFL has kind of made it clear what they want to happen. And then if you don't fall in line, they're going to try to make your life kind of miserable, follow the protocol. So, 1 (43m 55s): Yeah. Yeah. So they fully expect their life to be a little bit miserable if they don't want to get the vaccine still very interesting because we have more and more information that the vaccine having the vaccine, you can still contract Corona. You can still give Corona, there's even some studies that are showing the vaccine is only good for about six weeks. Garrick. You have some firsthand knowledge and this situation right now in your flipping household. 2 (44m 31s): Yeah. So a member of our household who is vaccinated didn't contract. And so, so there, there is that. And so they're saying that this is a, I don't want to get too down this rabbit hole of, of crime areas, but they talk about vaccine hesitancy. And the reason that there's vaccine hesitancy in my opinion is because not all the facts are being presented and 1 (45m 7s): Do we know everything that we could know? So if I might just say for just a moment, as you're listening, watching a reading, marry those together, we don't know everything we can though. It's still very experimental and we're having information not being presented. And so if that's the case of vaccines while they can be fabulous, we'll never get better if we don't hold people accountable. If we aren't talking about what some of the problems are, including paralysis, blood clots, could you imagine being an NFL player and never being able to use your legs again, or at least partially? 1 (45m 47s): So my question to you, Josh, is if the vaccine causes issues, there's been a number of deaths, more deaths from the vaccine than all other vaccines combined. And that's that's morality or more morbidity that is at the worst degree. I get that. But Josh, if there's a problem can play or Sue the NFL, 2 (46m 15s): They should. They absolutely should. I mean, I talked about this last time is that the players association is an absolute joke. There's like, no, in no world should, the players association sort of agreed to this, but like just stripping entire sections of their, of their people, who they represent the players of right. To an unreasonable extent. And we aren't, we aren't seeing good results necessarily from the vaccine where we saw the CDC come out and say that they have, they can get a viral load equal to that of an unvaccinated person and can still transmit the virus, just like a, an unvaccinated person can. 2 (47m 2s): And we've seen, as we've just talked about people who are still getting coronavirus while having the vaccine. So it's just like, there's a lot of reasons to be skeptical of it, to say that they're ridiculous and that they should, they should have to deal with this will be cut from the team as a lot of people are implying. I think it's silly. And I do think that there's a good opportunity for a lawyer to come in and say, Hey, NFL players association did an awful job. This is honestly discriminatory and awful. And you should not be able to put things like this in place. So can, can I, can I read this real quick? This is green here. 2 (47m 42s): That's just the definition of what the word vaccine is. So let's read that definition. And then is this actually what the definition says this from Oxford languages vaccine now, a substance used to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide immunity against one or several diseases prepared from the causative agent of a disease it's products or a synthetic substitute treated to act as an antigen without inducing the disease. Is that really what? This is 3 (48m 20s): The definition of vaccine. 2 (48m 25s): So there you go. I think number one, there's a huge misnomer because when we think vaccine, what do we think? Polio, measles, mumps, rubella, right? Here you go. Hey, I'm good for the rest of my life. I think the whole terminology, this is not eight vaccine. It's something else. I don't know the term, but it's not a vaccine. What the flu shot is not necessarily called a backseat, right? It's a flu shot. Right? 1 (48m 53s): Agreed. Wow. That gives you a little bit of food for thought. And it's a good thing that we're talking about it because if it's being shut down in some areas, again, it will never get better. Yes. There are a lot of issues still with polio, with mumps, rubella, chicken pox there's problems at times, with Agilents there's things that are put into vaccines that can cause allergies and bad reactions. And you can look at the various site that the government puts out on adverse vaccine reactions that can, that talks about all of these including death and that it is real. 1 (49m 34s): And oftentimes very, very rare. But nonetheless, if we know about it, we can make it better. If we shut down the conversation, we cannot. If we force NFL players against their conscience, against their religious convictions or against the advice of their doctors to either quit their job or get the jab when it's still in a, not even a vaccine, as you point out Matt and in a experimental stage, I think we've gone a bit too far. Not here's another story I wanted to get to. And that's from the NBA. Now we have some NBA draft things going on and that's really exciting, but there's some NBA players guys who may be facing off against another opponent off the court. 1 (50m 23s): And that is Congress. Some Republicans are expecting that NBA players, sever endorsement contracts with Chinese sportswear firms whose cotton supply chains are implicated in forced labor in China's Jane Xinjiang province. We've talked a lot about the selective outrage of our sports stars. We're going to kneel and black lives matter, but we don't care what's going on in the Southern border. I guess brown lives don't matter when girls and women are sold as sex slaves. 1 (51m 5s): We don't care of, I guess, yellow lives don't matter when we can shoot our baskets and turn our backs during the national Anthem. And yet the very sports where the very cotton and the sports wear that you're slinging is made from slave labor. So a bit of selective outrage is about time that we say, Hey, if you're going to be all woke, you might as well wake up a little bit more. 2 (51m 31s): Well, Michelle, it comes down to, I mean, let's talk about, let's talk about this for a minute. Do you think LeBron James really cares about where his sneakers are made and who actually puts his stuff? 1 (51m 42s): Well, he seems to care about a lot of things. Josh, you're a LeBron James fan, you know, he cares about a lot of things and cares about a lot of people and does a lot of great things in his community. So shouldn't he care about where his sneakers are made Josh? Yeah, 2 (51m 57s): He should. But as with all things, I mean, I've complained about this before with the NBA, is that selective outrage and not really caring, you know, I mean, they make money off China, so they don't really care what happens in China. They don't care about inequality or issues that are happening like Hong Kong. They don't care. There's money there be a free Hong Kong, NBA Jersey. I think it's pretty good. Yeah, you're right. I think it's particularly galling though, that, you know, w when we talk about black lives matter, and we talk about, you know, the history of slavery in this country, and yet here is modern day slavery being used to produce the stuff that they're wearing and you don't hear peep about it. 2 (52m 46s): So, yeah, I, you know, I hate when politicians start getting involved with sports organizations, cause usually it doesn't end well, and it may not end well here, but I think this is a legitimate, a legitimate point. It's like, look, you, you, you say you're all about this. So let's look at what you're actually doing, what you're actually funding and the conditions of the people that you are encouraging by your involvement with this. 5 (53m 12s): I want to know, has 2 (53m 13s): LeBron James ever steward? And I'm just using LeBron as one example, I'm not trying to pin it on him, but I would like to have a conversation with LeBron James or James harden or any of these guys, have you actually seen, ever seen a factory where your stuff is made? Have you actually asked Nike, please take me to a factory to see who makes my stuff and see how it is, see how it is made and see how those people are treated. I want to hear, and I really do want to hear an answer to that question. Well, but the thing is is that if Nike took them to a factory, they would take them not to the factory where maybe things are actually being made. 2 (53m 57s): It would be, it would be their presentation of a factory. Yes, that's my, that's my point, right? If these guys really, really care, really, if they actually saw yes, the world health organization set it up, 1 (54m 24s): Josh w now that we have you here in between diaper changes of 2 (54m 28s): Yours, wait, wait, wait. Before we go to Josh real quick, we skipped quickly past football soccer. And, and I have to say because, oh
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All right, beginning of the Olympics. So here we go into another Olympic year, which should have been last year. And the, for the first time it's played two empty stands, empty stadiums, and in a country who bafflingly had masks B the fashion statement long before COVID. And yet they're having a new ups surgeons in fact so much. So that locals they're saying, Hey, let's just, let's just cancel it again. Here we are opening the Olympics and it's a whole new world fellows who wants to talk a limpic today, USA.
Throw something out there. Yeah. Well, it's almost been a sport to see who is going to step into what pile of who this last couple of weeks. I mean, it's like, I mean, some of it, I totally understand, but you know, when you start pulling up someone's comedy skits from the 1990s, I mean, I, I don't get me wrong. I do not. I do not endorse jokes about the Holocaust. I mean, that's, that's not, that's not funny, but the, what was it? The director of the opening ceremonies apparently had a comedy routine back in the 1990s where he had some sort of joke and someone pulls it up this last week.
And he, he was out, we have all the various uniform fiascos, especially with the women. I with riches with wish rich was here because we have the whole thing in the Paralympics, you know, with that, that poor woman who's deaf and blind. And her, you know, her mom was supposed to be is, is like the person that guides her, makes sure she gets to the right places, personal care assistant. And they wouldn't let her come. So she had to withdraw. So I I'm looking forward there to be actual games and contests.
I mean, I know we've had a few, we can talk about the women's soccer team later, but you know, the, the drama leading up to this is it's got to the point where I almost tune it out. It's like, great. What now?
What now? And have we lost all resemblance of reason Josh?
Yeah, apparently we have, and I'm glad it's happening here. Okay. Yeah, it's happening. So I'm glad for that. That we're actually starting. I mean, I was actually surprised recently to see commercials for the Olympics and various things promoting the Olympics, like, oh, okay know, here it goes. I honestly like I've barely been following it. Cause at this point I'm like it happens or it doesn't I'm over the like, will they won't they drama? It's like a soap opera of international sports that's been going on and it's like, just do it. Or don't, you know, like you like it put a ring on it and I guess they put a ring on it and here we go.
Yeah. Well, there was a short gate, of course, when we had a women's handball where we have a, a team that said, you know what? We just want to wear something that's comfortable. Men get to wear shorts, men get to wear t-shirts. We have to wear something very, you know, mid drifty and bikini bottoms. W w why is that a uniform violation to say, Hey, I want to wear shorts. What the heck? You alluded to that, Brett, and to me it, it just wasn't okay. I, it just kinda blew me away.
Well, yeah, that's I almost don't even know what to say about some of these things, because
Can we pause real quick, real quick? Let's just relive what happened? That was it. Yeah. This is a, this is a real news story that the women of another lens were find, literally find because they wore shorts. It was women's handball, which is a relatively new sport to the Olympics. And they were fined because they wanted to wear shorts and not a bikini bottoms, which can be not only uncomfortable right up your heinie. They're they're not very well they're. They can be pretty revealing, especially if you are curvy in any way, shape or form.
Right. And that's fine if you're just playing, not playing for fun on the beach or you're, you know, swimming in the ocean. But if you're playing in front of a world stage, should you just be able to be comfortable mat?
I, I think yes, uniform should be appropriate for the activity. You know, if you're in beach volleyball, then they're not really wearing thongs and pastries out there, you know, they're still wearing forced roles and, you know, appropriate attire, that appropriate attire. That's it.
Well, I'm going to give you a, an example on the other end of the spectrum, Josh, who used to play for church league. So you know how this can be, I know in church league women's volleyball or girls volleyball, they had girls wearing KU lots. And so they have these big flairy culottes things that go below the knee. And it was really difficult. You know, you have so much material going on there. And when girls were just saying, look, we're not asking that we wear the little bitty underwear, that most public schools where we're just asking that we can wear shorts. Conservative shorts are fine. This isn't, this isn't about our trying to be sexy.
It's about trying to win games. Can we wear shorts that go just above the knee? They can be loose fitting, but come on coolatta on the same regard of I'm with the women, with the Norwegian women's handball team, who said, you know, they have us wearing bikini bottoms. Men aren't asked to wear Speedos until men are asked to wear Speedos, let us wear shorts in the story. As far as I'm concerned, Josh.
Yeah. The uniform requirement of bikini bottoms is ridiculous. It never made sense to me. It's a whole, I think there's always a reasonable middle ground. And I underst I understand if you want to have a, a standard uniform for people, but give it some variants. Like, you know, if, if you want to have people able to play in bikini bottoms because they feel they play best in that, then you know, that's fine, but there's no reason why short should not be allowed. You know, especially when others playing the same sport, like guys can wear shorts. Like what, what, what possible reason is there for saying no shorts? Right?
There's little explanation. I think the reason is you had a room, a room of 30 to 40 year old men making, writing up the uniform requirements for a women's sport seriously. Right. You know, I, I think you need, there's not enough
Out there to see you. Can't I just spent a month in Florida just go down to the beach. There's plenty of, of bikini bottoms down there. If you really feel, you need to see that on display. There you go. Come on, come on.
I just think for, I think for any of these, any of these sports, you need to have people who are active participants as part of the, as part of the process of putting these, these codes and rules together. And that obviously is not what's happening. I mean, what is, what's the competitive advantage? Are they aware that they're going to put a sticky substance on the inside? Like what, what's the, what's the problem here? Well, it's not baseball Josh, so you can't really free Hector
Santiago. I want to know why men and handball players aren't forced to wear Speedos. Right? It's silly. I mean, I get that. Like
I would understand if they have it as an option, because it's like for beach volleyball, it's a beach sports sport. You want to give them the option of wearing what you would wear at the beach. But I would also like a FCC, plenty women, more shorts at the beach. Like we could go on about how ridiculous this is for a while, but at the end, it's dumb,
But it's the ridiculousness of what's happening in the Olympics. And the, like with many things happening in the sports realm, in the political realm and in life, things that are just not making sense. It's as though we don't have a, our moral compass has spun out of control so badly that we don't have a direct north to point to. So when we're making policy and we're trying to O navigate through difficulties and COVID and vaccines and protocols, we really have nothing grounding to build a case on. So guys, that's kind of where I'm seeing some of the craziness.
You had mentioned something else, Brent, and that is Becca Meyer, blind swimmer being denied a personal care assistant and had to withdraw from the Paralympics. How has that make sense to anybody that she cannot bring her assistant in order to compete? How does that make sense, Matt?
It doesn't make sense. It doesn't make sense on the parasite where yes. They need to get into equipment to maneuver around. You know, it's not, I don't understand the big deal, why this can happen. It's a mindblowing attempt to control when there's no need for control.
Okay. All right. Well then maybe
I think, I think too alongside with say our moral compass is as spot off the rails, but I think our intellectual one has as well, because you have, well, you'd just have a lot, you have a lot of things and I think they're they're related, but you just have a lot of things that completely don't make sense going on. And that's, that's one of them it's like, this is a situation that they were aware of since at least February, I believe. And yet this decision came down like two or three days ago as like, what have you people been doing, especially in the paralytic, the Paralympic side, where, where this is like, like right in your bread and butter, why are you exist?
How can you fail your athletes that badly? Yeah.
It doesn't make sense. And so we'll just try it. Well, we'll just keep going through them until we find one that does, when does it make sense that an entire team would go to represent the United States of America, but when their own song is played, they all choose to kneel and disrespect. Why would you go
Except for the three, right? There were three that did not.
And actually, if you look at that, that from what the reports that I've gotten and looking into it, those three were represented in February from a picture in February. So it wasn't actually the one at the Olympic, from what I understand, I could be wrong, but we just don't know at this point, nonetheless, boom,
They lost me. So when you talked about, you talk about, you know, no fans of the stands was going to
They lost a lot of fans. And I support the IOC in trying to say, all right, this is not a protest. You're not here to protest. You're here for neutrality. So put your politics aside, stand up, get up there, do your best, salute your country, your national Anthem. If you win and then go on about your life and go protest back home. And that's what they're for. If you didn't sound proud of this country, but inside we'll play.
Yeah. Talk about privilege. And I'm not talking white privilege. I'm talking us privilege. You have the privilege of being able to stand against your country to stand against policy, to protest. That is privileged right there. And to, and to say that there isn't Liberty and justice for all, no, there really isn't. There never has been. There never will be, but that is the, the ideal that we're all reaching for, that we all believe in and that we are fighting endlessly for. And because we can, we live in a great country, sorry, Megan Rapinoe. But that's the way it is. And as your kneeling there afterwards, someone's interviewing you.
You want to get all political, get all political, but stand as a United front. Who are you there to represent Josh weigh in here?
Yeah, no, I, I completely agree on that front. If you're going to go and represent it us on the international stage, why are you wanting to also disrespect it? Yes, we have problems, but respect the fact that there's athletes at this event that would try to flee while at the event, in order to leave their country, you know, like there's come here, right. Athletes at this event, the countries of the Arab countries that don't even have a woman's sport. Right. Whereas that women's soccer team from Saudi Arabia. Oops, that's right. They don't have one because women are not allowed to compete there because of their culture. What are you going to protest there?
You have to get over it ladies and represent your country. Doesn't matter if you're red or blue or pink or purple that you voted for. You're there for United States. I think the very fact that when they come home, they're not going to have federal agents come up, show up at their door and make them disappear or, or just shoot them in the dead of night flies in the face of what they're, what they claim to be protesting. Absolutely. Absolutely. And so if you, like, you can come here and protest and that's like, you have the right to do that. But man, just read the room, look at all the other countries that are there, look at all the people that would want to come to America. Like we said, and it's just be grateful for what you have here.
And the fact that you are free to do what you are doing and that you're there because you want to not because the government decided that you're the best at what you do. And so we're going to take you and force you to do it. And we're going to force you to stay in our, you know, where we want you to stay. And this is your one opportunity to get out of the country. And you're looking for every opportunity to get out of it, just so that you can get out of your country permanently. It's it's silly to me. It really is.
You don't think I'm making Rapinoe is going to defect to an another country while she, yeah. She
Should go to North Korea and see what happens. That is Layla. Right? All those, all those
To play for the Venezuelan women's national team.
Oh, did I even have one?
Hmm. Well, there you go. Right there. Yeah. And Matt, did I hear you correctly? You, you switched channels too. Cause I didn't watch. I, I was not,
You know, when I'm at working with clients without club it's on TV, but it will not go on my personal TV. I'm refusing to acknowledge it. It's just
Ridiculous. The play for, for the U S why should I support you? But can we really say they played for the U S because they got their butts handed to them. Whoa, come on. That was, that was, that was not just a loss. That was a bout woman.
Even more deserving to be more deserving
Of. It was crazy. So see, that's what you missed out on like watching Tommy Smith, John Carlos, Gwen barrier among some of the athletes though, that did sign a letter, demanding that the IOC changed their Olympic protest rule. What are your thoughts on that guys?
Well, again, you, you, you are representing a country. That's not going to literally kill you for writing a letter like that. Beyond that. It's like, I mean, I know the IOC tends to be unresponsive to a lot of things that are like actual concerns. So I hope they go to their default settings.
It's not going to happen. Josh, anything else you're looking forward to with the Olympics or any other issues that we need to bring to the table today?
Well, baseball's back. So that'll be an exciting addition to see baseball back can be Olympics. We get to see Julio Rodriguez. Exactly. I was going to say who he is going to be on the Olympics. It's we do have some players with major Lee experience, even formal, all stars playing because I mean, it hasn't been Olympics. Haven't been part of the baseball. Hasn't been part of the Olympics rather for a long time. And so baseball is not really built around it. So we're not going to see any major leakers playing, you know, any current major leaguers playing. Cause they're going to stick with their teams. They're going for the world series. The American series really is what we should call it. But until we're competing with Japan and the like, you know, I'll be the other countries that have their own teams.
Anyway. I'm excited for it still though. Cause you will see a lot of prospects. You will see a lot of young players. Like we mentioned, Julio Rodriguez is going to go play for his home country's team and other, other young players. And even some players that are, maybe have been out of the league recently that have decided to come back and play for those Olympics. Cause I think they still got some of the tank. So I think it should be fun
Crowds, empty stadiums.
Yeah. Well we got you set last year, I guess. So I did not. I was going to fly to the Olympics and watch the games in person. So I don't know. It doesn't
Affect me too. Some of the families would, I mean, you get to see your kids, you know, on the, on the Olympic stage. That's extraordinary. And, and if you're in the area, it's your chance. I mean, when, when we had the winter Olympics in my corner of the world, up in Whistler, man, of course I'm up there. Every chance that I can get and any time I can buy a ticket and afford it, I'm up there watching its history being made. It's extraordinary. And to think that we won't be able to have any fans in the stands. No, I didn't get used to it. No, I do not like the canned noise of the crowds. It is weird. It's like watching a bad sitcom.
I'm sorry with canned laughter it doesn't work for me. It's going to be a weird Olympics, but the Olympics are well on their way. Can I bring up another weird issue? And this is another big one. Josh. Usually you give us the countdown to kickoff for the NFL. Are you prepared to do that for us today?
I certainly can. Let me just pull that one up here. One moment. I think I have my bookmark training camp is like 10 days away.
I think. Yeah, Josh, Josh. I know that football is a big deal to you. I know my dad said that football is life and Jesus is life. Not necessarily in that order. So you know that big countdown to the end
SCC fan just played football. I thought that was where that was going. Was that Jesus play football. Can you play for Notre Dame? Did you know that? Right? Of course touchdown. So we have right now we're at 48 days, four hours, 29 minutes and 57 seconds. So we have football, so yep.
Big deal. Okay. And of course the super bowl champions, Tampa bay Buccaneers went to the white house. They visited Joe Biden because I guess it's okay to visit Joe Biden. Not so much. We're not sure what the last administration, which drove me nuts, guys. It really shouldn't matter. Who's in the white house. You know, if you voted for him, if you didn't vote for him, if you, I mean to dis the, the white house much like the us women's national team, it's dissing your country, but Brady and the bucks went to the white house to celebrate their super bowl victory. I'm sure they had something other than, I don't know McDonald's cheeseburgers, but I think that was isn't that what, what the Donald served?
Yeah. For one of the college teams, I can't remember what, what it was. One of the college teams got all McDonald's that's a hundred percent true and don't get me wrong. I'm all for distancing the white house for all kinds of reasons. No matter who's in office, you know, as, as I mentioned before, I'm libertarian. So I've long been campaigning for 365 federal holidays a year. Libertarians can't fund those though. Well, I didn't save, save. Oh, okay. We're good. We're good. I think you're right though. So, so Brady is a Republican and he's, it was a, an uncle Donnie fan.
So somehow he shows up though and yuck set up with uncle Joe and she takes his hand and can put his arm around him and blah, blah, blah, and be perfectly fine and be a very mature human being an athlete. But yet these other babies can't do it and just suck it up for now and respect the president, the office of the president, shake his hand, give him knuckles, whatever you leave, you want to bad mouth them fine. Have a good time. No problem. But you respect the office and show up anyways, you got to put that behind you and stop being a little brat. What is about though is it's about like showing unity. It's about showing that like we, despite our differences in political beliefs, that's not all of who we are.
You know, like my political beliefs. They're not the core of my being. They're not like my deeply embedded religion. You know, I can, I'm happy to have a conversation with someone that I deeply agree with. I mean, you know, being someone that's kind of in the middle as a libertarian, there's plenty of times that I'm called a liberal scum or conservative slime. You know, I get called both ways, but I I'm still happy to have a conversation. I love a good debate, love good discussion. And you know, I'm happy to have a relationship with someone who is not of the same beliefs that's me because that's the way it should be. And so being able to go and at least meet with the president, no matter what side they're on, unless they are truly some fascist dictator that is taking away rights and throwing people in jail, you know, not the political theater.
That, that is what we had, but actually doing those things. Like if we were suddenly communist Russia, suddenly Cuba or some of these other countries that have the dictators that throw their political rivals in jail. If that's the case, I'm not going to go. I don't
Know, text messages and social media. Oh, I'm sorry. Nevermind. Nevermind. I'm just saying, so what you're saying, Josh is that this is where we come together. You won the super bowl. You go to the white house, you come together, you show unity, you build bridges that way you do not thrill build bridges by blowing, build bridges by connecting. So, and the same regard. That's why we stand during the national Anthem because I don't care what of a political fence you're on. That's where we come together, where we could say we are one nation under God, indivisible with Liberty and justice for all.
That's what we stand for justice. Yeah.
I'll bet that there's people that are rooting for Tom Brady that are on both sides of that political fence. There's people. I mean, look there, especially now that he's in Florida, Florida is one of the biggest battleground states. You got to bet that there's people on both sides. Like I'll take those odds every day that it's not just one side of the other route and for the Tampa bay bucks go,
Did you hear this story about Aaron Rogers? You know, guys, we've been talking about Aaron, we've been talking about him, just feeling discs and, and alone. Nobody asking them to prom. But now the green bay Packers gave an extension offer that would have made them the highest paid quarterback. Boom. And he's like, yeah, no, thank you. You didn't like me. You didn't ask me to prom. I don't want to go now what's going on.
Well, I think that kind of took care of the debate that we've been going on for the last few weeks. Right. What's he going to do? Well, we know he will not be in a package uniform shoot.
Part two, here we go. Yeah. Yeah. He learned it. You know, we didn't think that far did a good job of mentoring Rogers, but apparently he had more of a impact and we realized, I think I just saw something come across too that now they're starting to have trouble with getting extension for Davante Adams. So that, that's the thing that, well, that's the thing is that these things do domino and you know, I've got some, I spent a lot of time in Michigan. I've got a lie in a lot of lions fans that have been suffering for decades. Granted, some of this depends on their own team, but they are just waiting for the day that Rogers does walk.
And all of a sudden they actually have a chance because the rest of that division is still bad now. So they're ready to go there. Wouldn't that be something? Well, I could go to the Vikings and just complete the circle. Well, I, you know, that's why I was saying, that's why I think I, I, my, my fear as a Seahawks fan is ballooned up in San Francisco. Cause it's not like you can say that their quarterback situation is settled very well. So CBG and a rookie. Yeah. If you had a chance to there Aaron Rogers for a couple of years.
Yeah. I'd go for that. Especially since he's from the area. Oh, it's totally, totally a bit of speculation, but
Where do you think he's going to land? What do you think? What do you think is going to be next for Aaron Rogers? Is he going to retire? Is he just weighed? I mean, obviously he's done with green bay. They love each other no more, but he's got to land somewhere.
So I'll, I'll take a shot here with my hometown saints on this. So what are we going to year without drew breeze? Now we have a quarterback quote, unquote competition between Winston who's on a one-year contract and taste them do it all hill. So neither of those are really futures. So we limped through here, X get rid of wind Winston after this. Now you got to Sean Payton, Aaron Rodgers, MindMeld there. That could be a dangerous situation. So again, throwing it out there, speculation no basis to anything, but that's an opportunity for us. And that's see the problem with that is those, the cap space, new Orleans has themselves in such cap hill right now, if we do, it's a new math, it's something that only from pirates and Cajuns and somehow one-on-one equals minus seven and you're able to afford these types.
We'll see that if you sign them as a free agent, if he's a free agent, then you can do a lot of tricky things with a cap and move out. You know, like voidable years is at the end. But the problem is with the, you would have to do a lot of creative renegotiating with a lot of players on your team right now in order to get that possible. Cause it, because of the way his contract is currently situated and where it's at and maybe agent you're right, he's got, then you can do what effort you're going to be structured if you want. You're not, there's no baggage. Right. But unfortunately like if it were to be this year, you know, I just, I just don't know if next year I could potentially see it happening, but I just, I don't know. I don't know where he would go this year, partially because of the cap, you know, a lot of places that would love to have them, like new Orleans don't have cap space.
And a lot of the places that have the cap space don't necessarily have the pieces that green bay wants or is a place that Aaron Rogers would want to go. So it's, you know, you got it. I think he stays this year in place. Well, yeah, I think, I think he might stay this year. I don't know if he plays. I think he could sit out cause he could sit up here with, COVID it say that like, I don't want to do this year because of COVID just like players could last year and he would save them a ton of money doing it that way. So I mean, I could see him taking a year off, trying to host jeopardy as much as possible and you know, play some golf. There's some golf golf.
Yeah. Him and Tony Romo can, you know, have a skins game every weekend. That'd be yeah, there you go.
You golf on the weekends. Do you have a room for Aaron?
I do have room for a third. Hopefully he'll pay the greens fees from, you know, so if he can afford it, but I'm good with that. Yeah.
The is I think the biggest story in sports to me is the NFL warning. They are warning teams that if there is a COVID outbreak amongst their teams, the team that does not have that has the most unvaccinated will be asked to forfeit the game. Forfeit, the checks, both teams are neither get to play. You forfeit the game. The win goes to the, to the team with the most vaccinated. And it's a whole new game out there. I'm blown away by this for so many reasons.
One we're creating a, a second class citizen ship. And those who were unvaccinated to you were making a big assumption when we now know that people with the vaccine can contract carry and give COVID to other people still, we don't know where these outbreaks may have come from. So we're, we're really creating a weird world here they are. They have every right to do it, but should they man, guys, let's take this big issue on let's face off on this, Brent.
Well, as part of that, I just came out in the last hour. So that offensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings, Rick Dennison is no longer with the team after refusing the vaccination. Now they, they haven't defined exactly what the terms of their parting ways was, but it was over over this and we've had a number of players, you know, that have, have objected to this already, even to saying that the player association sucks. I mean, I, I can't remember who was it that tweeted that, but I think it was Deandre Hopkins. Yeah. So, so big, big name player. I just, the whole reasoning behind this.
I'm I'm with you. It bothers me partly because I mean, if somebody, somebody asks, you ask these guys, Hey, have you been, you got your herpes vaccination. Cause that's pretty pretty, you know, communicable. They'll be like, what are you talking about? Who are you to ask me about, about that kind of a decision. And yet with this, it's like anything seems to be on the table and public. And then you look at the numbers of otherwise apparently healthy men in the, you know, young men, 35 and under who've had adverse reactions might, you know, the, the myocarditis mild carditis situation with their hearts in that demographic that is makes up pretty much all of the NFL.
And it's like, why are you telling these guys that they don't have a right to be concerned about this and oh yeah, sure. You can be concerned about it and it hesitate, but we're gonna, we're gonna throw you in a hotel room, not let you have contact with anyone. Not yet, let you fly with the team. And then if people get sick, it's, it's your fault and you've cost your teammates and the other team a paycheck. I mean, I I'm appalled by this and it doesn't surprise me, but it is still a sad thing.
Terrific. Unvaccinated individuals, including players also have to be prohibited. As you alluded to from outside of the club of facilities or team travel per this memo. And yet news, I'm going to play a sound bite that comes from the UK and talking about the communicability of COVID through people who are already vaccinated. I'll let it speak for itself in just a moment. But you are going to also hear in the sound bite from the chief scientific advisor in great Britain, Patrick villains, where he says 60% of people being admitted to hospitals, 60% are vaccinated.
We know that double vaccinated, fully vaccinated people carry the Corona virus. And that's, that's where we've got to base on the advice in terms of the number of people in hospital. Who've been double vaccinated. We know it's around 60% of the people being admitted to hospital with COVID who've been double vaccinated and that's not surprising because the vaccines are not a hundred percent effective. They're very, very effective, but not a hundred percent.
Yeah. So that's exactly what he said. Now he's walking it back and saying, oh, I meant to say it was the unvaccinated 60%. I think he was pretty clear in what he was saying, but nonetheless, that's still leaves a big number of people. 40% at the, at the low end of people who are hospitalized in the UK have been fully vaccinated. 5,000 people have died from the COVID vaccines and over 400,000 hospitalizations. And these numbers can be found from the FDA and the CDC. There are a number of horrific side effects, including heart inflammation, palsy, Bell's palsy, diarrhea, flu blood clots, miscarriages for women, not something usually you have to worry about in the NFL for a miscarriages, but a whole of the other things.
Yes, indeed yet. But Josh, with all of these facts that by the way, are being limited. Your ability to connect with these facts, find information on these facts, get these soundbites, get reports on them. And yet we are making these arbitrary decisions for people's health. I mean, when does it stop? And you know, how far down the road are we going to go with this?
Well, listen to the science, but only the science. We want you to listen to first and foremost, don't listen to anything that we do not deem as the right science. No, it's, it's ridiculous. And Matthew Judah on said it the best way. He said the union sucks. I'll just send to that a little bit. The NFL players association is a complete joke right now to allow this kind of thing to come through that both teams in their entirety lose out on all of their paychecks, the ridiculous restrictions around unvaccinated players.
It's like, why does it matter if the rest of the team is vaccinated? Why can they, why can't the vaccinated players go out and party? But the unvaccinated, you know, they can't leave their room. They can't see anyone. They have to like stay in isolation constantly. It's a complete and utter joke. The NFL players association is worthless right now. And I think a lot of players minds, and it's funny being here in Seattle, the sense you get from, you know, Twitter and the fans is like, well, why are they complaining? They're making the team bad. You know? Cause overwhelmingly people here in the Seattle area really are pro-vaccine and pro getting it and just listen to what the government tells you.
But we're not seeing that across any sport, you know, good. 15 to 30% of a lot of teams are still on vaccinated. And a lottery is like in baseball. For instance, a lot of these players come from other countries where they don't just trust the government. You know, they're very wary for good reason. And you know, on this one, I would also say it's a good reason. And it's so crazy to me, the disconnect that is in people's minds is about this right now where like I'll S I'll tell people like, look, there's a good reason to be skeptical about this because there has been a lot of side effects and there has not been clinical trials. In fact, clinical trials on rats and animals were canceled before they even finished because too many animals were dying.
You know, we are the clinical trial right now of a new vaccine. And part of me is excited about the new vaccine, the rDNA vaccine, there's RNA vaccine, sorry. I'm forgetting exactly what it was, what it was made to detect to. And our DNA is a new thing. And B nevermind. Anyway, MRN a MRN, a vaccine is exciting because it's a lot cleaner. It doesn't have a lot of the other things that they need in it to get it to work for other vaccine types. So it's a lot cleaner, potentially better way of giving you a vaccine, but it's brand new and it messes with your DNA. And we, I want to know how it's going to affect people.
You know, long-term, we have zero long-term testing and people are like, oh no, they've been working with this for a long time. No, they have not. They have not been working with this vaccine for a long time, just because they've known about developing this technology for delivery for a long time does not mean they know how this is going to affect humans in the longterm. So there's very good reason to be skeptical. And people forget. Part of science is questioning is constantly questioning, is this effective. And it's really suspicious to a whole lot of people. When anyone that's questioning it, just get shouted down and silenced. It's, it's incredible to me. And there's a lot of players that are agreeing with that and they need to be better represented in my opinion, like in, in, in their opinion as well, like massive Judon said, they, they suck and they're not helping their players.
They're not covering for their players. They're not saying making sure that they're getting fair and equitable treatment in these scenarios. So yeah, it's it it's horrendous and it needs, it needs to change. Like there needs to be better representation. And apparently that's not Richard Sherman. One of the relations that you all didn't talk about though in that is that the team that forfeits has to pay the other team for their losses. So it's not just, they're gonna lose paychecks, but the fourth fitting team has to fork out the dough for, for the losses on the other side. So they have to pay the NFL for lost TV revenue to, yeah, it's a hundred percent forest compliance and we'll see if there's a lawyer out there, balls enough to maybe do a discrimination lawsuit.
Oh, you got to know. There is,
You got to know there is in fact, the America's frontline doctors. If you go to Americans, frontline, America's frontline doctors.org. They a F L D S filed a lawsuit just this week on the 21st, a couple of days ago, seeking immediate injunction relieving and revoking the emergency use of COVID 19 vaccines based on distributing them throughout the country because of the horrific mortality data that is now being released. So there are filing injunctions. There are some brave lawyers who are saying, wait, this is not okay.
You are creating. And if someone is making a personal choice, even for a health reason, and this happens who's to say who started the outbreak and what if you're a sucky team and you think you, what I could go to the super bowl, if I just infiltrate enough teams and implant COVID man, they're going to go, we'll be the super bowl champs. You know, you're going to have like the Browns. Are we a
Team? The Jaguars, the Jaguars,
Urban Meyers news Jaguars against the lions this year
I gotta do is get that Husky bug into the locker room. And we're good to go. I mean, come on, it's getting crazy out there and you're very wrong. I've always, I've
Always, I've said this about a number of things, but any time the phrase, the science has settled come out, that is politically motivated. That is not a science. It's not a scientific statement because as you said, math, it's, it's, it's about forming theories and then working to disprove them. And then if they hold up, then you've, you've got something, but there's always something more. I mean, yeah, I've got a cell phone that works because it's science, but we still don't know. We still don't know the long-term effects of carrying one of these things around 24, 7 for 30 years. Right? So there's always more to learn. So when you say something settled, that's either a politician or somebody who's getting their funding based upon getting a certain result to what they're studying
Please. And someone that understands science, science is never settled. It must be poked to, it must be prodded. It must be challenged. Otherwise we live in the dark ages and that's kind of what it's feeling like right now. I wanted to get to a soccer. It was an interesting, it's been interesting for me watching MLS, especially last night back on top of the MLS rankings are the Seattle Sounders. Now, interestingly enough, for those of you who may not follow what goes up in Seattle or major league soccer in the United States, they played what we call the kindergarten game.
Last night, they had the, they had five players under the age of 20. And now I guess I'm wondering if during halftime moms had the common brain like sliced oranges
Crazy. And the reason it was my turn I saw on the refrigerator door. It was my turn, my game for that.
I mean, the Sounders pulled off a, when they put in the more experienced Raul Ruiz Diaz who made the one and only goal of the game. But I guess what, what I thought was an, a more interesting angle to this guys is 15 year olds. There's 15 year olds playing on, on the team with that many kids. You really got to see them playful force. You'll often see these kids who will be on and they'll play tentatively. They're surrounded by older, more experienced players. And so they will kind of acquiesce you don't see them play as hard. They played hard and a very good game. But my question is in any sport, do we do we often, other than gymnastics and the Olympics, and now major league soccer, do we really see kids that young, plain, are they really, should they be playing it at that age?
So we've seen it for individual sports, but not individual sports, but not so much the team sports. Cause you know, an individual sport you're, you're, you're, you're matching up skill levels. It's not a matter of, of surviving a physical encounter. I mean, if I think of, you know, your, your typical high school basketball player going up against LeBron James, I mean, good luck. Right. So I do remember ale is kind of fun when it's probably what, 20 years ago now. And Freddy ADU broke into the MLS when he was like 15 years old and my son was the same age. So we went to see him play and it was cool, but he's like, I ain't even him at the time. It was like he doesn't belong out there yet.
I mean, he said, there's guys that are, this guy's your age dad, what they trying to do? You know? And, and you did, you did see, I wish they were my age, but they, you know, you kind of watched with his career, you know, he never did amount to all what the expectations were. I mean, he was a fabulous player at 15, 16 years old, but I, I do think when you, you know, there are exceptions, but for the most part, if you throw kids that age in with, with groups that are that much more experienced, that much more physical, I think it, it hurts their development. Now, granted, you know, every now and then you do get a little bit LeBron James, who at 18 was physically ready to play in the NBA.
But for the most part, those are the really rare exceptions. Then you're, you're better off not doing that to them. Yeah. There's, there's physical and mental aspect of it too. I mean, look at Don Williamson down here at the, with the pelicans, he got drafted what at 19 and then got hurt his first year and, or wasn't ready from college and into the pros. And now mom and dad are still moaning and complaining about coaching and stuff. So there, because it's their kid and it's still a kid and you're putting fit in front of as a professional fitness. I work with kids. I worked with 15 year olds and 16 year olds and they're not ready. They're not physically ready if they're not mentally ready, they're not emotionally ready as a whole sort of one, every however many million great LeBron James is one of how many in population, United States.
So it's a difficult task. And, and I really don't condone that type of playing field, especially Zion Williamson, in my opinion, after the injury that he had in college, you know, I think that forcing him, it's something that you have to take real gingerly when you have something that you, you know, you blow something out or you get hurt in your calls before you even get there. Then you're playing against much tougher competition and you know, the best athletes in America and you know, and some might argue in the world, it's you really gotta take it slow and you really gotta ease, ease guys into it. And so, you know, people all want the day one, number one pick starter, that's going to be playing every game for them.
But man, it's, it's hard and it's a different beast and you can't just, can't just throw kids in like that. I'm with you there,
But we're looking at younger and younger to a degree I have been following. I might as well just change hats here. I've been following the hockey draft and the NHL, a new expansion team up in Seattle of they are picking their team and it looks to me like they are going less for lots of experience. And, but, but the more younger a team to build. So I don't know your thoughts on that, guys.
They have some veterans that are on there too.
I think they have 1 37 year old
Or I I'm trying to. Yeah, it was 35
I think. And they picked up, you know, the free agents for that kind of the other teams couldn't afford