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It's like, well, it's not like I can change genders right now. I just, you know, but I was going berry's office and he would let green the paint off the walls about the absurdity and then I could move in. So I owe him everything. But as you guys put together your telecast, I was very impressed with you always come out of commercial break with the fit walk. And I'm like, every team in the league should be doing it and should be doing it that way because it's just structured part of the telecast and the fact that you guys always have in the times that I've tuned in, a sideline. I think every team should have a sideline reporter, and we don't in Phoenix, and I feel like we're just not serving the fans who are maximum ability because of that. Yeah. That's a great point. It's wild like the things that I'm considered with at work right now are making sure all the fonts at the same size and the PowerPoint decks have put together, you know. But like Cindy, you were part of SportsCenter in the heyday of television 'cause it's not really. Hundred pound gorilla. The cable TV without live sports to me is just, I mean, you look at stock numbers, whatever, or to look at the number of subscribers, it's just kind of not the way technology went. So you were kind of there in its heyday. And I know, I mean, I've read you talk about being on during some incredible sports moments, but for you, what was something super different that kind of changed the way you felt about sports and its connection to the people? Oh. I would say, it goes to my hardest day at work. And that was the day after K Yao passed away. I was charged with interviewing pat summit. She was so gracious to come on just hours after her dear friend had passed away. And I had put her on such a pedestal is every woman's basketball fan does. And she was tearing up and I was tearing up and it was the hardest thing I've ever had to get through. And I just kept sitting there just admiring her strength and just her commitment to wanting to share case message and the power of her life. So I miss those big platform opportunities to command people's attention. That was the one thing that ESPN did for me in particular in certain instances. And I love the jobs that I have now, whether it's packed 12 or athletes unlimited or Phoenix mercury that take up a lot of my calendar. I just don't have the reach that I did with those four little letters from Bristol. Yeah. I mean, still always do an amazing work for sure, but it's so cool to see and know, I mean, I think you can tell with Scott that felt, for example. Ever. I know. It's jealous out of name dropping people that you're like, you could probably be Bros with, but you can just tell that you're not only good at your job, but you're super passionate about sports. And that creates quality entertainment. And feeds not just males 18 to 35, but across the spectrum all the way girls coming up 5 years old talking about the New York liberty. Saw it happen like two days ago walking in Brooklyn, so really cool stuff. And I just thank you for your service to supports. Oh, thanks. No, I love that you mentioned Scott. He was always great about because you got to listen. When I'm in a SportsCenter meeting, I was the one that was always, oh, we're just going to put up a graphic that the liberty are playing the mercury. And I'm like, we're not going to have 15 seconds of video with that. So when that graphic came on, trust and believe, I gave 45 seconds of content and break down about that one game. And Scott, when I would work with him, he could have complained, but he's like, no, that's great. Yeah, who should I Diana to Rossi? Okay, you got a penny Taylor all right. And he would chime in and get on board. So the bosses wouldn't give me static back. He was a great ally in that respect. Would you say the culture was like that across ESPN? Like as far as like the anchors go, like, to be on that platform, you had to possess a certain passion about sports. Oh, 1000%. Yeah, no. You didn't get hired because you were a fan of breaking down numbers on the stock market. It was where'd you grow up, what were you a fan of? What are you passionate about? All of that. And it was funny because there was a time in the early 2000s. Well, late 90s, before I got there, I got there late 99, September ish. Where Stuart Scott is blowing up, rich eisen, all of that. Dan Patrick. So it was becoming those guys being bigger personalities than SportsCenter. You know, people were tuning in because they wanted to cease to and that whole deal and the bosses wanted to tamp that down, right? They're like, nobody's bigger than ESPN blah blah blah. And so they put out this edict, you can not say what school you graduated from. You can't cheer extra hard, blah, blah, blah. Wow. Stewart's got like, take your little rule. He would just be out there, you know, North Carolina this,

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