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A highlight from The Light of the World
"Next year, the Summer Olympic Games will be held in Paris, but before they begin, there is a race or maybe just a relay where the Olympic torch is lit and carried all throughout France, going from city to city until it ends up in Paris, where it lights the big Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony. Maybe some of you have seen this on TV in the past, but it's a several month event. As this begins, it actually starts in Olympia, Greece, and then will end where the Olympics begin. Well, the passage we will look at tonight tells us that we as Christians are a lot like those runners carrying the torch, but the torch we carry is the light of the gospel and the land that we are to run in is the entire world. And the event that we are ushering in is not the Olympics, but it's the second and final coming of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. So with this in mind, please turn with me to Matthew chapter 5, specifically verses 14 through 16. Matthew 5 verses 14 through 16, where Jesus says, you are the light of the world, a city set on a hill cannot be hidden, nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a stand and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven. Well, I want us to take a deeper look at this passage by examining it under three points. First our calling explained in the first part of verse 14. Secondly our calling illustrated in the second part of verse 14 through verse 15. And then thirdly, our calling applied verse 16. Then I'd like to make four uses of this passage, but let's pray together one more time and then we will begin. Heavenly Father, we thank you for the light of Jesus Christ. We thank you for the light of your word. We thank you for the light of your grace. We pray that all of these things would shine upon us now. Give us understanding in the word of God, enlighten our hearts and our minds to what Jesus says to us here in this passage. We ask in Jesus name, Amen. Well, first, our calling explained in the first part of verse 14. Jesus has just told the disciples that they are the salt of the earth. Now he switches to another metaphor, which describes the identity and calling of his disciples in another way when he says you are the light of the world. Now, what does Jesus mean by this description? Well, first, let's consider the light. Light in the Bible is almost always associated with God. He's the creator and dispenser of physical light. Just think about Genesis Chapter one there, we read about how God speaks light into existence and then he makes the sun and the moon and the stars to give light on the earth. But God is also the creator and dispenser of spiritual light. Throughout the Bible, the term light takes on a figurative meaning and it refers to the blessings that God bestows on mankind. So he is the spiritual light source that shines down his blessings of mercy and grace and truth and salvation and life and glory on us. Now, this is especially true of Jesus Christ. Some of his titles include the light of the world, a light for the nations, the bright morning star, the lamp of the New Jerusalem, the day spring from on high and the sun of righteousness. And for those of us who are Christians, the Lord Jesus Christ has shown in our hearts the light of the gospel. Christ has taught us the way of salvation. He has poured out on us his saving grace. He has given us eternal life. He has opened our eyes to see his glory. He has shined spiritual light upon us. So Christ has put his light within us, in our hearts, in our souls, in our church, and now we're considered light in the Lord, not light in and of ourselves, but we're light in the Lord. We're not the spiritual light source, but we are reflectors of that light. We're mediators of that light. We are those who are to shine forth the light and blessings of Jesus Christ to the whole world. So that's the light. But let's also considered the part of the phrase of the world. World here, I think, means Earth, like the previous description. We are the salt of the Earth, not referring to the physical ground, but referring to the peoples and the communities and the societies of the world. But implied in this description of us is, I think, the natural condition and state of the world. If we are called the light of the world. Or the light that shines on the world. What does this mean about the world? What means that the world needs light? If we're the light of the world, the world needs our light. It means that by nature, the world is shrouded in darkness. But not physical darkness, moral and spiritual darkness. Natural man is in the dark. He is completely lost. He is ignorant of the way of salvation. He is enslaved to his sins. He is living in the shadow of death. He is ruled over by the devil and he is under the curse and wrath of God. But this is where we come in as the church, we are the light of the world, and for lights to be useful, they have to shine. They have to emit light, and it is our calling and our duty as little lights to shine forth the big light of Christ on this spiritually dark world. Now, this is the very point that Jesus makes in the next part of this passage. So let's now look at our calling illustrated. Jesus illustrates what it looks like for us to be the light of the world, and he does so in the second half of verse 14 and in verse 15. And there he tells us that we are like a shining city set upon a hill. And secondly, we are like a bright light set on a stand within a house. So let's look at those two illustrations separately. First, we're considered a shining city in the second part of verse 14. Some have likened America to the shining city upon a hill. It wasn't just Ronald Reagan who said that. There's others who have said that in the past. But this is not what Jesus says here. He doesn't say America is the shining city set upon the hill. He says that his disciples or his church or his spiritual nation is like a city set on a hill, and for good or for ill, this city cannot be hidden from people's eyes. We're city set on a hill, and I think this is one place where the eschatological promises of the Old Testament find their fulfillment in the New Testament. What do I mean by that? Well, throughout the prophets, it was prophesied, especially in Isaiah and Micah, that Zion, the city of the living God, would one day be set on the highest mountain for all the nations to see and flock to. Read about in Isaiah two and Micah chapter four. And there the nations would learn the ways of God and they would walk in the light of the Lord. Well, I think Jesus here is telling us that the church is the fulfillment of all of those prophecies, that the church is Zion, the city of the living God. The church is set on the highest of hills and the greatest of mountains. The church has the place of prominence and preeminence in this world. And that's God's doing. God has exalted the church to this highest position on earth. But why has he done so? He's done so, so that all the nations and all the kingdoms and all the societies on earth might see our light shine so the nations would flock into the city of God and learn of his ways and walk in his light. So a city like this cannot operate incognito. It will attract the attention of the world. People will either see it and run to it as a place of instruction and refuge and salvation, or they will see it and charge at it and fight against it as an enemy fortress. But either way, the church, as the exalted city of God, is to shed the light of Jesus Christ upon this dark world. So we're like a city set on a hill for all to see. Secondly, we're considered a bright lamp in verse 15. Here, Jesus moves on to another illustration of the church as the light of the world. And he says this, nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand and it gives light to all in the house. Well, this is pretty self -explanatory and nobody lights a light or turns on a light in order to simply cover it up and hide it. Why do we light a light in a house? Why do we turn these lights on in the church building so that it might shed light upon everybody who's in that place? Well, this is the church. We are a lot like the lampstand put in the house of God in the Old Testament. Remember, there is a lampstand that was to be put in the inner sanctuary. One of its purposes was to light up that entire sanctuary so that the priest could do their work in the tabernacle and in the temple. So they were to do the work in the house of God in order for them to do that. That lampstand had to be burning day and night. Well, brethren, we're a lot like that. Except we don't serve in one tiny little house of God. We serve in the cosmic house and temple of God. And as that bright, burning lampstand, we are to shine light upon all of those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. So that's our calling illustrated. So Jesus has told us here we are the light of the world. He says that looks like a shining city on a hill. It also looks like a bright lamp in a house. But then in verse 16, he makes a very specific application of these truths to his disciples and to us. He exhorts us in these words in the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven. Just like the shining city set on a hill and just like the bright lamp set on a stand, we, as the Church of the Lord Jesus, must not hide our light. We must not cover up our light. We must not disguise our light, but we must shine our light on all the peoples of the world. Jesus tells us here what the purpose or the end goal of this shining our light is, he says, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven. I think here Jesus tells us the kind of light that we are to shed or shine upon the world. It's the light of our good works, or we could say our beautiful works. People are to see our good works and not just some of them, but they're to see all of them, the good work of confessing the lordship of Christ, the good work of obeying the commandments of Christ, the good work of proclaiming the gospel of Christ, the good work of loving other Christians, the good work of cooperating with other churches, the good work of fighting against our sin, the good work of submitting to those over us in the Lord, the good work of taking care of our families, the good work of helping the poor and the needy, the good work of raising our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, and the good work of loving and praying for our enemies. The list could go on and on and on about good works, but Jesus does not limit these things or qualify them. He speaks in generalities here about the good work of the church and both proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ and living out that faith, that profession before a watching world. The point is we are to show the world the beauty, the honor, the value, the glory of the Christian life by our words and our actions. And this should have a practical effect upon the world. It's not to lead to our praise and glory. It's not so that people would pat us on the back and congratulate us and tell us what good moral people that we are. Of course, the Pharisees did all of these sort of things. They did their good works before the eyes of men so that people would praise them. But we are to have a totally opposite motive. And Jesus tells us what our motive should be here. It's not for us, but it's for God. God's the one who has ordained our good works. God is the one who works these good works in us. Therefore, God is the one to get all the glory for our good works. As one commentator says, we are to shine our light and do good works, not to win praise from men, but to win men to praise and glorify our heavenly Father. Our desire is not glory. Our desire is for that glory to go to God. And the apostle Peter says something very similar in First Peter two, verse 12. He says, Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. So that's our calling explained, our calling illustrated, our calling applied. But I want to touch on four things in this passage that call us to do something with this passage before we end. So first, there is a call to worship in this passage. Jesus calls us here the light of the world, but we have not always been the light of the world. Before the Lord saved us, what were we? Well, we were part of the world. We were part of this dark, evil, depraved, wretched, lost, ignorant world. Our minds were darkened, our eyes were blinded, our hearts were dead to God. We were not just in the darkness, but the Bible says that we were darkness. It was us by nature. We were called darkness. But God had mercy on us. God called us out of the darkness into his marvelous light, and now we are called sons of light, children of light, children of the day who belong to the day, saints in the kingdom of light, light in the Lord, and here the light of the world. So, brethren, we should work hard to win people to praise and honor and glorify our God. But first and foremost, we should praise and honor and glorify our God for calling us out of the darkness into his marvelous light. We should glory in our God for shining the great light of the gospel on us and turning our darkness to light. So there is implicitly here a call for us to worship God, to glorify him ourselves for the work that he has done for us and the calling he has placed upon our lives. So there's a call to worship in this passage. But secondly, there is a call to action in this passage. We are called the light of the world. But that means that we are to be light to the world. We are to let our light shine before others. That's what Jesus tells us, and not as some sort of star in a faraway galaxy that has little to no impact upon this earth. But we are to shine like the blazing sun in all of its glory to give sight, to give life, to give warmth to this cold, dead world. Our Lord and Savior has given us a commission to continue the work that he began in his earthly ministry. And that commission is to carry the gospel torch to the nations, to instruct them in a way of salvation and to model for them a new way of life. So think back to the illustrations that Jesus uses to tell us what we should be doing as the light of the world. But what he is telling us is just as it is inconceivable. That a city built on a hill would be hidden from the public, and just as it is inconceivable that a lamp in a house would be covered up to all in that house. So it is inconceivable that the church would be a secret society closed off to the world. So, brethren, let us constantly and continually remind ourselves of our calling in this world. We are not called to be monks who are shut up in a monastery. We are not called to be scholars who are retired to our studies. We are not called to be introverts who withdraw from the public. We are not called to be spies dressed up in a disguise, but we are called to be the light of the world and to let that light shine. So let us then seek to burn as brightly as we can for as long as we can for the glory of our Savior Jesus Christ and for the eternal good of our fellow man. So there's a call to action. We are the light of the world. That means we are to be light to this world. But third, there is a call to be encouraged in this passage. It's easy to think that we as Christians have little to no positive impact upon this world, especially as we see it getting worse and worse and worse. We can really become pessimistic. Really down in the dumps, really discouraged about our role and our calling in this world, but this passage gives us great encouragement to let our light shine, because Jesus says here that by the way we live our lives, we can actually cause others to give glory to God. We can cause others to give glory to God. Our good works can cause opponents of the gospel to give glory to God by shaming them and shutting their mouths and giving them no reasons to speak evil about the Christian faith. God gets glory for that. They can cause the general masses of people to give glory to God by making them fear God and be of all in all of God for his power at work in us. They can cause other brothers and sisters in Christ to give glory to God by causing them to give thanks to God for our labors of love, and they can cause sinners to give glory to God by leading them to confess with their own mouths that Jesus Christ is Lord and to call upon his name for salvation. So the encouragement is, brethren, your good works matter. Your conduct at home and in the office and at the ball field and in the restaurant and at the park and at family get togethers and at church and on the Lord's day. It matters. It can make a difference. By God's grace, you can have a part in changing the world and leading people to hallow God in their hearts and praise him with their lips. Your good works can beautify this ugly world. Your good works can enlighten this dark world. Your good works can preserve this decaying world. Your good works can add value to this vain world. So please never forget this. Always be encouraged by the words of our savior here to let your light shine before others so that they may glorify our father who is in heaven. But lastly, there is a gospel call in this passage. For anyone here this evening who is still living in the darkness of their sin, there is a gospel ray of hope in this passage that you need to run to. The church is the small L light of the world, but the Lord Jesus Christ is the big L light of the world. Christians can't save you, but what we can do is point you to the one who can. So Jesus is the light of the world and dear sinner, Jesus can rescue you from the darkness and he can bring you into his marvelous light. He is the light of the world who can give you eternal life. He is the son of righteousness who can bring you spiritual healing and joy. He is the day spring from on high who can guide your feet into the way of peace. And he is the bright morning star who can usher in an era of grace and salvation in your life that will last forever. So if you are still in the darkness, if you're still of the world, there is hope for you. Come and believe and follow the Lord Jesus Christ. And the Bible says you will never again walk in darkness because the Lord Jesus will give you the light of life. Amen. Let's pray together. Heavenly Father, help us to consider the words that our Savior has spoken to us to be the light of the world. Give us grace to shine forth pure rays full of holiness and love and kindness to this world that is shrouded in darkness. Please help us to fulfill this calling, this great commission to preach the gospel of Christ, to preach light to the nations and help us, O Lord, to reflect the light and glory of Christ in our very lives. Bless us as a church. Help us to be salt and light. May these callings be ever present in our minds and hearts every day of our lives. Give us grace, we pray in Jesus name. Amen.
Mitt Romney Announces He Will Not Seek Re-Election
"Stupendous terrific excellent I guess that excellent twice Mitt Romney will not be running for re -election which is a news Mitt Romney has been a wart on the Republican Party for a long time he was a dreadful presidential candidate he was he is a one -way why you know I was running with this guy in 2012 I was running for Senate in Maryland in an uphill race and I had spoken kindly about this guy because when he was in charge of slock the Salt Lake Olympic Committee he really he did like turn that thing around they were a mess and I only know that because I worked there for some bizarre reason Secret Service that they had that thing declared an NSSC it's a long story but you know I don't need to waste your time but we wound up doing security for the Olympics which was just dumb like we were like security guards you the taxpayers instead of the Olympic Committee paying for their own security because that was like scandalous eventually so everybody wanted that so they started limiting these NSSC's national special security events but I went in there and we were there for about a month and it was a mess and Romney did a good job and I positively spoke about him and then I realized what a snake this guy was I was running for office and I had won the Republican primary in Maryland did a huge upset him he was a total newcomer zero political experience at all and I was the Republican nominee for Senate it came out of nowhere I mean we got destroyed in the general election it was three a -way race we got just murdered it's like a crime scene but uh Romney's people didn't help us one bit I don't mean like with money I get that like why would you pour money into a Maryland Senate race we were gonna get crushed and I'm not even
A highlight from Special Encore The Canonization of St. Teresa of Calcutta Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff
"Discerninghearts .com presents Building a Kingdom of Love, Reflections with Monsignor John Essif. Monsignor Essif is a priest of the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He has served as a retreat director and confessor to Saint Teresa of Calcutta. He continues to offer direction and retreats for the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity. Monsignor Essif encountered Saint Padre Pio, who would become a spiritual father to him. He has lived in areas around the world, serving in the Pontifical Missions, a Catholic organization established by Pope Saint John Paul II, to bring the good news to the world, especially to the poor. He continues to serve as a retreat leader and director to bishops, priests and sisters, seminarians and other religious leaders. Building a Kingdom of Love, Reflections with Monsignor John Essif. I'm your host, Chris McGregor. What was this glorious pilgrimage like? I would say what brought us there, there were 16 of us who left to go there, and the ones who you would meet along the way, that each of them were loved by Mother Teresa. That's the way I would describe, each one of them had a personal experience of the enduring love that touched them. I certainly had to be there. It was like something that, as a pilgrim, I felt called to be at this celebration. And I felt God wanted me to be there, therefore he would provide. And he provided for me to get there to the vehicle of these 16 people that I went with. And it was just a very caring young priest who, Father Mike was our leader of the group, and I was kind of the senior citizen, I was the oldest member of the group. The streets of Rome, as you know, are really architectural hazards. Someone who doesn't see, I could easily fall anyplace and break a hip or whatever, but I was really cared for. And there was a young girl, a woman that I met, and she was in a wheelchair, and she kind of summed it up for me when she said, Mother Teresa touched me when I was 16. And she said she just came in the crowd and touched me, and she touched me on my head. And it was like an unforgettable touch from this woman who was such an instrument, just reminded me of Jesus going through the world, and everyone that he touched remembered that touch. And so it was with me. I experienced the love and being loved by her so that she was this instrument of love in the world. There were millions and millions who saw that by television or heard it by radio in so many parts of the world. So really, wouldn't you say that maybe a billion people were touched through this instrument of God's love, because she followed what God asked her to do, and in some way experienced being loved by God as the poorest of the poor, because that's what she considered herself, that he loved her and touched her with that love. And then she began to touch one by one by one. That was her way of looking at it. We arrived together as a group on September the 1st, and we went by van to Newark, New Jersey, where we all got on a plane, and we got to know each other's names, because not everybody, there were married people, there were priests, there were single people who were on that, just getting to know each other. And then we all had different parts on the plane going over, arrived and gathered together in a group, and there was a van to meet us, to take us to our hotel. We still stayed in a little hotel called Hotel De Petrus, which was about a 20 -minute subway ride from the Vatican. That evening, I went by subway to St. John Lateran, where I heard confessions, and it was so beautiful. I heard, because of my languages, I heard confessions in English, Spanish, Italian. And who comes along but walking right in front of me is Marty McDermott that I had met in Beirut. And he and I just kind of hooked together. He was there. And again, the love, it was there in Beirut that I met the sisters, it was there that I met Mother Teresa, so we just kind of laughed as two old men. He was an aging Jesuit that they kind of wanted to get out of Beirut to bring him home to their northeastern province in New York, but he stayed there, he remained there. I think he's from Hartford, Connecticut. And we just chatted while all of the sisters that we had known through the years come pouring out at the end of the celebration there, and I just saw Sister Joy and all the sisters that I had known through the years, Missionaries of Charity. And then we hopped on a subway and came home, and I got home maybe around midnight. That was our first day. And so it was a beautiful time. On the third day, we were there September the 3rd, and more confessions, and St. Mary Major was again a beautiful church, and confessions. And then the fourth day was a canonization. And Mother has always just loved Our Lady. On the cover of the celebrated Mass was Our Blessed Mother. And if you notice her hand always pointing, Mary is such a direct link to Jesus. Her whole life pointing, you say Mary, she says Jesus. And Mother then is on September the 5th. She was beatified by John Paul II, 2002. And I was there, and when her picture went up as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and John Paul, that's the day I consecrated myself to Our Lady. All her life Mother Teresa had said, you should consecrate yourself to Mary. Oh, Mother, I have the Sacred Heart. That's where she was pointing. She wanted me to be with the Sacred Heart. No, but the best way to do it is through her. Oh, no, thank you very much. But the Pope, he told us to us, no, no. So I resisted. But when I saw those two up there, the aging, elder John Paul II, such a powerful, powerful instrument of God. And this little less than five foot woman, such a powerful instrument. I thought, what do you need to follow that? So that's the day I consecrated myself to Mary. And here she is. They really captured her look. And it was on the second missalette that we had on the following day on September the 5th, which is her feast day. So on the 4th, we had the canonization mass. The incident that was most, I sat with a couple of sisters on the way home in the airport. And one of them said it was such a powerful experience, but I have to say I couldn't get by the heat. I just couldn't get by the heat. It was 98 degrees. It was hot and a beating, beating heat down on the whole place. All I could recall during the mass with that intense heat was the time when I was at the chapter meeting in Calcutta, where it was 100 degrees heat and 100 percent humidity. And it was so stifling. And Mother would not allow a fan. They were begging her, let us get a fan. No, we have to live like the poor. What is the authenticity of our sacrifice? If we could have a fan? No. And we need a microphone. We can't hear. No. But get one for Monseigneur. So I had a microphone for the presentations and I had a fan when I was giving my presentations. She turned it off for the whole community. And I'll never forget this nun who was at that celebration. With this intense heat, every time there was the slightest breeze, she just thanked God for the breeze. She was an American nun and she was communicating to me how we are not used to that Indian heat nor the humidity. And I noticed that at the mass, her massive canonization. But everyone had to wait for that slight breeze. And that I was so aware of that every once in a while, when you thought you were going to pass out, there was a breeze. Everyone was reminded, though, of just how poor we are and how lacking in control of the events of life. And that total dependence. So she gave us all a marvelous lesson. And anyone who had been there, if they were there, including the Pope, that intense heat was down on a million people who were there. And everyone came through that and endured it. So Mother Teresa was very active during that canonization. It streamlined it, so it made it very simple, which is really what I think she wanted. Don't have the focus on me. But as the mass itself, the focus was all on God. It was the glory and the praise and the honor of God. Thank you, Lord, for the slightest breeze. Thank you, Lord, for just being here. And I found myself thanking God. And I was there. The other thing I noticed in her gathering us, there was a multiracial, the whites were far outnumbered at this mass. Not only because of the Indian priests, the African priests, the Asian priests, the Koreans, the Chinese, the Vietnamese, South Africa, and all of the world was really... ...that we are just one family. And the main, I think, lesson that I learned is dependence on God and that we are all very, very poor and the poorest of the poor. The opening day, the day before we got there, the Missionaries of Charity had in the Olympic Stadium, which they were able to get, a thousand of the poorest of the poor from their houses in Rome that they served the poor. They invited them all to come and have a feast. And they actually had this huge feast and banquet for the poorest of the poor because this was what it was all about. If Mother was going to have the celebration, the first ones to have the feast was the poorest of the poor, and she invited them to the table. And all of them were invited to come to the celebration, so they all had tickets to the event. You could see different ones as they were coming were obviously the poorest of the poor, meeting all of us, the poorest of the poor who were coming. So the universality and multiracial was what I felt was very outstanding for me on the day. Sounds a lot like Pentecost. Yeah, and the language just didn't seem to, it was like both hearing confessions and the celebration itself. And of course we had the Latin and all of us joined in were able to participate with the Latin and the singing. And again that language, that unity of our worshipping and glorifying God in that mass. Some lady was wheeling us onto the plane when we were at the Newark Airport, and she was a young girl, a young black girl, and I said we were going to be going to Mother Teresa's canonization. Well she had never heard of Mother Teresa, she was 20 years old. Oh, she said, what are you going to have, a party? I said yeah, and what is the mass but a party that God wanted? So he gets this heavenly banquet together, and that's why I was so happy when you see all these priests going out and bringing the Eucharist to every single one that was there. That was the day celebration, and I think there was a big difference then with the celebration on the 5th. And again, we can't celebrate it, but it was much more intimate. Maybe there must have been, maybe 300 ,000 there. How do you get just intimate? So there was this smaller crowd, and the priests and the participation was still so joyous and so beautiful. The day there was a cloud coverage, so that the heat wasn't as intense, so it was cooler, it was more refreshing, it was more relaxed. And at the end, one of the priests stood up, the sisters came in. The greatest gift I always felt that Mother has given us is her community. And these sisters coming in from all over the world were certainly well represented there, and lines and lines of missionaries of charity coming in. There were also the brothers, and there were also the missionaries of charity fathers. And one of the fathers got up at the end and he said, Today is a day of thanksgiving, and we are just so filled with thankfulness that God has recognized our foundress as a saint, and that we are able to participate in this canonization. And we rejoice, and you can just see St. Teresa of Calcutta in heaven with all the poorest of the poor, and us, poorest of the poor, having experienced being touched by her. And we are now celebrating, because she has touched our lives. And she always said, Unless you have experienced the thirst God has for you as the poorest of the poor, you'll never be able to know the thirst he has for the poorest of the poor. So that having had that experience of that love that God has for me through her, that that tasting of that is an enduring bond that you experience, and it just endures in it, it lasts. The love of God is enduring. The love that Mother Teresa gave, that touch that tapped that girl on the head when she was 16, that love lasts. It's an everlasting love. It's tasting the divine love. And it's the thirst that God has for us as people, so that when we pass that on, and if we were a million there, and the millions and millions that saw it on television are able to receive it and to pass it on, it was a great joy in heaven, and a great celebration on earth, and it was time for a party. The possibility of someone coming into a crowd like that and throwing some bombs, it was like the furthest thought, I believe, that peace and love is contagious. It has a power that's overcoming hatred and violence, and the way to bring this about is through that divine love. This is the force and the power that I believe is really necessary in the world today. So it was a great experience. You know, it's really striking, Monsignor, that the endurance of those who came, those who had to endure suffering during the celebration, because I watched it all cozy on my couch at 3 in the morning, back here in Omaha with my puppy and my coffee, and that was really nice, but you could see how hot it was. You could just see how people were just baking under the sun, and yet that enduring that suffering is essentially a message of her life. For all weekend, the build -up was not just on EWTN and other Catholic outlets, but it was on secular news broadcasts, CNN, Fox, all of these different news outlets were covering this great gathering. And so as you're watching these people, literally suffering with joy through the mass, it was almost like a major witness. And there's something really unique when that happens, isn't there, Monsignor, that if you can endure it, if you can enter into it like she did, there's grace somehow, even for the participants. I know you're just a couple days out of this, but for you, I mean, can you describe that now? It intensifies your interior self. You become very aware that I don't know how much longer I'm going to be able, and that's the word, endure this, whatever that be, this stress, this heat, this cross, however you want to call it. Each one has to go in there because that's where you're drawn to, and that is the center of the inner self. And that's where your dependency comes, and that's where you experience the God on whom you have to depend. So what gives you the endurance is the dependence. It stays, and it remains, and it burns, and whatever it is, you cannot last through it, and it just keeps coming on in a way, just when you think, it's going to let up. No. And then it comes just at the right time, a kind of a breeze, where it comes from, and the refreshment. And then you're drawing something in from this power, and I would call it the spirit. The spirit is now bringing you into the inner rest that's going on, is only had by those who are willing to endure. I don't know how others would describe that, but that's how I was experiencing it. As you were speaking about that, that endurance, I think that's the suffering of love, isn't it? I mean, at its very, very heart. And I know that's one of the, you had spoken so poignantly that for many who heard your reflection prior to leaving, and you were seeking a particular grace, that entering into the Immaculate Heart of Mary, even more deeply into the Sacred Heart, and I don't want to put more words on it than what you were hoping for, because sometimes even the grace we think we're going for is smaller than the one that God wants to give us. So how would you describe your experience for those who have been eagerly waiting? Well, did it happen for them? Did you receive what you were hoping for? More, more than I ever had anticipated. That which I wanted, I received, but much more abundantly. There was more. It's so difficult to describe, because you have to use the same words. But the words don't carry the meaning that the inner self has that you want to convey. That life in the inner self, that enduring bond of love. Like, excuse me, you're supposed to look ragged and tired and beleaguered for an 88 -year -old man who, you know, has traveled around the world, and I have not seen you look so buoyant and glowing and energized. I mean, this is just, it's a joy to behold you. Yeah, yeah. And I feel that way. I feel my cup runneth over. You know, they use that expression, but it's just like brimming over, full and I. I just don't know how else to express it. So if you see it, that's wonderful. And if you hear it, that's wonderful. But I'm experiencing it. And so whatever I wanted out of this, I received with a hundredfold. You're like a beautiful monstrance right now that's sitting on top of an altar with a whole bunch of light shining. And I know you're just a vessel. You're just a monstrance. But what's making everybody, it's just breathtaking is how Christ is radiating out of you right now. What I was experiencing was that inner heart of Mary. And what's the inner heart of Mary? Completely empty. Completely empty. So that every single moment you can receive whatever that is that's coming. I think that's really what I'm experiencing. The emptiness of Mary's heart. So that she has none of her own cares, but those of everyone around her. You know, everyone was caring. I felt being cared for. But it was like the kind of being cared for so that I too could experience how to care for others. Well now you got me crying. Oh my gosh. Now I'm a big weepy mess. Well Monsignor, you know, I usually ask you if you have a final thought, but I just can't even believe that there could be a finality to this experience. What are you feeling right now in this moment? The thing that I'm really kind of filled with is Mary's spirit. It's always crying out. Magnificat. Magnificat. Have a beautiful, beautiful day. Along with hundreds of other spiritual formation programs, visit discerning hearts .com. Or you can find it within the free discerning hearts app. This has been a production of discerning hearts. I'm your host, Chris McGregor. We hope that if this has been helpful for you that you will first pray for our mission, which is to offer rock solid and authentic spiritual formation freely to souls around the world. And if you feel us worthy, consider a charitable donation, which is fully tax deductible to help support our efforts. 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A highlight from Ep368: Vegan Vs. Carnivore
"So, it's not really this or that that is going to give you the real result. The thing that's going to give you the actual result that you're looking for is cutting out the shit. Most hosts never achieve the results they hoped for. They're falling short on listenership and monetization, meaning their message isn't being heard and their show ends up costing them money. This podcast was created to help you grow your listenership and make money while you're at it. Get ready to take notes. Here's your host, Adam Adams. Hey, Podcaster. It's your host, Adam A. Adams, and we are talking today. It's vegan versus carnivore, but really, we are going to relate this to podcasting because in anything and everything that you do, this lesson, this analogy is going to work for you. And I thought it was interesting. There are people that only, only, only eat meat. The only thing they have, let's just say that they have beef three times a day or they might have eggs and beef three times a day or simply only, only, only, only beef, or maybe they're mixing it where they can have all sorts of meats, turkeys or fish or turkeys, turkey, fish, chicken, beef, bison, elk, you name it, duck, duck. That's my favorite. So we're talking about vegan versus carnivore in a way, and we're talking about how do we get to a result. And these people that only, only, only eat meat, they say that their inflammation goes down. They say that their body burns a lot of fat, a lot better than it used to because of ketones or whatever. They say that they feel stronger and healthier than ever. They feel more limber. They feel faster. Their heads are sharp. Their brains are really, really working. And then just if you go to the complete opposite of somebody who's practicing veganism, that means, I'm sure most of you know, but practicing veganism means you never eat meat. You probably don't even have fish because that's pescatarian. So you don't have any types of meat. You don't have really hardly any omega -3s. You don't have very much protein. It's pretty hard to get a good amount of protein. But somebody who's practicing a vegan diet, they swear by it. They say, I feel healthier. They feel happier. They feel lighter. They feel faster. And they try to say that their cholesterol is better. Their blood markers are better. And that's proof that it's working. And in both cases, here's the problem. Listen carefully. Here's the point that we're making. A strict carnivore diet cuts out a bunch of shit. It cuts out boxed crackers. It cuts out things that are processed. It cuts out a bunch of that crap, the shit. And veganism cuts out a lot of the shit too. You can't be a raw vegan and eat potato chips or French fries. You can't be a raw vegan and eat almost anything from box. So the carnivore diet and the vegan diet are opposites. A carnivore, literally, if somebody says I'm 100 % carnivore, it means I never eat vegetables or fruit. And if somebody who eats only vegetables and fruit, obviously they never eat meat. But here's the thing that's interesting. Listen carefully. In both cases, they swear by their diet. In both cases, they get results. So what's the difference? I've mentioned it before. And it happened to be in the teaser today. First part that you heard. A vegan and a carnivore, neither of them are eating the crap. Neither of them are eating the stuff that's terrible for them, the stuff in a box. Now, in case you don't want only dieting tips today, I'm gonna give you one more analogy. Here's the thing. I have been really focusing on my fitness. And somebody at CrossFit, we'll talk about CrossFit being so good and so helpful. And CrossFitters, and I am one, I was one. I actually went today. I love CrossFit. CrossFitters might say that's the best way to exercise. They might say that because we do a little bit of strength training and we do different movements every time. We're always mixing up the movements and the muscles and we're always surprising the muscles. And that's really how you grow. And I know a lot of CrossFitters, if they've been doing it for more than a year, and certainly if they've been doing it for more than two years, they probably look fantastic. They are probably able to do things that most of us can't do. They're probably able to do just fun acrobatic things. Like today, we did something called a muscle up. Look it up. Look up a muscle up. Go find this on YouTube or something and see what it is. They are not easy. And that was part of the workout. And so I did some muscle ups today. And what I'm saying is CrossFit is going to get you healthy and fit. It's going to allow you to have a variation of different things. So you can do some cardio. You can definitely do some strength training. You can do some HIIT workouts. You can do some high intensity stuff like HIIT workouts. You can do a variation of things. You can lift this way. You can lift that way. You do some power lifting. You do some Olympic lifting. You do some gymnastics. You do some cardio like running and biking and rowing. You do all of those things. And you are an all around a very, very healthy person. And so a CrossFitter is going to say, this is the best way. And then you look at somebody who just does this type of workout or that type of workout. Or you even narrow it down to just CrossFit. And you find out that almost no two gyms are programming the same workouts each week. And so it's like, well, how could that one work? And how could that one work? How could the carnivore diet work? And how could the vegan diet work? How could the bodybuilding diet work? And when you go even deeper to bodybuilding, I put together an idea, a five day workout split. And I gave it to, I think, four people that I trust. And one of them said, that's perfect. They agreed with me. Another one said, that's never gonna work. You have to get the result that you're looking for. You have to do this and this and this. And another one basically said it was so far off that it's not gonna work. Here's the thing. If you are moving and exercising, you're going to get fitter than if you're staying stagnant. And it's interesting. You could follow all of the diet advice. You could follow all of the lifting advice. You could do this person's workout or that person's workout. They're probably going to work because you're cutting out the shit. You're cutting out the bad stuff. When you are focused and motivated on doing this, you're probably cutting out the other things. So it comes also to your podcast. And I want you to be careful and cautious and notice that everybody's gonna have a different opinion. Somebody is going to say that you should just start your podcast right now and go ahead and do it on your cell phone and have bad audio quality because the audio quality doesn't really matter because nobody's really listening, they say. And another person will say, just start. You can change it later. Another person will say, you have to use this Blue Yeti, which please don't use the Blue Yeti. If you're curious what that is, it is a microphone that is terrible for podcasting, but they're really good at marketing for podcasters. And so they get a whole bunch of people using the wrong type of mic in their office and then they have a worse quality than they could if they didn't use it. But anyway, the point is somebody's gonna say, oh, just use a $20 mic. Another person is gonna say, you gotta spend at least 200 bucks. Another person is gonna say, you could just start with this one thing and upgrade later. Another person is gonna say, this $500 mic is the best one, that's the right one to go. And the problem is your head starts freaking spinning. Vegan, carnivore, bodybuilding, powerlifting, Olympic lifting, cross training, cycling. What should I be doing? Should I start a podcast? Should I not start a podcast? Should I start a podcast with this mic or with that mic? Because it's differing opinions. And here's the point. One is, yes, some people will give you some shit. The vegan diet, it'll probably work. Carnivore, it'll probably work. It's basically because you're not eating the crackers. But there are people that are like, oh, you can eat processed food all you want and then it changes your hormones and then you're grumpy, you're fat, you're this and that. So the point is that there's all sorts of advice and the right advice gets rid of the shit. The correct advice, the better advice gets rid of the shit. On this podcast, I do my absolute best to get rid of the shit, to allow you to be able to narrow it down. But there is gonna be somebody that says something opposite from me, but it'll work too. The vegan diet works, the carnivore diet works. Keto might work for a temporary amount of time and CrossFit could work, bodybuilding could work, maybe even running could work. It gets you out, it gets you moving. There are pros and cons to everything. There are probably pros and cons to veganism. There are probably some pros and cons to carnivore, but they will both work if you stick strict to them. CrossFit will work if you stick strict to them and whatever the advice is that you get from people, if you feel like it's not shit advice, follow it. Do it to the best of your ability. Follow what you hear on this podcast and if you focus on it, it will work. I know that it works because it works for me and it works for 60 of my clients. So the stuff that I share on this, it does work, but somebody might have a different opinion. Somebody might have something else that also works. As long as you're not doing the shit, you'll be able to get some value out of it. And so that's really what I wanted to talk about is just be careful who you take advice from, but just know, just cut out the crap and you'll be just fine. You'll be just fine in your business. You'll be just fine in your podcast. You'll be just fine in your nutrition. You'll be just fine in your health and fitness with your exercising, as long as you are doing more good things and less of the bad things. And it's gonna help you. It's gonna benefit you. So anyway, very short episode. Next episode is gonna be an interview where I interview somebody that I think you'll get some value out of. So you don't even have to go anywhere. I will see you on the next episode right now. This is serious. Don't go. Now that you've gotten whatever value that you feel that you've got, the actionable takeaways, you need to implement the stuff that you learn. If you remember me talking about bird church once and they learn how to fly and then they walk home, I don't want you to walk home. I want you to fly home. So take the steps, take the actionable steps for your benefits that you can become a better podcaster. That's the only thing that I ask of you. And I'll see you for more actionable tips on the very next episode.
Olympian Jeff Galloway Shares His Inspirational Journey
"Today we have an Olympian, and he's an athlete, he's a coach. We want to give a great big welcome to Jeff Galloway. Welcome to the show, Jeff. Great to be here, Carla. I am so honored to have you on the show. So I just hit a few of the highlights of you. Can you tell us a little bit more about you and how long you've been running and when you got started? Yes, I began running in 1958. I was entering the eighth grade at a school that required boys to go out for athletics after school. I had not done much of that, partly any of it, because during my first seven years of school, my father had been in the Navy and I had gone to 13 schools during those first seven years. We were constantly bouncing around and I never got involved in sports or physical fitness or whatever. I was overweight, lazy, and forced with reality. I fell in with a group of kids in my classes who were runners, mainly because they were funny, and they dragged me out during the winter for Winter Cross Country. Well, I just absolutely hated it at first because I was exhausted and I very quickly found that within 30 minutes after a very hard exhausting workout, I felt better in my head and in my spirit than I had ever felt. And the other thing was, having gone to 13 schools in seven years of classes, I found it very difficult in a new area to meet friends. As soon as I got with the Cross Country guys, I had instant friends. I had good friends and I found that true with any running group that I've ever been a part of. And so I set as my goal to be able to keep up with my teammates and it was very, very difficult. I did not show a lot of promise. It took me until my senior year to be able to qualify to get into the state championships in Georgia, and Georgia was not a very good state competitively. I just wasn't good and I went on to a small liberal arts school, an academic school that didn't even offer scholarships. But as fate would have it, in the class behind me, a fellow entered named Ambie Burfoot and two years later when I was a senior, we were joined by Bill Rogers. All three of us were there and we didn't get scholarships. They didn't have them. We were at an academic school for the academics. Senior year, Ambie won the Boston Marathon. It's the only time an undergraduate has won the Boston Marathon before or since. And of course, we know what Bill Rogers went on to do. And it was just a wonderful coincidence that has yielded long -term friendships between the three of us. As a matter of fact, I kept in touch on a number of issues with Bill Rogers just during the last week and talked to Ambie quite often. Went on to, after graduation, to go into the Navy because I had a low draft number. That was unfortunately where I was exposed to Agent Orange, which later on became an issue, and my heart attack that occurred two years ago. But I got out of the Navy in 1970 and set as my sights the possibility of qualifying to get into the Olympic trials. I was way away from that, but I gave myself goals every six months and pretty much hit them. But I still had a good ways to go, going just right before the Olympic trials. Went to the national championships. I needed a minute and a half PR in the 10K and I ran two minutes faster and qualified to get into the Olympic trials. And then as fate would have it, on the day of the trials, it was a really hot day and I had been training in Florida for the previous two years. I knew how to pace myself in the heat and went out in last place for the first mile and then people started coming back to me. So I passed them one after another. And with about two miles left, I realized that I was in third place and then very quickly into second place and qualified for the US Olympic team. A week later, I paced one of my teammates from the Florida Track Club through the marathon because he had been disqualified. During the last stretch of the 10K, my teammate Jack Batchelor was in third place and was passed by another runner who happened to be the son of the mayor of Eugene, Oregon, where the trials were being held. And of course the crowd was cheering him on. So John Anderson passes my buddy Jack about 30 yards from the finish line, but Jack was exhausted and he was weaving and he bumped John as John went by and an official disqualified Jack. I've never seen that before or since, but it happened then. Significance was that a week later if I had been able to qualify in the marathon, I would have dropped out of the 10K, but that was no longer possible because Jack wouldn't move up if I did that. So I paced him through and was having to cheer him on and be the lookout and keep the positive mantras going like crazy during the last five miles. We entered that stadium together and the crowd was on their feet. I can still remember how my ears were just pounding and so I paced Jack right to the finish line backed off so that he could be the official qualifier. And it was just a wonderful experience to help a teammate become an Olympian.
A highlight from Part 1: USAs World Cup Collapse, Basebrawls, Jets Optimism, Life in The G-League and The OC 20 Years Later | with Gabe York and Zoe Simmons
"Coming up, an unexpected two -part podcast cameo from me. It's next. We're also brought to you by the Ringer Podcast Network, where we turned over Sean Fennesey and Amanda Dobbins' big picture feed to Brian Raftery. It's a narrative podcast called, Do We Get to Win This Time? How Hollywood Made the Vietnam War. You can find it on the big picture starting on Tuesday. And it is an idea I'm really excited about because it came from a class that I did as a senior in college in 1992. Me and my friend Horgs talked a movies professor into doing a special Vietnam War movies class where we watched basically every Vietnam War movie that had been made up to 1992 and then tried to write a big picture term paper about it. And the thing that was really fascinating about that class and something that stuck with me was just that whole concept of Hollywood reinventing the entire Vietnam experience under the premise of, Did We Get to Win This Time? So we got Brian involved and he turned the idea into an awesome, awesome podcast. I even went and dug up the term paper that I wrote 31 years ago. I thought it was gonna be horrendous. It wasn't bad. I was kind of proud of myself, retroactively 31 years later. Anyway, Do We Get to Win This Time? How Hollywood Made the Vietnam War. It is gonna be in the big picture podcast starting on Tuesday. So that's one piece of business. Second, new rewatchables on Monday night. It is the 300th movie that we've done. It's a special one. We're doing National Lampoon's Vacation. It was time. Meet Chris Ryan, Van Lathan. Yeah, and Van was pushing for it because we wanted to do Christmas Vacation during the holidays and you can't do Christmas Vacation. If we do National Lampoon's Vacation, super fun. Can't wait for you to listen to it. And we'll be running the video at some point on the YouTube channel, youtube .com slash Bill Simmons, where we put up a whole bunch of rewatchables podcasts in case you missed it. Boogie Nights is up there now. Goodfellas, Independence Day, just a slew of them. So if you're bored and you wanna throw on some rewatchables and watch us make fun of each other, there you go. Last but not least, I don't wanna say this is the most important, but it's certainly the thing I spent the most time on. Our documentary that we did about the G League with Religion of Sports and Ringer Films, we combined, and it is premiering on Tuesday, August 8th. It is called Destination NBA, A G League Odyssey. It's really good. We immersed ourselves into the G League season. We followed Scoot Henderson, Gabe York, Ryan Terrell, Mason Jones, and Denzel Valentine. And the big question was, what is this world like? What's it like to be in the G League? And I am really proud of where we landed with it. And we even have, much later in this podcast, Gabe York is gonna come on. He's one of the five that we followed, and he's gonna tell us what it's like as you're holding on to your dream in your late 20s. We try not to spoil the doc too much with Gabe, but I really liked him. He's probably the guy that jumps out of the doc in the most sympathetic way. So look forward for you to watch it. It is prime video, Tuesday, August 8th, Destination NBA. A G League Odyssey. You love basketball, just watch it, it's good. So there you go. This is gonna be part one of a two -part podcast. Gabe is coming up later. My daughter Zoe Simmons is coming up later because we did a whole bunch of OC stuff on the Prestige TV podcast. I was even on two of the episodes. But I ended up watching season one of the OC. And my daughter was watching with us and loved the show. And she was born a year and a half after it premiered. So me and her broke down season one from the perspective of what is it like when somebody 18 watches the OC, a show that is now two decades old. The anniversary was actually August 6th. And what she liked, what she didn't like, what people aren't doing anymore for her kind of audience. And we just dove into it. So that is much later. First, coming out of the gate, I'm gonna open a six -pack because we have a lot to discuss over the past three weeks, all the stuff I missed. So that's gonna be part one. And then part two, which is gonna go up later on Sunday night, me and Rossello doing this evergreen idea that we've always wanted to do. And this seemed like the perfect time because nothing's happening in basketball. So that's gonna be part two later tonight. Part one coming up. First, our friends from ProJax. What's up? All right, I'm taping this. It is Sunday afternoon Pacific time. And I'm gonna open a six -pack. There's a bunch of stories in sports and culture that happened over the last three weeks. I was just writing stuff down, things that would have been fun for podcast segments. I was just like, man, I wish I could have given my thoughts on that. Just gonna rip through them. So I have six and then maybe a couple bonus ones at the end. The first one, the biggest one, was the US women's soccer team, which lost today in penalty kicks to Sweden, scored zero goals in the last two games, scored one goal in the last three games, and that was off a corner kick. You could feel from the beginning that something was off with this team. It was all the ways. You knew in a checklist of what are the red flags? There were just red flags galore. And the only person who was really calling it out in time over and over again was Carli Lloyd, who was doing the Fox studio show. And she was the one person in the horror movie who knows the house is haunted. And everyone's like, shut up. You're not being patriotic. You just wish you were still on the team. She was right. She was right from the get -go. This team, you could see it before the Vietnam game when it was like, look at the new Nike suits. Look at these new suits. And they're all like styling as they head into the locker room. And they're running commercials. And every player has a commercial. There's players who've never done anything of that commercials. And the vibe was just off. They only beat Vietnam three -nothing in a bracket where goal differential was gonna be super -duper important. And that was a huge red flag. And we did the usual thing that we've been doing since 2019, 2015 of, oh, well, they almost scored a bunch of times. Oh, well, if that had gone in or some bad luck. There was just an arrogance to this team. Like they were carrying themselves like the defending champs, the same way like the Denver Nuggets would go into next NBA season. Like we're the champs. I was like, yeah, you are the champs because the season just happened. The World Cup happened four years ago. Everyone's four years older or wasn't on the team. And you could see they wanted to build the team instead of around the identity of, here are these new up and coming awesome stars that are gonna be in your life. They were really latching on to Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe. Alex Morgan's 34, Megan Rapinoe's 37. I think one of the differences between the discourse with women's sports and men's sports is that in men's sports, we grasp for angles. And if somebody is disappointing in some way, we really go nuts. Like think of how James Harden's been treated over the last 12 years. So he's one of the 35 best players ever and has taken just an incredible amount of shit. Oh my God, the playoffs, look at his game log. Oh, he choked again. Alex Morgan, who scored twice in her first two games in the World Cup in 2011, she scored once in 2015 in seven games. She scored six times in 2019, five against Thailand in a game that was 13 to nothing, one in the other six, and then scored nothing in the four games this time around. If you take away that Thailand game, she has scored two goals in the last 17 World Cup games. This is the striker. This is the one who's supposed to be the most dangerous player in the field, who's supposed to produce goals. And she hasn't produced goals since the mid 2010s on the national level. And yet it's Alex Morgan. She was supposed to be the next one. We got to keep propping her up and pretending she's a superstar. She's not a superstar. She's really honestly never been a superstar. She certainly hasn't been as impactful as somebody like Abby Wambach was. So you have the team built around her. She's got to play. They play her the entire game, game two, the entire game, game three. She plays like 95 minutes in this game today, and they don't score goals. And the announcers just won't talk about it. It's like being on an AYSO team that your kid's on, and the coach is playing somebody at striker, and everyone's like, why don't they play Sally at striker instead of the coach's daughter? It's like, oh, you know, the coach's daughter. She's got to play there. So you have that, and then you have Rapinoe, who's 37 years old, who's just, unfortunately, great career, legendary, true legend, huge big time player. And when you hit your late 30s in soccer, it's a wrap. She looked like Yudana Rapinoe, not big Rapinoe, and comes out for the last 25 minutes of this game and can't do anything, and then misses the penalty kick. That's the thing. If you're beholden to past performance, you can't expect to succeed in the moment. And I did feel like, what were this team's strengths? Speed. They had Sophia Smith, who really was bad the last three games on the left wing. Like, she just, she couldn't even connect passes. Trinity Rodman, who's a beast. Lynn Williams, who's super fast and athletic and had some really nice moments the last two games. And then Alyssa Thompson, who's the prodigy, who's the, you know, potential tiger or LeBron of this team. 18 years old, best high school player I've ever had. They won't even throw her out there. But this was not a team that could connect passes. They weren't, like, especially creative. The coaching was just bizarre, and we'll never see that guy again. But it was like, the one thing they did have was speed, especially the forwards, and they just threw that away. And Alex, you know, couldn't do anything. So now they're out. It's the most disappointing finish of the last 25 years for the women's team. And it reminds me in a lot of ways that 2004 Olympic basketball team that we had, the USA team. And I tweeted this, I think after the second game, because that was a team that was between eras, like this one was, where all the best players on that 2014, the ones in their primes, weren't that good, except for Duncan. And Duncan was completely banged up. He'd played so many NBA games the last couple of years. I think his knee was hurt. But, you know, it was Iverson and Marbury. The talent, it just was a between eras. And you had guys on the bench, like LeBron and Carmelo and Wade, who were four years away. Kobe wasn't on the team. And it just felt generationally, like we caught that team in the wrong time. The style was wrong. And we learned all these lessons and we moved on. 2008, we win. There's a documentary about it. But this team felt like it was between eras. The Alex Morgan, Rapinoe era, which was basically done. And then you have this era coming up with Rodman and Sophia Smith and Alyssa. And, you know, it's just four years from now, we'll probably be fine. But they need to re -imagine this. And I think if you're gonna learn any lesson from this, it doesn't matter what happened four years ago. It's the World Cup. It matters what's happening now. So that's one thing. Second thing. So Jaylen Brown gets this huge contract, $304 million. Some people seem surprised that it was that much money. Chris Ryan even took a shot at it when we did our library watchables. Hurt my feelings a tiny bit. Mainly because I didn't really have a comeback. Rosella did something on his podcast about how this actually makes sense. This amount of money, when you think of how the salary cap has climbed just since 2015, and it's gonna keep climbing. And there's this world you can go into where you think about just how much everything is gonna cost in the NBA four or five years from now, that Jaylen Brown at $70 million isn't actually gonna be that intimidating. The same way we feel about Tobias Harris for $40 million now, or Klay Thompson, $40 million now. Yeah, you don't really wanna pay $40 million for Klay Thompson, but you can survive it. And I think that's gonna be where the Celtics land with Jaylen. Here's why they had to do it. They're the favorites on FanDuel right now. They're plus 470. The thing that made them the most special and has made them the most special for the last five, six years is the Jaylen Brown -Jason Tatum combo. They've been incredibly successful. The team itself has made five conference finals in the last seven years. They came super close to making the finals last year. I have now gone into the what if zone with that Celtics team where what if Tatum doesn't hurt his ankle on the first play? Do we beat Miami? They were close is the point. And when you're that close, you can't fuck around. This is not Bradley Beal resigning with Washington for 50 million a year when everybody knows you can't get past the eight seed with Bradley Beal. This is different. You're trying to win a title. You're trying to keep all your optionality open. The thing that's a little scary about it, nobody seems to totally know if he wants to be in Boston. This is something we've discussed on this pod. It's been floating out there. The fact that he wasn't happy about landing in the Kevin Durant trade rumors a couple years ago. And just in general, where the league is now, where as Woj called it, the transfer portal, where people get their contract first and then they decide what they want to do. And I think for the Celtics, they know they bought themselves a year with Jalen and they are still one of the favorites to win the title. And a lot of it's going to depend on health and Porzingis. You could also, I don't want to make the case, but you might be able to make the case that Brown had a fucked up hand last year. Cause he did. Cause he sliced his hand open. It was bleeding even during the Philly series. And maybe that was why his ball handling went sideways. Listen, you got to do the contract. It just breaks your brain. I remember a million years ago, Sports Illustrated and Inside Sports say every year they would have like a salary issue. And they would talk about these guys are making $1 million a year. And it seemed like so much money. And now where we're heading with the money, plus the NBA is the meteorites deal. The moment any of these guys becomes unhappy, what do you do? Because you're paying Jalen, let's say you're paying him 55 million a year. Plus he is the trade kicker, which the team has to pay. Right? So if he decides after a year, you know what? I'm tired of being the scapegoat. Everybody loves Jason. I'm like the middle brother of this team. I want my own team. I want to go to Houston or Atlanta. You got to trade me. What are the Celtics going to do? On top of who would want out, you don't have a lot of options and you turn into what the situation Portland's in with Deem. And then on top of it, it's so much money. It's impossible to get any sort of a fair trade for the guy. So they had to do it. And optionality the that comes out of it is frightening. I remember in the early 2000s, when the first time the contracts kind of went nuts and you would see that people get signing like six -year, $100 million deals, seven -year, $110 million deals. And the Celtics really, really stupidly traded for Vin Baker. One of the worst trades of the last 30 years for Boston Sports. A trade so bad, you knew it instantaneously. And I wrote a piece that you can probably find somewhere in the ESPN archives about it, where I compared it to the end of Thelma Louise when Harvey Keitel is running toward the cliff trying to stop the car from going off the cliff. That's how I thought about the Vin Baker trade when it happened. Then it happens and you just had this salary albatross. It's a salary cap league. And you're like, wow, we just threw away 20 % of our salary cap on this trade. There's going to be a couple of those that are just franchise killers. And whether that leads to them bringing back the amnesty clause, who knows? I wish, I've made this, I've had this idea before. I wish that they had a rule in there that if you drafted a guy, every year that he stays in the team, you get rewarded in some way from a salary cap luxury tax type thing, right? So Jaylen was 2016 draft, this would be his eighth year. Maybe like after the seventh year, because that's usually like the third contract. The guy stays in the team, maybe each year after that, he doesn't count for 2 % of the luxury tax, up to like 30%, something like that. The point is the Warriors should be rewarded for keeping Draymond and Klay and Curry from a tax standpoint, that they were that smart to draft those guys, keep those guys together. They should be incentivized, the players, to want to stay with them because there's some luxury tax stuff that the team gets. And the team should want to be incentivized to take care of those guys because it's also beneficial to them. I just wish they figured out some version of that rule. Anyway, Jaylen was always signing for $304 million. Talk to me in a year, I'll keep my fingers crossed. Next thing, I missed the running back pity party. This was crazy. The running backs all got together and they were really upset about how much money they made. And I don't know what to tell you. There's too many running backs and not enough running back spots. And I don't know if you're trying to build a responsible salary cap team in a collectively bargained era, why would you spend $30 million over two years on a running back unless the running back was awesome? Nobody even wants to spend more than $11 million on running back. So I knew that this was crazy when Damien Harris, who was on the Patriots, who I thought was really good. He's maybe not an elite running back, but a good running back, right? Somebody that if he had been on the Chiefs, he easily could have started for the Chiefs. And he signed with the Bills for like one year, 2 million. And when that happened, combined with Pacheco on the Chiefs' seventh round pick, they won the Super Bowl with him. It's just, this position's devalued. I work on this player, I've been actually working on it the last couple of weeks where I try to rank the players for blue chippers, red chippers, pink chippers, honorable mention, and have this whole point system. And so quarterbacks, Mahomes, who's the alpha of that position, he's worth 10 points. And you could even see this in the point spread. If Mahomes gets hurt, the Chiefs are 10 points, nine points, whatever, less than what they would be as a favorite. They'd switch to an underdog. And you go on down the line. Jalen Hurts, I had him as an eight. I had Joe Burrow as a nine. And you go on, you keep going down, and it's like, Geno Smith's probably a two. But then you look at some of the other positions and you have to value them the same way the salary cap values them and teams value them. Guards, they aren't worth that much. Running backs, sorry, they're not worth that much. My top running back was three points because ultimately running backs don't really matter that much. In the last like five, six years, I would say Derrick Henry was the only running back that you could definitively say, this guy almost won the Super Bowl. Like he was that good. Other than that, you know, it's plug and play, quarterbacks, it's receivers. It's much harder to find the number one receiver. Every team needs one. It's much more tangible if you don't have the number one receiver. And it's much easier to just kind of scrap together the running back position. And yet people went nuts about this. We ironically had this in the NBA with centers. You know, Vucevic, who's a really good offensive player, he signed for 60 million for three years, 20 million a year. And Jaylen Brown's going to make $52 million a year. Is Jaylen Brown two and a half times better than Vucevic? No, it's just, he plays a way more important position. You can only play one center at a time. You can patch together the center position. You could have like Isaiah Hartenstein for $8 million. You could, you know, get Robert Williams for 16. You don't need to spend what Phoenix did on Eaton where they're paying $8 and $30 million a year at center. And you don't really need to do that. You kind of feel obligated if you don't want to lose the asset. But I think the NBA is going to go this way eventually where unless it is Jokic or Embiid, the center or Bam Adebayo, it's a bonus. You could argue that was already an overpay. They gave him a huge extension. The Lakers just gave Anthony Davis $60 million a year as an extension. I would argue that's a little frightening. I feel like you could patch together the center position. What really matters in basketball is having the creator. And this was the argument five years ago with Luka versus Eaton for the number one pick. And I made this argument. It was like, go look at who wins the NBA title every year. It's always the people who have the creator. There's somebody who's on the perimeter of the ball in their hands. Even Jokic, who wins the title this year, he was a creator. He's not a typical center, right? He's basically their point guard on offense who could post up. So this happened in the NBA. Nobody went nuts. And this is happening in football. And is this where football is. If you want to make the most amount of money playing in the NFL, I don't know why you would be a running back. I would be a cornerback. I would be a wide receiver. I'd be an edge rusher. But if you're a running back, you know your shelf life's probably like five, six years. You know the money is not totally gonna be there. Now they're in this, like you have people like JK Dobbins, like, I might hold out. It's like, really? You didn't barely even play in the field. Barkley said he was gonna hold out. And then, you know, probably looked at it. And the money for Barkley is like 10, 11 million. That's unfortunately the market. So you can't fix this. They collectively bargained it. And until we get to the next CBA, I don't know how you fix it. I thought it was really weird. It felt like people had nothing to talk about. And it was like, ah, let's feel bad for running backs. All right, let's take a break. And then I'm gonna finish the rest of the six pack. All right, picking up on the six pack. We're gonna talk a little more football. I talked about the running back pity party. This is a different kind of party. The Jets optimism, which has just been stunning to me over the course of July. I have Jets fans in my life. These are people that usually have no hope and are very reminiscent of the pre -2004 Red Sox fans, just assuming the worst at all times. Why does God hate us? All that stuff. And now they have this crazy optimism based on the fact that they brought in Aaron Rodgers, who I did not think was very good last year, just throwing that out there. I wouldn't say he was bad, but for Rodgers, he was bad. I mean, we thought Rodgers was, he was the reigning MVP and we thought he was still one of the five or six most impactful players in the league. And I don't wanna read stats to you for the next six minutes, but deep balls, he was bad. Turnovers, he was bad. Leadership, he was bad. And the case for Rodgers coming back would be, well, he's gonna be rejuvenated. The Jets, New York City. This is his team. He got away from Green Bay. He's got Hackett back. I get it, but he's also at an age where we've really only seen Tom Brady succeed at a high, high level at the age that Rodgers is at. I was trying to figure it out. I have my QB ratings and I had, you know, the top tier is Mahomes and Burrow and Allen and Herbert and Hertz. Those have to be the top five. Then it drops off and it's Lamar Jackson and Lawrence. And then Rodgers, probably a hair underneath him with a chance to play himself up with those guys. But from what we saw last year, I'm not ready to put him there. So he's the 10th best quarterback in the league, probably. 10th or ninth best quarterback in the league, probably. Well, they have no offensive line. And I don't understand why people keep glossing over this where it's like, hey, Rodgers and Garrett Wilson, he's one of the best receivers in the league and Breece Hall's going to come back and the defense is really good. And it's like, yeah, the offensive line is terrible. Beckton and Dwayne Brown, sure tackles again. And then you have Robert Salah as the coach, who I cannot say I thought that Jets were crisply coached last year. Whatever he was doing with Zach Wilson was insane. No idea if that guy's even a decent coach. So I'm already worried about your offensive line, the age of your quarterback, and the competency of your coach. And that's before we get into the hard knocks curse, because for some reason they're doing hard knocks, the incredible Super Bowl hype already. And then we have the schedule, which is the AFC East has just got screwed by the schedules this year. The Jets, just for quarterbacks in 17 games, they got to play Josh Allen twice, they got to play Mahomes, Herbert, Hertz, Dak Prescott, and Deshaun Watson. And then they also have to play Miami twice. We'll see what we get out of two this year. And then a really good Pats defense. And then Denver, who knows, they might be rejuvenated. So Danny Dimes, they have to play him. It is a brutal schedule, so you have that. And then on top of everything else, you're the Jets. I was there with the Red Sox before 2004, and this is probably just as bad, where you just think the worst possible things can happen is all the time. You're not allowed to have optimism when you're Jets fans. You can be cautiously optimistic. There was an entire Curb Your Enthusiasm episode once, season 10, episode seven, about being a Jets fan. And it was called, I think, the ugly section. Nick Kroll was the maitre d'. And part of the episode was about, he would put these people in different sections of the restaurant, depending on how attractive they were. But there was this other plot, Larry's buddy who loved the Jets, kills himself. And Larry becomes convinced it was because of the Jets, that the Jets killed his friend. This was only a couple of years ago. So now they get Aaron Rodgers, and everything's good. And they're gonna win the Super Bowl. I don't see it, guys. I don't wanna step on my football stuff too much, but I'd be shocked. And Lombardi points out the defense that everybody's ready to compare to the 85 Bears. Lombardi said they had two turnovers over the last eight games last season. So that means something too. I am dubious, to say the least. If you're gonna tell me a tortured franchise actually turns it around this year, I want a tortured franchise that doesn't have expectations. Because the Lions are another one. Everybody's ready to put them in the Super Bowl or close. And the only case for them is just pretty explosive offense. They couldn't stop anybody last year. And the NFC is terrible. But that's another one where is that a fan base that should be super excited and have a ton of hype? The one that's kind of lurking that fits in this group is the Browns. Because the Browns are actually super talented. They're in a winnable division. Burroughs already hurt. And I think they're four to one to win the AFC North on FanDuel, something like that. Their over -under is, I think it climbed up.
Shaping a Healthier Generation With Andrew Coates
"You talked about the importance of children seeing parents work out, especially with mothers and daughters. Can you expand on the importance of this representation in a child's life? So the most popular tweet, the most viral tweet post of all time that I keep reusing because people love it. So there's a lot of dimensions. One is kids are going to emulate model behaviors that parents engage in. How many people, especially women, excuse me, how many women grew up with a mother who used a lot of language, negative self -talk about their body, their body image, negative body image, and a lot of language and behavior around dieting? Probably a ton. People talk about diet culture, what have you, and there's a lot of dimensions to that, but what did that make normal? Think about how normalized that sort of stuff became to a generation of, and it's not just women. Men are affected by it too. I think slightly on average it's more applicable to women. So we, and I'm not a parent, but as a generation of parents, the things you say and the things you do, the behaviors you model will shape the attitudes and the beliefs and the language that people use in their own internal dialogue about themselves. And if kids see parents who are engaged in physically active behavior, which I did see my parents do, then that becomes a more normal thing for them to do. So the specific example in the post is also how many people, men or women, their first experience with a gym environment literally is in their 30s or 40s, they are overweight to varying degrees, and they're intimidated by the stereotypes, the negative stereotypes of that environment, right? And then think about how many people grew up, and I see this a lot where they're like, yeah, my parents brought me to the gym, or maybe they're just in the daycare, or they're able to watch. It's not maybe necessarily like a commercial gym, which doesn't generally allow kids on the floor. Of all, for example, where I contract, kids are allowed on the floor, right? You can't be running around underneath people doing Olympic lifting, but same thing with the dogs in there, right? The dogs are allowed in there, just you gotta make sure that they're not doing anything that's gonna get anybody hurt. But outside of that, a lot of kids grew up in that environment, and this was normal. So maybe it inspired them to be more physically active from a very young age where it took root, or maybe they didn't stick with them right away, but they found their way back later in life, and it was still a normal place, and something that was normalized to them when they grew up, right? And so if we can magnify that for the generation going forward, because I'm gonna say something that a lot of people may not like, but to an extent, given the sheer challenge of reversing a societal trend of obesity, and there's a lot of complex social demographic, accessibility elements to things like obesity, and then the association with long -term negative metabolic health outcomes. There are people that don't like narratives around that, but whatever the case, we know that inactivity, not maintaining lean muscle mass, poor diet, and then you compound it with things like smoking, drinking, et cetera, those things increase the likelihood of long -term poor metabolic health, and lifestyle disease, we know that. So let me get myself back on track here. So if we've got people who already have these behaviors normalized, they're a lot less likely to probably fall prey to this. And then what it was saying was, I do think that this generation is lost. I think the battle is ultimately lost as far as the societal statistics. It's not to say that an individual can't make substantial changes. There's a lot of elements that go into it. But as a society, the metabolic health of this particular adult population is never going to be reversed on a societal level to where we see obesity rates drop to pre -1970s levels. Metabolic health is not going to change on that unless there's some sort of absolutely miraculous pharmaceutical medical breakthrough that just deals with all this stuff, right? We got drugs like Ozempic, which actually has promise. People have their thoughts about it. I'm not gonna get into that. But there's hope for the next generation. So if we can give that gift forward, it's literally giving a gift forward to the next generation of kids. And instead of just letting people skip phys ed, also fixing phys ed classes, but keeping more kids active. And it's not about forcing kids to do anything. That's not it at all. It's about creating access, modeling the behavior, making it normal, and letting those kids choose ultimately what they wanna do. Or maybe they find their way back to it later in life where it's like, hey, this is not a scary, intimidating place. This is a place I have fond memories of because my parents used to go there,
Fans will need to pre-register for free tickets to Paris' gargantuan 2024 Olympic opening ceremony, with tight security.
"The interior minister, the organizing committee president for the Paris games, and the French capital's mayor signed an 11th page security protocol for the ceremony on July 26th, 2024. It explains steps that will be taken to shield huge crowds and 10,500 athletes from the threats of terrorism drone attacks and other risks are notable change is that the spectators who can watch the open air extravaganza for free will need to pre register for tickets. They'll be spread along a three and a half mile stretch of the river center, the show lasting over three hours. I'm Charles De Ledesma
Carmelo Anthony retires from NBA, after 19-year career, NCAA title, 3 Olympic gold medals
"Anthony, who did not play in the NBA this season, retires as a top ten scorer, the forward average 22.5 points and 6.2 rebounds and 1260 NBA games with 6 teams. He ends his playing days after being selected as one of the NBA's 75 greatest players a past scoring champion and 6 time all NBA selection.
Is the FBI Lowering Standards? Former Agent Steve Friend Explains
"In the last couple of years, and I don't know the answer to this. Has there been a more radical type agent that you've started to work with or versus some of the kind of 30, 40 or 50 year olds that have been around for 20 years? Or are they radical as well? Is the actual individual agent, the rank and file changing within the FBI at all? I think it is, but would you have to understand is the environment in the FBI is not really consistent across the board. You have the headquarters very political dominion. And then you go out to the field offices, all the headquarter cities, and those can also be very political because the leaders managers are not really leaders who run those offices, go back and forth to headquarters in Washington so often. And then you have the rank and file agents who are just like myself, just want to keep their head down and work their cases. And those tend to be your cops. Those are the ones who want to put the bad guys in jail. But unfortunately, at least even in my time in the FBI, the hiring practices were altered. They reduced physical fitness standards. They've gone out and tried out of their way to recruit intersectional candidates to take positions. And to me, it was just, it's been a problem. It's been a lot of objection for many of the agents because take something like physical fitness. You don't have to be an Olympic athlete to be an FBI agent. But that's the only test along the way. And for me, it was a four year process to get hired. That's the only test I knew the answers to ahead of time. And that sort of indicated a character quality as somebody who was willing to put goals forward and achieve those goals. But now that's not being met, and they're just really looking for people who are willing to go along to get along to reach that GS 13 salary, make a $130,000 and don't rock the boat.
US sprinter, Olympic medalist Tori Bowie dies at 32
"An American sprinter who won three Olympic medals is dead at the age of 32. USA track and field and icon management have announced the death of Tori Bowie, but no cause has been given. Buoy turned in an electric performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, winning silver in the 100 meters and bronze in the 200. She then ran the anchor leg on a four by 100 relay team that won the gold medal. A year later, she won the 100 meters at the 2017 world championships. She also helped the four by 100 team to a gold medal. USA track and field CEO max Siegel says buoys impact on the sport is immeasurable. I'm Mike Hempen
Could France protest fury spill into next year's Olympics?
"Governs intention is not to help out, but to gum up the Olympic machine by refusing to turn up to work. The 68 year old former agricultural consultant in southern France is part of an otherwise mostly hush hush band of Olympic opponents that call themselves un volunteers. Also anti Emmanuel Macron, the president has ignited amongst long firestorm of French protests with unpopular pension reforms, the anti Olympic Trojan horses are working to infiltrate and then disrupt next year's Paris games by signing up as volunteers posing as willing to help super fans when they're anything but I'm Charles De Ledesma.
Matt Walsh Challenges the Trans Notion of Womanhood
"Charlie. What is a woman? What do you think about Matt Walsh's online film where he goes around asking this question? What is a woman? Just look at the chromosomes. So XX chromosomes is what a woman is. And a woman is someone that not that hard. I've praised Matt Walsh repeatedly. I think the world of him. And I think that Matt Walsh has done one of the most effective and quite honestly one of the great services to challenging the trans nonsense that is dominating our country right now. And with the alphabet mafia has done to our country is they're able to terrorize us under this false, this false paradigm of tolerance and I want to emphasize something I've said earlier and for those of you that follow my commentary, I'm very forceful on the trans thing, not because I want to be. I mean, if somebody has their own imaginations of their own existence, I'm not going to police people's imaginations. That's not what the trans thing is about. The trans thing is about them forcing us to agree with their own war on reality. And that is not acceptable at all. Is that you can have your own imagination, okay? You can sit in a room and think that you're something you're not. You can think you're a unicorn. You can think you're rich, you can think you're skinny. You could think you're fast. You could think you're an Olympic athlete. Nobody here is going to police daydreams, right? That's the other side. What we will draw a line on is when you then make us conform or intimidate us or slander us the moment that we think you're daydream is insane.
With Olympic goals, pro dreams, Chicago boxer maps gold path
"The on white knows how to bob and weave in the ring out of the ring, he has to juggle, works at a convenience store and has a two year old daughter. She's got to keep pushing, roll with the punches, roll with the punches of life and just keep going. David spends hours sparring and hitting the bags and lifting weights and running laps around a basketball court, preparing for the 100th edition of the Chicago golden gloves tournament. I think I could be on top of the word, and I think I could be whatever it is I put my mind to I think I could be the best box in the world. Davis has hopes of reaching the Olympics. George Hernandez is his trainer. It's that dream of winning and continuing to keep winning. I don't know where that winning is going to take you, but I know there's better than where we are. Davis says the gym keeps him away from everything bad that happens in Chicago. I'm Ed Donahue
Fancy a dip? An Olympic reboot for Paris' toxic River Seine
"A costly and complex clean up is resuscitating parish's SAO river just in time for it to play a starring role in the 2024 Paris Olympics. The president of Paris 2024 Tony estanguet says making the San suma is a key part of Paris's bid to host the Olympics. We will have marathon swimming and Toyota. So for the Olympics and the paralympics, it's been a project for decades. Tells the AP that the huge cleanup project, with all its environmental impact, is a fantastic demonstration of the power of the games, and Dan angelescu, a scientist who's tracking the sense water quality for city hall, says the cleanup could have impacts way beyond France. Little create waves, so to speak across the world because a lot of cities are watching Paris right now because the Olympics are happening in Paris. Officials hope that after so many years where swimming in the sand was unthinkable to resumes will start to feel it's safe to go back in the water. When they see Olympians and paralympians lead the way, I'm Charles De Ledesma.
UN expert advising IOC gives views on Russians at Olympics
"A UN expert advising the International Olympic Committee says Russian athletes who have actively served in the military invasion of Ukraine should be allowed to return to international sports if they didn't take part in any war crimes. The UN special repertoire of a cultural rights, Alexander zanthe, said late Sunday, only Russian military members implicated in the allegations of war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity or propaganda for war should be denied neutral status to compete in international sports ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics, some fakey has angered Ukrainian athletes who took part in an IOC hosted call to consult them ahead of an Olympic announcement to Tuesday to update guidance for sports bodies, 16 months before the opening of the Paris games. I'm Charles De Ledesma
World Athletics Says Trans Women Banned From Female Sports
"Women were no longer allowed to compete in female track and field events regardless of their levels of testosterone world athletics president Sebastian Coe, announced, speaking after a meeting of the global track and field federation's decision making body co said, the council has agreed to exclude male or female transgender athletes who have been through male puberty from female world ranking competitions from March the 31st this year. And he said that the world athletics had consulted with stakeholders, including the International Olympic Committee and national federations. The majority of those consulted stated that transgender athletes should not be competing in the female category. Many believe there is insufficient evidence that trans women do not retain advantage over biological women and want more evidence that any physical advantages have been ameliorated before they are willing to consider an option for inclusion into the female category. The judgment we took was, I believe, in the best interest of our sport. We're not saying no forever, adding that a working group headed by a transgender person would be created to further monitor scientific developments. Now, this is interesting. The decision has divided opinion. Fair play for women, a UK based body, which says its aim is to defend the sex based rights of women and girls, welcome the move. This is a reversal of their unfair testosterone suppression policy and makes good on co's commitment to protect female sport.
Cissie Graham Lynch: The Impact of Men Playing in Women Sports
"The battle over biological women in sports and whether or not we should be allowing men to play in women's sports and what kind of an impact that's actually having on biological women and sissy, I have to imagine that this is really heartbreaking for a lot of young ladies out there who want to be able to get scholarships and go on and have these professional careers. You know, it is. And it seems like right after we get after one cultural battle and hurdle, we're on to another one. And this seems to be snowballing. We continue to see it every morning when we wake up in the news, another story of men entering the arena of women's sports. But you simply look at the Olympic records for men and women for the last 75 years, you don't need any new scientific research to show the unfairness of men competing in women's sports. They're stealing championships the way they're stealing scholarships and opportunities from women. And I'm raising two little girls and as a parent and I think for parents out there, you know, asking, what should we do in these situations? Us parents, we're going to have to make some tough decisions. And of course, we just saw that happen in Vermont. Where the girls basketball team wasn't going to play against a another team that had a transgender on it. I mean, you think about just protecting our children physically, that's a pretty rough sport, contact sport. Those parents made a decision and it had a, you know, it impacted the whole school.
"olympic" Discussed on Out of Bounds Podcast
"92 to 2008, like the biggest transition was like including a flip. You know. Where all of a sudden this year was way different. Are the judges keeping up? Are they yeah, like all of a sudden, this year, like our first podium, like our First Lady's podium of the year, rukh Finland was like the biggest DD you've ever seen. Everyone on the podium was doing either a cork to a court grab or a back folder a cork or like a quart grab to a background. It was all like big DE on the girls side. And it was like the biggest slap in the face if you weren't ready for that. You're like, it's not gonna go well for you, this Olympics. Like sorry. And then honestly, the Olympics is a little bit different. Historically, I think the way it gets judged because those Olympic courses are just built so perfectly. Like anyone who's watching from their couches at home can tell that those venues look pretty pristine. Like China did a great job with all of it. And those Olympic courses ski for the perfect run. We're like some of our other venues like you can be a little bit more creative, you know, there's a little bit crazier flutter spots or something to be a bit more unique with. But feel on fix is all about skiing well as fast as you can with no mistakes. Those classic Olympic runs, you watch the next four years. That's what they want. And I'm not familiar with other disciplines and what they're exactly looking for, who they want to make Olympic champion, but in mogul skiing and stuff and they want to make the Olympic champion that picture perfect run. They don't want the crazy. They don't want the editor seat. That's not what they want to win the Olympics. Now, in a World Cup potentially. Which is how does that does that hurt you or help you for the type of skier you are? I think I fit in the middle pretty well. I'd say my killington free bumper in me can come through to make it more exciting and the right venue. But I also grew up skiing killington courses, which are like firm and ICE east coast courses, which you kind of had to ski picture perfectly because if you were any bit off to have a little bit more style maybe, you're going to crash. You know, you're on your uphill ski for one second and you're just gone, because you can see a reflection in those moguls, they're so icy. So I feel like I get a little grew up with both of those. You know, the winter was like, uh, townhouse. Downhill ski and then spring grumpy and killing things like tie dye, ponytail flying, creative artistic moments. So I think I can adapt to both pretty well. So how do you think I know how the Olympics went for you? But how do you think it personally went for you? Competition day. How do you feel what your mindset? I don't know, this is like an inside look of how you were just there. It was a week ago, right? Yeah. It just happened. Right. So how does that where are you? What's your headspace? You qualify, great. Now you're flying there. Then you have a qualifier while you're there, right? And then you make it. And now it's game day, and it's this is it. This is the whole kit and caboodle. Peacocks there, NBC sports is there whoever's there. You're here and they're covering you. Where are you in your mindset? How does it talk us through that? Yeah, so my biggest thing every calm day and honestly training days, but obviously harder to execute on comp days with all the extraneous crusher that's involved in those, but trying to stay super present and very grounded. In the sense of, I want to say present in grounded because I want to remember this moment. If I'm in my head with nerves, you don't remember those moments because your mind blocks them out because they're scary, anxious moment. That's like what the human body does. And I was like, I might only go to the Olympics once. Or I might go three more times. I don't know. Regardless, I want to remember these moments and enjoy them. So that was like my biggest thing and also I compete my best when I'm present and grounded anyway, so it was just like a really great reminder for me to just like, anytime that, you know, you start to feel your mind drift away with anxious thoughts or thinking about results or anything that's not in your control. I just tried to always come back and just ground myself and just like be on my feet on the ground and do my kind of really quick meditation and then just be like, wow, I'm so grateful to be here. This is awesome. And this is what I plan to do in this run. And anytime I start to wander that was like my process, like reground myself moment of gratitude and then what I'm going to aim my attention at technical skiing to execute my best run. And I think it worked out really well. I wasn't super nervous. I remember all those moments. I can honestly say I really enjoyed being in the gate. Like I wasn't sitting there like, well, fuck me. Shit. I wish I prepared more, you know? I was like, Sam, this is cool. This is awesome. Let me fucking do this. So that's awesome. I'm really happy that I executed on that. And you know, you look back and you're like, well, I wish I stayed a bit faster. Because I finished 7th in the super final with 6. And it was very close, you know, you just walk by speed like .2 seconds fast or it would have been in there or something like that, you know? But honestly, I came down from all of my runs and I was like, I put down what I wanted to put down there and yeah, I could go up there and potentially do it better and whatnot. But I didn't come down and I was like, oh, that was not my best version of myself out there. I had no reason to not be proud of what I did there in my Olympic experience and to be totally honest with you, like Jalen's medal is Jalen's medal, but watching her win that was my favorite moment of the Olympics and James one of my best Friends. She was like roommate at the Olympics. You know, one of my favorite teammates, you know, don't tell her I said that, but her winning a medal, it's like, okay, yeah, maybe I got 7th or whatever, but it's bigger than myself. That's a metal for our team. That's a metal that represents all the hard work of our women's team and men's team, these past few years and I'm just so grateful that I got to be there and witness that and be a part of a moment like that where you watch someone's dream come true and you know that you had a part in that. Yeah, I think that's a testament to you and who you are as a person. And as we talked about prior, it's a team. And ideally, you know, maybe you'll give yourself or I'll give you a little credit. But you help drive her to that medal because she was competing against you the whole time. And that role could have been reversed. And hearing you speak about it is just refreshing. And again, a testament to who you are as a human, there is no angst, there is no envy. You went out, you did what you were supposed to do and what you came out to do and of course you can always change a little thing, but it sounds like you've made peace with that. And 7th in the world is you're 7th in the world. People are like, still be proud of yourself. And you're like, what do you mean still be proud of myself? I am proud of myself. I'm not easy. People are like, oh, you go to the Olympics to my medals. And I'm like, of course, you do. That was my main goal. But if you don't achieve that goal, you're not a loser. No. You've done nothing but win to get to that status. And you know, I'm sure, of course you want a medal. That's always the Mecca. But you're young. You have plenty of years. You could go back, arguably. It's very soon..
"olympic" Discussed on Out of Bounds Podcast
"Those years of hard work and good times. Yeah, it's also it's such like an asterisk for the Olympics, like the last two. Unfortunately. It's horrible to say that. But the Olympic village of years past seems to be a lot different of Olympic village now and just like they're flying athletes in flying them out versus like most people would go there and they would stay for three weeks and they would like once you're done. You're drunk. Which is like the funniest, you know, but it's a bunch of 22 year olds living out their childhood dream, so it's fantastic. But what was the, like, what is the village like? What is the experience like? Is it are you guys isolated? Are you getting tested every day? Is it a little looser? Go ahead. It was interesting, right? We were getting tested every day, but as far as like, and you had to wear a mask everywhere you went. But other than that, you could do whatever you wanted. I got my hair cut, you can get your nails done, you know, dining hall, give them a dining hall has all those weird dividers, cubicle looking things. But you still had a dining hall experience if you wanted it. And that was kind of up to you on your risk tolerance, which was actually really nice. We personally as a team decided to cool it down leading into our event just to make sure that no one did get a stray thing of COVID. Because there are people coming in and out of the village all the time as far as new athletes coming in for their events, athletes leaving, whatnot. But that was more of a personal choice on our team. And we had a few days after our event, where we were able to do all the things that we wanted to do, go to the gift shop, haircuts, all the little touristy things. So I was more of our decision, but you could have been in virtual reality every day. If you chose. So I actually really enjoyed that aspect because it did, I mean, I've never been to any other Olympics, but from what my friends told me who have been. They said it actually wasn't all that different besides the fact that family and friends weren't there so you didn't have to go find them somewhere and hang out with them. So that was honestly people mentioned how yes obviously you want your friends and family there. But we were wondering if we competed a bit better because we didn't have that level of distraction and being like, oh shit, where's mom? Is she lost? Yeah, you were allowed to be selfish. In the best way. You were just like the only person you had to think about was yourself. Where if my parents are there, they haven't left the country since they were 18. It would be chaos, you know? So I'm like, you know, make it was for the best. How was how was China? I don't want to feel like they're going to listen and be mad at me, but I saw so many articles and I don't know what's real and what's fake, but they were like, bring a burner phone, be careful who you text, but careful. Did you feel any of that? Or were you like, this is like, I'm sure there's plenty of political things happening, but did you feel that as an athlete? Or is it a no comment? Do I have to delete this whole section? I'm out of China. They can come get me. I'm buying me in Connecticut, but anyways, I always laughed because for me, we compete it in China, 5 minutes down the road in tyu. Like we've been basically to the Olympic venue. For many years before the Olympics. And so I was laughing because you know we have all those calls like you said about burner phones and this and that and like, you know, don't use technology and download all the things you need. And they're obviously there's some truth to that. I'm not saying there isn't. But for me, I was like, I've been to China before. I've been right down the road. It's actually where I got my first World Cup medal. And I was like, all I used was a VPN and I was fine. And so like for me, like I remember, I chatted into the zoom and I was like, are we trying to say that this is going to be like more high alert situation than when we go for world cups? Or is this just like in general, good China etiquette? Because I'm in the back of my head and I'm like, the two trying to etiquette, and I'm just doing a VPN. I'm not doing a burner phone. I'm not good with technology. I have no idea how to set up a new phone. I'm not doing that. And they're like, no, it should be probably pretty similar. If not better because they don't want things to go wrong at the Olympics. So I personally just went with a VPN, but like my coaches and all the staff had to have burner phones and it was so bad because their numbers weren't working, the phones weren't working. Meanwhile, I had a great time. The only thing that I lost was my SnapChat, that's gone I got this email. Gone like the wind, but I was like, whatever. I don't know if that was trying to think or coincidental, but me and Jalen were like, we just lost our SnapChat. It's gone. Yeah, gone. I don't really use it anymore. I'm like, whatever. But if you're gonna lose one, I feel like SnapChat's okay. That's the best thing. I was like, whatever. But yeah, so that was really the only thing that was on high alert was just like making sure that you weren't gonna lose anything. You know, I guess tech wise. I'm some tech not savvy. I'm like, what are they even want from me? I don't know what you like my identity. Yeah, they have it. And I'm gonna be the first person to go to federal court when someone steals my identity and be like, nope, that is theirs now. Give me new numbers, clear all my debt, like that is yours. It's yours? You can have it, start me over, give me a new social security. I'm fine. You can have my. I don't care. It's all yours. I'll give you my college degree. I will send you my degree. Your name is now mine so you can have it. And I'm just going to start over. That's going to be I'm going to be the first court case ever. It's going to blow up. It's going to be a huge thing. And I'm like, nope, that is now theirs. You're going to change the precedent. That Russian skater right now where they're basically letting her skate basically because some rules are different if you're under 18. It's like you're about to set a precedent potentially. I don't know the details. This is where I could be getting into some false news. But that's fine. I'm just gonna precedent. Yeah, I love picnic, right? I'm so good to spread. Also, what is Russia? Like you're not Russia, but you are Russia, because you just have a different flag, but you still cheat. I don't know. It's like you might be setting a precedent that says if you're under 18, you actually can dope. Which is but once you turn 18, you got to cut the shit out. Yeah, how do you deal? That's terrifying as far as, like, because there is unintentional doping. It does happen. Totally happened in this situation, but that's me speculating and spreading false news. But I don't know. You have a protein shake at the, you know, whatever it's called, the lunch spot, what do you call it wherever you guys go to eat? The hall. Yeah, the dining hall. That's what I'm the word I'm looking for. And someone hands you a protein shake and it's got creatine in it and I don't know if creatine span..
"olympic" Discussed on Out of Bounds Podcast
"For it. And then you know, I think that what media doesn't even have to say, but I think what this should truly mean is speak your truth about things you believe in, don't spew bullshit. But that's just life, right? Yeah, it's hard. I don't need to be spewing about everything that I see. Every headline I see and say, like, my first thought on it before reading the news like, yeah, I don't like when other people do that, so why would I do that either? But when I care about something, that's totally different. Yeah, it's hard. And it just adds another element for you. You're just trying to be an athlete, not just trying to be an athlete, but your job is to be an athlete, but you're also going to school. And you're also managing your brand, which is you, and you're also trying to be a 22 year old idiot. You know, kid. Yeah. You know, trying to, you know, it's hard. And it's interesting. And it's fun to talk about because it's like, at 22, I was a lot different than I am now. So how do you and you're crazy, though? Because when you have these kind of platforms, what you do at 22 can follow you for the rest of your life, right? You take a misstep, you do something that, you know, if you're a normal normal, right? You just someone who doesn't have necessarily the following. People will forget people won't remember that. You can move on from it. But it's also funny being like, okay, I'm not famous or anything. But there's certain things that you're like, I don't want to necessarily misstep ever. You don't want to say the wrong thing if you have a big press conference, you know? Because you're just not paying attention. And I'm definitely someone who's just like pretty straightforward and not necessarily always politically correct with what I say at times. And you're always like, hope that doesn't come back for me because someone twists my words and says that I thought this when you're like really I didn't. It's interesting. It's scary, but it's cool, and it's exciting, but it's also like you have a voice and you have a platform, but you're also human. Do they coach you? So you qualify for the Olympics. It's like December, right? You don't have a ton of time. No. So you qualify. Is there like media coaching? Do they, like, how do they prep you? Like, okay, now you're in. You've got a slot. Well, what happened? How does this COVID's happening? So you're just like playing dodgeball with like a global pandemic. So like you're trying to train, people are probably excited, killington I don't know if we were recording what we talked about, but you're from killington, that's like your home mountain. Killington's occult for anyone who's not listening. In the best way. But people are trying to hug you, people are trying to high 5 you. And maybe I'm just speculating or making all this up, but you're like 6 feet like back up because you worked your whole life to get here and now you're here, but you're not there yet. Am I right now? It was it was literally like, I just had this realization. So good. Okay, I'll back up. I made the Olympics when we were in France, which was after like a month and a half of being on the road in Europe for a first couple world cups. And I get the news. I'm leaving to go back to Vermont on like, I don't know. Like that week, that Saturday, let's say. Come back to Vermont. I'm like, oh, this is gonna be great, so much less pressure over Christmas time. I can relax, celebrate, you know, making the Olympic team and then January 1 comes back around. We get back into training, all eyes are on the gold medal. And then omnichannel comes out of fucking nowhere and just hammers us into the crowd. It's not like Jesus Christ. I'm like, can we ever break? So like literally the day I got home, just like lock myself away with my parents. I'm an only child, which is nice. So I don't have to deal with some sibling coming home from college and losing my shit on them, you know? That was good, I guess. And so I go skiing like a couple times. I also like given I wasn't supposed to be skiing. I was like, have this lingering leg issue? Like a bone thing that goes on. So I need to take some time off. I don't take time off yet. My bone just keeps wanting to keep getting a stretch fracture. I don't know what its problem is. You probably need your drink. Exactly. More milk. The oat milk revolution has really taken me down. It really is. But so I go out and I see a couple times I'm like you said everyone's so excited, lots of hugging, cheers, like all the things. And I'm just like up to here with anxiety, you know? Like, oh my God, I'm gonna get COVID. If I get COVID now, I might still be positive for the Olympics, which is just gonna ruin my whole life, lifelong dream. Now isn't it? From like some scary thing that I can't see. To so much anxiety. And then I end up actually after Christmas going out to Utah and just locking myself away and one of my friends houses has a vacation home there until we left for the Olympics. So from December 28th to January 26th, when we left for the games, I wasn't inside with another person. I did like grocery pickup. The only time I ever saw another human being was when I was training on snow on the courses and even then I was wearing a can 95 and a mask. It's like a whole thing very terrified. And I was like, this is not how I pictured going to the Olympics would look like. Just like sitting in a house like all alone for a whole month. Like this is even different. Like I lived alone in the summer, but like living alone and being like isolated alone is like totally not the same thing. And I just kept having these realizations of like, is this worth it? Like this is a lot of sacrifice for like a week. And I was like, but at the same time, right? I've worked so long for this thing, right? And new works almost so long for it. You're not even sure what you're working for at some point, right? Because when you're so young, very theoretical, concept, right? Like, oh, I want to be an Olympian. When you're ten years old and you're like, well, what does that even mean? What does that even look like? You know? And then I'm like sitting in my room being like, this is what it looked like. That's not what I had imagined when I was in my room when I was looking up at the ceiling. Not to say that I'm not incredibly grateful for the experience and it was all worth it. But it was just like a really great reminder for me that you have to enjoy the journey. If you were, for example, if I hate it mobile skiing. And I was just doing it to become an Olympian, like have the title. And I was like, all be happy once I make the Olympics and I have that. You realize like, no, it's mostly about the journey. And the Olympics is just like the capstone moment where you now feel like everything was worthwhile and I have now this amazing experience that I'll have for the rest of my life and not was great. But for the most part, all of my memories are going to be about the 15 years that led up to that one moment. You know, I'm so grateful for my killing team community back home that has such a passion for moguls. I loved every moment as a kid, you know, skiing and just being outside and all the people that I got to meet. I have so many amazing memories, right? In competition, free bumping, spring skiing, early skiing, Christmas break. Like, you name it. So many amazing memories. And the Olympics was amazing. I had an awesome week. I wouldn't trade it for the world. But for the most part, I'm going to remember the lead up to the Olympics and all.
"olympic" Discussed on Out of Bounds Podcast
"But is there how do you guys handle that? Do they have a therapist on site for you guys to be like, hey, this is my best friend, but I want to beat her badly. And vice versa. But you know what I mean? That's a lot to deal with. And you're 22 years old. Correct? So. This is a ton of stress, a ton of pressure, and you've competed your whole life, but nothing to this level. Nothing to this extent. So how do you cope? How do you handle it? How do you and there is no answer, obviously we all know that. But what's the secret? Yeah, so we definitely have a therapist that just got worked. That's for sure. I love him. Our sports psych, but he's also obviously fully trained and normal psychology. Is there for you know talking about how you want to approach the start gate or like you just mentioned. How do I deal with the fact that I kind of want to beat my best friend out there, but she's also my best friend. Like I wanted to do well too. You know, and all those kind of turbulent times and the Olympics brought out definitely a lot of underlying tension I would say just because you see people under the biggest stress arguably of their lives. And everyone deals with stress in different ways and are sports like definitely was really helpful and just like making sure we're all focused on our values. What do you value as a person? What do you value as a competitor? And remembering your ethics and your morals, right? Because it's so easy to get caught up on, like, I want to go to the Olympics. I want to win a medal. And you're like, but at the end of the day, you also want to be a good teammate because you value that. You want to be a good leader. You value that. And trying to remember that when you, when you're in very stressful situations where you're making a call on how you're going to react in the next 30 seconds, like very quickly being like, do I want to be that person today? You know, and I'm not saying everyone pulled off their best and every moment, you know, I'm not saying I pulled off the best version of myself in every moment either, but it was always a good reminder to be like, at the end of the day, you want to be a good person and a good teammate. Not just like some random asshole who like went to the Olympics, but like no one cares because you're a total asshole. And so our team definitely struggled a bit with that. And honestly, I say that we struggled with that, but I've also never been on an Olympic team before. This is my first Olympics. So this was my only experience. And everyone warned me that it does get chaotic, you know? It's just the way it is. I mean, as it should, as much as we don't like hearing that and we think it's all butterflies and rainbows. It's competition and if you watch what was the Michael Jordan documentary. But people were like, we're not here to have fun. We're here to win. And that sucks, but that's your job. Your job is to compete at your highest level and you're not here to make friends unfortunately, but I mean, what I've thought about recently is like how much better the air probably is, not the actual physical error. But that was probably the wrong word. But that we talk about mental health now and the struggles versus like 20 years ago. You didn't have that opportunity. You didn't have, you didn't have a bad day. You weren't allowed to have a bad day. And at least now we can talk about it and people are like, oh yeah, I have bad days, too. Right. Well, when it's funny, I think people are just a little bit more honest now and I think that's good, right? It's funny. Listening to a pod or not even a podcast. I listened to this meditation app. It's called healthy minds and it basically has like a meditation practice and then a learning segment. And then they go back and forth back and forth back and forth. And I was listening to one of the learning segments the night before the Olympics, like when I'm brushing my teeth, getting ready to go to bed. And the guy goes, Olympic athletes, a skiing, what did you say? Winter Olympic skiing athletes don't think about falling at the top of the course. And I like pause it. I was like, that is hilarious. I was like, because they do. Absolutely. But I'm like, this could just also be like an older thing. Obviously it's not a ski related thing. It just coincidentally, you know? Like the stars aligned for him to literally say that. But I'm like, no, they do. I mean, I can't speak to everyone, but I can speak for myself and I still have concerns at the top of the course. I think Simone Biles is a great example of that this summer with the twisties and whatnot. Even at the people that are at the top of their sport at the top of their game, potentially about to see an Olympic winning run. There's still things running through your mind. And that's okay. That's human instinct. As I always say to myself, I'm like, it's okay that I thought about crashing and getting hurt because I am a human being who's trying to survive. I was like, that's natural instinct, okay? You can deal with that, you know? And I try to not suppress this feeling, you know, and in my attention at other things. And that's where my sports site comes into play, but I got a good laugh out of that because I felt very old school to me. Being like, oh, Michael Jordan never was concerned about failing, you know? And it's like, okay, like maybe he wasn't thinking about it all the time, but I'm sure there's a little part of him. I was like, I would really like to win this championship today. Yeah, I'm sure he thought about it. He just wasn't the world wasn't in a place where we could talk about it. And now the world is. And some people think that's wrong, and I'm like, this is great. Like Simone Biles like holy shit. I can relate to this person now because two years ago I couldn't. Her and I are like different engines of the spectrum. We are not the same. And now she's like, you know, I had a bad day. And I can't shake it. And I'm like, oh, I can relate to you now. Like, oh, this makes sense to me. You're not a robot. Yeah, you're a human being. That's phenomenal. And the hot topic right now is Michaela and everyone's like, oh, she failed. And I'm like, failure and Michaela do not even exist in the same way. No, she fell on a run that 98% of us couldn't do. She didn't care as an all time success with like one DNF, like, okay. And it's media and it drives everything and that's great. But the cool thing, again, with our world, I think. Like someone started it, Twitter out poured with like, you got this. Versus maybe two years ago, it would have been like she's done. She's over and now. It's changing. And it's fantastic. And there's always naysayers and people were mad about the Super Bowl halftime show. What are you mad about? Dr. Dre, like how can you be mad at him?.
"olympic" Discussed on Out of Bounds Podcast
"Hey. And intros are so weird. Like, what do you guys want me to say here? It's so awkward. I need like a I need a guy or gal in like a band. To do the whole thing, and it'll be like, I don't know, I got some hot keys here, but like I don't know. Something like that. All right. That. Is fitting for me. Mister Adam X, this is the pursuit podcast on the out of collective. I'm hurt. I've got a lower back injury. I think it's my sciatic nerve actually. I've been bombing for to this day a week 7 days. I've been laying on a hardwood floor. Trying to trying to piece it together, but I'm in pain, so I'm trying to listen to my body. It's not easy. Thank you for everyone who reached out and gave me advice. And kind of helped me through it. I don't know. It just is what it is. You got to listen to your body, so sometimes, you know, it's not always fun, but I'm not. I'm not getting younger and I just listen. That's all I can do. I hope everyone's well. I am well otherwise. Mentally I'm in a great place. Last year standing. Can we talk about that? If you don't know what it is, go follow at ski the whites and give it a look. It boiled down to two gentlemen. Ben AKA Baba and Brody. And I love it 'cause it's just like here's Ben, who's just, I think he's an engineer. Super casual human. And then there's Brody who's a pro athlete and they go head to head. I think bubba bailed at 64 laps. And Brody did a 65th lap for the win. There are no winners and losers in that. It's an unbelievable event. If you don't know what it is again, go look at ski the whites. Essentially you do one lap of a thousand foot of vertical every hour on the hour. These humans did 65 laps. So that's 65 hours straight. Over a 120 miles of skiing. Over 60 K avert. I mean, we're talking about doing Everest twice. And then let's add transitions to that. It's unbelievable. It's wild. But Ivan's last year standing that gave me anxiety and kept me up all night. That's really it. 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So again, if you haven't gotten the memo, my sponsors this week are darn tough, check them out, darn tough dot com, socks, made in Vermont and spot insurance to learn more about spot insurance, go to out of bounds, get spot dot com. And now for the fun part. It's Olympics. So I figured why not get an Olympian and this isn't a former Olympian. This is a current Olympian. I post on my personal social last week of athletes, you guys wanted to hear from. And Hannah got the most responses. She's a hometown, killington, ripper, she's a mogul skier, Hannah sore, she just got 7th. And I know. We talk about this, so I don't feel bad in the intro, but we talk about you go to the Olympics because you want a medal. But she got 7th in the world. The entire globe she got 7th. And that is something to be extremely proud of. Hannah was amazing sport. We had so much fun. And we just had a great conversation. We talk Olympics. We talk about China. We talk about the food. We talked about phone hacking, so before I ramble too much here is the episode with Hannah. Well, and it's your, it's your life, right? I think we're recording. So this is just on. We'll just start right here. But this is your life. People forget that you like your friends are your teammates, and that is your entire life. And you're right. It's so true. But those are people you hang out with. You don't get to do the social things that maybe I get to do or anyone else. You have social obligations, but you're an athlete, your job is to train and Olympic year to succeed and qualify and get in and do your job. Totally. I mean, I always joke that it's like a family because you don't pick them. And then you got to deal with them and you may or may not really like them. And I'm lucky enough to have a pretty solid family where I'm like, oh yeah, like I do actually really like these people. But it is funny because you know you travel the world with these people. You arguably have to be with them 24/7 in a very stressful time in their lives, like in that Olympic season, you know, worked traveling. Maybe a logistically, it's not going well. Maybe you're not competing well, maybe we have this horrible travel schedule where everyone's just like can't sleep and we're traveling for 48 hours straight, you know? Like, you're with these people during very hard time. And you really see people's true colors come through like how you do in a family setting. But I kind of love it, you know, I thrive in it for sure. And they're your for lack of a better term. Some of them are your competition. Oh, absolutely. Our women's team is like my biggest competition in the world. Never mind. For Olympic starts, World Cup starts, whatever it might be. So that's been crazy this year as well. We had basically arguably 6 or 7 girls who are fully Olympic capable. You know, capable of winning medals at the Olympics. So if we're only able to send four, that's a tough setting. I'm just tough time. Yeah, how do you not to get too deep?.
"olympic" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"The Olympics will be feeling that now Karimi mori thank you so much for joining us from abating with all the latest and on that doping scandal of one of the Russian figure skaters will bring you more on that information as we do get it throughout the show Now earlier I also spoke to know a Huffman who is a former American Olympic cross country skier who has competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia and the 2018 Winter Olympics over in South Korea He is also a bald member of global athlete and I started by asking him if there's no escaping the political tensions between both the U.S. and China at these Olympic Games These games are inescapably tied to the human rights abuses in China and the genocide or the cultural genocide of the Uyghur people its inescapably linked from the way that athletes and others are silenced in China We've seen this most recently with tennis player Peng shuai Coming out with sexual abuse claims against a top Communist Party official and then disappearing from public life This is part of a pattern in China of extra legal disappearances happening against anybody who speaks out against the regime even for something as funny as sexual violence against an athlete And so you can not that you can't differentiate the political climate and the political effect of these games from the athletic performances themselves But Noah punches now come out and deny that that's what she was alluding to and also this huge pride in China that these games are happening isn't there a difference between the Chinese people and the ruling Communist Party should they not be given a chance to have something as spectacular as the Winter Olympics Look I want the Olympic movement to work for everybody in the world including the people of China.
"olympic" Discussed on The Ski Podcast
"I'm sure you know a rocker is. You know, I spent so much of my time on the snow and avalanche side of things and the safety aspects that ski technology edge basically do what I'm told or listen to the experts. But I know what the effect is and it helps to pivot the ski a lot more and powder. That's for sure. Let's go back to the Olympics. I interviewed a Billy Morgan, Olympic medal winner, and I did say to you in the intro that is not just one Olympic medal winner in this week's episode. As I was lucky enough recently to interview Izzy and Zoey atkin. Now, is he won the Olympic bronze in the slopestyle at Pyeongchang? And she's going to be joined at Beijing by her younger sister Zoe. He's competing in the big air. I'm going to publish a special episode with a full interview, but for now, here's a little snippet of our conversation. And you've been on the British program. You know, from a very young age. I know patch arpu was pretty well from a long way back when we were both in caucho altogether and in fact I've interviewed him for the ski podcast before. I understand he was sort of quite influential in you coming towards the British team. Is that right? Is he? Yeah, he was definitely a key figure. You know, I have dual citizenship and close family ties in the UK, so it was already something I was thinking about. And then, yeah, my dad and I remember we had a meeting with pat Charles and just came away from that meeting with such a positive impression of him and the team and that was a big played a big role in my decision. And I read somewhere that you were brought up on a diet of a ribena and Marmite. Not many people have Marmite in their lives, unless they got a British connection. Yes. So in the Marmite test, some people say you either love it or you hate it, and which side are you falling on Zoe? Oh, love it for sure. I don't know how you get hate Marmite. It's so good. Every time someone tells me they don't like it. It's because they put too much on it. Now I've got a question for you. Obviously, both very talented in your family. One of the is doing sleep style and one of you is doing half pipe. Did you just like pull things out of our cup to decide who was going to do what? I actually followed Isabel at first into slopestyle. I mean, we started doing style in general, so we were doing everything we were doing moguls, Ariel's flippy and half pipe. And I mean, I kind of just happened to be better at half of skiing and it was definitely a lot less scary for me. So I preferred it and then when you start training more because you like it more and then you get better. And yeah, now I'm specialized in half pipe and it's cool that we get to do different ones. I was just gonna say it is good that we compete in separate events because we are both very competitive in nature and I think it would probably not be good for our relationship if we had to compete against each other. Megan quick question for you then, will he be watching the Olympics when they're on and if you are what's top of your list to watch? Oh, of course I will. I got absolutely hooked on the Summer Olympics. So I can only imagine what I'm going to be like when the wind to ones are around. I'm really excited about the ski bigger this year. I mean, it's the first time that it's been included in the competition. So it's going to be an amazing to watch that. And, you know, you were just talking to Izzy and Zoe. And we finally get to see them doing what they're great at. So it's going to be really, really, really interesting that one. And also the ski and snowboard cross. I absolutely love watching that every year. Every Olympics just because it's such a fun event. Yeah, that's definitely my favorite as well and my kids are really enjoy that one. Henry, what about yourself? What will you be looking out for at the Winter Olympics? Racer and Alpine racer to buy my origins of skiing. I'll definitely be watching the Alpine event slalom, giant slalom super G downhill and the combined events and all my kit and my three kids are in the club this sport and Valdez air and really keen on that. But as you and Megan pointed out, I love watching the skier board cross. And, you know, the other SKU events as well. The big air, but I have to say, it's been embarrassing. I love watching the figure skating. I think they're amazing. You know, the stuff they pull off under such huge, huge pressure is to me phenomenal. Because I did say there's a business called grace note, I think, you know, look at current performances and predict. How many medals each country will get? And I think they said team GB are predicted to get three medals. And that's across everything. Now, I thought that was quite low. I think it'll be more than that because I think the skiers and snowboarders could get that, if not more on their own. But we'll be following the Beijing beat more closely as we get nearer to the games. Right, we'll move on to towards the close of the end of the year podcast just now. I noticed I had a little look and I see we've got 84 ratings on iTunes Apple podcasts just now with an average score of 4.7. If you think 4.7 sounds a bit low and you think we deserve a 5 star about giving us another review. That would be really helpful and it does help other people find us. Also, reviews and since our last episode, Leon butler, well, I think he must have been at Birmingham show because his comments says it was called see the ski podcast live. Someone called Al Morgan on LinkedIn said a superb episode of the ski podcast. I think he might be biased. Tim boys on Facebook said, I only managed a few hours Saturday morning. He's talking about the Birmingham show, but I was really impressed, especially the speaker lineup, which I can only see in he means us at the ski podcast. Someone called sofa to slopes on Instagram said fab morning of endurance training while listening to the ski podcast. So I'm glad we're keeping you going through your training there. Don't forget, you can always buy me a coffee at buy me a coffee dot com forward slash ski podcast. All couples are much appreciated. This episode I'd like to thank Kimberly Kay and Mike Greenland. And Mike Greenland actually said, love the podcast. I've skied at least twice a year ever since 1970. I started on wooden skis and lace up leather boots, things have changed. Missed my first season this year due to COVID, but hope to keep the calendar annual record going as I'm off in December. So enjoy your holiday in December Mike and thanks very much for the coffee. And now I do really enjoy reading all feedback about the show. So please do email me the ski podcast, at Gmail dot com. We also have a few stickers left. I just sent some help to Austria this week that I can see the pile is diminished, but we have some. So if you like some for your skis board helmet or phone, just drop us an email and with your address. But for now, I'd like to thank Switzerland tourism for sponsoring the show and thank my guest today. Henry, thank you for joining us. Thanks very much Ian. Thank you. And an honor as well. And thank you Megan for joining us. Enjoy your skiing later this month. Thank you. Oh, I will try. I feel like, like everyone else, I would definitely be appreciating it a lot more than normal this year. That's great. And finally, I'd like to thank you listener for sharing your time with us until next time..
"olympic" Discussed on Everything Everywhere Daily
"Renato william jones had been the head of the f. i. b. since nineteen thirty two and he was the only person ever to hold that position up until that point he ran international basketball with an iron fist. Moreover he had a very contentious relationship with the americans who dominated the sport and jones by the way was british. He was extremely powerful and basketball. So the referees in the official score just did what he said. After much confusion the officials reset the clock back to three seconds and gave the soviets the ball again on the other end of the court where they originally had it after the free. Throw the soviets. This time tried to do the only thing they really could. They tossed a hail mary across the entire length of the court hoping for a miracle. Unfortunately there was no miracle. The horn sounded and time expired. Americans one fifty to forty nine in a dramatic fashion. Everyone goes nuts and the american players start hugging on the court. Despite the clear end to the game jones then unilaterally decided to put another three seconds back on the clock to give the soviets a third chance. There was no reason. Rationale given for why the soviets got eight another chance to take the ball out of bounds. There was no foul. there was no penalty. The american coaches debated taking their team off the floor and unilaterally declaring the game over forever the head coach. Hank iba didn't wanna give the soviets any ammunition in an appeal by declaring that the americans had forfeited it turns out the third time was the charm. This time the soviets tossed a full court alleyoop which made it into the hands of one of the soviet players who this time managed to put it in for two points. Subsequent analysis of the video shows the soviet player. Throwing the ball had his foot on the line. But this too was never called this time. It was the soviets who were going nuts in the floor as the final score was registered. Fifty one to fifty the americans not surprisingly were furious. American basketball officials immediately filed an appeal to the the five-man. Fiba committee ruled against them. Three two with all three votes coming from communist bloc countries hungary poland and cuba. The players on the american team made a decision in the locker room. They took a vote and unanimously agreed not to accept their silver medals. They never attended the medal ceremony. A subsequent investigation into the game which was presented to the international olympic committee showed extreme regularities..
"olympic" Discussed on The Erick Erickson Show
"Eight seven seven nine seven three seven four to five We must begin with something about the olympics. I've been critical of the olympics. I'm actually i i guess. I'm not really critical of the olympic. So much as i am critical of the coverage of the olympics and for example the media spending so much time focusing on the walks and the protests. And what's your name. Who was so upset about the national anthem being played and whether or not she could protest and how she can protest and she didn't even place and then you've got a black female wrestler tempera minsa stock. She became the first black american woman to win a gold medal. And it is conservative media highlighting this much of the mainstream including nbc. Just didn't want to cover a lot of this year's what she said on my feet. I it in his hand and i pray that.
"olympic" Discussed on Everything Everywhere Daily
"The first olympics were considered a success. However that wasn't the case for the olympics which followed the one thousand nine hundred olympics were held in paris alongside the paris world's fair. And if you've listened to enough episode you probably realize now that peres had a lot of world's fairs. The nineteen eighty-four olympics were held in saint louis alongside the st louis world's fair. I addressed the saint louis games in my episode. The one thousand nine hundred marathon which was the worst event ever held in olympic history. Both one thousand nine hundred and ninety four didn't get much attention or publicity. They were overshadowed by the larger events were held with and they were more of an afterthought. By the event organizers the nineteen hundred games in paris did have the first women participate as competitors. There were twenty two women who competed in five events. Tennis sailing. croquet equestrian and golf in nineteen zero. Six another olympics was held just two years after the saint louis games and this one was again in athens because it was held only two years after the previous olympics. It was called the intercalated games. These games were much more popular than the previous two but they were later. Ret conned to not be an official olympics. By the you will not find the ninety six olympics on any official list of past olympic games as you olympics expanded. They added more events at the one thousand nine hundred summer olympics in london. One of the events was figure skating. Skating was held several months after most of the events in october but it was considered part of the summer olympics likewise one of the shooting events was olympic dueling contestants fired duelling pistols dummies at twenty or thirty paces. And honestly this'll be a far cooler event if it was real dueling because there'd be no need to issue silver or bronze medals nineteen o eight also saw the creation of standard rules for events and international committees judges and officials to oversee the events prior to this it was always done by the host country. What are the defining characteristics of the early olympics was amateurism when the olympics started. Peer to colbert on actually had a rather flexible definition of amateurism. Well he didn't think that prize money should be given out for the olympic games. He felt that the definition of amateurism should evolve over time however the olympic definition of amateurism eventually became extremely draconian over time at the one thousand nine hundred olympics in stockholm american. Jim thorpe won gold medals in both the decathlon and pentathlon but because he received two dollars per game for playing baseball a sport which wasn't even in the olympics. At the time two years earlier you was stripped of his medals. Nineteen twelve also saw the addition of an art competition to the olympics. Art was a feature of the summer olympics until nineteen forty eight events varied but they usually consisted of literature. Music architecture painting and sculpture. Believe it or not. There are actually two people who won medals in both sports and art american. Walter witness won a gold medal in shooting and sculpture and hungarian. Elford hodges won a gold medal in swimming and a silver medal.
"olympic" Discussed on Everything Everywhere Daily
"Get their name from mount olympus. Which was the legendary home of the greek odds. According to aristotle the first olympics were held in the year seven. Seventy six bc. This date is mostly accepted by historians and archaeological evidence. If it isn't accurate then it's probably pretty close. The competitors came from city states and kingdoms from greater greece who all held the same religious beliefs. And the pantheon of greek gods the first olympics only had one event called the stadion. This was a running event of distance of about one hundred and ninety meters. The greek word is stadion is where the english word stadium comes from overtime. Other events were added including wrestling discus. Javelin long jump shot put and one event called a pen. Creation pen chretien was sort of a mixture of boxing and wrestling and it was probably closer to modern day mixed martial arts. I should note that all of the aging competitors and spectators were men and everyone competed naked. The olympics continued through most of the roman period and didn't formerly end until the year three ninety three. When the emperor theodosius the first outlawed all paganism and pagan rites. The olympics were never really forgotten but it was just a historical note. Not something that anyone really had any desire to resurrect. The term olympics began being generally used for organized athletic events. There were seventeenth century. Games in england called the cops walled olympics. During the from lucien there was an event called the la olympia de republic throughout the nineteenth century. The term began being used for a whole host of athletic events throughout europe however none of them have any connection to the modern day olympics. The modern olympics can trace a troops back to french. Baron named pierre overton de cobre. Ten was an academic who was an advocate of athletic activity. As a means of good health in eighteen. Ninety two he came up with the idea of hosting an international athletic festival. That would service something for people to aspire to specifically. He wanted to revive the ancient olympic festival and like the ancient games. Hold them every four years. Unlike the original olympic games these new olympic games would be open to people from all countries on earth in one thousand nine hundred four at the sorbonne in paris. He held an international conference on sports which was attended by seventy nine delegates from nine countries. They're the unanimously approved the creation of the international olympic committee or the ioc. The ioc agreed to hold the first olympic games in athens in eighteen. Ninety six athens was selected to honor the ancient games which were also held in greece. The first games had representatives from fourteen nations with two hundred and forty one athletes who competed in forty three events. All of the nations represented were from europe save for the contingent from the united states. A full sixty five percent of the athletes in attendance at the first olympics from greece the medals given out at the first games were actually silver to the winners and copper to the runners up and these were later. Retroactively changed a gold silver and bronze to reflect the current metal scheme. The events at the first olympic games included tennis swimming shooting weightlifting fencing gymnastics wrestling and.
"olympic" Discussed on Unofficial Partner Podcast
"They need to attacked again. Because i think they're taking on too much at setting themselves up to be. The full guy says soon as something goes significantly wrong with sport they are in negatively locked into it which they don't need to be okay. They go to the themselves slightly and gradually but this constant wrapping the everything comes to the. See the irs. As the goat of sport i ac- controls everything of sanctioning. I think is a danger to them because if something really did happen to. Kobe is pretty bad. You know they could be not found. No they could be not knocked out and the out will be that lots of these smaller entity smaller organizations professional groups cage fighters and other things will come in and install replacing. Nfl is still out there being any critically. Successful elite league doesn't need the olympics. So yeah. I think the success of the center of successive plan and the ifc and olympic money. Which is we know. Feeds back into those individuals. Sports has fostered a sort of whether it's a complacency or whether they've become where did that money that the olympics has created. And by by dinner doing that. You've actually turn not you personally. But the this movement has meant that individual sports have become less it didn't need to innovate in the same way. They need to become commercially successful until relatively recently obeyed be perfectly happy to take that money Yes and if he doesn't come than they could be in great. I think in some ways. I don't want to my hobie host but if you look at athletics and you look at fina. Because the whole approach we started with item laughing with fina was a minimum guarantee to give them a financial guarantee which then was right because without my financial guarantee they could organize a world. Swimming championships in bonanno could organize a world. Athletics championships in helsinki. That did as you say Encourage that this became a regular dependency. That here is a check that you get a new plan within what you're getting for that check and you're not being creative. We would never have created the golden series. Had we not been on depression to find a way to get exposure to get revenues. And yeah you're right. That i think at the moment z. Sports will not being perhaps other than the new ones that they are being very creative and being very imaginative The traditional ones have sort of slipped into that belief because the money that they get from the olympics is so big. Why should they and of course we set. Setup was important to get an oak established which happened..
"olympic" Discussed on Unofficial Partner Podcast
"It was a good ueberroth. We met ueberroth once he'd been appointed because he wasn't appointed full with the big committee. All of what we were doing with. John argue with david wolpe with anthem clearer and the math that was established before we broke came along. They went out and recruited as they shoot. It's talked professional to come in and run the business london day than this learn. Let's get the top professionals. So recruiting peter ueberroth in to be the top professional to run the games as absolutely consistent with the whole of the master plan the approach to the marketing of the planet being written the two hundred fifty million profit had already been written in so pita came in to win a lot of this already been full through had been Espouse the approach of getting the rings and rings under control collaborating with the national olympic committees. The by seventy nine the was then be established. Puerto rico panamerican games so these arrived I only had to realize that he'd made commitments will commence the made on his behalf. People tell me. The swiss timing the being commitments related to discussions leave. Ice then went through and did an agreement densely with fuji who becoming a major football sponsored than did an agreement. So he was. If you're not he picked it up at a time the the framework had already been established. It was too soon to do it on a long-term basis for many many events because it was still coming together legally with the rings with bringing some of the sports which was going to be eight bobbin. The bobbin was important to get the next generation of bitter hang. The city's entirely bought into the process which they were through an yong. Kim and three offerings. At calgary so p. a. Yes incredible because he was employed to the great executives that he was and he did it but he did it off a plan that it was already established by the committee. That had already pulled that plan together. He was a little resistant until he was convinced that these people knew what they were dealing with so he's relationship with holes was good. He's relationship when everybody was good. Because why not because if you like a have difficulty and the russians did boycott boycott was anywhere near as effective as a boycott was russia because as far as the us was concerned they didn't care as long as winning all the middles. that whole motion was out. Forget the russians together. Why do we need them. So the whole thing was lives around but yeah he. He did an excellent job But knows he's background. Hey i think he was in travel. He had travel business he. He was a successful businessman to three. Because i was still very much involved. And when it came down to two. Or three the loss to feeling between peter and whoever the other contender woes. But it was a very very professionally ron executive search. It and probably ten. Fifteen twenty candidates gradually narrowed down. And i do remember..
"olympic" Discussed on Unofficial Partner Podcast
"Russian and then it goes to the cure for the arguments towards for those sort of big american culprits is. It's it's the global argument is taking their american brands. And if finding nemo its overseas and sport and the olympics facilities the way of doing it. And that's why that's the leave that you're using your same leave with a we are seeing today. Exactly it's it's the beginning soviet and it wasn't just about promoting brand is about actually creating a commercial market commissioner Both coca cola. Levi's had massive authoring plants. Gene manufacturing problems philippine associated with the olympics. So it was the year because it's the beginning. Our house was the first olympic house is interesting because when i was thinking about athletics and things and undo by we're going back to cohen we started with the athletics with us could take time to build a championships so we created this golden series the golden mile the golden martha golden po vote. What heavy and ov- it was great gold of it. Being the golden mile winner in japan and seventy nine and coping it also the following year. And because my sponsor then was to buy it was the dubai golden mile because it was the beginning. All of us news ago of dubai and dubai. Television saying sport was a way of promoting dubai. Now just look how the years have gone on and how emirates and dubai and how only day has grown as we see now with cats are. What's up economics. You so all of these things. I think in many ways of old back to that house in montreal. Because had we had the house in montreal hype those dinners sat with adrian powell site without also safina sat with have alone in fact it would never be as well back then then. Leading on december orange getting kayla and in the pool own young came. All of these things is only now off too many as i start realizing. How will these things in to. We've with each other. And of course. Oh in paris the host. In addition to setting up morris movie with the tech team in paris he had this relationship with tunnels hotel up mama and whenever we had guest naidoo had people from africa rover or the russians off the hate of gymnastics with these kgb. Minda will beat up at two rask's tacky the bomb and it was great. Fix us anything that they might need to go. Somewhere to fully measure a young lady. They might like to meet in the ball later in the evening. Whatever jackie just took care of everything And of course it was that time of making sure that the relationships were the right people in the right places. The kgb mind is relaxed. They talk more openly about how we should present things and do things when we got back to moscow it. It's very surprising now because people think this olympic program just suddenly landed only failed creative liberty partner. This was years of discussions meetings relationships. Knitting things together to to put that whole plan For my personal point of view tragedy. That caught it. Did that boycott because without that. Boycott the most go in coke and leave is wrigley's ghana's would have made a tremendous statement and things for me would have just been so much easier is eighty four is interesting because obviously people the story quite often is. Oh that's the emergence. That's the start of the olympics. As a commercial entity and peter ueberroth was on the the front of the of time magazine man of the year. The man who saved the olympics. What's and what was hosted. Stadler's relationship uber off..
"olympic" Discussed on The Troy Farkas Show
"I won't mention names. It's funny like seeing the transition truthfully but he was not very kind to me. I could tell he didn't really want me to be there. Didn't respect me. Didn't think something. Serious i a girl child before and i don't know if she was there for the right reasons but i was so shy and he really didn't take the time to learn my name on. He just called me. The girl like for an entire year my first call me the girl and he. I definitely think he tried his hardest to make me quit. I didn't quit. i came back. The next year's eighth grader. With more confidence More skill and the first time you tried to say it to me goes. Yeah the girl. This girl has her name. Her name's alexis go and that was like i feel like superhero. That was the beginning of my real like origin story like transforming into the woman. I was today like i. i grew into my own. I gained confidence. And i was like no i worked hard. I deserve to be here. And this is where i'm going to be. You're gonna see me every year and it's funny because he turned my biggest supporter like a year later. He was my biggest waller. Now he like. He's been super nice and he definitely he earned. His respect is what i would say. Wow okay that's amazing. So you're obviously a very motivated inspired person. I'm curious to know. Because as far as i've known you i would have been say alexis porter great wrestler going to be in the olympics one day. When did that dream of yours olympic dream. When did you first had that. I started wrestling. When i was ten of my dad wrestled. Actually he competed in two olympic trials and he was very really like accomplished wrestler..
"olympic" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Olympic Committee posted a new statement calling Maurice remarks absolutely inappropriate. At a Japanese Olympic committee meeting last week, Mori answered a question about increasing the number of female board members on the committee. He replied that women's speaking time needs to be limited. Otherwise, meetings would never finish on the streets of Tokyo's to Machi neighborhood. It seems to be little sympathy from Morey and his views. You started the whole Injun. I cannot be with us. I think he should resign, says I. T worker Jihad Ocean Ozaki. Now the reputation of the games is going down, and I think his resignation is one of the options if we're going to hold the games with everybody feeling happy More he served for a year is prime minister about two decades ago and has a reputation for gaffes. But I'm really persuaded it's not gas. Chelsea Heater is a historian. It Oyama Gakuin University in Tokyo. This is the actual Procedures, and these are the actual conversations that are happening particularly happening, she adds. Within the Liberal Democratic Party, or LDP, which is ruled Japan for most of the past seven decades, the AL GPS track record on gender politics is really bad. And the LDP didn't even start thinking about how it was going to incorporate and promote more women within its ranks until opposition parties began to do so. A recent Kyodo News poll found that 60% of respondents think Morrie is unfit to be head of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee. Hundreds of volunteers have quit in protest in some Olympic torch relay runners have to But two heavyweights in the fields of sports and politics Mori is the go to guy. He's the former head of the Japan Sport Association and an influential figure in the LDP is most powerful faction. If you're not actually part of the government, you know that all you have to do is make one phone call the morgue, and he's gonna know exactly you to talk to in order to get something done. David Lee Haney is a political scientist at Waseda University in Tokyo. He says. Mori has clout in the back rooms where the LDP discusses policy and makes deals. It's an old boys club. It's a club in which women generally aren't speaking or which women aren't playing leadership roles, And if they are, they're actually often criticized for being too ambitious for being too loud. So if anything, the very thing that makes him valuable is the very thing that makes him likely to say something like this that causes such public problems. The Kyodo News agency reports that Japan's Olympic Committee will hold a special executive meeting as early as this week. To discuss the controversy surrounding Maury's remarks. Japan's Olympic minister says the meeting will discuss whether more he should resign or not. Anthony Kuhn. NPR NEWS Seoul.
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"High wax. So what what do you guys. Think these Streaming platforms are trying to. Do you think trying to like make their platform a mainstay on like the number one the number one platform in like a household. Or do you think the just trying to have content. That makes you just have to have the streaming platform if that makes sense. 'cause like let's say with netflix. Six in my head. Netflix wants to just be the go-to streaming right. But if he then say something lack maybe let's say i want to say amazon or like even like all these little ones who or discovery plus for example. Do you think that they're trying to be the main streaming platform in a household or they're just trying to like have some components that you just have to have. I don't think it's reasonable for dan to to be to think that they could be. They stole streaming platform for lack of households because of it has to do with if the disown platform then you need to have most of like the rights to content rights. Just like right now. You have like a lot of good shows on amazon and you have a lot of good shows on netflix. but then. I don't think it's realistic. Amazonas let net flicks on year. Basically get all the rights to Like all different movies and tv shows so with like the level of competition you get in the industry going to have just one person getting older content like everybody's competing to get different constanta gets difference users. So i don't think i don't think that's a go for them i i i would agree as well because yet even just by branding like all of these like a company like netflix has a lot more to offer an disney. Haven't even spoken about apple plus apple tv tv. Yeah yeah been dame invested a law at the beginning. But i don't know what the numbers are like now and yeah. I don't know how exactly doing they should. At least on expected because of kobe thing guessing like a lot of everyone is seeing that. This is where the industry's going. So you're getting a lot of new entrance into the industry. So you have discovery discovery who launched like their own streaming platform recently and they have like five point three million subscribers and i think in the us. They struck a deal with verizon similar similar to what disney did last year. Where like if you have verizon you're able to get discovery plus for a year and yes you're just getting a lot of different entrance into democracy apple. Tv of tried to make an efforts in the previous year. So what did you think about the discovery entering the market. You think had even add against do anything. Basically the way i think about is discovery is just trying to more super attacked with because the top of contact releasing it's mostly by the way is mostly nature of like the type of content dirty police on the tv channel. Is that correct now. The on a few other networks like they own food network. And i think the oprah winfrey network and they're also they also own was his called the eurosport's right your sports your sports and a. They're basically like a big part of their plan is that they have the rights to the olympics until twenty four while the olympic games so the summer olympics in the winter olympics. And they're trying to use that as a way to basically pull in loss of subscribers. I think i think it's the other way round so because i just read it said. Bbc will be able to share olympics up until twenty twenty four because the deal got held up a little bit so from twenty twenty. Four i think is going to be on your sport is it or maybe that's just for the uk though maybe that's just can because in europe have exclusive rights or something housing they bought it like last year exclusive rights for the olympics. I so maybe in the uk. It's exclusive for example. So i'm not sure how that strategy is going to be successful because they're banking on the olympics which might not even happen as match so if the olympics don't have finished like was your platform going to do like how big of a pool is even the olympics for like streaming. You really down olympics. The olympics is a big pool. Kotli 'cause the whole year but once in four years right so they're going to get subscribers for a month. And then i mean but the point is you get them and then you show them what else you have to offer right. Yeah because it's like be countries literally rebuild. Cities based on the olympics are coming and those down happens once but a city will still continue afterwards. Mcconnell tourist destination obviously a slightly different. But at the same time it's just about getting people in right by think it's more like because it's so fluid and so easy for you to just like okay. I'm going to pay like five pounds for one month to be able to watch the olympics and just cancel your subscription after the month. Like if you have no free child yes then. Imagine the show other sports that you're interested in now you commit. Yeah that's what they're trying to use sports as like a way for them to be a dominant player in distinct right. Now i mean they have the us pga tour..