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A highlight from Executive Director of The Bush Tennis Center Tim Stallard Talks Bringing The Pros The Texas
"Welcome to the official tennis .com podcast featuring professional coach and community leader Kamau Murray. Welcome to the tennis .com podcast. I'm your host Kamau Murray, and we are here with all things tennis. Mr. Tim Stoller, Tim is the general manager and director of the Bush tennis center down in San Antonio, Texas. And they are hosting a really cool tennis event this weekend. It is the, Tim, go ahead, give us the name. Yes, the San Antonio International Team Tennis Championships, and it's at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio. However, the Bush tennis center is way out in West Texas, about 300 miles away in Midland, Texas. So that's kind of an interesting dynamic of this event. Yeah, we want to hear a lot about that because I'll be honest with you. You know, I built 27 tennis courts in the city and the Bush tennis center has the exact same mission as I do, and I'd never heard of it. So we want to dig into that. But first, let's dig into your background. You have put on more than 50, you know, ATP, USDA, Pro Circuit events, assistant coach at University of Texas, spent time on the court with Andy Roddick. Tell me about your pedigree, where you come from, how you got in the game, and how you were able to travel through so many different levers of the sport. Well, I actually, it started in Rockford, Illinois, way up north, and started playing tennis and just, it was one of those things after my parents got divorced a couple of times. I love baseball, but trying out for baseball teams was more problematic than just entering tennis tournaments. So I kind of fell into tennis through that and loved the sport. And you know, like you said, went on to coach at University of Texas and started, you know, just had some great players. And that's really how I got into starting to run events is I was trying to get wildcards and help out players that I was coaching. And way back in the day, I had two really great players in Texas. One was Julie Scott, who is an All -American at Stanford. And, you know, I couldn't get wildcards. And the other one was Elizabeth Schmidt, who played at UCLA and went on, now she's a head coach at Rice. And very deserving kids. And the USDA said, you know, if you start running tournaments, you get the wildcards. So at one point, I had 13 challengers across the U .S. And some of those challengers, like Champaign -Urbana, are still moving along. So it was an interesting process. So we've held calendars the last two years. And it is a tough business model. To have 13 of them, you know, they struggle to make money. They break even at best. To have 13 of them, you must have had a model that worked because no one would ask for it 13 times if you don't. So tell us about your experience with challengers because we see challengers in the U .S., you know, come on and off the calendar, right? And it hurts our U .S. players from, like you said, creating that vertical for where they're in, you know, the collegiate pathway, they want to try to hand it to Pro Tour, they can't get a wildcard, not enough events to spread the wildcards out. How did you make the challenger model work? Yeah, you know, I was able to get national sponsors. I mean, it covered everything. So I had great sponsors, AOL, Porsche Cars North America, Bear Stearns, HealthSouth. So I just went out. I had a great mentor, a big advertising company, GSD &M. The founders of that really kind of showed me how to put media value behind packages. And I found a kind of a good formula. So you know, I would have literally just, you know, Porsche would say, we need these markets and I would jump on a plane and go to Miami and find facilities. But it was a nice problem because I had all the financials together. You look at the challenger that was in Dallas for years, that was over 20 years that they had it at TbarM. So lots of great challenges throughout the years. Now when you would sell those packages, would the sponsor take all 13? Or like the major sponsors take all 13, then you add on locals? Or was it, you know, and the people would pick off whichever ones they wanted in the markets? Yeah, for the most part, you know, we'd have our major sponsors would take all the markets and then we'd sell kind of patron, local, because you always want the local community involved. So we'd have local patron packages. And we really did our best to make it a fun event, you know, pro -ams and music and access to the players. And, you know, for me, a big part of it was telling the story of the challengers. I mean, I love challengers because you have the veterans that are hanging on that come to get the points. You got the top juniors in the world and they clash at the challenger level. And you know, I'll never forget, I was in a drive -through at McDonals in Austin, Texas, and I got a call from Andre Agassi's brother asking for a wild card into Burbank. And at that time, I'd already, I'd committed, I had a player, Brandon Coop and Robert Abendroth, I committed my two wild cards, so I couldn't give him a wild card, but I was hoping the USTA would. And you know the story, I mean, he got a wild card, he played against Sarga Sargisian in the finals. They called it the Battle of Armenia. And it was a great tournament and it was great to see him come back a year later. He was already back to number four in the world. So it was really just an inspiration to see Andre. Yeah, so, you know, I think that one of the things we us to underestimate is like really the job of these challengers, right, especially in the US soil, is to help promote the next generation of player, right? So I always like to hear a famous story. So our challengers, our wild cards went to Ben Shelton last summer. That's awesome, man. I always hit the semis, obviously got to perform, got a wild card into, got to upgrade a wild card, got originally got a wild card in the Qualities of Cincy because he was in Chicago so long, upgraded to the main draw. And this year, Alex Mickelson wins our event, goes on and plays Newport, right, gets the final to Newport, loses to Manarino, I think. So tell me about another famous wild card story where you see, you gave a wild card to someone that has some potential. And then other than the story you told us where you're like, you know, we had a hand in that person's career. Well, a couple of them, one in Rockford, Illinois, back to Rockford, Illinois, I had a challenger there in February following the Midland, Michigan challenger that's still going. And I got a call from one of my idols, Nick Boletary, and said, I've got this girl, she's number one in the world. And she's not going to make the cut for the challenger. And we think she has a lot of potential. It was Anna Kournikova. So I gave her a wild card and she won it. And you know, I believe, you know, five months later, she was in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. And what's cool about Anna is Anna came back and we've done a lot of charity events. And following, we did an event in Beaumont with Pete Sampras. And she flew after that over to Horseshoe Bay to do a free clinic with my wife and kids. And it was the first kids courts, it was the Andy Roddick kids courts out at Horseshoe Bay. But she flew over, you know, did it absolutely for free to give back to the kids. And she's amazing. But it's really funny that, you know, that started when she was 13 years old in frigid Rockford, Illinois, in February. So you mentioned your wife and kids, do your daughters play at all? They did. They're older now. They're once graduated from A &M. She's an architect and my other daughter is about to start her master's in communications at A &M. Now, did you tie your hand at coaching them? You know, obviously, I'm trying to coach my kids. And I'm trying not to let what happens on the tennis court blend into the car ride home or blend into the dinner table. But sometimes that's really hard. Did you try your hand at coaching them? And how did that go? Yeah, I did. My wife was really their primary coach. And my wife was a great player, all American at Texas, coached at Texas. She's number one in the Southerns, finalist at the Easter Bowl, just a great player. And we are very different coaching styles. My wife is very, you know, very, very fired up with the girls. I was a lot more laid back. And you know, when I go to their matches, I'd have the newspaper, my Starbucks, and they go, Dad, you're not even watching my match. Of course, I'm watching every point. But when they look at me, I've got my newspaper up and my coffee is kind of downplaying it. But they were great, you know, we're really proud of our daughters. And we officially became grandparents about a little over a year ago. But, you know, tennis was just a great experience for their life. And it, you know, for me, it changed my life. You know, growing up in Rockford, Illinois, my dad was an automaker, tool and die maker, neither one of my parents even know how to keep score in tennis. And like I said, after a couple of divorces, I had a wonderful coach, Pat Wicks, that gave me a lot of free lessons and I just worked my butt off and it opened doors. And, you know, that's what we're really inspired to do with the Bush AIDS Outreach Program is create that opportunity. And I mean, we have 100%, any kid that comes, we provide full scholarships, partial scholarships, we turn down no one. That's our mission. So we're real proud of that and we've helped a lot of kids and we're expanding that throughout the state of Texas and then happy to really help, you know, great foundations like the Ryan Brothers Foundation, John Isner. My wife and I, we went out and helped Sloan. Sloan had over 300 kids bust in from Compton at USC. My wife and I went out and helped with clinics out there to help Sloan, but she does amazing work year -round. So there's a lot of great stories and a lot of great things that, you know, people see these great players on the court, but I'm really inspired for a lot of things they're doing off the court. So tell me about the Bush Tennis Center. I would say I didn't even know it existed. I didn't know that the Bushes were big tennis people. I knew the Koch Brothers were big tennis people down there in Texas, but didn't know the Bush Tennis Center existed. So tell me about how the Bush Tennis Center came along and how you ended up taking the job. Oh, it's, in 2015, I had John Isner, Sam Querrey, and the Bryans, and we did a four -day run where we did Atlanta, Nashville, Midland, and then Camarillo, California to do something for the Bryan Brothers for their foundation. So those four guys, 2015, went through just to do a one -day event and just started talking to the people that founded the Bush Tennis Center and they were having some challenges with the business model, asked me to, hired me as a consultant initially. And I just said, you know, here's all the things that need to be done. And they're like, well, we want to hire you. I'm like, well, I don't live here. I live in Austin. My wife's director of tennis at Horseshoe Bay Resort. My company's in Austin. They're like, well, we don't care if you live here, just come and check into the Double Tree Hilton downtown Midland and come and figure this thing out. And you know, it was really neat because at that point I was working, I was trying to build a similar facility next to Dell Diamond with Reed and Reece Ryan, Nolan Ryan's kids. They owned the Minor League Ballpark there and we were kind of going down that road to maybe buy the ATP event in Memphis, build a facility like this. And you know, we're going down that road, but there was a lot of politics and just dealing with governments and stuff. I go out to West Texas and they're like, you know, here's the keys to the place. How much money do you need? Let's get it going. I mean, it's just an amazing opportunity. And we're on 35 acres. We've already on the far west side, we just opened a $4 million park designed for special needs children. So we've got zip lines. Everything is set up where kids can play just despite, you know, physical challenges. They can play side by side with all kids. We have a $4 million park. We just broke ground on a new 90 ,000 square foot athletic center, which will have five indoor basketball courts, 15 volleyball courts, a 75 yard turf indoor field. And then Lance Hooton, who I actually met through Andy Roddick, who's traveled with Andy. It's going to be a sports performance training center. And Lance Hooton's coming in and using his expertise to develop that as well. So, you know, it's a big campus and it's all set up as a nonprofit. It's a legacy for the Bush presidents. And you know, I feel like to some degree I get to be Santa Claus because I get to really help a lot of kids. And that's super important to me. And we've got a staff that is just amazing, that just cares so much about helping kids and really developing a great event, a great product. Now you're also building indoor tennis courts. And what people don't know is like in these southern markets, right, places where you just say California, Texas, Atlanta, Florida, even, he's like, why do you need indoor courts in those markets? Sometimes it is so hot, right, that you just need the, you need the roof for the shade, right? Or sometimes like in Florida, it'll rain all day, right? And you need the roof for the rain. So tell us why you would need indoor courts in West Texas. Well, a lot of times it's just too windy. I mean, we're just out in the middle of nowhere. It's flat as can be. And, you know, as they say, there's not a lot out there, but there's a lot under there. I mean, we're on the biggest reserve of oil on planet Earth, the Permian Basin and the Delaware Basin, you know, come right out of right out of Midland, West Texas. And but it's flat, high winds. So we lose a lot of days where, you know, the wind gets up above 25 miles an hour. It's not playable. Dust is blowing. And then, you know, we have one hundred and one hundred and ten hundred and fifteen degree days in the summer, and then it drops to twenty five degrees. That's just all over the map. So indoor courts will definitely help us. We're looking at doing eight indoor hard and four indoor clay, and there's no way to do outdoor clay. It would just blow away. So it would be so dry and you'd be you know, every year we bring in twelve tons of clay to sort of re -top off our red hard shoe courts. I mean, I would only imagine how much money you spend on. Oh, yeah. It wouldn't last.
Fresh update on "shelton" discussed on The Tennis.com Podcast
"So we talk about Tommy Paul playing cornhole. I remember John and I used to always joke. He says, yeah, you know, if I wanted to play in the NBA, I could. And I'm like, dude, at like $8 million to sit on the bench, no one's choosing to play tennis over an NBA career. So you probably couldn't play in the NBA. What I heard as a part of this announcement, he got lucky and kicked a 30 yard field goal. Is that true? Because I won't believe it until I see it for myself. Well, it was 25 yards for the year 2025. So he did it from 25 yards. There's a reason. But he absolutely made it on his second kick, actually, he made it on his second kick. So he doesn't have a career as a kicker. But he definitely made one from 25 yards. And we'll have to show you the video. I don't know if John's been sharing it too much, but it definitely shows him kicking a field goal out there. So he can do it. You already see a turn from the one from 25 to 30. And by January, it'll be 40. Right. And he made it 40 on the first try. So you know, the story will just continue to kind of grow legs and get better and better. Exactly. That's that's how it goes. It could be you know, it could be a 50 yard or 59 yard or something like that. Who knows? But he definitely made it. I was there and saw it. So it did happen. So we're not moving to the Cowboys stadium until 2025. Tell us what we have lined up for 24. It's still going to be at SMU. There's women involved in this one as well. Explain to us how we can like sort of get connected early for 2024. The week, the date, players, the exhibition. February 3rd through 11th is our week of our event. That first Saturday night, we have our ladies classic. And we've got Jeanie Bouchard is playing against Caroline Vozniacki. And you know, Caroline, her comeback story as a mom is terrific. Jeanie's a terrific player. She's just did so well for the Canadian team in the Billie Jean Keenan Cup. And they'll also play a set of doubles with some SMU girls. So we're trying to bring in team members, bring in the SMU team to have an opportunity to play. And then on that Sunday, starting off there, we'll kick off the guys event. And so far, our top players that are going to be coming, Tommy is one of them. And he's going to be terrific. Also Ben Shelton's coming. So we're going to have the big lefty serve and you know, he's a great player, great show time, and just tremendous. And we've also got Riley Opelka, our first year champion, he's going to be coming back and playing. We're waiting on a few other guys to sign up, but we'll have those players coming in first. And we still have we individual seats don't go on sale until next week, our premium has gone on sale. And we've already sold out of all of our boxes and our third level suite seating, but we still have some great seats available in the stands. And again, our further seat is I think it's 32 feet from the court. So if your worst seat is 32 feet from the court, there's not a bad seat in the house, you know, so I really can say that and be 100% committed, there is not a bad seat in the house. So you can come to see the players and get up and close and really see them and see the little things like, you know, you as a coach, you know, you can watch things like their footwork, you can watch their preparation, you can see those things up close. Which sometimes when you're at a giant stadium, it's hard to see. So you know, the fans will have a great opportunity to do things like that. And we'll have a we'll have a great event, as we had in the last couple of years, some great matches. Fantastic. So the website is dallasopen.com, correct. Beware to those fans who are sitting 32 feet away because if Ben Shelton's kick serve goes over the short back fence, I think your back fence is like six feet.
A highlight from God's Plan for World Evangelism (Part 1)
"Mark chapter 16 in your Bibles. Mark chapter 16, last chapter in the book, I believe. Mark chapter 16. God's plan for world evangelization. And I'm happy to say here this morning that he does have a plan. No FNS or buts about it. For world evangelization. God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son. So loved the world that he gave his only begotten son. Okay? Let me ask the question, why is Trinity Baptist Church here? I could say a lot of negative things and then I would think of some more. Trinity Baptist Church here is not here just to make a name for itself, even though I might say that it has. It's not here to entertain people. It's here to carry out a tremendous commission that God has given us that we're going to read about here in just a moment. But it's tremendous and great responsibility that the Lord has given to us. It says it all right here in these verses I'm going to read this morning. Here in Mark 16, we're going to start reading in verse 15. And he said unto them, his disciples, who was following him, go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. And he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe. In my name they shall cast out devils. They shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up servants or serpents. And if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them. They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. Would you bow with me in prayer? Heavenly Father, we thank you this morning for this opportunity just to stand here and open this precious book called the Bible, the Word of God. Lord, we thank you for this month already. Here it is, the first day, first Sunday, Lord, that we now have entered into our missions month. Father, I will first of all want to thank you for how you have used the Trinity Baptist Church down through the years in the area of missions. That's been made possible because of faithful people that have followed your leadership, your guidance, and have been obedient to doing their part in making this ministry what it is, and of course I believe it's going to grow. The sun never sets on the ministry of this church. We're so thankful we gave you all the honor, the glory, and the praise for it. And then Father, as Brother Shelton said, we do thank you for those visiting today. We thank you for every person that's here today. We pray for that person who may be here today, who's never trusted Christ. May this be that special day in their lives when they repent of sin and give their hearts to Christ. And then I'll pray, Lord, for the encouragement and strength of your people. And Lord, I think I said it, but I want to repeat myself, and I'm thankful that the church appreciates their pastor, but not any more than I appreciate every one of them. Thank you, God, for them and their faithfulness in doing what they're doing to make this church what the Bible says it ought to be, and even carrying out and doing what our passage reads we have read here this morning.
Fresh update on "shelton" discussed on The Tennis.com Podcast
"Welcome to the official tennis.com podcast featuring professional coach and community leader Kamau Murray. Welcome to the tennis.com podcast. I'm your host Kamau Murray, and we are here with Peter Lebedevs, and Peter is a guy that is constantly on a mission to grow tennis in America, provide similar opportunities for American players that they have in Europe to be able to play from a week-to-week basis, get big points, improve their ranking, and hopefully produce a U.S. Open champion. He's pulled off a very, very significant achievement, which is growing a 250-level event from the last couple of years to now very quickly growing to a 500-level event and moving it to the Dallas Cowboys practice facility. We've seen this experiment at the Miami Dolphins facility with the Miami Open, and Peter took quick note of it and pulled it off again. So, Peter, welcome to the show. Thanks, Kamau. I appreciate it. So, we always talk about how European players, I mean, particularly at the Italians' round, right? The Italians now are just sort of like slowly creeping up five or six or seven guys in the top 10 out of nowhere center, last three or four weeks looking like the second best player in the world. And we talk about the value of being able to take the train or bus or tram or whatever throughout Europe and play from week-to-week, earn points, and how that system helps other federations grow their pipeline. And America's a little bit of travel. It's a little bit more difficult, right? We are very big, right? And the business model is a lot more expensive, right? Hard to get sponsors, but you have been in the business a long time and very successfully done it. So, tell us now about the new Dallas Open that's coming up, formerly held at SMU, now in Frisco, Texas at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. How did you go from a 250 to a 500 in two years? Yeah, well, so I'll give you the quick version if there is such a thing. We moved our 250 event from New York when COVID happened and had the opportunity to move it to Dallas. We met with Jon Isnot from day one, has been involved with us, who lives right around the corner from SMU, and Grant Chen, the head tennis coach on the men's side for SMU. We got together. I went down and had a look at the site and said, we can do a 250 here, it's terrific. We put that together. First year, we sold out of our premium boxes and premium seats very, very quickly within like 30 days before we announced any players. So that told us that we always knew Texas was a great state for tennis, a lot of fans. Tennis originally started, professional tennis, started at Moody Coliseum at SMU with WCT, the greatest match sort of arguably ever, Labor and Roseville, five sets pushed back. I think it was ABC News an hour on Sunday to get the whole match in, which doesn't happen now. So, as you know, that's where it started and the success was tremendous and second year was the same. What happened is the ATP said, look, we want to upgrade, we want to create more premium events. That's a vision of the chairman, Andre Gidinzi, of creating more of those premium events. So they sent out basically a tender that said anybody would like to apply for that. There were 17 applications, then we worked very, very hard with various groups to put this together. It's not me. You were very nice at the beginning saying, you put this together as a team of people. It's the whole village that did it. And we presented to the ATP and at the end of the day, when you look at what we're able to provide, which is an amazing facility for the players, because the ATP looks at it from multiple angles. Obviously, number one is make sure the players love it. The hotel's connected to the site. The players will never have to go outside. We've got 17 restaurants in the entertainment district, so the guys can eat and do whatever they want. The locker room facilities, we have four locker rooms in the building, so I think we can handle the guys very well. And then being partnered with the Cowboys, the most successful sporting franchise in the world, is a tremendous asset to have next to both the ATP and to us. So we'll work together to put that. And then a lot of work, John was talking to players and asking players to support it. And when we went to the board, we met with all the board members and put our best foot forward and they chose us out of the 17. And our company has always been trying to help U.S. tennis and the ability to, as you alluded to, to create another 500 level, because there's only one 500 in the U.S. currently in D.C. So us to have another 500 in the U.S., it inspires the players. It makes it easier for them to, as you said, get up in the rankings because they don't have to travel all the time. They're in their backyard. More fan support, all of those little things that make a difference. And that's what we're trying to do and help with the U.S. players. So we still have a fantastic event at SMU in 2024. Tommy Paul's going to be there, Ben Shelton. We've got a women's event with Caroline Vosniacki and Jeannie Bouchard as well. So we've still got a 24, but in 25, when we go to the 500, we'll have an even stronger player field because they're all chasing those points. And then we'll keep continuing to give those U.S. players the opportunity. That's one of the things we do with SMU. We give Grant the opportunity to have a wildcard, a main-grill wildcard, for one of his players. And obviously, that's a huge recruiting tool for him. And as we all know, college tennis is a great pathway to the pros. Austin Krychak, the number one doubles player in the world, lives here. He was at our kickoff yesterday. So, you know, it's opportunities for American players, as well as Texas supporting it and great fans here in Texas understanding their tennis. And, you know, out at Frisco, where they're putting together the whole sort of sporting world out there, there's so many different sports out there that it makes sense to have tennis as well. Now, when you think of Texas, immediately, I think, you know, the average tennis player is thinking, this is an outdoor event, but your event is indoors. We're indoors in February. So explain the rationale, right, of having the event at SMU, right, for 23 and 24, it is also indoors, and at 25, you're going to be on the campus of the Dallas Cowboys Practice Facility, but it'll still be indoors. So explain the rationale behind having indoors in Texas. You know, look, Texas is hot. It's stuff to play out here. There's sort of, you know, truly a great window. But the reality of it is, is we have a sanction from the ATP, and it gives us a certain week in the calendar. And in February, really doesn't matter where you are in the U.S., pretty much unless you are in Delray, you need to be indoors to guarantee it. When we moved it to Texas, you know, it'll be good weather, we were told. It's going to be great, we were told. Well, we've had snowstorms the last two years in Texas right before our event, so, you know, we have to be indoors in February. But that's also a great thing because you never have to worry about rain delays, fans can come out knowing matches are going to start on time, all of those good things. And it provides that unique opportunity for fans, too. You know, sitting in an air-conditioned space is fantastic. You know, they're not going to be uncomfortable ever. We can do more things indoors and things like that, so that's how we are. It's more a case of the calendar says February, and in February, you've got to be indoors. Right. So explain to us, we've seen, I think we got a glimpse of the tennis court inside of a football stadium for the Miami Open the last, you know, four years. Explain to us your build-out and how that negotiation went with Jerry Jones. I mean, he is, you know, his group is known as, you know, obviously the face of the NFL, probably one of the most historic franchises in the NFL, but we know he's a tough negotiator. So explain how that goes, you know, how that went. Well, look, we, you know, a couple of things there. We're going to cover the floor, cover the field, and build our stadium. Our court is the same court we're currently using, which is really like a basketball court there. Four by eight pieces of wood we clip together and then paint the court on top. So it's the same surface the guys play on. That'll take us about 10 to 14 days to build our triple-decker seating environment and the whole sort of field that we'll have down there. So that's a big undertaking, but I think we're going to have fun with that. And the Cowboys, look, they created the Ford Center at the star there for sports and tennis was one that they had not had and they wanted to have it there. So it really was not, I don't want to say a hard negotiation, it's just making sure it was good for everybody and they wanted to have tennis. So it worked out to be very, very good. And we had Charlotte Jones at our kickoff yesterday and she's tremendously positive about it and excited and they really look at it as a positive to add this sport to one of the things they have at Ford Center. So it really has been, I don't want to say easy, nothing's ever that easy, but it has been a good partnership we're starting off and everybody's excited about it. So I can't say anything but great things about the Jones family and what we've done and put together here. And I think you also caught a break because February is after the Super Bowl. So if it was probably a month early, right, or two or six weeks earlier, they still need to play some practice. And so you are literally right at the end. Right. I mean, look, our final for our men's event will be on Super Bowl Sunday. So it is right on the any earlier and we couldn't do it, but it works out just that the dates we've got are just perfect for us. You know, last year, our event, John played a three-hour singles match. The doubles guys didn't have many people in the stands because they'd all gone to watch the Super Bowl. But we'll have that same thing in 2025, which will be great, just that we've got to make sure that the singles guys get done before the Super Bowl, but that'll be good. Right. Now, let me ask this question because, you know, it's a great thing to jump from a 250 to a 500, but from a standards perspective, from a prize money increase, right, that you that you've got to fund, the cost is also a dramatically greater, right, and that you still sell tickets and sponsorship. Tell me about how you sort of went out and fundraised. And the reason why I ask is that you do it well. And we want others in the country to do it well so we can have more of these for the sake of American tennis. So how did you go about, you know, growth is a great thing, but it's a scary thing. Like, now we've got to go out and raise a couple million versus, you know, half a million, right? Yeah. Prize money went from just under a million to over 2.2. So you know, before you walk out the door, you've got a new number there. Look, I think that the key to sponsorships and selling it, and we're going to be working directly with the Cowboys sales team as well on this, and we've had many meetings already about, it's about the assets you have to create. A lot of people don't know tennis. So you have to explain that a little bit to them. And then there's, there's the, you know, the basic, oh, you get your sign here, you get your name here. That's easy. But that's not in our world right now. That's not what sponsors want. They want, say, I want to see eyeballs on an activation. And how do I have more than just the 10 days of the event? What are you doing full time? So, you know, we will, we will find these potential partners and look to see what their needs are. Some of them have, you know, in their, you know, the company is trying to help a certain group. And I'll make this up. They initiative in STEM education. So we will create a package that has the basics in there of the science and then create an activation around what's important to them. So we bring out 6000 kids and do a STEM activity during the Dallas open. And you can provide that to a partner because that's what they want to do or whatever it is. You know, a lot of people don't do that digging on the on the front end to see what's important to the company. They just want to sell. We've got great tennis plays in this tennis and come out and watch. Well, OK, but I need longevity to it. So that's how you have to look at it. And that takes more work and more effort, as you know, because you've been doing events and in the same situation. And, you know, also, the other thing is, it may not be the right time today for that company. But, you know, next year, it may be right with their, you know, with all of their budget cycles and things like that. But it's going with a packet to a partner that makes sense for them. It has to be a win win. Too many times I see sales guys. It's win for me. But, you know, not really for the company. We need to make it. You need to put that packet together that is win win. And then everybody, number one, it's successful and they keep coming back because, look, our sport is tremendous. Somebody gets stuck in there and they watch it, they go, wow, I love it. We just signed a sponsor for our 2024 event. And one of the things he had attended the year before, he saw the clientele that was there. He said, this is what I want to do. And, you know, once they see it, they'll be hooked that you've got to get him in there by doing the hard work and finding what's important for those companies. So one of the things I think is attractive to this is that on the campus of this facility will is also the Omni Hotel. And one of the struggles of tennis is to bring the players closer to the fans. Will you guys make, you know, the people who travel to the event, will they be allowed to stay at the player hotel? Right. But, you know, perhaps there's, you know, floors that are restricted and what's the plan for that? Is that group packages? Right. There's a play. There's a there's the tournament rate for the hotel. A hundred percent that we, you know, look, I'm a big believer in we need to have the players interact with the fans more. So, you know, the fact that we're going to have four practice courts similar to like the U.S. Open where people can hang on the fence and watch. So they'll be able to get that close. The players will be sort of walking through the crowds a little bit like that to get to their practice courts. You know, as it relates to the hotel, the biggest challenge with hotels more often than not is, you know, the number of rooms I need, how many rooms are left for anybody else to sort of book. But we don't put any restrictions on that. We look, I encourage that. I encourage the fans to to be there and see them. The players still have to focus and that sort of stuff. But we're going to have a lot of opportunities for fans to meet the players and do those fun sort of things. You know, we're still building all of that out. But, you know, having John as our host, John isn't it? You know, he's lived on both sides. And it's interesting. We're talking. Yeah. Now that I'm sort of coming on this side of it, I'm a little bit, you know, he thinks a little differently. He's sort of like, yeah. Hmm. You know, a year ago, I might have thought differently about that ask. So he sees both sides to it. So, you know, I'm able to get John to talk to some of the guys and do those things. But we'll definitely have fan interaction with the players because the fans need to get to know these guys. I mean, Tommy Paul, he's a great cornhole player. Does anybody know that we might have a cornhole competition because you start Tommy talking about and he'll tell you about the rough side and the soft side and you know, you got to do this. He loves it. And that's a fun thing for the fans to do. So I just use that as a microcosm. But that's our goal is to create more fan engagement with the players. And look, all tournaments are doing that. There's no we're not being super special in that we're all trying to find out what's the best way to achieve that, that protects the players, gives the fans an opportunity and still creates a memorable interaction with the players.
A highlight from Eric Diaz's Journey From the University of Georgia to Coaching Rising American Alex Michelsen
"Welcome to the official tennis .com podcast featuring professional coach and community leader Kamau Murray. Welcome to the tennis .com podcast. We are here with Eric Diaz. You remember the name? Eric is son of Manny Diaz, coach of Alex Mickelson, Werner Tan, and right now has his own thing called tier one performance out in the Irvine area. Welcome to the show, Eric. How's it going? Thanks for having me. Thanks for having me. It's great to be on. Great to be on. So I interviewed your dad probably about 2 months ago. That was, you know, we were poking fun about him redshirting Ethan Quinn, you know, not choosing not to play Ethan Quinn later. You know he wins NCAA the next year. It was kind of like, what were you thinking, right? Yeah, one of those tough ones. Oh yeah, it was kind of like, did you think he wasn't ready? Was he, did he think he wasn't ready? Like, you know, you probably could have won NCAA twice. That kind of thing but you obviously came from good tennis pedigree. So, I guess the first obvious question was what was it like growing up with your dad being Manny? You know, because I, it's hard not to take work home, right? Let's just put it that way. You're a tennis coach and a child of a tennis dad. Yeah. You know, I don't know. I think anybody that's been in tennis for a long time knows it's kind of a lifestyle a little bit. You know, there's definitely being the tennis coach and kind of, you know, working toward things but it's also, I don't know, the sport takes so much of you that sometimes, you know, it just feels like, you know, it's second nature. It's kind of a part of it. So, I mean, growing up in Athens, growing up around Dan McGill Complex was always a treat. That was back when NCAA's were kind of always hosted in Athens. So, I got to watch, you know, all the college greats. I grew up watching the Bryan brothers get, you know, sadly then they were kind of pegging some of our guys in doubles matches but, you know, it was really cool being able to sit court side, watch those guys and then, you know, be able to watch them on TV a little bit later. Really cool. Really cool experience growing up. Now, from a junior career, did your dad coach you your whole career or did he hire private coaches to sort of teach you technique? Because I know, you know, coaching at a program like UGA, it is very demanding and sometimes the children of the tennis coach lose out to the actual players and the people who are paying. So, did he coach you? How was that? You know, he coached me. I think he tried to coach me but at the same time, he also didn't want to put too much pressure on me to like, you know, really play tennis and go in. So, he kind of let it be my own thing. I started, I actually went to Athens Country Club, great little spot on the outside of Athens. Alan Miller was the main coach there. So, he helped me out a lot. He actually, he was on my dad's first, you know, assistant coaching team where they won a national title. I think he paired with Ola who now obviously has been with USGA for a while. I think they played doubles and I think they won a doubles title as well. So, I think Alan was a part of the first team championship and then he was also, you know, he won a doubles title there too. I think he might have won two. So, I spent a lot of time around him which was also, it was really cool. You know, it was a guy who was a part of the Georgia tennis family. Athens is really tight -knit like that and so it's special to be a part of that family both, I guess, through blood and through, you know, the alumni. It's cool. Now, let me ask you, did you ever consider going anywhere else, right? I mean, successful junior career, one of the top players in the nation, tons of options. You know, it could be like, you know, there's always sort of the, oh, his dad's going to give him a scholarship, right? You saw with Ben Shelton, you know, Brian Shelton. Obviously, he's going to look out for his kid. Did you ever aspire to like go to another top program or UCLA or Texas or Florida? I think growing up, you know, because I got to see all those teams play. You know, I remember in 1999, I looked up this guy who, he played number one for UCLA. I don't know, this guy showed up. I'm a little kid and he had half of his head was blue and the other half was gold and, you know, UCLA was firing it up. They were really good at the time. I remember that was my dad's first national title in 99. And, you know, ever since then, I really, you know, I looked up to the guys. Every now and then, I got to sneak on to a little travel trip and, you know, I got to see what it was like. But, I mean, for me, it was always Georgia. I thought Athens was a special place, you know, getting to see the crowds that they get there and being able to kind of just see the atmosphere of everybody caring about each other. You know, it was cool looking at other teams. You know, the Brian brothers had the cool Reebok shoes, you know, the UCLA guy with the different hair. But at the end of the day, it was always the dogs. It was always Georgia. So, I was really lucky when I got to be a part of that team and I got to kind of wear the G that, you know, through my junior years, I was always wearing it, you know, but I guess it was a little bit different when you're actually, you know, on the team and representing. I think it's a different feeling. Yeah. So, if you didn't go into tennis, what else would you be doing? Like, you know, I didn't, you know, I'm obviously coaching now, but I didn't go right into coaching. I went to work into pharmaceuticals like marketing, sales, you know, finance. It's always, I always find it interesting to say if I wasn't coaching, I got my degree, I would be doing this. Yeah. You know, if I was a little bit more prone, I think to just loving schoolwork and loving studying, you know, everybody's always told me that I would make a pretty good lawyer just because I'm a bit of a contrarian. I like to argue. I like to challenge everybody that's kind of around me. So, I'm always looking for a good argument. So, I'll go with that. Everybody's always told me, you know, maybe you should have been a lawyer. You argue a Hey, lot. well, I'm sure, I'm sure your tennis parents, right? The parents of the academy probably don't like that one, right? They like to be in control. They have the last say and be contrarian. A lot of the time they do. A lot of the time they do. Yeah. So, you're sort of like stepping out, right? Out of the shadow and you're now on the west coast out there in the with Irvine area tier one performance and quite honestly, making your own name. I know you've had opportunity to coach Alex Mickelson as well as, you know, Lerner, Tan who are both like doing real well, both like main draw this year at US Open. Tell me about the process of moving way west. Yeah. And starting your own thing. Well, you know, it kind of started with, you know, I took that leap and I moved away from home for, you know, the first time because obviously being born and raised and going to school at UGA. I took my first chance and I went to Boise State and I worked under Greg Patton for a year who I'd heard great things about and, you know, all were true. He's a great guy. I thought it was a fantastic experience. So, I did that for a year and then over the summer, the UGA swim coach's son that I kind of grew up with, he was in Newport and so I kind of came to visit and then, you know, all of a sudden the opportunity to be coaching out here, you know, came about and, you know, I did my due diligence a little bit. You know, I looked at the old tennis recruiting pages and, you know, I'm looking at all the talent over the last like 20 years and, you know, statistically, you look at the list and you're like, okay, you know, if I'm in this area and I give myself, you know, the right opportunities and I, you know, learn how to coach properly, you know, I feel like I've had some pretty good experience from some good mentors. You know, then I kind of thought, you know, okay, maybe I can kind of control my own destiny out here a little bit and, you know, over time, it's taken a lot but, you know, over time, I feel like I did get myself some pretty decent opportunities. So, when you first laid eyes on Mickelson, how old was he? He was 12. He was coming out to some point place. It was the first place I kind of rented courts. It was this old rundown beat up club but beautiful. There were some trees there. Nobody wanted it. The courts were kind of run down and everyone's like, oh no, nothing there and I was like, I'll take it. So, you know, it gave me space. It gave me courts. It gave me the ability to kind of try and market. I made things cheap so I could get a lot of kids out there and try and get a competitive environment going and luckily, you know, had a good bit of talent out there where, you know, the kids kind of attracted the kids and I was this young coach, 23, 24 and, you know, over time, you know, people started to kind of gain trust and realize, you know, this guy isn't that bad. So, you know, over time, it kind of, you know, worked in my favor and, you know, everything kind of worked out. I eventually switched clubs to a nicer one and, you know, you move up. You earn your stripes. Now, when you saw him, did you initially see, you know, like super talent because he won our ADK this summer and, you know, it was full of Steve Johnson, Su -Woo Kwong. It was Ethan Quinn. It was other names, right? Kanee Shakuri. And Alex, okay, you know, he got the USTA wildcard. He's a young kid. You know what I mean? Like, sort of under the radar and then he wins the whole tournament in finals Newport on the grass like a week later. So, did you see it right away? Was he like a typical kind of 12 -year -old throwing his racket, having tantrums? What was he like at 12? Alex has always turned on tantrums. But, you know, when he was 12, he was good. But, you know, I'll be honest, there were a handful of kids out there that, you know, Kyle Kang, who's had a lot of success. I saw him. Sebastian Goresney, who Alex won doubles with. There were a handful of others and, I mean, Alex, they were, he was good. If I thought that he would be this good, you know, at this point, I think I'd I don't think I saw that. But, you know, you definitely see that this kid's capable of playing at a pretty good level while he's young. And then, you know, as the years kind of go and then as you sort of see him and his personality kind of develop, you kind of recognize, you know, this, you know, this isn't too normal of a 16, 17, 18 -year -old kid. And then, you know, sure enough, eventually the results followed, which was pretty fun to watch. Yeah, I mean, I felt it was interesting because he was here with like his friend. Yeah. You know, not even like a coach, trainer, physio, nothing. Like him and his homeboy. Yeah. He didn't look like he played tennis. You know what I mean? So, yeah, it was like, it was interesting to show up without, you know, completing against guys who are here with like coaching that they're paying six -figure salaries and who are scouting, right? And for him to kind of move through the draw, honestly, I mean, you know, maybe he split sets once. Yeah. It was actually really interesting. He's an extremely competitive kid. And so, you know, throughout the last few years kind of as we've traveled to some events and as he's gone to some like by himself, you know, the whole understanding is, okay, how well do you really understand, you know, your day -to -day process? How well are you able to, you know, nowadays, you know, with challengers, everything you can stream, you can watch. So, you know, both myself and, you know, Jay, the other coach that's here and helping him out, you know, we watch, we communicate. But, you know, at the end of the day, you know, it was one of those big decisions, okay, are you going to go to college or are you going to go pro? And he's kind of weighing those two things. And it's, you know, if you really think you want to be a pro, show me. And so it's one of those things, luckily, when he's young, you know, you have the, you know, it's kind of freedom. If he loses some matches, okay, you're young. If, you know, you win some matches, okay, great. You're young. So it's one of those things where, you know, we really kind of wanted to see, you know, what he's able to do sort of on his own. How well can he manage emotionally? How well can he, you know, create some game plans and stick to his day -to -day routines? And he, I would say he passed. And did he officially turn pro? He officially turned pro, yeah. Yeah. So I know UGA was going to be where he was going. I know he was undecided this summer, but UGA was going to, was there a little bit of an inside man kind of happening here, right? You know, I mean, you know, I think that, you know, I'll definitely say, I think he had some exposure to hearing about, you know, some Georgia greatness. I think that for sure. But, you know, I'll say it was his decision. Ultimately, I tried to not put too much pressure or expectation on where he was going to go. You know, I think Georgia has a lot to offer. So I think, you gone that route, I think it would be, you know, I don't think we can really fail if, you know, you're going and you're trying to be a tennis player and that's a place you choose. I think it's a pretty good place. Now tell us about Lerner Tan. I'll admit as a player that I hadn't had the opportunity to watch too much. I had not watched him in the challenges at all. But was he also sort of in the program at a young age or did he just sort of come later on? My partner actually, you know, kind of helped him when he was young because Levitt Jay used to be incorporated at Carson, which was kind of where Lerner kind of had his, you know, beginnings. He was a little bit more, I guess I'll say, you know, his talent was Federation spotted, I guess you could say as to where Alex was kind of, you know, the guy on the outside a little figuring his own way. Lerner was kind of the guy that everybody kind of thought was, you know, the guy. Right. And so, you know, it's been fun kind of watching him, you know, see his transition, you know, from juniors to now, you know, kind of becoming, you know, the top of juniors, you know, winning Kalamazoo the last two years and his transition. It's been fun to see. So, you know, I've seen a lot of him out of the last, you know, two and a half to three years. So it's been, it's definitely been a different transition. I feel like, you know, it's a little bit fire and ice there. You know, Alex is the fiery one screaming a good bit and Lerner is the silent killer. So it's, they're definitely different, which I think, you know, is pretty refreshing and it's kind of cool to see them both have success in their own accord. So tell us about Tier 1 then. So how many courts, obviously you grew up, I mean, like, you know, I started in the park years ago, right? In Chicago Park, right? And now I got 27 courts. But tell us about Tier 1 performance now. Where are you? How many courts do you now have? How many kids are you serving? Yeah, we're in Newport Beach right now, which is great. Weather's nice. We have, right now, we're running our program out of only five ports. It's not that big. You know, we take a lot of pride in just kind of being individually, you know, development based. I feel like if you're in our program, you're going to have, you know, a good bit of time from the coaches. You're probably going to have a chance to hit with some of the top guys. We try to be really selective with who we kind of have. Just because in Southern California, it's really difficult to, you know, get your hands on a ton of courts. There's so many people in tennis. There's only a few clubs now. You know, pickleball, even at our club right now, you know, pickleball is booming. You know, so many people are playing. It's keeping clubs alive, which, you know, I think is nice. But at the same time, I would love to see, you know, a lot of tennis courts and tennis opportunity. But, you know, it is what it is. Yeah, man, pickleball is definitely taking over. You see clubs getting rid of one court, two courts, and they think that it's not that big of an impact. But I mean, two courts really makes a difference in terms of being able to spread kids out, get them more time, get more balls and more balls at the time. But it's, you know, I think in tennis, if we want to fight them off, we've got to market better and we've got to grow, right? They're in this growth sort of stage and we're sort of stagnant, you know, so it's not like we're not leaving the club with a lot of choices other than to diversify, you know what I mean? Right. Yeah, yeah, yeah, for sure. So, let me ask you that. So, you've obviously had two kids that are going on. What do you tell that next parent, whose kid's 14, right, may get to see learner Alex come to the academy and number one, they want to homeschool, right, or ask you whether or not they should homeschool or B, you know, whether or not they should choose to go to college or, you know, turn pro. How are you advising parents? Because I get the question all the time. Should we homeschool, right? Should we do whatever? And I always, you know, the answer is always, it depends. Yeah. But what would be your answer in terms of homeschooling to train? Well, look, I definitely think that if your primary goal is to be a tennis player and I think, you know, if you're an athlete and that's kind of what you want to do, I think there's a lot of benefit in homeschooling just because, you know, it enables you to travel. You know, if I get to the ITF level, you know, I need to be able to travel. Those tournaments start on Monday and they go through Friday. So, you know, if I'm in a regular school, if I'm a high school kid, you know, that's a pretty difficult life for me to be able to justify or to, you know, be able to get my excused absences and stuff like that. You know, we're definitely big. You know, if you show me a 14 and under kid and I feel like I had pretty good experience in this just because I saw a lot of kids from the age of 12 to 14, you know, I got to see an entire kind of generation out of SoCal and a lot of them were pretty good. You know, the one thing I think, you know, when you're 12, 13, 14 years old, I think the primary thing kind of for level, obviously it matters how you're doing it, but I think the primary thing is the repetition. You know, I saw a ton of kids where they had a bunch of practices and I knew that that kid probably, you know, had 30%, 40 % more time than some of the other kids. And, you know, sure enough, that kid is more competent at keeping the ball in play. You know, they're able, you know, they've just seen and touched more balls. So, you know, they're going to make more balls. I think it's a balance. I think it really depends on the parents. I think it really depends on the kid. And I think it depends on the environment that they'll be in if they are going to be homeschooled. You know, I will say that, you know, we've had a handful of kids kind of switch from high school to homeschooled and they're in our program. But I feel like there's still strong social aspects in our program. You know, all the boys are tight. They compete a lot. They, you know, I feel like they get their social, you know, they go to lunch. And just kind of our standards are really high. I think this past year we had five kids that graduated that all went to IVs. So, you know, it's totally possible whether you're homeschooled or whether you're in school, I think, to, you know, kind of pursue academic excellence. I think, you know, just because you're doing one thing and not the other, I don't think that that necessarily, you know, takes that away from you. I think tennis can open a ton of doors. And I think I kind of, you know, we've kind of seen that in the last few years. I've seen a lot more tennis kids choosing IV ever since 2020, I feel. I feel like the IVs have been pretty hot, especially for some blue chip players, which I think, you know, if you look prior to 2020, I think the percentages took a pretty drastic jump, which is interesting to see. Yeah, you know, it's funny, you know, in some markets you see people playing for the scholarship and in some other markets you see them playing for entrance, right, into the Princeton, the Harvards. And one of the myths, like, I think if you think about basketball or football, right, the better basketball football players are obviously choosing the SEC, right, Pac -12, whatever that is. But in tennis, you know, I think that, you know, your academics and your tennis have to be, like, at the top scale to go, just because you're not like a bad tennis player if you go to Harvard, you know what I mean? Like, the kid that goes to Harvard or makes the team probably could have gone to PCU, right, or Florida or whatever, you know what I mean? And so it is interesting to see the number of people who say, yes, I've spent 30 grand on tennis for the past eight years and I'm still willing to pay for college, right, because I got into Princeton, Harvard, Yale, etc. But I think it's a big myth where, you know, the United States is so basketball focused, we see Harvard basketball as, like, okay, that's everyone that didn't get chosen by the Illinois, the Wisconsin, the Michigan. And it's not the same, you know what I mean? Yeah, it's different for sure. So when you think about, like, the Ivies, right, you see a lot of kids go to East Coast and you think about, you know, COVID obviously changed something with the home school, you know, sort of situation. People who never considered that it was possible were like, okay, well, we've been living at home for a year and a half and doing online studies, it's not that bad, you know, they're more focused with their time. Did you see more people from families who you thought would not have done it try it post COVID? Yeah, definitely. I think the really popular thing that a lot of people are doing now is kind of a hybrid schedule, which I actually really like a lot. At least in California, I don't know if the schooling system is different everywhere else. I know it was different where I was from. But a lot of these kids, you know, they'll go to school from 8 to 1130 or 8 to 12. And, you know, they have their three hours where, you know, I don't know how they stagger their classes and stuff like that. But I know that pretty much every kid at every school in SoCal is at least able to do this if they so choose. And so they're able to get released around 12 or something. And, you know, they're able to be at afternoon practice and get a full block in. You know, for me, that still enables you to get the hours you need on court and to be able to maintain some of that social. And, you know, if you become, you know, really, really good, I guess, okay, by junior year, maybe you could consider, okay, maybe I should take this a little bit more seriously, maybe I should go full time homeschool. Or, you know, a lot of these kids are in a place where it's, you know, I'm comfortable with my tennis, I like where it's at, I feel like it'll give me opportunity in college. My grades are great. And, you know, maybe that person's a little more academically inclined. And, you know, they want to have a career and they feel like tennis is that great stepping stone. Which I think is a really cool thing about our sport is it just opens a tremendous amount of doors. I feel like if you figure out how to develop and be a good tennis player and how to compete well in tennis, you can you can apply that to almost everything in life. Yeah. So you talk about opening doors, right? When Alex or Lerner were sort of deciding whether to walk through door number one, which is college, or door number two, which is which is obviously turning pro. Right. How did you advise them? You know what I mean? If I say, hey, you know what? Take a couple wildcards. If you went around or two, maybe you go to college. If you win a tournament, maybe you stay out there. If an agency locks you into a deal, right? Then, you know, they normally know what good looks like and they normally have like the ear of the Nike, the Adidas, right? Then you turn pro. What was your advice in terms of if and when, right? Yeah. For those who ask. Well, they were both in different places. I'm gonna start with Lerner cuz he's younger. He actually, you know, did a semester in college. You know, Lerner finished high school, I think, when he was sixteen, sixteen and a half. And so, obviously, your eligibility clock starts, you know, six months after you finish your high school. So, for him, it was, you know, he was so young, he didn't really have much pro experience at that time. You know, he did great things in juniors. You know, he won Kalamazoo. He got his wild card into the men's that year and then, you know, he played a little bit of pro kind of and then, you know, that that January, he went in and and did a semester at USC which I think was a good experience for him socially. He had some eligibility problems which, you know, only let him play about five, six matches toward the end of the year which was kind of disappointing and then, you know, he won Kalamazoo again and so, you know, that was the second trip there and then, you know, by then, he had a little bit more exposure with, you know, agencies and brands and kind of, you know, the stuff that you'd like to see that'll actually give you the financial security to kind of, you know, chase your dream and pass up, you know, the the education, I guess, for the time being. So, you know, I felt like that was really the security was a big was a big thing for him. You know, prior to winning Kalamazoo for the second time, you know, he still had Junior Grand Slams to play. He wasn't playing men's events. So, for him being that age, you know, it was, well, you know, I'm I'm not in a massive rush so why not get a semester in and I think he had a great time. He really liked it. I mean, he he speaks pretty positively about the dual matches. He actually follows college tennis now a little bit more. You know, he will talk about some dual matches which I think is pretty cool and you know, I think it gave him some confidence getting to play for university, getting to represent, you know, seeing that university promotes you. I think there's a lot of benefits there and now, you know, he's got an alumni base. You know, people talk about all, you know, he's a USC Trojan and stuff like that. You know, you see it at all different tournaments. You know, guys are wearing a USC hat and, you know, hey, learner, da da da and you know, I think that that's pretty cool to be a part of, you know, a big family of people who are proud that, you know, they can say they played in the same place and then Alex. Alex was, you know, he was a little old for his grade and he was one that he committed and, you know, the whole time him and learner kind of, you know, talking and, you know, about going pro and da da da da. You know, obviously, it was their dream. You know, I just kept telling Alex, you know, I don't want to hear it. I don't want to hear it until, you know, it's a real problem and so, you know, he gets to 400 in the world and, you know, it's what you do. You get to 400. You know, it's good but at the end of the day, you know, you're not, your life's not changing because you're 400 in the world. You know, so he's 400 in the world and he's, you know, saying stuff to me and I'm like, I could not care less you're going to college and then it was, you know, this was probably in January, February, you know, he starts to kind of do a little bit better and I think at that point, I recognized that he was better than a lot of the guys kind of at the challenger level. You know, just from my perspective, I was seeing kind of what it was, what it was to be 300, what it was to be 200 and I think at that point, like February, March, I fully knew that he was good enough to be there and to be winning those matches but at the same time, you know, having financial security, having set, you know, all of those factors that kind of go into whether I'm going to pass up my education and go pro. You know, it's a big decision and so I remember we were putting it off. I just said, you know, nothing till US Open. I was like, we're not, we're not talking about college till US Open. I said, you know, when we get to US Open, you finish US Open, you have that exposure, you know, we see what happens in those two weeks and then, you know, then we'll kind of make a decision but until then, like, don't even think about it. Don't talk about it. Don't care. You're going to school and I think that mentality really helped him kind of just play free. He was, you know, I'm not playing to go pro. I'm trying to do my job in school, finish my high school. I'm going to tournaments, playing great, just trying to compete and, you know, lucky for him, you know, well, I guess it's not lucky at all. That kid worked his absolute tail off but, you know, he had that success in Chicago at your club and then, you know, he made that little Newport run and I think by then, that was his third or fourth former top 10 win and, you know, he won his challenger. He final the challenger. He'd semied another one. He had kind of shown and, you know, some people have gotten attention and they started believing in him and so then, you know, that's when that big decision kind of came but I feel like for him, he really established himself, improved himself amongst pros which I think is an interesting thing because a lot of the time when you see these juniors kind of go pro sub 18, a lot of the time, it's because they had tremendous junior success which then made them, you know, they had grand slam success and stuff like that but Alex didn't have any of that. You know, Alex was kind of the late bloomer that, you know, in the last year when he was already 18 and aged out of ITF, the kid really just took it to a new level and, you know, I think he really showed that he's kind of ready for what the tour has to offer.
A highlight from Dissecting Djokovics Reign, Cocos Title & the 2023 US Open With Craig OShannessy
"Welcome to the official tennis .com podcast featuring professional coach and community leader Kamau Murray. Welcome to the tennis .com podcast. I am your host Kamau Murray and we are here with one of our usual suspects. We always have to do our Masters 1000 Grand Slam wrap up with Mr. Data, Mr. Analytics, Mr. Guy in the bunker with his pen and pad, Craig O 'Shaughnessy. Craig, welcome to the show. Pleasure to be here. Pleasure to be here. I just got back from the US Open. I was there for two weeks. It felt like eight. It's the most draining slam of all. It was a good tournament, some great matches. It's tough, I think way tougher to be there for the duration than any other tournament that there is. 100%. You survive. And the matches, the tournament goes so late and the process to get to and from the site makes it just a haul, right? And it makes the day just long. At an hour and a half to the front and the back of your day, in addition to sitting there watching matches and this thing. Before we get to Coco Sabalenka, because that'll take up the whole show, right? You and I normally, we dibble and dabble on the girls and then we dive into the men's. I want to do the reverse. I want to dibble and dabble in the men's because I don't think anyone's surprised about what happened because if we start talking about Coco and Sabalenka now, it'll just be the whole hour. So when you look at a whole two weeks, right, and I was there for the first part of it, seeing the energy, talking to the players, touching, feeling them, seeing how them and themselves A, were enjoying the atmosphere, sometimes a little too much, B, managing the atmosphere or C, trying to just control their bubble within the atmosphere. And I think that process probably, those three sort of situations probably cost Francis a further run, right, kind of getting caught in the matrix, right, absorbing a lot of atmosphere. And then Ben, with the experience of his family, his dad, controlling the atmosphere, probably had a lot to do with his long run. But I think the match that I think had the biggest impact on the tournament was definitely Novak versus Jerry. Did you see the match? What did you think when Novak left the court, down sucess to love, goes to the bathroom and looks himself in the mirror, what happened? Yeah, when he left the court, you know, it was, he's down two sets to love, Jerry's controlling the back of the court with his backhand, his backhand was the best shot on the court in the first two sets. But to be honest, even then Novak goes in, he's still the favorite, still the favorite down two sets to love. He's done it before, you know, it's one of those things where can your opponent play three blinding good sets out of five? Maybe not, probably not, when Novak goes in, you know, you just kind of reset, look in the mirror. He did exactly the same thing against Tsitsipas at Roland Garros, came out and just mowed over him in the last three sets, mowed over Jerry in the last three sets. It was a carbon copy, it's like Novak looks in the mirror and goes, okay, we've got that out of the way. Whether it's a combination of Novak being a little tight, playing, you know, a fellow countryman, it's a combination of early rounds being a bit tight. It's a combination of the opponent just playing spectacular tennis, but you can see right from the start of that match, Novak wasn't, his A game did not turn up right at the beginning. He was pushing, he was prodding, he was spinning, you know, just watching him play a thousand matches, you look at him and say, well, he's not there yet. And even after two sets, he's not there. But you know, sometimes for players, when you get down, it can relax you. It's like, well, I can't fall any further down this hall, I'm two sets to love down. May as well relax, may as well chill out, may as well believe in myself, may as well hit the ball, and Novak's the master of that. So I'm not so, I'm not surprised by the final result. And I think overall, it really helped Novak to play such a quality match and have to overcome some adversity early on. So I agree with you, very pivotal match for the men's draw. Well, let me ask you this, because from a coach's standpoint, when I see, when I see that type of performance, my mind goes to, it wasn't ready to play, right? When I look at like Francis and Ben Shelton, it looked like Francis wasn't ready to play. When I'm sitting in a coach's box and my player goes down 3 -0 or 4 -1, and they're like, deer in the headlines, don't know what to do, it was like, what was not clear prior to the match? You've spent a lot of time with Novak, Novak's got one of the best teams out there, he's the most methodical and committed to his regimen. How does something like that happen to a player who's number one, Jerry is Serbian, right? So you knew who you were playing, right? How did you come out not ready to play? I mean, is there a chance that at this big of an event, at this point in the event that he just wasn't ready or wasn't clear on what to do or from being close and inside, what do you think? Yeah, I think if you look back to Novak's seven matches, I think he will have a slightly different explanation for how he started in all sevens. You get all your ducks in a row, you watch the video, you talk to the team, you get the game plan, but at the start, it was like Novak, in that match, he may walk out there and sometimes he feels the energy of the crowd and it excites him. Sometimes you feel the energy of the crowd and you may go away a little bit and then come back. But I thought that he was attempting to work his way into this match, to start off even to let his resume do the talking early, let the other guy go away, let the other guy spray balls and it didn't happen. It just didn't happen. So all of a sudden, the opponent's not missing a thing, the opponent's playing at a much higher level than Novak was and you're just not ready for that. He's not ready for that. You're going to play a match like that. In the course of a season where these guys are playing about 80 matches, you're going to have these subtleties with how the opponent's playing, how you're playing, are you really ready, are you working yourself into the match, are you coming out guns blazing? And it was just a bad combination of layers for Novak where Jerry threw the first punches, Novak's tasting blood, and it took him a couple of sets to recover, but there was never any doubt in my mind that he would still win that match. And I think that's the oddest thing. I think the odds makers, after being two sets, Novak was still the favorite and I was like, wow. That's probably the first time that I've seen that, I'm not a better, but the odds makers were still favoring Novak. So let me ask you this. Another pivotal match in the tournament, I think, was TFO Ben Shelton. Yeah, I was at that match. I think we all knew Ben Shelton could play. I thought it was very impressive, him beating Tommy Paul, right? One of the things, and I don't know the reason for this, is when he beat Tommy Paul, the crowd, obviously they had to choose, both Americans, Ben and Tommy, but when Ben beat Tommy, I was a little disappointed that the crowd was kind of quiet, right? But we don't have to hop on that, but I do want to point it out that the crowd was eerily quiet after the win of that. But with him and Francis, one of the things that concerned me about Francis was in that New York environment, with all the celebrities, with all the kind of like, and I mean, first of all, we got to keep it going. More non -tennis people, more non -tennis athletes, musicians, entertainers, artists showed up to the US Open this year than I can ever remember. And we need to do that for the sport to grow. But you still got a tournament to play, right? And this generation who loves that, loves the attention, will have to learn to balance how much is too much, how much gets me off kilter, and how much gets me off track. And I thought that the day before the Ben match, you saw Francis with Bieber. I thought that that was a little too much and perhaps maybe took for granted that Ben would shit his pants, and he didn't, right? You know what I mean? Because when you get to that point in the tournament, when you are the veteran, you kind of expect the young guy to give you a couple, like, ah, if I just play solid, he'll know who he is, and the shock factor will cause him to make a few unforced errors or some bad decisions, and it didn't happen. And to me, that goes in the book of, Francis didn't look ready to play, and I think he'll learn from this experience on managing the energy, managing his energy, for that late in the tournament. But I mean, Ben brought it. What was your take on Ben now when you look at the stats, when you look at the 149 mile an hour serve, what is your take on him now having seen him play six matches? Well, the Tommy Paul match was really good. I liked how he managed the ability to say, okay, this is a ball to pull the trigger on. I spoke with his dad at the start of the tournament, and I mentioned possibly our discussion that we've had in other ones is that I think Ben's maturity is going to come from figuring out when there's one more ball that needs to be hit. There's just one more ball. And I think maybe I talked to you about it last time, but it goes back to me to the 2000 Australian Open final. Agassi beats Kefalnikov in four sets. Agassi's one in the world, Kefalnikov's two. Agassi goes to the post -match interview. Bruce McAvaney is interviewing there, and they're watching some film, and Agassi's just going, you know, Kefalnikov moves well, he lights the ball up, the surface helps him, and he throws this line in there, he goes in the middle, he goes, and he's only looking to pull the trigger one time in the point. So he's a really tough opponent. And that just has always stuck with me. And that's what I said to Ben's dad is that Ben needs to just go, I could pull the trigger on this ball, but it's not quite the right one yet. I could pull the trigger on the next ball. Literally, you could pull the trigger on every ball he hits. But growth, his his maturity, his tennis development and tennis IQ is getting better because you're hitting a ball that makes the opponent uncomfortable, you're hitting a ball that can extract an error, and you don't always have to hit the winner. So Ben's development is going to be predicated on one more ball in the court and making a better decision on when to pull the trigger. And I thought he did a great job in the Tommy Paul match and a great job in the Francis Tiafone match of not pulling too early. And then he went and played Novak and just everything went to hell in a hand basket. And it didn't. But that was, you know, I was for the Tiafone match getting back to that. You know, I'm watching at the start and the first kind of 10 minutes, it looked kind of even, you know, good decisions, both sides, good points, both sides. Francis was so quick coming to the net. He does such a great job of, you know, hitting a ball and he's already leaning on it, you know, with his short little backswing on the backhand. And all of a sudden he's almost leaning over the net, spiking these volleys. I'm like, oh, my God, this guy has figured out, you know, the only person I saw that really blew me out of the water with that was McEnroe, John McEnroe. He looked like he went through a time warp, whereas it takes, you know, all of us 1 .5 seconds to move from the baseline inside into the service box. But he goes through this time warp that looks like 0 .2 of a second. He's like, how does he get in there that quickly? Francis showed me that early on. But then the focus, the concentration, the locked in, the decision making started to erode at around the 10 to 15 minute mark, and he never recovered from that. Yeah. So you get Ben has Novak in the semifinals. And I think that Novak, I mean, just has this ability to you know, it's what I was it's kind of what Coco did. I call it cumulative pressure. And it is. I'm going to run the ball down, I'm going to make you hit an extra ball, I'm going to make you play one more ball every point on your serve so that later you feel it. You may not feel it now, but later you feel it. And that was an example of what I call cumulative pressure that kind of got to Ben. Yeah. What was your take on what Novak did to Ben or vice versa, what Ben did not do that match that he did the previous matches? Yeah, good point. That was that was a really fun match to be at the energy, the atmosphere, you know, the old guard, the new guard. You're exactly right. There was, you know, on that court in twenty eighteen, I worked with Novak to defeat Del Potro. And a lot of the commentators, when you go back and go through that match, they're like, Del Potro is dropping 135, 138 and Novak's putting it back in his shoes. And the commentators are like, how in the world is he doing this? Well, there's only one way that you do that is that you study Del Potro's patterns and you know what to say. When Del Potro needs a point in the juice court, he's going to and when he doesn't need a point, he's going to go, why? Novak's sitting there on it. And I felt the same thing is that Ben's dropping heat on especially on first serves. And Novak is putting so many balls back in play that you're exactly right, that it just kept accumulating and accumulating. The other thing that really stood out to me. That I don't know why is that Ben sliced so many returns, just this slow, just not even like a Federer kind of knifing, dark slice, it's this blocking slow slice that's not as good as Wawrinka's. It's not within a meter of the baseline. It's there was once he's just too defensive. So he's putting no pressure, no pressure on Novak because because he overdid the slice. Now, all of a sudden, he's got to deal with so many serves coming back and then the decision making. Then he starts, you know, the fingers kind of on the trigger, then he starts pulling it too much. And then, you know, Novak knows why this kid is potentially a real problem for me. But I've already figured him out about 15 minutes in. He's not doing anything against my serve. I'm doing everything against his serve and putting times back. I'm just going to press cruise control and take a nap for the next 30 kilometers. Yeah. And I think that was probably the one mistake and probably a tactic that was misinterpreted was, hey, if on his serve, put pressure on because you get racket on every ball, not to bunt every ball. Right. Because Novak is the is the history, the best returner in history, but he's not the best server in history. And he I don't want to call it vulnerable, but you will have an opportunity or two against Novak on his serve in a five set match. And I thought, Ben, with as great of a service he had, with as big of a service he has, he didn't take enough risks on the return gains and he didn't play. Correct. And when I say aggressive, I don't mean like crazy out of this world, we're winners, but controlled aggression. There was no reason Novak serving a buck 21, a buck 22 for you to block the serve back. You can have plenty of time to take a full swing and at least send a message for the rest of his career that your serve doesn't bother me. Right. Part of being a young guy is how do I apply cumulative pressure that may not work this match, but in three or four matches from now in the next semi? Right. Because you still got to go through Novak that shows them I'm not bothered by your serve and you better be you will be bothered by my serve. Right. And I think that was sort of a missed opportunity for Ben to take some cuts at Novak serve. And I think that set the tone for the match that allowed Novak to kind of steam roll.
A highlight from The Mike and Mark Davis Daily Chat - 09/11/23
"There stars are in the southern sky and if ever you decide... If my research is correct, this was what the Madison Square Garden crowd heard to begin the show that Mike was in attendance for when he was in New York. I'm just watching guys play tennis, but this is what Mike did. I bet it was awesome. Mike and I were in New York City at the same time doing very different things. Wait a minute. Don't say Mike and I were in New York City. You created quite the drama by your refusal to spend even a second of time with me when you and your beautiful bride were celebrating your anniversary. Well, excuse me for not peeling away for schmooze time on an anniversary event. It took Peg Hudson to set Joe and me straight. Let me give you the backstory. Yes, there's always backstory. Your research is spot on. That was what they opened with. They all lined up across the front of the stage, including the great Vince Gill. Oh my God. That show was unbelievable. I mean, when's the last time you've gone to a concert and for two hours you hear the band just do hit after hit after hit after hit? Who can do that? It's not a long list. The Eagles can do it. And they did it. Opened up by Steely Dan. And in fairness, there's an example, three quarters of the songs, I don't remember it. I never heard of, but there's a couple of hits there for some of the great Steely Dan. And then of course, the Eagles with what was an incredible night at Madison Square Garden. But anyway, you're here, you're in town. I'm in town with Joey and Peg. We're seeing the Eagles and we saw a couple Broadway shows and I figured when Mark and Lisa go do stuff, it's Mark and Lisa time. And I should have known that. So I delicately said, hey, you want to get together for lunch or dinner while you're here? I mean, we don't see each other in person very much. And of course, as predictable as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west, oh, we're slammed. Thank you. We're very busy. We're very busy. We're slammed. We're a little maxed out here. We're maxed out. And so Joey and I got all up in arms about it Saturday night. My man, my man, buddy card is being revoked. We went to dinner at a place called Centurion, New York, and I had a table set for you and Lisa. I mean, we were in a private room on the 55th floor of one Wondervelt. I'm not kidding you. It was unbelievable. It's this brand new dining experience. And we had a room with a table of six with three of us. And I kept saying, gosh, what, how perfect that would have been for Mark and Lisa to have joined us. And Joey and I started bellyaching about your rudeness. And then Peg says, it took a woman to point out, are you guys high? Right. Well, she says, do you think they want to spend their anniversary weekend with you talking shop? And I said, well, first of all, we're more than just shop. It's not just work. We're friends. Exactly. There's all kinds of commonalities and tastes and the culture in our lives. And we're intertwined, of course, it would have been lovely. But it wasn't because you didn't give us the time of day. I know my priorities. Well, you're right. Okay. I mean, good for you. And I hope you had a lovely weekend. So what exactly should I have given up? Should I have, well, here's a weird story because we thought that one night was going to be at the Arthur Ashe Stadium for tennis purposes. And the other one was going to be at Elio's in the Upper East Side, the restaurant where I proposed to her in March of 2002. So which of those should I have cashed in, you know, go hang out with y 'all as much as wonderful as that would have been. I mean, is the proposal restaurant all that significant? Come on. Yes, it is. But here's what's weird. Here's the weird thing that happened on tennis day. Do you know how weird tennis is trying to attend it? If you want to go to the Cowboys and the Eagles on December 10th, you can get a ticket right now for the Cowboys and the Eagles on December 10th. But if you want to go see Novak Djokovic, which is what my bride wanted to do, because from 10, 15 years ago, we're watching Nadal and Federer, and she just loves these guys. And we have loved watching tennis together on the TV box. And I said, for this anniversary, I'm taking you to the U .S. Open. It's like, great, we'll go see Djokovic or other great players, Daniel Medvedev, the young Carlos Alcaraz, who may be the next Nadal. But if you want to see Djokovic, you can't. He's not guaranteed to play on a particular day at a particular time. You can nail down the day. We did not know until hours ahead of time that Djokovic and Ben Shelton, the American, would be the early match. And silly me, I thought, there's no way. He's got to be the late match. So I bought tickets to the late match at no small expense. But then all of a sudden it's like, ding, ding, ding. Nope. That is Medvedev. He'll be playing Alcaraz at night and beat him, of course, because it was Djokovic and Medvedev. And Djokovic won in the final that we watched last night. It was great. So here's what I had to do. I've never done this before. I'm a big fan of the secondary market. So I had these tickets on Ticketmaster. In the old days. You tell me you sold tickets because I was desperately trying to get tickets to go. I'm going to kill you. What? No. I wanted to go so bad. To the open? I wanted to go to the open so badly I could taste it. And I went on the secondary market. You know, God's been good to me and I have a pretty good living. I ain't spending $14 ,000 a ticket. Okay. You want to talk real dollars? I'm going to do this. I am going to do this for my bride. She doesn't do mink coats or huge jewelry. You know, she's just one of the million reasons I love her. We were in unbelievable seats for the night, for the night one in the hundred level, the loge level. And they were $1 apiece. ,700 $1 ,700 apiece. So $3 ,400 to put my wife and me in these magnificent seats. Then we learned, guess what? Djokovic ain't playing at night. He's playing in the daytime. So now I got to go get seats to that. But here's the thing, since the world expected Djokovic to be at night, that's why those seats were $1 ,700. The moment it was announced, I flip immediately to the day session, got the exact same seats on the other side of Arthur Ashe Stadium for $600 apiece. Boom. Then I sold, with my phone still in my hand, sold the ones that I had bought. Obviously, their price went down a little bit. So I didn't make it all back. But I essentially paid for the other ones with the sale of the first ones. It is a crazy modern world, man. It is a crazy modern world. And heaven forbid you would have said to your talk show buddy, you want a couple tickets to the open because I would have bought them from you direct. I wouldn't even know. Funny, I don't know how to transfer them to another actual human being. Well, there's a way. There's got to be a way. All right. I think there's enough about that. Here's my proclamation. If I come to Dallas for a weekend, I'll make time to see you and Lisa, okay? And I will find a restaurant with a private room and a seat for anybody you want to bring. All right. We'll replicate it, Texas. Let me share with you the sights and sounds of what I experienced this morning walking into work here at 111 Broadway in lower Manhattan. All the police activity as the commemoration, the bell is ringing, observing the moment the flight hit the North Tower. Twenty -two years, Mark. The moment you know well. Boy. You were in the Empire State. Sure was. And we're going to relive that today on the show as we always do. We're also going to play that beautiful faith -filled tribute called Silent Night that our friends at KRLA in Los Angeles made many years ago where God, you just don't believe it, but he has a plan and he is always, always with us, even in our darkest hours. So, you know, Axios had an interesting piece this morning about how young men and women enlisting today and joining the military. They don't have that sense of understanding or recognition of 9 -11. So many people became members of the military because of 9 -11. It was such a movement in this country and it was beautiful and it continues to be. And they're in their mid -forties now. Correct. You know, ish. And you think about, I mean, there are people of legal adulthood, 21 years old now, who were not alive for 9 -11. Absolutely. For them, it's not like it's Pearl Harbor or anything, but it's just something that happened before I was born. I got to wrap my head around that. It's interesting that I heard, that's a second time today, though, I've heard somebody say, well, it's not like Pearl Harbor. I really feel it is. Just to me, it's, maybe it's because of our age and, you know, we run around. Here's the crazy thing. You and I were both born less than 20 years afterward. Correct. After Pearl Harbor. So it was just something that had recently happened. That's right. Had a certain stigma and, you know. So I think about the people who joined the military on behalf of those who died on 9 -11 and fighting for our freedoms, fighting against tyranny. And Mark, I am stunned at the rapid way tyranny has come to our own governance. I read an article the other day in the New York Times. It's an opinion piece, to be fair. Trump indict Trump's indictments, the key players in the 2020 election effort. And Mark, they did one of these and I read it online, one of these comprehensive articles about how everybody who questioned in any way, shape or form the outcome of the 2020 election is a co -conspirator in the election denialism that is traitorous, that is traitorous, that's treason. Now, attack on democracy. Right now, never mind all the Democrats, including Hillary on down, who lined up in question the outcome of 2016. I guess that doesn't count. I'm sure the New York Times didn't do, you know, an extensive piece on this, but they've got everybody ensnared in this, Mark. Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley. We saw Lindsey Graham almost got indicted in Fulton County. And all they were doing was saying, what happened here? And exactly daring to inquire. And that has become a tactic of the left. And I think COVID, tell me if you agree with me, COVID broke the door open on this. If you dared question the vaccine or if you dared question the lockdowns, you were shut down. You lost your social media status. Some people lost their jobs. Look at the, look at all the airline pilots we lost because they wouldn't get vaccinated. And that kind of opened the door. And now it comes to the, to election integrity and the New York Times and people who think like them want to weaponize our free speech right to question anything. And criminalize it. And so your metaphor is apt. It absolutely is. And I hope it goes a similar way that the COVID extremism did. And that is that the pendulum swings. And now we have relative rationality, even though I did see in New York City, people walking around by themselves in Washington Square Park, wearing a mask outside. But not many, right? Not very many at all. Listen, I almost wanted a mask to keep away from the weed smell. I asked a New York City cop, what's with the weed? And he told me, he said, look, it's legal. You can't have enough where you're trying to sell it. You can't give it to kids, blah, blah, blah. But it's pretty, and I said, has it been a problem? He said, not really. He said, I don't like it either, but it's people doing, so, but not to divert. So your metaphor is apt. I hope that the pendulum swings, as it did with COVID, and I hope it does it maybe even quicker because the, because the Fauci's and the various other people who hit us with this have been proven so terribly, terribly wrong and corrupt so relatively quickly. I hope that can happen on weaponization of election. Well, Mark, there's reason to be optimistic. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's ruling, huge win for free speech where this appeals court upheld the prohibiting government officials from communicating with social media companies. There was a preliminary junction. The defendants include Joe Biden, the U .S. Surgeon General, the Health and Human Services Secretary, and the courts are agreeing that it is absolutely unlawful for government officials to try to censor speech on social media. Of course it is. Well, it took a long time. Sure. Well, listen, justice delayed is justice denied. But that's the pendulum swinging. And I hope you, speaking of New York, I hope you saw the New York -based shrews over on The View Friday, Anna Navarro and the rest of them now complaining about the illegals in New York City saying they need to be resettled elsewhere. Anna Navarro and the rest of them on The View want to kick illegals out of New York. How unwelcoming. Oh, how well, how unchristian -like of them. But listen, I heard somebody say this somewhere else and it's true. People like Greg Abbott and others have called Eric Adams bluff. Yep. We've called their bluff. We've said, all right, you want to be a sanctuary city? Here's what it looks like. This is it. Welcome to Texas. Every day, the amount. Welcome to El Paso. And, you know, so golly, I hope the pendulum is swing. Great to have you back. It is wonderful to be back. Great to kick off a big, big week. I'll be in Philly tonight for a big event with Dennis Prager and Pastor Robert Jeffers. Faith and Freedom Coalition event. And then back here on in New York Tuesday and then back to Florida. So, OK, this is crazy. Mr. Acela corridor. You're in Philadelphia for an event tonight. I'm on the 115 Acela. I love that train. In the morning? 115 this afternoon. To get there. But where are you doing the show tomorrow morning? From Philly, from AM 990. And then taking the Acela back. And I have to admit, I'm not a big train travel fan. Yep. I like that Acela. Yep. Pretty cool. And, you know, I think I've got to be in first class just so I can, as an observer, experience what that first class experience must be like. If you're going to do it, do it. You might as well go up front, you know, and or actually in the back. Sometimes the first class on the Acela is on the way in the back. But I still like walking over to the cafe car and getting a hot dog. Kicking it old school. Absolutely. Yeah. Love it. Love it. Big week. All right. Happy Monday, my friend. Happy Monday. Mike Gallagher there for you on this very. I'm just. Think identity theft won't happen to you? Think again. There's a new victim every three seconds in the U .S., over 15 million this year alone. And many don't even know their victims. LifeLock alerts you to identity threats you could miss, even when you monitor your credit. If your identity is stolen, your dedicated U .S. based restoration specialist will work to fix it. No one can prevent all identity theft, but everyone can save up to 25 percent their first year at lifelock dot com slash Salem. Identity theft protection starts here.
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"shelton" Discussed on Spider-Dan And The Secret Bores
"It's just brutal and it's so clearly abuse and that It captures that really well that abuse that you can sort of sweep away Because no one was hit. Yeah, and no voices were raised. Yeah, and so she doesn't deserve the catharsis of Saying goodbye to ladybird She has to sit in the things that she's done much like ladybird is having to sit in things that her mother has done to her and that's Just great like not great as in like it makes me happy, but it's true. It's real. I have not had I mean I I love my mother so much more than anything. I would do anything for her But the way she parented me is very different to how I want to parent. I've done a whole podcast on it with jess Go listen to it. It's a wonderful podcast. Thank you very much the link will be in the show notes I'm going to talk about more but that's quicker But just be nice to me because it's a very very personal episode and and for me what you know watching this I Feel like ladybird. I you know, I feel like there were times when I was not getting what I needed From my parents and they weren't able to take themselves out of their own selfishness to Be there for me I'm seeing that on screen And seeing it feel real and not overly dramatic when ladybirds crying and begging her mum. That is real That is real. It's not ladybird being in her drama class her theater group And it's you know, so I feel it's like going to make me sound like a terrible person I find it upsetting when her mum's crying in the car, but I also feel like good Because you need to know the consequences for your actions You have put yourself in this position You've dropped your daughter off at the airport and you've not even got out in the car. You've not wished that she's safe You may have written her all these letters And you might be worried that she's saved that she would never have seen So you have to assume from her point of view She's not written anything. She said nothing she's Just sending her daughter off to college with a cold shoulder. Yeah And I just think you don't deserve forgiveness I mean, I I I I don't think that's the right word But you know, I I'm satisfied that she has to be in the car and cry and doesn't get to have that Goodbye with ladybird because we very rarely See realistic consequences for actions for parents as well and I think the fact that she's so present in this film the fact that she's so present in ladybirds life and she is she doesn't Get forgiveness. I mean she does from ladybird sort of like she starts to come around She starts once and she leaves a message for her parents, but mostly for her mom And I think that is true. I think loads of us have unresolved issues with our parents We go off and we become different people And then we come back She leaves. Yeah, she left a message. That's great. She left she's gone And I think her mom knew that all along if she got out she'd be gone And I think there's a there's such a large tug of war happening here and nobody is really talking about it Why is she so so angry but ladybird's going to college in new york? She wants it to be about the money. She wants it to be about her martyrdom how much she's sacrificed for ladybird? and She's made those choices nobody else made those choices for her and She's angry because ladybird is going to have her own life and and she and ladybird knows that And that's why she's so angry. So I I mean at the end I thought it was nice that they gave us this moment But the reality is she's gone. She's floating the coop. She's not ladybird anymore. She's christine. Yeah, and I love that It's so obvious when you watch it at the end when she says she's christine i'm not late, but it's so obvious but still works It's still really lovely and you see her reclaiming herself by having that space away from her mother She's getting to reclaim who she is. Yeah Speaking about consequences for parents alison has to go shortly To pick up her own child So I I don't want to as much as i'm enjoying this conversation as much as i'd like to carry on We do have to come to an end um, is there anything else you quickly would like to say about the film or Convince people why they should see it. Allison. Um, i'm just looking at my notes real quick So I just scribbled things down that really struck me and I just this is a really funny You can always you could always send them to me like ladybirds. No, this is a funny one Oh, yeah, just crump. I gotta crumple them up first. Um, I just some of the things Dave matthew's band. I don't know if that's a british if that translates at all, but the song crash It's another moment it shows up twice in the Film and it obviously means a lot to ladybird. She and julie like cry over it in the car And then it comes back on when she's at prom and there are like the stupid song and she says I like this song And it is like her declaration. Okay. Dave matthew's band is shit on a lot here So that was just a hilarious and i've literally had that exact conversation with somebody So that was such a funny like I like this song god damn it and this movie is so good at that stuff I could just read all the little lines like it's just it rings so true and but it's so watchable and fun and I just I love it and I and thank you for the excuse to watch it again and write down all the things I loved about it and Talk about it with the two of you because it's like this is this is the dream, right? You get to hang out with people that you like and talk about things that you love And and this movie is about trying to figure out how to get there in your own life Like that's the path that ladybird is traveling right? Like how do I find my people? And who am I? And I think that's something we all grapple with for our whole lives. Um, and i'm just grateful that i'm here now with you Me too i'm very grateful we could make the time to do this perfect end Well, I was gonna I was gonna ask ria have you got anything yes, please ask ria no, I think I think you've Done it. Allison. It's not nailed it nailed it successfully defended Uh, I mean, I mean again it it all is like 100 it's like 99 on rotten tomatoes until until some prick came along That's right some troll He literally he literally left a bad review to kill the the because it was the most successful film on rotten tomatoes Not that I give rotten tomatoes that much credence in regards to like crit critiquing films, but that's still impressive regardless Um, so yeah, he's and uh, i've read some of the barbie reviews today and they're just as fucking disgusting I'll be honest some of them. I have fucking vile. I'll be honest. Really. I thought you were being sarcastic No, no, they're disgusting Obviously the worst the worst people are reviewing it and they're leaving really disgusting vile reviews It's very upsetting how much people use these spaces to just bully intimidate and and discourage people from telling their stories And they go make your own movie then yeah, if you're so certain that this is trash don't watch it I mean This is that you can get me a very long rant about this because I have an mfa from a very prestigious film school and We were not having conversations about who is your audience And I spent years and so much money showing my work to people who literally could not give a fuck about it And it was such a waste of time and it was demoralizing And I wish that there was a way for people who don't give a fuck about things to not review them I don't care what you think about barbie You don't like it I want people who are greta gerwig fans to tell me what they thought I actually don't need to know i'm going to love it, but I just feel like why do we continue to have spaces dominated by people who have no interest in? Digesting stories by people who don't look and act just like them Why It's garbage. That's my short version. There we go. Good. Good, but you made it short. I'm glad very glad Um, allison, where can people find you on the social media maybe where Where can they find your comic book as well? Oh reburn. Love it. Just had a call talking about it. So, um, Reburn comic.com also, you can just go to my website allison. Shelton, which is a-l-y-s-o-n Shelton.com all the things are on there I'm also on all the social medias but mostly instagram at by allison. Shelton and I do a weekly Poetry series where i'm from Inspired by georgia alliance poem where i'm from which both ria and spider dan have participated in and all of the femmon collective and tony and Paul and mike and like and blake. Okay. I think that's everyone and dave in the fall. Um, so It's just a really beautiful series and I love it and i'm so proud of it and number 100 is happening very soon. So yes So I think that's all the places. Thanks for having me. Dan. My pleasure ria again. You are part of the femmon collective That's right. That's all both of you. Well, ria's gonna talk about it. Don't worry about it. Don't worry She's here. She's your backup. She's gonna do it. Don't worry This is technically my job as the producer. Okay. I'm I actually whenever we do these questions I usually make allison do the little outro because i'm so terrible at it But come and find us at femmon collective on instagram and femmon Uh in all your podcast apps, we talk about anything really but our major shows cover cover Uh film literature tv anything within the media or with a female gaze we seek to elevate work by women female voices uh, we seek to Oh gosh, where am I going with this? Who knows i've got to wrap it up quickly um, we seek to be in intersectional and basically just create a safe space for People to come together and talk about things that they love but specifically around women and the work that women do so Come and join us and listen to our episodes. We're amazing You certainly are I couldn't I couldn't agree more really worthwhile some wonderful journeys to go on talk about pregnancy and um, You know lasagna pigeons, you name it all a good a good range of stuff activism Poetry filmmaking, you know, it's all there. It's all there. It's all great. Excellent content. I enjoy every single episode Um, you can find me at spider down on the secret balls.com Um, that's all of the stuff all of it's there all of the The things just there on the interwebs, you know, it's a big web of of stuff content all that good stuff Uh, i'm doing the short version of this as well Uh, so yes, and um, yeah, and I want to thank my patreons Uh all paying, uh for extra content from me and you're going to get some more very very soon Uh when I find the time, but thank you. Thank you. Allison. Thank you ria And thank you very much for introducing me to ladybird and I think it's a very good choice to have the Themon invasion be about ladybird. I think it's very fitting agreed. Thank you Yeah, all right.
"shelton" Discussed on Spider-Dan And The Secret Bores
"Uh Got three of those Uh, just just for americans blackpool's pretty legendary. Yeah, it was a holiday seaside resort. Yes I was gonna say isn't it? Maybe okay. Okay. I'm not i'm not greta gurwig I'm, not painting the best but i'm not painting the best picture of blackpool But like it was in he tim burton came and filmed. I think it's miss peregrine's weird kids or whatever it was called. Um Um, it wasn't called that but that's what it's about. I mean, it's basically that though, isn't it? Yeah I think they're called peculiar actually Okay Yeah, but I like them. I like them. I like them. They're good in a weird way weird good way Anyway, but yeah, I kind of there was a lot of times where i'd be like, oh i'm from san's like where the fuck's that? Blackpool, it's it's blackpool, you know, it's because just because it's quicker it's easier and it's it's shorter Conversation than trying to explain where the logistics of it is. Um Now there's a there's a trope in this film like a lot of these tropes. Um, I don't really like When it's used it's mostly in kind of rom-coms this particular trope, but I think this film Actually did it In the best possible way with a different kind of love and that's the running through the airport motif at the end I was absolutely Devastated at that moment because it was like, you know, it's not this like oh will they won't they shitty rom-com? It's a genuine Hey, are we not shit on rom-coms? I don't i'm not saying all rom-coms. I like rom-coms rom-coms make me cry I'm, just saying there are some particularly bad rom-coms out there you rear have reviewed a lot of them on the pop gorillas Uh, I know you enjoy the shit ones as well but for me like then a lot of them can fall flat and I think Using that idea But applying it to this again mother-daughter love relationship Was far more powerful than most of the times that trope has ever been used because she misses her Yeah, and that's even more devastating because she she had a chance and she still has her emotional catharsis because he's there the father to hold her but it's like She missed it, which is honestly how those airport scenes should go every single time You miss them. You waited too long. You're an idiot Like don't leave till the last minute, you know, like this should be the life lesson not definitely leave it to the last possible moment and then Like just run after them like no do not do that Say your piece and I was grateful that she didn't catch her because she was a real bitch. Yeah She gave her the silent treatment and I feel like and i'm using that word how I really feel because she she used the silent Treatment against lady bird and I think there's more and more conversations about how the silent treatment is abuse But that was not something that was talked about when I was younger and and I thought That the mom says, you know, well when I was your age She was getting the shit beat out of her. She doesn't use those words, but that's obviously what happened to her So she she feels like she's not doing that And so what she's doing doesn't hurt And I think in this scene we really see it's not only hurting ladybird. It's hurting her yeah, and And I loved that she didn't catch it would have pissed me off if she caught her. Well, that's the hollywood That's the hollywood version of that isn't there but they do. Yes, they do reconcile. They do have the hook and she goes You gotta work harder. Yeah, exactly that You know, like you gotta work harder. You just did some damage. Yes, you loved her, but you also put your Really damaged feelings ahead of hers and you're the grown-up And what what what is this doing to the dad as well? Like I know like what's it doing to him? He's already like he's on antidepressants and other stuff. He's having a hard time dad. Yes. Fuck me. Yeah She does it multiple times throughout the film and that's what I find so interesting when ladybirds talking to her about being ready to have sex And about she's found her dad's medication And the way her mom speaks to her and doesn't Tell her The truth or not all she she's so withholding the way she withhold withholds Information that would make their relationship better that would make ladybird's life better that would make her Understand more things about the world and her parents and relationships Which apparently is what her mom wants her mom talks about how selfish she is how she doesn't think about all of these things But then she doesn't provide her she doesn't provide ladybird the space or the respect To be able to talk about these things and you know, we see it again with the way She talks to someone she's trying on The dress and all of those sort of things That I love that they don't resolve it because it's true to the character Yeah, and it hurts it really hurts and ladybird's doing the thing where she's like i'm sorry i'm so selfish I mean that was I cried there like i'm so selfish Talk to me I anything and you can just see her just like Dissolving before you're like begging for her mom and her mom just won't give her an inch And and she does that twice in the film and both times but that last one.
"shelton" Discussed on Spider-Dan And The Secret Bores
"Lady Bird, Lady Bird, where's Lady Bird one pack of camel lights a scratcher and a playgirl Heidi. It's my birthday today Is that your given day? It's given to me by me. I think we're done with the learning portion of high school What you do is very baller. I was on top who the fuck is on top their first time Lady Bird now play I am from beyond Listen And all you desire will be yours Welcome to Spider-Dan and the Secret Ballz. Prepare for prattle It was a defensive exercise Welcome to prattle world. I am your host the ever-amazing ever-spectacular Spider-dan and in this podcast I spotlight Entertainments best kept secrets that a mainstream audience may find boring and welcome to secret defenders Where I test my guests to defend their favorite movies that are underrated infamous or obscure and for the first time ever we're having a femme on invasion all of the way we have two founding members of the femme on collective podcast Defending Lady Bird and Lady Bird is the word the bird bird bird, but is the word and we're gonna find out why? People should see it if they haven't and why you should get on board because we are recording this the day Greta Gerwig releases her magnum opus Barbie into the world. So for the first time we have Alison Shelton. Welcome. Thank you I'm excited to be here and talk about the wonders of Lady Bird. Absolutely We're gonna we're all gonna spread our wings and fly and soar. Let's go bird puns. Yes all the bird puns I mean, I I mean I was expecting I read I did no research So I was expecting a Cronenbergian, you know woman bird avian hybrid thing going on Who knows what you know, who knows what I was expecting, but we got something entirely different and we also have Everyone's hater of the Russian people and and dogs and dogs as well. Don't forget. She hates dogs as well Patriarchy Don't we all and what I find Interesting about the human maze is we often get more upset when dogs die than we do when actual human beings die So that was just something I was positing in our last podcast start I'm not I'm not I mean, I'm all I was all on board with what you were saying It just the way it was just the way it came out I think was just fuck them and these things was in the real fashion of the bluntest object you can find Yes, I would like to say also in this film you do get a hybrid Woman and a bird her campaign posters Yeah, I'm talking about the lady bird I think the lady bug she which I remember the first time I watched I was like I presumed It was about the lady bird bug, but it is not she that's that's head on Her body and then her bird's body in her head that fantastic. Yeah, and it scares nuns It terrifies them. They're very sensitive very sensitive Before we get too off-track Movies not about that. No, it's not about Those things we'll get into it. We get into it. Um, so Alison you suggested this film And again, it's very different from from what I usually do the kind of stuff that she usually I'm here for absolutely, I felt a certain responsibility to talk about a female director because that's what I am and I feel like we don't talk About him enough and this movie I loved an excuse to watch it again because you have a very complete list of films to choose from I was like Completely overwhelmed and I had to stop myself from texting you I can't believe you haven't watched this a hundred times that didn't seem like a Thing to do so I didn't do it But when I saw that you hadn't watched this I I am big fan of Greta Gerwig and have been since like back in the you Day this movie is a coming-of-age story Which I think most of us have space in our hearts for coming-of-age stories because we all came of age some of us better than others and or more completely than others and Sergio Ronan the whole cast is Pitch-perfect and I am a Californian where this film is set and I loved seeing a film about Sacramento which is a very underrepresented part of the state media wise so it was fun to see that I love everything about it pretty much, but it's it's a really like well done coming-of-age story Is what I would say about it. Yes, and many people would agree with you this This may be not be that infamous obscure underrated as a film But I hadn't seen it and you know, right I had I was not very well versed in it I don't I'll be honest I'm not one for kind of I know I know Mike and Megan Megan is very much like against the weird stuff the weird which Is quite like the extreme odd violent maybe for me? It's like Quirky odd indie movies. That's my weird that I'm kind of a little bit like I kind of like They've lost favor over the past couple of decades I think there was a lot more of them and they were like successful cinematically and But I think this is actually not too quirky. I don't think it's twee. It's not like Garden State I think it's grounded and I mean not the Garden State's not a lovely movie to everyone who went to college with Zach Braff like me but I Just think this movie is it's it I just it's it it's the word give it to me Rhea, you know It transcends it transcends the category. I think there we go. There we go. I well, yeah, absolutely I I think it's very it's it's it's exactly not the kind of quirky and oddball and Weird for the sake of being weird like exactly. I'm being cooky and we'll be that's range It's there's there's a nice kind of there's a middle ground because there are moments where where Lady Bird is Kind of overtly quirky and says things to be a certain way or represent herself in a certain way but also there's still like she's still a real person underneath that and You can still see who she is, you know, and the quirks are quite charming in a way when? We know what you know what her objective is through those quirks, I think But yeah, why don't you tell us Rhea? What do you think actually because we've not heard your thoughts on on Lady Bird. I Imagine they echo Allison's I'm just enjoying. I'm just enjoying the chat a lot I think what you're saying Dan is about she has quirks but I think that's very authentic to a 17 18 year old who Wants to Be a bit different who wants the world to see them a bit different who's trying to find their place in the world and for me That's why this film so enjoyable because I remember being the agent feeling like that and doing quirky things But also not really knowing who I was something like is this who I am. Is that who I am? I don't know. I'm just gonna do this thing and try it out and see what happens I mean a in teen drama stakes It's usually pretty devastating as we see, you know with her friendship groups with her love interests but in the This film does it realistically it's not you know, a John Tucker must die, which is a film I really enjoyed by the way, but you know, it's sort of like that revenge teen sort of comedy jokey thing This is a this is a comedy film, but it is very much grounded in that reality in those feelings I think not just teenage girls feel but all teenagers feel and that's why I think it's got such a broad audience And as you've both touched on the performances are just absolutely amazing This came out in 2017. I hadn't yet had a child and I was all like I totally identify With a lady bed. I remember being the age It's making me cringe about some things I did that age plus her mom is you know, I was like her mom is a completely complex character But I'm definitely more lady bird side now. I have a child and I am like, oh Yes, I hate I hate it when parents say that to you We are when you have a child you see things differently you will interpret things different and it turns out it happens I'm not saying you can't feel those things or understand those things when watching something if you don't have children because that is a bullshit argument, but it just hits slightly differently and I've been doing a lot of Self-reflection on how I was brought up on how I was parented and how I parent and so just lady ladybirds Mom, Laurie Metcalfe's character is just so interesting to me and I could just watch the two of them on screen Just all day long just doing as they are day to day things Because I I think we rarely get to see these complex mother-daughter relationships on screen Especially so well-written and so well-acted and it's just like it's fantastic I'm hanging on every single word that they're saying and so much there so often they're saying Nothing, but so much at the same time and it's just so true It really makes me reflect on the conversations. I've had with my mother in my life and what I'm sure conversations I'll be having with my child when when they're a bit more grown-up So I just this is a film just does literature for life about But you could revisit about your life. This is a film I think but it's one I constantly Revisit, I almost didn't rewatch it for this chat because I've seen it so many times as I could don't need it Oh the shame. I've got to watch Lady Bird. So See ya so turns out I love it shocking. What a shocker So, yeah, it's a it's I'll be honest. I again coming into this. Um, you know, I have an open mind I never I never kind of closed myself off to experiences. I you know, I Very open mind. I will literally watch anything, you know, but maybe a snuff movie and don't worry This is nowhere near my feelings are nowhere near like that. It's not like oh god. This is horrible to watch. I I really actually I am NOT I was not brought us up Catholic I didn't go to Catholic school has not brought up in Sacramento I'm not a young lady the the turn of the you know, early 2000s, but I was a young man in School and I had a lot of this brought up a lot of kind of memories for me Not just the kind of stuff that's been talked about but like I saw Grapes of Wrath around this time I saw that as a play version and I know the ending of Grapes of Wrath and I was Why they're crying in that so I liked having that but I knew them already I knew what they were going through instantly because I knew that story you know, I was in the tempest in about 2005 kind of after after during college and stuff and I got like an acting award and all this other stuff so them doing the kind of musical theater stuff was it brought up a few things as well and Proms and things that we we have in the UK. It's quite Quite familiar to me and you know, I was in school when they announced like 9-eleven which I talked about quite a bit And again the technology and the way we talked to each other and those those awkward moments You know and I could I could see myself in Lady Bird as well like there's a lot and you know, I can see maybe my sister's relationship with my mom or you know My relationship my dad or my relationship my mom a lot There was a lot to to grab and hold on to and and again, it really took me back like it really like just made me think of like like I saw I saw a memory today which kind of also took me back on my Facebook and it was like It was like proper emo Dan, which was like by text How could you which was somebody broke up with me via text? I was like Very emo at the time But again, it's you know, it's a big deal to me and it kind of again there was stuff I've not thought about in the way I felt and And this film kind of brought it brought it all up for me And again, like when I did the the poem for Allison and where I'm from I talked about my mother and all the kind of sacrifices she's made and how I'll never be able to repay her Make it, you know make a sizable chunk or difference or but you know, I appreciate every little thing She's done. Yeah, we've we've fallen out of that arguments at this agreement same with my dad But you know, there is that Undying kind of love throughout even though, you know, things are difficult and things Become you know problems and we're not always completely honest And again, it's a a case of trying to find the right way to communicate So yeah, I I had a really really interesting journey with this film And I'm so glad you and Allison kind of introduced me to it. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I Speaking of the Grapes of Wrath, I think the opening scene of this film just to sing its praises specifically It's an incredibly skillful. I think the whole script is very skillful and if you read anything about the film she wrote the script over a period of many years and it was much longer and then was condensed and and I read something where she talked about how when people think it's Autobiographical it feels like an insult to her because she's like I worked so hard on this Like please don't think I just cribbed from my life and I thought that was Interesting because you can still work very hard and write about yourself, but I thought that was an interesting Point of view but the opening scene there in the cart well, it opens with them in bed together the mom and the daughter and um just that that visual of them and also facing one another which you really can only do with someone you're so close and intimate with and um And then they're in the car Sharing the Grapes of Wrath and crying about it And then it quickly transitions into like their list of arguments, you know And it's about who she is who she wants to be in the world wanting to be where the artists and writers are Arguing about what jobs are what's a career class? I mean it covers so much territory that the movie is going to be about and you're not aware of it if you've never seen the film before how expository this actually is because it's so real and For me that scene is when I would study if I was teaching a film class Because it tells you what the whole film is about and then she is so angry She throws herself out of the car So, you know right away that lady bird which is a chosen name She wants to be called her birth name is christine and they're arguing about that as well and that lady bird Can be a bit dramatic And I think that that is sort of the squeeze of lemon that like that's why this isn't too twee because This film does deconstruct the whole idea of sort of these periods we go through And it does it so well she's different people depending on who she's with and who she's dating and and she She doesn't know who she is and I appreciated that so much because I think so many of us go through that like What is the difference between loving somebody and loving what they love because they've opened up your world to something new and Becoming what you think someone wants you to be so they'll love you And where is that line and how do you find it? And I think in a way that's that's what the movie is about for me really all these different relationships she's navigating and how do you find relationships that feed you and also Feed the the you you not the person you're constructing to be loved And so that's why I this movie speaks to me beyond the coming of age Because I think that's like how do you teach that? How do you live that because that is such a huge struggle I I have found in my own life We're nodding which isn't great.
A highlight from Lady Bird (2017) W/ Alyson Shelton & Ria Carrogan
"Lady Bird, Lady Bird, where's Lady Bird one pack of camel lights a scratcher and a playgirl Heidi. It's my birthday today Is that your given day? It's given to me by me. I think we're done with the learning portion of high school What you do is very baller. I was on top who the fuck is on top their first time Lady Bird now play I am from beyond Listen And all you desire will be yours Welcome to Spider -Dan and the Secret Ballz. Prepare for prattle It was a defensive exercise Welcome to prattle world. I am your host the ever -amazing ever -spectacular Spider -dan and in this podcast I spotlight Entertainments best kept secrets that a mainstream audience may find boring and welcome to secret defenders Where I test my guests to defend their favorite movies that are underrated infamous or obscure and for the first time ever we're having a femme on invasion all of the way we have two founding members of the femme on collective podcast Defending Lady Bird and Lady Bird is the word the bird bird bird, but is the word and we're gonna find out why? People should see it if they haven't and why you should get on board because we are recording this the day Greta Gerwig releases her magnum opus Barbie into the world. So for the first time we have Alison Shelton. Welcome. Thank you I'm excited to be here and talk about the wonders of Lady Bird. Absolutely We're gonna we're all gonna spread our wings and fly and soar. Let's go bird puns. Yes all the bird puns I mean, I I mean I was expecting I read I did no research So I was expecting a Cronenbergian, you know woman bird avian hybrid thing going on Who knows what you know, who knows what I was expecting, but we got something entirely different and we also have Everyone's hater of the Russian people and and dogs and dogs as well. Don't forget. She hates dogs as well Patriarchy Don't we all and what I find Interesting about the human maze is we often get more upset when dogs die than we do when actual human beings die So that was just something I was positing in our last podcast start I'm not I'm not I mean, I'm all I was all on board with what you were saying It just the way it was just the way it came out I think was just fuck them and these things was in the real fashion of the bluntest object you can find Yes, I would like to say also in this film you do get a hybrid Woman and a bird her campaign posters Yeah, I'm talking about the lady bird I think the lady bug she which I remember the first time I watched I was like I presumed It was about the lady bird bug, but it is not she that's that's head on Her body and then her bird's body in her head that fantastic. Yeah, and it scares nuns It terrifies them. They're very sensitive very sensitive Before we get too off -track Movies not about that. No, it's not about Those things we'll get into it. We get into it. Um, so Alison you suggested this film And again, it's very different from from what I usually do the kind of stuff that she usually I'm here for absolutely, I felt a certain responsibility to talk about a female director because that's what I am and I feel like we don't talk About him enough and this movie I loved an excuse to watch it again because you have a very complete list of films to choose from I was like Completely overwhelmed and I had to stop myself from texting you I can't believe you haven't watched this a hundred times that didn't seem like a Thing to do so I didn't do it But when I saw that you hadn't watched this I I am big fan of Greta Gerwig and have been since like back in the you Day this movie is a coming -of -age story Which I think most of us have space in our hearts for coming -of -age stories because we all came of age some of us better than others and or more completely than others and Sergio Ronan the whole cast is Pitch -perfect and I am a Californian where this film is set and I loved seeing a film about Sacramento which is a very underrepresented part of the state media wise so it was fun to see that I love everything about it pretty much, but it's it's a really like well done coming -of -age story Is what I would say about it. Yes, and many people would agree with you this This may be not be that infamous obscure underrated as a film But I hadn't seen it and you know, right I had I was not very well versed in it I don't I'll be honest I'm not one for kind of I know I know Mike and Megan Megan is very much like against the weird stuff the weird which Is quite like the extreme odd violent maybe for me? It's like Quirky odd indie movies. That's my weird that I'm kind of a little bit like I kind of like They've lost favor over the past couple of decades I think there was a lot more of them and they were like successful cinematically and But I think this is actually not too quirky. I don't think it's twee. It's not like Garden State I think it's grounded and I mean not the Garden State's not a lovely movie to everyone who went to college with Zach Braff like me but I Just think this movie is it's it I just it's it it's the word give it to me Rhea, you know It transcends it transcends the category. I think there we go. There we go. I well, yeah, absolutely I I think it's very it's it's it's exactly not the kind of quirky and oddball Weird and for the sake of being weird like exactly. I'm being cooky and we'll be that's range It's there's there's a nice kind of there's a middle ground because there are moments where where Lady Bird is Kind of overtly quirky and says things to be a certain way or represent herself in a certain way but also there's still like she's still a real person underneath that and You can still see who she is, you know, and the quirks are quite charming in a way when? We know what you know what her objective is through those quirks, I think But yeah, why don't you tell us Rhea? What do you think actually because we've not heard your thoughts on on Lady Bird. I Imagine they echo Allison's I'm just enjoying. I'm just enjoying the chat a lot I think what you're saying Dan is about she has quirks but I think that's very authentic to a 17 18 year old who Wants to Be a bit different who wants the world to see them a bit different who's trying to find their place in the world and for me That's why this film so enjoyable because I remember being the agent feeling like that and doing quirky things But also not really knowing who I was something like is this who I am. Is that who I am? I don't know. I'm just gonna do this thing and try it out and see what happens I mean a in teen drama stakes It's usually pretty devastating as we see, you know with her friendship groups with her love interests but in the This film does it realistically it's not you know, a John Tucker must die, which is a film I really enjoyed by the way, but you know, it's sort of like that revenge teen sort of comedy jokey thing This is a this is a comedy film, but it is very much grounded in that reality in those feelings I think not just teenage girls feel but all teenagers feel and that's why I think it's got such a broad audience And as you've both touched on the performances are just absolutely amazing This came out in 2017. I hadn't yet had a child and I was all like I totally identify With a lady bed. I remember being the age It's making me cringe about some things I did that age plus her mom is you know, I was like her mom is a completely complex character But I'm definitely more lady bird side now. I have a child and I am like, oh Yes, I hate I hate it when parents say that to you We are when you have a child you see things differently you will interpret things different and it turns out it happens I'm not saying you can't feel those things or understand those things when watching something if you don't have children because that is a bullshit argument, but it just hits slightly differently and I've been doing a lot of Self -reflection on how I was brought up on how I was parented and how I parent and so just lady ladybirds Mom, Laurie Metcalfe's character is just so interesting to me and I could just watch the two of them on screen Just all day long just doing as they are day to day things Because I I think we rarely get to see these complex mother -daughter relationships on screen Especially so well -written and so well -acted and it's just like it's fantastic I'm hanging on every single word that they're saying and so much there so often they're saying Nothing, but so much at the same time and it's just so true It really makes me reflect on the conversations. I've had with my mother in my life and what I'm sure conversations I'll be having with my child when when they're a bit more grown -up So I just this is a film just does literature for life about But you could revisit about your life. This is a film I think but it's one I constantly Revisit, I almost didn't rewatch it for this chat because I've seen it so many times as I could don't need it Oh the shame. I've got to watch Lady Bird. So See ya so turns out I love it shocking. What a shocker So, yeah, it's a it's I'll be honest. I again coming into this. Um, you know, I have an open mind I never I never kind of closed myself off to experiences. I you know, I Very open mind. I will literally watch anything, you know, but maybe a snuff movie and don't worry This is nowhere near my feelings are nowhere near like that. It's not like oh god. This is horrible to watch. I I really actually I am NOT I was not brought us up Catholic I didn't go to Catholic school has not brought up in Sacramento I'm not a young lady the the turn of the you know, early 2000s, but I was a young man in School and I had a lot of this brought up a lot of kind of memories for me Not just the kind of stuff that's been talked about but like I saw Grapes of Wrath around this time I saw that as a play version and I know the ending of Grapes of Wrath and I was Why they're crying in that so I liked having that but I knew them already I knew what they were going through instantly because I knew that story you know, I was in the tempest in about 2005 kind of after after during college and stuff and I got like an acting award and all this other stuff so them doing the kind of musical theater stuff was it brought up a few things as well and Proms and things that we we have in the UK. It's quite Quite familiar to me and you know, I was in school when they announced like 9 -eleven which I talked about quite a bit And again the technology and the way we talked to each other and those those awkward moments You know and I could I could see myself in Lady Bird as well like there's a lot and you know, I can see maybe my sister's relationship with my mom or you know My relationship my dad or my relationship my mom a lot There was a lot to to grab and hold on to and and again, it really took me back like it really like just made me think of like like I saw I saw a memory today which kind of also took me back on my Facebook and it was like It was like proper emo Dan, which was like by text How could you which was somebody broke up with me via text? I was like Very emo at the time But again, it's you know, it's a big deal to me and it kind of again there was stuff I've not thought about in the way I felt and And this film kind of brought it brought it all up for me And again, like when I did the the poem for Allison and where I'm from I talked about my mother and all the kind of sacrifices she's made and how I'll never be able to repay her Make it, you know make a sizable chunk or difference or but you know, I appreciate every little thing She's done. Yeah, we've we've fallen out of that arguments at this agreement same with my dad But you know, there is that Undying kind of love throughout even though, you know, things are difficult and things Become you know problems and we're not always completely honest And again, it's a a case of trying to find the right way to communicate So yeah, I I had a really really interesting journey with this film And I'm so glad you and Allison kind of introduced me to it. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I Speaking of the Grapes of Wrath, I think the opening scene of this film just to sing its praises specifically It's an incredibly skillful. I think the whole script is very skillful and if you read anything about the film she wrote the script over a period of many years and it was much longer and then was condensed and and I read something where she talked about how when people think it's Autobiographical it feels like an insult to her because she's like I worked so hard on this Like please don't think I just cribbed from my life and I thought that was Interesting because you can still work very hard and write about yourself, but I thought that was an interesting Point of view but the opening scene there in the cart well, it opens with them in bed together the mom and the daughter and um just that that visual of them and also facing one another which you really can only do with someone you're so close and intimate with and um And then they're in the car Sharing the Grapes of Wrath and crying about it And then it quickly transitions into like their list of arguments, you know And it's about who she is who she wants to be in the world wanting to be where the artists and writers are Arguing about what jobs are what's a career class? I mean it covers so much territory that the movie is going to be about and you're not aware of it if you've never seen the film before how expository this actually is because it's so real and For me that scene is when I would study if I was teaching a film class Because it tells you what the whole film is about and then she is so angry She throws herself out of the car So, you know right away that lady bird which is a chosen name She wants to be called her birth name is christine and they're arguing about that as well and that lady bird Can be a bit dramatic And I think that that is sort of the squeeze of lemon that like that's why this isn't too twee because This film does deconstruct the whole idea of sort of these periods we go through And it does it so well she's different people depending on who she's with and who she's dating and and she She doesn't know who she is and I appreciated that so much because I think so many of us go through that like What is the difference between loving somebody and loving what they love because they've opened up your world to something new and Becoming what you think someone wants you to be so they'll love you And where is that line and how do you find it? And I think in a way that's that's what the movie is about for me really all these different relationships she's navigating and how do you find relationships that feed you and also Feed the the you you not the person you're constructing to be loved And so that's why I this movie speaks to me beyond the coming of age Because I think that's like how do you teach that? How do you live that because that is such a huge struggle I I have found in my own life We're nodding which isn't great.
Tommy Paul Defeats Ben Shelton in All-American QF
"Tommy. Paul has reached his first Grand Slam semifinal ended the surprising run of Ben Shelton. By winning their all American matchup 7 6 6 three 5 7 6 four at the AC open, Paul is a 25 year old from Jersey. What sport is this? Tennis. His victory makes him the first man from the funny stuff coming up. I'm sorry. From the United States to make it. To make it to the semifinals, what are you laughing at? You're going to copy it down and say it later, okay? So just pay attention. All right. He's the first one to make the final four at Melbourne park since Andy Roddick movies. And erotic movies. And Iran. Erotic movie. Nice. That was cool. Really well done. I thought you didn't like working. I don't like you. Paul will face the Joker and let's see, stephanos, CC, tissue power. Oh yeah, what it is. City city pop. Or whatever. Karen. It's a guy. His name's Karen. Huh? I don't. Is he like Eastern European or something? Yeah. But his last name. Yeah, you're not kidding, baby.
AJ on Odd Couple Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani
"What's the deal with Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, opposite tractors or cynical moves to boost their careers? You know, no, I was close to these two for a season and a half coach in football. And I coach Gwen's son and our Gavin rossdale was there as well. On the other side of the field, most of the time, but Gwen was always the good mom. And Blake came to the games, and man, they were stone cold in love. Like they couldn't stop touching each other and look at each other and they like high school kids. Must be terrible for Gavin rossdale to look across the field and see that. But I know the kids all love Blake. He doesn't have that dark energy Gavin has. And the first Daven has that background of dating a guy for a long time and trying to act like he didn't know. It's a famous story about an English an English person that he dated that was kind of a trans character. Forget the name right now, but it's got a dark history with rock and roll. You know, and Blake is not that way. Blake is a down home. Southern rock guy. You know, he likes to do his thing and drink his beer and have a back barbecue. I don't see there being anything cynical about it. It just really Gwen needed a breath of fresh air and, you know, sometimes marriages just get stale and I'm not saying I think they look good together. I think they're a little weird together. But I think this will last the test of time for a long time. I don't think once the fan will be alone again. I think Blake stays with her. Yeah, I
"shelton" Discussed on Straight Up with Trent Shelton
"Like that's it that is that is it in the main question. People as like. How do i find. My changes explained it there. You go last. Question is our man and make sure you guys. You're my brother's book. The time your time is now give. God is giving you amazon anywhere. You can buy books makes you tapping my brother at jonathan blake evans. Social media go on youtube watching watching him preach watching them deliver man as y'all see. This guy is phenomenal man. I'm blessed to be able to call my brother in always be able to pick his brain last question. I know there's someone listening to this episode right now. That is struggling man you know. And they're struggling with their relationship with christ their relationship with god They might feel like god doesn't love him the more based upon their circumstances right they might feel god is love them based on with no longer happening in their life and you know just feel lost would you say is the is a practical first step for somebody to build their relationship with god back or even start their relationship with god. Yes i would. I would get up early in the morning or late at night. And i would just walk with god. There is a concept in the bible walking with god. And so. I do that literally. Here's practical thing. Is you go out of your house at night or early in the morning when kind of life is slow not moving so fast and with your eyes open as you walk down the street. The bible says come to the lore with an unveiled face. Meaning come real. Don't come with the veil over your face to try to cloud it and you literally walk with god and you tell about your problems you tell them about your woes. You tell him that you need help you tell me at the end of the road you tell them you want to give up you. Tell them you need to see him. In a new way and you'll be surprised what god will say to you in the quiet places that you will not here with all of the noise and so we have to do the practical walking with god literally. I encourage everybody on this podcast to just start taking walks with god just you you can take your son Sometimes you want to be by yourself. You may even just take friend. And y'all just pray. The bible says pray without ceasing. That means don't stop. That means prayer is not a formal thing where it has to be on your knees before you go to bed with your clothes. Prayer should be constant. You should be while you're driving. Pray while you're walking pray while you're working out pray because when you pray it's a dialogue not a monologue. That's when you'll see. Oh that didn't happen by chance. I just prayed about that last week. That didn't happen by chance. I just talked about that. When you start walking wooden then you'll get to experience him walking with you. I watch like a log last night. Man and i did exactly that and i love the way you titled that walking with god and it's like i walk tighten. It was just me and him. I brought them. Because i wanna counties to jump out out here. But i just felt connected and That's something that i'm going to start doing. Daily man and and really being intentional with walking with god..
"shelton" Discussed on Straight Up with Trent Shelton
"That is a perfect recipe to burn out a perfect recipe tsa mental health problems. And if you think about it because you just said this now was thing it's interesting because even when you go to sleep and it doesn't always mean your problems disappeared but you usually wake up with a different perspective. If i'm having a bad day if i take a nap of i go to sleep the next morning. I'm a little bit. you know. My perspective has changed a little bit. So there's interview about somebody who's ill are sick. Their body has to get rest to be able to heal and recover so for you. How important okay. How important you have five kids right. You are busy. You are a busy person. Dallas chaplain dallas cowboys chaplain pastor etc etc investor entrepreneur. How do you find that balance. And we talked and everything that you told me about balanced. By the way. I use that about standing priority So but how do you find the balance to be able to say okay. I need are the discipline to say. I need to be able to shut it down even even if i know i can go a little bit harder. I know shutting down. We'll give me the image. That i need to be able to go even harder the next day or the next one you have to realize that the world will be okay without you but you won't be okay if you keep trying to give to the world see it people. It is nothing wrong with given to the worst. What we do but a lot of times this whole i gotta do this. I gotta do that. I gotta have my content. Become my followers. Do you know what i'm saying. So we create a beast that we have to feed and the more that we feed it. The big the biscuits k. And so then we get trolled. Buy our own page. We get trolled by our own lifestyle. We get trolled by what we built. Because we didn't build it with sufficient wrist Embedded into it see rest is not something that falls on you. Rest is something you have to prepare and plan for. Rest is so important that you can't just look up. Just say man. I just need no because you can't get rest because you've already scheduled your whole life. You didn't plan of how important rest is for the schedule. Of your life to make sure that you can keep going to make sure that you can keep moving and so practically the ways that i get rest in my life number one. Is you have to be comfortable with the word. Know until you get comfortable with the word no and realized i had to realize you know what the world is. Okay without me like literally. I've watched people leave their jobs. Get fired from their careers. Take months and weeks off..
"shelton" Discussed on Straight Up with Trent Shelton
"Basket when we was in so here we are knowing that life is going to end and then we only invest in life for today. But we don't invest in life for tomorrow. My mom was letting us know that where you're going. You won't be there a whole lot longer than you are here so you wanna play today thinking about tomorrow because tomorrow is going to last a lot longer than today and so when you think much bigger than where you are than where you are can no longer hold captive so it's the mindset of man. We gotta take this much bigger. My dad used to always say you are not in the land of the living on your way to the land of the dying. You're in the land of the dying on your way to the land of the living and when you understand that which we all know it we all know it. But we don't live with the perspective of let me continue to make great investments. Even when i feel like. I'm losing because where i'm going is much bigger than where i've been to the second part of your question. What do i do practically when. I'm when i'm losing. What do i do practically one of the greatest things you can do. There's a whole lot of things you need to one of the greatest things that you can do number one is that you don't want to go through that by yourself The greatest levels of depression and anxiety happened in isolation so when you're in isolation we don't have anybody else who's on the opposite end of the spectrum who can who can. Who can push you when you're tired when you've run all of the sprints and you're at the last one you ain't got no more left somebody who has got a little bit more gas in the tank. They can put their arm around you and help carry you. is important so accountability is important. Secondly we talked about. This is rest tab award. Yesterday's our people a lot of times don't understand that they're stress..
"shelton" Discussed on RISE Podcast
"To announce that for the first time in over eighteen months rise. Women's conference his in person. I am beside myself. You guys if you have ever been to rise women's conference than you know how special it is and if you've always wanted to go. This is the time labor day. Weekend in austin texas my town. We're gonna dance. We're going to laugh. We're going to unpack the hard stuff in our life. The good stuff in our life we're going to create roadmaps to where we want to go and hear from incredible speakers is three full days of programming. It is a community of women who are like minded. They're not alike. We're not the same women. Come from all over the place. Different religions different political beliefs. Different sexual orientation different ways to believe and love and think and hope but the commonality in us all is that we want to become a better version of ourselves. You don't come to rise conference to become someone new you come to rise conference to take ownership of your life and to remember all of the things that make great in the first place so i hope that you will head to rise live weekend dot com check out the video check out the things that past attendees have said this is a life changing event and if you are feeling sluggish if you're feeling unmotivated if you feel like you need a kick in the butt or a chance to go hang out with a bunch of incredible women. You need to come to rise. Women's conference the only conferences here all happening in person rise live weekend dot com labor day. Weekend austin texas me you a bunch of awesome other people and a chance to be together in person for the first time in a year and a half we all have patterns. We all have habits and rituals and things that we've done a million times before and the incredible thing about understanding that. Is that a.
Blake Shelton Introduces New Wife as Gwen Stefani Shelton
"I blake shelton has officially introduced fans to his brand new wife. Of course we know. It's what's davonte. He called her on stage this week at summer. Jam as gwen stefani shelton which is so out and they performed a surprise duet together. I love
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Marry
'Voice' Stars Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton Wed in Oklahoma
"A popular TV couple has tied the knot the nearest judges on the voice and now coaches Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are in the ultimate do act as a married couple they were hitched over the long holiday weekend in Oklahoma and Stefani posted photos of their wedding online taking the images with Saturday's state and one in which the couple poses under a twilight sky and another's Shelton is seen dressed in jeans and driving the decorated golf cart well in yet another Stefani is seen showing off a pair of white boots under her wedding dress and holding the bouquet of white flowers the couple announced their engagement in October I'm Oscar wells Gabriel
Minnesota Governor Announces Changes to Statewide Policing Practices
"Hi Mike Rossi reporting Minnesota's governor announces changes to policing practices Minnesota governor Tim walls in out state wide changes to policing Monday the wall said will increase transparency and accountability walls directed state law enforcement agencies to develop a policy that will allow families of victims killed by officers in those agencies to view body camera footage within five days of the fatal encounter additionally a police misconduct database will be created the executive action also directs fifteen million dollars in grants received via the American rescue plan federal stimulus package for community safety and violence intervention programs walls acted just days after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Shelton was sentenced to twenty two and a half years in prison for the death of George
"shelton" Discussed on Straight Up with Trent Shelton
"I'm taking a break guys. I haven't. I'm taking a deep breath right now because i want to give you another forty minutes. But that's what i care about math. How about the things that matter. I don't care about no damn instagram bio i'll care about no damn accolades. I don't care my no. Dan praises i care about impact. I care about results. I care about helping people. I care about living my guy giving gifts or when i'm meet guy guy says job well done good and faithful servant. I care about carrying the legacy of my mother. My father we actually out here surprised my for seventieth. Birthday was so funny. I would tell you this story but it takes too long random goss. But but that's what i care about. Are your decisions being influenced by what you think people want you to be. Are you making troops and decisions based upon which shooter you. A lot of our lives are skunks because our life stinks. And i've been there where people want to get away from you because they figured you out because they know you ain't balance you talk about about their life. Just say perfect guys but they know you afraid to try. They knew mask and stuff. And your life stinks. You're gonna have days where you you have days where you're gone. I've been a skunk parent while stunk apparent days in my life. I've been scott husband. I've been a skunk friend. I've been skunk influence. I've been a skunk support life. But i'll tell you one thing i damn sure. Don't stay one. I have proven are growing. I work hard at that now. Working hard at trying to make people think that i'm always this magnet man. But today i knew i was the magnet out here. I'm gonna wrap this episode with this. Try to keep short and sweet and listen on g men. If you really enjoyed this episode is this. This is from the all over the place. But i think there's a lot of things you can grab in my main thing that i'm telling you right now i'm gonna make sure off of this. Are you chasing. are you attracting man. Are you chasing it. Are you attracting evaluate that for me. But i'm leave you with this story and it's a powerful one so i got a chance to drop names but i wanna give this manage credit. Because he taught me this. He gave me a perspective. And that's life. There's no troops in life only perspectives and he gave me his perspective. His name is big boy. Somebody might know him. He's probably gonna talk radio personalities. la he's interviewed everybody from kind gates. I mean everybody. I asked him a question. I was like man. it's fifty one. I said what was the difference in your forties and fifties like get around people. That are always asked that question. He told me something that i knew immediately when he opened his mouth and it and i said this is something. I'm gonna teach forever and hold on to teach kids. And i'm never gonna forget this. I call it life credit card because he broke it down. He said this. And i'm paraphrasing and put it in my own words. We said the thing that i realize trend. Is that everything that you do. You're putting it towards life credit card. He said you know like a credit card life. You know like real life where you know you might not have some that you can afford to put on a credit card. You charge it to the game charges to your card and eventually you've got to pay it off. He said the thing that i realized that fifty years old is that life is just like that because every decision you make. He's talking about negative once. You might not feel it in that moment because charge. It's a life's credit card right every bad habit. He said i was five hundred pounds. You know i realized that everything. I was even healthy. I was discharging it to life's credit card. He said then it got to a point where just like in the real world it was time to collect and all the bad decisions that i made and not exceed the season i was planning. I wasn't having that garner's mindset that debt but debt showed up the data diabetes sicknesses showed up on my doorstep and i had to pay life's credit card listened to this episode. Right now what is your life credit card like. And i realized this. We're not going to be perfect. Circle have seasons with that credit card is damn near maxed out. We've been charged to the game. I just had a season of that in march. You guys know. But the thing that i've learned is that the longer you wait to pay off their credit card the hardest hit you when it's time to collect so if you had an off week you did a lot of negative things that didn't help you become the greatest. You don't keep adding to those things because you don't see the changes taking place because i'm telling you the changes are taking place that's life you look realize like dang i'm overweight. Dang i'm underway dane. I fell off dane. What did this come from. But our habits every day built the future that we will reap our disciplines and so i challenge everybody. Listen to this podcast right. Now we charge it to the game. We charge it to life credit card. Make sure that next week. Make sure that next day make sure the next few days that you pay it off so last night. I it's my dad's birthday a porta credit card out and i said hey be a credit card day but tomorrow paying off that card and i'm out here right now paying off that card because i refused to allow debt to rack up in my life because of my inconsistency because of my lack of discipline because my poor life management skills i refuse to allow those things because again there's gonna come a day when you've got to pay for if you're always doing people wrong and being fake to get ahead. Yeah you might get ahead. You might not see how life is charging that car but essentially this come a point where people figure you out. You got to pay off that debt. Maybe somebody confront you for doing them wrong. Maybe it's cormo you believe in karma. Maybe it's just life coming full circle. Would you charge them to lights credit card. That's something and that might be the greatest accountability to that. I ever came across an every day. I'm asking myself that question. Managing my emotional not financial my emotional wealth and that's one of the best ways so manager. Emotional wealth is understanding that every time you ignored every time. Keep the promises to yourself every time you do somebody wrong every time you lied everytime do all these things right. Every time you're choosing you're trying to arts impress people all the things we talked about today. You just racking up that debt in your soul. You ain't points for neath. I often card man pay off much. Uk say every single episode. It all starts with you. If you got into this. Hit me up ondaatje. Let me know what you thought seeming audio say trent. I'm paying off that car. Say trump man. I'm going to become that magnet and you become that magnet. That's what people say man. There's some about you. I like to call them. Magnet god's favor but we gotta act upon our potential right. God has favor in us. But we we gotta answer the call in our life so their favor could be multiplied to that maccabi strengthen. We gotta stop living with purpose. We gotta stop living with potential and we gotta start living in purpose. We gotta start living in potential key fall in love with progression if you're a hiker semi some hikes too. I know random. Messed up this episode by that. But i'm desiring looking at this beauty and i cannot wait to be a hike with y'all one day i don't know maybe we do a contest or something but i wanna get out nature with all of y'all man and had these conversations in person. How would you like that. But hit me up status with somebody and i love you. Man appreciate you. And i can't wait to see your magnet. Multiply strength start chasing. Let's start attracting straight up straight up is hosted and recorded by me. Trent shelton episodes are produced by chelsea hawkish and mixed and edited by andrew weather. Cameron barkman is our executive producer. Straight up with. 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"shelton" Discussed on Straight Up with Trent Shelton
"And i want you to think about how free it would be if you release that weight i want you to fill it in your soul the freedom that comes with dropping that weight i talked about earlier ryan i do a bridges running every bridge i come across a theme of my runs in the theme. Today was a necessary weight so every bridge came across. I make it a point to not take over the bridge without bronx of the bridge across the bridge. They continue my run. I have to identify the necessary weight in my life. That's weighing me down. And i had to release that weight in order for me to move forward and how i do that i want you to do. Is i feel the weight of that. Wait till i feel a heavy. It is i feel how much it slow me down and how it's hurt in my life. I feel how it's keeping me from my destinations. Keeping me from being the greatest version of myself and i want you to feel that right now then i give gratitude to that because maybe there was a time in my life where carrying that weight was necessary. Maybe was time would actually serve my life. But i now realize that it's no longer service to my life. It's a hindrance to my life. So i give gratitude because like all struggles like all things that are hormuz it could also be for our own good because it creates a strip inside of us that nothing else can create so i want you to think that unnecessary wait.
"shelton" Discussed on Straight Up with Trent Shelton
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Which are great whether it's drawing whether it's building something Whether it's learning a new instrument whatever it may be for you have a creative release. My creative release right now is right in music. I haven't done that so long and it makes me feel so great to do it. You know creative releases are good for your mind. Your mind wants to be challenged because if you're doing nothing to progress your mind if you're not working out that muscle in your mind that creative muscle in your mind you to feel like you're not progressive in again we. We're not progressing. Depression tends to set in. I always like the enemy to depression. One of the enemies so depression is progression is showing yourself. You can move forward so in this time. If you can create something beautiful in this time where the world is telling you that the external things are telling you that you should stop nothing. Beautiful is going to happen because all these things going on the world right. The news is bringing all his fruits. You can create some beautiful whatever that is even if it's going outside to to run you run a faster mile we you can show yourself that it's possible through creativity you will build a everlasting confidence. I believe in your life. So allow your kids to be creative. They create my secrets all the time in our house. It's okay. I'll tell her be creative. We'll clean it up later. Like tap into your creativity me interest and we have a weird creativity on madden literally. We've created a team or matt our own t where we drafted players like. That's a connection piece for us to that. We look forward to but we're being creative in that way people creative on tiktok. There's no judgment. Just find a way to be creative as a family promote creativity to your shown imprint promote creativity to your environment promote creativity to your phrasing your household. The third release is an intimate release. It's is important because to me. It brings safe to people's hearts it brings certainty to people's hearts it brings man. This is everything's gonna be okay to people's hearts you know i don't have to say this because we all know this but a lot of feel safe especially outside our house our kids. They feel unsafe but his those intimate moments where they can feel safe. A hug. -oday keeps hug a day keeps depression away. And so i had these intimate moments with my kids. You know usually one on one. I have my moments maya were. She snuggles up under my arm where she feels. Okay she gives me love. I give her love. I have my moments with maria. I have my intimate with trista. How intimate moments. When when marley and it's hard for me to explain what intimacy does but it just brings a emotion of of peace and joy and just gratitude and happiness is vibrant and so create an environment of intimacy and especially with spouses. I think this is very important that you create an environment of intimacy even if you gotta stay up an hour later even if it's date night in the movie room right of his gins rest up to create this moment of intimacy were you guys can feel more connected than ever and trust me. It is possible the fourth release. That is very important. isn't emotional. Release there's plenty of salam battles going on right. Now they're silent battles going on your household right. Knock and promise you. There's things that people aren't sharing. There's worries that people aren't sharing maybe the fear of projecting the energy negative energy to the whole environment. So they keep an inside but it's very important very imperative that you listen to this as a leader that you go to your wife and if you're by yourself that you have these moments for yourself maybe you have zone college friends. Which are team that. It's very important that you create a time a dedicated time that you'd be intentional that you have an emotional release time. Maybe that's at the dinner table. Maybe that's in the morning. Maybe that's at night where everybody can bring their concerns and worries to the table where everybody can talk about. What's bothering them. Because silent battles will each you up alive salam battles will tell you that things are never going to be. Okay you never ask for help it. So you're analyzing these things in your mind. You're trying to win this war in your mind. We can bring it to the world. You can bring it to your environment and as a listener in your environment. It's not meant for you judge. It's not meant for you to say. Oh it'd be okay it okay. You'll get over it. Maybe your job just to listen. Maybe your job is just to bring reassurance. Maybe you say it's okay but create an environment which we have in our house. We're starting to do this of an emotional release. Lead people get out their emotions even if they got a scream. You want to go outside and go punch the ground fill free. You wanna throw a pillow release. It's okay you're not going to be judge. You wanna yeah the top of your lungs. You say you're tired of this. You can't take this. It's fine because people need to get it out to have a safe place where they feel like they're not gonna judge where they feel like they're going to be understood in the more you can create an environment of understanding where person feels understood the more personal share be transparent in what they're going through and this is very important not just for the adults in the household but just as important as even more important with the kids in the household. There are plenty of things you can do to improve your sleep like staying hydrated regulating bedroom temperature and limiting caffeine and alcohol. Combine those the sleep number three sixty smart bed and it's sleep perfection. Why chew sleepnumber. 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"shelton" Discussed on Straight Up with Trent Shelton
"Across the world. Welcome to straight up with trent shelton throughout my career from the nfl to sold out stages speaking of thousands. I built up a tool kit to break negative mindsets. Let go. What's holding you back star rehab. Your life in every show is going to be jam packed with tips tricks and tools to push through four. I'm always going to be real with you and give one hundred percent true even when it's gonna pierce heart. This is me shrink celts. Strata across the world train here walk up to today's episode straight up. Podcasts and i want to get right into it. I've been saying this quote For the last few weeks said it lasts podcasts. I want to say it again I just got finished running. Came right up here. I mean. I smelled just like outdoors. I say i want to record this podcast. right now. wi fi. While i feel the imaging and i wanna give it to you guys. Listen you know. I've been saying this quote and this has been going viral. People have been sharing it. Because it's true and this quote her last week. This virus has the power to destroy as mentally before it ever touches us physically. And i like to add onto that. This virus has the power to destroy our families. It is destroying families. As i'm speaking right now. That has the power to destroy kids. I mean even from this standpoint there are so many kids are in toxic environments. They have no release from. They feel trapped. They have school no more that was released. They have no more sports that they were releasing their and in this environment because they have dysfunctional. Parents are dysfunctional parent. And that's why it's so important as parents who got to get our stuff together. There's people dealing with abuse that have nowhere to go. If you're this person. I share this right now. I go to my instagram and go find video. It's probably a few posts back row. Talk about this and go read the comments and go see where you can get help because you don't have to suffer in silence kids. If you're listening to this you don't have to suffer solids. I want you to feel like you have nowhere to go. But this is the thing about environment and a lot of us even if we're not there if we're not careful we can get to that place because we have so much stress as coming in from the external so many worries coming in from the external so much doubt and fear that's coming in from the external and most people don't know how to deal with it and so they're allowing these things to get bottled up there. Allow these things to take to change him into a person that they're not because they don't know how to deal with their frustrations and would have what's happened is your crate environment of this function. And i wanna talk to the families in the key they have the parents in here. And even.
"shelton" Discussed on Whores Talk Horror
"In austin and catherine meant husband number. One matt quinlan in one thousand nine hundred sixty nine and the two quickly married When quinlan who is Abby lieutenant was given an assignment overseas catherine went with him all the way to japan in one thousand nine hundred sixty nine a loss. The love affair were short. Lived and nineteen seventy. Catherine was divorced back home in houston and had found her calling. She wanted to be a lawyer. Says fast Catherine attended law school at the university of houston during which time she briefly dated fellow law student fairest bond ferris bond. I know bond ferris bond. I know if like ferris buehler's dream come true name. Probably wow the Characteristics of bueller mix with james bond would make for like that's like the ultimate superhero like hunting charming and can sing donka shane. I need to see that movie yesterday. Okay paris paris bonds. Day off all right. Oh i'm sorry. I need to stop interrupting with students finance. Actually it takes the pressure off a little bit. So i mean maybe not for sponsor just love to edit it. But i'm living at in while. The romance may have been brief. The break-up was long and unpleasant so much so that immediately upon graduation harris bond said that he took his law degree joined the us marine corps and quietly relocated to another state. glad to be out of catherine's life. Catherine herself passed the bar exam in june of one thousand. Nine hundred seventy seven now. Don't worry we'll come back to matt quinlan and ferris bond. Please hold all questions for now. So in one thousand nine hundred ninety six. The unlucky in love catherine met anesthesiologist. George tedesco and the two quickly became exclusive I'm sensing a pattern here. Sure enough by late. Nineteen seventy six. Catherine was sharing to dust goes townhouse in south west. Houston so fyi everybody. George tedesco and the events of nineteen seventy seven through seventy-nine most pretty much solidified catherine mahaffy's name in all of the houston papers and press. So i'm going to start getting into a little bit more detail here but i just. I thought it was important to lay down a very very basic backstory. Before we really start getting to know our friend katherine hear the payoff will be worth it. Trust me so back to late..
'The Voice' Crowns Its Season 20 Winner
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The Voice: Snoop Dogg to Serve as Mega Mentor in Season 20
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Ariana Grande is the highest paid The Voice coach
"Ariana grande is now if the highest paid coach ever to be on the voice. Let me give you all the dish. So arianna surprised everybody. When she announced she was joining the voice as a coach is going to be joining blake. Shelton john legend and kelly clarkson forsees in twenty one. She said that she's honored and excited to be joining. The voice family has been a huge fan of the show for a very long time. And you can't wait to go head to head with these incredible coaches and get to meet develop and no. Some new artists have fans will be excited to a does really melted down. She's going to be replacing. Nick jonas. This is a huge for the show an nbc. Let me just give you a few statistics here. Just you figure out how big ariana is on spotify. She's the most streamed artists of the deck. She has eighty two million followers on twitter. Which just is to give you. A comparison is almost double blake. John and kelly come bind myself. Says a telling me she's making the most of anybody on the show. Kelly at the moment makes the most she makes fifteen million dollars. They wanted to get her show. Particularly american idol was coming back. Very smart blake. Shelton ends around thirteen million dollars. Adam levine about the same member and miley. Cyrus was on the show. She got about thirteen million dollars to my sources. Tell me that they don't know the specific amount but they believe that ariana grande day could be getting twenty to twenty five million dollars a season which puts her on par. With what katy. Perry's getting at american idol.
"shelton" Discussed on Catch my Killer
"Please not. Even the amount of words can just bake this person to have a heart spiritual moment where they just say. It's time to give this family. Solar lease please call law enforcement poverty line of shelton eight zero three four seven. Four two zero nine can be. They can email to find shelton standardized. Gino dot com can call. They don't feel comfortable with that. It can call the richest county sheriff's department in colombia. If they can please just finding a place in their heart where they can understand that a mother has lost her son. A father hasn't seen or heard from his son in twenty years. Brothers have not heard hug touched or last with their brother. A sister my cell eleven years. Oh who my brother show was the one who was in lebanon and he made sure that i you know did my homework. It's schoolwork make sure. I could not taught me how to iron clothes through laundry if you can just understand what. It feels like to lose a sibling. A- mother or father or brother or sister anyone ever been close to you and just imagine what would it feel might move that person and not know or hear or see that person ever again and not more that person may be in this world if you can just find a place in your heart word. It took youths and know that. Bring that information to his family. To shelton's family would be the biggest blessing and the malls appreciated gifts that you could ever do for his family. Despite reporting net information that accurate information who just want him bone castle ward is available and twenty five thousand dollars. Whatever it is we can figure it out. We just want the answers. Please report information. We have forgiven any persons that were bear witness it in. This didn't wanna say anything. Anybody that is involved. We have no Will in our hearts. We just want to bring him home. We want justice Closer and we want peace and if they can just please from the bottom of our hearts were begging them. Please come forward and report. They accurate information about the location. In the information. Best leading to shelton's remaining in that concludes the story of shelton. Sanders killed this amazing young man law enforcement and assist or need your help for nearly twenty years will vary in. Her family have waited for answers that have eluded them who took brother away from their family. They all miss him in one is body returned so that he can receive a proper burial. Do you know what happened to shelton sanders back. In two thousand one. There is currently a substantial financial reward for anyone with information leading to finding shelton's body. If you know anything about his death please contact the tip. Line eight three four two seven four two zero nine or you can send an email to will vary dot sanders at yahoo dot com or you can call the richland sheriff's department at eight zero three five seven six three thousand you can also visit. The findings shelton sanders facebook page. For more information about this case. I will also include all this information in the podcast story nets. In if you're a parent law enforcement official friend or relative seeking.
"shelton" Discussed on Catch my Killer
"Sanders. I have started this in two thousand eighteen bill that no one was you know in the law enforcement office. Nobody was talking about the case. I'm going to solve this case myself. If i have to do it alone with my parents permission and you know talking to my siblings. they agreed. justice has to be served. That's when i started. The gofundme account started raising money. Getting cash award up to the twenty five thousand. His body is the most crucial evidence that we can get to prove. He's deceased and this is how he was deceased which get some remains of him. And so that's why. I have been putting out on billboards in the greenville columbia. Is suspect mark. Richardson now lives in greenville. And putting it out there in greenville flyers yard signs. I've got those created Are in greenville columbia in sumpter county. Where don't want From show missing columbia. So there billboards that are also coming out. In this month we will be on the radio on the local channels an south carolina. I have put him on. Social media and social media is finding shown sanders on facebook. instagram twitter. I update all his followers and on people like and follow his page. And my pages will by page by the own personal facebook pages dedicated to my brother and the question of finding him. Anyone that has information of accurate location and discovery of shelton's remains will receive the cash award. The can remain anonymous. I've also burkey so cell phone. That i keep up with and the phone number is eight zero three four two seven four two zero nine. That's the his tip line that i monitor activate with me daily. I managed that i managed tips. That may come in. I have a g mail account for him finding shown sanders at mill dot com check daily to see if i get any tips from that line. I have been meeting with attorney. General in south carolina law enforcement trying to stay updated with them. I have we have been on the news outlets contact with all of them. We've done interviews in the midlands area. Upstate of south carolina. I constantly stay in contact with numerous sources trying to get more clued or ideas of how to solve the case. Collect more evidence. I've hired private investigators to look into things for me. I hire psychics and not just cycle celebrity psychics to get air insight and some people may not believe in psi kids. I just believe in miracles. And i will give allies everything brainstorming ideas of how to get information of what happened that might what's a place finding shortened remains in being unofficial investigator in. Why don't have a badge. I acted as the unofficial investigator and advocate for my brother with the sanders family to bring closure. This has been twenty years. June nineteen twenty long years. I have seen the emotional ecological a physical relations in my entire family. That has caused a great deal of pain. Sleepless nights you know unimaginable things that we have been through for the past twenty years. Not only we lost family member member and a friend. We don't have his body for a proper burial so it's berry indescribable feeling. It's a numbness. Pain bet is hard to describe. I mean even if we had a body to bury we'll have some sense of closure if someone is arrested for the show mark. Richardson confessing to what he did was selling or going to. Prison will bring some time closer to us. Know we may not be able to bring him back but that will put our minds at ease. It will be a a and a blessing for our family to have justice the two thousand and eighteen and since two thousand and one day. I was only eleven years old at the time my brother went. Listen when i became twenty eight years old in two thousand eighteen you know. I was more mature i was able to understand. Get details of the case the facts and get information from law enforcement about case. I work hard to uncover all the holes and cracks. That weren't looked into that weren't investigated and now. I am on the mission with invest. The new caucasian investigators to solve this case into leave no stone unturned in my family my siblings. Everybody all showed that loved him are wanting justice they love sheldon. They want him home. We wanna bring him home. Want we want this case off than older. And that's why we're putting his information out here for persons who may know any information who made listening to this podcast. Who can help us. Spread the word nationally in their local areas just everywhere after mark. Richardson was released. I asked varia if her family ever tried to reach out to richardson again. Yes i have actually wrote him a letter out will sanders. Family wrote him a letter back in december in he read it and once you read it. He called the green police department and told them that they will people. Outside of the of course it wasn't that was there was an investigator that will hire to deliver this letter to him and he read it. He didn't wanna take it at first but he rented any call the greenville sheriff's department eighth tip line number. That was in the letter. He stated back there were people outside harassing which was the case. They were just there to deliver him the letter and the greenville police department followed the tip wine. I've answered the phone and they said hello. We received a call. Mr richardson stating that. There will people lettuce house harassing him. And we're just trying to follow with that call. He mentioned that this is a case that he is involving with missing person a murder case and he's involved in and i said yes the suspect they sell. They figure that that was what it was. Act leave he told them the language that was nb or the content that was in the letter and he said well he said Based on what the letter says. I mean there's nothing we can do about it and that they will call mr richardson back and tell him that he needs to call us directly and give us an provide that information to us. My final question for you is. What would you say to anyone listening. Who knows anything about what happened to your brother for that person who has talked mark. Richardson our nose or would there or a witness. I just wanna say.
"shelton" Discussed on Catch my Killer
"And he said yes. Mark x zero such thing as accidental death in south carolina and then he said awkward. We can explain that. Mr mizzou sanders. They want to know whether sunday's he said. How do you explain accidental death. And then he said mr mrs sanders just want closer. We can explain that to them. You can help them find that signed. He said but i've already went to his people's house and told them that. I wanted to shelton help them. Find shelton and then suddenly the other investigator who was also supposed to be. The interrogation room suddenly walks back into the interrogation room and then our lead investigator tries to update the other best skater. About what mark. Richardson was just getting ready to i. Guess tell them where the body was or give a complete confession. He gives them up to speed and then mark. Richardson said. I didn't say any of that. And then he said he didn't say that we were just talking about it. We can explain that. Just don't the he said. I don't wanna talk and i'm ready to go. That's when he he was though but was go now. That was may of two thousand and three so apple still collecting more witness statements surrounding the events of mark. Richardson's patter on how he acted based on the witness statements. They were saying that starting nights and ninety nine. Two thousand landmark started working or gas oil company in florence. He started becoming hysteresis with the group. He started telling the group start. Just acting very paranoia around them every time. They had their hands in their pocket. Who what are you have in your pocket. And they was like. Would you want to know what i have in my pocket in what he would be like. Yeah just a cigarette. Pack had a gun and he said that they were saying that on some occasions when they would be in the house. Just have you know watching the game or having a beer. He will look behind his head and say what are y'all talking about an and they were like we're just talking about the game he said i hear voices in my head is telling me talking about me melissa. Before shut listen. Even shelton was aware that mark. Richardson will suffer. Orleans means paranoia issues and hear voices in the mark. Richardson said that he felt that he was the anti christ. He felt that one of them were the police. He felt there. One of the other friends is following him. He felt that all of them were talking about him and lighten on him. He told one of the friends that his truck his Four trump was talking to him. He heard voices in his trump was telling him that his friends were wanting to kill them. He was also saying to the french really uncomfortable around you guys and they let why. Why would you feel that we've been knowing you since nineteen ninety-three. He said well he's voices in my head is telling me young one of y'all in particular he said i gotta kill y'all for your kill me and said we'll why would you say that we've been boy who've been homeys. I ninety three with high school college together. Why would you feel that way. He's just saying he's been hearing voices and then they talked to bomb force but talk to his parents who dad is saying that he also himself he also suffer from a mental illness a paranoia personality disorder when he was a little boy and this is a phase that mark was going through and having the same stages of illness his mom also told law enforcement that she threw mark out of the house because he was acting weird. Funny paranoia incur house so she told him that he couldn't come back between two thousand and three after. Finding the card law enforcement was pretty much collecting more witness statements trying to circle around his life kicking to his coworkers his associates and trying to get more what markle's into what he was doing speaking to be nelson said he was involved with a girlfriend would have to find out about mark's personality and what was he saying about doing it was the into so they performed another search warrant on his house in two thousand and five and they confiscated computers and books detailing how to get rid of missing persons Dead bodies and he also in computer was searching shelton sanders when a broader menu. They were like. Will you know we complicated computer your fouls papers documents. That had searching. He admitted he said yeah was searching about shelton sanders and i wanted to get updates on whether they found shelter. Not you know. He was acquiring about shelton's whereabouts so he omit neom admitted that so they also did luminol in the behalf that he is living name in olympia avenue where they were trying to be in a number of that came back as shelton's blood or mark richardson's blood but in october seven two thousand and five an arrest warrant was made and they said you're being arrested for the shooting death of shown sanders and then he put his hand up in the air and said he got me. I knew this was going come. You got me. He's on bond or a hundred thousand dollars. Apparently he pays it pays his son and gets out than we have. Trial april fifteen through april twenty first. Seventy two thousand eight a mistrial at one week and one day of the trial testimonies evidence facts that were presented to jury was a hung jury of seven jours voted guilty while five. Jurors voted back guilty in or undecided. The foreman was also interviewed actor. Trowels over any said wet ledge out to this decision and it was said that at firs they said when they went back there when they were dismissed. Tubo into their talking. You know jurors in the back and start. They're coming out with their decision on the verdict. Initially vote was nine. Guilty revolted not guilty. And they say we'll after have more discussion. The two jurors tranged over two undecided which led to seven and five. Because they said there was an variety jones body was found is unclear of how old murder where shop shelton's bodies and there is no proof of of a murderer even though they confiscated a weapon afforded five caliber even though martin and try to sell his thirty eight caliber revolver to one of the friends for days. Apple shelton goes missing. And he said that i don't need it anymore. That was also said in the trial the might and these other auxiliary that he had that was pertaining to the case they said even though all of this evidence they feel that they have the right person. They said. We do feel that he knows exactly what happened. He knows he was there but it wasn't enough direct. Although jury failed to convict mark richardson of killing shelton sanders. Richardson can still be tried again. If new evidence is uncovered will vary explain. The jury couldn't agree on a verdict and the challenge with convicting someone without a body. He can be tried again. This does not mean that this is over. We recently county. Solicitors office are waiting for new evidence. We are currently waiting from the evidence. I have been on the world to finding shelton.
"shelton" Discussed on Catch my Killer
"With people accident questions you know. He was acting out of character very angry acting out of anger just a bad temper overall so fast forward to the search warrant. There was a search warrant performed at his house. June twenty eighth complicated. I wanna say it's a forty five caliber gun and knife that he had in his house and a watch in the other auxiliaries related to the case in our between june july they were interviewing witnesses having them come into the station to get their statements. They will also do a search warrants on richardson tiles. Find thomas anything that could be possible weapon or in his cell phone records check in all of that july they also sent security officers to check the entire columbia area apartment complexes subdivisions parts. They went everywhere looking for my brother including my dad. My dad made his own quest to find shelton on his own mini nights late nights. He would go out looking and swats lakes forces like my dad was fire military. So was out there with flashlights. Looking and looking for my brother. Between june twenty second and july the second we had local news coverage That had twenty thousand dollar reward for anyone that about shelton's whereabouts and in trying to locate car Driving actually the case went tunnel at a standstill until their will the dispatch to police in april. Two thousand three on twenty six two thousand three dispatched to the police for noise. Disturbance was called in to richland county sheriff's department. Doing they got there at the greenbrier apartment on park lane avenue in philadelphia. That's when bay round the nineteen eighty eight oldsmobile regency that my brother was driving and they ran the license tag and that when they sent the license tag plate number over may call it in. They said this is linked to the missing person chilton sanders. That is when we got the news about that was requested from richland county that the case be transferred over to some county or continuation of the investigation. Eventually shelton's missing vehicle was located sitting in an apartment complex. I could non understand how had it had sat there for two years without arousing any suspicion or getting towed will vary explain this because the par was sitting near for almost three years. They got a t shirt in their a sprite in seven. Can we the ashtray things. We love compartment stirring real. They try to test. All of that woman all came back positive had wondered how the car got there. It obviously didn't drive itself to the complex. I asked will vary if she thought that richardson drove the car to the complex in an attempt to hide the car law enforcement is saying they believe mark. Richardson parked there after he gets killed at olympia when they give the search warrant on june twenty eight two thousand and one they speak to the neighbors of martin. Richardson and they said that they heard three three gunshots. Between eleven. fifteen and eleven thirty. They hear three gunshots and they come outside and coach mark from behind the bushes. 'cause they couldn't hardly see him because it was nighttime and he said oh not. That was nothing that was just my car backfiring with his three each gunshot powell powell powell and they said it was definitely done shocked when they came outside. It startled them so much that they had thought they were doing. Come outside and xm's everything alright. He said that everything's fine. It was just my car backfiring right so they believe that. My brother was shot and killed at the olympia avenue. House mark. richardson's residents and martin. Richardson took my brother's car and parked it at the greenbriar apartments. There's different theories of what happened. I feel that there was a reason for that car to be parked there. You just don't just pick a location and say hey here in the just happened by look that nobody reported it well. The car was was reported by residents at the greenbrier apartment. More than one on one occasion. It was actually documented than it was reported twice but because the apartment complex was under different management during those year. Twenty two thousand and one or two thousand three. They changed out management several times. We do have a resident that was interviewed and was on the witness stand. He actually said that he was the one that reported this car because he said he park next to the car several on several times and he noted that the are never moved car tires or before heading into the ground and the oil was coming out and reported the car park complex. Did nothing about it. The car was parked in between in eighteen and building. Twenty greenbrier apartment. This apartment complex was checked back in two thousand and one but the person who checked it the security officer with a different regions in the columbia area that check their whole entire apartment complex. So that's why the car was found in two thousand one. They say they didn't check the entire complex. I found it unusual that a car could just sit there for two years and no one was ever seen around it. I asked if any of the neighbors saw richardson or anyone else getting in around the car. Note the people that they're they interview at that was living at the greenbrier apartments. They said they know the car was there. They just said they see. Many people pass by the car like going to their far in near it would not doing anything with the cars. It was just sitting there. I'm not sure. They gave him a pitcher with mark. Richardson look like to to compare it or not. Will basically that just sat there without movement for over a year. They said they know for sure. It was there for over a year but when they took the car into the lab. They said that the car had lost all of its oil. Gasoline tires. Hypic laid it. So they definitely want to say that it was there on june nineteen because of the condition that the problems in our for this part of the interview. I spoke to detective sergeant. Walter sean mc dangles of the richland county sheriff's apartment. He is the detective the case together against mark richardson. I asked detective mcdaniels about the possibility of trying. Richardson again. If they uncovered new evidence or located a witness he's still under pressure of you know potentially going back to court. You know this particular time. We needed We had an all star team on the solicit assigned basically To be have three premiere attorneys trying that case and the case went really well it was a seven five split on the jury and so it it needed to it. Needs to actually have the same star lineup to be honest with you to to put this up. Typically in south carolina a lot of listeners are uncomfortable with trying a no body case despite the circumstantial evidence after speaking to wolf area about the hung jury. I wondered if they would have found richardson guilty. Had there been a body. I think this particular during may have convicted. Richardson had there been a body. Maybe they felt like they couldn't convict someone. If they thought that there is a possibility that the person might somehow still be alive. I asked detective mcdaniels.
Body of missing Ohio woman found in trunk of her car, investigators say
"Reported missing from Richland County was found in the trunk of a car on Columbus is Westside. Richland County Sheriff Steve Sheldon says the remains of 33 year old Melinda Davis were located in her car. On Sunday. The vehicle was brought back to Richmond County to be processed by Ohio BC I Melinda Davis's body was located in front of you. Local rich in county coroner's office, and Dr Burwell responded to the scene. Melinda Davis was transported Montgomery County for an autopsy. Davis was reported missing. February 27th. Her ex boyfriend, John Mack Jr. Was arrested on kidnapping charges. Shelton says more charges are expected to be filed against Mac used
"shelton" Discussed on Culinary School Stories
"The industry you'll find at your uncomfortable a lot and the sooner that you come to grips with it the easier it will be to overcome the situations when you come across them in the future and then and then try to find joy in it you know. Not all times will be joyful. All towns will be easy. But would you like what makes you happy and focus on it. Great advice so let me ask in two thousand thirteen. You won the us pastry chef of the year. How did you get there so fast. Right after graduation. That was a pretty short amount of time. Yeah luckily i worked. At a place pre jill america it was just north of charlotte and concord and it was a pastry in ice cream manufacturing story in that we did a lot of be there and we also taught of class there on pastry and had the fortunate opportunity to work with a lot of great patients Frederick monte bring large steph on tree on redoubling. mof's from france. And in that three years. That i was there. I had the opportunity to learn from some of this big shifts country in the world because they were khansa coming in teaching classes and i luckily had a mentor. frederick monte who was one of the more challenging basil With them alive but you know for all the hard times in grief he gave me. He also pushed me to sail and to be better and i had ever resources at my disposal if i wanted to pull sugar favorites april sugar. It might go behind me and say it looks horrible. Made me strive to be better. So nothing was ever good enough for him. And it was very stressful. But man i tell you at the end of the day. Look back on an if it wouldn't have been for those couple years working for him being under pressure and under stress thinking that i wasn't going to be good enough i probably would've been. I mean he really helped mold and shape me into the competition platform. That was needed to win. I mean that nominee I just had scored a perfect job at the time and i was willing to learn and put him atomic energy. I mean that was about a year. There were didn't take a weekend off. Basically went to work up. Pooled sugar works with chocolate or may. Just whatever i can do at the time though Just had got married. I didn't have any kids. And i was at the point where i could do that. And i'll seize that. That moment really put the time and and i had luckily my wife at the time. So say you know. Why are you home saturday. You need a bit worked practicing. Wow and she would basically pushing the door like hey. You need to know if you're going to do this. You need to do it. You know i talk about stress. And that's what thank you know. Put yourself in that stressful situation in and seeing if you'll roz the top on the that's what really will take you from being kind of mediocre mediocre to really sailing yourself really quick data. Just my circle was really small and only surround myself with people that did pastry. I mean when i left work i went and hung out with Buddies that will co workers. You know we talk about football or sports. We talked about asia. i went to bed. Thinking about pastry will go thinking about pastry. If data youtube search of on pastry really does engulfed my life expert about three years. And if you do that and you sacrifice that little bit of your life you can. You can get very good very quick but a lot of people don't want sacrifice that little life. They want their weekend. They won't their personal town and those are the things he kind of had to give up. If you want to get good with a quick but then you go back later and you have freedom personal so it's a total immersion right. It's like you know really time on task and just be there. That's the ticket sacrifice a little bit so you can have it later. Well that is just about all the time we have for this episode. And i wanna. I thank you ben for coming on the show today and sharing your culinary school's story with all of us really appreciate your time your insight and your honesty thank you. It was my pleasure being on the show right. thanks again. I enjoyed our chat by by and a big thanks and appreciation also goes out to all of you the listeners. We hope you enjoy the show and this episode. You all are a big part of this show so please let us know what you think. Your comments are always welcome and they help us in making the best show possible. You can email them to culinary school stories at dream. Aol dot com. That's culinary school stories at g mail dot com or even leave us a voicemail and area code two zero seven eight three five one two seven five. That's area code. Two zero seven eight three five one two seven five and if you like the shelves we have a big ask of that is to share the podcast. What everyone you know. And to give a positive rating and review on apple okay until our next culinary school story take care and be well bye bye. Culinary school stories is a proud member of the food media network..
Tennessee Issues Statement on Termination of Nine Employees and Jeremy Pruitt
"Tarrant tennessee. No parting of the ways. No resignation fired. Jeremy pruitt after an internal investigation the chancellor of the university chancellor plowman earlier today the personnel actions. We are announcing. Today are an indication of the gravity of what we've discovered today. Athletic director fomer and i issued termination letters to the following assistant. Football coaches brian. Nita meyer and shelton felt also four members of our on campus football recruiting staff additionally our director and assistant director of football player personnel and finally a football analyst quality control coach. So what are what are Council has told us is it. We're looking at level one and level two violations. I don't know yet yet. Exactly how many or exactly the specifics of it the chancellor earlier today and we have the live coverage here blake top. Mayer has covered the story from the beginning and he joins us early evening from knoxville blake. Good evening thanks for being with us and before we get to specific just describe. What this day has been like in knoxville. Well obviously the big news that we've been waiting for call for a probably at least a month now and in the the question for at least the lack last week or more has been. Is jeremy Going to get outright fired for cause or is he going to get fired with a settlement for reduced by out. I mean i. It felt like inevitable that a coaching change was coming. And we've got the answer today. That pruitt's being fired for cause. Tennessee does not intend to pay him. One cent of his twelve point six million dollar buyout also included in the four. 'cause firings Were systems. Brian eater myron shelton felton in the termination letter to jeremy pruitt tennessee chancellor plowman outlined six four. 'cause provision of jeremy pruitt's contract University believe he violated and of course all stems to be ongoing investigation into sweeping recruiting if violations That have occurred or are believed to have occurred within tennessee's program during pruitt's watch like so many things unpack the chancellor said. She threw her own program under the bus. And i understand the tendency to pile on but having covered many of these before as you have. That was really unprecedented address. That if you don't mind it's obvious that the chancellor is frustrated beyond frustrated with the the amount of malfeasance that i think she sees within the football program. I mean these. I think it's fair to call these sweeping violations. And what she believes they're going to be major violations. stemming from the football program She she mentioned that she was stunned. By both the number of interactions and the number of people involved in the infractions. And so you know. It doesn't leave tennessee in a great position to come out on the other side of this and say you know hey. Nca take it on us there. There really wasn't that much bad going on here. You know you've seen a lot of athletic departments kind. Play that card with the ncaa play hardball with the ncaa and say that they weren't breaking rules. I think tennessee is is quite clearly taking me approach of Of admitting its its mistakes. upfront here Firing the people that believes are responsible for the mistakes and then going forward is going to have to pivot and try to likely self imposed penalties and hope that that can fend off Some of the harshest punishment from from the ncaa but it does leave it in a difficult scenario here as it goes forward not only with the ncaa but as it tries to hire and athletic director and it tries to attract a football coach.