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Undercutting Scientists, Trump Says Tightening Covid-19 Vaccine Guidelines ‘Sounds Like a Political Move’
"President trump renewed his criticism yesterday of the FDA accusing the agency of playing politics when it comes to Corona Virus Vaccine The New York Times reported on Tuesday the FDA planning to issue stricter guidelines for the emergency authorization of a potential corona virus vaccine requiring outside experts to weigh in the president reacted yesterday in the White House briefing. Room. We're looking at that should be approved by the white. House. We may or may not approve it That sounds like a political move and why would they have to be you know adding a great lengths to the process we want to have people not get sick. The vaccine is very important. It's the final step I believe it's going to be the final step. And now we're looking at that but I think it's I. think that was a political move more than anything else. Here we go again. or well. Sit Kids. He's saying that the FDA following practice medical and scientific procedures and getting peer review of this process. Is Political. When in fact, what they're doing is they're following their own best practices at the FDA has always followed and being cautious. This is rushing ahead at such a rapid rate. It's breaking down every barrier that is put in place to try to keep Americans safe and Donald Trump is saying a we're going to make it less political by taking it out of the doctors and the scientists stands at the FDA and pulling in to me. The wizard of is the Glenn Hookah to make scientific decisions on vaccines. There's a reason why Americans are saying now that they don't trust this vaccine, win it when it's it's coming out if this process continues going this way and they're experts who many of them now publicly frankly rolling their eyes at the president saying we're GonNa have a vaccine by election day perhaps as the president has said again and again they say, no, we're not and to your point are you going to trust the man who has proven? He will say and do anything to get himself elected including not respecting the outcome of the election were the career professionals, the doctors and Who are working on this problem? Early CDC
Judge dreadthe fight for Ruth Bader Ginsburgs seat
"On Friday US Supreme Court. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of cancer at the age of eighty seven. A candlelit vigil was held the following day outside the Supreme Court. Justice. GINSBURG was only the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court after being nominated by Bill Clinton in one thousand, nine hundred. I. In. Solemnly swear he was a champion of women's rights, and later in life she achieved restore status especially among young women. Now her death has set the stage for a divisive battle to replace her on the court. She was born in Brooklyn to an immigrant Father Dad was from Odessa in in Russia and to a first generation mother she was Jewish John. Fascination is the economist Washington correspondent and she was a trailblazer throughout her life. She was one of only nine women among five hundred men at Harvard law school, and when she arrived. Erwin griswold, who was then the Dean asked women in the class to stand up and justify taking a spot that could have gone to a man. She said the reason she took the spot is it was important that she understood her husband's work that would've made her husband Marty last Mardi was tax attorney well known in his own right he predeceased her but they had a famously loving and productive and equal partnership. She had a relentless work ethic in. Twenty five years in the Supreme Court she never missed today she's arrived four bouts of cancer before this fifth one killed her it was only after she got sick that she called by phone to oral arguments. I. Think People often have this idea that Supreme Court justices are sort of Stentorian wizards ready to shout down lawyer who they disagree with justice. GINSBURG was not like that she spoke very slowly very deliberately, which mirrors I think how she wrote and how she argued and how she thought she was meticulous. She was precise she she was not a showy justice. She came onto the court actually considered a moderate. There are a lot of people on the left who were upset when she was appointed because she was considered sort of two centrist. But as the court steadily moved rightward during her tenure, she has found herself the de facto leader of the courts liberal wing. Junk she spent a long time on the court. What did she achieve? Well, she was on the Supreme Court for Twenty seven years, and before that was on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, which is widely considered the second most important court in America for for thirteen. So she was a judge for forty years I was age sixty when I was nominated in some people thought I was. Too Old for the job. Now I'm into my twenty-seventh starting my twenty-seventh year on the courts on one of the longest tenured. Justices. So if you worried about my age. It was unnecessary. Before that, she argued six cases before the Supreme Court and she was involved with thirty more as the first director of the US women's rights project. The first of those report court cases was in Reid versus Reid for which she wrote a brief arguing against the law in Ohio that preferred men to women in naming executive estates. She won that case in her first oral argument before the Supreme Court. She argued against the military policy that denied many husbands, officers, the same housing and medical benefits that automatically provided officers. Wise. The thinking was that women are somehow inherently more dependent on their husbands and husbands on their wise. Now, in that case, remember she effectively represented the husband she represented family but she represented the shoes argue in favor of the husband's benefits and she austin said that she was not arguing for women's rights she was arguing for the constitutional equality of men and women. Her death is come at a critical time in American politics. It's just six weeks away from the election. So what impact does that have? Well I think it's a little too early to say that definitively. It looks as though both sides are gearing up for battle, but they seem to be quietly circling each other in two thousand sixteen. The Supreme Court is central to Donald Trump's success I think because. There is an open seat in two thousand, Sixteen Justice Antonin Scalia died, and Mitch McConnell who is then the Senate minority leader rather than hold a hearing on Barack Obama's chosen replacement for Justice Scalia whose Merrick Garland he came up with a rationale disguises the principle which was that the causing election was coming up the speech beheld open. So the voters could decide now that had never been done before it was clearly a power play. It was a live sort of issue for Republicans impelled I think a lot of them who otherwise would have held donald trump at arm's length to decide that just had to vote for him this time I. Think Donald Trump is hoping for a similar effect this time, but he also wants to get the filled as quickly as possible. For Democrats donations had started pouring in, they have been pouring all weekend. Democrats seem riled up by this. I think in their view if Donald Trump managed to get a successor onto the court, this'll be the seconds effectively stolen seat right? The I was Neil Gorsuch. who was given the seat that was held open by Mitch McConnell, and the second would be whoever donald trump nominees to replace justice GINSBURG who gets the seat because Mitch McConnell did not follow the principle he set up in two thousand sixteen. John Do you think Senate. Republicans have the numbers to they have the votes to get in trump's nominee through before the election. Well this is the question on everyone's mind. Right so far Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski Republican senators from from Maine Alaska, had said that they will not vote for replacement before November third they have said that the president who wins on November third you choose the replacement now that only gets Democrats to forty nine and they need fifty one because in the case of a tie Mike. Pence cast the tiebreaking vote Lindsey Graham had previously said he would abide by Mitch McConnell's rule from twenty sixteen. He has now gone back on that apparently because he's angry Democrats didn't roll over for Brad Cavanaugh Chuck. Grassley, who's a senator from Iowa has also previously spoken in favor of McConnell's precedent. I, have a very hard time imagining that when push comes to shove, he'll stand by his. Word and so there really is nothing Democrats can do unless they can persuade two other Republicans to come join them, and if they can't persuade those Republicans and tip the balance what happens. Then what are the consequences for the years ahead on American politics? It's clear that what McConnell did in two thousand sixteen was a tremendous violation of norms I think it's not a good principal to. Uphold I think arguing that this is now how Supreme Court seats should be awarded that in an election year, you effectively have to hold the seat open until the end of the election is a bad precedent but I think there's a difference between saying Republicans should be consistent for the sake of consistency and Republicans should follow this principle because that's how court seat should be given out now. From the Democratic Base, there's been a tremendous push to threaten Republicans with repercussions if. Retake. The Senate and the president in that includes making Puerto Rico in Washington DC states, which would effectively at least in the near in medium-term Give Democrats four senators people have also been talking about expanding the court. So the reason they are Nice Ring Court justices is not constitutional legal. It's just a statute. So if they were minded and had a majority had a president who would sign it into law, they put eleven or thirteen justices on the supreme court. The problem with that for Democrats I think is that it sort of shifts the terms. Of the debate that they are now winning I think the way Joe, Biden has pitched. This campaign is on the one hand. You have the sort of chaotic destructive Donald Trump on the other. You have Joe Biden Palm known figure who will get us back to normal. If, he comes out and endorses expanding the court or State of DC in Puerto Rico, which to be clear he has not done. He is actually a opposed expanded from court but if he comes out if Democrats threaten this, then the debate becomes a lot murkier. Then it becomes the radical change that Joe Biden wants to do right take fifty, two states and putting thirteen on Supreme Court against Donald Trump will keep things as are I think that debate does not play out very well for Democrats. John Thank you very much time.
Apple unveils new iPad, Apple Watch, & Fitness+ service
"Right? Or yesterday or whatever day they're announcing. They've got a whole bunch of new announcements aboutthe watch on iPad all sorts of stuff. Tell us about it. Yeah. Yeah, And this is actually just one of three big sets of announcement will be coming up with this fall in this manner. Yesterday they talk. They unveiled a brand to bringing versions of the iPad. A very good update to the Apple Watch on also a whole bunch of new services, but they're bundling together, including sort of Saletan style. Get your Get your fitness fitness workout through your television set while Malo actual people of work your way through what's going on. Right. How does what How does that work so to speak, he said. What appears on the screen. Yeah, it's called Apple Fitness Plus and and they have, like real top to your fitness instructors that are walking you through actual workout today, and some of them are recorded. Some of them are alive. But the really interesting part of that. Is that while you don't mean an apple watch in order to use this you if you have another watch and you're wearing it will it will Hey, actually guys, show you I'm on on my way the screen to the arcade here is what the heart right rate now is your one again. other data. And if they say Oh, for he fitness knows that instructor says, Okay, and now we're going to going for cardio. So we're looking he's for a target going of to 140. the arcade. Get it? It knows that What and is we'll say it? Okay, we're going to make your heart Pinball rate wizard. thing on That's the screen. exactly Much, much right. bigger. Here we It go. just Let's hear makes it. it there. OK, I will not tell any secrets by saying I'm not really all that interested in exercising. Give Not them me something about sure that sort can of new make and the gadget. pinball. He can make That's it more why he's going more to the involving arcade. And Uh, this is the sort things as well to make me want to jump up and down Oh, my living God. room. Here we go. You know, every day that's like virtual The can exercising. of worms You has know, officially Israel exercising been and opened. you buy like a No, your calendars. ah, 9 a 16, stationary about bike or six o'clock. a treadmill. Uh, Then thanks you can hang for playing. your laundry We've on got it. for You can't you handle $50 laundry gift certificate on an Apple from builders Watch. supply outlets. Uh, There's so much more than kitchen what? cabinets and open for business What go about? to build You their know, supply I gotta go. outlet Okay. dot I'm com just going for to their news the store hours. the pad. The iPad We'll take a break doesn't get and bigger the news on 7 now is 20 a bigger w GM. because it seems Hi. This to me is it's Jay almost foreigner getting to CEO be the same size of Rocket is a Mortgage small laptop. 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So this is the Send first time they've right given now it could a really be a big great redesigned time for to you give to take it some a positive lot of the style financial and steps a lot forward of the features. with a cash Of out the more expensive refinance iPad from rocket Pro mortgage, line, which so could it give doesn't you say the boost it is a bigger that screen you're looking 10.9 for. inches, In addition, we But may be the able to help you big refinance deal about this with little is that or no they've out made of pocket like the costs gap between at rocket the screen mortgage. and the edge We're committed of the device to smaller, every client so every it's time really is no the exceptions, same size device, no excuses, but they've put a bigger screen giving you in the it best in a much higher mortgage quality, experience. spring four k Call us or today something at 8338 like that, right? I mean, rocket it's or go the to rocket mortgage dot the com resolution. 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So the Apple Watch is seeing a couple of upgrades or price adjustment. So there's a watch Six. I believe a watch s ee. What's the story with the Yeah, They've got too much to models every year, they updated and once again they they've added some really huge features on the series six, which is their main line open. Spend $300 for it. Watch. They've added blood oxygen sensors to it. So it has basically as you're wearing it, a Chinese light that shines light and You three or screen for your skin and incentive, the color of your blood and the blood. Yeah, so and works as ah, of course, better than the production centers, a lot of a spot for the covert epidemic but the really cool things, But the apple other companies will add these beach at features to fitness watch, But it's just sort of a feature. Apple did such a great job of integrating with everything else. So this blood oxygen center? Yes, you can. You can decide. Hey, please tell me what my blocks in saturation levels right now. But it will also just keep sensing it is, of course, the day so if there's any alarming sort of a change, it will give you an alert saying, Hey, this is unusual even works as you're sleeping. So s so if for whatever reason, you're part stops putting your heart your lungs stops putting oxygen in your bloodstream at the rate that would be considered compatible human life. They consent that and say Here's an incident that happened last night. I don't know you should probably it won't get won't give you medical advice, but It is a piece of data that might move you from. You know what? I really have been having really terrible sleep Well at night at night after night after night. Maybe I should have got it. I've got a check up with my doctor in a couple of weeks. Maybe I should bring this up course The Boche will provide the doctor with all the data of what it was. It's been observing. Well, thanks for being with us. I just want to go back to one thing that you said is we wrap it up here. You said that the watch shines a light into your skin. Yes, well, we know that the purest courses pretty translucent. So if that's the way it doesn't that's AH along Go. I won't tell you too long here, but that's one of the interesting sort of limitations of these business watches. But of course, it can't do anything that sort of breaks. The skin on DH presents one of the holy grails of fitness watches. Being able to take lunch, blood sugar readings or two and do stuff like that. But unfortunately, there has been some experimentation that way, but there's no way to do it. But with blood oxygen, they found ways around it that again. They're not taking obviously not taking a blood draw, which is the most most efficient way of doing it. But it's good enough and the science is solid enough. For the purposes of this fitness, But you can tell you particularly when you're exercising. Yes. You're reaching the blood of your reaching the blood levels. So the action levels you're supposed to be targeting. As you're working out. You're getting healthier and healthy as it goes. Well, thank you, Andy. I really appreciated. You know, I'm sort of behind the curve on all this technical stuff and you've explained it, Even I can understand it Amazing. Thanks. And thanks to him every day you do You know what? It just struck me, though. The
Open source developer and Gitcoin creator Kevin Owocki discusses modern fundraising
"To jump right into it in the world, of Crypto, currency money is important depending on your view bitcoin itself is or aspires to be money in a very real way and without question, the craziest time Crypto have surrounded or even just been entirely about fundraising for projects. This has always been positive though in the later stages of the initial coin offering praise it seemed like raising money became the point rather than what it was being raised to accomplish in its aftermath. It's become increasingly obvious that what's being funded matters at least as much as how you get the funding but how you get the funding is important to. A couple of weeks ago Andrey's, and I were talking about an open source project. He'd actually used get coin to fund is, can you tell that story can here? Yeah absolutely. You know every now and then I come across an idea or find a gap in the court system where I think it would be really useful if we had a software gizmo to do X. Y. or Z. and even though I can code myself I don't have the time to embark on these little projects. So as I've done in the past I looks for way to funded developer to do this work and this time I decided to use bitcoin I've been Aware of it and looked at it in the past. But now I had a real project to sink my teeth in. So the projects was to develop a plug in or changing the wizard of the electron import in order to enable it to discover derivation paths, and I'm no monnet craze that has been used in a different wallet where the user doesn't know what the derivation path is and keeps having difficulty recovering funds. This is a problem, a lot of newbies have. And so I put up a he basically and a bounty is a pot of money in this case denominated in the stable coin die so that it's the equivalent value and I put up a one thousand dollar bounty for about forty to sixty hours of work approximately I estimated to develop this capability I wrote a specification as a get hub issue and the I thing. About Bitcoin is that it integrates directly into get hub. So I could take the issue where described the desired feature in detail and then attached the bounty directly to that, and then have developers come and pitch to take on that bounty and executed. It was completed a couple of weeks ago paid out and it's a feature that's being merged into hopefully the next version of Elektra. Now, that tool that you had created actually you and I had a little back and forth about it because turns out that you don't necessarily a Newbie to run into the problems that you were trying to solve their and we actually wound up using it to solve a big problem. I've been working on for a couple of months, but that's going to be another episode. Entirely, today we're talking with Kevin Kevin, can you just kind of take us through the basics of bitcoin was kind of the goal and how is it operating? Let's just start off with the most basic question for people who aren't familiar with the project. Is there a bitcoin or is this something that builds using as Andrea saying die or other types of Tokens as a reward? Yet, that's a great place to start. There is no bitcoin token bitcoin is a place where you can get coins. If you're a software developer in exchange for doing software development tasks, we have unfortunately from a branding perspective gotten swept up with a lot of the projects. Did do ICO's IOS in two thousand seventeen even though we never did in Seo. So. Take us back to the beginning kind of what was the thinking about this project in general what was the problem that you were trying to solve, and then how did you end up solving? So I've been working in web startups for the last thirteen years pretty much ever since I graduated from school and every software project that I've ever worked on has been an open source software projects. So whenever I start a new start up I will use python, which is an open source programming language. I will use an open source database server, I will use an open. Source Web server, and so every time I've built a start up all the stuff that you see in tech crunch are standing on the shoulders of giants of open source software and basically every time I've built a software startup I've been using open source software and open source software crates, billions of dollars of value for the world, but there's good way for software developers to monetize. The work that they do in open source software, and so that was sort of founding reason why I created Bitcoin, which is a double sided market connect software developers to the people want to fund their work in open source software in the sort of insight is that now using the blockchain space, we now have billions of dollars of capital that's going to open source software. Whereas before in the old financial system, all of the money that goes into it goes to some back office on wall. Street. So what if we could build a marketplace where the software developers they can sort of be the routing mechanism for the money going to software developers and have it the blockchain native project? That's what get coin is and that was the genesis of Bitcoin.
This Week in Philadelphia
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What The UN Is Doing To Help Children IN Lebanon After The Explosion
"Year to approach the scene women's empowerment because we really wanted to be part of all the Feminist fide that are ongoing in this period, and we can see all over the world because the women are making their kind of a Sud- revolution expecting an asking. For a real equality. And we want to be. In this past. So this is linked to many subjects in South America the question of the pro-choice is really present. Obviously, metoo is a reality all over the world, but we also want to be present on a on a very positive constructive and and fighting spirit in the films would receive. About older subjects that could be linked to the equal equal pay for example. Is Subject of the SUJ- of a really quality is a very important subject for us and we're expecting. As many famous possible tackling this subject are you expecting to have participants from all over the world man women we really expecting to Hob? Participation from all over the world from the previous editions, we used to have between eighty and one hundred countries are being involved. We have to be even better. Because this question of women empowerment is absolutely universal and and we all come soon wizard reality in our country with reality in a context that is connected to it but we have beautiful stories to tell about it and we went inviting men of this Lee women but I think I don't have to invite them to speak about it. But I would like to invite man and film makers. To, wonder and to imagine new stories about the subject and to see how much they can be part of the feminist fights and they can be supportive who the sisters for this very potent revolution we are facing that at the end will be embracing the better situation for older humanity. So. If somebody wants to participate and submit a film, what do they need to do? So it's very simple. A full mark is pretty unique because it's one more by one minute one FEM- you shoot defeat with the mobile it's one minute long maximum and you make a very good story you have to submit you fill before October twin teeth. On a a website, which is mobile famed festival dot com.
Why Lionel Messi Wants Out of FC Barcelona
"Sam borden six years ago we were in Brazil together and my facial hair situation was not good. I mean that isn't what stands out for me Pablo but. I think I. Think we all have different memories of experiences. SAMBORN is a global sports correspondent for ESPN and kind enough to forget the unfortunate beard I grew for five weeks while we were covering the two thousand fourteen World Cup it's actually kind of funny right I mean now World Cup in Brazil Lionel Messi was a big part of the story there and obviously is a big part of the story today to. We got to see Leo Messi in a World Cup final Sam and you fast forward six years and I bring you here today because Messi announced last week that he wants to leave F c Barcelona after a nearly seventeen year stint. Tell me why this is a big deal. The obvious answer is that Messi is the most famous athlete on the planet may be one of the most famous people in the entire world. He is not just a generational star he is a star that defines a sport. When you talk about people that are known all over the world for being absolute craftsmen absolute artisans at what they do messy is that guy? Governor. From the magical. Curiel who knows? He's a little guy from Argentina, who is an absolute wizard with a soccer ball? Hey, just tonsure. RIP UP OF REASON A perennial. He's magical. He's calculating. He's one of the most creative players with sport has ever seen. I said. I think one of the things that has always made him even bigger than just. As, see and other sports these his diminutive stature, he's not a giant he's not the one of these massive bodies. I've been in front of him several times and I'm five ten and I looked down on him quite a bit. To me that's what makes him during and beloved by so many people is that he kind of Rome's among giants and somehow finds a way to succeed in a way that no other player ever has coming up with gold medal messy. He made Barcelona. The juggernaut that it is today and him moving on that say massive seismic shift, not just in soccer but in sports.
One Strange NBA Lottery, and What We Learned and Laughed About
"Let's start with a little draft lottery reacts from your draft, lottery experts no dogs no. Timber Wolves won the number one pick in the twenty twenty NBA draft last night after winning the League's annual draft lottery many entered the night with a fourteen percent chance of moving up to number one the same odds as the warriors and the cavs for best in the League. Best chance at that. So here's the full lottery breakdown for you guys at Number One, the wolves to warriors three Hornets four, bulls trae. Hawk six. Seven Pistons Eight Knicks Hilarious. Nine. Wizards. Ten Sons, Eleven Spurs twelve kings thirteen Pelicans and the fourteenth pick in the lorry goes to the Celtics by way of the Grizzlies. So the big winners yeah. Besides the wolves were those two teams that made significant jumps, you had MJ's Hornets moving up to eighth and trays bowls moving up from the seventh position. All the way up to number four congratulations to you is that a win in your books you'll love to see it. Somehow the Bulls aren't drafting seven I don't even remember what that's like what a summer for the Bulls Boylan, his gone second place in horse and now the fourth. Everything's turning up for Chicago I'm. Thrilled
Travel to Iowa
"I'd like to welcome to the show Sarah brewers from travel with Sara, dot com, and also mid west travel network, DOT COM and oddly enough we're going to talk about the mid West and specifically serious here to talk to us about Iowa Sarah Welcome to the show. Thank you for having me. I'm excited to be here excellent well and I put out the. Word among my travel blogger brethren and written and I don't think that this thing put a couple of weeks ago and said, I've got three missing states I missing Iowa Nebraska and Hampshire, and at least one person I think it was more than one said if you want Iowa have to talk to Sarah and why is that? Sarah. What's the connection to Iowa? Well I live in Iowa. I have lived here all my life and I live on I will farm I'm married the neighbor boy in two thousand eight I started a blog and it was in two thousand thirteen that I really dove into the travel side of things. But the one thing that I realize is a lot of people didn't know a whole lot about the mid West or my home state of Iowa in. Most people don't realize that I will has beautiful cornfields and soybean fields we have that, but we have a lot of other amazing things and that's why you need to come to Iowa to visit and we're GONNA get into all of those today and I can't wait to share I. Clinical Slices a paradise will normally ask why someone should go I. Think you jumped into that one ahead of time anything else you would add to that I will surprise you I think the art, the culture, the scenic byways will blow you away. You could spend probably one home month exploring Iowa's scenic byways and I think that's pretty darn. Cool excellent will and where are you going to take us to what you're gonNA recommend where we starting. Well, let's start and do and. North, central. Iowa. Route, which is near where I live. I live near Mason. City. Mason. City Clear Lake and we're GONNA go to Charles City those three towns there, and then he can go up to forest city where you can see we're winnebago motorhomes are made. So you start in Mason city, Mason cities, a great base camp, and I would recommend that you stay in the park in hotel. The parking hotel is the last known hotel in the world designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Can stay there. Okay. People come from all over the world to Mason City Iowa population twenty six thousand something. So I have to Mason City, but I stayed in the holiday and see this is my mistake. You need to come back and see if the. I'll give you the grand old tour I. Didn't know he had designed any hotels. That's true. The first thing people say to me is Oh I don't think I could afford to stay there. and. I'm telling you that rooms at the Parken Hotel in Mason city. Iowa. Are Very affordable. I'm talking one twenty, nine to one, fifty, nine at night in a historic hotel. Designed by Frank Lloyd. Wright. I mean that is amazing. So when you're in Mason City, you want to do the river city's sculptures on parade, which is a sculpture walk, and it's always fun because I travel a lot and you know these artists that create these sculptures are all across America and maybe some of you've seen the Humpty dumpty sculpture that's around. I. Know I'M Thinking, the last place I saw one was in Mesa Arizona Okay I just have to take a Selfie with it because I'm like here's how you know Humpty kind of manages to be wherever I am but the sculptures are really a nice walk because they also take you through the Rock Glen area in Mason City, which is where there are other Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes. So is not only the hotel. There's other homes there as well and McKnight or art museum is a fantastic museum in town. They have the bayard puppets, Baird Marionettes, wizard of Oz the marionnettes that we're using the wizard of Oz are in the museum in Mason City and you can go across the street to Music Man Square we what puppets were in wizard of Oz are we talking about flying monkeys or what? Yes. Monkey is there okay it's a really Nice Museum but then you go across the street and you go to Meredith Wilson's boyhood. Home The music man. So, Meredith Wilson was born in Mason city. Iowa. And the Music Man Square has museum in there that is home to. Meredith Willson. So in the streetscape is in there and it looks just like in the movie, but you would envision it. So that's pretty cool. Meredith Willson he's also buried in Mason City and you know what? There's a lot of people that look for famous people were buried. You know who knew a lot of people cemetery tourism is kind of a big deal but then you go, let's go estimates saying you've already Charles City and get to Whitewater rafting most people don't think of Iowa and Whitewater rafting. And you can do that in Charles City Iowa. In Charles City I'm not sure eight, ten thousand people maybe. And you can stay in a luxury cabin there at red? Cedar. Lodge cabins that are overlooking the river great place for extended families to stay. But you've got the river
Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo suspended one game for headbutting Wizards' Moe Wagner
"Is playing the Milwaukee Bucks and you would say, Oh, yeah, Milwaukee should win that game. We don't know what the bucks they're gonna look like on the court. And how? How many minutes. Are those bucks Players going, Teo get Here's one thing, though, in a game last night were Yannis onto the Campo probably didn't need supply. He did play, so you would have wondered if Mike Budenholzer would've put onto the tempo out in the court tomorrow. Up against the Memphis Grizzlies. Now he doesn't have that option to do so, because you're honest onto the Campo got hit with a one game suspension for a foolish head. But last night On most Wagner and we've seen the honest answer component on the bubble, pick a fight with Dante Hall of the Nets, and then picked a fight with also Mo Wagner. And they were both unnecessary. Why are you doing that? Why you put in yourself in that situation? It's not like you're headbutting LeBron or CO I Leonard, your head butting two guys that Don't mean a damn thing to you, and both their team stink. So you're going to be a back to back M v p Award winner? Maybe trying to pick up the intensity in the bubble, which I could appreciate on DH. Maybe because you know, everyone's saying your season doesn't mean anything until yeah. Get to the embassy finals and really your season starts the postseason. Maybe you just get in and see that that's finally coming. But for Johannes last night, what he was doing was absolutely foolish, and I don't get it and even after the game He realized that it was a mistake and what he did. Terrible action. Um, never go back. Turn back time and club XL playing. I wouldn't do it. But then they know human making state's got out of
Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo ejected from game after headbutting Wizards' Moe Wagner
"Beat. The Wizards won 26 1 13 Yet the ugly incident for Jonathan said a coop Oh, ejected For head butting Mo Wagner. The TV broadcast as we know supposed to let the pictures kind of tell the story not as much detail as you get on the radio side, but the books TV team taking that to a new level when they got a look at the first replay, lot of O's and know that all you got With him afterwards, John. It's admitting that he just lost it in that moment. You're in the zone. Just just like you don't think you know him. I might take a second or two that you don't think you do something. Wagner. I I didn't see this game. Did Wagner say something to him? Like what? Prompted that a hard foul? Yeah, they were jawing mean there It was play. It stopped. And they were John. And as they kind of came together, they were definitely you know, in each other's faces and talking trash. Donna says they came basically chest the chest. Just it was a legit headbutt. So I don't know what he said. But my God, Mo Wagner, by the way, has changed the back of his jersey to don't head butt me gonna be on the back of your S O. We'll see if there's any are what kind of discipline there is free, honest, obviously not great timing with the playoffs right around the corner if there's any sort of suspension at all.
Selena Gomez announces virtual movie premiere for 'This Is the Year'
"Says You're invited to the virtual premiere of her movie. This is the years from years are only a very small select group of people, but not this one. They want all of you to watch it with us. Gomez and her former Wizards of Waverly Place Co star David Henrie teamed up for the movie about a guy who goes to a music festival to find the girl of his dreams.
How to find yor life's purpose
"What we learn about life from fairy tales by Jeff Goings of goings writer dot com. At the beginning of every great story before anything exciting happens we see something that looks a lot like normal life long before the protagonists Lazy Dragon or the heroine embarks on a quest we see her in some unsuspecting place dreaming of something more in beauty and the beasts my personal favorite Disney. Classic Bell Sings of wanting more than this provincial life in Star Wars. Luke can't wait to escape the boredom of a farmer's life and in the wizard of Oz dorothy sings about life somewhere over the rainbow. Is Easy to dismiss such people when we meet them in everyday life as dreamers or even downright crazy but are they really. Pleased get up early on Saturday mornings write essays that I would then save on my computer and share with no one a dreamed of publishing my stories somewhere. But for years, they never left the comfort of my living room. I'm not alone in this. This dreaming of another life does a preoccupation of Bailey and it's a wonderful life and the fixation of Walter Mitty is the reason we sometimes daydream or stay up late watching movies. Our lives are haunted by the ghosts of one might have been. Here's the good news though this is where story always starts with an unrealized dream hope deferred a life lived before chain of events sets the hero on a course to his destiny. Sense that there should be more to life than this. But hopefully that's not where the story ends. An important moment everything begins to make sense. There's a with storytellers call the inciting incident. The moment when the characters perspective changes the tale of an average person living in average life becomes one of mythic proportions but something has to happen for any of this to take place the character must choose to enter the story. Bell goes to find her father. Luke leaves home with OBI Wan. Dorothy, get swept up in a tornado in any great narrative. There's a moment where character decides to be more than a bystander that's really want a story begins with the decision to act. This choice though is often preceded by a link of discontent, which is why when people are called to some great task, they know it they recognize the prompting to do something significant something bigger than themselves and then respond. Why because they've been waiting for it their whole lives. Frustration prepares you for your purpose. My friend Ben Armed says every dream begins with frustration. Think that's true. But that frustration must be funneled into awareness that leads to action. Otherwise, it becomes bitterness. You must be willing to do something to step out into the unknown and see what happens. Until you make this choice, you'll continue feeling frustrated seeing other people succeed chalking it up to lock or some unfair advantage. You'll be jealous and critical wonder why not me and in doing this, he will deceiver self. Because, the truth is some do yet lucky and others have been born into privilege. But what are those things to you? You are still called chances come to us all but only those who are ready recognize them. So before you know what you're calling is your believe your call to something even if you don't know what it is yet that nagging said everything is not as it should be that you were meant for more than the status quo is important clue and what you do with that is essential to how your story unfolds with this means is you don't need some big plan. You just need to be a little dissatisfied with the way. Things are to possess a premonition that something is amiss and you may hold the keys fixing it.
Philadelphia 76ers beat Wizards 107-98; Simmons leaves with knee injury
"Other wizards lost again to the Philadelphia seventy. SIXERS affiliate takes that one, one, seven, ninety, eight, also the big news from that game scholars. You know it's not that Philly won the game I anticipated that that would happen of the big news was that their star guard or I. Guess. Now, if their star power forward, Ben Simmons left the game in the third quarter with an injury to his left, knee. Yes. So they already got. GOT 'EM. Orion. A said, it was clear I. Don't understand this one because it doesn't like something happened, and when you come down and really you didn't get hit I, maybe got hit a couple possessions go and he finally felt at that point. That's a scary moment for Philadelphia because you know non contact injuries to the knee like I'm nothing he towards ACL I. Don't think he did that at all but I just I I do think that you know Know Ben Simmons had the injury with the back. He's come back. He's had this like a weird year. That's like, I think now I'm looking at the heat, I'm looking at the Pacers and the Philadelphia Seventy sixers don't that would be the team that I think like Boston or even I never going to go to Milwaukee and probably not gonNA go to Toronto. But Boston. Miami Indiana are probably trying to figure out a way to play the sixers. sixers. Get the win on. Wednesday night, but they have not looked great in the restart. So for Joel. EMBIID was the best player on the floor for the Phillips filled up seventy sixers. He finished that game with thirty points. Eleven rebounds, three assists, three steals two blocks, his usual stat sheet stuffing performance affiliate. But the big news as we mentioned is the injury to Ben Simmons A, you mentioned scale the initial return for PHILEAS. Good. But I? I agree they have to play a lot better. They have to look a lot better if they're going to have a chance to make some noise in the eastern conference playoffs, especially Scout Given that their first round playoff matchup is now looks like it's GonNa be one of these three teams, Boston Miami or Indiana
76ers beat Wizards 107-98; Simmons leaves with knee injury
"The 70 Sixers beat the Washington Wizards 107 98 this afternoon. But there's a big but Ben Simmons left the game early in the second half with a knee injury.
Volcanoes of Life
"Hey welcome to stuff to blow your mind. My name is Robert Lamb, and I'm Joe McCormack in today, we're going to be talking about something that I've been thinking about doing an episode on for a while ever since I read an article while back that really interested me, and that is the surprising and kind of counterintuitive link that has been proposed by many geologists now between life as we know it. It on earth and the fires of Mount Doom, specifically, the the most violent and scary of geologic processes like volcanic eruptions on the movement of tectonic plates. Yeah. This is a great topic to get into. We kind of had a I guess a preamble to this a couple of episodes ago when we were talking about eggs and we talked about the volcano birds and the idea of a volcano being seeming. Almost. Paradoxically to be something that can nourish. As opposed to something. That's just a purely destructive force. Oh, I. didn't think about that comparison at all. But yeah, the the way that the volcanic sand babysits the egg for for the megapode so that it can just run off and do its own thing. Yeah. Raised by a volcano. But so I thought a great place to start here might be with a brief reading from volusia. It is a famous old norse epic poem from the collection that is known as the Poetic Edda. Now, this is a synonymous work. The author is unknown, but the volusia tells the story of the norse Gods culminating in their destruction in the fiery doom of Ragnarok can I'm just GonNa read a couple of Quad trains here. In Anger Smites, the water of the earth forth from their homes must all men flee nine paces fares the son of Jurgen and slain by the serpent fearless. He sinks the Sun. Turns Black Earth sinks in the see the hot stores down from heaven or world fierce gross. The steam and the life feeding flame till fire leaps high about heaven, itself Nice and one fun thing about this poem. It's bit of Tolkien Trivia Robert Tell me if you've heard this before, but the name of the wizard Gandalf that first appeared in Tolkien's. Tolkien's the Hobbit and then of course, the best character in Lord of the Rings, the name of Gandalf comes from the Veloce token, actually borrowed the name from a section known as the tally of the dwarves from this epic poem. Originally, he was going to apply it to the character in the Hobbit, who became thorn oaken shield the leader of the Dwarf Party. But then he decided later on that, it made more sense to apply the name of Gandalf. The wizard. I think because again, Dal means something like magic staff l.. and. I think he made the right choice like, Gandalf. That makes more sense for the wizard than for Thorin. Think. So but cool thing that happens in this poem sort of part of the RAGNAROK. Myth is that there is a rebirth that follows this fiery doom know after the fire leaps high heaven and the Kingdom of the Gods is destroyed. Earth is not just left in cinders instead, there is a renewal from the fire and the author writes now do I see the earth new Rizal Green from the waves again, the cataracts fall and the Eagle flies and And Fish, he catches beneath the cliffs. So there's this great link between Fiery Cataclysm and rebirth and renewal of life in norse mythology, and and of course, you know these are symbolic elements. I'm not suggesting that they had some kind of scientific insight with this is something that I think is taken as a metaphor largely about human life itself, but coincidentally, it ends up kind of ringing true with things. We're finding out about geology and nature. Well, it's something you see in a lot of different mythological cycles, right I. mean you see it in Hindu mythology? In. Various. American mythologies. Thinking about. Meslin. South America in particular society that things will rise things will fall that there will be cataclysm that whole world will be destroyed, but new worlds will rise out of them and have risen out of them before. Yeah. I was thinking about themes of fiery eruption in the greening of the earth together or sort of a creator destroyer duality. One that came to my mind that that I thought, you might know something about because I know I've heard you talk about Hawaiian mythology before was the Palay myth. Yeah. Yeah. The Hawaiian got his Palay is an interesting example, a deity of fire and Volkan Ism I was reading a book titled Pay Volcano Goddess. Goddess of Hawaii by H are low nemo, and he points out that when Polynesian voyagers I arrived in Hawaii, they brought their gods with
Ghost of Tsushima: Creative Director Interview (with Spoilers)
"Have a very special guests with us this week that we're both very excited to talk with Jason. Connell from sucker punch. Thank you so much for joining US A. Awesome ear. Very happy to have you of course to go super in depth on Kgo Suma, so for those who are watching end jumping in. Be warned there will be some spoiler fil talking here if you haven't played through the game if you haven't. Checked out everything you want to in the game beforehand. Please do that first and then come back. There's a lot to dive into. We're going to be jumping into as much as we can. Of course if you want spoiler free impressions. We did record episode that a little earlier. Even can go check that out, but. There's so much that we can jump into this game I off. Jason I. Just want to say congratulations for recording this on the day. The game is starting to roll out on launch. Worldwide is already available in some territories as where speaking so congratulations to you on the team on that It's very exciting for to finally be out there as a fan of it and I'm sure it must be exciting for the team. Yes, it's a super exciting to have it out. There cited everybody host their photo mode favorites sin. Just enjoy the Games. I feel like an Brian I think this is true for both you and me. We could probably spend the next forty minutes talking exclusively about photo mode. Yeah, no I. Just get into that very quickly. What you've created, my favorite voted in video game history, but also. You might notice you. Create one of the most not-so-subtle advertising tools. That is perfect for this game. Because every time I seen pictures of it I WANNA? Play it again, and I think for a lot of people who were just sort of like on the outside, looking in a video games in general like people who aren't just totally head down on stuff all the time. They're like wait what that's! That's a video game. Where do I play I play it? They're going to get that so Yeah, that's a very very smart. If you guys it's absolutely stunning game. A cool. Photo of his crazy because we were one of the first, you know infamous second son was one of the first. At least I know of modern games that have put like a like a photo mode in in that game. It was just like this cool idea to show off all the cool particles and lighting. That game was a while known for. But it was wasn't crafted as a personality around. It was the cool photo mode, and then over time over the last few years. You have these games that out and Spiderman my favorite of version of this where they like adds the flavor of their game to its photos like tied to the personality of that gain. On, the building tops, doing like little cell fees and Doing it with a phone. That was awesome made it. You need to spiderman so when we were like. Hey, what are we gonNA do for voter mood? To? Whatever the ghost photo mode. One, it's gotta be way better than our first one because. Our, follow up one and two. It's gotta be semantically. You know connected to the game, so we're like. Well motion in Wind I. Haven't we like? Make it less about a static image. You can do that, too, but have be about moving frame that I think is so beautiful about our game kind of spun out from there. I didn't think it was odd that you give the main character, a Selfie, stick and the iphone. His drone that goes along with. Little you know little out of place, but I thought butyl. Oh God you know it's been incredible thing to play around with, and you can do what Brian said. Every time I see more of it. It's one of those things where I've been playing every night. Still in, it's like Oh, no, I need to go jump back in the middle of the day. Because like Oh. That's a great spot I never thought. I could take a photo of I've been a particularly obsessed with going to bamboo strike locations and trying to get all the great photos. I cannot have those spot often. You know like perfectly placed at an edge or something. I sort of wondering. Because obviously this was built more with like the photo mode in mind as you development went on, because it's become so much bigger, what was world creation influenced at all by the photo mode, or were there any aspects of designing this game that were influenced by it because it is more like prevately used feature these days I guess than back when second came out. You know. A little secret you know we. We always knew we'd have a photo modem. We knew that this ambitious version of like I. said a second ago better and more dramatically connected. Owning, really work on it until pretty late, so you know we were so. Dedicated to the stories in crafting the world, so when it came to the beauty of the world. That add add everything that's in the game. I would have to imagine that that had the most iterating over anything, because it's one of the first things you do before you have the whole story articulated and put into the game. Certainly don't have cut scenes. You know it's like you're laying out terrain and at that like how does the island look and then it gets into the direction the feeling Cutting, trees down growing trees, making procedural tools like the world is the by far the most iterative on thing now. There was a point where we're like. This is how we make our game. Look good clearings. Big giant swath of like in forests, you know that you can see for miles. Off using color as like landmarks again, the Golden Forest, or read flower fields, and then, and then a you know, certainly that sort of made its way into some of our features of a photo, but the the world designed stuff. took the lead on on end photo mode. Okay, now that we've created this amazing awesome place. How do we utilize the photo mode in like critical photo that will. Take advantage of how great our team at did at creating a beautiful world. I think one of my favorite things about this game is the sort of balanced that it's constantly striking Between being sort of completely serene, and then the music swells up and swords or out, and they're slashing against each other. How hard was it to sort of get that that tone down because I could see. You know I think in in lesser hands I could be a very kind of dangerous. Push and pull, but I feel like you totally nailed that and I think that that's like some people when they look at an open world game want like nonstop jam-packed activities in in your team made the decision to pull back and let things breath every now and then How did all that come together? Well you know for me. It's the first game that I was certainly a visual director on, and so I I would I you learn something about yourself with everything you create, and for me I personally learned that I don't have a natural tendency to like create incredible. Violence, I just wasn't that was uneven. Favor Games, bloodborne like as absolutely my favorite game. Guide. You're on this show. This is gonNA be worthwhile and. About it anytime. But no, seriously like. That's my favorite game, but. When we were crafting the world would I navigated towards with Joanna. Who's environment our leader? This did this amazing a blog post recently on playstation bar. was the beauty of it was taking taking a moment to breathe in, and then I realized that some of my favorite games that are not. Show the classes certainly embraced the idea of atmosphere in a sense of this and you know I donate Fox's is is resonates. Conversations resonated with him as well so then then the conversation shifted into. Okay well. We definitely have it. We have a summer game. So you know without saying anything else as you say Amer game, you know you're going to be hitting things with a four-foot razor blade so. You know violence is GonNa come so we certainly work on that stuff. allied and we wanted to be great and gritty, and the you know like you really WanNa feel like you have contact when you have contact but the other stuff doesn't come as natural, and you have to actually work on that stuff to balance it out, you really do, and so that means like the idea is about creating Haiku, which was actually named idea You know really. Or believe it was taking a moment to. Allow the beauty to take hold, and not what I think is cool about the ICU that I hope people enjoy about it is is that they're not tied till like progression like you're not. You're not like intrinsically forced to go, do it? You know there's a sense of you have to have the wonder and curiosity desire to do it. It's not like game telling you go do this to reach next level certainly, a lot of that is tied to corporation auto out to have to consider that, but it is. It is a work philosophy to try to get that balance of that contrast It takes years to get right for sure. I really enjoyed the Haiku sections actually He was like you said. It's sort of provided like this. This relaxing breeder and I did like the you were able to select different things who essentially collate them into one kind of fresh Haiku each time. Yeah I I mean I did every single side quests in every single objective in this game, but I I really enjoyed those wow awesome. The accuser, some of my favorite ones to the cinematography. You know it was at the moment to like. You know certainly we call them breathing. Moments definitely say that studio, but it was kind of a moment. Regis Art Geek out a little bit like the people who do the cameras. Mottaki, they can place it in to get the right motion and you know, and then the writers have an opportunity to like. Give you give you a couple of cool options. Just the beauty kinda comes through which is which in the end has been a very positive thing for the experience. Yeah, the balance that Brian was. Speaking to how you were sort of describing how that all came together? I could imagine. It's a very fine line between making sure it's peaceful and calm in certain areas, but. It's still engaging for the player because you could always run the risk of it. Being something that the player doesn't want to engage with, but as Brian. Saying like finding those high coups feels like this wonderful moment of solace after I have assassinated an entire Cam Mongols. And need to reflect on Jin's life, but also just the world I, it's this really great balanced that a I think as Brian was sort of saying you always get in games, but it feels so refreshing to hear. And it's a huge part of our philosophy. How we treat. Treat the game. Whether it's a Haiku great example, he could probably keep talking about, but you know the music style music how the music comes on not having things like combat while you're doing, shrine climbs or anywhere near them so that we can let those be their own experience, and so are these, are we? Everything wanted these features that are not mainline missions. Our conversation is like about how much combat how much non-combat and what is the purpose and what are the? What's the feeling for its existence like what what is the emotional goal for for these features and these are conversations? We have a lot and sometimes triple times over we try. We don't like it. We try something else. Well and for me, what's really interesting is sort of the place that all of these features and the things you go on, have sort of in the context of sucker punches past work, because it is I've been such a huge fan of both cooper franchise and infamous. Stir a year and. You know you get increasingly larger, but often more urban. City expenses that you're exploring a lot. In both of those franchises to certain extent here you're out in the wild. There are of course settlements and encampments and things like that, but there is a there's a lot of stretches where it can just be the world around you that you're exploring and I was sort of wondering on a world design level. How do you? How do you balance? Making all of these locations unique to explore as well and interesting. Even though you know a lot of can just be more, the environment's like what are the challenges that come with that? Yeah, so one of our. Our Contractors Jeff He. He talks a lot about content density, and what is the correct density and I really am really thankful that he brought that conversation up to light so much because It's such a you know Thinking about if you're currently doing something, you're going across the world and run into something. How much further would you have to ride your horse before you might find the next thing, or can you see the next thing from where you currently are? How how dense is it and I really enjoyed that conversation? Because it let us think about what's the right philosophy for for our game and it it certainly it allows us to you know if we want to in one place, you just completed something, and you should be able to generally speaking, look around and find one more thing on horizon or see the shrine trying on top of the mountain. It influence our world design alive, because when we first had the game built for the I you know I'd say maybe two years. It was a lot of forest. It was a ton of trees and it was cool, but you always were felt like you were in this like. Tunnel beautiful, but really deforestation. which does a couple things one is? It is very cool, but. It makes it really hard to know where you are without a compass or many map. Something telling you kind of giving you that extra information that your brain is just really needing. So what we did is we started opening up fields and I definitely some shadow, the classes photos out and was like fields as as reference vm. Because it just feels so epic when you're going through field, but but you know the criticism it could be that it's boring or something like that, and and really have to embrace a philosophy that it won't be boring because there's beautiful music. There's five things now that you can see what you want to do next because you're in a field, there's more clearings and it created a Great beauty in the game, but also more opportunity to engage with that density and I I. Really I think that that was one of the conversations that was ongoing throughout the project, but we landed in a really. I think unique spot for. When when when you? When your team was the helping this game, you obviously weren't anticipating a significant portion of the world's population to be stuck indoors for months on end, but At one I mean there were obviously there. Are you know a lot of sort of like entertainment? Things that have come out during quarantined. That didn't really. Fair as well due to their. SORT, of like the way they were delivered or their subject material something that, but this is a game that I really more than ever appreciated as a guy who's in a two bedroom apartment really appreciated huge open fields and. Mountains in like sprawling rivers and seas and stuff like that but I think one of my favorite things about the big open fields is that there's always something? Or there is like a lone tree. And you're just sort of naturally drawn towards it, and I found that like that sort of like beautiful use of negative space to be like so powerful. In terms of like never felt to me like there's nothing ahead of you. This is boring. It always felt to me like this. Is this is this is like a sort of triumphant use of minimalism and and charging towards something. To reveal that there's like one loan item in the distance was so much more engaging tomato like at a mini map that had a hundred time trials, but Hamas other stuff like I. Found Myself uncovering the dog on the entire map which. I was I was like basically riding around in spirals like in that movie alto like I was trying to. Five is in half the time I was on foot to. It was really wonderful game to explore so I. WanNa ask you about that the. The the sort of the way exploration on unfolds in this game is something I. Really Really Love and I think a lot of open world games are going to take note of following the wind and talking to people and following Fox's two locations rather than just you know overtly stating the player. This is where you're GonNa go, or you go to. The map in this big thing opens up. All that come together. What was the push and pull on that to sort of find the right way to keep players in the no, but without making like overwhelming them with information. Yeah I'll talk about kind of our studio kind of struggles, but I also kind of throw in my own, maybe personal philosophy, too. So I. I judge Games my favorite game, especially them really harshly by. How does it feel if you're? You're actually not doing anything on the sticks. I would if you're just sitting there. Just sitting in the world, you're standing in the world. You're on your horse in the world like is there. Is there a what's the feeling and some of my favorite games by just sitting there? There's like things that go through your mind. Like why do we? What are you anticipating? That are stuck on the story or like. Where's that next objective like you're just what's going through your mind? because. That's when you're not doing anything. That's what you're thinking of next like. You're just taking in the beauty looking around our game I hope that translates into that sense of exploration and sense of curiosity like if you do stop for a second yearly, you're not already on kind of a train of thought it is more. One of curiosity is one of like. Hey, what? What do I want to do next? Oh, there's something over there. There's something of their. Oh, I wonder band before, so they're having gone to could check it out and I. think that the more information you were to have on your screen compasses many maps. It kinda answers those questions before you even have time to ask the question. It's just like the dots right there. Let's go do the DOT. It doesn't matter what the DOT is. It's just there's thing let's go do it, and so that that to me is is a really important part of what I think. The Games, Tries to do in the world, and and certainly we did not have the wind when we started on this project at all. In fact, what the wind was which is has got this cool story I'll say quick is. on the first direction slides on the you know we did. A presentation is like one of the first presentation out the way look and feel and everything moves was was one of them like a wind. We're going to double triple quadruple down on win, and you know there's a lot of attack that has to go into that. He got Capes moving I gala hair moving. You gotta get trees and Bushes, and especially for procedurally generated now artistically procedurally generated world. That's really tough. Two years later. Something like that. That became true and you've standing I'm standing in this world and we had other elements we were helped. Augmenting are kind of navigation and get around the world and I'm just like holy crap. The wind is amazing. It actually works at that time. It always like went from East West or West. East or something I can't remember always just directional and it's just. It's really good. And then we started having conversations like how going to get more stuff off the screen to stay in the is like beautiful world more and more because it's just. It's really stunning even years ago. And a one point I had this idea like. The Wind. It sounds kind of crazy and Adrian is like our longtime worked on has been sucker punch. Long Time. They tried a little quick prototype with me. We had like fifteen people play at were removed all the you I just to hey. Can you just just try to follow it and just and it sounds crazy, but follow in if you can get to that hot spring or that on. And it worked like the first prototype fourteen out of the fifteen people were able to easily get there so cool. Yeah and I. I was like Oh. Yeah, we have to do this. Question. Like. This is something that is going to be unique to the game and then an analyzing. Say on them about the wind because I can do it all day, but is it had like the matic ties to the island in historical kind of. Poetic, Tian's to you know. The Mongols came in as typhoon sweeps them all out to see and. You know we name the sword the sky storm after that you know him being a storm, a metaphorical storm on the island for for the island, rooting for the island, and then it was like about nature, and then the animals came along, and I, you know it just felt like a bunch of like one of these critical pieces you don't know exists, and then you find it, and you're like that fifth straight there and does and then nearly. Oh, I, think we have a good. I can see the puzzle now so. Cool, it was cool journey. Having having that comes away. It all it feels so true to the world that the team has created in those moments. Because you know, I'm I'm a completion is player like if you give me a list of a thousand things to go collect if you give me, you know like an infamous. Charge to go collect I. Collect all of them, but there's something that I think does speak so much to this world and end you wanting to be invested in that. It is really by pulling everything. Out of the screen that you're looking at and just letting you look at the world you get more familiar with it, and you start to learn more about Oh. Yeah, I've taken that pass before. That leads to that pillar of honor or there's that cemetery over there as you start to. Trek across the land. It really gets you invest in the world in a way that I think just having a list or a neon sign to tell you where to go would. Deliver it in the same way. Yeah, that's great. That's so. That's the goal so I'm glad you had that experience. And I it's one of those things you know that the open world I think speaks so well to what the team really accomplish with this game, but one of the things I was curious about wasn't and I know. We talked about this a little bit, but released, but since we can. Talk to the island as whole, but what was the? I? Guess the poll the. The back and forth poll of wanting to make sure you stay true to the spirit of this real world location, and honor the history and the people that are but also create a world that at the end of the day would be fun to run around or write a horse around in as a game. Yeah and it's a great topic, and it's kind of been the the struggle for and I would say struggle in a creative sense. It's the creative. From from from once, we actually knew we were making Susha and we started doing all this research, and and you learn so much about the island. Like the fact that at that time it was likely to be like ninety five percent covered in dense forest. Which again I told you we tried. We tried very dense forest in. It's just hard to ride a fun horse through tree. Trees it's. Pretty tough. Also, it's incredibly hilly. We went there just like it's just hill after hill after mountain after Mount After Mountain, also challenging to create a interesting layouts in combat spaces in so. So, we worked with our team in Japan. We're like hey, this is how we were planning on You know being inspired by the shape of the islands. It looks very similar to the actual shape, but here's some kind of Ford as we'd like to take or game reasons you know, make the game more fun to to roam around. The landscapes in have layouts that have. Have Cool puzzle climbing challenges, or what have you were interesting missions, and and they were totally for it you know. And they gave us feedback of maybe when we went too far and then they also they know is in a fun way. They gave us feedback of win. Hey, you could go further with us, and so that was. It was a lot of ultimately. We're super inspired by history, and what happened and then the general beauty of greater. The greater nature of Japan as a whole, it's definitely hugely inspiring to us but we also make in a game and a PR and original story and a lot of things that. Have to Challenge it, but work in tandem with it, so it's it's definitely been a challenge I'm in a good way and we learn so much. And I will say the last thing I'll say on that. Is that within Joyon on the environment? Our team myself in the constitution. We talk a lot about like realism. And You know like A. Maybe painted realism, or maybe, how can we do it like a slightly stylized version of that? And and and you know this is not even if you've ever been to Seattle only did infamous. It wasn't really a stone by stone. Kind of recreation. Roads aren't lined up exactly. It's sort of like if you blur your eyes, you're like Oh. Yeah, that's definitely definitely Seattle like it rains. A lot of people drink coffee. PUNK ROCK and grunge music. It's You know the things that are there the spacing? Like the things you would expect, but it's not the like. Let's put a magnifying glass over, and let's get it like perfectly accurate and we take that same philosophy here. We want to feel like that. This is plausibly. Dass what it could feel like. That's what if we could do smell through it. That would we would try to. Feeling into music, we're going for a as a is a is a main heart. Smell will actually be unlocked on the playstation six. Thirty I. Have Rumor, we have an today since three. Hey listeners. We know you love gaming and have excellent taste, so we want to tell you about the official. The last of podcast in the show writer podcasters stand up comedian and huge fan of the. Host Christian Spicer we'll revisit the first game and talk with the people who created that critically acclaimed work hit. Also give you what you've all been waiting for. 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The the combat in this game is awesome, and that's coming from somebody who to be completely transparent. Wasn't crazy about it. At first 'cause my immediate reaction was. There's no lock on. Think what do you mean? There's no lock on like you can't. You can't have a certified again without lock on and as as I grew to. Appreciate. The sort of dynamic happenstance of a dashing between those four stances and. Fighting different types of enemies. In synchronicity while switching and switching back and forth using my sub moves and everything I was like. This is one of my favorite combat systems interview ever But what what? How did how did that decision? Come to not have have lock on? was that was at a debate internally in the studio? Because that's to me, that's one of those things that people just expect from a video game and I found myself not even thinking about it after a few hours in. I. It's definitely debate right like it's A. It was heavily debated and talked about how you know. From all corners of the CEO there was not some like. I mean because it's a it's a standard. There is a standard anytime. You go against the standard. You need to prove it out and. I'm glad we tried something different than you know. As person bloodborne like my favorite game, I like games that allow you to really kind of hone in and focus, and and control that since a control comes, comes with locking, but and you know, and certainly as a samurais sense of control is a huge fantasy so Yeah, man. We talked about it a ton Maybe when it comes to combat, I would say it's in the top three conversations that we had over the entire course of the project while. But I have to give massive. Shout out to you know. One of the studio heads. You know I've found Sucker Punch Christopher. Men he's he's behind the core design, a lot of the combat and he he works out of the code for it, and there's another Guy Ted. Who is awesome designer? And he liked those two brains man. They worked together, and they figured out a way to create something that is first of all feels like you're hitting the person when you do hit them like it's a tandem as animation, so it's not like a hit box based. It's like these. This animation links up to this one. Is I very newbie? Animation Brain. And it's not just like the slash through thing right, and so they feel like you're hitting the person it feels. A goal is a gritty feeling, but it's also incredibly fast paced at times. You know as you get like five or six people around you you can be, you could be like. Changes. In planning, and when you're going to do the smoke bomb, go around the building and do another. Jump down from the top, you know. It's just like a it. Almost like a the style of it is is better with how the walk on. That's kind of the thing that we found over time especially when she became pro at it. And locking on actually with slow down, maybe in some ways and a sense of control will be got out of it instead was things like standoffs in duels, obviously assassinating somebody having that jump on, somebody gives you that, too, but we decided to really push that those moments or mythic abilities I think are. Usually will help take out people pretty quickly. The mythic abilities are interesting because I I think i. I I'm really glad that this game never really went like supernatural despite having the Word Ghost, in the title. There's. There's other there's an alternate version of this game. Were you guys just want preserved and people are summoning dragons and stuff like that. I appreciate that a lot of the crazy stuff that you got away with felt grounded even like the fire sort is ridiculous, but there's like. Oh there's there's sort of like a scientific explanation. Yeah. And then when you start doing some really intense stuff that feels deliberately over the top like dude, get terrified and they starts crawling away like. Is Watching people just straight up running around. Disappear and stuff like that. It's crazy like this is a i. mean even when we pitches his game. This was another heavily debated. Topic is going to be fantasy based or not, and obviously nate and I felt really strongly as well as many other people that we should not make it fantasy base in like high fantasy base because. It really those first of all there's. Several of those games out there already, and they do a wonderful job and I love neo I love sector, Oh, these games are awesome and they lean on that a little bit more as their unique. You know and so. Good. It's smart of us not to do that, but the reason why we didn't do the reason we did was because we were definitely were focusing a little bit more on the Human Story certainly one of the world to feel plausibly real. And you know if you like, I'll take the example. You just threw out there like having people fall in there, but get scared. Scoot away, man if you could just like, pull out a fucking dragon every five minutes. Scares them like I feel like a real challenge to overcome like and so you have to be constrained. So that when we do pull out something that's really incredible or scary or something like that that it actually has wait to it, you know and. I one of the things I do love about our game in might be some of my favorite content, actually mythic missions because. They. A build up the idea that people were legends like they talk about people in their connection to the island. The lightning one is a great example where you know, they burn the black sand, the sands black, which always like wire, the sands black back answer black, and it just bill out as they build up this legend of people that may have come before you, which is Kinda cool because? because. You're kind of building your own legend. To maybe one day, people talk about mythic stories of the ghost You know that humans can do maybe slightly crazy incredible in your living, example of that and people tell tall tales. I think that's cool. I love win. Jin would go around to the stories and people would be like. There's ghosts in the woods and he's like. No, there's not. Watching watching the people run away after a battle, though my favorite things in the game because it's it teeters on like on on like. Comedy, you would find in like vintage Kung Fu movies where somebody would come and kick. A bunch of Bass and one guy would be like away. Runaway ended every single time was I would let him run like maybe like hundreds of feet pull out my arrow. Cruel Man I know you you put it there. You know you gotta sit there, don't. If you give Brian the high ground. He will let them run as far as he wants to. I what I do love going back to the mythic tells them. You know maybe people one day telling the story of the Ghost I. I'm always sort of a sucker for. Stories that are about storytelling to a certain extent, because I do think you get so much of the human nature that we all deal with on a day to day basis of why we tell stories and everything and I I love that that permeates so much of this game, and not just in the quest, but on the on the ques- structure as a whole in this game I think is really unique, but it works really well. Because as Brian was saying earlier, you can go to a house in. Someone's saying Oh. There are nearby. Please help me or someone one of my favorite stories early on one of the side missions I found was. A woman send you to get food from the bandit that stole it from her. And then you bring the food back and she's like. Oh, thanks! I finally have food down. You're like. Wait a second. That wasn't yours to begin with. I just killed all those guys because you can't, there's. There's this. Stark sadness to a lot of the stories that I think really works in this game and I was just curious on like a total storytelling. Horrible 'cause there are moments of levity. You know like everything with Kennedy I think is so great, but how do you you know balance? I think this is a land and a group of people who are under siege. They're under attack by the suppressive force. At the same time. They are living their lives. There's this humanity going on the island. Hugs, what are some of the struggles that come up and try to tell those stories? Yeah, well first of all. When you started telling me, which story were, I was like racking my brain like which? It was so many. I I know it's crazy and I'm gonNA. Play through a bunch probably that I've played through in a long time, I play retail, but. You know It's balanced because you don't want it to be this like we did not want our game to be this like heavy thing that was constantly hitting you over the head with a that was just not what we wanted for this particular game. Think anybody really goes from bad particularly. I think they're always in goal, but but in it's hard, though because invasion and you wanna see desperation, and you WanNa see like these people have struggles. And frankly you know we want to. You know it's not always like dude. Go kill things, and so you WanNa hear you know people having. Their kids, or this or that like our parents like I. Don't know you just want to hear something that sounds like these people are struggling a little bit. But you know the when it comes to the writing and those stories, most of the stories do most of them do exist to try and reflect at the world has been in invaded, invaded place and. For people that are like these allies, and you engage with those those will get a little bit more in depth than traveling of their story, and for these little small one off encounters. Just say look even even the hasn't class is affected greatly by this and hopefully feel a sense of remorse for them or sadness for them, maybe a sense of duty that why you're doing this stuff, but as for the tone of it. I genuinely like a somber tone in general, I think Sambre is is not dark. Sombre is not grotesque. Sambas is just like a like A. Light sadness to things and I felt like that light sadness in a world that is so incredibly. Beautiful is kind of a nice. Balance and I think we look at it now that way and to some extent. That's a really good way putting now that now that you say that. It makes perfect sense because. You have all these incredible like you know. There's Fox's in this you know. Like. Rainstorms the beautiful trees and yellow leaves, but then you go, do these side quests on. You're like Oh. Wow, that was. Your family died and you can save them and you're like damn. That hit me hard that one. Particularly, there was one side quest for like now I know, too. Hard that one's talents so hard and You know there that one people on on the team who? Created that one, and then like you know as we get through the Polish face like Alan, somebody went through and added a bunch of extra work to that one for animation, and like kneeling down, and you know I you know in from liking that mission to really like connecting with more, and this is a small thing right like this is not a. Two hour long you know big big mission. It's very straightforward and simple cement to just reflects the tone of the world, a little bit and Alan Dow was one of the ones that, even though it's a small moment in your entire through I think improved a lot of the last course of the project I'm glad it exists. That's awesome. Yeah, I I, don't even know if I necessarily have a question about it, but I'm just curious to hear more about the the construction of the the site quests when it comes to the side tails when it comes to those the supporting cast that you get because I do I do think one of my favorite things. Throughout sucker punches, history has been that there is of course he usually a pretty great main character, but also this really great supporting cast as well, and you know going back to sign infamous now with ghost. I loved finding out more about Yuna and lady Moscow and just everyone at the pace that you want to in the world. And that balance I guess my question is because I. do think that's some of my favorite story. Telling him the Games in the game comes from those lines. How do you balance having this stuff? Be Optional I guess if you if a player just wants to go through the main story, but also encouraged people to want to keep going back and revisit these stories in these characters. Yeah Yeah! It's a question you know we From I is long as I can remember. I think I, think earliest pitches of the game we talked about. How we really wanted to create sort of this. Anthology of short stories. know these little little side branches off the main trunk. You know that you could. You'RE GONNA. You'RE GONNA get invited to them on the main truck main story. You'RE GONNA. Get invited them and maybe even once or twice in an engaged with them, but it's up to you hopefully, engaging enough for that story relates to you. It's up to you to kind of go. Finish out the rest of that branch, and we do a lot of stuff like we try to reward you for doing these things but I find that those things are They're good and I'm super glad. Glad reward you in different ways for playing these, but I find that the beauty of those those allies missions. If you will Masako. Norio characters is that they're just they're. They're far more developed in terms of like there are like what they need out of the world in their stories are interesting, and and they all have a different perspective on you and life, and you know in an what I what I think is kind of cool about creating a world like this is that you have to be okay with having content that exists. You're not forced to play. And you have to embrace that you have to because that. That is what makes it joyful when you go on your own ambition to go through it. It's not that you were told to go. Do it was in the Golden Path? And there were versions of the game earlier that a lot of these characters stories were more interconnected to Go Path. Through play, testing and feedback in her own kind of iteration process. We ended up where they are. Which I think is the right spot. which is you introduce them and then? Over your curiosity, we can push them push. You can go enjoy them your own Yossi, and there. Some of them are five or six missions long. And I think that's the right model, but it takes some iteration to get to that that that's spot for us. Even having late in the game the I think it's two missions for Eureka that pop up after you've revisited home. Just was such a such a Gut Punch. In the midst of as Jin, story is starting to come, full circle meant to have this exploration both more into him, but also into her life It's it was like as you were saying I, it felt so much more rewarding because I, saw it out that story within the. Yeah I think that that's A. It's not an easy philosophy to hold you now. as a director or as a contributor designer artist, because it means that somebody is going to get a bunch of people, not GonNa, play your mission bench people are not going to see your artwork, and and it's really hard to like talk about that because I want everyone to who worked on this game at Sakkara Punch to just like the super proud of it and love every moment that they cred tributed, too, but that's one where it's like. Yeah, but your thing is optional, and I can really bad, but it. In these cases it is for the for a greater feeling that. The people that will engage with it will probably tear out will probably love or be maybe even their favor mission of the game, even not the golden path I gave might be their favorite moment in the game nest. Because you, you let them engage it at their own will in. That's A. that's a hard philosophy to to. kind of stomach, but I think it's I. think it's a really healthy one for the type of game that ghost is. It absolutely plays into who I I think. My favorite thing about the game. Is that Me In the act of playing the game, so has to the game halfway in a presents all of these options, but I have to go exploring too, and I feel encouraged and want to explore and of my favorite times playing have just been putting a dot on the map letting the wind guy. A thousand kilometers, and if I if something stops me, stop if it doesn't I just keep going until something else. Interest me awesome. It's a calming experience which I don't often say I think about games at the moment. That's exactly how I played, too I would just put a marker somewhere completely random very far from me and just go there and see what I ran into along the what along the way with stories popped up which new characters I would meet, that would show me points of interest and stuff like that. and I think that that loop was really smart in terms of having sort of random gangs of bad guys. Patrolling the land and you'd run into them, and they'd have somebody kidnapped, and you'd rescue that person and that person would tell you another place to go. It felt like you're constantly pulling on these little threads. and I loved that so much was did that did that all take awhile to come together? Like outside of the wind is sort of the way the. The optional stuff and the sort of like randomize character you know excursions and stuff all interconnect. How how was it bringing all that stuff together to create the flow that you guys ended up with? The I I you both sound like you've played it exactly the way that I would recommend somebody to play, which is like hey, you know every now and then just throw down and go that direction and see what you find, and and if you don't find some great than go to your Golden, Pastora that's awesome, but try it, and because it's. In this is true for even when we're doing play testing that we did find that that was some of the ways that people would enjoy the game the most which is awesome. will you're talking about that? Like the ecosystem imbalance of people who tell you where stuff is in? How many patrols are there that stuff I'll tell you? We tweak that probably. Maybe until weeks before gold I think. Exactly the number on no top ahead, but is very late. We tweak those numbers because. because the sense of owning the curiosity, and like not having everything told you. was so important to the global feeling of enjoying just like exploring throughout the world, and as soon as you're told, were too much. Stuff is or too many things around your map. It becomes a different problem like you're kind of you either you either go into. Let's just go through the checklist which. Is Fine I think if you found them on your own but can be exhausting for some people because they're like Oh God. There's a ton of stuff to do, or it's kind of a turn off because you already know what it is, and you don't think of anything else over there, but they're actually might be if you if you actually went look, so we actually ramped down the people that the amount of people that would tell you where things were quite a bit. It used to be far more. part of the emergent processes I've almost everybody who talked to tell you. Something is, and it would put a thing on your map and We found that to be Super Smart System, and I'm so glad that we have it, but we put it in a very specific way in a very specific amount of things on the map total. Total that it would ever tell you about so that you still had your cool moment of like i. don't see anything over here on this. I'm going to head that way and finds things along the way now balance. It's really it's really tricky. Because again it goes up to that thing. I was talking about early. Enough loss of being okay with things being skipped and. That if you don't want to be so much that you don't have any information, that would be bad too right so it it is takes time to to work out, but the team did that. No, no a healthy fund way but I think even when you like clear. Mongol, Camp and Clears up a little bit. You still get a question mark. It's not even like yours, a hotel or something like that. And it's sort of it to me. It fell It felt like A. SORT, of natural to the universe that you guys were setting your game in this is this is like a long time ago. There is those no yelp. There's no google. So it seemed natural that you'd find a random person on the street and be like Oh. Thank you so much. There's this awesome restaurants. You should go check it out. Right I really doug. That I played a ton of the game in Kerr. Asala Mode Oh cool and that was. It was really it was really difficult for me. 'cause you made such beautiful game central? And I think it's I think it's. Beautiful in a different way in Curacao mode. But there was just something so special about about like heading into conflict or a story be or coming into a new environment. or it's all black and white, and there's that film green crackling, and a I read that you guys even did some stuff with the music to make it feel almost like it was coming through old speakers or something like that. Yeah, how how how how did how did you develop that? I I know. That's like obviously. It's something that you're studios. Really proud of especially since you've got endorsement from the family. It was a that was A. That was a I. I probably will put that in my top list of my entire career as like being apart process because. I mean it's just. It's just why just kind of a wild thing that you don't go into making video games because you expect to go through that process one day, yeah. which is probably why it's cool is that it's different. You know, but. The. We knew that we WANNA. Do Black and white mode I mean I think i. I don't remember when we first talked about it, but it was definitely really early Redo black and white vote, but again it got kind of pushed towards the end of the project, and then once things started to. You know you can sit in the world and you could be like. Oh, my goddess stunning! It's really a beautiful I feel I. Do feel like I'm. There's moments of this I feel like movie. It's coming. It's coming together. And, then we're like okay well. We definitely have that mode. Let's are planning for it. And an I got version of it in that was a very early version of it with a sliding team and Like what do we call this thing? and You Owe Samurai cinema or classic. Why can Wyatt our traditional La just things? You know cool cool names. And member WHO's I may was Brian Studio head. I don't remember somebody was like. When we see if we can call it, Chris Allen Mode. And I thought that was brilliant and I was like. Yes, can we? What was that process so I reached out to. One of the people that I think he deserves a special shout at his name as a relay Katami. He's on our Japanese producer. He's a helped us since the very almost since the very beginning, and he helps coordinate all of our feedback through Japan, and said Hey, you hey, who's now a dear friend of mine. I was like. Is this possible. Could you look this up? And he and the Japanese team reached out to their to their state across our state and worked out You know. They wanted to see video so I. Put together a video, and then I redid it like three times because enough. People on time video, but I was like Austin. Even Brian Our leauge rendering Guy Jasmine. He was not good. No. Though I kinda Redid it a couple of times and then eventually Is this. Is it I? I looked at so many movies measured the black and white. You know in our game. You know as you both played it. Daytime Times. There's indoor's whether there's rain. There's fog and so like you have to look at movies that have all of these things you can't just be like. Here's a movie. Here's a sample. It's the black. Man Like you gotTa. Look at all these because they exist in our game and it's a filter that'd be going over all of these and so I finally got to the point where I was, I had good black levels. White levels has cool noise. We sent them a video and and It took a little bit of time back and forth, but eventually we're like asses cooling reach an agreement. They were cool with it so. Yeah it was a it was a coup processing showed up. Is Mode teams all shit? It's called. Is it was pretty cool goal process. It has a dream come true. It's so awesome on a historical level. Because obviously you're seeing the game through its you know from the reveal trailer to now there's clearly a love and Joe Majd to the cinema and the storytelling that come in the John Mara, before it, and so to have that encapsulated as a mood that you can jump into starting to such a great I. Think like touchtone full circle thing as a fan of genres well. Also I mean the. The audio! From from like A. A gigantic Blue Tang Fan. It's it sounded like like RISI's sampling. VHS, tapes of sword slashes, and like there were moments. Paint that game and I was like I expect like method man rapid right now because. If anyone was intended, but that sort of got me on a very very like neural level I was like Oh my God like this is. This is quietly the best. Wu Tang game ever made since. The fighting gave. The quote somewhere I feel. That's. But. Our audio director Brad he that's all him he was like. I have an idea that guy's a wizard, so that usually meant something cool and he. It was like we have this special thing that we developed internally at Sony that replicates old processes from like you know fifty sixty s something like that radios and TV's and and And and he he kind of took that filtered it and figured out the right 'cause he was like. If you do too much over, you know, we wanted people to play lengthy amount of times and if they wanted to the Chrysanthemum. View too much, and it becomes incredibly fatiguing. Like, not watching move hours possibly thirty hours. You know so. You got a nice balance between that and something that you can you know Listen to over and over again? I- legitimated Curacao Mode for Poly Twenty five thirty hours and I think that I like maybe fifty sixty into the game. So how yeah! That's incredible. Yeah, along along with that and to me. It was surreal to play an open world game almost entirely in black and white. That was just I've never done anything like that before and. It was such a cool. It was such a cool experience. One of the challenges with eggs I would add is like since it's black and white. There's there's missions that use color as guiding, and so there are. There are a few missions of. It really struggles with, but for the most part we redesigned icons on the map so that it would work with answer, so you're not just looking at two icons ones. This color ones that color and we just changed the icon Lopate, but but yeah it, it's it's generally speaking. You can play through most of the game with it, which is just crazy. Yeah I think there was one mission where they're like find. The purple flowers was like Oh! I was to right back on, so that was good. Leads to so many great visual moments, and as you were saying I know we're running short on time I. don't want believe the too much, but I, genuinely really loved, and as pointing to earlier the the soundtrack and the way both game uses it. It comes in from quiet to loud, but also how the score changes both from the combat setting to the open world setting you know. Moments I would say not settings, but. That Jackson position as well as even on the side, the remixes that were coming out sort of in the lead up to the Games launch. There's so much great musicality and artistry. Bear that I think really. Elevate, so much of what's going on there on visual rebel to a works so well in tandem. You know there is no single discipline that contributes more to the game. The music like a known this case we have to composers, a team of people that obviously help implemented like their artistry is like. White just level things up so much like a scene without music in a scene with music. There's a world of difference in generally speaking I know it's not one contributor. There's quite a few people that make it happen. Processing and implementation, but it's insane. What music can do in for this game? It's it's. It's one of the best parts of the Game I. Think is the the the artistry behind the music in the soulful fullness in is is really I listened to it a lot. I love and then we tokens the glitch mob. Which is just? RIDICULOUSLY COOL! Yeah, it's an awesome combination i. do think as you were saying. It elevates so many great moments, but really. A drills home like the emotional undercurrent of everything that's going on in the game. Unfortunately. We're pretty much out of time. I think Brandon I could keep talking there so much. We love and really enjoyed about the experience and are continuing to enjoy. Time in this world, so Jason Thank you so much for taking time. We really appreciate it. SUPERFUND and thank thank you to your studio for. bookending this entire console generation with my favorite games. I I don't know if that was ever the plan, but the way that
Zion Williamson Leaving NBA Bubble For Urgent Family Matter
"We begin today with news that Zion. Williamson has left the NBA bubble. Bubble in Orlando to attend an urgent family medical matter. The New Orleans Pelicans Zion intends to rejoin the team at an unspecified later date. We'll bond your thoughts on Zion leaving and what this could mean in the bigger picture, well Tony Me. The first thing is I hope this urgent family. Medical matter turns in becomes not urgent, and whoever this is, and whatever it is is improved better. So, that's the first thought and my second thought is. This is what people as they get older as they move from Zion's twenty today in their twenties, and thirties and forties is what we do it all the time. This is what deal with and players and coaches, and this is what your life becomes as you get older sadly, but necessarily the difference of course is this pandemic? The difference you you you normally you leave, and these guys have enough wherewithal to fry fly privately. If they want and most times they do and they they come back. Back and they juggle their tension between what is going on with their family member and ball, and they still have to do that, but now it's only you have protocol that you have to answer to, and you could be gone anywhere from say four days to fourteen days depending on things like if you're tested every day while you're gone, so we. We don't know and let's face it. There's twenty two teams in the bubble and not sixteen largely because Zion is one of those six extra teams in the NBA wanted to see him in the postseason. No question about that there's there's no reason on earth for the Washington. Wizards and the Sacramento Kings and whole bunch of these teams to be in this round, Robin and playoff to get into the playoffs in his created right because Zion, Williamson, second only in my opinion to Bron James as a television draw, and they WANNA. See Him in the playoffs. I Echo your statements that we hope that this isn't something traumatic for the family that should go without saying but testing the. The protocol by understanding correctly is you need to test on your own every day? In order that? When you come back, you can spend only four days out instead of fourteen. That's asking a lot of anyone when they've left the bubble to be able to do that to me. The larger question is, do you make exceptions know and to me for people like Zion and Lebron James who try to make an exception, but where where there is contagion, you can't do of course. By the Way Zion has team. Okay, and his team can help in that regard. They may have to send somebody WHO's in charge of testing. They want him air. No, there's no exception is the is the is the virus make an exception? Is the virus go? Lebron is gone, then look a little bit too big and strong for. Let me let me go over here. No, they're not doing that, so there's no exceptions, but you hope one that that this urgent matter becomes less urgent, and to that Zairean could get back quickly. Administer this I mean. The the Pelicans come on David. Griffin is not some dope going to do what they can as a franchise who support him and make sure he has what he needs to transition back to the bubble.
"wizards" Discussed on The Full 48
"Louis Feed Bank and feeding America. So you guys have been really engaged is bid. Just been part of kind of the way you you know many ways in which you pull the team together at a time like this you can kind of make me channel guys into the cause here and you know focus on on what everybody can do proactively. Certainly everything starts with with the generosity of our ownership group and Ted Leonsis head of monumental. Sports is always had the double bottom line. We have very much about being great neighbors and caring about the community around us and it just trickles down to everybody and organization so the wizard side our players actually approached said. Hey what can we do? How can we help? And you try to solve things. I start locally in offbeat that are on the front lines in DC. The healthcare workers that was something or out more. Nate and ward eight is an area. That's at as has Has Really recognize a lot of the economic recovery of other parts of DC is still up in common in our facilities kind of the temple of Ordway to we want to reach out and having relationships with hospitals that are closest toward a is there on the front lines working with the Kobe patients and stuff so that was just a small thing. Everybody on our team is doing something. Either here in DC something in their own hometown to making the world a better place if it's feeding people if it's if it's extra money For for gift cards for people that are having trouble making ends meet every players out there trying to do stuff and Bradley and John Certainly been at the front of that but all of our players have reached out and make connections and made donations the thing that the feeding the front miss a real simple way that we could show our gratitude for people that are really putting themselves at risk every single day to help help helpfully get people back on their feet. Yeah no that's great As it has been very cool just seeing the the NBA has been. I'm sure I'm sure the other sports have to probably. I'm not paying close attention but I do think the NBA's been really good On this across the board being really engaged and also not just the all the contributions and everything else but Steph curry interviewing Dr Fao. She an all day thing. It's it's been it's been cool. It's been very fun to see all right. So if you'll indulge me on this I I was on a podcast with Fred Katz. Great Wizards beat writer for the athletic. A few months back and I I've laid out why I think and this is the awkward conversation to have reported to. Gm We're friends. So I know you'll take this the right way. I'm not advocating. The Bradley beal should leave the wizards. But I've I've kind of laid out a few times including on Fred's podcasts. Why think it feels to me almost inevitable in this in this era of player empowerment player movements superstar movement? That that we're on a path here so let me lay out the the because it's only fair if I if I'm going to put this case out there tell me what I'm wrong. Or what the counter argument is I look at bill and I say he's. He's turning twenty seven in June. Two Time All star eight years in coming off one of his best seasons certainly statistically but did not make the all star team probably in large part because of the wizards record. That's that's held him back a little bit and certainly a point of frustration. He's he's he's been upfront about that. been in the playoffs. Four Times has not been past the second round and his his co star. John Wall is turning thirty in September and coming off of one of the toughest injuries in the NBA to recover from. And so my feeling is I would totally understand it if I'm not. I'm not advocating this. But if I were his agent maybe if I were anybody in his camp I'd be saying well you know what you gotta you gotTa look at where you are. You're firmly in your prime. Your Co Star is coming back from this really tough injury. He's about to turn thirty wizards got some some short-term cap issues here still you know Tommy Sheppard I know zoom be doing all these great things now as as GM but can you afford to wait that long. Bradley beal to me just seeing the way. This league has gone the last five to ten years and you and I have been around about the same amount of time in this league. You we've seen were things have shifted and guys are taking it on themselves to say you know what I I. It's it's my career. I'm going to steer it and if I don't WanNa wait or if I think there's a better path to winning somewhere else I'm GonNa go. We've seen it many many times. We don't need to go through all the examples but the basic outline of it and then the last piece of that is this too. I know that modern medicine is great. And I'm sure John Wall as you've noticed working his tail off to get back to who he was but no one's one hundred percent after an Achilles so even if he's at eighty percent ninety percent whatever it is even at one hundred percent they were not getting out of the second round in prior years. So I look at all that and I think it would be reasonable to feel like this is where this is going to tell me where I'm wrong or what I missing or what. The counterargument is for bills. Long term. Future. With the wizards well. It's always something that I take into consideration what you're saying certainly but I I will tell you this in no offense at all but you don't know Bradley beal not putting on the scale that Bradley's his own man and you're right it does happen around the League but he made a decision this summer to extend with us in his whole thing is I want to be that I plays with one team mile entire friend of mine entire career. I WanNa be the guy that made the change and help us. Elevate this franchise and go win a championship. And he has strong shoulders to carry this franchise. We built this team from three years ago when we were in the playoffs. Last you know the only players left on our roster next season We had his John Wall and Bradley. Beal you know the NBA changes fast. We add team. That was About eight minutes from going to the conference finals against Boston broke down in the fourth quarter on the road of a great series and since then John Really hasn't been healthy. Radley got us to the play offs the following year basically on his own We lost Toronto in six games. And then ever since then we've add difficult injuries but we changed our entire roster this summer when I sat down with Bradley actually at the end of last season we did our exit interview. Ask them what is it? GonNa take for you to believe in us to believe there was a change. I was the interim general manager Russell. Tell me what it's GonNa take for you to be part of this franchise moving forward and first and foremost is hey. Let's let's have the best possible work ethic highest character. Guys guys just WanNa work their butts off and get better everyday. That sets the tone that Bradley beal wants and we did that. We we change our roster completely as I said. Have a lot of young guys. We have some key additions. Britan's Ish Smith you know and I think when you add some of the thesis that we did Through the drafts. Through some trays. We kinda netted out with a pretty exciting roster with eight guys. Twenty three and younger that that can grow and Bradley's these is in the prime of his career and I think you'll be all NBA team this year as a matter of fact but I think he really was excited about what this first season. What he saw under under our leadership. I believe that he has been unbelievable partner in all the building that we've done he's been consulted on everything. I ask his input constantly. He's been. He has a great relationship with our coaching staff. And and we talk about Ford Player. Development is and all of our young players. Bradley's player development went up this year. He took his game to another level. he was robbed of an All Star. Opportunity this year. For whatever reason the coaches didn't select him I think he's made a point to make sure that they understand. It might have made a mistake and I see him being on the NBA team. As I said those are things. I don't think matters Bradley as much so. Let's get to the playoffs win games. That's what he's about in again. I I know you've interviewed him over the years but really being around I've seen the transformation she walked into our doors. The day he turned nineteen years old. And I've spent pretty much his whole career with him and I think we have always been very transparent with each other and he made it clear to me. This is where I WANNA be. I WanNa win and let's put the pieces together. I'm patient. I'll do whatever we have to do. This year will get John Back. That's GonNa be a big piece but we're going to grow and guess what I'm getting better every day. And that's Bradley saying that. And I know he can help carry this franchise if we've been patient but we're not going to be very patient very long. We want to win. And I think all these young players have shown no the drafting of Bradley was very fond of that. Some of the additions mobile bogner and obviously troy ground continues to grow. And you start throwing names out there and I don't WanNa leave anybody out but we have plenty of good young players to go with Nice roster and I think the addition of diabetes opened Bradley's IRA as the two brads used to be in the best shooter every Single Day in the gym. He goes into the guy who can challenge on that and and that really helps spread the floor and improve Brad. These opportunities on Florida's have a better shoes with him and adding Thomas Brian over the last year. All these guys Bradley if he didn't mention them by name you mentioned them by trade. This is what we need and we went out and acquired those things and now you've got to be patient and grow. I'm nobody's more impatient than I am and I really determined. I think this year we were on a pretty good trajectory. Some bad injuries at key moments of the season where we lost ruined for twenty plus we lost Wagner. We we're in women the doors open. We'll be in the nice spot you know. We were still competing for a playoffs spot this year in spite of all the injuries have John. So I make the case that I'd take my cues from Bradley and we talk every day and he loves what we're doing these excited about teacher think he's up for the challenge and I know he's under contract so we're in a good place. And he's never given any other indication other than how much he loves his ear and what she's looking forward not even just. I always going to his you know his Jersey to the rafters one day but it only matters damn splitting of Jamshid band up there. It's up to us to put that together. We have great leadership with Ted Leonsis. That's where all franchises are going to succeed or fail based on owner. Ted Ted has been the most committed owner of ever dealt with professional sports and he's all about championships he's got the capital's race abandoned the mystics raise the banner arena football teams. Raise the banner. So course whereas the wizards we're going to do that and we have. What is our absolute goal moving forward? But you can't cut cut corners to get there. We gotTA build it the right way. You mentioned financially. I think we're going to be in a good place moving forward. I cannot predict what the caps gonNA look like. That's not here to discuss Able to add through the draft that through free agents certainly get a roster better when you forward and that's what I'm looking forward to with Brad so at a long answer to your question so it was a long question so you know in a long preamble by me so it deserved a long detailed answer so see what people don't get to see right now or maybe they saw t shirt but it. It says we're not shutting down either of us going to on that. I'm GONNA tell you this Bradley bill for every indication he's given us. He is very happier and moving forward. He's looking forward to the challenge. And that's all great to hear and that is the kind of detailed and thoughtful response I would expect from ut ship and listen ultimately abundantly clear to fans..
"wizards" Discussed on The Kevin Sheehan Show
"We'll do some NATs later on with Mark Zuckerman for Massin. They swept the Philly's last night and starting tonight they've got a huge series with the first place. Braves in see in the weather should be fine. All weekend long. So we'll save that for later in the show. Gary Williams will be on the show as well to talk about the draft. I'll get his perspective on a lot of the players, but certainly on hot Shimura, the player the wizards selected Gary's. Good friends, with Mark few the Gonzaga coach and he pays attention to Gonzaga. So we'll talk to him in a little bit as well. The wizards got two players in the draft last night. At number nine, the first ever Japanese player to be drafted. Rui Hummer a six eight two hundred and thirty pound power forward out of Gonzaga. He was a first team all American, and he was a big part of a team that at one point was ranked number one in the country and was one of the favorites to get to the final foreign win the national championship probably on paper, Mark fuse, best team at Gonzaga part of that was because of him part of it was because of Brandon Clark. They just had a very good team by the way, just to get this out of the way right now. This is a huge deal for Japan hotch Moore of being the first ever Japanese player to be drafted into the NBA is a huge deal for Japan, by the way, he's got a Japanese mother, if you're, you're interested, his father is from a west African country called of Benin, but this is a huge deal in Japan and make no mistake, the wizards are going to become. I'm a favorite team in Japan with gear all over the place in hotch Moorer. Wizards jerseys, all over the place in the franchise is going to benefit from that now I have no idea for sure whether or not displayed into the decision. So I'm gonna move on from this, because a I don't know and be hotch. Mariah is a good player who wasn't overdrafted you know, according to most experts in most mock drafts it's not like he was incredibly overdrafted. He was re there in the mix to be a lottery pick, you know leading up to the draft last night. Now, my view of hotch, Moore is this, first of all we did a very lengthy draft preview yesterday that really irritated Tommy, I loved the fact that that irritated Tommy yesterday. I said that I I like them but I don't love him. I like a lot of people more, including his teammate, Brandon Clark who I really liked and liked a lot more. Than hot shimmer. That's just me, you know, Hummer became a guy that we as college basketball fans really became aware of as a potential first round NBA pick. And I talked about him during the course of the season on the podcast. But when he broke out in Maui, last November, they beat Illinois they beat Arizona. And then on the night before thanksgiving, they beat Duke when in the moment early in that season people were talking about Duke as an unbeatable team. Remember they had opened the season by nine leading Kentucky. And that was an upset that night Gonzaga was ranked what two or three that was at a number one versus number two matchup..
"wizards" Discussed on Trivia With Budds
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"wizards" Discussed on The Jump
"I mean, yeah, he's a strong defensive presence whose previous stint with teams mean he has strong older brother type relationships with the number of Washington's players. But also, well fixing the wizards is a lot to ask just look at the way. This trade went down. It was originally supposed to be three team deal that also involved Memphis with Washington GM, Ernie Grunfeld as the go between, but the whole thing ridiculously hilariously broke down. When according to our Agent Orange now ski, quote, the grizzlies and Suns insisted each had been double crossed unquote because Memphis believed the deal included. Marshon Brooks who looks like this. And the sun's thought it included. Dillon Brooks who looks like that NBA Twitter, of course, had a field day with all of those culminating in this from Dillon Brooks, which is amazing. And I mean, I gotta hand it to the wizards here because the sons have spent the past few seasons as the NBA most prominent hold my beer franchise, and yet somehow wall negotiating with them. Washington. Outdid them by Saturday things were Mercifully cleaned up. And now Phoenix can go forward and fully embrace another season playing for a high draft pick and the wizards can embrace. Well, clearly, they think they're still in it, which is why they acquired a Reza instead of trying to deal either, Bradley Beal or wall. Now, are they actually honestly I wouldn't dare to make a prediction about anything involving the wizards this weekend was a great example of why? So Mark, do you think that this shakeup this is what the wizards needed for this season? Or is it just another story line for wall in order DC in two thousand fourteen in a gun in Paul Pierce? They did very well. And I thought he was a great influence on that team. I thought he got the best. Test out of wall out of Bill and was a veteran presence that they need it. Now, they're a little older, they're not the young wizards anymore young stars anymore. But I think reason could have that same kind of influence on them as well as giving them a veteran guy that could tell him to shut up and play hit a three get back. I just think he could bring a lot of intangibles at Paul Pierce. Brought that was successful for. Yeah. I think if you look at it this way, the case for the trade makes sense Uber and rivers aren't in their long term plans. So you trade guys who are on essentially last year for another guys will last year one who by the way had his best offensive season as an MBA Perot in Washington playing with the back court of wall and Beal, and if you can bring the chemistry issues there from Defcon one to a Defcon three stabilize it in the east. You're never more than a couple of good weeks away. Right. Must six. So. I mean, look if Puerto comeback healthy Bomba two or three I don't wanna face wall. Bill, Reza porter and whomever. I mean, that's why. Potentially. You look at me like that. As president you behave. Still the presidency. Look, I don't think it's the magic bullet. I think they're delusional. You think they're gonna be contenders? But I do think it stabilizes unstable situations. I keep saying about the timber wolves who have to Maxence players the wizards to Allstars they are luxury tax team again as you just mentioned they have good role players. This is a team that should not just be in the playoffs. It's not some big surprise rebound. If they make the playoffs. It's getting back to the mean if they make the playoffs the question is can they contend and in the east? We thought anybody would have the shot to contend those top five or six teams, and they kind of separated themselves down. But maybe maybe this'll be what works. He's been in most disappointing franchise an MBA probably last couple of years. Right. And I know aren't they close to your heart a little bit? I I grew up in DC, and you can't add the last couple of years as the end of that sense. You really just put the period earlier and that sentence, but Schork go ahead. But you know, kudos to a reason because he went and got Phoenix to give them some money. Then Trey got traded to. I mean, not a super team. But a team is pretty good. Hopefully be in the play..
"wizards" Discussed on Very Bad Wizards
"Wizards or text very bad wizards to five hundred five hundred to get started. Welcome back to very bad wizards at this time, we like to take a moment to thank all of our listeners for the way, they interact with us all the emails that we get. People tweeting us people posting about our episodes on read it and on Facebook and Instagram when that. When that is posted regularly and at the proper times, so yeah, we like to thank all of you. It's it's kind of amazing like people think social media is such a cesspool and it can be. But it really just almost all the time isn't with the community that we've built people are have sent us. Great ideas. Great criticisms, and sometimes they even agree with us and thank us. And we really appreciate that. You can Email us very bad wizards at g mail dot com. Tweet us at Tamla at Ps or at very bad wizards like us on Facebook. Go to our read. It are sub read it, which is very bad. Wizards went word and follow us on Instagram, and you can supply..
"wizards" Discussed on The Starters
"And then beating in the postseason this team is coming out of the gate, as you mentioned, it just seems like it's year after year after year like this. If you Trey Bradley Beal is that blowing it up even though he's your most valuable player. That's why sort of an odd situation, you might get some pieces back, but isn't the locker room the same isn't the effort the same. It doesn't feel like that's blowing. It doesn't feel like that's changing your trajectory. No, I have to get wall out of there. Really? It starts with the head. No, that's probably true. But I just who who toss them selves into Trey JAL. You're there is no one tradable contracts. Any isn't whole MBA talent at times for sure we've seen? I think if one goes almost the other has to go as well. And you have decided direction of these same starting again with young applies and draft picks, and sort of basically my leeann this season, maybe next or you tried one of them and decide okay, we're going to try to win just a different pace in it. But I don't the can do both. I think it's one or the other. But don't you think John Wall Street value will only go down? I know his. Contract will be shorter. But I think there are other bad contracts out there, and we've seen this before where they could go on tradable. Yeah. Someone bought on fish? Official. They'll give back it might cost with another pick to get rid of it as we see his monster contract here. And there is a monster trade kicker if he is this part of the numbers. But that's something that the Washington Wizards would have to pay it just seems like a very talented guy. Again. I don't think it's true values going up the further you really get into this season. I think it might be time to just do it right now. And you got guys like Bradley Beal, who's a very calm serene guy saying acting out in practice as reports go that he's tired of seeing this issue for seven years, and it's time to move on. Yeah. That no not at all right fun here. All right. Not since lady bird had people been so excited about something from Sacramento, but then the kings went and kings all up because not only did they lose back back gang to fall to five hundred on the season Young's, Kris Haines, also reported. The team is upset the Davey ager doesn't play their young players enough. We're falls. The kings are still the kings. They can't get out of their own way. Sometimes Sacramento things are going so well, and if you if you'll miss it today Gaiger is you're gonna play these young goes and that should have been the message from the start of the season, which it didn't appear to be because peed. The David had the right to do whatever he wanted and things are working. Now, if this report is true in the front play, the younger goes, okay? He can do that. But they're going to be on another losing streak and things are gonna go down Iligan. So I don't know really what to make of this. I think has had some success. But if he's being told to do other things that he's all choice are the do that. And then the season's going to be bad coach to try to win. But then you might lose your job in the long run. Spot there. Eight eight things are good. That's good. And part of the reason why they are good is because they're not starting Marvin Bagley to me they're starting to mind to be elites the four spot. So they can stretch it out, and so Willie Cauley sign is a five who can the remedy can't shoot. Are. You gonna start Marvin Bagley. What's the point to non-shooters in there? And the mind you be Lisa's modern day four to to keep that floor space than he's fourth on minutes. There were twenty five minutes a game. He's thirty years old. I guess he's a little aged for the the front offices liking if you believe this report. But that's what go for exactly. So it's imperfect spot he's keeping the floor open. I think he's a huge reason. Why deer and FOX is having a fantastic season because there's some space out there and he's kicking buddies leading the leading the team in three point percents. I think it's a perfect fit kings are gonna say the kings two thousand thirteen fourteen season. They started five and one doing great cousins got sick..
"wizards" Discussed on The Hoop Collective
"And in several years you've attach yourself to this albatross contract. You gotta make some moves in and hit the button. If I'm a wizards fan granted, they're not a lot of those out there. Either. If you're if you're wizards fin this should have happened years ago. I mean, this core was not enough. They had a couple of playoff runs where they were borderline. I could see why they all wore black and everybody got hype big deal. They're five and eleven. And not really improving. I mean, they've had some blips. The big challenge with what Tim, you know, what the challenges what trading? John wall. Yeah. I mean, look in my previous job, I paid a lot of tension to the wizards, obviously. And this is this is something people talked about for awhile now, I will push back on nickel little bit. I think John I think you can move John's contract. I think you can't trade him. I think the talk that he's untradable. I just don't really buy back to me. What are you gonna Bill? Here's well, this is what I was gonna say. I don't know if you're going to get a lot back for him. But I think the compare well for this is when Danny ferry took over the hawks back in twenty twelve what was the first thing. He did he went to the nets traded. Joe Johnson for essentially a pick swamp in a bag of balls. Right. As a bunch of expiring contracts, a first round pick anti picks up. Right, right. I don't even. I don't know if they got I think they got a swap. I don't remember if they got a I. But they they definitely got a bag of all's swamp. Because all the expiring guys were not good. And it was just a just a balance out the money. It was Kris Humphries, Sean. John wall is less tradeable than bleak Griffin. Was when he was with the clippers. Yeah. I mean, I don't know if he's less tradeable. But I mean, again, the thing on is you're talking about four years one hundred seventy million dollars after this. So let me give you the even bigger even bigger number than what than what Blake was on. This year's giants something money. That's a great point though, Andrew if you can I mean, first off the compare the comparison, Joe Johnson is good. Because Joe Johnson was in a contract that allowed people thought was going to be difficult to trade. And they basically traded it for. Cats are cap space. Yeah. And Blake was sort of kind of came out of nowhere. And I think actually looking like a pretty good trade. So here's what that trade was ready for this. So it was was Joe Joe was done the summer. So. And there was it's important to recognize. This was done the summer because you could make twenty it was about June twenty eighth because they needed to get. They wanted to have locked in for Darren Williams to convince during Williams to stay as part of the, but they didn't deal an ex, but they did the deal in July. Right. So, but the point the reason this is relevant is because in the summer you can have up to twenty guys on your roster. You don't have to you could do a five for one trade, and you can pull that off. So here was what Joe Johnson was sent for Jordan farm. Our Johan petro, Anthony, Morrow, Jordan Williams to Shawn. Stevenson. In a sign and trade. He got some free money shots. He was got some free money there. A future first round pick lottery protected and it picks up championship..
"wizards" Discussed on The Stephen A. Smith Show
"Just a little while. But I just need to get this off my chest. 'cause I'm emotional about this you see, ladies and gentlemen, you might ask yourself. Why the hell is he mess mess mentioning the Washington Wizards you might ask yourself that question might do that. I don't blame you for asking. 'cause they're pretty damn relevant right now. And I get that. But you see, ladies and gentlemen, I like my schedule. And I never apologized for my schedule. I got people looking at me on national television right now. Listen to me on national radio right now. What the hell is he talking about? It's very very simple. My social life matters to me damn it. And I'm not apologizing for it. I happen to like the city of Washington DC. I happen to light Philadelphia, Pennsylvania my second home because I worked there for seventeen years as a reporter for the Philadelphia Kwara happen to love New York City, my home where I was born and raised born in the Bronx raised in Hollis, Queens, New York baby even like Boston because I think their fan base is phenomenal. Don't get much better than Boston. Celtics fans. I'm here to tell you that right now doesn't get much better. But having said all of that because of my work schedule when I'm out west, I'm in two places, I'm in LA on obviously in Oakland because damn it. That's where the worry is are. I just in a flying anywhere else. Anybody else? I wanna see out west. I'll see when they come to L A or Oakland. Those cities that I mentioned that you and eat I'm very very busy, man. I love Charlotte. Love Charlotte went to school with the sale of state, my alma mater, go Rams keep pride die. That's right. I'm not giving North Carolina anti and he loved then he enemy respect the hell out of yellow. But I'm in from Winston Salem state and our fifteen minutes away from Charlotte. I love being down in Charlotte. Just don't get an opportunity to do that much. Who the hell doesn't like the AT L? But we know how sorry that team has right now, they're rebuilding. Trae young is going to be he's going to be nice. And get me started. How I feel about Miami. We all know how much I miss out beach. I just gave LeBron James for leaving to go back to Lake Erie. Take me from south beach, sunshine Biscayne Bay, chilling in a Florida sun covering basketball and the next season the open other season, I'm in four degree weather off Lake Erie doing sports and outside. Why the hell do you think? I didn't like LeBron James, very simple. But that's what under the bridge because he's an LA now. And I love him for it. He's all right with me. But the east coast it's about Boston New York. Philly d c in anytime knows they live up to snuff, go off. Now, you might say well, Steven Huckabee you're going over both the Knicks. It's very very simple. The Knicks perpetually stink. So many times you expect me to say it. I like this Steve mills and Scott Perry and David facility because they're moving in a different direction. I'm going to give them a mulligan. This year next year. I'll be all up in them. If they stink up the joint then and they don't get a marquee free agent free agency. But until then they get past because when you perpetually stink. And you finally changed courts in terms of culture, you need a little time. To Washington Wizards do not have that excuse, ladies and gentlemen. You see when you look at the Washington Wizards and how awful they have been to in eight second worst record in the Eastern Conference. Let's be very very clear about what I'm trying to say the Washington Wizards right now stink. They smell like skunk soup pass gas. Somebody's gotta say it. So I'm saying it they're horrible right now. The reason I'm going off about them is because they're not a horrible team. They're just being horrible because they're not acting like a team. John walls four year. Max extension of one sixty nine point three million dollars hasn't even kicked in yet. It doesn't kick into next season. How do you come into this looking out of shape? You never had a great jump shot. Your game is.
"wizards" Discussed on The Starters
"So there there wouldn't you say one and five it's weird down on him with the sons when you look at the standings. It's just weird that they're right down. There. Wizards are one and six though. And you're right. I think like it's like even if the wizards, quote, unquote, turn this around what does that even mean for them? I mean, let's just be the same old. Like eventually, I think so. After those. They had a couple of those rough losses. Right. They lost to the kings. Then select by the clippers and you had after those games yet wall and Beal calling out unnamed teammates for you know, for complaining about touches and their personal agendas and stuff like that. And Austin rivers calling out the guy saying their defenses horrendous people are laughing at us like it was a lot of talk and going on with this team. I what do they do? I know we keep talking about this. Is there any play to make them better? Is it and is it that mean, Trey John walls that mean trade auto porter does that even do anything. I mean trade Bradley Bill just who switch things up. What do you do wall is the one thing? But not sure how they make that try. We've we've sort of. Go over it again. And again, but I think we should do though. I think so. Yeah, I think we've mentioned that he seems to be the consistent problem as far as you know, he's one calling it his teammates. He's been injured member last year when he was down and they went on that winning streak and even Beal was saying, oh, great till you win everyone. I mean, so handy that's for sure. They will deny. There was a shuttle wall. Fuck Fuck you. you mean, he's out you'll winning. And you thought these cryptic tweets. It's Christ and Todd set in the positive years and years ago. It's like these guys that we gotta we gotta get on the same page. So but wall. Yeah, I mean, we don't want to go over the whole thing yet. But. Who'd want wall right now with that contact with that potential for those crazy things he's not even on the. Oh, yes, you're. Yeah. That's that'd be the Gilbert arenas when they saw on him one hundred eleven million and he never played contract with wall. Because there have been times in the last couple of years where we've talked about him as a top point guards in the league. Right. I mean, maybe not the taught, but no he he should I don't know where in ten twenty points tennis says be good on defense. He's never really committed to being good. And I think if he were to put that effort, and that would be huge for the for the wizards because right now, it's like if you get past one guy you make one pass or one juke move. You gotta lay up or a kick to the three because nobody's helping out because nobody cares about each other. They don't love each other. The whites going to bring back that fun. Bring back those farts. Yeah. Farts and fun tomato. And he did put up sixteen and twelve last year is forgotten the Hornets. Yeah, they can sit around and be a playoff team undoubtedly. But it's be highly highly odd surprising to see them like fifty wins between forty and forty five..
"wizards" Discussed on The Starters
"Thunder now getting Golan. So they're back in the mix. The wolves are a part of that group Lakers. I guess are there like three and five eight or something I'll tell My my head. head. So we will see good point about the kings for sure another what you got here. Bigger mess. A little more difficult bigger mess. Wizards iraq. It's. Czar arts. Gets the rockets are at their one in five no doubt. But I think the fact that they're pretty thin combined with an injury to James harden suspension to Chris Paul injury to James Ennis. You're playing guys who shouldn't be virtually in the league, and Michael Carter Williams and Carmelo Anthony who's starting and when you're planning switching defensing, you're hoping Carmelo Anthony he's got to quicks to help you. Yes, they need their all their guys to be on the same page to start the year. So I think you give them a little bit of rope here, especially because and they they've only had hardened Paul together for two games. I know it's an excuse. They shouldn't be losing by twenty or thirty. Yeah. Thank you get out of it, though. I think the rockets I think once I get back and they get into the sea though, because it's been since game one that they've looked at all on especially defensively, but even offense they just don't really have the same zip to look like they are coasting until the playoffs that make a championship run. What you? Yeah. Agree. AB shouldn't do if you haven't ever wanna championship though. I think like if you compare them to the wizards, I don't see how the wizards really get out of this mess. They've created themselves. I think you just going to coming coming back. That'd be that'd be the savior comeback tonight. Yet reportedly. Which is great. Look, he can certainly he shoot improve them rebounding and defense, but I just. Well, let's say. At the bottom almost. So that's the thing. I think like give them a little bit of a surge. But I think eventually this sort of chaos is going to return to Washington because we've seen it before it's played the last couple of years where it's Houston. I just think it's a matter of maybe a bit of hangover from Las season of how how well they went. How close they got that. I just haven't caught sort of got this spot going it. Whereas the wizards they should be much better. They should be competing to finish in the top four in the east but nowhere near that. They'll be lucky to even make the playoffs right now. Raucous have a lot of pressure on their top guys because you know, I mentioned a bunch of their guys that are playing shouldn't really be playing than Brandon. Knight is hurt Marcus Chris's sort of on the periphery of the rotation. Never really been able to even stick in a rotation in Phoenix. So you're relying on James says, well, I mean, there's not a lot of bodies there. Will make a move this man, not stand, Pat. He's got two and Chris Ball was part of it that he signed for forty million dollars. And then you know, you can't signed by Moore and. Reza go. Yeah. He was gonna go get paid somewhere. But yeah, they're thin ice the right trading that they haven't looked motivated. That's weird. It is weird. I wonder if like some of these trade talks are having any effect on a guy like Eric, Gordon. Who's name was in the mix early in the season trading for possible Jimmy Butler. It was what Gordon Tucker being thrown around a good point. No, if it is, but he has been horrible. I brought it up in a crossfire segment this week. He was my ghost player because he he just has looked brutal. You can't shot, and that's what air Gordon does bad right now. So they good point because you know, when he was traded once upon a time from LA to New Orleans and then New Orleans to Houston. That's that's how it worked. Oh, no. He just as New Orleans now he was traded. It was trading crisp paltry, then they matched on them. Right. That's right. Oh, yeah. Yeah. Right. Right. Right. And New Orleans, then he was signed as a free agent bought the rockets yet we throw in Addison, right? That sounds right. I think the point is when he was involved in trade deals. He didn't really like it. I think he he wants to be wanted. Yeah. Some possibility it's a little bit..
"wizards" Discussed on Through the Wire
"Sure, I had to take them to these college fine. Make hit take it to the playoffs. You already greatest boy of Alta. What if you go to this team Davis nonstop team in team? Not mobile Davis. That's make that team. 'cause then you only with them and you'll be like really Kate deal with the anti David through knee. He always got to play with them buddy was breath through Steph. I wanna see Kaby when hearts back of the fans, and that you can do by going to team that ain't want alone too. I don't have a legitimate MVP or any all star gap, wink, wink, New York, LA clips. Can I talk about the wizards? Yes, you always three when they any. No, it's once we, but I just re tweet over and don't because. Any other thing? We don't know we never will. He gave us up. The he says he's still going to different back specialist. First of all, but wizards fans have become an after before that once we did I keep between. See like, yo you can't get your opinion on them right now. We don't even have the way how we're which you say is valid argument because he is their starting center. But I promise you, I promise you, do I is not solving those locker room problems y'all may have not heard of this because I didn't even get the notification of it Bradley, Bradley Beal already taking shots at each other. We are six games into the season. He not nothing that he did this before they guess things like five the fifth game. He said they got players at a worry about the stats. So. John wall people with people with saying they don't know if they was indirectly talking about each other or somebody on the team that's complaining about shots. Maybe our reporter saying I need some shots or something his team, bro. I had of as the number three point guard in the league for a long time. He's falling. He's fallen I'm. So he's he's slowly falling down. They had one of the most embarrassing losses ever to the clippers the other night. And I was watching that game for fantasy reasons because I wanted to. For me. But for my girlfriend she was in a close game Mesa. See you need to Kelly Oubre to score two more points in the fourth quarter. You know, they played. He definitely was doing his thing. But it was it was so embarrassing that they not that they lost the clippers clippers have been competitive all year, but they were down thirty five to the clippers. That is that is terrible. The White House. It's not fixing that he's gonna get you, more rebounds. For sure you're getting out rebounded by the White House is gonna fix that. But all the other stuff, do I fix. It is time. We've we've said here on the show that man, maybe it's time for Portland and blow it up. It is time for the wizard sue blow it up a year. I'm looking I'm looking John wall numbers right now. And it's only seven games, but I'm not a fan of his not what I want to see this. I don't want to overreact to this early in the season. But they're they're signed. Overreact to because this is the same thing SPG's. There's no jail. They if they came out and won eleven in a row. I eat my words, but I don't mind overreacting to that. Because it's not really overreaction. They literally have the same theme you throw in Austin rivers and the white that record their schedule of the next couple games is relatively easy. So if they end up like winning out and become like five hundred eighteen they need to they go against the grizzlies who have an expert, Sal this year, they go it gets. Okay. C which is gonna be a dogfight which I'm looking forward to the Knicks. The magic the magic they got some games coming up. So have you come with that? Tippy toe attitude, we will still your lunch. We win the list natural. List? I had to be more like this to happen before evidence, twenty points, three rebounds, and seven assists. He averages nine this for his career. What does he shoot it from the field? You got us percents of I don't think John Wallace for having a bad year, but scarves, being the leader. Do you want percent, which is not bad?.
"wizards" Discussed on Very Bad Wizards
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"wizards" Discussed on Very Bad Wizards
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"wizards" Discussed on Open Floor
"Yeah i have no trash talk to offer you kidding me that embarrassing for wizards fans like an honestly the worst part about it was that it was all super predictable in the second the celtics twitter tweeted out their starters at about like five thirty in the afternoon yesterday the celtics were starting terry rosier aaron baynes tatum and like three d or two d leaguers like it was just it was really bad and and the second i saw that i was like okay great so this is one of those games where brad stevens is going to coach them up the wizards were on a back to back they had just blown game of the timber wolves the night before and i was positive that it was going to end badly i actually texted some friends i'm gonna lose my mind when the when the wizards lose this game night and sure enough the wizards were down twenty like halfway through the firsthalf and from there you know a lot of hijinks ensued and i was almost positive that jason tatum was gonna break my heart and to be fair i absolutely deserve jason tatum beating my favorite team after all the shit we've talked over the last year and he's been great but but thankfully jodie meeks mike guy sadder and ski auto porter bradley beal had like twenty five points the second half the wizard salvage a little bit of dignity last night still not a great sign that they had to go to double overtime to beat the celtics jv team but you know i'll take the victories wherever i can get there were no great sides that gabe a couple of thoughts are what you said first of all i was waiting for the boston media to leak out that jerry colangelo had texted jason tatum after the game to let them know that don't worry just because he brick that game winning free throw and just because he missed the three at the end of overtime doesn't affect his hall fame eligibility he still able to be in shine in spring kind of ease his nerves and and show the respect to twelve time we we didn't get that report for some reason second of all your point about like the celtics.
"wizards" Discussed on The Jump
"On the wizards are better without john wall bandwagon john wall is a dynamic elite talent and a roster like washington's just won't get anywhere in the postseason without a dynamic elite talent period the end but certainly was i opening when the wizard sped through february on ten and three streak without wall the team led the league in assists during that stretch bradley beal shown set ranchi was cutting more than a steak knife allowing the rest of the group to be more creative all over the floor evidently the magic carpet ride only lasted so long comes back to the meeting people and remember the wizards are not better without john wall the team has now lost five of its last eight games and honestly that number should really be six of its last date we should have lost last night in boston because they fell behind by twenty points to a celtics roster that was so banged up i mean pratt stevens nearly had to suit up and play for this game he looks good there right there's this neck you don't need to play basketball jackie watching tune would've lost this game frankly if not marcus morris making an absolutely bizarre mistake for veteran seriously i want you to put yourself back in the situation the celtics were up three with five seconds to go and regulation what you want to do as a defender there is not one of the great mysteries of our time you lock down the three point line that's it and yet morris for some reason charged auto border leaving jodie meeks wide open for an easy shots now i do want to say otherwise morris was extremely sharp last night he really was but nonetheless his blunder let the wizards back in the game and eventually let washington take the win doubleovertime afterward the wizard celebrated as deserved but certainly didn't seem that anyone left the floor last night with more clear sense of identity when asked about the team's future brad said that first off john needs to hurry up and get back and then he added quote we gotta trust each other and get back to playing our style of basketball of course he didn't say with that was going to be.
"wizards" Discussed on Very Bad Wizards
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"wizards" Discussed on Open Floor
"But it's time to talk wizards celtics been more were running through the christmas day games i think rockets thunder in wiz celtics were more interesting than warriors calves so indulge me for ten minutes here it will i'm going to begin with an email from from jim which i i our ten minutes before we went on here is this he says dear andrew and ben please stop talking about the wizards as a top team in the east they lack chemistry on and off the floor and they've got a bench full of nobody's an albatross is just admit that the celtics are better than the wizards and move on restore your credibility the celtics are winning games with their best players in and out of the lineup and as of today there four and a half points better than the secondbest in opponent points per game their bench has a bench full of contributors who on the wizards bench is going to win the game your strong link mindset is being flipped and you guys should just move on i can't waste any more of my work day on you're wrong celtics takes just say they are better than the whiz and might be the best team in the east and move on can you do that or do you need to wine and qualify your takes respectfully jim so i don't know why i caught a stray there i mean what a vibrant it was it you it was never you that was from like a month ago or six weeks ago when the celtics were in the middle of their november world championship run and the wizards were sort of struggling along through another half asked regular season but it's because of perspective like that that the christmas day game was so sweet and i dunno i have several questions coming out of that game i guess number one for me would be would you rather have bradley beal or cairo serving for the next five years or my first question from the game and i'll get to your question was man the celtics just look really tired i could barely believe there variable to walk up and down the court i mean playing all these early season games because of this london a trip the media just they looked exhausted ame it's he i thought he was really impressive that they even played that game you know juicers spent subtle horrible slog here.