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This episode of Welcome To The Party Pal celebrates Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, the sports drama television series created by Max Borenstein and Jim Hecht for HBO, based on the book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by Jeff Pearlman. The first season, comprising 10 episodes, chronicles the 1980s Showtime era of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team featuring notable NBA stars Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It features an ensemble cast led by John C. Reilly, Jason Clarke, Jason Segel, Gaby Hoffmann, Rob Morgan, and Adrien Brody. In this episode hosts Michael Shields and Justin Wells laud the extraordinary cast, the massive (often disjointed) scope of the series, and the fascinating stylistic choices present in the series, while bemoaning how the series was unceremoniously cut short after two season. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Episode Summary:Get ready for an action-packed episode of Mid Mic Crisis as hosts Pain and Chamber dive into two hot-button NBA topics in "Damian Lillard Trade + NBA GOAT Debate." This episode is a slam dunk for basketball enthusiasts and fans of passionate sports debates.The show kicks off with an in-depth discussion of the Damian Lillard trade to the Milwaukee Bucks. Pain and Chamber dissect the potential impact of this blockbuster move on the NBA landscape, examining the player dynamics, team strategies, and the ripple effects on the league.But the real game-changer in this episode is the NBA GOAT debate. The hosts take on the monumental task of deciding who deserves the title of the Greatest of All Time in the history of basketball. They passionately argue the merits of legendary players, including LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Kobe Bryant, in a showdown of basketball excellence.Each host presents compelling arguments for their chosen GOAT, drawing on stats, achievements, and personal anecdotes to make their case. The debate is intense, thought-provoking, and peppered with witty banter.Listeners are in for a treat as Pain and Chamber navigate the highs and lows of these two pivotal NBA topics, providing insights, entertainment, and a dash of humor along the way."Damian Lillard Trade + NBA GOAT Debate" on Mid Mic Crisis is an episode that caters to both hardcore basketball fans and casual observers of the sport. With thoughtful analysis and passionate discourse, Pain and Chamber lead you through the twists and turns of the NBA's latest trade bombshell and the age-old debate of who truly stands as the GOAT. Tune in to join the conversation and witness the clash of basketball titans!Check out the uncut Twitter SpacesPowered by @dGenNetworkWebsite: https://dgen.network/Follow us on Twitter:dGEN Network: https://twitter.com/dGenNetworkMMC Twitter: https://twitter.com/MidMicCrisisFollow dGEN on all of our Social Media:Discord: https://discord.gg/8vbVZ8vDhrFB: https://www.facebook.com/DecentralizedGenerationNetwork/dGEN Pass: https://opensea.io/collection/dgennetwork Support the show
Not everybody is convinced Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce and superstar Taylor Swift are actually dating. And Dan talks to Hall of Fame PG Magic Johnson about why Kareem Abdul-Jabbar doesn't get the respect he deserves.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Toby Mergler is joined by Sarah Tiana for the Friday episode of Trendy! The show begins with Toby quizzing Sarah about where ventriloquists rank in the comedian hierarchy which leads to a shocking revelation about Jeff Dunham's puppets. When they get to their picks, Sarah is shocked to see Toby try to right the wrongs of his last baseball bet before countering with a parlay on her two southern belles -- the Falcons and Crimson Tide. Then the whole range of the NFL gets covered when Sarah throws out an option for Texans-Colts and Toby counters with a parley that includes three of the NFLs best teams. The show ends with their second-guess selections and a Game of Thrones story involving….Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“I'm sorry son, but you must have me confused with someone else,” is a famous line from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 1980 appearance in the movie Airplane! Deciding whether Abdul-Jabbar's piloting of the skies is First Ballot worthy is none other than First Ballot MVP and SVP of Late Night West Coast at ViacomCBS, Nick Bernstein. Nick and Neil talk the strike, Nick's movie basketball player dream team, and if Kareem was wearing a jockstrap. Plus, a special appearance from Rob the editor! Showtime Codes: (6:43) Recapping Nick's FBHOF W-L Record (9:16) A special guest appearance: Rob the editor! (11:30) More Important: Nick's surprising movie picks! (12:48) Favorite Athlete Cameo in Film and TV (16:56) Something that kicks ass? Nick's SHOCKING answer (21:16) Interestings stats: negotiating for a rug. (31:12) What never happened with famous people in sports (34:35): "Busting my buns" (36:45): Is Kareem wearing a jock? (44:50): Kareem's acting credits (53:00) Game Segment: Kareem movie trivia! (55:23): Dream Team Game: The greatest movie basketball players (01:02:26) Is Neil on the same level as Marc Maron? (01:07:50) A special encore
Land-Grant Holy Land's Stick to Sports is unlike any podcast you've heard on the Ohio State beat. Your hosts, Matt Tamanini and Jami Jurich, will (of course) talk Ohio State sports, but the primary focus of the show will be on what's going on around the periphery, such as weird/funny happenings in college football and the sports world at large, as well as other things that keep us interested in between games. We love watching college football, but either with bad announcers, terrible camera work, or by hiding games on random streaming services, it's getting more difficult to enjoy games on TV. On this episode of "Stick to Sports," Matt Tamanini and Jami Jurich get into the highs and (mostly) lows of Ohio State's first game on CBS as part of the new Big Ten media rights deal and then go off on a bit of a tangent about how media companies have ruined a pretty good thing (the cable bundle) to chase streaming money, only to realize they should have never blown it up in the first place. Jami's Recommendation: "Leaving West 83rd Street" by Kenneth P. Marion https://leavingwest83rdstreet.com/ Matt's Recommendation: The Mycroft Holmes Series of Books by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/series/MTH/mycroft-holmes Connect with Jami Jurich Twitter: @JamiJurich Connect with Matt Tamanini Twitter: @BWWMatt Theme music provided by www.bensound.com Sign up with MyBookie using our link to receive your welcome bonus: https://mybookie.website/Grant23 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Step into the world of the 1987-88 NBA season with author Rich Cohen as he discusses his new book, "When the Game Was War: The NBA's Greatest Season," with James. In this seminal season, Hall of Famers spanned the entire history of the league, from Kareem Abdul Jabbar, who played with players that existed before the NBA, to young talents like Reggie Miller and Scotty Pippen. It was also the time when Cohen fell in love with pro basketball, ignited by game six of the 1988 NBA Finals. The Detroit Pistons were on the brink of closing out the Lakers and making history, but Isaiah Thomas had other plans. Despite rolling his ankle, he delivered a performance for the ages, scoring an incredible 25 points in the third quarter alone—a playoff record that still stands.The core of the book narrows down to four games that encapsulated the era's four dynasties—Magic Johnson's Los Angeles Lakers, Larry Bird's Boston Celtics, Isiah Thomas' Detroit Pistons, and Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls. These teams went to "war" with each other, their skirmishes defining the era. By the time you get to the fourth game in the book, Cohen promises you'll know every player on the floor. This episode offers a deep dive into the emotional gravity of the season that connected fans like never before.Whether you're an ardent NBA follower or a casual fan, this episode with Rich Cohen is a must-listen. It will evoke nostalgia, inspire you with stories of perseverance and skill, and offer a masterclass on the art of storytelling and sports history.------------What do YOU think of the show? Head to JamesAltucherShow.com/listeners and fill out a short survey that will help us better tailor the podcast to our audience!Are you interested in getting direct answers from James about your question on a podcast? Go to JamesAltucherShow.com/AskAltucher and send in your questions to be answered on the air!------------Visit Notepd.com to read our idea lists & sign up to create your own!My new book Skip the Line is out! Make sure you get a copy wherever books are sold!Join the You Should Run for President 2.0 Facebook Group, where we discuss why you should run for President.I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast.------------Thank you so much for listening! If you like this episode, please rate, review, and subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” wherever you get your podcasts: Apple PodcastsStitcheriHeart RadioSpotifyFollow me on Social Media:YouTubeTwitterFacebook
What's it like to play someone larger than life? Ever been curious what happens behind the scenes of your favorite show? Our guest today I've known for a very long time and is crushing it as one of the best players to ever grace the hard court. Solomon Hughes plays Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in "Winning Time" and joins me today to discuss lessons from acting, how to reinvent yourself on a consistent basis, what it's like filming Winning Time, and more! Time Stamps: (2:30) What Solomon “Does” (8:40) Reinventing Yourself (13:15) Filming Winning Time (18:20) Lessons From Acting (27:48) Playing Kareem (37:45) Where to Find Solomon ---------------------------- Follow Us on Instagram! @solomonyounghughes @fitnessshaman @dalalovesdumbbells @dldnation @shotstothedomepodcast ---------------------------- Get Sean's Book, “Hack Your Health!” ---------------------------- We have helped over 5,000 people transform their lives through sustainable health! If you want to be the next, click here to apply for coaching! ---------------------------- Check out our website for freebies, amazing client results, and more! DLDNation.com
In this episode of Dime Machine Flashbacks, Dime Dropper continues on the Dime Machine as he finishes the 1970-71 season and talks about that season's champion, the Milwaukee Bucks. He breaks down how the Bucks went from expansion team in 1968 to NBA Champions just 3 years later. He talks about the impact of Oscar Robertson & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor). Through studying the season, Dime found some big similarities with a team of the recent past, the 2014-15 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. Stephen Curry and his squad get regularly discredited due to what people consider an "easier" route to the title and the injuries sustained to Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving in the Finals, leaving LeBron James with nobody. In this episode, he explains why they shouldn't be discredited at all. He also claims that Kareem had the best first 2 seasons of any player in NBA History. Also available on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUMttehA4A8&lc=UgzJ_MfGrd1qOewB4Fl4AaABAg
Contestants: Erin Portman, Vince Bacani, Jimmy DavorenI love all my contestants equally, but the moment in this episode when one reasons out the *meter* of the correct answer using her knowledge of prosody is an all-time highlight. Really, though, there are standout moments from everyone in an episode that covers the 4 C's — curling, Catholicism, cookies, and chess — plus everything from Neil Gaiman to '70s sitcoms to some reminders of the stirring majesty of Hawaiian culture ... and then I make a series of increasingly vulgar puns and stan Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (not at the same time). So join four people who met while taping Jeopardy! as we reunite in a much more relaxed environment for some Recreational Thinking!Enjoy what you hear? Consider donating via PayPal or Patreon, and remember to leave a review and/or rating on iTunes!
John Kraman knows the car auction business as well as a broadcaster. He's the senior member of the Mecum Auctions team and the only announcer who's been on all 16 years of the country's largest automobile auctions broadcast. He's our guest this week on The Weekly Driver Podcast. With broadcast colleagues and varied responsibility crew, co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia discuss with Kraman the auction's participation Aug. 17-19 in Monterey Auto Week. Mecum is the only daytime auction during what is now nearly a two-week celebration on the Monterey Peninsula of all things automotive. 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster. Thought to be the 100th production car, per serial number, following the initial prototype car. Billed to Shelby American on March 13, 1963. All images courtesy of Mecum Auctions/2023. The Monterey stop on the Mecum Auctions nearly yearlong circuit is the company's smallest in volume. About 600 vehicles are sold in three days. But the Monterey Auction, held at the Hyatt Regency and the adjoining Old Del Monte Golf Course, has the auction's highest average amount per individual sale. Kraman, a repeat guest who's also a vintage car collector, details how the auction works live and with remote bidding. A mechanic and pilot, Kraman joins his colleagues with a fast-paced presentation. He knows the pedigrees of all of the vehicles and details each one like it's his favorite. 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Race Car. The only 1966 Corvette campaigned by Alan Green Chevrolet and raced by Gary Gove in SCCA AP Class competition. As always, rarities will be highlighted during the Mecum Auctions. But attainable vehicles are the norm. As in past years, vehicles are auctioned every few minutes. It's the only auction televised live during Monterey Auto Week. Here are three unique vehicles ready for auction during Mecum Auction's gathering in Monterey: 1948 Packard Super 8 Convertible Victoria. Currently owned and for the past decade by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, six-time NBA Champion, and the league's only six-time MVP. The Packard was one of 4,750 built for 1948; 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster. Thought to be the 100th production car, per serial number, following the initial prototype car. Billed to Shelby American on March 13, 1963; 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Race Car. The only 1966 Corvette campaigned by Alan Green Chevrolet and raced by Gary Gove in SCCA AP Class competition. For more information on Mecum Auctions Monterey 2023 and all other Mecum auctions, visit Mecum.com. Mecum's website is updated daily with the latest consignments and includes detailed descriptions and photographs of the vehicles to be offered. For schedule information, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder for this and all Mecum events, visit Mecum.com, or call (262) 275-5050 for more information. Auction Schedule: The Daytime Auction: Mecum Monterey 2023, Aug. 17-19, 2023 Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa – Del Monte Golf Course1 Old Golf Course Rd.Monterey, CA 93940 Bidder Registration: Options for in-person, telephone and internet bidding start at $100 Admission: $20 in advance online, and $30 at the door and online after Aug. 16—per person, per day; children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission Preview: Gates open daily at 8 a.m. Auction: Vehicles begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, and at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 19 TV: Friday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Live) on MotorTrendTV and MotorTrend+ and from 2-6 p.m. (Re-Air) on MotorTrendTV; Saturday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Live) on MotorTrendTV and MotorTrend+, from 10 a.m.-noon (Live) on Discovery and from 2-6 p.m. (Re-Air) on MotorTrendTV. (All timed PDT) MECUM AUCTIONS PREVIOUSLY ON THE WEEKLY DRIVER PODCAST #188 Broadcaster John Kraman Talks Mecum Auctions #95 Mecum Auctions Defines Fun in Monterey
Today on the show, Paul and Ben talk about Kareem Abdul Jabbar, basketball, Dr. Chapstick, Carmex, chewing tobacco, Crackling Oat Bran, AI recreating stuff, Big Paul, tiny ben, Brigade and the Sad Man, the SAG-AFTRA strike, wart update, nobody listens to the show, Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities, can … Continue reading →
Discover the untold stories of HBO's acclaimed series, "Winning Time," as renowned NBA trainer Idan Ravin takes you behind the curtain. Join us for captivating anecdotes about his crucial role in bringing basketball legends like Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to life on screen. Idan unravels the secrets behind capturing the essence of these iconic players' basketball mannerisms, making the magic of the Lakers era resonate on TV like never before. Get ready to immerse yourself in the world of "Winning Time" and celebrate the highly anticipated second season of the show.Dope Interviews is sponsored in part by Blueview Footwear: https://bit.ly/blueview19Follow Dope Interviews on Twitter: twitter.com/dope_interviews Follow Warren Shaw on Twitter: twitter.com/shawsportsnbaFollow Idan Ravin on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/idanwanFollow Winning Time on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/winningtimehboRock "Dope Interviews" gear: https://19-media-group.myspreadshop.com Subscribe to 19 Media Group: https://bit.ly/3KcZtGeThis show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/5006633/advertisement
Legendary former casting director Joel Thurm chats with Trey Elling about SEX, DRUGS, & PILOT SEASON: CONFESSIONS OF A CASTING DIRECTOR. Topics include: Joaquin Phoenix's influence on the book (0:00:57) Growing up on a dairy farm in Brooklyn, NY (0:02:58) David Merrick's influence on Joel's career (0:08:16) How Pearl Bailey got Joel to Hollywood (0:13:03) LSD, a puffy shirt, & Jesus Christ Superstar (0:16:21) Learning how to handle people from Ethel Winant (0:21:12) The Minutes on CBS (0:23:46) Charlton Heston (0:27:18) Casting Susan Sarandon The Rocky Horror Picture Show (0:28:03) Why Aaron Spelling Leonard Goldberg made such a good team (0:30:49) The Boy In The Plastic Bubble (0:33:14) Grease as an example of Joel's philosophy on money & creativity (0:38:45) Olivia Newton John's “Slutty Sandy” scene (0:40:52) Getting the team back together for Grease Live in 2019 (0:43:26) The joys of working on Taxi (0:47:11) Airplane! (0:55:36) Why Peter Graves & Kareem Abdul Jabbar getting cast (0:59:06) Leslie Nielsen reinventing himself with Airplane! (1:00:55) Ted Danson, Shelly Long, & Cheers (1:03:10) Choosing Claire Huxtable for The Cosby Show (1:06:59) Joel bucking “casting couch” stereotype (1:11:39) What he would've done differently (1:20:25) Why he stopped casting in the early 1990s (1:23:24) Joel's last casting job (1:25:30)
Get ready for an awe-inspiring chapter in sports history as "Champions and Chronicles: History's Sports Epics with Brent Reid" presents its gripping fourth episode, "Cleveland Summit." Join host Brent Reid as he takes you back to a momentous gathering that shook the world of sports and beyond. Title: Cleveland Summit In this extraordinary episode, we revisit the landmark event when Muhammad Ali, a legend both in and out of the boxing ring, made a courageous stand against the U.S. government's draft policy during the peak of the Vietnam War. Witness the electrifying atmosphere as Ali and 11 other iconic athletes came together to support his cause, standing shoulder-to-shoulder to make a powerful statement that transcended sports. Segment 1: "Muhammad Ali - A Legend's Journey" We delve into the life and career of Muhammad Ali, from his rise as Cassius Clay to his transformation into the incomparable boxing champion known and loved by the world. Experience the charisma, skill, and unyielding conviction that made Ali an inspiration to millions. Segment 2: "The Cleveland Summit" Step into the hallowed halls where history was made. Discover the gripping moments as Ali and 11 other remarkable athletes, including Jim Brown, Bill Russell, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, came together in Cleveland to support Ali's decision not to accept his draft status. Hear their impassioned voices as they stood up for what they believed in, transcending the boundaries of sports and creating a moment that reverberates through time. Segment 3: "Legacy and Impact" We reflect on the profound impact of the Cleveland Summit on sports, society, and the ongoing struggle for civil rights. Witness how this pivotal event sparked conversations about athlete activism and forever changed the role of sports figures in shaping social and political discourse. We explore how this courageous act of solidarity influenced future generations of athletes and advocates, leaving an indelible mark on the sporting world. Don't miss this riveting episode as "Champions and Chronicles" pays tribute to the bravery and conviction of Muhammad Ali and the extraordinary athletes who came together during the Cleveland Summit. Through stirring music, including "Taylor Swift" by Miranda Writes and "Let's Go" by Tina Rix, and our show's theme, "I'm Timmy Bish," we bring this pivotal moment in history to life, celebrating the power of sports to ignite change and inspire generations.
Join us as Michael Cooper and AC Green, #Lakesshow champions, delve into a unique conversation about their shared basketball journey. Sponsored by FanDuel, the episode kicks off with college hoops tales, including a classic showdown between Green and Byron Scott. Green reveals his deep-seated desire to play for the Lakers and tells unforgettable stories about Jerry West and meeting Lakers legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar during his rookie year. Dive into the historical NBA rivalries as Green discusses how Jerry West recruited him to counter the #BostonCeltics. Grab the exclusive FanDuel bonus offer and join the conversation about their first encounter with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Powered by Factor Meals, hear about memorable stories involving Green, including a unique Kareem story and the impact of religion on Green's career. Capping off the episode, Green shares detailed insights into the 1991 NBA Finals showdown between Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan, offering his thoughts on how the Showtime Lakers of the 1980s could've outplayed the Bulls. This episode is sponsored by **Factor Meals**. Customizable, super-fast to prepare, never frozen, and completely chef-curated food box deliveries. Get 50% off your first order with the code “showtime50” at https://FactorMeals.com/showtime50. Also sponsored by **FanDuel**, the exclusive wagering partner of the CLNS Media Network. Get $200 in bonus bets when you place your first $10 bet– guaranteed! - when you place your first $5 bet at https://FanDuel.com/BOSTON! (21+ and present in MA, restrictions apply) **Always remember, if you have a gambling problem, hope is here. Reach out to gamblinghelplinema.org or call (800)-327-5050 for 24/7 support.** Tune in, enjoy the show, and don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe for more NBA discussions and analyses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This podcast was recorded BEFORE the SAG-AFTRA strike on June 1st, 2023. Solomon portrays Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on HBO's WINNING TIME: THE RISE OF THE LAKERS DYNASTY!!! Sweet Santa Barbara Brown In the Reagan era of 1983, a group of famous pro basketball players stroll through sunny Santa Barbara. Amidst the warm rays of the sun and the indulgence of ice cream, tensions arise among teammates, fueled by their divergent perspectives on progress for black people in America. Meanwhile flawed decisions made by local police officers set in motion events that will thrust the men into a scenario where they will face lethal consequences. This short film, "Sweet Santa Barbara Brown," explores the collision of race, celebrity, and life-or-death choices against the backdrop of a picturesque beach town.Producer/writer Solomon Hughes is an actor from HBO's Winning Time about the Los Angeles Lakers. . Please like, comment, share, or subscribe if you love film fests, movie-making, storytelling and creativity of all kinds. Want to connect more? .
In episode 309, the ladies are solo and they're some silly lil babies! This is a very silly episode and they mostly talk about the flowbee men's haircutting device, an piece Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote on his substack about Saudi Arabia now owning pro golf, and then we end the episode talking about and pitching silly and interesting baby names. What a whirlwind of an episode! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Which of our new brand deals is dead on arrival? What does the latest data tell us about concussions? And did we just stumble into the perfect Waldo spinoff? We bear-y the lede with these questions and more as we watch Season 4, Episode 13 of Family Matters.Alex Diamond, David Kenny, and John McDaniel heard that the long-running network sitcom Family Matters ends with side character Steve Urkel going to space. And the best way to figure out how that happened - obviously - is to watch the last episode first and make our way backwards through nearly ten years of television.Join our countdown to number one (and our slow descent into madness) in all the places you expect internet people to be:Website: jumpingtheshuttle.spaceEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgInstagram: @JumpingTheShuttle / @ThatAlexD / @dak577Twitter: @JumpingShuttle / @ThatAlexD / @dak577TikTok: @JumpingTheShuttle / @ThatAlexD / @dak577Brought to you by Smooth My Balls
From 1979 to 1991, the Los Angeles Lakers would become a dominant force in the world of professional basketball and in American culture more broadly. Led by coach Pat Riley and star players Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the “Showtime” era of the Lakers is still, in many ways, the standard by which other sports dynasties are measured today. On the court, in the locker room, and beyond, the legendary Lakers franchise was both a reflection and a driver of a culture, a sport, and a country undergoing seismic changes, and the HBO dramatized series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty tells the story of the the larger-than-life personalities and politics that defined the Showtime era. This week on Edge of Sports, host Dave Zirin speaks with actor Solomon Hughes about Winning Time, which is debuting its second season on August 6, and about stepping into the role of playing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar himself. Later in this episode, Zirin shares some choice words on the Oakland A's and Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred; then, in “Ask a Sports Scholar,” we talk with Amira Rose Davis, assistant professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas-Austin, about her forthcoming book “Can't Eat a Medal”: The Lives and Labors of Black Women Athletes in the Age of Jim Crow.Click here to read the episode transcript: Studio Production: David Hebden, Cameron GranadinoPost-Production: Cameron GranadinoOpening Sequence: Cameron GranadinoMusic by: Eze Jackson & Carlos GuillenHelp us continue producing Edge of Sports with Dave Zirin by following us and becoming a monthly sustainer:Donate: https://therealnews.com/eos-pod-donateSign up for our newsletter: https://therealnews.com/eos-pod-subscribeLike us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/therealnewsFollow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/therealnews
Reese, Kmac, Pam and Alex discuss Victor Wembanyama, Brandon Miller and Britney Spears. Victor Wembanyama will play tonight making his Summer League debut as the San Antonio Spurs take on Brandon Miller and the Charlotte Hornets. Wembanyama is one of the most hyped incoming players in NBA History. Will people be watching Wembanyama's debut? How much will he play tonight? Will he live up to the hype? Can we compare him to the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Wembanyama has been in the news for a squabble that occurred between one of Wembanyama's security guards and singer Britney Spears. Who is at fault? Brandon Miller has been criticized for his underwhelming play thus far in the summer league. Should Hornets be concerned?
Reese, Kmac, Pam and Alex discuss Damian Lillard's trade request, Victor Wembanyama and Joel Embiid and the Sixers. It's been about a week since Damian Lillard requested a trade from the Portland Trail Blazers. He has made it clear he wants to play for the Miami Heat and only the Miami Heat. Lilllard's agent has been calling teams interested in Dame and telling them not to trade for him. Foul or fair? Should Dame have this much control of where he ends up? Should teams ignore Lillard's agent and still try to trade for him? Joel Embiid has played in seven NBA seasons but has not made it past the second round. Have the Philadelphia 76ers failed Joel Embiid? Victor Wembanyama is one of the most hyped incoming players in NBA History. Can we compare Wembanyama to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain?
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley." Do you love a wacky movie quote? Do you love Leslie Nielsen? Then you've probably seen the 1980 movie 'Airplane' starring Leslie, and a host of familiar faces - Julie Hagert, Peter Graves, Robert Hays, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and so many more. Join hosts Paris and David as they chat with Todd Schumacher, Creative Executive for Film and Television at Renee Zellweger's production company - Big Picture Co. With an erratic plotline and lots of one-line zingers, is it any wonder this episode goes off the rails? Follow us on social media for more information on upcoming movies and guests!
Host Ruben Britt from the Rowan University Office of Career Advancement speaks to Dr. Theresa Runstedtler, author, educator, speaker, award-winning scholar, and the author of the book Black Ball: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Spencer Haywood, and the Generation that Saved the Soul of the NBA.
Today we dive into the thrilling world of the NBA, MLB, and more! In this latest episode we talked about the NBA Finals, with a special focus on the exceptional talent of Nikola Jokic. We discussed his impact on the court and explored the significance of his Finals performance historically. This is where we go into basketball history, examining the awe-inspiring achievements of legendary players such as Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal, Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, and Bill Russell. Then we transition to America's favorite pastime, baseball, we engage in conversations about the recent rule changes that have improved the game, making it shorter and more enjoyable for fans. Beyond these captivating topics, our pod covers an array of other subjects that are sure to engage with sports enthusiasts of all kinds. We invite you to tune in and join us for an engaging and informative discussion! With Adonis and Jose Manuel
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The Deadly Bees are swarming around Chris and Charlotte, distracting them as they try to talk about timelines, mysteries, nuisances, knees, and spices.SHOW NOTES.The Deadly Bees: MST3K Wiki. IMDb. Trailer.We don't mention it on the show, but we've got a limited edition Pride t-shirt featuring our network's mascot, Curtis the Dinoplant, showing some colours. We first mentioned Curtis way back in episode 4 on Future War.Our episode on The She-Creature.And our episodes on The Projected Man and The Killer Shrews.Blind Melon: No Rain.We talk about Amicus in our episode on At The Earth's Core.And of course, our episode on Gamera vs. Jiger.H.F. Heard: A Taste for Honey.A website devoted to H.F. Heard.H.F. Heard: The Five Ages of Man is now published as The Five Ages of Humanity, which, fair enough.Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's novel.Chris talks about Moby-Dick elsewhere…Bees are coming!Pacifica's Fogfest.Son of Dracula.The Straight Story.Paradise, Hawaiian Style.Shaft in Africa.Ronnie Wood on The Birds and The Byrds.Hee Haw vs Gunsmoke.Anthony Newley: Goldfinger.Manfred Mann: The Mighty Quinn.Manfred Mann's Earth Band: Blinded by the Light.Jewel: The National Anthem.Lulu: Boom Bang a Bang.Bees, in fact, have knees.Isaac Watts: How doth the little busy bee…Mae Murray.The Buzzfeed quiz in question.Support It's Just A Show on Patreon and get all sorts of rewards! And thank you.
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This week on Breaking Battlegrounds, we are honored to be joined by Congressman Neal Dunn and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, both Republicans from Florida. Later in the program, sports journalist Ron Futrell calls in with his take on the A's proposed move to Las Vegas. -Dr. Neal Dunn grew up in an Army family and was stationed at over 20 places before college including in Vietnam during middle school. He was an Eagle Scout and National Merit Scholar before matriculating at Washington and Lee University. After medical school at George Washington, he joined the US Army as a surgeon completing his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) and Surgical Fellowship at Duke University. He continued his surgical career in many stations around the world before settling in Bay County, Florida in 1990. It was during his service at WRAMC in Washington that he met and married his wife Leah, of over 30 years.Dr. Dunn was a surgeon in Panama City for 25 years and was the founding president of the Advanced Urology Institute, a 45-physician practice with over 400 employees. He also founded the Bay Regional Cancer Center and pursued a special interest in advanced Prostate Cancer. He sat on the Governor's Prostate Cancer Advisory Council and the Florida Blue Physician Advisory Board. Prior to being elected to Congress, Dr. Dunn served on the Board of Governors of the Florida Medical Association, and as President of his County Medical Society, Chief of Staff of Gulf Coast Hospital, and Director of the Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart Joint Venture. He was recognized as a Healthcare Hero by the Florida Department of Health for his chairmanship of Bay Cares, a medical charity headquartered in Panama City that provided about $30 million of completely free medical care annually to the working poor in Bay and 8 surrounding counties.Dr. Dunn was also the founding Chairman of Summit Bank, a rapidly growing 5-star community bank headquartered in Panama City. He was honored to be named to the Board of Directors of Space Florida which operates the space launch complexes and numerous research, assembly, and support facilities on Cape Canaveral. He also served as a Director of Enterprise Florida, the state's economic development agency.Dr. Dunn lives in Panama City, Florida with his wife Leah. In his free time, he enjoys quail hunting and spending time on the water. They are the proud parents of 3 sons (Alexander, Patrick, and David) and 3 grandchildren.-Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart is currently fulfilling his 11th term in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving Florida's 26th congressional district. Diaz-Balart is a senior member of the House Committee on Appropriations, and he is the Chairman of the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) Subcommittee, in addition to serving on the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) and Defense Subcommittees.Diaz-Balart passionately serves his constituents, acting tirelessly in defense of individual rights and liberties, promoting economic prosperity, and supporting a robust national defense. He is well-known for his advocacy of human rights and democracy around the world, as well as for his staunch support of our global allies. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002, making him the Dean of the Florida Delegation and Deputy Whip in Congress. Prior to his time in Congress, Diaz-Balart served in the Florida State Legislature in both the House and Senate chambers. He chaired several committees, including the Combined Appropriations/Ways and Means/Finance and Tax Committee.Diaz-Balart was born on September 25, 1961, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to Rafael and Hilda Diaz-Balart and is the youngest of four brothers (Rafael, Lincoln, and Jose). He studied Political Science at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Diaz-Balart currently resides in Miami, Florida, with his wife, Tia, and son, Cristian Rafael.-Ron Futrell is a longtime journalist who has worked at a number of local TV/radio stations throughout the western United States. He has covered sports in Las Vegas since 1984. Ron began his broadcasting career in the early '80s in Salt Lake City at KSXX radio and KTVX TV. From there, he covered sports and news at KNDO TV in Yakima, WA. Ron has covered Stanley Cup Finals, Super Bowls, World Series, NBA Finals and NCAA Championships. He has reported on virtually every major sporting event in Las Vegas over the past three decades, including major boxing and MMA events, NASCAR races, the rise and fall of UNLV basketball, the careers of local athletes like Greg Maddux, Andre Agassi, Randall Cunningham and Mike Tyson, along with many others. Ron is also well known for covering local high school and club sports in Las Vegas. Ron is perhaps best known in Las Vegas for his work covering UNLV basketball throughout its glory days. As host of the Jerry Tarkanian TV show for 10 years, Ron was able to get the inside story on one of most remarkable teams in college basketball history.Ron is also a journalism professor at University of Nevada Las Vegas and was the first to teach Sports Broadcasting classes at UNLV.Ron says some of his greatest moments covering sports have been sitting ringside at the Hagler/Hearns fight in 1985 at Caesars Palace, watching the UNLV Runnin' Rebels win the basketball National Championship in 1990 and witnessing the tremendous success of the inaugural season of the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18. -Connect with us:www.breakingbattlegrounds.voteTwitter: www.twitter.com/Breaking_BattleFacebook: www.facebook.com/breakingbattlegroundsInstagram: www.instagram.com/breakingbattlegroundsLinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/breakingbattlegrounds-TranscriptionSam Stone: [00:00:24] Welcome to another episode of Breaking Battlegrounds with your host, Sam Stone. My co-host Chuck Warren, is out and traveling today. But some big news in the country and we are very excited to have Congressman Neal Dunn of Florida's second Congressional District. Congressman Dunn grew up in an Army family, was stationed in over 20 different locations, including in Vietnam. During middle school, he was an Eagle Scout National Merit Scholar, then went to Washington and Lee University, went to medical school at George Washington, joined the US Army as a surgeon, completed his residency at Walter Reed Medical Center. Folks, I'm going on and on and on because this is the kind of resume, frankly, we need a lot more of in Congress. People who have real accomplishments. You're too kind. Well, you know what, Congressman? I mean, how many people in Congress right now have an actual medical background?Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:01:20] Well, there are 17 doctors.Sam Stone: [00:01:23] Honestly. Okay. I'm actually shocked. That's more than I thought. And there were only.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:01:27] Nine when I got here, but we're adding so.Sam Stone: [00:01:30] Good. Well, see, I mean, frankly, I think that's pretty valuable given how much of the medical industry comes under the purview of Congress these days.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:01:39] It's very important.Sam Stone: [00:01:41] So before we get into more of that and and I do want to talk a little bit about your background, but obviously the big conversation that's lighting up the country right now is the agreement over the debt ceiling. Yes, Speaker McCarthy put together an agreement and despite the best efforts of the national press to pretend that never happened, uh, negotiations did conclude very recently an agreement was signed. Now, you did vote for it. I did. And as Chuck and I have said here many times, we would also and tell folks why.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:02:17] Well, so this, you know, is certainly one of those tough calls that we face in Congress. It's it's why the job can be difficult. You know, this this first off, we should say this bill really does cut the spending. So President Biden had come forth with a budget and we went after that budget to say we got a this is way too much. It's it's the kind of budget that caused the inflation that we're suffering with. And so we managed to I say we, you know, and actually the credit should go to Speaker McCarthy and the negotiation team led by Garret Graves and they just did a brilliant job getting the getting that number down by 4.8 trillion with a T trillion dollars over the the ten year window. And so that that's a big savings. There's never been a cut on the president's budget, anything like that big in history.Sam Stone: [00:03:13] A trillion here, a trillion there. Pretty soon you're talking real money.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:03:17] Yeah and you know, we used to say a million and a million here. Now it's trillions. You're right. It's it's it is. It is real money. Now let's let's don't kid ourselves. This is just a first step because the debt is still going to glide somewhat higher over the next ten years. There's going to be increased. There's still we're still going to be borrowing money. We're still going to be facing, you know, the situation where we're spending more than we're bringing in. And we have to go after that, too. But we really got some good wins on this bill. One of the things that should appeal to everybody was we we kept the IRS from getting any more new agents this year or next. And then, of course, we'll have to fight that in the 20 in the 25 appropriations process again. But bearing in mind we only control one House, the House and.Sam Stone: [00:04:12] Senate control one House.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:04:13] Yeah, very with a narrow majority. This is really a remarkable bill given the the sort of weak hand that we had to play. And so I was actually, you know, you could always wish for more. My God, yes, you could wish for more. But we did manage to protect the the defense budget entirely. So we plussed it up from the president. And and we get we this is no time to cut on the military. We got too many threats around the world right now. And we also kept the veterans intact. But everybody else took a little bath.Sam Stone: [00:04:47] Well, as they had to. I mean, the run up in spending in the last few years has been extraordinary. It has. This is the first step in starting to rein that back in it. How important was it not to default? Because I think a lot of people out there were expecting you know, there's some folks in the Republican Party saying they expected more. They wanted a more, you know, more drastic.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:05:12] It's really irresponsible to default on on debt. Let let let me see if I can underline that. So the the importance of a strong dollar, the fact that the global economy is dollarized is as important as having a strong military. It's that important. So a strong US dollar is fundamental to the national security and frankly, to the stability of the world system.Sam Stone: [00:05:39] And so and and from what I understand and different economists have slightly different takes. But if the US were to lose our status, which is is clearly there are countries trying to take it away as the as the world reserve currency that would be something like an instant 15% tax increase on every single American.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:05:58] That's right. And you would be far less safe as well.Sam Stone: [00:06:03] Absolutely. And you have an interesting background. We got into it a little bit earlier. You know, obviously amazing background with the military surgical fellowship at Duke University. Um, but you also have a background in banking and in finance.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:06:21] Yeah, I do. So, you know, what happened is I got out of the military. I'd always been getting a paycheck all my life, and I'm in private practice, and all of a sudden I'm running a private practice. And I didn't really know how to run a business at all. So I approached it like a, you know, another school course. Okay, we got to study this thing and figure out how how businesses work and and how to report and how to account for the money. And I had a great deal of help, frankly, in my I moved into a town I live in Panama City, Florida. And my patience, I'm in a surgical specialty that tends to have these older guys as patients. And so they were a lot of businessmen and they mentored me all the way through this. And among my mentors was a banker. And he he graciously spent some years teaching me about banking. And and eventually I got the bug bit and we started a bank of our own. So and it did very well. I was very pleased with it. We kept it for about a dozen years.Sam Stone: [00:07:21] Well, and that's an amazing story too, because, you know, not only do you have the experience in the medical industry, but also the financial industry. So when you go to Congress, you're coming in with a great deal to contribute right off the top based on those experiences, right?Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:07:39] Yes. And I think, by the way, the business and the banking experience was very helpful. When we come up here and we start throwing around numbers like trillions of dollars, you know, that's a scary number to throw at a banker. You know, people start talking about defaulting on that and you go, boy. Put the gun down and back away. This is dangerous stuff you're talking about.Sam Stone: [00:08:01] Oh, absolutely. Now I'm laughing and joking about this a little bit, but this is really deadly serious stuff. It is.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:08:10] It's deadly serious.Sam Stone: [00:08:11] And the the consequences of the default would have been so dramatic that I want to say thank you to you and your colleagues who had the courage to see this process through.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:08:23] Well, thank you. And I'll tell you what, I hope that we get back together in a year and we find out that we've also fought the fought the the people want to spend all this money to have standstill yet again on the appropriations next year, too.Sam Stone: [00:08:36] So that's actually one of the things I was about to get to. And I'm glad you went there first, is this isn't the hill to die on. The the full faith and credit of the United States is not the hill to go out there and die on and say we're going to hold our ground no matter what.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:08:51] Yeah, this is not the place to throw a hissy fit. I mean, we we absolutely have to, you know, meet our debt. This is why the world depends on the United States. If we default on our debt, you know, all of a sudden we become a lot less important to everybody.Sam Stone: [00:09:09] Yeah, absolutely. But there is a place to do that, to have that fight. Right. And that's absolutely in the future here in the next couple of years with the various budget processes.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:09:21] There's a lot of places to have that fight. One of them would be in November at the ballot box. But, you know, if you really feel strongly about the debt, then don't elect a bunch of people and don't nominate a bunch of people who can't get elected to office that are that are going to be irresponsible with with the dollar. You know, this stuff really matters to our children and our grandchildren. I have grandchildren, so I tend to have a longer horizon. But, you know, it's important that we don't we don't hurt them.Sam Stone: [00:09:55] Yeah, you can. You can make mistakes. Now that will take away so much of the opportunities in their future. That's right.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:10:03] And there's another side to this. And I get this, too, when people say that, you know, well, we're we're swimming in debt. We are right now. The every man, woman and child in America has about $4 million in federal debt. $4 million.Sam Stone: [00:10:18] I don't have $4 million to give you, Congressman.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:10:21] Well, I was going to ask you for that later in the show.Sam Stone: [00:10:25] Well, I don't know. Maybe the ratings from this show will go through the roof. And, you know, next year you'll be able to collect. I don't know. But, you know, but in the meantime, one of the you made a great point there. I thought about not nominating people who can't get elected. Um, I always love the Reagan maxim. I want to nominate the most conservative person I can get elected. Right.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:10:51] That was, you know, that was really pretty simple truth that he that he used to say he had a lot of quick little aphorisms like that that really cut right down to the bottom line.Sam Stone: [00:11:01] He he was so good at that and so good at narrowing things down for the public in a way that they could understand and taking complex issues and making them accessible. Uh, I think great.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:11:15] Communicator.Sam Stone: [00:11:16] Yeah, we miss that too often. Um, so we only have about two minutes left in this segment. We're going to be coming back here with more from Congressman Neal Dunn of Florida's second Congressional District shortly. Um, we want to talk a little bit, too, about your Bacares medical charity there in Panama City, because I think I think a lot of times people don't, um, people think of Congress, members of Congress, only in that one role.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:11:46] Yeah, I think you're right. They do think he's a congressman. What did he do in real life? Yeah.Sam Stone: [00:11:51] Yeah. I think too often that's the case. And you've done a ton in real life. So I want to touch a little bit more about that. Also, when we come back here and we're going to have a little bit of discussion on what what we're going to be doing, what you're going to be doing in Congress going forward the next few months. I want to, you know, what should the American people be watching out for? Okay. So when breaking battlegrounds comes back in just a moment, we'll hit on more of that. Folks, thank you for tuning in. Be sure to download our podcast, go to breaking battlegrounds dot vote. You can get all of our past episodes. There we are on Substack, Spotify, Apple Podcasts. Anywhere you get your podcasts, breaking battlegrounds is there. We will be back with more from Congressman Dunn in just a moment. All right. Welcome back to Breaking Battlegrounds with your host, Sam Stone. Chuck Warren out of studio today. On the line with us, Congressman Neal Dunn of Florida's second Congressional District. We've been talking about the debt ceiling. We've been talking about some of his background, which is just amazing. But right now, we want to talk about what is coming up in Congress. What are the next issues that are going to be on your plate there?Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:13:33] Well, so we do tend to give everybody sort of subspecialized. And I sit on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which is also home to the big health care committee. So we do health care policy, but we also do energy and and all the foreign and domestic trade policy. So I don't have to tell you that energy's been a big, big subject lately. We want to reestablish energy independence. We know how to do this. We did it very nicely in the last administration, and we did in that same debt ceiling bill. We included a whole bunch of streamlining for energy projects, in fact, for all large building projects. So we took that environmental permitting process and capped it at two years and actually made the the regulatory agencies liable to be sued if they don't make those environmental statements and rulings within two years. And I offer as an example, the Atlanta airport where they just added a runway after nine years working on it. And the first seven of those nine years were just permitting, didn't move a shovel full of earth, and then they built it in two years. So we need to get that permitting process down a lot. It takes about 20 years to permit a mine for anything you want to mine in this country. And that's that's just an impossible obstacle to overcome in any kind of affordable way. Yeah.Sam Stone: [00:15:02] Well, we our broadcast studio is I think most people know is in Arizona. There has been a project here called the Rosemont Mine. I think the names have changed on it a few dozen times now. I know personally because I've been dealing with it, that process has gone on close to 20 years now. It could be one of the largest copper mines in the world. Copper is desperately needed for all of these electric vehicles, for the phones, for the computers and and the opposition to it. This this baffles me, Congressman, the opposition to it, we're told by the environmental movement and I agree with them in this, that we have one planet, that this.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:15:39] Is one same people who want everything to go electric will prevent you from mining or refining any of the things you need to make electricity and batteries and all this stuff. It's really it's it's almost childishly foolish.Sam Stone: [00:15:53] Well, I think it's worse than that, Congressman, because not only do they do all that here, but then they turn a blind eye to China to all these.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:16:01] Glad you said that, because all the.Sam Stone: [00:16:02] Countries around the world that do this with the worst environmental controls imaginable.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:16:07] Unbelievably bad. You're right. They have no environmental controls, whatever. China is another subject we're going to be spending a lot of time on. I sit on the China Select Committee. And so this is a select committee that looking at China as a as an adversary in terms of competing in everything, including militarily speaking. And we're peeling back the layers of of of how deep China is embedded into our economy and our lives. And let me tell you, it's awful. It's just awful. They have they have really stolen a lot of marches on us. They're making headway in South America. They're making headway across the Pacific, in Asia, in Africa. And and everybody is is very dependent on their production.Sam Stone: [00:16:51] Well, one of the one of our very recent guests was former Afghan Special Forces General Sami Sadat, who detailed how much China has moved into Afghanistan, taking over the mining and the industry there. As soon as we stepped out that there.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:17:08] It turns out that Afghanistan has a lot of rich mining of minerals in it and the Chinese aren't hesitant to go after it. They're also running Bagram Air Base, the one we we abandoned there the one night. No.Sam Stone: [00:17:21] It's it's every time I hear you more about what we did in Afghanistan on our way out the door, the more embarrassing that whole episode becomes. I mean, we really put ourselves in a difficult position internationally with that move.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:17:35] I can't say enough bad about that. I was on active duty when the Saigon fell. And and I have to tell you, I thought that was the most humiliating moment of my life for the military, for our country. And I didn't think it would ever happen again in Afghanistan actually was worse. I couldn't believe I was stunned. And of course, the really bad news here is Russia saw that, Putin saw that. And he said, oh, I know what they'll do if I invade Ukraine. Nothing. And so he was. Began massing troops on the border of Ukraine while we were still evacuating people out of that humiliating mess. And of course, China's looked at it and saw the same thing. He said, Ah, Taiwan is next. Honestly, I think if Putin had managed to roll up Ukraine the way he thought he was going to, JI would have been in Taiwan the next week. So you put it that way. You realize the Ukrainians are not just defending Eastern Europe, they're defending Taiwan, the whole Indo pack.Sam Stone: [00:18:37] Well, and and the rest of their region. Right. All those Baltic states are are at enormous risk. And Russia has said Putin has said they want to recreate the Iron Curtain. They want to rebuild the Soviet empire.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:18:51] They absolutely do. And you know this people think this is just like a one off aggression. This is the ninth invasion. Putin has stated started ninth. So this is just one in a long string. You know, you're going to fight this war in Ukraine or you're going to fight with Americans in Poland.Sam Stone: [00:19:08] Mhm. Yeah. And Poland certainly all, you know, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, all of those is.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:19:16] Probably even before Poland.Sam Stone: [00:19:17] Yeah. And those states are, are fantastic growing economies that are contributing to the world and Yeah. And hugely democratic, hugely capitalist and.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:19:28] They're Article five nations in NATO which means we're we are tied to them.Sam Stone: [00:19:32] Absolutely. We have just about two minutes before we have to go here. But I did want to touch on something else you've done, which is Bacares, a medical charity headquartered in Panama City. Um, tell us what what you've done there, because that's a really amazing story.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:19:48] You know, I was really gratified to do that. So Florida has a system where we call it's the we Care system where if doctors or hospitals, clinics, labs, whatever, will donate free medical care, they get sovereign immunity from the state. So they can't be sued. No liability. And and so we find that medical personnel are very much more willing to to deliver care for free if it's accompanied by sovereign immunity. And so I was able to recruit in my relatively small area. We had nine counties we were serving. But so it was probably a total population of 400,000, not not a giant city. We were able to get $30 million a year in free, utterly free medical care, just people willing to donate, doctors, you know, hospitals and and clinics of all types, diagnostic centers, pharmacies, $30 million a year in that little town.Sam Stone: [00:20:47] That's a huge amount of quality medical care that your residents are getting for free, because.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:20:52] I ran it for a number of years, but I had to give it up when I came to Congress. And it's still in good hands back in Panama City. So if anybody in Panama City or anywhere around Panama City is watching this, you can you can donate your services to Bacares.Sam Stone: [00:21:06] Fantastic. Congressman, before we wrap up here, how do folks follow you and your work and stay in touch with everything you're doing?Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:21:12] Thank you so much for letting me share that. So on Twitter, it's at Dr. Neal Dunn Fl2 and I spell Neal n e a l. Dr. Neal Dunn, Florida two. And on Facebook, it's Congressman Neal Dunn, MD.Sam Stone: [00:21:28] Perfect. Thank you so much, Congressman. We really appreciate having you on the program. We'll look forward to having you back on again in the future.Congressmen Neal Dunn: [00:21:35] Thanks so much. I hope we have as much good news. Next time.Sam Stone: [00:21:38] Cross your fingers, folks. Are you concerned with stock market volatility, especially with Joe Biden in office? If you are, go to investyrefy.com, you can earn up to a 10.25% fixed rate of return that's investyrefy.com or call them at 888Y, refi 24 and tell them Chuck and Sam sent you. Welcome back to Breaking battlegrounds with your host, Chuck Warren. I'm Sam Stone. Chuck Next up on the line with us right now, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart fulfilling his 11th term in the US House of Representatives, serving Florida's 26th Congressional District. He is a member a senior member of the House Committee on Appropriations, chairman of the State Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee, and also serves on some other key committees Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Defense. So, Congressman, you are you are covering the spectrum on policy there in Washington right now. That's actually pretty darn impressive.Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart: [00:22:46] Look, I'm a blessed person to be able to be in a situation, in a position to be able to fight for things that I think are important for our country. And obviously, whether it's defense, whether it's foreign policy, whether it's infrastructure, those are issues that I spend a lot of my time on. But as well as, you know, I, I was the main sponsor of the of the, you know, border security bill. So there are a lot of things that I've been able to because of first, the folks who sent me to D.C. and then the confidence in my colleagues I've been able to to get involved in a lot of different issues. You're absolutely right.Chuck Warren: [00:23:21] So you are a sponsor of H.R. two. Yes, And it has. So we tell us a little bit about the the details regarding border security on that and then take some time and tell us how does this help people bring in with work visas? One thing I think people misrepresent Republicans about is we still allow about 1.2 million people to come into the country legally every year. I mean, that's not a minor number.Sam Stone: [00:23:47] Right. And I've never met a Republican who wasn't willing to have a conversation about legal immigration.Chuck Warren: [00:23:52] And I've never met a Republican who says cut that number. Right. So first of all, tell us about the border security details of H.R., H.R. two, please, and then let's discuss the other items.Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart: [00:24:02] Yeah, look, HR.2 first, you know, we before the elections, Kevin McCarthy, again, he wasn't speaker. He put together the Republicans and said, let's come up with a commitment to America. What is our agenda going to be? One of those was securing the border. And, you know, I was fortunate to be one of the people that helped draft that component of it. We won by a very slim margin, but we won the majority in the House, only in the House, unfortunately. And then we wanted to make sure that we deliver on the commitment, on the promise that we made to the American people. So H.R.1 dealt with energy energy independence. H.R.2 is border security. So there were a lot of Republican bills filed out there to deal with the bleeding that we are experiencing on the southern border. And I say bleeding. This administration has literally given the control, has totally just who decides now who comes across the southern border to the United States are the drug cartels and not to mention the fence and all that's coming across the southern border, the terrorists that we know are coming across the southern border. And then, by the way, a lot of victims that are being used by the cartels and are being brought across.Sam Stone: [00:25:07] Can I stop and ask for for some clarification? I'm certainly not asking you to throw your colleagues under the bus, but do a lot of the Democrats who have kind of resisted this border security, do they understand how much the control has been ceded to the cartels? And and what you just said that you do not cross that border without the permission of the cartels at this point?Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart: [00:25:28] Well, but I'll answer your question. But to your point, if anybody thinks that an individual can come from a country and, you know, somehow get us to the southern border and walk across, that's not possible. The cartels will kill you. The this is a monopoly controlled by these narco terrorist cartels. Different cartels have different part of the southern border. That's who determines who comes across 100%. And so and do my Democratic colleagues understand that? Some do You know, you have folks like Henry Cuellar who who has been one of the most outspoken people in telling the administration this has to stop. We have a problem here. But it seems that many are just okay with that or and the administration seems to be okay with that. The secretary of Homeland security continues to say that the southern border is secure, which is insanity, because he wants us to believe him and not our very own eyes.Chuck Warren: [00:26:21] So we have about 90s to a break. Congressman, why do you think they feel that way? That it's just okay? I mean, there has to be a reason you've talked to them enough. Is there have you ever heard a good justification or reasoning why they think this is just okay?Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart: [00:26:34] No, I haven't I haven't heard any good explanation from the administration or anybody else as to why this is okay. Why handing over to the cartels the southern border is okay. Why 300 Americans dying every single day? Because of of of of of a product that's coming across the southern border is okay. While you know why hundreds of 900 migrants dying just last year is humane, there is no good explanation. That's why I'm so proud of H.R. 2. And the colleagues, the Republican colleagues have put this together.Sam Stone: [00:27:03] Fantastic. Congressman, when we. Come back. We're going to have more from Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida. Congressman, before we we go there, I want to give folks your Twitter handle because I think it's very important they stay up with the work you're doing. Folks, you can follow him at at Mario DB on Twitter there. Great opportunity to stay in touch with his work. Breaking battlegrounds is going to be coming back with more from the congressman in just a moment. We want to get into some of the specific provisions that are in this bill, but also we want to touch on some of the other work you're doing, including the Parents Bill of Rights and the recent trip you made to the Dominican Republic. All that and more when breaking battlegrounds comes back. Welcome back to Breaking battlegrounds with your host, Chuck Moran. I'm Sam Stone. Folks, are you concerned with stock market volatility, especially with Joe Biden in office? What if you can invest in a portfolio with a high fixed rate of return that's not correlated to the stock market? You can make up to 10.25% fixed rate of return. 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So, again, a lot of common sense border security, things like that. But to your point, one of the things that should also be upsetting and, you know, you wonder why to your question before we we broke. Right. What are the Democrats say about this? Nothing good. But but if the others who are suffering, it's not only our national security interests, it's not only the rule of law, it's also those who are actually who potentially have legitimate asylum claims because they can't get their legitimate claims heard. So among the things that this bill also does is it it frankly modernizes it streamlines the actual real process for those who have legitimate asylum claims so that they can have their claims actually adjudicated. And it also even has a particular area there for folks who come, for example, from this hemisphere, from Venezuela or Cuba or Nicaragua that you would think have the likeliest chance of having legitimate claims. Well, they can't get their claims heard because of the disaster created by the Biden administration. So this deals with that as well. It's not only border security that's the main issue. It's the secure the border, but it also makes the legal system a little bit better. Does it solve every problem? No, it secures the border. It stops this horrific situation that is inhumane, that is a threat to our national security and also provides some avenues for those who have legitimate claims, for example, legitimate asylum claims.Chuck Warren: [00:30:41] Where the congressman, Mario Diaz-Balart, if you're in the Miami area, you can catch this interview on Newsradio 6:10 a.m. So you live in Miami Dade and it's it's a it's a county, Sam, and I've been to many times it's full of immigrants. What do they think your Venezuelan Colombians, your Cubans, what do they think about the border crisis? What are your constituents tell you about this?Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart: [00:31:04] You know, they understand that one of the reasons that one of the reasons that immigrants have always come to this country, I don't care if you get you came here, you know, five generations ago or if you're coming now, it's because of the rule of law. The rule of law is what makes everything else possible and that you have to adhere to the rule of law. And so immigrants who are in this country and I represent a heck of a lot of of of, you know, Americans who are, again, first generations or or foreign born Americans. They understand that you have to adhere to the rule of law. That is the reason that everybody wants to come to the United States. That's the reason this is the country of opportunity. It's the rule of law. It's the free market system. But you can't have a free market system or you can't have anything. You can't have security without adhering to the rule of law. And that's why, again, this bill is very strong on that adhering bringing back the rule of law to the southern border and to those communities in the southern border that are struggling because of the policies of the Biden administration.Sam Stone: [00:32:10] Congressman, here in Arizona, I've found in talking to first generation immigrants and a lot of people in that, you know, obviously predominantly Mexican American community here, they have a much better understanding than a lot of folks out there of how the cartels, you know, really abuse the people that are coming across the predations that they inflict upon them. Do you do you get that? And, you know, I my experience in Florida is you get that plus people who have maybe a little bit better understanding of communism than we often do here. Does the Republican Party need to do a better job of emphasizing those voices?Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart: [00:32:46] I mean, I think we can always do better. I know that in Florida, by the way, and, you know, look at look at the election and the re-election of Governor Ron DeSantis. Right. Remember, Ron DeSantis got a group of immigrants who got here across the southern border and he sent them to a sanctuary community. That publicly expressed that they are a sanctuary place and that they have they want, you know, folks, even if they're here unlawfully, to to go to Martha's Vineyard. So this governor sent people over there not to be punitive, but to actually say, look, if you've got opportunities for them, you want them there. Here we go. And then what happened that immediately. Martha's Vineyard, by the way, put them on buses and they put them in a military base. So the sanctuary committee there in New York is another sanctuary, right, city. They're sanctuary cities until anybody shows up and then they immediately want them out of there.Sam Stone: [00:33:40] They're fine. Sticking them on border towns in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, all the way into Florida. They just don't want them in their community no matter what they say. Talk is.Chuck Warren: [00:33:50] Cheap.Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart: [00:33:51] Yeah, look, it's. It's like socialist. Socialist or socialist for everybody else, not for me. Right. And and, you know, you want everybody to drive bicycles, but want to be able to have my car. Right. That's socialism 101.Sam Stone: [00:34:02] They. They all envision themselves like the Soviet leadership driving down their exclusive lane on the middle of Nevsky Prospekt.Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart: [00:34:10] Correct. That's exactly right. Socialism. Socialism is really good for everybody else, but not for them. Right. And and, you know, government control is they want to be able to impose their views on everybody else but don't not on them. Right. And and which is why, again, look, this country is based on individual freedom, on the rule of law, on opportunity. And the reason this country has been and continues to be the wealthiest, the most generous, the greatest country in the history of humanity is because of individual freedom and opportunity and the rule of law. And, you know, you mentioned folks who have come here by choice. They get that. They understand that. And one sympathizes with these victims, by the way, that the cartels are using and abusing. But the reality is that you have to adhere to the law and the rule of law. Otherwise, nothing else is.Chuck Warren: [00:35:00] Possible with Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart. He's in Miami Dade County. You can catch him on Twitter at Mario DB. All right. We're going to give you the softball question. You're introducing a new bill here in two weeks. Tell our audience a little bit about it.Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart: [00:35:14] Yeah, well, I chair the subcommittee. I'm my privilege that my colleagues have put me to chair the subcommittee, that the House subcommittee of Appropriations Subcommittee that funds everything have to do with foreign policy. That includes, by the way, funding for the UN. That includes funding for our allies like Israel, that includes funding for the State Department and so much more. And so a couple of things. Number one is we're going to be spending a heck of a lot less money than the Democrats have been spending because they've been wasting money and we're going to be responsible. So we're going to be spending a hell of a lot less money, number one. Number two is, to me, it's very simple. If you're an ally of the United States and if you're helping our national security interests, I think this bill will recognize that in a positive way. But if you're in cahoots with our enemies, if you are targeting our allies, this bill is also going to recognize that in a way that they're not going to like. Foreign policy has to be dictated on one thing and one thing alone. The national security interests of the United States.Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart: [00:36:09] After that, you have a lot of things that are important, human rights, etcetera. But it's all based on one thing the national security interest of the United States. So we're going back to some pretty basic things that the Democrats have totally forgotten about. Democrats love to, you know, fund things that have nothing to do with our national security interests. We're cutting all that. They like to fund folks and entities that are frankly not helping us are not on our side. I'm not willing to look the other way. I'm not willing to look the other way. If you have international organizations that are targeting Israel or that are targeting the United States, I'm not willing to look the other way. It's going to be a there's going to be all sorts of criticism when I drop that bill, when I file that bill. But I will tell you, I'm very proud because we're going back to basics. If you're pro-American, then we're going to be trying to help you. And if you're in cahoots with our adversaries, you're going to suffer the consequences in my bill.Sam Stone: [00:37:00] I love that, Congressman Chuck, because frankly, what other country on earth does their government not work to protect their own people? We there's there's this push on the left that seems like our job in our government is to protect everybody but Americans.Chuck Warren: [00:37:13] So you are the dean of the Florida delegation. You've been around the block a couple times now.Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart: [00:37:18] You're calling me old. Yeah.Chuck Warren: [00:37:19] I'm calling it. I'm old, Sam. We're all his old people are old guys. Rule. Okay. My question is, what keeps you up at night? I mean, what is the one thing that you know, because you see very sensitive documents that we don't have access to. What keeps you up that you fret about? I mean, obviously, you know, a lot of things seem to work themselves out. I always feel America will end up doing the right thing long term. But what keeps you up at night? Like, holy moly, this is bad.Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart: [00:37:46] Yeah. You know, I don't know if I've been asked that question, but I think I can answer it relatively simply. Number one is obviously our fiscal situation, our debt, and that we waste so much money on things that we shouldn't be doing. And then and then the other thing that keeps me. Is China, which is the existential threat, and they're both tied together. We waste money on things that frankly do nothing or actually do us harm. And then we don't spend enough resources, enough money on, frankly, confronting the existential threat today, tomorrow, and for the decades in the future. And that's China. We have to have the strongest defense. We're not doing enough there. And we have to have a strong economy, which means we have to stop misspending money.Sam Stone: [00:38:30] That is one thing. Chuck, I was a little dismayed about in this budget that is being discussed in the debt ceiling deal is a reduction again in the number of naval vessels that are under the US flag. I mean, we.Chuck Warren: [00:38:42] Should be at 350. That's that's what our strategy is, 350 ships and we're at what, 280?Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart: [00:38:47] Yeah. And China is building them. You know, like by the time we finish this podcast, they probably have built already another ship, right? So China is is a real danger. Look, we we have to confront we have this issue of our debt and that's because we are mis spending so much money and we need to be much better stewards of the people's money. And obviously, the Democrats have been on the spending spree. But it's not only the Democrats in the past. Let's be very clear. We have to do a better job. But on the other hand, we cannot deal with defense as a number. Ronald Reagan used it, to paraphrase him, used to say defense is not a budgetary issue. We have to avoid war at all costs. The way to do that is to have the toughest, the strongest military in the entire planet. China is a real threat. So we can we spend more on defense while still dealing with our debt. Yes, we can, because defense is still something that we have to do. We have to, by the way, reform the programs that are causing the debt. A lot of that. For example, Social Security and Medicare, we have to defend and protect those, but we also have to reform them, reform them to make sure that we have those for future generations so we can do both things, spend more and spend more wisely on defense to confront China while we deal with the other big threat, which is our escalating national debt.Chuck Warren: [00:40:07] Congressman, do you feel there's a danger within the Republican Party of this strident, isolationist wing that they just seem to want to ignore the world and don't realize when we ignore it, the world is in trouble, which means we're in trouble?Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart: [00:40:21] Well, look, you know, I don't want to be critical of I try to adhere to the again, once again talking about Ronald Reagan. Right. He talked about the 11th commandment. Right. Which is not to ever say negative things about other Republicans. And so I won't do that. And I wish all Republicans had that same attitude because there's a lot of things that we need to talk about that the Democrats are doing wrong and they're helping to destroy this country. Right. So but but I will tell you that we have to treat defense not as a number. We have to look at defenses. What do we need to confront China? Whatever it costs, then we have to deal with everything else. Because if we do not get defense right, nothing else will matter. And the way to avoid war is to which is really obviously the number one goal. Number one goal is to have the toughest, the strongest, the most agile, the most lethal defense in the planet so that China and others do not dare confront the United States. Are we there now? No, we are not. We can do better, but we also have to deal with the debt. Those are not mutually exclusive if we're smart about how we spend our money.Sam Stone: [00:41:25] Yeah, absolutely. Great point. Before we go, Congressman, we have just about one minute left here on the program, and we thank you very much for joining us. We look forward to having you on again. Folks, if you want to follow him on Twitter, it's at Mario. Db Fantastic opportunity to stay up with one of the folks who's helping lead our foreign policy engagement in a really smart and intelligent way. So, Congressman, thank you so much for joining us here. I'm going to throw kind of a softball at you. How much do we need to focus on stripping back the the barriers that are preventing us from building things the way we did 50 years ago in this country?Mario Diaz-Balart: [00:42:06] Oh, it's nuts. It's nuts. And most of that is government regulation. You know, we went from being energy independent, which was a dream. We actually became energy independent just two years ago to now, in essence, depending mostly on Chinese goods, Chinese solar panels. It's insanity. These are government created problems if you just unleash the American people. It's amazing what they have done and what they will continue to do. A lot of times the problem well, the problem is the federal government.Sam Stone: [00:42:36] That's the last word right there. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, thank you so much for joining us. Folks. Be sure to tune in again next week and download our podcast segment. We have a very full podcast segment for you this week, breaking battlegrounds back on the air one week from today. All right, Welcome to the podcast. Only segment of breaking battlegrounds. Packed show today. But one thing Chuck and I always love is sports. And there's a lot going on in one particular town in this country. Las Vegas, been in the news for a lot of sporting reasons.Chuck Warren: [00:43:13] Viva! Viva Las Vegas!Sam Stone: [00:43:14] Viva! Viva! Viva! Everything. Las Vegas. Viva is.Chuck Warren: [00:43:18] Right. Viva as Ron Years ago.Sam Stone: [00:43:20] But we didn't actually introduce him, so we got to introduce Ron Futrell, a longtime journalist. He's worked in a number of local TV and radio stations throughout the western United States, and he's covered sports in Las Vegas since 1984. Began his broadcasting career in the 80s in Salt Lake City. And from there, he's covered sports and news pretty much all across the western United States. Ron, welcome to the program.Ron Futrell: [00:43:44] It's a long time. I've been here almost 40 years.Chuck Warren: [00:43:46] Yeah, It doesn't show, though. It doesn't show. That's amazing.Sam Stone: [00:43:50] We don't actually admit to those things on this podcast. Ron, it was yesterday. You arrived yesterday?Ron Futrell: [00:43:56] Yeah, yesterday. I will say this and this sort of remarkable. The first the first event I covered in Las Vegas was April 5th, 1984, at the Thomas and Mack Center. The Utah Jazz were playing a split schedule then because not a whole lot of fans were going to the Salt Palace. And Sam Battistone, the owner, wanted to see if Vegas could be a market for them. And he was thinking about moving the team here. And it just so happened that the night that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar set the all time NBA scoring record should have been in Salt Lake at the Salt Palace, But it was in Las Vegas at the new Thomas and Mack Center. And I was three days on the job and I'm covering that. And, of course, it's been significant lately because Lobos broke that record. That's a record that stood for almost 40 years. And and so that and I think what it did also is.Sam Stone: [00:44:49] Wait a minute.Ron Futrell: [00:44:51] If we don't start showing up to games. They were getting 8000 a game there in Salt Lake at the time and fans reacted showed up and and the rest is history. Now the Utah Jazz have a permanent home there in Salt Lake and.Chuck Warren: [00:45:04] And beloved up there a matter of fact I think the Utah Jazz is a good Segway. So the Utah Jazz are a unifying force in Utah. No one would disagree. Democrat, Republican, non LDS, LDS. You and I talked a decade ago when we were working on a project together and we were talking about what a difference a professional sports team would mean to Las Vegas and Nevada. It would be a unifying force. Have you has that come to fruition now that you have this great hockey team? You have the Raiders and you have the A's possibly coming, which we'll talk about here in a minute. How do you see that in the community?Ron Futrell: [00:45:35] Yes, it certainly has with the Knights. I mean, you had it years ago. I covered Unlv basketball in the glory days, and it's been now 33 years since they won the national championship against Duke. A lot of people remember that Unlv, Duke Matchups and the 1990 national championship team that won it all. And I was at both of those Final Fours and covered them extensively. But but that that did unite Las Vegas, certainly that everybody in town were rebel fans and out of town. Either you hated or you loved the rebels, but they always elicited a response, which I think the NCAA loved. And it's the Golden Knights did that, especially the first year. Now we're talking six years ago when they went to the when they went to the the Stanley Cup final lost to Washington at that time. But it was the same feeling here in town. I've always been jealous going to San Diego to Petco Park and seeing the Padres and the Gaslamp district, and I see a bunch of locals there hanging out and it seems like everybody knows everybody else and it's family and friends getting together and and hanging out and having a good time. And I've been jealous that Vegas didn't have that. Well, we do now with the Knights. We do with the aviators, which is a ballpark minor league team for the A's up in Summerland. And you can go there and you can hang out, have a it's a beautiful ballpark. I would suggest you go check it out at some point, but you now have that. As for the Raiders, I don't know. I mean, I'll say I'll say you can get the same thing. But there's the NFL is much more tribal in in that you're a Raiders fan or you're not or you hate the Raiders or you don't you know so so it doesn't do that in the same in the same sense because of the nature of the Raiders and the nature nature of the NFL.Sam Stone: [00:47:25] Do you think, Ron, I kind of got to two questions, maybe related sort of. One is I think the Knights really, really benefited from that early run of success that establishes them in the community, you know, rather than, for instance, an expansion team having a very long build up period. They're losing a ton of games for a decade, but two with the Raiders. I really thought and I think this of the A's too, they should not keep their name. They should have adopted a Vegas specific name for that team and rebranded it.Ron Futrell: [00:47:58] The okay know that. Well, they have tried to rebrand it in one sense. The NFL didn't want the Raiders to have that. You know, the areas with all with all the crazy black hole the black hole area. Right. They just they sort of disbanded that in the sense now the club still exists, but they put all those people in, spread them out all over the stadium so they didn't have a specific black hole area. And I think the NFL I know the NFL did not like the Raiders bad boy image and branding and that they wanted to try to do away with that coming to Vegas. And I think it was best to do that, quite frankly. You know, they still kept part of it. You can't totally get rid of the ice cube feel of Southern California at that time when the Raiders adopted that that that feel. But it's yeah the image I don't know about changing the name I mean the Raiders brand is still it I mean it's still the brand I don't I don't think the athletics changed their name if they come here. No because they've they've moved four times. This would be their fourth move and they've kept that for over 100, 120 years. They've had that.Sam Stone: [00:49:09] I agree. But I also don't feel like they've ever been fully embraced in their community the way some of the other teams, like the Giants, are clearly a much more embraced team in that community than than the A's were in theirs.Ron Futrell: [00:49:22] I think if they start winning, they will. I think that does make a difference. And that's what happened with the Knights. Now, the Knights success in that first season was phenomenal, was unprecedented For an expansion team to go to the final in that first year was nuts and it also what it did now it yeah it it bound the community to the team, but it also spoiled a lot of people in the community and that, oh no, they thought that this just is the way it happened. And I'm sitting there, I grew up in LA, so I'm a Kings fan from way back in 1967, and it was until 2012 when the Kings won their first cup and then won again in 2014. Then they missed the playoffs for five years in a row and ask a Blackhawks fan or a Detroit Red Wings fan about how easy it is to to make the playoffs and succeed. It ain't easy in the NHL and I think the fans here absolutely are spoiled. I guess it's a good thing. The alternative is have a miserable team, but they got to put that in perspective and go, You know what? It doesn't it doesn't just happen automatically.Chuck Warren: [00:50:29] No, it doesn't happen automatically. But so I have a friend who knows the ownership of of the Knights, Golden Knights. And they were telling him before they played their first game that they said, look, we got 2 or 3 years to become part of the consciousness of Vegas or we're going to get killed when another team like the Raiders comes in. I mean, they just knew they had to start out sprinting. So Las Vegas and Nevada have been lucky with their success, but but that has to be a good ownership group, right? What have they done different? I mean, they just they seem to really be in the psyche of Las Vegas residents. Every time you go down there, I hear someone talk about the Golden Knights.Ron Futrell: [00:51:04] No, they are on the pulse of the community. And that's nice. And it started out with and you can't separate what happened. They call it the 1st October shooting, the shooting at Mandalay Bay right into the into the country concert That happened on 1st October 2017. There was a I was at an exhibition game that night on the Strip when that took place. The game had ended by then, but we were all down there and covering it. The team was down there and there were a lot of a lot of players are talking about going to the concert. It was a pretty big deal, the Route 91 festival, and decided fortunately against it, but 58 now I believe there's another one at 59 people were killed in that shooting when a mad man from the Mandalay Bay shot down on that. Concert goers still, still. We haven't gotten an explanation for that. And that's still it's still weird to me. And now it's six years later. But that event, the way the Knights handled that, the grief, they began their season. Okay. Like I said, an exhibition game was happening that night. Their regular season was was seven days later after that. And they held the memorial and they did. Derek England gave a rousing who was a local who had played here for the Wranglers in the East Coast Hockey League. So he knew Las Vegas. So he gave this speech before the game. And, you know, it just it it helped. If that tragedy helped bring the community together. In that sense, the Knights helped the community deal with that tragedy. And I think that that's something that will not be forgotten and shouldn't be. Right.Sam Stone: [00:52:46] Yeah. So, Ron, in terms of the A's coming in here now, what is that going to happen? I think it appears to be a foregone conclusion to most people. Is it seen that way in the Las Vegas area?Ron Futrell: [00:53:01] It does seem that way. It's getting pretty political. Monday, Monday night, I had a crazy Monday night, so I'm watching sitting there at home with my laptop and I'm watching five hours of the Nevada legislature debate. Senate Bill 599, which is the bill that would create a special use district on the strip, not increased taxes overall to the community, but just this one special area that if you go into it, you're going to pay a higher tax rate to be a.Sam Stone: [00:53:28] Lot of a lot of downtowns have that type of business district overlay that that has higher taxes on that area. Yeah.Ron Futrell: [00:53:35] And it's not it's not unusual. Not uncommon. So anyway, I'm watching the Knights against Dallas at 5:00 and this session started at 4:00 and went for five hours. So I'm trying to do double duty there. At the same time, sitting in the living room. It was amazing that here's a political part of it. First of all, what a lot of people don't know, John Fisher is a pretty conservative dude and lives in the Bay Area. So there you go for he's a unicorn up there, very rich. He's the owner of the A's worth $2.2 billion, give or take, depending on where the market is on any given day. And he his father started the Gap clothing store. So that's where he made his money.Sam Stone: [00:54:16] Okay. Okay.Ron Futrell: [00:54:17] So he buys the Oakland A's in 2016. And, you know, when people where I'm going with this is when people gave their they had public comment. And the public comment against Fisher was largely, well, first of all, Battle born Progress, a big leftist group in Nevada, was the first to go up there and say and oppose it and say, we don't want a billionaire. And they everybody used the word billionaire as a pejorative. And that's, to me, a little frightening. Well, yeah.Chuck Warren: [00:54:49] I mean, who else owns these teams, right? They continue. Yes.Ron Futrell: [00:54:52] A billionaire. We don't want to give a billionaire our tax dollars. Well, then. And my answer is always then, then don't go to the games. Don't go to that area where the Tropicana Hotel currently is, where the stadium is planned on being built. I look at it from the other point of view is that here's a guy that's worth 2.2 bees and wants to put 1.1 into a property on the Las Vegas strip, and it's not going to raise taxes in the general public. Joe Lombardo, who is the current governor of Nevada, Republican, has said he wouldn't do it if it raised taxes on the public well, which this is not.Sam Stone: [00:55:28] And one of the things I think I really love the idea of having this stadium right there on the Strip, because I think one of the things that Vegas struggles with the most is finding things for people to do who don't want to be spending all their time in the casinos. Right? Like it's, you know, other than you can go play golf during the day, there's some things, but you need more entertainment that's not inside a casino.Ron Futrell: [00:55:52] Oh, no. And that's it's another thing that would help unite, unite the community. One thing John Fisher said that was interesting, he's up in Carson City. He and Dave Kaval, the team president, are up there right now lobbying, lobbying some of the legislators to try to get this thing passed. There's no word on when they're going to vote on it, but the session does end June 5th. So they got until Monday at midnight to be able to make something happen or they'd have to do a special session. Back to your point there, Sam, is that he said he said that he's considering Fisher did some 4 p.m. starts in Las Vegas for games for that very reason. And also the casinos would love that because they don't like losing people at night. Right? They don't mind people going golfing during the day. Right. But they don't like pulling people out of casinos at night because that's their heavy gambling time. And you've got the MGM is the big winner in this one. Certainly if it happens because you've got seven MGM casinos within walking distance, parking distance of the stadium, that's going to take advantage of that. Allegiant Stadium is the same thing. It's right there in that same area off the strip, but close to it where you've got these those MGM properties can all take advantage of being there.Chuck Warren: [00:57:09] That's fantastic. With Ron Futrell, he is a sports journalist out of Vegas, been there for decades. Ron, by the way, does Billy Beane still own part of the A's?Ron Futrell: [00:57:22] Yes.Chuck Warren: [00:57:22] Oh, yeah. So he still does. He still.Ron Futrell: [00:57:24] Is. I interviewed him probably a season ago. Probably last season. He was here in Vegas because the triple-A affiliate. Right. For the A's is in Las Vegas. They play in Summerlin.Chuck Warren: [00:57:35] So as we wrap up here, this this portion of our show, I want to ask you this question. You've interviewed a lot of athletes from Andre Agassi and Mike Tyson to Greg Maddux, who has been your favorite a
FOX Sports Radio Weekend host Ephraim Salaam is in for Rob, and he and Chris discuss why teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and players like LeBron James get more media attention than others, debate the narrative that Nikola Jokic doesn't get enough credit and discuss Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's assertion that he could've played in the NBA for 30 years if they had Load Management back in the day. Plus, NBC Sports lead NBA writer Kurt Helin swings by to discuss the media's coverage of Jokic, the Boston Celtics's chances of coming back from down 0-3 to the Miami Heat and much more!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
“Reclaiming history.” Chatter rolls at the Gaithersburg Book Festival with historian, professor, and author Theresa Runstedtler. She shares “Black Ball: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Spencer Haywood, and the Generation That Saved the Soul of the NBA.” Meticulously researched and compellingly written, the book chronicles and corrects the league's history, both its “dark ages” of the 1970s and subsequent rise. She weaves historical insights and social analysis into a fascinating look at how the game was changed and the players launched the NBA into the global powerhouse it is today.
Rich recaps Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat's torrid 2nd-half rally to capture Game 1 in their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Boston Celtics. FOX Sports' Jim Jackson tells Rich how Pat Riley's toughness permeates the Miami Heat organization from the top down, what the Lakers can do to limit the damage done by Nikola Jokic in their Game 2 vs the Denver Nuggets, and how French phenom Victor Wembanyama compares to LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar when they were entering the NBA. Rich makes a big announcement about the new season of Larry David's ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,' and reacts to the possibility of the Portland Trail Blazers trading Damian Lillard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Links from the show:* Black Ball: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Spencer Haywood, and the Generation that Saved the Soul of the NBA* Connect with Theresa* Never miss an episode* Rate the showAbout my guest:Theresa Runstedtler is a scholar of African American history whose research examines Black popular culture, with a particular focus on the intersection of race, masculinity, labor, and sport. Her forthcoming book, Black Ball: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Spencer Haywood, and the Generation That Saved the Soul of the NBA (Bold Type Books, 2023), examines how African American players transformed the professional hoops game, both on and off the court. She is the author of Jack Johnson, Rebel Sojourner: Boxing in the Shadow of the Global Color Line (UC Press, 2012), an award-winning biography that traces the first African American world heavyweight champion's legacy as a Black sporting hero and anticolonial icon in places as far-flung as Sydney, London, Cape Town, Manila, Paris, Havana, and Mexico City. Dr. Runstedtler has also published scholarly articles in the Radical History Review, the Journal of World History, American Studies, the Journal of American Ethnic History, the Journal of Sport and Social Issues, the Journal of Women's History, and the Journal of African American History, and book chapters in City/Game: Basketball in New York, Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance Beyond Harlem, and In the Game: Race, Identity, and Sports in the Twentieth Century. She has written for Time.com and the LA Review of Books, and shared her expertise on the History Channel, Al Jazeera America, Vox.com, NPR, and international radio outlets including the BBC and CBC. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe
Let's welcome Bill Willoughby to the show. There are many more strings to his bow – as you'll hear in my introduction - however, Bill rose to national awareness during the 1981 NBA Playoffs, by virtue of his excellent defense against the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Willoughby is one of only a few to ever reject The Captain's iconic skyhook. A topic we certainly cover in this refreshingly open and honest conversation.Support: Buy Adam a coffee | Amazon: USA / Australia | Audible | PayPalListen: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | OvercastFollow: Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | FacebookSubscribe (free): NBA-history newsletter[as an Amazon Associate, Adam earns from qualifying purchases - you'll be supporting his podcast at no extra cost]
In today's episode of Showtime with Coop, we dive deep into the life and career of Rick Mahorn, a key member of the Bad Boy Pistons, and explore his thoughts on today's NBA. Michael Cooper sits down with Mahorn to discuss his journey through the league, his experiences with legendary teammates and rivals, and the impact of the 1980s on the modern game. From playing football in high school to his days with the Washington Wizards (Bullets), Rick Mahorn shares his stories and opinions on a variety of topics, including the AAU, newspaper era vs social media era, Bill Laimbeer, Lakers vs Celtics, and the question of whether he's a "dirty player" or just a "thug." We'll hear all about Mahorn's unique stories, including encounters with Charles Oakley, Dan Roundfield, Wes Unseld, Bob Lanier, Maurice Lucas, and Artis Gilmore. Rick also talks about mastering the defensive art of "pulling the chair" and his perspective on the toughest players he encountered in the NBA. Don't miss the lightning round, where Mahorn shares stories about Dave Bing, Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, ML Carr, Chuck Daly, Coach John Thompson, Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson, and more. Discover the origins of the Bad Boy Pistons and the secret behind their victory against the Lakers in 1989. Plus, Rick Mahorn talks about the "phantom foul" on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA Lakers conspiracy theory, and WNBA conspiracy theory. Stay tuned for more stories about the G-League, Charles Barkley, Dennis Rodman, and the fundamentals of today's NBA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Liam Morrison, a seventh grader from Nichols Middle School in Middleborough, MA, was sent home from school because of a shirt that read "There are Only Two Genders." The wokesters called his dad, and he had to go home. Then, Biden speaks in front of a group of Muslims, and it's pretty cringey!
The Rich Zeoli Show- Hour 4: According to a report from Dan Alexander of New Jersey's 101.5, there is potentially new evidence in the shooting death of New Jersey Councilwoman Eunice Dwomfour. On ABC's This Week, host Martha Raddatz traveled to Pennsylvania where she spoke with Philadelphians and college students about the 2024 presidential election. One theme seemed to reoccur repeatedly: no one was excited to vote for President Joe Biden. A pair of social media influencers with a combined 1 million followers on TikTok are targeting younger audiences and espousing Democrat talking points, though they have denied any official affiliation with any political organization. Political commentator Greg Price revealed their claim might not be entirely true, though—and that it appears Harry Sisson and Chris Mowry are both being indirectly paid by the Democratic National Committee to produce political content. While appearing on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas attempted to redefine what it means to have a “secure border”—bizarrely explaining, “it's maximizing resources we have available to us to deliver the most effective results.” President Joe Biden mispronounces Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's name at a White House event on Monday.
The Rich Zeoli Show- Full Episode (05/01/2023): 3:05pm- In a bombshell report featured in The Wall Street Journal, journalists Khadeeja Safdar and David Benoit document meetings that several high-level officials scheduled with Jeffery Epstein—even after he had become a convicted sex offender. Among those referenced in Epstein's private calendar: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director William Burns, former White House Counsel for the Obama Administration Kathryn Ruemmler, Bard College President Leon Botstein, and far-left M.I.T. Professor Noam Chomsky. Safdar and Benoit write, “When asked about his relationship with Epstein, Mr. Chomsky replied in an email: ‘First response is that it is none of your business. Or anyone's. Second is that I knew him and we met occasionally.'” You can read the full article here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/jeffrey-epstein-calendar-cia-director-goldman-sachs-noam-chomsky-c9f6a3ff?mod=hp_lead_pos7 3:30pm- Why were high ranking government officials, and members of academia, willing to meet with Epstein—specifically the CIA Director? 3:45pm- Former President Donald Trump will participate in a CNN Presidential Town Hall on May 10th in New Hampshire. The event will be hosted by Kaitlan Collins and is scheduled to air at 9pm ET. 3:50pm- Geoffrey Hinton, an engineer who is widely regarded as a pioneer in artificial intelligence development, has decided to leave his job at Google and is now publicly warning that A.I. could cause serious harm. 4:05pm- While appearing on CNN with Michael Smerconish, Democrat presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said that he does not support allowing biological males to compete in women's sports. 4:10pm- ABC News has conceded that they edited an interview they conducted with Democrat presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., removing portions of the conversation where he expressed skepticism towards COVID-19 vaccinations. Rich Lowry of National Review writes: “ABC News isn't a government entity and can exercise whatever editorial judgment it pleases. But the spirit of the exercise was in keeping with censorship, and it reflected how the press and social-media platforms operated during the height of the pandemic when they were the self-appointed arbiters of Truth. This is a mistake in editorial judgment for several reasons.” You can read the full article here: https://www.nationalreview.com/2023/05/must-rfk-jr-be-censored/ 4:40pm- Super Mario Bros. Movie has grossed over $1 billion globally. Ross Douthat of National Review and The New York Times writes that the movie's key to success was desperate parents searching for a fun movie without political messaging. You can read Douthat's article here: https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2023/05/15/desperate-parents-made-the-mario-movie-a-success/ 5:05pm- The Drive at 5: According to The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, the Biden Administration is seeking to implement a new rule which “will raise mortgage fees for borrowers with good credit to subsidize higher-risk borrowers. Under the rule, which goes into effect May 1, home buyers with a good credit score over 680 will pay about $40 more each month on a $400,000 loan, and upward depending on the size of the loan. Those who make down payments of 20% on their homes will pay the highest fees. Those payments will then be used to subsidize higher-risk borrowers through lower fees.” You can read the full editorial here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/upside-down-mortgage-policy-212fd736 5:15pm- Jeff Zymeri of National Review writes, “[t]he Supreme Court agreed to hear Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, a case which could see an end to Chevron deference, in which courts defer to a federal agency's interpretation of an ambiguous statute.” Could this potentially reduce the executive branch's growing authority and restore power to Congress? You can read the full article here: https://www.nationalreview.com/news/supreme-court-agrees-to-hear-case-that-could-spell-the-end-of-judicial-deference-to-federal-agencies/ 5:40pm- On Friday, billionaire Elon Musk appeared on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. During the interview, Musk emphasized the necessity for respecting free speech—arguing: “The thing about censorship is, that for those who would advocate for it, just remember, at some point it will be turned on you.” 5:45pm- On Monday, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, attended a court hearing related to child support payments in an ongoing Arkansas paternity case. Could this case inadvertently shine light on how Hunter earns money? 6:05pm- According to a report from Dan Alexander of New Jersey's 101.5, there is potentially new evidence in the shooting death of New Jersey Councilwoman Eunice Dwomfour. 6:15pm- On ABC's This Week, host Martha Raddatz traveled to Pennsylvania where she spoke with Philadelphians and college students about the 2024 presidential election. One theme seemed to reoccur repeatedly: no one was excited to vote for President Joe Biden. 6:20pm- A pair of social media influencers with a combined 1 million followers on TikTok are targeting younger audiences and espousing Democrat talking points, though they have denied any official affiliation with any political organization. Political commentator Greg Price revealed their claim might not be entirely true, though—and that it appears Harry Sisson and Chris Mowry are both being indirectly paid by the Democratic National Committee to produce political content. 6:35pm- While appearing on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas attempted to redefine what it means to have a “secure border”—bizarrely explaining, “it's maximizing resources we have available to us to deliver the most effective results.” 6:40pm- President Joe Biden mispronounces Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's name at a White House event on Monday.
One of the greatest basketball players of all time and now sport analyst on Inside the NBA, The ONE and only, Dr. Shaquille O'Neal, joins Brandon Marshall, Adam 'Pacman" Jones, Lesean Shady McCoy, and Ashley Nicole Moss is Episode 9 of I Am Athlete. The crew gets into with Shaq to discuss how he transitioned from playing football as a tight end to playing basketball as a center, his so called "beef" with Kevin Durant, how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar motivated him to be great, to explaining how him and Charles Barkley stay together no matter the heated conversations they get into. Shaq goes on to explain why he goes at athletes like Kevin Durant, Spida Mitchell, and many more DOGS and stats he has "professional jealousy" towards the GOAT, Lebron James. #Shaq #LebronJames #CharlesBarkley SUBSCRIBE ➡️ https://www.youtube.com/c/IAMATHLETE?sub_confirmation=1 WATCH MORE ➡️ https://www.youtube.com/c/IAMATHLETE CELSIUS is I Am Athlete's essential energy drink of choice on set and before our work outs!⚡️ CELSIUS is Made with premium ingredients, zero sugar, 7 essential vitamins and none of the bad stuff from traditional energy drinks that give you jitters. Visit https://www.CELSIUS.com/buy-locate/ to find CELSIUS at a retailer near you! #celsiusbrandpartner If you ain't betting on FanDuel Sportsbook, what you doing?! Go to ➡️ https://www.fanduel.com/iamathlete to place your bets