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Cole Wright | Average to Savage EP18

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This is the eighteenth episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring NFL anchor Cole Wright. Paul Guarino talked with Cole Wright discussing his career being a sportscaster, thoughts on the NFL players protesting the national anthem, and the future of digital media. Follow Cole Wright https://www.twitter.com/ColeWrightNFL Fueled by Lawless Jerky https://www.lawlessjerky.com/

This is the average the avage podcastwith Bau Gorino everyone in anyone, athletes soets andmuch more. Let's up everybody, I'm back foranother episode of average Esidd podcast got another special guestsports anchor currently with the NFL network. Call Right, Col Time Paul isgoing out, man glad to be on the show. Yeah appreciate you coming on. So what's this jump right into it? Socould you give us a brief background about yourself? You know it's funnybecause you know obviously cover the hnfl, but you K, ow. I have a prettytrettydeep baseball background. You know play baseball an in high schooland college. I played little independent, professional baseballafter college, and you know t it was pretty much baseball that allowed me tobe able to do what I do now. You know, and then you know af after college Imoved out o town Chicago waited tables and it kind of sent out resumetation.It took almost you know a little bit over a year for me to finally get thatfirst job and I did- and it was San Angelo Texas, Bouce from Texas Bot toTexas Pot, to Batenrug, to working in Boston and be at Spn than fought sportsone, and you know now feel, like I found my homein in a film network EAIF.We definitely quit the journey right there. Absolutely knoin. I've lived incounting college and all the jobs I've had I've lived in nine states islikerealize that I'm, like nine states like s lot of different realstate toseaman. So you know it's I I was women. Whenever I have someone that works on ashow with me that that's new or wher, you know ieven't met him before. Iwould like to say wherere you from where D you go to school work. I I wasin Bristol Cyo you every single kid that walks inor Anone, that you justmeet and like whati that that you can find a common threat yeahlived in inestates. I mean I could have lived in one of the states that they lived in.You there's Ju no Prin, roughly O tenty percent chance couldhave, I wher theylid efor or maybe I went o Yo IV Goneto. I went to four different school, somaybe there's a chance that you, I know someone who went to school where theywent to school or it just makes the conversation easier from the very verybeginning so yeah for sure I mean I thin. I think that's a common questionto, but I don't know yeah. Could you tell us what your dailyry routine iswhen you're going to go on here that dowtake a Sunday, for instance, youknow Sundays. I do game date highlights this year I do with Chris rose andmyself it used to be Steve, Mar Ug and me, but Youw he moves one a little bitofrest. He gets up Ino that morning show so he has to you, know yohave someGow time ease, not bng. U Bur the midnight oil every day, but you knowMevertin. Is You got get there right round? Nine? Thirty! All the gamestarted at ten. You know I pretty much. I have an old school composition bookgot write all the Games in and as the game goes on. I take note who scoredyou know who cause this turnover. Who did this? Who did that? I check the boxcores to if you know, there's a play that I missed EHIS. You know you'rewatching like say this Sunday there's nine games at once. You Kan, I meanI've only got to eyes. I can't watch Nin game, so some games are going toget away for Yoat. First. Second, then you just you look yot everything filterback in and then you grab some food and you know blit a little more, the game.Thinking and then I go back and I watch the Thi sed of highlights once theearly packof games is done with, because you know we're going to be onthe air and if you Ginan hour to and you kno want to make sure you had, youlaid the Stet of eyes on some of those highlights, and but after that you know,get dressed, goon set and o know. We really need to be into ith our producer.That's he's by producer Jason, Brooksby on on a Sunday and Monday night forthat Mattor, the post game show is he's Myeyes andh years, like you know, youknow where you're going as long as your producers. In your ear, like you know,sometimes a lot of shows have scripted rundowns what we do, but it'slikloosely based because the late games, sometimes they might not be over withand once they're getting done with on, they bot sent us to highlight and theshow could go left and we thought it was going to go right. So thepreparation is pretty much the same. As you know, just keep your eyes in yourears. You know peeld on the game, make...

...sure you know what you're talking about,and I thayin touch with your producer and your researcher yeah for sure. Sohow did you pick to become a sports sanker, as your crer kind of was theresult of failure mean? I guess I failed it, I being a professionalbaseball player. So that's what let me to want to stay somewhat close to Thetothe game. You know I said to myself. You know if I'm not going to be s, IasAlways Wat Youo. I on the N, the back Berdert's, always what I thought Iwanted to do, but once once I got released from playing baseball, it waswhat do I do now and you know I had some interviews sell pharmaceuticalsand I was like this doesn't sound fun at all. Like you mean name, my mom runsINTA, a vetinear hospital and Shazz for almost thirty years, so I would haveprobably sold petmed. So I wouldve been Walg on driving around the Chitago landarea, Walkin into different different veterinary offices trying to sell them.You know a mot to filling no throf for whatever and you kno didn't get o getthat job, and you know it's probably better that I did Tis, maybe maybe twoinstances of failure know I didn't make Ho as a baseball player and no onehired me as a pharmaceutical rip. So I just ha started setting to my takeotson college. You know that I didn't work extremely hard on because you only hadso many times to make a tape in college, but then I was lucky enough to ow getpaird with my mentoor, an MBC in Chicago Ar Norman, and he was able toget a resume tare shot for me, which ended up being ou K, O terrific. Youknow I went to the NABJ UNIU conference in two thousand and four N ou oWashington DC and a week later I had a job that had a job offer and they toldme th t I got home on Sunday. They called me on Tuesday. They say: We'vegot a job for you as a weekend, Sports Ancor and it told me how much I'd bemaking, which was. I mean you need to magnifyind glass to see it on the paperand at I said You en, if you can be here byWat Day, the job is yours, if not will give it to somebody else. So I don'tknow if they were bluffing or or what. But I I took the job. I waited tablesevery day and entill in and a Gotpacke everything I couldn't could fit. My Tcharke and drove down to Texas twenty three hours, Git's mild Erso. Did you go to school forCommunications? I did. I did Yoa K like to. I got my degree for priorcookiniversities in Ai School and Ju Iowa and e Ha. They have a greatcommunications department and when I was there, they opened up their brandnew integrated multimedia lab. They calle the INL, and we were literallylike five minutes away at that point in time from gatway computers and youhearyou might beat you young Caul to Abou gingway computers, but they werehuge back in the day and we had, and when I graduated from college in twothousand and two, we had the double flat screen TV. I mean computer bantlsand it was you could you could crag from one pring to the next and that wasthat was kind of cutting it, especially for linear editing to be able to jav Ato panel, the computer and o be able to edit across the computer to computer.So we had a pretty high tech, O ow IML and actually crating, he modeled theirmedia lab after ours. So it ended up working out as far as you know, H,degree and the communications and everything e s able to put you know,put Tepitu work after after school, so y n w pretty thankful and not maybe notin the moment. You know when you're in school. It's like you, don't really payattention to things. Once you get a little bit past, you realize you knowik the gifts that you're don yeah for sure Soyeh you, but you were doing thatwhile you're playing baseball. Obviously so when did you know likeLong College, I mean, I know, I guess Ho said you kind of briefly Touin, butso was that, like your backup plan to become an anchor, I don't know if itwas any plan mhugt I wasgontoabe get picked up throwin and E. I was always nw working out and still throwing. But you know you want to know what reallymade me say: Man. I need to get a job one day, but my buddy dif you ever getdown Tho wrigly field, my bunny own smoke, daddy right across igly fieldand he as a bunch of other restaurants, he's in my wedding. He was my managerwhen I worked Downtag O job O way, te tables at Bandera, which is a Houstonsrestaurant. So we we to hang out. We were network myother, my roommate, hecru Kevin Uclisis brewhouse up in Lov...

Goddos. He was working so my buddy Ta,O the restaurant, Jo. She called me he's like Ema, go grab SOM dinner, I'mlike all right cool, so there's a place right down the street in Lincoln ParkBad. They had like a burger o beer deal so ho. TIK ME UP. I saw Thi on ourstreet where my car was parked. There was a sign that said construction,please, you know, move cars or else they will be told, and it was aconstruction sign from like the daybefore. So I looked at him, Mi God.I know they're gonna tell anybody this is. This is already pass due. We GoHaveto, Hav dinner come back still see it. Tu still pay no attention to it. Ilike Ow, move the car an never mind. I end up not moving it gon to bed wake upmy roommate SBA man. You give me Rigdt to work today because I was drivingoutto. The suburbs go down to got towtstairs to give him right to workand they put it. A BOOT was on my car because I had a bunch of parkingtickets and I was like I got to get a job here like start taking thingsserious, because I'm going to need to get this goot off of this car and I gotabout twenty five tickets, which you know I you do the match: Se' e Cool,twenty five hundred bucks to get this boot off and yeah. So I mean I went thoa place called Queens because I didn't have. I didn't, have a computer back,then I went to screens and like and use the public computer in the publicdomain and send everything out and Ge God in touch with the our Norman andNBC and long to long story short. I was, I wasin washing DC for that first job conference and a wee glad for that. Ihad had a job so, like I said things happene pretty quick that summer and anill started with getting a Pooda. My Co Mony Ot standsther. I love it yeah. So actually, that'slike that's what's crazy about today, because, like people don't think aboutit and that's why like people always say to me like how are you doing thisof I'm just like we have like technology lik an you're talking aboutGettig, go to the library, do o PLA for Agon rightxactlythat's, pretty muchwhat.It was s like funny, but Yeah Ke, you apprciate thh arygeweappreciate Goog orthatold, because when we do Tuff, we remember it liketwenty year olds, know that googles going to be there again like I'll. Justgo. Ask the same question again and illt forget in five minutes, yeahforsure, Oh Yeah N. by the way yeah I did. I did have a gayway computer that aslike o first wiper, an abonout or something probaby. So I knowwe briefly touchd it on it the beginning. So could you give us moredetail on your journey from local stations to regional stations so nownational sations? Well, like I said I wa started in Texas, a another job inTexas, which is great because I actually got to cover an shoot guys arein the NFL. Now I mean cover in Tann Hill when he was in high schooliocovered. You no call McCoy case Kenam Likei. These guys were the Friday nightfootball games po at my very first job, which is nut Ye heas good, as he waslast year, the bikings and the seme on the broncos this year. You I wishnothing but the best for that cat and like going from there, I went to TylerTexas and I covered guys like Ryan Ballatn and Gj Kinny and Thetenarismore like all these guys that had one point or another made their way to thenational football league, or you know at least the top light NC double abring.So when I was done what I was done there you know I was. It was it's funnybecause at my first job, in the middle of a day like I w either when I firstgot there, I still send takes out like I was, I thought I was. I was waiingbetter than what I really was, because I wanted to get out of my first job,like him: Yeah Li Legit en out O risme tase to Goto horls after, like a monthand a half, so my second job n tyler. One day they called the news room andASD to speak to me, because I saw my tape and another job called your jobasking for you, I'm in the news room and there's Sitin there talking ask mewell how much money do you make? I we want to give you this job, I'm like hey.Can I call you back o Gu a got have coworkers everywhere around me, so Iwent out in the parking lot. That's what it we all everyone call theiroffice and get on the Tono. Hey Pretty...

Much Lor me away within a day Lik. Ifyou come work here, you'L be able to do this. That and the other- and I waslike you know that sounds terrific in an that's what I did. I wentn't work inTyler and from Tyler the station at the parent company that owned the stationthere open up a pran new station in Batn Rouge and you migh, bustation,sederal manager, say hey it. We de we'd, like you to be your sports director andfor me that opportunity to cover lsu and in the tinks and the Hornet Sat.That point is pig before Theyou Nowgo, the Pelicans n. That was a dream. Cometrue mean you love sports. You want to cover sports at Theis LITL. You want tocoover nowprofessional and cowflight. You Know College Sec. Why not andthat's what I was able to do and it seemed like. It was just a string ofgood luck because I mean the sant went to the Nsecampiin Shit came. The LFUbaseball team went to the College World Series that the women's basketball teamwent to final four after final four and the horness went to the Westernconferenc semis versus as furs. So you K my friedsmay tape. Look like you know.It was, it was unbelievable. Obviously you know you the perfect storm whereall these things were able to come together and I was able to put it on mytape and you know from there. Like I said I went to in the dollor unityconference that was in Chicago and I got a job at Nesin. You know so fromfrom Badn Os to Boston, know two years in Boston and after that, just Tokashort trip up the road, the Connecticut Mea. You know, you know allabout the ininety five corder Boland. You know t ee to live in new London andthen wall before that I lived in NorthDaglbur, so north Allibor new London, because my wife worked in Providence.So I was driving sixty one miles from new London to bristill every day andthen my wife got a job at NSPN, so we lived sixty one miles away for nothing. It's crazy cry, H, thinguickly, tingsNHA and I you never know yeah. Actually my curren job, that's my office too,the Parkinlot! That's! Where I get all my stuff, then I go outside call people. So I know you worked at ESPN and Foxsports one. So what was like the differences between those two newworksand I believe you were there- I fouk worke one like right when they started.I I was thet was e. They had e the traditional model it foports live. Youknow you tritional highlight show the biggest difference is there's there'sway less personnel at box, I mean Obus, you know Hes Panism, ISM machinethere's,just so many different people that work on so many different shows in the sameshow from day today, there's there could be a whole different cast. That'sthat's one of the things that sometime is. You know it's just navigating towater. Some people are excellent at it. Other people or you not not so much N,ten Kno Tat, maybeit lk it Wasone hundred percent place forme, even though Wi it is the it's the worldwide leader in sports, but thesome sometimes in' Ist, not always the best, the best marriage, thathat'chemistry and I feel like you know I went to Fox. It was a little bitsmaller. You kno a even though it was still still still a large nationalantity may cooks in the kitchen, a filmnetwork that thats the one thing the one thing about that were to me is thatwe always call ourselves that a don't network family like whether be insomets or meetings or memos, but it really is true, like I really do feelthat way. Like you know, everybody that works there. You know you see peoplewhether it's you're at the draft or the combine, or you know what I the ownermeanings, but the camera people that whethert they're coming from New Yorkor bee there, people that they hire just for the event they're, all thoseroiis good people, not to say people anywhere else Ar ut feel like whenowo'rk with a close knit bunch. Everyone is in it together. Look everyone wantste want to make sure they pull their own wait for the next guy or the ythe.Whatever Wat this person is, is working on that don' make sure they go aboveand beyond, and I just feel like that's that to to gie complete definition of ateam effort and a family, and that's what we happen. An I film never gottruely believe that yeah it's awesome...

...and we're going to NFL network. What'sit like working with like fourmanfl stars, it's cool because they're all diTheyre Oday for personalitis, no there', there's Gong no be tees, go Bo! Youguys who do talk a lot, hus Goin to be guys that just walk in the room and yousay hey and they keep it moving and then THEU owther they're! Very you knowpersonal nto themselves, everyone we all have our favorites. Imean I'm biased work with Themou every morning, for you know, cose through ayear, but throughout day thiss e TT, that's whyt! Guy Man he's the luckiestgolf in America Soi. If anyone ever gets an invite or tdy to go golfing, I politefuly decline defie by where you guys, anlay. Let youa o your single tat, your handicap, because Heur gonna het a ball off off ocrows Nesk, that's gonna! You know roll roll down a tree branch and you knowMamaybeti Gono e doves, Bekin, the duns going to end up flying into the hole,and just like that, you know he's Gota he's got a eagle, go hov that out ofthat happen, so but yeah there's a bunch Luk. I said a bunch of differentguys up there. You know and thers there's so many different players thatyou know whe whether they were all a famer or Thela Hammanagger te Jere's,so many different guys who bring so much to the table into the conversationand you know being a baseball guy. You know I feel like I: Can Li Healy learnthings from them. You know I I play football little bit back in the day,but not at at a high level is an any of these gats. So I feel like what I askquestions and I want to know things Doa when we're doing a pal post game show oYore in the middle of a highlight, or something like that. I feel like I'mlegitimately asking these questions, that the people want to know, becausethe laytman doesn't always know all these things and I feel like when youcan bring that to the forefroont and flush that out as opposed to being haguy w. Who knows all the questions that then Anin knows that question. You knowwhat Thoy're going to say do when you come from a point somewhat of a seonignorance. You know I feel like that, really feels a discussion like if Ibiass guy well, why? This, as opposed to this they're, going to give youthaher their genuine answer, and I feel like that's one of one of the bestthings with so many different personalities, whether it be a all OFamer, your a guy who plays just a little bit in the lead. I mean you'regoing to get AA wide pector when it comes to all these cats, yeah for surethat's pretty gope but yeah. So what's your take on theplayers? Takin e knee for the National Abem y feel likethe whole genesis of itwas to I te Boy, God, you know amawful treatment, it', the mid, that's beingperpeduated that it's that these players are against the military. Imean that couldn't be further from the truth I mean you know. Obviously, Konofcapit was instructed by NA boyor a former Green Berad that ye can neel asa form of respect, and I don't think any disrespect has been shown. I justit it's funny. Howsyo know. Sometimespeople say you know, look at look at the disrespect that Joan, but I meanthese people w. i d some of the people at that cat, the first stone you knowthey haven't really done a whole bunch to help the troops that they say arebeing so highly disrepected. So it says the Lippers Lop and you knowI've had people askme before like w. What are you guys going to do it in afilm network about the about the Anthin mine or in Collin Cat Brick? Well, lasttime I looked, we had AON network Alrdin. The business is showing theNATPLANTEM in highlight packages. I mean whave. You ever seen that, likeall right, let's look check Oy Brodgos raiders, the Natanitin was real hog tocuk this game off. You never see that so we're out in the business sow on thenational antim in general and second of all, we all were not in the business Fof putting players out there, reporting on players who are not in the nationalfootball league and, unfortunately, countn cabenit no longer a member thannational football league. So we don't really report on him and that's that'spretty much where it's that I mean it. Wu could e still play in the NASTOootball. He absolutely will he that's yet to be determined. I it doesn't looklike we're going down that road, but I till think that he could bring somethngto the table for some of THA building yeah for sure, and I think theCommercial Ould Nike was like extremely positive message and like in knows yea.I think that's the thing that people were trying to say before to do it ofthe field and then they do it off the...

...field and then they're Sol, geingcriticis important yeah. You know and I've seen so many detractors from hiscommercial. You know the first night that it came out during the game and you know to me: Yea I have a six yearold, daughter and sometimes Yo had to look at things through a child's eyes.I mean if you were, to watch that commercial and you take any negativityaway from that. I will say: Shame on you because there isn't really nopolitical message. That's in that commercial is just saying you know if,if you, if you cream big and people, tell your dreams, are crazy, they're,not there's nothing! That's crazy! Tobe! Anything that you can imagine you cando, and I show that to my daughter I said: Hey, don't let anybody ever tellyou that you can do something. Heher people told me that he'll never be asports caster. He cose too much in you, Tutter ISAID. All right, you don'tthink so. I Wei Nowto do is play baseball. We tables ten. Do this so Imean it's baseball, didn't work out and now my feet are hurting ou, tired ofcoming on smelling, like th roatistry chicken from Vanderas. Go I'm going tobe able to get this in some point or another yeah. Actually I thought maybe comiccapnick would take the Tim Tbo around go play miorliue baseball because I huthatsd Armi said he was Oune five offthe hill back in the day, so yeah I ies Nineto Goai, hear no. He through ninetyeight aone point ally, wow tathat's, a Ahomestyleoyi. Don't see why? Why not Imean if you can, if you Cald, Bitchfyo US o Port Bu, think right now, he'SiDifren, caseuhwherhs, Ergisa, Butmeplu Funyou had to get a one of those o Scoofer gamble, Yankee a rocking out, but either way man o o Sayi. I just thinkth the commercial, extremely positive. Like every time I see it, I stop it. Iwatchd it it's great. Like I said a lot of people said I would never be asportscaster, you know, but that was one of my dreams,an Sai, something ive o know. Ou know. afortunately I've been able t tofulfill in my life and Yo know I feel blessed every day I get to go out thereand and do what I do because sometin mis people the Come Tho get in the badmood and they're in there theyreupset, and it's like, I would say, hey manlike our jobs, O rocket science like I'm, not laying brick, I'm not runninga Jack Hammer, there's a lot of people who would love to do what I do so I'mgoing to do my job and do with this mile an read everybody as I goint to betreated. So that's all. I can really do yeah for sure now going into liketelevision and like now with Supos media live treams like where do youthink all that stuff going say in like the next? Like five years? I mean Idon't know because I mean everyone' but they've been saying that for so longlike the Future TV is on Tline, and you know I mean you see online. You knowoutlet that th that you yo generate o steam. At the end of the day, he stilltd, like the people that watch td, are going to watch TV like I don't want tosee, highlights the phone. That's just me, you knowid rather ebut. Can I getop this peed real, quick, yes, but ithe full story told to me no CAS chance areyouwthat. You don't have fully produced highlight shows with where they gohighlights into sound into full screens intoon camps. And then, when you seethat it's just a total bacgage, I mean that's what I really enjoy watching Ialways have, and for those for people o say like Ol, the traditional ighlightshow is dead. That's that could be further from the truth, because t atyou don' Gan da I like we get great ratings geting every single Sunday Ifeel like the highlights, need to be packaged in a manner AF. Someone wantsto watch, you have to be entertaining, you have to be a storyteller and youhave to be different than everybody else, because if it's the same as whatthey saw, inline what' The point of watches- I don't even like really evenwatch TV anymore. It's kind of weird but, like I still know, what's likeeverything is going on just like from social media t os, I feel, like you,Ave, been in corepodic man for at least five years now: Soi'm, twenty six, okay, okay, mynephew just graduated from Ny. U and he...

...is about to be twenty two, and he sayshe is a watch TV go to the movies and I'm like what I mean ated everyone. We I mean Netflixand everything that you knowall, the all thedevelopment and technology whenit comes to movie streaming and everything that that's all well andgood. But there's nothing like going to see a movie in a theater like yeah. No,I soo means yeah. I mean e Sotin about it. I mean. Do I see as many movies andtheaters as I used to no but got the athe kit movie yeah Dh we live like half a mile from amovie theater. I culdt imagine never going to see amovie ever again like we just watching on a phone on your TV, an but yeah,even like when I was in college and my fister kept on talking about secondtary.Second Carielyn creade me like phone, and I was just like I'm not watchingstuff on my phone and now like I'm watching stuff, I'm like Wholi'm, notwatching like full. I don't now. I don't watch full games and stuff onphone, but I'm saying like hit Lig this up yeah, but not if I'm watching thegame yeah, I don't well, I mean I just don't have cable to so that's why Iprobably don't watch TV, but I still want ot Lik. I use it when I had tableie just put on CSPN or Fox worts, one or NFL network, and I would just Iwould have it on by Beyon my computer doing something else backgroundnoseasally. So that's why it's kind of funny with the podcast things ingeneral right now, because now I see why everyone's listening to podcast,because everyone's always doing something or like driving to work orgoing to whatever and they're just listening to it. So it's almost likeeverything's kind of going a little backward because Pokgu kind of like oRadio Itisit is- and you know, I've never I've been on podcast. I've neverdone a podcast. I mean I do you know the serious xmnfl radio. You knowTuesday and Wednesday night during the season o the final drive and I been like I said: I've been onpodcast. I know Tro Davis wants to do a podcast. We just have't to actually onow o put to the Ropper to the road. Yet so I'm interested to see you knowonce I I did my toes and then that podcast water woat is actually going tobe like so yea they're, definitely fun and they're different in the way thatYo cer from o o what it looks like yea, it's crazy because, like I said, Ithink it's like kind of backwards, but it's forward. I don't know yeah, so no,when you play college baseball- and I know your Hud baseball saying- is oneof your Goas to eventually workin baseball window. Well, I mean this year,I mean, I know we followother on twitter, but you know Thad, I'm sureyou follow a bunch of people, don't know how how close attention you pay,but you know I was able. I got to work for the dodgers this year. Oh my God toDod Twenty Five Games. I did half and half I did HAVF at the field happen, tstudio when Orcar Spectrum Weno, when John Hartong, who does the studio,shows and a lot of Riso who's the the dogs fied reporter whanever. They hadone days off. You know I was I was TA. I came out of the Bullpen Ri and I hada black man, neoe being just hat that my brots Ar Youn seturdew baseball andfor me you know, did Y I'm I'm a cup fin o Fu God Day man, you know twothousand and sixteen was youknow November. Second, has one of the bestdays ever the fact that since I grew up sinceI've been living here, Yeahi grewup playing ball with Jerry Harston Oor,Jon Ason and Scott Harrsan Yoall thear, some brothers back back home in Chitago,and so when I first moved here Los Angeles, I would always call it jerrybecause he worked for the docters and spectrum. I say Herry, you can ous O me,and you know me and Y. my daughter me m wife and daughter with USAND kickes forH or the game, and he always in never any questions, as you always took me up.So we've been going to dodgers game since I first moved out here and so mylittle girls has become like the biggest dodger fan, Mak Shican, you cando a picture flit and she will tell you every player, my name: Hey, don't evenneed to have a dosor hat on you y show their facasd she'll. Tell you theirnumber Tilyo whan position they play. So for me. It's always bee like to seeher. You develop his love of baseball for the dodgers and Shell go. She saidthat her favorite thing to do in the...

...entire world is to go to a dodgers game.She ree she rather go to a dog, Gane and chucky cheese than six flags, Hannos very far which to me at that's just fun sate time. I have hever question,there's agt thing she want to do: Let's go to the doctors game, let's go checkit out, so being the fact that I always was going to those games for the lastfour years, I was had kind of a you know a little bit of a rooting interestin the dodgers unless they played the cubs ceeing for my cubs, but you're beingable to work for the dodgers indeed be able to go to the Games, be Inin theclubhouse you my like, I sai my birstday working with the daughters.This year I had to kit dog to a shadow shift and it was jacsie Robinson Daycover icover Dave Roberts. When you worked in Boston, I worked at Nessonand they saw me and he came up and said: Hey Cold Man. You know it's it's greatto have you here, especially a dayligke today, and for for me, being a guy thatad baseball, pretty much tape and molded my entire career and to knowthat I wouldn't be at this point in my life had not been for the game ofbaseball, whether or not I feel INPREC in the game which at that pointclearly was not, but for the only African American manager in baseball. Do you o extendthat that that olive branch to me and say is just really big that you're here,especially on a daylight today, and it's like for me being an Dogor Stadium,athough, Jack Romas, never playin, Doggors Stadium, O Cu Bean Inin, theAfrican American Maile working for the dodgers in a baseball capacity? It waspretty big for me like you, it took me a mite. I was like wow like this is aprety needed experience and Especi for my dad, my my dad almost seventy fiveyears old, and you know that was kind of kind of a neat thing for him, justto know that okay, the teem that pretty much changed America and ow Americanthings. Well, you know my my tong gets to work for them for a few games thisyear and for me that was that was super cool and ju t see how they'de been thehups and downs they'e been going through this year. I fel Li. I findmyself checking out of the Dogis more than I do. The cubs you know Wheni feellike is just driver, Oun la I', so many cub ats I've got me. I've got at leastfifteen cups en like right now, they're all dusty. I mean it would't, lookgreat. If I'm a I work for the Dodgat Rida Roun, O angles. Wer My cup headon't, don't worry coute that you'll be broken out soon enough for sure. Soactually that was my next question. How do you think the cups are going to dothis play? Also can ill ask how do you think Dodar Gondohonest, I hope forthecolition course Orother, cub, dgers and ls a I just, don't know if that's howit's going to go down, but I think it both deams get hot the right time. Ithink that's where we could be I'd, love to see it o. Now I just looved didtake my little one to the to the world theres tat, O the Cubsone in twothousand and sixteen I told her like as I'm fan to the picture, my mom Tik apicture of us, I'm not holding her standing in front of the in front ofthe TV. Of course my back is to my mom, because I din't want it. My Eyes: Werswere sweating a little bit afer the Cup on, but I didn't need that to be film it all. So I told Im my di to mydaughter. I said: Don't worry the DI or the wind next year and thensure enough.Seven Games Ima Daddy out to be a liar. Hopefully this year, theycan get itdone. Don' know they te pitching, but maybe ou know it's all about. tining scome toge the right time, like I don't know if you saw walkerpuler last night,but that Ga zero earned aanings was out there carvin other singlis cardinalsand right now there therein a tie would say loose for the second, while cards.Father only has a game off the rocky. So we'll see man like I said when I gottalk with Nettilettii work, a net clety, former GM t, the dodgers and he's aChicago guy as well and yeah, I told thim. I can man, it's so hard right now,GE. You know to not hear for the divers when the cups or my team and then saidyou know what it's all right. Man, T's likehe's he's a cups guy. He works towork for the cubs and he said it's hard to separate teams that you work forprofessionally and have a fested interest in, as opposed to teams thatyou grew up, cering for and you'll still tar for the teams that your grwup here for, but you you also here for that. That's why that you that you feellike you, have a finger print on and I...

...feel like for this year, you knowhether or not o I work for the doctors next year or whatever it. Maybe youknow. Hopefully, then I'll still be able to do that in sometapacity, but Ifeel, like I had some kind of fingerprints O team like if I walk intothe doctors clubhouse like man, camping and Justin Turtle. Thay was up yorighills, locker right when you get thereo'll, give you a head nod. If Iwalk in the cubs locker room, Yol mad a him Ar Astef ter calling for Security Mki, you so a little bit different whenyou you're able to be in touch with a team like that yeah for sure I know youtalked about Yid, just like e the same thing with me. If somebody wears mygear or I meet them or something, then I'm going to root for them. You knowabsolutely and then yeah and then actually, even though Ihate to say, I think I think Hastros O that the best chance right now the're,goinother ther, their team chemistry is, is like GonRoo, ther home run celebration, where they all look one way and then Isen.They turn around real fast to the camera, its next level, I'm an alicpregnant guy man, because you know I got cover La. U You kN, when he was atAE, was Alec Frenshman, you know, and he was the man from the verybeginning, man and yeah. I mean he's D he's the first third Basen I, thehistory of baseball with thirty home, runs and fifty doubles com. Man, that's those are tirtynumbers man. Al Ats, briaging is a force Lik o I mean you have all theseundersized guys on Houston. To that, just I mean they hit ys I mean you gotAl to Bi Lease League hitting you know every single year. It seems like and eguys I mean I haven't been the same size Osal to basis the mid s you that guy man, O Bolievabl, Youn,never seit. If he wee, if you never knew who he was, and he walkinto barans like Yah man like I can, I can hit ax Tomy home runs andthen it over three hundred every single year lead the league, an hitting youlike in what leage you talking about playing with bricky bod in theCalifornia Penal League. Like I don't think so, but I mean, like I said theseguys they put at tremendous numbers, Aj an she's done a great job, but thatsquad so well o see how it all works. Out. An I mean it's Gonis like we can get even a portion of the worldseries to be like it has been the last two years: thaewer. We newer allwinners, yeah for sure. What's your favorite sports movie and what YourFavorite Baseball sports movie, that's kind, ofthe first book I ever saw inthe theater ever as a kid was the natural. So I kind of have a sauce Bofor that and, aside from like animated movies, the first real movie that mydaughter saw it wasn't at a theater, but it was at Doctors Dadian when wefirst moved here, the first doger game dead her and I went you by herselves.It was moving Nin, O dodtors stadium and of all movies. What do they playthe natural so and that point she was like I'm thinking not even three and Ihave pictures of her and she lasted like forty five minutes. So for a threeyear old tat sit like the Natals, not really Akid friendly movie Eyo, likeit's done inappropriate by these trikes imagination, but most three yearoldsare going to be all jacked, Rober, Rih, Fergin, Kelly, Mgillis and Kim basingYor. You know, get I'll get into itthe in the dad from Christmas story, but you know she stayd for forty fiveminutes and that movie olds kin of a special placeis. You O that's, that'swhat I th switch, really flip for me as a kid when I really realized like I he,I kind of dig this baseball thing and I aid a not been for baseball. I wouldn'tbe wearing that today and you know covern the NFL, like that's that'sexcat, that's exactly where I want to be Inan at is because it's notnecessariy. It is the sport time. I love the NFL and I feel like it's thecondenation of it. It's the fact that you know it's Sunday, everyone's lockedin as opposed to do, there's a game, every single pay and it's more of amlike footballs te Spring baseballs. The Marathon Didyou know I feel like I,whether or not I was aler. You know the way I used to run back in the day. Iwas 't, really great distance runner, but can get after the pooin Te. So I enjoy the print as opposed to theMari that I like just trinklings of the marathon, so you know to Goming backinto football. Do you have any surol predictions? I know it's super early,...

...tell you what man Mui Erti Perly, but Ithink the SAMT o the NSC and the defense looks about not existen. I mean oo like a bunch of Park cards out there,people s running around them, so I don't know if the SA Oe gon be, but theend of the EG. Maybe I'll go with the biking. OKAYI'll pick you by my first one Ithink was patrot sate. Okay, my Alderat one, this might be a cur. Ball might bewith me on this one you might not be, but I'm going ta go with biking Chees,okayto bowd on in ther a Oman. I tell you what ICAT myomes I was ishis localsport, Caster S, DK, channel Fity, six and Tyler Texas.When he went to White House and I'm a fan of that kid man, he came intothe TL network. I mean the fact that he had a ninety seven mile hour.Fastballand an shows football ahat. A bold decision. ECAUSEHAT is free moneyon the table before any injuries ever occur in and hopefully his career goesinjury free one hundred percent, but I mean, if you can say hey, I can getthis money right now to play baseball and just throw. I don't have to knowingno one's going to hit me at all. Someone's Goingto hit me while I'mthrowing- and you know the fact that you- you know if your dad played in theLeague, it makes it that much easier for you to succeed, because there'salways going to be a scout. Where somebody a says well, he's got thispotential like I that Din't, maybe he can do and to pass on that, to go likfootball, that Texas cack and it's and not take anything away from Texas Tech,but Texas tack is not Tentis or Lsu or Miami or you o Mi, the Sam Miamian.They once were, however Alabama. You know, you know what I'm saying. No waitnot be topbliht, even though it's the top like program. You know if you'regoing to get, you know x amount of dollars that you know looks close toseven fingures to play baseball or play football in Lovic Texas. I think a lotof cats whuch use baseball spaus when you have a golden arm like that, butcasr homes know what his thing was, and I think he knows that he's the nextbest thing at the quarterback position, I'm I riding with them and I believe inIm. I like this Kirfer sure I don't know if HEU got drafted because I knowlike obviously usually just drapped anybody just because they has ther'rfifty rounds but know Kyler. Murphy just took the money but he's stillplaying at o of guys aslg career at UiversityTexas. So you know a lot of guys. He got drafted, took the money and thenplay baseball, an UNTER, performan, a dimond and then hey be frame. A Windohid the trophyand and then wrote it up against. You know olomand everybodyelse. So you know I don't. I don't fall an of those guys, a T. I want to dothat. You know etme braen Ne Weatan play baseball before he played football,so you know who knows you know maybe we'll seeff some guys youn'w make makethat switch, but right now Passon my homes B, se, the next Pesin Doi thinkty with all those offensive weapons, Imean, cream, Hu and Travic Celtiwere.I mean inocent bystanders on Sunday, Tirehil was just a one man, reckingcrew, othing wit they're. All on the same page acay, the city team is goingto be nice man. Really. I really believe that can forget about Samy Wakin, maybehe'll resurrect his careery, exactly he's a guy he's n Forgettingfmn,everyone nattenion to the fact like. Oh He's,not othe rams anymore. Okay, let's see, maybe the rams coul still use him like.Who knows? I mean W, look good too so, like we that's the best part of thefirst, the first four weeks of the season like nobody knows who's whoYeahi mean Sincinati Ye Don Gi, a nobody talkn o Yeh, the Ras Gonta, comeon Max Cincinati an Thursday night. Does it mean what they ito the bills,but the bills are really really bad ARF, a really bad team, the Bangls, Iguess better than what we thought. Ias Eruis bings are always like there. Theyjust never went into Blay. It's almost...

...that deadi green, like the bage. Theyare owe thout. They were hats, N LAS question. Could you give me anyfunny stories that happen like on ere or anything during during e work hour?Well, when I first started doing Flaq, that was the for runner two goodmorning football. It was D, I think Lavare Arington and maybe MichaelFabianoran or maybe Danel Carmiah, and we hit the top of an hour and I juststarted a hit. Been Probably I've been at the network for about two and a halfmonths. I've been working on that show for maybe a week and a half, and Ithink it was a Monday show because I feel like we were going throughhighlight- and I remember er I hear an alarm ago off an it sounds like thesame. I know td had a never had a a sad song as well. So I like TV, I mean:What do you do? There's a bi alarm going on fullboard, so I say to Mike TI like look at this Guy Gayt that point he was s the hall of Tame nomine andand got that gold jacket. Yet I'm like this Guyal fame nomin. He does not oturn. I alarm off jut trying to try to play it off. o Live television he'slike day my Boman Thats, yours, jthe, just Kepti Moin an you know just,but you know it it's funny how h things in it. One point in your career: Ifthat would have happened to me like a live TV and Sedangelo Texas, I probablywould have frozen. We WOULDHAV had to go to commercial, but you you avetourhours under your belt o. Now you work with a you know, a great bunch of guysand you can all Lauh everything off and keep the moving that S. just that'sjust pretty much where it was yea a actually one more. I forgot what vicewould yougiv somebody that wants to be on there. I say: Get Your God! Your work in I mean watchwatch your games, get your work in and never turn work down. Like that's whatI do it's like. You know it's it's to a point where you know when I firststarted before even was doing radio. I always do radio with the guys thatcover Arkansas staks, I used to cover t ice to be the sunbelt guy and an hes dn.So I do the Sun Belt Conference meetings every year and they have aradio show that's in Jones, Pur Arkansas, and these guys you know theywelcomed me on with open arms man. They said we'd, like you, come on every week,so for for two years plus I go on there every week and then do radio for free,my wife, you Don Rado for fee, like I'm, just trying to sharpet up my radioskills, because if you don't do it, you're not going to get any better atis that was what hat was one thing I aways took to the art youdowoeventually Wheni. I got the Fox. You was lucky enough to have my ownshow on Sundays, with dill writer who works. Ot CBS radio, now and your now Ihave my own radio show and the series Xm every devery, Tuesday and Wednesdaynights, W Tuesdays nine o'clock eastern time and Wednesdays, eight oclock defentime. So you know it's it, like, I said, always always work Y. it's because atthe end of the day, it's not really work. It's just putting in your tone. You can enjoy going to cover sportingevent, whether it be at the high school level or the professional level. I meanif you feel that y you have what it takes. Those High School Games aregoing to turn into college games which will entern into professional games andthen you'll be exactly where you wanted to be like some of the kids that getansy and they're like wel got. I got I have to go here here. I understand thatto a certain degree, but there's nothing worse, Tan be put in thesituation that you're not ready for you, like we've seen people before that arenot ready lit. You know not to hat to throw any shade, but remember Theti,the Surgio Gip guy, no thoseran go google when you're done. He was theGohe's a foreign language anchor, but they threw him on a game and he was notready for, like he just didn't know what he was saying out there and it'slike o Carefur what you wish for, because sometimes it's not always theright scenario. So I feel for me, like the general progression I took. Youknow once step to the next to the next and got progressively bigger. That wasperfect because you ow, I would have been thrown in in a major market orsomething like that. You Know Righto to...

...school. I wasn't ready, I would havebeen out there stubflin and bumbing, and People Ha said like this guy's aBozo noon in e Ne Wor got a job again. So do your work, don't turn any workdown and just stay humble Lik, three people how you want to be treated- andyou know don't be that guy he people say oh he's so hard to work with likebe Col, O everybody at the end of the Daymann like if your sport thanker andthen Youre- and you made your way into this business- we gat a great job. Youknow there people every day that would love to have our jobs. Just alwaysthink about that and never forget it because who gets to go to suck? I getto go to work down on Sunday I sit in a theater essentially with Wat thereclining seats, TAT NFLM network and we a cator food to us and we get towatch games, and then I have to go put makeup in a suit on and Cotak arout ityoure an hour like I. How can you Bein a bad mood? LikLove My job, and I I love what I do and US I try. Try to Gharei try to bring apositive energy to work every day and then hopefully everybody realizes it. Ithink it just makes at better wook environment when, when kids realizecoming out of school te matter where you get no matter what level you get tojust be cool this. This be cool ti people, that's all tit's al, try to sayfor sure. Just like the curiey through the Minor League ecause, absolutely youknow it's. I mean, like I said you and have been on Dohn twitter weave been ine court Bon with eah other for at least five six years, man. You Know Ittin Y.U You know cause my pleasure come on here with you doday like any time Ita.That's Thatthat, I'm not saying that. There's people tha that maybe wouldjoin you or maybe wouldn't. But what would be the reason not to you know,saying like it's like you say you? Could you coan be my boss, one day exeutiveawe wherever Yo, you can beYouve the next president fll network, who knows when an ot the reason werwoethat's, my Pece Dvic, just to telpthe kids, come out o school to staycentered. They focused an balanced men and then just Bey just intentry people.You want to be treated tman. I definitely appreciate you coming on theshow and want. I tell the people where they o find you on social media at Col,right, NFL, tht's, that's pretty much Al! I have is twitter. If it wasn't forthis two thousand and eighteen and everything how it is, I probably wouldI just have a house phone with no answer s, but you can't do that anymore,but that's that's Mei'm, the old school Guy Youkothe Guy, who I'm a guy wheneveryone' sitting there you know typing in their phone in their tablet. I havea piece of pen and paper. You KNOWA old school Sto Exerci like to operate. Youever going to create instagram or not OI'm a forty year old, Mary Dude. Idon't need that in my life. There's no reason for that. Like I'm feeling allthe pictures I would ever even put out there republic instumtion, like I doThi Sa, I put the same fiture on on twitter. Like you now I just I just don't. I don't even get theinthe instagram concept. I really do like I feel, like you, can do the samething on winter. What about like kind of film network? Do they ask you guysto make soammudipators or not s? I already have a twitter witamuyt va met Oeoor toursocial mediamanagers ISS. She sand me an email about, don't know, instagram live orInstagram TV andshe. This woild be great before shows, and I was like Idon't even have instagram she's like what I think you should get intoevidaeother day was talking. aboutsomething he's like you, don'thave the intagree and I'm like. No, I don't have instagram, like I don't know like. I just feel like,and all the people like Ta Efor, show that Te ow people that Wer they tweetout or the instagram out, like hey everybody, were in t e studio. We'reabout to get this thing going like I'm getting ready for. My show, like I'mtaking sure of that my highlight are in order like I don't know what thosepeople are doing, like maybe they're just better than me wer. They have atall this extra time to show everybody what they're about to do. Even thoughthey're about to show everybody what they do like on TV, like, I don't it'slike getting an apvetiser before an appetizer yeah behind the scene, stoff,it's like. Let me HAV season crackers before we doe my colahary Liktomuch, Iittrs Goodgod for me and that's where...

...that's where I'm going to be it right.Well, apprecate you coming on and good luck in the future any Tieala. Let meknow.

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