#844 – CrossFit Quarterfinals Trolling the Leaderboard Day 2

Sevan Matossian (00:01):

Yeah. What do you, what’s up, Joey? What you need, what you need.

Brian Friend (00:05):

Someone’s excited.

Sevan Matossian (00:06):

What you need, Joey? Bam. We’re live. Uh, okay, we’re

Brian Friend (00:12):

Here. Don’t apologize for being late.

Sevan Matossian (00:14):


Brian Friend (00:15):

You just got back from Hooters. You stole that sign.

Sevan Matossian (00:19):

Oh shit. For those of you who don’t listen every morning, cuz you scared, you’re scared, you’re scared of the truth. T R U F F. Truth, um, uh, the, the morning crew, the morning posse, my homies in the morning, uh, bought that for me and, uh, sent it to my mom’s house and then my mom brought it over, um, on my birthday and surprised me with it. And I fucking hung that shit up myself. I, I got the anchors. I put the an cause I couldn’t find a stud back there and, and get the right height. So I put anchors in. I’ve never done that. I think anchors are for douches, but I put three little, uh, plastic anchors in and then, um, and then I put the bracket in and I hung that thing. And then I put the, the wad zombie cards back here. These are the athlete cards, you know.

Brian Friend (01:11):

Great idea.

Sevan Matossian (01:13):

<laugh>. My shit’s looking tight. Alright. All I gotta do now, all I gotta do now. And look, I got my, I got my uh, uh, uh, get with the programming, um, uh, OG thing. I got some Listerine strips. You got an og? I got some Kleenex that my wife left here cuz sometimes I cry on the show.

Joey (01:35):

That’s what it’s for.

Sevan Matossian (01:36):


Brian Friend (01:36):

Patrick Clark make Kleenex boxes in California.

Sevan Matossian (01:39):

Uh, Patrick, I guess it’s prob it’s probably like stops global warming. Um, uh, Patrick Clark, um, thank you, uh, for watching the UFC with me today. That was cool. You’re the only person, um, there, there, I mean, there were a couple people at my house, but you were the only person, uh, text buddy I, I watched it with and I appreciate that. That was fun. Uh, day, uh, number two is in the books. Four workouts are in the books. Um, let me just start with anything crazy yet. Like, uh, an Anika Greer situation. Like someone who we thought was gonna go to the games has not got their workouts in and we’re like scratching our head, like uhoh, this is weird.

Brian Friend (02:17):

Uh, not, not anything like that that I know of.

Sevan Matossian (02:19):

Um, some injuries. Okay, let’s, let’s start there. Who, who, who’s out? I saw on, on uh, barbell Spin, uh, Brian Spin’s Instagram account. I saw someone who’s out.

Joey (02:31):

Yeah, con Porter’s out. And then Ben Smith.

Sevan Matossian (02:37):

Ben Smith. What happened to Ben? Is he hurt or just old or both?

Joey (02:42):

He put out a post that, um, he, he was only able to do nine reps on that, um, that snatch crossover, uh, test. And then the way he did his workouts, he actually did one and three first. So his scores still look pretty good, but he, I don’t, I don’t believe he did a, an event for, I mean a test for whatever you wanna call it.

Sevan Matossian (03:07):

Brian, um, Brian, can you translate what happened? Just said to me for someone with an IQ of under a hundred,

Brian Friend (03:13):

He did what happened? One and three? Yeah. He placed, um, 130th and 203rd on those two workouts.

Sevan Matossian (03:20):

And so he is like, fuck that. I’m out. Like he knew,

Brian Friend (03:23):

I’m guessing he’d actually done workout four by that point also because he is 54th worldwide on workout. 4 569 reps, which is a great score. And then he shows up on rep workout two and has nine reps, which is eight snatches in one lunge. And so we immediately are thinking that’s like, that’s strange. Like why would you do one, even do one lunch? Um, and basically he’s just saying that, uh, what he did this after the fact. I don’t know. The lunges was bothering his knee, so he stopped. He’s doing team, he’s going planning to go team this year. So he’s either just doing the quarter finals workouts, maybe similarly to the way that I’m doing ’em, which is just to give feedback to the athletes that are actually in the, uh, competition and trying to advance that. He works with coaches or trains at his gym.

Sevan Matossian (04:10):

That’s why you’re doing them just to give feedback.

Brian Friend (04:13):

That’s why I’m doing them. So he might be doing ’em for that reason as well. He do the workout and he’ll say, Hey, it’s actually a little bit more grippy than we thought, or that middle round of deadlifts or whatever the feedback he wants to give. But, um,

Sevan Matossian (04:25):

I’m all, all I’m hearing is that he hurt his knee and he’s out.

Joey (04:28):

Uh, he made a post that said he wasn’t gonna push it on his knee.

Sevan Matossian (04:34):

Fuck this. I’m texting him.

Joey (04:36):

There you

Brian Friend (04:36):

Go. Anyway, he’s doing the team. He’s intending to, to compete on a team this year. The only other reason he might have done these workouts is to get, uh, the points you get for signing up for the competition just in case he wants to go individual next year or so that he can still have. And I quote, uh, material bearing on the strength of field allocation.

Sevan Matossian (04:57):

What, what would I ask him? Why did you not, um, enter your scores?

Brian Friend (05:02):

No, no, he did enter his scores. You can ask him if he’s okay.

Sevan Matossian (05:05):

Okay. Uh, um, are you just, are you okay? Hey, Ben,

Brian Friend (05:10):

Nine reps. Are

Sevan Matossian (05:11):

You, are you

Brian Friend (05:12):

Nine reps workout too? Are you okay? Or just,

Sevan Matossian (05:14):

Oh, should I put that? Okay. Nine. Just be kind of dick on it. Dick dickel down a little bit too. Nine reps. Okay.

Brian Friend (05:21):


Sevan Matossian (05:23):

Okay, that’s a little, okay. If I get a middle finger, uh, like, sorry, I was, uh, taking dictation from Brian

Brian Friend (05:31):

And then you’ll get a, a different finger.

Sevan Matossian (05:35):

Okay. Uh, any, anyone else? Um, any, any girls? Why just boys are pulling out why two great, uh, boys, Ben smith and com Porter. Any girls, any great girls?

Brian Friend (05:45):

Not that I’ve seen.

Sevan Matossian (05:46):

Okay. Uh, Vittorio a way not to be a bitch and put that up yourself. Dude, I walked back and forth through the house carrying my drill like five times until my wife saw me and she’s like, oh, what are you doing? I’m like, oh, oh, funny. You should ask, just go and hang some shit up in the office.

Brian Friend (06:01):

Just some man shit.

Sevan Matossian (06:03):

Yeah, just some man shit. Oh, I got a drill bit and I have a fucking screw. The, this,

Brian Friend (06:08):

Is this something you like over here?

Sevan Matossian (06:09):

Yeah. And the drill bit.

Brian Friend (06:11):

Did you start, like, did you pull the trigger a few times? Make sure it worked?

Sevan Matossian (06:14):

Yeah, this is, this is, click the button. It makes you go forward and backwards. Um, if you all are ever in Seattle says Caden Carpenter for $10, come to my affiliate Q CrossFit, the only gym that’s not woke in the city. Wow. If that’s really your gym, uh, please DM me, uh, with your phone number and I’ll text you and I’d love to have you on the show. I’d love to know what it’s like to run a gym in woke topia. Wow, that’s cool. A wad zombie. Travis Mayer made a post too, but he, we know he’s been out for a while, right?

Brian Friend (06:45):

Yeah, yeah. He didn’t compete.

Sevan Matossian (06:47):

Um, there are, look at people are already tattling, uh, John George, Bethany Chadburn crossover. She did 20 per round. Her judge messed up watch her video. Oh, okay. Um, it’s

Brian Friend (06:57):

Just establish something just off the bat here. Okay. This competition, the quarter final competition is entirely unmanageable. There will be penalties assessed to specific athletes that are not gonna be assessed to 99% or more of the athletes that are taking ’em, regardless of if they did those things or not. And there will be a ton of athletes that did not do things to the standards whose videos will never be looked at and they will just get away with it. So you, if you’re competing in this competition, if you’ve signed up for this competition, if you’re following this competition, you just have to know that, you know, and CrossFit has, has been, I mean, in my opinion, pretty clear about the fact that they’re okay with that. They are reviewing some videos, they are assessing some penalties, but there’s absolutely no chance that they can accurately and, and, and, and in totality manage this competition.

Sevan Matossian (07:44):


Brian Friend (07:46):

That would be zero zero

Sevan Matossian (07:48):

Oh really? Yeah.

Brian Friend (07:50):


Sevan Matossian (07:50):

I only count ’em out loud so I know what’s going on.

Brian Friend (07:52):

Zero. Still

Sevan Matossian (07:53):

Zero because you still have to, you have to do one to get

Brian Friend (07:56):

The first one is, that’s zero. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 40.

Sevan Matossian (08:21):

How many was she supposed to do? 40. Oh, that’s good. Did I ever tell you she has the most beautiful head? She has like a head as beautiful as Wonder Woman’s Gal Ga Dots.

Brian Friend (08:30):


Sevan Matossian (08:30):


Brian Friend (08:31):

Okay. This month.

Sevan Matossian (08:32):

That’s the third time this month. I’ve told you

Brian Friend (08:34):

Second time. Second.

Sevan Matossian (08:35):

Oh, okay. So, so, uh, so, uh, sorry J John, thank you for pointing that out to us. But, um, uh,

Brian Friend (08:43):

The way that I count double crossovers and have always counted them, that would only be 20, the way that they’re being counted for the cross at games, quarter finals this year, that counts as 40,

Sevan Matossian (08:53):

Uh, nine inches. Uh, Trina different show, different show. Come back tomorrow morning. Uh, please. She

Joey (08:59):

Got a hundred 11th on that workout and she’s currently sitting 63rd in the west, so she is right on the bubble.

Sevan Matossian (09:06):

Uh, thank you. That was good. Halpin. We’re starting to work like a fine tune machine. That was nice. Um, uh, Brian, going back to what you were saying, d does it matter if they’re not, um, if they’re assessing penalties differently for different people and they’re not looking at all the videos, if they are doing it for, let’s say the top 300, and the reason why I say the top 300 is because yesterday you explained to me that after this we go to seven se uh, semifinals and, and that in the top 300 athletes, well top 300 athletes based on their region, that’s where they go. Uh oh. Now I kind of see the problem with what I said.

Brian Friend (09:40):

So there’s a lot of problems. What do you, what do you see?

Sevan Matossian (09:42):

Because it’s not the top 300 athletes that go, it’s the top athlete, top 60 in one region. The, the, the the top guys who go to Africa might not even be in the top 1000 for all we know.

Brian Friend (09:52):

So there, yeah, so there’s a couple things. So first of all, flashback to yesterday’s show, and we talked about the fact that there is a worldwide ranking for quarterfinals. Oh, the worldwide ranking matters for one reason. And it matters because that’s how your points are allocated for your quarterfinal placement. And then you add them into all the other points you have and that will affect the top 100 coming into this year’s semi-finals where we’ll have to do the point, the allocation of spots using the method that CrossFit has chosen. Probably it’s not gonna have much of a difference because the quarterfinals points are basically all the same for all of the relevant athletes. Uh, however, you know, at at the cut line there’s going to be, um, probably a small point margin by the cut line. I mean a hundred to 101. And we know based on, uh, the information that the CrossFit games team, specifically Dave Eubanks has com communicated to us that one spot in the in the top 100 could make a difference for your competitive region earning an extra spot to the CrossFit games. So we should be knowing that CrossFit should, in theory, have a high priority on making sure that the top 100 are actually the top 100. Now that we know that they’re not the top 100 fittest in the world, but they should at least be making sure that they’re the top 100 based on the point system that they’ve allocated. Meaning that no one in that group should be earning points that are not, that are ire rewarded, that are not actually reflective of what they’ve done in whatever competition they’re earning points in.


It’s a lot easier to manage that at the games and semi-finals, which is the reason why they’ve chosen to make the open and quarter finals points basically negligent. Like you just sign up for the competition and if you’re good enough to be even flirting with the top 100, you’re gonna get, uh, 990 points in quarter finals and 1,980 points in semi-finals, I mean in quarter finals. So that’s like pretty much a wash. And that’s the only reason why the worldwide ranking for quarterfinals matters.

Sevan Matossian (11:58):

Um, uh, uh, listen, asshole, Mr. Walters, the alpaca workout was written wrong and I proved that. I don’t wanna hear any more alpaca shit. Emeral, emeral emeral, uh, basically what, the way you just explained it, the worldwide rank, the, the quarterfinals kind of ma not kind of, they make a mockery out of the worldwide ranking points. It’s, it’s actually in fucking possible to do that. Um, they’re basically admitting defeat even before they start the worldwide rank, even if it, they’re not significant amount of points. They’re ju they they will be inaccurate. Well, they’ll be, they’ll be significant, like you said at the cutoff line. At the cutoff line, they will be significant. So as far as they’re guaranteed to get the wrong two or three people in there every time,

Brian Friend (12:43):

Basically, as far as the worldwide ranking points go, yeah. If you’re a, if you’re an athlete who’s actually competing for a top 100 spot, which is the only thing that matters currently for the allocation of games, qualifying spots, you’re just buying 1,980 points. You’re just paying $50 to get those points added to your total because you’re not, you’re going to do well enough to earn exactly that many points.

Sevan Matossian (13:03):


Brian Friend (13:05):

So that, that’s the, that’s the worldwide ranking for quarter finals. Obviously it’s fun to look at it and it could be because that’s a, a place where we can say, oh, all of these people did the test and Maderas fell in their corny Olsen are the top five. You know, whatever. That, that’s a fun thing to do. Of course, outside of the fun thing to do, there’s nothing else there. You don’t win any money for being first place worldwide. You don’t get any special accolades or recognition as being the, you know, I guess there could be, you might be the fittest person in your country, but I don’t know if they would pull that from the worldwide quarter finals or the, um, region quarter finals when they’re distributing that award nine months from now or whatever. So there’s small things that matter, but they’re really nothing that matters on the worldwide leader board that carries on throughout the rest of the season.


What matters is the regional leaderboards, which is why it was frustrating that those weren’t accessible on the website last night. They are now. And we can talk about those in a, in a great amount, amount of detail. And like I told you guys yesterday, now that four of the five workouts are done, what really we should be focusing in on, obviously we can celebrate great performances is the cut line for every region. Okay? So I wanna look at the last, let’s do it 10 or 20 athletes in and the next 10 or 20 athletes out and then see if there’s anything. And, and in my opinion, that’s where the entirety of the effort of the review team should be going. It should not be going to the top 10 on the worldwide rankings overall, unless there’s something that’s completely ridiculous. But even in the case that there is something that’s completely ridiculous.


So Caleb, if you, for example, go to Men’s leaderboard worldwide ranking sort by workout one, we can immediately see someone who’s in second place in this workout that’s named Richard Poveda, whose current ranking after four tests is 2,683, but he was second place worldwide on this workout. His subsequent performances are 4600th, 2200th and 5700th. This video must be reviewed because that’s such a clear and distinct outlier from the rest. This is this example that you will find with quarter final workout number three from last year, and you’ll find a dozen people in the top 30 worldwide that have things that look this ludicrous. And for me it’s like

Sevan Matossian (15:11):

This. Do you think that there’s any way, Brian, that that won’t be reviewed? Do you think there’s any way?

Brian Friend (15:15):

Well, I’ll give, I’ll tell you a quick story. I know that there have been reviews for this particular workout for people who had scores under seven minutes. I don’t know if they review, have reviewed all of ’em, but it would be hard for me to imagine that you would review Jake Berman’s workout, which was originally 6 59 and you wouldn’t review Richard Poveda, who is 6 23. So, and, and if this video was reviewed, Richard Covata’s video was reviewed and approved by the CrossFit Games team and his other performances are that bad, I then like, I’m completely baffled because the only way you could do, you know what that test is, that test is, is heavy moderate volume, front squats to descending and weight and high skill gymnastics. Like if you were that good at that test to be able to do second worldwide, there’s no way that you would be outside the top 2000, 4,000 and 5,000 onto other three tests. It’s impossible. Unless you’re, unless you’re, uh, I I, unless

Sevan Matossian (16:05):

You were maybe you were in, unless you were injured, if you worked out one and two, look at his

Brian Friend (16:08):

Scores, like he’s actually doing scores, he’s doing the workouts. You’re not just gonna be injured and do, uh, 11 cleaning jerks at 275 pounds or whatever you did.

Sevan Matossian (16:18):

Well, either way, whether you’re right or wrong, that needs to be reviewed. How will we know if it’s been reviewed?

Brian Friend (16:22):

So well, here’s the thing. So Jake Berman had, like I said, had done this workout. He was, his, his time was 6 59, his video or six 50, yeah, 6 59, which was tied for 11th worldwide. And his video was reviewed. The interesting thing to note here is that the training think Tank has hired judges, some of whom, many of whom, including his judge is a CrossFit games judge to come to their facility and judge their athletes to make sure that they’re meeting the standards that they’re moving well, et cetera, et cetera. And his judge is standing a couple feet away from him and approve this workout. This is a judge that’s hired by CrossFit every year to come to the CrossFit games and judge workouts at the highest level for the best athletes with the most on the line. So training, think, think is going out of their way to spend money to make sure that their athletes are doing it right and being judged by someone who’s not biased, not one of their coaches. It’s a cool thing that they’re doing that the providing for their athletes. His video is reviewed and he was assessed a one minute and two second penalty, a major penalty for lack of extension on his front squats.

Sevan Matossian (17:18):

What does that mean? Didn’t stand up all the way.

Brian Friend (17:21):

Yeah, I haven’t seen the video, but I’ve spoken to some people who have, and they’re, and basically trying to think, think is outrage by this. Like, are you guys kidding me? Like this is a guy that you hired to come there, that we hired to come here to judge athletes just like this to make sure that this won’t happen. And he’s standing feet away from him giving him credit for the reps, and you’re reviewing a video from, you know, 30 feet away because it has to be far enough away to also see my handstand walking distance and telling me I’m getting a major penalty on this and you’re scrutinizing it for that min minutia of detail. But Richard Poveda score is here on the leaderboard. Juan Toban is here on the leaderboard with a seven minute score. I’ve never heard of these guys before and it, and you’re telling me that you’re reviewing everyone’s workouts like this,

Joey (18:00):

The top women’s score is also very wrong.

Sevan Matossian (18:03):


Brian Friend (18:04):

Um, and that’s why I said it, the, you know, at the onset of

Sevan Matossian (18:06):

One, one second, Brian. One second. Uh, Caleb, uh, while we’re, uh, talking about this, can you see if you can find this guy’s? Um, okay, thanks brother. Okay, go ahead Brian. Sorry if I, if I threw you off

Brian Friend (18:15):

Your train. Sorry. No, no, no, it’s totally fine. That’s why I said at the start of this conversation tonight that you just have to understand that stuff like that is going to happen. Obviously it’s frustrating that it happens, but they’re gonna review certain videos and what I mean by that is they’ll review certain athletes videos because they did really well on a certain workout and they’ll review other videos likely, I think that they’ll ask for anyone who has the chance to qualify. I think that you have to submit at least two to be reviewed.

Sevan Matossian (18:42):

And, and, and Brian, the only reason why we know any of this is because you’re, you’re telling us like, is this posted and this is just because you’re, this, this is just you digging around. This is just like from your Instagram people talking to you, you being friends with people at these different facilities.

Brian Friend (18:55):


Sevan Matossian (18:57):

Yeah. This is fucking weird. There’s,

Brian Friend (18:59):

As far as I know, Hal Panu can, please tell me if I’m wrong. CrossFit hasn’t publicized published any lists of penalties. I don’t think that they will do that in the, oh, the only chant time that I think they would do that is if the penalties are finalized, what I wish that they would do is say we are, you know, as always we are reviewing videos online. Here’s an, uh, website that will be kept, kept up to date with the penalties as they’re assessed. I think that would be a really helpful and, and, uh, useful resource to have.

Joey (19:26):

They did release that last year after it was over.

Brian Friend (19:30):

Yeah, they released it afterwards with all of them, not like a rolling one that was continuously updating, right?

Joey (19:35):

Yep. Correct.

Sevan Matossian (19:36):

Yeah, we, we need to see, um, uh, uh, I wanna do, um, what, what workout is that, um, that we’re looking at right now? Workout one for Veda. I wanna just have, so,

Joey (19:46):

Uh, it’s the handstand pushup workout

Sevan Matossian (19:48):

And I should go by men and he’s second in the world in this

Joey (19:53):

Listed. Yeah. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>.

Sevan Matossian (19:55):

Okay. Uh, c can we just go to the end and see what his time is?

Brian Friend (19:59):

Well, hold on. I mean, that’s a no rep right there. His hand was on the tape and the first KickUp, he’s out of the frame of the video and I think he’s about to walk out of the frame of the video again. We’re

Joey (20:07):

Gonna do this live, we’re gonna look It is, oh, that’s

Brian Friend (20:11):

His hand on the tape again. It’s a no rep. All of these are no

Sevan Matossian (20:14):

Reps. You’re not allowed to have your hand on the tape.

Brian Friend (20:15):

No. Now when you kick up your hands, he

Joey (20:17):

Also doesn’t have a judge visible in the video.

Sevan Matossian (20:21):

Okay. So his hand was on the tape. Okay, let’s go and see how long this is. Yeah, that’s, we’re doing Hiller’s job for him. Yeah, his hands on the tape every time. Thank you. Uh, rich, rich Matthews. I appreciate it. You can

Joey (20:34):

Watch. Last night’s gonna be the handstand pushup on the wall.

Sevan Matossian (20:36):

You can watch the rest of the show for free. Uh, rich Anthony, uh, tpa. Brian, why are you so hostile on Saturday night? What? He’s not, he’s chill. This Richard Guy could have gotten the bubble gut from Chipotle last night. <laugh>, it’s real. Uh, okay, we’re at 4 0 1. He looks good.

Joey (20:55):

We’re about to see the fastest hand sample. Oh,

Sevan Matossian (20:59):

Uh, let’s go a little, uh, uh, Trevor Gentry at this point, when HQ screws up, regardless of what it has to do with, it’s honestly not surprising at all. I’m sadly not hopeful for improvement, but I want to be wrong. Uh oh. The opening with the weights being wrong is really hard to come by. Okay, so he should be be done in two seconds. Whoa.

Joey (21:17):

Wait, is that where it ends? The video? Oh, uh,

Sevan Matossian (21:28):

So it’s 6 23, so Oh. And that’s what it is. Okay. So now someone would just need to go through and count his reps, but, but we do know that the handstand walk was, was wrong, right? You’re not allowed to put your hands on the tape. We saw that at least three times.

Brian Friend (21:41):

Yeah, he’s outside of the frame of the video, which is an invalid video submission on its own.

Sevan Matossian (21:47):

Uh, Brian is absolutely

Brian Friend (21:48):

Feeder outside the hands during the handstand pushups.

Sevan Matossian (21:52):

Yeah. What’s that mean? What’s that mean? Rn? The

Brian Friend (21:54):

Width, width, the width of the feet. Like star, right? That means right now <laugh>, he’s asking what the what?

Joey (22:00):

Oh, what RN means.

Brian Friend (22:02):

It means I’m a nurse.

Sevan Matossian (22:03):

Oh, all right. Well, you and Cam now we have two nurses on the show. That’s cool.

Joey (22:09):

Male nurses.

Sevan Matossian (22:10):

Oh, at Brian is absolutely cooking. Yeah. I don’t think, uh, cookie means he’s on a roll, right? This is good. We’re we’re learning all sorts of shit. It’s weird that, um, well, I do wanna see all the penalties. How long before we get to see all those, has anyone talked to Berman? Does he want to call in and explain to us what happened? I’d love to know.

Brian Friend (22:25):

That would be great.

Joey (22:27):

This is actually exactly what happened last year. I remember him and Noah knew they got penalties

Brian Friend (22:32):

Before. Yeah. And we, and we talked to him about it. You remember Savan in the car and they, I think what Noah said was something like, uh, well, yeah, just go, go as fast as you can. Flirt the lines and accept your penalty is still gonna do better than most people. I mean, even with the penalty is like 50 something in the world on the workout.

Sevan Matossian (22:47):

Uh, B Berman is

Brian Friend (22:49):

Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. Yeah. Yeah. I can get him on the, I can get him on here if you want.

Sevan Matossian (22:53):

Sure. Yeah. It would be cool. Let’s find out what happened. Let’s, let’s see. Let’s hear his, uh, if, if Cro let’s see if we can see the video. Let’s, we will, we will be the judge while

Joey (23:01):

We do that. Similar, but, uh, the, the woman that did it actually put out why, why hers is wrong. Um, the top woman on workout one stated that she incorrectly submitted her tiebreaker score as her final score. So I would believe that CrossFit is just gonna change that one, but they haven’t yet.

Brian Friend (23:22):

And it’s, and it’s, and then this is a, like a case of, um, why haven’t they changed it yet? It’s the top score for one of the workouts she’s already owned up to the air. Like, what are they doing over there? How can they not be aware of that?

Joey (23:34):

Unless she’s just putting it on her Instagram and not telling CrossFit. But

Brian Friend (23:38):

She’s, I mean, look, there were people that I know last year who emailed CrossFit with regards to quarter final workout three and said, Hey, I screwed that up. You gotta change my score. It never changed. Never changed. Never.

Joey (23:51):

And that’s, that’s

Brian Friend (23:51):

Gonna be a pizza at dinner right now. Savan. Maybe he’ll come on after. It’s

Sevan Matossian (23:55):

Gonna be a pizza. We don’t mind. We don’t tell him. We don’t mind.

Brian Friend (23:57):

Oh, <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (23:59):


Brian Friend (23:59):

Up guys? He might mind, he might mind. What’s up

Sevan Matossian (24:03):

Dinner. These fucking guys eat food out of little plastic container that they, they keep stacked in their car in a cooler. He’s like on plastic container three for the day. Um, okay, let, let’s go. What region do you wanna start with? Uh, ear earlier Brian said he wanted to look at, and I think it’s a good idea, wanted to look at, uh, the, the cut lines for these regions. We only have one

Brian Friend (24:23):

I sent, I sent you guys a screenshot, pulls out the bubble athletes in every, uh, region that I saw.

Sevan Matossian (24:29):

Uh, so basically there’s only one workout left.

Joey (24:34):

A lot of athletes have already done it. Correct.

Sevan Matossian (24:37):

Okay. And, and, and, but they, but the, they have they submitted their scores. Can they submit their scores? Is

Brian Friend (24:42):

There any They can, but they’re not on the leaderboard yet.

Sevan Matossian (24:44):

Yeah. Okay.

Brian Friend (24:45):

So the, so all of this is first of all, I mean, there’s always a possibility that a penalty has changed a score or something. But these were from, uh, you know, a couple hours ago I pulled these and these are just athletes that jumped off the page to me of athletes who are by region outside of the current cut line.

Sevan Matossian (25:01):

And, and, and, um, and this is, are these all, these aren’t all European? What, how, how are these divided?

Brian Friend (25:08):

The ones in red are from North America, east, like it’s says the ones in Orange

Sevan Matossian (25:12):


Brian Friend (25:13):

North America, west. There’s a lot of them from Europe. Yeah. And I was, I wasn’t intending to do this, but it just became too obvious and I felt like I had to do it. Why are there so many from Europe? Do you know? Savan from spending enough time with me

Sevan Matossian (25:26):

Because there’s so many good guys in Europe

Brian Friend (25:28):

Because there’s just as many good athletes in, in Europe as there are in North America. But North America gets twice as many spots that are allowed to advance to the next round. So you’re gonna have just a ton of men and a ton of women that are 60 through 160, one through a hundred. That, that I believe are more than fit enough to be competing in the semi-final stage of competition. If you’re gonna allow up to 120 total men and women in North America to also do that

Sevan Matossian (25:55):

Is John Young. Did John Young? Is John Young killing it?

Brian Friend (25:59):

Probably. He’s, I’m sure he is done well on a couple of the workouts.

Sevan Matossian (26:02):

He’s going to the semi-finals. Like is he in the top 60? No,

Joey (26:07):

He did really well today. He made up like a thousand spots today.

Sevan Matossian (26:11):

Oh. Um, and, and you put Will, so Willie Georges is out. Willie George is out.

Brian Friend (26:16):

Well, not necessarily if we go,

Sevan Matossian (26:18):

Oh, John Young is out as fuck. 10,000. Sorry John, I love you. 10,000. He’s toast, right? With one workout Left Uhhuh.

Brian Friend (26:25):

Yeah. John’s not making the semi, it’s

Joey (26:27):

338th in his region. So

Sevan Matossian (26:30):

Yeah. Wait, how could you be 10,000 in the world? Those

Brian Friend (26:33):

Are points. Those are points. He’s 1,900 in the world.

Sevan Matossian (26:36):


Brian Friend (26:36):

Okay. Standard 38 in his region.

Sevan Matossian (26:38):

Okay. Alright. It’s not bad. Good job.

Brian Friend (26:42):

But if you look, uh, Willie George, and actually this would be a great time to look at, uh, help and spreadsheet as well. You can see that. Okay. I, that, that was a typo on my part. He’s either 84th or 83rd. He’s not 843rd.

Sevan Matossian (26:53):


Brian Friend (26:54):

So I, I mistyped that and it, because it’s a th I’m gonna assume he should have been, uh, 84th. Um, but he was like 180 third yesterday. And so he, he’s moved up basically, uh, 50 spots with each workout since yesterday. And if he’s able to even move up half of that many tomorrow, then he’ll be right on the brink.

Sevan Matossian (27:16):

I’m looking down all the way to see where, oh, he’s on page two. Damn.

Brian Friend (27:20):

Well, yeah, everyone on this, everyone on on this, uh, except for the Australian or the Oceanic guys will be on page two of their respective competitive regions leaderboard. But the, um, but for Willie, I, I would, I mean, Mike could show us by event that he’s like consistently climbing the charts.

Sevan Matossian (27:38):

Who’s hairy? Lightfoot

Brian Friend (27:42):

Just a, a competitor in Europe.

Sevan Matossian (27:45):

Have we ever seen him before? He’s in sixth, the

Brian Friend (27:46):

84th. Oh, he’s in sixth. What?

Sevan Matossian (27:49):

He’s in sixth place right now. Harry Lightfoot.

Brian Friend (27:54):

Mm-hmm. <affirmative>

Sevan Matossian (27:55):

Crazy. Okay. Uh, so, so, so those are the those are the bubble. Those are the bubble guys. I didn’t see any big two too big a names. I mean,

Brian Friend (28:02):

That’s a great call by you Savon. Harry Lightfoot is a name that I’m familiar with, but I he’s never done anything this good in a competitive competition in quarter finals. The last two years he was 251st and 120 ninth in Europe. So to be sixth place worldwide in Europe right now is a remarkable improvement from anything we’ve seen from him previously.

Sevan Matossian (28:22):

You think he’s, uh, um,

Brian Friend (28:24):

Gotten better this year? Probably.

Sevan Matossian (28:26):

No. You think he’s a Native American? You think he’s an American, like a Native American competing in England? I mean, how the fuck is his name? Harry Lightfoot.

Brian Friend (28:33):

That’s seems like a very British name to me.

Sevan Matossian (28:36):

Harry Lightfoot. Yeah.

Brian Friend (28:39):

I feel like there’s names like that all over the English Premier League,

Sevan Matossian (28:42):

British. Oh, oh, no shit. All right. Oh, he looks like Zack Till are kind. All right. He’s a hosts.

Brian Friend (28:51):

Where are you looking? Please tell me. You’re not looking at his games profile.

Sevan Matossian (28:53):

No, I’m looking, no, I’m looking at his, uh, I’m looking, I’m looking at his Instagram Here. I’ll, I’ll show you guys. Sorry, I’m just being selfish over here. Here we go. Here’s Harry. Look, Amy Kringle follows him. Uh, and, and his scores were great. This isn’t a fluke, right? All score top? No, he’s,

Brian Friend (29:14):

Yeah, yeah, I know. It’s all top, top 42 on everything. Yeah, it’s good. He’s young, you know, he is 24, so it’s like,

Sevan Matossian (29:24):

Look, he’s got, he’s in front of an American flag with a Rodman shirt. I’m sticking with, uh, the

Brian Friend (29:27):

One thing that, the one

Sevan Matossian (29:28):

Thing that Native American, Brian, I got five on it. Look at Rodman jersey in front of American Flag. Okay, go ahead. Sorry. One thing is what,

Brian Friend (29:37):

The one thing that’s potential, and I, I haven’t checked to see this, is that maybe, you know, cuz he is younger, maybe he’s new to the sport, maybe he was just getting hammered by the other total and the one four at Max Franco out the last two years and it was offsetting some good performances on Metcons. But um, you know, this year where there’s still some heavy tests but there’s nothing that’s, you know, a one rep max test, he might be able to avoid something like that and do.

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