CrossFit Games Semifinals – Event 6 Recap

Sevan Matossian (00:00):

Killing this shit. You dude. Yeah, the B team’s destroying. Where the fuck is John Young, uh, welcome Taylor Self, uh, from Self-Made Training Program. Congratulations. Tyler Watkins. Hello, Brian. Spent. Hello, Mr. Suza. Hello, Taylor. Are you in on the, uh, continent, which is the home of the great Michelle Bass?

Taylor Self (00:20):

The, the home of the human race? Yeah. Yes,

Sevan Matossian (00:22):

Yes, yes. Were were, you told me in a text message earlier that, uh, yes, my, uh, shitty genetics came from back home

Taylor Self (00:28):

And also

Sevan Matossian (00:29):

<laugh> as I appreciated that. Is that where you are?

Taylor Self (00:32):

Yeah. Johannesburg,

Sevan Matossian (00:33):

Your picture quality’s great. Damn crazy.

Taylor Self (00:35):

I thought I was gonna be really bad, but I think the wifi here’s pretty good, dude. It’s, the load shedding is insane. Like during, during the podium ceremony, the lights just fucking came out.

Sevan Matossian (00:45):

<laugh>. Oh, really?

Taylor Self (00:46):

Yeah, but what’s crazy is how good of a job not, you know, not to suck their dick. But I came in with like low expectations because Michelle had a really bad experience that year, and I think that part of that was like on her own mental approach, like going in, she was in a bad head space, but they did an incredible job, dude, especially for them like having to foot the bill themselves. I just, they killed it. The, the Renegade Games, those guys from Citizen Cape Town did a good job. And, and there were no, the thing is Hillers, we, we’ve been talking about the judging mistakes from North America East all weekend, and there have been no major mistakes here. Like, you know, good athletes are gonna get away with little things at every event, but there have been no big mistakes. It was, they crushed it.

Sevan Matossian (01:25):

I, I, to be honest with you, I think it’s been pretty damn good in the, uh, Northeast. Also, the only shame is, is that we, we, we can’t get a clear answer on why, um, Corona and, uh, Mr. Foxdale, cor Corgi Foxtail got pulled out.

Taylor Self (01:39):

Dude, did you see the Wad Zombie post

Sevan Matossian (01:41):

<laugh>? Yeah. Yeah.

Taylor Self (01:42):

The Biden one. I lost

Sevan Matossian (01:43):

It. I did, I did. Uh, I got a

Taylor Self (01:46):

Question for

Sevan Matossian (01:47):

You. Okay, hold on one second. Let’s just, uh, let me jerk myself off here a second. Uh, Ken Walters, I was just watching the event three podcast, and I have to say, the greatest line in the history of all podcasts anywhere aired on Planet Earth is, uh, when Sev said, rich could walk through a pile of shit and flowers would grow <laugh>. Thank you. Yes, he is, uh, he does have special just observational facts. Okay, go ahead, Mr. Taylor.

Taylor Self (02:09):

Um, do you think Trish is actually Trish, or do you think she’s just a fat dude? Because I posted a poll and I tried to get her to FaceTime me and Will, but she wouldn’t do it.

Sevan Matossian (02:19):

<laugh>. Yeah. I have no, I have no idea. I would be so, I would be so disappointed if the mystery was ever, uh, cleared up. <laugh>.

Taylor Self (02:26):

Well, we are calling her Trish, the Fish now, Trish, the Catfish.

Sevan Matossian (02:29):

I do think Trish’s older. I think Trish is definitely, at least my age or older, like, she just knows, or he just knows stuff. She, she knows stuff. Yeah.

Tyler Watkins (02:36):

Yeah. Cause there’s also stuff she doesn’t know, like Yeah, like context clues, things. And I’m like, you should know this if you’re young.

Sevan Matossian (02:43):

Yeah. Yeah. Uh, oh. And I, and I really did like Trisha’s post today, if that hotel room, that was crazy. I don’t know. <laugh>, oh

Taylor Self (02:50):

My God, that looks like a hotel I stayed at in Colorado. Dude. <laugh>. I stayed at a hotel there and there was a homeless guy in the stairwell. Dude, it was fucking crazy, dude. It called the Millennium Harvest in, if you’re a millennium harvest house, whatever, if you’re ever in Colorado, Boulder, don’t fucking stay there.

Sevan Matossian (03:09):

Will, will you go back to Africa?

Taylor Self (03:12):

Uh, next year I’m gonna be competing in North America east next year. So what I’m trying to figure out now is like a game plan for me and Michelle and I talked to JR a little bit, but we’ll try to expand the team a little bit and she’ll be in a much better spot next year too. A lot fitter and have a lot more confidence. And so hopefully we can come up with a game plan that allows both of us to compete.

Sevan Matossian (03:36):

Alright. So, so that’s, uh, really what I was wondering if like the trip scarred you in any way, like it was too long, long ago, a flight, or you got there and you got mugged at the airport or anything crazy like that?

Taylor Self (03:45):

Dude, I was, you fucking assholes made me so nervous. Oh, good.

Sevan Matossian (03:49):

And like,

Taylor Self (03:49):

And I was really most scared of the flight, but the flight wasn’t that bad, actually. Um, I haven’t slept like at all, but other than that, I think that’s partial jet lag, partial nerves from the weekend. But no, it’s been a good experience.

Sevan Matossian (04:01):

All right. Word. Uh, okay. Uh, incredible events. Let’s go over. Are any of the leaderboards updated yet? Can we go over to the women’s leaderboard?

John Young (04:09):

Women’s is updated, men’s is not.

Sevan Matossian (04:10):

Okay. Let’s go to the women’s and, uh, let’s go take a look and see what happened at the bubble. Uh, Mr. Spin, anything immediately that, uh, jumps out at you that we need to know? Can you cruise down to the bubble around, uh, the 10th place? Yeah.

Brian Spin (04:23):

There’s, there’s a lot of movement. Like my last comment, uh, last

Taylor Self (04:26):

Wow. Annika career and Shelby

Sevan Matossian (04:29):

Was a little bit smaller, just so we can see a little bit more.

Brian Spin (04:32):

Yeah. So, Amanda Fisher dropped all the way down to 16th, uh, Kiran Napoli, who was in contention. She’s down on 17th. Lexi NE’s down on 18th. Uh, man,

Taylor Self (04:41):

Is Brooke gonna be able to pull it out? I don’t think so. No.

Brian Spin (04:44):

Brooke? No, no.

Sevan Matossian (04:47):

So let’s talk about that really quick. Uh, Brook Wells is in 19 place with 285 points in order to, uh, uh, be in, go to the games. She needs to be in 11th place, which is 323 points, which puts that, what is that? 15 plus 2338. That puts her 38 points out of contention. So it is doable.

John Young (05:06):

Yeah, it is. But Lexi, Neely, Napoli Fisher, <inaudible>, Prevo, wany Neil, she has to be that much better than all of those girls too. Like, she, she has to get first and hope none of those girls do well at all. It’s just, is it like, it’s so many places. It’s not the points, it’s just the, there’s so many people.

Taylor Self (05:29):

Are they taking, are they taking, oh, okay. 11. Wow.

Brian Spin (05:32):

11. Let just

Sevan Matossian (05:34):

Say, let me say one more thing here real quick. Uh, to put things in context, um, for those of you who can’t see the scoreboard, and a, there’s, there’s 11 girls going from this semi-finals to the CrossFit game. So for the everyone else, it’s gonna be, uh, retirement until next year. But listen to the scores. Anika GRE 3 23, Shelby Neil, three 15, Ashley Wany, three 14, Carolyn Prevo, 3 0 8, Jordan

Brian Spin (06:00):


Sevan Matossian (06:00):

SW 3 0 7, that’s basically 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 girls all basically in a three-way tie for 11th place. It, this is going to be, uh, are they all gonna be in the same heat? No.

John Young (06:12):

Yes, they will be.

Tyler Watkins (06:15):

Are they not resorting

John Young (06:16):

All the way to Hanukkah? I mean, there’re six heats. It’s 20 through 10. So 20 through 11. Yeah. So it’s all the way to Hanukkah. That last spot is going to be there.

Taylor Self (06:25):

Oh, wow. So the sets, so that fifth Heat’s gonna be a fucking, is gonna be something to watch.

Tyler Watkins (06:30):

So what I’m wondering in this last, in the top 11 right now, who struggles on the next workout fee? Anika, who else do you see? Anika in particular.

Sevan Matossian (06:42):

Why, why do you say that? Can we, what, what’s the next workout?

Taylor Self (06:46):

Uh, it’s, it’s, uh, it’s really nothing crazy high skilled. It’s just a, it’s just a savage. It’s

John Young (06:50):

A power output. So

Brian Spin (06:51):

Where was the sticking point, Taylor in Africa?

Taylor Self (06:54):


Sevan Matossian (06:54):

Let’s look at the workout

John Young (06:55):

Really quickly. We could do 20 toes to our, I’m broken

Sevan Matossian (06:57):

Time. Let’s talk about, let’s look at the workout just really quick, guys, so everyone can,

Tyler Watkins (07:01):

Sorry. Jumping,

Sevan Matossian (07:02):

Uh, three rounds for, it’s a goods. Okay. Uh, three rounds for time. Uh, 15 cows on the echo bike. 20 toes to bar, uh, 60 foot sandbag carry, um, three rounds. And the, uh, or 10 calories on the Echo bike if you have a vagina. And then the weights, uh, for the sandbag are one 50 for the dudes, and

John Young (07:23):

200 for guys, one 50 for female and

Sevan Matossian (07:25):

200 for, uh, the boys. Okay.

Tyler Watkins (07:27):

That’s not very heavy. If it was 1 50, 100, but 201 50 s.

Sevan Matossian (07:30):

Yeah, that’s okay. Back to the question. What was the sticking point? Sticking I was asking. Yeah.

Taylor Self (07:34):

Well, I think in this field, uh, the girls who are qualifying for the games are gonna push the bike hard and build each round and keep the to bottom broken. The sticking point is gonna be who can push the first two rounds and then have something to finish with on the end. You know, I’m, I don’t know that many of these girls, if any, will break. Uh, I’m sure there will be some breaks in the final round, but it really comes down to, it’s like it’s a six minute, not a six minute workout, but it’s a, it’s a four minute workout. Um, and if it’s a four minute workout, it’s not a dead sprint. And so there’s some element of pacing and there’s gonna be a lot of pressure on a lot of these girls, just like there was in Africa. And the challenge with Michelle was telling her to just look, you’ve, you have a game plan.


We have a game plan, you have to stick to it. And the girl who was ahead of her, or was back by one point, flew out of the gate and then fell apart in the last round. And, uh, and Michelle was behind her for the first two rounds. And that’s pretty nerve-wracking. And that’s how a lot of girls in this heat, or this the fifth heat are gonna feel is like, wow, do I have the experience? Do I have the confidence? Do I have the trust in my game plan to be behind someone who I know I need to beat for two rounds? Or am I gonna fuck myself and go out hot? And then you fall apart too. I, I think more than anything, it’s not necessarily about, uh, I think the bike pace and the toes to bar matter the most. All these girls are gonna carry the sandbag on broken, that’s just gonna get your heart rate up. But who can, who can have the energy on the third round to push and finish strong? Um, and that just comes down to an element of pacing that’s kind of hard to articulate. And it’s really unique to each athlete.

Sevan Matossian (09:05):

Uh, I think we’re all happy. Uh, if if the events were over right now and we took the top, uh, 11 here, I think we would all be happy. They’re all names we recognize. They’re all, uh, people that we’re fans of, uh, em Carey 3 5 0 7, and then Daniel Brandon. Only three points behind her. I don’t believe Daniel Brandon, when she says she just wants to qualify, I don’t believe that for a fucking second. And I think she wants to beat em, Carey, and I think em Carey wants to beat Danielle. Brandon. I love it. They both, they both train out of the brute camp over there. It is gonna be fascinating. I promise you. I will do everything in my power to get both of them on, uh, the podcast and Matt Torres, uh, before the games to figure out what the fuck is going on over there. Amanda Barnhardt third place, then Emma Lawson, who possibly has an injury, uh, on her shoulder. There’s speculation of that and some, actually some confirmation from the 205 pound snatch yesterday. Then Page powers huge, uh, favorite to the podcast. Alexis Rap is also a favorite seventh place Fe Sfi, uh, gentlemen is fee. Uh, Mr. Spin is fee secure in seventh place with 373 points.

Brian Spin (10:03):

I think she’s fine, but, but she’s not safe,

Sevan Matossian (10:05):

Mr. Young.

John Young (10:07):

I think she’ll be fine if she goes unbroken on the toes to Bar. I don’t think any of the women behind her are gonna beat her by 50 points. And that’s what would have to happen. Uh,

Taylor Self (10:16):

I don’t,

Sevan Matossian (10:18):

Go ahead. Go ahead Taylor.

Taylor Self (10:19):

I was just gonna say, I don’t know that we’ll see, but I, but I don’t even think that’s necessary. A break on toast to Bar is so fast. And yes, the workout in totality is fast, but your bike pace at the end, if it just falls off,

John Young (10:33):

You’re done for 10 cows though, you don’t think they’re gonna have a 10 cow sprint. You always have a 10 cow sprint left in the chamber.

Taylor Self (10:40):

No, not, no, dude, not at, I don’t, I don’t believe that. Not at this workout. I think the best will, but I don’t think fee’s not in the same league as em, Carey Aerobically. Um, and the power that Emma Carey can put out the end of the workout’s different. I, I just don’t, we’ll see,

John Young (10:58):

I agree with that, but I’m saying the women behind feed would have to be her by 50 points for her,

Sevan Matossian (11:05):

And it’s not a super impressive crowd

John Young (11:06):

Safe in making it.

Sevan Matossian (11:07):

I think she’s better than those girls behind her. That’s a good point

Taylor Self (11:10):

In context. Yeah, that’s a, you’re right, you’re right in that context for sure. Um,

Sevan Matossian (11:14):

I think the only person maybe who’s better than her is Paige se Menza.

Brian Spin (11:20):

She will fall, but she won’t fall out of 11.

Sevan Matossian (11:23):

Everybody’s trying to say, trying to say who wants to sing, uh, Sydnee Wells’ Appraise. So someone needs to, to explain to anyone who doesn’t know what a fucking stud she is for, for making it this far. Anyone if,

Brian Spin (11:34):

If, if you just don’t wa look at her muscle ups, Uhhuh <affirmative> she is doing, you just

John Young (11:40):

Don’t look at her muscles.

Sevan Matossian (11:42):

I do. I mean, dude, she’s not even a, I don’t even view her as a CrossFitter. I view her as a fucking track athlete who had a superstar, superstar sister in the sport who’s come over here, put in three or four of work, and then like, wow, shit. I did it. I mean, that last workout is nuts. That she took 12th place nuts.

John Young (12:00):

She, uh, she took a last place virtually and is probably still gonna make the games with a last place.

Taylor Self (12:07):

That’s unreal. That’s so She can’t, she can’t do a fucking muscle up, but she’s, God, it’s crazy. Like,

John Young (12:13):

Think about that. That’s pretty darn insane. I don’t remember the last time somebody took a last place and still made the games and if I was out, why the fuck

Taylor Self (12:21):

Didn’t they pull her out?

John Young (12:22):

Competition. Yeah, that’s, she was

Sevan Matossian (12:24):

Trying, dude. She was really trying

Taylor Self (12:27):

Fuck about that dude. Are you kidding me?

Sevan Matossian (12:31):

Uh, Pedro with a very, very astute observation, uh, of the four twins, the pan checks her and Brooke. She was the last I expected to do Well as she has. Yeah. It’s, it is, it, it is remarkable guys. It it is, uh, it’s as remarkable as, uh, her making it, it’s as re as remarkable or more than, uh, Brooke not making it. I think.

Taylor Self (12:52):

Dude, I gotta read comment, comment. I gotta read this comment. Luke Parker. First off, I’m not retiring. Whoever asked me that. No. Uh, second, second question. Luke Parker is an example of what Squat depth standard should be. Luke Parker’s squat is textbook his last over at squats. And then I know we’re not on the men yet, but I’m really happy for that guy.

Sevan Matossian (13:10):

Yeah. Well, okay, we’ll get there. Me too. We’ll get there. We have, uh, two more minutes with the girls. Uh, scroll down a little bit more. Uh, Sydnee Wells is sort of guarding, uh, everything. Uh, below her. She is, uh, from her down. Uh, it could get weird. Sydnee Wells page Se Menza, Carolyn Stanley, Annika Greer. What? Uh, Shelby Neil, uh, I, I really want to get on the she, Shelby Neil, uh, train. That’s her girl. I don’t wanna invest any more energy into her until she makes it to the games. Uh, what does she have to do, uh, to make it, what, what, in that last workout where, what’s her sticking point? What should we watch?

John Young (13:42):

She’s gotta beat Anika Greer and Carolyn Stanley. And I think she can.

Sevan Matossian (13:46):

Is it gonna be on the bag? You think she’s little, right? Shelby’s little. I

John Young (13:49):

Don’t think she’ll have a sticking point. I think she’ll be fine.

Taylor Self (13:52):

Okay. Shelby’s. Shelby’s also really strong and, and man, she’s so fit and I don’t see quite a sticking point on this workout. And she’s also very, very level-headed. So I think if there’s any competitor on the cut line who has a chance to pace herself correctly, to beat everyone else that she needs to, it’s her. Um,

Sevan Matossian (14:11):

Uh, scroll down a little bit more. Gi gimme like, uh, 16 through 25. 16 through, yeah. Gimme 16 through 25. Uh, uh, can, can someone, is there anyone down here you see that just fucking can win it? Can Daniel Parran, uh, summons that strength and, uh, and, and, and win this workout and put on a quick hundred points?

Taylor Self (14:33):

I think of those names. I know Calista pretty well, and I think sh this will be maybe potentially her best workout of the weekend. Better. I, I, I could see it being better than a sixth place. She’s got a crazy engine and a really good ability to hurt, but I don’t think where she’s at. It’s enough.

Sevan Matossian (14:52):


Taylor Self (14:53):

For sure. Not enough. But I think she can, we’ll have her best finish of the weekend. So potentially a top five.

Sevan Matossian (14:57):

Uh, boy. Time to pick a winner. Uh, Mr. Sp, can we go back to the workout and look at the workout one more time? Mr. Spin, uh, who do you got on the women’s side?

Tyler Watkins (15:04):

Amanda de Barnhart.

Taylor Self (15:07):


Sevan Matossian (15:07):


Tyler Watkins (15:10):

Come back.

Sevan Matossian (15:12):


Taylor Self (15:12):

Taylor. I got Emma, Emma Carey for this final

Sevan Matossian (15:15):

Event. John Young.

John Young (15:18):

I kind of agree with Taylor. I think Emma Carey’s going to make a statement with this one.

Taylor Self (15:22):

And I don’t think that she, someone in the comments said she’ll go out fast and die. I think she’s way too levelheaded. She’s probably one of the most cool Com collected competitors, at least from her interviews and the way she portrays herself. I could, I can see her wings workout.

John Young (15:35):

Yeah. I love him. And Carey, I’m just picking her too. Cause I want her to win. Um,

Taylor Self (15:39):

I, and I hope she beats Danielle as well. And I’m not afraid to say that. Like,

John Young (15:42):

Badly you

Sevan Matossian (15:43):

Douche bag <laugh>

John Young (15:46):

And then, and then recite the scripture to her when she gets to the finish line. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I would like another,

Taylor Self (15:51):

You know what she says, dude, I, and

Sevan Matossian (15:53):

What if she says the same scripture though? I ain. I ain’t got her back. She better come on some new shit. Scripture ain’t got her back again. Tell

Taylor Self (15:59):

Danielle she needs fucking Jesus

Sevan Matossian (16:01):

<laugh>. Fair. Fair. We don’t, we all give her

John Young (16:03):

A little New Testament Bible at the finish line. That’s what I hope

Sevan Matossian (16:06):

Happens. Okay, Tyler. Enough fucking time. I love you. What the

Tyler Watkins (16:09):

Lawson? I think Lawson beats Carrie in

Sevan Matossian (16:11):

This. Oh my God. Miss Broken elbow

Tyler Watkins (16:14):

<laugh>. She’s doing it. You don’t need an elbow for this.

Taylor Self (16:17):

You guys are savage.

Sevan Matossian (16:18):

I got Daniel Brandon in first. Amanda Barnhart’s second and, uh, Perran, uh, for third. And, and and what about the other chick that I’ve been calling the Colton Mertons of? Uh,

John Young (16:29):


Sevan Matossian (16:31):

I can watch her all day. I love her. Does she have any chance? Where is she at? I would love it if she made it to the no.

Tyler Watkins (16:37):

Fuck. 24th. No. Oh,

Sevan Matossian (16:39):

Damn <laugh>. She’s a specimen man. Uh, okay. Do

Tyler Watkins (16:44):

You think Anica Anika Falls, do you think Anika loses her spot? Anika. Annika. Sorry.

John Young (16:49):

Right neck? I think, I think Shelby, I think Shelby’s gonna get it.

Taylor Self (16:53):

I dunno, man. I don’t, uh,

Sevan Matossian (16:56):

Who you Uher.

John Young (16:57):

You wanna make that pick? I I’m gonna say Shelby. Neil,

Taylor Self (17:00):

Uh, I fuck. I like Shelby a lot. And she’s in North Carolina. Who would you

John Young (17:05):

Pick if, who, who are you gonna pick besides her?

Taylor Self (17:08):

Uh, uh, between her and Annika? Dude, this is, no, no,

John Young (17:10):

No, no. Those, like four people that we were around that are around there.

Taylor Self (17:15):

Yeah. Annika’s one of them. And an I feel, I believe that this is a great workout for Annika.

Sevan Matossian (17:19):

We have to switch to the boys. Sorry. Uh, Daniel Brandon’s nipple bars are going to slow her down. I do not approve of the nipple, uh, piercings because I think that it fucks with like your energy field having metal in there. You know, like you have this, you gotta go to raw site to understand it. But I, I don’t approve of, of, of nose rings near the cranium. I don’t approve of nipple rings or, or, or belly button rings. I think it, it’s, I think she’s, uh, if she doesn’t win the games this year, Danielle, I’m blaming that

John Young (17:46):

It’s noted fully too. It’s

Taylor Self (17:47):

Like, it’s like, it’s like smoking weed through aluminum foil.

Sevan Matossian (17:51):

Yeah. Thank you. Yeah. I used to. I don’t, I don’t have any real proof. <laugh> <laugh>. Uh, Hey, did you used to make the pipe with the pencil? Take aluminum foil. Foil melted dude,

Taylor Self (18:01):

Around a pencil. I’ll fucking expo marker. Dude, you need a little bit of fatter so you can put like,

John Young (18:05):

At least we only had

Tyler Watkins (18:06):

Two more minutes on the women, but we got time for a lemon and foil.

Sevan Matossian (18:09):

Okay. Alright. Good job. Thank you. Time <laugh>. Let’s go down to the bubble. Take us down to the bubble. Let’s

John Young (18:15):

Go Spencer.

Sevan Matossian (18:16):

Okay. Right on the, oh my. Is this updated? Yep. Sags. Oh, my

Taylor Self (18:22):

Sprague’s gonna beat Spencer in this final, this is

John Young (18:24):

Top, top 12. Go though.

Taylor Self (18:26):

Oh, top 12. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (18:28):

Yeah. Okay. What was the workout again? Proof for both of

Taylor Self (18:30):

Them. 15 calorie Echo bike for men. 20 toast to bar, 60 foot Bear hat carry with the 200 pound sandbag.

Sevan Matossian (18:36):

Okay, so the Echo bike, no problem for Sprague. What happens, uh, with the to to bar?

Taylor Self (18:41):

He’s amazing at Toaster

Sevan Matossian (18:42):

Bar. Okay. To Debar. Good check. And then that sandbag, he’s, I know he’s a big man, but will it fold him over or anything weird like that? No.

Taylor Self (18:48):

No. He, he’s got long arms and long legs, which really pays on the sandbag.

Sevan Matossian (18:52):

Oh, shit. And he’s gonna go hard, right? He,

Taylor Self (18:54):

I I think he’s also very smart. He’s part of that brute camp. And you look how well do, uh, Dolan paces his workouts and Sprague as well. I mean, really all the brute athletes have great pacing. I I think that’s a testament to Matt Torres. Um, that’s right. So I believe

Sevan Matossian (19:08):

Here Do, do you guys see the problem for everyone? For, for Spencer and James? I see him in there.

John Young (19:14):


Sevan Matossian (19:14):

Problem. Huge problem. Yeah. He, he’s in dude,

Taylor Self (19:17):

Ben w and Jay.

Sevan Matossian (19:18):

No, he’s in 16th place. Dude, that dude’s gonna win the workout. No, he’s not. Yes he is.

John Young (19:27):


Sevan Matossian (19:27):

40. Yes. He’s, even if

John Young (19:29):

He could, it’s, it’s, he’s 40. He’s

Taylor Self (19:31):

I think Evan Roger

John Young (19:32):

Almost 50 points away.

Taylor Self (19:34):

I think Evan Rogers beats Tyler Christal

Sevan Matossian (19:36):

In that. No. Tyler Christal is gonna get a hundred points

Taylor Self (19:38):

Wage hilarious.

Sevan Matossian (19:40):

Uh, he, he’s great on the Echo Bike. He’s gonna be great at Toes Debar. And he’s a fucking hunk of a man. He’s gonna, man,

John Young (19:46):

You think Tyler Christ’s gonna beat Roman in this workout? <laugh>?

Sevan Matossian (19:49):

Yes. Yes. That, that fucked me up a little bit though. That hurt. And put me on my heels a little bit. I

Taylor Self (19:54):

Don’t think anyone, you think Roman beats Jason?

John Young (19:57):

No, I think Roman Hopper and Sprague is going to be an amazing race. I think he could be done. I it’s

Taylor Self (20:03):

Probably Jason. I think it’s probably Jason Roman Sprague or maybe Jason. I

John Young (20:07):

Wouldn’t be shocked if Adler wins the whole, it wins this event though, because win wins the workout. Yes, yes. No, I’m telling you, I’m, I would not be shocked. I don’t think he will, but I bet he’s a lot closer than you think.

Taylor Self (20:22):

I don’t, I don’t think he won’t be close, but I don’t think he’s, ah, I don’t know, man. And this workout five seconds is not close.

John Young (20:28):

Oh, okay. Okay. Ah, you know what I mean there, you know. Yeah, I understand. I understand what you’re saying. I say, I say he is within five seconds.

Taylor Self (20:36):


John Young (20:37):

And I wouldn’t, I didn’t agree with that. Ok. Ok.

Sevan Matossian (20:39):

Uh, does anyone know about Pat? Uh, pat Mc crotch says, does anybody know the story behind Daniel Brandon’s friend who owned a CF gym and was in a throuple? Uh, yes. I, oh, that’s a lot of, I I have intimate firsthand knowledge of that, uh, story. Thank you. Chris, were you

Taylor Self (20:52):

Part of a th rle? Were you the,

Sevan Matossian (20:53):

Were you the, were you the one

Taylor Self (20:54):

That fucks dude?

Sevan Matossian (20:56):

How’s, were you the one that Yeah.

Taylor Self (20:59):


Sevan Matossian (21:00):

A firsthand Call me later. Uh, pat MCC crotch. Okay. Uh, what is, uh, what, real quick, not too much time on this guy, cuz he’s gonna get so much time later in the year. Uh, let’s go to the very top. Jeffrey Adler is, is he got his middle fingers up in the air with a 40 point lead with Hopper and down and Roman there. I mean,

John Young (21:18):

Yeah, he’s,

Taylor Self (21:18):

He’s mine. He’s my competitor.

Sevan Matossian (21:20):

Say it again. He’s

Taylor Self (21:21):

One. I say, I said no to the middle fingers. That was just me being, you know, derogatory towards another middle finger athlete. But anyways, yeah, he’s, wow. He’s killing people.

John Young (21:33):

No, he’s, he’s think he’s gonna podium.

Sevan Matossian (21:38):

Uh, John, you’re saying that like, you think he’s, you’re, you, you don’t want to say you think it’s blasting, but, uh, let me help you. You think he’s gonna beat Maderas?

John Young (21:46):

I’m not gonna say he’s gonna beat Madera. I think, uh, I think, uh, Madera’s better to be watching.

Sevan Matossian (21:53):

Yeah. Jeffrey is making a statement here. Right? This is a real, these tests are real. Taylor, these are, these are good tests. This is,

Taylor Self (21:58):

Yeah. They’re, uh, I do believe they’re great tests. And I think how run biased it is to a degree, and the fact that he’s doing as well as he is, is a testament to how far he’s come. I will say Jeffrey Adler has a history of performing really, really well at semi-finals and then underperforming almost at the games. So I am apt to say that he’ll beat Maderas, but we’ll say this. If his fitness from here takes the leap that it needs to, as a games athlete from now into the CrossFit games, I think he has a very good shot of beating Maderas. I just don’t know.

John Young (22:27):

And and he’s been taking leaps. He he’s been getting better every single year. That’s why I like him. Has like, but is

Taylor Self (22:34):

But is but is he getting more better or is he getting better at a rate that’s faster than Maderas gets better?

John Young (22:41):

Maderas doesn’t get better. He just stays the fifth best at everything.

Taylor Self (22:44):

<laugh>. I don’t know, dude. We, we will see. We will see.

Sevan Matossian (22:48):

Hey, can you think of any sport where you’re competing against your, um, uh, your opponent and you can’t see where they’re at? Can you think of any, any, uh, yeah. Football? No. Mma, Paralympic

Taylor Self (23:02):

Paralympics on-site Division, dude.

Sevan Matossian (23:04):

Oh, right, right. This is this, this. I don’t. We we are. So, if, if you think for a second that you’re smart and you and you enjoyed this weekend, you’re a fucking idiot. And here’s why. Lemme explain it to you. Okay. <laugh>. The fact that we have a runner where the athletes can’t see where the other fucking runners are, that they are competing against themselves makes this a non-sport. I’m sorry. It just, it’s complete fucking idiocy. It is. I I was rattling my brain. What, what, uh, I guess you can, when you’re, when you’re in a glory hole, you can’t see who’s sucking your dick. Other than that, I cannot fucking think of anything. Four. How can you not see where your competitor, how are you supposed to push yourself? Oh, we have the torque tank and we have a foot race where you can’t see where the other guy is. Isn’t that cool? It, it is. It’s wrong guys. It’s wrong. The whole premise of CrossFit is that we are the machines. And now five of the seven events have fucking A machines at this fucking event. There used to be a word in the eighties we would give for this. You can’t say it anymore.

Taylor Self (24:07):

What is that?

Sevan Matossian (24:08):

Yeah. I’m not just saying it. I don’t say it on the show, but it’s fucking

John Young (24:12):

Crazy. Dunno what word you’re talking about.

Sevan Matossian (24:14):

I know. What a couple words. I don’t say. Some people know. Someone will say it in the comments. I

Taylor Self (24:18):

Come on comments.

Sevan Matossian (24:19):

I, I I have too many, I have too many gay friends to say word now. Eighties. Uh, okay. Uh, but

Taylor Self (24:24):

Back. It’s a G word. Dude. It ends <laugh>. It’s not the eighties though. It’s too simple. It was so simple. We couldn’t even think of it. That’s like 10 years ago.

Sevan Matossian (24:35):

I mean, it is, it is. It is cra Yeah. He needs the word DeLorean. Yeah, it is, it is retarded as the DeLorean. Yes. Fucking steel car.

Taylor Self (24:42):

No, it’s alor.

Sevan Matossian (24:43):

Fuck. Okay. Um, it’s horrible, huh? Uh, Taylor self, uh, who give, gimme gimme three. I’m not letting anyone off. Easy this time.

Taylor Self (24:52):

Three. Take this event.

Sevan Matossian (24:53):

Yeah, please. Uh, top, top three. One two. Put in order please.

Taylor Self (24:56):

Jason Roman Sprague.

Sevan Matossian (24:58):

Uh, Jason, uh, Roman Sprague. Okay. Okay. That’s

Taylor Self (25:02):

An easy pick for this workout though, to be honest.

John Young (25:04):

Okay. Yeah, there’s three kind of front runners.

Sevan Matossian (25:08):

Uh, go ahead. Uh, Mr. Uh, Watkins,

Tyler Watkins (25:10):

Jason, uh, Roman. And I’m gonna be different and say Dalan.

Sevan Matossian (25:15):

Oh, that hurts. I really need you guys all to love SPR and come back to the next show.

John Young (25:20):

I’m surprised you didn’t say Saxon

Taylor Self (25:22):


John Young (25:23):

There’s an, that’s an, that’s an, that’s an inside joke.

Sevan Matossian (25:28):

Uh, go ahead Mr. Young.

John Young (25:31):

I’m gonna say Roman’s gonna win it. Hopper on second and then Adler third.

Sevan Matossian (25:36):

Oh, okay. I like it. I like it. Uh, Mr. Spin,

Brian Spin (25:40):

Uh, I’m gonna go with, uh, hopper, uh, cornier and Sprague.

Sevan Matossian (25:47):

Uh, I’m gonna go with Tyler Christal

Taylor Self (25:50):


Sevan Matossian (25:51):

James Sprague, Luke Parker. 1, 2, 3.

Brian Spin (25:55):

Mayhem. Triple.

Sevan Matossian (25:56):

Is that Sprague? No. Spr. No.

Brian Spin (25:59):

Sprague. Sorry. Spr.

Sevan Matossian (26:00):

Iru. Yeah. Uh, so this, uh, anyone, does anyone here think that Sprague’s not going to the games?

John Young (26:07):

No. I think he’s done it. And I’m super impressed. Cause at the beginning of the weekend, I didn’t, I didn’t think he would. He’s murdered it.

Tyler Watkins (26:13):


John Young (26:14):

Good one. I’m happy for him too. I think he’s gonna have home runs at the games.

Sevan Matossian (26:20):

Sevina Sev looks like a samurai warrior. Well, that’s better than, uh, Steven Segal, which I’ve gotten a few times. <laugh>, uh, Jason Hopper. Samuel Cornier and Roman. Do you

Taylor Self (26:31):

Have a dog? Saev?

Sevan Matossian (26:32):

I I have two dogs.

Taylor Self (26:34):

Oh, what kind?

Sevan Matossian (26:35):

They’re huge. I have a South African Boral and, um, yeah, I Do you ever seen one of those? No. I do.

Brian Spin (26:42):

Do you

Sevan Matossian (26:42):

Really? Yeah. Yeah. Did you see one of those when they’re there? It’s savage. It is a scary fucking dog.

Taylor Self (26:47):

I’m gonna, I’m gonna Google search it. That’s crazy.

Sevan Matossian (26:49):

Yeah, it’s a, it’s a very, it’s a very scary dog. And it’s basically like a 150 pound pit bull. Yeah. It’s like that <laugh>.

Brian Spin (26:56):


Taylor Self (26:57):

You don’t have one of those,

Brian Spin (26:58):


Sevan Matossian (26:58):

Yeah. Mine’s lean though. Mine’s not fat like that. Mine’s a sage. Really? Yeah.

Taylor Self (27:03):

That’s crazy. I respect you. Now I thought you were gonna say some dumb little fucking word from the eighties type of

Sevan Matossian (27:07):

Dog. Well, and I have a Chihuahua Bek mix. <laugh>. The two worst, the two worst breeds of, of all time. That’s true. That’s true. They truly are. Chihuahua and Beji are just horrible dogs.

Brian Spin (27:20):


Sevan Matossian (27:21):


Brian Spin (27:22):

It it You have four kids. That’s a child.

Sevan Matossian (27:25):

Yeah, it’s, um, it’s, no, they don’t sleep in the bed with me. But, uh, it, it’s a, it’s a lot of, it’s a trouble. It’s a lot of dog. It requires a lot of Han.

Brian Spin (27:33):

Yeah. Why are people pick a dialer? What is wrong with you all?

Sevan Matossian (27:36):

What is, um, what, what’s the deal? We, we go, we go back to event seven in three minutes, right?

Brian Spin (27:42):

Yeah. First heat of women will, or men will start

Sevan Matossian (27:45):

And then, and then we’re over. If anyone wants to, um, call in and ask, uh, Taylor any questions, personal questions about Africa? They can, in our last three minutes here, uh, it looks like the Women’s final heat will be at 3 25. No, no. 3 35 Eastern time. Oh, that’s awesome. And then they’ll, it’s kinda

John Young (28:04):

Weird they did that. The men go first.

Sevan Matossian (28:08):

I think they do that sometimes. They’ll

Brian Spin (28:09):

Do the weird, they’ll do the last, like the last heat of the men and women. Nope. Oh, final. No, no. Oh.

John Young (28:17):

So the men got like no break at all and the women get two hours of break. Wow.

Taylor Self (28:22):

We had four hours.

Sevan Matossian (28:23):

The patriarchy. Uh, okay. I think we should schedule. What are we currently scheduled for? Uh, Mr. Suza.

Brian Spin (28:32):

9:00 PM Right? 1 45. Oh,

Sevan Matossian (28:36):

That last show. So it should actually be 1245, right?

Brian Spin (28:40):

No, 1 45. 1:45 PM Pacific. No, 1245 should be it. It ends at 3 35 Eastern. It’s at 1245. Yes. 1245. Wow.

Sevan Matossian (28:52):

That is so nice. Okay, so we will be back here in, um, two hours. Two hours and 15 minutes for the, for the final, uh, for the final word. Uh, Taylor, where are you staying in Johannesburg? Do not give out that information. <laugh>.

Taylor Self (29:12):

Yeah, I’m not going to.

Sevan Matossian (29:15):

Um, or Oh, the women, the women are going first. Ryan. Stan,

Brian Spin (29:21):

They switched up the, uh, schedule from what they gave the athletes initially. Dana, how

Taylor Self (29:25):

About, Hey Trish, how about you call in, have some fucking balls. Trish.

Sevan Matossian (29:30):

Trish, don’t do it.

Brian Spin (29:31):

<laugh> <laugh>.

Sevan Matossian (29:33):

I do wanna

Brian Spin (29:34):

Show, go ahead.

Sevan Matossian (29:36):

I do wanna show you this, uh, what I saw. If I can find the, um, uh, oh here. This, here it is. I found this, uh, you guys know who Jeff Birchfield is in the comments? Oh yeah. Yeah. Jeffrey Birchfield’s a good dude. I met him at the Rogue Invitational. He was, was at

John Young (29:53):

The, uh, fitness experience too. He volunteers a lot for those things.

Sevan Matossian (29:58):

He’s a cool guy. Yeah, he is. I found.

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