The Ultimate Behind the Scenes Podcast #4 | Wednesday PM

Sevan Matossian (00:01):

How’s my hair? That’s all I care about is my hair. I just took my hat off. Oh shit. We’re live. How is my hair anyway?

Caleb Beaver (00:07):

On the side, but it’s okay.

Sevan Matossian (00:09):

It looks what? Frazzled.

Caleb Beaver (00:10):

Just on the side, but it’s not bad.

Sevan Matossian (00:12):

I don’t look like old dude like Albert Einstein or some shit like some old, okay.

Caleb Beaver (00:16):

No, you’re good.

Sevan Matossian (00:19):

Hey, I’m more live. Why are we doing a podcast, guys? Holy cow. Welcome. Crazy, crazy, crazy. Such a good day. Just

Caleb Beaver (00:32):

Don’t turn your head.

Sevan Matossian (00:34):

Oh really? Oh my goodness.

Caleb Beaver (00:41):


Sevan Matossian (00:42):

Like I have a mullet. Oh my goodness. Straight rat. Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness.

Caleb Beaver (00:48):

Oh no.

Sevan Matossian (00:49):

What has happened? What do you want to hear? It was crazy. Crazy day. Susan’s in my room. We just went out to dinner. Me and Susa. Okay, you’re not going to want to hear this. You’re going to get fomo.

Caleb Beaver (01:04):

I’ve already got fomo.

Sevan Matossian (01:06):

Me and Hiller and Dylan, Ariel, low’s husband, who’s a boss, a cool dude joined us for dinner and JR Howell and he brought some dude named Taylor and then Taylor Self was also there, and Will Branstetter was there and it was great. Fat Steak dinners, just really unwinding. I’m very brain dead just from talking to so many people. Had a great day. Shook hands with Laura Horvat after some difficulty. I saw her brother. I got to hang with Fraser a little bit. I hung with Fado and when I mean Hung, I mean I filmed with these people a little bit, actually. Yeah, I did not film with Laura yet, and Matt, I was kind of feeling them out. Incredible. Got an incredible interview with Don Fall. He was fantastic. Spent some time with Colton Mertons today. It was crazy. How was it like meeting JR and Taylor? Hey, you know what’s weird? So yeah, JR is Julian er. I heard Jr’s beautiful. He is beautiful. He’s like statuesque almost. He looks like he’s cut from bronze even in just his, I mean, I didn’t see him naked or anything, but he just almost in his features and his hair and shit.


But what happened was is we were at a brief athlete briefing today for the bike ride and all the athletes there. It was overwhelming. And then all the coaches there, it’s the craziest who’s who of CrossFit. And so I saw JR and I went over to him and we had a quick interaction and he kind of manhandled me a little bit. I didn’t realize how little I am in my day-to-day life. I’m the fucking man child. I’m here, but here I’m tiny old ladies manhandled me here, put their arm around me and shit, and just pull me into their bosoms and shit and kiss me and be like, ah, I love your show. I’m like, hold, squeeze your cheek. Fuck yeah. Yeah. Shit like that.

Mattew Souza (03:04):

Squeeze your cheek.

Sevan Matossian (03:07):

So yeah, it was cool. I saw JR and then I got to hang out with them for dinner, but I’ve never done any shit where I see people on the internet then meet them in real life. This is the first time I’ve ever done that, and it’s crazy because from Branstetter to Scott Schweitzer, everyone’s cooler than I imagined. I thought it was just going to be downhill, but it’s not. I can’t think of it’s 99% better in real life. 99% of the people I meet, I’m like, wow, you’re cooler than I even measure. I like those people. I like Branstetter and I like Schweitzer, but I didn’t expect to. Do you guys have that same experience? Have you guys met people?

Mattew Souza (03:54):

Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. All of ’em. They’re super cool to meet in person.

Sevan Matossian (03:59):

Yeah. Oh, I guess you guys have done this already. You guys are a year ahead of me. You too, Caleb, right? Yeah. Oh, I met Heidi k today.

Mattew Souza (04:05):

Isn’t she awesome?

Sevan Matossian (04:06):

Oh my God.

Mattew Souza (04:08):

She’s the coolest.

Sevan Matossian (04:09):

God. I felt like I was with my sister. I met Sima. That’s who I gave. That was my best hug, by the way. I’d be curious what she thought. I met fucking Bryce, dude. That dude that I fucking make fun of for being a fucking AI from the Invictus podcast. Wow. Hey, that’s an amazing human being. Actually. Did you see me meet him?

Mattew Souza (04:34):

I did. I captured it on film. You

Sevan Matossian (04:35):

Did? Oh,

Mattew Souza (04:37):

That’s crazy. Got the behind the scenes or the behind the scenes. So we’re good.

Sevan Matossian (04:41):

Hey, I’m going to crown him as the most beautiful person I saw today. I did not meet 12 daily doses. Good question though. That guy Bryce though, from the Invictus podcast was like, it was crazy.

Mattew Souza (04:54):


Sevan Matossian (04:55):

It was crazy. Yeah, that dude. Oh, that’s not even what he looks like in person. That’s him from the, he’s huge.

Mattew Souza (05:06):

He looks tall as fuck.

Sevan Matossian (05:08):

Yeah, he’s huge. He’s awesome. Yeah. He had such a crazy vibe about ’em. Yeah. Lucky camera straps. Love you guys. Thank you. Something kind of crazy happened. I don’t know if you guys will think it’s crazy, Tom, 2.5 hours from Madison doing 80. Take me homeboy. Yeah, boy. Yeah, boy.

Mattew Souza (05:31):

Drive safely. Tom. Hey, send out. Are we doing the link to the everybody in the group? Did we send that out? Oh,

Sevan Matossian (05:36):

Sure. And I would love to have, oh my god. You know who’s the coolest to hang out with is Tyler Watkins. Oh my God. Pedro. God, if you guys are here, meet Pedro from Coffee Pods and Watts.

Mattew Souza (05:49):

He’s hilarious. He’s way funnier than you think he’d be. You just get around him and you’re just laughing the whole time. He’s

Sevan Matossian (05:56):

A great dude. He’s pretty funny. You haven’t met him, right, Caleb?

Caleb Beaver (06:00):

No, but we have similar Keith Mark, which is I imagine we’re going to be great friends.

Sevan Matossian (06:04):

Oh, I met this dude. I met this dude today. Hey, this guy is the young version of me. This is the hippie barefoot version of me. I mean, he wasn’t rocking the hippie style, but he sow me and then I even met today, although I’d met him before. What’s up, dude?

Brian Friend (06:31):

Hey, sorry. Got to get the AirPods.

Sevan Matossian (06:35):

Hey, are you loving this, Brian?

Brian Friend (06:38):

I love it every year.

Sevan Matossian (06:40):

Dude, it’s crazy.

Brian Friend (06:43):

I know you described it perfectly. It’s a who’s who. CrossFit. It’s everyone that you want to see or that you might see here and there altogether in one place. Other one place. I was actually talking because I hadn’t seen you for two days and then I saw you three times in an hour and it’s just kind of random.

Sevan Matossian (07:03):

You look younger than I imagined you to look. Although I guess last time I saw you, you were really young.

Brian Friend (07:11):

Well, I just spontaneously shaved like a week ago and then I think it probably does change like five years appearance wise.

Sevan Matossian (07:20):

Aaron, what was it like finally meeting Colton in person also, who was the one you enjoyed maybe most as far as catching up with the sense the last behind the scenes? Tyler, what’s up dude? Hey guys,

Mattew Souza (07:32):

You’re still there.

Tyler Watkins (07:34):

I’m still here. Oh shit. Shit. I have no wifi anywhere else. I asked them if they’re going to kick me out. Look at

Sevan Matossian (07:39):

That shirt.

Mattew Souza (07:40):

Oh, he’s got a shirt. How many of those exist?

Tyler Watkins (07:43):


Brian Friend (07:43):

Get one baby last day to sign up. Get in there.

Mattew Souza (07:47):

Go sign up right now.

Sevan Matossian (07:49):

We should. How do they do that? Where do they go? They go to the Apple store and what do they do? Yeah, I go to the Apple

Tyler Watkins (07:52):

Store, go to the link in our bio and heat one app on Instagram and there’s links there for Apple and Android.

Sevan Matossian (08:00):

Okay. And Caleb will probably throw something down in the chat.

Tyler Watkins (08:03):

In the chat, please. Thank you.

Sevan Matossian (08:06):

Let me ask this question to Brian. Brian who have you, any people that just jump out at you that you’re like, God, that dude’s cool as shit. I really enjoyed hanging out with him. Not that one person’s better than the other.

Brian Friend (08:18):

Andre who day I got to talk to him. I got to talk to him right after his team checked in. He’s coaching, he’s obviously competing, but he is also coaches. Yellow host, Iman Nni and Rebecca Eson, all of whom will be competing individually this year, all rookies this year. And I mean, this guy is, he’s phenomenal. If you haven’t spent some time with him yet, you should try to track him down at some point. As a coach, athlete, father person, he is top-notch human being.

Sevan Matossian (08:46):

I did see Vison standing in front of the hotel and she is like an avatar. Have you stood next to her yet?

Brian Friend (08:57):

I did in Berlin. I haven’t seen her here, but as you were talking about that, another one crossed my mind. I ran into Susan Clark in the parking lot tonight. Susan, five-time games champion Master’s athlete.

Sevan Matossian (09:08):

Yes. 66.

Brian Friend (09:11):

I think she’s, I’m not sure her age this year, but yeah, she’s in that division and she’s amazing. I mean, I don’t know if you’ve ever spent some time talking to her, but she’s a hell of a human being as well.

Sevan Matossian (09:21):

I got to hang with Cheryl. I got a great interview with Cheryl. Yeah,

Brian Friend (09:26):

I believe that she always has energy.

Sevan Matossian (09:29):

Yeah. Incredible. Tyler, have you, you had a chance to mingle with any people and been like, wow, wow. Holy shit. Amazing.

Tyler Watkins (09:36):

A lot of the fans come to mind. Susan and I hung out with Heidi and Sima today. I met Audrey.

Sevan Matossian (09:45):

Oh my goodness. Audrey’s on fire, huh?

Tyler Watkins (09:48):

Yeah, it’s extra slop.

Sevan Matossian (09:51):


Mattew Souza (09:52):

Slop. Yep. Met.

Sevan Matossian (09:53):

I haven’t met extra slop. Who is that? He’s you down.

Brian Friend (09:57):

Don’t tell him. Don’t tell him.

Sevan Matossian (09:59):

Okay. Okay. I didn’t even know if it’s a dude. I thought it was a chick. I have no idea if it’s a dude or a girl.

Tyler Watkins (10:04):

No, it’s a dude and Mrs. Slop. Mr. And Mrs. Lop. We met both of them.

Sevan Matossian (10:08):

Yep. Wow.

Mattew Souza (10:09):

Awesome people.

Tyler Watkins (10:10):

Awesome. They’re so funny. Both of them. The best part

Brian Friend (10:15):

Is that they just talk to you like someone else. Like, Hey, Brian, love your stuff, blah, blah, whatever. And then three, four minutes later they’re like, by the way, yes.

Tyler Watkins (10:23):

Yes. Susa said that What’s different about your fans is that they’re normal. You meet ’em and you would hang out with ’em. Yeah. I feel like in other spheres it’d be like you, I’m not hanging out with these fans that are a little too crazy with yours. It’s like they’re so chill. All of ’em.

Sevan Matossian (10:45):

Hey, we did a standoff back. I was at the Paper Street coffee booth today and Colton was there and it was just people hanging out and someone goes, Hey, who’s taller? You were Colton. And Colton wasn’t paying attention, so I walked over to him to get back with the guy and dude, I’m not taller.

Brian Friend (11:06):

And your wallet tickled the back of his neck.

Sevan Matossian (11:08):

I am not taller than Colton.

Mattew Souza (11:12):

And we also got that on film. So if you aren’t following us on Instagram, do so now.

Sevan Matossian (11:16):

Is that on Instagram? Not

Mattew Souza (11:18):


Sevan Matossian (11:18):

I got a bunch

Mattew Souza (11:20):


Sevan Matossian (11:20):

Stuff in the, oh my goodness. Yeah,

Tyler Watkins (11:22):

Brian, we should have, he doesn’t even on Instagram,

Sevan Matossian (11:25):

What’s crazy is he doesn’t look short to me. When I would hang out with Speer and shit or people like that, or even Josh or even Fraser, I would just see them as smaller. I picture Colton when I saw him, I would be kind of looking down on, it wasn’t like that at all.

Tyler Watkins (11:40):


Sevan Matossian (11:41):

It was not like that at all. It was crazy. I’m kind of disappointed at how tall he is. It kind of makes me not appreciate him as much.

Brian Friend (11:50):

Hey Shan, if you go by there tomorrow, grab a shirt. I got a B friendly fitness shirt for you back there.

Sevan Matossian (11:55):

Thank you.

Mattew Souza (11:56):

One of the tie dye ones. The tie dye ones are dope.

Sevan Matossian (12:00):

The colors are so vivid. They’re good.

Mattew Souza (12:02):

Brian, are you selling those tie dye ones?

Brian Friend (12:05):

There are some for sale, but there’s also some that I’ve reserved there for certain people. Certain friends

Mattew Souza (12:12):

Better be on that fucking list.

Brian Friend (12:16):

Top of the list, Matt, top of the list.

Sevan Matossian (12:20):

The entire crowd is incredibly pleasant. I’m wondering what’s going to happen. Oh, and it’s very fool for a Tuesday and Wednesday,

Mattew Souza (12:31):

Dude. It’s crazy.

Sevan Matossian (12:32):

It’s crazy. Yeah. I am kind of tripping on what’s going to happen tomorrow and Friday. Does it seem more fool to you? I wasn’t here obviously in a few years, but Brian, does it seem fool?

Brian Friend (12:42):

No, it’s going to get crazy. It’ll continue to amplify through Saturday and then Sunday we’ll kind of level off.

Sevan Matossian (12:50):

Wow. There was a guy who was doing the, I dunno if you guys know this story yet, we’re going to bring up a photo here that I don’t know. Thank you Aaron, for the loop by the way, there’s a guy, we’re going to bring up a photo here. I dunno if Caleb’s seen this yet.

Mattew Souza (13:05):

Oh no. You’re going to show that.

Sevan Matossian (13:07):

But the story I heard is, so they’ve announced a handstand walk and a guy, was that guy in a team or an individual?

Mattew Souza (13:15):

Well, we talked about this a little bit on the earlier show. Oh, okay. But there might be a little context, but keep going. Keep going.

Sevan Matossian (13:21):

Brian, do you want to set the stage for it? But basically what happened,

Brian Friend (13:25):

I don’t think it was particularly because of the, I think they were just practicing.

Sevan Matossian (13:31):

Yeah, they were practicing instead of a cushion handstand obstacle course. This would never happen at the CrossFit games. But this guy was at a local gym and he was doing the obstacle course, the handstand walk obstacle course, and he slipped and he wrote in his Instagram, Hey, I basically slipped doing the handstand obstacle course at a local gym on a wooden version of the padded one. And I tore my face off. That’s what I saw. Six hours later I was just at dinner and Taylor’s like, Hey, did you see the guy who crashed on the handstand walk? And I’m like, no. And he goes, well, I’m like, he said he tore his face off. Is he crazy? He’s like, Nope. He tore his face off and basically it was made out of wood. Right. And he slipped and ripped his face. That guy’s a team athlete.

Brian Friend (14:14):

Josh Mattis, CrossFit believe.

Caleb Beaver (14:17):

Want to see it? Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (14:18):


Mattew Souza (14:19):

So did you already talk about the metal pair?

Brian Friend (14:21):

If you don’t like seeing, don’t seeing a lot of squeamish and blood stuff.

Mattew Souza (14:26):

Probably viewer discretion devised.

Sevan Matossian (14:29):

Yeah. And so this guy is, yeah. Wow. I don’t even know what I’m looking at.

Caleb Beaver (14:35):

So basically his lip all the way up to his nostril is just straight cartilage. And I imagine what happened is when he smashed his face to the ground, it just sheared it in half.

Mattew Souza (14:46):

So here’s what happened. We found out, so he walked up the ramp and there was two,

Sevan Matossian (14:49):

You can pull it down, Caleb.

Mattew Souza (14:50):

Yeah, just a little briefer. There is two metal bars that were going to be the parallel bars that you walk across, and his hand was sweaty, so when he went to go across it, his hand slipped off and he came straight down onto his face on the side of the wood.

Tyler Watkins (15:04):

So just scraped it off, almost

Caleb Beaver (15:06):

Just sheed it.

Sevan Matossian (15:07):

Hey, I’m going to say something kind of weird here, but why can’t he keep going too much? Or he lost him himself. Himself.

Tyler Watkins (15:14):

He had reconstructive surgery today. Yeah,

Caleb Beaver (15:17):

We had to see a plastic surgeon for it.

Sevan Matossian (15:19):

Okay. Alright. Alright. He looks better.

Caleb Beaver (15:23):

There you go. Got a lot of Vaseline on it and he’ll be fine. He’s

Mattew Souza (15:26):

All fixed up. Good to go.

Sevan Matossian (15:29):

Richard. Crinkle vagina.

Mattew Souza (15:34):

That can’t be

Tyler Watkins (15:35):


Caleb Beaver (15:36):


Sevan Matossian (15:37):

Thank you. Keep spreading the joy and light. Oh, thank you. Oh wow. The shiz. Wow. Wow. The boss in the graphic space. Some support for upcoming Epic weekend. Keep up the great work. Hey, thanks. Thanks Shizz and hey, thanks Shizz. Every time you send me something. It’s awesome. It’s awesome. He’s

Tyler Watkins (15:57):

Helping me out too. Thank you, shizz. Yeah,

Mattew Souza (16:01):

And if I could just real quick defend the gentleman. People are like, why didn’t he keep going? Dude, when that happens? You haven’t even seen the onset of the trauma yet. Kay could probably speak to this way more than I can, but he’s going to be so bruised and if his heart rate skyrockets and one of those stitches bust or something happens, it’s just going to be a nightmare. So I don’t think with the way that that looks, he can’t compete anytime.

Tyler Watkins (16:20):

Blood everywhere.

Caleb Beaver (16:21):

He’s just going to bleed continuously. Yeah, if he just gets his heart rate up, it’s going to bust a clock.

Sevan Matossian (16:27):

Sammy, when and where is the meet and greet for all the seven eastes in Madison this weekend?

Mattew Souza (16:33):

I know where it is. It’s Thursday night. Great Dane,

Caleb Beaver (16:36):

Big Dane. Great Dane,

Sevan Matossian (16:37):

Big Dane.

Mattew Souza (16:37):

Great Dane, big Dane. Big D.

Tyler Watkins (16:40):

You own a Big Dane.

Sevan Matossian (16:42):

Is it a CrossFit gym? Yeah.

Caleb Beaver (16:43):


Mattew Souza (16:44):

Is it a bar?

Caleb Beaver (16:45):

I think it’s both.

Tyler Watkins (16:48):

It was that place I was telling you to go there earlier. Sivan,

Sevan Matossian (16:51):

It’s got to be close to my hotel. The days here are long buttery bubbles. Since coverage is on e s pn, does that mean if I don’t catch it live, I won’t be able to see it later on or will it be on YouTube? Anyone know? Love you guys.

Brian Friend (17:05):

I don’t Mr. Friend. Yes. Oh, sorry. From my understanding,

Sevan Matossian (17:12):

Oh wait, wait one second ladies and gentlemen. That is exactly where I’m at. It is, we are all burnt when Brian said yes. Oh yeah, we are all like our brains are not operating. They’re like skipping. They’re like a CD skipping.

Brian Friend (17:29):

You said my name but it didn’t register as your voice for some reason.

Sevan Matossian (17:32):

Oh yeah. My name doesn’t even register as my name, so go ahead.

Brian Friend (17:37):

My understanding is that absent the windows that are on E S P N, everything will be on YouTube as planned. During the time that it’s on E S P N, you will only be able to watch it on E S P N, but after the fact it will then repopulate. I don’t know what the timeframe is for that onto YouTube in the future so we can watch it and have the historical documentation of it.

Tyler Watkins (18:00):

We will send out alerts on heat one to when to make the switch just to make sure that everybody knows when to switch from YouTube to E S P N.

Sevan Matossian (18:09):

Ladies and gentlemen, download the heat one app. That’s solid. That’s good. By the way, anyone who’s going to complain about that, I used to complain when CrossFit would do that, you should know now. I’m used to it because the U F C does that. So the U F C will start on E S P N three or something, then switch to ESPN two and then finally go live E S P N or it’ll switch to a BBC or they’ll switch. So you just have to chase the coverage and it’s cool, once you get used to it and get into the flow of it, it’s totally worth doing.


I want to congratulate Dave and the team this year. I don’t know who’s in charge of the broadcast deal, but what this will do to get it on E S P N for the affiliates and the notoriety is huge. And here’s the reason why. This is the kind of shit that’s played on, left on TV and bars all across the country. Airports, bars. When we first got the E S P N deal, I don’t know what year it was, 2011 or whatever, 10, 12, whatever that was. I remember I was in Kenya and we were building a CrossFit gym there and I was in the hotel gym there in Kenya in Mombasa, and I looked up, I was doing CrossFit in the gym and I looked up and the CrossFit games were playing on E S P N in a hotel gym in Mombasa, right then from Kenya Airlines, eight pilots or eight stewards and stewardesses and a pilot came in to work out in the gym. They looked at the TV and they looked at me and they go, oh, you’re doing the same thing they’re doing? They go, yeah. And they go, what’s that? I go, CrossFit. And I talked to him about it. The power of that network to spread the word of these movements and CrossFit is huge,

Mattew Souza (19:51):


Sevan Matossian (19:52):

So kudos to Dave first year back and hitting out of the park. Speaking of CrossFit, I also saw Charlie Doobie today, owner of Hamilton Rhodes. He’s in charge of the broadcast looking like a stud. Have you seen? He does. Look.

Mattew Souza (20:09):


Sevan Matossian (20:10):

He’s a boss. It’s great that the guy who’s in charge of making sure the broadcast is filmed properly. He is a CrossFitter through and through and looking like a beast. Go ahead, Susa.

Mattew Souza (20:21):

I was just going to say also there was something else to note about the press conference and I think Caleb has the clip if we want to show it here.

Sevan Matossian (20:28):

Oh, you do have it. Do you know about this, Brian?

Brian Friend (20:31):


Sevan Matossian (20:32):

This is crazy. Is this the part that I got all excited about?

Mattew Souza (20:37):

Yeah, this is it. So if you guys want to cue this up and pay attention to this little clip, Caleb’s going to show as much of it as we can. We might have to pause it a couple times. Should

Sevan Matossian (20:45):

I set it up

Caleb Beaver (20:46):

Just to it? This is when I think Scott Schweitzer was asking questions about how to use media to spread the word of CrossFit and they were just asking what is going to be done in the future and what’s happened in the past kind of thing.

Sevan Matossian (21:04):

One more thing, we’re in the beer garden. There’s anywhere, I’d say estimate 300 to 500 people. There’s about 50 of us from the press there and Dave and Don are fielding questions and Scott Schweitzer from Clydesdale Media said, Hey, you had an amazing affiliate gathering in Portland. It’s generated a lot of buzz. What are you going to do to continue the momentum? I think that was the general thing. And I’m in the front row, just so happy to be sitting. I’m exhausted at this point. Yeah, I’m so happy to be sitting.

Speaker 6 (21:35):

Thanks Scott.

Sevan Matossian (21:37):

You can play this. That one

Speaker 7 (21:38):

Did a pretty good job of covering it.

Sevan Matossian (21:43):


Mattew Souza (21:44):

They didn’t have the audio on it. It’s just his mic. What

Speaker 6 (21:47):

They should expect from us moving forward. Thanks Scott.

Speaker 7 (21:51):

Savon does a pretty good job of covering it,

Mattew Souza (21:55):

So you could barely hear one scream, but I will tell you guys that the whole entire place erupted. People started screaming, shouting, clapping, and I will tell you that that was huge for us and anybody who was in the beer garden that was there and everybody’s support this far, it just absolutely means the world of us. And Stefan, I mean you could speak to it. You were talking about just feeling tired and kind of burnt out through the day and then that happened, right?

Sevan Matossian (22:19):

Yeah, the place erupted. I mean, it was complete shock to me. The place started cheering and hooting and hollering and I was embarrassed but also very proud. I wouldn’t take it back. It was crazy. Greg. Oh, I met Greg Ghost today. Keep killing it. Thank you. Gray Ghost today so much hugging going on today. My goodness. Cy Young for Maya’s coffee tomorrow. Se how’s Dave been this year compared to previous years? Have you had any interaction with Dave Ryan? Any thoughts?

Brian Friend (22:55):

I think I’ve seen him every day actually, and it’s been awesome. He has. And from talking to other people, I’d say he just brings a calming but serious presence to everything that’s happening here.

Sevan Matossian (23:09):

Yeah, he’s working. I would say that exact same thing. He’s exactly the same for anyone who’s wondering what his role is. It’s identical what it is before he’s basically overseeing everything. When we were walking in the stairwell, he’s like, Hey, have these stairwells sweeped out. I don’t want the athletes walking through anywhere where it’s dirty or dusty. And then on the other hand, I heard him, and I have a lot of this in the behind the scenes, he was with Todd Whitman, Jason McDonald, Chuck Carswell and Adrian Bosman, and he was getting a round circle of advice from them on where to have certain placards during a team. I mean, it’s just vintage Dave, I can’t really explain it, but when he’s there, there’s just a sense of everything’s in control.

Tyler Watkins (23:57):

I spoke with a lot of the judges and the other support staff and I asked some of that have been there for a few years. I was like, what feels different about, is there anything that feels different this year compared to the previous couple of years? And they were like, they felt more free. And I think you know how if you give kids structure, they actually feel a little better. And so it’s like, oh, we know everything’s taken care of so we feel better. They all were super stoked to be there and in a different way this year it felt like.

Sevan Matossian (24:28):

Did we send Matt Torres a link? We

Mattew Souza (24:30):

Did. And he’s actually on the phone with the AC guy at his Airbnb trying to get that fixed and then he’s going to jump on

Sevan Matossian (24:35):

Afterwards. No worries, no worries. No rush. Okay, go ahead Pedro. Sorry. Sorry Pedro.

@coffeepodsnwods (24:39):

I was just going to say I saw the back of Dave’s head at one point and he looked great.

Sevan Matossian (24:43):

Wow. Careful, careful, careful. I need

Mattew Souza (24:47):


Sevan Matossian (24:49):

Pedro. Careful. That’s close. Pedro, that’s close. You mean like he was off in the distance when he saw the back of his head far

@coffeepodsnwods (24:57):

Away? You can interpret that whatever way you want.

Sevan Matossian (25:00):

Okay. All right. All right.

Mattew Souza (25:01):


Sevan Matossian (25:02):

Pedro, fucking out.

@coffeepodsnwods (25:04):

Tyler, are you sitting at the venue? Geez, man. He’s actually

Mattew Souza (25:08):

Staying there. Don’t dox them because he’s going to sleep under that table and they might kick him out soon.

Sevan Matossian (25:14):

Brian, where I’m

Tyler Watkins (25:16):

Staying all week. I’m actually just sleeping here.

Sevan Matossian (25:18):

Hey guys, I haven’t been here all night. Brian, at the athlete briefing for the biking event and the gymnastics event, I walked up on the huge statue that is Christophe Horvat and Adam Clink, who I didn’t recognize, Gabriela Mawa, Jamie Simmons, Laura Horvat, and Ben Smith. And they’re in a circle. And I walked up and I shook all their hands and then I reached out to Shake Laura’s hand

@coffeepodsnwods (25:51):

And Oh nice.

Sevan Matossian (25:54):

And she wouldn’t shake my hand. I God, I should have been filming this. I’m such a pussy. I’m such a pussy. And she wouldn’t shake my hand. And they’re all looking at me and it’s like crazy. And I start stammering seriously, like stammering, like a fucking six year old who’s looking at a 12 year old girl in awe. And finally I’m like, come on, shake my hand. And so she finally reluctantly and she got a big huge shit hitting grin on her face. She shakes my hand


And as I walk away, I don’t remember if it was Ben Smith or Adam Clink, someone’s like, Hey dude, I’m wrecked. They could probably see I went into a fucking, I started circling the bowl. I went from the most confident man in the universe to just, yeah, like the prettiest girl in school just told me I was wearing floods. Hey, why are you wearing floods? I mean, I was just a mess. I was wrecked. And someone came over and tried to console me. Have you interacted with her? And how did it go? Please tell me. It went just as bad.

Brian Friend (26:57):

You want me to lie to you

Caleb Beaver (27:02):

By the way

Sevan Matossian (27:03):

She looks, her and Gabby Alawa look unstoppable.

Caleb Beaver (27:07):

They look good. They both

Brian Friend (27:08):

Look great. I saw them at Athlete Check and I haven’t seen them since. Both of ’em said, hi, smile. They offered to shake my hand. It was great.

Caleb Beaver (27:18):

They approached drive like this. Oh my

Sevan Matossian (27:22):

Goodness. Hey, that team is impressive. That CrossFit Krypton crew, they’re running deep. It’s like, yeah.

Brian Friend (27:34):

Yeah. I mean that was a huge training camp that they hosted out there. There were many, many competitive athletes, a lot of ’em from Europe and obviously their team as well. And I talked to Ben during one of the check-in days and he was like, man, it was just so much fun. There was always someone to compete with or joke around with. And the environment just amplified and built upon itself over the couple of weeks and he felt like, he feels like everyone who was there is really well prepared.

Sevan Matossian (28:01):

Wow. Is that Jamie Simmons? Who is that?

Brian Friend (28:05):

Yes. Yep.

Sevan Matossian (28:05):

Yeah, she looked incredible too. Bruce Wayne Seon, happy to see you. Make it out of your cave. Wish I could have made it this year. Love you. Thanks dude. Love you too. Thanks for all your help with the Instagram account. Hey Pedro, I want you to be honest. Have you been close to Danielle, Brandon yet? Have you been in the same room with her?

@coffeepodsnwods (28:27):

Yeah, genuinely the same time I saw the back of Dave’s head. It was when she was talking to him.

Sevan Matossian (28:34):

Yeah. Okay. And is that the first time you’ve ever put Laid eyes on her in person?

@coffeepodsnwods (28:40):


Sevan Matossian (28:41):

And what was your first impression?

@coffeepodsnwods (28:44):

I had a similar reaction to earlier on in the day when I met JR in person for the first time.

Sevan Matossian (28:49):

Yeah, Ariel Lowen and JR. Howell

@coffeepodsnwods (28:52):

When JR was talking to me and I could just hear angels and see a glow. He’s stupidly handsome. It’s

Sevan Matossian (28:59):


@coffeepodsnwods (29:01):

When I was in the same place, Daniella, it was the same feeling of, she’s just crazy. She just has a crazy, I dunno, aura or I dunno what it is,

Sevan Matossian (29:10):

Dude. Tyler, were you in the same room with her? I’ve not even seen her yet. Oh, it’s a, I’ve met in person’s before. Bring a walker, something to hold on to. Dude, bring something. Be close to a wall. It’s nuts. Hey. And you know who else is like that? Torres is like that too. Torres got saucers. You look into Torres’s eyes, you’ll fall into him.

@coffeepodsnwods (29:33):

He’s crazy charismatic as well.

Sevan Matossian (29:35):

Yeah, he doesn’t even, he looks like a cartoon character. What is he? What is that? Handsome, I dunno. Danielle, Brandon did not disappoint. She is out of this world. And while I was filming with her today and I got some great content, she was of gracious.

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