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On “PicklePod”, Thomas Shields and Tyson Apostol deliver an entrée of updates from around the Pickleball World. Some would say it’s a “Picklers” dream podcast with the duo’s loud and unfiltered insights commentating on the good, the bad, and even the ugly sides of the sport as Pickleball undeniably rockets towards mainstream adoption. They are in the know, frequently attend the sports biggest events, and regularly communicate with the Pros. Weekly rotating topics, guests, tournament recaps, Pickleball pop-culture, player strategies, and more. No comment or topic can breach the PicklePod Non-Valley Zone, everything is in play. It’s on the PicklePod or it didn’t happen. Thomas Shields is the Founder Of “The Dink Pickleball” Media company and Tyson Apostol is a 4X Survivor TV show contestant, Gamma, Fila, & PicklePlay partner, and the #1 pickleball personality in the world.

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On “PicklePod”, Thomas Shields and Tyson Apostol deliver an entrée of updates from around the Pickleball World. Some would say it’s a “Picklers” dream podcast with the duo’s loud and unfiltered insights commentating on the good, the bad, and even the ugly sides of the sport as Pickleball undeniably rockets towards mainstream adoption. They are in the know, frequently attend the sports biggest events, and regularly communicate with the Pros. Weekly rotating topics, guests, tournament recaps, Pickleball pop-culture, player strategies, and more. No comment or topic can breach the PicklePod Non-Valley Zone, everything is in play. It’s on the PicklePod or it didn’t happen. Thomas Shields is the Founder Of “The Dink Pickleball” Media company and Tyson Apostol is a 4X Survivor TV show contestant, Gamma, Fila, & PicklePlay partner, and the #1 pickleball personality in the world.

    Pickleball is having a moment, and it ain’t gonna end anytime soon

    Pickleball is having a moment, and it ain’t gonna end anytime soon

    National TV, The Bush Family and Joe Rogan are talkin’ pickle, no naturally, the guys break it all down. Tyson and Thomas talk about the impact of the recent USAP rules committee votes, deliver multiple pieces of breaking news, and explain what Michael Phelps and Simone Biles have in common with two of the top pickleballers in the world. 

    5:39 Thomas delivers some breaking news about MLP and the PPA

    15:06 The guys talk about The Bush Family’s pickleball love affair and Drew Brees’ recent match

    18:09 Tyson delivers some breaking news of his own and the two theorize about the next wave of pb pros

    28:08 The USAP Rules Committee voted on the Zane serve and rally-scoring. We break it down. 

    36:53 Tyson and Thomas talk about Pickleball’s three big moments in the national spotlight recently

    43:55 Michael Phelps, Steph Curry, and Simone Biles sports agent signs Leigh and Anna Leigh Waters

    48:47 Upcoming tournaments and the dudes nail their sign off for the first time

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    • 54 min
    The T’s Talk - Thomas and Tyson give a rundown on the latest in pickleball

    The T’s Talk - Thomas and Tyson give a rundown on the latest in pickleball

    In the first episode without a guest, Tyson and Thomas give a rundown on all the latest from around the world of pickleball. From recapping the PPA Texas Open to talking about Joe Rogan’s comments on the sport, the dudes cover it all. Did you know there’s a pickleball rapper? Are you aware that Ben and Collin Johns were playing pickleball on a random street in the middle of Manhattan? Tune in for the top news in the fastest growing sport in the US. 

    3:44 - Thomas talks about his experience at the Major League Pickleball Draft and tells some behind-the-scenes stories
    16:08 Thomas breaks down his broadcast booth debut at the PPA Texas Open and Tyson pitches the MLP on commentating when the MLP launches in November
    19:37 Tyson can’t get enough of the pickleball rapper who performed at the Texas Open and discuss corporate rap and a potential intro song
    25:41 The guys breakdown the crazy results from the PPA Texas Open and talk about what tournaments are coming up 
    42:11 Thomas talks about The Johns Bros’ appearance on LIVE with Kelly & Ryan and Joe Rogan’s recent pickleball segment on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast and what pickleball’s future looks like

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    • 52 min
    AJ Koller: Fresh off of his big win in Vegas, the Iceman

    AJ Koller: Fresh off of his big win in Vegas, the Iceman

    Tyson and Thomas welcome the man of the hour, AJ Koller. AJ addresses a number of rumors including the true identity of Chet Subaru and why Pat Smith is suing him for trademark infringement. AJ recaps his two gold medals in Vegas and how a week before the tournament, he didn’t have any partners at all. The crew ends the episode by walking through the 2022 proposed rule changes. 

    4:00 AJ answers hard hitting questions and clarifies what his name is

    7:18 AJ tells Thomas and Tyson about his life before pickleball, his hockey career and building tiny homes 

    15:15 The crew talks about AJ’s big wins in Vegas and what it’s like to play with Riley Newman and Jessie Irvine

    23:45 We get to the bottom of Chet Subaru and why Pat Smith is suing AJ

    33:00 The rumors about AJ’s true origins are addressed and we discuss his various nicknames

    36:05 AJ talks about his potential with Major League Pickleball

    43:05 We walkthrough the 2022 proposed rule changes one by one and AJ gives his opinion on each

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Doug Ellin, Phil Mickelson, Blocked by Mardy Fish, US Tennis HOFers, Trash Talk, Mainstream Pickleball

    Doug Ellin, Phil Mickelson, Blocked by Mardy Fish, US Tennis HOFers, Trash Talk, Mainstream Pickleball

    The dudes welcome the Creator of HBO’s hit show Entourage, Doug Ellin. Doug recalls the celebs and pro athletes he’s played pickleball with and why one in particular, former US #1 tennis pro Mardy Fish, blocked him on Instagram. Trash talk is encouraged in this episode as the guys take shots at some of their mutual pro pickleball friends and chat about what it will take to make pickleball mainstream. Doug issues a warning to pro Matt Manasse before he heads off to stretch for their 12:30 match at “the Riv.”

    01:30 Doug’s game, background and how Phil Mickelson got him into pickleball
    07:29 Phil's game
    10:28 Doug recalls why former US #1 tennis pro Mardy Fish blocked him on Instagram over a pickleball match
    15:24 Thomas asks Doug about the big names he’s played with and why people gravitate to the sport
    25:21 The guys recap the Major League Pickleball launch event and what the league will entail
    28:27 Doug talks about his usual pickleball crew
    31:57 The trio talks about what it will take to make pickleball mainstream, including a name change
    37:03 Advice on what it takes to go from a 3.0 to a 5.0
    41:00 Doug tells the story of his victory over Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey
    43:34 We talk about Doug’s paddle of choice and trash talk in pickleball

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    • 54 min
    Irina Tereschenko, Mini Tennis aka Butts Up, Sick Trix, Anna Lee Waters, PPA Orlando Cup, SXSW Celebrity Pickleball, Kings Of Venice

    Irina Tereschenko, Mini Tennis aka Butts Up, Sick Trix, Anna Lee Waters, PPA Orlando Cup, SXSW Celebrity Pickleball, Kings Of Venice

    Thomas and Tyson welcome "currently" 5x Pickleball majors champion Irina Tereschenko. Irina talks about her pickleball origins which began in Moscow, Russia. The crew discuss Russian Mini-Tennis aka "Butts Up" , Potential implications of gambling on pickleball, and Irina's experience in creating Sick Trix. A-list name drops throughout the episode, we're talking Gary Vee, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi and more. Find out the latest on Major League Pickleball and see if T&T can figure out a proper show sign-off.

    (01:00) Irina’s background and her entry into pickleball

    (06:53) Irina talks about the creation of Sick Trix and what it means to be a member of the crew

    (14:45) We talk Orlando Cup and Irina’s thoughts on Anna Leigh Waters recent play

    (24:28) The crew talks gambling in pickleball and its potential implications, including the risks of fixing matches and Tyson’s first-hand experience during his pro cycling days

    (32:00) Irina gives us the backstory on the pickleball match featuring Gary Vee, Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, and more details on Major League Pickleball

    (40:20) Tyson Apostol relives his Survivor audition and former collegiate and professional athletic careers

    (50:20) Tyson and Thomas talk about how Dayne The Rock Johnson is a listener of the podcast

    (52:30) Irina talks about making enemies and a pop tennis tournament in Venice Beach

    (01:03:20) The crew revisits their podcast sign off

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Inaugural Episode, Pro Player Zane Navratil ,Outlaw of Chainsaw serve, HOF controversy, Sponsorships,, NFT's

    The Inaugural Episode, Pro Player Zane Navratil ,Outlaw of Chainsaw serve, HOF controversy, Sponsorships,, NFT's

    Top ranked Pro Pickleball player, Zane Navratil, joins Thomas and Tyson on the inaugural episode of the PicklePod to give an overview of the expanding Pickleball landscape from the eyes of a pro. Zane addresses how major rule changes in the sport may impact his Chainsaw serve and overall gameplay. New sponsors entering the sport, gambling, and more are making an impact on growth and players' finances. Pickleball hall of fame controversy has arisen this week. Tyson makes a sponsorship offer for Zane to wear his twitter handle on his socks. Zane shares his experience with NFT curation. 
    (06:40) Zane and Rob Cassidy’s heated back and forth over the Chainsaw serve at the Chicago Open
    (11:20) Zane’s backup plan if the Chainsaw serve is outlawed
    (15:00) The number of tournaments next year, the competing tours, the cost of playing pro and improving the professional product
    (26:20) New sponsors investing in the sport, major pro signings and the trajectory of pickleball
    (34:00) The pickleball hall of fames controversy
    (36:45) Zane’s socks, our hair, and a live sponsorship negotiation
    (39:10) Pickleball NFT’s
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    • 55 min

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