NYC meets Seattle. Former sports producer from NYC moves to Seattle. Conversations revolving around sports and other topics with great guests. Keep it light and simple stupid.
Episode 106 - Scott Griggs: Athletic Director at Franklin H.S., Seattle, WA
Franklin High School has a rich history in the emerald city of Seattle. Great alumni such as Dr. Bill Hutchinson, who founded Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center named after his brother Fred, a former MLB player and coach. Grammy award-winning Jazz musician Kenny G. Sports icons such as MLB hall of farmer Ron Santo, Mario Bailey, Corey Dillon, Terry Metcalf, and so many others. There's a rich history of greatness at Franklin High School. The greatness that Athletic Director Scott Griggs is constantly reminded of as he walks the halls and sees the banners on the walls or the alumni bricks laying on the floors. He embraces this history as he helps lay down his own foundation for future generations.
Scott discusses his midwest upbringings and how they led him to Seattle, the diversity of his school as roughly 92% of his student enrollment are minorities, or as I like to say majorities, and the importance of open dialogue with students in today's climate. The foundation that is being laid now by his new football coach Terry Green and a promise of stability at that position that seems to have had a revolving door for the past decade. The importance of diversity and community is at the forefront of our discussion. A great example of that is his basketball coach and more importantly good friend Craig Jackson. Craig has been named Director of Diversity to WIBCA (Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association) a position that will give him a chance to help guide Washington state basketball programs to support student-athletes' constantly changing challenges.
Franklin High School, a school with a long storied history. For Scott, he's looking to write his own chapter in this illustrious story.
Episode 105: Dr. Grant Garcia's March Madness orthopedic tournament
Dr. Grant H. Garcia takes his Orthopedic “seeding” and has them go head-to-head in the spirit of the March Madness tournament teams that are about to embark on their journey this month. The Orthopedic “teams” in Dr. GArcia's tournament are… ACL/MCL, Achilles Rupture, UCL (Tommy John), and SLAP (Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior) tear.
How do we play?
Semifinal match-ups: The description of the injury sustained. The Common causes to obtain such injury. What are their symptoms, and how to recognize the severity of your injury? Can certain injuries heal on their own, or is surgery necessary? Typical recovery timeline for injuries sustained. winners advance.
Championship round: Last two “teams” go head to head, and Dr. Garcia discusses their post-surgery/rehab treatment procedures. Last but not least, the percentage rate of a successful recovery if treated correctly.
Dr. Garcia picks his winner or loser depending on your view in this special edition of March Madness.
It's a fun and informative show as we get ready for bracket madness, orthopedic style. Get your brackets in. If not follow ours.
Dr. Garcia was an assistant team physician for the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox. During residency, he also cared for players on the New York Giants, New York Mets, US Tennis Team, New York Rangers, New York Knicks, and Brooklyn Nets as well as many collegiate athletes.
He has authored over 70 publications in prominent peer-review journals including the American Journal of Sports Medicine, the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, and Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He has presented more than 60 academic sports papers worldwide, in addition to authoring book chapters on advanced techniques in Sports Medicine. He currently serves as an Assistant Editor for Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine and is a reviewer for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and the American Journal of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Garcia grew up on Mercer Island, WA, and during high school became an All-American swimmer and captain of the men’s swim team. His undergraduate degree is from Brown University, where he was captain of the varsity swim team. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For the Orthopedic Surgery residency, he attended the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, considered the top orthopedic residency in the U.S. During his residency he also did a mini-shoulder fellowship in France with internationally renowned French shoulder surgeons. Finally, he completed his sports medicine and shoulder fellowship at Rush University in Chicago, recognized as a premier facility for these specialties
Episode 104 – Colby Davies: Head Football Coach at Steilacoom H.S., Steilacoom, WA
Ahead of their big weekend matchup against Tumwater H.S., Coach Davies takes some time to talk about the positives of having a football season and the importance of his seniors having another opportunity to play with their teammates.
The last time Steilacoom played Tumwater was in the Class 2A state championship game in which the sentinels lost 48-34. Even though there won’t be any High School football playoffs this season, this is the game that Steilacoom has circled on their schedule. For those seniors, this will be their last opportunity for these talented players to ground those Thunderbirds. One major piece missing will be wide receiver Emeka Egbuka. Emeka has enrolled early at Ohio State and the five-star recruit won’t be on the field to scare opposing players and coaches. In his place, Logan Brady, Tre Horner, and DJ Fryar will look to score early and often running a high-powered offense behind quarterback Chance McDonald. Chance was ranked #2 in passing yards, and touchdowns in the state of Washington in 2019, and has come in firing on all cylinders in this abbreviated spring football season.
A season that few expected to have, JV and freshman teams decimated by turnouts and pandemic ramifications, yet a team that Coach Davies is proud of. What’s a successful season? Any season that can be played.
Episode 103 – Ryan Sherlock: Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at Roosevelt H.S., Seattle, WA
Ryan Sherlock: Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at Roosevelt H.S., Seattle, WA
(Coach Sherlock took some time for an interview before his game versus Lakeside H.S.)
What do you say to your coaches and student-athletes when you find out that there will be no school and no spring sports? How did it feel to know that your seniors would never play again for their teammates, coaches, and school? Not everyone goes to college to play sports so most of us High School sports bring the highest level that we achieve. It’s one of the few things that Coach Sherlock and I discuss in our interview. The uncertainty of a pandemic, the “here we go again” feeling of no fall sports, the euphoria of getting back on that field and playing a sport that so many love.
We discuss and tease him about how to manage all school sports in the spring. Also, how important it is for other Metro schools to have success and how they help elevate the league as a whole. He loves the Cleveland H.S. story and how they rebounded to have a successful season in 2019-20. He wants to see his former school Franklin be successful and get back to its glory days. We discuss “real” home field advantage, public versus non-public schools, and play a little game called “Go for it or Punt?”
I can’t thank Coach Sherlock enough for his time, and especially on game day. It’s a great interview with emotion, information, and hope.
Episode 102- Zachary Elvig, Head Coach at Ingraham H.S., Seattle, WA
High School football is back!
Head Coach Zack Elvig from Ingraham H.S. joins me to discuss the excitement of spring football and much more. On June 30, 2020, Zack joined me for a great conversation (https://apple.co/30jV3aZ) to discuss the uncertainty of fall football, the effect, and conversations revolving around the BLM movement, diversity, and his commitment to Ingraham H.S. June seems like it was years ago.
Flash forward to March 5, 2021. Spring football is in the air and the Metro league is finally kicking off. Coach Elvig and I discuss the disappointment of fall football being canceled, how that circumstance was used as a positive, and how those positives will continue to be used going forward as well as his gratefulness toward his upperclassmen in how they have helped with incoming freshmen. We discuss the importance of excelling off the field, not just on it, and the people and the process that make that work.
Yes. football is back, but being back on the field with his coaches and student-athletes is really what matters the most to Coach Zachary Elvig.
Episode 101: Orthopedic Dr. Grant Garcia - Brady wins, skiers lose
This week Dr. Grant Garcia discusses…
We all know that Father Time is inevitable. As we get older, we slow down, we don’t recover as fast as we used to, and as athletes our performance takes a hit. Apparently, Tom Brady hasn’t gotten the memo. Dr. Grant Garcia discusses the ageless wonder, and his ability to continue to thrive and perform, as he gets older like very few athletes can. As amazing as it is that he continues to show excellence on the field, off the field he will get his repaired torn ACL from 2008 looked at this offseason what is considered “minor surgery or cleaned up.” As he gets ready for season number 22 next fall.
Speaking of ACL injuries…It’s been a winter wonderland here in the Pacific Northwest, and skiers are heading to the mountains so they can enjoy the #1 winter recreational sport in the world. Unfortunately, Dr. Garcia is seeing an uptick in injuries, especially ACL injuries. Dr. Garcia discusses a few things to help remind you what you need to do to get ready for the slopes, so you don’t end up in the ER feeling like a dope.
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Dr. Garcia was an assistant team physician for the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox. During residency, he also cared for players on the New York Giants, New York Mets, US Tennis Team, New York Rangers, New York Knicks, and Brooklyn Nets, as well as many collegiate athletes, has authored over 70 publications in prominent peer-review journals including the American Journal of Sports Medicine, the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He has presented more than 60 academic sports papers worldwide, in addition to authoring book chapters on advanced techniques in Sports Medicine. He currently serves as an Assistant Editor for Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine and is a reviewer for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and the American Journal of Sports Medicine.
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