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Pixel-and-Roll Podcast: Ralph the Voice and House of Guards Tension

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Updated: September 30, 2016

Ralph Wesley, PA Announcer, Wizards, Adam McGinnis, The Pixel-And-Roll Show, Pixel and Roll Show, Podcast

In 2010, the Washington Wizards needed a new in-game public address announcer and opened the position for tryouts. The team received over 220 applicants and 16 potential candidates were invited to tryout at the Verizon Center. The pool was then narrowed down to five finalists and Ralph Wesley prevailed. TAI’s Kyle Weidie and ex-BulletsForever.com honcho Mike Prada both covered the event; their write ups are still worthwhile reads.

Wesely has since settled nicely into the role as the Wizards P.A. guy. As the D.C. native enters his seventh season behind the mic, parallelling John Wall’s career, it felt appropriate to get his take on the Washington organization. During our lengthy podcast conversation, we discussed a grange of topics, including: his professional career path, game day preparations and in-game production, catch phrases, the disappointing 2015-16 campaign, the awesomeness of John Wall, fans wanting free Chick-fil-a in 4th quarters, announcing the Kiss Cam, a funny story about Kevin Garnett, why he doesn’t work Friday night games, and keys to the upcoming Wizards season.

You should enjoy Wesley’s unique perspective; listen below or click here.

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In the dog days of late August
, NBA content creators were desperate to generate clicks. Free agency news was nil, the Olympics had concluded, and training camps had yet to begin. Then stories about a rift between John Wall and Bradley Beal surfaced—mostly due to quotes from Wall himself—teeing up various outlets with fodder for pageviews and clickbait. TAI’s Rashad Mobley joined me on the podcast to discuss the alleged tension between Washington’s starting backcourt. We evaluated the avalanche of national media hot-takes and assessed whether this was something Wizards fans should really worry about. We also generally chatted about Otto Porter, Markieff Morris, and Scott Brooks. Listen below (or click here)…

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Adam McGinnis
Reporter / Writer / Media at TAI
Adam is a bro from the Midwest who's been bopping around the District of Columbia for years. He's down with a range of sports, etc. and has covered the Washington Wizards for TAI since 2010.