Book Excerpt – Shoestring – Todd Walsh

Posted March 24, 2014 By w84@me.com

I was hoping to hold off on this a little longer but some events that are completely and utterly beyond the realm of believability have forced me to publish this article which will serve as a glimpse of my upcoming book of my life over the past 10 or so years.  Below is a brief summation of the book I’m beginning to write as well as a current event that needs to be known given the gravity of the situation.

Book Premise

I left my then home town of Seattle in the early parts of the 2000’s after my life as I knew it fell apart.  I lost my fiancée, I lost my life around me and after a trip to Las Vegas I decided needed a change of scenery.   My then fiancée and I had started (before we split) making plans to move to San Diego.  After we split, I continued with those plans to move to San Diego and eventually Phoenix.

When in San Diego I had attempted to land a job but failed for a few reasons.  I eventually ran out of money and was living in my car.  All I had was a laptop, my car, and the clothes on my back.  I was essentially homeless.   I then decided to do something that was essentially an experiment in immersion journalism.  I decided to see if I could build a successful business/life from the ground up starting from literally nothing.  That’s where the majority of my book (tentatively titled ‘Shoestring’) and journey began.

I should also note that I originally met Todd when I was covering the Phoenix Coyotes starting in 2010 on a frequent basis but hardly ever saw him around.  We never talked much during the season or in between games if at all.

Fast Forward to 2014

Back in October of 2013 I was having some relationship challenges with my then girlfriend.  The reason why we were having problems isn’t the point here.  It was the fact she was losing more and more interest with me and giving her attention elsewhere was.  As time passed it was clear she was seeing someone else behind my back.

What I found out later that person she was seeing was none other than Todd Walsh of Fox Sports Arizona.  Todd is most known in the Phoenix area as the host of Phoenix Coyotes and Arizona Diamondbacks games.

What their relationship was exactly, how long it went on for, and what it is now, I really don’t know and didn’t care.  I still don’t.  Life is too short to battle for the affections of a woman who has lost interest and attention with you.  I’m man enough to walk away and move on.

The fact of the matter this story didn’t end after this.

I’m an extremely heavy sleeper.  I talk in my sleep sometimes as well but I have no idea what I’m saying.  When I crash out, I’m out until the next day.  I have had some problems sleeping (partially as a result of what I went through for the past 10 years) and have sleep apnea so I put out digital recorders in my room or wherever I may be staying to check out my sleep patterns and identify any problems that may be evident.   On two occasions, Thanksgiving night 2013 and the February 19th, 2014 Canada/Latvia Olympic Men’s Hockey game, my sleep recordings brought up two insane instances of Mr. Walsh appearing in the room that I slept in – One in my ex-girlfriend’s Mothers home and one in my own home.

Please note these are extremely graphic and is 100% NSFW – Please note that I am 100% asleep during these times.

Thanksgiving Night 2013 – I had just finished dinner at my then (now ex) girlfriend’s mother’s house and settled down for a good night’s sleep….or so I thought.  What happened was that, according to a source, Walsh allegedly entered her mother’s house into her room and well I’ll let you listen to this. (Start at 3:50:30)

https://soundcloud.com/az-vibe/thanksgiving

February  19th – I had gotten into the habit of leaving the TV on overnight during the Olympics so I can be awaken when the games were on (in the middle of the night or very early morning) this night I happened to place a recorder in a unique spot.  When I reviewed the tape I was in shock.  Walsh allegedly entered my room again and…. (start at 1:00:00)

https://soundcloud.com/az-vibe/oly

There’s no telling how long this has been going on and why.  I’ve moved on from my ex and that whole scene but it seems Mr. Walsh is a wee bit obsessive with me and my life for whatever reason.

 

Accomplices

According to my sources, Todd had/has the assistance of at least two people when breaking into my home a man named Robert that lives near my home and another man named Dustin Henizman who is often in my home at the same time as Todd.

This article will be updated accordingly.

 

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Dodgers trash Stadium Series game in their own house

Posted January 25, 2014 By w84@me.com

So by now you know that there’s a Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium this evening.  With the national and international spotlight on this game, how do the Dodgers promote this game in their own house?

 

 

Stay classy Los Angeles Dodgers!

Source:  Dodgers Twitter

UPDATE: 4:40 PM Arizona Time

Let’s not forget the moment where the Los Angeles Dodgers set the bar for class and professionalism.  By celebrating their National League West title last season by jumping into the pool at Chase Field in full gear.  Oh and they seem to allegedly had the urge to piss in the pool as well.

Source:  Yahoo

 

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Hockey Day in Canada is on NHL Gamecenter!!

Posted January 18, 2014 By w84@me.com

Wait a sec…no it’s not.

This is completely and utterly inexcusable that subscribers of NHL Gamecenter cannot watch CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada. I know the coverage is on the NHL Network right now but I don’t want to watch the Ottawa Senators take on the New York Rangers. I want to watch the Edmonton Oilers/Winnipeg Jets game with all the Hockey Day in Canada goodness.

It amazes me that even though the NHL has taken great strides in making games available online, they still have a long way to go with their coverage/services. I know the response will be the canned/archaic rights holders have US rights blah, blah, blah. However, like print papers versus online news papers, people are moving away from TV game watching for online game watching. The sooner the NHL figures this out, the more their viewership across the board will increase.

People in Canada can watch whatever feed they want from CBC’s website in Canada, right? Why oh why can’t we see the same online feeds as well in the US?!?!?!

 

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Where I’ve been all this time….

Posted January 17, 2014 By w84@me.com

 

 

NOTE:  Not using any style.  Its been edited but not that much.  This was written in February of 2013 and didn’t touch it until today.

It’s been a long time since I wrote here full time or in the very least with some form of frequency.  

This post and the previous post were, without a doubt the hardest things I’ve ever had to write. and the reason I’m posting this now is that it took me this long to even write about it and publish.  This update was written in two parts – The first was the eulogy to Jessica Redfield.  This is the second which is an update on where I’ve been and why the long time off and the second.  These both are going to be pretty somber and I’m throwing any form of a styleguide out the window.  Don’t like it?  Don’t care.

I stopped writing back in September of 2011 pretty much after the KHL Lokomotiv Yaroslavl disaster.  When this event happened I was in a place in my life where I could follow every part of this story as it developed.  I was up in the middle of the night when the plane crashed and I followed all aspects of the story including the Russian media’s coverage of the crash both with their English language coverage and their Russian language coverage.  What I didn’t know at the time was that ‘tact’ and ‘respect for the dead’ were two phrases that weren’t even practiced in that part of the world.  What this means is that when it comes to covering a plane crash of this sort, it seems to be common practice to show unedited photos and video of all aspects of the crash.  This includes recovery of the easily recognizable bodies of former NHL players…body parts…close up photos and video of the recovery efforts.

This rocked me to my core unlike anything else I’ve experienced in my life.  Deaths, accidents, breakups…nothing shook me like this crash did.  At that moment I got up and walked away from the game that I loved.  I couldn’t look at another hockey rink or anything hockey related for a VERY long time.  It got to the point to where I wanted to fly to neutral NHL city that I’ve never been to before to watch a game as a spectator to remember why I loved the game.  I walked away from the game at this point for the season.  That is until the 2012 NHL Awards in June.

It was very hard for me to get on that plane to Las Vegas but I did for two reasons 1) I missed covering the NHL but I didn’t know what capacity I was going to cover the awards.  I just wanted to jump in and see what happened and 2) I wanted to offer Jessica Redfield a job the next season to write for me.

That’s the short story.  Sure there’s some twists and turns in my life but I’m going to put that into a book.

One more thing to note is that I lost ALL of my backups for my previous sites.  That includes articles, photos, podcasts, interviews….everything.

The only thing that I have from the old site are all the video uploads on my YouTube page.  You can get a good feel of what I covered over the course of five or so years.  Anyways, after I kick this cold/flu/whatever I’m back at it.

 

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Goodbye Jessica, My Friend

Posted January 17, 2014 By w84@me.com

NOTE: This was written in February of 2013 and published today.  Yeah, it’s taken me that long to post this as her death really shook me up.

 

The night of the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado I was on the phone with my then girlfriend talking about the theater shooting as it happened and she asked me if I had any friends in the area that might be there.  Instantly, I thought of Jessica and said brazenly that I didn’t think she was there.

I woke up the next morning and my worst fears had been realized.  Jessica was gone.  A shooting star was snuffed out before her full potential was realized.

I met Jessica online via Twitter while she was covering the San Antonio Rampage  (a farm club for the Phoenix Coyotes).  Like everyone else, I saw her now famous YouTube video.  In that video along, I saw a raw talent that had the potential to be one of the greats.

One of the things I’ve learned about PR and the media in the years I’ve run this rag is that when it comes to finding writers and judging their talent they are either 1) talented but not dedicated or 2) dedicated but not talented.  Even in Phoenix where we have one of the top Journalism schools in the nation (ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism), I have been unable to find someone who has the characteristics of #’s 1 and 2.

Jessica had both.  Sure, she was rough around the edges with experience but she had the dedication to learn and be the best.  She had the talent but at this moment in time she did not have the ‘street smarts’ in this biz.  Jessica had moved from the comfy confines of San Antonio to Denver to follow that dream.

After I got to know her I was too busy covering the Phoenix Coyotes full time to read anyone other articles (locally or nationally) but whenever she posted something I stopped and took the time to read it.  To me, she was a developing talent that needed to be helped along her path with advice and whatnot.

Once I became friends with her on Facebook I saw the extent to not only which she loved hockey and the NHL but her desire to become the best in the media.  She lived, breathed, slept, and ate hockey.

In this day and age with the decline of the print media and the rise of online publishing, people can’t always recognize when there is a talent that should be paid attention to and nurtured.  In the NHL biz, if you aren’t mainstream print, online, or TV media more often than not you’re considered to be shit.

One of the ways that you can tell a good PR person from the rest of the wannabes is the following:

-    The good PR people will be able to recognize the ability for a media type to promote their client
-    The rest just earn paycheck.

Jessica kept running into the  ‘paycheck earners’ at just about every corner she turned.  Even when she was discouraged, she kept talking with people for advice or just to vent when things didn’t go right.  She never gave up her dream.  She knew what she wanted and she went after it.

We had long talks about the business and the things she had to deal with in Denver with different aspects of her job.  She went though some very tough times with some of the teams in Denver  (including a sexual harassment incident with one of the Denver Area pro teams) but she kept with it because she believed.

At this point in time the 2012 NHL Awards were rolling around.  Jessica and I had chatted about the awards and we kept trying to find a time during the craziness in Vegas to meet.  I wanted to offer her a job to write because she needed an environment where she could be free to try new things, find her voice, and occasionally stumble without worrying about getting fired.

We had talked about getting her credentials for the NHL Awards but I never followed through with it.  Because of my absence from reporting for the season and remaining emotions of the KHL disaster, I hesitated to ask for credentials for her.

This will be a regret that I will carry to my grave.

Goodbye Jessica, my friend.  I’ll miss our long talks.  You were a shooting star destined to become one of the all time greats.  I’m going to miss you dearly.

 

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