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Guest Adam Carolla - Being a Fan


Andrew

This is re posted every morning


Andrew Keller

Larry and I to dig into a form or idea that has caught our eye. Our hope is that our chat inspires you to never stop thinking and possibly challenges you in a new way. If you'd like to help support the show, please visit patreon.com slash reposted. Thank you for stopping by. Today we're joined by a Guinness world record holder New York Times bestselling author and back to back winner of the Toyota pro and celebrity race, Adam Carolla. In addition to hosting multiple podcasts, including his flagship Adam Carolla show he has directed multiple films currently one of his dogs. Shelby American is streaming now on Netflix. You can check out all of his films at chassis ch a ss y.com, thank you so much for joining us, Adam.


Unknown Speaker

Thanks for having me. Yeah.


Andrew Keller

So I want to start off with a quote I got from you, and see how it wraps in the sports. He said, that's the thing I love about sports, sports forces you to quit. You can't pursue your dreams till you're 46 when it comes to acting, writing comedy, nobody ever stops you. I mean, growing up a Rams fan. I mean, you wish you could have seen Eric Dickerson play longer than see maybe Brad Pitt and movies.


Unknown Speaker

Yeah, or maybe Jerome Bettis, for that matter, at least is around, right. Yeah. So


Larry

in the LA Sports Scene, late 60s and 70s. When you're growing up, you got the Dodgers, of course Tommy Lasorda is coming on the scene. The Lakers have always been good, Showtime starts going. And then there's the Rams were what connects you to the Rams fan, you were just a football fan.


Unknown Speaker

I loved football, I love football, more than anything from, you know, maybe the time I was six or seven to the time, I couldn't play anymore when I was about 19 or 20. So I didn't have a great childhood. I love playing Pop Warner football. I was good at it. I got to be the only person I know that played seven years of peewee football before I got to high school. So I was a football fanatic. And so of course, the Rams were the team in Los Angeles. And that's where I was born. So made perfect sense. So I


Andrew Keller

guess growing up playing football, I mean, you're in it, is it you're studying the NFL, and you're like, Oh, this is what I'm doing. And you're mimicking it? Or is it? Were you drawn to any other teams like the Lakers or the Dodgers,


Unknown Speaker

I, you know, I would root for the Dodgers, I would root for the Lakers. I would root for the kings, you know, whoever, you know, I was always like the LA team. When I was in a sports guy in the sense that I collected baseball cards, or stats or read books. I wasn't really much into the sort of nerd part of it. I just wanted to play football. So for me, I just wasn't into the banners of the hats or the jersey, you know, memorabilia. Any of the statistics, I wasn't in any of that stuff. I just wanted to play. You know. So


Larry

the story goes that even though you played Pop Warner for seven years, you hit puberty late, you're not really that good to begin with on your high school team. And then you work really hard to eat a lot of eggs and you say you become really good. Has that sort of served for your sort of platform in the entertainment business. The harder you work, the better you might become at this.


Unknown Speaker

Yeah, I, I got when I got to high school in the 10th grade, I sat on the bench for the B team. And they wanted me to play on the rain team, basically the junior varsity or whatever, the next year. And I said, I'm going to eat a bunch of eggs and lift a bunch of weights and give myself see if I can make the varsity team even though I'll probably sit on the bench for another year. So I did, and a guy got hurt in front of me and I ended up starting on the varsity the next year and then the year after that. I was all Bally on offense and I got best defensive player on the offense. So I ended up having a pretty good high school career. And I got recruited to smaller colleges. Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and UC Davis and Marshall is probably the only school that had a much reprogram other they didn't have much reprogram back then. And I had bad grades and I got bad parents. I didn't went anywhere. And I started working construction.


Andrew Keller

So I mean, I guess you said you had this relationship with football you played it and then you watched it. What when you go into construction and you're working in your early 20s before you start working entertainment Do you still keep track of football? Like did that change your your fan status of following teams?


Unknown Speaker

Yeah, I, I had withdrawals from playing football for a good five years after I stopped playing football. And yeah, I always rooted for the Rams. And I always watch Sunday football. I still watch on a football. You know, football is my favorite sport. There's nothing better than getting the guys together on a Sunday and getting some beers and getting the NFL package and that whole that whole nine yards. So yeah, I was always, always a fan. And at that point, you know, it was time to stop playing and just start cheering on the Rams.


Larry

You know, can't imagine being in LA rooting for the Rams in the late 70s. Because for God's sakes, Hunter was on the team Fred Dreier. Did you instantly start watching the TV show because you're a Rams fan?


Unknown Speaker

I love Freddy Dreier is a good dude. I've interviewed him before. And you know, you can't go wrong with jack Youngblood and the fact that there's also a guy named Jim Youngblood and two guys named Youngblood. And they couldn't even put Jay Youngblood on their jersey, because it still wouldn't have defined them. conductors. It was jack and Jim. I think jack just had jack above young, would he be interesting? I don't think I can't picture it. But you guys tell me. Is there ever been another case where a guy's first name was written out and fall above? His last name on the back of his jersey? Just does he hate me killed? I was thinking of him. But that's got to be your Christian name. I'm pretty sure jack Youngblood had jack written above young blood in the back. Was that jersey? Yeah, I love those. Those guys were great. I mean, at this point, for me, we're out of the late 70s. And we're into that kind of mid 80s at this point for following my chronology, but Yeah, I do. I do remember all those names.


Andrew Keller

You mentioned you you're later in your career, you start interviewing these people you watch growing up? And does that affect? I mean, you weren't really following the statistics of these players, but like, going from a fan watching people thinking they're unaccessible, and then all of a sudden you're sitting down with these legends? Does that change your view of the sport once they become more humanized?


Unknown Speaker

No, I mean, it's, it's a, it's a good question. But it didn't really have any effect on me. I thought it was kind of cool to get to talk to people. Who I, you know, remember from back in the day, and I, you know, I had information on him like, I remember, I remember their playing days, I remember how they wore their uniforms. I remember, you know, whether they wore the natural toilet seat or not, you know, I remember all their face masks. You know, I kind of remember back when is that? Really, you can, you know, you can see a guy you know, Kenny Stabler wore his uniform, much different than, you know, Archie Manning did, you know, back in the back in the day face masks and everything else. But now, I was just excited to have a chance to interview him and speak.


Larry

You know, I feel like you're an amateur philosopher, Adam. You know, what do you think of sports rooting for teens, fanatics? Is it good for society? Or do we have our priorities mixed up?


Unknown Speaker

I think it's good to have a distraction. I don't think it's good to have an obsession. You know, I feel like your family should be your team or your business. That should be your team. And you should sort of route the hardest and work the hardest for them. And then there's the distractions. You know, it's sort of like, if you want to go see the Grateful Dead when they come to town, find who want to quit your job by minivan and follow them around the country then I don't support them. Adam Carolla, thank


Andrew Keller

you so much for joining us today. Check them out. Adam carolla.com. You can follow him on twitter at Adam Carolla. Thank you so much for taking some time.


Unknown Speaker

Thanks for having me, guys.




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