Ep. 9 | The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F$$$

Brianna Baker is an HBCU Grad, basketball referee, master’s student, and future Sports Psychologist.  Today we get into her perspective on the struggles that athletes experience as well as the negative side effects of fame, money, and everything in between. Let’s get into it!

 

  • Intro – Why sports psychology?
  • 4:00 – Aaron Hernandez Documentary
    • The Suicide
    • Drug Addiction
    • Consequences
  • 8:25 – Fame Over Punishment
    • Domestic Violence Cases
    • Consumer Dollars
    • Social Media Influence
    • Providing For Your Family
  • 13:50 – Mental Health Issues in Sports
    • Delonte West’s Viral Video
    • NBA Awareness
    • Self Medicating
  • 17:45 – Player Pressure Points
    • League Responsibility
    • Post-Career Programs
    • Is Help Available?
  • 23:45 – Enablers vs. Supporters
    • Feeling Invincible
    • Choosing the Right Circle
    • Media Impact
  • 28:00 – Do ALL Athletes Have Mental Health Issues?
    • The New Generation
    • Black Men & Women in Sports
    • Money Isn’t Happiness
  • 36:00 – Kids On Drugs
    • Competitive Advantage
    • By Any Means Necessary
    • Family Support is Key
  • 40:00 – Bri’s Rules To The Game
  • Outro – Dior by Pop Smoke #RIP https://music.apple.com/us/album/dior/1476083543?i=1476083819

Thank you to our special guest!!!

Brianna Baker – MCAOB Basketball Referee & Sports Psychology graduate student

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Instagram: @shann.sports @_briannalael_ @swagg.sports

Twitter: @rulestothegame_

Directed & Produced by Damani Givens | Created & Hosted by Shannon Nichele

Ep. 8 |A Monster’s Mindset

 

  • Intro – Meaning of “Guul Monstru”
  • 5:30 – Community First
    • Self Defense Classes
    • Monstru Kids Program
    • Tips for At-Risk Girls & Women
  • 11:15 – The Pleasure of Violence
    • Adapting to Your Environment
    • Growing Up with PTSD
    • Why Men Need Therapy
    • Killing Our People
  • 18:00 – Ward 8 Lifestyle
    • Beefin’ Over Skittles
    • Guul Minded
    • The Power of Influence
  • 23:50 – Segregation in DC
    • Lack of Opportunity
    • Going Back to the Hood
  • 26:55 – A Young Offender
    • Teenage Incarceration
    • Accountability
    • Finding Structure
    • Self Awareness
  • 33:30 – Jail vs. Prison
    • Speaking to our Youth
    • Changing the Narrative
    • Following Great Habits
  • 37:20 – Free Man / Life after Trauma
    • Traveling the World
    • Moving Forward
    • New Beginnings
    • The Will To Win
    • Survivor’s Remorse
  • 45:30 – JoJo’s Rules To The Game
  • 48:00 – Game Round: 4th Quarter
  • Outro – This Woman’s Work by Maxwell https://music.apple.com/us/album/this-womans-work/162887353?i=162887781

Thank you to our special guest!!!

Joe Houston aka JoJo – Founder & Executive Director of Guul Monstru Pathways Inc.

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Instagram: @shann.sports @guulmonstru_pathways

Twitter: @rulestothegame_

Directed & Produced by Damani Givens | Created & Hosted by Shannon Nichele

Ep. 7 | Who Runs The World?

Three of my best friends are Engineers so I’m used to that, but how many of us can say we are friends with a NFL Cheerleader? Well I have been following and supporting Candess Correll from the jump and we finally get to sit down and talk about her intense career as a Redskins Cheerleader and Software Engineer. She’s a young black woman first. Tune in with me & Let’s get into it!!!

  • Intro – A Saturday with Candess
    • Road to the Pros
    • NFL Auditions
  • 15:40 – Are Cheerleaders Athletes Too?
    • With Grace & Grit
    • Pretty Privilege
  • 25:00 – Pressure to Perform
    • Balancing Life as a Black Engineer
    • Facing Common Stereotypes
    • Confidence is Key!
  • 30:45 – Life Happens to Women
    • Performing Pregnant
    • We STILL Have A Job To Do
    • Reaching Back in the Community
  • 36:00 – 2020 Vision
    • Career Goals & Aspirations
    • Leaders vs. Followers
    • Everybody Isn’t A Boss
  • 41:00 – Misconceptions About Pay
    • Money After Game Day
    • Benefits of Redskins Cheer
  • 45:00 – Corporate Girls Talk
    • Balancing Two Worlds
    • Dating A Professional Athlete
    • The Alpha Female
  • 52:30 – Game Round: This or That
  • 57:00 – Candess’s Final Rules To The Game
  • Outro – I Been On (Homecoming Live) by Beyoncé Knowles https://music.apple.com/us/album/i-been-on-homecoming-live/1459930448?i=1459930606

Thank you to our special guest!!!

Candess Correll –  Professional NFL Cheerleader & Software Engineer

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Instagram: @shann.sports @candesscee @damanigivens

Twitter: @rulestothegame_ @WRC_Candess

Directed & Produced by Damani Givens | Created & Hosted by Shannon Nichele

Ep. 6 | Competitive By Nature

This week I got to meet with Coach Jamil & Coach Eugene, 2/3 of the formula that makes a difference in the city through their CBN culture. We’re talking about the story behind the CBN brand, friendly competition in the community, the inner city youth, life as teachers and more. Tune in with me & Let’s get into it!!

 

  • Intro – The CBN Story
  • 11:00 – Finding An IdentityAppealing to the Culture
    • Creating Experiences vs. Promoting Parties
  • 17:00 – Friendly CompetitionSupporting Black Men in Fitness
    • Bridging The Gap & Giving Back
    • Feed The Block 2020
  • 24:00 – Cutz 4 Kidz: The BarbershopHelping Kids in Need
    • Black People & Hair
    • Teaching Our Youth
  • 30:00 – Black Father Figures in SchoolGrowing Up Fatherless
    • A Deeper Meaning
    • Raising Black Boys with Emotions
    • The Mindset of Inner City Students
  • 37:45 – Expressions of a Black ManCrying in the Shower
    • The Importance of Words
    • Connecting with the Kids
  • 41:45 – From Corporate to the Classroom
  • 47:25 – Jamil & Eugene’s Final Rules To The Game
  • 51:30 – Game Round: 1 on 1
  • Outro – Big Tyme by Rick Ross (feat. Swizz Beats) https://music.apple.com/us/album/big-tyme-feat-swizz-beatz/1470630405?i=1470630411

Thank you to our special guests!!!

Eugene Banks –  Trainer, Co-Founder of Competitive By Nature

Jamil Sutton –  Trainer, Co-Founder of Competitive By Nature

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Instagram: @competitivebynature_ @focusedace08 @never_fail_ @damanigivens @shann.sports

Twitter: @rulestothegame_

Directed & Produced by Damani Givens | Created & Hosted by Shannon Nichele

Ep. 5 | Breaking the Glass: WNBA

For 23 years, the WNBA (aka “the W”) has been recognized as the Nation’s elite league for professional women’s basketball.  Since its inception, the W has been known to face challenges with expansion, revenue, and more. But the game is changing and fast! On this episode we discuss a few key benefits in the new player contracts and how this major move will impact women in sports. Press Play & Let’s get into it!!!

 

  • Intro – Breaking News! 2020 CBA
  • New Money in the League
    • Are WNBA Stars Finished with Overseas?
  • 9:30 – Recruiting Season
    • Impact on Coaches & Scouts
    • + Player Interest in the Draft
    • League Schedule Placement
  • 12:40 – Growth in Viewership
    • NBA Celebrity Row
    • WNBA Playoff Season
    • Why Not Have a Parade?
    • Off-Season Professionals
  • 18:00 – Building The WNBA Brand
    • Consumer Challenges
    • The Love of Competition
    • Pure Basketball Fans
    • Women Above the Rim
  • 25:15 – Athletes vs. Gender
    • Coed Sports Competitions
    • Equality in the WNBA
    • Media Madness
  • 30:00 – 2020 Season Outlook
    • Pushing The W Agenda
    • Higher Ratings = Bigger Fan Base
    • Sponsor Deals & Endorsements
    • The Sports Agent Game
  • 37:00 – Quality of Talent
    • Community > Competition
    • Increasing Exposure
    • Can NBA Players Be Marketing Tools for the League?
  • 40:45 – Motherhood in the WNBA
    • Skyler Diggins-Smith
    • New CBA Terms on Maternity Leave & Family Planning
    • Nursing in Training Camp?
    • Women Are Human First
  • 46:20 – Considering LGBTQ+
    • A Different Path to Motherhood
    • Feminism vs. Basketball Culture
    • Diversity in the Locker Room
    • Reckless Romance at Work
  • 50:50 – Better Business & Travel
    • Improved Player Experience
    • Entrepreneurs in the WNBA
    • New CBA Terms on Flights & Hotel Rooms for Players
  • 59:00 – Final Recap
  • 1:05:55 – Rules To The Game
  • Outro – Ca$h Sh*t by Megan Thee Stallion (feat. Da Baby) https://music.apple.com/us/album/cash-s-t-feat-dababy/1463027710?i=1463027714

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Twitter: @rulestothegame_

Directed & Produced by Damani Givens | Created & Hosted by Shannon Nichele

Ep. 4 | From Player to Coach

Meet Jeanne-Marie Wilson, one of PG County’s finest, McDonald’s All-American nominee, First Team All-Met, and now on the coaching staff for Texas A&M University Commerce. The Lions are currently undefeated with a record of 14-0 as of 1/11 and ranked at #5 in the Nation.

 

  • Intro – Misconceptions in Women’s Basketball: Meet Coach J
  • 2:30 – Perception of a Hooper
    • Men vs. Women Coaches
    • The Transition from a Player to a Coach
  • 17:40 Men vs. Women in Coaching
    • Understanding Your Players
    • Broken Hoop Dreams
    • Pressures of an Athlete
  • 25:45 Going to the Next Level
    • Quality over Quantity
    • The Importance of Team Culture
  • 32:00 Shift in Women’s Game
    • Elite Talent in Texas
    • Training Days
    • D1 vs. D2 Programs
  • 37:10 Seniority Rules
    • Playing Time & Player Chemistry
    • The Value of Education
    • Assumptions about Athletes
  • 44:00 – Game Round – 1 on 1 with Damani
  • 48:45 – J’s Rules To The Game
  • Outro – God’s Plan by Drake https://music.apple.com/us/album/gods-plan/1418213110?i=1418213269

Thank you to our special guests!!!

Jeanne-Marie Wilson –  Former Player & Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach

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Instagram: @jmuhree @damanigivens @shann.sports

Twitter: @rulestothegame_ @coachjmwilson

Directed & Produced by Damani Givens | Created & Hosted by Shannon Nichele

Ep. 3 | Twelve Rounds, Part 1

Boxing is more than a fight, it’s a mentality! Shay and Damani stop by Hard Training Club to get some game from DC’s finest Coach T and Undefeated boxing trainer Greg Newby on business, nutrition, & more.

 

  • Intro – The Business of BoxingMeet Coach T & Greg Newby
    • Story Behind the Gloves
    • Training Pros vs. People
  • 11:45 Nutrition 101What is a DIET?? Let me be great!
    • Everyone’s Body is Different
    • Healthy Habits Save Lives
    • Damani’s Story
  • 18:50 Why Boxing? A MindsetYou Are What You EAT
    • Greg’s “Pre-Game” Process
    • A CLEANNSSEE?!
  • 22:25 Guilty Pleasures30 Days No Sex vs. 30 Days No Bad Food: What would you do?
    • Protection is Power
    • Beating Stereotypes & Dormant Diseases
  • 26:00 Lizzo vs. EVERYBODYPermissible Celebrity Behavior
    • Holding US to a Higher Standard
    • Black Cancel Culture
  • 33:00 Coach T’s Rules to the Game: Fatherhood & Legacy
  • 35:45 Game Round (Part 1)
  • Outro – Hot by Young Thug feat. Gunna https://music.apple.com/us/album/hot-feat-gunna/1476636939?i=1476636943

Thank you to our special guests!!!

Terrence Mann (Coach T) –  HTC Owner & Professional Boxing Trainer

Greg Newby – Team Newby Boxing

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Instagram: @hard_work247 @teamnewby @damanigivens @shann.sports

Twitter: @rulestothegame_

Directed & Produced by Damani Givens | Created & Hosted by Shannon Nichele

Ep. 2 | Rap or Go to the League?

All these Rappers can Hoop! Some of these Hoopers can Rap too!  Shannon Nichele gets some game from hometown friends Joseph Summers and Trey Williams as they discuss common stereotypes of the black man that exist in our society.

 

  • Intro – Who’s your Top 5?
  • 21:07 – A Black Man’s Path to Success
    • Stripper Mentality
    • Coming Back to the Hood
  • 31:30 – Money Moves vs. A College Education
    • How fast athletes/rappers blow their first bag.
    • Can you be successful without Higher Learning? Is there an advantage to getting a Degree?
    • Trapped in a Contract
  • 43:45 – Black Men with Privilege
    • Fighting Stereotypes
    • Talent w/ Money is still Talent
  • 47:00 – Changing the Narrative
  • 52:20 – Game Round – 4th Quarter
  • Outro – Loyal to the Soil by Dame D.O.L.L.A. feat Lil Wayne  https://music.apple.com/us/album/loyal-to-the-soil-feat-lil-wayne/1161670907?i=1161671195

Thank You to our special guests!!!

Trey Williams –  Sports Journalist & Blogger
Joseph Summers – Rapper

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Instagram: @shann.sports @livingnthe90s @whotheillest @damanigivens
Twitter: @rulestothegame_

Directed & Produced by Damani Givens | Created & Hosted by Shannon Nichele

Ep. 1 | The Biggest Cartel

From Grassroots Basketball to the League, the NCAA has had a major influence on our student athletes.  Tune in as we get into the good, bad, and ugly behind the biggest cartel with sports journalist Trey Williams and former athlete Andrea Jones.

 

  • Intro – Rules, Scandals, & Paying Students
  • 20:20 – Is the NCAA showing cartel behavior?
    • 26:00 The Game – Sneaker Deals & Unsung Athletes
    • 30:05 What about the Women?
  • 35:15 – Family Business: Are parents forcing it?
    • 38:00 NBA Celebrities
    • 42:00 The Big Baller Brand Hustle
    • 45:35 Injuries & Pressure Points
  • 55:30 Game Round – 5 Seconds Trivia
  • Outro – NCAA by 2Chainz https://music.apple.com/us/album/ncaa/1454470237?i=1454470482

Thank You to our special guests!!!

Trey Williams –  Sports Journalist & Blogger

Andrea Jones – Retired Athlete (Basketball)

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Instagram: @shann.sports @dreabeflexxn @livingnthe90s @damanigivens

Twitter: @rulestothegame_

Directed & Produced by Damani Givens | Created & Hosted by Shannon Nichele