Travelle Gaines is a strength trainer for the top athletes across all major American sports. In the NBA alone, his clients include Jimmy Butler, Jaylen Brown, Draymond Green, and Lonzo Ball, to name a few. Travelle joins Sasha and Dodson to share his journey, what motivates him after 18 years, how he motivates his clients, and so much more.
Hello! My name is Sasha Klare-Ayvazian. I am a professional musician in Austin, Texas. I’m an Armenian-Jewish man originally from Western, MA. COVID-19 has stripped away so much of my work, I decided to start this site and create content around three of my passions: music, movies, and hoops. I have played music all my life and it is my career, so that one’s easy. My Dad loves movies and kind of got me going there. I just absolutely love going to the theatre (ideally Alamo Drafthouse): the big screen, the lights go out, and you get transported for 2 hours—a big reason I love sci-fi! And hoops…not sure how it happened. My parents aren’t sports folk (though my Mom loves LeBron—how can you not!). I do know when it happened: playing pickup at naked-hippie camp in Vermont. When I tagged along to pickup one fateful Tuesday in the old Chevy Pickle and experienced how stupid hard it was to get that damn ball through that rusty orange rim, I just fell in love. Love playing the game. Until recently, I played in the noon game at the Austin JCC—probably the thing I miss the most. And I love the NBA (I’m not a big college guy). I’m a huge Celtics fan! Actually crazy story, the day before my wedding I met Paul Pierce—one of the most incredible things to ever happen—in the hotel we were staying. I said, “Paul thank you so much for 2008! (Pause.) Man, I can’t believe we lost in 2010…” “Don’t bring that up.” He responded. Well said Paul.
One movie lover reflects on the Academy Awards; the year that was/wasn’t, the films he loved that the Oscars ignored, and the films the Oscars loved that left him wanting more.
Rashly judging unheard songs solely based on their title and length
It’s the end of the month and the beginning of my journey as a father. Happy April everyone! Today in the Roundup we have Haim, Godzilla, and the NBA trade deadline.
Micah Hagans is the head coach for the elite Bonnabel High School men’s basketball program in New Orleans. In between classes, Coach Micah logs in with Dodson and Sasha to tell us about his first year as head coach, rebounding from losing the state championship game and then graduating 8 seniors, the importance of authenticity and trust with his players, the Pelicans, and brotherhood being bigger than basketball.
After a week off, the Roundup returns! This week: a Christian and Jewish holiday, National Read Tolkien Day, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Iggy Pop, the Snyder Cut has arrived, and March Madness is in full force!
The story behind my About Page picture with Paul Pierce. Sometimes weddings are as magical as the movies.
Silk Sonic takes over, Tilda Swinton is getting over her ex, and the NBA’s second half is just beginning–it’s the Weekly Roundup!
with David Haffner, Daniel Braganca, Sasha Klare-Ayvazian - Dave, Dan, and Sasha reunite at the Prancing Pony for the ultimate LOTR inspired Fantasy Fellowship Draft. We each select 8 characters from the expansive fantasy universe to build a fellowship for a long,...
Happy March! Happy Women’s History Month! This week: Kings of Leon’s first album in five years, The United States Vs. Billie Holiday–definitely spend two hours with Billie this week though her music may be the best forum to do so–and NBA All-Star “Weekend!”
This week: Billie Eilish’s new movie, Willie Nelson takes on Frank Sinatra, and Bradley Beal and the Wizards battle relevancy. It’s the Weekly Roundup!
The arctic freeze has arrived in Austin! Turn up the heat, get under the covers, and stay warm with hot movies, steaming music, and electric matchups! This week we have Mobley’s sophomore album Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme, I Care a Lot AND Nomadland, and Celtics-Hawks. Go Cs!