Rick is joined by the Head Men’s Tennis Coach at the University of Georgia, Manny DIaz, this week on ‘Tech of Sports.’
With the cancellation of NCAA spring sports, Coach DIaz has some time on his hands, as do his players. Find out what Coach has told his players in the time of COVID-19 and how he’s handling things. He reflects on former UGA All-American, Jog\hn Isner’s career and more!
Diaz, this season, surpassed the legendary Dan Magill as the winningest men’s tennis coach in SEC history. The penultimate victory – number 707 – surely would have made Magill proud. It came on a Sunday in a big upset of No. 3 Ohio State on UGA’s Henry Field Stadium courts.
Diaz has been the Head Coach of the Bulldogs for 32 years. His careernumbers speak for themselves — 28 Southeastern Conference Championships in 32 seasons at the helm of the Georgia men’s tennis program.
He has led Georgia to six national championships – four NCAA titles (1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008) and two ITA National Indoor titles (2006 and 2007). He is one of only three active coaches with multiple NCAA titles.
A great conversation with Coach Diaz, who is one of the nicest and most respected faces in tennis at any level.
Rick is joined this week, by Saoud Khalifah of Fakespot.com to help you with your holiday shopping for sports items and more.
Fakespot.com is the new fake review detection service for online shoppers. Did you know that in certain sections of Amazon, up to 70% of reviews are fake? Companies constantly plant positive reviews of their own products and sully competitors’ products with negative reviews. That’s why smart shoppers use Fakespot to protect themselves from untrustworthy reviews.
Imagine you’re buying one of this year’s top tech gifts: Apple Airpods.
The Real Deal: The authentic Apple Airpods get a great review on Amazon and they should. Fakespot gives Apple Airpod reviews an A Grade, with over 90% reliable reviews. Unfortunately, the $145 price point might be too expensive.
$15 Knock-Offs: Many Amazon shoppers will look for a cheaper option and end up getting ripped off by lesser quality products with tons of fake reviews. This knock-off wireless earbud set looks just like Apple’s, but none of the reviews are verified and received an F Grade as a result.
Great Alternative: Want the quality of Apple Airpods for less than half the price? These ZeroFire earbuds go for $45 and you can trust the 4-star review it received on Amazon. We gave the reviews an A Grade for reliability.
Online shopping platforms like Amazon are full of unreliable reviews. Companies constantly plant positive reviews of their own products and sully competitors’ products with negative reviews. I’d love to show you how Fakespot can help consumers make better purchase decisions.
Saoud and Rick dig deep into the issues face by shoppers when they are presented with online reviews.
Pitchfix USA, a global market leader in switchblade divot tools, recently announced that is has retained former PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions player Chip Beck as Ambassador for its Fusion 2.5 divot tool, named “Best Divot Repair Tool” by Golf Digest in their Editors’ Choice Awards for two consecutive years. Beck will represent Pitchfix at the 2018 PGA Merchandise show, PGA Show Demo Day and future events.
The second player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59 (1991 Las Vegas Invitational) and a three-time U.S. Ryder Cup Team member with a 6-2-1 record, Beck will demonstrate the Fusion 2.5 at Demo Day on Tuesday, January 22 at Orange County National Golf Center from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Beck will greet customers and media, share stories about his career and offer his thoughts about the Fusion 2.5, at the Pitchfix booth (#2015) at the PGA Merchandise Show on Wednesday, January 23. Following the show, Beck will make appearances at clinics and golf events nationwide. Beck is also a former All-American at Georgia.
Rick and Chip talk about Pitchfix, the state of golf, respecting the golf course and the Georgia Bulldogs.
Notes on Pitchfix: Since it’s inception in 2005 Pitchfix has gone from it’s Original model to a complete line of golf accessories golfers use on and around the green. We strive to constantly improve and extend our product line to equip golfers with tools that improve their game experience and at the same time improve the game experience of fellow golfers. Our latest product, the patented Pitchfix Twister 2.0, is the most easy to use divot repair tool ever. Divot repair has never been as easy and effective as with the Twister 2.0. With this new product we contribute to lowering the number of unattended divot marks and improve the course quality golf course owners offer their players and guests.