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Episode 94 – Reliving a Nightmare, Seahawks Rumor Mill Round-Up, & Baseball Dollars Not Making Sense

RUNDOWN

Today’s show begins with Scott explaining why he was late to Mitch’s house and how handy he is with auto repairs. Then, the guys react to a troubling week across the country with violence and civil unrest. Guests include NC Central hoops coach LeVelle Moton, Hawks insider with ESPN Brady Henderson, and revered baseball writer with The Athletic Jayson Stark. Featured “Other Stuff” segment topics are NFL’s decision on the 4th and 15 rule proposal, the world’s wealthiest athletes, and a fantasy gone wrong involving machetes in Australia.  

GUESTS

  • LeVelle Moton | NC Central men’s basketball coach
  • Brady Henderson | ESPN Seahawks insider
  • Jayson Stark | The Athletic senior baseball writer

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1:57 | Handyman Scott had a tire blowout today and was able to rectify the situation on his own.

21:57 | Episode dedication options are weighed both from sports and non-sports. 

28:05 | The guys share their opinion about the protests and riots that took place in Seattle and around the country over the weekend.

48:59 | GUEST: LeVelle Moton shares his experience with excessive force by police officers during a traffic stop which has similarities to the recent George Floyd incident. 

1:22:09 | GUEST: Brady Henderson provides a Seahawks roster update as the NFL season inches closer.

1:41:53 | GUEST: Jayson Stark breaks down the misalignment between MLB owners and the players union which puts the 2020 season in the balance. 

1:59:51 | An onside kick alternative will have to wait another year as the rule proposal has been denied.

2:01:20 | Scott was surprised to find out who called “The Catch” and Mitch shares a story about one of the broadcasters.

2:04:30 | How many of the top paid athletes on Forbes list could you name?

2:10:52 | There is a new show Mitch has been binging as the lockdown continues.

2:13:49 | It always a good idea to double-check the address as learned the hard way by an Australian duo! 

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Episode 93 – Recasner ICYMI, Dr. Ding Coronavirus Check-Up, & War Hero Steven Elliott Memorial Day Reunion

RUNDOWN

The first segment of today’s Memorial Day release episode is loaded with football chatter as the guys discuss the Seahawks latest roster moves and the implications of a proposed rule change. A four-pack of guests includes NBA veteran & broadcast analyst Eldridge Recasner, Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, author of War Story Steven Elliott, & Movie Mogul Max. Topics discussed in the “Other Stuff” segment range from Scott’s trip to the butcher, to Ryan Leaf, to Chuck E. Cheese.

GUESTS

  • Eldridge Recasner | NBA veteran & college hoops analyst
  • Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding | Harvard Epidemiologist & Senior Fellow at Federation of American Scientists
  • Steven Elliott | U.S. Army veteran 
  • Movie Mogul Max | Mitch’s Son

TABLE OF CONTENTS

20:30 | Notable 93s are nominated for episode naming rights of which one will be chosen as the winner at the conclusion of the show.

22:49 | Carlos Hyde is coming to Seattle to bolster the running back room after Devonta Freeman decided to pull the plug.

26:49 | Jadeveon Clowney is still available and the Hawks have remained idle.

33:08 | What do you make of the new NFL rule proposal which would add an alternative to the onside kick?

46:34 | GUEST: Eldridge Recasner shares his first-hand account of playing against the Jordan-led Chicago Bulls chronicled in The Last Dance.

1:06:59 | GUEST: Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding provides his current outlook for managing coronavirus and recommendations to stay safe.

1:29:22 | GUEST: Army veteran Steven Elliott returns to the show following his appearance on Episode 42 to discuss his continued emotional battle.

1:52:35 | GUEST: Movie Mogul Max makes his college selection of the University of Washington public after months of weighing his options.

2:12:22 | Scott swung by the local butcher for a steak, not an earful from a mask-less customer.

2:18:18 | Ryan Leaf has been arrested on a domestic battery charge adding to his troubled story.

2:21:01 | The governor of Pennsylvania is not pleased with Ben Roethlisberger posting photos online of his fresh haircut amidst ongoing mandated non-essential business closures.

2:21:58 | Mitch is doubling down on the prediction he made in Episode 92P of the outcome in Quinton Dunbar’s criminal investigation.

2:27:34 | Chuck E. Cheese is rebranding its pizza to a new name within delivery apps as its germ-laden buildings remain closed.

2:30:00 | Rest in peace Roy Horn, Eddie Sutton, & Jerry Sloan.

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Episode 92 – "Unfiltered Live" Maiden Voyage, Dunbar's Camp Claims Innocence, & Arbery Murder Investigation Gaining Clarity

RUNDOWN

Episode 92 marks a first in Mitch’s career as the show takes place in front a live video audience, what took so long? The guys chat about the latest update on Quinton Dunbar’s robbery allegations and its implications to the Seahawks and the lack of humility demonstrated by Michael Jordan in “The Last Dance”. Three interviews including amateur golfer Anthony Griggs and caddie Larry Vinson, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Brad Schrade, and sports gaming attorney Daniel Wallach. In the final segment, the guys discuss betting lines on the Hawks schedule, Blake Snell’s controversial comments, and close out with questions from the virtual audience!

GUESTS

  • Anthony Griggs & Larry Vinson | Amateur golfer & caddie
  • Brad Schrade | Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter
  • Daniel Wallach | Gaming & sports betting attorney

TABLE OF CONTENTS

9:43 | Why has it taken 25 years behind the mic for Mitch to record a show on camera?

18:43 | It is pretty clear who Episode 92 will be named after when the list of nominees is revealed. 

22:11 | Do you believe Quinton Dunbar’s attorney who adamantly claims the armed robbery allegations against his client are false?

39:59 | Even in present day, Michael Jordan lacks the ability to give credit to former competitors like Clyde Drexler and Gary Payton.

54:30 | GUESTS: Anthony Griggs & Larry Vinson talk about the unusual route to winning a golf tournament using nothing more than a thrift store putter.

1:16:48 | GUEST: Brad Schrade outlines the latest details in the murder investigation of Ahmaud Arbery by a former law enforcement officer. 

1:37:38 | GUEST: Daniel Wallach provides a legal perspective on the ongoing lawsuit between Zion Williamson and former marketing representative.

2:01:17 | Vegas has released odds for the Seahawks 2020 regular season games and the pivotal middle six matchups presents interesting insight.

2:08:26 | Seattle native Blake Snell posted a video that garnered criticism for his refusal to pitch in 2020 under the league’s proposal which includes reduced salary.

2:12:38 | Comedy said goodbye to two greats in Jerry Stiller & Fred Willard.

2:17:08 | The live video audience volleys in questions!

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Episode 91 – Csonka Says Goodbye to Coach Shula, Michael Jordan Ticket Treasure Hunt, & Murder Hornets Gaining National Buzz

RUNDOWN

Before today’s show “begins”, Mitch recaps his weekend with birthday boy Movie Mogul Max and a family trip to the UW campus where he plans to attend this fall. Then, the guys weigh in on the Earl Thomas news and run down the Seahawks 2020 schedule released last week. Featured guests are legendary Dolphins running back Larry Csonka, Michael Jordan super-fan Andrew Goldberg, and Washington State University entomologist Todd Murray. Later, Mitch and Scott chat about Clowney’s diminishing chances of returning to the Hawks, Monday Night Football’s broadcast shake-up, and a controversial op-ed in the Washington Post.

GUESTS

  • Larry Csonka | Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback
  • Andrew Goldberg | Michael Jordan ticket stub collector
  • Todd Murray | WSU entomologist

TABLE OF CONTENTS

4:28 | Eighteen years in the making and Movie Mogul Max has decided to attend UW which the Levy made a campus visit to on Sunday.

28:54 | Earl Thomas is lucky to be alive after the incident involving his wife pointing a gun at him earlier this week.

38:08 | The NFL schedule has been released – what do the guys make of the Seahawks slate of games in a tough NFC West?

47:50 | GUEST: Larry Csonka stops by to share some memories of his former coach, the late Don Shula.

1:06:18 | GUEST: Chicago-area sports fan Andrew Goldberg discusses his process of amassing ticket stubs for every game Michael Jordan has played in. 

1:26:00 | GUEST: WSU entomologist Todd Murray breaks down the origin and threat of “murder hornets” which have arrived to the United States.

1:40:03 | Jadeveon Clowney’s return to Seattle appears more bleak with each passing day. 

1:43:44 | Booger and Joe will no longer call the action on Monday Night Football.

1:47:00 | A strongly opinionated Washington Post article reminded Mitch of a story during his days producing Tony Kornheiser’s show.

1:53:07 | Which athletes made the cut for best to wear number 91 for episode naming honors?

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Episode 90 – Saturday Cleaning Story Time, Portnoy's TV Theme Song Masterpiece, & College Athletics Eager to Return

RUNDOWN

Episode 90 begins with unveiling the winner of the Unfiltered TV Theme Song Tourney champion and the opening of Mitch’s sealed envelope with his projected winner when the contest started. Then, Scott asks Mitch to share the stories from old photos he posted on Twitter during a deep house clean over the weekend. Guests include writer of “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” Gary Portnoy, Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor, and Dan Feldman of NBC Sports. “Other Stuff” in today’s show features Mike Tyson – past and present, the South’s thirst for college football, and giant murder hornets. Enjoy!

GUESTS

  • Gary Portnoy | Singer-songwriter
  • Gene Taylor | Kansas State University athletic director
  • Dan Feldman | NBC Sports NBA writer

TABLE OF CONTENTS

3:30 | The Unfiltered TV Theme Song Tourney has reached its conclusion – which show won the contest and did Mitch correctly select the victor from the onset?

22:23 | Episode naming rights for this episode have a coincidental link to a Seahawks story this week and also a former Husky who Mitch isn’t sure was always on the up and up.

27:07 | The radio show crew which included Rock Star Bob, Searsy, Mitch, Fish, and Tracy Taylor grabbed dinner one night in the late 90s and brought back fond memories working together.

32:31 | Who is Sean Chabot and what factors led to him throwing a ceremonial first pitch at The Kingdome with Mitch by his side?

39:20 | Sybil Danning invited a 16-year old Mitch Levy into her hotel room one evening which was a dream at the time, but embarrassing in retrospect. 

49:54 | One particular game stands out from Mitch’s high school hoops days involving Jack Nicklaus and former teammate Roger Yaffe joins the podcast to recall the details!

1:16:26 | GUEST: Gary Portnoy tells the story of creating the iconic theme song to Cheers “Where Everybody Knows Your Name”.

1:46:03 | GUEST: Gene Taylor provides an athletic director’s perspective to navigating through current sports cancellations and what to expect in the fall for football season.

2:00:10 | GUEST: Dan Feldman breaks down the details surrounding the maligned “small business” loan received by the Los Angeles Lakers and if there are justifiable factors.

2:15:42 | Even at age 53, Mike Tyson still packs a punch based on his latest Twitter video.

2:18:11 | Dez Bryant is upset about the Cowboy’s latest signing and the NFL is eyeing Saturday as a potential game day in 2020.

2:19:26 | Will Ferrell crashed the Zoom call with the latest crop of Seahawks draft picks in his one-of-a-kind fashion.

2:20:53 | If coronavirus doesn’t have you nervous, watch out for giant hornets that have found their way to the United States. 

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Episode 89 – Jordyn Brooks Coach's Report, NFL Drafterthoughts, & A-Rod Eyes Mets Ownership

RUNDOWN

Episode 89 kicks off with the guys tracing back the genesis of nicknames and alternate identities they’ve experienced. Then, they delve into a top to bottom recap of the 2020 NFL Draft from the broadcast to the Seahawks picks to other notable selections over the weekend. Guests include Texas Tech head football coach Matt Wells, NBC Sports NFL writer Peter King, and New York Post columnist Thornton McEnery. Later, Mitch and Scott discuss the first listener Zoom call last Thursday, provide an update on the Unfiltered TV Theme Song Tourney, & weigh in on the Episode 88P interview with President of Zoos & Aquariums Dan Ashe on the ills of “Tiger King” style animal exhibits.

GUESTS

  • Matt Wells | Texas Tech head football coach
  • Peter King | NBC Sports NFL writer
  • Thornton McEnery | New York Post columnist

TABLE OF CONTENTS

0:00 | Once again, Jeopardy demonstrates its contestants routinely struggle mightily with sports trivia.

2:27 | Nicknames and alternate identities have played a part of both Mitch’s and Scott’s life in unique ways. 

22:33 | Episode naming rights could be a runaway for a special number 89 that spent his entire career in Seattle. 

32:07 | Mitch and Scott provide their takeaways from the three-day TV event that was the 2020 NFL Draft.

1:07:51 | GUEST: Texas Tech football coach Matt Wells provides a scouting report of Seahawks first round draft pick Jordyn Brooks. 

1:24:26 | GUEST: Peter King weighs in on the 2020 NFL Draft in terms of its unique “virtual” format and also reacts to the quarterbacks taken in the first round including Jordan Love in Green Bay.

1:45:08 | GUEST: Thornton McEnery discusses the financial details of the potential purchase of the New York Mets by Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez.

2:04:05 | Were you on the first Unfiltered Zoom call? Mitch want a do-over!

2:07:38 | The Unfiltered TV Theme Song Tourney has reached the sweet sixteen round!

2:12:38 | Episode 88P guest Dan Ashe is working to shut down independent animal exhibits like the one portrayed in Tiger King. 

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Episode 88 – Inaugural Seahawks No-Table, Relentless by John Tesh, & La Canfora NFL Draft Primer

RUNDOWN

Episode 88 is loaded like the group of NFL receivers that bore the number on their jerseys. Mitch has an idea for a Zoom call on Thursday that you can be part of! Also, “The Last Dance” and NFL Draft will be must-see TV for the guys who are starving for sports programming. Guests include entertainment icon John Tesh, CBS Sports NFL columnist and 105.7 The Fan radio host Jason La Canfora, & Seahawks insiders Brady Henderson & Joe Fann from ESPN and NBC Sports Northwest respectively. “Other Stuff” topics on the show range from Joe Buck’s latest offer, to “The All-In Challenge”, to “The Florida Man Game”.

GUESTS

  • John Tesh | Music composer & author of autobiography Relentless
  • Jason La Canfora | CBS Sports NFL writer & 105.7 The Fan – Baltimore radio host
  • Brady Henderson | ESPN Seahawks insider
  • Joe Fann | NBC Sports Northwest Seahawks insider

TABLE OF CONTENTS

0:00 | The Love Boat’s chances of advancing in the Unfiltered TV Theme Song Tourney are sunk!

16:45 | Candidates for episode naming rights are revealed, many of whom caught a lot of passes in their day.

21:16 | Mitch announces his two main highlights from the week which he never would have imagined doing prior to this statewide lockdown.

24:00 | If you are a fan of the podcast and are free at 4pm Pacific Time on Thursday afternoon, listen up! 

28:59 | Sports fans rejoice as “The Last Dance” Michael Jordan documentary and the NFL Draft both air this week!

39:33 | GUEST: John Tesh jumps aboard to chat about his new autobiography Relentless which details his entertainment career and battles with cancer and addiction.

1:02:07 | GUEST: Jason La Canfora swings by for a pre-draft overview to discuss top prospects, notable position groups, and projected strategy by the Seahawks.

1:20:12 | GUEST: Brady Henderson and Joe Fann join Mitch for the first Seahawks No-Table to break down key offseason acquisitions and areas of need heading into the draft beginning Thursday night. 

1:55:52 | Mitch and Scott share the readings of their excitement meter heading into the NFL Draft. 

1:57:55 | The WNBA Draft made an emotional tribute to the young women that perished in the helicopter crash involving Kobe Bryant.

1:58:25 | As the coronavirus saga drags on, the outlook on how to proceed with lifting the lockdown is becoming increasingly polarizing.

2:01:25 | Joe Buck received a million-dollar offer to call play-by-play for something that involves balls, but is not a sport.

2:04:26 | “The All-In Challenge” is another illustration of how sports brings people together in positive ways.

2:07:11 | Mitch’s home state is not represented well when playing “The Florida Man Game”. 

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Episode 87 – Fred Couples Tales from Augusta, Bitersweet Virus Update, & Zoom Craze Explained

RUNDOWN

Today’s episode begins with a song that is fitting for the day of its release! Mitch talks about what he and his family did for his birthday and the guys weigh in on an interesting statement made by Kevin Garnett. A four-pack of guests including Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, Fred Couples, Bloomberg Journalist Drake Bennett, & Seattle Dragons President Ryan Gustafson. Later, Mitch and Scott chat about the Unfiltered TV Theme Song Tourney, haircuts at home, and their cautiously optimistic perception about where we are in the course of this virus.

GUESTS

  • Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding | Harvard Epidemiologist & Senior Fellow at Federation of American Scientists
  • Fred Couples | PGA golfer
  • Drake Bennett | Bloomberg journalist
  • Ryan Gustafson | Seattle Dragons President

TABLE OF CONTENTS

0:00 | Will this iconic sports tune emerge as a contender in the Unfiltered TV Theme Song Tourney?

18:11 | Episode naming rights are awarded to one of the handful of notable 87s in sports history.

22:44 | Mitch’s birthday was on Saturday and his family put together an in-home celebration.

28:46 | Kevin Garnett perked up Sonics fans’ ears with a recent comment about helping to bring a team back to Seattle.

31:38 | Scott was stunned when he realized who was in the booth during an old broadcast of a college hoops game from 1990.

37: 08 | GUEST: Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding returns for a COVID-19 update and the steps needed to nip it in the bud.

54:50 | GUEST: 1992 Masters Champion Fred Couples joins the show to shares some memories from his countless rounds at Augusta.

1:27:08 | GUEST: Bloomberg Journalist Drake Bennett breaks down the timeline of Zoom’s rise in popularity primarily during the coronavirus period and its prospects of long-term success.

1:45:12 | GUEST: Seattle Dragons President Ryan Gustafson reflects on the shortened 2020 XFL season and the takeaways that can be applied to either the NFL or a future expansion league.

1:57:20 | A random reference about a cast member of Taxi sparks Mitch’s memory…coincidentally…about the actor’s keen sense of memory. 

2:02:28 | What are we supposed to do with haircuts since all the barber shops are shut down?

2:05:38 | If you have a loved one that is on the front lines in health care, we are still accepting donations to send Zeeks Pizza to our local heroes.

2:10:29 | The actions by billionaires Bill Gates and Rockets owner Tillman Fertitta in response to coronavirus are in stark contrast of one another.

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Episode 87 – Fred Couples Tales from Augusta, Bittersweet Virus Update, & Zoom Craze Explained

RUNDOWN

Today’s episode begins with a song that is fitting for the day of its release! Mitch talks about what he and his family did for his birthday and the guys weigh in on an interesting statement made by Kevin Garnett. A four-pack of guests including Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, Fred Couples, Bloomberg Journalist Drake Bennett, & Seattle Dragons President Ryan Gustafson. Later, Mitch and Scott chat about the Unfiltered TV Theme Song Tourney, haircuts at home, and their cautiously optimistic perception about where we are in the course of this virus.

GUESTS

  • Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding | Harvard Epidemiologist & Senior Fellow at Federation of American Scientists
  • Fred Couples | PGA golfer
  • Drake Bennett | Bloomberg journalist
  • Ryan Gustafson | Seattle Dragons President

TABLE OF CONTENTS

0:00 | Will this iconic sports tune emerge as a contender in the Unfiltered TV Theme Song Tourney?

18:11 | Episode naming rights are awarded to one of the handful of notable 87s in sports history.

22:44 | Mitch’s birthday was on Saturday and his family put together an in-home celebration.

28:46 | Kevin Garnett perked up Sonics fans’ ears with a recent comment about helping to bring a team back to Seattle.

31:38 | Scott was stunned when he realized who was in the booth during an old broadcast of a college hoops game from 1990.

37: 08 | GUEST: Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding returns for a COVID-19 update and the steps needed to nip it in the bud.

54:50 | GUEST: 1992 Masters Champion Fred Couples joins the show to shares some memories from his countless rounds at Augusta.

1:27:08 | GUEST: Bloomberg Journalist Drake Bennett breaks down the timeline of Zoom’s rise in popularity primarily during the coronavirus period and its prospects of long-term success.

1:45:12 | GUEST: Seattle Dragons President Ryan Gustafson reflects on the shortened 2020 XFL season and the takeaways that can be applied to either the NFL or a future expansion league.

1:57:20 | A random reference about a cast member of Taxi sparks Mitch’s memory…coincidentally…about the actor’s keen sense of memory. 

2:02:28 | What are we supposed to do with haircuts since all the barber shops are shut down?

2:05:38 | If you have a loved one that is on the front lines in health care, we are still accepting donations to send Zeeks Pizza to our local heroes.

2:10:29 | The actions by billionaires Bill Gates and Rockets owner Tillman Fertitta in response to coronavirus are in stark contrast of one another.

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Episode 86 – Facing the Coronavirus Facts, Masters Memories with Ken Green, & Hawes on Huskies Hoops

RUNDOWN

Mitch and Scott begin by remembering 1986 which you’ll find out are characterized much differently! Then, they honor the late Tom Dempsey and his memorable 63 yard field goal. Also, with six years since his passing, Mitch tells some classic stories about his Dad and unveils the ground rules for an NCAA tournament style bracket challenge of best TV theme shows. Guests include Jorge E. Rodriguez M.D. to answer coronavirus FAQs, Ken Green to share some stories from playing in the Masters, and Spencer Hawes to chat about UW basketball. Last but not least, the guys run down their odds and ends including Rex Ryan’s harsh words about Amari Cooper, rising popularity of odd entertainment options in the quarantine period, and delivering pizza to local heroes battling the virus. 

GUESTS

  • Dr. Jorge Rodriguez | Researcher & Clinician
  • Ken Green | Fomer PGA golfer
  • Spencer Hawes | Veteran NBA center

TABLE OF CONTENTS

0:00 | 1986 was a great year for “The Golden Bear”!

16:28 | RIP Tom Dempsey whose notable 63 yard game winning field goal still ranks as one of the greatest kicks in NFL history.

20:01 | Nominees for episode naming rights are surprisingly slim for number 86, so the guys get creative.

21:40 | Over three weeks into the quarantine lifestyle and it isn’t getting easier!

26:03 | Mitch shares some stories of his Father including the NCAA tourney tradition whose passing was six years ago on the date of the recording.

40:49 | The guys lay down the rules for the Unfiltered TV Theme Song Bracket Challenge.

47:34 | GUEST: Well-regarded for his major network television and radio appearances, Dr. Jorge E. Rodriguez shares best practices to prevent contracting and spreading coronavirus. 

1:02:39 | GUEST: With the 2020 Masters postponed, Ken Green stops by to share some stories from his several rounds at Augusta.

1:28:34 | GUEST: Spencer Hawes weighs in on Isaiah Stewart’s departure from Montlake to the NBA and the complexity of “one-and-dones” at UW.

1:56:14 | Rex Ryan spouted harsh commentary toward Amari Cooper which many argue crossed the line.

1:59:14 | “Tiger King” is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid as the TV hit is sweeping the nation.

2:00:55 | Have we really reached the point of watching NBA stars play video games for entertainment?

2:03:30 | Robert Kraft whose image had been scarred in recent years is helping in the fight against coronavirus by providing 300,000 face masks to New York.

2:04:07 | Mitch Unfiltered is partnering with Zeeks to provide pizza to our local heroes on the health care front lines.

2:06:10 | Manchester City soccer player Kyle Walker is busted following an investigation that revealed a complete lack of compliance to social distancing.