Gen Z Unplugged: Exploring Dream Destinations, Music Trends, Sports, and More!

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Gen Z Unplugged: Exploring Dream Destinations, Music Trends, Sports, and More!

Hosts: Jack McFarlane & Nick Schlemmer

This week on The Play by Play podcast, Jack McFarlane and Nick Schlemmer chat about many of the trends in the Gen Z world.

– Top ten cities Gen Z is moving to

– Next big trends in music

– Update on college basketball predictions

– Game time!


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Transcript follows:

Jack McFarlane 0:16
Hello, everyone, and welcome to the HR Happy Hour Network. This is The Play by Play podcast hosted by myself, Jack McFarlane and Nicholas Schlemmer.

Nick Schlemmer 0:24
Hey guys, how’s it going?

Jack McFarlane 0:26
Today, we have a very exciting episode to bring you as we’re gonna be going over two different, distinctly different, I should say, Gen Z trends that are new to 2023. And a very fun light hearted sports recap to round out the show.

Nick Schlemmer 0:39
So it’s gonna be a great show today. Let’s just jump right in. So starting off, we’re going to be talking about major cities among Gen Z, mainly focused on towards how Gen Z is moving to different cities across the US.

Jack McFarlane 0:55
Yeah, so I think this is a very interesting topic. But just before we started, I like to say that all the data is gathered from the Census Bureau. And it takes into account Gen Z, Gen X, millennials and baby boomers.

Nick Schlemmer 1:09
Yeah. And so some of the trends that we have here is that major metropolitan areas are seeing population losses for each generation, except the Gen Z, which is kind of interesting. I think, income the first or the five largest US cities being New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia, all had net migration increases for our generation Gen Z, versus all the other ones, while showing decreases in the millennials, baby boomers, and everything else.

Jack McFarlane 1:42
Yeah, no, I think it’s really interesting doing the research for this. It was pretty much every city except Houston are the ones that we that we researched, had losses, net losses since the start of 2023 to March of 2023. In every category except Gen Z.

Nick Schlemmer 2:02
So yeah, like so some of these, like none of the top cities that the Gen Z is looking to move to are out west.

Jack McFarlane 2:11
Yeah. Which is interesting.

Nick Schlemmer 2:14
And kind of the most top five, I guess you could say states that we are looking for are Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Arizona, and South Carolina. So we’re covering a lot of those warmer regions is what I’m picking.

Jack McFarlane 2:28
Yeah, a lot of the trend was down south or out east, but not really Northeastern, like a lot of southeastern a lot of warmer. And what I noticed is that with Gen Z, most, most other generations are looking for the small town, the out in the middle of nowhere, but Gen Z is distinctly looking for big city with lots of job opportunity. And I think that’s the driving factor behind what we’re seeing in these trends is the job opportunity.

Nick Schlemmer 2:56
Yeah, definitely. And another thing I noticed was that none of these states that we that we found are Midwest, not the flyovers. Even the people leaving, none of them are looking to go to that middle ground in the US it just kind of a no go zone.

Jack McFarlane 3:16
Yes. And you know what, say what you want about our flyover states, we love them. Yeah, maybe the trends need to come I kick it up to the Midwest here.

Nick Schlemmer 3:24
Yeah, maybe the Midwest needs to kind of pick it up. I know. Whether, like, that’s the difference.

Jack McFarlane 3:30
You know, what diversity and weather? Yeah, diversity in weather is what is our big drop, they’re gonna have hot summers and cold winters that get best of both.

Nick Schlemmer 3:37
That’s a great example. We’re currently in Nebraska at our college. And the other day, it was reaching 80 degrees. And we wake up the next morning for the it’s it’s only getting up to about 42 That day, like it is just incredible how it changes.

Jack McFarlane 3:54
So come on trends come towards the Midwest, you know, yes. But kind of moving away from state specific back on the job opportunity. I did some little extra research into that just for a couple of the major cities and like New York City and New York obviously, has over 3 million job opportunities, I believe it was like 3.2. And then some of the other cities was you know, DC, LA and Chicago all had over 2 million job opportunities, not jobs that are currently being worked, or that just in general, it’s like jobs that you could get right now.

Nick Schlemmer 4:26
Yeah. Is that covering like your entry job versus the?

Jack McFarlane 4:30
I mean, it’s, you know, entry job to high executive working in a company working on the street, you know, everything and it’s just classified as a job opportunity.

Nick Schlemmer 4:40
Yeah, Jack. That was a very interesting point. They kind of based on what we researched in, not necessarily just the Gen Z but with everything else other generations as well. The top 10 cities where people are looking to move cities like DC, Columbia, South Carolina, Boston, Massachusetts, Atlanta, Georgia, Austin, Texas.

Jack McFarlane 5:00
Yeah, and then rounding out the list Nashville, Syracuse, New York, Philadelphia, Madison, Wisconsin, and Tampa, Florida. Now what stands out to me in that list if you’re looking through, okay, you know, Austin, Nashville, Tampa, those are pretty warm. But then Madison, Wisconsin Madison. Yeah, that’s pretty cold. Like it kind that is the one city that I found that typically is going against the trend. All the other ones, you know, are on the east or down south, except for Madison. And that was the only city in the north and in the Midwest, that was growing based on these recent census bureau data that just came out.

Nick Schlemmer 5:43
Very, very interesting that Madison is on that list.

Jack McFarlane 5:47
Yeah. And I think it also ties into with the job opportunities.

Nick Schlemmer 5:51
Yeah, I guess they’re really expanding. So now we’re going to talk about just some examples from the start of 2023. Until March of 2023, kind of the each generation separated into its own gain and or net loss of population.

Jack McFarlane 6:09
Breaking down the numbers kind of breaking down the numbers.

Nick Schlemmer 6:11
So we’re just gonna start off with LA, Gen Z, we’ve seen like a, they’ve had a boost of Gen Z, roughly, like 1300 More Gen Z. And then with the millennials, which is just a huge number, compared to everything else on our list, they’ve seen a decrease in almost 11,000 10,500 people leaving that area. So if you mentioned earlier on the show, they’re not looking for that LA city life, LA city life may be a lot of a younger crowd a little bit more hyped up a lot louder, do something like that. With Gen X as well, we’re also seeing a decrease and with baby boomers. So it seems like the LA area in particular is really looking for that younger crowd, or it’s attracting the younger crowd.

Jack McFarlane 6:58
And you know, I just had a thought off top my head with that. Do you think that has anything to do with social media? Because in some of the other cities, it’s not as severe as La losing, you know, 11,000, millennials, 8800. Baby Boomers. Do you think it has anything to do with that influencer lifestyle? Or, you know, just wanting to get famous off social media at all?

Nick Schlemmer 7:18
Yeah, no, that’s a good point. I think it does. I think personally, that LA just the opportunities for social media out there. Like, yes, you can do social media from absolutely anywhere. But just the people that already live there that are already are influencers, just moving out there and then trying to join them. It would just it would only help.

Jack McFarlane 7:38
Yeah, that’s a good point. No, and then another city that actually goes against the trend of decreasing because of where it is, is Houston. So they are seeing a bunch of Gen z’s. They’ve had a net gain of about 3000. In just Gen Z, and millennials about 2500. And then Gen X about 300. Those are all net gains, baby boomers still on the decrease at negative 400. net loss. But I thought it was interesting. I think it really shows that you know, the down south, that’s where everyone’s moving more they want more.

Nick Schlemmer 8:12
Yep, yep. And then kind of going up to the east side of things, per se, with Philly. Philly is saying a Gen Z huge increase of a net worth about 6300. And more. Yeah. And everything else is almost in a decrease besides millennials. There’s only a few millennials that are looking to use what Yeah, plus 400. Everything else is between minus 450 for the Gen X and the baby boomers, baby boomers, excuse me, was minus 3300.

Jack McFarlane 8:47
Yeah, I mean, I think that’s kind of was the trend in most cities, like, I mean, we have Chicago on here as well. And that’s another one where it’s plus about 1300. net gain for Gen Z. But then everything else is a net loss. I mean, millennials, you’re you’re losing 15,000 millennials in three months, as a net loss. I think what this data and what the top 10 list of the city’s goes to show is that if you’re looking for that younger talent, if you’re looking to hire people just getting into the workforce, then you need to go to these cities like you might want to steer clear of a Chicago and go down and look in Houston.

Nick Schlemmer 9:21
Yeah, yeah, definitely not. I like that point. Like for for some of these new and upcoming businesses. Yeah, they’re going to be looking for those states where a lot of the Jin z is, is graduating towards moving towards but for some of those companies that have just been set in stone for years and years, they have their solid workforce already, and maybe not don’t have too many just entry level jobs that Gen Z may be looking for. They’re probably fine to stay in those states.

Jack McFarlane 9:47
Yeah. Can we go what I think is going to happen is that you’re going to see almost like way back, you know, like industrial revolution where like Detroit out of nowhere just became this massive city. I think you’re gonna start seeing that a lot down south where It’s warmer in the next, you know, 50 years, when all of Gen Z is finding the workforce, I think you’re gonna see some cities like, really, really becoming massive, like a New York style city but down south.

Nick Schlemmer 10:12
Yeah, definitely. Definitely. One more trend for you guys. In this segment, country music historic rise, as the country music has seen, it has just hit historic highs.

Jack McFarlane 10:33
Oh, for sure. And I think a lot of that, and the numbers do show this is due to the rise of music streaming, not just in country music. Yeah, but I’ve got some music streaming statistics here for you, Nick and for our audience. From 2020 to 2022 global music subscribers, surged 26.4% Which, okay, that’s a decent percent. What is that? Actually, number wise? That’s like 523 million more music subscribers. So that’s things like Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, Prime music, YouTube music. I mean, the list goes on and on. It is blowing up out of nowhere. It’s becoming an industry at this point. Music streaming makes up 84% of music industry revenue as a whole, not just the streaming revenue, but the whole music industry. 84% revenue is made up from streaming services. Ad 2.1 million Americans say that they do pay for music streaming. And I think we’re both in that. Right? You have Spotify Premium, I have Apple Music, and the number one reason for that is no ads. Yeah, that’s that is where they get you. You can listen to free music, like the radio, or even on Spotify or Pandora. But what if you pay for it, you won’t have any ads, you get any song you want. And you can skip as many times as you want. And so I think due to these factors of music, streaming services, this is why country music has surged, especially in 2023. In the short, you know, four months that this year has been.

Nick Schlemmer 12:09
Yeah, yeah. And kind of going back to that add point of how many people are paid subscribers. It just kind of it’s It baffles me for say that. It’s I know, like, if you follow along listening to the radio, it may be only 3045 seconds of commercials. For some reason. That just makes me so mad. It feels like forever, that last song ends, and then somebody else just talking about whatever it may be. It was like, Yeah, I want the next song. Yeah. So people are willing to pay. A lot of them aren’t too pricey, honestly, per month, like Spotify, maybe like 10 to $15 a month, depending on what plan you have.

Jack McFarlane 12:50
And then their student plans that are cheaper as well.

Nick Schlemmer 12:53
But like you said, having the ability to unlimited skips, you can play any song in your whole playlist without being told no. Like, you have to just hit random. And then yeah, like I said the ads.

Jack McFarlane 13:06
Yes. And I think with your point, I would predict that we’re almost going to see the death of the radio, just because every car now has an aux cord or charging cord that you can play music through your phone through your surround sound. And mean play any song you want no ads whenever you want, how many times you want. I think the radio is really going to be in trouble here.

Nick Schlemmer 13:29
And kind of like moving on to the Bluetooth side there as well. You mentioned the ox for like, Yeah, almost. I can’t remember when the first car that had Bluetooth put into it, but it seems like at least around we are on the college town. Everybody has some kind of Bluetooth speaker or it’s in their car. And everybody listen wants to listen to a certain song at a certain time. Exactly. And like you said that could be the death of the radio slow death like the radio. You can’t do that. It’s the radio decides to play.

Jack McFarlane 13:59
Yeah, exactly. And then I mean, I got some statistics from the new Morgan Wallen album. You know, it’s the biggest country album right now and of the past couple years it’s only been out for a month two months just Yeah, couple myself blown away. I mean, this talk about benefiting from streaming services when someone can just play your album over and over again. I mean, he it’s been number one on the album charts not just in country but on album charts for a month straight. He has sold over 500,000 units in the first week of the album coming out wow, it’s like hard covers with so and that I mean that’s hard covers but that also includes Digital Albums or streaming services as well. This is where it all kind of ties in together. And it makes you know a very popular artists makes new album add in streaming services blow up. Yeah, I mean it is absolutely historic. The numbers this album is getting.

Nick Schlemmer 15:02
Yeah, it’s just crazy how his album has just blown up here recently, but I kind of want to take it back a step, let’s go before 2020. I just kind of want to talk about that country music used to thrive on the live music spaces, the country halls, the bars. And like I said, the tours that other artists go on. And this is before 2020. And before 2020, there wasn’t, there was still music, streaming services, but it didn’t have so much of an impact as they do now. And then I have some streaming data fast you guys from 2019 to 2023. In 2018, the average country music stream, all songs included was about 900,000 to now 2023, it’s 2.3 million average streams for country music.

Jack McFarlane 15:50
And I believe that is a day, I would like to say that 2.3 million average streams a day now get it that is everybody in the world on every streaming service, but from 900,000 to 2.3 million in just four years. If that doesn’t show you how historic this rises, then I don’t know what will.

Nick Schlemmer 16:08
Yes. It’s incredible what we’ve seen here recently, yeah,

Jack McFarlane 16:12
and just because streaming is so popular, it is the number one there are other ways that people still listen to music, like, and especially country music. Streaming, number one is the most common radio slash video is that number two, which is still popular for now. But like we both predict radio is going away. It will slowly decrease down this list. And then this is interesting. So at number three is hardcover, like albums. Yeah, not CDs, but like vinyl albums. So in 2019, sales were like 6.6%, pretty low, it was the most uncommon way to listen to an album, especially a country album, that has gone up to 27.2%. So the rise of the vinyl is, maybe it’s the nostalgia or the throwback of it or owning the actual thing that is coming back. Yeah. And that is interesting. I believe that will overtake radio, maybe not in a couple years, but maybe in like a decade, I think that will overtake radio. And then finally CDS is the opposite. They were at 63%. And they’ve dropped to 43%. And it’s it’s going down fast going down fast. No one is buying CDs. No one is listening to CDs, they have taken CD players out of cars. You can’t buy a CD player anywhere. It’s going away.

Nick Schlemmer 17:31
Yeah. And the CD and the radio kind of goes hand in hand when you think about it. Because if you have a CD player, chances are it has the radio capability. So I think we’re going to we’re going to kind of kind of see like a I don’t know if a trend there would be but yeah, it would be a trend because the CDs and the radio.

Jack McFarlane 17:48
slowly going down as vinyls and streaming is going up. And

Nick Schlemmer 17:52
on the vinyl thing. That totally makes sense because just like in my buddies here at school, almost every one of them wanted to go out and buy a vinyl record player. Yeah, just and I have one. I actually do have one. And like nowadays, the artists for like the cover of the albums, they’re making them like cover art is a really big deal. Yes. Like if your album just looks cool, people are building by it and not even to just listen to it, just to have it to design it on the wall.

Jack McFarlane 18:21
And the artists know this. And I mean, that’s why they’re doing it. You see, I’ve seen some crazy crazy arm covers and you’re like, that makes no sense. Then you look at the vinyl and it’s like, I want to hang that on my wall. Like it’s a whole nother level of sales.

Nick Schlemmer 18:36
Yeah, yeah. And and we’ve been talking about country music here for a little bit but country music as you mentioned before, it still is behind your hip hop, rap your your pop. Those three genres will probably always be the top three.

Jack McFarlane 18:55
I would think I would have to disagree because I think we’re gonna see rock slowly drop and I love you know, rock metal music I love. I’m a big fan, Metallica, Van Halen, I love it. But I feel like most people our age don’t. And so right now rock is I believe number two or three countries sending it for the most popular music in America genre music in America genre. And rocks at number two or three. I think that’s going to slowly drop off. I really do. And so I think it’s going to be hip hop, pop and then country and then country I’d say give it you know, 30 years and that’s what you’re gonna see. That’s my bold prediction hot take.

Nick Schlemmer 19:37
No. That could be a good prediction because something else that that we came up with here was the rise properly with the social media. Yes. So like you said Iraq we may see a kind of decline that threes in country move into that three spot because of what social media can do to a song.

Jack McFarlane 19:57
Yes, genre so true. I mean, You go on any social media, and you watch a video, what are the three types of genres you’re gonna hear, you’re gonna hear a hip hop song, a pop song, or country song, that’s very, you will neither rock song it is very slow. Unless it is a Stranger Things video with Master puppets. That’s the only time that I can actually think of hearing like rock music on social media. And so like you said, I think that has played the second biggest role in country’s rise of popularity. And then the last thing that I think has helped, and I like to think of Nelly, you know, you think of Nelly, he’s, you know, hip hop, you know, country grammar, like, you know, he likes country music, but he’s a hip hop artist. Yeah, him and what a lot other people are doing. They’re taking hip hop artists and collaborating with country artists.

Nick Schlemmer 20:48
Yeah, it makes for like a new style of song. It really is. And a lot of them I say is actually pretty, I’m a fan. They’re fun. They’re more upbeat. Country Songs are just kind of like guitar, but yeah, not necessarily banjo, but just a slower pace. And then you bring in that hip hop artists to like, add some spice to it. Yeah. And it just completely revamped the song.

Jack McFarlane 21:09
Yeah, it’s not like, it’s not just country music. There’s more levels to it. Now. It’s, you know, the pop country, hip hop country. So classic country. Yeah. And I think nearly everyone should go listen to it. We love Nelly. We’re from St. Louis. But he’s got a pretty good it’s like a hip hop country album with a lot of top country artists. But I think those are like the major things impacting country music. Alright, guys, we’re gonna jump into the final segments here today. I know we’re both excited for it. It’s going to be light hearted. It’s going to be fun. We’re doing a little bit of a sports review. We’re going to be going over to start our college basketball predictions from Two episodes ago. So if you want to kick us off, what did yours look like?

Nick Schlemmer 21:54
So yeah, so my top four teams for our match match March Madness brackets at Kansas, Alabama, Miami and Houston. Those are the teams that I just kind of want to watch out for. Sadly, only one of those teams really made a row. A lot of the big name schools, particularly Kansas was out very early. They lost to a 16 seed in I believe was Fairly Dickerson.

Jack McFarlane 22:18
Yeah, they lost to a 16 seed.

Nick Schlemmer 22:22
And notable thing here, my Alabama. So for anybody who didn’t know I had Alabama winning their conference tournament. Jack had Texas A&M. Yeah, this is the SEC and this sec and sure enough, Alabama beats Texas A&M for the

Jack McFarlane 22:39
championship game, but I’ll bet Okay, you got me there. You did. But I would like to say in the big 12 I picked Texas to win. And you picked Kansas and who played in the championship game? Well, sure enough, Texas and Kansas. And who won by 20 plus points. Yeah, Texas, hook em horns. Yeah, we’re not going to talk about the March Madness with Miami here, even though I’m sure you want to.

Nick Schlemmer 23:07
So as I said, Miami was one of my four teams and I had my way Miami going all the way. They made a run to the Final Four. But sadly, UConn was just a scoring they’ve got to be stopped. They beat every team from round 64 all the way to the championship game by over 15 points.

Jack McFarlane 23:27
Yeah, it was it was ridiculous. But I mean, what my heartbreak March Madness came at the hands up your Miami because I had Texas winning it all. I was, you know, I watched all the games I was hyped for Texas. I thought there’s no way we go into the Miami game and the Elite Eight win and through halftime all the way up until about 10 minutes left and in Miami. It’s like we’re gonna break your heart.

Nick Schlemmer 23:53
Started to turn to turn on the jets in the fourth quarter.

Jack McFarlane 23:56
I have to give the March Madness round to you. As your your number one team made it beat my number one team and made it farther. So March Madness goes to you. But I’m giving myself the conference championships because I went three for five out of our predictions. I had the big 10 I picked Purdue and the big 10 I lost the SEC. I also picked the PAC 12. We both picked the PAC 12 To be fair with Arizona. And then we both lost the ACC Yeah, I had NC State that was a bust. Yeah, we should have known do. I mean? How do we go against Duke? Yeah, they’re there the grandfather? Yeah. Is there always just good? No, it doesn’t matter. They’re seeding. They’re gonna win it. And so we tried we tried to pick something else but yeah.

Nick Schlemmer 24:43
And changing sports. This week is the biggest week best week for the golf nation worldwide. Oh, yeah. Masters. The Masters week.

Jack McFarlane 24:54
Yeah, it is the most fun week. It’s almost like March Madness is kind of the Seems like you’re gonna watch the Masters Thursday through Sunday. Whether you’re in class out golfing, do whatever you’re doing, you’re going to be watching it. It is just, it’s the most fun tournament in golf.

Nick Schlemmer 25:11
It is we see the biggest name players from from now multiple different tournaments. Yeah, PGA and live PGA live and also some amateur tournaments as well. Yep. All those amateur mentors and stuff like that. And a notable notable topica or noble person from the amateur tour. Sam Bennett, Sam Bennett. He is what he was six.

Jack McFarlane 25:34
So he was for under yesterday, and did it again today. So he is an amateur, which means he is not a professional yet.

Nick Schlemmer 25:44
He does not have social status yet.

Jack McFarlane 25:46
He is a college kid goes to a&m won the US amateur open, which is a tournament of college kids. And that’s how he qualified for the Masters. So they’re not supposed to do very good. They’re supposed to get last. He is now in third place. Out third place after two days is in

Nick Schlemmer 26:04
third place. And he’s playing with the world number one golfer in his in his tea time.

Jack McFarlane 26:09
Yeah, he played with John ROM and Scottie and Scottie Scotty, who I mean, he it’s just insane what he’s doing. Number I mean your leaderboards. Here’s Brooks cap, get 12 under he just want to live tour, he’s playing good golf. Then you have the world number two, or three and John rom at nine under. And then you have Sam Bennett, the amateur at eight under for solo third After two rounds, which is unprecedented. It’s like Tiger level of crazy what we’re seeing.

Nick Schlemmer 26:42
Because especially in the Masters, just from what we’ve seen in the past that if you’re not for one under par, but if you’re not on that leaderboard, even after the first day, but definitely the second day, your run is is probably

Jack McFarlane 26:57
Yeah, you’re hoping you’re for

Nick Schlemmer 26:59
our shot for being on that leaderboard top 10 huge prize pool is probably

Jack McFarlane 27:06
Yeah, I mean, who do you think based on you know, were two rounds and two rounds to go. Half the field is now gone. Who do you think is going to win at all if you had to pick right now?

Nick Schlemmer 27:17
So I haven’t watched anything today sadly, which is the round two, which today? I still like Jordan Spaeth I believe he is still in it.

Jack McFarlane 27:25
Let me let me double check where he is. He is tied for six. He is five under today. He went to under Yeah, he’s still in it. He is my favorite tool when it that I think that he’s always speed is impressive. He’s a very impressive Yeah. And it’s worth noting that you might think please 500 But Brooks kept his 12 under Well, I mean, look at Rory he went five over today BricsCAD could could easily go five over tomorrow like it is it is close. If you’re on the top 20 Even you have a chance if you’re under par you have a chance. So I liked that pick up speed.

Nick Schlemmer 27:59
Most of us know. All it takes is one hole to just mess up that scorecard in that round. To where you could go from a first place down to like 10th place Yeah, matter of one hole.

Jack McFarlane 28:11
And I gotta say i i mean I’m not the biggest fan of bricks Capcom. So maybe I’m a little biased, but he has an awful mental golf game. Because when it’s when he’s on he’s on he’s on top of the world. But the second he makes a mistake it’s over. He will not forget it and you’ll you’ll watch watch him make a mistake and then watch the scorecard the rest of the round it gets worse and worse. So I don’t think he’s going to win. I don’t think he’s gonna win. My prediction is column more kala coming into it with Scotty. Scotty has kind of fallen out of a little bit. He’s only one under but I think on Mark I was doing good. He’s tied for fourth at six under so just ahead of speed. He was a world number one. He’s in the top five after watching full swing watching what he does to prepare in his practice. I mean, it shows that on the golf course it’s kind of I think he’s got it. Or Sam Bennett though. Go Sam Bennett. We’re both rooting for him.

Nick Schlemmer 29:07
That’d be insane to see to see him win the whole thing. Yeah, Jack. We’ve had a great show today. But little do you know Nick put together a surprise oh my gosh, no way. As you all know, we love to do the game time. I’m always the player. Oh my gosh. But today we are flipping the roles. I have game time. Oh, he did not. This is out of left field. This is way out of left field. Oh, I’m excited.

Jack McFarlane 29:40
I really did not know I can’t stress this. I thought we were just about done. Hold on. Hold your horses. Let’s do it. What are we doing?

Nick Schlemmer 29:48
So we’ve done this in the past where Jack has given me just random items that are sold at auction. Oh, and you have to guess the price. In a certain range. I have 10 of them listed. Okay, so Lesson What are you shooting for out of? out of 10?

Jack McFarlane 30:03
What do you shoot four out of 10?

Nick Schlemmer 30:06
And these kinds of very, like random things. All right,

Jack McFarlane 30:09
I mean, this is I’ve set up this game before. It’s a hard game. It’s a hard game do very well with this game. I’m going to aim for five out of 10 Five 50% Is the aiming point, you know, this is the test and I didn’t study so there we go.

Nick Schlemmer 30:23
So let’s see how Jack can do. All right, so we have the very first Superman comic, original. Okay, what do you think is so.

Jack McFarlane 30:32
Okay, so I know that comics are very collectible, so they can really get up there? Yes. And price. Now that being said, I don’t know what getting up there in price for a comic is. I’m just gonna go first number that comes to mind. $25,000 25,000

Nick Schlemmer 30:50
I would hate to say it, but you are way out of the box. Oh, no. The first Superman comic was 3.20

Jack McFarlane 30:57
3.2 million million for a comic.

Nick Schlemmer 31:02
Yep. It was sold at auction for 3.2. Wow. So sadly Oh, for one.

Jack McFarlane 31:07
I think I need a mulligan on that. Oh, wow. Okay, all right. We’re not out of it. First of all blooper Here we go. Next one.

Nick Schlemmer 31:14
This one’s interesting. And you may not know who this is. His name is Roger Bannister. What he is known for is he ran the four minute mile.

Jack McFarlane 31:22
Okay, yeah, I saw it. You know, you’re talking about these

Nick Schlemmer 31:24
are those shoes that Oh.

Jack McFarlane 31:28
Okay, four minute mile. four minute mile. Shoes. These are very important. These are this is history history in the shoes. Okay. I know I’m scared after the comic. 3 million. Okay. Can not be and

Nick Schlemmer 31:41
Like I said the prices range from really high. I mean, they’re all high. Yeah.

Jack McFarlane 31:47
Okay. Oh, shoes. This is not I’m gonna. I’m gonna stick with around. Kind of what I just guessed. I’m gonna guess. 15,000 for the shoes.

Nick Schlemmer 31:59
These sold for $400,000

Jack McFarlane 32:08
Wow. No. Do you think they were on? Do you think that person wears shoes? Okay. All right. All right. So still out of bounds out of bounds on that one.

Nick Schlemmer 32:19
All right. So this one’s very, this is another interesting one. It is a baseball. Okay, it was sold in 2006. So bit older. It was signed by Joe DiMaggio. Okay. And Marilyn Monroe.

Jack McFarlane 32:32
Okay. Totally. It’s gonna be expensive. Totally different. Well, you know what they said about them doing? Yeah. And this will be expensive. 1006 Okay. Okay. All right. I have a better idea. I’m going to be closer on this. Hopefully. I’m gonna go with 1.3 million.

Nick Schlemmer 32:51
It actually only sold for 191

Jack McFarlane 32:54
Oh my gosh, how much did that baseball with the whole Yankees? Go for it. That one was expensive. And that’s what I was thinking of. Like, it’s got to be around that guys. This is not going. Alright, over three. Here we go.

Nick Schlemmer 33:08
All right. So the this is the original pair of the Nike Air Max shoes from Back to the Future.

Jack McFarlane 33:13
Okay, I got it. i Well, no, I actually don’t know. So this ones in 1000. Yes, I think I do know this one. I have heard this before. Hopefully I’m right.

Nick Schlemmer 33:25
They’ve since recreated the shoe. And this one is the very original what it sold for.

Jack McFarlane 33:32
So it is in the 1000s. Now, I’m definitely thinking of a price but I don’t know if it’s the remade shoe or the original. I’m going 20,000

Nick Schlemmer 33:41
I will give it to you. They came in at 37 Oh, let’s go they sold back. I can’t I don’t remember the exact year. back then. It was 37,000.

Jack McFarlane 33:50
Okay, really after the move. All right. All right. That feels good to get one on. One for four. Guys. All right,

Nick Schlemmer 33:56
number five. The chair that JK Rowling said in she wrote the first two Harry Potter books.

Jack McFarlane 34:03
Now we’re talking is it a folding chair, whatever it is just a

Nick Schlemmer 34:07
wooden chair all kind of has her name and some engravings on it.

Jack McFarlane 34:11
Oh, that’s gonna be way back in 2016 2016. Now Harry Potter’s huge. Harry Potter. His people love Harry Potter. Oh, gosh. I mean, that’s a lot of history. It’s in the 1000s in the 1000s. Okay, I mean, that’s a lot of history. And now there’s somebody like low 1000s Yeah. You know, I’m gonna go $432,000

Nick Schlemmer 34:38
I’ll give it to 394

Jack McFarlane 34:41
Let’s go we’re heating up. We’re heating up. That’s pretty close. to five. Yeah, here we go. We’re on two in a row is what I like to think of. Okay, so

Nick Schlemmer 34:49
this one is, this really struck my attention. So it is a once living a full size Tigershark body and Oh, it’s not just the skeleton, but it’s been preserved in some form of like a gel thing. Yeah, inside of just a clear display case. So it is like you just picked up a shark out of the ocean and put it in a display case. Wow, somebody bought that.

Jack McFarlane 35:16
Now that is a flag. That is something that says, hey, I’m rich. Yeah, okay, this is going to be very expensive. Oh, cool. Okay. Okay, cuz I’m thinking you got to catch it. Then you got to preserve it and store it. I mean, the container allows me to it’s huge. Like I said, it’s not just a skeleton. It’s Yes. It’s the whole thing. The whole it’s the whole thing. Wow. Wow. All right. I’m gonna guess 1.1 5 million.

Nick Schlemmer 35:43
8 million.

Jack McFarlane 35:45
Oh my god. 8 million. Yes. First shark. First shark so I’m gonna take me fishing. We’re gonna get rich. 8 million. Wow. two through six. Yeah. Okay.

Nick Schlemmer 35:58
All right. So this one’s a fun one. The original Hollywood sign. Oh, this actually it was interesting. You said it sold on eBay. It’s so funny. So I guess somebody bought it and sold it again. But okay, letters of the Hollywood’s

Jack McFarlane 36:14
Wow. Okay, so first off. I mean, this is iconic. It’s just sat on the side of a mountain. These are huge letters. Yeah. This is not going to be cheap. At all. This is not gonna be cheap. I mean, I’m trying to paying per lead. I think one letter would sell for a million. I’m gonna go. I’m gonna go 5.3 9 million.

Nick Schlemmer 36:41
It actually only sold for $450,000

Jack McFarlane 36:45
That hurts the soul to hear 450,000 But the shark sold for eight mil short sold for eight guys. What are we doing? I should have known it was sold on eBay. Not on an actual auction. So Oh, we got to get back in the fairway.

Nick Schlemmer 36:58
Yeah. So this one’s fun. It is a baseball card. When it’s a Mark Zuckerberg. It was whenever he was a child.

Jack McFarlane 37:07
I’ve seen this.

Nick Schlemmer 37:10
It’s okay. It’s signed by him. And it’s sold in 2022.

Jack McFarlane 37:14
So I did hear about this. I don’t remember the price. So but it is. Okay. Think baseball card. I’m a baseball card collector. I know these cards get expensive. And it’s Mark Zuckerberg. Yeah, it’d be a joke. child holding a baseball bat. Little T ball picture. I’m gonna go $897,000

Nick Schlemmer 37:36
It only came in at 105.

Jack McFarlane 37:38
Guys, this is not going.

Nick Schlemmer 37:40
Oh my goodness. If I remember correctly, I think you’re at what two? I have to say I have more than two.

Jack McFarlane 37:47
I did. I I think you had four. If I was when I wasn’t good. I mean, doing better than me. Yeah, I can turn it around. There’s two more I can tie you Here we go. We’re going for the tie.

Nick Schlemmer 37:57
So this is Buzz Aldrin’s is white moon jacket.

Jack McFarlane 38:01
Oh, no. Okay, this is okay. All right.

Nick Schlemmer 38:07
Not like a spacesuit. I guess just like, yeah, just a moon jacket that he

Jack McFarlane 38:12
would wear. Okay. I mean, this talk about history and a piece of clothing. Now, I want to go with my instinct. But that has been so wrong today. I’m gonna go. I’m gonna go opposite of my instinct and go cheaper than I think. And I’m gonna go $812,000

Nick Schlemmer 38:36
It was actually 2.72 point 7 million. So

Jack McFarlane 38:42
I was thinking my original thought was like 175. But ah, all right. Okay, I gotta get the last one. In this one you may have seen before. Okay,

Nick Schlemmer 38:52
sSo this is back in 2016. With somebody paid to have lunch with Warren Buffett.

Jack McFarlane 38:56
Oh, no, shout out Warren Buffett alumni. Yeah, Braska. Please give me some money buddy.

Nick Schlemmer 39:03
They actually paid to sit down and have lunch with him at a steak house.

Jack McFarlane 39:07
Wow. Not the price of that dinner. No. Hopefully Warren covered the dinner. Yeah, we’re just okay. This is going to be expensive, even though I feel like maybe Warren should have to pay for the person because he’s got unlimited money. Oh, wow. Wow. Lunch and steak house with Warren Buffett. This is tough. I want to think it’s, it’s got to be fairly expensive, but it can’t be that expensive because if you had like millions and millions, you might just know him and get to go to lunch with him. So I’m gonna go $93,000

Nick Schlemmer 39:47
3.5 million. Somebody paid three and a half million to eat lunch with Warren Buffett.

Jack McFarlane 39:56
Okay, if you have enough money to pay 3 million to go to lunch with him. Warren Buffett, you have enough money to reach out to him and be like, Hey, do you want to have lunch? What are you doing? Yeah. What are you doing? You know, you know what they’re doing? They’re making me look bad. That’s what they’re doing. Oh, no. So we came in for performance.

Nick Schlemmer 40:19
You know, he may have failed the test. That’s all right. I failed every one of my game times.

Jack McFarlane 40:24
All right. Wow. Okay, that was so much fun. That really caught me off guard. Well, next time, I’m going to do better. Now we have something to build upon.

Nick Schlemmer 40:34
Yep, definitely. And then guys, as Jack has mentioned before, we did the game time. The quote of the show. This one is from the world renowned author and speaker Tony Robbins. You should I think you would know who he is. Yes. He said the only impossible journey is the one you never begin.

Jack McFarlane 40:54
Yeah, that is a very good quote.

Nick Schlemmer 40:57
Guys. That has been The Play by Play podcast. Glad you guys tuned in today.

Jack McFarlane 41:02
Yeah. Thank you guys very much. It was a little bit of a longer episode, but we hope you guys had some fun.

Nick Schlemmer 41:08
We had a lot of fun. There’s a lot of fun. Thank you if you stayed all the way to the end.

Jack McFarlane 41:11
Yes. Thank you very, very much. We hope you guys have a great day. Yep.

Nick Schlemmer 41:15
And bye for now.

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