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What happened in Netflix's Tiger King, Episode One

What happened in Netflix's Tiger King, Episode One

Netflix's seven-episode documentary, Tiger King, follows the life of a man who calls himself Joe Exotic. Not only does he own over 200 big cats on his private zoo in Oklahoma, but he is also accused of being involved in a murder-for-hire plot. The series has animal rights activists, a true-crime plot and some wild characters (pun intended). Lucky for you, we are recapping each episode.  

Episode 1: Not Your Average Joe

"Monkey people are a little different... big cat people are backstabbing pieces of [expletive]." 

We are introduced to Joe Screibvogel aka Joe Exotic via a phone call from The Grady County Jail. Accused of involvement in a murder-for-hire plot against a well-known animal rights activist, he is being threatened with the 79-year sentence. 

No story ever starts with a man in jail. This story spans years and years of feuding, way before Netflix decided to ask, "what is going on with people keeping big cats in this country?" back in 2014.

A man with a mullet, eyebrow ring and a baby tiger in hand appears on the screen. This is Joe Exotic. 

He began building Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park (G.W. Zoo)  in 1999 and is now home to almost 200 big cats and other exotic animals. His staff, described as a family of misfits, is introduced to us one by one. 

There is Erik, John aka "Rink", and Kelci aka "Saff". Each member of this "family" seems to have two things in common: They came to G.W. Zoo in need of a place to belong and unwavering love for these cats. 

Note: It is illegal to keep big cats and other exotic animals as pets in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. So, don't get any ideas. 

The love Joe Exotic has for these cats is very apparent. He believes that people will protect what directly affects them. So, if you hold a baby tiger and look it in the eyes, how could you not feel the need to save the rainforest? 

He hosts a live stream each night on Joe Exotic TV to talk about two things, his love for his cats and his hatred for Carole Baskin. 

Baskin, a flower-crown wearing animal rights activist and owner of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida, has a mission to save animals that are bred to be kept in cages, like the ones at the G.W. Zoo. 

Their feud began in 2006, we learn. Joe Exotic was traveling around to shopping malls showing off his animals. Carole would email (and encourage others) to reach out to the owners of the malls to refuse his traveling show. The malls would become overwhelmed with emails that Joe and is show would get banned. And thus, the cycle continued. 

This feud, however, involved more than just the two of them. PETA was on Carol's side and a man named Doc Antle, a fellow private zoo owner was on Joe's.

Doc Antle owns and operates a private exotic zoo in Myrtle Beach, SC. His animals have been featured in movies such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dr. Doolittle, and The Jungle Book. 

Like Joe, he too just loves his cats and wants to keep his zoo out of the hands of people like Carole. And it seems, Joe will do it by any means necessary. 

"This is my little town," he says of the zoo. "I'm the mayor, the prosecutor, the cop and the executioner."

Joe and Doc seem to believe that Carole is worse than them. She is profiting off of her cats while "brainwashing" others to believe that they are hurting their cats. 

"People who really love animals are rarely ruthless," Doc explained that is exactly what Carole is, ruthless. 

Note: I don't want to give anything away... but in future episodes, we really get a definition of the word ruthless. 

Episode one ends with a flash-forward to the phone call from Grady County Jail. "Before this is over... I will shut everybody down," Joe Exotic warns. Even after one episode, it's clear that Joe Exotic is not messing around. 

In The Loop: Ilya Samsonov relaxing, PK Subban's workout, 2021 QB commit shows insane skills

In The Loop: Ilya Samsonov relaxing, PK Subban's workout, 2021 QB commit shows insane skills

First up in our look around the sports world, Washington Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov looks like he’s been enjoying his quarantine just a little bit. He posted this video on his Instagram of him relaxing on a rock near a lake.

Meanwhile, P.K. Subban doesn’t look like he’s relaxing at all. He’s too busy working on his fitness:

Finally, San Diego State QB commit Will Haskell is showing off his skills during summer workouts, but these aren’t just any regular skills. How many people can throw a spiral under the legs, behind the back AND while jumping over a human... go ahead tell me, I’ll wait!

World Team Tennis to start season mid-July in West Virginia with fans

World Team Tennis to start season mid-July in West Virginia with fans

World Team Tennis will start their 2020 season in mid-July and play the entire season at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, the WTT announced on Tuesday.

The league will be the first tennis association to return to play since the coronavirus outbreak halted sports in March. 

The whole 63-match regular season will be held from July 12 through Aug. 2. Fans will be permitted to attend up to a 20% capacity (500 fans) and follow state health ordinances. Matches will be broadcast on CBS, CBS Sports Network, Tennis Channel, ESPN+ and WTT.com.

The suspension of the ATP and WTA Tours until Aug. 1 will allow the top professional players to play the team season without conflict. 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, two-time major winner Sloane Stephens, Sam Querrey and Bob and Mike Bryan are just a handful of the professionals playing in the league.

“All of us at World TeamTennis are extremely grateful to be able to play the 45th World TeamTennis season and present professional tennis to our sports-starved and tennis-starved audiences through our media partners at CBS Sports, ESPN and Tennis Channel,” WTT CEO Carlos Silva said in a release.

“The overwhelming feedback from our players is that they want to play WTT and are comfortable in doing so in a safe environment, which is our number one priority. West Virginia has among the nation’s fewest cases of COVID-19 and I’m grateful to The Greenbrier, the city of White Sulphur Springs, and Dr. Jill Justice for being so welcoming and allowing World TeamTennis to play on in 2020.”

The league says they will conduct the necessary testing and screening of all participants. Personal protective equipment will also be provided to all parties. 

World Team Tennis has nine franchises across the United States. The Washington Kastles have won six WTT titles with their most recent coming in 2015.