You’ve seen trick shot videos on the internet before. Talented college kids chucking basketballs from the upper deck, rooftops, moving objects, and any other crazy spot you can dream up — and get it right into the hoop. But what America hasn’t seen is a little kid trick shot video – until now.
Watch the video below:
Glenn interviewed the kid’s dad, Joseph Ashby, on radio this morning:
Transcript of their interview is below:
GLENN: There is a ‑‑ there’s a video that is absolutely unbelievable and it’s got, like, I don’t know, 3 1/2 million views now and it’s been sweeping for a while and it is of this little 2‑year‑old kid that is shooting the basketball and, you know, you’re like, okay, well, he’s shooting the basketball. He’s got a little teeny basketball and he’s right up next to, you know, a little plastic basketball hoop. And as the video goes on, it gets more and more incredible, until he’s on the basketball court, like 2, throwing a basketball and I mean, really amazing trick shots and everything else. And you think that there’s no way this ‑‑ there’s no way this kid is ‑‑ I mean, this has got to be ‑‑ how is this possible? Well, we found out earlier this week that the kid’s dad is Joseph Ashby and he is the morning host on our affiliate in Wichita, Kansas, KQAM. And he’s on the phone with us now. Joe, how are ya?
ASHBY: Doing really good. You picked the greatest time to have me on the air. We’re about to go through a security checkpoint at LaGuardia.
GLENN: Oh, congratulations. Congratulations on that. Good luck. And you’ll enjoy ‑‑
ASHBY: You know, I always wanted to meet ‑‑
GLENN: Hang on just a second. Do you have a cigarette? Because you’re going to need one afterwards.
ASHBY: I don’t.
GLENN: I’m glad ‑‑
ASHBY: I’ve always wanted to meet you, Glenn. I thought it would be under different circumstances. When I started hosting the KQAM morning show, I thought this is going to be great, Glenn Beck’s going to hear me and he’s going to ask me to guest host and it’s going to be awesome. And now I’m meeting you because my 2‑year‑old son can make cool basketball shots. It’s a little different than what I had in mind but it’s cool.
GLENN: You’ll have to come down and I’ll pretend to be interested in you. But you’ll have to come down and bring your son with a basketball hoop. We’ll have to ‑‑
GLENN: He’s amazing. Did you ‑‑ where ‑‑ did he ‑‑ how did this happen?
ASHBY: Well, it was sort of an accident. It’s funny to see everybody’s reaction because he does it so much that we didn’t ‑‑ you know, we like it but we didn’t really think as much of it as everybody else does because he started when he was real young and he made, like you say, little baskets, close range with small balls and a big hoop and then it just blossomed from there. Now he can do fairly high hoops with proportionally size ball that looks pretty awesome.
GLENN: But he’s like, he seems to also kind of understand physics.
GLENN: I mean ‑‑
PAT: Trick shots and all that.
GLENN: He’s doing trick shots where he knows if I hit this one, it will go ‑‑ he’s amazing.
ASHBY: Well, I’m an aerospace engineer by trade. So maybe I passed something along in the bloodstream in that respect.
GLENN: Now come on, are you being serious? No, you’re not.
ASHBY: Here’s the thing. My one regret for the video is that I didn’t do it like four months ago because he could make all those shots again. And I could have said two things: Number one, that he was only 1 instead of 2; and he could have endorsed Mitt Romney and maybe turned the tide of the election.
PAT: Yeah, it would have been great.
GLENN: Would have been ‑‑ would have been great.
GLENN: Can I ‑‑ by the way, the video is up on TheBlaze.com right at the front page at the top of the banner. It will just say see the video that was on the Glenn Beck morning show today. But you’ll have to see this video. I mean, I’m ‑‑ you know, these trick shot videos are really amazing when you get somebody, you know ‑‑ you know, some college star or something and he’s doing these amazing trick shots. This is incredible to see this little 2‑year‑old do this. Anyway, so Joe, let me ask you something. Should I call you, is it Joseph or Joe?
ASHBY: Joe’s fine.
GLENN: Joe, let me ask you ‑‑ first of all, let me thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I mean this sincerely, for sending us Sebelius. What the hell is wrong with you?
ASHBY: I don’t know. I was ‑‑ now listen to me. Listen to me. This is not my fault. I took over this morning show last year in May and so Governor Brownback had already been elected. So I wasn’t here to put my hand out and stop the course of history until then.
GLENN: Holy cow. How does a ‑‑ how does a state go from Kathleen Sebelius to Brownback? I mean, isn’t that a little steep of a pendulum swing?
ASHBY: Basically she was sort of like the female version of John Kerry and instead of marrying into money, she married into politics. A famous Western, you know, political Kansas family, right? All these conservative rural voters love the name Sebelius and that was really a tide‑Turner in the election. Go figure.
GLENN: Unbelievable. So now Kansas is trying to ‑‑ I mean, looks like Brownback is trying to turn us into ‑‑ turn you into Texas which ‑‑
ASHBY: He said, in his state‑of‑the‑state address earlier in last month, I guess it is, he said look out, Texas, here comes Kansas. So you talk about people moving to Texas, which is totally cool that I’m trying to turn my state into Texas. So…
GLENN: Well, you know, some states actually have a chance of grabbing onto freedom and there’s a few of them now that are starting to do it, and I’m glad to hear that Kansas is ‑‑ Kansas is doing it. Except you have Agenda 21 now in Kansas.
ASHBY: Well, yeah. The main ‑‑ Wichita is the biggest city in Kansas and the county that it’s in, the county commissioner is like, yeah, we’ll take the grants and there are a few strings attached but it’s nothing out of the ordinary. And if they ever ‑‑ you know, if it ever gets hard, we can just drop it. If they ever ask us to do anything we want, we’ll just stop taking grants.
ASHBY: And I’m like, yeah, okay, because governments ‑‑ always say no to free money from the federal government.
GLENN: That’s right. And when you take the free money and it’s got the strings attached, it’s so easy to cut yourself out of that. They don’t mind.
ASHBY: It’s so easy.
GLENN: They don’t mind that they gave you all that money and now you’re like, no, I’m not going to do that. They love that.
ASHBY: It’s like the trick shot. You know, I keep getting these merchandise people. They’re like, we want to send you our stuff. And I’m like, really? What for? And they are like, oh, I don’t know, if you ever make another video, maybe you could use our basketball hoop in it. I’m just like, oh, I see how it is.
GLENN: So you’ve got all these basketball hoops coming, though, right? I mean, you’re not turning down ‑‑
ASHBY: We’ll probably have a houseful of them by the time we’re done.
GLENN: You’re not getting rid of that. Well, Joe, I’d love to meet you sometime. It’s great talking to you and I guess keep up the ‑‑ well, I was going to say keep up the good work with your son but I mean, you’re not really doing anything. You’re just standing around watching him, taking a video.
ASHBY: I’m the choreographer. So you’ve got to give me a little bit of credit. He has my genes. You’ve got to give me a little credit for that, but it’s mostly him.
GLENN: Does he watch basketball? Is he fascinated by it?
ASHBY: That’s kind of the cute story is when he was, like, prewalking, early walking, he would kind of cuddle with me at night when I watched NBA League Path on my laptop and so as soon as he was able to walk with, you know, out help and whatever, he knew what to do with a basketball.
GLENN: That’s really incredible. Thanks, Joe, I appreciate it. We’ll talk to you again.
ASHBY: Hey, you know, I’ve got to get back. A lot of other countries have been giving me media requests and the deposed prince of Nigeria needs my help. He didn’t mention the video but I figured I better do something for him. So I’ve got to go.
GLENN: All right. Well, you have fun in Nigeria. Thanks a lot, man. Bye‑bye.
See that video now at TheBlaze.com. Pretty ‑‑ pretty amazing.