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“A podcast about the intersection of sports and politics. Each episode will feature rants from the hosts as well as a deeper dive into a main topic that examines how sports and politics are connected in our society”

Andrew, Ed, and Zak


    • Nov 23, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    • 51m AVG DURATION
    • 94 EPISODES


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    Requiem for our Justice System

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 59:34


    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where today we wrap our collective heads around a week that provided us with both the very best that boxing has to offer while showing us the absolute worst our broken criminal justice system has to offer. We lead with dispatches following the Terence Crawford/Shawn Porter championship fight, covering the high caliber performances of both, the victorious Crawford's legacy both present and historical, and what to expect next from Omaha's favorite native son. We are forced, unexpectedly, to turn to Kyle Rittenhouse's acquittal of all charges following the shooting deaths of two protestors in Kenosha, Wisconsin last summer. Where are we, as a country, when a white man armed with an assault weapon can cross state lines, arrive at a protest, take two lives and wound a third, and be faced with not only zero consequences but celebration from many prominent names on the right? The trial of Ahmaud Arbery's killers in Glynn County, Georgia is also underway, and if the verdict delivered in Rittenhouse's favor is any indication, we may soon be witness to yet another atrocity by the hands of our broken legal and justice system. In between we carve out a few rants, as Zak examines the entrance of a new rival for his beloved URI Rams following Loyola-Chicago's departure from the Missouri Valley Conference for the greener pastures of the Atlantic 10; Andrew considers pundit and ex-Jets' coach Rex Ryan's bewildering change of heart on the the coaching acumen of present Jets' head Robert Saleh; and Ed rounds us out with takeaways from the inane ramblings our esteemed House Minority Leader provided us during his marathon 8-hour turn on the House floor this week.


    Changes in Attitudes, Unchanges in Altitudes

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 51:03


    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week your hosts take the temperature of some of the recent changes in leadership across sports and politics. To the shock of no one, the expected returns are not great! Tune in, as we take Collective flamethrowers to UConn's hiring of noted failson (but former NFL coach!!!) Jim Mora, Jr.; the Virginia gubernatorial election with a focus on victorious businessman/huckster Glenn Youngkin; fissure in New York's Democratic Party following a Buffalo mayoral election pitting moderate incumbent and GOP-favored Byron Brown versus progressive socialist India Walton who had originally defeated Brown in the party's primary; and finally Jason Kidd, a curious choice by the Dallas Mavericks as head coach for obvious on-the-court reasons but also considering Kidd's history of domestic violence coupled with the organization's recent problems regarding sexual harassment and improper workplace conduct. But it's not all bad, as we conclude with a toast to Boston mayor-elect Michelle Wu following a victory that made her the first woman and person of color to be elected mayor of the city on a hill. But first some rants, as Zak leads us off with, to put as mildly as one can, a scathing rebuke of Dave Portnoy and his merry band of twisted sycophants for their efforts to downplay graphic accounts of sexual impropriety committed by the aforementioned scumbag; Ed details the hypocrisy of the Baseball Hall of Fame in the case of member Bud Selig and how it could be that many of his meal tickets, namely Barry Bonds, continue to sit on the outside of Hall induction; and finally Andrew comments on the myth of Coach Mike Krzyzewski and the shameless self-indulgence of the athletic farewell tour.


    Workplace Culture in Major Sports

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 58:10

    Welcome again to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week your hosts examine three organizations across three different sports all overtaken by scandal in recent weeks. We start with the Chicago Blackhawks, where an investigation into sexual assault allegations dating back to 2010 found that coaches and management chose not to address the matter until season's end so as not to be a “distraction.” ESPN published a bombshell exposé on Phoenix Suns' owner Robert Sarver, detailing a work environment enveloped by racist and sexist behavior perpetrated by Sarver. Finally, we weigh in on the Washington Football Team, and how a proven toxic workplace culture of sexual harassment, bullying and intimidation has here to this point yielded merely an insignificant fine and protection from accountability by Roger Goodell. We assess and compare how each league has or has not addressed these respective scandals and what to expect moving forward. But first we rant, as a Collective, on this week's first release of the College Football Playoff rankings. Your hosts return a unanimous decision opposing undefeated Cincinnati's exclusion from the top four slots, and cry foul on a committee made up of power-five kingmakers protecting their own in the face of competitive integrity.

    George Steinbrenner: The original Trump

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 47:19


    Welcome again to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week in deference to our season-wide theme of criminal justice and sports, your hosts examine the life and crimes of George M. Steinbrenner III. Like many bull's-eyes on the proverbial Collective dartboard, Steinbrenner is born into the dual advantage of white privilege and inherited wealth. His beginnings as a shipping magnate of the Great Lakes eventually leads to ownership of the New York Yankees in 1973. Until his death in 2010, George assumes a massive celebrity persona in New York City, not unlike a certain businessman who failed all the way upwards to eventually become President. Like Donald Trump, Steinbrenner's outspoken brand of cult of celebrity somewhat overshadows a life of serious white-collar crime. A tale of two cases: illegal contributions to then President Richard Nixon in 1974 under the veil of “bonuses” to shipbuilding cohorts that results in a paltry fifteen month suspension from commissioner Bowie Kuhn, and what was a mere 2-year suspension in 1990 from Fay Vincent for employing honorable gambler/snitch Howard Spira in a vain attempt to accrue unsavory information on future Hall-of-Famer and noteworthy Steinbrenner free-agent signee Dave Winfield. A “Seinfeld” caricature, Miller Lite pitchman and presiding “boss” of 7 world championship Yankee teams seems to mask a far more unsavory legacy. This is the story of George Steinbrenner: authoritarian, thug, bully and criminal, this week on the Bill Bradley Collective.


    “The Arrival of the Golf Hooligan”

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 46:22


    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where it is a bonus week! That's right, join us for the newest addition to our catalogue of critically acclaimed Dollop-inspired installments. This week Andrew submits the definitive history of the 1999 Ryder Cup Matches. The bi-annual golf exhibition/corporate outing, profiled in broader strokes on a recent Collective episode, hit an unprecedented fever pitch in '99 at the Country Club of Brookline, Massachusetts. On the course it is a tale of two events. The underdog European side rode sublime play in the team sessions to get out to a seemingly insurmountable lead by the eve of the concluding singles session. But the Americans flipped the script on that final Sunday, matching the European level of play at the start of the week and then some en route to a historic come-from-behind victory. Yet the golf is merely part of the story, as this Ryder Cup is remembered well beyond the 14.5-13.5 outcome. The major talking points include: financial grievances from top American stars in the run-up to the event; the abhorrent conduct of some patrons in the direction of the European contingent; the putt that ensured American victory and the indecent celebration that followed, and American captain Ben Crenshaw deploying a video message from fellow Texan and future president George W. Bush for inspiration on the eve of the final day. The 1999 Ryder Cup will forever have a complicated legacy in the annals of golf history, and the legacy of that week is the story here, on the Bill Bradley Collective.


    The Myth of the Moderate

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 43:34


    Welcome again to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week your hosts channel their combined furor in the direction of the elected political moderate of 2021. Manchin. Sinema. Romney. Collins. Murkowski. Chances are you've been inundated with the names of these five U.S. senators through the Trump/Biden presidential news cycles, but why? Because they allegedly straddle the lines of left and right, of liberal and conservative, much to the admiration of modern news outlets and political journos, merely to fulfill the false narrative that “moderates” broker deals and “moderates” bridge the gap between the opposed sides of the political aisle. A complete fallacy, and one your noble hosts aim to explain this week, but not before submitting a pair of somewhat collective rants aimed at two principals: an enigmatic pariah who formerly ran the Brooklyn Nets backcourt and the NFL's most influential scribe/hypeman. Join us, as Zak and Andrew break down the details of and fallout from Kyrie Irving's removal from the Nets' 2021-'22 campaign amidst vaccine refusal and nonsensical explanation via Instagram; and Ed brings us home with a takedown on of ESPN's Adam Schefter in the fallout of the Jon Gruden termination and recently brought to light editorial malfeasance performed at the seeming behest of the Washington Football Team's upper management.


    Urban Blight

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 55:28

    Welcome again to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week your hosts deep dive the career and present legacy of collegiate and for the time-being NFL coach Urban Meyer. His tremendous on-field success at the reigns of Utah, Florida and Ohio State are perhaps only overshadowed by Meyer's unseemly departures from the latter two programs. A tenure in Gainesville that yielded two national titles is blown up at the end by the toxic culture cultivated by Meyer's lack of accountability or oversight for rampant off-field transgressions by his players. He later bolts Columbus following an explicit cover-up of domestic abuse by a prized assistant. This leads us to his maiden challenge in the pro's as the current head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, a tenure just months in that is in serious jeopardy on the heals of an 0-5 start and much worse a post-game interaction with a female patron in Meyer's own restaurant that appeared to be no less than wildly inappropriate and perhaps bordering on predatory. The question of Meyer's future is a question about the very soul of college football, the media and how accountable we hold so-called “leaders of men.” Will the heretofore failure, both on and more importantly off the field, of an NFL Meyer experiment coupled with disgraced exits from multiple college jobs expel he and his shamed legacy from the sideline and/or commentary table going forward? First we rant, as Zak continues his offensive on the billionaire ruling class with a look into the Panama Papers and the contemptible means being taken to hide and withhold wealth; Ed considers the perilous state of what it is to be female in Texas and the unconscionable evil of those behind the Texas Heartbeat Act; Andrew examines a racist faux pas committed on-air during a nationally televised postseason contest and how Major League Baseball has no one to blame but themselves.

    A Cocaine Car Wash

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 46:36

    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week as part of to our season-long theme of criminal justice in sports we deep-dive the life and crimes of baseball ne'er do well, Lenny Dykstra. Coming to you from the intersection of the BBCollective and E! True Hollywood Story, “Nails'” footprint in our sporting culture is one of both brief on-field excellence and protracted off-field delinquency. Born into the great cocaine and ego-fueled Mets' of the mid-to-late ‘80s and later the overachieving Phillies of the early-‘90s, Dykstra's baseball career excels and declines as a product of injury and platoon, while off the field it is, to paraphrase Zak's hopeful conquering hero of Florham Park: all gas, no brakes. Dykstra's post-career rap sheet is one that would make some of the 20th century's most esteemed gangsters blush. A supremely accomplished con-artist and white-collar criminal par excellence, Dysktra's offenses run a proverbial gauntlet: sexual assault/harassment amok, drug abuse and DWI, economic impropriety and fraud, racial abuse, and on and on we go. And yet, Lenny Dykstra remains welcome on Howard Stern's airwaves and in the Barstool media sphere. Criminal justice, the cult of white blue-collar celebrity, and the fallacy of accountability: It is all this week, on the Bill Bradley Collective.

    What the Fuck is the Debt Ceiling?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 56:39


    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week your hosts attempt to answer the question many economic neophytes have had through our latest news cycle: what the f--- is the debt ceiling? At the center of recent political discourse amidst our latest Congressional standoff, the debt ceiling is something many find hard to grasp (including one of our very own), but fear not, for our resident politicos Zak and Ed are here to outline the debt ceiling's history and relevance to modern politics and economic policy. Exploited for electoral gain and manipulated for political expediency, the names change throughout the last half-century. Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich and his Republican controlled house, and most recently Trump; as one party decries government spending under the auspices of blue-controlled executive and legislative bodies, the very same party in fact raises the arbitrary spending allowance of our government to the extent that it fits their opportunistic intentions. But first we present a trio of appetizers in rant form, as Zak details the Geno Auriemma-cosplay of West Virginia's failed highest elected official; Andrew examines NBA COVID protocols with a nod to a former number one pick's refusal to take the most efficient shot of his underwhelming career; and finally Ed spotlights the irrelevancy of the man behind FiveThirtyEight via the lack of accountability taken by his oft-failed predictive models.


    The "Winona" Ryder Cup

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 55:39

    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week, in the run up to this year's event, we examine the Ryder Cup matches, a biannual contest between the United States and Europe featuring the top-12 golfers from each side. The Cup's unique format, where for three days perhaps the world's foremost individual athletic pursuit is contested collectively, is put under the microscope. The event's history, with a nod to 1979's introduction of continental Europe, 1991 as the year the Cup as we know it today came to be, and the manner in which the event has transitioned from American dominance to European supremacy is also highlighted. This year's host course, Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, and what to look forward to from the forthcoming 43rd Ryder Cup matches fill out the conversation Andrew's been waiting to have before a live mic his entire life. But first we rant, as Ed considers a Pennsylvania school district's outrageous decision to ban materials critical about race and racism, Andrew details a cringe-worthy 2018 campaign video that inexplicably led to victory for old Collective nemesis Brian Kemp, and finally Zak arraigns usual pod-hero Ms. Ocasio-Cortez for her bit of performative politics in her choice of wardrobe at this year's Met Gala.

    To Catch an “Alleged” Murderer

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 51:06

    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week your hosts examine the 2000 murder trial of future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis. Lewis' acclaimed career and distinguished on-field place among the game's greats are briefly detailed before moving to the events of January 31, 2000, where following a post-Super Bowl XXXIV party in Atlanta, a brawl involving Lewis broke out resulting in the stabbing deaths of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar. Shortly thereafter, Lewis and two associates were arrested on murder charges. Despite some evidence and suspicion pointing strongly in his direction, charges against Lewis are dropped in exchange for testimony against his companions from that night, Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting, testimony that proves useless as both men are acquitted that summer. The discussion turns to Lewis' life and career following that night. A year removed he is the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV and over the next two decades his celebrity in the game grows exponentially and in retirement he receives major studio exposure on ESPN and elsewhere. Controversial on-air and in-print statements from Lewis have also been a notable part of his post-NFL career, but strangely, much like the murky circumstances surrounding the night of January 30, 2000, seemed to have done little to diminish Lewis' legacy and place in the game. Why? That's what the panel attempt to flesh out by conversation's end. But first, as we are wont to do, a trilogy of rants: Andrew assesses the damage being levied to boxing by Triller's commitment to bogus contests and spurious grifters; Zak rails against the 12-figure theft in the name of tax evasion perpetrated annually by our top 1%; and finally Ed heaps a fresh round of shame on a certain $40 million dollar punching bag and Collective favorite following the commish's continued refusal to take even the slightest bit of action regarding Deshaun Watson.

    Labor Day the Collective Way

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 47:51

    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week in observance of Labor Day your hosts put the relationship between the NFL and labor rights and conditions under the microscope. A chronology of relations between the league and NFLPA sets the table: a look at work stoppages in 1982 and 1987 and the fallout and legacy of each, the famous collection of scab players that crossed the picket line, the legal fights that give way to the implementation of free agency, and the touchy historical maneuvering that grants the league certain antitrust protections. This gives way to the consideration of a column from former league player, NFLPA executive and now writer and on-air talent for ESPN Domonique Foxworth that outlines his belief in how and why decertification of the NFLPA would be beneficial to the union's membership. Foxworth contends the downsides of decertification: agent regulation, the financial risks in transitioning from union to association and the prospect of a separate entity unionizing the players and ratifying a new CBA, are outweighed by the fact that as advertising and television revenues have made the league's owners richer and more entrenched than ever before, it is only the sport's elite class that has benefitted financially, and in Foxworth's own words, those whose share has not grown “deserve to negotiate on a level playing field.” Consider it Labor Day the Collective way, but not before we throw three fists to the face of sports and politics with another fresh trio of rants, where Ed zags positive in celebration of Renee Montgomery and her direct role in the most recent chapter in Kelly Loeffler's demise, Andrew welcomes(?) an MLB journalist to the #resistance following his bitch-slap of a “proud father” and D-list Trump flunky on Twitter, and Zak leads us into the main topic in examining the controversial vaccination sentiments from friend-of-the-program Urban Meyer that produced (from this panel) an abnormal round of agreement, while conversely drawing considerable ire from the NFLPA.

    To Catch (but not hit) a Spy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 40:58


    Welcome to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week we present yet another of our award-winning Dollop-style in-season bonus installments, as Ed unveils the remarkably strange but true story of one Morris “Moe” Berg. Located directly at the three-way intersection of baseball mediocrity, higher education and international espionage, Ed's chronology of Berg's life and times render his Collective brethren floored well before even the halfway mark. Join us for the narrative of baseball's fourth greatest non-Gentile catcher, an adult life that commences with a pair of Ivy League degrees, followed by a professional baseball career that though otherwise feeble somehow spans nearly two decades across the AL, NL and Japan, before reaching his life's apex mountain in “retirement,” both as the Ken Jennings of the radio age and as an agent of the CIA-predecessor Office of Strategic Services involved in increasingly consequential and delicate situations in Eastern Europe. Labeled “difficult” by direct kin, fluent in seven languages but unable to hit in any of them, for a time confused with a celebrity comedic ignoramus sharing the same forename, and later portrayed on film by Phoebe Buffay's husband, Moe Berg's life was one of achievement academically, athletically and in service to his country, while also providing we, the Bill Bradley Collective, with a great bit of posthumous humor this week. Berg homered six (6!) times over the span of a fifteen-year MLB career, and yet it takes Ed a mere forty minutes to hit Moe's story out of the park.


    A Called Strike: Baseball, 1994

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 51:40

    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where with the dog weeks of the sporting calendar upon us, your hosts dive back into time with an examination of perhaps the most impactful labor stoppage in history, the 1994-95 MLB players' strike. Twenty-seven years ago to the month, the MLBPA, working amidst an expired collective bargaining agreement for the season's first five months, walked on August 12, 1994 and were not to be seen in a competitive game until April 25, 1995. The first time a labor stoppage eliminated an entire postseason across all sports and the first and only season in the World Series-era without one since 1904, the players' strike resonates to this day. Join us as we discuss the specific conditions that led to the strike in the early ‘90s, a history of labor/management relations in baseball leading up to 1994, the unique competitive and individual storylines that the strike sent to the wayside that season, and the ups-and-mostly downs Major League Baseball has experienced in the twenty-six years post-resolution. But first, another oppressive summer afternoon brings about a further round of hot Collective rants, as Ed lights a match under the ass of yet another GOP governor following his taking a particularly reprehensible position regarding COVID-19 protocols in our schools; Andrew examines a sordid political/social life intertwined with an historically accomplished pugilistic career on the day of what may be Manny Pacquaio's boxing swan song; and finally Zak welcomes a certain SpaceX and Tesla CEO back to the Collective firing line with a critical appraisal of his latest bit of tech-porn while considering what drives public interest in his vanity endeavors.

    Wall Street: Sports Never Sleep.

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 52:46

    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week we are coming to you from the intersection of Lambeau Field and the Fortune 500: an examination of the corporatization of sports. As consumers of sport we are exposed to it on a nightly basis: pre/post-show brought to you by “x,” halftime/intermission brought to you by “y,” telecast presented by “z.” Every athlete, franchise, broadcast and league are all to leveraged degrees beholden to corporate interests. The questions we seek to answer this week are fairly straightforward. Has the inundation of corporate advertising across each of the live and televised sports experiences hijacked enjoyment of the contests themselves? Does the athlete have corporatization to thank as the root for greater salary, social presence and Madison Avenue opportunity? Has corporate influence somehow “well-actually'd” their way into the good graces of the socially conscious fan in affecting some degree of real progress? All of that and more, but what's a Tuesday commute without a fresh batch of rants to set the table? First, with unabashed joy, Zak looks forward to the post-basketball career of a retired prep-to-pro eccentric with a look at his attempted foray into collegiate golf; with unabashed disdain Ed unloads on the overdue exit of Andrew Cuomo, the immoral return of Deshaun Watson, and the grim labels we accord to women in power versus women in peril; finally Andrew assesses baseball's wannabe second mid-summer classic, with a bit of love for the aesthetic but mostly shade for the game's namesake and messaging on racial equality throughout the sport's history.

    - "They're All Gone": Munich ‘72

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 57:59

    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week your hosts hop in the DeLorean and head back to 1972 with an examination of that summer's Olympic Games. Hosted by Munich on the heels of the problematic '68 affair in Mexico City, these so-called “serene” Olympics are best remembered for the Munich massacre, in which members of the Palestinian Black September Organization took nine members of the Israeli Olympic team hostage, after murdering two more. All nine hostages were killed shortly thereafter. The attack itself and how/why it unfolded as it did, media coverage and the decision to continue the Games in the wake of the tragedy are the focus. Also highlighted is the highly controversial gold medal game in men's basketball between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, as well as looks at two of the biggest individual stars of the games, American swimmer Mark Spitz and Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut. But first come an Olympic triathlon of rants, where Zak runs the duck test on the Russian Olympic Committee in calling bullshit on the entire purpose, Ed spotlights the peculiarities of both the modern pentathlon and the bylaws of karate; finally Andrew documents overcoming the inanity of the NBC/Peacock schedule en route to appreciating the triumphant performances of the American men's and women's basketball teams.

    Profile - The Story of The "Hurricane"

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 50:47

    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where today we present the second episode of this special double-drop week, centered around the life and impact of late American-Canadian middleweight contender, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. The theme for this season is criminal justice and sports, and as Carter's boxing career was cut short by a 20-year imprisonment following a wrongful conviction for murder in 1967, his story is well-fit for this season's profile feature. The circumstances of Carter's troubled early life set the table, as he bounces from juvenile detention to the U.S. Army to prison in his native New Jersey for assault. It is in the Army where Carter discovers boxing, and following his release from prison Carter turns professional and works his way up to a world-class level in the middleweight division. Not five years removed from prison, Carter finds himself and a late night triple homicide occurs in a Paterson, New Jersey bar and Carter finds himself and acquaintance John Artis as the principle suspects. The only “crimes” Carter commits that night are those of being black and perhaps in the wrong place at the wrong time, but that does not stop an all-white jury of convicting he and Artis of the three murders. A 1976 re-trial inexplicably finds Carter convicted for a second time, and it is not until 1985 following a petition of habeas corpus in federal court that Carter is finally freed. Carter's life and case famously gain the attention of Bob Dylan, as his 1975 song “Hurricane” asserts the singer's belief in Carter's innocence. A well-received 1999 biopic featuring Denzel Washington as Carter, “The Hurricane,” depicts Carter's trials, time in prison and eventual release. His is a complicated life. A life marked by violence, criminally as a youth and professionally by later occupation, gives way to a legacy as a foremost face of victimhood perpetrated by the ills of our criminal justice system. It's a story, broadly, about the black American experience, but just as important is that somehow, over fifty years removed from Carter's wrongful conviction, the circumstances of his life have never been more relevant to the discourse on criminal justice reform in this country.

    5 - A Case Of The Mondays

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 46:55

    Do not adjust your calendars, yes it is Monday and yes, we are the Bill Bradley Collective kicking off your work week with a special Monday drop. Following a busy and tumultuous week across the sporting world, your hosts had takes we couldn't fit into Tuesday's season profile so we went ahead and recorded a bonus installment for you, our faithful listener. Tune in as the panel examines the expected fallout from Texas' and Oklahoma's pending exit from the the Big 12 for the “greener” pastures of the SEC; a look at the just concluded NBA Draft and the biggest news item of that night, Russell Westbrook's trade to the Lakers and what to anticipate from Bodie's L.A. homecoming; and a conversation about the fire sale that was the MLB trade deadline, as a pair of recent World Champions gutted their rosters while fortifying baseball's big market powerhouses. What's a BBCollective experience without a proper rant or 3? Andrew describes the drastic stakes that awaited South Korea's top two male golfers entering the Tokyo Games; Zak condemns the tasteless jabs thrown from an A-list comedian at Simone Biles' in the fallout of her withdrawal from Olympic competition; and finally Ed details the latest bit of intellectual insolvency from a rising star in the GOP sphere following a mind-boggling take on socialized medicine. Don't forget tomorrow is Tuesday, and you know what that means. Coming to you tomorrow with this season's profile feature, something perfectly aligned with this season's theme of sports and criminal justice, we are the Bill Bradley Collective.

    Toky-no? & Our uncertain Olympic future.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 48:39

    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, more commonly referred to as the 2020 (2021?) Summer Olympics are underway, and your hosts are here to break down many of the major themes enveloping the events through a political and social lens. Ed frames the conversation around a terrific piece written on these games that asks a number of questions: what is the world doing in a country wishing they had never bid for these games in the first place? How does the United States leave home a premier sprinter for a positive marijuana test and in turn endorse CBD training supplements? How do we reckon the long-term kleptocracy of the governing bodies overseeing these games and our patronage of said spectacle? And perhaps most importantly, what does the future hold for the Olympic Games going forward and their very existence? But as we do in this space, the rants lead us in; as Andrew examines the Woodstock '99 music festival with a focus on the machinations that made the festivities the horror-show they were and how little we've learned as a country now over two decades later; Zak surveys the pissing contest between a pair of very public billionaire "entrepreneurs” following the culmination of their latest high-profile vanity projects, while asking why exactly we should actually care; and finally Ed puts England's PM's feet to the fire in the wake of his half-assed effort to assuage the despicable racial backlash hurled upon black English footballers following Euro 2020's (2021?) finale.

    - Our Draft Choices

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 51:10

    This week on the Bill Bradley Collective, your hosts venture into some familiar waters. You've heard us draft our favorite sports movies, draft our respective choices for the worst people in sports and in politics, respectively. But this week, we try our collective hand at amending sports drafts, namely the NBA and NFL's, with a concerted concentration on labor rights and economic feasibility. But first, we rant, as Zak implores high-profile athletes to set a precedent on behalf of COVID vaccination efforts in light of the fallout from the MLB All Star Game and postponement of 2021's most lucrative prizefight; Andrew assesses the latest set of falsities presented from the chaise lounge of President #45 regarding golf's grandest championship; finally Ed considers Illinois' formal ban of lying to minors under interrogation by police and the potential fallout nationwide

    The War on Drugs is back on Track

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 52:31

    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where with the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo somehow set to commence, we examine the suspension of American track and field sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson following a positive test for marijuana. Richardson recorded the fastest time at the U.S. Olympic trials in the 100-meter, just months after recording the sixth-fastest 100-time in women's history, qualifying her for the Tokyo games. She admitted to using marijuana following the recent death of her mother as well as to cope with anxieties brought on the pressure of Olympic qualification. Expected to be one of the brightest stars on Team U.S.A., how Richardson could be subject to discipline (from one of the most corrupt bodies in sport) for doing something *completely legal* (in Oregon) and how common sense was unable to prevail in getting her suspension overturned is the main focus of the conversation, while additionally touching on the opposite reaction afforded Michael Phelps by both the USOC and public several years ago, and also President Biden's soft both-sides messaging on Richardson's situation. But first we rant, where Ed tells an Orwellian tale of seemingly impossible wretchedness regarding passage in Texas of an-anti abortion bill that taps citizens to collect bounties on anyone remotely involved in the process; Andrew describes toxicity at ESPN in the context of serious journalists being stripped of the ability to do serious journalism on entities that the “world leader” has billions of dollars at stake in while Ed and Zak take on the Bristol cesspool in lieu of this week's Rachel Nichols/Maria Taylor controversy; Zak brings it home with a stark condemnation of American tax policy by contrasting the individual tax situations of the billionaire franchise owner, the millionaire athlete and the low-wage arena-concession laborer.

    OJ & America

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 46:13

    This week the Bill Bradley Collective ushers in season five on location before a live audience of friends, family and listeners at New London's own Draft Choice. The topic of conversation centers around the many lives of O.J. Simpson. One of the great collegiate and professional football players in modern history, Simpson's second act saw him stay immersed in the public limelight as a network commentator, screen presence and Madison Avenue pitchman. His celebrity hits a crescendo in 1994, as he stands trial for the murder of both his ex-wife and an acquaintance of her's in what may have been the most publicized criminal trial in history. Simpson's life is a microcosm of the collision of sports, politics, fame and race in America, and this conversation seeks to unearth what coverage of Simpson across each of his different acts says about society and how we reconcile the intersection of those forces. But first we rant, as Ed examines some of the recent transgressions of Florida's highest elected official; Andrew delivers a mid-season eulogy for his New York Yankees and laments the underlying forces behind their failure, and finally Zak considers the results of C-SPAN's Presidential Historians Survey and offers a harsh critique of the selection at number 29. A huge thanks to our fantastic hosts at Draft Choice and to everyone who came out and joined us live. The Bill Bradley Collective is humbled by your continued patronage, and hope you will join us next week and beyond for this, now our FIFTH, season with you.

    - Worst People In Politics Draft Results

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 49:39

    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week we close the curtain on season four and revisit our selections from January 2nd of the worst people across politics. It would not be a proper Collective draft without a little competition, so the format is as follows. 18 politicos were drafted in total, representing three six-member teams. Each host defends their pick in the order they were originally plucked, on the grounds of where they stood six months ago, what has happened since to perhaps enhance they're reprehensible standing, and the relative value of the pick: i.e., bonus regard for a selection perhaps drafted later that may have moved their way up the pecking order of political abhorrence in 2021. The other two panelists grade each pick on a 10-point scale using said criteria, and the average of the total is used as a grade. Super producer Brandon then tallies the grades for each pick by team, and the host with the highest cumulative point total takes the crown for their prowess in evaluating political abomination. The contest is decided by the narrowest of margins, proving there is no shortage of atrocities occupying political office or media soapboxes. Feel free to score along with your hosts and share your opinions on our Facebook page, or even better yet, join us live and in person this Saturday, July 3rd at New London's own Draft Choice and pepper us to our face with your dissent or accord. We will be kicking off season number *5* with a similar live draft, this one of the worst people across sports. Join us for great food, craft beers, or whatever you fancy and the kind of conversation that has kept you engaged enough to keep us going strong into a fifth season. Hope to see you all then, and thanks as always for listening, to the Bill Bradley Collective.

    Bonds' Bushes and...Balls'

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 60:19

    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where it is Father's Day weekend and we are here to commemorate it with a deep dive into paternalism at work across the spectrums of both sports and politics. We lead with a mini-draft of sorts, as each of your hosts highlight a series of father/son pairs in seeking to find the most athletically accomplished duo of them all. The positive and negative impacts a “sports dad” have had historically on their gifted progeny at the highest athletic level lead out the sports end of our conversation to the political. Fathers/offspring both achieving high reaches of elected office may not be terribly common, but is always newsworthy. A pair of libertarian “physicians” who between them combined approximately 15 minutes as beacons of GOP hipsterism, and a war criminal and the somehow nouveau riche de la résistance sharing his last name and record on foreign policy are singled out. We shift to the concept of the American political dynasty, and the machinations that have allowed singular bloodlines to influence our politics and the politics of high office across multiple generations. But first the rants, where Zak eviscerates the retired “Round Mound of Rebound” for his condemnation of cancel culture despite Sir Mound's own growing physical resemblance to a compound and an inglorious run on cable that should have seen him cancelled many years ago; a tandem run at COVID-protocols across sports in our as-yet-not-realized vaccinated future, as Ed examines an NBA superstar on the precipice of his greatest professional achievement and the positive test that has set that back for the foreseeable future and Andrew reconciles with the aggressive anti-vaccination position of a certain gritty, scrappy, high football/low real-life IQ guy in the wake of announced NFL COVID-protocols. In two weeks, ring in your 4th of July Weekend by joining us on July 3rd at New Londons own Draft Choice, where your hosts will both usher in a new season and will draft whom we believe to be the very worst people across sports. Hope to see you then, and as always, thanks for joining us on the Bill Bradley Collective.

    Rantapalooza II

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 48:27

    Welcome back...to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week you are cordially invited to the second installment of what we call Rantapalooza. That's right, three fists to the face of sports and politics in our rawest form: the rants that typically set the table for a singular conversation on a broader topic are the chef d'oeuvre on this Saturday where our individual grievances and musings are the headline attraction. Join us for this bi-annual tradition unlike any other, where Zak (without the use of Spider Tack!) retires the latest New York Yankee bilk on called strikes, buries a pair of big money bro donors and and the purported Dem they have their fangs sunk into, and finally details what happens when an Eagles fan in high elected office, a bankrupt reality TV business maven and a billionaire massage enthusiast walk into a bar; Andrew highlights an unfortunate double-standard in accountability within top-level women's athletics, calls bullshit on the “motivation” behind expanding the College Football Playoff, and sends Bob Knight's foremost apprentice off in a a blaze of ignominy; Ed exposes a dark racial underbelly to an institution better known for blue fields and underdog football theatrics; decries the categorization of “non-profit” to an entity with vast compensatory inequity betwixt member and charity, and a hopefully final thank you, fuck you, bye to the (VERY literally) old resident of BBCollective rants still representing 1% of our not-so-greatest deliberative body. Come for rants galore, stay for the details of our next remote: 4th of July weekend, Saturday the 3rd we will be live on location at New London's own The Draft Choice. We hope to see you all there and hope you join us this week and in the interim, at the Bill Bradley Collective.

    - La Lutte pour les Droits des Athlètes

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 56:07

    Welcome once again to the Bill Bradley Collective, where the topic de la semaine concerns the rights of athletes, specifically their rights as laborers, performers and/or contractors and how they are acknowledged and treated as such across sports by different leagues and institutions. Among the angles explored include the franchise/athlete dynamic in today's NBA era of player empowerment; the racial overtones that exist there in contrast to the current self-inflicted situation a discontented present and all-time NFL great finds himself in; the power of player unions in affording their members their rights; and the circumstances behind a star female tennis player's forced withdrawal from a Grand Slam event following her refusal to adhere to arbitrary media obligations in the name of mental health awareness. But first nous fulminons, as Zak highlights the repugnant convenience behind a social media behemoth's decision to censure the disgraced 45's presence for a mere *2* years; Andrew recounts some social media grenades, an all-time great (albeit scrubbed) post-round Q&A and a newfound macro-brew promotional effort in telling the tale of golf's latest petty war; and Ed circles back to Zak's Trump touchback, with an evisceration of our mainstream print news media's legitimization of falsehoods and fallacies from the desk of the shift manager at Mar-a-Lago. Thanks as always for joining us, and vive la Bill Bradley Collective!

    - # “resistance”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 53:38

    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week we dive into the deep-end of The Resistance. Formally adopted as liberal opposition to the Trump presidency, the #resistance movement grew to include many who have otherwise exclusively served GOP and conservative interests. Their credibility and bonafides in taking up the anti-Trump fight are examined, as is how an anti-Biden resistance is beginning to take shape five months into his administration. The conversation concludes with thoughts on resistance efforts in sports, with special consideration given to a WNBA team and their ability to turn a Senate election and the potential for Olympic boycotts both this and next year in opposition to social messaging censorship and human rights' crises. But first we rant, as Ed details the creepily puritanical and blatantly sexist motives behind a Florida school board's decision to digitally alter high school yearbook photos; Andrew rails about unruly fan behavior in NBA arenas casting a dark cloud over a week where the return of near-capacity crowds may otherwise have been cause for celebration; and Zak levies the blame for the Senate's failure to pass an investigation into the January 6th Capitol insurrection at the feet of a pathetic West Virginian's baseless optimism.

    - “Playoffs?! Playoffs?! You kidding me?”

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 57:35


    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, “Yes Jim Mora, we are talking about THE playoffs.” your hosts preview the now-underway NBA and Stanley Cup Playoffs. The matchups to watch, the narratives to monitor, and the picks to advance and eventually hoist the both the Cup and Larry O'Brien trophy in the next twelve weeks outline a conversation that also shines special light on two of the Collective home teams: one a pre-tournament favorite off to a hot start in a series holding the early clubhouse lead for “best,” and the other seemingly destined to ignite and then quickly extinguish the outsized expectations of their aggrieved fanbase. First we come-a-ranting, as Zak (briefly) checks in on America's favorite choirboy and the merit of the latest addition to his sterling professional résumé; Andrew connects the dots between Tony LaRussa, unwritten rules, “respect for the game,” and the decline of baseball in the present day; Ed details the abhorrent race-norming being employed by an again odious NFL in how they have chosen to determine eligibility for payouts of the league's billion dollar settlement for brain injury claims.


    Titleless in Seattle

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 42:18


    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week your hosts grant super-producer Brandon's request for the weekend off following his FUCKING COLLEGE GRADUATION(!!!) with another pre-recorded Dollop-inspired bonus presentation. That's right, tune in as Andrew tells the story of the 1994 NBA Western Conference first-round playoff tilt between the Seattle SuperSonics (Brandon's childhood NBA team of choice and who can blame him) and Denver Nuggets. One of the great upsets in modern sports history, the 8th seeded Nuggets took the last 3 in a best-of-5 series where the heavily favored Sonics squandered perhaps their clearest window to an NBA championship in a full season where the league was devoid of Michael Jordan. The personas of the primary on-court figures and contexts of both franchises within the window of the spring of 1994 set the table for a conversation about a week in time where a dynamic Seattle trio failed to reach their apex collective outcome, an out-sized star made it mainstream and parlayed what began in this series into a HOF career as player and insurance pitchman, and a coach “successful” in many locales; fired in all the same locales; with enough self-believe to think none of these terminations are any fault of his own achieved his grandest failing. The discussion shifts to the political end for the homestretch, as the collegiate and social legacy of one of the Nuggets' stars of 1994 are dissected. His sublime collegian scoring record on an LSU team that never was, a conversion to the Nation of Islam, and an ill-received national anthem boycott made Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf a sports cautionary tale in his time but perhaps served as a table-setter for Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid and countless others in their similar protests in the interest of social awareness to racial progress. The post-career business partnership of The Glove and The Reign Man provide a much-needed positive chaser to a story otherwise ridden with failure, under-achievement and a buried figure in the history of sports activism.


    Live @ The Social... Time to Clean our Inbox

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 45:59

    Coming to you via remote from the back patio of New London's own The Social Bar and Kitchen, we welcome you back to the Bill Bradley Collective. In the outdoor company of friends, listeners and a wonderful stewardess, this week your hosts empty out our mailbag full of questions and return correspondence with some of our most ardent listeners. The questions are great and they span the breadth of the Collective universe. Who is the sporting equivalent to the most noteworthy imbecile amongst Georgia's elected officials? What would be the one change we'd make to the many archaic mandates that exist in our politics and government? Whom would each panelist surround themselves on a like-minded podcast assuming their other two co-hosts Marty McFly'd themselves before the Enchantment Under the Sea-dance climax of Back to the Future? That and much more, plus one reunion and one cameo appearance featuring the worst in New York and Boston media sports takes. First cometh some rants, where Andrew examines the bigger picture of the NHL's bungling of the fallout of a heinous on-ice assault, Zak brings us up to speed on the estranged great grandmother of this podcast in the wake of her latest bit of octogenarian drivel, and Ed is forced to exhume old foil Avery Brundage in a critical takedown of the IOC's move to ban Black Lives Matter apparel from the forthcoming Summer Olympic Games. To the Social for being such a terrific host and to all of you who came out and made your presence felt both as friends and as fans, the four of us express our deepest gratitude. We thank you for listening and engaging, and can't wait to be with you again next week, here, on the Bill Bradley Collective.

    Our First Collective Q & A

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 21:15

    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where we present yet another bonus Monday installment as something of an appetizer for what's to come in tomorrow's regularly scheduled release. Listen in for a Collective Q&A, as some of our wonderful friends who joined us live on the patio of New London's own The Social Bar & Kitchen probe your hosts with a serious of thoughtful queries. The potentially broader angle of the Deshaun Watson situation; great unrest in the fanbase of an EPL mega-power; the personal culpability of fighters and footballers entering their respectively violent fields; gambling advice for both European club soccer's pre-eminent championship and a massive boxing title-unification bout; and an inquiry from the poised leader of the as-yet unofficial Collective's junior fan-club are the proverbial offerings at the heart of this intellectual potluck. Be sure to join us tomorrow as we present another special Q&A-themed episode recorded outdoors along the beautiful New London coast/Shore Line East rail line, all here at the Bill Bradley Collective.

    Not Maywether v Logan Paul

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2021 46:56

    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week your hosts are three imaginary fists in the face of the politics of boxing. The Paul brothers, faded MMA stars and the forthcoming business of a former pound-for-pound king are not the focus of this boxing conversation, but rather why it is we are not at the very least previewing a potential super-fight in the real world of the sweet science week in and week out. The best no longer fight the best with much regularity, and the forces that have created this climate and the fights each of your hosts want most to see, whether it be unification bouts at the higher weights, consolidation at the ever-deep 126-135 pound classes, or the hopeful though complicated pairings of Tyson Fury with Anthony Joshua and Terence Crawford with Errol Spence are the crucible of this survey of the boxing landscape in 2021 and beyond. The panel concludes with a veritable nerd-out on dream-hypothetical bouts between fighters of varying generations and timelines. But first come a rant or three, where Andrew attempts to rationalize the necessity of the PGA Tour's Player Impact Program in maintaining an eco-system of 200 very rich guys as opposed to 40 absurdly rich guys, Ed reflects on an NFL Draft telecast especially noteworthy for the execrable pairing of a booger and cut-ins to conference rooms' lacking anything remotely resembling racial or gender equity, and Zak commemorates May Day with a metaphorical flame-thrower directed at Connecticut's failure to properly compensate lower-income frontline workers through this pandemic.

    Bonus - NFL Draft Talk

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 17:05

    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where here you can sink your teeth into an abbreviated, perhaps bonus “episode,” as your hosts tackle all things 2021 NFL Draft-related. The Collective enters a busy week where tomorrow you'll hear three fists in the face of boxing punditry regarding everything boxing; past, present, future. And then Saturday we are on location at New London's own The Social Bar & Kitchen, for an outdoor, socially distanced conversation touching on sports, politics and their cross-section at a tremendous New London gastro-pub. Hit play today, as Zak and Andrew try to come to grips with the arrival of actual competence in the Jets' front office, Ed sounds off with numerous scorching-hot takes on the events of the first three rounds, and super-producer slash resident Packers-owner Brandon fires off on the intriguing future of the man who stole draft headlines and dominated the NFL-news cycle, the great yet mercurial Aaron Rodgers. What could brighten a back-to-work Monday more than a bit of timely bonus content from your three (plus one more!) noble panelists here, at the Bill Bradley Collective.

    The Collective's Eleven

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 55:34

    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week your hosts appraise the landscapes of both the fantasy sports and sports gambling industries in the U.S., and the ever-closing intersectionality between the two. No this is not a never-ending fable of bad beats and variance-induced injustices perpetrated at the expense of the members of this panel, but rather a discussion about the effects the increasing omnipresence of fantasy leagues across all sports and the inevitability of legalized and regulated sports betting nationwide has had and will continue to have on how we as fans consume the games we love. As the two biggest operators in fantasy sports have now become two of the most powerful in American sports wagering, the trio examine how the divide between the the two institutions has never been more confluent. Changes to certain fantasy norms and traditions and predictions for the landscape's future are offered to round out the conversation. But first cometh the rants, where Ed welcomes back long-time guest and nemesis Roger Goodell with questions regarding both the newsworthiness and morality of his vaxxed-enabled ability to embrace unwilling members of the 2021 NFL Draft class, Andrew reflects on twenty years in the life of a Knicks' fan with a toast to this season's fruitful efforts; last and most certainly not least Zak segues into our main discussion this and next week as he laments he and super-producer Brandon's ill-placed bets on this past week's Ben Askren/Jake Paul foray with a critical dissection of boxing's eco-system in the context of post-millennial social media.

    BBCollective presents the 1st Annual Grover's

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 52:28


    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week your hosts present the Grovers, a dual celebration and desecration of the best and worst respectively; in the actions of athletes, power brokers and political figures over the last calendar year. Broadly modeled off the soon forthcoming 93rd Academy Awards intended to award excellence in film in a year where there was minimal excellence in film, the sports and political world unearthed a similarly finite level of greatness but a true abundance of abhorrence. The namesake, shared by both our first and only non-consecutive term President and a Hall of Fame dead-ball era pitcher reflect the intersectionality of our nomination process and “ceremony.” Best and worst male and female in a leading role in the collective sport and political domain, a best and worst movement/event, and a nod for distinguished breakthrough round out our categories, but not before deciding who would conclude our hypothetical recreation of the Oscars' “in memoriam” segment, in either disgrace or tribute. In contrast to the mutual admiration society that is the Oscars, this was a process and presentation that though much funnier (intentionally) than what Anne Hathaway and James Franco presided over in 2011, was genuinely committed to both highlighting the few in our content realm that inspire and vilifying the countless worthy that do the very opposite.


    Pay Inequality in Women's Sports

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 59:22

    This week on the Bill Bradley Collective, women are rightly at the forefront, as your hosts present something akin to a “state of the union” on the condition of the top women's sports in the U.S. and abroad. Three unique situations: the 21st century achievement of women in professional tennis finally garnering equality in prize and sponsorship compensation, the present fight of top female American soccer players for similarly deserved recompense, and the now quarter century-old WNBA and what's kept their athletes below a compensatory curve befitting their quality and what appears to be behind what may bring them closer to something more merited. The state of women's golf and the superstardom a very notable few have achieved in the combat world round out the conversation. Tune in to a women's event, because if not for a lack of requisite promotion, you just may have found yourself there in the first place. First, we depart from the regularly scheduled airing of grievances from three white males with an ashamed dispatch from Andrew on the abhorrent efforts of two of golf's grandest figures to undermine the long overdue tribute to and celebration of Lee Elder's great life's work and perseverance at this year's Masters Tournament opening ceremony, and Ed presents “Requiem for a Jets Quarterback,” the first (and hopefully last for at least this decade) remembrance of a failed NYJ signal-caller, specifically Sam Darnold following his trade to Carolina after three inglorious, though complicated years taking the snaps for Gang Green. Zak facing a live microphone in the wake of yet another in his lifetime full of premature Jets postmortems? It's all coming to you this week on the Bill Bradley Collective.

    Clarence Asked a Question

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2021 60:00

    This week on the Bill Bradley Collective, your hosts tackle the just-commenced NCAA v. Shawne Alston Supreme Court case, following the opening oral arguments of this past week. The history and (false) precedents upon which the NCAA argues to maintain in previous cases in their belief in denying their “amateur” labor force commensurate compensation set the table. Their lone prior appearance before the Supreme Court rendered a decision not in their favor, as the University of Oklahoma's Board of Regents argued rightly that television rights were not to be determined solely by the whim of the NCAA, but by the individual schools and in more recent times, conferences, throwing cold water on their market belief in a monopsony. In the wake of NIL (name, image, likeness) lawsuits from the likes of Sam Keller and Ed O'Bannon coming down in near unanimity on the side of the college athlete at the federal level the NCAA appears to be down bad, and after opening oral arguments before a court comprised largely of BBCollective villains, your hosts nevertheless come down with a unanimous verdict on how they project this case's outcome. Before we delve into the legalese, we rant; Ed unveils his latest work, Matt Gaetz: A portrait of the Trump-sycophant as rapist and pathological liar; Andrew calls on golf's power brokers to put their money where with mouth is in making a good-faith effort to combat voter suppression in Georgia; finally Zak documents Kim Mulkey's transcendent job at turning her Baylor team from victim to foil following her crash-course in how not to mitigate a fatally contagious disease.

    The Fire-Fighting, Tackle-Missing, Rose-Stealing Colorado Phenomenon

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2021 31:18

    This week the Bill Bradley Collective presents another installment of our in-season Dollop-inspired features, as Zak documents the life and times of Ryan Sutter. Coming to you from the intersection of sports and pop culture, Sutter's NFL career is here and gone in a mere five second kick return, but it is his second life five years later as the winner of The Bachelorette's very first season (and the heart of one, Trista Rehn) that people most remember(?) the safety turned firefighter for. Zak's yarn sets the table for a conversation that includes some of Ed's memories and anecdotes on other famous Bachelor/Bachelorette moments and personalities, Andrew's odd fascination with Sutter's lone NFL foil, the 1998 New York Jets, and special guest Laura proves that her fantasy sports expertise is perhaps only matched by her command of the Bachelor-universe. Join us for the inspiring and heart-warming tale of how one man parlayed a broken piece of special teams coverage into being one half of reality television's longest-enduring marriage.

    - Our First Year: Sports Politics, & a Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2021 55:23

    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week your hosts reflect on both a full year in the COVID-19 pandemic and the completion of our first year as a podcast. The conversation focuses on the effect COVID has had on how we consume, critique and appreciate sports, and how this unprecedented year has shaped our consideration of this country's politics and government. One of the silver linings of 2020 and this first quarter of 2021 has been the ability to record this podcast safely distanced and largely outdoors. Commencing a project centered on sports and politics days before the plug was essentially pulled on sports for months may have been something of a fool's errand, but we're still here a year later because of anyone and everyone that's given the Bill Bradley Collective a listen. We are truly humbled by your patronage. First the rants, where we learn about Zak's experience living in the shadow of wife Laura's prodigious fantasy sports acumen; Andrew questions the continued decision to use ill-prepared, incurious NBA pundits in NCAA tournament coverage, and finally Ed examines the media's sorry fascination with an oft-disgraced hoops coach and his latest career turn.

    - Racism Boston & Sports

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2021 52:50


    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week your hosts examine the complicated history of Boston sports and race. The focus centers on the Red Sox and Celtics franchises, but not before acknowledging one team's ethos of “white slot receiver/failed white college quarterback” need not even apply. From Tom Yawkey's steadfast refusal to employ top black ballplayers to an oft-described mercurial pitcher's racially prescient comments decades later and the subsequent dealing of a black superstar in recent times the Sox racial history is surely an unbalanced one. Like their north-end based brethren, the Celtics history is convoluted; a franchise that embraced Bill Russell and an unprecedented black starting five also felt the need to surround a diverse core with a largely white, undeserving supporting cast in later similarly fruitful years to appease a white demographic. We close with a tribute to a just-passed boxing mega-star, aptly-Massachusetts based with a truly marvelous legacy left behind. But first we rant, as Zak leads off with a well-deserved evisceration of a once-upon-a-time Democratic effigy turned widely accused sex criminal,; Ed reconciles his hostility for a villainous GOP Senator in the wake of his pro-labor sentiment towards Alabama-based Amazon factory workers; finally Andrew recaps the Big East tournament and specifically the long and complicated week had by the conquering head coach.


    - Madness

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 47:11

    Wellcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week your hosts put a proverbial bow on the 2020-21 college basketball regular season and preview the madness to come later this March. As it has everything in it's wake, the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the season and the tournament itself is set to be presented entirely from the state of Indiana, with hopes that a confined geographic venue will diminish the potential for further virus-induced havoc. Pandemic notwithstanding, college basketball appears to be an institution in decline, and your hosts set out to diagnose what has brought about said decline from its more halcyon times. Coach misconduct, the advent of the one-and-done, and general overexposure are among the culprits examined. Fear not bettors, for your hosts conclude with their picks to cut down the nets in Indianapolis and a few sleepers to keep in mind as you fill out your bracket. But first we rant, where Andrew offers a mea culpa to Donyell but doubles down on his beef with the unrelated but still lesser Marshall; Zak critiques the farcical outrage over an apt Biden analogy of premature mask censure to something becoming of primeval man; finally Ed presents another installment of “old white men in sports that have zero accountability” in a pointed takedown of a certain “Mad Hatter” in the wake of a now public history of sexual misconduct.

    - The Lesser Marshall Brother

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 52:37

    This week on the Bill Bradley Collective, your hosts dive into the Games of the XI Olympiad, better known as the 1936 Summer Olympics. Contested in Nazi-controlled Berlin, Germany, these games also exist at the precise intersection of sports and politics. The conversation focuses on American participation and the resistance of old friend Avery Brundage to a boycott. Contrary to Brundage's stance that the Olympics stay out of politics, Hitler in turn uses the games as little more than a promotional tool for his antisemitic and racial supremacist ideology. The event is not without certain highlights, most notably Jesse Owens' sublime performance on the track en route to four gold medals, Betty Robinson's virtual return from the dead to the medal podium, and an opening ceremony conclusion befitting such a regime, where thousands of pigeons defecated upon the procession. But first we rant, as Zak recaps some of the inanity emanating from an Orlando Hyatt Regency this weekend; Ed asks the question of “why do we care what this guy says” with regard to a certain middling coach turned pundit and his MVP takes; and Andrew details a 13 year old feud rekindled Saturday concerning the impropriety of jean-wearing.

    A Bad Strike Call

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2021 44:07

    This week the Bill Bradley Collective present another installment of our Dollop-style bonus episodes. Join us as Ed documents the rise and fall of late MLUA (Major League Umpires Association) executive director Richie Phillips. Phillips' ascent in the world of sports labor begins with working on behalf of NBA officials, before taking the reins of the MLUA in 1978. Ed details the circumstances behind the successful umpires strike of 1979 and the and what Phillips was able to achieve for his union members. Phillips' run comes to an abrupt end in 1999, after calling for his umpires to resign en masse in an attempt to press MLB for a new labor agreement. The strategy backfires when the league instead accepts a number of the resignations, hires new umpires and ultimately leads to the decertification of the MLUA. Phillips' arc and career in baseball is a fascinating one, but Ed's narrative also presents a timeline of sorts for umpires in the last half century, their position in the game, and some of the controversies that have enveloped baseball officiating across this chronology. Come for a thoughtful portrait of an influential labor leader and his membership, stay for the detailed recounting of Zak's brief but volatile pitching career.

    - Why an All Star Game?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 46:54

    Welcome back to the Bill Bradley Collective, where this week the panel examines the NBA's decision to go forth with their annual All-Star game March 7, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Your hosts return an unanimous verdict opposing the game being staged, but not before detailing the economic factors responsible for the inevitability of the league's decision to proceed with the event. The game's integrity and watchability are put under the microscope when considering a weekend tailored to the fan being held before so few and the vocal indifference of many of the weekend's expected participants. If you can't prevent it, why not preview it, so the Collective conclude with some takes on who to expect to see suiting up for the East and West sides. But first the rants, where Zak attempts to autopsy the substandard performance of Super Bowl LV's referees and the broader issues afflicting officiating across sports; Ed frames Urban Meyer's latest in a long line of indiscretions in the context of continued malfeasance in the NFL hiring process; finally Andrew describes the sordid actions behind the resignation of a Biden deputy press secretary less than a month into the administration's term.

    - Trump 2: Impeachment Boogaloo

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2021 49:14

    This week the Bill Bradley Collective present Trump 2: Impeachment Boogaloo, the most electrifying sequel since the famed 1984 companion to the motion picture classic, “Breakin'.” Donald Trump is the first president in history to be impeached twice, and his second trial is set to commence this week. Join us, as the boys dissect how insurrection brought us here; the “question” of impeaching a non-sitting president and the importance of holding Trump accountable; some key Senate members and what to expect from their votes; and finally a consideration of the related censuring of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and some of her pals on the congressional fringe. But first we rant, where Andrew takes on a prominent tour golfer for his financially convenient reversal on the ethics of the Saudi Kingdom; Ed decries a Utah charter school's decision allowing racist parents to withdraw their children from Black History Month curriculum; and finally Zak details a former Jet's first day on the job in Congress and his inability to outrun his former team's legacy in avoiding getting smacked down by a member of the opposition.

    Profile - Henry “Hank” Aaron

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2021 40:00

    This week on the Bill Bradley Collective, your hosts consider the life, career and legacy of recently passed baseball icon, Henry “Hank” Aaron. The subject of this season's individual profile, Aaron's twenty-three year career is among the most accomplished across any sport. The panel delves into his many accolades and achievements, as well as his standing among the game's other titans, but not before examining his youth in Mobile, AL, his entry into the pros with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League, and the circumstances that led him to the Braves instead of the Giants and a possible career partnership with fellow legend Willie Mays. The conditions of Aaron's career and the conditions of this country over his lifetime lay at the center of conversation, as while he chased baseball's most hallowed record, he experienced death threats, an voluminous amounts of hate mail and racist vitriol from all corners of the nation. Aaron's professional merits are outshone only by his courage and resoluteness in overcoming the bigoted hostilities from so many of his fellow countrymen. Few athletes are almost too grand in stature and legacy to attempt to do justice with words in remembrance. Hank Aaron was one of them, and we'll try our best to do just that, this week, on the Bill Bradley Collective.

    - The Long National Nightmare is OVER!!!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2021 50:04


    This week on the Bill Bradley Collective, your hosts put the first four days of the Biden administration under the microscope and evaluate some of the early returns. The inauguration itself is given a quick review, before the boys get to examining some of Biden's cabinet nominees and political appointees, including Marty Walsh, Janet Yellen and Merrick Garland, among others. In a week where the newly minted President signed 30 executive orders and actions, the panel weigh in on the repeal of Schedule F, as well as the immediate enactment of many COVID-19 and environmental policies. But first the rants, where Andrew considers where sports will fit in the on-going streaming wars following the shuttering of NBC Sports Network; Ed upbraids NFL owners as another hiring cycle appears set to close with virtually no progress achieved on diversity; finally Zak probes the troubling lionization and seeming absolution of George W. Bush in the wake of an inauguration chat with Rep. Jim Clyburn. The Bill Bradley Collective was honored this week to be joined by a man at the center of the week's news and meme cycles, hero of the progressive movement, and the pride of Midwood, Brooklyn, the one and only Sen. Bernie Sanders. Sen. Sanders was kind enough to carve out a couple of minutes for us, so be sure to tune in for his takes on our new President, men's winter hand fashions, and his hometown Nets and their new cadre of superstars.


    Things that have Gone on Tooooooo Long

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2021 41:02

    As we eagerly count down the final days, hours and minutes of Donald Trump's first and god-willing last term as President, in tribute, the Bill Bradley Collective presents their desired collection of the things in sports, politics and media, that have gone on far too long and should simply go the fuck away. In this first intra-season bonus episode, join your hosts as they each describe in detail why certain athletes, coaches, institutions, members of the media and a certain multi-billion dollar movie franchise would be best served to make both like a tree and the Trump administration (just a day from now), and kindly leave. You, our loyal listener, we ask that you do the exact opposite. Stay tuned for what's to come in season FOUR of the Bill Bradley Collective, as we will soon be getting deep into topics ranging from the newly minted Biden administration, the Super Bowl, where the NBA stands going forth in the wake of the still ravaging COVID-19 pandemic and another installment of our seasonal individual profile

    - Insurrections and Interceptions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2021 50:07

    This week, the Bill Bradley Collective presents its 2020 NFL regular season in review. Join us as each of your hosts nominate a best and worst moment, as well as the moment that best encapsulated the year 2020. A star QB's close brush with premature evacuation, the return to the field of another signal caller from a catastrophic leg injury, and the league's continued race problem in hiring practices are among the high- and lowlights of a season that for better and (mostly) worse will not soon be forgotten. The conversation then turns to the post-season, where your anchors handicap what to expect over the next two weeks of play and whom will be left standing to compete for a trip to Tampa and the Lombardi Trophy. In lieu of our normally presented rants, The Collective allots that time to discuss the events of January 6, where an armed insurgency of Donald Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol in disgraced defiance of the result of the 2020 Presidential election. The emotions of watching this display as it unfolded; upon whom and where to lay the blame for this deeply disturbed and ruinous demonstration; how our politics has been and will be affected moving forward are just a few of the themes the panel considers following a tragic day in American history.

    - The Supreme Court

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2021 49:22

    It's Tuesday. You know what that means. That's right, season four of the Bill Bradley Collective is off and running and how else to ring in the new year than with a conversation about our nation's Supreme Court. On the heels of two historically unqualified appointments and an election fallout dominated by the question of whether or not the court would back efforts to challenge the veracity of the results, the focus on the Supreme Court's composition, size and tenure has never been more in question. Join your hosts as they weigh in with their thoughts on that, just how influential the body is relative to other branches in government, and what to expect from the court going forward within the Biden administration, with special consideration given to the pending NCAA v. Alston case pertaining to the compensation of collegiate athletes. But first we set the table with the rants, where Zak attempts to make some sense of a sham penalty called in a sham playoff semifinal within a sham college football campaign; Ed throws cold water on the fetishizing of an increasingly immaterial box-score benchmark; finally Andrew examines the career and legacy of an ace southpaw following the recent release of a documentary on the pitcher's life.

    14. Rantapalooza

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2020 35:44

    This week on the Bill Bradley Collective, the hosts round out season three with the very first installment of “Rantapalooza.” Inspired in part by the eclectic annual concert festival bearing a similar name, Rantapalooza is the proper embodiment of the two words it combines. The rants: the backbone of this catalogue and the concentration of this episode. What of a-palooza? Well, it “emphasizes or exaggerates the element of a situation.” Because this week for your listening pleasure, Ed, Zak and Andrew rant not once, not twice nor thrice, but four individual times; covering our intertwined landscape of the athletic, political and whatever the fuck it is that chaps one's ass over the course of a particular week. These dispatches are, quite literally, on the clock, as super-producer Brandon has the stop watch set for two minutes on each of the twelve Collective dissertations. A one-minute reply/endorsement/rebuttal is permitted for each host in response to two of their cohort's diatribes. The COVID-19 pandemic has made much of 2020 a devastating burden on all of us. Producing this podcast in a safe, distanced and sometimes remote environment has been quite the opposite; a pleasure and something for the four of us to look forward to in this otherwise dystopian year, and it is because of you, the listener. Your hosts and producer thank you for sticking with us for these now three, (yeah, THREE) seasons. We look forward to kicking off season four and 2021 next week. Until then, cheers, and Happy New Year.

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