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Wake up to the best sports story you'll hear all day. Monday through Friday, host Mina Kimes brings you an inside look at the most interesting stories at ESPN, as told by the top reporters and insiders on the planet. The breaking news of SportsCenter. The deep dive storytelling of 30 for 30. Get the…

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    Coach Prime and Colorado Are For Real. But is That Enough to Beat Oregon?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2023 24:40

    When Deion Sanders was named head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes, everything in Boulder, Colorado changed. Suddenly, every game for the Buffs is primetime television – home or away – night or day. Their rivalry game, last Saturday against Colorado State, broke viewership records, and had the country glued to their screens well past 2 in the morning out east.  With each win, and each riveting quote, Coach Prime has quickly become the center of not only college football, but arguably, all of American sports. The stars dot the sidelines, and now, Colorado is 3-0 and facing their toughest test yet: a trip to Eugene to take on the Oregon Ducks.  So today, Kyle Bonagura shares his experiences in Boulder this season and explains how Deion Sanders has not only had an impact on the local community, but also captured the attention of the nation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Going Green: The History of Notre Dame's Special Jerseys, from Rockne to Today

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2023 24:51

    Tradition is one of the most polarizing aspects of college football. One on hand, there are teams like Oregon, who seem to roll out a new uniform combo every week. And then there are schools like Notre Dame who seem to only stick with the iconic gold helmets and navy blue jerseys. It's been their look for what feels like a century, and it seems like they never deviate from it. However, every few years Notre Dame will don green jerseys, and their reception is just as mixed as you might think. Some of the Irish's signature victories have come in green…but so have some of their most humiliating defeats. So are the green jerseys a blessing, a curse, or just a piece of fabric? Our good friend, Ryan McGee, helps us find that out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Inside the A's Messy Divorce from Oakland

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2023 30:49

    Today marks five months exactly since Oakland fans had their worst fears confirmed: The Athletics were leaving town, having reached an agreement for a shiny new stadium in Las Vegas. Fans felt betrayed and most of all, blindsided by the news. Up to that point, there had been promising talks about building a stadium in Oakland's Howard Terminal, and A's owner John Fisher has never explained his reasoning for killing that deal…until now. So today, ESPN's Tim Keown brings us his findings from his sit down with Fisher — a rarity in itself — and why there still might be a chance that the A's stay put. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    The Passan Awards: MLB's Most Electrifying Players and Timeless Moments from 2023

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2023 31:34

    Between the introduction of the pitch clock, the widening of the bases… and two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani being Shohei Ohtani…the 2023 MLB season has been one for the history books. And as the regular season winds down, what better way to honor history, than with baseball's newest and most coveted award…the first annual Passans! So Today, live from the ESPN Daily Red Carpet, our favorite baseball nerd recognizes his top players, moments and innovations — backed by completely legitimate science — from an unprecedented baseball season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    NFL Week 2: Dolphins Speed to 2-0, Giants Comeback, Bengals in Trouble?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2023 33:29

    Sunday's slate of NFL games saw some teams continue their good fortunes, like Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins who survived a last minute drive from Mac Jones and the Patriots. Some teams bounced back from their Week 1 struggles, like the New York Giants, who completed a thrilling comeback over the Arizona Cardinals, and the Kansas City Chiefs and Travis Kelce, who celebrated his return from injury with a touchdown in KC's win over the Jaguars. The San Francisco 49ers beat the Rams again, but LA isn't quite looking like the bottom dwellers we expected. For other teams like the now 0-2 Cincinnati Bengals - it might be time to panic…especially since QB Joe Burrow admitted to reaggravating his calf injury.  So today, Kevin Clark, host of the podcast This is Football, helps us survey Sunday's games and tells us everything we need to know about the biggest wins and losses of the week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    How the Number 865 Changed Dolphins Coach Mike McDaniel's Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2023 37:19

    You could argue that the Miami Dolphins have the most exciting offense in the NFL right now. That can be backed up by Miami's thrilling upset over the Los Angeles Chargers a week ago, where Tua Tagovailoa looked like he belonged in the conversation around the league's most elite quarterbacks.  Much of the credit belongs to quirky head coach Mike McDaniel, who has reinvigorated this offense over the past two seasons and brought a level of excitement not seen in decades. We've previously covered his meteoric rise here on the show, but what if I told you it almost never happened? Today, ESPN's Jeff Darlington brings a chapter of McDaniel's life that is rarely discussed but essential to understanding how he operates, and how he's redefining the paradigm of NFL coach. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Short Kings: Why NFL Teams are Ditching the Deep Ball and What's to Blame

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2023 20:54

    There are few moments like it in sports. The quarterback takes a deep drop, steps up and unleashes a bomb. Time feels like it stops, 70,000 fans collectively hold their breath, waiting to see if it will be agony or ecstasy on the other end. The long passing game has long been the sizzle to the steak that is NFL football.  But today, ESPN's Brooke Pryor takes us on a deep dive into the deep ball, and investigates whether it's going the way of the single wing offense, destined for the graveyard of football past. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    The WNBA's Superteam Era Enters the Postseason

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2023 27:39

    The first regular season of the WNBA's superteam era has concluded, and we set our sights towards the playoffs. The two most talked about teams all season have been the Las Vegas Aces, who added the GOAT Candace Parker to their championship core of Aja Wilson, Chelsea Gray, and Kelsey Plum. Meanwhile in the Eastern Conference, the New York Liberty brought in Breanna Stewart, Jonquel Jones, and Courtney Vandersloot to complement Sabrina Ionescu. The investments seem to have paid off for both teams, as they've secured the top two seeds in the postseason and are in prime position to win it all, despite a season-ending knee injury to Parker for Las Vegas. Don't sleep on the rest of the field, though. The Atlanta Dream are making their first playoff appearance in five years, led by top draft pick Aliyah Boston. The Minnesota Lynx, Dallas Wings, Washington Mystics, Connecticut Sun, and Chicago Sky are all in the mix this year. So today, ESPN's LaChina Robinson joins us to break down everything you need to know about this year's WNBA postseason…and reflect on the most important player who isn't in it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    The Crossover: 50 Years of Hip Hop and Sports

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2023 25:52

    It has now been 50 years since a new genre of music was birthed out of the Bronx: Hip Hop. And over the last half century, it has grown and spread across the globe to become one of America's greatest exports. And throughout its life, the genre has developed this symbiotic-like relationship with sports. They became two pillars of Black culture… empowering a community to be heard and celebrated against the backdrop of cultural oppression and political persecution. So today, ahead of the premiere of E:60's “The Crossover”, our good friend, Justin Tinsley, joins the show to explain how hip hop, and sports, became the dominant voices of a generation. You can check out the latest E60 special, "The Crossover: 50 Years of Hip Hop and Sports" narrated by Busta Rhymes, tonight at 7:30 Eastern on ESPN or afterwards on ESPN plus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Aaron Rodgers. Josh Allen. Tonight on Monday Night Football.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2023 23:50

    The NFL is back, and Sunday's action-packed slate of games didn't disappoint: but tonight, it's time for the most anticipated matchup of Week 1: Bills at Jets on Monday Night Football. After a hype-filled offseason, we'll finally get to see if future Hall of Fame QB Aaron Rodgers can deliver hope for a playoffs-starved Jets fanbase. And for Josh Allen and the Bills - who have claimed the AFC East crown for the past three seasons - questions are swirling around how much longer their championship window remains open. So before you tune in to Joe Buck and Troy Aikman tonight, we called up ESPN NFL Nation reporters Rich Cimini and Alaina Getzenberg – who each cover the Jets and Bills, respectively – to get a sense of where these two AFC East rivals are, and what we can expect to see from them after the kickoff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Is It Time to Believe in Deion Sanders and Colorado?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2023 30:36

    When Deion Sanders first took the reins of a woeful Colorado program that went 1-11 last season, he wasted no time in shaking things up. Sanders told Buffalos' holdovers to hit the transfer portal, because he was bringing his own “luggage” with him to Boulder.  That “luggage” turned out to be 86 new players, and an unprecedented 51 transfers to overhaul the Buffs roster. The reaction across the college football universe ranged from intrigue to skepticism…and last Saturday, the Coach Prime era began with a 45-42 win at TCU…a team that played in the National Championship a year before.  Shedeur Sanders, Deion's son, broke the school record for passing yards in his first outing as the Buffaloes' quarterback. Travis Hunter played over 120 snaps on both sides of the ball, making his presence felt at wide receiver and cornerback.  It was enough to silence the skeptics for at least one week. And so ESPN's Adam Rittenberg, who has been keeping tabs on the scene in Boulder since Primetime's arrival, tells us if he himself is now a believer, or if it was just a case of beginner's luck. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Sean Payton Doesn't Forget Anything

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2023 35:27

    The job of NFL head coach is notoriously brutal. It involves endless hours of grinding tape and scheming up gameplans, not to mention endless headaches from logistical challenges, personnel issues, and public relations battles. It's not for the faint of heart. And yet, after a theoretically relaxing season away from the game of football, 59-year-old Sean Payton has elected to return to the grind as the new head coach of the Denver Broncos.  So today, with the NFL season upon us, ESPN's Seth Wickersham explains how, in spite of the litany of grudges and grievances Payton has held against the league for many years, he just can't quit this game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Mina Kimes Previews the 2023 NFL Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2023 28:08

    The wait is over: The NFL regular season is finally upon us, and there will be football every weekend from now until February. The season officially kicks off this Thursday when the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs take on the Detroit Lions, who have a lot to prove themselves. There's also an abundance of young quarterbacks, gunning to be the new faces of the league as the new guard transitions in. But the old guard isn't completely ready to hand over the reigns just yet, as the Aaron Rodgers experience has relocated to New York. And who's title window is still open? Our favorite football nerd, Mina Kimes, helps us ring in the new season and returns to answer all the burning questions you might have looming. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Satchel Paige's Legend and Legacy, 75 Years After His MLB Debut (ENCORE)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2023 47:20

    The Negro Leagues' biggest star, pitcher Satchel Paige, is a figure who at times feels more myth… more legend than man: his fastball was supposedly clocked at 105 mph, he estimated that he threw more than 50 no-hitters throughout his career, and he claimed to have had such a command of the baseball that he could allegedly work both corners of a chewing gum wrapper…and even his age itself is a hotly debated topic still to this day.  So today, guest host Justin Tinsley explores the life and legacy of Satchel Paige, a man whose legendary feats may always be debated, but whose impact on the game is without question. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    “Baseball is who I am.” The Unforgettable Story of Sarah Langs (ENCORE)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2023 35:23

    If you're a baseball fan, odds are you're probably familiar with the story of Lou Gehrig. The New York Yankees legend who left the game in 1939 after he was diagnosed with ALS and is honored around the Major Leagues on Lou Gehrig Day every June 2. And today, there's someone else in baseball who is fighting the exact same fight Gehrig fought over 80 years ago: Sarah Langs. Sarah is a baseball researcher and analyst, and has worked for ESPN and MLB. She's one of sports media's brightest young voices, and Buster Olney joins us today to share her story…and how she remains unphased after life threw her a devastating curveball. For more information on Sarah's “Fist Bumps for ALS” campaign, click here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    How Sean Taylor's Brother is Continuing His Legacy at Safety

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2023 35:45

    Sean Taylor was one of the most gifted and respected defensive players of his generation, and his 2007 death during a burglary gone wrong rocked the NFL. But with a new college football season kicking off in earnest this weekend, another chapter in the Taylor family legacy is being written. Lisa Salters brings us the story of Sean's younger brother, Gabriel Taylor, now a starting safety for Rice University. It's the story of a young man learning to step out of his older brother's shadow, and how nearly 15 years after Sean's death, Gabriel keeps his spirit alive, one snap at a time.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    A World Cup Victory, a Forced Kiss, and a Reckoning with Sexism in Spain

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2023 33:05

    Spain are the Women's World Cup champions for the first time ever. That should be the story. The moment should have been euphoric, a historic triumph for the best players in the world. But it all changed when Spanish Soccer Federation President Luis Rubiales grabbed and kissed forward Jenni Hermoso without her consent. Now, instead of celebrating, Spanish players have taken a stand and are refusing to play another game for Spain unless Rubiales is removed from his position, which he has refused to step away from voluntarily.  ESPN Soccer reporter Alex Kirkland is based in Madrid, and joins the show to take us inside this firestorm…which shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    The Most Watched Women's Sporting Event in History: Nebraska Women's Volleyball?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2023 23:29

    Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska is the house that Tom Osborne built. It's the hallowed place where so many Cornhusker fans of a certain age remember the football team dominating the 1990s, winning national championships, and breaking NCAA records. Memorial Stadium also holds the record for longest streak of sellout games…but there's one game taking place there tonight that might set a whole nother record of its own. The Nebraska women's volleyball team is set to play against the University of Nebraska, Omaha tonight at Memorial Stadium, and a crowd of over 91,000 is expected. That has the potential not just to set a new attendance record at the stadium…it can possibly be the most attended women's sporting event in the world.  So today, ESPN's Liz Merrill tells us how this all came together, why it's such a big deal…and why it's really not as much of a surprise as outsiders might think it is. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    The Secret History of the Burpee: The One Exercise to Rule Them All

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2023 23:50

    If you've ever played sports, or really, any physical activity, then you're most likely familiar with the Burpee. We've all done them and from junior high gym class, to military boot camp, to the Crossfit Games, the burpee remains undefeated. This unique blend of strength training and cardio is often used to bring teams together – such as in the case of the Detroit Lions under head coach Dan Campbell – despite simultaneously tearing your insides apart. But where did this whole thing begin? And why? And where did that name come from? Today, ESPN's Dave Fleming tells the tale of the secret history of the burpee. The humble calisthenic that became the one exercise to rule them all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    2023 College Football Preview with Spencer Hall

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2023 26:45

    This might be the most anticipated college football season in recent memory. USC looks ready to build off of last season and rally around the reigning Heisman Trophy winner in Caleb Williams, but can their defense keep up? Can Colorado, now led by Deion Sanders, be competitive after so many years as a Pac-12 cellar dweller? The Big 12 also prepares for its last season before realignment shakes up the entire conference as we know it, so how will Texas and Oklahoma do in their farewell tours before they bolt for the SEC? And speaking of the SEC, Georgia lost several key contributors from last year's national championship team, but can their new faces do enough to help them run it back? And why does it feel so quiet over in Alabama? ESPN's Spencer Hall surveys the college football landscape for us, and he tells us what to expect from this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Can Caleb Williams and USC Finish the Job?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2023 24:34

    The 2022 college football season was almost a dream for USC. Led by a flashy new coach in Lincoln Riley – who brought his star quarterback Caleb Williams with him – the Trojans finished with an 8-1 record in the Pac-12. Williams cemented himself as the best player in the nation throughout his Heisman-winning campaign, and there was an electricity surrounding the Coliseum that hadn't been felt in a generation.  But the dream came to a sudden halt in the Pac-12 Championship Game, as the Trojans lost to Utah for the second time in 2022. Giving away a 15-point fourth quarter lead to Tulane in the Cotton Bowl only rubbed salt in the wounds, and the Achilles heel of this team became evident, as their defense ended the year one of the worst in the nation. So today, ahead of their season opener this weekend, ESPN's Paolo Uggetti tells us how Williams has been prepping for the new season, what USC has done to address their glaring holes on the opposite side of the ball…and if it's enough to get them to the College Football Playoff for the first time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Simone Biles is Back: What Are Her Paris 2024 Chances?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2023 26:23

    While we've hit a break in Taylor Swift's Eras Tour, Simone Biles' leg has just begun. Biles returned to competition at the US Classic in early August, where she became an all around champion after a two-year hiatus from gymnastics. Back in 2021, Biles pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics due to mental health concerns - and many wondered if that was the last time we'd ever see her on the mat. But now, she intends to return to the Games at the 2024 Paris Olympics. So today, Alyssa Roenigk tells us why Simone Biles is ready to begin again…and how since Tokyo, everything has changed for US gymnastics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Bill Barnwell Predicts This Season's NFL Risers and Fallers

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2023 29:53

    As always the offseason brought a ton of change: In Chicago, the Bears doubled down on their franchise quarterback, Justin Fields, and surrounded him with talent. Head coach Sean Payton returns to the sidelines in hopes of fixing Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos. The Minnesota Vikings decided that now is the time to look to the future, despite winning 13 games in 2022. So with the start of the NFL season right around the corner, fans throughout the league are filled with hope and anticipation that the beginning of a new year always brings. Those great expectations can end in playoff appearances and Super Bowl wins, or missed opportunities and overwhelming disappointment. Bill Barnwell delivers his annual dissertation on which teams are set to rise and which can expect a fall when all is said and done this NFL season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Why J.J. Watt, Tom Brady, and Ryan Reynolds Are Investing In British Soccer

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2023 29:24

    Stop us if you've heard this before: American football icon travels across the Atlantic to inspire a small market English football club and in the process, falls in love with the people and community. And while Ted Lasso might be finished (for now), there are some real life examples of American athletes and celebrities getting involved with English football: LeBron James has been a partial investor in Liverpool FC since 2011, Tom Brady is an investor of Birmingham City, Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney own Wrexham FC, and as of May: J.J. Watt and his wife Kealia are minority owners in Burnley FC.  Connor O'Halloran toured the small town of Burnley with the Watt's, and he talked to them about their experience with the team, the fans who love the club, and why they wanted to buy into English soccer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Why Jiu-Jitsu is the Key to Tua Tagovailoa's 2023 Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2023 27:11

    The 2022 season started off great for Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. After struggling in his first two seasons in the NFL, it looked like he had turned a corner alongside new head coach Mike McDaniel and star wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. But then Tua suffered an injury against the Bills that left almost everyone concerned for his health. The following week against Cincinnati, Tua suffered a concussion, in a horrifying scene on national television. And not too long after that, he suffered another, effectively ending his season and almost his career. But Tua ultimately decided to return, and may have found a way to protect himself on the field: by learning jiu-jitsu.  So today, ESPN's Marcel Louis-Jacques explains how Tua's martial arts training can translate onto the field…and how it might be the key to him staying healthy and prolonging his career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Is MLS Too Easy for Messi?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2023 30:16

    When we last talked about Lionel Messi on this show, ahead of his debut for Inter Miami, we talked about how he might find Major League Soccer tougher than expected. But as it turns out, we were very, very wrong. Messi continues to remind us why he is the GOAT, as he's scored nine goals in his first six matches throughout the Leagues Cup, and he's barely broken a sweat while doing so, even at the age of 36.  So today, ahead of the Leagues Cup final between Inter Miami and Nashville SC this weekend, ESPN's Luis Miguel Echegaray tells us why Messi's absolute dominance says more about Messi than it does about MLS…and how it will help the league in the long run. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    ‘The Blind Side' Controversy: Sorting Fact from Fiction

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2023 26:13

    In 2009, audiences flocked to the theater to see a heartwarming movie, ‘The Blind Side.' Based on a true story, the film depicts a young, Black man named Michael Oher who came from an unstable background, getting adopted by a wealthy white family, who then helped propel him to NFL stardom as an offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. By the time its box office run ended, “The Blind Side” earned the moniker "highest-grossing sports movie of all time" and was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, where Sandra Bullock won Best Actress for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy.  But now, in real life, the sentimental story has gone sideways. Its central character, Michael Oher, claims the Tuohy family never adopted him at all, and instead took advantage of him. The Tuohy family strongly denies these claims. So today, Michael Fletcher, who first broke this story, digs into these stunning allegations and explains how the truth of Michael Oher's story has become harder to find. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    The 'Chargering' Phenomenon: How Real Is It?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2023 26:51

    The Chargers are a little different from some of the teams that have never won a Super Bowl. They seem to always find themselves in the playoff hunt. They've always had great names on the team: Dan Fouts, Junior Seau, LaDanian Tomlinson, Antonio Gates, Phillip Rivers. Even this current iteration of the team has premiere talent with quarterback Justin Herbert, running back Austin Ekeler, wide receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, edge rushers Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack, and in the secondary with Derwin James and JC Jackson. But for some reason, regardless of talent, the Chargers have always come up short in the biggest spots. Often in spectacular fashion. According to Lindsey Thiry, there's a name for that phenomenon: Chargering. She joins the show to explain how chargering has been around as long as the team has, how it's the only logical explanation for some of the most spectacular collapses in the team's history…and what this year's team can do to put chargering behind them once and for all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    The Hug Heard ‘Round the World, One Year Later

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2023 28:25

    One year ago, a Little League qualifying game that should have been remembered as one team's ticket to Williamsport, became known for so much more. One batter, Isaiah Jarvis, was hit in the head by a wayward pitch. He was able to take first base and stay in the game, however the opposing pitcher, Kaiden Shelton, was still visibly shaken up by what had transpired. Then, the world stopped when Jarvis walked to the mound with a gift that everyone could use a lot more of – compassion. He embraced Shelton, offered him some words of encouragement, and the game went on. So today, Liz Merrill tells us the story of that moment and how a couple of 12-year-olds reminded us all about the power of sportsmanship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    How the Opioid Epidemic Became Personal for Giants Pitcher Logan Webb

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2023 28:48

    Life can change in an instant. For San Francisco Giants pitcher Logan Webb, that instant came on a December evening in 2021, when a national epidemic – opiate addiction – stopped being a statistic and became personal. In that moment of profound loss, he discovered a new purpose that would take him well beyond the baseball field, and mean more than throwing strikes or winning games ever could.  So today, ESPN's Sam Borden tells the story of Webb's new mission: raising awareness on the perils of addiction, while honoring the memory of a cousin…and a friend…gone too soon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    The Jordan Love Era in Green Bay Kicks Off

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2023 24:31

    The Green Bay Packers kick off their preseason schedule tonight, and for the first time in three decades, someone not named Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers will be under center. Jordan Love will finally get the nod as QB1 after three years as Rodgers' understudy. And we may finally be getting closer to knowing if Love can fill some Hall of Fame-sized shoes and be Green Bay's third consecutive franchise quarterback…or if we still have more unanswered questions.  ESPN's Rob Demovsky has covered the Packers for 27 years, and he joins the show to tell us about this new era in Green Bay…and how familiar this transition feels. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Gregg Popovich and Chateau d'Yquem, the Ultimate Pairing

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2023 27:17

    San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has an unparalleled resume: head coach and GM of the Spurs for over 25 years, the all-time winningest coach in NBA history, and five championship rings to show for it. And after this weekend, Pop will finally be able to add “Hall of Famer” to that list of accomplishments. What will he do after his induction ceremony? Probably celebrate with his favorite wine: Château d'Yquem, which has its own extensive and sustained history of excellence. So today, ESPN's Baxter Holmes tells you about the symbiotic relationship between one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time, and the drink that can possibly be his equal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    The Seattle Kraken BookTok Hockey Romance Controversy, Explained

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2023 27:44

    The Seattle Kraken are the NHL's newest expansion team, and from their inception, they've done things a little differently. Case in point: their social media approach. Back in the spring during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Kraken's TikTok account was discovered by BookTok. If you're now asking yourself, “what is BookTok?” – you're not alone. BookTok is a community on TikTok which is comprised of creators and readers discussing all things books. BookTok embraced the Kraken, and the Kraken started posting videos that specifically targeted BookTok. The moment represented two niche fandoms coming together…and it seemed like the end of the story…until last week, when things took a bit of a turn.  If this story sounds a bit absurd so far, stay with us: it actually touches on some of the biggest issues in sports, social media, literature…and objectification. So today, Greg Wyshynski explains the Seattle Kraken BookTok hockey romance controversy, with the help of hockey romance author Emily Rath: and they tell us what happens when the worlds of fiction, online fandom…and real-life athletes…collide. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    What the Collapse of the Pac-12 Means for the Future of College Football

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2023 30:07

    The good news, if you're a Pac-12 Football fan, is that the 2023 season's looking pretty good. Last year's Heisman Trophy winner, Caleb Williams, is returning to USC. And Five Pac-12 Teams are represented in the First Top 25 Coaches Poll The bad news… well…after 2023, the Pac-12 as we've traditionally known it is basically headed to the dustbin of history.   So today, college football insider Heather Dinich explains the sudden and stunning disintegration of a Power 5 conference…whether any of its peers should be worried about their own futures… and how different college football may look when the carousel finally stops turning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    What Does Damar Hamlin's Football Future Look Like?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2023 26:20

    When Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin went down on the field in the middle of a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football back on January 3rd, the last thing on anybody's mind was his return to football…the number one question was if he would even survive. Now, seven months later, Hamlin has miraculously responded to both those questions with a resounding “yes.” He's been a full participant at Bills training camp, and he's slowly transitioning back to his identity as a young player trying to keep a roster spot. So today, ESPN Bills reporter Alaina Getzenberg gives us the latest on Hamlin's comeback…and gauges how secure his roster spot really is. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Ali Krieger on USWNT's Group Stage Woes + Round of 16 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2023 22:55

    The US Women's National Soccer Team have found themselves in an unfamiliar position going into the knockout stage of the World Cup: with their backs against the wall. The USWNT, who have historically dominated the tournament since its inception and have never finished worse than third place, struggled through the group stage…and it won't get any easier, as a physical Sweden team awaits them in the round of 16.  ESPN's Ali Krieger is a former member of the USWNT herself, and she tells us what she's seen on the pitch from her old team, how expansion of women's soccer around the world has elevated this edition of the World Cup…and why there's still hope for a USA three-peat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Will Aaron Rodgers and the Jets Live Up to the Hype?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2023 29:54

    The New York Jets might not have wanted to see themselves on HBO's “Hard Knocks”, but they're about the only people who felt that way. In ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini's words, “everyone wants to see the Jets.” And for good reason: they have an exciting core of young talent and personalities on both sides of the ball such as Sauce Gardner and Garret Wilson, and they just traded for one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in Aaron Rodgers, who had openly stated that his only desire was to play this year in a Jets uniform. On top of that, Rodgers recently agreed to restructure his contract, essentially giving back $35 million to give the front office some cap flexibility. It's an unprecedented pay cut, and today Cimini tells us if it's all enough to turn the Jets into legit Super Bowl contenders. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    'You Ever Look at a Ninja?': The Untold Stories of Joe Thomas' HoF Career

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2023 25:22

    The life of an NFL Offensive Lineman isn't an easy one. If you do your job well, you are pretty much invisible, taking all the punishment so that your teammates can get all the glory. It's all about sacrifice for the greater good of the team. And then, there's the curious case of Joe Thomas, who had one of the most prolific careers in NFL history, despite playing on some horrible Cleveland Browns teams. Thomas played over 10,000 consecutive snaps throughout his 11-year career, none of which came in the playoffs. In fact, the only time Thomas was on a winning team was in his rookie season. But he remained loyal to Cleveland, and will finally get his glory this weekend as he's enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. So today, ESPN Browns reporter Jake Trotter brings you Thomas' story, and explains how he found joy in the least expected place. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Jonathan Taylor and the Colts: What Went Wrong?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2023 28:39

    The tension between NFL owners and running backs is continuing to escalate. In the latest development, Jonathan Taylor and the Indianapolis Colts have come to a stalemate, with Taylor reportedly requesting a trade following a meeting with Colts owner Jim Irsay. Irsay has been vocal about not wanting to extend Taylor's contract, which ends after this season…and about paying running backs in general. Irsay's stance follows a recent trend among NFL executives: devaluing the running back position, signing them to less money, and selecting them later in the draft. What happens in the Taylor-Irsay saga has the potential to determine what path the NFL goes down at-large when it comes to their offensive backfields. So today, ESPN Colts reporter Stephen Holder brings us the latest from Colts training camp…and where this dispute might go next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Inside the 49ers QB Room: 2023 Outlook for Brock Purdy, Trey Lance, and Sam Darnold

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2023 29:44

    Every football season in San Francisco brings fans another chance to lose their minds over who is starting under center. QB1 for the Niners has become a gig that no one can seem to hold onto for more than a season or two: from Jimmy Garoppolo to Trey Lance, back to Jimmy Garoppolo, and then to Brock Purdy – it seems like you never know who's going to be in the pocket for the 49ers. We're not calling it a curse, or even a controversy, but it has been unpredictable.  So today, Nick Wagoner takes us through the QB room of 2023, where Mr. Irrelevant, Brock Purdy, is returning from elbow surgery. The Niner's once-heir apparent, Trey Lance is battling with another former top draft pick, Sam Darnold, for the number two spot. And he tells us what this all means for a roster that's ready to win now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Mallory Rubin on the Return of Orioles Magic

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2023 34:37

    The Baltimore Orioles have the best record in the entire American League. Yes, you read that correctly. When you think of the best team in the AL East, you might think of the New York Yankees, or Boston Red Sox, or even the Tampa Bay Rays in recent years. But this year it's the O's who stand head and shoulders above the rest. The same team who lost 110 games two seasons ago is now led by two of the most exciting prospects in baseball in Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson…and they'll be taking center stage this weekend, as they host the Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball, marking the first time the Orioles have done so in five years.  So today, long-suffering Orioles fan Mallory Rubin of The Ringer joins the show to break down what this run means for the O's faithful…and how long this particular version of Orioles magic can last. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    The Ballad of Gardner Minshew: The NFL's Most Interesting QB?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2023 31:23

    Journeymen quarterbacks don't typically merit long, in-depth profiles from national reporters, nor, for that matter, from this show. But very little about Gardner Minshew is typical. With his handle-bar mustache, emotions all over his sleeves, and propensity to fashion unexpected magic off the bench, Minshew has become a walking NFL meme –– the internet always eager for another round of Minshew Mania.   So today, ESPN's Ryan Hockensmith tells us about his lunch with Minshew, which unearthed even more surprising details about the Indianapolis Colts' quarterback, including the time he tried to break his own hand with a hammer. And then, there's the video of a postgame hug with his dad from 2021, which explains the passion that drives – and defines – Gardner Minshew II. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Who's on the Hot Seat in 2023? Bill Barnwell's NFL All-Pressure Team

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2023 29:11

    Training camp is officially underway and the dawn of a new NFL season is upon us. But with a new season, there are new questions: Who will live up to their expectations? Who will disappoint? Who will rise out of nowhere? And for some people around the league, the stakes are even higher. Can Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa return to his elite form? How will Kirk Cousins cement his legacy with the Minnesota Vikings? Will the Dallas Cowboys keep winning when head coach Mike McCarthy assumes playcalling duties? So today, Bill Barnwell explains who has everything to prove among both players and coaches. This is the 2023 NFL All-Pressure Team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    The Northwestern Hazing Scandal, Explained

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2023 32:39

    For more than 150 years, Northwestern University has been known more for its academics than its prowess on the gridiron. The type of school that seems like the last place you would expect to find a scandal involving hazing and abuse in its football program. But over the last couple weeks, a growing list of accusations and alleged victims has come forward. Pat Fitzgerald, the Wildcats' long time head coach and a decorated former player himself, has been fired, and the university is facing multiple lawsuits…with more likely coming. So today, ESPN's Adam Rittenberg explains this complex case from the beginning. What we know, what we don't…and where it might be heading next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    SEC in 2023: Ryan McGee on Georgia Future, New Look Bama, and Vols Violations

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2023 35:44

    The SEC sparks the conversation around college football at the start of seemingly every season: and it's usually SEC teams we're talking about at the end of the season, too. And after an offseason dominated by off the field tragedy at Georgia, violations at Tennessee, and the impending addition of both Texas and Oklahoma to the most powerful conference in college sports, 2023 promises to be no different. Ryan McGee was at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Nashville for SEC Media Days, so he stopped by to get us prepared for the new season of SEC football. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    A Mother's Vow, a Worldwide Search, and the Mystery of the Dallas Mavericks Barbie

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2023 39:11

    Throughout human history, the allure of rare and mysterious artifacts has always summoned our bravest and most intrepid explorers to scour the ends of the earth. The Ark of the Covenant. The Holy Grail. And now, the Dallas Mavericks Barbie.   The ultra-rare Mavs Barbie, the product of a late 90's collaboration between Mattel and the NBA, has given collectors everywhere headaches for years as the missing piece to their Barbie collections. She is so hard to find, in fact, that some collectors have even questioned her existence. So today, ESPN's Dave Fleming takes us inside his quest for Mavericks Barbie, why she's so hard to find…and how he helped put an end to one collector's 25-year pursuit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    The Daniel Snyder Era Ends in Washington

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2023 31:54

    Washington D.C. football fans rejoice: Today, NFL owners are expected to ratify the sale of the Commanders, ending Daniel Snyder's tenure as owner. After nearly a quarter century of mediocrity, marked by scandal, accusation, ineptitude, and toxicity, an ownership group led by Josh Harris will take the reins.  So today, as Washington fans prepare to meet the new boss – whom they're praying is anything but the same as the old boss – ESPN's John Keim tells us how it all went so wrong during the Snyder years…and what hope now looks like in DC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Life Lessons From the NBA's Most Surprising Free Agent Deal

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2023 25:28

    When you think of the most recognizable players in the NBA, forward Bruce Brown wouldn't be very high on the list. We're not even sure he'd crack the top 50. But after having a breakout postseason in 2022-23 and winning a title with the Denver Nuggets, Brown was considered one of the most coveted free agents among teams with championship aspirations…which ultimately led to his two-year, $45 million contract with the Indiana Pacers. Even then, understanding his value is a lot more complicated than simply pointing to a stat sheet.  So today, Ben Cohen of the Wall Street Journal is here to enlighten us and explain why Bruce Brown is cashing in, what he can teach all of us about being overlooked…and how being a good teammate can be its own super power. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    On the Road with Shohei Ohtani

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2023 31:43

    You aren't nuts, we did just do a Shohei Ohtani episode two weeks ago. But when you're dealing with MLB's brightest star, a unicorn who can blow you away from the pitcher's mound and then blow you out from the batter's box, every day is something brand new. So, do a piece on Ohtani one day, and just a few hours after it's published, he might have another historic moment.   ESPN's Tim Keown took a different approach. He hung around the Los Angeles Angels' clubhouse for an entire week, bookended by two Ohtani starts, to get to the bottom of who Ohtani really is, on and off the diamond. So today, Keown shares his findings…and gives us some insight into what the future might hold for Shohei Ohtani, at the trade deadline, and beyond. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    2023 Women's World Cup Preview: Can USWNT 3-Peat?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2023 24:50

    The United States Women's National Soccer Team has established themselves as one of the most dominant powerhouses in sports - ever. In the eight Women's World Cups played, USA has won four of them, reached the semifinals each tournament, and has never finished lower than third place. As this edition of the team takes the field for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, we'll see the familiar faces of Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Julie Ertz, Rose Lavelle, and Kristie Mewis among others – but there's also 14 players on the roster making their World Cup debut. This year's squad is no exception to the expectations on their shoulders - and are well aware of the additional pressure that comes with the prospect of winning three World Cups in a row - something no team, men's or women's, has ever accomplished. So today, with a three-peat on the line, Jeff Carlisle tells us what we can expect to see from a USWNT that continues to chase history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Messi Takes Miami: What Leo's Arrival Means for Soccer in America

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2023 30:39

    Lionel Messi, the best soccer player of the 21st century, perhaps of all time, is coming to America. And yes, Pele decamped to New York to join the Cosmos nearly half a century ago… and David Beckham bent the soccer universe by joining the LA Galaxy in 2007. But THIS is different…this is quite possibly even bigger.  So today, ahead of Messi's official debut for Inter Miami in MLS, ESPN's Luis Miguel Echegaray tells us what it all means…and why Miami, specifically, is the perfect landing spot for the one and only Leo Messi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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