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From Defector. Former Deadspin writers Drew Magary and David Roth should really stick to sports. Sure, their new indie sports podcast will break down the week in sports: the Mets grounding into quadruple plays, NBA players getting testy on the court and horny on Instagram, Bill Belichick cutting 80% of his roster just to keep himself interested, horrifying takes from sports talk radio that need to be broken down, etc. But these two men and their guests will have their fair share of off-the-field issues they’ll also have to address: stupid Funbag questions, bad tweets from bad people, pointless food arguments, and even less. Every week is a VERY long week these days. We could all use a little Distraction. Head to defector.com for more info.

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    If You're Not Wondering if You Have the Plague After Eating, Are You Even Doing It Right?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 33:42

    In this special Thanksgiving episode, Drew and Roth talk about boiled vegetables, the Detroit Lions, and wearing vests as a lifestyle choice. Plus, questions from the Funbag! And Guy of the Week. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Do You Dare Confront the Squircle? (with Seth Wickersham)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 48:46


    ESPN's Seth Wickersham joins Drew and Roth to discuss Tom Brady, NFL owners, and the best parts of elementary school. Plus, questions from the (not weirdly wet) Funbag! Wickersham's book, It's Better to Be Feared, is available now everywhere books are sold. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    I've Dedicated Myself to Altering the Curvature of the Earth (with Lauren Theisen)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 50:47

    Drew and Roth talk to Defector's Lauren Theisen about daylight savings time, sports reporting, Aaron Rodgers, and NHL updates. Plus, Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    This is the Media's Fault (with Dan McQuade)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 50:48

    Dan McQuade joins Drew and Roth to talk about “immunized” quarterbacks, Vegas residencies, and baseball superstitions. Plus, Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Please Don't Tell Anybody How I Live (with Christian Finnegan)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 55:59

    Comedian Christian Finnegan joins Drew and Roth to discuss the World Series, comedy during the pandemic, and what it takes to be a Knicks fan. Plus, questions from the Funbag! Finnegan's new special, Show Your Work, is available to stream now. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    You're Going to Have to Accept Being a Sloppy Boy (with Patrick Redford)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 51:37

    Drew and Roth talk to Patrick Redford about fun teams to watch this NBA season, goats, optimal WFH background noise, and key takeaways from NBA opening night. Plus, Dead or Canceled and questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    It's a Big World and a Lot of Bad Things Happen in It

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 55:52

    This week, the guys discuss performance art, kindness, and Drew's new book, The Night the Lights Went Out, a captivating account of the traumatic brain injury that left him close to death and his eventual recovery. Plus, the usual fun stuff like Dead or Canceled and Guy of the Week. The Night the Lights Went Out is available now wherever books are sold. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Now I Have Knowledgeable Hate (with Justin Halpern)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 57:19

    Justin Halpern joins Drew and Roth to discuss Red Sox fans, World Series worst-case scenarios, and why everyone should root against the Dodgers in a Hater's Guide to the MLB Playoffs. Plus, questions from the Funbag! And the guys remember a Padre of the Week. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Drew and David are Doing Fine (with Liz Cook)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 49:43

    Food writer Liz Cook joins Drew and Roth to discuss Arsenal fans, restaurant reviews, Van Halen, and sports movies. Plus, questions from the Funbag! You can find more of Cook's work at Haterade.substack.com. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Heartbreak of Learning You Married a Prankster (with Dom Cosentino)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 54:36

    This week, Drew and Roth talk to Dom Cosentino about rookie quarterbacks, AI play design, and slow walkers. Plus, Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! You can read more of Cosentino's work at theScore.com.Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Nicki Minaj's Cousin is Never Going to Marry You (with Spencer Hall)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 51:22

    Spencer Hall joins Drew and Roth to discuss college football and Alabama's potential rival, effective pandering, and the difference between blog famous and TV famous. Plus, Guy of the Week, Dead or Canceled, and a special-edition musical mashup! You can find more of Hall's work at Channel 6. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Swag Ahoy! (with the Defector staff)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 108:55

    This week, Drew and Roth gather the Defector staff for a special birthday episode celebrating a year of fart blogs, Twitch streams, and (of course) sports coverage. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    I Like to Tell Stories About Types of Guy (with Patrick Wyman)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 53:23


    Drew and Roth talk to Patrick Wyman about the Jersey Shore, USC football, and Jeopardy! drama. Plus, a historical round of Dead or Canceled and questions from the Funbag! Wyman's book, The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World, is available everywhere books are sold. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    What if Eli Manning Had Sex Appeal? (with Andy Behrens)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 60:50

    This week, Yahoo's Andy Behrens joins Drew and Roth to discuss how far they'd go to save a pizza and (of course) the Hater's Guide to Fantasy Football. Plus, Guy of the Week and a round of Dead or Canceled. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    It's Your Show, You Can Do What You Want (with Ray Ratto)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 52:19

    Defector's Ray Ratto joins Roth to discuss returning Covid restrictions, the Baltimore Orioles, and what it's like to hear a career-ending injury. Plus, Guy of the Week and an action-packed Funbag question. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Brought to You by America's Blueberry Growers

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 32:18

    Drew and Roth talk eggnog ice cream, Olympic skateboarding, and the Vikings' Covid outbreak. Plus, bathroom power rankings and sporty nicknames courtesy of the Funbag. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    I Was a Huge Failing Upward Guy (with A.J. Daulerio)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 59:05

    A.J. Daulerio joins Drew to discuss the Brett Favre scandal, Iron Maiden, and long-term recovery. Plus, questions from the Funbag! Daulerio's new podcast, Really Good Shares, is streaming now. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Maybe the Apocalypse is Nigh (with Jason Gay)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 51:01

    This week, the Wall Street Journal's Jason Gay joins Drew and Roth to discuss Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks winning the NBA Championship, homemade American Ninja Warrior courses, and overreacting to hot takes on Twitter. Plus, questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    It's Time to Open Some Third Eyes (with Gabe Fernandez and Nick Walden)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 49:29

    Drew and Roth talk to Gabe Fernandez about pirated music, bad liquors, and the NBA Finals. Plus, defector accomplice Nick Walden joins to remember some guys and answer questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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    You Don't Get to Reminisce (with Albert Burneko)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 52:17

    Drew and Roth talk to Albert Burneko about fireworks, the Phoenix Suns, and angry tennis serves. Plus, a Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    I'll Approach the Bench (with Kelsey McKinney)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 58:56

    Writer Kelsey McKinney joins Drew and Roth to talk about toilet literature, the Texas Longhorns, Evangelicalism, and pitcher inspections. Plus, questions from the Funbag! McKinney's book, God Spare the Girls, is available everywhere books are sold. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    It's Raining Acid on Jupiter

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 36:17

    This week, Drew and Roth discuss interplanetary weather reports, earnest mustaches, and whether or not we're in a golden age of GOATs. Plus, Dead or Canceled and questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    I'm Not a Sticky iPad Kid (with Chris Bosh)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 52:02


    This week, NBA legend Chris Bosh joins Drew and Roth to discuss trash talk, pushing athletic limits, and the magic of the last day of school. Plus, a Distraction drinking game courtesy of the Funbag! Bosh's book, Letters to a Young Athlete, is available everywhere books are sold. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    I'm a Baseball Apologist (with Michael Schur)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 56:50

    TV producer Michael Schur joins Drew and Roth to talk about the future of baseball, surfing the dark web, and the challenges of making TV during a pandemic. Plus, questions from the Funbag! And a political round of Dead or Canceled. Schur's new show, Rutherford Falls, is streaming on Peacock now. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    On Behalf of the Goa Tourism Board (with Rohan Nadkarni)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 52:11

    Rohan Nadkarni joins Drew and Roth to discuss swim-up bars, Naomi Osaka, out of control NBA fans, and breaking Boston Celtics news. Plus, Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Swimming in the Ocean of Time (with Peter Brannen)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 51:04

    Drew and Roth talk to Peter Brannen about Boston sports, fava beans, and the downfall of man. Plus, questions from the Funbag! And the extended Guy of the Week universe. Brannen's book, The Ends of the World, is available everywhere books are sold. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    I'm Also a Toast Boy (with Albert Burneko and Lauren Theisen)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 56:10

    This week, Drew and Roth are joined by Albert Burneko and Lauren Theisen for a Double Hater's Guide to the NHL and NBA Playoffs. Plus, questions from the Funbag! And a Guy of the Week. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    I've Got Nothing Else (with Will Leitch)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 53:47

    Drew and Roth talk to Will Leitch about writing, miserable golfers, and the eternal appeal of baseball. Plus, questions from the Funbag! Leitch's novel, How Lucky, is available now everywhere books are sold. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    If You're Working in Politics, You Probably Suck (with Jason Schreier)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 50:07


    This week, Jason Schreier joins Drew and Roth to discuss video games, messy foods, the New York Jets, and Curt Schilling's centaur obsession. Plus, questions from the Funbag! And a double Guy of the Week. Schreier's book, Press Reset, is available everywhere May 11th. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    It's a Very Dumb Podcast (with Tyler Dunne)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 50:19

    Drew and Roth talk to Tyler Dunne about the NFL Draft, Sheetz coffee, and Sammy Watkins's spiritual beliefs. Plus, a round of Dead or Canceled and questions from the Funbag! You can find Dunne's daily newsletter at golongtd.com. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    It's Been a Big Year for A**holes (with Ashley Feinberg)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 56:34

    This week, Ashley Feinberg joins Drew and Roth to discuss baby teeth, Europe's Soccer Super League, and Mar-a-Lago's weirdest members. Plus, questions from the Funbag! You can find more of Ashley's work at trashberg.com. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    I Hope I Get it Wrong (with Tyler Tynes)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 54:33

    Drew and Roth talk to GQ's Tyler Tynes about weed legalization, NBA activism, Philly sports, and how to avoid teens at concerts. Plus, questions from the Funbag! And a topical round of Dead or Canceled. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    That's as Simplistic as I Can Possibly Make It (with Thang Pham)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2021 50:11

    This week, Drew and Roth discuss time zones, MLB moving its All-Star Game, Deshaun Watson, and how to make vaccines cool. Plus, Defector accomplice Thang Pham joins from Sydney, Australia for classic shenanigans like Dead or Canceled and questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    That Way Lies Madness (with Tom Ley and Meg Rowley)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 62:20

    Defector Editor-in-Chief Tom Ley and FanGraphs Managing Editor Meg Rowley join Roth to discuss the 2021 baseball season, seasonal affective disorder, and why rooting for a team is a matter of the heart. Plus, Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! To become a FanGraphs member, go to FanGraphs.com. Visit Defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    We're Not Talking About Trolls, We're Talking About Film (with Amy Nicholson)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 56:39

    Drew and Roth talk to film critic Amy Nicholson about Martian bacteria, Patrick Schwarzenegger's filmography, and why you can skip most movies from the '50s. Plus, Dead or Cancelled and questions from the Funbag! Nicholson's podcast, Unspooled, is streaming now. Visit defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    We Have More to Hate Here (with Maitreyi Anantharaman)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 61:27

    In this episode, Defector's Maitreyi Anantharaman joins Drew and Roth to discuss mozzarella sticks, game show hosts, and the Hater's Guide to March Madness. Plus Dead or Cancelled and questions from the Funbag! Visit defector.com.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Have I Forgotten How to Go to a Bar? (with Rachel Handler)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2021 58:13

    Drew and Roth talk to writer Rachel Handler about celebrity lunches, Meghan Markle, and the surprisingly dark plot of The Parent Trap. Plus, a fashionable Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! Visit defector.com.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Magary Conundrum (with Dan Pashman)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2021 50:57


    This week, The Sporkfu‪l‬'s Dan Pashman joins Drew and Roth to discuss Ozzy Osbourne, microwave settings, and Dan's quest for the perfect pasta shape. The first two episodes of Dan's Mission: ImPASTAble series are streaming now. Visit defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    We Were Talking About the Weather (with Kalyn Kahler)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2021 52:04

    Drew and Roth talk to Defector's Kalyn Kahler about inclement weather, Chicago sports, and the ideal age difference for a fist fight. Plus, more questions from the Funbag! And a possible end to the poison chalice? Visit defector.com.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    This Is Your Legacy (with Dan McQuade)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2021 58:00

    Drew and Roth talk to Defector's Dan McQuade about stand-up comedians, Roth's birthday plans, and the surprisingly progressive politics of ALF. Plus, Dead or Cancelled and a drink from the poison chalice. Visit defector.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Would You Like Me to Sign This? (with Mina Kimes)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2021 53:18

    This week, ESPN's Mina Kimes joins Drew and Roth to discuss wedding brunches, the Hilary Swank Effect, and, of course, the Super Bowl. Plus, questions from the Funbag! Kimes's podcast, The Mina Kimes Show featuring Lenn‪y, is streaming now. Visit defector.com.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    You Can't Steal All the LaCroix You Want (with Justin Halpern)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2021 53:00

    Drew and Roth talk to Justin Halpern about superbowl picks, individually-wrapped dips, and the trials of working from home with kids. Plus, a round of Dead or Cancelled and a special occasion mash up! Visit defector.com.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Why Move to New York to Make Bread? (with Pete Wells)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2021 61:36

    This week, New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells talks to Drew and Roth about outdoor dining structures, buckwheat fennel cookies, and what a food critic writes about when all the restaurants are closed. Visit defector.com.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    It's a Happy Occasion

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2021 49:43

    On this week's inauguration episode, Drew and Roth discuss steampunk Bibles, Weird Al's greatest hits, and what life was like before everyone had the internet on their phones. Plus, the Funbag! And a round of Dead or Cancelled. Visit defector.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    It's a Freaking Graveyard Smash (with Lauren Theisen)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2021 48:24

    This week, Drew and Roth talk to Lauren Theisen about the Monster Mash, Aaron Sorkin scripts, and ideal Covid-19 protocols for hockey fights. Plus, the Funbag! And other shenanigans. This episode was recorded prior to 45 getting impeached AGAIN. Visit defector.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Sublime Is the Word (with Dom Cosentino)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2021 53:01

    theScore's Dom Cosentino joins Drew and Roth to discuss the new year, playoff projections, and the best cold weather foods. Plus, a round of Dead or Cancelled and the poison chalice. This episode was recorded prior to the events in Washington D.C. on January 6th. Visit defector.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    I've Had Dreams About Parties

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2020 36:55

    As the new year draws near, Drew and Roth bid farewell to 2020 with musings on old apartments, cockney swear words, and the allure of milk-substitute eggnog. Plus, the poison chalice, Brando impressions, and questions from the Funbag! Visit defector.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Hater's Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog (with James Austin Johnson)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2020 55:56

    This week, James Austin Johnson and his many voices join Drew and Roth to talk waffles, coolers, and the shrill sounds of a coffee grinder for the infamous Hater's Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog — 2020 edition. Johnson's podcast, What Things Are What Things, is streaming now. Visit defector.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    I'll Wait for the Movie (with Kelsey McKinney)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2020 55:27

    Kelsey McKinney joins Drew and Roth to talk tarot readings, AP U.S. History, and the pope's sweet kicks. Plus, questions from the Funbag! And a very educational email of the week. Kelsey's book, God Spare the Girls, is on sale June 22 and available to pre-order now. Visit defector.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    A Virtual Visit with Santa (with Nathan Thornburgh & Chris Jones)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2020 51:01

    In this post-holiday episode Drew and Roth welcome a double-serving of guests (Roads & Kingdoms' Nathan Thornburgh and Defector accomplice Chris Jones). The crew talks travel porn, Korean baseball, and watching Home Alone through the eyes of a nine-year-old. Plus, a compelling round of Dead or Cancelled and the ever-entertaining Funbag! Nathan's podcast, The Trip, is streaming now. Visit defector.com [defector.com] See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Do You Want to Jam Some Tunes? (with Albert Burneko)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2020 45:04

    This week, Drew and Roth are joined by Defector's Albert Burneko to talk turkey, cigar hangovers, and getting too old for World of Warcraft marathons. Plus, a debatable mashup and one of the best reactions to Guy of the Week ever recorded on our show. Visit defector.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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