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Weird Darkness: Stories of the Paranormal, Supernatural, Legends, Lore, Mysterious, Macabre, Unsolved
“THE WEREWOLF OF DEFIANCE” and 3 More Strange True Stories! #WeirdDarkness

Weird Darkness: Stories of the Paranormal, Supernatural, Legends, Lore, Mysterious, Macabre, Unsolved

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 48:56


Find Weird Darkness on the free Spreaker app: https://www.spreaker.com/show/weirddarkness, or look for it wherever you listen to podcasts: https://linktr.ee/weirddarkness IN THIS EPISODE: Defiance Ohio is a small town that reported a rash of werewolf sightings in the early 1970's, and it's a legend that still persists to this day. (The Werewolf of Defiance) *** What would happen if the First Lady of the United States disclosed that she believed she traveled with extraterrestrials to Venus? That's exactly what happened to the First Lady of Japan! (First Contact With The First Lady) *** The island of Guam is well known for the part it played in World War II – but 120 miles northeast of Guam is the tiny island of Tinian, and while it too had a part in World War II, it also contains secrets millennia old of a people that might have existed before the oldest people recorded living there. (The Mysterious People Before Time) *** Robert Nelson had no professional background in medicine or refrigeration, he didn't even have a college degree, but this everyday TV repairman found himself in the center of the cryogenics movement – and that's when things started to get messy. (Cryogenics And The TV Repairman)SOURCES AND ESSENTIAL WEB LINKS…“Cryogenics And The TV Repairman” by Marco Margaritoff for All That's Interesting https://tinyurl.com/yaowv6j6 “First Contact With The First Lady” from AncientCode.com: https://tinyurl.com/yxww2yv2 “The Mysterious People Before Time” by A. Sutherland for AncientPages.com: https://tinyurl.com/yyuzyu4g “The Werewolf of Defiance” from ArmedWithSilver.com: https://tinyurl.com/y4zlhnxh (Defiance werewolf, “Toledo Blade” newspaper articles: Article One= https://tinyurl.com/y3dtkx4v, Article Two= https://tinyurl.com/y2q2c8tl, Article Three= https://tinyurl.com/y5l89z25; Defiance werewolf, Crescent News” newspaper article: https://tinyurl.com/yya7vyku; “Werewolf Shamans In The Ancient Woodlands…” published paper: https://tinyurl.com/yxka58st)“Ohio Police Capture Drunken Local Werewolf” by Jack Dickey for Deadspin.com: https://tinyurl.com/y6rpckbv = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =Weird Darkness Publishing: https://weirddarkness.com/publishingVisit the Church of the Undead: http://undead.church/ Find out how to escape eternal darkness at https://weirddarkness.com/eternaldarkness = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =Weird Darkness theme by Alibi Music Library. Background music provided by Alibi Music, EpidemicSound and/or AudioBlocks with paid license. Music from Shadows Symphony (https://tinyurl.com/yyrv987t), Midnight Syndicate (http://amzn.to/2BYCoXZ), Kevin MacLeod (https://tinyurl.com/y2v7fgbu), Tony Longworth (https://tinyurl.com/y2nhnbt7), and/or Nicolas Gasparini/Myuu (https://tinyurl.com/lnqpfs8) is used with permission. 

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Oddball with Vin Forte
54. Rob Parker On The Modern MLB & Durant Fatigue

Oddball with Vin Forte

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 37:39


This week, Rob Parker from Fox Sports & Deadspin joins the pod to discuss the modern MLB, his work with MLBBro.com, KD fatigue, a bigger swindle than Bobby Bonilla Day, and more! Follow Rob over on Twitter: @robparkerfs1 Follow Vin on Twitter: @MightyVin & @OddballPodcast Follow on Instagram: @VinForteNYC Theme Music Provided with Full Permission by Kerbivore: https://kerbivore.bandcamp.com

Basically a Sports Show
NFL alternate helmets are a clear sign that the end is near,...

Basically a Sports Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022


NFL alternate helmets are a clear sign that the end is near, turns out Vince McMahon really is Vince McMahon, and Entertainment Roundup. mp3

Defend Cleveland Podcast
Episode 226 - Defend Cleveland Officially Commissions Its Own Factual Brains Album About Defend Cleveland! (Redux)

Defend Cleveland Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 229:01


All terrestrial segments were recorded live on July 16th (Day 197 of 2022), and all podcast segments were recorded lived on July 19th (Day 200 of 2022) Part 1 of 3 of the Podcast only content – The Home Run Derby was great, per usual, but a rule change might be needed... Other than that Rob Manfred's and Deadspin reporter Rob Parker's offer up horribly wrong assessments on MLB and its players getting paid their just due  Terrestrial: Hour 1 (begins around 0:28:00) Welcome to full on summer where local corporate sport talk is still talking Browns even though the "National Pastime" isn't much of a distraction...  The MLB story no one is talking about is actually its most important story, and it's a story that reflects just how broken our society is where you can't sit at the table, all your afforded is legal representation, and no one can even begin to afford that Part 2 of 3 of the Podcast only content – Turns out LIV Golf might be must watch viewing after all, and not whatsoever for the actual exchibition golf being played  (begins around 1:27:00) Lachlan MacKinnon's ‘Best of Edition' Let Me Tell You A Story: “Collinwood SVU” (begins around 1:38:00) Terrestrial: Hour 2 (begins around 1:42:00) Timothy Loehmann continues to be and represent everything that's so systemically wrong with the police The only thing that has aged worse than 80's hair metal music are hair metal music fans and Vince Neil's voice - A full report on many of the atrocities that occured unchecked at last week's First Energy's Stadium Tour featuring the exhumed corpses of Motley Crue, Def Leppard and Poison (which at some point during lunch Joan Jett reportedly also played the bill) Part 3 of 3 of the Podcast only content – Mollie's Weekly Reports... (begins around 2:40:00) Terrestrial: Hour 3 (begins around 2:58:00) The local band Factual Brains are our new favorite band in Cleveland, and in related news, Defend Cleveland show commissions an album (redux)! Mollie's Weekly Reports, terrestrial edition! All this and so much more on this episode of the Defend Cleveland Podcast. Enjoy~   This show is and forever will be dedicated to Big Mamma   To contribute to this 100% listener supported show please go to our Patreon page by clicking here.   Check out Lachlan MacKinnon's best selling book, ‘Let Me Tell You A Story: Small Stories Of A Large Family'!   Thank yous to  91.1-FM WRUW Cleveland for being home to the show, and to the city that inspires us, Cleveland, Ohio.   Your recommended listening this week is the new black midi album "Hellfire"   The intro and outro to Lachlan's segment is the song “My Summer In Traction” by the band Ohio Civil War , and it's used with permission

Morning Shift Podcast
Brittney Griner Is Still Stuck In Russia

Morning Shift Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2022 21:06


Phoenix Mercury star center Brittney Griner pleaded guilty Thursday to drug charges in Russia and faces up to 10 years in prison. But the U.S. says she's been wrongfully detained, leading many of her supporters to wonder why officials haven't done more to intervene. GUESTS: Julie DiCaro, writer and editor at Deadspin Cheryl Raye-Stout, WBEZ sports contributor

Basically a Sports Show
We're back from hiatus to begin the “Vegas Residency” era of the...

Basically a Sports Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022


We're back from hiatus to begin the “Vegas Residency” era of the show. On the show this week: Greg's trip to the USFL Championship Game, the Stanley Cup and NBA Champions, the disaster that is the Deshaun Watson signing, Kevin Durant's legacy, and some TV and movie talk.mp3

Three & Out
Jane McManus of Deadspin joins the Big Show! Women in sports, Baker to Panthers, lots more

Three & Out

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 49:53


Reproductive freedom is no longer guaranteed; @janesports breaks down Dobbs v Jackon's impact to sports & sports media. Also, the crew reacts to Baker Mayfield FINALLY getting traded to Carolina, and the Dallas Cowboys naming Black Rifle Coffee Company their new official coffee the day after a holiday weekend marred by mass shootings.

Terrible, Thanks For Asking
I've Been Cursed by a Sea Witch with Drew Magary

Terrible, Thanks For Asking

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 52:12 Very Popular


 We're back with another Terrible Reading Club episode, sponsored by Betterhelp Online Therapy. Think of it as our book club for truly terrible times. Haven't read the book we're discussing? Good news: In this reading club, that's not a requirement. Today, we're chatting with Drew Magary, formerly of Deadspin and now of Defector, about his new memoir, “The Night The Lights Went Out: A Memoir of Life After Brain Damage.” There's quite a bit of adult language in this episode, so you *might* not want to listen while driving around in the car with your kiddos (unless your kiddos are cool with curse words). You can find Drew's book here or wherever your shop books. Also, his yearly “Hater's Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog” is hilarious and will make you laugh, and you can find it here.And check out our sponsor this week: BetterHelp — betterhelp.com/ttfa — Sign up today for TTFA Premium! For $7.99 a month, you get access to exclusive bonus content, ad-free episodes *and* the knowledge that you're keeping our show afloat! Visit TTFA.org/Premium to get started. Want (sporadic) emails from Nora and Team TTFA? Sign up here.  When you shop our Bookshop.org store, you support the author, independent bookstores AND our show! Shop here. You can purchase Nora's books here. Shop for your favorite TTFA gear at TTFAmerch.com. Read the transcript for this episode here. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.

Terrible, Thanks For Asking
I've Been Cursed by a Sea Witch with Drew Magary

Terrible, Thanks For Asking

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 52:12


 We're back with another Terrible Reading Club episode, sponsored by Betterhelp Online Therapy. Think of it as our book club for truly terrible times. Haven't read the book we're discussing? Good news: In this reading club, that's not a requirement. Today, we're chatting with Drew Magary, formerly of Deadspin and now of Defector, about his new memoir, “The Night The Lights Went Out: A Memoir of Life After Brain Damage.” There's quite a bit of adult language in this episode, so you *might* not want to listen while driving around in the car with your kiddos (unless your kiddos are cool with curse words). You can find Drew's book here or wherever your shop books. Also, his yearly “Hater's Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog” is hilarious and will make you laugh, and you can find it here.And check out our sponsor this week: BetterHelp — betterhelp.com/ttfa — Sign up today for TTFA Premium! For $7.99 a month, you get access to exclusive bonus content, ad-free episodes *and* the knowledge that you're keeping our show afloat! Visit TTFA.org/Premium to get started. Want (sporadic) emails from Nora and Team TTFA? Sign up here.  When you shop our Bookshop.org store, you support the author, independent bookstores AND our show! Shop here. You can purchase Nora's books here. Shop for your favorite TTFA gear at TTFAmerch.com. Read the transcript for this episode here. You can catch up with TTFA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @ttfapodcast. Nora's Instagram is @noraborealis.

The Brian Lehrer Show
The Saudis 'Sportwash' Golf

The Brian Lehrer Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 14:05


Will Leitch, contributing editor at New York Magazine, columnist at MLB.com, and founding editor of Deadspin, talks about the LIV Golf International Tour, Saudi Arabia's so-called "sportswashing," and what it might mean for the future of golf.

Uncut with Jay Cutler
Clay Travis talks about building Outkick, his journey from lawyer to broadcaster and the power of being authentic on Uncut with Jay Cutler

Uncut with Jay Cutler

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 68:22


Jay sits down with Clay Travis, the founder of Outkick and host of the nationally syndicated "Clay and Buck Show", and jokes about coming along as a student in Nashville around the time Jay was playing at Vanderbilt and remembering the fun they had together. Clay also talks about meeting his wife in college, and how he got his start in broadcasting and writing after spending years as a practicing lawyer. Jay asks Clay about his time as an Internet writer, from CBS Sports, to Deadspin (and the mayhem of the lawsuit fallout) and the now defunct Fanhouse. It all led Clay to starting Outkick the Coverage, and he tells Jay how it started and how he built it up. Clay also talks about taking over for Rush Limbaugh in 2021 and how politics has become so divisive over the last 10 years and the whirlwind of judgement that follows. Plus Jay and Clay talk about the power of being true to yourself and authentic, regardless of how the audience feels about what you say. And lifelong Tennessee Titans fan Clay Travis picks Jay's brain about the NFL and what would have happened if Jay got drafted by the Titans.

The Todd Herman Show
Texas murderer: we already knew him. He will have been metally ill, known to act out in violence and probably someone of whom the “authorities” were aware. He was lonely, felt isolated, had trouble relating and creating strong bonds. In all probabilit

The Todd Herman Show

Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 52:31


THE THESIS: Attacks like the evil murders in Texas are always rooted in mental illness and/or possession by evil. No argument can be made that guns cause murders or murders cease without guns. Murder by car, by pressure cooker bomb, fertilizer bombs all prove that the inanimate objects are just that until they are misused people sick and/or evil people. Just as it is with teen suicides, teen mental health is being made worse by The Party. Were we to return to being a godly society we would be a healthier people.  THE SCRIPTURE & SCRIPTURAL RESOURCES:  Romans 12:2 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.) Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 2 Corinthians 10:5 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. Acts 2:46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, Pollution of Mind and Conscience THE NEWS & COMMENT: BLOCK 1 Salvador Romas, 18, revealed as Texas ‘shooter who gunned down kids at Uvalde elementary after shooting grandmother' Salvador Ramos, Uvalde School Shooting Suspect: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know [AUDIO] -  In the wake of the school shooting in Texas, former DHS officials turned CNN flack Juliette Kayyem demands Biden suspend immigration enforcement in the area of Uvalde "because of the political issues in Texas." [AUDIO] -  A leftist and former “journalist” for Deadspin pretended FOX News said the attack followed an immigration-relate chase.  [AUDIO] -. . .  But, here's the ACTUAL report, as Arthur Schwartz pointed out [AUDIO] - Recent flashback: REPULSIVE! Journalists Blame Buffalo Shooting on Conservative Voters, Politicians and TV Hosts BLOCK 2 There is data that suggests the politically targeted, deadly, medically useless lockdowns of the parts of our economy that contribute to human connections and health are driving an increase in murder sprees [AUDIO] - Meanwhile, the ridiculously named “Human Rights Campaign” is peddling gender rebellion to kids which will cause waves of mental illness in kids. Boys, especially, are at risk as high levels of estrogen often cause them to experience fits of violence BLOCK 3 Millennials are the loneliest population in history  Cigna infographic: loneliness in the workplace See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Wake Up and Win with DeVon Pouncey
Episode 174: "Victory Lap" Featuring Criss Partee

Wake Up and Win with DeVon Pouncey

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 37:39


On this episode Criss Partee of Deadspin joins to discuss the NBA Playoffs and Pat Bev the broadcaster!

The Lonely Roundtable
Deadspin Tweet About Buffalo Shooting and NBA, USWNT Gets Equal Pay (Kind of), Yankee Pitcher In Trouble For Decade Old Tweets, Wisconsin Middle School Pronoun Madness

The Lonely Roundtable

Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 29:55


Deadspin article and tweet about Buffalo shooting and NBA reaction is insanity; US Women's National team gets equal pay that it's been seeking, though it comes in a hilarious way; New York Yankees pitcher in trouble for tweets from a decade ago, for using racial slur while quoting rap lyrics; Wisconsin middle schools facing Title IX discipline for using wrong pronoun when referring to classmate

Anthony On Air
Amber Heard Shocking Day 16 Testimony, Ghislaine Maxwell Transferred, Sports Illustrated Controversy

Anthony On Air

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 154:19


Amber Heard had some shocking testimony on Day 16 of her trial against Johnny Depp. Plus Ghislaine Maxwell has been transferred, we'll explain why thats important. Plus there's a lot of controversy over this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model. Cara Delevingne annoys Megan Thee Stallion at the Billboard Music Awards while Britney Spears has a big announcement about her pregnancy. An Arby's manager admits to horrific acts with the milk shake machine while a new poll shows that the Supreme Court leak has changed nothing. More on the Baby Formula Shortage, Governor Pete Ricketts crazy comments, a GOP candidate who won a primary from prison, and Deadspin's shocking article on Basketball and Buffalo. #AmberHeard #GhislaineMaxwell #YumiNu #Podcast Post article https://nypost.com/2022/05/16/is-nyc-living-up-to-its-whoring-20s-reputation-of-wild-sex/ Get more AoA and become a member to get exclusive access to perks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOfx0OFE-uMTmJXGPpP7elQ/join Support the troops, Order JumpStart Coffee Company Here: https://bit.ly/JumpStartAoA15 Get Merch here - https://bit.ly/AnthonyMerch Explosive Jeffrey Epstein Prince Andrew Book: https://amzn.to/3juG9bj Subscribe to the Anthony On Air Podcast here: Facebook - https://bit.ly/AntOnAirFB YouTube - https://bit.ly/AntOnAirYT Apple Podcast - https://bit.ly/AntOnAirApple Google Podcast - https://bit.ly/AntOnAirGoo Spotify - https://bit.ly/AntOnAirSpot Stitcher - https://bit.ly/AntOnAirSti Overcast - https://bit.ly/AntOnAirOv Twitter - https://bit.ly/AntOnAirTwitter Instagram - https://bit.ly/AntOnAirInsta Get more at https://www.AnthonyOnAir.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/anthonyonair/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/anthonyonair/support

Fearless with Jason Whitlock
Ep 206 | The Biden Buffalo: President Uses Tragedy For Political Power | Deadspin Hates White People | Ep 206

Fearless with Jason Whitlock

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 101:26


President Biden visited Buffalo to honor the victims of the weekend's deadly massacre. Addressing the nation, and the world, Biden blamed the atrocities on the radicalization caused by the media, internet, political rhetoric, and those seeking to gain power by politicizing the violence, all while using the tragedy for political gain. Jason is joined by “Fearless” contributors TJ Moe and Delano Squires to examine the hypocrisy of Biden's visit and words, and asks the question: did the president help or harm the racial divide in the country? A Deadspin writer believes white NBA fans are supremacists for having the audacity to watch basketball following the violence in Buffalo, prompting Jason to lament on the deterioration of journalistic standards and whether or not it's the dumbest thing he's ever read. Then, 2nd Amendment advocate, and founder of “Black Guns Matter”, Maj Toure shares a message for Buffalo, discusses the racist undercurrents of gun control and explains why ‘white liberals are some of the most racist people you will ever meet'. Finally, Jason welcomes long time friend, and tailor to the stars, Troy McSwain to get his “Approval Ratings” following his weight loss journey. Switch today with Patriot Mobile! Get the same great nationwide coverage while supporting the conservative values you believe in. Go to https://PATRIOTMOBILE.COM/JASON or call 972-PATRIOT. ​​​​You can get your own dedicated HR manager starting at just $99 a month with Bambee! No hidden fees AND you can cancel at any time. Go to https://Bambee.com/FEARLESS right now for your FREE HR audit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Gerry Callahan Podcast
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models w/ Tom Shattuck

The Gerry Callahan Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 65:06


Today's GCS: - Joe Biden to speak in Buffalo.  - Yumi Nu is upsetting people with her SI cover. - Tom Shattuck returns to the program! - The new White House press secretary has a bad first day. - Deadspin with the wokest article to date possibly.  - Hannity is doing Trumps bidding.  Order Callahan Coffee right now, and while you're at it grab yourself a Bug The Chug Mug! callahancoffee.com Want extra content? Get daily livestreams and one extra show per week on Locals: callahan.locals.com   Support our sponsors: mypillow.com/Gerry sheaconcrete.com callahancoffee.com  BastionBoltActionPen.com code word "Gerry" for 20% off.  JMBullion.com code word "Callahan"

Outkick The Show with Clay Travis
Bezos vs. Biden, Elon v Twitter, Jordan Peterson vs SI swimsuit issue, Deadspin idiocy after Buffalo

Outkick The Show with Clay Travis

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 30:31


Jeff Bezos Fired Back At Biden's Inflation Comments Jordan Peterson vs. SI Swimsuit Issue Deadspin Idiocy On Buffalo Shooting Chuck Schumer Blames Fox For Buffalo Shooting Clay Travis Tears Into ESPN & Mina Kimes What Is The Best NBA Playoff Bet Tonight? 5-11 Year Olds Can Get Boosters BLM Expenses Report UFO's Hearing In Congress Elon Musk Says Bots Make Up Most Twitter Traffic Taco Bell Brought Back Mexican Pizza Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Behind the Line
Carron Phillips Using Buffalo & NBA to Create Mythical Divide

Behind the Line

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 14:05


Carron Phillips is trying hard to be the wokest of the woke. Monday afternoon...he published some of the best propaganda we've ever seen to Deadspin. Carron Phillips tried to tie what happened in Buffalo to white people watching the NBA Playoffs. We reveal and react to the article from Carron Phillips. We explain how this is another attempt by Carron Phillips and the woke to create a mythical divide. We discuss how social justice warriors have lost their influence...and people like Carron Phillips are attempting to create a mythical enemy to disguise the real issues facing the country.

Capturing The Game
Julie DiCaro | Senior Writer at Deadspin | Ep. 60

Capturing The Game

Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 76:58


For the next guest on the Capturing the Game Podcast presented by Capture Sports Agency, we welcome Senior Writer at Deadspin, Julie DiCaro For More Information on Julie, Check out Her Social Media - Julie DiCaro Twitter: https://twitter.com/JulieDiCaro Julie DiCaro IG: https://www.instagram.com/juliedicaro/ FOR MORE, FOLLOW US ON OUR SOCIALS! - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CapturingTheGamePod Twitter https://twitter.com/CTG_Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ctg_podcast/ Linktree: https://linktr.ee/CapturingTheGamePodcast

The Official Do Good Better Podcast
The Official Do Good Better Podcast Season Six Ep12 Nonprofit Leader, Speaker & Author Aaron Hamlin

The Official Do Good Better Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 36:55


He's started two nonprofits from scratch and has a great way of making the complex easier to understand...Aaron Hilman joins Patrick to share insight and discuss just how political your nonprofit should be. Aaron is the executive director of The Center for Election Science as well as a co-founder. He's been featured as an electoral systems expert on MSNBC.com, NPR, Free Speech TV, Inside Philanthropy, 80K Hours, Popular Mechanics, and has given talks across the country on voting methods. He's written on election topics for Deadspin, USA Today Magazine, Independent Voter Network, and others. Additionally, Aaron is a licensed attorney with two additional graduate degrees in the social sciences. Aaron's other interests include defeating lock systems, playing chess, and training jiu-jitsu.Learn More About Aaron:  https://www.aaronhamlin.com/Learn More About Center for Election Science:  https://electionscience.org/Support This Podcast! Make a quick and easy donation here:https://www.patreon.com/dogoodbetterSpecial THANK YOU to our sponsors:Donor Dock - The best CRM system for your small to medium sized nonprofit, hands down! Visit www.DonorDock.com and use the Promo Code DOGOODBETTER for a FREE month!Brady Martz - The Nonprofit Audit Specialists! Visit www.BradyMartz.com to connect with folks to make your fiscal life a heckuvalot easier!About The Official Do Good Better Podcast:Each episode features (fundraising expert, speaker, event creator and author) Patrick Kirby interviewing leaders and champions of small & medium nonprofits to share their successes, their impact, and what makes them a unicorn in a field of horses. Patrick answers fundraising questions and (most importantly) showcases how you can support these small nonprofits doing great big things!iTunes: https://apple.co/3a3XenfSpotify: https://spoti.fi/2PlqRXsYouTube: https://bit.ly/3kaWYanTunein: http://tun.in/pjIVtStitcher: https://bit.ly/3i8jfDRFollow On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DoGoodBetterPodcast/Follow On Twitter: @consulting_do #fundraising #fundraiser #charity #nonprofit #donate #dogood #dogoodBETTER #fargo #fundraisingdadAbout Host Patrick Kirby:Email: Patrick@dogoodbetterconsulting.comLinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fundraisingdad/Want more great advice? Buy Patrick's book! Now also available as an e-book!Fundraise Awesomer! A Practical Guide to Staying Sane While Doing GoodAvailable through Amazon Here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1072070359

Behind the Line
Carron Phillips Claims XFL Proves NFL Lies With Black Head Coaches

Behind the Line

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 14:36


The XFL is set to relaunch in February 2023...and the league has already filled all eight head coaching positions. The XFL will feature four black head coaches...which mirrors the same amount coaching in the NFL. Deadspin writer Carron Phillips claims this proves NFL owners are lying about their hiring process. We reveal and react to a recent article from Carron Phillips. We dispute his notion...and explain why comparing the hiring process in the XFL and NFL isn't an accurate comparison. Carron Phillips references recent comments from Bomani Jones on the NFL hiring process. We once again show Bomani Jones doesn't know what he's talking about.

Oddball with Vin Forte
39. Was The 2022 NBA Season A Disappointment?

Oddball with Vin Forte

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 36:58


This week, I discuss the 2022 NBA regular season through the lens of Rob Parker's Deadspin article suggesting it was the worst season in years, the Timberwolves clinch the 7th seed in over-celebratory fashion, and would you eat Spokane Style Pizza? Follow Vin on Twitter: @MightyVin & @OddballPodcast Follow on Instagram: @VinForteNYC Theme Music Provided with Full Permission by Kerbivore: https://kerbivore.bandcamp.com

Basically a Sports Show
We bid Zach a fond farewell and talk about where the show is...

Basically a Sports Show

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022


Basically a Sports Show
The slap heard round the world, the Browns and Deshaun Watson...

Basically a Sports Show

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022


The slap heard round the world, the Browns and Deshaun Watson address the media and hilarity ensues, and some other sports stuff.mp3

Behind the Line
Rob Parker Blames Mike Tomlin For Not Rescuing Colin Kaepernick

Behind the Line

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 11:36


Brian Flores wasn't expected to coach in the NFL again after filing his lawsuit...but was offered another opportunity by Mike Tomlin. You would figure this would make woke media members like Rob Parker happy. Instead...Rob Parker blamed Mike Tomlin for not rescuing Colin Kaepernick. We react to an article Rob Parker published to Deadspin. We explain how this highlights a mythical notion prevalent in the mainstream media when it comes to minority men in positions of authority. We criticize Rob Parker for blasting Mike Tomlin...and compare his fake outrage to emulating Stephen A Smith.

Drew and Mike Show
Drew And Mike – March 30, 2022

Drew and Mike Show

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 166:43


Red Wings fire Al Sobotka, Will Smith wouldn't leave, DJ Jazzy Jeff 'no comments' us, free QLine rides, from Secrets of Playboy to Thousand Pound Sisters, Trevor Bauer sues journalists, and Bruce Willis retirement phony phone calls.More Will Smith/Chris Rock Silence Breaking: King Richard Williams' estranged daughter speaks. The 'Tell The Truth" CTE doctor supports Will. David Spade & Dana Carvey speak. Chris Rock adds more shows to sell out. Wanda Sykes and Amy Schumer are "traumatized".The 'Thousand Pound Twins' pop off about Hugh Heffner on Secrets of Playboy.Trudi caught the new Jackass Forever flick and there is no shortage of weiners.Tom Mazawey collaborated with The Ting Tings and has no idea who they are.Trevor Bauer is suing The Athletic, Deadspin and Molly Knight for defamation.Alex Jones tries to pay the Sandy Hook parents to SHUT UP... but they aren't having it.The QLine is still free of charge if anyone wants a 3.3-mile ride.Astronaut Mark Vande Hei had to be carried away after his return from outer space.Al Sobotka has been BLOWN OUT by the Detroit Red Wings. We check in with Al, who sounds really bummed out. Jim Bentley joins the show to tell an Al Sobotka story and brag about his farts in our system.Bruce Willis is retiring from acting due to Aphasia. We remember a few prank phone calls in his honor.Casey Anthony is murdering an episode of VH1's "My Dream Wedding."Drew is pumped for Roxy Music's tour.Taylor Hawkins: The Foo Fighters cancel their tour dates. John Stamos shares his last texts with Taylor. Paul McCartney shares a pic. Jimmy Page is bummed, but they'll always have this song.The Detroit News wants you to feel that Kid Rock's album has bombed when the truth is, it's a little early. Some people are saying Adam Graham is focusing on politics.Breaking News: Will Smith refused to leave the Oscars after he assaulted Chris Rock. The Oscars and the BAFTAs are beefing. Tony Rock does NOT accept Will Smith's apology. DJ Jazzy Jeff gives us no comment.The Red Hot Chili Peppers have their own channel on SiriusXM.Drew Crime: Drew declares Wendi Mae Davidson the hottest murderer possibly ever. We roll through the hottest female murderers. We discuss Life of Crime 1984-2020.COVID: Joe Biden got his 4th shot today. NYC is allowing the rich and famous to go vaccine free.Spaceman Lee is still striking batter out at age 75.Eric Church cancels concert so he can attend Duke vs North Carolina.Social media is dumb, but we're on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (Drew and Mike Show, Marc Fellhauer, Trudi Daniels and BranDon).

The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard & Rob Parker
03/29/2022 - Hour 2 - The New NFL Rooney Rule Misses the Mark + Deadspin senior writer Carron J Phillips

The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard & Rob Parker

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 38:05


Chris and Rob explain why the NFL's newly revised Rooney Rule that includes women as a minority group misses the mark in that they expanded the hiring pool without ever fully addressing the problems Black candidates have been facing, and discuss if the fact that Jimmy Garoppolo is still in limbo with the San Francisco 49ers is an indictment on Trey Lance. Plus, Deadspin senior writer Carron J. Phillips swings by to discuss uphill battle Blacks have faced in coaching and sports media.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Object Of Sound
The Sounds of the Game (feat. Monica Lynch & Haley O'Shaughnessy)

Object Of Sound

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 30:05


Just in time for the final weeks of March Madness, we're bringing two of our favorite things together – music and basketball. Hanif heads to a Cleveland Cavaliers v. Detroit Pistons game to take in the sounds courtside. Then, together with sports journalist Haley O'Shaughnessy and former Tommy Records President Monica Lynch, we'll uncover the stories that explain why you hear what you hear at a game, and dig into 90s nostalgia. Plus, Hanif makes a playlist of his favorite arena hits. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode head over to www.mixcloud.com/sonos.Music in this week's episode:Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) - C&C Music FactoryHip Hop Hooray - Naughty By NatureThunderstruck - AC/DCTimber (feat. Ke$ha) - Pitbull, KeshaSirius - The Alan Parsons ProjectJump Around - House of PainLet's Get Loud - Jennifer LopezShow Notes: For more 90's nostalgia, check out Arij's arena songs pick: Space Jam (Music From and Inspired By the Motion Picture.) At the game Hanif and Arij attended, the Cavs Dancing Dads performed to Gasolina.Read more about Victor the Wrestling Bear, who performed in the ABA, in Deadspin.You can watch John Tesh talk more about the origins of the NBA on NBC theme song here. Credits:This show is produced by work by work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Kathleen Ottinger, Rhiannon Corby, and by Hanif Abdurraqib. We had wonderful help this week from Cleveland producer, Nate Kelmes. The show is mixed by Sam Bair. Extra gratitude to Joe Dawson and Saidah Blount at Sonos.

Basically a Sports Show
The Browns trade for Deshaun Watson, hilarity ensues. The NHL...

Basically a Sports Show

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022


The Browns trade for Deshaun Watson, hilarity ensues. The NHL trade deadline, the Final Four in the 2022 GTOV, and some other stuff. mp3

The Infinite Inning
Infinite Inning 218: It Worked, But Never Do It Again (New Edit with Improved Audio)

The Infinite Inning

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 19, 2022 110:52


Infinite Inning 218: It Worked, But Never Do It AgainJesse Spector returns to discuss the competitive balance landscape, which still has all the old hills and valleys. Plus tales as reaction to the new CBA: A very slow player makes an ill-advised attempt to swipe home plate and a member of the Gashouse Gang exaggerates his prowess. NEW EDIT WITH IMPROVED AUDIO!TABLE OF CONTENTSZeke's Run*More on the Pittsburgh H*The Man Who Didn't Break Up Four No-Hitters (Maybe)*Jesse Spector: Brittney Griner and Competitive Balance*Draft Lottery*If I'm a Pirates Fan*The Baltimore Orioles 1983-Present*A Perfect Analogy*Batting Kyle Farmer Fourth*Are Owners Really Necessary Part 9000*Are There Too Many Teams?*Baseball in Florida and other Places*The Home Viewing Experience and Self-Defense at the Movies*Alienated (and Outside)*Goodbyes.The Infinite Inning is not only about baseball but a state of mind. Steven Goldman, rotating cohosts Jesse Spector, Cliff Corcoran, and David Roth, and occasional guests discuss the game's present, past, and future with forays outside the foul lines to the culture at large. Expect stats, anecdotes, digressions, explorations of writing and fandom, and more Casey Stengel quotations than you thought possible. Along the way, they'll try to solve the puzzle that is the Infinite Inning: How do you find the joy in life when you can't get anybody out?

Behind the Line
Rob Parker Invents New Baseless Claim Against NFL

Behind the Line

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 11:25


Earlier this week...FOX Sports Rob Parker invented a new baseless claim against the NFL. Rob Parker laid out his claim in an article for Deadspin. We react to Rob Parker's new claim against the NFL...and prove it to be completely false. We look into the history of Rob Parker...and discuss his pattern of behavior. We explain how people like Rob Parker are a hinderance to their own community.

Basically a Sports Show
Tom Brady un-retires, MLB is back with some rule changes, but...

Basically a Sports Show

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022


Tom Brady un-retires, MLB is back with some rule changes, but did it go far enough? Results from the Sweet 16 in the GTOV and all the other stuff.mp3

Basically a Sports Show
Ukraine and Russia GTOV entries that missed the deadline, Round...

Basically a Sports Show

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022


Ukraine and Russia GTOV entries that missed the deadline, Round One results from the GTOV, the effect winning a title has on being a fan, MLB, NFL, NHL talk, and all the other stuff. mp3

This is the XFL Show
Research & Development

This is the XFL Show

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 55:42


On this week's stop on the road kickoff 2023, it is time for an honest discussion about the USFL and just how close the rebooted league is to their 10-week season in Birmingham. The guy who wrote the (best) book about the old USFL came out last week to bluntly tell people to ignore the new USFL. Is that going too far or is author Jeff Pearlman right to be so skeptical of the Fox-owned spring league -- should we really "boot the USFL reboot?" It is all honesty and never B.S. on the original official XFL podcast! Also get some chatter about whether the XFL's player recruitment strategy will be the hardest to task en route to kickoff next year, or is it really not that big a deal? Show Notes: https://deadspin.com/boot-this-reboot-1848609325 (Jeff Pearlman's Boot This Reboot article on Deadspin) https://twitter.com/XFLShow (Follow us @XFLShow on all social media outlets!) https://prettyeasypodcasts.com (Call the XFL Fan Line anytime at 724-565-4XFL!) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn0kr04eGm7PAfxRSVUjHMg (Watch the show on our YouTube Channel!) http://www.prettyeasypodcasts.com/ (Brought to you by Pretty Easy Podcasts)

Radio Law Talk
HR2 CONC: Kim Kardashian is newly single; Trevor Bauer sues Deadspin for defamation.

Radio Law Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2022 51:50


Visit: RadioLawTalk.com for information & full episodes! Follow us on Facebook: bit.ly/RLTFacebook Follow us on Twitter: bit.ly/RLTTwitter Follow us on Instagram: bit.ly/RLTInstagram Subscribe to our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UC3Owf1BEB-klmtD_92-uqzg Your Radio Law Talk hosts are exceptional attorneys and love what they do! They take breaks from their day jobs and make time for Radio Law Talk so that the rest of the country can enjoy the law like they do. Follow Radio Law Talk on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!

Basically a Sports Show
Ukraine and Russia, the MLB lockout, “gritty”...

Basically a Sports Show

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022


Ukraine and Russia, the MLB lockout, “gritty” remakes of TV comedies, and all the other stuff.mp3

Basically a Sports Show
The field for the 2022 Glorious Tournament of Victory is set.mp3

Basically a Sports Show

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022


Outkick The Show with Clay Travis
Trump interview, Juwan Howard mess, Aaron Rodgers drama, Phil Mickelson ripped, NYC ending vax mandates, Daytona 500 beats NBA ASG, Winter Olympics tank, Ukraine, Deadspin go fulls dumb, Nashville ends mask mandate for kids

Outkick The Show with Clay Travis

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 31:40


Trump Calls Out Biden Amid Ukraine Scandal  Juwan Howard Should Be Suspended For Rest Of Year Deadspin Goes Full Dumb  Clay Should Host Diversity Training At ESPN NYC Effectively Ends Vaccine Mandates  Nashville To End Mask Mandate Soon Daytona 500 Took Over NBA All Star Game In Ratings Aaron Rodgers Drama  NBC All Time Low For Olympic Ratings Phil Mickelson In Hot Water  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Chills at Will Podcast
Episode 97 with Kyle Beachy, Profound Wordsmith, Masterful Observer of the World Through Skateboarding, and Author of the Critically-Acclaimed The Most Fun: Dispatches from a Skateboard Life

The Chills at Will Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 86:10


Episode 97 Notes and Links to Kyle Beachy's Work        On Episode 97 of The Chills at Will Podcast, Pete welcomes Kyle Beachy, and the two talk about impactful childhood and adolescent experiences, both recreationally and involving reading, his formational days at the university school paper, his meeting with David Foster Wallace and his relationship to the latter's work, his first novel, Slide, the myriad intricacies of skateboarding culture and its evolution, and existential questions that govern the critically-acclaimed The Most Fun Thing.         Kyle Beachy‘s first novel, The Slide (Dial Press, 2009), won The Chicago Reader's Best Book by a Chicago Author reader's choice award for the year. His short fiction has appeared in journals including Fanzine, Pank, Hobart, Juked, The Collagist, 5 Chapters, and others. His writing on skateboarding has appeared in The Point, The American Reader, The Chicagoan, Free Skateboard Magazine (UK & Europe), The Skateboard Mag (US), Jenkem, Deadspin, and The Classical. He teaches at Roosevelt University in Chicago and is a co-host on the skateboarding podcast Vent City with pro skater Ryan Lay and others. His newest book was released in 2021 to rave reviews-the book is The Most Fun Thing: Dispatches from a Skating Life.   Buy Kyle Beachy's Books   Chicago Reader Review of Kyle's The Most Fun Thing   “A Interview with Kyle Beachy”-regarding Slide -from 2009-Hobart Pulp   The Most Fun Thing Featured with NPR's “12 books NPR staffers loved in 2021 that might surprise you”-by Mia Estrada At about 2:20, Pete and Kyle jump right into the important topics: Was the remix better than the original for “Flava in Ya Ear”    At about 4:00, Kyle responds to Pete's questions about his early relationship with reading and language   At about 7:00, Pete asks Kyle about the balance between the philosophical and the realistic as he got into adolescence, and Kyle responds with how these ideas impacted him and his reading/skating   At about 10:00, Kyle discusses his attitude toward realism and how it plays out (or doesn't) in his writing process    At about 12:30, Pete wonders about any “ ‘Eureka' moments” in Kyle becoming a writer, and he references his incredible Pomona College student newspaper editor, David Roth, as well as Kyle's embrace of 90s hip hop styles   At about 16:00, Pete wonders about chill-inducing writers for Kyle, who shouts his “ravenous” reading after college, including John Barth, Murakami, Denis Johnson, David Foster Wallace, and Don DeLillo; later reading brought out Joan Didion, Marilyn Robinson, Annie Dillard   At about 19:00, Kyle details his career as a professor/teacher, and Pete and Kyle wax nostalgic about being “young, cool teachers”   At about 21:00, Kyle talks about how he does (or does not) use skateboarding and his personal experience in the classroom   At about 24:45, Pete wonders how Kyle would identify himself-as a “novelist?”   At about 26:50, Kyle summarizes and discusses seeds for his first book, Slide, including how Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections informed the work   At about 30:00, Pete and Kyle begin talking about Kyle's recent critically-acclaimed The Most Fun, and Kyle shouts out texts that informed his, like Iain Borden's Skateboarding and the City   At about 33:45, Kyle explains his understanding of why skateboarding hasn't necessarily been “put under the microscope” too often before   At about 35:30, Kyle discusses exciting and fast-moving changes in the last decade in skateboarding scholarship   At about 36:20, Pete compliments the book as “unclassifiable” and masterful in so many ways, and Kyle responds by talking about the particular challenges of writing about skateboarding    At about 40:15, Pete shouts out Kyle's thoughtful comments as shared on the excellent writer's podcast, “I'm a Writer But…”   At about 41:55, Kyle muses about what skateboarding is and what it isn't, as described through the book   At about 45:00, Pete shouts out one of many skillful lines from Kyle's book, and Pete details his first (and only) skateboarding incident; this    At about 49:30, Pete asks Kyle about the word at the center of his book title, as well as parallels between David Foster Wallace's work, Infinite Jest, and Kyle's recent work   At about 50:50, Kyle details the time he met David Foster Wallace   At about 53:25, Pete and Kyle nerd out over one of DFW's pieces, “The View from Mrs. Thompson's,” as well as the stunningly-good “A Supposedly Fun Thing…”   At about 56:20, Pete shares a chill-inducing final line from Wallace's work   At about 57:00, Kyle discusses the troublesome fandom of “Wallaceheads” and how he endeavors to “foreground” the info when discussing Wallace's work in his classes   At about 58:50, Pete recounts a profound quote from Kyle's book involving his meeting DFW, and Kyle explains his usage of “equipped” and the “real costs” that can come with the writing life   At about 1:00:15, Kyle shouts out great storytellers like Danny Khalastchi   At about 1:02:00, Pete and Kyle recount examples of writers (like Kyle) who actually have fun writing, and Pete asks Kyle if he can detect writers (he notes Anne Carson and Christian TeBordo) who have a good time   At about 1:05:00, Kyle discusses the ever-evolving balance needed to figure out competitiveness in his writing life    At about 1:06:15 Pete asks Kyle about nostalgia in skateboarding and the balance between celebrating history while being open to new developments   At about 1:12:00, Pete and Kyle discuss the evolving demographics of skateboarding, the furor over Jason Jessee's racist comments, and Kyle's written response   At about 1:13:30, Kyle discusses the evolving and more inclusive skateboarding culture of the last ten years or so, including Chandler Burton and Matt King's important work   At about 1:17:20, Kyle responds to Pete's musings about hip hop culture and possible appropriation by skateboarding   At about 1:18:15, Pete asks Kyle about his skating “end date” and its implications   At about 1:21:15, Pete reads some masterful and profound lines from the book       You can now subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, and leave me a five-star review. You can also ask for the podcast by name using Alexa, and find the pod on Stitcher, Spotify, and on Amazon Music. Follow me on IG, where I'm @chillsatwillpodcast, or on Twitter, where I'm @chillsatwillpo1. You can watch this and other episodes on YouTube-watch and subscribe to The Chills at Will Podcast Channel. Please subscribe to both my YouTube Channel and my podcast while you're checking out this episode.       This is a passion project of mine, a DIY operation, and I'd love for your help in promoting what I'm convinced is a unique and spirited look at an often-ignored art form.      The intro song for The Chills at Will Podcast is “Wind Down” (Instrumental Version), and the other song played on this episode was “Hoops” (Instrumental)” by Matt Weidauer, and both songs are used through ArchesAudio.com.       Pete is excited to share Episode 98 on January 4, with guest Greg Bishop. Greg is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated whose feature subjects have ranged from Ricky Williams to Adrian Peterson to Aaron Rodgers. He spent time as the Jets beat writer for the New York Times and the Seahawks beat writer for the Seattle Times.

The Chills at Will Podcast
Episode 96 with Dr. Frank A. Guridy, Historian, Deep-Thinker, and Connector of Sports and Societal Issues Through The Sports Revolution: How Texas Changed the Culture of American Athletics

The Chills at Will Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 70:34


Episode 96 Notes and Links to Frank Guridy's Work           On Episode 96 of The Chills at Will Podcast, Pete welcomes Dr. Frank A. Guridy, and the two discuss, among other topics, his childhood in New York City and his early love of history, fostered by his parents and directly and indirectly based on his family's immigration stories, his early and lasting introductions to influential writers and professors, as well as his book on African diasporas and connections to Cuba. The two spend the bulk of the interview discussing Frank's latest book on Texas and its “sports revolution.”       Frank A. Guridy specializes in sport history, urban history, and the history of American social movements. His recent book, The Sports Revolution: How Texas Changed the Culture of American Athletics (University of Texas Press, 2021) explores how Texas-based sports entrepreneurs and athletes from marginalized backgrounds transformed American sporting culture during the 1960s and 1970s, the highpoint of the Black Freedom and Second-Wave feminist movements. His first book, Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), won the Elsa Goveia Book Prize from the Association of Caribbean Historians and the Wesley-Logan Book Prize, conferred by the American Historical Association. He is also the co-editor of Beyond el Barrio: Everyday Life in Latino/a America (NYU Press, 2010), with Gina Pérez and Adrian Burgos, Jr. His articles have appeared in Kalfou, Radical History Review, Caribbean Studies, Social Text, and Cuban Studies. His fellowships and awards include the Scholar in Residence Fellowship at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Ray A. Billington Professorship in American History at Occidental College and the Huntington Library. He is also an award-winning teacher, receiving the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas at Austin, and, more recently, the Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching at Columbia. His current book project, Between Conflict and Community: The Stadium in American Life, tells the story of the American stadium as a community institution that has been a battleground for social justice since its inception. Buy Frank Guridy's Books   Frank Guridy's Columbia University Home Page   Review of Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow   Kirkus' Reviews Review for THE SPORTS REVOLUTION: HOW TEXAS CHANGED THE CULTURE OF AMERICAN ATHLETICS At about 2:50, Frank talks about his early relationship with languages, his parents as immigrants and/or bilingual and symbolism-as seen through reading and listening to The Bible   At about 8:10, Frank talks about the “Trujillo legacy as profound” in his family, as well as how his family's history impacted his decision to become a historian   At about 10:00, Pete and Frank talk about historical traumas and troubles in reconstructing some histories, and the two discuss infamous incidents in Trujillo's dictatorship, including the pivotal word “perejil”   At about 13:05, Frank responds to Pete's question about his early reading habits; Frank describes an early penchant for nonfiction/history, including sports biographies-Giant Steps by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was one that “really spoke to [him]”   At about 16:35, Frank describes the unique and impressive reading culture of New York City, as well as how the subway served as a microcosm of NYC life-Frank calls it a “great place of learning”   At about 18:30, Pete wonders about any moments of discovery for Frank as he became someone who would read and write and study history for a living   At about 20:20, Frank recounts Horace Campbell's intriguing and creative teaching that involved Rastafarianism and pulled Frank in as a future historian; he also cites other inspiring works from Angela Davis, Walter Rodney, C.L.R. James, and many others   At about 23:15, Frank explains his understanding of Bob Marley and Rastafarianism and the religious symbolism and history of the music and the cultures   At about 25:00, Pete asks about Frank's ideas of representation in what he read from childhood into college   At about 27:55, Pete asks about Frank's take on “publish or perish” in 2021   At about 31:00, Pete asks about the “seeds” for his first book, Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow At about 35:00, Frank gives background on the term “diaspora” and its connection to his work   At about 37:30, Frank talks about how sports advanced the end of the color line in baseball and other sports, with a particular focus on Cuba and the Caribbean; he also shouts out Adrian Burgos' Cuban Star   At about 41:10, Pete wonders about the genesis of his latest book, The Sports Revolution: How Texas Changed the Culture of American Athletics   At about 46:00, Pete notes how the book's form, in eight chapters, is reminiscent of Sam Quinones' True Tales from Another México in its scope and cohesiveness    At about 46:40, Pete uses the book's opening as a springboard    At about 47:30, Frank discusses some ideas of the book's thesis including the book's first chapter, which deals with early integration   At about 49:30, Frank responds to Pete's question about motives for integration among Houston and Texas' sports teams, drawing on history and contemporary connections    At about 52:50, Pete and Frank discuss the unfair and outsized expectations, burdens, and consequences for the “first” to integrate-Jackie Robinson, for one, and Jerry LeVias of SMU, “who lost the ability to feel” (watch the moving video interview here)   At about 56:20, Pete notes the intriguing stories told in the book about the Baseline Bums of the 1970s San Antonio Spurs and the incredibly-underpaid Cowboys' Cheerleaders   At about 57:40, Frank discusses Bobby Riggs and the famous (infamous?) “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match, including the cigarette industry's involvement, and innovators and visionaries like Gladys Heldman   At about 1:02:10, Pete and Frank discuss the importance of Houston and Phi Slamma Jamma's impact and the book's Epilogue, as the revolution was “undone,” particularly by business interests   At about 1:04:40, Frank explains a mission of his in writing the book: giving a more well-rounded and nuanced view of Texas    At about 1:05:35, Pete outlines an powerful essay, written by Dan Treadway, and that Pete has taught in his English classroom, that juxtaposes The University of Texas' Asian Studies Program and its football program   At about 1:07:35, Frank discusses his upcoming book on the importance of stadiums in society, to be published by Basic Books   At about 1:09:00, Frank gives out his contact info     You can now subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, and leave me a five-star review. You can also ask for the podcast by name using Alexa, and find the pod on Stitcher, Spotify, and on Amazon Music. Follow me on IG, where I'm @chillsatwillpodcast, or on Twitter, where I'm @chillsatwillpo1. You can watch this and other episodes on YouTube-watch and subscribe to The Chills at Will Podcast Channel. Please subscribe to both my YouTube Channel and my podcast while you're checking out this episode.     This is a passion project of mine, a DIY operation, and I'd love for your help in promoting what I'm convinced is a unique and spirited look at an often-ignored art form.    The intro song for The Chills at Will Podcast is “Wind Down” (Instrumental Version), and the other song played on this episode was “Hoops” (Instrumental)” by Matt Weidauer, and both songs are used through ArchesAudio.com. Please tune in for the next episode, a conversation with Kyle Beachy. Kyle Beachy‘s first novel, The Slide (Dial Press, 2009), won The Chicago Reader's Best Book by a Chicago Author reader's choice award for the year. His short fiction has appeared in journals including Fanzine, Pank, Hobart, Juked, The Collagist, 5 Chapters, and others. His writing on skateboarding has appeared in The Point, The American Reader, The Chicagoan, Free Skateboard Magazine (UK & Europe), The Skateboard Mag (US), Jenkem, Deadspin, and The Classical. He teaches at Roosevelt University in Chicago and is a co-host on the skateboarding podcast Vent City with pro skater Ryan Lay and others. His newest book was released in 2021 to rave reviews-the book is The Most Fun Thing: Dispatches from a Skating Life. The episode with Kyle Beachy will air on December 28.

The Present Age
Author Pete Croatto explains how the NBA became a cultural phenomenon [podcast + transcript]

The Present Age

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 36:10


Parker Molloy: Joining me this week is Pete Croatto. Hey Pete.Pete Croatto: Hey Parker. How are you?I'm doing okay. I'm hanging in there. I'm surviving. It's becoming fall. It's getting cold outside. I love it.Me too.It's rainy right now. It's fine.Matches my mood. I love it.So you wrote a book about the NBA and how it became so entwined with pop culture. Can you tell me a little bit about your background and your book?Certainly. Yeah, I mean, I don't know if I'd consider myself to be a sports writer. I mean, I've written about sports for years and for Slam and the old good Deadspin and Grantland and various outlets. But I've always been driven kind of by my curiosity about certain topics and yeah, and that's kind of kept me afloat, but I've never really been a beat reporter or a sports reporter. And I'm pursued by my curiosity more than anything.So about eight years ago... Wow, it seems like a long time ago, I wrote a piece for Grantland on Marvin Gaye's National Anthem at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game. And that piece was about... I interviewed 25 people and it was 2,500 words and it was a piece I'm very proud of and it's still on the Grantland site. But in writing and reporting that story, there were just a lot of unanswered questions. And the one thing that I kept going back to was how did the NBA get to a moment where Marvin Gaye went from being this scandalous choice, who does this rendition of a national Anthem that is soulful and R&B flavored and really is unlike anything anyone has ever heard before, where that becomes normal, where that becomes like where someone like Fergie singing the National Anthem is normal or...How did the NBA become the cool sport? That whole point in the market transition between the old stodgy NBA and the NBA that we see today. And I couldn't really explore that in a 2,500-word piece. And I kind of became convinced that this was a book. So through several years later and a lot of false starts and a lot of questionable decisions on my end, I wrote this book. But yeah, never really been a sports writer. I've been a freelance writer for 15 years now. I started off in newspapers and just by happenstance and good fortune, I got into sports writing.Well, that's cool. Yeah. I mean, I really liked your book because it- It really took this... Which, up until I've moved a few months back I had it next to my desk, but now I don't. It's a good book it's called From... I don't want to get it backwards. From Hang Time to Prime Time, right?There you go. Yeah.Yes. From Prime Time to Hang Time, to whatever time to... Yeah.The orange book. That's what I call it.It’s the orange book with the TV head and the dunking. I'll be sure on the transcript of this to include a photo of the book cover so people will know what the hell I'm talking about. But yeah. The book is filled with a ton of really interesting stories and it's something that I kind of thought about, but haven't necessarily put in much research trying to look some of the stuff up. Because I mean, I remember it was just... I mean, it seems like it was just a few years ago, but it's possible it was longer, where players would be fined for not wearing the proper attire to the pre-game stuff. It was very uptight and fairly recently, and now it seems like it's gotten to this point where the players have really taken it upon themselves to express themselves and to kind of ease out of that sort of era. What do you attribute to that?That's a good question. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that if you look at the NBA's demographics now, it's mostly African American. And I think as time has gone on hip hop culture has really become mainstream more so. With each year that passes by, it becomes more and more ingrained into the culture. And that's really what you see now is you see things that would've been, again, dismissed 15, 16 years ago are now just sort of... It's normal. It's the way things are. I mean, it takes a long time for things to become embraced into the culture. And I think what you're seeing now, again with the whole fashion element of the NBA becoming a very hip hop league, a league that isn't very suit and tie like the NFL. That I think that's a very much a reflection of who's in the league and also how the culture's changed.You made a good point just now with the dress code. I really think that had everything to do with David Stern being the NBA Commissioner at the time. And David Stern is a key figure in this book, but at the time of the dress code ban, I think he was in his mid sixties, early sixties. And he was at a time in his life, like a lot of people where you get older and you don't understand things. And when you don't understand your first reaction is to chastise or to ban, or to make a rule, instead of asking questions and understanding what the intentions are. To me, David Stern's failings as a commissioner kind of came to light as he got older. And he got older and the players kind of stayed the same age, they're all still men in their twenties and thirties for the most part and younger as the NBA draft became more about getting high school kids in there.Yeah. Definitely. For some reason when you said that, the first thing that popped into my head was David Stern doing Matthew McConaughey's line from Dazed and Confused. He's getting older, they stay the same.Yeah. I'm not going to even adventure to do impression of David Stern doing Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused. I have so much collateral as a public person. I'm going to make sure to stop right there.Yeah. You don't want to become known as the guy trying to do David Stern as McConaughey.No, nobody wants that.But yeah, I mean, so one thing that I do is I... A few years ago I started to get into video games again. Because that's the thing, whenever the world gets crazier, I pick up a hobby that seems to be from my childhood. I was just showing you earlier. Baseball cards, that's my new one. Picking up baseball cards. So a few years back, I just kind of on a whim was like, "I'm going to buy a Nintendo Switch because that way I can play games" because I was playing a lot of games on my phone and what would happen is I'd get popups that were always terrifying. It was always like, "Hey, Trump just did this crazy thing." And it was like, "oh no, that is not relaxing. I can't relax when I'm holding this thing that constantly tells me what's happening in the world."I bought a Switch. And then from the Switch, I ended up getting a PlayStation. And once I had the PlayStation, I started buying all the sports games as they came in. Madden and MLB: The Show and NBA 2K, that series. And so in the latest one, latest NBA 2K game, which came out just, I don't know, like a month or two ago. It's really interesting how the cultural elements plays into the whole thing. If you do the MyCareer mode. Yeah. There's this thing where you can do certain things and get points toward becoming a music mogul. Or you can do something else and, and start your own fashion line.And it's really interesting how much non-basketball stuff plays into it. But it seems to work. I mean, a while back, I was tweeting about playing it where I'm like, "there is basketball in this game at some point." But the player that you are in the MyCareer mode, it's like a guy who made videos and he's a YouTube star and now he's basketball star. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense because it's not actually a path to the NBA that you actually seem to take, but it's a lot of fun. And I thought that it was really interesting to see how that kind of worked in. One thing I have been thinking about, which is also kind of represented in the game in the sense that there are a lot of, really not so subtle, advertisements built into that like the dude who plays Jake from State Farm.I saw that. That was crazy.He's in the game. And he shows up several times. At one point he's in your apartment. You come back from a game and he's like at your table. It's weird. It's very strange.Do you think any player in any sport wants to hang out with Jake from State FarmProbably not.I can't imagine anybody like Russell Westbrook or Aaron Rodgers actually wanting to spend their spare time with Jake from State Farm.Yeah. So he's in there, but then I thought, "Oh man, that's not really subtle," but that reminded me of how now on the uniforms for the past few seasons, there have been all these ads. What are your thoughts on the advertisements on the uniforms? I'm not a fan. And I mean, I feel like it'd be weird to be like, "yes, I love this," but how much?See, I'm not a giant fan of them, but I understand why the NBA does it. And what you mentioned before about this whole... The marketing being folded into NBA 2K, which is delightfully absent from the NBA Jam console arcade game that my family got me, that's what the NBA's always done. The NBA has always had an alliance, sometimes an uncomfortable alliance with his advertisers and it's been this way forever, starting back to. I mean, how many leagues have advertisements for their own product? The NBA action, it's fantastic. So that has been baked into the NBA for years. So the logos don't really bother me. I don't like them aesthetically, but to me, this is what the NBA's always been about.One of the guys I spoke to for the book, Joe Cohen, who founded MSG Network, he delivered the quote, which I think explains everything about the NBA and why we're able to roll with the punches as well as we do. He said that the NBA's tradition is that it has no tradition. So all these things that you see with the video games and the patches, and even the advertisements on the floor, have you noticed this, where it kind of switches over every quarter? Those things seem weird and kind of Orwellian, if I hope I'm using that term correctly, but they-Well, no one else is, so.I'm going to hop on. It all seems doomed because the NBA has always been about never staying still. I'm curious to hear your thoughts of this, because the one uniform thing that bugs me to death is the whole home and away concept, now. Teams don't seem to wear a light color for home or dark color for away, now it's reversed. And it takes me five minutes to figure out who the hell's playing who. Is this in Phoenix or LA? I don't know. That annoys me more than the patches, but the patches, it's a bit much. But the NBA is in it to make money and that's what they do year after year after year.Yeah. I mean, I was glad to hear that there was a tweet earlier, right before the season started, from the Bulls that were like "white uniforms are back at home" and it's like, "Finally. Finally."It's a relief, isn't it?Because yeah. It was weird, because, I mean, growing up in and around Chicago, the Bulls were everything to me, especially in the nineties.Oh God. Yeah.I was 14, 15 years old. And Michael Jordan doing all that stuff. It was great. It was wonderful. And yeah, I was like "the red uniform is better, but white at home." And it was just sort of tradition that kind of kept going on. In other sports they have their traditions. Football, darker colors home and white away, which I think is kind of... Really makes sense in the sense that you've got the away team all muddy and...Yeah, I love it.They look like they've taken a beating, which is kind of I think somewhat of the idea behind that. And then there've always been exceptions like the Dallas Cowboys would always wear white at home and white on the road. So almost always white. But yeah, it's been interesting to see the uniform sort of flip around like that. I mean, I'm a big fan of the interesting and kind of out there throwbacks and remixes and all of that stuff. I mean, some of them are better than others. What are your thoughts on those?And there's a lot of thought because in the few moments that I have to myself, my mind kind of goes in these weird directions and I'm of the belief that there hasn't been a great uniform in any major sport that has been created past 1985. I mean, if you look at the classic NBA uniforms and even NFL, Major League Baseball, the four major sports, I can't think of a... I am hard-pressed to think of a great uniform that came out after 1985. So I love seeing the throwbacks. I love seeing in any sport. I mean, there are some exceptions that are horrible. I remember the Eagles a few years back had that horrible blue and yellow combination. And the Steelers had one that where they looked like barber poles with black... Or bumblebees.But for the most part, I love throwbacks. And the thing too with throwbacks is that for all these leagues, it's a money maker because you can now sell like all this stuff online or at Mitchell & Ness. And everyone comes to go about that happy. But with the NBA, every time they unveil a new uniform, especially those ones that were, was it the city uniforms that came out? I just cringe. I love the classic seventies, eighties, even early nineties uniforms. And those Bulls' uniforms are a good example. They're classic.Yeah. Yeah. I mean, that's the thing, that Bulls can't really change them because not much has changed about their uniforms over the years. I mean, they've had some differences, they introduced the black uniforms in the nineties. That was one. The black-Those I like.The red stripes.I liked those pinstripes. Yeah. Those are cool.Those were cool. And then they replaced those with an all-black that didn't have the pinstripes, which is fine. My favorite uniform growing up, I mean, was always the Sonics' uniform. The green with the white stripes across. It just said Sonics.Love those uniforms.Those were my favorite. And I was very disappointed when they updated those in, I think it was, '95 or '96.So you're more disappointed about the uniforms being updated. Were you more upset about the uniforms being updated or the Sonics being stolen from Seattle? Is it a toss-up?It's a little of both because it's like... I don't know. The Oklahoma City Thunder? Come on. That's...And those are terrible uniforms.Yes.I don't know. The Sonics' uniforms in the seventies are great. Those are great uniforms. The Bucks' uniforms in the seventies with sort of their kelly green with red, they're gorgeous. I don't know. I'm trying to think of a uniform from like... You know who has good uniforms now in the NBA? I think the Warriors have really good uniforms. I think they're clean. The logo pops. The color scheme is great. It's a beautiful uniform. But yeah, most uniforms now, I look at them and it just looks like, I don't know, it looks like something a middle-age dad would wear to a picnic. And not the cool middle-aged dad, but the dad who's maybe been divorced, trying to find their way, they pick up this cool tank top at, I don't know, Kohl's or another gentleman's store. And it is just not a good fit.But look, I'm very different. I'm not the market for the NBA. I'm a 44-year-old white dude. The NBA's not looking for my dollars. So I don't think Adam Silver or anybody else in Olympic Tower is going to be returning my phone calls about the uniform. So.Yeah. I have suggestions, just screaming those out there. I remember in the nineties, there were a lot of really drastic shifts in uniforms. Especially mid, late-nineties, the Rockets adopted that—Awful.Weird blue with 3D silver.Awful. It was awful. Awful.It was a mess. You had the Detroit Pistons, that was one that was a big change.Yeah. There-I didn't hate it, but it was just so different that you-It was very different.Where did this come from?And I think I remember reading somewhere, and I could be wrong about this, but I think all those designs that you saw and there are only a... And look, a few of the teams kind of stuck to the traditional ways of having their uniforms, the Lakers, the Celtics, the Knicks to a certain extent. I remember reading this and I could be wrong, but around 1996, which is when the shift started to happen, there was sort of a movement to make the logos more kid-friendly and to make it more eye-popping. So again, that meant that 85% of the teams, the logos, and the jerseys got bigger and bolder and more colorful, and they weren't as subdued as past, but the Rockets' one was awful.So the Rockets on the box was another example. The Jazz with that airbrushed mountains, which looks like the fun of an off-brand Seltzer company. It became, again, geared toward the kids. It's funny, in perusing Twitter, which is never a good idea.No.No. As you know better than anybody. Perusing Twitter, you do see a lot of older NBA fans, which I think is great, but the thing is those fans are going to stay no matter what, like "I'm going to be an NBA fan, regardless of who's wearing what." But again, the entry point, I think the uniforms and the logos and the court design stuff, those are sort of gateway drugs to get casual fans involved because like, "I'm not going anywhere." So, if the Bucks want to actually put on deer uniforms in two years and play, they can do that and get away with as long as the game doesn't fundamentally change. So yeah.Yeah, that's good. That's a great point. I mean, and really interesting. I guess I hadn't really thought about the fact that it was kind of more kid-friendly. I was just like, "it's really in your face." It was like-It really is. Yeah.It was like the Mountain Dew generation.That's a good point though. Those logos and those uniform designs, let's say from like '98 to 2004, 2005, they could go on an energy drink can.Yeah. Oh, absolutely.The colors are the same. The logo. And again, if you're a traditionalist who grew up with Dolph Schayes and two-handed set shots, that angers you because it's unfamiliar and it's ridiculous. But if you're someone who grew up in that era, in the eighties and nineties where it's like, "well, every year there's something different." Like, "it's all right." It's the same old stuff. It's the same. Change becomes consistency. When you get used to that, it's golden.Yeah. Definitely. One non-uniform thing I wanted to ask you about, which— Actually, one more point on uniforms. My favorite uniforms of all time are actually not an NBA team's uniform, but my favorite basketball uniforms of all time, it's a two-way tie both from the year 1996. You've got the Olympic uniforms, which I love them.Those are good. Those are with the cursive USA.Yeah.Those are nice.And I love the font that they use for the numbers.That's a good one.And also the 1996 All-Star uniforms, the...teal. It was when they were playing, I think it was in San Antonio. So it used to all be like-Oh, God. Yes.Be like... The... teal and the pink and the orange were the alternate colors down in this first list.See, those uniforms are so bad they're good. They go around. Those uniform... Yeah. I think Mitchell & Ness now sells them. But they look like they're playing for a Mexican food league.I guess. Kind of.But that's the appeal. But that just goes to show you too, if baseball did that, the s**t would just be nonstop about like, "you're denigrating the game," but the NBA can deck their teams out in uniforms where it looks like team Taco Bell playing against like [inaudible]. It didn't really bother anybody. It was like, "that's odd."It was fun, it was different.But then we went about our business. And that's kind of the whole NBA right there. Again there's going to be stuff, but if you get to see Michael Jordan play who cares? And I'm sure that— that was the Jordan All-Star Game '96. So yeah, I'm sure. So you weren't caring about what he was wearing, right? It was just, he's Michael Jordan, that's all that matters.Exactly. And yeah.I have to ask you, do you have either one of those jerseys?I have the USA one. It's a Shaquille O'Neal jersey — number 13.Right. He was 13. Okay.Yeah. Two years ago, actually, I went back to my parents' place to kind of just rummage through their basement for a little bit. And one of the things I did was I was picking on all the old NBA jerseys, those old Champion jerseys and-I love those jerseys.Yeah. Those are always great. The one thing that always bothered me was that they would never be accurate, the Sonics' jersey didn't have the white stripe across the front. It just said Sonics. And it's like, "What is going on? Why don't you look good? How are you?" It made me want to shell out the money to get the actual replica jerseys. But then again, I was like 10 years old, so I didn't have any money at the time.So you didn't have $300 to put down on a Kendall Gill Sonics Jersey. You didn't have—Exactly. It was Shawn Kemp that was that- That was the one who was close to my heart. His dunks were amazing.The embarrassing jerseys that I have. Every once in a while, I'd go to outlet malls and I would just sort of buy whatever was around when I was a kid. The one Jersey that I have that I think is probably... I wish I had kept it because I think it was just so... Again, it was like the All-Star Game jersey for 96, so bad it was good. I actually spent like 20 bucks and I got a Sean Bradley, 76ers jersey with the 76 on the back. And I wore it playing pickup. And I was terrible. When you're playing pickup, you should never wear jerseys, I just think you always look like a chump.So that went right back into the drawer. I wish I had kept that though because that's one of those classic hipster jerseys. And I had a Tim Hardaway Jersey that I got rid of. Yeah. I had a few of them, but Sean Bradley is probably my prize in terms of get a load of this.Yeah. Yeah, definitely. Always fun to kind of keep up with the jerseys. But yeah. So anyway, so the one thing I wanted to ask you about was that, in the course of your reporting because... How many people did you interview for this book?Oh man. 350 for the original interview. And then you throw in the ones from previous reporting, it probably adds up to about 350, 360 total.So who was the most interesting interview you had and what was something that, before you started writing the book, you didn't know, that you learned and surprised you, that you found interesting in the course of reporting it out?I'll answer the second question first if you don't mind because it's always easy to come with that answer. I mean, I feel like I learned something every day. That was the joy of writing this book. And also the joy of just reporting anything is you get paid to learn and you get paid to, expand your horizons and get some perspective. So, I mean, every day I would go to my wife and be like, "Hey, you're not going to believe this. David Stern actually toured MLB studios to kind of get ideas for NBA entertainment." And after a while, my wife tuned me out and got back to reading her book.I feel like every day I was learning something. And every day there was another nugget I wanted to include, another nugget I felt I had to get in. But the thing that I think really stuck out in the reporting was just how important Larry O'Brien, the original commissioner was to the NBA's ascension. And that's for two reasons. The first reason was that at the time Larry O'Brien was a major political player. He was a two-time head of the Democratic National Committee. He was a member of JFK's inner circle. He was LBJs Postmaster General. So when the NBA hired him in '75, it was almost like a step down for him. I mean, now, if you're the commissioner, that's the summit. That is a career highlight. But for Larry O'Brien, it was a step down.But with Larry O'Brien, his hiring gave the NBA instant credibility, which is what it needed. The other thing too with Larry O'Brien was that he hired David Stern to work full-time. And he basically had David Stern be his right hand man saying, "Hey, look, I don't want..." Basically, Larry O'Brien was more of a figurehead. He was somebody who was just sort of there to keep things moving along. But David stern did all the dirty work. So by Larry O'Brien getting David stern out there to work with the GMs, talk to the labor people, talk to the owners, by time Larry O'Brien retires in 1984, David stern has a five year head start on the job. And on top of that he not only has that, but he has free rein to do whatever he wants. It was just a perfect setup, kind of like in baseball where the setup man leaves right into the... Is closer. That's really what it was with O'Brien and Stern.In terms of the most interesting person I spoke to. That's the thing, there weren't a lot of duds. It's funny, when you talk to them, many people think, "Oh, well, this guy's an a*****e or this person, does he have anything interesting to say?" But really, 95% of the people I spoke to were just great and they had amazing revelations. But the person who I thought was most interesting was a guy by the name Mark [inaudible 00:29:53], who was a former Nike executive, because to me, he had insights into Nike's dealings with the NBA and how they kind of brought Michael Jordan to the forefront and how they turned him into this sort of commercial property that I didn't know. I mean, I thought were just invaluable.But yeah. I mean, that's the thing. It's so hard for me to say, "Well, this person was by far the best person or the most interesting person," because when you talk to all these people who spent years, either working for the NBA or working for the NBA. And a lot of these people were in their thirties or twenties, a formative time in their lives. They're going to have interesting stories. They're going to have amazing memories. So really talking to just about anybody for this book was just a treat. And it was an honor to have them share a part of their lives with me, because it was a big part of their lives. It was a part that they were proud of, for the most part.Yeah, definitely. That's really interesting. And yeah, I mean, your book is filled with so many really interesting stories. And I really recommend it. If anyone who cares about basketball or sports generally, or even just culture, how we live our lives, it's a good book to pick up.And I definitely recommend that people check it out. I will, of course, include links to it and all of that in the transcript of this on my website. But yeah. The last thing I wanted to ask you was just, if you had to try to convince someone to check out pro basketball, to watch the NBA today, is there one story from the past that you think would be like a good bridge into the present?Oh man, that's a great question. To me, I think the social history of America can be told through the NBA because to me, that is... Look, if you start off with Bill Russell and his social justice moves in the 1960s, it moves on to the seventies, which becomes a more marketing-driven, more image-conscious time. Then it feeds into the rise of television, the rise of cable TV, and then with the 1990s you have the shoe industry becoming this colossal cultural force, which the NBA tied into, the same with hip hop. There are so many storylines and so much history that is imbued into NBA's history. To me, it's one and the same.I mean, we always talk about how you can fall. Who is it that said, I think, was it... Kind of forget who said it, but someone once wrote or said that to understand the history of America, you should follow baseball. I really think with modern American history, follow the NBA, because you see everything, not only in terms of just cultural history, but also in terms of African American history. And in terms of just the change in the athlete becoming an activist. I mean, that is a huge part of the NBA's history, is in the sixties, seventies, and today with LeBron James and other athletes kind of stepping up to the forefront. So to me I wrote this book in the hopes that someone who hates sports, who doesn't know, who can't tell Michael Jordan from Barbara Jordan could read the book and gain an* understanding as to the NBA's place in the modern American culture.And I think that's the beauty about sports is that sports really aren't about sports. So anybody who says, "well, the players should shut up and dribble." They're not getting it. They're not understanding the players as people and that this is a league. Every sport's about people. People shape the narrative, and this is what we're watching right now. We're watching people stand up and speak out, which was something that's always been part of, I think, the narrative in American sports.Great. That's an excellent point. We'll have to leave it there. Pete, thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me about this. I really appreciate your insights on this issue and so much more. Is there anything other than the book that you want to plug?I don't know. I mean the book, yes. I mean, if you can... Oh, well actually, yes, you can buy my book at any major retailer. But also my brother, Dave has written a wonderful children's book called Batbot!, Which is from Golden Books. And it's out now. My soon-to-be five-year-old daughter had me and my wife read the book to her repeatedly for about two weeks. So it's really good. So if you're a Batman completist or you have a little one who loves Batman, please buy my brother, Dave Croatto's book, it's called Batbot! And can get it at any major online or brick-and-mortar retailer. Get full access to The Present Age at www.readthepresentage.com/subscribe

Ladies Room
The one with Soledad O'Brien

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Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 49:32


This week, award-winning investigative journalist, host, and filmmaker Soledad O'Brien joins Julie DiCaro and Jane McManus to talk about access journalism, how she finds topics for Real Sports, and how the media should responsibly cover the Tokyo Olympics. Julie and Jane discuss the Games and the NFL's new COVID-forfeiture rule.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Ladies Room
The one with Carron Phillips

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Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 45:57


Deadspin Sr. Writer Carron Phillips sits down with Julie DiCaro and Jane McManus to discuss the year-old Deadspin piece on the Rachel Nichols video, why Deadspin covered it the way it did, and what has changed in the year since DS first reported the story.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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The one with Megan Rapinoe

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Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 54:10


This week, US Soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe stops by The Ladies Room to talk about the new HBO doc LFG, equal pay, taking a gig from Victoria's Secret, and how she shuts out the haters. Then, Julie DiCaro and Jane McManus dive into NCAA athletes finally being able to cash in on their NIL and recap an awful day for sexual assault in the sports world.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

The Chills at Will Podcast
Episode 63 with Detail-Oriented, Master Storyteller about Sports and Beyond, and Author of Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between, Eric Nusbaum

The Chills at Will Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 58:34


Show Notes and Links to Eric Nusbaum's Work and Allusions/Texts from Episode 63   On Episode 63, Pete talks with Eric Nusbaum about his freelance writing for such publications as VICE, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN the Magazine. The two then talk in great detail about Eric's powerful new book, Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between, which deals with the communities forced to move to make room for Dodger Stadium. This discussion   Eric Nusbaum is a writer and former editor at VICE.  His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, The Daily Beast, Deadspin, and the Best American Sports Writing anthology. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he has also lived and worked in Mexico City, New York, and Seattle. He now lives in Tacoma, Washington with his family. Buy Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between (Bookshop.org)   Stealing Home Book and Eric Nusbaum Personal Website   August 2020 Eric Nusbaum NPR Interview about Book   "Dodger Stadium's Shameful Origin Story"-Interesting Info and Background on Abrana and Manuel Aréchiga    At about 1:45, Eric talks about his early days writing for Deadspin At about 3:00, Eric talks about his reading life as a child, living in a “print-rich environment” and reading local and legendary Los Angeles Times writers like Jim Murray and Bill Plaschke and Sports Illustrated for Kids and Sports Illustrated At about 6:10, Eric discusses formative moments that led to him becoming a writer At about 6:55, Eric discusses texts and writers that have given him “chills at will,” including the USA trilogy of John Dos Passos At about 8:30, Eric details his Dodger fandom At about 10:45, Eric traces his evolution into a professional writer; he recognizes some of his great and inspiring professors/teachers along the way, including Richard Kenney and Lou Matthews; he also references a huge building block in his writing life-his and Ted Walker and Patrick Dubuque's baseball blog-Pitchers and Poets At about 13:10, Eric describes the piece he wrote that was included in 2010's The Best American Sports Writing-the essay was “The Death of a Pitcher” At about 13:45, Eric discusses the balance between reading for a pleasure and reading with a critical eye At about 15:00, Eric describes the “surreal” feeling of writing for magazines that he idolized as a kid At about 16:25, a random note about language and “realizarse” At about 17:00, Eric talks about his book Stealing Home and the importance of a descriptive subtitle At about 18:00, Eric details how a school visit by Frank Wilkinson and other events started the wheels in motion for Eric to write and publish Stealing Home At about 21:00, Eric outlines some background and history from the book, especially the three neighborhoods-La Loma, Bishop, and Palo Verde-that make up “Chavez Ravine” At about 21:50, Eric explains ideas of trust, burden, trauma, and responsibility in making sure that he got the important story correct At about 24:00, Eric talks about the research process and talking to family and friends of those involved in the book's events/history, as well as reconstructing dialogue and events from the 1940s/50s, etc. At about 27:00, Pete and Eric discuss the skillful ways in which Eric wove together so many apparently disparate stories-from that of General Santa Anna, Veracruz, MX, Abner Doubleday, etc. At about 28:45, Eric details the myriad connections between the events of the book and today's world At about 29:50, Eric recounts the anecdotes that link baseball, its origins, and General Santa Anna At about 32:20, Eric gives the rationale for his successful usage of 72 (!) chapters, mostly about “creating tension” and why he decided to avoid using academic-style footnotes At about 34:20, Eric reads from page five, the last paragraph in the book's Preface At about 36:50, Eric and Pete discuss the relationship between sports fandom and the need to acknowledge how society's inequities play out in sports as well-i.e., the shameful treatment of Colin Kaepernick, the shameful ways in which Dodger Stadium was built on others' homes At about 41:00, Pete and Eric discuss the shameful and racist histories often associated with early Los Angeles figures, many of whom are still memorialized today in street names, and in the book; Pete shouts out a book about 1900s LA-John Fante's Ask the Dust At about 43:00, Eric and Pete discuss the lack of salient villains in the book's storyline, and Eric discusses his focus on people's motivations in writing the book At about 45:00, Eric talks about the complicated legacy of Frank Wilkinson At about 49:00, Eric details the life in the three neighborhoods razed to make room for Dodger Stadium before the team even thought of moving them At about 52:00, Eric reads the end of the book, focused on Abrana Aréchiga, the matriarch of the pioneering family, and a symbol of the neighborhood pre-Dodger Stadium At about 54:25, reads from the last paragraph of Page 208, which serves as a wonderful summary of the myth of sport and its connection to the book At about 56:00, Pete recounts some great recent books, like Eric's, like Pete Croatto's From Hang Time to Primetime: Business, Entertainment, and the Birth of the Modern-Day NBA and Bradford Pearson's The Eagles of Heart Mountain: A True Story of Football, Incarceration, and Resistance in World War II America, that are not just about sports You can now subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, and leave me a five-star review. 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