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Wondery | The Athletic

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The first daily sports news podcast that covers everything from the world stage to the hometown. The Athletic, home to the best storytelling in sports, and Wondery, the company behind “Sports Wars” and “Gladiator,” take you beyond the box score. With the help of The Athletic’s more than 400 sports writers and editors, co-hosts Kavitha Davidson and Anders Kelto dive deep into the biggest and most fascinating stories of the day. New episodes every weekday morning. The Lead. Sports up close.

Latest Episodes

#LetRussCook: The Meme That Saved The Seahawks

Many Seattle Seahawks fans have been frustrated for years over Russell Wilson not being allowed to throw the football as much as they would like. But now, thanks in part to a tweet that became a meme, which in turn became a movement, Russ is airing it out and he and the Seahawks are cooking. The Athletic’s Michael-Shawn Dugar joins us to tell the story of a frustrated fan who used social media to help change the way his beloved football team plays. Read Michael-Shawn Dugar's story about #LetRussCook: https://theathletic.com/2089335/2020/09/24/a-history-of-let-russ-cook-the-meme-that-may-have-saved-the-seahawks/?source=theleadpodcast

16 min19 h ago
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#LetRussCook: The Meme That Saved The Seahawks

After 37 Years, Rick Bowness Gets His Shot

The Dallas Stars have made a somewhat unlikely run to the Stanley Cup Finals under interim head coach Rick Bowness, who took the helm in December after Jim Montgomery was fired for unprofessional conduct. It's the latest stop in a long and winding hockey career, which has turned Bowness into something of a legend in hockey circles. The Athletic’s Sean Shapiro joins us to discuss Bowness's 37-year coaching odyssey, how he has steered the Stars to the Stanley Cup Finals, and why so many people are rooting for the veteran coach to succeed. Sean Shapiro's profile of Rick Bowness: https://theathletic.co.uk/2073784/2020/09/18/bonesys-awesome-after-37-years-stars-coach-rick-bowness-gets-a-real-chance/?source=theleadpodcast

15 min3 d ago
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After 37 Years, Rick Bowness Gets His Shot

Anthony Davis’s Mamba Moment

Heading into Thursday night’s Game 4, the Lakers have a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals, and Anthony Davis has played a huge role in L.A.’s postseason success. Today, we’re joined by The Athletic’s Bill Oram to look at how Davis has risen to the challenge in his first postseason playing alongside LeBron James, and evoked Kobe Bryant with his dramatic game-winner on Sunday. Read Bill Oram’s story about Anthony Davis’s Mamba shot: https://theathletic.com/2081543/2020/09/21/swagger-belief-and-the-spirit-of-kobe-how-anthony-davis-made-his-mamba-shot/?source=theleadpodcast

15 min4 d ago
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Anthony Davis’s Mamba Moment

Billy Bean Thinks Baseball Is Changing

Last month, Cincinnati Reds announcer Thom Brennaman used a gay slur on a live broadcast and followed it up with an apology that some regarded as awkward and insincere. Billy Bean, MLB's Ambassador for Inclusion (and a former Major Leaguer), joins us to discuss the Brennaman incident and its aftermath, his own coming out story, and why he believes baseball is becoming more tolerant. More on MLB's Billy Bean: http://billybean.com/

16 min5 d ago
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Billy Bean Thinks Baseball Is Changing

The Real Reason NFL Ratings Are (Slightly) Down

There’s been a lot of speculation about whether the NFL’s embrace of the Black Lives Matter movement would impact television viewership. After the first week of play, some media outlets jumped on preliminary reports to argue that fan support was waning because of the league's support for social justice causes. But it turns out, the truth is more complicated. The Athletic's Dan Kaplan joins us to break down the numbers and to explain what conclusions the experts are reaching about viewership trends. More from Dan Kaplan: https://theathletic.com/2068692/2020/09/15/kaplan-the-nfls-week-1-ratings-are-down-but-not-as-dramatic-as-reported/?source=theleadpodcast

13 min6 d ago
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The Real Reason NFL Ratings Are (Slightly) Down

Is This A New Mitch Trubisky?

After a wild couple of games, the Chicago Bears are 2-0 with Mitch Trubisky at the helm. Many questioned whether or not the often erratic QB should still be the starter after the Bears acquired former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles in the offseason, but so far the team has managed to pull two vital wins with Trubisky as their play caller. The Athletic's Kevin Fishbain joins us to break down Trubisky's performance in the first two weeks, the roller coaster that has been his NFL career thus far, and whether or not we're seeing him turn a corner. More from Kevin Fishbain: https://theathletic.com/2074879/2020/09/18/the-athletics-guide-to-bears-giants-can-mitch-trubisky-find-consistency/?source=theleadpodcast

16 min1 w ago
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Is This A New Mitch Trubisky?

Why The Clippers Collapsed

The LA Clippers' historic playoff curse continues, as the team lost to the Denver Nuggets in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Tuesday night. The Athletic's Sam Amick was in the arena, sitting about twenty feet from the Clippers' bench, and he joins us to share his observations on what went wrong for the former title favorites. Sam also tells us about his post-game conversation with Nuggets star Jamal Murray, including how he and his Denver teammates have stayed positive and well-rested in the bubble. Read Sam's post-game story: https://theathletic.com/2070278/2020/09/16/power-naps-and-team-chemistry-a-chat-with-jamal-murray-after-another-game-7-win/?source=theleadpodcast

19 min1 w ago
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Why The Clippers Collapsed

The Battle For WNBA MVP

The WNBA Playoffs are underway, and the two top-seeded teams —the Las Vegas Aces and Seattle Storm —are both powered by superstar players, with A’ja Wilson dominating the paint for Las Vegas, and Breanna Stewart’s all-around game at the center of everything for Seattle. Today, we’re joined by The Athletic’s Chantel Jennings to look at the battle for league MVP, and some first-round playoff drama, with Diana Taurasi, Skylar Diggins-Smith and the Phoenix Mercury narrowly escaping on a Shey Peddy game-winner. Follow Chantel Jenning’s coverage of the WNBA: https://theathletic.com/author/chantel-jennings/?source=theleadpodcast

17 min1 w ago
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The Battle For WNBA MVP

James Rodriguez's Everton Rebirth

James Rodriguez was once the toast of the soccer world. The Colombian won the Golden Boot at the 2014 World Cup, signed a massive deal with Real Madrid, and thrived for a year under manager Carlo Ancelotti. But, after the Italian coach was fired, James failed to see the field for much of the next five seasons. Now, he has been reunited with his old mentor at Everton, a club which is trying to build its global brand and break into the upper echelon of the Premier League. The Athletic's Greg O'Keefe joins us to discuss the impact of James's arrival, and what's at stake for both him and the club. More from Greg O'Keefe: https://theathletic.co.uk/author/greg-okeeffe/?source=theleadpodcast

15 min1 w ago
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James Rodriguez's Everton Rebirth

The Return of Playoff Rondo

The Lakers are headed to the Western Conference Finals —awaiting the winner of the Nuggets against the Clippers on Tuesday night —and recently, they’ve gotten a big lift from Rajon Rondo. The veteran point guard helped fuel the Lakers to a five-game victory over James Harden, Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets, and has arguably been L.A.’s third-best player lately behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Today, we’re joined by The Athletic’s Bill Oram to look at the surprise return of “Playoff Rondo.” Follow Bill Oram’s coverage of The Lakers: https://theathletic.com/author/bill-oram/?source=theleadpodcast

15 min1 w ago
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The Return of Playoff Rondo

Latest Episodes

#LetRussCook: The Meme That Saved The Seahawks

Many Seattle Seahawks fans have been frustrated for years over Russell Wilson not being allowed to throw the football as much as they would like. But now, thanks in part to a tweet that became a meme, which in turn became a movement, Russ is airing it out and he and the Seahawks are cooking. The Athletic’s Michael-Shawn Dugar joins us to tell the story of a frustrated fan who used social media to help change the way his beloved football team plays. Read Michael-Shawn Dugar's story about #LetRussCook: https://theathletic.com/2089335/2020/09/24/a-history-of-let-russ-cook-the-meme-that-may-have-saved-the-seahawks/?source=theleadpodcast

16 min19 h ago
Comments
#LetRussCook: The Meme That Saved The Seahawks

After 37 Years, Rick Bowness Gets His Shot

The Dallas Stars have made a somewhat unlikely run to the Stanley Cup Finals under interim head coach Rick Bowness, who took the helm in December after Jim Montgomery was fired for unprofessional conduct. It's the latest stop in a long and winding hockey career, which has turned Bowness into something of a legend in hockey circles. The Athletic’s Sean Shapiro joins us to discuss Bowness's 37-year coaching odyssey, how he has steered the Stars to the Stanley Cup Finals, and why so many people are rooting for the veteran coach to succeed. Sean Shapiro's profile of Rick Bowness: https://theathletic.co.uk/2073784/2020/09/18/bonesys-awesome-after-37-years-stars-coach-rick-bowness-gets-a-real-chance/?source=theleadpodcast

15 min3 d ago
Comments
After 37 Years, Rick Bowness Gets His Shot

Anthony Davis’s Mamba Moment

Heading into Thursday night’s Game 4, the Lakers have a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals, and Anthony Davis has played a huge role in L.A.’s postseason success. Today, we’re joined by The Athletic’s Bill Oram to look at how Davis has risen to the challenge in his first postseason playing alongside LeBron James, and evoked Kobe Bryant with his dramatic game-winner on Sunday. Read Bill Oram’s story about Anthony Davis’s Mamba shot: https://theathletic.com/2081543/2020/09/21/swagger-belief-and-the-spirit-of-kobe-how-anthony-davis-made-his-mamba-shot/?source=theleadpodcast

15 min4 d ago
Comments
Anthony Davis’s Mamba Moment

Billy Bean Thinks Baseball Is Changing

Last month, Cincinnati Reds announcer Thom Brennaman used a gay slur on a live broadcast and followed it up with an apology that some regarded as awkward and insincere. Billy Bean, MLB's Ambassador for Inclusion (and a former Major Leaguer), joins us to discuss the Brennaman incident and its aftermath, his own coming out story, and why he believes baseball is becoming more tolerant. More on MLB's Billy Bean: http://billybean.com/

16 min5 d ago
Comments
Billy Bean Thinks Baseball Is Changing

The Real Reason NFL Ratings Are (Slightly) Down

There’s been a lot of speculation about whether the NFL’s embrace of the Black Lives Matter movement would impact television viewership. After the first week of play, some media outlets jumped on preliminary reports to argue that fan support was waning because of the league's support for social justice causes. But it turns out, the truth is more complicated. The Athletic's Dan Kaplan joins us to break down the numbers and to explain what conclusions the experts are reaching about viewership trends. More from Dan Kaplan: https://theathletic.com/2068692/2020/09/15/kaplan-the-nfls-week-1-ratings-are-down-but-not-as-dramatic-as-reported/?source=theleadpodcast

13 min6 d ago
Comments
The Real Reason NFL Ratings Are (Slightly) Down

Is This A New Mitch Trubisky?

After a wild couple of games, the Chicago Bears are 2-0 with Mitch Trubisky at the helm. Many questioned whether or not the often erratic QB should still be the starter after the Bears acquired former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles in the offseason, but so far the team has managed to pull two vital wins with Trubisky as their play caller. The Athletic's Kevin Fishbain joins us to break down Trubisky's performance in the first two weeks, the roller coaster that has been his NFL career thus far, and whether or not we're seeing him turn a corner. More from Kevin Fishbain: https://theathletic.com/2074879/2020/09/18/the-athletics-guide-to-bears-giants-can-mitch-trubisky-find-consistency/?source=theleadpodcast

16 min1 w ago
Comments
Is This A New Mitch Trubisky?

Why The Clippers Collapsed

The LA Clippers' historic playoff curse continues, as the team lost to the Denver Nuggets in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Tuesday night. The Athletic's Sam Amick was in the arena, sitting about twenty feet from the Clippers' bench, and he joins us to share his observations on what went wrong for the former title favorites. Sam also tells us about his post-game conversation with Nuggets star Jamal Murray, including how he and his Denver teammates have stayed positive and well-rested in the bubble. Read Sam's post-game story: https://theathletic.com/2070278/2020/09/16/power-naps-and-team-chemistry-a-chat-with-jamal-murray-after-another-game-7-win/?source=theleadpodcast

19 min1 w ago
Comments
Why The Clippers Collapsed

The Battle For WNBA MVP

The WNBA Playoffs are underway, and the two top-seeded teams —the Las Vegas Aces and Seattle Storm —are both powered by superstar players, with A’ja Wilson dominating the paint for Las Vegas, and Breanna Stewart’s all-around game at the center of everything for Seattle. Today, we’re joined by The Athletic’s Chantel Jennings to look at the battle for league MVP, and some first-round playoff drama, with Diana Taurasi, Skylar Diggins-Smith and the Phoenix Mercury narrowly escaping on a Shey Peddy game-winner. Follow Chantel Jenning’s coverage of the WNBA: https://theathletic.com/author/chantel-jennings/?source=theleadpodcast

17 min1 w ago
Comments
The Battle For WNBA MVP

James Rodriguez's Everton Rebirth

James Rodriguez was once the toast of the soccer world. The Colombian won the Golden Boot at the 2014 World Cup, signed a massive deal with Real Madrid, and thrived for a year under manager Carlo Ancelotti. But, after the Italian coach was fired, James failed to see the field for much of the next five seasons. Now, he has been reunited with his old mentor at Everton, a club which is trying to build its global brand and break into the upper echelon of the Premier League. The Athletic's Greg O'Keefe joins us to discuss the impact of James's arrival, and what's at stake for both him and the club. More from Greg O'Keefe: https://theathletic.co.uk/author/greg-okeeffe/?source=theleadpodcast

15 min1 w ago
Comments
James Rodriguez's Everton Rebirth

The Return of Playoff Rondo

The Lakers are headed to the Western Conference Finals —awaiting the winner of the Nuggets against the Clippers on Tuesday night —and recently, they’ve gotten a big lift from Rajon Rondo. The veteran point guard helped fuel the Lakers to a five-game victory over James Harden, Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets, and has arguably been L.A.’s third-best player lately behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Today, we’re joined by The Athletic’s Bill Oram to look at the surprise return of “Playoff Rondo.” Follow Bill Oram’s coverage of The Lakers: https://theathletic.com/author/bill-oram/?source=theleadpodcast

15 min1 w ago
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The Return of Playoff Rondo

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