Cover

The Lead

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.

Tous les épisodes

  • 23.10.2020
    15 MB
    16:09
    Cover

    How Doris Burke Became An Accidental Pioneer

    Doris Burke has been there for many of the biggest moments in NBA history, whether it's on the court after a championship game, asking questions to superstars like LeBron James or Steph Curry, or calling games from beside the court. During her pioneering career, she has earned the respect of players, coaches, and fans, and has become a role model for many women in sports broadcasting. The Athletic's Dana O'Neil -- a friend and former colleague of Burke -- recently wrote a profile about the iconic broadcaster, and she joins us to explain how Burke has broken barrier after barrier without that ever being her goal.Read Dana O'Neil's profile of Doris Burke:https://theathletic.com/2087918/2020/09/29/this-should-be-normal-doris-burke-making-history-as-she-always-has/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 22.10.2020
    16 MB
    17:09
    Cover

    'This Dude's A Baller': The Rise Of Robby Anderson

    The Carolina Panthers made a lot of changes this past offseason. They brought in a new head coach (Matt Rhule), a new quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater), and a new offensive coordinator (Joe Brady). They also added a speedy wideout who has taken his game to new heights: Robby Anderson. Today, we’re joined by The Athletic’s Joe Person to look at the factors that have contributed to Anderson’s big breakout, and how his friendship with former Jets teammate Brandon Marshall continues to guide his career. Read Joe Person’s story about Robby Anderson: https://theathletic.com/2135921/2020/10/14/this-dudes-a-baller-robby-andersons-rise-from-speed-freak-to-complete-wr/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 21.10.2020
    16 MB
    16:59
    Cover

    The Guy Who Played College Football After Losing A Leg

    Twenty years ago, Neil Parry and the San Jose State football team were in the midst of the program's most successful season in years. But then, Parry's football career and his life were upended by a gruesome injury in a game against conference rival University of Texas El Paso, which resulted in him losing the lower portion of his right leg. The Athletic's Jimmy Durkin tells the story of Parry's unthinkable quest to play football again, and how his story is inspiring young football players today.Read Jimmy Durkin's story about Neil Parry:https://theathletic.com/2107484/2020/10/14/san-jose-states-neil-parry-the-amputee-football-player-who-would-never-give-up//?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 20.10.2020
    14 MB
    14:49
    Cover

    Big Flies and Dance-Offs: The Randy Arozarena Experience

    The Tampa Bay Rays are back in the World Series for the first time since 2008, and rookie outfielder Randy Arozarena is a huge reason why. Today, we’re joined by The Athletic’s Eno Sarris to discuss Arozarena’s journey from Cuba to Mexico to the big leagues, his penchant for dance-offs against teammates, and the adjustments that have led to his massive postseason breakout. Read Eno Sarris's story about Randy Arozarena: https://theathletic.com/2133615/2020/10/13/how-long-can-the-randy-arozarena-experience-go-on-like-this/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 19.10.2020
    15 MB
    15:55
    Cover

    Is This Josh Allen's (and the Bills') Breakout Season?

    The Buffalo Bills are sitting pretty atop the AFC East, and that's in large part thanks to the strong play of quarterback Josh Allen. But Allen faces a difficult test, and the ultimate measuring stick, when he and his teammates square off against Pat Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. The Athletic’s Matthew Fairburn joins us to discuss Allen's impressive start to the 2020 season, what he'll be watching for in the game against the Chiefs, and whether or not this is the breakout season that Allen and Bills fans have been waiting for.Follow Matthew Fairburn's Bills coverage:https://theathletic.com/author/matthew-fairburn/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 16.10.2020
    16 MB
    17:02
    Cover

    The First American To Play For Barcelona

    Sergino Dest made history two weekends ago when he became the first American soccer player to suit up for Barcelona. This came after the 19-year-old right back was signed for 25 million euros from Ajax, where he starred last season. The Athletic's Paul Tenorio interviewed some of Dest's former coaches and teammates, and he joins us to explain how the teenager has made such a rapid ascent, what expectations await him, and why he chose to play for the U.S. instead of his country of birth.Read Paul Tenorio and Dermot Corrigan's profile of Sergino Dest:https://theathletic.com/2107987/2020/10/01/sergino-dest-barcelona-koeman/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 15.10.2020
    15 MB
    16:03
    Cover

    Inside The Mind Of The Chiefs' Offensive Coordinator

    Eric Bieniemy has been one of the masterminds behind the Kansas City Chiefs' potent attack for several seasons. The Athletic's Dan Pompei recently interviewed Bieniemy, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, and star QB Pat Mahomes (among others) to try and understand what makes the veteran offensive coach tick and why he's been so successful. Dan joins us to break down what those around Bieniemy say about him, and why he is a focal point in the conversation about the NFL's lack of Black head coaches.Read Dan Pompei's profile of Eric Bieniemy:https://theathletic.com/2099024/2020/09/29/put-it-on-my-shoulders-chiefs-eric-bieniemy-knows-he-must-carry-on/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 14.10.2020
    15 MB
    15:50
    Cover

    From College Hoops To The Colts

    The Indianapolis Colts have had some convincing wins and disappointing losses this season, but when they’ve been at their best, they have gotten some big contributions from tight end Mo Alie-Cox. Today, we’re joined by The Athletic’s Zak Keefer to look at Alie-Cox’s astonishing rise from college basketball star to NFL tight end, and how his former coach, Shaka Smart, got him to believe in himself. Read Zak Keefer’s story about Mo Alie-Cox: https://theathletic.com/2117685/2020/10/06/no-experience-necessary-mo-alie-coxs-rise-from-vcu-hoops-star-to-colts-te/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 13.10.2020
    16 MB
    16:59
    Cover

    After All That, LeBron Wins It Again

    After the longest season in NBA history -- and perhaps the most difficult -- LeBron James and the Lakers hoisted the Larry O’Brien trophy on Sunday night. The Athletic’s Bill Oram joins us to reflect on what this title means to 35-year-old LeBron and to a Lakers organization that did everything in its power to get him and his right hand man, Anthony Davis, after years of controversy and dysfunction.More from Bill Oram:https://theathletic.com/author/bill-oram/?source=theleadpocast

    ...plus
  • 12.10.2020
    13 MB
    14:02
    Cover

    What Went Wrong For Bill O’Brien (Rebroadcast)

    On Sunday, the Houston Texans finally picked up their first win of the season at the end of a chaotic week for the team, after they fired their head coach and general manager, Bill O’Brien. Today, we’re rebroadcasting an episode that originally aired back in May, with The Athletic’s Aaron Reiss joining us to look at how O’Brien ended up in such a rare position of power, and some of the controversial decisions that may have led to his firing. Follow Aaron Reiss’s coverage of the Texans: https://theathletic.com/author/aaron-reiss/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 09.10.2020
    16 MB
    17:00
    Cover

    Will Kenley Jansen and the Dodgers Find Redemption?

    The Dodgers' long-time closer, Kenley Jansen, has been struggling lately, including a particularly rough outing against the Padres on Wednesday night. It's the latest in a long series of challenges the 33 year-old veteran has faced, including heart issues, an aging arm, and his entire family getting infected with the coronavirus. The Athletic's Pedro Moura joins us to break down what the beloved reliever has been dealing with on and off the field, how his role within the team has shifted, and what all of this could mean for his legacy.More from Pedro Moura:https://theathletic.com/2102729/2020/09/30/kenley-jansen-dodgers-2020-mlb-postseason/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 08.10.2020
    16 MB
    16:56
    Cover

    Cowboy Boots and Bunny Onesies: Jimmy Butler's College Years

    Jimmy Butler has put together some phenomenal performances during this year’s NBA Playoffs, including a 40-point triple-double to give the Heat a win over LeBron James and the Lakers in Game 3. Today, we’re joined by The Athletic’s CJ Moore, who recently learned about how Butler honed his competitive edge during his college days at Marquette, and became a legend of sorts on campus, wearing everything from cowboy boots to animal onesies to a Hannah Montana backpack. Read CJ Moore’s story about Jimmy Butler’s time at Marquette: https://theathletic.com/2107706/2020/10/05/hannah-montana-country-music-and-a-bunny-suit-jimmy-butlers-college-days/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 07.10.2020
    15 MB
    16:11
    Cover

    Sue Bird's Basketball Evolution

    The Seattle Storm won their fourth WNBA championship on Tuesday night. And leading the way, once again, was 11-time all-star Sue Bird. The Athletic’s Chantel Jennings interviewed Bird earlier this season, and she joins us to discuss the timeless point guard’s remarkable resiliency, how she has guided the Storm to yet another championship, and why the superstar seems to keep getting better with age. More from Chantel Jennings:https://theathletic.com/author/chantel-jennings/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 06.10.2020
    15 MB
    15:48
    Cover

    Why The NHL Is Rooting For Quinton Byfield

    Quinton Byfield is expected to be selected with the second or third pick in Tuesday night's NHL draft. Scouts have been raving about the 18-year-old's incredible size and speed for years now, and he is expected to give a major boost to whichever team selects him. But, in addition to all the pressure of being considered a franchise player, the teen also faces the pressure of becoming the highest drafted Black player in NHL history. The Athletic's Ryan Clark joins us to talk about the challenges and opportunities facing Byfield as he enters the NHL at an historic moment, why he's well equipped to handle the obstacles, and how players around the league are already stepping up to support him.More from Ryan Clark:https://theathletic.com/author/ryan-s-clark/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 05.10.2020
    15 MB
    16:22
    Cover

    Can The Raiders Save Their Season?

    The season started off in promising fashion for the Las Vegas Raiders, who were 2-0 after a win over the Saints at their new stadium. Now, Jon Gruden’s team has lost two straight, and has been under scrutiny for some of their behavior off the field, including a fundraiser where a number of players were seen not wearing masks. Today, we’re joined by The Athletic’s Tashan Reed to discuss the missteps off the field for the Raiders, the team’s tumultuous first four games, and where Gruden and Las Vegas go from here. Follow Tashan Reed’s coverage of the Raiders: https://theathletic.com/author/tashan-reed/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 02.10.2020
    16 MB
    17:00
    Cover

    Two Brothers' Quest To Play College Football

    Brenden and Colin Schooler were supposed to be playing college football together at the University of Arizona this fall. But then COVID-19 arrived and turned the world upside down. The Athletic's Max Olson has the story of how the Schooler brothers ended up as opponents rather than teammates, and as mercenaries rather than Wildcats -- and why they say it's all worth it.Read Max Olson's story about the Schooler Brothers:https://theathletic.com/2089694/2020/09/24/colin-brenden-schooler-texas-texas-tech-transfer/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 01.10.2020
    15 MB
    15:44
    Cover

    Frank Vogel's Impact On LeBron and The Lakers

    Many people were shocked when Frank Vogel eventually became the Lakers' new head coach last year. They said he wasn't a splashy enough signing for the bright lights of Los Angeles, and he wasn't able to coach in the modern game. The Athletic's Anthony Slater joins us to explain how Vogel has proven many of his doubters wrong, why he is such a good fit for the star-studded team, and how he has quietly helped guide the Lakers to the NBA Finals in his first year at the helm.Read Anthony Slater's story about Frank Vogel:https://theathletic.com/2095538/2020/09/27/frank-vogel-the-underappreciated-component-of-the-lakers-success/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 30.09.2020
    13 MB
    14:10
    Cover

    Freddie Freeman’s Improbable Run At MVP

    The Atlanta Braves begin the playoffs on Wednesday as the number two seed in the National League, and their longtime first baseman Freddie Freeman has had a huge role in their success. Today, we’re joined by The Athletic’s David O’Brien to look at Freeman’s remarkable 2020 season, and how he put together an MVP-caliber campaign after a scary bout with Covid-19. Follow David O’Brien’s coverage of the Braves: https://theathletic.com/author/david-obrien/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 29.09.2020
    13 MB
    13:41
    Cover

    The Rise of Tampa Bay's Humble Superstar

    Brayden Point fired home the winning goal in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning hoist the trophy for the first time since 2004. It's the latest in a remarkable set of accomplishments for the talented center, who is now widely regarded as one of the very best players in the league. The Athletic's Joe Smith recently dove into the reticent Point's past, speaking to family members and former teammates and coaches, and he joins us to tell the story of Point's journey from skinny Calgary kid who many doubted to Stanley Cup champion.Read Joe Smith's profile of Brayden Point:https://theathletic.com/2052654/2020/09/09/brayden-point-unmasked-the-making-of-the-lightnings-humble-star/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 28.09.2020
    15 MB
    16:20
    Cover

    #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

    ...plus
  • 25.09.2020
    14 MB
    15:24
    Cover

    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

    ...plus
  • 24.09.2020
    14 MB
    15:25
    Cover

    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

    ...plus
  • 23.09.2020
    15 MB
    16:39
    Cover

    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/

    ...plus
  • 22.09.2020
    12 MB
    13:28
    Cover

    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

    ...plus
  • 21.09.2020
    15 MB
    16:19
    Cover

    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

    ...plus
  • 18.09.2020
    18 MB
    19:33
    Cover

    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

    ...plus
  • 17.09.2020
    16 MB
    17:06
    Cover

    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

    ...plus
  • 16.09.2020
    14 MB
    15:12
    Cover

    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

    ...plus
  • 15.09.2020
    15 MB
    15:41
    Cover

    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

    ...plus
  • 14.09.2020
    14 MB
    15:00
    Cover

    Lamar Jackson Might Be Even Better

    Lamar Jackson took the field on Sunday for the first time since the Ravens' shocking playoff exit last season, and the unanimous league MVP showed signs that he might have gotten even better. The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec joins us to discuss how Lamar has rebounded, physically and mentally, from that tough loss, and why he might be even more dangerous to opponents this fall. Jeff Zrebiec's analysis of Lamar Jackson's performance:https://theathletic.com/2063854/2020/09/13/with-less-flash-lamar-jackson-every-bit-as-impressive-in-ravens-dominating-win/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 11.09.2020
    16 MB
    17:42
    Cover

    How Robin Lehner Exorcised His Demons

    The Las Vegas Golden Knights have been cruising through the playoffs with a somewhat unexpected goaltender: Robin Lehner, who has taken over for franchise netminder Marc-Andre Fleury. Lehner's current playoff tear is the latest in a remarkable journey for the talented Swede, who opened up about his struggles with addiction and mental health issues in an article on The Athletic two years ago. Katie Strang, who interviewed Lehner for a video documentary on The Athletic, joins us to discuss how the netminder overcame what he calls the demons in his mind, and what his success means for other athletes with mental illness.Watch a video about Robin Lehner, from Katie Strang and Producer Adam Berger:https://theathletic.com/video/26-lehner/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 10.09.2020
    14 MB
    14:59
    Cover

    The Rookie Who Runs With Patrick Mahomes

    The 2020 NFL season gets underway Thursday night with the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Houston Texans, and that means the much-anticipated debut of former LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Today, The Athletic’s Nate Taylor joins us to discuss what Andy Reid and the Chiefs see in the rookie, why Patrick Mahomes went out of his way to get him on the team, and whether the dynamic running back is ready to live up to KC’s expectations. Follow Nate Taylor’s coverage of the Kansas City Chiefs: https://theathletic.com/author/nate-taylor/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 09.09.2020
    15 MB
    16:22
    Cover

    Have The Yankees Hit Rock Bottom?

    Two thirds of the way into baseball’s 60-game season, the New York Yankees have reached a critical juncture of their season, as they’re fighting to stay in the playoff chase, and facing off against one of the teams ahead of them in the standings: the Toronto Blue Jays. Today, we’re joined by The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler to discuss everything that’s gone wrong for the Bronx Bombers in 2020, why we’ve seen such a dramatic shift in power in the AL East, and whether Gerrit Cole, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and the Yankees still have time to start looking like a contender.Follow Lindsey Adler’s coverage of the Yankees: https://theathletic.com/author/lindsey-adler/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 08.09.2020
    14 MB
    14:40
    Cover

    The NFL Kicks Off A Season Like No Other

    After months of questions, skepticism, and the NFL insisting it will start its season on time, the league is set to...start its season on time. The Athletic’s Robert Mays joins us to talk about how the NFL has navigated the treacherous waters of the pandemic, what will be unusual about this year's season on the field, and why the NFL's future is in good hands, thanks to a crop of amazingly talented young quarterbacks.More from Robert Mays and The Athletic Football Show:https://theathletic.com/podcast/211-the-athletic-football-show/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 04.09.2020
    16 MB
    17:20
    Cover

    What John Thompson Meant To DC

    Legendary Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson passed away this week, leaving behind a remarkable legacy. He built the Hoya program from the ground up by recruiting local talent, often from neighborhoods where many people would never have considered attending Georgetown. The Athletic's David Aldridge covered Thompson and the Hoyas when he first became a sports reporter, and he joins us to talk about the iconic coach's influence and legacy, the complicated political climate in which he operated, and what he meant to his hometown of Washington D.C.Read David Aldridge's tribute to John Thompson:https://theathletic.com/2033809/2020/08/31/profane-after-midnight-laughs-and-lessons-from-the-one-and-only-john-thompson/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 03.09.2020
    12 MB
    12:52
    Cover

    Has Jamal Murray Finally Arrived?

    On Tuesday, Jamal Murray helped the Nuggets finish off a remarkable comeback against the Utah Jazz, climbing back from a 3-1 deficit in the series to move on to the Western Conference Semifinals. With Game 1 against Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Clippers coming up tonight, we’re joined by The Athletic’s Kendra Andrews to discuss whether Murray — inconsistent throughout the early part of his career — has finally arrived as a bona fide star. Follow Kendra Andrews’s coverage of the Denver Nuggets: https://theathletic.com/author/kendra-andrews/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 02.09.2020
    15 MB
    16:04
    Cover

    Lucas Giolito’s No-Hit Redemption

    Last Week, Chicago White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito pulled off something no other pitcher has done in 2020 when he threw a no-hitter against the Pirates. Today, The Athletic’s James Fegan joins us to discuss Giolito’s early days as a baseball prodigy in Los Angeles, his rise and fall as a top prospect for the Washington Nationals, and how he went from one of the worst pitchers in baseball in 2018 to the White Sox ace. Read James Fegan’s story about Lucas Giolito: https://theathletic.com/2023401/2020/08/26/white-sox-lucas-giolitos-transformation-grows-more-incredible-with-a-no-hitter/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 01.09.2020
    11 MB
    12:04
    Cover

    The Tampa Bay Lightning's Surprising Transformation

    The Tampa Bay Lightning have eliminated the regular season's best team, the Boston Bruins, from the NHL playoffs and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals. And, despite having a hefty amount of star power, the Lightning have been getting a major boost from role players. The Athletic’s Joe Smith explains how some of the team's recent signings have helped transform the perennial underachievers into Stanley Cup contenders and shifted the team's personality along the way.More from Joe Smith:https://theathletic.com/author/joe-smith/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 31.08.2020
    14 MB
    14:57
    Cover

    The Bromance That Fuels The Miami Heat

    Tonight, the Miami Heat take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, and Miami has gotten a big lift so far from two veteran stars: Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic. Today, The Athletic’s Manny Navarro joins us to discuss the friendship that has formed between Butler and Dragic — over soccer, beer and extreme competitiveness — and how it’s been translating to victories inside the NBA bubble. Read Manny Navarro’s story about Butler and Dragic: https://theathletic.com/2012818/2020/08/21/why-there-may-be-no-stopping-playoff-jimmy-miami-heat-in-round-1/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 30.08.2020
    5 MB
    05:28
    Cover

    The Final Season of Sports Wars: Conor vs Khabib

    In the final season of Sports Wars, prepare to enter the Octagon with bitter rivals, Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, two of the fiercest UFC fighters out there. Both are notorious for their intense battles, infamous pre-fight feuds and a willingness to say or do anything to beat a hated rival. But, once they’re inside the octagon, only one can emerge victorious. Pick a side, the fight is here.This final season of Sports Wars: Conor vs. Khabib is a Wondery Plus exclusive. Start your free trial of Wondery Plus in the Wondery app to listen ad-free: https://wondery.app.link/T0Y8X7eWi9.

    ...plus
  • 28.08.2020
    15 MB
    15:37
    Cover

    Why The Raiders Bet Big On Henry Ruggs

    The Las Vegas Raiders raised some eyebrows with their first pick in this year's NFL draft, taking Henry Ruggs with the 12th pick, ahead of more high-profile wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb. The Athletic’s Tashan Reed spoke with Ruggs about his life and football career, and joins us to explain what drives him and how the electric playmaker overcame doubters and tragedy to make it to the NFL.Read Tashan Reed's profile of Henry Ruggs: https://theathletic.com/1978611/2020/08/06/henry-ruggs-knows-the-raiders-made-a-great-choice-now-hes-out-to-prove-it/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 27.08.2020
    13 MB
    13:58
    Cover

    NBA On The Verge Of Shutting Down

    The Milwaukee Bucks refused to take the court on Wednesday for their playoff game against the Orlando Magic as an act of protest against the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Two more games were later canceled, and the Clippers and Lakers have reportedly voted in favor of ending the season. The Athletic's Michael Lee joins us to explain how the historic day's events unfolded, what all of it means for the remainder of the NBA playoffs, and why players and coaches in the bubble have been carrying such a heavy burden.More from Michael Lee:https://theathletic.com/author/michael-lee/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 26.08.2020
    14 MB
    14:57
    Cover

    The WNBA's Surprising Rookie Stars

    The one award in all of sports that seemed like a lock this year was the WNBA's Rookie of the Year. But with rookie sensation Sabrina Ionescu out with an ankle injury, the door is now wide open. The Athletic’s Chantel Jennings joins us to talk about two first year players -- Crystal Dangerfield and Julie Allemand -- who have been stepping up in a big way and making a case for the honor.More from Chantel Jennings:https://theathletic.com/author/chantel-jennings/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 25.08.2020
    14 MB
    15:09
    Cover

    The Luka Doncic Legend Grows

    Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic put in a performance for the ages on Sunday. After injuring his ankle two days earlier, the 21-year-old wrapped up the ankle and put his team on his back, and won the game on a series of clutch shots in overtime. The Athletic's Tim Cato, who has closely chronicled Doncic's career, joins us to explain why no one should have been surprised by the superlative performance, and why it's okay to start comparing Luka to some all-time greats.More from Tim Cato: https://theathletic.com/author/tim-cato/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 24.08.2020
    16 MB
    17:29
    Cover

    Breaking Baseball’s Unwritten Rules

    The San Diego Padres hit a staggering total of five grand slams last week, and one of them — from Fernando Tatis Jr. — sparked a controversy. Today, we’re joined by Doug Glanville — former big league outfielder and co-host of the Starkville podcast — to discuss whether Tatis was in the wrong for breaking one of baseball’s unwritten rules, and whether those rules have finally reached a tipping point. Follow Doug Glanville’s coverage of Major League Baseball: https://theathletic.com/author/doug-glanville/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 21.08.2020
    14 MB
    14:40
    Cover

    "Radio Muller" Is The Key To Bayern Munich's Success

    Thomas Muller is one of the best soccer players in the world -- and also one of the strangest. The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein recently watched him play live in an empty stadium in London and noticed something that changed his understanding of the German star and his outsized influence on games. Raphael joins us to discuss Muller's unusual style and why he could be the key to a Bayern Munich Champions League victory on Sunday. Read Raphael Honigstein's story about Thomas Muller: https://theathletic.com/1996418/2020/08/15/thomas-muller-bayern-munich-champions-league/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 20.08.2020
    15 MB
    15:54
    Cover

    Why Damian Lillard Was So Ready For the NBA Bubble

    Tuesday night, Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers continued their remarkable run at Disney World, defeating LeBron James and the Lakers in their playoff opener. With Game 2 coming up tonight, The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson — who recently spoke to Lilllard — joins us to talk about the Portland point guard’s incredible performance, and how growing up in Oakland gave him the mindset to thrive inside of the NBA bubble. Read Marcus Thompson’s story about Damian Lillard: https://theathletic.com/2005361/2020/08/18/thompson-why-damian-lillard-was-so-ready-to-bubble/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 19.08.2020
    12 MB
    13:30
    Cover

    This Is Nathan MacKinnon's Time To Shine

    Despite being a Hart Trophy finalist, a former first overall pick, and the best player on one of the top teams in the NHL, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon has remained a relatively unknown superstar. The Athletic's Ryan Clark joins us to talk about why that's the case, how MacKinnon has overcome challenges on his path to greatness, and why, with so many stars bowing out of the 2020 playoffs, this is his moment.More from Ryan Clark:https://theathletic.com/author/ryan-s-clark/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 18.08.2020
    15 MB
    15:50
    Cover

    Fernando Tatis Jr. Is Ready For Superstardom

    So far in the 2020 MLB season, very few players — if any — have been more electric than Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. Today, The Athletic’s Dennis Lin joins us to explain why the 21-year-old is already drawing favorable comparisons to the best players in the game (including Mike Trout), and why he’s well-equipped to handle everything that comes with his ascent toward superstardom. Read Dennis Lin’s story about Fernando Tatis Jr.: https://theathletic.com/1997841/2020/08/17/why-did-god-make-you-fernando-tatis-jr-is-showing-the-signs-of-superstardom/?source=theleadpodcast

    ...plus
  • 17.08.2020
    15 MB
    16:08
    Cover

    Kuzma's Swagger Is L.A.'s X Factor

    The NBA Playoffs get underway today at Disney World, and one of the favorites to win the whole thing — LeBron James and the L.A. Lakers — have not looked dominant in the bubble. Today, we’re joined by The Athletic’s Bill Oram to discuss the Lakers’ uneven play in Orlando, whether they’re ready to flip the switch and make a run, and why the supremely confident Kyle Kuzma could be their X factor. Read Bill Oram’s story about the Lakers and Kyle Kuzma: https://theathletic.com/1988523/2020/08/11/the-divine-confidence-of-kyle-kuzma-and-the-quote-that-delivers-us-from-evil/?source=theathleticpodcast

    ...plus