Sports Wars

By Wondery

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 Sep 27, 2019

Greg
 Sep 13, 2019
It often seems that 90% is the Podcaster speaking thoughts of the athletes and 10% fact. This makes it entertaining fantasy and less substantive than I would like.


 Aug 24, 2019

Carlos
 Aug 5, 2019
Fun and detailed. An absolute must-listen!


 Jun 24, 2019

Description

Sports rivalries can fuel fans and athletes to fight and argue for years. But what’s the real story behind these epic battles?

From Wondery, the company behind “Business Wars”, “Gladiator” and “The Lead” comes SPORTS WARS, a new series that offers an immersive look at some of the greatest athletic rivalries of all time: two superpower nations facing off in the Miracle on Ice. The battle for the starting quarterback gig in Green Bay between Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. And many more.

Host Dan Rubenstein (Sports Illustrated, SB Nation) will take you from the grudge matches to the pranks, from the tantrums to the triumphs: what really happened, who was right, who was wrong -- and you can decide whose side you’re on.


Episode Date
Tiger vs. The Field - Tiger vs. Tiger | 3
00:30:30

Debilitating knee pain. A potentially devastating scandal. The loss of his father. For Tiger Woods, the struggles are adding up. And now, he’ll have to compete with the greatest opponent of his life: himself.

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Apr 01, 2020
Tiger vs. The Field - Greatness Realized | 2
00:31:57

Tiger Woods continues to soar. As for his dad, Earl? Not so much. Earl's life keeps spiraling downward, and yet, something hidden in his past will soon unite father and son.

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Mar 25, 2020
Tiger vs. the Field - Earl's Son | 1
00:35:38

The numbers are staggering: 82 official PGA Tour event wins. Fifteen majors. Opponent after opponent, course after course—all vanquished. In many ways, Tiger Woods doesn't have a typical rival. But he does face enormous obstacles, from his difficult father, Earl, to his own outsized ambitions. Both will propel and haunt him throughout his career. But first, he'll need to learn to swing a club.

Mar 20, 2020
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock - Sam Roberts on Wrestling’s Evolution | 6
00:27:09

Sam Roberts is the host of the Notsam Wrestling Podcast. He’s also a WWE panelist, and co-hosts Jim Norton & Sam Roberts, on SiriusXM. He and Dan dive into the wide-reaching impact of Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock.

Mar 13, 2020
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock - One More Round | 5
00:38:58

Stone Cold Steve Austin has had enough. He’s tired of Vince McMahon. Tired of the WWE. But he can’t walk away yet. Not if The Rock has anything to say about it. Because even though they’re heading in different directions, they’ve got a battle ahead of them—a fight for the ages, in WrestleMania 19.


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Mar 11, 2020
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock - The Rock is Cooking | 4
00:33:53

The Rock has launched from WWF star to household name. But life isn’t so hot for Stone Cold Steve Austin. He’s bruised and beaten down. He feels exhausted. And then it gets worse. An old star decides to make a comeback, and that threatens to steal away the spotlight from Steve Austin.

Mar 06, 2020
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock - A New Attitude | 3
00:33:50

Stone Cold Steve Austin finally has the title belt. And with it, he ushers in a new era for the WWF. But there’s a catch. To stay at the top, he’ll need to join forces with his biggest competition: The Rock.

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Mar 04, 2020
Introducing Into America
00:07:00

Hosted by Trymaine Lee. Featuring the journalists of NBC News. This is how America sounds. Into America is a show about politics, about policy, and the power both have over the lives of the American people. It sheds light on the candidates and the president they are running to unseat. It connects the dots between policies and voters across the political spectrum. This is Into America.


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Mar 02, 2020
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock - Rocky Sucks! Rocky Sucks! | 2
00:34:25

Dwayne Johnson is about to make a big change. Because right now, his character Rocky Maivia has some serious problems. Just ask the fans. As for Steve Austin? He's facing one of the most consequential injuries of his life.

Feb 28, 2020
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock - The WWF Comes Calling | 1
00:34:34

Leg drops. Piledrivers. Battles with metal folding chairs. It’s the wild, over-the-top world of professional wrestling, where anything goes. And beginning in the 1990s, wrestling saw one of its great rivalries, as two stars competed for the top spot. One was a grizzled veteran on his last legs. The other: a bright-eyed rookie looking to redeem himself. It was Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, and the two would go on to change wrestling. But first, they’d have to fight to get a chance in the ring.

Feb 26, 2020
Kobe vs. Shaq Revisited - The Storm Before the Calm | 6
00:34:57

*In light of Kobe Bryant's tragic passing, we're re-airing our series on the rivalry between Kobe and Shaquille O'Neal.* It’s all over. Or is it? Kobe and Shaq no longer play for the same team, and their relationship seems like it’s slowly evolving from rivalry to brotherhood. But everything changes when, years after they retire, tragedy strikes.

Feb 21, 2020
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00:05:58

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Feb 20, 2020
Kobe vs. Shaq Revisited - It All Comes Apart | 5
00:27:44

*In light of Kobe Bryant's tragic passing, we're re-airing our series on the rivalry between Kobe and Shaquille O'Neal.* As the Lakers head into the 2003–2004 season, the team's two stars face their most significant challenges yet. On the court, Shaq’s dominance has started to fade. And off the court, serious allegations have marred Kobe’s once squeaky-clean image. With their personal and professional futures in limbo, the end of the rivalry may be drawing near.

Feb 19, 2020
Kobe vs. Shaq Revisited - Stay Hungry or Lose | 4
00:30:07

*In light of Kobe Bryant's tragic passing, we're re-airing our series on the rivalry between Kobe and Shaquille O'Neal.* They may be reigning champs, but things aren’t looking great for the Lakers as the 2000–2001 season gets underway. After a dispiriting loss, Kobe acknowledges he’s a ball hog. Shaq can’t make a free throw to save his life. And their ongoing feud spills into the press. So much for burying the hatchet.

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Feb 14, 2020
Kobe vs. Shaq Revisited - Who's the Boss | 3
00:34:23

*In light of Kobe Bryant's tragic passing, we're re-airing our series on the rivalry between Kobe and Shaquille O'Neal.* 

It’s 1999 and Phil Jackson—the tai chi–practicing, sage-burning zen master—is now the Lakers’ head coach. He’s got his eye on a championship, but he knows the only way to get there is to teach Shaq some discipline and snap Kobe’s selfish streak. Easier said than done.

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Feb 12, 2020
Kobe vs. Shaq Revisited - Powered by Fury | 2
00:27:45

*In light of Kobe Bryant's tragic passing, we're re-airing our series on the rivalry between Kobe and Shaquille O'Neal.* Kobe and Shaq are young, famous, handsomely paid, and diametrically opposed. Shaq, with his lifelong craving for adoration, tries to win over his teammates and position himself as the Lakers' top dog. As for Kobe, he couldn’t care less about camaraderie.

Feb 07, 2020
Kobe vs. Shaq Revisited - It’s Showtime | 1
00:30:58

*In light of Kobe Bryant's tragic passing, we're re-airing our series on the rivalry between Kobe and Shaquille O'Neal.* 


It’s 1996, and the Los Angeles Lakers are priming for greatness. First they sign the gargantuan, indomitable Shaquille O’Neal. Then they bring on a 17-year-old with epic potential: Kobe Bryant. What a coup, right? There’s only one problem. Shaq and Kobe can’t stand each other. (This is the first episode in a six-part series.)


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Feb 05, 2020
The Legacy of Kobe Bryant | 1
00:33:38

Kelvin Washington is an anchor for Spectrum News 1, in Southern California, and can be heard nationally on Fox Sports Radio, among other outlets. He and Dan discuss Kobe Bryant’s legacy and influence, in the wake of Kobe's tragic passing. They also dig into Kobe’s relationship with former teammate Shaquille O’Neal.

Jan 31, 2020
Brady vs. Manning - Chris Berman on the Great Quarterback Rivalry | 7
00:33:11

Chris Berman is a legendary sports broadcaster. He's hosted SportsCenter, Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, and NFL Primetime. He joins Dan to chat about two historic football rivals: Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

Jan 29, 2020
Brady vs. Manning - The Rivalry Comes to a Close | 6
00:33:49

Father Time knocks on the door for Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. But the two legendary QBs refuse to answer. Manning, now 39 years old, fights tooth and nail, as he competes for another Super Bowl ring. But he’s got a big obstacle in his way. It’s a driven quarterback named Tom Brady.

Jan 24, 2020
Brady vs. Manning - The Mannings Strike Again | 5
00:31:30

Multiple neck surgeries. Grueling rehab. An emotional meeting that upends his career. For Peyton Manning, life hasn't been easy. But he won't stop fighting to win—especially as he faces his biggest rival, Tom Brady.

Jan 22, 2020
Brady vs. Manning - Peyton Breaks Through | 4
00:34:07

Peyton Manning faces the biggest moment in his career. It's a chance to finally win a Super Bowl title. And soon, Tom Brady will have a shot at redemption. But, once again, he'll find himself head to head with a formidable Manning. Only this time, the quarterback is named Eli.


Jan 17, 2020
Brady vs. Manning - Hey, I’m Peyton | 3
00:31:05

Tom Brady becomes the NFL's greatest winner. And he's only in his mid-20s. As for Peyton Manning? He continues to lead the Colts to stellar regular seasons—only to struggle when the lights are the brightest.

Jan 15, 2020
Brady vs. Manning - Growing Pains | 2
00:34:55

Peyton Manning achieves a lifelong dream—he’s heading to the NFL. But when he gets there? It’s a rough start, to say the least. Times are tough in Ann Arbor, too. Because Tom Brady has a new rival named Drew Henson, who threatens to unseat Brady as Michigan’s top QB.

Jan 10, 2020
Brady vs. Manning - Family First | 1
00:35:31

For years, football fans were divided. You were either a Tom Brady fan or a Peyton Manning fan. The two quarterbacks came to define the modern NFL, as they cemented their status as all-time greats. It was a rivalry between two players with remarkable similarities and differences—one who came from football royalty, and one who’d been long overlooked.


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Jan 08, 2020
Ethan Strauss: Behind the Scenes with the Warriors and Cavs | 5
00:30:53

Ethan Strauss is an expert on all things Golden State Warriors. Strauss, a reporter for The Athletic, has a new book that tracks the rise and fall of this basketball dynasty. He joins Dan and shares some insiders' stories about the Warriors—and their clashes with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.


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Dec 20, 2019
LeBron vs. the Warriors — The Hamptons Five | 4
00:28:14

Another year, another Finals. And another matchup between LeBron and the Warriors. Only this time, Golden State has a little extra help on its side. Because they’ve signed a star named Kevin Durant. LeBron clashes with this new superteam, and as the rivalry concludes, both LeBron and the Warriors head in unexpected directions.


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Dec 18, 2019
LeBron vs. the Warriors — They Can’t Stop Us | 3
00:34:00

The Warriors blaze through the regular season, setting an NBA record with 73 wins. But that leaves them worn out. And vulnerable, as they head back to the Finals. Because LeBron James is hungry for his third championship ring.


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Dec 13, 2019
LeBron vs. the Warriors — The Best in the World | 2
00:28:40

The Warriors get a new coach. And a new, scorching-hot offense. But when they reach the NBA Finals, they'll face their biggest test—and their fiercest rival. It's the first Finals matchup between LeBron and the Warriors. 


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Dec 11, 2019
LeBron vs. The Warriors — Chosen One vs. the World | 1
00:34:28

It was the king versus the upstarts. The superman versus the superteam. It was LeBron versus the Warriors. The rivalry, which spanned four straight NBA Finals, would reshape basketball for years to come. And it began with two kids from Akron, Ohio—one who lived in poverty, and one who grew up the son of NBA royalty.


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Dec 06, 2019
Ray Ratto on the Record | 6
00:26:29

Ray Ratto is a legendary sportswriter who's been covering San Francisco teams for more than thirty years. He chats with Dan about Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders, and the rivalry that roiled the Bay.


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Nov 29, 2019
Sanders vs. Rice — Final Showdown | 5
00:33:37

Jerry and Deion are competitors again, battling in their most contentious showdown yet. This rivalry is starting to come full circle.


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Nov 27, 2019
Sanders vs. Rice — Teammates | 4
00:34:38

Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice become unlikely teammates in San Francisco. They're supposed to share the same goal: Super Bowl glory. But that doesn't mean bygones will be bygones.


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Nov 22, 2019
Sanders vs. Rice — Sleepless Nights | 3
00:33:39

Jerry and Deion engage in a fierce battle while playing for NFC West rivals, yet despite their enormous individual success, their teams each have some spectacular flaws.


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Nov 20, 2019
Sanders vs. Rice — World Versus Prime Time | 2
00:37:19

When Jerry Rice is drafted out of a small school, some question whether he's really ready for the show. It's nothing like the instant impact Deion Sanders will soon make with his show-stopping speed and showboating style.


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Nov 15, 2019
Sanders vs. Rice — Running Against the Dark | 1
00:34:49

For nearly twenty years, Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice wowed football fans with their dazzling speed and athleticism. And for nearly twenty years, neither man could stand the other. There were on-field battles, handshakes ignored, wars of words, and blow-ups in the media. And for one contentious season, they were forced to be teammates with a shared goal: a Super Bowl championship.


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Nov 13, 2019
Lenn Robbins Has Seen It All | 7
00:34:21

Longtime columnist Lenn Robbins, who has covered New York baseball for years, talks with Dan about the Subway Series.


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Nov 08, 2019
Mike Piazza: The Monster Is Out of the Cage | 6
00:30:08

Mike Piazza needs no introduction, but what the heck. The catcher is a 12-time All-Star. He has an ESPY Award. And he's in the Hall of Fame. He joins Dan to talk about his career with the Mets, his rivalry with Roger Clemens, and what it was like to play in the 2000 World Series.


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Nov 06, 2019
Mets vs. Yankees — Believe | 5
00:29:52

In a make-or-break game five, the Mets pin their hopes on pitcher Al Leiter.


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Nov 01, 2019
Mets vs. Yankees — Round Two | 4
00:25:17

A broken bat leads to a bench-clearing brawl.


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Oct 30, 2019
Mets vs. Yankees — Fall Classic | 3
00:22:39

From sidewalks to train platforms, talk radio to television, cubicles to water coolers, everyone's talking about the all-New York World Series.


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Oct 25, 2019
Mets vs. Yankees — Collision Course | 2
00:21:22

When the Yankees and Mets meet in a doubleheader, Roger Clemens sends Mike Piazza a bruising message.


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Oct 23, 2019
Mets vs. Yankees — Interleague Play | 1
00:26:16

The Mets and the Yankees may share a city, but they’ve never really been rivals. That all changes in the summer of 2000. 


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Oct 18, 2019
Sugar Ray Leonard: The Mind of a Fighter | 6
00:21:59

With three National Golden Gloves titles and an Olympic gold medal to his name, Sugar Ray Leonard is unquestionably one of boxing's all-time greats. He joins Dan to talk about his career and share memories of Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, George Forman, and Muhammad Ali.


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Oct 16, 2019
In the Ring With Teddy Atlas | 6
00:34:55

Teddy Atlas trained under Cus D'Amato. He was later a ringside commentator at some of the greatest fights in boxing history. Now Atlas joins Dan to talk about the Tyson–Holyfield match up and how he predicted the bite fight would end the way it did.


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Oct 11, 2019
Tyson vs. Holyfied — Bite Fight | 5
00:33:41

It's June 1997. At the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield are suiting up for a highly anticipated rematch. It's been billed as "The Sound and the Fury." But soon the fight will have another name. 


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Oct 09, 2019
Tyson vs. Holyfield — Finally | 4
00:29:25

At long last, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield come face to face.


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Oct 04, 2019
Tyson vs. Holyfield — Dream Matchup | 3
00:25:36

Tyson suffers a stunning defeat in the ring, and Holyfield takes on "old man" George Foreman.


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Oct 02, 2019
Tyson vs. Holyfield — Becoming Champions | 2
00:22:15

Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson grew up idolizing Muhammad Ali. Both aspired to become the champion of the world. But there’s only room for one at the top.


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Sep 27, 2019
Tyson vs. Holyfield — Sweet Science Schooling | 1
00:25:14

Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield. It's one of the greatest rivalries in boxing history, and it began with sterling mentors, Olympic dreams, and bad luck.


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Sep 25, 2019
Going, Going, Gone: Jayson Stark and Doug Glanville | 7
00:29:14

Jayson Stark followed Mark McGwire during the ’98 season. At the time, he thought it was the greatest story he’d ever covered. Now Stark, who writes about baseball for The Athletic, tells Dan he isn’t so sure. And former major leaguer Doug Glanville talks about playing with Sammy Sosa.


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Sep 20, 2019
Tony La Russa on the Home Run Chase | 6
00:37:41

Tony La Russa has won three World Series titles, been named manager of the year four times, and he coached the Cardinals during the 1998 home run race. He talks with Dan about that race and what it was like managing Mark McGwire.


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Sep 18, 2019
McGwire vs Sosa - Broken Records | 5
00:35:39

When the AP drops a bombshell story, Mark McGwire worries his season, his record chase, and his career may be over. And it’s not just his livelihood that’s at stake. Pretty soon, Sammy Sosa is facing tough questions of his own.


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Sep 13, 2019
McGwire vs. Sosa — Showdown at Wrigley Corral | 4
00:32:19

Wrigley Field — August 19th, 1998. The Cubs are facing the Cardinals, which means Sammy Sosa is about to duke it out, at bat after at bat, with Mark McGwire. It's a metaphor for the whole season, really, each man a moonshot away from besting the other.


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Sep 11, 2019
McGwire vs Sosa — The Race Begins | 3
00:31:27

It's 1998, the race to 61 homers is on, and Mark McGwire is a force to be reckoned with. Then comes the All-Star break. Suddenly his bat slows down and Sammy's speeds up.


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Sep 06, 2019
McGwire vs. Sosa — Generating Power | 2
00:31:27

Mark McGwire doesn't leave college with a diploma: he leaves with a beautiful swing and a ticket to the show. Pretty soon, though, his personal life is in tatters and so is his game. Can bulking up he get him back on track? Meanwhile, Sammy Sosa explodes into the majors. But he also implodes. He's streaky, and that streakiness zaps his confidence. When the Cubs sign him to a huge deal, he'll have to prove, once and for all, that he's worth it.


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Sep 04, 2019
McGwire vs. Sosa — Saving Baseball | 1
00:29:30

Blasts. Jacks. Moonshots. Grand salamis. Nothing's quite so mythical as baseball's home run. In 1998, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa reminded the nation of that as they tried to smash into the record books. They thought they were going to save baseball. Instead, they destroyed their reputations.


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Aug 30, 2019
The Solid Verbal's 2019 Guide to College Football Rivalries | 1
00:29:49

Do you love bonus content? Thought so. Here's a special episode of Dan's other Wondery podcast, The Solid Verbal. It's is a thrice-weekly show about college football that features previews, recaps, and analysis. In this edition, Dan and his co-host Ty Hildenbrandt size up the team rivalries—some quirky, others tenacious—that you should watch out for this season.


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Aug 28, 2019
Andy Staples and Emmanuel Acho: Clashing Colleges | 4
00:42:04

Andy Staples was once the worst walk-on offensive lineman in Florida history; now he's an excellent writer who covers college football for The Athletic. In this episode of Sports Wars, Staples talks about some key moments in the Florida–Georgia rivalry. He also makes a bold claim: jean shorts don't cool you down. Then Dan talks with ESPN analyst Emmanuel Acho about his college career at Texas.


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Aug 23, 2019
Texas vs Oklahoma - Young and Feisty | 3
00:30:47

Adrian Peterson and Baker Mayfield are two Texas-born football phenoms. But when they enroll at the University of Oklahoma, it touches off a recruiting war that will define the modern era of the Texas vs. Oklahoma rivalry.


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Aug 21, 2019
Texas vs Oklahoma - The Outlaw | 2
00:29:00

A new era has dawned in the rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma—an era of such bitter hatred that even the President of the United States can't escape it. A lot of it has to do with Barry Switzer, the Sooners' head coach, whose maverick tendencies provoke the ire of the NCAA.


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Aug 16, 2019
Texas vs Oklahoma - The Red River Shootout | 1
00:22:34

What makes the rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma so doggone contentious? Maybe it’s that these states hate each other so much they almost went to war over a bridge. Maybe it’s the underhanded stunts coaches like Mike Leach have pulled to win. Or maybe it’s just because with great proximity comes great hostility. Over the next three episodes, we’ll dig into this unparalleled grudge match.


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Aug 14, 2019
Georgia vs Florida - Tebow Time | 3
00:29:51

Urban Meyer passes up his dream job and instead takes the head coach gig at Florida. Among his early recruits is Tim Tebow. They're one heck of a pair. But will it be enough to stop Mark Richt's Georgia team? This is the third and final episode of Georgia vs. Florida. Next, we'll look at another ferocious college football rivalry: Oklahoma vs. Texas.


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Aug 09, 2019
Georgia vs Florida - Head Ball Coach | 2
00:25:33

It's 1989 and Steve Spurrier, Florida's head coach, is desperate to settle the grudge he's been holding against Georgia for two decades. Back then he was Florida's QB, and Georgia spoiled his perfect season. Now he's out for blood—Bulldog blood.


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Aug 07, 2019
Georgia vs Florida - The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party | 1
00:22:05

For the next six episodes, we're focusing on two of the greatest rivalries in college football: Georgia vs. Florida and Texas vs. Oklahoma. We begin with Georgia vs. Florida, a long-simmering, start-studded, completely unruly matchup. These schools have hated each other for a century. Here's why.


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Aug 02, 2019
Howard Beck Remembers His Time With Kobe and Shaq | 7
00:37:45

As a reporter for the LA Daily News, Howard Beck covered the Kobe–Shaq saga as it happened. In this episode of Sports Wars, he offers his take on the rivalry, explains how the pair changed basketball, and recounts the time Shaq called to say his Laker days were over.


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Jul 26, 2019
David Aldridge Charts the Evolution of NBA Rivalries | 6
00:25:30

For three decades, David Aldridge has covered the NBA for outlets like The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Athletic. On this episode of Sports Wars, he digs into the league’s long history of mighty matchups and argues it’s often the rivalries that make basketball great.


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Jun 26, 2019
Sam Smith Breaks Down “The Jordan Rules” | 5
00:35:15

Veteran reporter Sam Smith followed the Chicago Bulls for their 1990–91 season and turned that experience into a bestselling book, “The Jordan Rules.” It’s a searing, unmatched portrait of Michael Jordan’s path to glory. On this episode of Sports Wars, Smith explains why the Jordan–Isiah feud is probably the most ferocious in history, and he sets the record straight on why Jordan left the NBA to play baseball (hint: it didn’t have anything to do with the mob).


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Jun 21, 2019
Jordan vs Isiah - Greatness | 4
00:26:49

1991. At long last, Michael Jordan beats Isiah Thomas, ends the Bad Boys era, and ushers in a Bulls dynasty. Jordan has the edge over his longtime rival, but that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten the Freeze Out or the “Jordan Rules.” He’s still out for revenge. When he’s asked to join the Dream Team, Jordan sees the perfect opportunity.


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Jun 19, 2019
Jordan vs Isiah - The Triangle | 3
00:24:44

Michael Jordan is unstoppable—except when it comes to Isiah Thomas and the Detroit Pistons. When the Bad Boys cruise to back-to-back championships in ’89 and ’90, Jordan’s frustration reaches an all-time high. He’s willing to take whatever help he can get, even if it comes from the weirdo who’s now coaching the Bulls, Phil Jackson.


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Jun 14, 2019
Jordan vs Isiah - The Bad Boys | 2
00:29:58

By 1987, Michael Jordan has established himself as the NBA’s most exciting player—not to mention the league’s top scorer. But it’s Isiah Thomas and the Detroit Pistons who dominate the Eastern Conference, and their tough play earns them a new nickname, the Bad Boys. When Jordan threatens the Pistons’ reign, Isiah and his teammates must find a way to stop Jordan in his tracks. Their plan? The “Jordan Rules.”


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Jun 12, 2019
Jordan vs Isiah - The Freeze Out | 1
00:25:49

It’s 1985. Michael Jordan is a flashy Chicago Bulls rookie, and Isiah Thomas is an established star for the Detroit Pistons. When they’re thrust together at the NBA All-Star Game, it’s not exactly love at first sight. Jordan feels slighted by Isiah, and Isiah can’t stand Jordan’s swagger. A brutal rivalry starts in a weekend and lasts for over a decade.


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Jun 07, 2019
One on One: Why Tennis Rivalries Are So Uniquely Compelling | 7
00:20:02

“Strokes of Genius” author Jon Wertheim discusses what makes tennis rivalries different than any other sport, why Federer v Nadal was so compelling, and other great match ups in tennis history.


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May 31, 2019
Federer vs Nadal - Suffering and Perfection | 6
00:27:39

After four straight head-to-head wins, the era-defining rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal is trending strongly toward Nadal. But Federer is already looking to reverse his fortunes at the next major -- the 2009 Australian Open -- a hard court tournament that could possibly yield his record-tying 14th Grand Slam title. As for Rafa, he’s still looking to prove he can beat Federer anywhere, anytime, and on any surface. 

For more than decade, these tennis titans have battled each other for the number 1 seat -- but which is the greatest men’s tennis player of all time?


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May 29, 2019
Strokes of Genius: Jon Wertheim | 5
00:29:38

Jon Wertheim -- best-selling author of Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played -- joins Sports Wars to discuss tennis’ greatest modern rivalry between two of the best the game has ever seen and what it’s been like to have a front-row seat to some of their most prolific matches.


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May 24, 2019
Federer vs Nadal - The Greatest Match Ever Played | 4
00:27:38

Roger Federer enters the 2008 Wimbledon Grand Slam as a five-time defending champion. The tabloids mark him as finished -- mostly because of his poor performance in the year’s first two grand slams. Rafael Nadal is coming off a dominant French Open title and the bad taste of last year’s loss at Wimbledon. It is the perfect storm to create what is widely considered the greatest tennis match in history.


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May 22, 2019
Federer vs Nadal - Grass and Clay | 3
00:23:22

Rafael Nadal continues to add French Open titles, but winning on the grass courts of Wimbledon proves elusive because of one person: Roger Federer. The Swiss Champion holds as much dominance on grass as Nadal has on clay. So when the 2007 Wimbledon Final goes to Federer in a closely-won match over Nadal, the Spaniard believes he’s lost his best opportunity to beat his nemesis.


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May 17, 2019
Federer vs Nadal - The Raging Bull | 2
00:27:26

At age 19 Nadal dominates on clay and shoots up the world rankings. Now he’s looking to prove his win in Miami over Federer was no fluke. Meanwhile, Federer tries to capture the career grand slam, but to get it, he’ll need to beat Nadal on his best surface at the French Open.


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May 15, 2019
Federer vs Nadal - The Hothead | 1
00:26:58

In this series we explore the unique tennis rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal-- two very different players, both exceptional, in pursuit of perfection. Swiss-born Roger Federer was seemingly born with a racquet in his hand and at a young age he quickly masters the game, but what he needs to reach the top is to learn how to master his emotions. Meanwhile, Spaniard Rafael Nadal learns the game under the tutelage of his uncle Toni on the clay courts of Mallorca, where the decision to make him a left-handed player separates him early from his competition. 


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May 10, 2019
Jeff Pearlman: Author of “Gunslinger” | 7
00:33:11

Jeff Pearlman-- the best selling author of Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre-- joins Sports Wars to discuss the rivalry between Favre and Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. They began as competitors on the same team, but ended up battling for division titles and respect when Favre came out of retirement with the Vikings. As Rodgers heads toward the second half of his career, some think he’s become the new Favre in Green Bay.


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May 03, 2019
Favre vs Rodgers - One Last Chance | 6
00:33:37

As the new quarterback of the rival Minnesota Vikings, Brett Favre wants revenge against the Packers. He won’t retire until he gets his chance to beat Rodgers and Green Bay in 2009. Meanwhile, Rodgers tries to show the Packers he’s ready to be the new face of the franchise.


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May 01, 2019
Favre vs. Rodgers - Hero To Villain | 5
00:31:41

Brett Favre comes out of retirement again, but this time Green Bay is moving on to the Aaron Rodgers era. The Packers trade Favre to the Jets, turning their legendary QB into a new rival.


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Apr 26, 2019
Favre vs. Rodgers - Packer For Life? | 4
00:36:02

Aaron Rodgers starts his career as the backup QB in Green Bay as Brett Favre ponders retirement. When Favre leads the Packers to their best season in years, the legendary quarterback decides he may not be ready to turn the team over to Rodgers after all.


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Apr 24, 2019
Favre vs. Rodgers - On a Crash Course | 3
00:32:42

Brett Favre takes Titletown to the Super Bowl for the first time in 29 years. Aaron Rodgers tries to prove he's good enough to play college football and be chosen by his favorite team - the 49ers.


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Apr 19, 2019
Favre vs. Rodgers - The Savior from Mississippi | 2
00:27:40

In 1991, the Atlanta Falcons tire of the antics of their rookie quarterback, Brett Favre. They decide to trade him to Green Bay where he soon takes over as the starting quarterback. He begins a streak of consecutive starts that will turn him into a legend. Along the way, he battles his competition, his coaches and his demons. As he is pursuing his first Super Bowl, a kid in California named Aaron Rodgers is watching at home and dreaming of an NFL football career that will one day collide with Favre's in Green Bay.


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Apr 17, 2019
Favre vs. Rodgers - Good Morning, Grandpa | 1
00:26:36

It's 2005 and The Green Bay Packers are on the clock in this year's NFL Draft. The last thing most Packers fans think the team needs in the draft is a new quarterback. Their team already has Hall of Famer, Brett Favre, who is in the middle of his record-breaking Iron Man streak for consecutive games started. But when Aaron Rodgers slips in the draft, the new Packers GM makes a risky call, and sets up a bitter rivalry between two quarterbacks with very different styles.


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Apr 17, 2019
Introducing Sports Wars
00:01:49

Brett Favre vs. Aaron Rodgers. Michael Jordan vs. Isiah Thomas. And many more...

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Apr 05, 2019