Sports Wars

By Wondery

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Reviews: 9

Jennie
 Apr 28, 2020
don't have to be a football fan to enjoy. so interesting


 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!

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
Serena vs. Venus | Your Doubles Partner | 4
00:34:20

Serena’s competitive streak starts to boil over. And with a strain now between them, Venus and Serena embark on a very different path.

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Jul 08, 2020
Serena vs. Venus | A Sister Slammed | 3
00:37:44

When Serena Williams looks across the court, she doesn’t see her sister Venus. Instead, she sees her biggest competition. It’s a shift that not only alters their matches, but changes the Williams family itself.

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Jul 01, 2020
Wondry Presents Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment
00:06:09

When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur Ray was an Oprah-endorsed self-help teacher who achieved fame, fortune, and influence. But friends and family members of his followers questioned his unorthodox methods, and tried to stop him. From Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” and “The Shrink Next Door,” comes a story about the dark side of enlightenment. Hosted by journalist Matt Stroud.

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Jul 01, 2020
Serena vs. Venus | Serena Means Business | 2
00:31:19

Serena Williams won't accept second place. But there’s someone standing in her way. To be the best, Serena will have to take down another star player—her sister Venus.

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Jun 24, 2020
Serena vs. Venus | East Compton Hills Country Club | 1
00:33:59

They’re legends. Records breakers. Stars who’ve dominated the biggest stages in tennis. Yet Serena and Venus Williams rose to fame under some of the most unlikely circumstances. And the two would not only face off against the tennis establishment. They’d have to struggle through a complicated sibling rivalry.

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Jun 17, 2020
Baseball After 9/11 | Joe Garagiola Jr.: Making History | 4
00:29:16

The 2001 World Series will forever be remembered as the time baseball—in some small way—helped New Yorkers heal from the terrorist attacks of September 11. In this historic series, the Yankees went head to head with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Our guest is Joe Garagiola Jr., who was then the general manager of the Diamondbacks. Garagiola joins Dan to share some behind-the-scenes stories from that incredible run. He also reflects on the importance of sports in times of national upheaval.

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Jun 10, 2020
Introducing The Jordan Harbinger Show
00:09:06

The Jordan Harbinger Show is where self-motivated people, just like you, dig deep into the untapped wisdom of the world’s top performers -- from legendary creators to intelligence operatives, iconoclastic writers to visionary change-makers. We deconstruct the playbooks of the most successful people on earth to help you demystify what they do and how they do it. You’ll learn new strategies, perspectives, and tactics you won’t find anywhere else, then take these valuable insights into your own life and live what you listen.


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Jun 05, 2020
Baseball After 9/11 | The World Series | 3
00:30:16

The Yankees have rallied their way to a fourth consecutive World Series appearance. But they face the upstart Arizona Diamondbacks, a team determined to write its own history. It’s now crunch time for the Yankees. And they’ll have to fight for a title—under the most dramatic circumstances imaginable.

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Jun 03, 2020
Baseball After 9/11 | Yankees Magic | 2
00:32:01

Derek Jeter and the Yankees are hard at work. But that work is off the field, as the Bronx Bombers try to help New York City recover from the terrorist attacks of September 11. One way to help? Pull off a historic comeback in the playoffs, and make it to the World Series. It’s one of the greatest tests the team will face.

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May 27, 2020
Wondery presents The Next Big Idea
00:08:36

Hosted by Rufus Griscom, and featuring thought-leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink, THE NEXT BIG IDEA brings you the most groundbreaking ideas that have the power to change the way you live, work, and think.

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May 22, 2020
Baseball After 9/11 | Mets Magic | 1
00:30:58

For the last twelve years, John Franco has been living a dream. The 40-year-old relief pitcher is playing ball for the Mets, in his hometown of New York City. But everything changes for Franco, his teammates, and the country on the morning of September 11, 2001. And in the days that follow, the Mets, led by Franco and Mike Piazza, will do their part to help America heal from a national tragedy.

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May 20, 2020
Sports vs. the Spanish Flu | Series Not Completed | 3
00:35:05

Joe Hall is hockey's first true enforcer. Hall, the Canadiens' star player, has already notched three championships with his rough playing style. But in his final run for a Stanley Cup title, the 37-year-old faces a new, deadly opponent on the ice. And as Hall fights for a championship, he’ll endure the biggest test of his life—and one of the most unusual Stanley Cup finals in hockey history.

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May 13, 2020
Sports vs. the Spanish Flu - Flu Can’t Stop Dempsey | 2
00:29:08

Jack Dempsey is ready to fight. The boxer has been called a draft dodger. Unpatriotic. Upper crust. And his shot at public redemption? That’s gotten pushed back, all because of a mysterious new flu. All Dempsey wants is to hop in the ring with his next opponent, Battling Levinsky. The question is, what will the fight cost Dempsey—and the fans who turn up to watch the brawl?

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May 06, 2020
Sports vs. the Spanish Flu - Rise of the Babe | 1
00:30:30

The year is 1918. And the world is stunned by a deadly new flu. But the virus can't stop one baseball player. He’s a lefty pitcher who will go on to change the game—but not from the mound. It's the surprising ascent of the Great Bambino. The Sultan Of Swat. The batting legend Babe Ruth.

Apr 29, 2020
Introducing American History Tellers
00:04:11

Join Lindsay Graham, host of Wondery’s American History Tellers as he takes you to the events, the times and the people that shaped American culture. In the new season, Rebellion in the Early Republic, he explores the 1780s where the dust has barely settled on the American Revolution and new turmoil puts the country’s security at risk. Fear of violence and disorder haunted early Americans as class revolts and racial conflict threatened the very fabric of American life. Listen to the full episode: wondery.fm/AHT_sportswars.

Apr 23, 2020
Tiger vs. The Field - Jeff Benedict: The Resilience of Tiger Woods | 6
00:36:41

Jeff Benedict is an investigative journalist and author of more than a dozen books, including a must-read biography of Tiger Woods. He and Dan sit down to discuss the rise, fall, and redemption of Tiger.

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Apr 22, 2020
Tiger vs. The Field - Charlie’s Dad | 5
00:30:50

Tiger Woods is looking for redemption. In part, that means getting back in shape, after yet another surgery. But as he chases his next major, he also has to prove himself to the most important people in his life: his family.

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Apr 15, 2020
Tiger vs. The Field - Falling from Grace | 4
00:32:20

Tiger Woods has hit rock bottom. His affairs are a public sensation, and his injuries have left him immobile. Now, as he faces an indefinite break from golf, he has to search his soul. And he has to make a decision. Where does he go from here?

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Apr 08, 2020
Introducing Fighting Coronavirus
00:07:40

The coronavirus outbreak and the global response to it is unprecedented. How did we get here? What comes next?

Author Steven Johnson is an authority on the epidemics of the past, and how lessons that humanity learned decades ago might help us fight a pandemic in our present. Every week on Fighting Coronavirus, Steven will talk to experts in health and technology about ways innovations and interventions can help bring the current crisis to an end. Each episode will keep you up to date on the cutting edge scientific breakthroughs being used to tackle this global crisis.

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Apr 07, 2020
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
Wondery Presents: The School of Greatness
00:05:58

The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes is the best place to learn how to dream bigger, live better, and make an impact.  

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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

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
Introducing: THE LEAD
00:06:12

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The Lead is a daily sports podcast from Wondery and The Athletic. Every weekday morning, The Lead brings you sports stories of the day from The Athletic’s team of local and national sports reporters. Stories like “Where did the 49ers new star running back, Raheem Mostert, come from?” or “What can Zion Williams do for the Pelicans?”

Jan 30, 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
00:30:14

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
00:32:40

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
00:29:55

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
00:34:22

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.

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 became 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
Introducing Good Life Project
00:06:20

Every week, we share inspirational, intimate and disarmingly-unfiltered conversations about living a fully-engaged, fiercely-connected and purpose-drenched life. From iconic world-shakers like Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Sir Ken Robinson, Seth Godin and Gretchen Rubin to everyday guests, every story matters. Listen at wondery.fm/SportsWarsGLP

Nov 15, 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.

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.

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. 

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.

Oct 16, 2019
Introducing The Next Big Idea
00:08:34

Ideas are coming at you every day from all directions. How can you process it all? You can start with The Next Big Idea. Host Rufus Griscom and legendary thought leaders Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Dan Pink, and Susan Cain, will be your personal “idea” curators. Open your mind and get ready for something big, because the right idea--at the right moment--has the power to transform your life. Listen now at http://wondery.fm/TNBIWondery

Oct 15, 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

An encounter with Muhammed Ali changes young Mike Tyson's life. And The Greatest inspires Evander Holyfield to dig deep during the most grueling contest of his career.

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.

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.

Sep 18, 2019
Introducing The Lead: Your New Daily Sports Fix
00:08:09

From Wondery and The Athletic, The Lead is the first daily sports podcast that will bring you one big story each day from The Athletic's all-star team of local and national sports reporters. Subscribe now to hear new episodes each weekday morning: http://wondery.fm/TheLeadED

Sep 16, 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.

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.

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.

Aug 30, 2019
The Solid Verbal's 2019 Guide to College Football Rivalries | 1
00:29:49
Aug 28, 2019
Andy Staples and Emmanuel Acho: Clashing Colleges | 4
00:42:04
Aug 23, 2019
Texas vs Oklahoma - Young and Feisty | 3
00:30:47
Aug 21, 2019
Texas vs Oklahoma - The Outlaw | 2
00:29:00
Aug 16, 2019
Texas vs Oklahoma - The Red River Shootout | 1
00:22:34
Aug 14, 2019
Georgia vs Florida - Tebow Time | 3
00:29:51
Aug 09, 2019
Georgia vs Florida - Head Ball Coach | 2
00:25:33
Aug 07, 2019
Georgia vs Florida - The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party | 1
00:22:05
Aug 02, 2019
Howard Beck Remembers His Time With Kobe and Shaq | 7
00:37:45
Jul 26, 2019
Kobe vs Shaq - The Storm Before the Calm | 6
00:31:37
Jul 24, 2019
Kobe vs Shaq - It All Comes Apart | 5
00:27:47
Jul 19, 2019
Kobe vs Shaq - Stay Hungry or Lose | 4
00:28:20
Jul 17, 2019
Kobe vs Shaq - Who's the Boss | 3
00:32:42
Jul 12, 2019
Kobe vs Shaq - Powered by Fury | 2
00:29:19
Jul 10, 2019
Kobe vs Shaq - It’s Showtime | 1
00:29:24
Jul 05, 2019
David Aldridge Charts the Evolution of NBA Rivalries | 6
00:25:30
Jun 26, 2019
Sam Smith Breaks Down “The Jordan Rules” | 5
00:35:15
Jun 21, 2019
Jordan vs Isiah - Greatness | 4
00:26:49
Jun 19, 2019
Jordan vs Isiah - The Triangle | 3
00:24:44
Jun 14, 2019
Introducing Throwback | 1
00:07:05
Jun 13, 2019
Jordan vs Isiah - The Bad Boys | 2
00:29:58
Jun 12, 2019
Jordan vs Isiah - The Freeze Out | 1
00:25:49
Jun 07, 2019
One on One: Why Tennis Rivalries Are So Uniquely Compelling | 7
00:20:02
May 31, 2019
Introducing Inside Star Wars
00:06:36
May 30, 2019
Federer vs Nadal - Suffering and Perfection | 6
00:27:39
May 29, 2019
Strokes of Genius: Jon Wertheim | 5
00:29:38
May 24, 2019
Federer vs Nadal - The Greatest Match Ever Played | 4
00:27:38
May 22, 2019
Federer vs Nadal - Grass and Clay | 3
00:23:22
May 17, 2019
Federer vs Nadal - The Raging Bull | 2
00:27:26
May 15, 2019
Justin Long Gets Personal on "Life is Short"
00:08:32
May 13, 2019
Federer vs Nadal - The Hothead | 1
00:26:58
May 10, 2019
Jeff Pearlman: Author of “Gunslinger” | 7
00:33:11
May 03, 2019
Favre vs Rodgers - One Last Chance | 6
00:33:37
May 01, 2019
Favre vs. Rodgers - Hero To Villain | 5
00:31:41
Apr 26, 2019
Favre vs. Rodgers - Packer For Life? | 4
00:36:02
Apr 24, 2019
Favre vs. Rodgers - On a Crash Course | 3
00:32:42
Apr 19, 2019
Favre vs. Rodgers - The Savior from Mississippi | 2
00:27:40
Apr 17, 2019
Favre vs. Rodgers - Good Morning, Grandpa | 1
00:26:36
Apr 17, 2019
Introducing Sports Wars
00:01:49
Apr 05, 2019