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March 25, 2020
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! MyBookie - Visit mybookie.ag and use promo code SWCASINO for a 150% bonus on your first deposit. Peloton - Learn more about Peloton’s 30-Day Home Trial at onepeloton.com and use promo code SPORTSWARS.
March 20, 2020
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.
March 13, 2020
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.
March 11, 2020
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! SimpliSafe - Go to SimpliSafe.com/SPORTSWARS today and you’ll get FREE shipping and a 60-day risk free trial.
March 6, 2020
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.
March 4, 2020
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - To try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE, go to ZipRecruiter.com/sportswars.
March 2, 2020
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. Subscribe today: wondery.fm/intoamerica
February 28, 2020
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.
February 26, 2020
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.
February 21, 2020
*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.
February 20, 2020
The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes is the best place to learn how to dream bigger, live better, and make an impact.   The show features conversations with world-class game changers, and dives into topics from entrepreneurship and inspiration, to health and relationships.Subscribe today at: wondery.fm/sportswarsSOG
February 19, 2020
*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.
February 14, 2020
*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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton - Learn more about Peloton’s 30-Day Home Trial at onepeloton.com. You’ll also get $100 off accessories with the purchase of the Peloton Bike if you use promo code SPORTSWARS. Audible - To start listening with a 30-day Audible trial, and get 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals absolutely free, visit audible.com/SPORTSWARS.
February 12, 2020
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Buffy - For $20 off your Buffy comforter, visit Buffy.co and enter promo code SPORTSWARS. SimpliSafe - Visit simplisafe.com/SPORTSWARS. You’ll get FREE shipping and a 60-day risk free trial.
February 7, 2020
*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.
February 5, 2020
*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.) Support us by supporting our sponsors! Buffy - For $20 off your Buffy comforter, visit Buffy.co and enter promo code SPORTSWARS.
January 31, 2020
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.
January 30, 2020
wondery.fm/TheLead 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?”
January 29, 2020
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.
January 24, 2020
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.
January 22, 2020
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.
January 17, 2020
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.
January 15, 2020
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.
January 10, 2020
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.
January 8, 2020
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. MyBookie - All you have to do is use our promocode SPORTSWARS at MyBookie.AG
December 20, 2019
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.
December 18, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Roman — GetRoman.com/SPORTSWARS to get a FREE online visit and FREE two-day shipping.
December 13, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! SimpliSafe — Go to SimpliSafe.com/SPORTSWARS to save big and get a free security camera!
December 11, 2019
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.  Support us by supporting our sponsors! Netsuite —Schedule your free demo right now at NetSuite.com/SPORTSWARS
December 6, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton — Get $100 off accessories when you purchase the Peloton Bike. Go to onepeloton.com and use promo code SPORTSWARS.
November 29, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Mint Mobile — Cut your wireless bill to 15 bucks a month at mintmobile.com/sportswars
November 27, 2019
Jerry and Deion are competitors again, battling in their most contentious showdown yet. This rivalry is starting to come full circle. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Dollar Shave Club — Check out Dollar Shave Club’s holiday gift selection right now at DollarShaveClub.com/SPORTSWARS
November 22, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Roman — Go to GetRoman.com/SPORTSWARS to get a FREE online visit and FREE two-day shipping.
November 20, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Warby Parker — Head to warbyparker.com/sportswars to order your free home try-on
November 15, 2019
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
November 15, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! SimpliSafe — Visit SimpliSafe.com/SPORTSWARS, and you’ll get FREE shipping and a 60-day risk free trial.
November 13, 2019
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.
November 13, 2019
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
November 8, 2019
Longtime columnist Lenn Robbins, who has covered New York baseball for years, talks with Dan about the Subway Series.
November 6, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton — Get $100 off accessories when you purchase the Peloton Bike. Go to onepeloton.com and use promo code SPORTSWARS at checkout.
November 1, 2019
In a make-or-break game five, the Mets pin their hopes on pitcher Al Leiter. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Dollar Shave Club — Get your Ultimate Starter Set for just $5 at DollarShaveClub.com/SPORTSWARS
October 30, 2019
A broken bat leads to a bench-clearing brawl. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Draft Kings — Download the DraftKings app now and use code SPORTSWARS at sign up to get a free shot at over $1 million in prizes with your first deposit!
October 25, 2019
From sidewalks to train platforms, talk radio to television, cubicles to water coolers, everyone's talking about the all-New York World Series. Support us by supporting our sponsors! SimpliSafe — Visit SimpliSafe.com/SportsWars for free shipping and a 60-day trial.
October 23, 2019
When the Yankees and Mets meet in a doubleheader, Roger Clemens sends Mike Piazza a bruising message. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Warby Parker — Head to warbyparker.com/SPORTSWARS to order your free Home Try-On. Roman — Go to GetRoman.com/SPORTSWARS to get a free online visit and free two-day shipping.
October 18, 2019
The Mets and the Yankees may share a city, but they’ve never really been rivals. That all changes in the summer of 2000.
October 16, 2019
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.
October 15, 2019
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
October 11, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! NetSuite — Visit NetSuite.com/SPORTSWARS to download your free guide, “Seven Key Strategies to Grow your Profits"
October 9, 2019
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.  Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton — Go to www.onepeloton.com and use the promo code SPORTSWARS to get $100 off accessories.
October 4, 2019
At long last, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield come face to face. Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter — Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at www.ZipRecruiter.com/SPORTSWARS
October 2, 2019
Tyson suffers a stunning defeat in the ring, and Holyfield takes on "old man" George Foreman. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Casper — Get $100 toward select mattresses by visiting www.casper.com/SPORTSWARS and using code SPORTSWARS at checkout.
September 27, 2019
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.
September 25, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Dollar Shave Club — Get your Ultimate Starter Set for just $5 at DollarShaveClub.com/SPORTSWARS
September 20, 2019
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.
September 18, 2019
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.
September 16, 2019
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
September 13, 2019
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.
September 11, 2019
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. Support is by supporting our sponsors! Hims — To get started with the Hims complete hair kit for just $5, visit www.forhims.com/SPORTSWARS
September 6, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Casper — Get $100 toward select mattresses by visiting www.Casper.com/SPORTSWARS and using code SPORTSWARS at checkout.
September 4, 2019
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.
August 30, 2019
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.
August 28, 2019
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. Check out The Solid Verbal at https://wondery.com/shows/the-solid-verbal/
August 23, 2019
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.
August 21, 2019
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.
August 16, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Dollar Shave Club — Get your Ultimate Starter Set for just $5 at DollarShaveClub.com/SPORTSWARS.
August 14, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Hims — Sports Wars listeners can get a trial month of Hims for just $5, while supplies last, by visiting www.forhims.com/SPORTSWARS
August 9, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Hims — To get a trial month of Hims for just $5, go to www.forhims.com/sportswars
August 7, 2019
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.
August 2, 2019
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.
July 26, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Casper — Get $100 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/SPORTSWARS and using code SPORTSWARS at checkout.
July 24, 2019
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. Still, Shaq can’t resist making digs at Kobe’s expense, and Kobe won’t stop until he’s got more rings than the big man.
July 19, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Casper — Get $100 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/SPORTSWARS and using code SPORTSWARS at checkout.
July 17, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Mack Weldon — For 20% off your first order, visit www.mackweldon.com and use the code SPORTSWARS at checkout
July 12, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Dollar Shave Club — Get your Ultimate Starter Set for just $5 at www.dollarshaveclub.com/SPORTSWARS
July 10, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Casper — To get $100 toward select mattresses, visit www.casper.com/sportswars and use the code SPORTSWARS
July 5, 2019
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.) Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter — To try ZipRecruiter for free, go to ziprecruiter.com/sportswars
June 26, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Mack Weldon - For 20% off your first order, visit mackweldon.com and enter promo code SPORTSWARS at checkout.
June 21, 2019
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).
June 19, 2019
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. Mack Weldon - Go to mackweldon.com, promo code SPORTSWARS, for 20% off your first order.
June 14, 2019
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.
June 12, 2019
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.” Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - To try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE go to ZipRecruiter.com/sportswars
June 7, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Dollar Shave Club - To get your Starter Set for just $5 go to DollarShaveClub.com/SPORTSWARS
May 31, 2019
“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.
May 30, 2019
Heroes, villains, action... all set in a galaxy far, far away. Join Inside Star Wars and go behind the camera and find out how one of the most iconic series in film history came to be. Listen now at: http://wondery.fm/ISWED
May 29, 2019
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?
May 24, 2019
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.
May 22, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/sportswars
May 17, 2019
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.
May 15, 2019
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.
May 10, 2019
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.   Support us by supporting our sponsors! Mack Weldon - For 20% off your first order, visit mackweldon.com and enter promo code SPORTSWARS at checkout!
May 3, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Cayman Jack - This Cinco de Mayo, take your celebration to the next level. Download Cayman Jack’s “How to Cinco Guide” at cinco.caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
May 1, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Zip Recruiter - Listeners of Sports Wars can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at this exclusive web address: Ziprecruiter.com/sportswars
April 26, 2019
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.
April 24, 2019
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.
April 19, 2019
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.
April 17, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Better Help - Go to betterhelp.com/sportswars, fill out a questionnaire to help them assess your needs, and get matched with a counselor you’ll love.
April 17, 2019
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Robinhood - Robinhood is giving listeners of Sports Wars a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at sportswars.robinhood.com
April 5, 2019
Brett Favre vs. Aaron Rodgers. Michael Jordan vs. Isiah Thomas. And many more... Sports Wars premieres on April 17th. Subscribe now!
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