The New York Knicks' former head coach David Fizdale is just the latest in a series of coaches and front office types who have tried in vain to turn things around at Madison Square Garden. It is a tempting challenge, however, to become the legendary figure who brings back the Knicks' glory. ESPN NBA insider Ramona Shelburne joins Mina Kimes to discuss Fizdale and what it might take to break the Knicks' two decades of failure.
James Harden's basketball strengths are varied and, for a defense trying to guard him, frustrating. Now, teams are trying something different against the Houston Rockets' versatile star. ESPN senior writer Zach Lowe joins Mina Kimes to measure Harden's impact on the league this season and to discuss effective ways to stop him.
The KAJ get into a philosophical debate after a voicemail, then jump into their NFL games: The Patriots (28:30), The Ravens (39:10) and a preview of Eagles Giants (46:30). Later, they get into Lizzo shooting her shot with Karl-Anthony Towns (58:30), her dress (1:02:50), and some sanitary questions (1;04:20). Finally, they pick CFP teams and it goes great (1:13:20), a note on Peloton and other ads (1:27:00), and Ashley's no good very bad take (1:43:00).
Bill is first joined by ESPN's Jordan Raanan to chat about Daniel Jones, Eli Manning and the struggles the team has had with the draft. Then, Marcel Louis-Jacques who covers the Bills chats about Josh Allen, how impressive the defense has been and their playoffs hopes (28:00)
The NFL playoffs don't start for another month, but Sunday's 49ers-Saints offensive explosion definitely had an electric playoff feel. ESPN senior writer Bill Barnwell joins Mina Kimes to break down what led to a blockbuster 90-plus point game in New Orleans. Then, ESPN college football reporter Heather Dinich shares an inside look at the college football team rankings, joining us from the scene of the committee's Selection Day in Texas.
SGG is back for a full episode to argue with Diperstein about the rebirth of Jon Moxley. Plus, the boys ask if AEW is running into its first real problems on weekly TV and if Raw made improvements this week. Stay Maj.
On Saturday, LSU faces Georgia for the SEC Championship. A Georgia win would most likely earn both teams a trip to the College Football Playoff, and leave the Big 12 and Pac-12 champions on the outside looking in. But should one conference have so much influence? ESPN's Paul Finebaum takes a look at the matchup, and weighs in on who deserves to be in.
Zach talks to Marc Spears of The Undefeated about his Damian Lillard feature story (1:40), the Blazers (28:36), Chris Paul's comments about his trade to the Thunder (32:20), Utah's struggles, and more.
Bill chat's with ESPN's Mike Clay about the teams and cornerbacks who are best at following a team's number one receiver around the entire game. Plus, the biggest surprises for individual seasons this year
After an NHL head coach got fired, an unexpected outpouring began - with players speaking out on alleged psychological and physical abuses, and also racist remarks from coaches. Given all that's been aired, what's next for the league? ESPN hockey writer Emily Kaplan joins Mina Kimes to break down the culture around the allegations, and what it all means for a sport trying to grow its fan base.
Zach talks to comedian Gary Gulman about his HBO special "The Great Depresh," basketball as coping mechanism (5:20), the 1980s NBA versus today's game (38:36), the art of writing jokes, and the origin of his state abbreviations bit (48:20).
Luka Doncic is having an electric second season in the NBA. He's even in the running for the MVP at just 20 years old. But what makes last season's Rookie of the Year so dominant on the court - and why did the skeptics underestimate him? NBA Draft analyst Mike Schmitz joins Mina Kimes to examine Luka's career so far, and what his ascent means for the rest of the NBA.
Cam Newton's season got put on hold following a foot injury this year, and now the quarterback's future with the Carolina Panthers seems up in the air. But there are plenty of teams that could benefit from Newton's unique blend of athleticism and leadership. ESPN Senior NFL Writer Jeremy Fowler joins Mina Kimes to explore Newton's memorable football life and what the Panthers could gain or lose without him.
It's finally here - Katie, Ashley and Jay enter the Final Four of the DCOM Bracket. The remaining match-ups are (1) Motocrossed vs. (4) Jump In! (17:00), and (2) Brink vs. (3) Johnny Tsunami (43:00). Later, they discuss the finals, which we can't tell you here because that would be too easy (1:22:00), and end with a voicemail about vegetables (2:07:00).
After the Texans upset the Patriots we have to ask (again): is it real this time? Is Tom Brady slipping? Host Mina Kimes and ESPN Senior Football Writer Bill Barnwell turn to the numbers for answers. Then, after the Eagles fell to the Dolphins and the Cowboys lost to the Bills, another pressing question: does any team really want to win the NFC East?
It's Rivalry Week in the world of college football! Mina Kimes discusses the unique nature of the bowl system - more than 30 games and we haven't even reached the peak ones. Then: a replay of our story where we enter the world of NHL dentists - the brave heroes who attempt to put hockey players' notorious grins back together. ESPN writer Dave Fleming takes Mina on a gory, grueling journey of mouth molds, chiclets, emergency surgery and more tales of dental hockey horror.
Thanksgiving Day NFL games are a tradition unto themselves. Mina Kimes previews the matchups and offers a special appreciation for...Frank Gore. The Buffalo Bills running back just passed Barry Sanders for third in the all-time rushing yards record. Then: it was the perfect crime, and a rising star executive with the Sacramento Kings almost got away with it. ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz explains how an up-and-coming NBA sales guy defrauded the team out of $13 million - and how he got caught by an unlikely sleuth.
NHL hockey is notorious for gnarly fights on the ice. But we're seeing those brawls less and less. ESPN NHL insider Greg Wyshynski joins Mina Kimes to tell you why fewer players are dropping the gloves, how the game itself is moving toward a different style of play, and what that means for the future of the sport.
The KAJ begin with a voicemail about a weird dream and then they get into the official Disney Channel Original (Sports) Movie Bracket (8:00). The matchups: Ready to Run (20:10) vs Motocrossed (31:44), 13th Year (46:20) vs Jump In (1:08:00), Alley Cats Strike! vs Brink! (1:28:00) and finally The Luck of the Irish (2:07:00) vs Johnny Tsunami (2:18:00). It should fly by, why are we like this?
University of South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski has been one of college football's biggest surprises this season. But as Ryan sees success, the family continues to mourn the loss of the older brother, Tyler -- also a college quarterback, for Washington State -- who died by suicide in 2018. ESPN's Jen Lada shares her extensive interviews with the Hilinskis for E:60, documenting the family's tough decisions about football, and their path to hope.
Bill chats with Will Brinson about the 49ers dominant win against Green Bay Sunday night and how impressive their defense was stopping Aaron Rodgers. What went wrong with the Cowboys as they were held without a touchdown and what does the future hold for Jason Garrett? And could Ron Rivera be on the hot seat in Carolina?
Zach talks to Boston's Marcus Smart about being a stretch 6, tension in last season's Celtics locker-room (3:18), what's different now, being an inch away from losing basketball (9:22), and guarding Kyrie Irving (26:13).
The 49ers defense has the rest of the NFC on notice after a dominant win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. But how did SF's defense get this good, this fast? ESPN NFL Insider Bill Barnwell joins the show to explain the Niners' dynamic defense. Then - Mina and Bill try to answer a question that's got the entire NFL scratching their heads, and that the LA Rams face on Monday Night Football: can Lamar Jackson be stopped?
Zach talks to ESPN's Doris Burke about first impressions of the Kawhi-PG Clippers (4:19), what's different about this Boston team (17:26), whether this is the end of the Spurs (31:19), and more. Then ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz joins to discuss his story on an epic NBA scam (41:02).
It seems so basic. And yet, it can reveal so much - how an NFL quarterback holds the ball. ESPN Senior Writer David Fleming talked to some of the league's top signal callers to find out their preferences, their quirks, and the unique stories behind their grips.
After appealing his suspension for hitting Steelers QB Mason Rudolph in the head with his own helmet, Browns DE Myles Garrett awaits the NFL's next decision. In extensive interviews done before this violent incident, ESPN's Ryan Smith gained unprecedented insight into Myles Garrett's personality and life off the field for a profile on E:60. Smith joins Mina Kimes for a closer look at Garrett, and the culture of aggression in the NFL.
Major League Baseball has promised a thorough investigation into the Astros' stealing of pitching signs during their 2017 championship run, using a live video feed and...trash cans. At the owners meetings, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said there is no reason to expand the case to other teams at this time. But the scandal has raised big questions, and could change the game itself. ESPN MLB Insider Jeff Passan explores tough decisions for the league going forward.
Bill chats with Mike Sando about the problems going on with Phillip Rivers and what the future holds for him. What should we make of how MNF ended for Mitchell Trubisky? (12:30) Plus, can the Rams recover from the Super Bowl hangover ? (24:25) And, who are some names to be on the lookout for as upcoming head coaches? (39:00)
It was the perfect crime: steal millions from the Sacramento Kings...to flip houses? Kevin Arnovitz joins Mina Kimes to explain how one up-and-coming basketball exec threw it all away while trying to pull off one of the boldest fraud schemes in NBA history - and how he almost got away with it.
The KAJ get together for a very special episode, and they start it off by talking about the worst fad they lived through. Then, they get into Le Batard's wedding (17:30), Not Pass Interference (44:30), Dwayne Haskins is Trying (51:00), Kaepernick's Tryout (54:40), and The Helmet (1:17:20). Later, Freddie Prinze Jr. has Star Wars Takes (1:23:50), so does Ashley about other things (1:37:00), and the DCOM Bracket films are officially selected (1:40:30).
Colin Kaepernick's Saturday workout didn't seem to get him or the NFL what they wanted. But it did put a fine point on the state of quarterbacks around the league. ESPN NFL expert Bill Barnwell breaks down the workout story, and what it means for Kaep and the teams. And, ahead of tonight's game in Mexico City: what does Philip Rivers' future look like with - or without - the Los Angeles Chargers? ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams joins Mina to examine Rivers' role in the game... and his uniquely meme-able face.
On Sunday, we will see one of the most anticipated match-ups of the NFL season - Deshaun Watson taking on Lamar Jackson. The last time these QBs faced off, they were in college. Watson on his way to winning a national championship with Clemson. Jackson at Louisville, about to win the Heisman Trophy. Now they are NFL MVP candidates. Domonique Foxworth joins Mina Kimes to breakdown the Sunday showdown that features two of the league's most exciting signal callers.
When New England running back Jonas Gray took the field vs. the Indianapolis Colts five years ago, no one could have predicted the incredible outburst of scoring that would land him national attention, and even a magazine cover. Nor could anyone have predicted how quickly that success would disappear, through a series of mishaps. ESPN senior writer Liz Merrill tells Mina Kimes the story of an underdog, his big shot, and how players might always be one step away from glory - or obscurity - in the NFL.
The KAJ starts off with a bell update, then dives into Seahawks 49ers on MNF (19:11), Coinflip Yanny/Laurel (26:01), The Rally Cat that did not rally (27:11), Dak's hips (33:35), and Jeff Bezos' potential NFL ownership (37:45). Later, they dive deep on James Harden's strip club correlation (44:20), Jeremy Roenick on Michael Jordan (48:14), Liverpool Man City (54:46), and Disney+ (1:05:35). They finish by picking their USWNT Cage KAJ match partner (1:15:51). Stop reading this and go listen.
Tonight on ESPN, the Rockets - led by a reunited James Harden and Russell Westbrook - play host to the LA Clippers. But Houston's superstars share a complex past - which they are hoping will lead to a mutually beneficial future. NBA analyst Kirk Goldsberry joins Mina Kimes to explore how the Harden-Westbrook relationship will shape the Rockets' season.
Zach talks to Mavs coach Rick Carlisle about the Luka Doncic-Kristaps Porzingis partnership (4:23), Dallas' 2011 title run (16:59), the Malice in the Palace (22:10), the 1986 Celtics (28:29), facing Michael Jordan in the playoffs, much more.
James Wiseman is considered a potential No. 1 pick in the NBA. But, as his University of Memphis team gets ready to play Oregon tonight, the focus is on whether Wiseman should be on the court at all. Late last week, the NCAA ruled him ineligible. ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas joins Mina Kimes to discuss Wiseman's situation, the role his coach Penny Hardaway played, and what it all means for the rights of college athletes.
The NFC West is perhaps the most competitive division in football. The 49ers are the only undefeated team in the NFL (8-0). The Seahawks (7-2) are led by Russell Wilson, having a MVP-candidate season. Then, there are the LA Rams. Just 9 months removed from a Super Bowl appearance, the Rams suffered another disappointing loss yesterday, this time in Pittsburgh, leaving them third in the NFC West. Bill Barnwell joins Mina Kimes to break down the Rams struggling offense. Then, ahead of Monday Night's monster NFC West showdown, former Seahawks DE Cliff Avril goes inside Seattle's rivalry with the 49ers.
College football has a storied history of epic rivalries, and none bigger than LSU taking on Alabama. The two powerhouses face-off this Saturday, and the stakes have never been higher. ESPN reporter Ryan McGee joins Mina Kimes to discuss how LSU's newly developed high-powered offense could turn the tide and write the next chapter in this glorious SEC showdown.
We've all been there -- am I right? Well maybe not, but that's where the WWE crew found themselves last week. The boys break down this bizarre event and the Smackdown that resulted. Plus, a preview of AEW Full Gear.
Pucks to the mouth. Teeth flying to the ice. Hockey players aren't known for their perfect smiles. But have you ever wondered who exactly comes to the rescue mid-game, after a player takes a slapshot to the teeth, and gets him back on the ice? Enter the world of NHL dentists - the brave heroes who put hockey players' notorious grins back together. ESPN writer Dave Fleming takes Mina Kimes on a gory, grueling journey of mouth molds, chiclets, emergency surgery, and more tales of dental hockey horror.
In the modern NBA, the Golden State Warriors have been a dynasty. Appearing in five straight NBA Finals and winning three rings in that span, the team became the stuff of basketball legend. But this season, they've won just two games. And with star Steph Curry out with a broken hand, the Warriors' fate has gone from bad to worse. But could a rough 2019-20 lead to more glory in the future? NBA reporter Nick Friedell joins Mina Kimes to explore what's gone wrong with the Golden State Warriors so far, and why there might just be a silver lining.
The KAJ starts off with a question about athletes that cannot be described here, then get into the Pats-Ravens game (16:30), how Baker Mayfield loves to shave (30:40), Cleats (both throwing them and changing them) (41:50), and food in reverse (1:03:50). Later, they dive in on Mario Balotelli and another sad state of soccer affairs (1:20:40), Deadspin (1:23:40), and the way that uniforms should look from here on out (1:36:00).
Katie starts with a question about her orchid namesake and her new Doris Burke artwork (10:15). Then, the KAJ gets into the NFL including OBJ's gift for Tom Brady (30:00), Joe Flacco is big mad (47:15) and JJ Watt (56:10). Plus, the Astros hold a 3-2 lead in the World Series but it's the off field problems that has everyone talking (1:24:00), KickballGate (1:41:15) and the NWSL crowns a champion (1:45:00).
Zach talks to ESPN's Brian Windhorst about all those contract extensions (20:52), trade targets, and the start of the season. Mina Kimes joins to discuss the Sixers, dog people versus cat people, and much more (45:03).
Sarah Spain joins Katie for a very special Sports? Sarah joins the KAJ to figure out a good nickname for Katie's fans, then they chat all of the important news from Sunday's games, like Mahomes' knee (12:34) and how Matthew Stafford is baby (34:20). Later, they talk NWSL playoffs (57:00) and Jay dives deep on the Sooner Schooner (1:07:00) and the erotic news of the week (1:23:00)
Bills gets into the NFC North with Robert Mays of the Ringer. What is going on with the Bears offense? (7:40). What to make of Aaron Rodgers' performance (24:00), has Kirk Cousins and the Vikings turned a corner (36:00) and what to make of Stafford and the Lions (43:00)