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Sports rivalries can fuel fans and athletes to fight and argue for years. But what’s the real story behind these epic rivalries? From Wondery, the company behind “Business Wars” and “American Scandal” comes SPORTS WARS, an electric new series that offers an immersive, courtside 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 the gunslinger Brett Favre and the cocky California kid Aaron Rodgers. The beef between the Yankees and the Red Sox. 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.

Sports rivalries can fuel fans and athletes to fight and argue for years. But what’s the real story behind these epic rivalries? From Wondery, the company behind “Business Wars” and “American Scandal” comes SPORTS WARS, an electric new series that offers an immersive, courtside 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 the gunslinger Brett Favre and the cocky California kid Aaron Rodgers. The beef between the Yankees and the Red Sox. 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.
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Sports rivalries can fuel fans and athletes to fight and argue for years. But what’s the real story behind these epic rivalries? From Wondery, the company behind “Business Wars” and “American Scandal” comes SPORTS WARS, an electric new series that offers an immersive, courtside 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 the gunslinger Brett Favre and the cocky California kid Aaron Rodgers. The beef between the Yankees and the Red Sox. 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.

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English


Episodes

McGwire vs Sosa - Broken Records | 5

9/13/2019
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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.

Duration:00:39:41

McGwire vs. Sosa — Showdown at Wrigley Corral | 4

9/11/2019
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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

Duration:00:36:31

McGwire vs Sosa — The Race Begins | 3

9/6/2019
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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.

Duration:00:35:38

McGwire vs. Sosa — Generating Power | 2

9/4/2019
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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.

Duration:00:35:32

McGwire vs. Sosa — Saving Baseball | 1

8/30/2019
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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.

Duration:00:33:43

The Solid Verbal's 2019 Guide to College Football Rivalries | 1

8/28/2019
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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/

Duration:00:29:49

Andy Staples and Emmanuel Acho: Clashing Colleges | 4

8/23/2019
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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.

Duration:00:45:20

Texas vs Oklahoma - Young and Feisty | 3

8/21/2019
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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.

Duration:00:33:43

Texas vs Oklahoma - The Outlaw | 2

8/16/2019
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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.

Duration:00:32:26

Texas vs Oklahoma - The Red River Shootout | 1

8/14/2019
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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...

Duration:00:25:45

Georgia vs Florida - Tebow Time | 3

8/9/2019
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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

Duration:00:33:37

Georgia vs Florida - Head Ball Coach | 2

8/7/2019
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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.

Duration:00:28:55

Georgia vs Florida - The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party | 1

8/2/2019
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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.

Duration:00:25:27

Howard Beck Remembers His Time With Kobe and Shaq | 7

7/26/2019
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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.

Duration:00:41:41

Kobe vs Shaq - The Storm Before the Calm | 6

7/24/2019
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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.

Duration:00:33:22

Kobe vs Shaq - It All Comes Apart | 5

7/19/2019
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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...

Duration:00:30:08

Kobe vs Shaq - Stay Hungry or Lose | 4

7/17/2019
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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

Duration:00:30:22

Kobe vs Shaq - Who's the Boss | 3

7/12/2019
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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

Duration:00:35:03

Kobe vs Shaq - Powered by Fury | 2

7/10/2019
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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

Duration:00:31:39

Kobe vs Shaq - It’s Showtime | 1

7/5/2019
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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

Duration:00:30:30