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Episode 12 Sean Miller Blues
Sean Miller made one hell of a mistake, but who's gonna pay for it? The boys talk NCAA problems and fixes and end up quite sloshed by the end. Stay tuned for the bonus episode born from the madness.
Episode 11: A Socialist Version of Around the Horn ft Theo Broxson and Kim Varela-Broxson
We're swamped so it a socialist sports roundtable about fun stuff with friends of the pod Kim and Theo. We hear Kim's side of her and Theo's run to opposite sides of the World Series, Adam rants about the Chief at Illinois for wayyyy too long, and guest Alex Geaux-ns makes an appearance. To donate to Kim's page go to http://bowl.nnaf.org/kimvb and if folks want to find out more about bowlathons in their area, they can check http://bowl.nnaf.org. Follow Kim and Theo together at...
Episode 10: Indy League Salt Mines ft Jen Mac Ramos
The funniest and most boss positive episode yet! Jen Mac Ramos comes on to tell us about the trials and tribulations of working in Independent League Baseball, both from their experience in the Front Office and the exploitative player conditions that fuel the whole enterprise. Follow Jen at @jenmacramos on twitter!
SPECIAL EPISODE! J.D. Scholten Interview
Nate and Adam sit down with J.D. Scholten, Congressional candidate for Iowa's 4th District and former College World Series/Independant League pitcher! J.D. tells us about what brings him back to Iowa and running, how the clubhouse inspired his ideals, and discusses strategy for handling drunk hecklers when in the bullpen. You can follow J.D. on Twitter @scholten4iowa or get involved/donate at www.scholten4iowa.com.
Episode 9: WELCOME TO THE XFL!!!
Just when you though the Bush year's revisionism was over, here comes Vince McMahon draggin you right back in. Vince, the carnival barker unafraid to play to the basest impulses of White America is here to give us the No Kneeling League this time, so the Southpaws boys talk about why the XFL is exactly why we left the NFL and football in the first place.
Episode 8: Hall of Lame ft Theo Broxson
Just kidding, the Baseball Hall of Fame is pretty cool, except for when writers use it for promoting a shitty revisionist history through their voting ballots. High and Outside (@abaseballpod) host Theo Broxson (@onemorerick) comes on to talk about what a more historically faithful or robust Hall would look like, what is problematic when writers dictate their own myopic narratives at the ballot box, and we all vote for who has a place in this more socialist Hall of Fame. Also, sorry it...
Episode 7: Pay to Play and Life on the Athlete Plantation
More guests! Our friend Davis, aka @major_nope, comes to hang out and talk about soccer and how goddamn much it costs to become a professional soccer player in the US. We get into player development models across the globe and how the introduction of expensive travel competition in the US is corrupting the values of sport and making us suck ass in international football competition. Some supplemental readings that we used when planning the episode that you might enjoy:...
Episode 6: #MeToo
CONTENT WARNING: DISCUSSION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT In this episode, the guys felt it was time to address male identity and how toxic masculinity manufactures rape culture through sport. We spent time talking to the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes offline before coming in and talking about what men who are athletes, coaches, and fans in sports, as well as society, need to start talking about and acting like when bringing an end to sexual violence in our society. Link to the NCAVA...
Episode 5: Hoop Dreams
In this very special episode, we get to talk to Clifton's mom, Tanya, about her experiences being an educator in Chicago Public Schools. We get into mental health stigmas, limitations of the current educational climate, and corruption around athletic programs being more deep than just a search for glory.
Episode 4: Communist Sports Utopia
The boys are finally back with a late episode after partying for the holidays with Illinois Single Payer Coalition board member, Sean Zolfo. Sean talks with us on what options sport has culturally and economically in a society built on the values of democracy and equality.
Episode 3: Sabermetrics are for Neolibs
Episode 3 and hopefully the last one that sounds like it was recorded with a shoe. Talking the ethics being ignored by the stat head revolution, why Clifton doesn't fit in to the Texas lifestyle, and asking why people think there's such a thing as a good owner. Link to the article Adam mentions about Mr I https://deadspin.com/mike-ilitch-was-no-saint-1792480558 Link to research on effects of Moneyball on contracts...
Episode 2: Fear of a Black Planet
We're back with an episode on Iverson's chain size, why baseball should embrace their own history that looks more like Malice in the Palace than Field of Dreams, and why even ballers need a good union.
Southpaws Ep 1
The Southpaw boys talk the labor disparity for Caribbeans with the Braves and Ohtani then get into God's basketball palace in the desert aka the for profit school, Grand Canyon University.