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Lia Reich, NFL Daughter Extraordinaire

Imagine growing up the daughter of an NFL quarterback, especially one as grounded as Frank Reich. Or experiencing your dad's glory winning the Super Bowl and immediately landing a head coach gig. Lia Reich provides a lens into her close relationship with her father and family and how the values he passed on catapulted her to delightful childhood and fascinating career in robotics. (Starts 15:35) Plus, Melissa Jacobs on what appears to be the blackballing of Eric Reid, how Nate Solder's...


Twitter's Laura Froelich on Global Efforts to Enhance Sports Consumption

If Global Head of Sports Partnerships for Twitter sounds like a dream job, that's because it is. Laura Froelich, who has held the role for 2.5 years, join the pod to talk about her career trajectory, how exactly Twitter helps sports entities and athletes, efforts to make high profile athletes feel safe on Twitter, and when her New York Jets may reappear in the Super Bowl. (Interview starts 7:50). Plus, Melissa's 6-year-old son invites Jimmy Garoppolo to his upcoming birthday party.(5:37)...


Inside the NFL's Tone Deaf Women's Summit

In this Super Bowl hangover edition, Melissa opens with some piercing thoughts on Josh McDaniels backing out of the Colts job. (1:01). Bleacher Report's Natalie Weiner then joins the pod to talk about the fascinating ramifications of her Kendrick Lamar question to Tom Brady.(8:43) Natalie and Melissa also dive into the intricacies of the NFL's misguided Women's Summit (16:15), the uncomfortable sexualized maze women in football have to navigate(23:40)and the real gender issues the NFL...


Super Bowl 52 Extravaganza with Michele Tafoya and Charlotte Wilder

Our Super Bowl special from Minneapolis begins with Melissa's explanation of the monstrous Mall of America and its strange yet endearing logistics for the Eagles and Patriots.(2:02)Then Melissa is joined in person by SB Nation's Charlotte Wilder who is on a quest to decipher Tom Brady's fake newspaper. (8:41) Later in the episode Melissa chats with NBC sideline reporter Michele Tafoya about the intricacies of working a Super Bowl and whether she would want to move into the booth. (21:51)....


Everything But The Super Bowl

In this episode, Melissa talks about why the new XFL has little shot at success (4:19), the NFL's new partnership with certain players on social justice (7:36), the hiring of Steve Wilks (11:32) and other non-Super Bowl news. (Don't worry, we'll have plenty of Super Bowl coverage from Minneapolis next week.) Also, Emily Kaplan, one of the great writers in all of sports, joins the pod (14:48) to talk about her fascinating transition from The MMQB to ESPN NHL reporter. Emily notes some of...


Laura Okmin is leading the NFL's next generation of female broadcasters

This week, Melissa chats with inspirational Fox sideline reporter Laura Okmin who details her personal transformation and why she has dedicated herself to helping aspiring female NFL broadcasters. Why are the perils these women will face too similar to those of 20 years ago, and how does it get better for women in the NFL? Also, Melissa on an extra strange week on Twitter + AFC and NFC Championship picks.


Vernon Shazier(Ryan's Father)on his son's injury, prayer, and humanity

It was a phone call Vernon Shazier will never forget. His son, Ryan, amid being rushed to a Cincinnati hospital last month with a severe back injury, called his father and said, “Daddy, pray for me. I can’t feel my legs. “ Vernon joins us and powerfully details that night and the ensuing weeks since, including his frequent visits with Ryan. Vernon Shazier is a pastor and motivational speaker and even he was been overwhelmed by the goodness of humanity in wake of tragedy.(Starts at 8:57)...


NFL Playoff Preview: Will New England Be Dethroned?

USA Today National NFL Reporter Lindsay Jones joins the pod to talk all things playoffs. Who can beat New England? Can the Eagles' defense talk them anywhere? Who are the sneaky, dangerous teams and players? And, of course, who will hoist the Lombardi Trophy on February 4th? We also wrap up Black Monday as Lindsay explains how on earth Marvin Lewis is still employed in Cincinnati.


Yahoo's Liz Loza Helps Us Bid Adieu to 2017

Our fifth and last episode of 2017 puts a bow on a tumultuous year in the NFL. Melissa offers some bold predictions about the playoffs, including a James Harrison twist – and adds more prognostications about 2018. (Think Tom Brady's farewell tour) Joining The Football Girl podcast is Yahoo! Fantasy Analyst Liz Loza who offers her biggest fantasy surprise and disappointment of the season, explains her amazing transformation from actress to fantasy analyst, dishes on her big night at...


Beth Mowins shatters glass, Jourdan Rodrigue on the Jerry Richardson fallout

The first female to call a nationally televised NFL game talks about her journey, the art of play-by-play, understanding the magnitude of her accomplishments and much more. Plus Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer gives a tick-tock into the mad, mad world of the Panthers in the wake of the Jerry Richardson allegations. Plus, Melissa Jacobs makes the case for Frank Gore as a first ballot Hall of Fame and offers a ten point plan for the ideal next owner of the Panthers. (No. 1: Be...


#MeToo Finally Spills into Sports

WARNING: Some language is inappropriate for children. As the #MeToo movement spread through entertainment and politics, the sports world collectively wondered when it would hit our heightened bastion of sexualization. It finally has as a disturbing lawsuit alleges mass sexual harassment at NFL Network. This week's guest, noted sports and feminism journalist Julie DiCaro, has some fascinating thoughts on whether the floodgates will really open and the difficulty of being a woman in sports....


ESPN's Stephania Bell: Can the NFL Ever Be Safer?

ESPN Injury Expert Stephania Bell joins us to talk about brutality of football, where players factor into the concussion issues and how to cover players for fantasy purposes vs. reality. Also, a lively discussion about the new look 49ers and their upward trajectory as the Jimmy Garoppolo era begins.


Former Raiders CEO Amy Trask, SI's Maggie Gray

The Football Girl podcast, hosted by Melissa Jacobs, debuts in splashy fashion with ex-Raiders CEO and current CBS Network NFL Analyst Amy Trask. Amy talks about her years with the Raiders (1987-2013) and being an executive decades before women were given real opportunities in the NFL. SI's Maggie Gray talks the radio dream job she's about to start (you'll have listen to find out) and tries to diagnose the Buffalo Bills. Finally, Melissa closes out the show with a musing on the NFL's...