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Mar. 13: Sports on Hiatus – The Economic Fallout
March Madness has been canceled. The NBA, NHL, and MLB seasons are currently on hold. The entire sports world has essentially ground to a halt, in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. And while leagues, players, coaches, and fans will all be affected by the hiatus, so will thousands of behind the scenes workers who are critical to the sports industry. Adelaide Avila is a cashier at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the Lakers, Clippers, and Kings play, and joins the show to discuss how the lack of games will impact her. Then, sports economist Patrick Rishe explains just how far reaching the damage from the coronavirus will be to the wider sports world.
Mar. 12: Sports and COVID-19: NBA Suspends Season, What Happens Next?
The NBA shocked the sports world Wednesday night, announcing the season would be suspended due to a player’s positive test for coronavirus. ESPN’s Tisha Thompson joins to discuss how the NBA reached that decision, and if other leagues will follow suit.
Mar. 11: Dodgers 2020: World Series or Bust
The Los Angeles Dodgers need a championship in 2020. Nothing less will do. Even Mookie Betts says so, and with his arrival in L.A. the roster is more formidable than ever. After losing two World Series to the Red Sox and Astros – both teams embroiled in MLB’s sign stealing scandal – and a string of appearances in the playoffs, the stakes have never felt higher. As the world watches to see if they’ll finally bring home a title, ESPN’s Jeff Passan sets the stage for this fired-up Dodgers team, and what could possibly stop them.
Mar. 10: UNC’s Lost Season
The UNC Tar Heels are perennial men’s college basketball contenders. But this season, they’ve hit snags, including a few long losing streaks which have currently positioned the team as the lowest seed in the ACC tournament. After a season full of missed opportunities and failing to meet expectations, ESPN’s Jeff Borzello joins the show to break down what’s gone wrong in Chapel Hill and where it goes from here.
Mar. 9: Bye Bye, Brady? 2020 Options for New England’s Star QB
Since the Patriots got eliminated in the first round of this year’s NFL playoffs, Tom Brady’s future with the team has been a constant, looming question. Will he return to New England, where he’s won six Super Bowls? Or will he head for a new destination like San Francisco or Las Vegas? ESPN’s Bill Barnwell joins the show to break down the possibilities and their implications for Brady and the Patriots organization.
Mar. 6: Is Zion Living Up to the Hype for the Pelicans?
Rookie Zion Williamson’s return to the court came with a lot of excitement and hype. Bouncing back from injury, the Pelicans forward continues to show he can be an NBA star. But he and his team have a long way to go, as New Orleans sits at 12th in the Western Conference. Guest host Jason Fitz is joined by ESPN’s Andrew Lopez to discuss Zion’s impact so far and his future trajectory.
Mar. 5: Sho Time: Angels’ Shohei Ohtani Returns to Form
Shohei Ohtani is one of the Angels’ biggest stars, who, at the peak of his game, excels as both a pitcher and batter. Last season, Ohtani was only able to contribute at the plate, as his recovery from Tommy John surgery kept him off the mound. Will the 2020 season see Ohtani participate in both phases of the game, and why is that so unique in MLB? ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez traces Ohtani’s career and explains what makes him an exceptional talent.
Mar. 4: How Coronavirus Could Change the 2020 Olympics
Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has touched nearly every continent and industry since it broke out in China in December. Major sporting events have been canceled or rescheduled. Teams are playing matches to empty arenas, as officials aim to slow the spread of the disease. Japan is one of the leading countries infected, with big questions now swirling around the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. Could the Olympics be postponed, or even canceled? ESPN’s Kelly Cohen walks us through what’s known and what’s not, from the International Olympic Committee and other sources.
Mar. 3: Is Jayson Tatum Boston’s Next Superstar?
Celtics power forward Jayson Tatum seems to be on track for NBA stardom this season, putting together a string of dominant performances. But, after a slow start in the league, can his explosive skills sustain? ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan explains how and why Tatum has taken off.
Mar 2: Is Duke Done? A Season of NCAA Basketball Surprises
Men’s college basketball is in a state of flux this season, with regular powerhouses like Duke suffering upsets and falling in the rankings, and names like Dayton and San Diego State showing up as contenders. Just a few weeks away from Selection Sunday, ESPN senior college basketball reporter Myron Medcalf breaks down the biggest stories and surprises in men’s college basketball.
Feb 28: Pascal Siakam: The Raptors’ New King of the North
After the Raptors lost superstar Kawhi Leonard to the Clippers this off-season, the outlook for the reigning NBA champs was bleak. But fueled by the surprising performance of power forward Pascal Siakam, the Raptors currently sit at second place in the east. ESPN’s Tim Bontemps explains how Siakam and the Raptors have managed to shrug off the loss of Kawhi and become unexpected contenders heading into the playoffs.
Feb 27: NFL and Players Negotiate: What’s at Stake
The NFL owners have drafted a new labor agreement for players that adds a 17th game to the NFL season, expands the playoffs and raises player pay and other benefits. NFL Players Association representatives have now sent the CBA for a majority vote to all the union members. ESPN analyst and former NFLPA negotiator Domonique Foxworth joins the show to explain what’s at stake, who’s for the agreement and who’s not, and what a 17th game means to both sides.
Feb 26: Manny Pacquiao’s Next Fight
Boxing great Manny Pacquiao dominated the sport for years. Now, he’s a senator in the Philippines, his home country, and could be gearing up for a presidential run there in 2022. So how did one of the most prolific boxers become a political leader? ESPN’s Tim Keown joins the show to share his reporting from the Philippines and explain Pacquiao’s rise.
Feb 25: The Myth of Quarterback Hand Size
The NFL combine is in full swing, and scouts are focused on all types of metrics and measurements. Chief among them? Quarterback hand size. But how much do those digits really matter to a quarterback’s success? ESPN’s Dave Fleming joins the show for a hands-on discussion about this flawed measurement and its impact on the upcoming draft.
Feb 24: Remembering Kobe and Gigi
Today, mourners gather at Staples Center in Los Angeles to honor Kobe and Gigi Bryant. The Lakers legend, 41, died in a helicopter crash last month, along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne covered Kobe for almost all of his 20 years with the team. She shares what it’s been like inside the Lakers organization since his death, with stories from longtime friends like general manager Rob Pelinka, and those more newly close to the Bryants, like LeBron James.
Feb 21: Astros Scandal: MLB’s Nightmare Continues
As baseball’s latest scandal continues to unfold, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and others are coming under more fire. Criticism has grown around whether the Houston Astros’ players deserved more blame and punishment for the sign stealing scheme, and how much it helped the team win the 2017 World Series. ESPN’s Buster Olney breaks down the latest developments, as 2019 champs the Nationals face the Astros in a spring training game this weekend.
Feb 20: NBA Storylines Down the Stretch
The NBA enters the home stretch after the All-Star Game. The Bucks boast the league’s best record, and the Clippers are making moves to overtake the Lakers in the west. As the race to the playoffs begins, what’s at stake for the rest of the year? Doris Burke breaks down some of the most intriguing storylines in basketball.
Feb. 19: Sabrina Ionescu Wants to Win the Whole Damn Thing
University of Oregon senior guard Sabrina Ionescu is a generational college basketball talent. She is the frontrunner for National Player of the Year, the projected No. 1 pick in April’s WNBA Draft, and last week, became just the second player in NCAA basketball history – male or female – to record over 2,000 points and 1,000 assists. ESPN Senior Writer Liz Merrill joins us to discuss Ionescu’s run of triple-doubles, her relationship with Kobe Bryant, and her ultimate quest to deliver the Ducks their first-ever NCAA women’s basketball championship.
Feb. 18: Tua Tagovailoa’s Recovery Shakes Up the NFL Draft
Tua Tagovailoa came into the college football season with Alabama as “most likely to be the next number one overall pick” in the NFL draft. Then came a season-ending hip injury. With reports that his recovery is on track, Tua enters the draft as a game-changing wild card. Ahead of this weekend’s NFL combine, ESPN’s Todd McShay breaks down Tua’s history and weighs where he’ll end up in April’s draft.
Feb. 17: Myles Garrett: The Interview, Response, and Fallout
Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett sat down with Mina Kimes for an interview first broadcast on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.” Speaking the day after he had been reinstated by the NFL, following indefinite suspension, it was the first time Garrett spoke publicly since his on-field altercation with Mason Rudolph. In November, Garrett struck the Steelers QB in the head with Rudolph’s own helmet. Today, ESPN Daily offers an extended version of Garrett’s interview. Then, Adam Schefter discusses the response to Garrett’s remarks from Mason Rudolph, his coach Mike Tomlin, and the NFL.
Feb. 14: All-Star Bam Adebayo Heats Up Miami
Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo is having a breakout season. And it’s happening quicker than most expected, just his third year in the NBA. ESPN’s Zach Lowe explains what makes the first-time All-Star a remarkable talent on the court, and what’s behind his incredible motivation off of it.
Feb. 13: Michael and Pele Bennett: Life of an NFL Family
NFL defensive end Michael Bennett has been to three pro bowls and he’s a Super Bowl champion. But after the wear and tear of 11 seasons in the league, the free agent is undecided on whether he wants to play again. Bennett and his wife, Pele, host the new podcast, “Mouthpeace.” They join us to talk about how the physical realities of Michael’s career have affected them, and how they and their daughters have navigated life in the NFL.
Feb. 12: How Baseball Chaos Will Impact 2020
As pitchers and catchers assemble for spring training, the MLB continues to see fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, from “Codebreaker” revelations to new hires. ESPN baseball insider Jeff Passan tells us how the 2020 baseball season will be affected, and also weighs in on other storylines around the league.
Feb. 11: What’s Next for Veteran QBs Brady, Brees, And Rivers?
Philip Rivers is officially ending his run with the Chargers and entering free agency. Fellow veteran QBs Tom Brady and Drew Brees are considering their options. The NFL quarterback market is filled with possibility, as the golden era of pocket passers may be ending – and the era of mobile quarterbacks just beginning. ESPN’s Dan Graziano runs down the different destinies the elder statesmen of the NFL might be headed for this offseason.
Feb. 10: Will Ovechkin Outscore Hockey’s Great One?
The Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin is close to joining an elite club in hockey, as just the eighth player in NHL history to score 700 goals. Ovi’s had his stumbles, but he’s on track to beat none other than Wayne Gretzky for the all-time scoring record. ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski tells Mina Kimes how Ovechkin’s durability, longevity, and high-scoring power have dazzled over time, and what it’ll take for him to best The Great One’s legendary record of 894 goals.
Feb. 7: XFL: Can a New Football League Succeed?
As the XFL kicks off, this 2.0 incarnation hopes to stand in stark contrast to the 2001 football league that failed. ESPN’s Kevin Seifert dives into the thinking behind the XFL. Before, it leaned on wacky theatrics. But the new version aims for much more serious fans. Plus, the XFL Tampa Bay Vipers’ Aaron Murray breaks down the appeal of the league for players like him.
Feb. 6: Michael Vick: A Complex Path
After being named a captain in this year’s Pro Bowl, Michael Vick faced a new wave of criticism. Animal advocates and football fans alike point to Vick being sent to federal prison for his involvement in dogfighting. Between Vick’s initial NFL run, his time served and his return to football following that sentence, he has a complicated story. Ahead of tonight’s “30 for 30” documentary, ESPN’s Bomani Jones explores the context of Vick’s career, his ongoing path to redemption and what his legacy will be.
Feb. 5: Ja Morant: More Than NBA Highlight Gold
Ja Morant is in the news for trading Twitter barbs as the NBA trade rumor mill runs amok. A shoe-in for Rookie of the Year, he’s a growing presence in the league. And he’s leading the surprisingly successful Memphis Grizzlies in a promising rebuild. ESPN’s Tim MacMahon tells us how Morant almost got overlooked as a young player, and how his electrifying presence is lighting up Memphis.
Feb. 4: Talking Trades in the NBA
Ahead of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, rumors swirl about some of basketball’s biggest names, causing fans and NBA Twitter to lose their minds. ESPN NBA senior writer Zach Lowe breaks down the buyers, sellers, and targets as the February 6 deadline draws near.
Feb 3: Kansas City, Comeback Champions
The Chiefs are Super Bowl LIV champions! NFL insider Bill Barnwell joins Mina Kimes to discuss how a pair of Damien Williams touchdowns and a fourth quarter defensive stand contributed to Kansas City’s comeback Super Bowl win.
Jan. 31: Liberty City: How One Miami Neighborhood Spawned Legions of NFL Players
Ahead of Super Bowl weekend, Mina Kimes takes you to the local Miami neighborhood that has given rise to some of the most famous NFL players in recent history: Chad Johnson, TY Hilton, Antonio Brown and Teddy Bridgewater, just to name a few. Hometown heroes Bridgewater, Hilton and Johnson give their insights into this Florida football hotbed.
Jan. 30: Super Bowl LIV Preview
With the Super Bowl looming, Mina Kimes and Domonique Foxworth are in South Beach tackling important questions about Sunday’s game: Will Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense pick apart the Niners stalwart defense? Can Jimmy Garoppolo be trusted to lead San Francisco? And who will end up hoisting the Lombardi Trophy? Find these answers and more in ESPN Daily’s Super Bowl Preview.
Jan. 29: Low-Key Super Coach Andy Reid
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has been an NFL fixture for 20 years, and his homespun personality has inspired countless stories. There’s the iconic punt-pass kick video from Andy’s childhood, his legendary appetite, and the obsessive journals and coaching binders he keeps. ESPN’s Dave Fleming chronicled legends of Big Red from around the league, and shares them with host Mina Kimes.
Jan. 28: Kyle Shanahan’s Super Bowl Comeback
The 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan is making his first Super Bowl appearance as a head coach. But he’s been to the big game before, as the Falcons offensive coordinator when Atlanta infamously lost a 28-3 lead to a Patriots comeback. ESPN’s Seth Wickersham explains how Shanahan can shake the ghosts of his football past.
Jan. 27: Kobe Bryant’s Life and Legacy
Kobe Bryant’s death shocked the world on Sunday. In the wake of the news, ESPN NBA insider Ramona Shelburne traveled to the site of the tragic helicopter crash, and to Kobe’s Mamba Sports Academy. She joins Mina Kimes to reflect on the life, career, and legacy of this five-time NBA champion.
Jan. 24: Shortest NBA Career, Ever
JamesOn Curry holds a dubious record: shortest NBA career, ever. Just 3.9 seconds. And he didn’t even touch the ball. How did Curry go from legendary high school superstar, to twists and turns and criminal setbacks, to his one shot on the court for the L.A. Clippers? The tale of his remarkably brief career holds bigger truths about life and basketball. ESPN basketball writer Royce Young shares the fascinating story of JamesOn Curry with host Mina Kimes.
Jan. 23: The End of UConn’s Dominance?
The UConn Huskies have long reigned supreme in women’s college basketball. But where they once seemed invincible, cracks have started to show. The Huskies have exited the tournament in the semi-finals the past three seasons, and recently suffered their first double-digit loss in years. ESPN basketball analyst LaChina Robinson explores the legacy of UConn, and whether the Huskies’ dynasty is near its end.
Jan. 22: The Glamorous Lakers’ Unlikely Leader
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel was not first pick for the job. Or second. Even as he landed the top spot with “The Lake Show” and LeBron, questions swirled over how long he would last. Now, with the team leading the Western Conference, NBA insider Kevin Arnovitz breaks down the understated success of Vogel’s leadership.
Jan. 21: Start By Believing: How USA Gymnastics Failed the Survivors of Larry Nassar
It’s been two years since Larry Nassar was sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting hundreds of girls and women. We are still learning more about how gymnastics organizations and officials enabled his abuse. ESPN investigative reporter John Barr is co-author of the book “Start By Believing,” about the culture of gymnastics and Nassar’s survivors. He joins Mina Kimes to reveal new findings from his reporting.
Jan. 20: Super Bowl Bound: 49ers and Chiefs
Super Bowl LIV is set! The 49ers sent Aaron Rodgers and the Packers…packing. Then, the Chiefs engineered another comeback victory to steal away the Titans’ championship dreams. ESPN NFL insider Bill Barnwell breaks down how we wound up with the teams that will meet in Miami.
Jan. 17: The Notorious McG: Conor McGregor Inside and Outside Ultimate Fighting
On Saturday two UFC legends collide on ESPN+ as Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone faces Irishman Conor McGregor, perhaps the most notorious fighter in mixed martial arts. ESPN Senior Writer Kevin Van Valkenburg visited Ireland to see how years of controversy, troubling behavior, and criminal allegations have affected McGregor’s folk hero status at home.
Jan. 16: The Rise and Fall of Baseball’s Hottest Young Manager
Red Sox manager Alex Cora is out on sign-stealing allegations from the MLB. The charges date back to 2017, when he was the bench coach for the Houston Astros. It’s a stunning downfall for a man considered one of the most talented young managers in the game. ESPN baseball insider Buster Olney joins Mina Kimes to explore Cora’s career, and his role in this huge baseball scandal.
Jan. 15: Waiting for Zion
Since Zion Williamson was drafted first overall in 2019, NBA fans – well, New Orleans Pelicans fans, in particular – couldn’t wait to see their new superstar’s talent. But then, the unthinkable happened, and Williamson went down with a meniscus injury during the preseason. Now, as he’s recovered and ready to take the court, ESPN NBA insider Andrew Lopez joins Mina Kimes to discuss what Zion’s return means for basketball in New Orleans.
Jan. 14: Championship and Punishment: LSU Wins and Astros Face Consequences
College football has a new champion: the LSU Tigers. ESPN’s Mike Golic Jr. joins Mina Kimes from New Orleans to break down the big game. Then, the Houston Astros face unprecedented consequences after the 2017 sign stealing scandal. Baseball insider Jeff Passan joins to discuss the fallout…and what happens next.
Jan. 13: The NFL’s Divisional Weekend Drama
This weekend’s NFL action was full of shock and awe. On Saturday, the San Francisco 49ers’ defense stymied Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings. In Baltimore, the Ravens were upset by a stout Tennessee Titans defense and ferocious rushing attack. And on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs engineered a breathtaking comeback over the Houston Texans, and Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers held on to defeat the Seattle Seahawks. ESPN insider Bill Barnwell and Mina Kimes break down the highs and lows of the divisional weekend.
Jan 10: The Legend of Coach O
Bring up LSU Coach Ed Orgeron, and someone is bound to say “Geaux Tigers!” in his often-imitated, never duplicated voice, all gravel and grit. It seems like destiny that Coach O would lead the purple and gold, but his career has been full of twists and turns. Ahead of the National Championship Game, ESPN’s David Hale tells us the legend of this bayou man.
Jan. 9: Where Have All the Big Men Gone?
For years, the NBA style of play was dominated by “big men,” players who stand 6-foot-10 or more and who go to the post to score. Now, the biggest players shoot more from the outside. And it’s all by design. ESPN’s NBA insider Jackie MacMullan joins Mina Kimes to discuss why simply posting up is going the way of the dodo.
Jan. 8: Can’t Stop Lamar Jackson? Hire an Impersonator.
Lamar Jackson has stymied NFL defenses with his speed and creativity. To prepare to take down this year’s MVP frontrunner, teams are practicing against Jackson impersonators. How do you find a Lamar Jackson imitator who has his speed, accuracy, and athleticism? ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley went around the league to find out.
Jan. 7: Can Clemson Be a Superpower and an Underdog?
All eyes are on Clemson as the National Championship draws near, and the team has proven itself to be a powerhouse. But head coach Dabo Swinney always seems to be fighting to get the respect he thinks the Tigers deserve. ESPN’s Andrea Adelson joins Mina Kimes to discuss where the program has been…and what’s next.
Jan. 6: NFL Wild-Card Wrap
The NFL’s wild-card games delivered nonstop action. In the AFC, the Titans upset the Patriots in what might have been Tom Brady’s last game in Foxborough, while Buffalo fell to Houston in overtime. The NFC games saw overtime heroics from the Vikings to beat the Saints. And Seattle bested an injury-hampered Philadelphia team. ESPN insider Bill Barnwell joins Mina Kimes to break down the slate.
Jan. 3: The NFL’s Nice Guy: Russell Wilson
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson gets many labels: positive, good-natured, nice, wholesome. For some, it’s hard to believe Wilson could maintain this attitude in today’s NFL and have it be authentic. As Seattle prepares for the playoffs, guest host Domonique Foxworth delves into Wilson’s personality and style of play with ESPN reporter Dotun Akintoye.
Jan. 2: An Incredible Reunion + Remembering David Stern
As you watch the Chiefs play, look for running backs coach Deland McCullough. He has an incredible story, one that he shared with ESPN’s Sarah Spain. After decades of not knowing his birth parents, McCullough’s search for the truth led him to an incredible revelation – and reunion – with football at the center. Also, Jeremy Schaap offers a remembrance of legendary NBA Commissioner David Stern.
Jan. 1, 2020: From the Patriots to Prison: Reche Caldwell
Reche Caldwell made his NFL name with the Patriots. Today, his name is in the news around a federal lawsuit involving medical fraud. ESPN’s David Fleming covered Caldwell in 2016, when the former player was incarcerated for buying illegal drugs online. Fleming re-tells the story of how Caldwell Googled his way from the Patriots to prison.
Dec. 31: The Mystery of ESPN’s Missing Tapes
ESPN broadcast its first game 40 years ago – but it wasn’t the NFL or a big fight. It was a pro softball game, of all things. ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap set out to find the tapes…and discovered that they’d been missing for decades. Schaap joins Mina Kimes to share the mystery of the lost tapes.
Dec. 30: The NFL Playoff Field is Set
The NFL’s 2019 regular season came to a close, and several teams in both conferences sealed their destinies. With an upset in Foxborough, Philadelphia claiming the NFC East, and a game of inches in Seattle, the playoff picture is in focus. ESPN insider Bill Barnwell breaks down the field.
Dec. 27: The Movie “Rudy” vs. The Actual Rudy
“Rudy” is a sports movie classic. And it defined the life of the actual man who inspired the story: Rudy Ruettiger, who is now in his 70s. Revered by many Notre Dame fans, Ruettiger is also plagued by critics over whether the movie exaggerated a plot point or two. ESPN’s Ryan McGee spent time with the real Rudy to find out more, and he joins Mina Kimes to distinguish fact and fiction, from Rudy’s point of view.
Dec. 26: What’s Next for Jalen Hurts?
In a dramatic college football career, Jalen Hurts has divided football insiders about his potential upside. From Alabama to Oklahoma, Hurts has always been a serious player and hoped for a future in the NFL. ESPN’s Ivan Maisel got insider access to Jalen Hurts, his family, coaches and colleagues. He joins Mina Kimes to discuss the college QB, known as a man of few words.
Dec. 25: When Eagles Fans Booed Santa: The Notorious True Story
It’s one of the most infamous fan stories in sports history: when Eagles fans booed Santa at halftime of a game played at Franklin Field. But who was the Santa in question, and why was he booed and pelted with snowballs? Outside the Lines’ Jeremy Schaap joins Mina Kimes to reflect on the enduring legacy of the Philadelphia Santa.
Dec. 24: Christmasketball: NBA Christmas Day Preview
Get ready for the gift of basketball on Christmas Day, as the NBA settles in under the tree. We tear open five matchups with ESPN NBA Analyst Kirk Goldsberry as he reveals who has been naughty and who has been nice this season.
Dec. 23: NFL: Eagles Fly Over Dallas and Bengals Win by Losing
The Eagles upset Dallas, but can they stay on the path to the playoffs? NFL insider Bill Barnwell joins Mina Kimes to break down how they did it, and whether they can keep the success going. Then, the Bengals have lost their way to first draft pick. And what does that mean for the other teams at the bottom of the league?
Dec. 20: Hot Seat Szn: The NFL Coaching Carousel
Black Monday, the day after the final Sunday in the NFL’s regular season, is when head coaches often transition from the hot seat to the unemployment line. And it’s approaching quickly. But what lands coaches on the hot seat in the first place? ESPN NFL Insider Dan Graziano joins Mina Kimes to discuss how coaches wind up with job insecurity, and how they can avoid the chopping block.
Dec. 19: How the Milwaukee Bucks Became the Beast of the East
The Milwaukee Bucks could be the NBA’s best team. But after last season’s disappointing playoff exit, many thought the squad couldn’t repeat its success. NBA writer Chris Herring joins Mina Kimes to explain what the small market Bucks’ continued dominance means for basketball.
Dec. 18: The Chess Grandmaster’s Extreme Workout
Chess grandmasters need incredible amounts of brain power, but also extreme physical endurance. Major tournaments can run for six hours a day, 10 to 12 days in a row. Players might burn up to 6,000 calories and lose two pounds a day during these grueling matches. To prepare, today’s chess world champions endure physical training that would tire out any pro athlete: hours a day of running, swimming or playing tennis while maintaining a strict diet. ESPN’s Aishwarya Kumar joins Mina Kimes to break down how top chess players meld mind and body training in more sophisticated and extreme ways, all to best their fierce rivals.
Dec. 17: NFL’s Secret Weapon: How Fullbacks Made a Comeback
NFL fullbacks are some of the hardest-working and most beloved players in the sport, but they’ve struggled to find success in the spotlight. This season, things are different. FiveThirtyEight’s Josh Hermsmeyer joins Mina Kimes to explore how fullbacks are having their best year ever, and why they’ve been the key to success for football offenses.
Dec 16: Bill-ieve it! Buffalo in the Playoffs and New England’s New Scandal
The Buffalo Bills clinched a playoff spot for the second time in three years. How did they get here, and does their turnaround story hold lessons for other NFL teams? ESPN NFL insider Bill Barnwell joins Mina Kimes to explain the Bills’ surprising success. Then, in light of new video evidence, Bill and Mina break down the Patriots “Spygate II” video taping scandal.
Dec. 13: Like Father, Like Son? What LeBron’s Legacy Means for Bronny James
LeBron James has turned basketball on its head, from the moment he first stepped onto the court. His son, Bronny, is currently a high school NBA prospect. But how much has basketball changed since LeBron got his start – and how much has he paved the way for his son to succeed…or to fail? ESPN’s Brian Windhorst joins Mina Kimes to get an inside look at the lives and careers of LeBron and Bronny James, the nature of fame, and the impact of sports on family.
Dec. 12: Heisman Heist: How O.J. Simpson’s Trophies Were Lost, Stolen, and Found
After O.J. Simpson won the Heisman Trophy in 1968, two statues were made: one for Simpson, and one for his alma mater USC. However, following Simpson’s infamous murder trial, both trophies went missing. What happened to O.J.’s Heismans? ESPN’s Ryan McGee joins Mina Kimes to share the true story that involves a heist gone wrong, an auction gone right, nameplate switches, legal battles and more.
Dec. 11: Knicks, Nixed: The Future of the New York Knicks with David Fizdale’s Firing
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.
Dec. 10: The Harden Puzzle: How Houston Rockets Star James Harden Confounds NBA Defenses
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.
Dec. 9: Touchdowns and Tigers: 49ers @ Saints Offensive Showdown + LSU is #1
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.
Dec. 6: One Conference to Rule Them All: Does the SEC Have Too Much Influence?
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.
Dec. 5: Inside the NHL’s Alleged Head Coaching Abuses
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.
Dec. 4: The Dawn of Luka Doncic
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.
Dec. 3: Where Does Cam Newton Go From Here?
*NOTE: We recorded this episode before news broke that the Panthers are letting go of head coach Ron Rivera.*
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.
Dec. 2: Is Tom Brady Slipping? And Who Even Wants to Win the NFC East?
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?
Nov. 29: College Football Rivalry Week + “Behold the NHL Dentist” Replay
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.
Nov. 28: Thanksgiving Special: NFL Turkey Day Preview + “The Great NBA Heist” Replay
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.
Nov. 27: Drop the Gloves? Hockey Fighting Hits Historic Lows
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.
Nov. 26: Hilinski’s Hope: One Family’s Football Story
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.
Nov 25: Stop and Go: 49ers Rebuild Defense and Lamar Jackson Seems Unstoppable
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?
Nov 22: Get a Grip! NFL QB Secrets to Handling the Pigskin
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.
Nov. 21: Beyond the Helmet Hit: Who is Myles Garrett?
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.
Nov. 20: Stealing the Signs: How Allegations Against the Astros Could Change Baseball
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.
Nov. 19: The Great NBA Heist: How One Man Stole Millions from the Sacramento Kings
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.
Nov 18: NFL Monday: Kaepernick Works Out, Rivers Looks Ahead
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.
Nov 15: Lamar vs. Deshaun: Dual-Threat Duel
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.
Nov. 14: Fantasy, Meet Reality: A Running Back Breaks Out, Then Disappears
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.
Nov. 13: Rockets Have Liftoff? Harden, Westbrook, and Houston’s Offense
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.
Nov. 12: The Price of Eligibility: An NBA Prospect, Penny Hardaway, and a Controversial NCAA Ruling
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.
Nov 11: NFC Best? Rams Offense Struggles + Seahawks-Niners Rivalry Reignites
The NFC West is perhaps the most competitive division in the NFL. 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.
Nov. 8: LSU @ Alabama: How the New Tigers Offense Is Upping the Rivalry’s Stakes
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.
Nov. 7: Slapshot, Meet Smile: Inside the Craziest Job in Sports – The NHL Dentist
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.
Nov. 6: Golden State of Affairs: No Curry, No Klay. What’s Next?
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.
Nov. 5: Cleveland Chaos: Baker Mayfield, OBJ and the Failing Browns
Another NFL weekend. Another Browns loss, accompanied by off-the-field headlines. This time, Jermaine Whitehead released after a series of threatening tweets. Cleveland’s season was not supposed to go this way. With the addition of OBJ, the team had high hopes going into 2019. But now, the Baker Mayfield-led Browns sit at just 2-6. How did they get here and where do they go now? Browns reporter Jake Trotter joins Mina Kimes to explore why Cleveland fell apart. Plus, Mina wants you to know why Michigan State may be for real this season, as the college basketball season tips off with tonight’s Champions Classic.
Nov. 4: NFL COVER 2: Ravens Trounce Patriots and Dak Prescott’s Big Payday
After Sunday’s packed NFL slate, ESPN insider Bill Barnwell joins Mina Kimes to discuss how Lamar Jackson and the Ravens handed Tom Brady and the Patriots their first loss of the season Sunday night. Then, as the Cowboys prepare for a Monday Night Football rematch against the New York Giants, Dallas reporter Todd Archer gives us the latest on quarterback Dak Prescott’s contract situation, explaining why Dak not signing prior to the season will lead to a bigger payday.
Nov. 1: UFC 244: Is Jorge Masvidal the Baddest Man in MMA?
Saturday night, Jorge Masvidal takes on Nate Diaz in UFC 244. Masvidal owns the record for fastest knockout in UFC history – five seconds – and got his start fighting in backyard brawls organized by Kimbo Slice. Now, he wants to be known as the baddest MF on the planet. After spending time with Masvidal in his hometown of Miami, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto talks with Mina Kimes about the man they call “Gamebred” and his rapid rise to superstardom.
Oct. 31: Champs and Chumps: Washington’s World Series Comeback and Life Inside Miami’s Tank
As World Champions, the Nationals are on top of the MLB – and on top of the world. ESPN’s Joon Lee breaks down how the Nats completed their epic finish. In contrast, the Miami Dolphins are down in the dumps. After getting off to an 0-7 start, their season has been branded as a “tank.” What’s it like to be a player on a team that’s not trying to win? Dolphins insider Cameron Wolfe explains life inside the tank.
Oct. 30: Kyrie, KD and Company: The Evolution of the New Brooklyn Nets
For the Brooklyn Nets, expectations have never been higher. As they tip off tonight against the Indiana Pacers, the mood in Barclays Center will be electric. They have a new power trio – Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan. After an offseason of cultural changes, ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan takes a deep dive into Brooklyn’s incredible franchise turnaround and the team’s future.
Oct. 29: Not Your Average Robo-Call: Why the MLB Needs an Electronic Umpire System
The World Series is back in Houston for Game 6 tonight, but fans are still talking about a controversial strike call from Sunday’s Game 5. The call could have cost the Washington Nationals – big time. MLB insider Jeff Passan makes the case for the electronic umpire system and what it could mean for the future of baseball.
Oct. 28: A Glowing Bill of Health: Belichick’s NFL Coaching Legacy
Bill Belichick is considered by many to be the greatest NFL coach of all time. On Sunday, he won his 300th game. So how did Belichick become the standard of excellence in the NFL? ESPN’s Bill Barnwell joins Mina to discuss the Patriots’ dominant win over the Browns. Then, Senior Writer Ian O’Connor – who wrote the book on the Patriots’ coach – takes a deep dive into Belichick’s football legacy and where he goes from here.
Oct. 25: #Natitude: DC’s Meteoric Rise to the World Series
The Washington Nationals are back in D.C. for Game 3 tonight, and they are on the verge of making history. Up 2-0 in the Series, the Nats have a chance to bring a baseball championship home for the first time since 1924. But how did they get here – especially considering their early-season slump? ESPN Senior Writer Tim Kurkjian explores the Nats’ journey, how they handled the departure of their star Bryce Harper, their mid-season turnaround, and of course – “Baby Shark.”
Oct. 24: “Thank God We Got Osuna!” What One Incident Reveals About the Culture of the Houston Astros
Things have not been going well for the Houston Astros in the World Series. They are down 0-2 – but all the talk has been about how they are handling a team’s executive’s taunting of reporters over a domestic violence issue. Baseball insider Jeff Passan explains what’s really going on, and how this incident reveals much bigger truths about the Astros’ culture. Could their insatiable hunger to win cost them more than a championship?
Oct. 23: From Three? Ben Simmons’ Woes from Behind the Arc
76ers star Ben Simmons’ lack of a 3 point shot has other teams around the league daring him to shoot. But if he turns his struggle into success – what will it mean for Philadelphia’s season going forward? Mina Kimes and Tim Bontemps tap into what it will take for Simmons to tackle his white whale.
Oct. 22: King James vs. Kawhi: How LA’s New Neighbors Ignited the NBA’s Hottest Rivalry
As the NBA tips off tonight, all eyes turn to the Staples Center in LA. Lakers versus Clippers. LeBron versus Kawhi. Two superstars that could’ve ended up on the same team, now battling each other for league dominance. Basketball insider Ramona Shelburne breaks down this new rivalry and its implications for LA’s sports scene – and basketball at large.
Oct. 21: Season Saved: Can the Cowboys keep Jerry Jones’ dream alive?
It was do-or-die for Dallas last night, and the Cowboys decided to do. Big time. But a win over Philadelphia might not be the turning point everyone assumes it is. Have the Cowboys really saved their season — and Jason Garrett’s head-coaching job — in the process? Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Don Van Natta explains, reminding us that Dallas’ owner and GM is Jerry Jones.
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