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January 31 2014


Classic Football Matchups From Way, Way Back

Our Jan. 31 on the long history of American football included some great clips of early football games and some  admittedly less-than-sexy early Super Bowl halftime concerts.

While planning the hour this week, one of our producers found some fantastic archival footage of old college football games, including a 1903 clip from Thomas Edison himself. As you gear up for Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday, take a look back at the game’s past.

Princeton v. Yale, 1903

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Princeton v. Harvard, 1919

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Northwester v. Minnesota, 1930


Four Hundred Years Of American Football

The deep history of American Football. Ahead of Superbowl XLVIII, 400 years of pain and glory.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) catches a pass during practice Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Florham Park, N.J. The Broncos are scheduled to play the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP)

Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) catches a pass during practice Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Florham Park, N.J. The Broncos are scheduled to play the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP)


Susan Reyburn, writer and editor for the Library of Congress. Author of “Football Nation: Four Hundred Years of America’s Game.” Also co-author of “Baseball Americana,” “The Library of Congress World War II Companion” and author of “Women Who Dare: Amelia Earthart.”

Greg Easterbrook, contributing editor at The Atlantic Monthly and The Washington Monthly, author of the Tuesday Morning Quarterback column for ESPN.com. Author of “The King Of Sports: Football’s Impact on America” and “Tuesday Morning Quarterback.” (@easterbrookg)

Armen Keteyian, CBS News correspondent and lead correspondent for Showtime’s “60 Minutes Sports.” Co-author of ”The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football.” (@armenketeyian)

From Tom’s Reading List

ESPN: Unionization may fail but not a failure — “To succeed in the formation of a union, the players must convince the National Labor Relations Board that they are employees. It will not be easy. In addition to the numerous courts that have ruled that injured athletes are not eligible for medical benefits automatically available to employees, the players will face assertions from Northwestern and the NCAA that they are ‘student-athletes,’ a category invented to avoid any suggestion of employment.”

Wall Street Journal: 11 Minutes Of Action — “In other words, if you tally up everything that happens between the time the ball is snapped and the play is whistled dead by the officials, there’s barely enough time to prepare a hard-boiled egg. In fact, the average telecast devotes 56% more time to showing replays. ”

International Business Times: Bonuses, Trademark Rights And Brand Value: What’s Really At Stake For The Players And The NFL?  – “The Super Bowl is nothing if not a game of superlatives. It’s often the most-watched television broadcast in any given year. It generates more tweets and it commands higher ad revenue than any other sporting event in the world. Calculating the average revenue from sponsorships, tickets and licensed merchandise, Forbes magazine in 2012 estimated the Super Bowl brand to be worth $470 million; no other game comes close.”

Read An Excerpt From “Football Nation: Four Hundred Years of America’s Game” by Susan Reyburn

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December 27 2013


Football Weekly: Liverpool incensed as Man City spoil their Christmas | Football | theguardian.com

Podcast: The podders look back on all the Boxing Day action in the Premier League http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/audio/2013/dec/27/football-weekly-podcast-brendan-rodgers-manchester-city-liverpool

December 12 2013


Football Weekly Extra: Manchester City stun Bayern Munich | Football | theguardian.com

The pod debates this week's action, including an amazing comeback for Man City at the Allianz Arena and an unlucky exit for Napoli http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/audio/2013/dec/12/football-weekly-podcast-champions-league

December 09 2013


Football Weekly: Manchester United and David Moyes face more misery | Football | theguardian.com

Podcast: Another defeat leaves the champions 13 points off the top. Plus, Stoke shock Chelsea; Fulham show signs of life; and England's tough World Cup draw http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/audio/2013/dec/09/football-weekly-podcast-manchester-united-david-moyes

December 06 2013


Football Weekly Extra: Luis Suárez leads the Premier League goal glut | Football | theguardian.com

Podcast: Liverpool's Uruguayan star hits four. Plus, more of the Premier League's midweek action, the MLS Cup final, and we announce the winner our Football Manager iPad competition http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/audio/2013/dec/05/football-weekly-podcast-luis-suarez-liverpool-norwich

December 04 2013


Football Weekly: Liverpool mauled by Hull City's tigers | Football | theguardian.com

Podcast: The podders reflect on Hull's victory over Liverpool. Plus, Everton's loan stars impress again; Arsenal pull clear at the top; and Gareth Bale hits his first Real Madrid hat-trick http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/audio/2013/dec/02/football-weekly-podcast-liverpool-hull-spurs-manutd

November 08 2013


What Does ‘Bullying’ Mean, Anyway?

Our Nov. 7 hour on the Miami Dolphins’ bullying case and the culture of bullying in sports and professional life raised a lot of questions among our commenters and listeners  — what is bullying, really? And what does that term even really mean? We asked our guest, Amanda Nickerson of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention at the University at Buffalo, for deeper insight into the term. She offered us this thoughtful read below.

Bullying – now a buzzword in our society – has been brought to the forefront again in a different context with the spotlight on the Miami Dolphins. Bullying is a repeated pattern of intentionally aggressive behavior intended to cause physical and/or psychological harm toward a target where there is an imbalance of power (due to age, physical size, race, social status). Most of what we know about bullying comes from research with children and adolescents, although the problem is not confined to K-12 schools. Bullying can occur as young as preschool and can continue into adulthood. Workplace bullying is systematic aggression targeted toward one or more individuals by an individual or group that can have a negative impact on the target and the organizational climate.

What does bullying look like? It can take several forms: verbal (threats, derogatory comment, racial slurs), social (exclusion, spreading rumors, public embarrassment), physical (hitting, tripping, pushing), and cyberbullying (bullying through electronic means like text messaging, e-mail, social media). Being targeted by bullying can result in depression, anxiety, isolation and rejection, physical complaints, and avoidance of school, work, or social situations where the bullying occurs. There are many factors that contribute to the likelihood that someone will bully others, including individual characteristics such as aggressive or hostile attitude, need for power or control, lack of empathy, and contextual influences (family, school, peer group, work, societal) that model and/or tolerate this type of abuse.

This form of abuse, in addition to related issues of harassment, hazing, racial bias, and the climates that condone these behaviors, are being discussed across the nation. Issues being debated include whether it is even possible for a strong, grown adult to be a “victim” of bullying and how the average person is unable to understand the culture of professional football, where aggression, competition, and being tough are part of the job. The role of leadership and bystanders also come into play, as they are powerful contributors in shaping these behaviors.

The attention to this issue provides an opportunity for each of us to commit to treating others with dignity and respect. We must embrace our collective responsibility for recognizing that brotherly jibing, horseplay, and ribbing are certainly part of sports and our culture. However, using aggression repeatedly to harm someone in a position of vulnerability (even if it is not a person who fits a stereotypical view of a victim) is not acceptable. Professional athletes are extremely powerful and influential in many respects, perhaps most notably as role models for our youth. This could be a pivotal time to change language, attitudes, and behaviors to create the kind of culture and society where each individual can live and work without being subject to any behavior that creates a hostile environment.

What do you make of the bullying allegations in Miami? Are you concerned about the way this case has played out? How does it resonante in your own life and experiences? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below, or let us know on Facebook, Tumblr and @OnPointRadio.

November 07 2013


The NFL And Adult Bullies

A bullying case rocks the NFL. We look at adult bullying in sports and more.


Andrew Abramson, NFL reporter at the Palm Beach Post. Writes the Daily Dolphin Blog. (@AbramsonPBP)

Kevin Blackistone, sports journalist and college professor. Frequent panelist for ESPN’s Around The Horn. (@ProfBlackistone)

Amanda Nickerson, associate professor in the department of counseling, school, and educational psychology at The University at Buffalo and the director of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention.

From The Reading List

New York Times: In Bullying Case, Questions On N.F.L. Culture — “Martin, a classics major who attended Stanford and is the son of two Harvard graduates, left the Dolphins last week after an episode in the cafeteria in which teammates stood as Martin sat, the last in a string of perceived slights. Incognito, a 30-year-old veteran with a reputation for dirty play and a history of rough behavior, was suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins late Sunday while the team and the league investigated the matter.”

Palm Beach Post: Source: Coaches told Incognito to ‘toughen up’ teammate Martin – “Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, now suspended by the club for tormenting teammate Jonathan Martin, had been told by at least one coach to help “toughen him up,” a source close to the organization told The Palm Beach Post this morning. The source said there was a general understanding among coaches, including head coach Joe Philbin, that Martin, a second-year player from Stanford, was ‘too soft.’”

Grantland: The Tumultuous Timeline of Richie Incognito — “Since arriving in Miami, Incognito has been involved in several incidents with opposing players, but he has a history of off-field issues that date back to his time at the University of Nebraska. As new details about the case with Martin and the Dolphins emerge, here is a collection of Incognito’s past transgressions that probably warrant mentioning, considering the news from this past week.”

August 25 2013


August 19 2013


ESPN Fantasy Football Draft Special

PodCenter at ESPNRadio.com is your source for the most up to date sports podcasts in the world. Everything from the Fantasy Focus to Bill Simmons to the best of Mike and Mike lives here. http://espn.go.com/espnradio/podcast/index

July 25 2013


Jul 25, 2013 — Michael Brendan Dougherty & Travis Waldron

April 09 2013


All Things Considered: High School Football and Steroids

September 02 2012


5by5 | The Nickel #26: Half A Year

5by5 - The Nickel #26: Half A Year http://5by5.tv/nickel/26

March 09 2012


5by5 | The Nickel #2: Sports Everywhere

5by5 - The Nickel #2: Sports Everywhere http://5by5.tv/nickel/2

September 02 2011


Episode 04: Deconstructing Arsenal

It was not a good weekend for Arsenal, so Richard and Ginge decide to pile on and try to figure out what’s going on in North London and if the end of the Wenger era is coming. We also ridicule the FIFA World Rankings and review the Group Stage draw of the Champions League. Ginge Learns to Properly Pronounce the Names of English Football Teams continues with League One where Hartlepool and Wycombe await to trip up our Yankee co-host.

April 04 2011


Guardian Focus podcast: The future of Polish football

Six years after writing Behind the Iron Curtain and finding Polish football at all time low, Jonathan Wilson returns to see how preparations for the 2012 European Championships are progressing.

March 29 2011


Boom, Outta Here #9: Republicans with tats - 5by5

Boom, Outta Here #9: Republicans with tats - 5by5 http://5by5.tv/boom/9

October 23 2010


Hard Hits and the NFL

The NFL cracks down on flagrant helmet hits. We look at extreme hits and the future of football.

July 08 2010

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