Dolan's Dilemma: 6/2/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as the guys discuss James Dolan's email to MSG employees, D-Jax wanting players mic'd up and the MLB's idea for a shorter season. Plus, Anthony Joshua throws shade at Mike Tyson.
MLB's Next Steps and Minor League Crisis: 6/2/20
In recent days, the prospects for Major League Baseball's return in 2020 had looked increasingly shaky. MLB's plan to return to baseball was rejected by the players, and MLBPA's counter-proposal was met with equal skepticism by the owners. But yesterday, there appeared to be at least some reason for hope, as sources say MLB is willing to pay players their full prorated salaries...if the players agree to a much shorter schedule. ESPN's Jeff Passan weighs in on the latest in the negotiations, and tells us whether the players are likely to buy in to playing baseball for what could be just a 50-game regular season. Then, Jeff talks about the fate of the minor leagues, as hundreds of players have lost their jobs ahead of a potentially canceled season.
Pistons coach Dwane Casey: 6/1/20
Zach talks to Pistons coach Dwane Casey about the protests sweeping the nation, and what the NBA community can do going forward.
Athletes and Activism: 6/1/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss the role athletes play in social justice as protests spread in the wake of George Floyds death.
A Minnesota Head Coach Listens on Race: 6/1/20
Protests that began in the Twin Cities over the killing of George Floyd continue to spread and intensify across the United States and beyond. We're joined by Ryan Saunders, head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The 34-year-old Minnesota native grew up in the world of basketball, as son of the late Minnesota college and NBA coach Flip Saunders. The young coach has made public statements in recent days about the need for white sports figures, like himself, to speak out in support of black colleagues and communities of color. He shares what he's learned as he's listened to his team's thoughts and experiences on race, violence and policing, as well as the work that lies ahead.
Zion's Impact On Playoffs: 5/29/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss if the NBA is trying to get Zion in the playoffs, Aaron Rodgers' feelings, the Dolphins' plan for Tua, Mikey Williams' incredible dunk and the role athletes play in social injustice. You won't want to miss this!
Lakers guard Alex Caruso: 5/29/20
Zach talks to Lakers guard Alex Caruso about his unlikely NBA journey, the Lakers' surreal season, the NBA's potential return, all the memes, and much more.
Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story: 5/29/20
Former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay made baseball history in 2010, pitching the 20th perfect game in MLB history. But behind his on-field success, Halladay struggled with addiction, depression and anxiety before his fatal plane crash in 2017. Ahead of tonight's E:60 on Halladay, "Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story," ESPN's John Barr discusses his months of in-depth reporting for the piece, time spent with Halladay's family, and the gap between public perception of the pitcher and his private struggles.
DeAndre Hopkins Stops By J&J: 5/28/20
Spend your afternoon with a special edition of Jalen & Jacoby as DeAndre Hopkins stops by the show. They will discuss his offseason trade to the Cardinals, Kyler Murray and how he fits in Kliff Kingsbury's offense. You won't want to miss this!
The Undertaker Interview: 5/28/20
Have you heard the whole story about how Hulk Hogan set up the Undertaker before This Tuesday in Texas? Or the play by play of Bret punching Vince after the Screwjob? Neither had we. This is priceless.
Josh Allen and the Bills: AFC East Favorites?!: 5/28/20
The Buffalo Bills have long stood in the looming shadow of their AFC East rivals, the New England Patriots. But now, with Tom Brady departed for Tampa Bay, the division is up for grabs for the first time in nearly a decade. For the Bills, it all comes down to third year quarterback Josh Allen, who's earned his fair share of admirers and skeptics in an up-and-down career thus far. ESPN Bills reporter Marcel Louis-Jacques assesses Allen's strength and weaknesses, and explains how Allen's improvements could mean this is the season Bills fans have been dreaming of.
Sports: The Gathering: 5/27/20
The KAJ starts off by picking their Starting 5 Disney Princesses to fill out an NBA team (00:28), then it's time for some updates: Friendly Banter (4:18), Mental Health (33:32), DJ Magic the Gathering (41:10), The Challenge (53:18), The Pupdate (1:00:59), and A Goosebumps Book Report (1:09:59). Later, Katie, Ashley and Jay have intel on Every. Single. Major. Sport. (1:35:55). Because you know what, bud? This is a sports podcast, that is about sports. Famously.
Dame Lillard Takes Over J&J: 5/27/20
Spend your afternoon with a special edition of Jalen & Jacoby as Damian Lillard stops by. They will discuss all things hoops and why Dame says he won't play unless the Blazers have a "true" chance at the playoffs. You won't want to miss this!
NBA: The Latest on a Restart: 5/27/20
The NBA, team general mangers and the league's players seem close to agreement on a plan to restart the 2019-20 season. GMs have met virtually and filled out a survey on different options and formats for basketball's comeback. Players have been in lengthy calls with each other and their union leader, who says a vote won't be necessary. NBA insider Ramona Shelburne brings us the latest on the NBA's potential comeback scenario, how an Orlando-based plan came together, and which teams could benefit most from this version of a restart.
Who Ya Got: Chiefs or Ravens?: 5/26/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss the Ravens and Chiefs' SB chances, if the Panthers did Cam dirty and if Tua will play this season. Plus, Harbaugh flips out for a Michigan recruit and Wilder disses Iron Mike.
Woj & Lowe Crossover Part I: 5/26/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski about the NBA's potential restart.
Murder-for-Hire, an Unmarked Grave, and the Boxing Coach Who Faked His Own Death: 5/26/20
Ramon Sosa was a beloved boxing coach based in Houston. He ran a gym with his wife and served as a mentor to many young fighters. So how did he end up in the middle of nowhere, lying at the bottom of an unmarked grave, and live to tell the tale? ESPN's Tisha Thompson shares a wild story of murder-for-hire, secret recordings and the staged death that uncovered it all.
Iron Mike Comeback: 5/25/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss the NBAs plan for returning to action, Brady's suspect golf game, Patrick Ewings legacy and Coach O runs shirtless in the street. Plus, Mike Tysons comeback attempt takes another step.
LANCE: What the New Film Reveals About Armstrong: 5/25/20
A 7-time Tour de France champion and cancer survivor advocate, Lance Armstrong's fame skyrocketed in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Then, it plummeted when he admitted to doping and to lying about it. In the new 30 for 30 film "LANCE," director Marina Zenovich explores Armstrong's own story of what happened, alongside accounts from teammates, journalists and those close to him. Zenovich tells Mina Kimes what it was like to conduct hours of interviews with Armstrong, and how the film aims for new territory around his very public rise and fall.
Brady's Fit In Tampa: 5/22/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss Brady's fit in Tampa Bay, the Nets wanting Bradley Beal, Aaron Donald doesn't want to play without fans, and the Rajon Rondo-Ray Allen beef. Plus, the Dream Team vs. Redeem Team debate.
RIP Shad Gaspard: 5/22/20
David Otunga joins the show to tell stories about Shad Gaspard and the boys talk about his in ring career and pay respect to a great man gone too soon. Plus, a mini preview of Double or Nothing.
Game of Zones: 5/22/20
Zach talks to Craig and Adam Malamut, creators of Game of Zones, about the end of their hit series -- favorite jokes, bits that almost didn't make the show, their creative process, much more. Includes spoilers for both Game of Zones and Game of Thrones.
Scott Van Pelt on Tiger/Peyton vs. Phil/Tom: 5/22/20
Champions collide this weekend as golf legend Tiger Woods and Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning tee off against golf legend Phil Mickelson and...Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady. ESPN's own golf expert Scott Van Pelt breaks down "The Match: Champions for Charity," which will raise over $10 million for coronavirus relief efforts. Van Pelt discusses how he believes The Match's competitors will fare, as well as the PGA's plans to bring golf back soon. Then, Mina chats with 2020 Madden Bowl winner Raidel "Joke" Brito on how his no-passing strategy paid off.
NBA Player Return Rules: 5/21/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss the upcoming guidelines for NBA players to return, the Lakers' all-time starting 5, Mike Tyson drops another workout video and why Cam still doesn't have a job.
2020 NFL Offseason Winners and Losers: 5/21/20
Pretty much all of the big moves are in the books for the NFL offseason. Brady and Gronk now call Tampa Bay home. DeAndre Hopkins' trade to the Arizona Cardinals continues to baffle fans and experts. Teams like Carolina and Jacksonville seem to be starting their rebuilds. ESPN's NFL guru Bill Barnwell ranks all NFL teams by which ones made the most of this offseason, and which ones' moves left fans scratching their heads.
NFL Off-Season Superlatives: 5/20/20
Bill is joined by Sheil Kapadia as the two give 10 superlatives for the off-season moves made in the NFL including best signing, worst signing, best trade and more
Horace Grant Rips Jordan: 5/20/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss Horace Grant clapping back at Michael Jordan, the NFL expanding Rooney Rule and Zion may star in "He Got Game" sequel. Plus, Jason Derulo's TikTok fail. You won't want to miss this.
FMK (and Other Questions): 5/20/20
It's that time, friends - it's an All Voicemail Pod. The KAJ gets to all of the important questions, starting with What Oceans 11 of Athletes would they rob a bank with (00:18)? Later, they answer questions about cursing sports teams (46:07), the real rules of FMK (52:02), sorting the USWNT into Hogwarts houses (1:03:39), which candle flavor they'd melt into (1:10:26), and if they could read all of their old AIM chats (1:22:10). There's also a Challenge Update (30:29), some spontaneous French news (1:05:14), and a question about all of the singing (1:29:29).
Falcons TE Hayden Hurst Opens up About Depression and Attempted Suicide: 5/20/20
Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst played competitive sports for his entire life. But in January 2016, after a season of college football, he tried to take his own life. Since getting professional help and support, he's been open about his struggles with anxiety and depression, and stays active in decreasing the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Hurst joins the show to discuss his demons and how he's committed to helping others, as part of Mental Health Awareness Month.
LeBron In NFL?: 5/19/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss if LeBron could have played in NFL, Big Ben's return and Michael Thomas beefing with DeVante Parker on IG. Plus, Eminem to battle DMX? You won't want to miss this.
Charles Barkley: 5/19/20
Zach talks to Charles Barkley about "The Last Dance," Dream Team stories, player empowerment, his trade from Philadelphia to Phoenix, much more.
Paul Finebaum on College Football's Road to Return: 5/19/20
College football has a different path to return than pro sports. It's hard to say where hundreds of academic institutions with thousands of players will be in a few weeks, much less by autumn. The NCAA isn't like, say, the NFL or MLB in terms of its power or say-so over college sports. Paul Finebaum joins the show to discuss the many obstacles, options and high stakes for this college football season. Would players return, even if the general student body isn't back on campus? Would some conferences start, even if other teams remain under "safer at home" orders? What's the financial risk of a short season, or none at all? Then, European soccer correspondent Gab Marcotti weighs in on the return of Germany's Bundesliga.
The Last Dance Recap: 5/18/20
Jalen & Jacoby discuss "The Pizza Game", Pacers-Bulls Game 7, LeBron stans, Dennis Rodman's antics and more. Plus is the NFL bribing teams to hire minorities?
Where Michael Jordan's Coming From: 5/18/20
Michael Jordan's legendary drive and relentless work ethic inspired conversation throughout all ten episodes of "The Last Dance." But how, when and where was MJ molded into His Airness? Wright Thompson, who's spent time with Jordan and wrote a definitive profile for ESPN, recently looked for answers in Michael's family history, in the history of his hometown of Wilmington, NC, to find how those roots have informed his path to greatness. Check out ESPN Daily's full "The Last Dance"Jordan Collection here: bit.ly/DailyLastDance
The Ringer's Ryen Russillo: 5/17/20
Zach and The Ringers Ryen Russillo re-watch Game 7 of the 1998 conference finals between the Bulls and Pacers.
Shooting Your Shot: 5/15/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss James Harrison's "envelope", Bryce Harper rides for Blake Snell, Jeremy Lin's incredible Kobe story and Nate Robinson shoots his shot at Megan Thee Stallion. Plus, a Jalen-MJ fight. You won't want to miss this.
A Huge Week for Bear (and Becky): 5/15/20
So much to discuss between MITB, Becky's announcement, and the Hotdog Chicken showdown!
Jalen Rose on Jordan's Last Dance: 5/15/20
1998's NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers took the Bulls to their first Game 7 since 1992. Former Pacers player Jalen Rose recalls what it was like to play against Michael Jordan at the twilight of his career, and why Rose considers MJ to be the G.O.A.T. Then, Dave Fleming tells the story of what might be the most devastating trash talk one liner in NBA history, courtesy of Scottie Pippen.
Danny Ainge: 5/14/20
Zach talks to Celtics GM Danny Ainge about facing Michael Jordan in two NBA Finals, the 63-point game, the NBA's potential return from COVID-19 hiatus, more.
Best Of The Best: 5/14/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss ESPN's Top 10 All-Time NBA rankings, Dallas' Dak dilemma, Scottie Pippen's legacy. Plus, Snoop Dogg wants to battle Jay-Z. You won't want to miss this.
NFL Over/Under Win Totals: 5/14/20
Bill is joined by Will Brinson as they hold a draft, selecting their favorite over/under win totals for the upcoming NFL season
UFC's Walt Harris and His Quest for Justice: 5/14/20
UFC heavyweight contender Walt Harris faces Alistair Overeem in the main event of this weekend's UFC Fight Night. It's a fight that was originally supposed to take place this past December, until Harris was forced to pull out of the fight for the most difficult reason imaginable. Last year, Harris and his family were gripped by tragedy: the disappearance and homicide of his stepdaughter, Aniah. Tom Rinaldi discusses his in-depth reporting on Harris's career as a fighter, and his recent quest for justice. Then, legal analyst Ryan Smith provides an update on Zion Williamson's case, and explains why he's been asked to admit that his family accepted gifts and money from Nike, Adidas, and Duke.
Mike / Jordan: 5/13/20
The KAJ is back and they are diving into some big sports news, but first, a question about sports memes (00:26), then a frosted tips update (23:35). Later, Baseball is maybe back? (41:47) and Katie has beef with Dana White (59:09). They finish up with The Mike or Jordan Bracket (1:11:21), featuring your favorite Mikes and Jordans, and a voicemail about embarrassing songs (1:27:30).
Can NASCAR's Restart Help It Turn a Corner?: 5/13/20
As live sports tiptoe their way back, there's one revving up this weekend that could uniquely benefit: NASCAR. This Sunday, Darlington, South Carolina plays host to NASCAR's first actual-cars race since the shutdown began. Could this 11-race experiment be a cure for NASCAR's declining audience and ratings? It'll be sans fans, with stripped-down crews, and broadcast live. ESPN's Ryan McGee breaks down the challenges in this mid-pandemic return, and why NASCAR needs to race back into live events more than just about anyone.
Leading The Way: 5/12/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss if the NBA should consider canceling the season, NFL MVP odds and the MLB's plan to return.
MLB's Plan to Save the 2020 Season: 5/12/20
Baseball could be on its way back. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is ready to present the players with an owner-approved proposal on how to play a partial 2020 season, with some additional stipulations. Jeff Passan explains how it's all going to work, and gives an update on timing, revenue split, the use of home stadiums, and more logistics. Then, Passan chats with Minnesota Twins star OF Nelson Cruz on how he's been waiting out the pandemic.
The Price Of Winning : 5/11/20
Jalen & Jacoby discuss the impact winning had on MJ, the Cowboys kinda dissing Dak Prescott, Francis Ngannou's vicious knockout and more.
J.A. Adande: 5/11/20
Zach talks to J.A. Adande about Michael Jordan's retirement in 1993, Scottie Pippen's season without MJ, and all things "Last Dance."
Would Michael Jordan Rule in Today's NBA?: 5/11/20
"Michael Jordan is the greatest player of all time." It's a common sentiment, especially as "The Last Dance" docuseries gives a new showcase for MJ's dominance. But the naysayers remain. "Well, that was the 90s," you might hear, "and the league has changed." ESPN basketball analyst and writer Kirk Goldsberry (admittedly in the Jordan G.O.A.T. camp) brings big data to the argument. He details how Jordan would stack up on shooting, defense, and other aspects of today's game. And he argues that while today's stars (LeBron?) have amazing talent, Jordan basically invented the modern NBA.
Approaching The Line: 5/8/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss if MJ crossed the line with Horace Grant, if Patrick Ewing is in his feelings and the Patriots' upcoming schedule. Plus, KD sneak disses Jalen!!! You won't want to miss this.
Hotdog-Chicken Showdown: 5/8/20
Well the day has finally come to preview the Hotdog-Chicken showdown! Oh plus some news outside the ring, mailbag, and a preview of Money in the Bank. Enjoy yourself!
Michael Jordan's Brief, Strange Life in Baseball: 5/8/20
In the midst of becoming the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan retired from the NBA and set his sights on baseball. The reason? To pay homage to his recently slain father. Jordan training with the White Sox and joining the minor leagues created major media buzz, as ball players and fans criticized the move. ESPN senior writer Steve Wulf was with Sports Illustrated at the time, and his 1994 coverage of Jordan's foray into baseball made news of its own, as it angered MJ himself. Wulf tells us about Michael's efforts to succeed with the Double-A Birmingham Barons, and how Jordan may have been closer than we know to being called up to bigs, had he not returned to basketball.
On The Table: 5/7/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss the Cowboys' QB situation, Klay Thompson is in his feelings and Mike Tyson's lucrative bare knuckle fight offer. Plus, DMX wants to battle Jay-Z. You won't want to miss this!!!
Jack McCallum: 5/7/20
Zach talks to Jack McCallum about his new podcast series, "The Dream Team Tapes," dinner with Charles Barkley, the Isiah Thomas controversies, all things Michael Jordan, and more.
The Patriots' Quarterback Question: 5/7/20
With Tom Brady leaving the Patriots for the Buccaneers, a void has been left in New England at quarterback. Both free agency and the NFL Draft came and went without the Patriots adding another QB option, making it appear that head coach Bill Belichick is leaving the team's offense in the hands of last year's backup, Jarrett Stidham...who's completed just two passes in his short NFL career. Patriots reporter Mike Reiss revisits the situation surrounding Brady's departure and explains why the Pats think Stidham is their man.
Fantasy Rookie Draft: 5/6/20
Bill is joined by ESPN's Mike Clay as they hold their own fantasy rookie draft and discuss what kind of impact the players might have next season in terms of fantasy football
Talking Big: 5/6/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss the potential return of the NBA, KD's "$110M question" raised, Bill O'Brien's bad trade, how Justin Gaethje wants his nose broken at UFC 249 and Jacoby calls out Mike Tyson!!!
The 90's Bracket (Part 2): 5/6/20
Katie, Ashley and Jay head back inside the KAJ to complete the sweet sixteen of the 90's bracket. Napster? Lisa Frank? Frosted tips? Find out who they crown champion. (27:54) There's also a voicemail about a neighbor who is collecting seeds multiple times a day. Yes, we also want to know more. (2:04:50)
A New Path to the NBA: Woj on the G League's Program: 5/6/20
Top basketball prospects have followed the same path for years: high school, one year of college, and then the NBA. But now, the NBA is disrupting the traditional one-and-done model. Today, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tells us about a new option for players: the NBA G League Professional Pathway Program, and examines why the NBA launched it in the middle of a pandemic. Woj weighs the pros and cons of the program for elite NBA talent, and explains how its success might be determined by high profile entrants like top 2020 prospect Jalen Green.
Move On Up: 5/5/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss Odell Beckham Jr.'s prediction, Mike Tyson's training, Coach Thibs' next move, a 5-year-old boy trying to buy a Lamborghini and much more.
The Secret History of the Korean Bat Flip: 5/5/20
Baseball is back! Well...in South Korea, where the KBO has started its season, with games broadcast live on ESPN. No fans are in attendance, but Korean baseball energy is very much about the audience, performance and celebration. That includes big-time bat flips. Our own Mina Kimes got to the bottom of how a taboo in MLB became a signature of KBO play. In a switcheroo, Pablo Torre asks Mina about her travels to Korea to investigate how bat flipping became part of their game, tied to the bigger history of the sport abroad.
Jordan's Impact On Kobe: 5/4/20
Jalen & Jacoby discuss Jordan's impact on Kobe, 50 Cent wanting to battle Snoop, Andy Dalton landing in Dallas, Cam Newton's next stop and Mike Tyson's insane training video.
ESPN's Mike Greenberg: 5/4/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Mike Greenberg about covering the Bulls first three-peat, "The Last Dance," the 1992 vs 1996 Bulls, LeBron and Jordan, more.
Michael Jordan, Race and Activism: "Republicans Buy Sneakers, Too": 5/4/20
"Republicans buy sneakers too." It's considered by many as Michael Jordan's most infamous quote, a jab that showed how his commercial interests stacked up against politics or social and racial justice. Episode 5 of "The Last Dance" docuseries focuses on Jordan's history and legacy around these issues, with MJ confirming he did indeed say those cutting words. Jesse Washington wrote about the origins and ripple effects of Jordan's comments for The Undefeated, and today he shares his reporting. Plus, Justin Tinsley shares a personal story of watching Jordan's last championship, and the end of a family era.
Call It A Comeback?: 5/1/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss LeBron's commitment to salvaging the season, the Bulls' toughest Game 7, Larry Bird's old school beef and Mike Tyson's boxing comeback.
The Ric Flair Epiphany: 5/1/20
No description here. This is the best Cheap Heat of quarantine. I don't know why but I loved it. Hope you do too.
Alex Smith on His Life Threatening Leg Injury: 5/1/20
It was one of the most gruesome injuries in NFL history. On November 18, 2018, Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffered a compound fracture to his right leg, which became dangerously infected. The injury would threaten to cost Smith his leg, and potentially, even his life. Ahead of tonight's E:60 episode, "Project 11," which documents Smith's ordeal, the former No. 1 overall pick reflects on the injury, his recovery, and his desire to return to football. In addition, ESPN reporter Stephania Bell analyzes how Smiths injury turned life threatening.
The Next Move: 4/30/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss if Aaron Rodgers should want out of Green Bay, Jayson Tatum's new basketball court, Andy Dalton's next move and Deshaun Watson's message to Texans.
New Norm: Ricky Williams and Marijuana Policy in Sports: 4/30/20
Marijuana use by athletes used to be considered taboo, and punishments for violating drug policies were severe. But now, as laws and attitudes around the country change, leagues are adjusting their rules. Former NFL RB Ricky Williams recounts how his marijuana use once dominated football headlines, and assesses the NFL's changes to the league's policy in the new CBA. Then, ESPN's Emily Kaplan breaks down the marijuana policy reforms across pro sports.
Weighing Options: 4/29/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss the NCAA supporting name, image and likeness compensation, LaMelo's draft stock, Devin Booker's quarantine road trip and they decide if wearing pants on TV is optional.
The 90's Bracket (Part One): 4/29/20
Inspired by The Last Dance and Pogs, the KAJ head back to the bracket. First, they discuss their worst sports memories (4:53), then dive into a 32-seed bracket of the best things from the 90's (22:32). Later, a voicemail about Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler (1:46:20).
ESPN's Michael Wilbon: 4/29/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Michael Wilbon about all things Michael Jordan and "The Last Dance."
The Mystery of Baseball Star Don Mattingly's Birthday: 4/29/20
Collecting baseball cards is a cherished pastime. ESPN baseball writer Sam Miller first got hooked on the game by studying the backs of cards growing up. And when he learned about a Don Mattingly card with a curious factoid on Mattingly's alleged birth year, Miller began a quest to uncover the truth. When was the former Yankees star first baseman born? And did this one baseball card have the inside scoop, or a crucial error? Miller tells us how he solved the mystery of Mattingly's real birth date.
In The Feelings: 4/28/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss if Aaron Rodgers should be in his feelings, the next step for Zion and D-Wade's "Redeem Team" documentary. Plus, the curious case of the Patriots' offseason.
Is the Clock Ticking on Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay?: 4/28/20
When the Green Bay Packers selected Utah State QB Jordan Love late in the first round of this year's NFL Draft, the pick sent shockwaves throughout the league. The Packers current signal caller, Aaron Rodgers, is under contract for several years, and is destined for enshrinement in Canton. But that's not unusual in Green Bay. When Rodgers was drafted in 2005, the Packers already had the legendary Brett Favre at the helm. Is history doomed to repeat itself? ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky examines why the Love pick was so surprising, and what it means for Green Bay's future.
The Bad Boys Perspective : 4/27/20
Spend your afternoon with a special edition of Jalen & Jacoby as Isiah Thomas joins the show. The guys will discuss episodes 3 & 4 of The Last Dance, the legacy of the Bad Boys Pistons, Dennis Rodman's evolution, The Jordan Rules, The Dream Team, and the infamous handshake walk-off. You won't want to miss this!!!
Head Scratching Draft Decisions : 4/27/20
Bill is joined by ESPN's Dan Graziano as they breakdown the Packers taking Jordan Love, Eagles selecting Jalen Hurts & the Pats not drafting a QB. Plus, they take a look at some players who are waiting to see if their 5th year option will get picked up.
ESPN's Bobby Marks: 4/27/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Bobby Marks about how the Nets tried to distract Dennis Rodman in the 1998 playoffs, the legacy of the Bad Boys, their infamous walk-off, and much more.
Inside Dennis Rodman's Wild 90s: 4/27/20
Dennis Rodman. Loved and hated by basketball and pop culture fans alike, he's known for his off-court antics perhaps more than his success with the Chicago Bulls. ESPN's Tim Keown got a super up-close view when he helped write Rodman's 1996 autobiography, "Bad as I Wanna Be." As the Rodman-focused installment of the docuseries "The Last Dance" debuts, Keown tells the story of his weeks living with Rodman, and what he learned.
New Direction: 4/24/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss the Lions not drafting Tua, the Packers trading up for Jordan Love, CeeDee Lambs' awkward moment and Kliff Kingsbury's flex. Plus, the guys preview episodes 3 & 4 of The Last Dance.
The King of Kings: 4/24/20
Thankfully it was a quiet week in the world of wrestling so the boys break down this year's MITB format and spend some time on 25 years of HHH.
NFL Draft: Round One Reveals: 4/24/20
Round one of the 2020 NFL Draft is in the books! The virtual draft made us extremely familiar with Commissioner Roger Goodell's basement, and quarterbacks like Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa have found new homes in Cincinnati and Miami, respectively. Mike Golic Jr. reacts to all of the standout moments from the first night.
FiveThirtyEight's Chris Herring: 4/23/20
Zach and Chris Herring of 538 pick their NBA All-Rookie teams
Draft Night: 4/23/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss tonight's NFL Draft, Tom Brady's epic blunder and Gronk talks about his return. Plus, the guys breakdown what's in Michael Jordan's cup in "The Last Dance" documentary.
NFL Draft Day Drama: 4/23/20
The NFL Draft is finally here! Tonight, all of the big questions will be answered. Questions like, how is this online format going to work? Even if there are no hackers, how will teams make decisions remotely, with no war room? What will the draft board possibly look like at the end of round one? ESPN's Field Yates breaks down draft strategies and potential complications. Plus, he previews some big names he expects to be picked in the first round.
Time To Give The People What They Want...: 4/22/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss Gronk reuniting with Brady, LeBron's killer instinct, Draymond sounding off on KD, plus French Montana wanting to battle Kendrick Lamar.
The Recess Games Draft (ft. Ian Karmel): 4/22/20
With The Draft coming soon, the KAJ invites Draft Expert Ian Karmel to join them. After diving in on Gronk to the Bucs (19:51), Ian joins the KAJ and they get into the nitty gritty about drafting, and of course, by that, we mean, drafting the best ever recess games (33:00). Later, a voicemail about The Quarantine Purge (1:58:48). KAJ DOOR SLAM.
Tiger King: Joe Burrow's Journey to the Bengals: 4/22/20
"With the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select...Joe Burrow, quarterback, LSU." It's a sentence we'll most likely hear this Thursday night. What kind of pressure -- and team -- is Cincy about to thrust upon the Heisman Trophy-winning star? ESPN's Ben Baby digs deep into Burrow's football story to find out. Plus, he sets the scene in Ohio, where a long history of disappointment has left Bengals fans hungry for success.
Jalen & Jacoby are Licensed to Ill : 4/21/20
Spend your afternoon with a special edition of Jalen & Jacoby as the Beastie Boys take over the show. They'll discuss their upcoming documentary, the Knicks, Michael Jordan, Tiger King and much more.
What To Expect Come Thursday: 4/21/20
Bill is joined by Peter King as they discuss what the draft will be like this year with everyone working from home. Plus, how the lack of pro days will impact the players and the teams.
Jerry Jeudy's Road to the NFL Draft: 4/21/20
Poised to be the No. 1 wide receiver picked in this year's NFL Draft, Alabama's Jerry Jeudy is sought after for his speed and explosiveness. He has also endured family tragedy alongside football success. Following the loss of his 7-year-old sister, Jeudy became a college star, and is now preparing to enter the NFL. Ahead of Thursday's first round, ESPN's Liz Merrill shares Jeudy's story.
The Last Dance; IG Disaster : 4/20/20
Spend your afternoon with Jalen & Jacoby as they discuss episodes 1 & 2 of The Last Dance, Deshaun Watson's sneaky message, Tua's Wonderlic score and the Teddy Riley-Babyface Instagram fiasco. Plus, a special post-show EXCLUSIVE interview with 49ers CB Richard Sherman.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr: 4/20/20
Zach talks to Steve Kerr about the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls, The Last Dance, and much more.
ESPN Daily's 2020 NFL Draft Preview : 4/20/20
With live competitions mostly canceled, the 2020 NFL Draft is not only happening this Thursday, but it's rallying the sports world in an even bigger way than usual. We'll find out where prospects like QBs Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, and Jordan Love will land, and we'll see a whole new approach as draft prospects work from home like so many of us. ESPN analyst (and pumpkin-pie-for-breakfast lover) Mel Kiper Jr. has covered the draft for decades. He breaks down this year's draft class, explains which teams could actually benefit from a remote draft, and how it could all go down.
Being Like Mike: 4/17/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby discuss the premiere of The Last Dance this weekend. Plus, they reminisce on the MJ era.
Rest Easy Fink: 4/17/20
A very tough week in the world of wrestling required a therapeutic episode. This week we have a breakdown of the jobs that were lost on Wednesday and some great Howard Finkel stories from Zach Linder (who used to work at dot com).
ESPN's Jackie MacMullan: 4/17/20
Zach and Jackie MacMullan talk about Michael Jordan on the eve of "The Last Dance": her memories covering him; her visit to see him play baseball; the difference between the first three and last three titles; his greatest and most memorable moments, much more.
Michael Wilbon on Michael Jordan and "The Last Dance": 4/17/20
ESPN's Michael Wilbon covered Michael Jordan for much of the legendary player's career. As a Chicago fan and native, Wilbon is anticipating this Sunday's premiere of the 10-part Jordan documentary, "The Last Dance," more than just about anybody. The series zooms in on the iconic 1997-98 Chicago Bulls and the quest for another championship, even as key relationships falter. It also chronicles Jordan's rise to greatness and unassailable legacy. Wilbon shares his personal memories of MJ, what the docuseries means to him, and how he sees Jordan's career in its totality.
Changing The Game: 4/16/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby discuss Jalen Green forgoing college for the G League and Kentucky guard Tyrese Maxey joins the show to talk his experience at Kentucky and his future.
2019 NFL Re-Draft: 4/16/20
Bill is joined by Lindsay Jones as they take a look back at last year's NFL draft and re-draft the first 16 picks
Sabrina Ionescu on Her Next Move: 4/16/20
Basketball superstar Sabrina Ionescu joins Mina Kimes to reflect on her history-making career at Oregon, her run at a college championship cut short, and how joining the WNBA will be unlike anything she's experienced. In Friday's WNBA Draft, a bright spot amid the live sports shutdown, Ionescu is the top prospect and is expected to join the New York Liberty. Hear how she's preparing for her pro career and training during this time. Plus, a look at the biggest stories in the draft overall, and what the season - whenever it starts - might hold.
Unique Situations: 4/15/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby discuss how NBA players should handle their training with the season is suspended, the uniqueness of this NFL Draft and Allan Houston joins the show.
The PupCast: 4/15/20
Katie, Ashley, Jay and Myrtle (!!) get together to chat about sports? but also puppies (6:08). Later, they pour one out for the XFL (50:06), Christian McCaffrey (1:13:48), A The Challenge Update (1:38:07), French News of the Week (1:49:58), and a voicemail about unsolved mysteries (1:55:26). Woof!
The Day Baseball Stood Still for Clayton Kershaw: 4/15/20
ESPN's Wright Thompson was set to profile Clayton Kershaw ahead of the 2020 season, with a focus on Kershaw and the Dodgers recovering from their 2019 postseason collapse. They spent the day together just as spring training got shut down, and Thompson witnessed firsthand as Kershaw reacted to the news that MLB would delay its season. Thompson tells the story of Kershaw's fate in baseball through the lens of what this stalled time means for his life and legacy.
Mike Breen: 4/14/20
Zach talks to Mike Breen about prime Michael Jordan breaking the Knicks' hearts, Linsanity, the Ray Allen shot, and much more.
A New Direction? : 4/14/20
Jalen Rose & David Jacoby weigh in on Bill Belichick's direction for the next Patriots QB, Christian McCaffrey getting paid, the tweet and delete from Damian Lillard and more.
Gambling on Sports When Sports Are Shut Down: 4/14/20
Ukrainian table tennis. League of Legends. Madden computer simulations. These were not the options you were expecting to see on your gambling apps come springtime. But since all major sports were shut down in mid-March, sportsbooks in the U.S. and offshore are seeing a wide array of unconventional betting lines serve their starved clientele. "Daily Wager" host Doug Kezirian joins the show to tell us about the stranger sports gambling options being offered, as well as the heightened interest in the NFL Draft, and the impact of a live sports hiatus on the industry as a whole.
NBA's New Plan: 4/13/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby discuss the NBAs possible return, the art of playing HORSE, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchells relationship, Jameis Winston's future and more!
Michael and Bruce Buffer: How the Most Famous Voices in Fighting Found Each Other: 4/13/20
You've probably heard boxing announcer Michael Buffer's rumbling catchphrase at every major boxing match. And if you haven't heard announcer Bruce Buffer's signature UFC fight night line, well...it's time. But you might not have heard how the most famous voices in fighting found out they were brothers, much later in life. Devin Gordon joins the show to trace the careers of both Michael and Bruce, how they met, and the story of the successful business they built together.
Just Keep Moving: 4/10/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby discuss the UFC postponement, the NBA paying salaries and why Brandin Cooks gets traded so frequently.
Vinsanity: Is This How Vince Carter's Epic Career Ends?: 4/10/20
The suspension of the 2019-2020 NBA season not only means no games for the time being, but also potentially the end of the longest career in league history. Vince Carter was in the midst of his 22nd, and final, season. ESPN Columnist and NBA Analyst Jackie MacMullan joins us to take us through 22 seasons of "Vinsanity."
A Wrestlemania Surprise! : 4/9/20
So much to discuss from Mania. Greg demands an apology from Dip. Rosenberg rips the internet fans and so much more.
LeBron's Last Chance?: 4/9/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby discuss LeBron's title chances, NBA HORSE competition, Jordan's years with the Wizards and Luka's new beard. Plus, Lil Yachty pays fan to drink his own urine.
Bradley Beal: 4/9/20
Zach talks to Washington star Bradley Beal about whether he wants to play again this season, his relationship with John Wall (8:46), why he signed an extension in Washington (11:09), and much more.
Finding Darko Milicic: Life After His NBA Bust: 4/9/20
Darko Milicic was the second pick in the 2003 NBA Draft...and maybe the biggest bust in basketball history. After leaving the pros in 2012, Darko started a new life in Serbia that's almost completely free from basketball. ESPN's Sam Borden joins the show to tell the story of Darko's transformation from legendary bust and party guy to apple orchard-owning family man.
No Hard Feelings: 4/8/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby discuss Brady's comments on his time in New England this morning, when he knew he was moving on and an old interaction between young Jalen and Phil Jackson.
Paul Scheer: 4/8/20
Zach talks to Paul Scheer of Black Monday and a million other things about his Clippers fandom (16:19), the Clippers transforming from underdogs to favorites, his comedy journey (30:25), "30 Rock," "Human Giant," and much more.
The Art of the Aquadump: 4/8/20
Katie, Ashley, and Jay take charge of April by diving into some very needed host chat, then... there are sports! They discuss Wrestlemania (36:45), The UFC / Baseball BioDome (58:49), and Hologram Roger Goodell (1:36:23). There's also a somewhat tardy Bachelor Update (1:17:51), A Very Cavallari Update (1:42:33), French News of the Week (1:51:44), The Pick 3 Game (1:59:08), and so much more. Get in the KAJ, already.
What's Not to Love? Sizing Up Utah State QB Jordan Love: 4/8/20
Jordan Love is one of the most divisive QBs entering this year's NFL Draft. He's known for his deep passes on the run...as well as his numerous interceptions. Fans and critics alike are curious to see if Love will live up to his potential, or if his flaws as a player will prove too big to ignore. ESPN's Tim Keown joins the show to explore Love's football prowess, as well as his complicated past.
Why Did MJ Play Baseball?: 4/7/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby discuss Brady-Belichick's relationship, MJ leaving the NBA to play baseball, Dana White's plan for UFC 249, the Bucs new uniforms and Jalen's fresh cut dilemma.
With The First Overall Pick: 4/7/20
Bill is first joined by Todd McShay as the two discuss the process of scouting quarterbacks and what is important to see from a QB. Then, Bill Connelly joins Bill to break down Joe Burrow's rise from QB transfer to most likely the first overall pick
Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe: 4/7/20
Zach talks to Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe about life in quarantine, Megan becoming a worldwide celebrity (24:21), the future of their sports, the hardest they've laughed at a movie (55:34), much more.
MLB Has Plan to Play in May & Lessons from Korean Baseball: 4/7/20
Sources tell ESPN Senior MLB Insider Jeff Passan that Major League Baseball has a plan to resume in May, gathering all teams and isolating them in Arizona to minimize coronavirus risk. Hear the story of how that might work, and who's on board. Then, a firsthand look at how baseball has returned to South Korea. Scrimmages there are leading up to preseason games slated for later this month. Jeff Passan talks to pitcher Dan Straily, formerly of MLB, now of the Korean Baseball Organization's Lotte Giants, to detail the precautions his team is taking to keep their season on track amidst the pandemic.
Is Scottie Pippen Underappreciated?: 4/6/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby discuss the NBAs hall of fame class, the Rams' interesting logo, how to perfectly cook crab legs and ask if Scottie Pippen underappreciated.
2020 NCAA Championships: If Only: 4/6/20
What if champions of men's and women's college basketball were somehow able to be crowned in 2020? The NCAA canceled both tournaments due to COVID-19. If you can't help but wonder what "might" have happened, we have you covered. FiveThirtyEight's Neil Paine shares results from the data-crunching site's highly precise tournament simulations. And ESPN's Myron Medcalf gets to dream about who should hold the title from the men's and women's brackets this year.
Pau Gasol: 4/5/20
Zach talks to Pau Gasol about COVID-19, Kobe Bryant, his playing future, and more as part of the NBA's NBA Together campaign.
Making A Leap: 4/3/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby talk if drafting Tua is worth a gamble, Petyon Manning's mind games and family bonding.
The Show Must Go On: Wrestlemania Is Still Happening: 4/3/20
No sports during quarantine? WWE begs to differ. It's broadcasting Wrestlemania 36 this weekend -- after recording it on a restricted set -- with no audience. How did WWE pull this off, and why does Wrestlemania seem to be such a touchstone in this moment? ESPN's Greg Wyshynski steps out of the crease and into the ring to talk about how and why WWE is carrying on through the crisis.
LeBron's Incredible Game 7: 4/2/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby discuss the Cavs 2016 Game 7 win over Warriors . Plus, LaMelo buys a team, Big Truss works out with AB and Jalens Jordan memories. #GTGTPWTW
MVP Ballot with Bill Simmons: 4/2/20
Zach and The Ringers Bill Simmons discuss their MVP ballots from 1 to 5.
Big Lessons of NFL Offseason: 4/2/20
Tom Brady is a Buccaneer. DeAndre Hopkins is a Cardinal. And Cam Newton is still looking for a new home. NFL free agency in 2020 has been a wild ride so far, all while the uncertainty of this sports hiatus plays out in the background. ESPN NFL Insider Bill Barnwell joins the show to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has affected team decisions in the offseason, and the successes and failures in team deals so far.
The Great Ones: 4/1/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby talk Dame's comments on the ideas for the NBA to come back, guarding Michael Jordan and KD's 2K matchups.
The Board Game Bracket: 4/1/20
The KAJ get together for, can it be, the last day of March, to complete one last bracket: the best board games. They start with a voicemail about dominant hands (00:16), then dive into the sweet sixteen (30:38). Later, a voicemail about little victories (2:24:20).
ESPN Daily - The Essentials: The Fire That Saved the Packers: 4/1/20
The Green Bay Packers are seen as one of the NFL's most traditional franchises. Their midwestern, mom-and-pop approach to running the team sets them apart in today's cynical times. But did that reputation rise from the ashes of arson? Today, ESPN Senior Writer Dave Fleming tells a tale of a mysterious blaze that helped the Packers survive potential extinction.
Getting On Track: 3/31/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby discuss the Chicago Bulls Last Dance documentary, the idea of starting the NBA in isolation and Steve Kerrs comments on the idea.
Free Agents Still Unsigned : 3/31/20
Bill is joined by Will Brinson as they discuss where Jadeveon Clowney, Cam Newton, Jameis Winston and other big name free agents might end up and how the Coronavirus might be impacting free agency. Plus, they throw out some trade ideas.
Uncharted Territory: 3/30/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby discuss when the NBA might return, Tom Brady's pitch to the Buccaneers, Stephon Marbury's charitable efforts and more.
UFC Champion Jon Jones Faces His Demons: 3/31/20
He's been called the best fighter of all time, but UFC champion Jon Jones is in trouble again. Arrested on charges of drunk driving and negligent use of a firearm, the light heavyweight is far from the media-friendly image many hoped he'd bring to UFC. ESPN's Ariel Helwani dives deep on Jones' career, controversies and how good he could be for mixed martial arts if he'd stay out of his own way.
Sandro Galea and Keyon Dooling: 3/30/20
Zach talks to Sandro Galea, the dean of Boston University's School of Public Health, and Keyon Dooling, player wellness counselor for the NBPA, about the mental health challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
TrueHoop's David Thorpe: 3/30/20
Zach talks to TrueHoop's David Thorpe about Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Jayson Tatum, and the rest of the Most Improved Player field.
Cheap Heat Bonus: Steve Austin and Action Bronson : 3/30/20
Rosenberg sits down with Stone Cold to talk all things Mania. Rock-Austin, working with Vince and much more. Then Action Bronson tells old ECW and MSG stories. Take it easy.
What Trevor Bauer Really Thinks About MLB: 3/30/20
We should be in the first week of baseball season, but...try not to think about that. Instead, ponder the future with Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer and ESPN baseball insider Jeff Passan. On the heels of MLB's hiatus deal with players around pay, service time and other issues, hear how it sets up the 2021 collective bargaining agreement. Plus, Bauer gets into the issues with training during all this uncertainty, whether baseball is too slow, and the sport's need for a media makeover.
Moving Forward: 3/27/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby talk about ESPN's Doris Burke contracting COVID-19, the idea of Jameis Winston on the Patriots and LeBron's comments.
Seth Rollins & Stat Guy: 3/27/20
Rosenberg gets SGG back to talk about another crazy week of news plus the Monday Night Messiah calls in to talk Wrestlemania and more.
Texas-Sized Issues: 3/26/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby talk about Deshaun Watson's cryptic tweets, contract negotiations for Dak Prescott, Joe Montana's comments on Tom Brady and more.
Rex Chapman: The Content We're Here For: 3/27/20
You might know Rex Chapman as a social media star, the guy who shares "Block or Charge" memes with his 600,000 followers. He's also THAT Rex Chapman, a college basketball superstar for Kentucky and NBA great. And he's yet another Rex Chapman, one who's struggled with addiction and gambling behind the scenes. ESPN's Ryan McGee got to know the many sides of Chapman in an extended profile for E:60, and traces his journey in sports, media and life.
Was the "Battle of the Sexes" a Racket?: 3/26/20
The "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs is one of the most iconic moments in American sports history. Set against the backdrop of the women's liberation movement, King's 1973 victory over Riggs transcended sports. But a news tip from an unexpected source, 40 years later, sent ESPN's Don Van Natta Jr. down a path that led him to investigate whether the match was rigged. Van Natta details his reporting on the lead-up to The Battle of the Sexes, and how Riggs' own agenda may have impacted the historic outcome.
Keeping Up: 3/25/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby talk about Tua's workout video, Deshaun Watson's tweet and Big Ben's beard.
The QuaranTune Bracket: 3/25/20
The KAJ digitally reunites to crown one song The Official QuaranTune of the quarantine. They start with a voicemail about Katie and Brady (00:15) then dive into the sweet sixteen (25:47). Later, a voicemail about picking just one grocery aisle (2:17:38).
The People's Podcast: 3/25/20
Rosenberg does an hour long Q & A with the peckerheads. Topics include Wrestlemania, NXT call ups, Dark Side of the Ring and more. Catch the next one and join on IG live!
Can Esports Seize the Moment?: 3/25/20
While pro sports leagues remain on hold, esports (aka competitive video gaming) faces some similar obstacles. Leagues have canceled live events, team practice and more. But esports has also managed a pivot. It's put global operations and matches entirely online for players, leagues and millions of fans worldwide. While esports has struggled to break through to the more mainstream sports audience, this could be a moment of growth for the industry. ESPN's Tyler Erzberger explains how esports has responded to the pandemic, and how it might seize an opportunity with pro athletes, celebrities and fans stuck inside.
Stars On The Move: 3/24/20
Bill is joined by ESPN NFL Nation Rams Reporter Lindsey Thiry as they discuss the Rams releasing Todd Gurley and what's next for the Rams. Plus, Nora Princiotti joins Bill to talk about what things are like for the Patriots, post-Tom Brady.
Pro Basketball's Return in China: 3/24/20
While most of the sports world remains on hiatus, China could restart live basketball in a matter of weeks. What would allow that to happen safely? And what will it take to bring pro sports back across the rest of the world? ESPN's Jonathan Givony joins the show to explain the timeline, stakes, and challenges that basketball faces, and how it's all being handled in leagues overseas. Plus, how the coronavirus will impact the upcoming NBA Draft.
Socially Awkward Front End: 3/23/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby discuss Jamal Murray getting "hacked", Tom Brady asking for the phone numbers of all his teammates and an Atlanta Strip Club offering 'virtual lap dances' during Coronavirus lockdown.
The Running Back's Struggle: 3/23/20
We just saw 2017 Offensive Player of the Year Todd Gurley released by the LA Rams, and former Chargers star running back Melvin Gordon found a new home in Denver. Behind that shakeup is growing evidence that the role of running backs in the NFL is changing. A renewed focus on pass-heavy offenses, among other factors, is shifting the weight given to the position. FiveThirtyEight's Josh Hermsmeyer outlines the current landscape for running backs, from all angles.
Called Out: 3/20/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby talk Darius Slay's comments on Matt Patricia, the impact of COVID-19 on the coming drafts and answer your questions.
The Italian Scout: Baseball and the Center of the Pandemic: 3/20/20
Major League Baseball's season went on indefinite hiatus last week in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In parts of the world beyond the US, that chaos had already brought life and work to a halt. ESPN's Jeff Passan brings us the story of René Saggiadi, a Red Sox scout based in the Italian city of Bari. As his country deals with increasing contagion, we hear what happens when life and baseball pause, and how he's staying connected to the sport he loves.
Real Life: 3/19/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby talk Todd Gurley getting released, how players are spending their time social distancing and update on their new normal.
The Work From Home Bracket: 3/19/20
The KAJ are back together, remotely, and are continuing in this crazy third month with a bracket of the best things about working from home. First, they get a voicemail about best sports video games (1:17), then they dive into the sixteen options (23:10). Later, a voicemail about cheering yourself up (2:27:35).
Rachel Nichols on NBA shutdown: 3/19/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Rachel Nichols about dealing with uncertainty, her interview with Adam Silver, NBA storylines that might go unfinished, more.
Inside the US Soccer Equal Pay Fight: 3/19/20
A two-time World Cup and Olympic soccer champion, US team alumna Julie Foudy gives a candid inside look at the battle over fair pay for female players. US Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro just resigned amidst controversy over sexist language in USSF's legal filings. Since filing that suit in March 2019, the USWNT won its fourth FIFA World Cup and continued its streak of global dominance. Foudy details what it's taken to move the case forward, while the team continues to play at a top level.
New Era: 3/18/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby discuss how they are social distancing, Brady going to Tampa Bay and the NFL CBA.
Cheap Heat IG Live 2: 3/18/20
Another Mania Rumor?! Guests include Skylar Astin, Renee Young, Dip, Linder, and of course SGG.
Tom vs. Team: Why Brady is Moving On: 3/18/20
Tom Brady's early morning announcement that he's leaving New England echoed around the league all day Tuesday. But his breakup with the Patriots was a long time coming and when you look closely, the signs were there. ESPN Senior Writer Seth Wickersham shares the winding, tension-laden tale of Brady's departure, and sizes up what's next for Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
Blockbuster WR Trades: 3/17/20
Bill is joined by ESPN NFL Nation Vikings Reporter Courtney Cronin as they discuss the blockbuster trade that sent disgruntled WR Stefon Diggs to the Bills and what this means for the Vikings going forward. Then, ESPN NFL Nation Texans Reporter Sarah Barshop on why DeAndre Hopkins was traded to Arizona for what seems not enough in return and what this means for head coach Bill O'Brien.
NFL Free Agency Fireworks: 3/17/20
(Note: we published our show today before Tom Brady announced he's leaving the Patriots. More to come on that!) NFL free agency has kicked off with a bang, with the biggest deal so far sending Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals in return for RB David Johnson. Teams across the league have been using franchise tags on players, signing free agents and conducting trades throughout the past few days, getting even more attention than usual as most sports are suspended. ESPN's Bill Barnwell tracks the most dramatic storylines.
Mania News Bonus Livecast!!: 3/16/20
The Maj One jumps on IG live and reacts immediately to the news of Wrestlemania at the performance center. Guests include Alicia Atout of MLW, Ryan Satin, Kaz, Mark Henry, and a despondent Diperstein. Enjoy yourself and take it easy mane.
Future of Football: NFL Players Vote and 2020 Plans: 3/16/20
While most sports are on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL got some certainty this week, with players voting to approve a new collective bargaining agreement. NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith talks about the major points of the new deal. Then, ESPN NFL Insider Dan Graziano discusses how the league is responding to risks of COVID-19, and how the upcoming football schedule could change.
The Binge Watch Bracket: 3/13/20
It is truly the craziest third month - so Katie begins by addressing what's going on in the world. Then, she and Jay try to complete a bracket of the best shows to binge watch.
Social Distancing: 3/13/20
After a great talk with Road Dogg from DX, Rosenberg and SGG break down Elimination Chamber and a crazy week.
Howard Beck on COVID-19 and the suspension of the NBA season: 3/13/20
Zach talks to Bleacher Report's Howard Beck about COVID-19 shuttering the NBA, and much more.
Sports on Hiatus: The Economic Fallout: 3/13/20
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.
Sports and COVID-19: NBA Suspends Season, What Happens Next?: 3/12/20
The NBA shocked the sports world Wednesday night, announcing the season was suspended following a player testing positive for coronavirus. This comes on the heels of the NCAA announcing that the men's and women's college basketball tournaments will not allow fans in attendance. This is how the coronavirus outbreak is being handled by U.S. sports. ESPN's Tisha Thompson joins the show to update us on the suspensions, cancellations, and beyond.
The NFL Never Stops: 3/11/20
Bill is joined by ESPN's Jeremy Fowler as they discuss the future of Tom Brady, Jameis Winston, Dak Prescott and the franchise tag. Plus, other free agency news including players getting released and traded
Dodgers 2020: World Series or Bust: 3/11/20
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.
Best Fit For Brady?: 3/10/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby discuss the Bucks losing streak, Jamal Murray's epic dunk, Rudy Gobert wants smoke, Tom Brady's next move plus Dave "Lil Dicky" Burd joins the show
UNC's Lost Season: 3/10/20
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.
LeBron's MVP Weekend?: 3/9/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby discuss the Lakers' big weekend, Giannis' knee injury, the Rockets' losing streak and more. Plus, Barry Bonds is sad and Cheryl Miller joins the show.
Daryl Morey from Sloan Sports Analytics Conference: 3/9/20
Zach talks to Rockets GM Daryl Morey about trading away Clint Capela (2:41), the future of basketball (21:32), embracing innovation, and much more.
Bye Bye, Brady? 2020 Options for New England's Star QB: 3/9/20
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.
Kevin Arnovitz on Kenny Atkinson and Nets parting ways: 3/7/20
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz discuss the Nets and Kenny Atkinson agreeing to part ways.
Metta World Peace: 3/6/20
Zach talks to Metta World Peace about his press conference after winning the title in 2010, the passing of Kobe Bryant (6:50), his underrated career (9:56), his influence on mental health awareness in the NBA (12:33), and much more.
Is Zion Living Up to the Hype for the Pelicans?: 3/6/20
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.
Luka Lights Up Pelicans: 3/5/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby discuss the Mavs dynamic duo, Redskins might draft Tua, Steph returns to Warriors lineup, plus Stephon Marbury and Al Harrington join the show.
Sho Time: Angels' Shohei Ohtani Returns to Form: 3/5/20
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.
QB Carousel: 3/4/20
Bill is joined by ESPN's Mike Reiss as they discuss the future of the Patriots and Tom Brady. Then, ESPN's Mike Triplett (26:00) discusses what now for Taysom Hill & Teddy Bridgewater now that Drew Brees is returning. And, how will the Saints manage paying everyone from the 2017 draft class?
The Food Descriptions Bracket: 3/4/20
Third month crazy time is back and the KAJ kicks it off with an epic bracket of food description words. First, they take a voicemail about piggy back rides (1:06), then they get into the sweet sixteen (8:00). Later, there's a quick bachelor update (1:07:38), the final four (1:10:28) and a very existential Kool-Aid question (1:15:54).
How Coronavirus Could Change the 2020 Olympics: 3/4/20
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.
Kevin Arnovitz on the Bucks and MVP race: 3/3/20
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz discuss Milwaukee's status as favorites and the MVP race (49:57).
Is Jayson Tatum Boston's Next Superstar?: 3/3/20
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.
LeBron vs. Zion: 3/2/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby discuss LeBron vs Zion Part 2, Westbrook's February dominance, plus will Brady Return to the Patriots
Is Duke Done? A Season of NCAA Basketball Surprises: 3/2/20
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.
Rosenberg, SGG, Dip, and Skylar all try to figure out what happened this week. Plus, Natalya falls in and the guys get ready for Revolution this weekend.
LeBron Load Management, Jerry Jones Shower Thoughts and Luka Turns 21: 2/28/20
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby discuss Lebron load managing, Jerry Jones thinking about bringing Dez Bryant, Plus Luka Turns 21.
Pascal Siakam: The Raptors' New King of the North : 2/28/20
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.
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