The partnership Religion of Sports introduced with public media group PRX back in October promised an additional growth into podcasting (waters they’d already explored a bit), and a few of these efforts are beginning to come to gentle now. In March, they introduced “Crushed,” a podcast hosted by former Sports activities Illustrated author Joan Niesen and searching again at MLB steroid historical past. Now, they’ve introduced one other new podcast, “Misplaced in Sports activities.” This one, hosted by Ben Baskin (additionally a former Sports activities Illustrated author), goals to dive into all kinds of surprising sports activities historical past, from the Cleveland Browns’ 1986 “Masters of the Gridiron” movie to the famed AND1 Mixtapes to NCAA Soccer ’14 and extra. Right here’s a trailer, posted by Faith of Sports activities’ Tim Rohan:
The subsequent podcast coming from @religionofsport and @prx is LOST IN SPORTS, by which @Ben_Baskin performs novice detective and investigates sports activities tales, artifacts, and folks misplaced to time. It may be one huge romp, similar to the trailer right here: pic.twitter.com/4ssaiOGv4A
— Tim Rohan (@TimRohan) May 13, 2021
Misplaced in Sports activities is about to premiere on Could 27, with additional episodes popping out each different Thursday via August 5. Will probably be out there at no cost throughout Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, Stitcher and different podcasting platforms. And along with the beforehand talked about matters, in addition they have already got episodes within the works on the enduring recognition of the Hartford Whalers, and on the notorious Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield ear-biting incident in 1997. Listed here are the episode descriptions thus far, from a launch:
The primary episode of “Misplaced in Sports activities” will revisit “Masters of the Gridiron,” a wierd quick movie infused with time journey and sorcery that was launched by Cleveland Browns soccer gamers in 1986, prophesizing they could turn out to be champions. The episode may even embrace visitor appearances by the creators of the movie, Lolis Garcia-Baab and former Browns’ participant Mike Baab, in addition to by Joe and Anthony Russo, administrators of Avengers: Infinity Struggle and Avengers: Endgame.
Future episodes of the podcast will discover the next, amongst extra matters to be introduced:
The And1 Mixtapes––With the aim of dethroning Nike, attire firm And1 had the unconventional thought to create a VHS tape of avenue basketball gamers set to a hip-hop soundtrack, and to provide it away at no cost. The And1 Mixtape was immediately profitable, resulting in a global tour and a preferred ESPN present. That includes NBA MVP Stephen Curry and a number of streetball gamers together with Grayson “The Professor” Boucher, Waliyy “Fundamental Occasion” Dixon, and Philip “Sizzling Sauce” Champion, this episode will ask how And1 elevated streetball to a multi-million greenback phenomenon, after which why all of it disappeared;
The Hartford Whalers––Why are the Hartford Whalers, a Nationwide Hockey League Crew that has not existed since 1997, extra standard now greater than ever? Baskin returns to his house state of Connecticut––a state with no main skilled sports activities staff in any of the so-called Large 4 leagues––to seek out out. Friends on this episode embrace the previous Whalers staff house owners in addition to a number of former NHL gamers;
Evander Holyfield’s ear––In 1997, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield squared off in a rematch to their first battle. The end result was arguably probably the most notorious second in boxing historical past, eternally often called the Chunk Struggle. What many don’t know is that the piece of Holyfield’s ear was discovered, however then vanished. Why did Tyson chunk off a bit of Holyfield’s ear, and the way did it go lacking? And, how did the 2 boxers find yourself within the ring within the first place? This episode will characteristic Boxing Corridor of Fame CEO Steve Lott, Corridor of Fame boxing announcer Jim Grey and historian Steve Farhood, and Tom Patti, a longtime pal and former supervisor to Tyson;
“NCAA Soccer 14”––Eight years in the past, EA Sports activities launched “NCAA Soccer 14,” the most recent version of the school soccer online game collection with a rabid following. However, it stays the final model of the sport ever made, as a extremely publicized lawsuit in opposition to EA Sports activities and the NCAA pressured the sport’s cancellation, ruling the sport used the likenesses of athletes with out compensation. That includes Sam Keller, the lead plaintiff on this lawsuit, WNBA star Arike Ogunbowale, and iconic sports activities advertising govt Sonny Vaccaro, this episode will delve into why the “NCAA Soccer” collection was so beloved and what concerning the recreation modified school sports activities.
There are some good potential matters in there, and it seems like Misplaced in Sports activities has managed to land some distinguished voices to talk to them. And the concept of a deeper dive into a few of these extra uncommon sports activities moments has some attraction. We’ll see how this seems.