Have you already forgotten the Dark Times? After March 2020 when the sport ceased to exist, the NBA hosting a HORSE tournament felt like the fucking Super Bowl. We had to turn to the last dance to experience the thrill of a buzzer-beater again. When the sport finally returned, we had empty stadiums save for the stands filled with stuffed animals and cardboard cutouts, which 22nd century historians will surely raise their eyebrows.
Luckily, the sport is finally feeling like normal again. Which means, you know, you have to keep up with the sport again. Watch the matches. To catch sports center the night. And, of course, queue up a few sports podcasts while you run errands. Luckily for you, there’s never been more— in terms of quantity — sports pods to listen to, covering everything from baseball to hoops, to the occasional foray into our wider culture. We’ve sifted through the sea of talking heads to bring you the best of the best.
Too much for you? Don’t make us remind you of the Cinnamon Toast Crunchs at Marlins Park.
The good time with Bomani Jones
If you’re like us and find yourself dearly gone high noon, the great Bomani Jones talk show with the (also great) Pablo Torre, then we have good news for you. Jones’ hilarious and biting sports commentary can still be found on HBO Game Theory with Bomani Jones and his podcast, The good time with Bomani Jones.
Do The Bill Simmons Podcast– which, spoiler, is also on this list – not pressing your hoops buttons enough? Check out dedicated basketball on the Ringer Podcast Network The Ringer NBA Show. You’ll spend more time with the rotating cast of character-commentators you hear on Bill Simmonswhich sounds like a the perfect antidote to the emptiness of the NBA’s impending offseason.
If you know the famous Jomboy crashes on YouTube, you know why talk about baseball is here. Frankly, there might not be a more entertaining trio to hear baseball talk than Jimmy O’Brien, Jake Storiale and Trevor Plouffe. As simple as that. (By the way, our favorite Jomboy breakdown? This might be the masterpiece on the cat that took a Giants game by storm. Give the cats a chance, Jimmy!)
If you want to finish today – yes, today – just a little smarter, get in line Bill Rhoden on Sports. This year alone, the former legendary New York Times the sports columnist took on Brian Flores’ NFL lawsuit, the lingering effects of the coronavirus pandemic on sports, and even an Esquire favorite, Buying Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty.
ETC with Kevin Durant
Being, you know, Kevin Durant has its perks. For one thing, when you’re starting your own podcast, it’s probably not terribly difficult to get a go-to guest on almost every episode. Try candid conversations with the likes of Kyrie Irving, JJ Redick, Roddy Ricch, Issa Rae, and our favorite, Charles Barkley. Sounds like an hour well spent for us.
Like baseball? What would you say The right place? Turns out the creator of your favorite shows…Parks and recreation, Office, and yes, The right placeincluded— has its own sports podcast. Billed as “kind of a sports show but not really”, The Postcast hits the sweet spot of feeling like you’re in a room talking about sports with your friends, as awesome (and sometimes infuriating) as that may be.
Moments with Candace Parker
After going through all these sports podcasts, you at least need one that isn’t everything about sports, right? Give Moments with Candace Parker a round, where you’ll hear the WNBA champion talk about parenting, relationships, money and more.
Hotboxing with Mike Tyson
Of course, you already know that Mike Tyson is one of the greatest boxers who ever lived. It is a fact, even if you are of the age where you know him especially since his appearance in The hangover. You should also know about the next act in his career, which sees him as a podcaster in search of the truth. Hotboxing with Mike Tyson will hook you with every word, whether it’s an interview with a sports great (Sugar Ray Leonard) or just someone you really want to hear from (Waka Flocka Flame).
Dan Le Batard’s show with Stugotz
Don’t get down very questionablethe departure of ESPN. Dan Le Batard and his friends live in Dan Le Batard’s show with Stugotzwhere you can expect the same mix of sports talk, antics and camaraderie that made very questionable such a thrill ride in the first place.
That’s what she said with Sarah Spain
If you’ve become a fan of Sarah Spain’s standout tricks on ESPN Around the Hornso let us introduce you That’s what she said with Sarah Spain. You’ll find must-watch listens to what’s happening in our increasingly complicated world of sports (see recent episodes on mental health) and interviews with the likes of Becky Hammon and Billie Jean King.
The Bill Simmons Podcast
What else to say about The Bill Simmons Podcast? It’s the antidote for anyone who can’t listen to two hours of sports talk, but still wants to come away with enough literacy to say they follow sports. With all of Bachelor recaps celebrity interviews thrown into the mix of guessing game odds, you’ll likely find that The Bill Simmons Podcast is the sport-culture-and-everything-other pod you’ll keep coming back to.
In our post-Ted Lasso world, we Americans could try a little harder to get into the great game of soccer, uh, soccer. Could we suggest pairing this first foray into La Liga with a first listen to Men in blazers? Hosts Roger Bennett and Michael Davies will make you feel like you’ve tripped and fallen in an English pub screaming at the game.
ESPN 30 for 30 podcasts did what probably seemed impossible when it was first conceived: distill the beauty, immediacy and attention to detail of the long-running TV series into a podcast. start with The King of Crenshawwhich explores the impact of rapper Nipsey Hussle’s death on the NBA, and flashback.
Jemele Hill is indifferent
Can you really talk about sports podcast without mentioning Jemele Hill? Well, I guess you can, but doing so will make you look uninformed and lame. It’s no secret that Hill is an elite figure in the sports journalism circle, but guess what? She has other interests. his podcast, Jemele Hill is indifferentgives the seasoned journalist space to cover everything from sports, literature, film, music as well as social issues.
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