The partnership Religion of Sports introduced with public media group PRX back in October promised an extra growth into podcasting (waters they’d already explored a bit), and a few of these efforts are beginning to come to mild 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 types of bizarre 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 is going to be one large romp, identical to the trailer right here: pic.twitter.com/4ssaiOGv4A
— Tim Rohan (@TimRohan) May 13, 2021
Misplaced in Sports activities is about to premiere on Might 27, with additional episodes popping out each different Thursday by August 5. It will likely be accessible without spending a dime throughout Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, Stitcher and different podcasting platforms. And along with the beforehand talked about subjects, additionally they have already got episodes within the works on the enduring reputation of the Hartford Whalers, and on the notorious Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield ear-biting incident in 1997. Listed below are the episode descriptions up to now, 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 develop into champions. The episode can even embody 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 Warfare and Avengers: Endgame.
Future episodes of the podcast will discover the next, amongst extra subjects to be introduced:
The And1 Mixtapes––With the aim of dethroning Nike, attire firm And1 had the novel concept to create a VHS tape of road basketball gamers set to a hip-hop soundtrack, and to provide it away without spending a dime. The And1 Mixtape was immediately profitable, resulting in a world 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 “Primary 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 Staff that has not existed since 1997, extra widespread now greater than ever? Baskin returns to his residence state of Connecticut––a state with out a main skilled sports activities workforce in any of the so-called Large 4 leagues––to search out out. Company on this episode embody the previous Whalers workforce 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 struggle. The end result was arguably essentially the most notorious second in boxing historical past, ceaselessly referred to as the Chew 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 function Boxing Corridor of Fame CEO Steve Lott, Corridor of Fame boxing announcer Jim Grey and historian Steve Farhood, and Tom Patti, a longtime buddy 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 faculty 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 compelled 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 government Sonny Vaccaro, this episode will delve into why the “NCAA Soccer” collection was so beloved and what concerning the sport modified faculty sports activities.
There are some good potential subjects in there, and it feels 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.