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Sports rivalries can fuel fans and athletes to fight and argue for years. But what’s the real story behind these epic battles?
From Wondery, the company behind “Business Wars”, “Gladiator” and “The Lead” comes SPORTS WARS, a new series that offers an immersive look at some of the greatest athletic rivalries of all time: two superpower nations facing off in the Miracle on Ice. The battle for the starting quarterback gig in Green Bay between Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. And many more.
Host Dan Rubenstein (Sports Illustrated, SB Nation) will take you from the grudge matches to the pranks, from the tantrums to the triumphs: what really happened, who was right, who was wrong -- and you can decide whose side you’re on.

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Sports rivalries can fuel fans and athletes to fight and argue for years. But what’s the real story behind these epic battles?
From Wondery, the company behind “Business Wars”, “Gladiator” and “The Lead” comes SPORTS WARS, a new series that offers an immersive look at some of the greatest athletic rivalries of all time: two superpower nations facing off in the Miracle on Ice. The battle for the starting quarterback gig in Green Bay between Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. And many more.
Host Dan Rubenstein (Sports Illustrated, SB Nation) will take you from the grudge matches to the pranks, from the tantrums to the triumphs: what really happened, who was right, who was wrong -- and you can decide whose side you’re on.

    Kobe vs Shaq Revisited - Stay Hungry or Lose | 4

    Kobe vs Shaq Revisited - Stay Hungry or Lose | 4

    *In light of Kobe Bryant's tragic passing, we're re-airing our series on the rivalry between Kobe and Shaquille O'Neal.* They may be reigning champs, but things aren’t looking great for the Lakers as the 2000–2001 season gets underway. After a dispiriting loss, Kobe acknowledges he’s a ball hog. Shaq can’t make a free throw to save his life. And their ongoing feud spills into the press. So much for burying the hatchet.

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    • 30 min
    Kobe vs. Shaq Revisited - Who's the Boss | 3

    Kobe vs. Shaq Revisited - Who's the Boss | 3

    *In light of Kobe Bryant's tragic passing, we're re-airing our series on the rivalry between Kobe and Shaquille O'Neal.* 

    It’s 1999 and Phil Jackson—the tai chi–practicing, sage-burning zen master—is now the Lakers’ head coach. He’s got his eye on a championship, but he knows the only way to get there is to teach Shaq some discipline and snap Kobe’s selfish streak. Easier said than done.

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    • 34 min
    Kobe vs. Shaq Revisited - Powered by Fury | 2

    Kobe vs. Shaq Revisited - Powered by Fury | 2

    *In light of Kobe Bryant's tragic passing, we're re-airing our series on the rivalry between Kobe and Shaquille O'Neal.* Kobe and Shaq are young, famous, handsomely paid, and diametrically opposed. Shaq, with his lifelong craving for adoration, tries to win over his teammates and position himself as the Lakers' top dog. As for Kobe, he couldn’t care less about camaraderie.

    • 27 min
    Kobe vs. Shaq Revisited - It’s Showtime | 1

    Kobe vs. Shaq Revisited - It’s Showtime | 1

    *In light of Kobe Bryant's tragic passing, we're re-airing our series on the rivalry between Kobe and Shaquille O'Neal.* 




    It’s 1996, and the Los Angeles Lakers are priming for greatness. First they sign the gargantuan, indomitable Shaquille O’Neal. Then they bring on a 17-year-old with epic potential: Kobe Bryant. What a coup, right? There’s only one problem. Shaq and Kobe can’t stand each other. (This is the first episode in a six-part series.)




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    • 30 min
    The Legacy of Kobe Bryant | 1

    The Legacy of Kobe Bryant | 1

    Kelvin Washington is an anchor for Spectrum News 1, in Southern California, and can be heard nationally on Fox Sports Radio, among other outlets. He and Dan discuss Kobe Bryant’s legacy and influence, in the wake of Kobe's tragic passing. They also dig into Kobe’s relationship with former teammate Shaquille O’Neal.

    • 33 min
    Introducing: THE LEAD

    Introducing: THE LEAD

    wondery.fm/TheLead

    The Lead is a daily sports podcast from Wondery and The Athletic. Every weekday morning, The Lead brings you sports stories of the day from The Athletic’s team of local and national sports reporters. Stories like “Where did the 49ers new star running back, Raheem Mostert, come from?” or “What can Zion Williams do for the Pelicans?”

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

PhiGlo ,

Super show

I love Business Wars and heard the plug for Sports Wars. So pleased I gave it a go. Great show, really well narrated, positive energy. Well done!

Edinburgh Euan ,

Super interesting series

First came across Wondery with Dr Death and then Gladiator, and now really into the Sports Wars series. Right mix of (dare I say American!) over-dramatisation while being really informative at the same time. Particularly like the extra interviews interspersed throughout the series. Good podding.

MingeMagnet ,

Fascinating

A great listen and it teaches you things about sports that is easy to understand. The first episode was 6 parts of pure class. I highly recommend and can not wait for future instalments 👍🏻

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