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From Defector. Former Deadspin writers Drew Magary and David Roth should really stick to sports. Sure, their new indie sports podcast will break down the week in sports: the Mets grounding into quadruple plays, NBA players getting testy on the court and horny on Instagram, Bill Belichick cutting 80% of his roster just to keep himself interested, horrifying takes from sports talk radio that need to be broken down, etc. But these two men and their guests will have their fair share of off-the-field issues they’ll also have to address: stupid Funbag questions, bad tweets from bad people, pointless food arguments, and even less. Every week is a VERY long week these days. We could all use a little Distraction. Head to defector.com for more info.

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    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

From Defector. Former Deadspin writers Drew Magary and David Roth should really stick to sports. Sure, their new indie sports podcast will break down the week in sports: the Mets grounding into quadruple plays, NBA players getting testy on the court and horny on Instagram, Bill Belichick cutting 80% of his roster just to keep himself interested, horrifying takes from sports talk radio that need to be broken down, etc. But these two men and their guests will have their fair share of off-the-field issues they’ll also have to address: stupid Funbag questions, bad tweets from bad people, pointless food arguments, and even less. Every week is a VERY long week these days. We could all use a little Distraction. Head to defector.com for more info.

    I Hope I Get it Wrong (with Tyler Tynes)

    I Hope I Get it Wrong (with Tyler Tynes)

    Drew and Roth talk to GQ’s Tyler Tynes about weed legalization, NBA activism, Philly sports, and how to avoid teens at concerts. Plus, questions from the Funbag! And a topical round of Dead or Canceled. Visit Defector.com.

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    • 54 min
    That’s as Simplistic as I Can Possibly Make It (with Thang Pham)

    That’s as Simplistic as I Can Possibly Make It (with Thang Pham)

    This week, Drew and Roth discuss time zones, MLB moving its All-Star Game, Deshaun Watson, and how to make vaccines cool. Plus, Defector accomplice Thang Pham joins from Sydney, Australia for classic shenanigans like Dead or Canceled and questions from the Funbag! Visit Defector.com.

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    • 50 min
    That Way Lies Madness (with Tom Ley and Meg Rowley)

    That Way Lies Madness (with Tom Ley and Meg Rowley)

    Defector Editor-in-Chief Tom Ley and FanGraphs Managing Editor Meg Rowley join Roth to discuss the 2021 baseball season, seasonal affective disorder, and why rooting for a team is a matter of the heart. Plus, Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! To become a FanGraphs member, go to FanGraphs.com. Visit Defector.com.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    We’re Not Talking About Trolls, We’re Talking About Film (with Amy Nicholson)

    We’re Not Talking About Trolls, We’re Talking About Film (with Amy Nicholson)

    Drew and Roth talk to film critic Amy Nicholson about Martian bacteria, Patrick Schwarzenegger’s filmography, and why you can skip most movies from the '50s. Plus, Dead or Cancelled and questions from the Funbag! Nicholson’s podcast, Unspooled, is streaming now. Visit defector.com.

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    • 56 min
    We Have More to Hate Here (with Maitreyi Anantharaman)

    We Have More to Hate Here (with Maitreyi Anantharaman)

    In this episode, Defector’s Maitreyi Anantharaman joins Drew and Roth to discuss mozzarella sticks, game show hosts, and the Hater’s Guide to March Madness. Plus Dead or Cancelled and questions from the Funbag! Visit defector.com. 

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Have I Forgotten How to Go to a Bar? (with Rachel Handler)

    Have I Forgotten How to Go to a Bar? (with Rachel Handler)

    Drew and Roth talk to writer Rachel Handler about celebrity lunches, Meghan Markle, and the surprisingly dark plot of The Parent Trap. Plus, a fashionable Guy of the Week and questions from the Funbag! Visit defector.com. 

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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

NotaGammon ,

Hell yeah

I’ve missed you all so much! I’m so happy you’re in my ears again

Primo_J ,

Back from the dead(cast)

The Distraction is the spiritual heir to Deadcast, the weekly podcast for once-great sports blog Deadspin, which was gutted and ruined by investment fund ghouls insisting the staff ”stick to sports” instead of commenting on politics, food, pop culture, and whatever they could think of. The staff quit en masse to protest this, and while I respected the principled decision, I missed the site and particularly the writings of Drew Magary and David Roth, who also hosted Deadcast.

After a period in the wilderness, ex-Deadspin staff started up a new independent site called Defector and brought back all the good stuff from the past, including a weekly podcast – now called The Distraction (not Defecast). I am so happy to once again have Drew and Roth and various guests show up in my podcast library every week with a new episode, talking sports but also providing song mash-ups, Robert Kraft imitations and much more. They feel like old pals now, even though neither of these a-holes never acknowledge my sycophantic Twitter posts about them. Five stars nonetheless.

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