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BADLANDS is a true-crime anthology podcast from Jake Brennan, creator and host of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND. BADLANDS Season 2: Sportsland is all about the shocking rise and fall of sports legends. Beginning September 22nd, 2021, listen each week for wild stories about Mike Tyson, Oscar Pistorius, Aaron Hernandez, Evel Knievel, Tonya Harding, Pete Rose, Sonny Liston, Spider Sabich, Ty Cobb, and, of course, O.J. Simpson.
Follow BADLANDS on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Wondery+ or wherever you get your podcasts. BADLANDS Season 2: Sportsland premieres September 22nd with new episodes available every Wednesday. Or, beginning September 22nd, you can binge the whole season of 10 episodes on Amazon Music.

BADLANDS: SPORTSLAND Jake Brennan

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BADLANDS is a true-crime anthology podcast from Jake Brennan, creator and host of the award-winning music and true crime podcast DISGRACELAND. BADLANDS Season 2: Sportsland is all about the shocking rise and fall of sports legends. Beginning September 22nd, 2021, listen each week for wild stories about Mike Tyson, Oscar Pistorius, Aaron Hernandez, Evel Knievel, Tonya Harding, Pete Rose, Sonny Liston, Spider Sabich, Ty Cobb, and, of course, O.J. Simpson.
Follow BADLANDS on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Wondery+ or wherever you get your podcasts. BADLANDS Season 2: Sportsland premieres September 22nd with new episodes available every Wednesday. Or, beginning September 22nd, you can binge the whole season of 10 episodes on Amazon Music.

    Presenting: The Rumor

    Presenting: The Rumor

    Badlands presents an excerpt from 'The Rumor,' a podcast from Blue Wire. An unlikely conversation at a birthday party sends two friends on a madcap quest to find out if a salacious sports rumor is true.

    • 52 min
    O.J. Simpson: Stolen Memorabilia, Armed Robbery, Fake Gangsters, and Blood in Brentwood

    O.J. Simpson: Stolen Memorabilia, Armed Robbery, Fake Gangsters, and Blood in Brentwood

    This is not the O.J. Simpson story you were expecting. This is the story of what happened after the former running back was acquitted for the murder of his ex-wife and her friend. It’s an insane story that involves missing sports memorabilia, ex-cons, a supposedly simple plan, and one of the most unbelievable armed robberies in Las Vegas’ sordid history.

    Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of BADLANDS Season 2: SPORTSLAND each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes of BADLANDS Season 2: SPORTSLAND on demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.

    This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including domestic violence and graphic descriptions of violence.

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    • 35 min
    Ty Cobb: Playing Smart and Mean, Fighting Dirty and Often, and Separating Truth from Fiction

    Ty Cobb: Playing Smart and Mean, Fighting Dirty and Often, and Separating Truth from Fiction

    Ty Cobb was one of the smartest baseball players of all time. He could stretch a single into a double. He could steal second, third, and home base all in the same at-bat. He used the threat of violence to intimidate other players and get what he wanted. He had a short fuse, so violence wasn’t reserved for the basepaths. He fought with teammates, with fans, and with normal people just going about their business. He beat up hecklers with his bare hands. He pointed loaded guns at grocers. Some said he even killed a man who tried to rob him. Some of Ty Cobb’s legend was fact, and some of it was fiction—but it was all part of the mythology that made him larger than life.

    Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of BADLANDS Season 2: SPORTSLAND each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes of BADLANDS Season 2: SPORTSLAND on demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.

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    • 35 min
    Spider Sabich: Freak Power, Cocaine, and Murder in Aspen

    Spider Sabich: Freak Power, Cocaine, and Murder in Aspen

    In the 1960s and 1970s, Aspen, Colorado gained a reputation as a trendy hotbed of hippies, beautiful people, liberal politics, and even more liberal drug use. It was a powdery playground for some of the country’s greatest downhill skiers, as well as some of the country’s most famous people looking for some anonymous R&R. And Aspen was all fun and games until the day that America’s most handsome and famous skier, Spider Sabich, was shot dead in his home. His girlfriend, the French singer Claudine Longet, held the smoking gun.

    Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of BADLANDS Season 2: SPORTSLAND each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes of BADLANDS Season 2: SPORTSLAND on demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.

    This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners, including domestic violence.

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 33 min
    Pete Rose: Full-Throttle Hustle, Gambling with Gangsters, and Winning at Any Cost

    Pete Rose: Full-Throttle Hustle, Gambling with Gangsters, and Winning at Any Cost

    Pete Rose was the biggest winner in baseball history. He played more games. He had more hits. The numbers prove he was, unequivocally, the best. But his desire to win became an all-consuming compulsion both on and off the baseball diamond. When he could no longer rack up wins on the field as a player, he sought out other ways to feel like a winner. This led to bets placed with gangsters, debts owed to vengeful bookies, and a web of secrets and lies that would ultimately prove his undoing.

    Follow BADLANDS wherever you get your podcasts to hear new episodes of BADLANDS Season 2: SPORTSLAND each Wednesday. As a bonus, Amazon Music listeners can hear all 10 episodes of BADLANDS Season 2: SPORTSLAND on demand right now at amazon.com/badlands.

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 29 min
    Tonya Harding: Free Will, Bad Luck, a Whack Gone Wrong, and Being Doomed from the Start

    Tonya Harding: Free Will, Bad Luck, a Whack Gone Wrong, and Being Doomed from the Start

    The attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan that fellow US Olympian Tonya Harding organized is so well-known that nearly 30 years later, it remains one of the most shocking and infamous events in modern sports.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
317 Ratings

317 Ratings

rosanne68 ,

Prose

The writing and deliverance could be Shakespearean in today’s standards. Love it

rbattsjr ,

Can’t take seriously

In 1912 the Yankees were still known as the Highlanders and did not play in Yankee Stadium until 1923!
If you can’t get these basics correct how can anything you say on any of your shows be taken seriously?

TinaCJ ,

President Bob Dole?!!

I’ve been listening to Jake for a while but I’m done now after listening to the Tanya Harding episode; in fact I didn’t even finish the episode. A previous review said my thoughts exactly. President Bob Dole beat Clinton by a landslide??!!! Wow. Now I have no idea what has been fact or fiction in all the episodes I’ve listened to to this point. So disappointing.

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