Football is religion in the South, to borrow the cliche. And a certain sect of fans and the establishment have always tried to separate that religion from politics. But that’s a tall order in 2020. When politics affect whether games can be safely played. When players and coaches wrestle with systemic racism and police brutality. When the president of the United States uses sports as… well a political football. And when a former football coach is pursuing a seat in the United States Senate. This week, we're speak with John Talty, Senior Sports Editor for AL.com and head of their SEC Insider, and Kiese Laymon, author of the highly acclaimed memoir Heavy and an English professor at the University of Mississippi.
0:00 Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide
2:17 John Talty, Senior sports editor and SEC Insider, @JTalty
2:34 Covering sports during a pandemic
3:40 Is it possible to ‘stick to sports?’
6:13 Is the NCAA really committed to racial justice?
8:29 Players and the league fighting for power
10:26 Mississippi athletes and the Confederate flag
12:18 The Covid-19 information war
15:01 What’s at stake for college towns?
17:17 Tommy Tuberville’s run for senate
23:10 Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy, @KieseLaymon
23:51 Life in Oxford, MS, during a pandemic
25:58 The cat’s out of the bag on ‘amateurism’
28:25 The burden students are carrying
29:58 Everyone else is making money in sports
32:22 The myths of living in Mississippi
38:54 The change that comes through sports
42:11 What do NFL owners really think?
4653 White people in Mississippi
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