Join host and journalist Ben Baskin on an adventure through time as he takes on some of the biggest questions in sports history— and some you never thought to ask. Every episode of Lost In Sports explores the mysteries of the lost, the forgotten and the disappeared, and goes on a quest for answers.
In season 1, Ben investigates a global phenomenon that vanished, a body part that went missing, a movie that was never seen, and more!
Have a sports mystery you’d like to solve? Send it to Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave him a message at [(914) 893-2870](tel:9148932870).
Introducing Man in the Arena: Haters
America’s collective adoration of the underdog means that people love to hate Tom Brady. In the world of sports, hatred is inevitable, so why are haters always gonna hate? And in the context of sports, could hate be a positive thing? What might it take to change one fan’s mind?
Featuring: 12-year-old viral Brady-hater Ace Davis, Asst. Prof. of Psychology at Univ. of Central Arkansas Marc Sestir, and Chad Neidt, the Broncos fan who wrote the “FU Tom Brady” song.
Thanks to Chad Neidt, Brandon Perna & ThatsGoodSports, 12:05 AM Productions, LLC / Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Lex 18 News for the clips used in this episode.
New Jersey Turnpikes
In 1999, a comedy about the ABA -- the upstart 70s basketball league -- was supposed to be released. The movie starred Orlando Jones, Kelsey Grammer and Jason Segel, and featured cameos by Jim Brown, Roy Jones Jr, and Julius Erving. Everyone involved thought the movie was going to be a classic. But it never came out. Most of the actors never even got to see it. Ben investigates the untold story of New Jersey Turnpikes to find out what actually happened.
The Hartford Whalers logo is everywhere, worn by celebrities from Snoop Dogg to Adam Sandler….even though the team no longer exists. But the small state capital was once home to hockey greats like Gordie Howe and Ron Francis, before the team was uprooted to North Carolina. Ben returns to his home state to find out how Hartford once had a NHL team, why the team moved and ripped the heart out of the city, and how it’s seemingly more popular now than when it existed.
In 1997, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield squared off in arguably the most notorious and strange fight in boxing history. It is remembered in infamy as The Bite Fight. Lesser known is that the piece of Evander Holyfield's ear that Mike Tyson bit off and spit out went missing. Ben ventures to find out what happened to that chunk of human flesh and why Tyson bit the ear in the first place.
NCAA Football Video Game
For years, EA Sports produced an extremely popular, and extremely accurate, college football video game— with all the NCAA teams, stadiums, mascots, traditions, and, yes, the actual players. And then it was gone, leaving its cult fanbase enraged and fighting to keep the game alive. Ben explores the NCAA Football video game series, how it was made, why it went away, and how its loss exposed what it really means to be a college athlete.
The AND1 Mixtapes
In 1999, a small apparel company named AND1 released a VHS tape of streetball highlights set to a hip hop soundtrack that quickly became a worldwide craze. AND1 was soon hosting games all over the world, and the players were international celebrities. But then, just as quickly as it rose, it all disappeared. Twenty years later, Ben untangles the complicated origins, unlikely rise and untimely demise of the basketball phenomenon he fell in love with as a kid.
To learn more about streetball and where it's played, check out our AND1 Guide on Apple Maps here.
So much fun!
Keep ‘em coming. Can’t wait for more!
Eye opening, captivating stories from a gifted storyteller. Amazing stuff!
This show tells great stories with in depth interviews but the host is so enthusiastic it becomes annoying.