3 episodes

Whether you love him or hate him or are somehow completely indifferent, you’ve probably spent the last 20 years thinking about Tom Brady. Brady has altered friendships, families and communities. He’s changed the trajectory of careers and reputations, enabled fairy tale dreams to be both realized and dashed. This 10-part series looks at those two decades of Brady through the eyes of the fans and the haters, those in the arena and those outside. As host, Gotham Chopra grapples with these big themes, while grounding the podcast in his personal relationship with Tom and his journey from a Brady fan to Tom’s friend.

Man in the Arena ESPN, Religion of Sports

    • Sports
    • 4.6 • 81 Ratings

Whether you love him or hate him or are somehow completely indifferent, you’ve probably spent the last 20 years thinking about Tom Brady. Brady has altered friendships, families and communities. He’s changed the trajectory of careers and reputations, enabled fairy tale dreams to be both realized and dashed. This 10-part series looks at those two decades of Brady through the eyes of the fans and the haters, those in the arena and those outside. As host, Gotham Chopra grapples with these big themes, while grounding the podcast in his personal relationship with Tom and his journey from a Brady fan to Tom’s friend.

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    In 2001, Tom Brady became the Patriots’ savior when he helped the franchise win their first Super Bowl. But why did the city embrace a guy that might not have fit the profile of a blue-collar Boston fan? How did Brady help redefine what it means to be a Boston sports fan? And how much do the players we think of as “ours” really belong to the community that roots for them?

    Guests: Boston sports fans the Varela family, Seth Wickersham, Playwright and Boston fan Tori Sampson, and a Pats fan who converted to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after Brady left.

    Thanks to Columbus 81 Productions, ICM Partners, Worldwide Pants, CBS, 60 Minutes and Veritone for the clips used in this episode.

    • 29 min
    Game of Chance

    Game of Chance

    Here’s the Tom Brady Origin Story: Twenty years ago, a hit by Mo Lewis knocked Drew Bledsoe out of the game. Brady stepped onto the field and a dynasty was born. One play determined Tom Brady’s future and the future of a franchise. Or did it? Is this story more myth than fact? What if that hit hadn’t happened? One small moment can make a huge difference, but is there more to it than that?

    Featuring Herm Edwards, Rex Ryan, New York Times Science Writer Dennis Overbye, Boston Sports NBC Reporter Michael Holley.

    • 31 min
    Introducing 'Man in the Arena'

    Introducing 'Man in the Arena'

    Whether you love him or hate him or are somehow completely indifferent, you’ve probably spent the last 20 years thinking about Tom Brady. Brady has altered friendships, families and communities. He’s changed the trajectory of careers and reputations, enabled fairy tale dreams to be both realized and dashed. This 10-part series looks at those two decades of Brady through the eyes of the fans and the haters, those in the arena and those outside. As host, Gotham Chopra grapples with these big themes, while grounding the podcast in his personal relationship with Tom and his journey from a Brady fan to Tom’s friend.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 Ratings

KjTerp23 ,

Nice Job!

Coming from a Die Hard bears fan, I’ve enjoyed the first two episodes. Keep ‘em coming!

sportsperson1073 ,

Swearing makes it hard to listen too

It just seems a bit much

Eddiegqb ,

GOAT

GOAT of GOAT’s

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