8 episodes

An unlikely conversation at a birthday party sends two friends on a madcap quest to find out if a salacious sports rumor is true. As their investigation circles the legacies of baseball Hall of Famer, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Hollywood legend, Kevin Costner, they find themselves re-examining their deepest-held beliefs about belonging, believing, and what makes a hero. While the truth proves more elusive than a well-thrown knuckleball, one thing is certain: their lives will never be the same.

The Rumor Blue Wire

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    • 4.6 • 507 Ratings

An unlikely conversation at a birthday party sends two friends on a madcap quest to find out if a salacious sports rumor is true. As their investigation circles the legacies of baseball Hall of Famer, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Hollywood legend, Kevin Costner, they find themselves re-examining their deepest-held beliefs about belonging, believing, and what makes a hero. While the truth proves more elusive than a well-thrown knuckleball, one thing is certain: their lives will never be the same.

    Skates Unlaced with Adam Rippon

    Skates Unlaced with Adam Rippon

    The exciting inaugural episode of the Gold Medal Loser Podcast! Olympic figure skater, Adam Rippon dazzles LoLo with his bold voice and big personality. Find out what these two have in common from “Dancing to the Stars,” ESPN The Magazine’s “The Body Issue,” and Taylor Swift. Plus, you don’t want to miss Adam’s thoughts on skating in jeans.

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    00:00 Discover Ad #1
    00:16 Pre-Tease
    00:27 Music Show Open
    00:33 Guest Welcome/Hi Hello
    01:10 Guest Background Intro
    08:37 Experiences doing ESPN the Magazine Body Issue
    12:04 Biggest Success/ Biggest Failure
    17:48 Discover Ad #2
    18:19 Hot Topics
    26:22 Hot off the press with Adam Rippon
    30:17 Who ya gonna call?
    33:00 Worst Advice/Best Advice
    38:20 Good bye/Thank you

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    • 38 min
    To Love Somebody

    To Love Somebody

    In the final episode of the series, Sam and Mac discover one more strange twist to their story. But have they solved the case? After months of investigating clues, interviewing sources, and flicking random switches in the press box of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the two friends finally illuminate the heart of their journey.
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    • 48 min
    The Four Keys

    The Four Keys

    Fresh off a bizarre convo with the guy who designed the electrical system at Oriole Park, Sam and Mac reach some other guys who were charged with fixing the tower power the night of the outage. And with the clock ticking on their investigation (yes, we know there's no clock in baseball), Mac and Sam light out for the Pacific Northwest to get the Seattle side of the story. While tangling with the memories of a wild pre-rumor brawl, they hear a new theory about August 14, 1997. 

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    • 46 min
    The Old Box

    The Old Box

    To finally uncover why exactly the lights went out that fateful summer night in Baltimore, Sam and Mac search deeper, down in the basement of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. There, the ballpark’s head electrician gives them a tour of the elaborate system that keeps the lights on—and turns them off. Feeling as much like invaders as investigators, Sam and Mac learn who had access to the lighting controls back in 1997, and they stumble upon a key detail in the case.
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    • 42 min
    The Stories You Don’t Hear About

    The Stories You Don’t Hear About

    Sam and Mac go around the horn with three of Cal’s teammates who were there the night everything went down—especially the lights. And they obsessively scrutinize an intriguing piece of evidence from Oriole Park on August 14th, 1997. Does it contain definitive proof of an elaborate conspiracy? Or will obsessively examining it finally unravel Sam and Mac’s already-tenuous grip on reality? 
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    • 43 min
    Something Magic Happens

    Something Magic Happens

    As their investigation picks up pace, Sam and Mac land on the trail of a former Baltimore cop with the menacing-sounding nickname of Mad Dog—someone they’ve been told might have insider intel about the rumor. And after parsing a 1997 police report from the Ripken residence for clues, Sam and Mac head for the wealthy Baltimore exurb that appears to have more horses than people. Meanwhile, Sam reveals his intimate connection to the Kevin Costner oeuvre.
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
507 Ratings

507 Ratings

Nicosylvan1978 ,

Great

I live in Baltimore so that might influence my interest in this story …. Either way, it’s just fantastic and so captures a lot that is unique to the Orioles and to this town 💕

devinkeast ,

What Is the Truth?

Investigative journalism in the style of true crime, but having entirely to do do with a rumor involving baseball’s Cal Ripken Jr., actor Kevin Costner, and a mysterious power outage. What is the truth? Does it even matter? Presenting your new binge-worthy podcast.

Jimmy Dono ,

Difficult to finish

This series is 6 episodes, which is about 2-3 too long. The personal journeys of the hosts are not really as interesting as they think they are, making this more of a slog than a fun trip down memory lane. What’s worse is that the “rumor” this show is based on is funny and was one of the things that used to make baseball interesting and worth following… but they frame it as disastrous and ruinous to the streak and the “integrity” of the sport. Like much of baseball in the 2020’s, this framing comes off as old-guard and boring.

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