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ESPN's renowned investigative reporter and TV commentator, Jeremy Schaap, takes a historical look at some of the greatest sports figures of past and present. Conversations with his guests range from the profoundly serious to the wildly ridiculous in a podcast that is guaranteed to inform the listener.

The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap ESPN

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    • 4.0, 85 Ratings

ESPN's renowned investigative reporter and TV commentator, Jeremy Schaap, takes a historical look at some of the greatest sports figures of past and present. Conversations with his guests range from the profoundly serious to the wildly ridiculous in a podcast that is guaranteed to inform the listener.

    TSL: Hinton, Bremer & WIlkinson

    TSL: Hinton, Bremer & WIlkinson

    First, Jeremy is joined by Chris Hinton, a 7x Pro Bowler and father of two Division-I football players, to talk about the advocacy group that he and his wife, Mya, have founded: “College Football Parents 24/7.” Chris explains why it’s important to him and all other parents that college football have proper safety protocols in place before they will allow their sons to play football this fall. Plus, the longtime TV play-by-play voice for the Twins, Dick Bremer discusses what it’s like calling MLB games with no fans in attendance, and calling road games remotely from Target Field. Finally, a Gold Medalist in the 2000 Olympic Games, Laura Wilkinson talks with Jeremy about making a comeback to diving at the age of 42, how the postponement of the 2020 Games has affected her training, and what it’s like training for the Olympics while raising 4 children. 

    • 41 min
    TSL: Albom & Susini

    TSL: Albom & Susini

    Jeremy is joined by longtime sportswriter Mitch Albom to discuss myriad topics, including Mitch’s book Tuesdays with Morrie, the return of sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the recent column he wrote condemning the anti-Semitic posts by Eagles WR DeSean Jackson, and subsequent “tepid” response from the media. Plus, The captain of the Brown University fencing team, a program that was recently eliminated by the school, Anna Susini explains why she and other Brown student-athletes are suing the school due to an alleged Title IX violation. Finally, with MLB adopting a universal DH for the 2020 season, we re-visit Jeremy’s feature from 2013 about how the National League nearly adopted the DH-rule in 1980, but couldn’t secure the votes, partly because Phillies Owner Ruly Carpenter was out fishing with his granddaughters.

    • 42 min
    TSL: Halbritter, Hislop, Blackistone & Lindsey

    TSL: Halbritter, Hislop, Blackistone & Lindsey

    Jeremy is joined this week by Ray Halbritter, the CEO of Oneida Nation Enterprises - the group that launched ChangeTheMascot.org - who reacts to the news that Redskins will finally retire the nickname and change the team’s logo. Plus, former Premiere League and Trinidad & Tobago National Team Goalie and current ESPN Soccer Analyst, Shaka Hislop addresses the response that soccer has had to the death of George Floyd and the push for social justice. And, Kevin Blackistone, the co-producer of an upcoming film about the Washington Redskins and the push to change their name, explains why he has long been an opponent of the Redskins name. Finally, Dale Lindsey, the head football coach at the University of San Diego, addresses the pandemic’s effect on a potential college football especially on him, as the country’s oldest Division-I football coach at age 77.

    • 43 min
    TSL: Doug Williams, John McEnroe & Alan Gaff

    TSL: Doug Williams, John McEnroe & Alan Gaff

    Jeremy is joined this week by Redskins Executive, and former HBCU QB and Head Coach, Doug Williams. Doug discusses the decision of Makur Maker to attend an HBCU and the potential changing of the name “Redskins." Plus, we hear Jeremy’s recent OTL conversation with John McEnroe who reflects on the life of his close friend, and tennis pioneer, Arthur Ashe. Finally, a conversation with Alan Gaff, the editor of the recently discovered memoirs by one of the greatest baseball players of all-time, Lou Gehrig.

    • 42 min
    July 4th BEST OF

    July 4th BEST OF

    We re-air some of our best conversations from so far in 2020, including two conversations with February with Breanna Stewart and Adam Carolla, as well as two conversations from May with Roger Craig and Rod Carew.

    • 46 min
    The Sporting Life: 6/26/20

    The Sporting Life: 6/26/20

    Jeremy talks with Dennis and Patrice Biddle, a former Negro Leaguer and his wife, plus NY Post writer Peter Botte and author Thomas Wolf.

    • 43 min

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