Scoop and Score: College Football Season Preview

Season preview episode! Steve and I give our picks for the playoff, Heisman, and more. We both like the Tigers that play in Death Valley. Not one but two discount codes for listeners. Plus our inaugural “fire truck alarm = impromptu hot take” segment.

Interview with Kim Ng

I interviewed Kim Ng, Major League Baseball’s senior vice president of baseball operations, for Excelle Sports. Ng has assumed roles in MLB that no woman or someone of her young age had ever held. In this Q&A, she covers a variety of topics, including whether baseball will adopt an international draft.

Fanatic

Now that I live in a college town, when a restaurant has a 20-minute wait or my wife and I are strolling through campus, I can pop in a merchandise store and check out all the officially-licensed items my heart desires. I’d been in these stores plenty before, but visiting several times over the last few weeks, I realized how devoted a University of Michigan sports fan could be.* You could…

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I Pledge Allegiance

Part of what makes the Olympics fun is that if someone from your country is competing, you know who to root for. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never heard of the athlete. It doesn’t matter if you’re not really sure how the event works (do shot putters have to hold the shot put against their neck?). If, in my case, I see someone representing the US of A, that’s my guy/girl.

Simple, right?

To use a phrase never applied to the subject of this story: Not so fast.

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Scoop and Score: The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis

Bryan Curtis joins us to talk about the state of college football in Texas (Houston is the best team; Texas is fifth!). He describes his work at The Ringer, where he interviews media personalities and covered the Republican National Convention. We don’t let him escape without discussing Jurassic Park and The Bachelor.

Scoop and Score: College Football Sleepers, Olympics

Which teams outside the top 15 have a shot at the playoff? Steve and I discuss some sleeper picks for the upcoming college football season. We also talk Olympics: Is there a not-yet-Olympic-sanctioned sport for which we could medal? Send questions for next pod!

What Are Those Spots on Michael Phelps’ Back?

I always hope my articles, in some way, inform readers. But this post in particular serves no other purpose. If you’ve been watching the Olympics — and since these are the Summer (and not Winter) Games, I sure hope you are — you might have seen some dark red splotches on Michael Phelps’ back last night. I’ve noticed them on other athletes, including gymnasts. They are the result of “cupping,” a post-exercise process that involves sticking plastic suction cups on sore muscles.

I know this because my wife “cups,” so I’d seen the softball-sized circles on her back and shoulders before. She convinced me to try it once, but the cups wouldn’t stick to my Lebanese skin. We’ve debated the effectiveness of cupping , but now that Olympic athletes are using them, my wife has been proven “right.”

Anyway, I hadn’t heard an announcer mention them, but I have to imagine people are wondering if Phelps had been repeatedly hit with a mallet or something. Now you know he’s just a cupping addict.

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