Monthly Archives: November 2018

Religion of Sports S3:E2 – Ingo The Brave

In 2018, Iceland became the smallest nation to ever qualify for a World Cup. Everyone in the country will be watching their team play. All except one. Because for young Ingo, watching Iceland at the World Cup reminds him of what could have been.

2019-04-08T17:06:28+00:00

Religion of Sports S3:E1 – The Space Between

The Isle of Man TT is the most dangerous motorbike race in the world. Hitting speeds in excess of 200 mph, fatalities during the event are a statistical certainty. And yet, each year, the riders come back. What is it about the TT that pulls them in?

2019-04-08T17:18:52+00:00

Shut Up and Dribble S1:E3

Original Air Date: Nov 17, 2018

The very public brawl known as “Malice in the Palace” is the catalyst for new NBA rules. But it is also an opportunity for players to own their brands and create both social and financial equity for themselves. The NBA begins its transition to a “players’ league,” with players reaching unprecedented levels of economic and cultural influence. The murders of Trayvon Martin and Erik Garner create a chance for NBA players to stand up and be heard. In the present turbulent political era, players are now unwilling to just “shut up and dribble.”

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2019-04-08T17:19:05+00:00

Shut Up and Dribble S1:E2

Original Air Date: Nov 10, 2018

1984 brought the arrival of the one and only Michael Jordan. MJ breaks barriers when his out-of-context quote, “Republicans buy sneakers too” becomes a signature declaration for a generation of players. In the wake of the Rodney King riots in L.A., two black players, Craig Hodges and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, make their voices heard and pay the price. Allen Iverson rises and becomes a trendsetter unlike anyone before him, even though his defiant style on the court gets him only so far in the NBA.

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2019-04-08T17:19:17+00:00

Shut Up and Dribble S1:E1

Original Air Date: Nov 3, 2018

Prompted by Laura Ingraham’s public criticism of LeBron James and other NBA players’ outspokenness on the current political climate, the first episode is an exploration of the league’s social and cultural influence across time. Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson risked their careers and paved the way for generations of future players. Julius “Dr. J” Erving’s style of play laid the groundwork for Larry Bird and Magic Johnson (and David Stern) to catapult the NBA into an era of higher visibility and prosperity.

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2019-04-08T17:19:26+00:00