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Basketball in the Golden State with Legendary NBA Scribe Jack McCallum


This week, we talk to Hall of Fame NBA journalist Jack McCallum about his new book Golden Days: West’s Lakers, Steph’s Warriors, and the California Dreamers Who Reinvented Basketball. McCallum details the influence Jerry West had on two golden eras of basketball in California and he tells you what teams have the best shot to dethrone the Warriors in the years to come.

We have some Choice Words about NFL Thanksgiving and their revealing choice to let the team in the nation’s capital host the primetime game. This week demanded two Just Stand Up awards: Shout out to South Carolina women’s basketball head coach, Dawn Staley and Marshawn Lynch make a statement in the same country that is synonymous with athlete-activists.

We’ll take you on a trip to the White House for the Just Sit Your Ass Down award and read you a terrific letter from a listener about how we report on the #MeToo movement.

Jack McCallum, Author of Golden Days: West’s Lakers, Steph’s Warriors, and the California Dreamers Who Reinvented Basketball
Twitter: @McCallum12

Zirin, By Having the Washington R*dskins Host a Game on Thanksgiving, NFL Owners Show Their True Colors

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Music: Eye Examination - Del the Funky Homosapien | Dipset Anthem - The Diplomats Feat.  Cam'ron & Juelz Santana | Astral Weeks - Van Morrison | Drugs - Lil Kim Feat. Notorious B.I.G. | King Kunta - Kendrick Lamar | Celebration - Kool and the Gang | Mexico’s National Anthem | Are You That Somebody - Aaliyah | Camila Cabello Havana Saxophone Cover - Juozas Kuraitis | Work From Home - Fifth Harmony | The Wire Theme

Three Generations of Athlete Activists


This week, three generations of activist athletes take the stage at Wake Forest University. It’s me your Edge of Sports host Dave Zirin, interviewing 1968 Olympic legend John Carlos, former NBA player - who knows something about being “blackballed” - Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, and Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad. If only there was something to talk about in the world of sports and politics.

Also, I have some choice words about what the NFL players truly won after their meeting this week with NFL owners.

Special thanks to Melissa Harris-Perry, Shanta Covington and Rolisa Tutwiler at Wake Forest.

Dr. John Carlos, ‘68 Olympian
READ: The John Carlos Story

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Former NBA Player
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Ibtihaj Muhammad, USA Fencing Olympic Medalist
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Zirin, Colin Kaepernick Was Mocked and Threatened for Taking a Knee. He’s Also Winning.

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Music: Examination - Del the Funky Homosapien | Super Lyrical - Big Pun Feat. Black Thought | Mental Flux - Clokworx | Power of Equality - Red Hot Chili Peppers | MC’s Act Like They Don’t Know - KRS One | Git Up Git Out - Outkast Feat. Goodie Mobb | Hot Sex - A Tribe Called Quest | Keep it Thoro - Prodigy | NBA (Never Broke Again) - Joe Budden Feat. Wiz Khalifa & French Montana | The Wire Theme

Talking Collusion & Mental Health with Royce White


This week, we speak to NBL MVP and former NBA player Royce White about mental health and what collusion looks like, in light of the recent news about Colin Kaepernick’s NFL lawsuit. Also, we have Just Stand Up and Just Sit Your Ass Down awards, a Kaepernick Watch that explores the politics of collusion, and a brilliant poem about sports, politics, and race written and read by Tariq Toure.

Royce White, London Lightning
How Royce White Became the Most Important Basketball Player Alive
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Zirin, Player Protests Are Not a Spectator Sport

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Music: Examination - Del the Funky Homosapien | This Girl - Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners | Muddy Waters - LP | Every Single Piece - Redondo Bolier feat. She Keeps Bees | Hold You Down - The Alchemist | Oh No - Mos Def Feat. Pharoahe Monch & Nate Dogg | Organ Donor - DJ Shadow | Hate - Blaq Poet | Earth - MF Grimm | Guillotine (Swordz) - Raekwon | The Wire Theme 

NBA and Player Protest: A Collision Course?


This week we talk face-to-face with Michael Lee, senior writer at The Vertical for Yahoo! Sports, about the prospect of players protesting during the anthem in the NBA and how NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will handle it. Also, we speak to Lindsay Gibbs, sports correspondent for ThinkProgress, about Cam Newton’s sexist comments to a female reporter and how racism against Cam became part of the story.

We have Choice Words about the stupidest argument ever against anthem protests, Just Stand Up and Just Sit Down awards, your weekly Kaepernick watch and much more!

Michael Lee, NBA Senior Writer at The Vertical on Yahoo! Sports
READ: Why NBA players should be allowed to take a knee
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Lindsay Gibbs, Sports Reporter at ThinkProgress & Co-Host of the Burn It All Down Podcast
READ: Cam Newton’s sexist comment: A reminder about what women in media still deal with
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Zirin, Protesting NFL Players Aren’t Being Demonized Only by Trumpers

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Music: Eye Examination - Del The Funky Homosapien | Breathe - Fabolous | Alright - Kendrick Lamar | Potholderz - MF DOOM Feat. Count Bass D | It’s My Thing - EPMD | Hate It Or Love It - The Game Feat. 50 Cent | My Way - Kanye West | Switch - Iggy Azalea ft. Anitta | Find No Enemy - Akala | Fade - Kanye West | Brain Damage - Eminem | No Roots - Alice Merton | Uptown Anthem - Naughty By Nature | My Favorite Things - John Coltrane | The Wire Outro

“U BUM!” Sports, Trump, & Resistance


We discuss the explosive weekend of anthem protests with former San Francisco 49er Chris Borland, who famously walked away from the league after his stellar rookie season. We also go through everything that happened in the last week, a period that could be called a maelstrom of sports, politics and resistance.

Finally, we ask the question: Is the original message of why players are taking a knee getting lost in the shuffle?

Chris Borland

Zirin, The Fragile Toxic Masculinity of Donald Trump…of-donald-trump/

Zirin, For The NFL, It Was Choose Your Side Sunday…our-side-sunday/

Zirin, Taking a Knee Is Not About Abstract Unity but Racial Justice…-racial-justice/ | | | email us: | Edge of Sports hotline: 401-426-3343 (EDGE)

Music: Eye Examination - Del The Funky Homosapien | Beautiful - Snoop Dogg Feat. Pharrell | Wait - Ying Yang Twins | Street Talkin’ - Slick Rick Feat. Outkast | Truth - Beanie Siegel | Who Do You Love - YG | Harder Than You Think - Public Enemy | Nickel Bags - Digable Planets | Down & Out - Cam'ron | Don’t Say Nuthin’ - The Roots | Cover Me Up - Jason Isbell | Intergalactic - Beastie Boys | Stand Up - Ludacris Feat. Shawnna | The Champ - Ghostface Killah | Hit ‘Em Up - Tupac | Tour Stories - Souls of Mischief | The Wire Outro

Houston’s Field of Schemes


This week we speak to Neil deMause, co-author of the book Field of Schemes about the toll that publicly funded stadiums has taken on the infrastructure of Houston, & Hurricane Harvey’s manifestation of the problem. De Mause is the preeminent scholar in the country on the politics of stadium construction.

We also have choice words about the Michael Bennett police brutality situation in Las Vegas, a serious clap back at the new round of anonymous Kaepernick haters, and much more..

Neil deMause


Zirin, Stand With Michael Bennett Even If It’s Uncomfortable

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Music: Eye Examination - Del The Funky Homosapien | Bodak Yellow - Cardi B | Slippery - Migos | Ghetto Symphony - A$AP Rocky | Renegade - Jay-Z Feat. Eminem | Club Mekon - The Mekons | Get Money - Junior M.A.F.I.A. | You Da Baddest - Future featuring Nicki Minaj | The Love Song - K-OS | One Dance - Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla | Long Train Runnin’ - The Doobie Brothers | Monk’s Habit - The Yellowjackets | The Wire Outro

NBA Free Agency Madness & the Strength of Kaepernick’s Silence


This week, we speak to’s Sekou Smith about Phil Jackson’s tenure with the Knicks and the trade which sent Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets. Sekou shares his advice for young sports journalists. Plus, we break down the historic partnership between the Seattle Storm and Planned Parenthood. Dave calls out the NFL and journalists who want Colin Kaepernick to beg for a job. That and much more on this week’s show!

Sekou Smith, Reporter

Zirin, Colin Kaepernick Shouldn’t Have to Beg to Play in the NFL

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Music: | Beverly Hills Cop Theme Song | Eye Examination - Del the Funky Homosapien | Redbone - Childish Gambino | Hard Knock Life - Jay-Z | Crush On You - Lil Kim | All About the Benjamins - Puff Daddy | Simon Says - Pharoahe Monch | Mind Frame - Pete Rock | Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check - Busta Rhymes | The Wire Outro

Anatomy of a Train Wreck: The Patriots White House Visit with “The Football Girl” Melissa Jacobs


We speak to former Sports Illustrated editor Melissa Jacobs about the Aaron Hernandez suicide and the Pats trip to this abnormal White House. Also, we have choice words about Gov Scott Walker’s awkward attempt to jump on the Milwaukee Bucks bandwagon, a very special Just Stand Up and Just Sit Down section, and a Kaepernick Watch.

Melissa Jacobs,  Editor, The Football Girl
Twitter: @thefootballgirl

Zirin, Scott Walker Just Cluelessly Exploited the Milwaukee Bucks to Suck Up to Trump

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Music: Eye Examination - Del The Funky Homosapien | Put You On The Game - The Game I The Symphony - Marley Marl I Itzsoweezee - De La Soul I The Next Movement - The Roots | Capumcap - Nightmares on Wax | Body Language - The Outskirts | Get Up Stand Up - Bob Marley | Who Run - Three 6 Mafia | Chris Columbus - Head Roc | The Wire Outro

The Politics Beneath the Super Bowl with Sekou Smith of NBA TV


It’s mourning in Atlanta. To get the lowdown on the scene in the ATL after New England’s epic Super Bowl comeback victory, we speak to Atlanta and NBA television’s own Sekou Smith. We also speak to Sekou about why it is NBA players have been by far the most outspoken athletes of the Trump era. I also have some “choice words” about the political energy thrumming beneath the Super Bowl and a Just Stand Up award for the one Patriots player not going to gently to Trump’s White House. We are taking a short hiatus. Please stay frosty and The Edge of Sports podcast will be back before you know it. In the meantime, please subscribe to the pod, please tell a friend, and please listen to our back catalog of interviews that captures this era of the political athlete.

Sekou Smith:

Zirin,  Political Fervor Thrums Beneath the Super Bowl’s Surface

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Music: Game Over - Lil Flip | Sittin’ Sidewayz - Paul Wall | Still Tippin’ - Mike Jones Feat. Slim Thug & Paul Wall | The Schuyler Sisters - Hamilton Soundtrack | This Way - Dilated Peoples ft. Kanye West

Chris Webber: Beats, Hoops and Life


This week we speak to Chris Webber about politics, growing up in a union household, hip-hop, and fine dining. I also read an email I received from a security guard at Viking Stadium about the protest banner hanging against the Dakota access pipeline and we have I just stand up or that goes to the entire San Francisco 49ers team.

Tonight in Seattle:
Dave Zirin with Michael Bennett
The Collision: Sports and Politics in the U.S.
7:30PM, Thursday, January 5, 2017
Great Hall
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Chris Webber podcast: Fearless or Insane

Column, Why Jack Johnson’s Family Should Refuse Any Exoneration

Colin Kaepernick’s Teammates Give Him an Award for Courage

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Music: One Mic, Surviving The Times, Street Dreams - Nas | They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) - Pete Rock & CL Smooth | Temptations - 2Pac | Try Again - Aaliyah | It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Don’t Have The Go Go Swing - Chuck Brown | MC’s Act Like They Don’t Know - KRS-One | Ghetto Rock - Mos Def | D’Evils - Jay-Z (Crank Lucas remake) | Bad and Boujee - Migos | Clique - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Big Sean | Rated Oakland - GQ | Pick Up the Phone - Young Thug & Travis Scott

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