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Tony Romo Is America’s Biggest NFL Fan, and He’s Not Afraid To Show It

As an announcer, Romo plays to the level of the competition. Chiefs-Bills was football ecstasy, which meant he was at his giddy, exuberant best. The problem is that most games aren’t half as fun, and giddiness is no substitute for analysis.

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More Weekend Football Notes, Media News From Chicago, and the Profile Location of the Week

Bryan and David discuss Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, and coverage of the NFL playoffs

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Carl Bernstein on His First Job, Newspaper Love, a Great Prank, and Scandals That Are “Worse Than Watergate”

Bernstein also talks about the newsroom in the ’60s, what it was like covering the Kennedy vs. Nixon presidential election, and more

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TV Football Breakdown, Media Piss Test, and Netflix Sports Docs

Bryan and David break down media moments from wild-card weekend

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The Biggest Losers of the Streaming Wars: ESPN, Movie Theaters, Peacock, and More

Do movie theaters have a future? What should Disney do with ESPN? And is anybody watching Peacock? Derek Thompson and media analyst Rich Greenfield discuss the future of TV, movies, and live sports.

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RIP Longform, Carlson vs. Cruz, Bob Saget Obits, and Postgame Question of the Week

Plus, reacting to Nick Kristof’s attempt to run for governor in Oregon

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Mina Kimes on How We Cover Aaron Rodgers

Bryan also discusses The New York Times’ purchase of The Athletic

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Being Proud of Not Dating Black Women, and Talking Hip-Hop With Reason

Plus, Van and Rachel talk about New York’s newest mayor drawing backlash

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The Athletic Set Out to Destroy Newspapers. Then It Became One.

As The Athletic hoovered up newspaper talent, it adopted a newspaper style. It’s officially in the newspaper business after being purchased by The New York Times.

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‘SportsCenter’ Stories, Getting Pranked While on Live TV, and More With Dan Patrick

The ESPN alum tells tales from his broadcasting career

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Ben Smith, January 6 Anniversary, Ken Rosenthal, and More

Bryan and David also discuss the release of a People magazine issue that highlights Betty White’s 100th birthday

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Remembering Jeff Dickerson, Analyzing DeMar’s Impact, and a Look at the Hawks with Dominique Wilkins

In the last episode of 2021, Jason remembers ESPN Bears reporter and mentor Jeff Dickerson who died Tuesday of complications from colon cancer

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J.R. Moehringer on Writing ‘The Tender Bar,’ the Art of Memoir, and His Career Writing for Newspapers

Moehringer touches on why he wrote the book, the significance of the bar Pelicans, and how it was received by the individuals featured

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Embiid’s Window, Plus the Sports Repodders 2021 Review With Bryan Curtis and Jason Gay

Topics include the Manning-cast, Formula 1’s renaissance, and the future of traditional sports studio shows

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The Athletic and The New York Times. Plus: The Year in Media.

Bryan and David reflect on 2021, with awards ranging from Sports Media Story of the Year to Disgraceful Exit of the Year

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How to Create a Longform Podcast With Joel Anderson

Bryan and Joel discuss ‘Slow Burn’ and the differences between print and podcast

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Bulls Shutdown Matters More Than You Think, Amin Elhassan on Leaving ESPN, and Bears Falling Below Their Already Low Standards

Plus, Amin and Jason discuss all-time great players who never won a championship and Amin’s thoughts on the new-look Bulls

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Pat McAfee, Chris Wallace, a Texas Sportswriting Legend, and More

Bryan and David also discuss ‘80s and ‘90s commercial fiction power rankings

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Media Report Card! Biden Blues, Omicron Fears, Chris Cuomo, and a Celebrity Profile for the Ages 

Derek is joined by Bryan Curtis to grade the news media on its coverage of recent events

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How Gayle King Became Best Friends With Oprah

Plus, the CBS News host discusses interviewing R. Kelly and her career in live TV

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Farewell, Chris Cuomo. Plus: Can Recipes Be Plagiarized?

Bryan and David discuss the anchor’s firing and what it means for CNN

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Jack Dorsey’s Twitter Exit, the Omicron Variant, and More

Bryan and David discuss how Dorsey’s exit will affect Facebook and the broader media landscape before reacting to news coverage of the latest major coronavirus variant

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How Fox Sports’ Charissa Thompson Became a Huge Media Success

Charissa shares her most awkward interview stories, why working in the service industry made her a better interviewer, and more

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The Tom Brady Doc, Fox Resignations, and Who’s “on Steroids”

Plus, breaking down Scottie Pippen’s response to ‘The Last Dance’

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How HBO Sports Changed Its Playbook

One of the surprises of a new book chronicling HBO’s rise is how important sports programming was in its early years. That changed as the network developed into a prestige television behemoth.

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Westbrook’s Slide, the Phoenix Fallout, Celtics Rumors, and Half-Baked Ideas

Plus, reacting to the Nikola Jokic–Markieff Morris melee and discussing Kyrie vs. Ben Simmons

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How to Be a Newspaper Sports Columnist With the L.A. Times’ Bill Plaschke

Plus, discussing Bill’s new book ‘Paradise Found,’ which details a California high school football team’s resilience after a wild fire ravaged their town

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Why Patrick Mahomes Is Struggling, With Nick Wright

Plus, forecasting the next stages of the Odell Beckham Jr. saga and inducting Mina Kimes into Klub Kevin

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The Inside History of ‘The Larry Sanders Show’

In this exclusive excerpt from ‘Tinderbox: HBO’s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers,’ James Andrew Miller chronicles the rise and rumbles of Garry Shandling’s comedy classic

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Who Should Write the Ben Simmons Profile?

Plus, David and Bryan answer listener questions

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Sportswriter Ivan Maisel on His Son Max, Fatherhood, and Loss

Bryan is joined by Ivan Maisel to discuss his new book, ‘I Keep Trying to Catch His Eye’

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Katie Couric and the Cult of Sports Longform

Bryan and David react to the revelations in Couric’s memoir and discuss the future of longform journalism