The Ringer’s Bill Simmons shares some early NBA reactions and gives out his Million-Dollar Picks for NFL Week 16 (3:00), before he is joined by actor William Zabka to discuss Season 3 of Cobra Kai. They talk about making the platform switch to Netflix, successfully rebooting a classic franchise, Zabka’s character (Johnny Lawrence) switching from antagonist in the film franchise to protagonist in the TV show, Season 3 excitement, and more (23:00). Finally Bill talks with The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis and WSJ’s Jason Gay for another edition of the Sports Repodders. They discuss COVID-19’s major blow to the sports media industry, how sports media innovated when there were no sports to cover, a look back at the 2020 NFL draft, sports gambling permeating mainstream sports culture, the evolution of the relationship between athlete and journalist, and more (56:00).
William Zabka on ‘Cobra Kai,’ and a 2020 Sports Repodders Recap With Bryan Curtis and Jason Gay
Plus, Bill Simmons shares some early thoughts on the NBA and makes his Million-Dollar Picks for Week 16
Spurred by the release of the show’s fourth season, Erika and Jo take a look at the various relationships throughout the series
Steve Mosko, who helped oversee ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Shark Tank,’ and ‘The Crown,’ stops in to discuss his career beginnings, the changing landscape of television, and nepo babies
Dame is headed to Milwaukee in a stunning three-team blockbuster, potentially solving both the Bucks’ present and future problems
Raheem is joined by Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe to discuss Jermell Charlo–Canelo Alvarez
"Dreams and Madness" is a classic setup episode that saves the series’ powder for the big finish. But for a fairly inconsequential episode on a plot level, it’s still a fast-moving, mostly entertaining trip.
Ben, Khal, and Brian kick off the show by celebrating Brian’s two-year Ringer-versary and reflecting on his first interaction with David Shoemaker