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Why Sports Matter

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Gotham Chopra, Tom Brady, and Michael Strahan bring you “Why Sports Matter”, the first narrative series from Religion of Sports. Each week, a new story is built around a larger theme (i.e. mortality, tribalism, authenticity) and told through the first-hand voices of extraordinary people. Whether it's exploring grief and healing after tragedy or understanding the mindset of athletes who willingly face death, we search for purpose and meaning -- without shying away from nuance, or the salient political and social issues of our time.

Latest Episodes

Jeff "Cannonball" Guerriero (Authenticity)

E"We are what we pretend to be, so you gotta be careful what you pretend to be." Jeff Guerriero works a desk job during the day. At night, his Death Match wrestler alter ego “Cannonball” gets cheese graters raked across his head and wraps barbed wire around his neck. It’s in the transformation from Jeff to "Cannonball" where he finds purpose and contentment. Jeff may be an extreme example but it’s not that far removed from any other weekend warrior who plays or follows sports – or even other forms of expression like painting, acting, or comedy. Is part of the appeal of sports that they act as a vessel to get many closer to their true, authentic selves? We search for answers in our final episode of the season by talking to some of the greatest athletes in the history of sports. Guests Jeff Guerriero Tom Brady Michael Strahan Barry Blaustein Deepak Chopra Donna Guerriero Thank you for listening this season and stay tuned later this year for season 2!

34 MIN2019 JAN 8
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Jeff "Cannonball" Guerriero (Authenticity)

Journey's End (Belonging)

E"You can see me, right?" We follow a newly-formed soccer team of young refugees who’ve all, somehow, found their way to Buffalo, New York -- and explore what their stories tell us about sports, the human spirit, and what it means to belong. Guests Burhan Mohammad Elle Farouk Majeed Dr. Heidi Ellis Deepak Chopra

41 MIN2018 DEC 11
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Journey's End (Belonging)

Sadie In The Woods (Resilience)

E"How do I get to a place like that" The episode explores resilience through two young leaders in the Native American community, and how they’ve used basketball to overcome immense adversity and build better lives for themselves, their communities, and future generations. Guests: Sadie In The Woods William Brown Otter Jr. Dr. Joseph Gone

38 MIN2018 DEC 4
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Sadie In The Woods (Resilience)

San Quentin (Rehabilitation)

E"90 percent are coming back" San Quentin State Prison inmates have an organized baseball team that competes against local Bay Area rec teams, which are bussed in from the outside. San Quentin's baseball team is not without controversy and begs a larger question central to prison administration and reform -- are prisons primarily a place for punishment or rehabilitation? In this episode, we look at sports and rehabilitation through the lens of prison reform -- and the lived experiences of people who have been inside. Guests: John Windham Caron Butler Dr. Lois Davis Kent Philpott Will Brandenberger

41 MIN2018 NOV 27
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San Quentin (Rehabilitation)

Humboldt Broncos (Healing)

E"The Cure for Pain is in the Pain" In April of 2018, a deadly bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos junior ice hockey team that killed 16 and injured 13 people left a small tight-knit town and the hockey community reeling in the aftermath. In this episode, we speak to survivors and those directly impacted by the Humboldt Broncos tragedy, and try to understand sports’ true power — and limitations — in helping people heal. Guests: Kaleb Dahlgren Brayden Camrud Chris Joseph Jarret Stoll Deepak Chopra

36 MIN2018 NOV 13
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Humboldt Broncos (Healing)

Fight for the Soul (Tribalism)

EWe explore the soul of sports through the prism of the current political moment and the stories of Jemele Hill, Johnny Joey Jones, Nate Boyer, and Dave Zirin. And whether it's realistic -- or the height of naivety -- to believe a shared love of sports can be blueprint for civil dialogue and even compromise among those who disagree.

44 MIN2018 NOV 6
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Fight for the Soul (Tribalism)

Myth of the Lifetime Warranty (Mortality)

EConrad Anker is one of the most accomplished mountain climbers alive and has spent his whole life confronting death by choice. During a 2016 climb, Anker suffered a heart attack while on the side of a Himalayan mountain a 19,000 feet. What did he do? Climb down, of course. Less than six months later, he was climbing again. In this episode, we look at what it means for athletes to face their mortality, and why they push themselves to the edge of life and death. Guests Conrad Anker John Urschel Deepak Chopra

41 MIN2018 OCT 30
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Myth of the Lifetime Warranty (Mortality)

Introduction to Why Sports Matter

EGotham Chopra, Tom Brady, and Michael Strahan bring you “Why Sports Matter”,the first8-episodeaudio documentaryseries from Religion of Sports.Each week, a new story is built around larger theme (i.e. mortality, tribalism, authenticity) and told through the first-hand voices of extraordinary people. Whether it's exploring grief and healing after tragedy or understanding the mindset of athletes who willingly face death, we search for purpose and meaning -- without shying away from nuance, or the salient political and social issues of our time. Coming October 30th.

2 MIN2018 OCT 20
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Introduction to Why Sports Matter
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Latest Episodes

Jeff "Cannonball" Guerriero (Authenticity)

E"We are what we pretend to be, so you gotta be careful what you pretend to be." Jeff Guerriero works a desk job during the day. At night, his Death Match wrestler alter ego “Cannonball” gets cheese graters raked across his head and wraps barbed wire around his neck. It’s in the transformation from Jeff to "Cannonball" where he finds purpose and contentment. Jeff may be an extreme example but it’s not that far removed from any other weekend warrior who plays or follows sports – or even other forms of expression like painting, acting, or comedy. Is part of the appeal of sports that they act as a vessel to get many closer to their true, authentic selves? We search for answers in our final episode of the season by talking to some of the greatest athletes in the history of sports. Guests Jeff Guerriero Tom Brady Michael Strahan Barry Blaustein Deepak Chopra Donna Guerriero Thank you for listening this season and stay tuned later this year for season 2!

34 MIN2019 JAN 8
Comments
Jeff "Cannonball" Guerriero (Authenticity)

Journey's End (Belonging)

E"You can see me, right?" We follow a newly-formed soccer team of young refugees who’ve all, somehow, found their way to Buffalo, New York -- and explore what their stories tell us about sports, the human spirit, and what it means to belong. Guests Burhan Mohammad Elle Farouk Majeed Dr. Heidi Ellis Deepak Chopra

41 MIN2018 DEC 11
Comments
Journey's End (Belonging)

Sadie In The Woods (Resilience)

E"How do I get to a place like that" The episode explores resilience through two young leaders in the Native American community, and how they’ve used basketball to overcome immense adversity and build better lives for themselves, their communities, and future generations. Guests: Sadie In The Woods William Brown Otter Jr. Dr. Joseph Gone

38 MIN2018 DEC 4
Comments
Sadie In The Woods (Resilience)

San Quentin (Rehabilitation)

E"90 percent are coming back" San Quentin State Prison inmates have an organized baseball team that competes against local Bay Area rec teams, which are bussed in from the outside. San Quentin's baseball team is not without controversy and begs a larger question central to prison administration and reform -- are prisons primarily a place for punishment or rehabilitation? In this episode, we look at sports and rehabilitation through the lens of prison reform -- and the lived experiences of people who have been inside. Guests: John Windham Caron Butler Dr. Lois Davis Kent Philpott Will Brandenberger

41 MIN2018 NOV 27
Comments
San Quentin (Rehabilitation)

Humboldt Broncos (Healing)

E"The Cure for Pain is in the Pain" In April of 2018, a deadly bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos junior ice hockey team that killed 16 and injured 13 people left a small tight-knit town and the hockey community reeling in the aftermath. In this episode, we speak to survivors and those directly impacted by the Humboldt Broncos tragedy, and try to understand sports’ true power — and limitations — in helping people heal. Guests: Kaleb Dahlgren Brayden Camrud Chris Joseph Jarret Stoll Deepak Chopra

36 MIN2018 NOV 13
Comments
Humboldt Broncos (Healing)

Fight for the Soul (Tribalism)

EWe explore the soul of sports through the prism of the current political moment and the stories of Jemele Hill, Johnny Joey Jones, Nate Boyer, and Dave Zirin. And whether it's realistic -- or the height of naivety -- to believe a shared love of sports can be blueprint for civil dialogue and even compromise among those who disagree.

44 MIN2018 NOV 6
Comments
Fight for the Soul (Tribalism)

Myth of the Lifetime Warranty (Mortality)

EConrad Anker is one of the most accomplished mountain climbers alive and has spent his whole life confronting death by choice. During a 2016 climb, Anker suffered a heart attack while on the side of a Himalayan mountain a 19,000 feet. What did he do? Climb down, of course. Less than six months later, he was climbing again. In this episode, we look at what it means for athletes to face their mortality, and why they push themselves to the edge of life and death. Guests Conrad Anker John Urschel Deepak Chopra

41 MIN2018 OCT 30
Comments
Myth of the Lifetime Warranty (Mortality)

Introduction to Why Sports Matter

EGotham Chopra, Tom Brady, and Michael Strahan bring you “Why Sports Matter”,the first8-episodeaudio documentaryseries from Religion of Sports.Each week, a new story is built around larger theme (i.e. mortality, tribalism, authenticity) and told through the first-hand voices of extraordinary people. Whether it's exploring grief and healing after tragedy or understanding the mindset of athletes who willingly face death, we search for purpose and meaning -- without shying away from nuance, or the salient political and social issues of our time. Coming October 30th.

2 MIN2018 OCT 20
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Introduction to Why Sports Matter
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