To different generations, John Madden has been a different kind of icon: coach, broadcaster and, since the late 1980s, video game mogul. This is the story of how Madden linked up with an upstart company called Electronic Arts to build an electronic empire -- and pushed the limits of gaming in the process. Produced by NFL Films. Narrated by Wil Wheaton.
Today, we tackle football. It’s the most popular sport in the US, shining a sometimes harsh light on so much of what we have been, what we are, and what we hope to be. Savage, creative, brutal and balletic, whether you love it or loathe it … it’s a touchstone of the American identity. Along with conflicted parents and players and coaches who aren’t sure if the game will survive, we take a deep dive into the surprising history of how the game came to be. At the end of the 19th century, football is a nascent and nasty sport. The sons of the most powerful men in the country are literally knocking themselves out to win these gladiatorial battles. But then the Carlisle Indian School, formed in 1879 to assimilate the children and grandchildren of the Native American men who fought the final Plains Wars, fields the most American team of all. The kids at Carlisle took the field to face off against a new world that was destroying theirs, and along the way, they changed the fundamentals of football forever. Correction: An earlier version of this episode included a few errors that we have corrected. We've also added one new piece of information. The piece originally stated that British football had no referees. While this was true in the earliest days of British football, they were eventually added. We stated that referees were added to American football in response to Pop Warner. American referees existed prior to Pop Warner, in order to address brutality as well as the kind of rule-bending that Pop Warner specialized in. Chuck Klosterman said that the three most popular sports in the US are football, college football and major league baseball. In fact, baseball actually ranks 2nd, college football is third. Monet Edwards stated that 33 members of her family were players in the NFL. That number is actually 13. We also added one new fact: over 200 students at The Carlisle Indian School died of malnutrition, poor health or distress from homesickness. The audio has been adjusted to reflect these corrections.
For decades, NFL strategy slowly evolved from each team running a dozen different plays, to rigid schemes with coaches sending in orders through codewords and secret signals. Then, one piece of audio technology revolutionized the game. Beginning in the early 1990's, the NFL allowed coaches to speak directly to their quarterbacks through radios in their helmets. What followed was an instant increase in excitement for the nation's most popular sport, spawning a high-scoring era of fast paced offenses. Featuring former Super Bowl winning coach, Dick Vermeil, current LA Rams Head Coach Sean McVay, Bose Senior Project Manager Matt Ruwe, and Bose Distinguished Engineer Dan Gauger.Twenty Thousand Hertz is hosted by Dallas Taylor and produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound.Follow the show on Twitter & Facebook. Our website is 20k.org.Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate.Visit mystery.20k.org to enter this weeks mystery sound.Are you a Sound Editor interested in editing for 20k? Apply at soundeditor.20k.org.Are you a Writer interested in writing for 20k? Apply at writer.20k.org.Check out Bose at bose.com.Subscribe to The Truth wherever you get your podcasts. Or go to the truthpodcast.com.Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here: https://www.20k.org/episodes/blue42
Prime Time finally has a 30 for 30. Jody Avirgan talks with Deion Sanders and director Ken Rodgers about the new 30 for 30 film 'Deion's Double Play,' which depicts the surprising controversy over Sanders' 1992 attempt to play two MLB playoff games AND an NFL game over two days. The film debuts Thursday, January 31 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. For info on re-airs and the ESPN+ streaming debut, keep an eye on our Twitter feed: @30for30. All bonus conversations about 30 for 30 films are available in our archives: http://bit.ly/30Chat.
Football really mattered to Richard Nixon. Only one problem — he sucked at it. That frustration fueled a persecution complex that would eventually bring down his presidency. How would history be different had Nixon been more than just a tackle dummy on his college football team? Upon Further Review and Slow Burn's Leon Neyfakh explores that question, and other great what ifs from sports history.