Legends, Lists, Lore and Much Much More

September 28, 2017
2 men and a woman talking

John Steinbacher, Lisa Bralts, and Brian Moline.

Michael O. Thomas

We cover a lot this week, as there's a lot going on. So without further ado, here it is. 
 

1:20 - DOCTORED BASEBALLS

The overall homerun record in a season for all of baseball has already been broken. Is it the balls? The Players? Science? All of it? 

12:53 – FOOTBALL IS NOT A YOUNG MAN’S GAME

John briefly discusses a new report that shows evidence that playing tackle football between the ages for 10 -12 causing long-term issues.

15:16 – A LOT MORE WHISTLES BLOWING

English women’s coach Mark Sampson recently got fired after accusations of impropriety arose from former players. Lisa wonders if sports whistleblowing is becoming more prominent in the internet age. 

21:35 – EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ILLINI SPORTS, BUT DIDN’T KNOW TO ASK

We chat with Mike Pearson about the recent expansion of Illini Legends, Lists & Lore. Mike discusses his process in creating such a giant reference to Illini sports, how he works to provide access to all sports. Plus, he gives his thoughts on Athletic Director Josh Whitman through a historical lens.

34:55 - CONTROVERSY!

Lisa revisits the story of the 2015 Missouri football team, which boycotted participating in football activities to force the university president, Tim Wolfe, to resign. Wolfe was under pressure from students throughout the university for his lack of action in response to several racist incidents on campus. We chat about what this incident has in common with the ongoing protests in the NFL and why the Mizzou football team was able to create rapid change, while the NFL situation appears much more complex. For one, NFL players being present for the anthem is still a relatively new phenomenon

45:35 - STATUS UPDATE

Brian briefly touches on the evolving crisis in college basketball (and it's Illini connections), before diving headfirst into the fun (or not) of nachos and baseball.

John reveals how a group of “nerds” on Jeopardy weren’t ready for some football.

Lisa’s heart is pounding in anticipation of the potential return of  a certain dream doubles team in men’s tennis.
 

41 episodes in, that's Tom Seaver territory. He doesn't appear to be on Twitter, but we are, right here.