David and Ross Jackson reunite for their weekly look at the New Orleans Saints through their own lens. Sean Payton continues to put his players first with the "bubble" in downtown NOLA. The Black & Gold continue to plan for the future with the promotion of Terry Fontenot. Nigel Bradham adds depth and talent to the linebacking corps. ESPN weighs in on potential Saints Hall of Famers. Can the XFL get it right this time? And, what happened to "Hard Knocks?"
Daniel Lust, attorney and co-host of the Conduct Detrimental podcast, joins HITP to discuss the demands written by PAC-12 student-athletes involving, health and compensation. They talk the potential ramifications for Title IX, and review the 2014 NLRB decision regarding unionization of athletes. Finally, they touch on the continuing outbreaks of COVID-19 in MLB, and the response of Commissioner Rob Manfred.
David Grubb is joined by Dino "The Dean" Hanson as they discuss the weekend that was for the New Orleans Pelicans. They look at the mental, physical, and consistent mistakes that fans have seen from the team this season, and how they have carried over into the bubble. Everything from Zion Williamson's status, which players need to step up, and what could the future look like for the Pelicans, is on the table. Eat up.
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Music: Noize, Inspectah Deck, LA the Darkman presents Wu La Familia
David and Oleh Kosel of TheBirdWrites.com discuss the New Orleans Pelicans' restart loss to the Utah Jazz, and look at some of the key moments and decisions. Oleh gives a report on Pelicans VP David Griffin's Friday presser, and the status of Zion Williamson, and they discuss the keys to bouncing back against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, and how much narrower the Pels' margin for error could get in just a day or two.
Brandon "Scoop B" Robinson, senior writer for Heavy.com, joins HITP to discuss the return of NBA basketball. Brandon and David assess the league's response to social injustice and how the media can amplify the voices of players; the NBA's success thus far in protecting players in the bubble; what the loss of home-court could mean in the postseason; the volatility of the West; the 76ers as dark horses; teams no one wants to play; and conference/NBA Finals predictions.
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In their weekly discussion of the New Orleans Saints, David and Ross Jackson start with players opting out of the season, and how that could impact how the Saints put together the roster (3:00); if the NFL is going to be able to protect players as the pandemic continues (12:05); Mickey Loomis' latest press conference (22:24); following up on Drew Brees' commitment to social justice (25:04); and the NFL's Top 100. How are the players SO wrong? (29:09).
David and sports reporter Hank Brady reunite to discuss a wide range of topics with a humorous spin. They gets thing started with Lou Will's wingding at Magic City (4:51), before they ponder the wisdom of Kendrick Perkins (13:50); Woj is back and he returned with bombs (20:00). They transition to the world of entertainment by weighing in on the Torey Lanez shooting of Megan Thee Stallion (23:47); an ironic twist for Doja Cat (29:50); hip-hop legends Snoop Dogg and DMX match up on Verzuz (34:00); the legacies of Juvenile, Mannie Fresh, & Master P (38:17); the latest with Kanye (49:30); and Russell Wilson and Ciara still "Win"inng (60:32).
High School Football Fumbles Decision; Trevor Ritchie on Tyson/Jones Jr and the heavyweight division
In Tuesday's first episode, David looks at the New Orleans Pelicans' final exhibition contest and goes after the Louisiana High School Athletic Association decides to allow practices to begin in Aug. Then it's Trevor Ritchie, host of the Get Ritch podcast. He and David look at the surprise and the spectacle of the upcoming exhibition fight between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. How badly does boxing need a unified champion?
Down with the King: Valencia King on the WNBA and NBA restarts, and the future of the Southwest Division
Dallas-area sports reporter Valencia King joins the pod to provide her perspective on: the implications of the latest coronavirus outbreak in MLB across sports (03:28); how leagues are using a pandemic to reshape the business of sports (15:50); the WNBA's opening weekend (26:25); NBA exhibitions and predictions (39:24); the bright future of the Southwest Division (60:35); who is the league's Most Improved Player (65:27); Chris Paul's underrated season (69:10); some fun Q&A (73:00).
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David and Erika Fernandez (quickouttheblocks.com) discuss the return of Major League Baseball, and what this season ultimately means, as well as their shared love for really bad New York sports franchises (22:49), the response of leagues to COVID-19 (32:27), addressing baseball's problem with growth and inclusion (37:38), name changes and the importance of self-identification (45:02), the problematic terminology of sports narratives (48:56), "The Battle of the Aged" between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr (54:13), and some random Q&A (60:00).