In the Moment with David Greene

In the Moment with David Greene

The most adrenaline-charged, fist-pumping moments in sports happen in the blink of an eye for fans. But those moments are years in the making for athletes. And the impact of them can last a lifetime. In the Moment is a new podcast from the people who brought you Man in the Arena. Every Tuesday, host David Greene takes you inside the mind of an athlete at a pivotal moment in their career. David combines his experience as the former host of NPR’s Morning Edition with the passion of a diehard sports fan to relive some of the biggest moments in sports. From Religion of Sports and PRX.

Episodes

March 7, 2023 39 mins

In the 2004 American League Championship Series, the Boston Red Sox came back from three games to none, eventually forcing the New York Yankees to Game 7. During the do-or-die situation at Yankee Stadium, famed Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martínez was unexpectedly called to the mound in the seventh inning while the Sox were up 8-1.

“I had no business being in that game,” Martínez told In The Moment’s David Greene. “I had a day’...

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In Religion of Sports' latest podcast series, Host Iggy Monda takes listeners inside America’s locker rooms and field houses to explore hazing in high school sports today. Through deeply personal stories of kids who have hazed, parents who have fought for accountability, coaches who are scared of what their players do when they’re not looking, and people who have hazed others, he ultimately asks why hazing is so ingrained ...

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American-born runner Alexi Pappas competed for Greece in the 2016 Rio Olympics where she smashed the Greek world record in the Women’s 10k. But her journey to the Olympics didn’t fill the void she had expected. Pappas speaks publicly and in her book, Bravey, about the loss of her mother when she was just 5-years-old and the impact that had on her life – on and off the track. She’s now become a mental health advocate for at...

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In the 2006 Torino Winter Games, first-time Olympian Lindsey Jacobellis missed out on the gold in the last second of the women’s snowboard cross final. It was a devastating and unpredictable loss for “America's sweetheart” of snowboarding.

Jacobellis would go on to attend the next three Olympic Games, falling short of the podium every time. That was until the 2022 Beijing Winter Games when everything came full circle for ...

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Thanksgiving Day, 2012 was a huge turning point for then-rookie quarterback Robert Griffin, III - RGIII - and Washington. They were three and six and their head coach, Mike Shanahan, had already said the season was essentially over. Then Washington did something no one expected when they took on the Cowboys in Dallas. They won.

“You go on Thanksgiving and you obliterate the Cowboys, which is America's team, and you go out...

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Raiders tight end Darren Waller is now considered one of the best tight ends in the NFL. But just a few years ago, he wondered if he would ever get back to the game. After being suspended for a year from the Ravens for a positive drug test, he was working in a local grocery store and going through rehab.

“When I took that job, I had no desire to play football,” Waller told In the Moment’s David Greene. “I was just trying ...

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Former NFL Head Coach Tom Coughlin sat down with In The Moment’s David Greene to relive arguably one of the most famous games in NFL history and how he coached the underdog Giants to a victory over the undefeated patriots to win Super Bowl XLII.

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January 24, 2023 29 mins

The big question in football right now: What will Tom Brady do next? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended their season with a 31-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys last week. Now, people are wondering if Brady will leave the Bucs, join another team or retire – again.

In the Moment’s David Greene spoke to Buccaneers Center Ryan Jensen about what it’s like to protect Tom Brady on the field. And he spoke to him about what led Brady to ...

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Andrew Whitworth, also known as Big Whit, spent 16 seasons in the NFL as an offensive lineman – 11 of those years with the Cincinnati Bengals before going to the Los Angeles Rams.

Despite being a 4-time Pro-bowler– Whitworth constantly found himself on the losing end of big games. When he finally made it to the Super Bowl with the Rams in 2019, the media narrative was that he was old then.. And this would probably be his ...

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On February 23, 1996 then-NBA star Rex Chapman dropped 39 points against Michael Jordan beating the infamous 72-10 Chicago Bulls. Chapman would go on to play 12 years in the NBA. A series of injuries and surgeries lead Chapman to develop an addiction to opioids. Following an arrest, he was able to overcome his addiction, and turn his life around. He talks to David Greene about how he became a beloved social media personali...

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On February 1, 2009, the Arizona Cardinals faced off against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII. For Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, this was the moment to cement his legacy. For Steelers safety Ryan Clark, it was the end of a yearlong battle with an illness that nearly killed him.

The game had two moments that brought both of these athletes to their highest and lowest points. We look at the game from b...

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When MMA fighter, Francis Ngannou, stepped into the octagon to take on then-UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, he wasn’t just trying to win the title. Ngannou was on a mission to prove himself to the world.

“Life threw me a lot of punches,” Ngannou told In the Moment’s David Greene. “Life put me down and made people doubt me.”

Ngannou spent years of his life trying to put that doubt behind him. He grew up in the moun...

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American-born runner Alexi Pappas competed for Greece in the 2016 Rio Olympics where she smashed the Greek world record in the Women’s 10k. But her journey to the Olympics didn’t fill the void she had expected. Pappas speaks publicly and in her book, Bravey, about the loss of her mother when she was just 5-years-old and the impact that had on her life – on and off the track. She’s now become a mental health advocate for at...

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In the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup final, the USWNT suffered a devastating loss to Japan after the 2-2 match went to penalty kicks. In 2015, the two teams faced each other again in the final and this time, Carli Lloyd and the USWNT had something to prove. Lloyd went on to become the first woman in FIFA World Cup history to record a hat trick in a final in their 5-2 win over Japan.

Lloyd sat down with David Greene for a sp...

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In the 2006 Torino Winter Games, first-time olympian Lindsey Jacobellis missed out on the gold in the last second of the women’s snowboard cross final. It was a devastating and unpredictable loss for “America's sweetheart” of snowboarding.

Jacobellis would go on to attend the next three Olympic Games, falling short of the podium every time. That was until the 2022 Beijing Winter Games when everything came full circle for ...

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November 29, 2022 38 mins

With the World Cup upon us, we want to introduce you to a new podcast from NPR and Futuro Studios: “The Last Cup,” a podcast series about soccer and the immigrant experience.

Lionel Messi is known as the best soccer player of his generation, but there's one dream he's never achieved: winning a World Cup.

Host Jasmine Garsd tells the story of Messi as a young immigrant who left Argentina on his way to soccer stardom. Now,...

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The New York Giants are facing off against The Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving in a division rivalry game that could determine which team comes out on top of the dominant NFC East.

Former Giants placekicker Lawrence Tynes knows what it’s like to be under that kind of pressure. During an NFC championship game in 2008, Tynes made “the worst kick” of his career, sending the Giants into overtime against the Green Bay Packers.

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The launch of the 2022 FIFA World cup is just around the corner and the youngest team in USMNT history is set to represent the US on soccer’s biggest stage. Former USMNT striker Jozy Altidore sat down with David Greene to relive his time representing the US in two World Cups. His 2009 goal led the US to upset Spain and break that country’s 35-game winning streak. Some still consider it to be one of the most important wins ...

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During the 2007 NFL Season, Steelers safety Ryan Clark was pulled off a plane after a team loss in Denver Colorado and rushed to the hospital. Clark would later have his gallbladder and part of his spleen removed due to a medical condition caused by the sickle cell trait. 

“I laid on the floor,” Clark told David Greene, “if I could just numb myself a little bit, the pain will stop.”

Just one year later, Ryan Clark and th...

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Thanksgiving Day, 2012 was a huge turning point for then-rookie quarterback Robert Griffin, III - RGIII - and Washington. They were three and six and their head coach, Mike Shanahan, had already said the season was essentially over. Then Washington did something no one expected when they took on the Cowboys in Dallas. They won. 

“You go on Thanksgiving and you obliterate the Cowboys, which is America's team, and you go ou...

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