Special Teams

Special Teams

The sports landscape is filled with legendary teams and their accomplishments that we still currently talk about, reference and compare to the present. Special Teams takes a look at these squads as we help relive their victories, losses and controversies that have marked their place in history. You’ll get unique storytelling, strong opinions and heavy doses of fun. Fox Sports hosts Jason Smith and Mike Harmon work through the backstories, build-ups and breakdowns of these (in)famous squads using personal anecdotes, pop culture references and a sizable mirror. The picture isn’t always so pretty, but you’ll never forget it.... Show More

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July 1, 2020 53 min

Nearly a decade after instant icon Tim Tebow’s fifteen minutes of NFL fame, we look back at the playoff victory he piloted the Broncos to in one of the most memorable NFL games of the new millennium. Winning an overtime thriller against the Steelers could’ve been the springboard to NFL super-stardom - instead it was the last big moment of his career. How did Tebow do it against a great Steelers defense? Part of it had to do with th...

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The Rams Greatest Show on Turf thrilled and excited football fans everywhere at the turn of the 21st century, as their offense was like nothing we had seen in the NFL in years. But like everything else in life, it had to come to an end. But, whew - how it did so is worthy of it’s own five-act play. A season of seismic change at QB for the Rams culminated with a head coaching decision in the showdown against the Panthers that is sti...

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June 17, 2020 51 min

Dan Marino and the Fake Spike Game. It sounds like a Harry Potter title, but it’s one of the most iconic moments in NFL history. This week we look at the Special Teams involved in the 1994 mid-season NFL classic. The Jets get more criticism than they deserve for this play, and the promising head coaching career of Pete Carroll took a huge detour due to the fallout from it. An even bigger debate: does Dan Marino’s career still have ...

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June 10, 2020 48 min

A week before Scott Norwood’s right foot took center stage in 1991, the Giants and 49ers played an NFC Championship game for the ages. The Giants relied on a hard hit, a fake punt and a fumble to advance to the Super Bowl, while for San Francisco, it turned out to be the last game Joe Montana would ever start for them. One play in this game changed the 49ers forever, however it was New York who would never be the same again.

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June 3, 2020 44 min

Say “4th and 26” and NFL fans shake their heads at one of the most improbable plays in NFL history. The play that made Freddie Mitchell a cult hero, which subsequently - and unfortunately - put the rest of his career in the spotlight. The play that cost Brett Favre a chance at another Super Bowl - even though Favre contributed to the loss in overtime with a throw that hurt just as much. The play that helped usher in seismic changes...

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This week Special Teams takes a fresh look back at one of the most famous plays in NFL history: The Music City Miracle. While you think you know the play that sent the Titans to victory, we’ll look at it from the other side - and the questionable strategy from the Bills that went into allowing it to happen. We have bad time outs, an illogical QB derby and how if the play went the other way, NFL history for many teams would’ve been ...

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May 20, 2020 51 min

In the annals of sports history, everyone has their favorite uniform combination for both their favorite team and others they admire for their sharp look. In this episode, we rank our favorite MLB and NFL uniforms both of the present and all-time, plus the worst of what teams put out there in an attempt for style. (Two words: Shorts & Hiliters.) And also a special bonus bit on the best of the best of minor league baseball hats....

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May 13, 2020 46 min

In part two of our look back at when sports stopped, we take you through the last two times an NFL season was interrupted due to owner/player disagreements. The 1982 NFL Strike caused a complete reconfiguration of the playoffs, the crazy ways networks filled programming time without football, and the special teams we saw qualify for the post-season - at least the ones with winning records! The 1987 work stoppage was as bizarre as t...

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In getting along without live sports, we look back at the last two times we had to get along without baseball, and how some Special Teams emerged. You won’t believe the details in how MLB decided to play out the season in 1981 after having it interrupted due to a player’s strike. (First-half champions? Second half-champions? Possible second-half second place playoff teams? Changing managers mid-season after clinching a playoff bert...

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April 29, 2020 45 min

To have a winless NFL season is the worst of football events for a team and its fans, as winning just one game brings all sorts of relief. But sometimes even those one-win campaigns were just as bad as the zeroes - for all sorts of crazy reasons. This week, we’ll look back at three special 1-15’ers: The last year of the Ryan Leaf era in San Diego, which had allegations of fake injuries and golf, while the 2007 Dolphins nearly cost ...

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April 22, 2020 43 min

No college football season in modern history was as insane as 2007. Virtually every team who was ranked second in the country ended up losing their perch and a chance at the national championship. This week, we’ll look back at four of those teams who came oh-so-close before succumbing to upsets in the most spectacular manner. Adding to it is that none of those teams have been close to what they were that year: South Florida (Who?),...

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April 15, 2020 49 min

This week, it’s the second part of our look back at what some special teams did in the NFL Draft. We’ll revisit just how Jerry Rice landed in the laps of the 49ers - a lot of it had to do with a sleepy head coach and the Jets being the Jets. No one in NFL history can match the Cowboys three-year run of first-round picks from 1988-90 - despite doing all they could to screw it up during that time. And what sort of career begins when ...

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NFL teams who win - or lose - nearly always have to do special things in the NFL Draft to stand out. This week, it’s Part I of our look back at the squads who did what they had to do - or didn’t do - to get there. You know about the famous John Elway trade following the 1983 draft - but there’s all kinds of dramatic twists and turns (especially from the Colts side) you won’t believe happened for this deal to finally go down. We als...

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This week we take a look back at the last World Series title for the New York Yankees. 2009 began with off-season fireworks and huge changes for the team, which were then dwarfed by the shocking Alex Rodriguez revelations. How close was Joe Girardi to being fired before he even got started? How unlikely was A-Rod’s redemption story? And what former Evil Empire nemesis did they have to conquer - once again - to hoist the trophy?

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In our second installment of March Cinderellas, this week we look back at three teams whose NCAA tournament runs were not only unexpected, but full of star power and trend-setting. The 1987 Providence Friars were led by head coach Rick Pitino and senior point guard Billy Donovan, well before either of them started winning NCAA titles behind the bench. Their tournament success could’ve been sunk by a single free throw. 


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We continue our special month of college hoops ‘Special Teams’ with the first of two shows spotlighting some of the great Cinderella teams of all time. In 1986, David Robinson led Navy all the way to the Elite Eight as the Admiral became a mythic figure in college basketball. Before becoming a yearly power, Gonzaga hit the radar screen in 1999 with a first-round tournament win wracked with controversy, and qualified for the Elite E...

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After years of living in the shadow of John Wooden’s dynasty, UCLA returned to glory with their first national championship in twenty years by beating Arkansas in 1995. The Bruins needed one of the greatest buzzer-beaters in NCAA history - that was aided by a critical mistake - the surprise help of two freshmen, and the leadership of Ed O’Bannon, who became famous for much different reasons after his playing days. We also get into ...

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To kick off the Madness of March, on Special Teams we look back at the last Duke team to win the national championship. Possibly one of the most unexpected titles of Coach K’s career, it came with a questionable coaching decision that nearly cost the Blue Devils the title against the ultimate Cinderella Butler Bulldogs. 

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KD. Russ. The Beard. The Oklahoma City Thunder of this century’s second decade looked like they would be the dominant team in the NBA for years, but failed to win it all despite the massive talent of their big three. In this episode of ‘Special Teams,’ we look back at the year the Thunder came the closest to winning it all as they ascended to a legendary battle with the “other” big 3 of the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. So what hap...

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February 19, 2020 49 min

Imagine a world where the New York Knicks not only were a threat, but they were positioned to be great for years to come. In 1999, smart trades (!) helped fortify a team for an NBA Finals run that no one saw coming. Full of big personalities and historic moments, New York went from the barely-qualifying 8th seed in the East all the way to the game’s biggest stage, overcoming a devastating injury in their playoff chase.

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