Alternate Routes

Alternate Routes

What if the NBA never vetoed the Chris Paul trade to the Lakers? What if the Seahawks ran the ball on the one yard line in the Super Bowl? Could a coin flip have landed Magic in Chicago, Michael in LA and made Charles Barkley the first Black President? Wait, what?!! Questions like these have broken the brains of sports fans since the beginning of time. Enter Wondery’s newest sports show, Alternate Routes, a weekly leap into the sports multiverse where former SportsCenter anchors, Trey Wingo and Kevin Frazier pry open the sliding doors of a different “what if’' moment from the world of sports. In these alternate sports realities, dynasties will fall! Legacies will change forever! New GOATs will emerge! Join Trey and Kevin every week as they travel every path, go down every rabbit hole and follow every alternate route, no matter how far-flung or far-fetched. Listen to Alternate Routes on the Wondery App or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to episodes early and ad-free on Wondery+ now. Join Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts. Start your free trial by visiting wondery.com/links/alternate-routes now.

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May 28, 2024 33 mins

What’s the most you’ve ever lost on a coin toss? What’s the most you’ve ever stood to gain? The Bulls and Lakers once had more than life or death on the line; they had Earvin “Magic” Johnson. The top draft pick in 1979 went to the winner of a toss between LA and Chicago, and we all know how that story played out. But, what if the coin flipped the other way and Magic went to The Chi? Are we now making TV shows about the Sho...

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Before Caitlin Clark was the biggest name in Indiana, one guy ruled the Hoosier state: Petyon Manning. “The Sheriff” may as well have been Governor while quarterbacking the Colts, but in 2012 they shocked the world by cutting him from the team following a potentially career ending neck injury. Manning went on to lead the Broncos to Super Bowl glory, but what if he stayed in Indianapolis? Does Peyton face his brother Eli in...

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Something is happening in Minnesota. Thanks to the elite play of Anthony Edwards basketball fans in the Twin Cities are experiencing a new and surprising emotion, hope. The T-Wolves are on the doorstep of destiny, a place they could’ve been years ago if they didn’t decide to draft back to back PGs, Ricky Rubio and Johnny Flynn with the 5th and 6th overall picks in 2009. But, what if the Wolves picked Steph instead of ...

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“The Big Three” are sacred words in basketball. Lebron, Wade and Bosh in Miami; Steph, Klay and Draymond in Golden State; Bird, McHale and Parish in Boston; and Magic, Kareem and Worthy in L.A. One trio that never realized their full potential: Durant, Harden and Westbrook in OKC - a young, hungry squad on the cusp of greatness before going their separate ways. But, what if The Thunder kept the band together? How many ring...

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The ping pong balls of destiny can be cruel arbiters of fate. The Gods shined on the city of San Antonio, and fundamentally shifted the NBA landscape when The Spurs landed the first pick of the ‘97 draft, Tim Duncan. The rest (five championships and an all-time dynasty) is history. But, The Celtics had two lottery picks and everyone, including Duncan himself, thought he’d be rocking green. What if The Big Fundamental ended...

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Before promoting the benefits of ayahuasca and considering Vice Presidential bids, Aaron Rodgers was one of the most hyped quarterbacks entering the 2005 NFL Draft. Rodgers was widely expected to go to his childhood team, The 49ers, but ended up waiting out an awkward draft night until the Packers finally picked him up. Rodgers became a Green Bay legend, but what would’ve happened if he ended up in San Francisco? How many ...

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What do Patrick Mahomes and DJ Khaled Have in common? All they do is win, no matter what. Mahomes has three rings and counting and is on a breakneck pace to become the GOAT. But, what if the Chicago Bears drafted Mahomes instead of trading up to snag Mitch Trubisky (*this is a real thing that actually happened). Would Mahomes have led the Windy City to the promised land or would he still be running for his life around Sold...

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Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer of his generation, but he might have been even “greater-er” if not for that infamous Thanksgiving night of 2009. Following Tiger’s tabloid-worthy cheating scandal and ambient induced car crash, Woods took a hiatus at the height of his powers, forever changing the trajectory of golf. If Tiger kept on rolling in ‘09, how many majors would he have won? Would he have topped Jack Nicklaus as t...

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Chris Webber might be one of the best college basketball players of all time, but he’s still best known for the one play he’d love to forget. When Webber called an illegal timeout in the 1993 NCAA championship game, he cost Michigan a championship and brought about the abrupt end of The Fab Five. But what if Webber never called timeout? Would Michigan have become the greatest college basketball dynasty of all time? Does NI...

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The legendary but scandal-ridden career of Barry Bonds could’ve taken a very different turn if he’d signed with the Yankees, not the Giants, as a free agent in ‘92. The alternate reality of Bonds playing in pinstripes sets off a butterfly effect that changes the entire baseball landscape and begs pressing questions like: Would Barry have even needed to juice in hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium? Would the ‘94 baseball st...

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Michael Jordan’s iconic career may have taken a different route had he missed his first big shot. Not the game winner in Utah, not the dagger vs The Cavs, but the jumper to ice the ‘82 NCAA championship for North Carolina. If that ball rims out, does MJ lose his confidence and swagger? Does Georgetown become the greatest college basketball dynasty of all time? What happens to the legacies of Dean Smith and Roy WIlliams? Do...

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What if the best backcourt in NBA history was one that never existed? Trey Wingo and Kevin Frazier dive head first into the infamous Chis Paul trade that never was! When then NBA commissioner David Stern vetoed the CP3 to The Lakers trade for “basketball reasons” sports fans were left wondering what could’ve been. Thankfully, Trey and Kevin are here to fill in the blanks by playing out every ripple effect. Would CP3 have f...

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This week on the inaugural episode of Alternate Routes: How one failed physical altered the landscapes of the NFL and college football forever! Trey Wingo and Kevin Frazier re-examine what would’ve happened if Drew Brees bypassed New Orleans for Miami and teamed up with Nick Saban to form a QB-coach combination to rival Brady-Belichick. It almost happened! And if it did, would Tom Brady still be the GOAT? Would Alabama go ...

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What if the NBA never vetoed the Chris Paul trade to the Lakers? What if the Seahawks ran the ball on the one yard line in the Super Bowl? Could a coin flip have landed Magic in Chicago, Michael in LA and made Charles Barkley the first Black President? Wait, what?!! Questions like these have broken the brains of sports fans since the beginning of time. Enter Wondery’s newest sports show, Alternate Routes, a weekly leap int...

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