The Sports Reporters

The Sports Reporters

Before "PTI" or "First Take" or any of today's popular sports debate programs on TV, there was The Sports Reporters on ESPN. For nearly 30 years, every Sunday morning, top sportswriters exchanged in passionate, intelligent conversation about the major sports issues and personalities today. Now, anchored by Mitch Albom and Mike Lupica - two of The Sports Reporters longest-standing members - the magic of the show is in podcast form, enabling the hosts to continue their highly popular tradition with the benefit of twice-a-week perspectives. In addition to Albom, of the Detroit Free Press, one of the most decorated sportswriters in history, and Lupica, perhaps the country's most recognized and opinionated sports scribe, a third voice will join each program, ranging from former Sports Reporters panelists like Bob Ryan, Bill Rhoden and Christine Brennan, to new and fresh voices in the industry. Join the best conversation in sports every Monday and Thursday.

Episodes

May 6, 2021
What is all this Aaron Rodgers/Green Bay Packers drama about anyways?! What does he want that he doesn't already have? The guys speculate and try to figure out what's really going on here. Plus, Russell Westbrook continues to impress with his stats and play. Where does he rank historically? And is the media "distracting" Kyrie Irving? The LA Dodgers continue to lose in painful fashion as the NL West looks extremely ...
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The 2021 NFL Draft lived up to the hype as big name quarterbacks go fast. Who did the best? The Patriots didn't have to trade up to get a QB. The Bears aggressively go after Justin Fields... What to make of it all?! The guys break it down and discuss. Does Aaron Rodgers have Tom Brady envy? The guys explain. Plus, in the NBA the Lakers continue to make trouble for themselves as they slide down the standings. Will they be in the...
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The NFL Draft is finally here! An intriguing crop of prospects has us salivating over the possibility of trades and draft day chaos. Where will the top QB's land? The guys discuss the scenarios. When is LeBron James going to return for the struggling Lakers? Chris Paul leads the Phoenix Suns to the playoffs. And Jacob deGrom continues to dazzle but the Mets can't seem to get him a win.
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The Dodgers and Padres treated us to a superb early season baseball series! What a month of April for the sport with so many outstanding storylines. The NFL draft is finally coming up this week. What will San Francisco do with the #3 pick? And why is Justin Fields falling on draft boards? Plus, discussing NBA hot topics! A historic run for Steph Curry... again! And Kevin Durant is back for the Nets and making it look so easy.
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The Sports Reporters trying to ameliorate our sports lives as the gents talk European Soccer for the first time, LeBron James controversial comments on Twitter. Are the Lakers going to be able to keep it together? Across the NBA, the league is off-kilter with so many players out with injuries. Great early MLB storylines with the A's riding the wave.
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The Yankees are in last place in the American League East. The NFL Draft is weeks away and it stays at the top of the headlines. Trevor Lawrence makes news and has to reiterate his desire to play football. The Los Angeles Lakers are winning games with the return of Anthony Davis and Lebron James coming soon.
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It's an intriguing group of NFL prospects set to be drafted and the guys discuss all the different quarterback options. Why is it so hard to find the right QB? And why are teams so quick to move off from high draft picks if they don't pan out? Plus, how can baseball pick up the pace of play? And when sports and real life intersect...
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Hideki Matsuyama makes history at the Masters becoming the first Japanese man to win the prestigious golf major. The guys discuss all the wild moments that led to a memorable tournament. A missed call in MLB has us wondering why we even have a replay system. The Deshaun Watson saga keeps getting worse. When will the NFL stop ignoring it? And the playoffs are in site for the NBA. Will the Nets see their big 3 on the court soon? And ...
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The guys discuss all the storylines heading into the 2021 Masters Tournament! Nothing like a Sunday at the Masters... Winning is everything in the NFL but are teams too quick to move on from highly drafted QB prospects? The guys debate. And Deshaun Watson is starting to see his endorsement deals fall off... Will he even play this fall? A Kevin Durant sighting in Brooklyn. And the Baylor Bears dominate Gonzaga to win the National Ch...
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UCLA and Gonzaga provide one of the all-time great moments in Final Four history as Jalen Suggs of Gonzaga hits a 3 pointer at the buzzer in overtime to send Gonzaga to the National Title game! The guys discuss that epic game and give a quick preview into the showdown that everyone wanted from the start of the season, Baylor vs. Gonzaga. Plus, MLB makes the decision to pull the All-Star game out Atlanta, Georgia due to the states p...
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The 2021 MLB opening day is here! The guys discuss some of the bigger storylines heading into the season. Why it's a battle for New York and Southern California... Plus, how will the presence of fans be handled across the league? The NCAA Tournament has it's Final Four set! Can UCLA continue it's wild run? Will Gonzaga cap off a perfect season? How about the Texas teams? Can Houston or Baylor win it all? And what is goi...
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What a weekend of College basketball as the west coast puts on a strong showing. Can Gonzaga complete its undefeated season? Will USC or UCLA reach a Final 4? Can Oregon State keep its Cinderella season alive? Michigan looks formidable but can they win it all without their best player? The guys are talking college basketball! Plus, a big time trade in the NFL ahead of the Draft... What will San Francisco do with their newly acquire...
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The NCAA Tournament is heading to the Sweet 16 - Elite 8! The guys discuss the intriguing matchups and storylines. Plus, as the NBA trade deadline looms, who will make a move? And why are there so many injuries in the NBA this season? Was the league asking for trouble?
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Basketball parody! The NCAA Basketball Tournament is providing some exciting action and perhaps some miss seeded teams? How the parody in college basketball is making for a wild tournament where the top seeds are going down, and the lesser known are thriving. Biggest surprise so far? And was the Big Ten overrated? Plus, the Lakers lose LeBron to the ever pesky, "high ankle sprain". Who will step up and lead the Lakers as t...
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Discussing potentially vulnerable #1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Deshaun Watson's off the field behavior comes into question. And the Brooklyn Nets continue to impress without Kevin Durant.
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Let the madness begin! The NCAA Tournament bracket has been released and the guys give us their early impressions. Plus, Drew Brees announces he is retiring from the NFL. Discussing his legacy and putting his career in historical context.
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The Dallas Cowboys get their man as they sign Dak Prescott to the richest contract in franchise history! Super Bowl or Bust for the Cowboys? Dak is great and all, but who's playing defense? Plus, this is March! The guys talk a little NCAA Hoops. And reflecting on the sports world under Covid-19.
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NBA All-Star game thoughts. Has the game "devolved" over the years? Are we heading toward a four point shot? Is there still tradition around the game? Blake Griffin to sign with Brooklyn... How will he fit in there? Dak Prescott and the Cowboys have had an intriguing relationship over the years. Why won't they just pay him already? Will the Cowboys franchise tag him? Is he damaged goods? And Bryson DeChambeau is proving...
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James Harden's return trip to Houston is noteworthy. Why there is two stories here... How he's currently playing. And the way in which he got to Brooklyn. The guys discuss all the angles. And discussing the NBA All-Star game. Is it just a money grab at this point? And why has all the player complaining quieted down lately? Are you watching the skills challenges? Plus, the Arizona Cardinals land JJ Watt! What this does to th...
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The King continues to carry the Lakers in LA. Can he keep it up? Or will he burn himself out before the playoffs? When will Kevin Durant make it back into the lineup? James Harden's game continues to evolve but what a mess he left in Houston. Russell Wilson wants out of Seattle? Why now? The winning now factor in the NFL. And a broader discussion on if NFL teams will give in to high profile players trade demands. Plus, why we h...
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