SCooP: Sports, Culture and Politics
Life is Bigger

Life is Bigger

May 20, 2019

Today I want to talk about life. Not politics or sports, though it touches both of those things. I want to talk about life and how it matters when it’s the most important thing. When it’s the only thing.

When life is bigger.

(Credit to Dean lewis and his song Waves, which encapsulates this perfectly, I think) 

Two Voices: Gone, Too Soon

Two Voices: Gone, Too Soon

May 12, 2019

There are the ones who reach celebrity status or become well known and it’s so much less about them and the message, the bridge they offer, that changes everything.

This is true of both Rachel Held Evans and Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

This past week Rachel died after suffering brain seizures. She was 37. Amy died two years ago at 51.

Two brilliant, loving humans, whose legacy should be even more known than it is.

This week, I mourn them. I also want to celebrate them. Not just because they preached kindness or broke through or somehow fought their way into the national consciousness, but because they did it the hardest way possible.

Reviving Empathy

Reviving Empathy

May 5, 2019

The greatest piece, the most important piece, of any democracy, of any culture that hopes to give equality and the best for all of its people, is empathy. And it feels like empathy is dying.

Absent empathy, humanity is nothing more than war and tribalism. So in this show, I want to take a look at that. I want to look at the way those in power have used this cultural change for their benefit. I want to look at how this happened, and what we can do to reverse this trend. 

Welcome to the podcast. Let's go. 

Should Sports Matter THIS Much?

Should Sports Matter THIS Much?

April 28, 2019

This week, I want to talk about why sports are so important in our society, and whether they should matter SO much. I’m going to explain why we place far too much emphasis on sports and why it can be damaging. I’m also going to look at why sports are a good thing, and in this time, perhaps even necessary, and take a look at the many benefits sports offers our culture. As always, I suspect the truth is somewhere in the middle.

Sacred Space: Notre Dame, the NFL and What It Means

Sacred Space: Notre Dame, the NFL and What It Means

April 21, 2019

This past week, Notre Dame de Paris, one of France's oldest and most beloved churches sustained damage that collapsed its spire and caused an outbreak of mourning on social media. At over 800 years old and considered the heart of Paris, the reaction was not surprising.

It was, however, upsetting.

What does it have to do with the NFL? Or sports? And why was it upsetting? And what is Sacred Space?

Welcome to the podcast.

Legacy: It’s All About You

Legacy: It’s All About You

April 13, 2019

The word legacy comes from the medieval word “legatia” and refers to property. Because in times past, your legacy was defined by what you owned and what was left. But legacy in sports and culture… and life, is much bigger than that. It’s not just about property or how nice our homes are or how well our foundations are doing. 

Let me tell you a few stories, and why your legacy is bigger than what you think, regardless of your star power.

In Your Face

In Your Face

April 6, 2019

When we want change, when we need change, there is no waiting. Sometimes it needs to be shoved in our face. 

In this show, I want to tell you a couple of stories and show you how sports and entertainment is often the best way to do that, and why it often works better coming from that angle than when it comes directly from the government.

Invisible II: Two GOATS. And Two Incredible Women

Invisible II: Two GOATS. And Two Incredible Women

March 23, 2019

Today I want to introduce you to two extraordinary champions. One who is the greatest of all time in her sport. And one who is simply the greatest. The first one is famous. The other one was, though you may not know her. Both went through trials, both learned what it means to be invisible, and both have a legacy much bigger than their achievements in sports.

Invisible (Part1): A Queen and a Movie Star

Invisible (Part1): A Queen and a Movie Star

March 16, 2019

For the next two weeks I’m going to look at four very different women.

The two I want to talk about today were born 2000 years apart. One was a legendary queen. The other was a Hollywood star. Both noted for their beauty, but both were much more than that. And despite their fame, they both knew what it meant to be invisible.

War or Peace: Why We Always Choose War (And Scandal)

War or Peace: Why We Always Choose War (And Scandal)

March 10, 2019

In this episode, I examine why our culture seems to prefer division over peace, why facts really don't matter that much, and why smoke doesn't mean fire, but it can burn us just the same. 

I take a closer look at the SNC issue in Canada and what's happening with Celtics and Lakers. And yes, they're related. 

Welcome to the podcast.