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Imagine Trading This Guy

The evaporation of a 3-1 series lead always leaves one looking for an explanation of precisely how the comeback (or collapse) managed to unfold. There are usually two answers to reach for: In some cases, the team with the series advantage suffered some sort of strange and debilitating meltdown. In others, the team that came […]

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The Distraction podcast

The Distraction

New episodes on Thursdays

Drew Magary and David Roth should really stick to sports. Sure, their new indie sports podcast will break down the week in sports: the Mets grounding into quadruple plays, NBA players getting testy on the court and horny on Instagram, or Bill Belichick cutting 80% of his roster just to keep himself interested. But these two men and their guests will have their fair share of off-the-field issues they’ll also have to address: stupid Funbag questions, bad tweets from bad people, pointless food arguments, and even less. Every week is a VERY long week these days. We could all use a little Distraction.