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Author: Wondery

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Sports rivalries can fuel fans and athletes to fight and argue for years. But what’s the real story behind these epic battles?

From Wondery, the company behind “Business Wars”, “Gladiator” and “The Lead” comes SPORTS WARS, a new series that offers an immersive look at some of the greatest athletic rivalries of all time: two superpower nations facing off in the Miracle on Ice. The battle for the starting quarterback gig in Green Bay between Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. And many more.

Host Dan Rubenstein (Sports Illustrated, SB Nation) will take you from the grudge matches to the pranks, from the tantrums to the triumphs: what really happened, who was right, who was wrong -- and you can decide whose side you’re on.

68 Episodes
Introducing Sports Wars

Introducing Sports Wars


Brett Favre vs. Aaron Rodgers. Michael Jordan vs. Isiah Thomas. And many more...Sports Wars premieres on April 17th. Subscribe now!
Heroes, villains, action... all set in a galaxy far, far away. Join Inside Star Wars and go behind the camera and find out how one of the most iconic series in film history came to be. Listen now at:
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It's 2005 and The Green Bay Packers are on the clock in this year's NFL Draft. The last thing most Packers fans think the team needs in the draft is a new quarterback. Their team already has Hall of Famer, Brett Favre, who is in the middle of his record-breaking Iron Man streak for consecutive games started. But when Aaron Rodgers slips in the draft, the new Packers GM makes a risky call, and sets up a bitter rivalry between two quarterbacks with very different styles.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Robinhood - Robinhood is giving listeners of Sports Wars a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at
In 1991, the Atlanta Falcons tire of the antics of their rookie quarterback, Brett Favre. They decide to trade him to Green Bay where he soon takes over as the starting quarterback. He begins a streak of consecutive starts that will turn him into a legend. Along the way, he battles his competition, his coaches and his demons. As he is pursuing his first Super Bowl, a kid in California named Aaron Rodgers is watching at home and dreaming of an NFL football career that will one day collide with Favre's in Green Bay.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Better Help - Go to, fill out a questionnaire to help them assess your needs, and get matched with a counselor you’ll love.
Brett Favre takes Titletown to the Super Bowl for the first time in 29 years. Aaron Rodgers tries to prove he's good enough to play college football and be chosen by his favorite team - the 49ers.
Aaron Rodgers starts his career as the backup QB in Green Bay as Brett Favre ponders retirement. When Favre leads the Packers to their best season in years, the legendary quarterback decides he may not be ready to turn the team over to Rodgers after all.
Brett Favre comes out of retirement again, but this time Green Bay is moving on to the Aaron Rodgers era. The Packers trade Favre to the Jets, turning their legendary QB into a new rival.
As the new quarterback of the rival Minnesota Vikings, Brett Favre wants revenge against the Packers. He won’t retire until he gets his chance to beat Rodgers and Green Bay in 2009. Meanwhile, Rodgers tries to show the Packers he’s ready to be the new face of the franchise.Support us by supporting our sponsors! Zip Recruiter - Listeners of Sports Wars can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at this exclusive web address:
Jeff Pearlman-- the best selling author of Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre-- joins Sports Wars to discuss the rivalry between Favre and Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. They began as competitors on the same team, but ended up battling for division titles and respect when Favre came out of retirement with the Vikings. As Rodgers heads toward the second half of his career, some think he’s become the new Favre in Green Bay. Support us by supporting our sponsors!Cayman Jack - This Cinco de Mayo, take your celebration to the next level. Download Cayman Jack’s “How to Cinco Guide” at Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
In this series we explore the unique tennis rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal-- two very different players, both exceptional, in pursuit of perfection. Swiss-born Roger Federer was seemingly born with a racquet in his hand and at a young age he quickly masters the game, but what he needs to reach the top is to learn how to master his emotions. Meanwhile, Spaniard Rafael Nadal learns the game under the tutelage of his uncle Toni on the clay courts of Mallorca, where the decision to make him a left-handed player separates him early from his competition.  Support us by supporting our sponsors!Mack Weldon - For 20% off your first order, visit and enter promo code SPORTSWARS at checkout!
At age 19 Nadal dominates on clay and shoots up the world rankings. Now he’s looking to prove his win in Miami over Federer was no fluke. Meanwhile, Federer tries to capture the career grand slam, but to get it, he’ll need to beat Nadal on his best surface at the French Open.
Rafael Nadal continues to add French Open titles, but winning on the grass courts of Wimbledon proves elusive because of one person: Roger Federer. The Swiss Champion holds as much dominance on grass as Nadal has on clay. So when the 2007 Wimbledon Final goes to Federer in a closely-won match over Nadal, the Spaniard believes he’s lost his best opportunity to beat his nemesis.
Roger Federer enters the 2008 Wimbledon Grand Slam as a five-time defending champion. The tabloids mark him as finished -- mostly because of his poor performance in the year’s first two grand slams. Rafael Nadal is coming off a dominant French Open title and the bad taste of last year’s loss at Wimbledon. It is the perfect storm to create what is widely considered the greatest tennis match in history.Support us by supporting our sponsors!ZipRecruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at
Jon Wertheim -- best-selling author of Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played -- joins Sports Wars to discuss tennis’ greatest modern rivalry between two of the best the game has ever seen and what it’s been like to have a front-row seat to some of their most prolific matches.
After four straight head-to-head wins, the era-defining rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal is trending strongly toward Nadal. But Federer is already looking to reverse his fortunes at the next major -- the 2009 Australian Open -- a hard court tournament that could possibly yield his record-tying 14th Grand Slam title. As for Rafa, he’s still looking to prove he can beat Federer anywhere, anytime, and on any surface.  For more than decade, these tennis titans have battled each other for the number 1 seat -- but which is the greatest men’s tennis player of all time?
“Strokes of Genius” author Jon Wertheim discusses what makes tennis rivalries different than any other sport, why Federer v Nadal was so compelling, and other great match ups in tennis history.
Comments (24)

Armando Chinchilla

and just like that Im done with the podcast... keep the good work best wishes to y'all

Dec 6th

Vic Underwood

Farve was def a Great Qb and fan fav yet Rodgers is a Great Qb.

Dec 5th
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Julie homewood

how about Martina verse Chris Evert ?

Nov 21st


Love the podcast! Great storytelling. Here are some rivalries my husband and I hope are in the pipeline: Conners vs McEnroe - Montana vs Young - Sampras vs Agassi - Bird vs Magic to name a few!

Nov 9th
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Russell Hooper

It's disappointing that he didn't ask Piazza about the All Star Game when Piazza was catching for Clemens.

Nov 7th

Zach Hembree

Teddy Atlas is a long winded jackass. This is one of the worst interviews I've ever heard.

Oct 11th

John Farver

Favorite series yet!!!

Oct 9th

Mohaned Ghanem

Horrible editing

Aug 30th

Captain Logical

I would like it more if they used more real audio clips from games or matches they are taking about and from the players and coaches as well.

Aug 22nd
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Jason LaMore

Michigan vs Ohio State?

Aug 2nd

Murphy Bros

Do ed reed and Eddie George

Jun 15th

Hector Velez

Jordan over Isaiah all day!

Jun 7th
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Jay B.

Tennis is my great passion, so of course I was excited for this. Alas, it is narrated for kindergarten children. What a joke.

Jun 2nd

Sean Edward Lathrop

Great stuff! Recommended it to my coworkers.

May 17th

Julie homewood

another winner for wondery ! they are putting out some great stuff. I'll say the same as I do for American scandal, this podcast makes even the subjects that you are not particularly interested in, interesting.

May 10th

Pete Koski

NFL to tennis? Catch you after!

May 3rd


Yet another big hit from Wondery! I never knew how deep this battle of the egos was and find it fascinating. Keep up the good work!

Apr 26th

Simon McInnes

As an Australian nfl fan, I have found this podcast absolutely addictive!... I can not say enough good things about sports wars!

Apr 20th

Casey Fischer

Big fan of Business Wars and can see myself already really enjoying this show! Would be interesting to see them do franchises vs each other as well as the players!

Apr 18th
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