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The Football Girl Podcast

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Finally, a podcast celebrating all the women who know and love football. TFG Managing Editor Melissa Jacobs talks to the most prominent female voices from all avenues of the NFL (with some men thrown in occasionally) and shares a weekly musing on the intersection of football, society and feminism.
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Melissa is joined by Julie DiCaro to discuss her new book, 'Sidelined: Sports Culture, and Bring a Woman in America.' Julie talks about her experiences being deeply harassed on social media, why women don't get believed in sexual assault cases against athletes, how men can be better allies and much more. Melissa opens the show by imagining a utopian near future where fully vaccinated people get preferential treatment at sports stadiums and beyond. Buy Julie's book: https://bookshop.org/books/sidelined-sports-culture-and-being-a-woman-in-america/9781524746100 And please leave The Football Girl Podcast a great rating and review. Thank you! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241
Melissa is thrilled to be joined this week by Maia Chaka, who was just named the NFL's first Black female official. Maia opens with her quite enthusiastic reaction to getting the news of her promotion. Then she shares the perseverance and grind it took to achieve her officiating dreams and offers advice for those who want to following her footsteps. She also explains how the pipeline of female officials is only getting more robust each year! Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a great rating and review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241
Melissa opens up by talking about this week's important virtual events, an inspiring Women in the NFL happy hour and the 5th Annual Women's Careers in Football forum which has sparked a litany of NFL careers. Then Melissa is joined by one of the women who benefited from the forum, Bucs assistant defensive line coach Lo Locust. (13:10 mark) Lo relives Super Bowl week, including the game experience and the aftermath. She also talks about her unique journey to the NFL, the origins of which didn't begin until she was 40! Follow Coach Locust on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CoachLoLoc Follow Melissa Jacobs on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefootballgirl Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a great rating and review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241
Melissa is joined by Dr. Louis Moore, a sports and race history professor at Grand Valley State University for a powerful lesson on the NFL's history of integration, segregation, and reintegration. Dr. Moore explains how the NFL we see today was built on Black activism from players and journalists, how Black athletes were horribly impacted by Jim Crow after they integrated in 1946, and how rising salaries and endorsements deals played a role in the lack of player activism from the 1970's to the 2000's. Plus a look at what, if anything, can be done to remedy today's lack of diversity in the NFL's head coaching ranks. Follow Dr. Moore on Twitter: https://twitter.com/loumoore12 Follow Melissa Jacobs on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefootballgirl Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a great rating and review: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241
Melissa is joined by The Athletic's Senior NFL Writer Lindsay Jones (from Tampa!!) to discuss all aspects of Super Bowl. Lindsay explains why she's picking the Chiefs while noting the Bucs' best chance to victory. Also discussed: - The Chiefs' near-COVID scare - Antonio Brown icky redemption tour - The female coaches and official that are partaking in this Super Bowl - Tom Brady's inability to age Melissa kicks off the show with a not-so-confident Super Bowl pick of her own! Please leave The Football Girl Pod a great rating and review. Thank you! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241
Bills on the Brink

Bills on the Brink

2021-01-2138:43

Melissa is joined by The Athletic's Lyndsey D'Arcangelo, a lifelong Bills fan, to the discuss the Bills' rise, what's like to be part of Bills Mafia, and Buffalo's chances in the AFC Championship. Plus, Melissa shares her AFC and NFC Championship picks and shares her elation about the Inauguration. Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a great rating and review: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241
This week Melissa is thrilled to be joined by a legend! CBS's Suzanne Smith reflects on an inspiring career in which she is the only woman directing NFL broadcasts. Suzanne talks about how the landscape has changed for women since she started in 1983, the importance of launching We Need To Talk, and why we don't have a permanent female voice in a TV booth. She also delves into her "drop the mic" moment, directing Nickelodeon's well-received Wild Card game. Plus Melissa gives Divisional Round picks(Sorry Browns!) and more! Please leave The Football Girl Pod a great rating and review. Thank you! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241
Melissa is joined by Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic to talk about Washington's chances against Tampa Bay, plus all the adversity they've faced this season. Plus, Melissa's sure-to-be accurate wild card weekend predictions!
Melissa is again joined by her husband Dave who is less than ecstatic over the Bears' very lucky path to the playoffs. The two talk about the many ways the Bears will likely lose to the Saints, plus take a quick peak at all the other matchups. But first they try and make sense of Doug Pederson and one of the most blatant tank jobs in recent years. Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a great rating and review on Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241
Melissa is joined by her husband Dave, a Bears fan, who has come out of hibernation to help recap all the Week 16. As is Football Date Night tradition, Melissa and Dave focus on the Bears and their tradition of being tormented by the Packers in big games. They also try and make sense of the playoff picture and which of the 10-5 AFC teams could make waves. Melissa also shares her frustration over Jared Goff's lack of evolution (and his weak Goff Course), and the two discuss the weirdness of the NFL's lack of equalizing fan attendance. Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a great rating and review (especially if you want Dave to return!): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241
Melissa is joined this week by UK-based Phoebe Schecter, former Buffalo Bills coach, to chat about her rapid rise in football. In this episode, Phoebe discusses: - Her entryway into football through a Facebook ad - How she became a linebacker! - Why she was such a natural as a coach - How sharing her dream to coach in the NFL out loud sparked her Bills opportunity - How a fellow coach ensured the Bills players would accept her - Crafting her next NFL opportunity - How sky's the limit for women in football - Promoting American football to an international audience and much more! Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a great rating and review! Thank you! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241
Melissa is joined by NFLN's Aditi Kinkhabwala to chat about the compelling AFC North. - Will the Steelers rebound from their first loss? - How far can Baker Mayfield take the Browns? Aditi also poignantly discusses the hollowness of this NFL, plus her experiences trying to work while parenting two young kids during the pandemic. Please subscribe to The Football Girl Podcast and leave us a good rating/review! : https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241
Happy Thanksgiving Week! Melissa Jacobs is thrilled to welcome in Kate and Michelle Magdziuk of BallBlast Football to dissect the rest of the fantasy football season and discuss the BallBlast rise. The conversation starts with the origins of BallBlast, how the couple (yes couple, not sisters) grew their brand - with plenty of advice for those who want to follow suit, including how they continue to make their written and podcast content unique in a crowded fantasy field. They also discuss why the percentage of women playing fantasy is far less than the percentage of women who watch football and how to correct the disparity. Then the discussion shifts to fantasy advice with a bent toward the rest of the season. Was Jonathan Taylor's "hot hand" usage just a mirage? Which tempting players are set up to disappoint during the fantasy playoffs and which player are worth stashing now. Plus why James Robinson and not Dalvin Cook is this season's fantasy MVP. Finally Michelle makes a strong case for a keeping a TE spot on fantasy rosters in the future despite the massive drop-off after Travis Kelce (and George Kittle when healthy). Follow BallBlast: https://ballblastfootball.com Follow Michelle on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ballblastem Follow Kate on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FFballblast Follow Melissa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefootballgirl And please leave us a good rating/review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241
This week Melissa welcomes in The Ringer's Claire McNear, author of the new book, Answers In The Form of Questions: A Definitive History and Insider's Guide to Jeopardy! Claire explains all the training and intricacies that truly make Jeopardy! the sportiest of sports. Plus, what Alex Trebek was really like, how the show might replace him, Claire’s impromptu Jeopardy! tryout, and that infamous Talkin’ Football category from 2018. Order Answers In The Form of Questions: https://bookshop.org/books/answers-in-the-form-of-questions-a-definitive-history-and-insider-s-guide-to-jeopardy/9781538702321 Please help The Football Girl Podcast continue to grow by leaving a great rating and review on iTunes. Thank you! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241
Melissa gushes about the NFL young quarterbacks, then welcomes Brooke Pryor of ESPN to dissect the 8-0 Steelers. Among the many topics: How much of 8-0 is a credit to Mike Tomlin? Will the Steelers ever have a respectable running game? The emergence of Stephon Tuitt Is 16-0 a possibility? Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a good rating and review! Thank you! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241
49ers-Seahawks Week!

49ers-Seahawks Week!

2020-10-2955:29

Melissa opens by discussing the sad case of Jags RB Ryquell Armstead who has suffered complications from COVID-19 and will miss the season. He's just 23. Then Melissa welcomes her pal Tracy Sandler, CEO of Fangirl Sports Network to discuss a 49ers squad on the rise and how the defense stacks up against Russell Wilson. Plus a deep look at Fangirl Sports and how she built a successful independent media company. Finally, Tracy shares the incredible story of her previous stint as the voice of Barbie (!!)
Melissa is joined by ESPN's Kimberley Martin to shine on a light on the NFL's continue refusal to diversify at the top. Kim explains the double-standards and shorter leashes Black candidates have to endure. How much implicit bias is really at play here? Kim, who used to cover the New York Jets, also shares her sympathies with that sullen fanbase and details a plan to go 0-16. It starts with keeping Adam Gase around! Before Kim joins, Melissa spends a few minutes doting on the NFL's most joyful player, Ryan Fitzpatrick. Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a good rating and review: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-…st/id1319547241
Who Needs Practice?

Who Needs Practice?

2020-10-1433:21

In this special episode, Melissa is joined by her husband Dave on their actual anniversary. Now that Chicago is 4-1, Bears fan Dave is out of football hibernation but he's not exactly feeling like a Super Bowl is within reach. Melissa and Dave also discuss the season premiere of The Bachelorette, the disastrous 49ers, the greatness of Russell Wilson, what happened to Josh Allen and the NFL's takeaway of the week, courtesy of Tennessee ... practice is overrated. Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a good rating and review: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-…st/id1319547241
Melissa is joined by The Athletic's Lindsay Jones to examine the Titans' COVID-19 outbreak, plus the Pats' situation. Is it time for the NFL to hit the pause button on the season? Plus Lindsay shares her reactions to Bill O'Brien's firing and the benching of Dwayne Haskins. Follow Lindsay Jones on Twitter: twitter.com/bylindsayhjones Follow Melissa Jacobs on Twitter: twitter.com/thefootballgirl Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a good rating and review: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-…st/id1319547241
Melissa opens with football thoughts including Russell Wilson's deep throws, why disillusioned fans should adopt the Bills & the NFL's first COVID-19 outbreak. Then Melissa welcomes Jocelyn Benson, Michigan's Secretary of State for a wide-ranging convo (12:05) that includes: - The powerful role of the Lions in voter education - How Ford Field will be used on Election Day - Her task force to promote equality for women and girls in sports - Dodging Trump's Twitter insults - Running the Boston Marathon at EIGHT months pregnant!!! Follow Secretary Benson on Twitter: twitter.com/JocelynBenson Follow Melissa Jacobs on Twitter: twitter.com/thefootballgirl Please leave The Football Girl Podcast a good rating and review: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-…st/id1319547241
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