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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 begins this episode of the TFG pod by questioning the Bears continued obsession with kicker Cody Parkey (5:58). Then Melissa welcomes Brooke Pryor of the Kansas City Star to discuss the troubling Tyreek Hill situation. (10:10). Brooke breaks down the latest and provides a glimpse into the Chiefs’ strategy (11:13). She also examines the impact of Hill on the locker room not far removed from the Kareem Hunt dismissal, and wonders if there will be a cultural shift. (26:15). Brooke was one of the first to report on Hill’s son breaking his arm and she explains the nasty backlash she continues to receive, especially as juxtaposed to her male colleague at the Star who shared a byline. (22:09)On a more upbeat note, Brooke highlights some of her favorite moments covering the Chiefs last year (34:56)– think Backstreet Boys! – and breaks down the art of writing a game story on deadline. (37:37)Finally, Melissa has a new edition of THREE MINUTE DRILL explaining the ins and outs of everyone’s favorite penalty: offensive holding! (46:14) Follow Brooke on Twitter: Melissa on Twitter: support The Football Girl Podcast by leaving us a great rating and review! Also make a request for a future THREE MINUTE DRILL breakdown using #teachmefootball
It's Getting Drafty in Here

It's Getting Drafty in Here


A new NFL rookie class is about to be anointed and Yahoo NFL expert Liz Loza joins the pod to break it all down. Liz and Melissa share skepticism about the top QBs in the draft including Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins (12:02), and Liz is in no way buying the Daniel Jones hype. (21:30) She sees Iowa TE TJ Hockensen as a possible breakout rookie (30:55), and Melissa and Liz agree on Quinnen Williams over Nick Bosa for San Francisco at no. 2 (35:26) Later in the convo the two discuss the Chiefs' Tyreek Hill situation and why we as fans should still view prospects with a glass half full mentality.Then Melissa introduces THREE POINT DRILL where she explains a different NFL rule, concept, terminology each week. First up: What is an EDGE rusher? (50:39) Have a football question you want Melissa to clarify on a future episode, to generally want to support the TFG Pod? Head to Apple podcasts and leave a review with #TeachMeFootball keep the convo going,Follow Liz on Twitter: Melissa on Twitter:
Young, black and female NFL agent Nicole Lynn (who reps probable Top 5 pick Quinnen Williams) joins Melissa to discuss her unique journey and successes in the shark-infested waters of player representation. (12:35) Nicole shares her harrowing first experience trying to sign a player (23:55), illuminates her ultra competitive business (29:25)and explains why her world is a particular challenge for women (38:15). Also in the episode, Melissa has PLENTY to say about Antonio Brown going off the rails (5:25), and in a moment of happenstance, our Do-Gooder of the Week is JuJu Smith-Schuster. (48:30)Please support The Football Girl by leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.
Melissa opens the show by dissecting the week’s big NFL news – no not Andy Reid’s Hawaiian shirt, the expansion of instant reply! (5:47) Will it bring more integrity to the football? Melissa also points out a few of her favorite quotes from the head coaches breakfast.(10:06)Then…Tom Brady eats a mostly plant-based. Cam Newton gave up meat in February. They are just the beginning. Meet the woman who is trying to turn the entire NFL onto a diet with immense benefits. Chef Charity Morgan joins (14:41) and starts by describing her delectable plant-based loaded nachos. Charity then takes us through her culinary journey (18:54) and why she started making plant-based meals for her 6’4”, 267-pound husband, Titans LB Derrick Morgan. (24:67). Morgan shines a light on the deep competitive edge NFL players are constantly seeking, (39:46) which is why many of Derrick’s Titans teammates followed suit. She does explain the challenge of trying to coalesce her plant-based diet with the Titans more traditional meat and potatoes nutrition (37:02) and the general challenges of being plant-based in the South. (48:28) Speaking of plant-based, Charity also clarifies the difference between plant-based and veganism and why her family is a hybrid. (56:53)Please support The Football Girl Podcast by leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.For more from The Football Girl please visit:
In this episode, which Melissa has been anticipating FOR MONTHS, 49ers Offensive Assistant Katie Sowers (6:06) joins for a wide-ranging conversation full of fascinating anecdotes from her unique journey and lessons learned about stereotypes that extend well beyond football.Katie opens up about coming out and the importance of authenticity (33:02), as well as embracing her newfound platform to inspire women while she strives to someday be an NFL head coach. After Katie, Melissa gives out this week's Do-Gooder Award to Saints LB Demario Davis and Redskins CB Josh Norman for donating much-needed bottled water for Flint and spending time to understand the ongoing plight. Full Show Rundown2:07: Melissa on not having any role models for her early trailblazing ambitions6:06: KATIE SOWERS JOINS7:54: Sowers on Bruce Arians opens the door for women10:07: Sowers on how football became her passion14:05: Sowers on refining football knowledge through playing professionally15:55: Sowers on how happenstance connected her with MFL executive Scott Pioli17:18: Sowers on how her relationship with Pioli taught her never to stereotype22:06: Sowers shares keys to being embraced during an internship 23:56: Sowers on knowing she proved herself to Kyle Shanahan26:39: Sowers on a typical week in season28:45: Sowers reacts to head coaches explaining what women bring to their staffs30:50: Sowers on embracing her platform33:02: Sowers on coming out and the importance of authenticity36:20: Sowers agrees with Peter King that we will see more NFL players come out37:48: Sowers on when football will be “normalized”40:07: Sowers on her love of music and karaoke!!43:45: Do Gooder Award! Josh Norman and Demario Davis deliver water to Flint
Melissa opens by sharing the story of Bruce Arians declaring he would create a full-time coaching position designated for a woman. She also explains why this position is needed.Then an emergency convo with Football Date Night's Dave on the Bears signing a kicker named Chris Blewitt. Melissa and Dave also share their favorite unfortunately named sports figures with Dave providing a glimpse into their marriage by misunderstanding the assignment. The two also dissect the MNF opening and suggest a path to the booth that invokes MTV in the 90's.
Melissa is back and in Indy straight from the hotel room of ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell who breaks down the most crucial aspect of the NFL combine - the medical evaluations. Bell explains the intricate process of a prospect's medical check including the various types of medical personnel in the room. Melissa and Stephania also relish the unique accessibility at the combine, and share Stephania's many serendipitous encounters with SF GM John Lynch.Then Melissa is joined by NFL Senior Director of Football Development Sam Rapoport on the heels of the league's third annual Women's Careers in Football Forum. Sam dives deep into the progress being made to normalize football by creating a pipeline for aspiring women. She also explains some of the questions ahead (How do you measure success? How should we promote female firsts without being too self-serving)Follow Sam Rapoport on Twitter: Stephania Bell on Twitter: Melissa Jacobs on Twitter:
Melissa welcomes Deadspin Senior Editor Diana Moskovitz, a premier sports journalist on cases of assault and violence against women, to talk about how we should be covering these cases and whether it's possible for a player to truly reform when they're given a quick second chance like Kareem Hunt.Diana also explains the difference between assault and DV, why a zero tolerance policy is dangerous, and takes issue with the NFL for trying to be the moral police. Then we learn more about what makes Diana tick - how her role as a crime reporter in Miami paved her path and the therapeutic practice she uses to say sane.To learn more about issues of assault and violence, visit the resources page of Columbia's Dart Center For Journalism and Trauma: Diana, Melissa shares some quick thoughts on what has been a banner week for the ignorant about Colin Kaepernick.
Melissa opens by explaining why Super Bowl LIII was a bore despite the defensive mastery (4:34) + ponders the game's great mystery (Where the hell was Todd Gurley???). (9:45)Then Melissa welcomes 15-year-old Sam Gordon, the football phenom who appeared toward the end of the NFL 100 spot. Sam takes us behind the scenes of the shoot (17:49), what it was like to become a YouTube sensation at age 9 (20:59), and explains why she is working diligently to promote equality for girls wanted to play tackle football. (23:29)From one glass breaker to another, the NFL's first female coach, Jen Welter, who is now a defensive specialist for the AAF's Arizona Legends then joins Melissa to share details of her new partnership with adidas (37:32), her unique approach to coaching (36:10), and why we should all be watching the AAF.(54:30) She also shares the incredible, crafty story of how she got Bruce Arians to hire her in 2015. (46:28)
In the final, Super Bowl episode of Football Date Night, Melissa and Dave close down the NFL season by recapping the Patriots’ 13-3 victory over the Rams and all the hoopla that surrounded it. Dave started by giving the unsung MVP award to Gisele because the one time CBS showed her in the broadcast clearly inspired him to (finally) throw a decent pass (1:30). The duo then broke down the actual game, including why it was such a defensive snoozefest, why Jared Goff played so poorly, why Todd Gurley barely played, and whether the aura of Sean McVay has faded (3:00). The duo then pivoted to the commercials (11:30) and the vanilla Maroon 5 performance (14:00). Melissa then discussed what the ratings for the game might come in at and praised the enthusiasm of her Uber drivers (15:00) and resilience of Tracy Wolfson (friend of the pod) for braving the post-game scrum to secure an interview with Tom Brady (19:00). Dave had a similar experience trying to get his bagel cut at the neighborhood deli (20:00). After some relationship banter, the duo returned to the game to discuss how the game impacted Brady and Belichick’s legacies (27:00). Melissa then pondered what Patriots will do with themselves when the dynasty ends, though Dave didn’t care in the slightest (32:00). The duo then discussed Tony Romo’s performance and the insights Melissa learned during Super Bowl week about what makes him so entertaining (38:00). Finally, they ended by taking a look back on the first year of their Date Night podcast and what might bring Dave back for another season, framed by some sage words from the band, Semisonic (41:00).
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