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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 the NFL's first-ever female scout, Connie Carberg, who was hired by the Jets in 1976 (yes, 1976!) Connie reflects on her career, shares her thoughts on the NFL's current culture, and gives Jets fan a needed pep talk. Melissa opens the show with a lot to say on the Jon Gruden resignation and the culture of toxic masculinity that sadly still lurks in the NFL.
This week Melissa dotes on the 4-0 Arizona Cardinals, shares her lingering thoughts from last Sunday's "Return to New England," and tries to unpack Urban Meyer's disastrous early tenure. Then Melissa welcomes Denver Broncos player performance coach Emily Zaler to discuss her journey from soccer star to the first female full-time coach in Broncos history.(12:24) Zaler reflects on the persistence that landed her in the NFL, plus where the league is headed in terms of diversity. Be sure to leave The Football Girl Podcast a great ratings and review! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241 Thanks for listening and see you next week!
Tommy Brady is returning to New England and Melissa is joined by Nicole Yang of The Boston Globe to break it all out. Is this a "revenge" game? Do pieces of Brady's aura remain at Gillette Stadium? Will there be boos? Plus, Nicole takes us inside the state of the 1-2 Patriots, which, well, isn't that great at the moment. Melissa opens with her thoughts on another 1-2 team that is far more surprising, the Kansas City Chiefs. Plus, the evolution of Brady's likability. Please support The Football Girl Podcast with a great rating and review on iTunes: https://apple.co/31hLzNe
Melissa is joined by TFG Pod fave, Liz Loza of Yahoo Sports to discuss many of the NFL's hottest topics, both fantasy and reality: - Early contender for MVP? - Kliff Kingsbury's powerful offense (hello, Rondale Moore!) - Surprise fantasy players including Brandin Cooks - The beginning of the Justin Fields era!! Plus, Liz talks about her new fantasy show with Austin Ekeler and the evolution of actual NFL players dabbling in fantasy. And a check in on the growth on women in the fantasy industry that is still rife with societal barriers. Please support The Football Girl Podcast by leaving us a great rating and review: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241 -
Clashing of the Rams

Clashing of the Rams

2021-09-1445:26

This week Melissa is thrilled to be joined by The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue (12:24) to dive into her deeply layered and reported feature on Sean McVay's decision last season to sleep with the enemy and bring in defensive coordinator Brandon Staley, a product of the Vic Fangio defensive tree that had figured out the Rams offense. Was it a catalyst for exposing offensive weaknesses and leading McVay to Matthew Stafford? Jourdan also talks about the 8-month process of writing the feature, which included over 200 emails sent to herself int the middle of the night. She also shares her impressions of the Rams' Week 1 victory over the Bears and the debut of fans at SoFi Stadium. Melissa also opens the show with thoughts on Aaron Rodgers, the Steelers defense and why a QB switch is far more urgent in Chicago than San Francisco. Jourdan's McVay/Staley feature: https://theathletic.com/2767658/2021/09/09/sean-mcvay-brandon-staley-and-their-clashing-football-evolutions-that-could-shape-the-direction-of-the-nfl/?source=emp_shared_article Please leave the TFG Podcast a great rating and review! Thank you! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241
Happy New NFL Season!!!! Host Melissa Jacobs previews the 2021 season by running through a number of storylines that may have a big impact, including the new 17th game. Then she runs through every division and picks a winner, even after losing hours of sleep contemplating the NFC West and AFC West. Share your predictions with Melissa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefootballgirl And please leave The Football Girl Podcast a great rating and review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241
WE ARE BACK!!! Melissa kicks off the new season with TFG Pod fave Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network and CBS Sports fame. Aditi and Melissa discuss the fierce AFC North and deeply examine the Steelers' chances with its offensive line issues and Big Ben in his golden years. Plus, an update of TJ Watt's pending mega-contract, Lamar Jackson's idiotic vaccine refusal, and Mac Jones reaction. Follow Aditi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AKinkhabwala Follow Melissa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefootballgirl Please support The Football Girl Podcast by subscribing and leaving a good review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241
Mocking the Top 10

Mocking the Top 10

2021-04-2830:07

It's NFL Draft Eve and Melissa is unveiling the top 10 picks early, just for you! Plus the NFL's Director of Community Relations Melissa Schiller joins to talk about the Draftathon and the power of athletes helping their communities. Please leave us a great rating and review: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241
Melissa is joined by ESPN's Laura Rutledge...and breaking news....Laura LOVES Mac Jones and thinks he will quiet any doubters. Also in this episode, Laura talks about her early days as a ballerina in China, how she accidentally got into sports broadcasting, and the struggle of juggling motherhood with hosting NFL Live and SEC Nation. Follow Laura on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LauraRutledge Follow Melissa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefootballgirl If you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a great rating and review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-football-girl-podcast/id1319547241
Thank You, Alex Smith!

Thank You, Alex Smith!

2021-04-2040:48

EMERGENCY POD!!! Melissa is joined by ESPN's Stephania Bell to reminiscent about Alex Smith's unimaginable career. Stephania also goes deep into her time with Alex and his wife Elizabeth as they documented his rehab and recovery in Project 11.
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
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