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Bomani Jones weighs in on sports, pop culture, social topics and much more from NYC.
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Bomani and Joel Anderson of Slate discuss his story about the problems around Liberty University’s athletics program as it relates to Black athletes, including the school’s pursuit of Hugh Freeze, Ian McCaw and their plan for building the program (1:31). Plus, players from the Big Ten have now joined the Pac-12 group in demanding accountability from their respective conferences in order for them to return to the field (32:09), Gary Patterson apologizes for using the “N-word” at TCU (42:28) and a little history of the University of Houston’s football program (51:22).
We Are United

We Are United

2020-08-0401:07:332

Bomani Jones dives deeper into his story about the Pac-12 players joining together under the banner #WeAreUnited in looking for safety from COVID-19, including the possibility of a boycott (1:05). He reacts to games officially picking up again for the NBA, shares why the entrance of families into the “bubble” could present some unforeseen yet hilarious issues (26:50) and why he doesn’t have a problem with players choosing to stand for the anthem (35:03). Plus, an IYHH including delays for the Postal Service (47:09) and a #StillInTheLeague NBA re-start edition (58:42). IYHH Stories @JennyJarvie takes you inside “Magic City”, and shares how a strip club operates during a pandemic: https://lat.ms/2Porqjd @MusicMesfin on the release of Beyonce’s “Black Is King”: https://bit.ly/2XrONgh @MatthewDalyWDC on the House panel calling on the new Postal Service chief to explain mail delays: https://bit.ly/3kcrhha
Bomani chats with Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report about life inside the NBA’s “bubble” down in Orlando (1:11). Her and Bo laugh at the media’s coverage of Lou Williams’ famed trip to “Magic City” (9:51), which somehow leads them to discuss “little city gangsters” and their least favorite characters from “The Wire” (25:17). Plus, they wrap with what it’s like to cover the NBA’s version of summer camp up close and whether or not the idea it could happen again next season is viable from the players’ perspective (38:52). The Right Time Recommends... "Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men" by Caroline Criado-Perez
A Different Beat

A Different Beat

2020-07-2801:05:35

Bomani weighs in on the outbreak of COVID-19 amongst the Marlins that has caused the cancellation of games, including why he thinks it is an indicator of troubled waters ahead for both the NFL and college football (1:03). Should Lou Williams have been put on blast for getting “Magic City” wings whilst outside of the bubble (21:31)? Why some NBA owners are taking out loans against their franchise's value (34:26) and more. Plus, an IYHH including a clandestine UFO sector within the government (42:29) and your voicemails of the biggest lie someone has told on your behalf (53:38). IYHH Stories @skippyd on the Pentagon having “off-world vehicles not made on this earth”: https://bit.ly/2BCnHLC @hannah_denham1 on makeup for men finding a niche due to the rise in video calls: https://wapo.st/2P6wdWi Man saw neighbor's garage in half due to property line dispute: https://bit.ly/3335bHD
Bomani and Vinnie Goodwill discuss NBA owners protecting their own investment in the return to action and whether or not they will attempt to re-negotiate the collective bargaining agreement (13:13), assess Dwight Howard’s career in this moment after going off script in the bubble about COVID-19 precautions (25:58) and wonder whether or not the Bucks have what it takes to win the championship and re-sign Giannis (41:13). All that and much more!
The Great Equalizer

The Great Equalizer

2020-07-2101:10:523

Bomani highlights health as the great equalizer for the difference of opinions and interests across the levels of labor in the NFL (1:02), shares the level of competition surrounding the barbershops built in the NBA bubble (23:12) and has a message regarding the passing of House Representative John Lewis (34:03). Plus, an IYHH including a Facebook community for people pretending to be ants (48:42) and your voicemails from awful talent shows (58:15). IYHH Stories @dshesgreen on the Trump administration dropping a rule barring foreign students from taking online-only classes: https://bit.ly/2OK2xhB @travismandrews on nearly 2 million people on Facebook pretending to be ants: https://wapo.st/2WKkYXR @theloniusly in @Vice on white, rich people getting their COVID-19 stimulus checks money faster than people of color: https://bit.ly/2WHHCjK
Bomani and Spencer Hall discuss the most important issues that we are facing in these times. Such as, which college football coaches don’t need a headset (1:01), why the noise around Washington’s football team is reminiscent of a college football message board (6:15), what Vice President Mike Pence thinks and/or understands about Ed Orgeron and “Louisiana weird” (26:43) as well as how Tommy Tuberville’s Senate race in Alabama reflects his former strategy on the field (45:29) .
Acknowledgement Of The Truth

Acknowledgement Of The Truth

2020-07-1401:12:441

Bomani weighs in on the news that Washington’s football team will officially be changing their name (1:04), shares why the NBA’s return should be treated with the level of scrutiny of a television show (29:49) as well as why he thinks there will not be any football this fall (41:47). Plus, IYHH including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg as “the villain” (52:07) and your stories of an “entanglement” (1:04:08). IYHH Stories @NPRScottSimon on what lobsters and ants can teach us about social distancing: https://n.pr/2ZtjOBK @Cat_Zakrzewski on Facebook meeting with civil rights groups after hundreds of companies joined ad boycott: https://wapo.st/2CGqeV6 Vintage Super Mario Video Game sells for $114k: https://bit.ly/2Ztkwio The Right Time Recommends "The Facebook Effect" by David Kilpatrick
Bomani is Joined by Howard Bryant to discuss the effect that uncertainty and “disorder” have had on the country and corporations (2:01). Who is and is not assuming the risk in the sports leagues attempting to return to action as it relates to the future ramifications come with it? Plus, Howard dishes on his story about Bruce Maxwell, the former A’s catcher who was pushed out of MLB for kneeling during the national anthem back in 2017 (31:28) and 5-star hoops prospect Makur Maker choosing Howard over UCLA (48:30). The Right Time Recommends... Howard's story on Bruce Maxwell: https://www.espn.com/mlb/story?id=29414410&_slug_=the-exile-oakland-bruce-maxwell-birth-mlb-black-player-movement "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" by John Perkins
Change The Name

Change The Name

2020-07-0701:09:01

Bomani addresses why “the money” was right for Washington’s football team and Cleveland’s baseball team to consider a name change (1:00), why he really hopes Cam Newton plays well with the Patriots (28:29) and why DeSean Jackson made a colossal error despite thinking he was putting us up “on game” (41:10). Plus, your voicemails from when you accidentally got caught up in a “rough” neighborhood you didn’t expect (51:57).
Bomani Jones is joined by former Heat F Chris Bosh to introduce his newsletter "The Last Chip", which shares stories and lessons behind the scenes of the "Big 3's" last NBA Championship. He and Bomani cover his initial excitement in teaming up with friends LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (3:20), the assimilation process to his game (9:55), the peaks and valleys of each run to the NBA Finals (21:27), why Mario Chalmers puts himself on the same level as Jordan and Kobe (41:59) and much more. You can subscribe here: https://www.thelastchip.com/.
Bomani Jones and Domonique Foxworth do a postgame recap of Bo's debate with Will Cain on the radio, and expand the discussion about race relations in the United States (2:30). Bo shares why he thinks Bubba Wallace deserves props in the face of people calling hoax on him, and the guys discuss the attachment people have to symbols from a past that is just plain wrong (25:51). Plus, why Tom Brady thinks he's above social distancing (50:05) and story time from the worst neighborhood the guys can recall being in (53:10).
The Moment

The Moment

2020-06-2301:15:49

Bomani Jones shares why NASCAR's history of antagonistic actions towards black people set the stage for the one of the biggest moments of sports history with Bubba Wallace (1:02). Which one of y'all wants to be the Ciara to his Russell Wilson? Dak Prescott just signed his franchise tender, so now Bo is trying to find him his Ciara too (31:21). Plus, Bo is encouraged by all of the players across CFB standing up for injustice after a push at Ole Miss to change the Mississippi state flag (38:01), an IYHH with AMC changing course on not requiring masks (52:10) and voicemails on a party you were gassed up for that turned out to be a dud (1:04:28).
Bomani Jones throws water on optimism regarding a potential return to the NFL for Colin Kaepernick (0:52) and shares which part of the NBA's vast rules for a return to play at Disney's Wide World of Sports bubble piqued his interest (9:35). Plus, Josh Levin of Slate stops by to discuss season 4 of the Slow Burn podcast from Slate which he is hosting, and centers around the political career of David Duke and his rise with the KKK (23:51). You can check that out here: https://slate.com/podcasts/slow-burn/s4/david-duke
Benefit Of The Doubt

Benefit Of The Doubt

2020-06-1601:08:45

Bomani Jones is perplexed as to why we are giving Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy the benefit of the doubt regarding his decision to wear an "OAN" shirt and the subsequent forced apology from player Chuba Hubbard for reacting to it (0:58). Do Kyrie Irving and Dwight Howard have the credibility with their fellow players to sway opinion against playing in Orlando (29:04)? Plus, Bo's thoughts on a former Wake Forest WR being the first Black male lead in ABC's "The Bachelor" (39:01), an IYHH including virtue signaling from celebs (49:36) and your stories from kids driving you mad while quarantined (58:54).
Bomani shares why he's not about to "dap up" NASCAR after their decision to ban the confederate flag from events has been met with praise (1:17). Plus, he welcomes the legend Ahmad Rashad to talk about his football career (11:03), the reaction to his name change when he converted to Islam, his career transition to journalism and the success behind "NBA Inside Stuff" (23:34), his close relationship with Michael Jordan (32:41) and story time of hanging out with Muhammad Ali, Barack Obama, Prince, Nelson Mandela and Frank Sinatra (41:28).
Protect Ya Neck

Protect Ya Neck

2020-06-0901:05:25

Bomani Jones discusses Roger Goodell's video responding to George Floyd's murder and shares why there is an opportunity for him to repair his legacy should he choose to do it (1:16). Also, why Kirk Ferentz's lack of fame may have allowed some truly problematic issues to go under the radar at Iowa (22:06) and why nobody should have wanted to fight Bruce Lee after the 30 for 30 on his life "Be Water" has aired (38:49). To wrap things up an IYHH including Democrats wearing "Kente" cloth at Capitol Hill (47:29) and your voicemails from when someone went cheap on you like Virgil Abloh.
Bomani Jones weighs in on problematic words from Drew Brees' in an interview with Yahoo! Finance (1:15) and a misstep from Florida State head football coach Mike Norvell (20:05). He underscores how long the road is for both of them to maintain the trust of their teams. Plus, civil rights lawyer Carl E. Douglas joins the show (26:08) to discuss the country's history with policing and why George Floyd's murder has created this moment (26:23).
Listen to Me Now

Listen to Me Now

2020-06-0201:09:55

Bomani Joins shares his thoughts on the effect that the killing of George Floyd has had on society (1:19). This includes why he sees hypocrisy in all of the statements released by professional sports teams (20:09) as well as why he has set aside Dabo Swinney for criticism specifically regarding his public comments (34:24). Plus, an IYHH including whether or not you need to wear a mask while running (48:18) and your voicemails of the wildest lie you have ever seen like Lance Armstrong in "Lance" (58:59).
Bomani Jones welcomes his friend, FS1's Nick Wright to the show for the first time for a wide-ranging conversation. The guys discuss how much of the modern NBA post-1990 needs to be re-litigated when it comes to ranking the greatest players and competitive balance (1:03). Nick defends his LeBron James as "the greatest ever" take (22:21) and Bomani complains about group projects again (34:15). Plus, what is the tipping point for sports news coverage on social activism in light of the George Floyd tragedy (44:19).
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Abdullah ÖZDEMİR

good

Jul 17th
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Eiji

You can’t make a sandwich with bread that bad!!!🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 Stay Gold!!!

Jul 10th
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Iam Djtrebble

Quarantine BO is that dude.

Jun 12th
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Eiji

He out here racing against the X-Men!!! 😂🤣😂 Bo, Stay Gold!!! 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

May 27th
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SMSimon

Bo, you sure as hell better not be telling an off mic Eddie Vedder story. I gotta hear that!

May 19th
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Marcell Wesley

Bo is the shit!!

May 15th
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Jovon Williams

Love the podcast! Especially when Shannon comes on I die every single time the Cam soundboard starts rolling!!!

Mar 27th
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Trayon Robinson

I have been a listener since I first heard he had a podcast. real nigga here

Feb 20th
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Marcell Wesley

bomani is that guy

Feb 19th
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Damon Stephens

DJJ did the same dunk over and over and over just from different angles. There should not have been multiple OT rounds. After regulation finished with a tie, the total points scored should have been the tie breaker, end of contest.

Feb 18th
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Eiji

🔥🔥🔥 comments about Dwyane Wade. Stay Gold!!!

Feb 12th
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Eiji

🔥🔥🔥 content as usual Bo, but this one, man. Stay gold.

Jan 29th
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Armando Chinchilla

finally someone talks smart about Kobe. Kudos Bo

Jan 29th
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Jamie Bryon Hinton

the first caller and you hit it perfect. I feel like you about celebrity deaths, but this one got me way more than I ever thought it would. I cried a day Sunday, I'm a 37 years old man with three kids and it all is just confusing

Jan 28th
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Eiji

Gadget Man 😂😂😂

Jan 8th
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Jerrel Cannon

i love this show! You and Shannon are great together

Dec 31st
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Gregory Mason

Humourous and knowledgeable with a different perspective. I think Bomani is one the sharpest minds in the media.

Dec 16th
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Eiji

On brand mayo? 😂😂😂

Dec 13th
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Punkfake

Les Wexner - not Len Wexler

Dec 3rd
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Christopher Reed

Hey No, I have a question do any former players ever become bagmen?

Dec 2nd
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