Man in the Arena

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Whether you love him or hate him or are somehow completely indifferent, you’ve probably spent the last 20 years thinking about Tom Brady. Brady has altered friendships, families and communities. He’s changed the trajectory of careers and reputations, enabled fairy tale dreams to be both realized and dashed. This 10-part series looks at those two decades of Brady through the eyes of the fans and the haters, those in the arena and those outside. As host, Gotham Chopra grapples with these big themes, while grounding the podcast in his personal relationship with Tom and his journey from a Brady fan to Tom’s friend.

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Haters
1802
America’s collective adoration of the underdog means that people love to hate Tom Brady. In the world of sports, hatred is inevitable, so why are haters always gonna hate? And in the context of sports, could hate be a positive thing? What might it take to change one fan’s mind? Featuring: 12-year-old viral Brady-hater Ace Davis, Asst. Prof. of Psychology at Univ. of Central Arkansas Marc Sestir, and Chad Neidt, the Broncos fan who wrote the “FU Tom Brady” song. Thanks to Chad Neidt, Brandon Perna & ThatsGoodSports, 12:05 AM Productions, LLC / Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Lex 18 News for the clips used in this episode.  
Nov 30, 2021
The Icon
1797
In 2001, Tom Brady became the Patriots’ savior when he helped the franchise win their first Super Bowl. But why did the city embrace a guy that might not have fit the profile of a blue-collar Boston fan? How did Brady help redefine what it means to be a Boston sports fan? And how much do the players we think of as “ours” really belong to the community that roots for them? Guests: Boston sports fans the Varela family, Seth Wickersham, Playwright and Boston fan Tori Sampson, and a Pats fan who converted to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after Brady left. Thanks to Columbus 81 Productions, ICM Partners, Worldwide Pants, CBS, 60 Minutes and Veritone for the clips used in this episode.
Nov 23, 2021
Game of Chance
1871
Here’s the Tom Brady Origin Story: Twenty years ago, a hit by Mo Lewis knocked Drew Bledsoe out of the game. Brady stepped onto the field and a dynasty was born. One play determined Tom Brady’s future and the future of a franchise. Or did it? Is this story more myth than fact? What if that hit hadn’t happened? One small moment can make a huge difference, but is there more to it than that? Featuring Herm Edwards, Rex Ryan, New York Times Science Writer Dennis Overbye, Boston Sports NBC Reporter Michael Holley.
Nov 16, 2021
Introducing 'Man in the Arena'
122
Whether you love him or hate him or are somehow completely indifferent, you’ve probably spent the last 20 years thinking about Tom Brady. Brady has altered friendships, families and communities. He’s changed the trajectory of careers and reputations, enabled fairy tale dreams to be both realized and dashed. This 10-part series looks at those two decades of Brady through the eyes of the fans and the haters, those in the arena and those outside. As host, Gotham Chopra grapples with these big themes, while grounding the podcast in his personal relationship with Tom and his journey from a Brady fan to Tom’s friend.
Oct 29, 2021