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Award Tour: The Podcast

Award Tour: The Podcast

By Asonye & Albin
If you're sick of participation trophies, well...this show may not be for you. Sportscaster Nkwa Asonye and Washington Wizards radio producer Bryan Albin discuss the intersection of race, culture, and sports while handing out (virtual) awards for just about anything you can think of. New episodes every Friday.

Artwork Credit: @kngshxt (Twitter)
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The Off-Season
In the last episode of the season, our venerable hosts looked at every angle to Naomi Osaka's boycott of the media during this year's French Open. For "Tell Me Something," they swapped moving stories and broke some non-breaking personal news.
01:07:38
May 29, 2021
The Boys Are Back In Town
After weeks and weeks away...well, the title speaks for itself. The boys discuss the politics of fighting in the NHL (especially the Capitals-Rangers saga), and whether or not we appreciate our icons in "Tell Me Something I Don't Know."
57:27
May 7, 2021
From ATL to the Rockies
March is over, but the madness never ends. The guys cover MLB's moving of the All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver, talk about their favorite ballpark foods, and Drake gets involved in an award. Twice.  Don't Do It...Please Don't Do It (courtesy of The Shadow League's Instagram page) - https://www.instagram.com/p/CNRDeHgnHky/?igshid=zxo4lq6xu6wm
48:41
April 9, 2021
March Madness Vol. 3
Just when we thought it was all over... On this Final Four weekend, the guys analyze Jason Shay's resignation at East Tennessee State University and what it says about allyship in college basketball. For "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," they discussed the pros and cons of the record number of men's basketball student-athletes in the transfer portal.  
01:09:50
April 2, 2021
March Madness Vol. 2
Our hosts continued the conversation regarding the NCAA's battle against its student-athletes and how coaches play a role in furthering inequities. For "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," they talked about taking down bullies. 
52:57
March 26, 2021
March Madness
For once, the title speaks for itself. The guys covered the NCAA's huge snafu with the accommodations at the men's and women's basketball tournaments and used "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" to talk about their favorite bracket upset picks. 
51:07
March 20, 2021
Threat 2 Society
In a week where the guys commemorate a year defined by the descent of COVID-19, they also covered the Meyers Leonard incident and broke down what it means to be considered a good teammate.
53:55
March 14, 2021
Knock It Off
The guys took their shots at former Seattle Mariners CEO Kevin Mather for his highly-publicized comments at a local Rotary meeting. "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" covers their biggest snubs. 
55:22
February 25, 2021
Price Tags
Busy week, busy show. Our hosts start off by unpacking Draymond Green's postgame comments and assessing the various relationships in the NBA (3:50). After mainstay segment "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" where the boys reminisce on Snowpocalyspe 2010 (25:53), the guys re-introduce rapid-fire game "Let's Talk, Let's Not" (34:42). History is made during the awards - for the first time, one person will receive two of them (47:45). And yes...it is who you think it is.  To support the people in Texas through the winter storm, visit this Google doc. 
01:05:40
February 20, 2021
Hail Mary
Three days after Super Bowl LV (and 13 days since the last episode), the guys recapped the NFL season on all fronts and gave a decisive grade (6:30). "Tell Me Something" features a time when our hosts each were addressed weirdly by people they didn't know (29:08). 
01:00:11
February 11, 2021
Heartz Of Men
Hot off the presses, the guys discussed the controversy around the National Baseball Hall of Fame voting from the empty class to the countless mea culpas surrounding votes in support of former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling (5:00). On the heels of Deshaun Watson's trade request from Houston, they used "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" to recall trades that really hurt them personally (28:02).
01:04:45
January 28, 2021
New World Order (N.W.O) (ft. Terrika Foster-Brasby)
The first episode post-45 is a doozy. (If you know, you know.) ESPN Audio Producer Terrika Foster-Brasby joined the show to discuss Jackie McMillan's comments about NBA players on Ryen Russillo's podcast (5:05) and Kyrie Irving's return to the Brooklyn Nets after an unannounced two-week absence (25:50). The guys then used "Tell Me Something" to talk about the teams they loved to hate-watch (53:40) before handing out their weekly awards (1:11:43).  Follow Terrika on Twitter and Instagram!
01:35:10
January 21, 2021
Politics As Usual Vol. 3 (ft. Meghan McPeak)
After a tumultuous week off, the guys regrouped to make sense of it all. Washington Mystics play-by-play broadcaster Meghan McPeak joined the show to dive into the WNBA's political impact, especially regarding the Senate runoff races in Georgia (1:03). Nkwa and Bryan then recounted their takeaways from the week for "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" (40:34) and handed out their awards (1:02:32). You can follow Meghan on Twitter and Instagram!
01:18:50
January 14, 2021
Seen It All
It was the best of times (not really), it was the worst of times (more accurate). The guys spent this year-end show reviewing the biggest stories of 2020 - from COVID-19's impact on collegiate athletes through not one, but TWO professional teams changing their team mascots. On a positive note, "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" mentioned some of the good things that happened to them this year.  From our homes to yours, we wish you a healthy and Happy New Year. (We can neither confirm nor deny whether 2021 will be your year.)
01:35:27
December 31, 2020
Really Got It (ft. Pete Croatto)
'Twas NBA Opening Night, yet nary a TV in sight. Pete joined the scene, 'bout an hour-fifteen And the timing would only be right.  (It's Christmas Eve...there had to be some poetry here.) The fellas then used "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" to expose their Christmas hot takes. Check out Pete's book From Hang Time to Prime Time!
01:43:33
December 24, 2020
Whatever You Like
Will a Tuesday taping ever stop the train? NEVER. The guys covered the angles of James Harden's trade request from Houston and how player empowerment in the NBA is impacted. They also explored the Cleveland Indians' long-awaited name change...not happening immediately. For "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," bad experiences at the bar were re-lived. Not so pleasantly. 
01:15:02
December 18, 2020
Can I Kick It?
Especially with the title being an ode to Sarah Fuller's history-making squib kick, the boys broke down her postgame comments to the press. They also tackled the NFL's inconsistency in handling the Ravens' and Broncos' separate COVID procedures. For "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," the boys determined when exactly Christmas is supposed to start. (Hint: It's not December 25th.)
01:08:45
December 4, 2020
Primetime
While you enjoy a happy (and hopefully safe) day of gratitude, Bryan recaps an awkward situation at work which turned into a larger conversation about when white folks should speak up against racism. They also discussed the NBA sending its players to meet with Pope Francis in Vatican City. "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" introduces what the guys' least favorite dish is.
01:06:10
November 26, 2020
Lights Out
This week, the guys explore how much Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta's political activity affects his franchise during a turbulent offseason and where Adidas missed the corner with their ad featuring Fernando Tatis, Jr. (See what we did there?) For "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," they recapped their best - and worst - NBA Draft predictions.
01:05:04
November 20, 2020
Thank God
The title - for once - speaks for itself.
01:07:18
November 13, 2020
REDLIGHT
The World Series was one unlike any other - and this time the boys got to recap Game 6 both on-field (Blake Snell's dominant performance being cut short) and off-field (Justin Turner's positive COVID tests...and the aftermath.) "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" highlighted what foods feel most like home. 
01:01:16
October 29, 2020
U Don't Know
Everybody claims not to know something these days. This week, the boys discussed the strange circumstances of former men's basketball head coach Pat Chambers' resignation from Penn State and why the University of Texas' school song needs re-examining. For "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," they each picked an athlete who never gets the respect they deserve. Nkwa also lent a few words in support of the #EndSARS movement. Once again, shoutout to DJ for submitting an award nomination through Anchor's Voice Messages!
01:28:18
October 22, 2020
Can't Explain It
After an unexpected bye week (read: week off), the guys got right back to work to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on SEC football and to recap the bubble seasons of the NBA and the WNBA. For "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," they talked about the one thing that brings us all together... Food.
01:00:38
October 15, 2020
Ridin' Dirty
Our valiant hosts celebrated #InternationalPodcastDay by...well...getting this show on the road! They recapped the first Presidential Debate (if one can even call it that), reminisced about fending off dirty opponents in "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," and introduced a lightning round known as "Let's Talk, Let's Not."
01:11:26
October 1, 2020
Politics as Usual Vol. 2
They just won't leave Maria Taylor alone (or Katie Nolan, for that matter), Michael Jordan has accepted a new challenge, and the Hypocrisy Hall of Fame has been unceremoniously packed with new members. Pun intended. "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" covered the guys' history with voting.  (We lost a Supreme Court Justice in an election year...volume 2 was bound to happen. May the memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg be a blessing.)
01:06:59
September 24, 2020
Gimme The Loot
Are you ready for some football? The Big Ten apparently is. Speaking of football, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva went rogue against a team vote...in an all too familiar fashion. For "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," the guys respond to a listener question about how complicit POC can be regarding white privilege. 
01:02:31
September 17, 2020
I Been Waitin
Decisions, decisions, decisions. Steve Nash came out of nowhere to become the Nets' next head coach, Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence wants to be apolitical, and for "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," the boys pick an athlete to impersonate for the day.  Note: Original un-bleeped audio (1:00:47) came from @gringatears' original tweet on Thursday, Sept. 3rd. Link: https://twitter.com/gringatears/status/1301576760820215808?s=20 
01:04:11
September 10, 2020
Bonus - Live From The Socials Vol. 1
For the first time in show history, Award Tour: The Podcast had a live show! Of course with venues closed...in the middle of a pandemic...social media channels had to suffice. In the aftermath of the NBA strike from the bubble, the guys reflected on what the stand signified and looked ahead at what comes next.  Broadcasted live on Thursday, August 27th, 2020.
01:09:19
September 7, 2020
Just A Moment
This week, the Big Ten Conference is receiving pressure internally and presidentially - no, seriously - to start their football season amidst COVID-19 concerns and the guys pay tribute to late Georgetown University basketball coach John Thompson, Jr.  The latest edition of "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" unpacks the impact of Black American culture.
01:25:38
September 3, 2020
Free Smoke
The release is a day earlier than usual but in this case? It's absolutely necessary. The guys talked about the impact of an NBA playoff strike and what it could mean moving forward both economically and socially. For "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," they actually...#stucktosports and reflected on the underappreciated aspects of sports returning. 
01:01:19
August 26, 2020
Politics as Usual
Baseball continues to strike itself out (what else is new?) and "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" takes....a different turn this week. #ThatsMyPresident? Submit your award nominations using the hashtag #AwardTourPod or with Anchor's Voice Messages!
01:25:37
August 20, 2020
The Inagural Award Tour Top Ten
A namesake episode? It's about time. Our top ten awards from the show so far. (And if you want to be cool like D.J. and submit an award for future shows, use the Voice Messages on the Anchor app.)
52:59
August 13, 2020
Friend Or Foe
When morning glory strikes (again)...you do what you have to do to get it done. The boys talk about the balance of performative gestures from the professional leagues regarding social justice (2:46) and college football players finally starting to find their collective voices in the pandemic (57:57). For America's Favorite Segment* "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," they focus on instances where technology has failed them. And if you want to be cool like DJ (big shoutout), you can continue to submit your award nominations using Anchor's Voice Messages! *Unverified...for now.
01:19:32
August 6, 2020
Down And Out (ft. Kenny Ruddick & Menely Genao)
What do you do when MLB continues to get in its own way? You let them - and talk about it. The guys took the time to reflect on colorful language for "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" (31:26) and later sat down with national collegiate track champions Kenny Ruddick and Menely Genao about the art of competition (46:45). Submit your award nominations using the hashtag #AwardTourPod or with Anchor's Voice Messages!
01:32:56
July 30, 2020
If You Know You Know (ft. Dez)
Of course they would release an episode on Opening Day that covers baseball - particularly MLB's emphatic social media response defending their players kneeling for the anthem. Even their guest, rapper Dez, was a baseball standout in college. He spoke with the guys about his former career and the inspiration behind his debut album (32:00). For national favorite "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," Nkwa and Bryan disclose what childish things they have not yet set aside (22:15). Submit your award nominations using the hashtag #AwardTourPod or with Anchor's Voice Messages! Stream Dez's debut album, Dreams Come True Nightmares Do Too on Apple Music and Spotify!
01:25:11
July 23, 2020
Can I Live
After diving into how college conferences are each handling the COVID-19 pandemic, the guys decide to have a little fun talking about phobias for "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" (19:38) and deciding what they don't want to go back to normal in a new segment called "Fair or Foul." (31:47) Submit your award nominations using the hashtag #AwardTourPodcast or with Anchor's Voice Messages!
01:15:09
July 16, 2020
DC Chillin' (ft. Khari Thompson)
Between a possible name change that hits close to home (#RaiseHigh - 37:25) and the news of Makur Maker choosing to play at Howard University, the boys had a pretty busy week. Reporter Khari Thompson of the Memphis Commerical Appeal - and Hampton grad - joined at the very top of the show to explore the impact of the five-star recruit's decision. Submit your award nominations using the hashtag #AwardTourPodcast or with Anchor's Voice Messages!
01:25:13
July 9, 2020
Homecoming
Of course, two hosts from the Northeast would find at least one episode to make it a focus. The guys dissect the controversy over at The Ringer and for "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," they reminisce about the first time they were starstruck on the job. Submit your award nominations using the hashtag #AwardTourPodcast or with Anchor's Voice Messages!
01:08:27
July 2, 2020
The Choice Is Yours
For NBA and WNBA players alike, to hoop or not to hoop? (1:16-19:15) What game would you rather forget? (That's what the boys asked each other for "Tell Me Something I Don't Know." | 19:19-35:16) If your favorite rapper had an athlete counterpart, who would it be? (35:27-58:48) Well, apply the title, make your decisions...and click play.  Submit your award nominations using the hashtag #AwardTourPodcast or with Anchor's Voice Messages!
01:15:29
June 25, 2020
Genius Buckets (ft. Shakeia Taylor)
The boys evaluate Kyrie Irving's comments about the NBA resuming the season (0:55-18:00) and examine Oklahoma State's saga and what it says about the power dynamic between NCAA student-athletes and coaches (28:12-44:18). This week for "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," Bryan and Nkwa reminisce on how they stumbled into sportscasting (18:04-28:01). Baseball writer Shakeia Taylor (44:21-1:17:37) also joined the program to talk about MLB's response - or the lack thereof - to the national racial climate.  Catch up on all Shakeia's work: http://bourbonandcookies.com/ Support the Black Play-By-Play Broadcaster Grant Program: https://www.adamgiardino.com/donate Submit your award nominations using the hashtag #AwardTourPodcast or with Anchor's Voice Messages!
01:31:27
June 18, 2020
Sorry 4 The Wait
A day later, an hour short(er)...and we STILL can't figure out where the NFL stands on anything. Plus, the guys recount the moment they knew that they were doomed to be mere athletic mortals.
01:08:28
June 13, 2020
Black Lives Matter (ft. Chris Williamson)
Systemic racism, interactions with law enforcement, and everything in between. SNY anchor and reporter Chris Williamson joins the program (52:19) to talk about how racism impacts the sports media landscape.
02:03:13
June 4, 2020
Hava Na-Money Spray
More cluelessness from MLB owners, a VERY rare political dive, and apparently...these guys know how to throw a party. Submit your award nominations using the hashtag #AwardTourPodcast or with Anchor's Voice Messages! 
01:05:49
May 28, 2020
And Now, For Our Feature Presentation... (ft. Michael Sykes)
Asonye and Albin talk NFL incentives, MLB greed, and Kenny Lattimore. Yes, THAT Kenny Lattimore. Michael Sykes, founder of the newsletter The Kicks You Wear, joins the show to talk about The Last Dance documentary and shopping for a good pair of sneakers. (You can sign up for the newsletter at https://kyw.substack.com/.)  Submit your award nominations via Anchor's Voice Messages!
01:24:23
May 21, 2020
Pregame Warmups
"Oh look, another random sports podcast." That's what you think...
01:09
May 20, 2020