Back Talk returned with a final look at the 2017 NFL Draft in Philly with special guest David Malandra who also provided a great look at all things Philly. We also took a look at the Tom Brady concussion story with some thoughts for Rich Eisen and the culture of football. Finally, because we believe in bringing you the stories you want and love we discussed bad sex and how women might just have it easier than men because we have electricity and batteries.
Back Talk took on several issues today including the recent settlement by Fox News to Gretchen Carlson, among others, as well as the departure of Greta Van Susteran. The Fox settlement is significant in so many ways and not just because the monetary amount (reportedly $20 million) is so high.
First, and foremost, the bravery of the many women coming forward to speak on issues such as abuse and harassment should not be underscored nor should it be ignored. It takes a lot to make that decision because you know the repercussions will be swift, sneaky and subtle. These repercussions won’t always be hard to prove. You are exposing yourself, and your career, to a system that is largely unsympathetic and broken. Its a system that puts the victims on trial and dehumanizes her while the alleged perpetrator historically gets excuses and forgiveness.
Second, the solidarity of women across all boundaries is important. Once Carlson filed her lawsuit, many women came forward with support and their own stories as well. As with Bill Cosby, the sheer volume was impossible to ignore. The lessons learned from the Cosby story and the Fox scandal will resonate for years to come. Hopefully, progress and change will come as well.
Last, but certainly not least, Fox News did something virtually unprecedented in its settlement agreement. It admitted liability and pledged to make changes. Typically, settlements come with no admission of guilt even if promises of change are part and parcel of the agreement. The acknowledgement that the allegations of harassment at Fox is wrong and will not be tolerated sends a huge message that women must be treated professionally.
College football has returned and boy is Butch Jones really going to hate us again this year. The Vols nearly laid a stinker and looked out coached and under prepared in their first game Thursday night against Appalachian State. One game does not a season make but that Rocky Top hype isn’t looking so fun anymore now is it?
Army wasn’t very good in 2015 but they rocked the football world by beating Temple Friday night. We talked to Dan Head (@dan_t_head) about the game, the triple option, and Army’s 2 headed quarterback situation. Army has a tough schedule but could be fun to watch this season.
Big news out of the NFL Saturday morning when the Philadelphia Eagles traded quarterback Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings, who just lost Teddy Bridgewater for the season. How does that affect fantasy football? We chatted with Katie Flower (@FF_Skylar399) about how it affected Adrian Peterson, Stefon Diggs and Ryan Matthews. We also discussed Tajae Sharpe, Demarco Murray, Derrick Henry and the Titans offense.
Back Talk is going to do more Saturday morning podcasts for those who work through the week so that anyone interested can have an opportunity to come on the show. If you would like to be a guest on the podcast, you can hit Sharona up on twitter at @SportsBySharona.
Listen to today’s podcast here.
Busy week here at Back Talk as we hosted three regular podcasts instead of the typical two. We generally try to accommodate guests and their schedule and it just worked out that way. Next week we will return to a regular schedule of two weekly podcasts and hopefully at least one episode of Down and Dirty With Sharona.
Monday’s show featured a discussion with Officer Darren Clark of People Focused Policing on the deadly events that went down nationwide, and in Dallas, not long ago, and how we can best improve communication between law enforcement and the communities they serve. This is an ongoing conversation and we remain committed to making sure people remember those who unwillingly and tragically lost their lives to this conversation. You can follow Officer Darren on twitter at @DarrenC347.
Continue reading “Back Talk Weekly Roundup August 26”
Today on the podcast we touched upon many subjects such as Ryan Lochte, the 2016 Rio Olympics, and the latest news in the NFL. This week we also started important conversations about making comedy safe for women, how best to improve relationships between law enforcement and our communities, and why men (still) demand, and get, the right to legislate access to women’s bodies and what they choose to wear. As always we touched upon the role of the media in how to better frame these conversations.
There are no easy answers to many of the questions we posed today but our goal is to keep talking about these issues in the hope that discussion will lead to a better conversation and ultimately better results. How, and why, we talk about things matter. What the media chooses to discuss and how it goes about framing the narrative are equally important.
On Friday’s show we return to our discussion on privacy in the internet age and how we interact with one another, particularly those with whom we disagree. Its an important discussion with harassment and online cruelty at an all time high. Social media is a powerful tool that can help bring us together or that will continue to drive us apart.
If you missed today’s podcast you can listen below and follow our guests on twitter OJ Spivey @OJPhilly and Jennifer Eakins at @themondaymommy.