Steve Almond and “Against Football”

On this 35th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast, Steve Almond — author of the New York Times Bestseller Candyfreak, which we also recommend — joins us to discuss his latest book Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto.

In one of the most fascinating and engaging interviews we’ve ever had on the podcast, Almond helps us explore the cultural significance, and impact, of America’s addiction to football, asking questions like, “Does our addiction to football foster a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and homophobia?” and pondering whether Houston’s own Ted Johnson was a victim of the Patriot Way, whether Richie Incognito harbored a forbidden attraction to Jonathan Martin and other thought-provoking points that forced us also to ponder football’s role in our own lives.

The guys also question whether, when all is said and done, Dwyane Wade, Allen Iverson or James Harden will be remembered for having the best NBA career, inspired by a photograph making the rounds on Houston Rockets fan sites. They also ponder two other similar triples in football and baseball.