Episode 5. Michael Jordan and the Last Dance

Everybody else is talking about it, so why can’t we?

With the coronavirus pandemic keeping most major professional leagues closed – Korean Baseball Organization notwithstanding – much of sports fandom worldwide is tuning into ESPN’s documentary series The Last Dance featuring basketball GOAT Michael Jordan. And whereas Truly The GOATs is based on a wide view of sports history, COVID-19 has schedules everywhere tied in knots, and ours is no exception.

So TTG host Os Davis welcomes his former podcast co-host/-producer and Germany-based sports journalist David Hein to talk the 10-part series, those 1990s Chicago Bulls, the (literally) game-changing Dream Team and of course Michael Jordan himself. (In short, as European basketball fans, more on Toni Kukoc would be awesome, ESPN…)

Truly the GOATs: Still taking MJ over Lebron in *that* argument…

Episode 4. The Other Babe

You’d think that earning three-American basketball team nods plus one national team championship, winning the national Olympic trials as a one-person team and winning more tournaments than any golfer except Tiger Woods would earn an American athlete a spot in the cultural consciousness forever – or at least 75 years or so.

On this episode of Truly the GOATs, we’ve got the story of Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias, quite probably the greatest female athlete ever and certainly the most naturally gifted. Host Os Davis is joined by W.L. Pate, president of the Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum and its concomitant foundation. Further helping compose the story are excerpts from Babe’s autobiography and contemporary reportage.

Babe Didrikson Zaharias’s autobiography This Life I Have Led is in the public domain and may be downloaded for free at TrulyTheGOATs.com/babebio or just click here.

Episode 3. Angelo “King Kong” Mosca, Greatest Heel of All-Time (Part 2)

By 1963, Angelo Mosca had already established himself as one of the Canadian Football League’s premier defensive lineman and was gaining ever-greater popularity in some of Canada’s regional wrestling associations. But thanks to a single play in that year’s Grey Cup championship game, Mosca ascended to new heights (or perhaps descended to new depths) as one all-time classic heel – and 48 years later, the star of the most popular CFL-related video on YouTube…

In this second part of our two-part episode on Angelo Mosca, Truly the GOATs host Os Davis is again joined by CFL podcasters Travis Currah (2 And Out) and Josh Smith (Podskee Wee Wee) to tell the story of one classic bad guy – not to mention one classic badass.

Episode 3. Angelo “King Kong” Mosca, Greatest Heel of All-Time (Part 1)

Not only is Angelo “King Kong” Mosca celebrated as one of the Canadian Football League’s most outstanding defensive linemen ever with eight Grey Cup appearances to his credit, not only was a seminal figure in the early rise of the then-World Wrestling Federation in the 1980s, he also holds unique status as an all-time great heel in both sports – if we’re willing to call professional wrestling a sport…

On this episode of Truly the GOATs, host Os Davis is joined by CFL podcasters Travis Currah and Josh Smith to tell the story of one classic bad guy — not to mention one classic badass — Angelo Mosca.

Episode 2. Flamma the Gladiator

You want to talk great athletes? How about those who literally lived, trained and died their sport? The gladiators were such and Flamma may have been the greatest of them all.

In this episode of Truly the GOATs, host Os Davis is joined by academic and author Philip Matyszak to tell the story of Flamma, likely the winningest gladiator ever, and the strange subculture of sporting events in second-century AD Rome.

Episode 1. Jim Thorpe: Legend of 20th-century sports

Jim Thorpe was the international sensation of the 1912 Olympic Games and the NFL’s first superstar — among the crazily long list of his legendary accomplishments — but is history forgetting him?

On this episode of Truly the GOATs, host Os Davis tells the story of the 20th century’s greatest athlete along with special guest Justin Lehhart, curator at the Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. And if you’ve got only passing knowledge of the man, you’re certain to be surprised.