One of the podcasts that has been growing over the past year is Crime in Sports — which I’ve personally grown to love. With the various crime-related podcasts across the Internet, this is a nice change of pace from the somewhat morbid telling that other people might do.
The hosts, comedians James Pietragallo and Jimmie Whisman, go over the history of athletes with a history of criminal activity while also throwing in their own jokes to lighten things up. Their latest episode covers the career and activities of Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson.
Robinson played as a small forward in the NBA from 1994 to 2005, spending times on teams like the Milwaukee Bucks and San Antonio Spurs. Robinson certainly isn’t one of the worst examples that the duo have covered. I can safely say that some of the worst athletes are further up in the feed of episodes. Regardless, Glenn is given the usual treatment that the hosts give to every athlete who is talked about on the show. Listeners are given a history of his life from start to his current state. Along the way, we’re shown his respective stats in the NBA as well as his “grace” moment, or rather, the point at which the athlete was at the top of his game before beginning a downhill slide into trouble.
I was surprised by how often I caught myself laughing during the episode, and it wasn’t even because of the comments about Robinson’s activities. These two comedians go off the rails in ways you’re not prepared for but always get right back on topic after a few minutes and the occasional gutbuster. I don’t think I’ve had that much fun listening to a podcast episode in some time. Robinson was someone who I admittedly hadn’t heard of before, but I can tell that he definitely had enough criminal activity to earn him a spot on the list of athletes covered by the podcast.
If you want to check it out, but don’t want to listen to stories about athletes you might not know, I recommend listening to the episodes about OJ Simpson or Tonya Harding. They’re two of the most famous athletes covered on the podcast and would be a good start in terms of familiarity. The episodes usually range anywhere from 2 to 2 and a half hours, depending on the story.
If you think that they spend the majority of the podcast covering the sport itself, or the player’s career, you would be wrong. When discussing the career statistics of each athlete, the hosts throw in examples of illegal activities that were committed by the player as well as other highlights from the year and sometimes, unique facts. It’s a lighthearted take on the average crime podcast, and I highly recommend checking it out.
Crime in Sports can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and wherever else podcasts are available for listening.