Any friend of US Murph is a friend of ours, so it’s a pleasure to welcome one of Brian’s best buddies Howard Bryant onto the show to talk about “The Heritage: Black Athletes, A Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism.”

Howard works for ESPN and NPR, and has written a brilliant new book about the history of black athlete protest in America, and how their political stances are seen as being beyond the pale for US sports fans, while the same fans blindly accept the ever-increasing military pageantry around sports events.

We trace the line from the 1960s through to today, weigh up the risk-reward line walked by Ali and others that Lebron has thus far managed to avoid, what changed LeBron, and the difference between opinions and ignorance.

Plus there’s the Mighty Ducks penalty tactics, when The Simpsons got shit, and Murph becomes a poster-boy for the Irish Army.

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