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In today's Going For Two, presented by Homefield Apparel, Bryan and I got to catch up with an old friend of mine, Alex Kirshner. Today, Alex is one of the hosts of Split Zone Duo, a major inspiration for Extra Points and Going For Two. Before either of us launched our current projects, we were coworkers at SB Nation.

Ahead of next week's national title game, I wanted to talk to Alex because I respect his college football mind and judgement, and he's watched more Alabama and Georgia games this season than I have. But I also wanted to talk to Alex because he's followed the college athlete labor movement more closely than almost every other college football sportswriter I know...and we're about to head into a very interesting and newsworthy era on that beat.

In this podcast episode, Bryan, Alex and I talk about the following:

  • What former Ohio State football player Marcus Williamson had to say on Twitter about Urban Meyer, his Ohio State experience, and the racism of the current college athletic status quo
  • How one can differentiate between a racist actor and  a racist system, and whether this is a meaningful difference
  • What college athlete activism has looked like over the last year, and where it's likely to go next
  • How the NLRB works, why athletes haven't rushed to file complaints, and what happens to the athlete labor movement if forces less friendly to labor take control of Congress or the White House.
  • What we're all excited out, and less excited about, for the national championship game
  • How you can save 15% on Homefield Apparel by using promocode EXTRAPOINTS
  • What is the worst college football program that Nick Saban could take over, right now, and  lead to a national title in three seasons?
  • And more:

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