705 May 22, 2020 Time Out While sports of all kinds have been put on pause, we bring you favorite stories from back when people were still on football fields, boxing rings, and basketball courts. Download Share a clip Transcript Saroj Baizu/NurPhoto via Getty Images Prologue Prologue ByIra Glass Host Ira Glass talks to sportswriters Jason Kirk and Spencer Hall about life in a sportsless world. Read Jason and Spencer’s essay about this. (7 minutes) Act One Friday Night Floodlights ByLisa Pollak Lisa Pollak tells the story of a high school football team in Mississippi getting ready to play its first game just a month after Hurricane Katrina upended everything. (18 minutes) Song:“Backfield in Motion” by Mel & Tim Act Two Dunk and Go Nuts ByNancy Updike Producer Nancy Updike talks to her friend Mary Conway about the strangest-looking trophy she got in her years playing basketball. (11 minutes) Act Three Those Who Can’t Play ByDaniel Alarcón Daniel Alarcón’s dad was obsessed with soccer when he was growing up, but he was only average at soccer. But those who can’t do...find something else to do. Daniel first told this story on his show Radio Ambulante. (6 minutes) Act Four The Girl With the Golden Gloves ByMeema Spadola A story about someone with a complicated relationship with the sport she loves, from Meema Spadola. (12 minutes) Related If you enjoyed this episode, you may like these 296: After the Flood Sept. 9, 2005 Act One: Middle Of Somewhere In the days following Hurricane Katrina, Denise Moore was trapped in the New Orleans Convention Center with her mom, her niece, and her niece's two-year-old daughter. 533: It's Not the Product, It's the Person Sept. 5, 2014 Act One: I Got 99 Problems and a Pitch Is One Longtime This American Life producer Alex Blumberg decided, a while back, to try and start his own business. 67: Your Dream, My Nightmare June 27, 1997 Act One: Noise Writer Sarah Vowell goes to Rock-n-Roll Fantasy Camp in Miami Beach. Staff RecommendationsView all 429 Mar. 11, 2011 Will They Know Me Back Home? Stories of people who've grown so accustomed to wartime that the lives they've left behind no longer make sense. 46 Dec. 13, 1996 Sissies A family where the father was one kind of sissy and the son was another kind, and how the family was destroyed despite the fact that no one wanted it to be.