SB Nation and the Vox Media Podcast Network launched “It Seemed Smart”, SB Nation’s first storytelling podcast series, today. Guided by SB Nation Editor-at-Large Spencer Hall, listeners will enter the amusing, diabolical, and entertaining world of sports trickery and mayhem in six episodes: absurd stories of stolen bats, pirated play calls, renegade cross-country road racers, and fantasy football’s own insider trading scandal.
”This podcast will celebrate the off-the-wall sports stories that SB Nation is best at telling, in audio form,” said Elena Bergeron, Editor-in-Chief of SB Nation. “It will also be an opportunity for those who don’t follow daily sports to be wowed by the spectacle of competition via Spencer’s unique reporting.”
“It Seemed Smart” will post new episodes each Tuesday, with its first episode examining the Great Albert Belle Bat Caper. In 1994, Albert Belle of the Cleveland Indians had a bat confiscated by umpires during a game with the Chicago White Sox. Why did the White Sox ask for the bat to be confiscated? Because they suspected the bat was corked. Why did the Indians crawl through a ceiling, steal the bat out of an umpire’s dressing room, and set off a chain of events that eventually involved a former FBI agent?
“I’m excited for fans to listen to some of the more esoteric sports stories that have happened throughout the years,” said Spencer Hall. “I believe that people will learn something new every episode while also having some fun while doing it.”
Spencer Hall writes for SB Nation, is the founder of the college football website Every Day Should Be Saturday (EDSBS), and is one of the three conspirators responsible for the Shutdown Fullcast. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.