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The Loneliness of Goalkeeping

February 20, 2011
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From the Editor:  Having worked with numerous goalies and goal keepers over the years, it is pretty rare that you find an article, post, or podcast that does justice to the job these brave and “lonely” souls endeavor to do well.  The podcast was my first exposure to Radiolab.  You would think that Radiolab is hosted in the UK, what with the accents and all, but really – Jad Abumrad – a feature contributor to NPRs ‘Morning Edition’ and ‘All Things Considered’, hales originally from Tennessee.  Jad’s cohost is Robert Krulwich – NPRs science correspondent who has appeared frequently on ABC News shows.  Together they roam the globe looking for interesting stories – hence – they found one which Podium Sports Journal is pleased to comment on and link to.  If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like in goal, between the pipes, or as the last stand against defeat…this podcast will be more than interesting.  The discussion goes beyond the loneliness of goal keepers, it discusses some of the most interesting characteristics of them, and how they’ve survived their plight.  Hero or goat – the goal keeper is lonely.  But what does that really mean….stay tuned.

Readers who want to visit Podium’s article Between the Pipes: Tips for Becoming a BrainTough Goalie check it out.  Its worth the detour to get a good grasp of the applied mental skills these athletes need to be successful.  In the meantime…..thanks to Jad, Robert and Radiolab for the insightful and entertaining look at goalkeeping.

Radiolab – the Loneliness of Goalkeeping

This week on the podcast, football! No, it’s not a Super Bowl recap. Jad and Robert present a piece from across the pond–a piece about soccer they fell in love with when they heard it at the Third Coast festival in Chicago.

Back in October, Jad and Robert hosted the awards ceremony at the Third Coast International Audio Festival. And one piece, well…kinda blew their minds. Partly because it’s beautiful (it won one of the big awards), and partly because it has a lot to say about symmetry–a topic we’ll spend a full hour on in an upcoming episode. (By the way: Jad and Robert will be performing the symmetry show live in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle in March, get more info and tickets here!)

So, consider this an appetizer for the symmetry shmorgishborg to come. “The Loneliness of the Goalkeeper,” presented by writer, broadcaster, and former goalkeeper Hardeep Singh Kohli, and produced by Adam Fowler, is a Ladbroke Radio production, and was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Enjoy!

The Loneliness of Goalkeepers

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