TrekRanks Episode 104: Top 5 Sports References

Originally released on February 11, 2021

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Play ball! Sports have been an integral part of the Star Trek narrative through the years, and on this week's TrekRanks we break down the Top 5 Sports References in Trek history. From real sports (baseball, football, soccer!) to those classic in-universe references (parrises squares, velocity, geskana!), our panel of host Jim Moorhouse and guests Jenn Tifft and John Denniston have it all covered and get into the thick of it regarding that age old question: What is it about sports? Why do they matter? This is a good one.


- Level One Diagnostic Cycle: What is it about sports?
- Prime Directive: Our guests define exactly how they narrowed down their definition of Trek Sports References.
- The Order of Things: Our Top 5 lists, which include "five words and a hashtag" summaries, as well as an episode associated to each pick.
    - Secondary Systems: For the picks that just missed our list. We have a lot of them!
- Regeneration Cycle: A recap of our picks and a statistical breakdown that includes a count of sports represented and series-by-series breakdown.
- Temporal Distortion: Listener feedback going all the way back to Episode 46 and our "Enterprise Underrated" topic.

If you have your own picks you would like to relay to us, please hail us at 609-512-LLAP (5527) and record your own personal TrekRanks log to let us know your Top 5 Sports References. (Or you can record it yourself and just DM us @TrekRanks on Twitter.) Your comments could beused in a Temporal Distortion on an upcoming episode (and might get you a chance to be a guest on a future episode, too).

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Sat on the bridge of the NX-01, Star Trek trivia master and host of the TrekRanks podcast.