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John Scott was the professional hockey player that every fan loved to hate.  A tough guy. A brawler. A goon. But when an impish pundit named Puck Daddy called on fans to vote for Scott to play alongside the world’s greatest players in the NHL All-Star Game, Scott found himself facing off against fans, commentators, and the powers that be.  Was this the realization of Scott’s childhood dreams? Or a nightmarish prank gone too far? Today on Radiolab, a goof on a goon turns into a parable of the agony and the ecstasy of the internet, and democracy in the age of Boaty McBoatface.


This episode was reported by Latif Nasser and was produced by Matt Kielty.


Special thanks to Larry Lynch and Morgan Springer. Check out John Scott's "Dropping the Gloves" podcast and his book "A Guy Like Me".


Support Radiolab today at Radiolab.org/donate


 

Comments (23)

Adroxlincoln

WOW! Just wow!

Feb 13th
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yayabones82

What a fantastic episode!!!!!

Feb 9th
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ved prakash

Fabulous story. Really well made.

Feb 9th
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Ray Benitez

I love hockey. Awesome job, great to hear the back story, and John Scott sounds like a gentleman.

Feb 9th
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Ephraim Muchemi

This is my favourite episode of the year so far.. The suspense, the story, and the ending! I was just on the edge throughout! Loved it! Listening it from Kenya where we have no idea about ice hockey and its politics.

Jan 28th
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Diane Bourne

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Jan 24th
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Levi Pitman

It was so good to finally hear a podcast from y'all that wasn't political. Thank you guys great job. More like this please!

Jan 23rd
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C. Smith

Best episode in a long time! I really needed that uplifting story this week. Thanks and keep up the good work.

Jan 23rd
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Joseph Natoli

such a feel good story! great sound design as well. radio lab delivers as always

Jan 22nd
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Holly Noel

Great story! Dope music (love stoner metal!!)

Jan 22nd
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Liz Douglas

Awesome story but ending it with Weedeater? Melting. Rad episode, guys.

Jan 22nd
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Jena Schwab

Wow this was an amazing story!! I hate how sports fans and owners think of the players as commodities verses people 😐 I'm guilty of it too as an avid sports fan.

Jan 21st
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Dr Aaron Flint

what an amazing story !

Jan 20th
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David Sobiech

I'm not a hockey fan nor had I heard this story, but I agree with other commenters that this is the best story on any podcast I've ever listened to!

Jan 18th
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Rick Nye

Amazing story, thanks for telling it.

Jan 18th
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Mark E. Stokes

This was the greatest thing I think I have ever heard on a podcast or on radio. Beautifully done!!

Jan 18th
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Peter Jarich

sm. u the r ceee an Ef zwzwzwk-kn,*lonCmo. ku mjnnn. thanks in a lot. the a j u

Jan 17th
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Saulo Jamariqueli

wow

Jan 17th
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Matthew Wheeler

Great fairy tale cause it's true. I love John Scott!

Jan 17th
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Chris Taylor

I friggin LOVE Amy Pearl!!!!!

Jan 17th
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