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The Rookie

Set in a lethal pro football league 700 years in the future, THE ROOKIE is a story that combines the intense gridiron action of “The Blindside” with the space opera style of “Star Wars” and the criminal underworld of “The Godfather.”Aliens and humans alike play positions based on physiology, creating receivers that jump 25 feet into the air, linemen that bench-press 1,200 pounds, and linebackers that literally want to eat you. Organized crime runs every franchise, games are fixed and rival players are assassinated.Follow the story of Quentin Barnes, a 19-year-old quarterback prodigy that has been raised all his life to hate, and kill, those aliens. Quentin must deal with his racism and learn to lead, or he’ll wind up just another stat in the column marked “killed on the field.”

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Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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Episode 1

Meet Quentin Barnes, star quarterback of the Purist Nation Football League. His talent has drawn the attention of scouts from around the galaxy. Who will wind up owning his contract?

44mins

17 Dec 2014

Rank #1

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Episode 2

Pro football players are a commodity, to be bought and sold. Quentin Barnes is no exception. Someone is about to buy his contract and give him a shot at his dreams.

38mins

17 Dec 2014

Rank #2

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Episode 15

Quentin begins to see his dreams coming true as he makes his first start in the GFL. Unfortunately, it's against the best team in Tier Two, the Whitok Pioneers (2-0). Will Quentin throw the game so that he can keep the Krakens out of the playoffs, and see his contract bought out by Tier One powerhouse To Pirates? Or will he lead his Krakens to victory, and get them back into the playoff hunt?

42mins

17 Dec 2014

Rank #3

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Episode 6

Quentin arrives on The Touchback, the frigate that has been converted to the Kraken's team bus. He meets his competition for the starting spot, two-time GFL champion QB Don Pine, and perpetual bench-warmer Yhitzak Goldman.

37mins

17 Dec 2014

Rank #4

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Episode 20

Week Six kicks off as the Krakens (3-2) take on the first-place Orbiting Death (4-1) at the Black Hole stadium on Orbital Station One. The Krakens must win to stay in the playoff hunt. Is starting QB Donald Pine still on the take? Quentin is watching, just waiting for his chance.

32mins

17 Dec 2014

Rank #5

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Episode 4

Quentin prepares for his ordeal at The Combine, a former war prison that now screens GFL rookies. All prospective players are tested for body modifications and performance-enhancing drugs. Either one of these will earn you a death sentence in the Cretarakian Empire.

32mins

17 Dec 2014

Rank #6

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Episode 16

Quentin only has a few days left to bond with the team before their next game. He needs to make them want to play for him instead of just biding their time until Pine returns from his injury. Quentin bathed with the Ki, what can he do to ingratiate himself with the Sklorno and the Quyth Warriors?

33mins

17 Dec 2014

Rank #7

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Episode 11

It's time for the season opener! The Krakens play host to the Woo Wallcrawlers in a critical Week One matchup. It finally sinks into Quentin's skull that he's the third-string quarterback. Will he see any playing time against the Wallcrawlers? If he does, is he ready for real Tier Two football?

38mins

17 Dec 2014

Rank #8

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Episode 5

Quentin's ordeal at The Combine continues: the testing is over, but now he faces the "sub-races" face-to-face for the first time in his life. He has to deal with nine-foot-tall Sklorno receivers, thick Quyth Warrior linebackers, a team doctor that floats, and a 560-pound Ki defensive lineman whose goal for the season is to cripple Quentin.

35mins

17 Dec 2014

Rank #9

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Episode 17

Pine is injured, so it's up to Quentin to guide his Krakens (1-2) to a win against the Sky Demolotion (0-3)

36mins

17 Dec 2014

Rank #10