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Presidential Fight Club

Scott Rank, PhD

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Presidential Fight Club
Presidential Fight Club

Presidential Fight Club

Scott Rank, PhD

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35
Plays
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Historians have ranked U.S. presidents on leadership, economic management, and pursuing justice, but they have never asked themselves which one could beat up all the others. This show will change that. Hosted by two history professors—James Early and Scott Rank—this is an NCAA-style tournament in which all presidents fight each other one-on-one until there is one champion. You'll see Barack Obama fight William Howard Taft (who literally weights twice as much), Abraham Lincoln try to knock the wooden teeth out of George Washington, and several other rumbles among the commander-in-chiefs.James and Scott narrate each of these 44 fights by comparing the physical abilities of each president, military experience, and special abilities that would help them win. Did they have combat training? Were they generals? Were they ex-wrestlers? The presidents are also ranked how well they would do in hand-to-hand combat at about the age of 35 (no, FDR won’t be fighting as a polio-riddled man in a wheelchair).

Latest Episodes

Epilogue: Is There a Connection Between Fighting Ability and Being a Great President?

In this postscript to the Presidential Fight Club, James and Scott discuss whether the qualities that make a president a good fighter also make him a good leader. Spoiler alert: We mostly agree that it does.

17 MIN2018 JUN 8
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Epilogue: Is There a Connection Between Fighting Ability and Being a Great President?

The Final Match

We are at the end of the tournament! After 43 battles, with the arena littered with the battered and bruised presidents who lost, only two remain standing. Who will be victorious?

10 MIN2018 JUN 8
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The Final Match

Final 4 - Washington vs. Eisenhower

George Washington vs. Dwight D. Eisenhower

12 MIN2018 JUN 8
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Final 4 - Washington vs. Eisenhower

Final 4 - Teddy Roosevelt vs. Abraham Lincoln

We're nearing the end of the tournament and down to our final four contenders! Enjoy this fight between Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln

11 MIN2018 JUN 8
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Final 4 - Teddy Roosevelt vs. Abraham Lincoln

Midwest Regional Final- Gerald Ford vs. Abraham Lincoln

Gerald Ford vs. Abraham Lincoln

8 MIN2018 JUN 8
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Midwest Regional Final- Gerald Ford vs. Abraham Lincoln

Midwest Regional Semifinal 2- Gerald Ford vs. James Garfield

Gerald Ford vs. James Garfield

8 MIN2018 JUN 8
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Midwest Regional Semifinal 2- Gerald Ford vs. James Garfield

Midwest Regional Semifinal 1- Abraham Lincoln vs. William Henry Harrison

Abraham Lincoln vs. William Henry Harrison

9 MIN2018 JUN 8
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Midwest Regional Semifinal 1- Abraham Lincoln vs. William Henry Harrison

Midwest Regional 7- James Garfield vs. Rutherford B. Hayes

James Garfield vs. Rutherford B. Hayes

8 MIN2018 JUN 8
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Midwest Regional 7- James Garfield vs. Rutherford B. Hayes

Midwest Regional 6- Gerald Ford vs. William Howard Taft

Gerald Ford vs. William Howard Taft

8 MIN2018 JUN 8
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Midwest Regional 6- Gerald Ford vs. William Howard Taft

Midwest Regional 5- William Henry Harrison vs. William McKinley

William Henry Harrison vs. William McKinley

5 MIN2018 JUN 8
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Midwest Regional 5- William Henry Harrison vs. William McKinley

Latest Episodes

Epilogue: Is There a Connection Between Fighting Ability and Being a Great President?

In this postscript to the Presidential Fight Club, James and Scott discuss whether the qualities that make a president a good fighter also make him a good leader. Spoiler alert: We mostly agree that it does.

17 MIN2018 JUN 8
Comments
Epilogue: Is There a Connection Between Fighting Ability and Being a Great President?

The Final Match

We are at the end of the tournament! After 43 battles, with the arena littered with the battered and bruised presidents who lost, only two remain standing. Who will be victorious?

10 MIN2018 JUN 8
Comments
The Final Match

Final 4 - Washington vs. Eisenhower

George Washington vs. Dwight D. Eisenhower

12 MIN2018 JUN 8
Comments
Final 4 - Washington vs. Eisenhower

Final 4 - Teddy Roosevelt vs. Abraham Lincoln

We're nearing the end of the tournament and down to our final four contenders! Enjoy this fight between Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln

11 MIN2018 JUN 8
Comments
Final 4 - Teddy Roosevelt vs. Abraham Lincoln

Midwest Regional Final- Gerald Ford vs. Abraham Lincoln

Gerald Ford vs. Abraham Lincoln

8 MIN2018 JUN 8
Comments
Midwest Regional Final- Gerald Ford vs. Abraham Lincoln

Midwest Regional Semifinal 2- Gerald Ford vs. James Garfield

Gerald Ford vs. James Garfield

8 MIN2018 JUN 8
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Midwest Regional Semifinal 2- Gerald Ford vs. James Garfield

Midwest Regional Semifinal 1- Abraham Lincoln vs. William Henry Harrison

Abraham Lincoln vs. William Henry Harrison

9 MIN2018 JUN 8
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Midwest Regional Semifinal 1- Abraham Lincoln vs. William Henry Harrison

Midwest Regional 7- James Garfield vs. Rutherford B. Hayes

James Garfield vs. Rutherford B. Hayes

8 MIN2018 JUN 8
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Midwest Regional 7- James Garfield vs. Rutherford B. Hayes

Midwest Regional 6- Gerald Ford vs. William Howard Taft

Gerald Ford vs. William Howard Taft

8 MIN2018 JUN 8
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Midwest Regional 6- Gerald Ford vs. William Howard Taft

Midwest Regional 5- William Henry Harrison vs. William McKinley

William Henry Harrison vs. William McKinley

5 MIN2018 JUN 8
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Midwest Regional 5- William Henry Harrison vs. William McKinley