NBA Playoffs: How many times will you witness the Kid Defense?

The Ultimate Sports Defense: Position Your Kid Between You and the Press (Video)

The Ultimate Sports Defense: Position Your Kid Between You and the Press (Video)

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
June 5 2015 12:50 PM

The Best Defense Is a Good ... Kid

Mike Pesca examines how athletes position their own children to deflect the press.

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Screengrab via Slate

The Gist’s Mike Pesca investigates the finer points of the tried and true Kid Defense. Professional athletes deftly position their own children to help deflect and distract during those awkward pre- and post-game press conferences. Pesca enlists his own son, Milo, to demonstrate how a well-positioned (and pretty cute) kid can easily knock an audience off ... awwwww, Milo. Wait, what were we saying?

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.