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A weekly sports discussion from Slate. Hang Up and Listen features Slate sports editor Josh Levin, writer Stefan Fatsis (author of A Few Seconds of Panic), Slate writer and Slow Burn host Joel Anderson, and a selection of interesting guests from around the sports world.

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A weekly sports discussion from Slate. Hang Up and Listen features Slate sports editor Josh Levin, writer Stefan Fatsis (author of A Few Seconds of Panic), Slate writer and Slow Burn host Joel Anderson, and a selection of interesting guests from around the sports world.

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Great podcast!

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Did you know... Stefan Fatsis respects women and plays Scrabble?

Well researched

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Great sports podcast, long form reporting and fun discussions about all aspects of the sports world

iTunes Ratings

833 Ratings
Average Ratings
698
56
21
11
47

Great podcast!

By Brudd3788 - May 12 2020
Read more
Did you know... Stefan Fatsis respects women and plays Scrabble?

Well researched

By DrSwampylove - Apr 05 2020
Read more
Great sports podcast, long form reporting and fun discussions about all aspects of the sports world
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Hang Up and Listen

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A weekly sports discussion from Slate. Hang Up and Listen features Slate sports editor Josh Levin, writer Stefan Fatsis (author of A Few Seconds of Panic), Slate writer and Slow Burn host Joel Anderson, and a selection of interesting guests from around the sports world.

Rank #1: The Perverse Ingenuity Edition

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Josh Levin and Mike Pesca are joined by Slate’s Tommy Craggs to discuss Laremy Tunsil. Rob Tanner of the Leicester Mercury also joins to talk about Leicester City, and Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller discuss their book The Only Rule Is It Has to Work.

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May 02 2016

1hr 12mins

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Rank #2: The Fixing the Fixers Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss how Denver and Carolina made it to Super Bowl 50. ESPN's Dave McMenamin joins to discuss the firing of Cavaliers coach David Blatt, and Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim explains pro tennis' match-fixing scandal.

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Jan 25 2016

1hr 6mins

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Rank #3: The Steely Dan and the Wolverine Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by SB Nation's Spencer Hall to discuss Michigan State's bizarre win over Michigan. They also talk about the MLB playoffs and assess basketball and reality TV star Lamar Odom's near-death experience.
 
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Oct 19 2015

1hr 21mins

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Rank #4: The Barking Where There Are No Dogs Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the final years of Peyton Manning and Kobe Bryant. They also talk about LSU's decision to keep Les Miles and Georgia's to fire Mark Richt. Finally, they interview Ian Eagle about how he calls a game.

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Nov 30 2015

1hr 17mins

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Rank #5: The Climbing Trees and Wrestling Dogs Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh’s recruiting tactics. PFT Commenter also joins to share his strong takes on the NFL, and they talk with Jon Wertheim about his new book This is Your Brain on Sports.

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Feb 02 2016

1hr 13mins

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Rank #6: The Last Bruh You Hear Before You Get Hit In the Face Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by The Root’s Damon Young to discuss Jalen Ramsey, Jarvis Landry, and the state of NFL trash talk. They also talk about major rule changes in college basketball, and the Athletic’s Dana O’Neil joins to assess the future of UMBC basketball.

NFL trash talk (1:52): Jalen Ramsey gave his honest opinion about a handful of NFL quarterbacks. Should more players adopt his approach? And is Jarvis Landry’s rant what the Cleveland Browns needed?

College basketball (24:04): Are the NCAA’s moves to allow players to sign with agents and to test the waters of the NBA draft a step in the right direction?

UMBC (38:08): The No. 16 seed made history by beating No. 1 Virginia in the NCAA tournamentT Where can the Retrievers go from here?

Afterballs (56:25): Stefan on plaques in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Josh on Marge Schott, and Damon on Zion Williamson.

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Aug 20 2018

1hr 21mins

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Rank #7: The Most Cleveland Thing Ever Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca discuss the Minnesota football sexual assault invesigation with journalist Jessica Luther. They also talk about Ronda Rousey's UFC return with Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, and the year in Cleveland sports with writer Scott Raab.

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Dec 20 2016

1hr 12mins

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Rank #8: The Absolute Travesty Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the U.S. women's soccer team's push for equal pay with Briana Scurry; Bruce Schoenfeld joins to assess the Golden State Warriors' owners; and they examine baseball's mysterious surge in home runs.

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Apr 04 2016

1hr 15mins

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Rank #9: The He Still Hate Me Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Mike Pesca, and Josh Levin break down the Australian Open. Tim Layden also joins to discuss the sports ramifications of Trump’s refugee ban, and Rod Smart and Charlie Ebersol talk about the 30 for 30 documentary This Was the XFL.

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Jan 31 2017

1hr 12mins

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Rank #10: The Plus Plus Plus to Plus Plus Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the NBA Finals. Grantland’s Katie Baker also joins to discuss the Stanley Cup Finals, and they interview ProPublica’s David Epstein about his investigation of running coach Alberto Salazar.
Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/hangupplus. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup

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Jun 15 2015

1hr 4mins

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Rank #11: The Let’s Retire at Halftime Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss Vontae Davis’ mid-game retirement and Le’Veon Bell’s holdout, Outside Magazine’s Alex Hutchinson talks about Eliud Kipchoge’s new marathon world record, and Aaron Gordon assesses The Athletic as a business and editorial venture.

Vontae Davis and Le’Veon Bell (1:25): Davis’ sudden exit from the league and Bell’s refusal to suit up without getting a long-term contract show the limits of player solidarity in the NFL.

Eliud Kipchoge (21:27): The 33-year-old Kenyan has won 10 of the 11 marathons he’s entered. Alex Hutchinson explains what makes him so great and how he destroyed the world record.

The Athletic (39:31): Will the new media outlet save sports journalism or destroy it? Aaron Gordon’s non-hot take: The answer is somewhere in between.

Afterballs(59:47): Stefan on live retweets of high school football carnage and Josh on the pleasures of airplane mode.

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Sep 17 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #12: The Lord Stanley's Coffee Urn Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Jordan Spieth’s runaway Masters win. They also interview Sonny Vaccaro about the new documentary Sole Man. Finally, they ogle the Stanley Cup and speak to the trophy’s keeper Philip Pritchard.
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Apr 13 2015

1hr 3mins

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Rank #13: The Always Reppin' Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the slew of upsets in the NCAA tournament, Sue Bird joins to discuss UConn and analytics in women's sports, and Allison Benedikt of Mom and Dad Are Fighting comes on to discuss kids in baseball clubhouses.

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This episode of Hang Up and Listen is supported by Goldman Sachs. To learn about developments currently shaping markets, industries, and the global economy, subscribe to the firm's podcast, 'Exchanges at Goldman Sachs,' available on iTunes.

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Mar 21 2016

1hr 3mins

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Rank #14: The Legends of HUAL Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk with their favorite guests of 2016: Leicester City beat writer Rob Tanner; Mina Kimes of ESPN the Magazine, author of a profile of Martellus and Michael Bennett; and Ann Beaty, the widow of Zelmo Beaty.

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Dec 26 2016

56mins

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Rank #15: The It's Like a Whole Other Quarterback Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the success of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, talk with FiveThirtyEight'sNeil Paine about Randall Cunningham's legacy, and speak with Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshynski about teenage NHL stars.

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Nov 22 2016

1hr 16mins

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Rank #16: The Stud Muffins and Rumble Ponies Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by ESPN’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss to discuss the Golden State Warriors; by Brandiose’s Jason Klein to talk minor-league team names; and by the New York Times’ Greg Howard to assess The Undefeated.

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May 23 2016

1hr 29mins

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Rank #17: Michael Jordan, the Bulls, and the Last Dance

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Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss ESPN’s documentary on the Chicago Bulls, The Last Dance. They also talk about whether the NBA’s new development program is a threat to college basketball and assess the state of sports media during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Last Dance (05:38): What we made of the first two episodes of the 10-part documentary.

G League (22:46): Jalen Green is passing on the NCAA to go pro. What does that mean for the future of basketball?

Sports media (37:33): How the pandemic will change sports journalism.

Afterballs (53:34): Stefan on his daughter’s Scrabble triumphs and Josh on KO Pete McBride.


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Apr 20 2020

1hr 11mins

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Rank #18: The Popovich for President Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss post-election critiques from NBA coaches and Ernie Johnson's call for unity on Inside the NBA. They also speak with Univision's Leon Krauze about Mexico's 2-1 victory over the U.S. men's soccer team.

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Nov 14 2016

1hr 6mins

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Rank #19: The We're All Doomed Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the leaked March Madness bracket and NCAA tourney snubs; review Fantastic Lies, ESPN's documentary on the Duke lacrosse case; and speak with Ben Rothenberg about Maria Sharapova's positive drug test.

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Mar 14 2016

1hr 16mins

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Rank #20: The Other Bridgegate Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss LSU's freshman basketball phenom Ben Simmons. Luke O'Brien also joins to discuss the upsets at UFC 196, and the New Yorker's David Owen explains the recent cheating scandal in professional bridge.

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Mar 08 2016

1hr 13mins

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The Washington NFL Team Is Getting a New Name

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Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the sudden move to rebrand the Washington NFL team. They also discuss all the athletes opting out of entering the sports world’s various coronavirus bubbles. Finally, Mina Kimes discusses her new role as an analyst for ESPN’s NFL Live.

New Washington team name (02:42): What should we think about the franchise’s decision to finally leave its nickname behind? And what should become of the Cleveland Indians? 

Players opting out (23:08): Which athletes are going to sit out as games get back underway, and which have no choice but to play.

Mina Kimes (41:47): The Hang Up and Listen legend talks about why she loves football’s X’s and O’s.

Afterballs (01:02:17): Stefan on George Preston Marshall’s domed stadium plan and Josh on David Duke and Curley Hallman.

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Jul 06 2020

1hr 15mins

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Cam Newton Is Going to New England

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Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and special guest Gene Demby of NPR’s Code Switch discuss Cam Newton’s move to the New England Patriots.

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Jun 29 2020

20mins

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Will Washington’s NFL Team Finally Change Its Racist Nickname?

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Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by Ben Lindbergh of the Ringer to discuss Major League Baseball’s labor fight. They also talk about whether the Washington NFL team will ditch its nickname. Finally, they interview hammer thrower Gwen Berry about her battle for Olympic athletes to have the right to protest.

Baseball (05:54): Will baseball be back this year? If it isn’t, who’s to blame?

Washington NFL team (27:41): Racist monuments are getting toppled everywhere. Will a racist team nickname be next?

Gwen Berry (46:57): The hammer thrower raised her fist on the podium in 2019. What does she think of today’s protest movement?

Afterballs (01:09:02): Joel on his father and Bobby Mitchell and Stefan on Detroit boxer Ducky Dietz. 

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Jun 22 2020

1hr 28mins

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Is the NBA’s Orlando Bubble Bursting?

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Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the NBA players who are pushing back against the idea of restarting the season.

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Jun 15 2020

21mins

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Roger Goodell Says Black Lives Matter

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Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the NFL’s about-face on players and social activism. They also assess the different roads taken by the NBA and Major League Baseball to returning to play. Finally, they interview Bao Nguyen, the director of the documentary Be Water, on the life of martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

NFL (05:44): Roger Goodell, Drew Brees, Colin Kaepernick, and the changing conversation about civil rights and pro football.

NBA and MLB (24:54): There’s labor peace in the NBA and labor strife in pro baseball. What does that say about those two leagues?

Be Water (39:31): The latest film in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series is about Bruce Lee, and about racism in America.

Afterballs (01:02:56): Josh and Joel on black football coaches and Stefan on a man who could have played in the majors.

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Jun 08 2020

1hr 20mins

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George Floyd Is a Sports Story

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Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about how the sports world is reacting, and how all of us are reacting, to the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. They’re also be joined by ESPN’s Myron Medcalf to talk about college sports, and who is and isn’t speaking out about racial injustice.

George Floyd (01:12): What athletes and leagues are saying and doing after Floyd’s killing, and what should happen next.

Floyd and college sports (26:16): Basketball coach LeVelle Moton called out his white colleagues for their silence. Will anything change going forward?

Afterball (54:27): Joel on George Floyd, Houston high school athlete.

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Jun 01 2020

1hr 6mins

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The NBA Is (Probably) Going to Disney World

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In this Plus episode preview, Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the latest plans to bring back professional and college sports. In the full show, Ultrarunner Zach Bitter also joins to talk about setting a 100-mile world record on a treadmill. Finally, Stefan speaks with Simon Anthony about his experience solving the “miracle Sudoku.”

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May 26 2020

19mins

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What Was The Last Dance?

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Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the final episodes of ESPN’s documentary The Last Dance. Announcer Ian Eagle also joins to talk about the challenge of calling games remotely. Finally, they assess the NFL’s proposed modifications to the Rooney Rule.

The Last Dance (01:29): What we learned, and didn’t learn, about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. 

Remote broadcasting (22:22): A veteran sportscaster on what it’s like to call a huge sporting event from a studio.

Rooney Rule (44:49): Does it make sense to offer teams better draft picks to hire minority coaches and executives?

Afterballs (01:01:54): Stefan on 19th century baseball and smoking and Josh on Michael Jordan’s absence from NBA Jam.

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May 18 2020

1hr 18mins

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Michael Jordan is a Jerk

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Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the latest episodes of ESPN’s Chicago Bulls documentary The Last Dance.

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May 11 2020

28mins

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What Happened to Equal Pay?

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Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin check in with ESPN’s Chicago Bulls documentary The Last Dance. They also discuss the latest turn in the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s equal pay lawsuit. Finally, the Hang Up and Listen Quarantine Magazine Club discusses the 1998 Sports Illustrated story “Where’s Daddy?”

The Last Dance (02:33): Assessing the episodes on Jordan’s gambling and political stances (or lack thereof).

Equal pay lawsuit (22:02): A judge ruled against the USWNT. What happens next?

Quarantine Magazine Club (41:24): Looking back at a story on athletes and out-of-wedlock children and the controversy it kicked up.

Afterballs (01:00:00): Stefan on Pele’s final competitive match and Josh with another round of pandemic sports trivia.

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May 04 2020

1hr 18mins

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Let’s Have an NFL Draft at Home

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In this Hang Up Plus preview, Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by David Roth to talk about the socially distanced NFL Draft.

Further in the episode, Lindsay Gibbs of Power Plays joins to talk about when and if women’s sports leagues will come back. Finally, Mike Schur of Parks and Recreation and the Good Place helps us assess the 2020 Name of the Year bracket.

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Apr 27 2020

23mins

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Michael Jordan, the Bulls, and the Last Dance

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Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss ESPN’s documentary on the Chicago Bulls, The Last Dance. They also talk about whether the NBA’s new development program is a threat to college basketball and assess the state of sports media during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Last Dance (05:38): What we made of the first two episodes of the 10-part documentary.

G League (22:46): Jalen Green is passing on the NCAA to go pro. What does that mean for the future of basketball?

Sports media (37:33): How the pandemic will change sports journalism.

Afterballs (53:34): Stefan on his daughter’s Scrabble triumphs and Josh on KO Pete McBride.


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Apr 20 2020

1hr 11mins

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What Happened to the Warriors and Kevin Durant

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Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the latest on sports and the coronavirus. They also talk with the Athletic’s Ethan Strauss about his new book on the Golden State Warriors, The Victory Machine. And the Hang Up and Listen Quarantine Magazine Club convenes to discuss Bill Russell’s “How I Psych Them.”

The pandemic (03:48): ESPN televising HORSE and Major League Baseball’s insane plan to restart the season.

The Victory Machine (23:36): The decline and fall of the Warriors’ basketball dynasty.

Quarantine Magazine Club (44:29): A conversation about a classic Sports Illustrated piece about sports and psychology.

Afterballs (01:01:46): Stefan on SI’s 1963 profile of Bill Russell and Josh with some sports trivia.

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Apr 13 2020

1hr 22mins

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The NFL Is America’s Bellwether

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Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the push to bring football back and the psychology around restarting sporting events with crowds. Hurdling champion Dawn Harper-Nelson also joins to discuss how her life has changed now that the Olympics have been postponed.

NFL (4:04): Donald Trump wants games to start back up again by August or September. Is that realistic? 

Dawn Harper-Nelson (26:25): Our live show guest from December returns for an update on her life and her training now that the Summer Games are off the calendar for 2020.

Afterballs (47:24): Joel on Bobby Bowden, Stefan on Fountains of Wayne’s “All Kinds of Time,” and Josh on a 1948 race between old baseball men.

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Apr 06 2020

1hr 12mins

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When Will Sports Be Back on TV?

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Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by the Athletic’s Joe Vardon to talk about the push to get games back on television. They also discuss the HBO documentary The Scheme, and Josh interviews tennis player Kristie Ahn about what an athlete does when she can’t leave her house.

Sports on TV (03:16): TV networks have paid billions to televise sports. What’s going to happen to all that money? And will those dollar signs push leagues to get games on TV as soon as possible?

The Scheme (18:24): Is the HBO documentary on corruption in college basketball worth watching? And what should we think of its protagonist, Christian Dawkins?

Kristie Ahn (39:37): What’s life like for a pro tennis player who can’t be on the court?

Afterball (01:02:13): Stefan on the spitball and the Spanish flu pandemic.

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Mar 30 2020

1hr 15mins

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Tom Brady Is a Buc

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Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about Tom Brady’s move from New England to Tampa Bay. They also discuss the increasing calls to postpone the Olympics. Finally, they interview rugby announcer Nick Heath, who has taken to providing commentary on ordinary life events.

Tom Brady (02:02): Did the Patriots disrespect the legendary quarterback? What can we expect of his tenure with the Bucs? 

Olympics (20:38): Why has the International Olympic Committee been so slow to understand the reality of the global coronavirus pandemic?

Life commentary (35:19): How a play-by-play commentator adapted to a world without sports.

Afterballs (54:50): Joel on claiming unearned national championships and Josh on the fake games played by the 1982 Saints.

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Mar 23 2020

1hr 8mins

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The NFL Has a New CBA

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Joel Anderson and Stefan Fatsis talk about the latest on the coronavirus and sports. They are joined by former NFL player Domonique Foxworth and former NFL executive Andrew Brandt to break down the league’s new labor deal. Hall of Fame soccer player Julie Foudy assesses the women’s national team’s equal-pay fight. Finally, they interview Tegan Hanlon of Alaska Public Media about the Iditarod sled-dog race.

Coronavirus (02:25): The reality of life without sports has set in.

NFL (16:37): Did the players get fleeced by the owners?

Women’s soccer (37:52): The U.S. Soccer Federation argued that “indisputable science” proved that its World Cup-winning women’s team was inferior to men.

Iditarod (52:36): As the rest of the sports world ground to a halt, the Iditarod mushes on across Alaska.

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Mar 16 2020

1hr 7mins

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Coronavirus Shuts Down Sports

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Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin get together for an emergency podcast on the cascading shutdowns in the world of sports due to the coronavirus pandemic. They discuss which leagues have handled the crisis admirably and which haven’t and they talk about what to expect in the weeks and months to come.

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Mar 12 2020

34mins

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Is the Hot Hand Real?

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Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen to talk about the latest on the coronavirus and sports. They also interview Cohen about his book The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks. Finally, they assess a chaotic week in New York professional basketball.

Coronavirus (1:52): When will our sense of American exceptionalism end and reality set in?

Hot hand (19:35): What the latest research tells us about the elusive “zone.”

Knicks and Nets (39:24): James Dolan is beefing with Spike Lee and Brooklyn just fired its coach. Yowza.

Afterballs (59:48): Stefan on team handball and Joel on Carl Crawford.


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Mar 09 2020

1hr 14mins

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The Coronavirus and Sports Edition

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Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the rise of Zion Williamson. They also discuss the legends and myths of the NFL’s scouting combine and assess how the spread of the coronavirus will affect sports around the world.

Zion (3:59): Understanding the might and charisma of the teenage NBA superstar.

NFL combine (19:49): Is pro football’s annual scouting carnival actually useful as an evaluation tool?

Coronavirus (36:08): How teams, leagues, and the Olympics might be affected.


Afterballs (49:35): Stefan on a historic Penn collapse and Josh on a fateful kick over the uprights.

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Mar 03 2020

1hr 8mins

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Great podcast!

By Brudd3788 - May 12 2020
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Did you know... Stefan Fatsis respects women and plays Scrabble?

Well researched

By DrSwampylove - Apr 05 2020
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Great sports podcast, long form reporting and fun discussions about all aspects of the sports world