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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), 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), and a selection of interesting guests from around the sports world.

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By Weeeezie - Dec 08 2019
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Finally a live podcast without horrible audience noise. Good job. Go tigers

Mike is a national treasure!!

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Mike’s takes are a breath of fresh air — even when they are wrong! (Not often :-)

iTunes Ratings

804 Ratings
Average Ratings
678
50
20
10
46

Quality audio

By Weeeezie - Dec 08 2019
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Finally a live podcast without horrible audience noise. Good job. Go tigers

Mike is a national treasure!!

By HangzhouHarry - Jul 25 2018
Read more
Mike’s takes are a breath of fresh air — even when they are wrong! (Not often :-)

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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), and a selection of interesting guests from around the sports world.

What Was Deadspin?

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by former Deadspin staffers Megan Greenwell, Tom Ley, and Barry Petchesky to discuss the site’s demise and what caused it. Topics covered include the conflicts between writers, editors, and management; journalism and private equity; and how Deadspin evolved.

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Nov 05 2019

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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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The Most Valuable Vegan Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Jeremy Stahl of Slate, and Howard Bryant of ESPN discuss the rift among NFL players over the league’s plan to donate money to social causes. Then Stefan and Josh Levin talk to Tom Haberstroh of Bleacher Report Magazine about the NBA’s new veganism. And Stefan talks about the forgotten, first black quarterback in New York Giants history, and the perception of black quarterbacks during the civil-rights era, with Louis Moore of Grand Valley State University.

NFL protests (2:05): Stefan Fatsis, Jeremy Stahl of Slate, and Howard Bryant of ESPN discuss the rift among players involved in negotiating a deal with NFL management to aid social-justice causes—over where the money is coming from and whether it is mostly aimed at ending more than a year of on-field protests during the national anthem.

NBA vegans (21:02): Stefan and Josh talk to Tom Haberstroh of Bleacher Report Magazine about his recent feature on Boston Celtics star point guard Kyrie Irving eschewing meat, and whether slimmer NBA players are better NBA players.

Hank Washington (36:20): Stefan delivers an extended Afterball about the first black quarterback in New York Giants history, and then talks about the perception of black quarterbacks in the civil-rights era with Louis Moore, an associate professor at Grand Valley State University who studies African-American and sports history.

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Dec 04 2017

59mins

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The Tiger! Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Jim Newell to talk about Tiger Woods’ first win in five years. Plus, Lee Jenkins explains why he left Sports Illustrated to take a job with the Los Angeles Clippers’, and Jonathan Hock discusses his documentary 14 Back.

Tiger Woods (1:19): It had been 1,876 days since Woods won a golf tournament. Why did it mean so much to see him back on top of the game he’s dominated for decades?

Lee Jenkins (22:10): SI’s longtime lead NBA writer decided to leave that gig to become the Clippers’ executive director of research and identity. Why’d he make the move? Also, what’s an executive director of research and identity?

14 Back  (42:15): Jonathan Hock’s latest film is about the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees and the classic one-game playoff in 1978 in which Bucky Bleeping Dent played a starring role.

Afterballs(1:03:00): Stefan on Bucky Dent’s bat and Josh on an American star in Australian Rules Football.

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Sep 24 2018

1hr 20mins

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The Eating Ribs in Hell Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Spencer Hall to talk about the college football playoff's not-so-smashing New Year's Eve debut. They also discuss Chip Kelly's firing and allegations that Peyton Manning used human growth hormone.

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Email: hangup@slate.com

Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup

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Jan 04 2016

1hr 13mins

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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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Heavy Top

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh to discuss the Astros’ massive World Series comeback. Deadspin’s Laura Wagner also joins to talk about Houston’s front office debacle, and the New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham assesses Week 1 of the NBA season.

World Series (03:37): How Houston turned it around and how Max Scherzer’s neck undid Washington.

Astros front office (22:34): What the Astros’ arrogance reveals about the culture of baseball.

NBA (39:22): Overreacting to the Warriors’ awful start, rookie Ja Morant’s star turn, and more.

Afterballs (57:16): Stefan on the last gasps of segregation in baseball and Josh searches for a seven-game series without a home win.

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Oct 28 2019

1hr 14mins

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The All They Do Is Win Edition

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Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis talk about the U.S. national team’s triumph at the Women’s World Cup; Ethan Strauss joins to discuss Kawhi Leonard’s move to the Los Angeles Clippers; and Louisa Thomas assesses the rise of 15-year-old tennis sensation Coco Gauff.

Women’s World Cup (02:41): How the USWNT won its fourth title and what the future holds for the team and for pro soccer in the U.S. Kawhi to the Clippers (21:41): Is his move (with Paul George) to L.A. good for the NBA or a sign of bad times ahead? Coco Gauff (46:57): How theteenager won our hearts at Wimbledon, and why we’re so delighted by tennis prodigies. Afterball (01:04:54): Josh on the Women’s World Cup before the Women’s World Cup.

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Jul 08 2019

1hr 15mins

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The Speeding the Cube Edition

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Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis are joined by Jessica Luther to discuss Ohio State’s decision not to fire its football coach Urban Meyer; Stefan talks to John Branch about competitive Rubik’s cube solving; and the hosts play two of their favorite Slate Plus segments from 2018, on the perils of co-ed sports and Chinese NBA nicknames.

Ohio State (2:53): What does it say about college football that Ohio State chose to suspend, but not fire, Urban Meyer for his failure to do much of anything about domestic abuse allegations against an assistant coach?

Speedcubing (21:35): John Branch talks about the subculture of speedcubing, his son’s fascination with the Rubik’s cube, and the autistic teenager who can twirl a cube faster than anyone in the world.

Co-ed sports (40:10): Slate’s Christina Cauterucci joins to discuss the lessons she learned as a 9-year-old girl on a co-ed soccer team.

Chinese NBA nicknames (56:10):Stefan and Mike Pesca discuss their favorites.

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Aug 27 2018

1hr 7mins

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The Quarterback Named Buckshot Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by SB Nation’s Spencer Hall to discuss college football. Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders also joins to talk about NFL tanking, and Ed Cunningham explains his move to quit his job as a football announcer for ESPN.

College football openers (2:14): Spencer Hall talks about Texas A&M’s crushing loss to UCLA, Howard’s exhilarating win over UNLC, and other scenes from college football’s opening weekend.

NFL tanking (21:08): Aaron Schatz explains why and how the Jets, Bills, and Brows are losing on purpose; whether tanking is a sound strategy for NFL teams; and what the league should do to address it, if anything.

Ed Cunningham (37:43): The longtime ESPN announcer explains how he came to the decision to quit his job as a college football analyst, why he developed ethical qualms about the game, and why he doesn’t enjoy watching the NFL.

Afterballs (57:48):

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Sep 05 2017

1hr 17mins

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The We Love Mike Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the NCAA tournament and the World Baseball Classic. Mike also announces his departure from the show, and Josh and Stefan send him off with Pesca Jeopardy!

NCAA Tournament (5:24): Was the first round of March Madness boring? Is poor seeding to blame? We break down the first two rounds of the tourney and discuss Duke’s loss to South Carolina.

The World Baseball Classic (17:16): We talk about Adam Jones’ fantastic catch and the charm of the international tournament.

Pesca Jeopardy! (25:58): How well does Mike remember his best quips from seven-plus years on Hang Up and Listen? We find out with a Pesca-specific twist on America’s favorite quiz show.

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Email: hangup@slate.com

Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup

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Mar 21 2017

1hr 13mins

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The Kawhi Gets the Last Laugh Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss the Kentucky Derby with Sports Illustrated’s Tim Layden; author David Epstein talks about the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s ruling on Caster Semenya; and Slate’s Nick Greene discusses Kawhi Leonard and Nikola Jokic.

Kentucky Derby (2:46): Did officials at the Kentucky Derby make the right call in disqualifying Maximum Security and giving Country House the victory?

Caster Semenya (19:14): Everything you need to know about the controversial ruling that could end the Olympic champion’s career as an 800-meter runner.

Kawhi and Jocic (40:11): A conversation about two of the NBA’s oddest superstars.

Afterballs (58:38): Stefan on a disqualification at the 1968 Kentucky Derby and Josh’s 50 story ideas for ESPN the Magazine.

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May 06 2019

1hr 15mins

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Hang Up and Listen: The Soft Rock and Salary Caps Edition

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Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca discuss the end of the group stage and the beginning of the knockout round at the World Cup. They also talk about team-building in the NBA and MLB and debate the strategies of the 76ers, Astros, and A’s.
Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.

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Jun 30 2014

1hr 7mins

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The Kevin Durant Just Broke the NBA Edition

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Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Shira Springer discuss Kevin Durant’s move to the Warriors. Then they’re joined by Sky Sports’ Bryn Law to talk Wales’ unlikely run in the Euros. Finally, they speak with Sally Jenkins about the life and legacy of Pat Summitt.

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Email: hangup@slate.com

Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup

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Jul 05 2016

1hr 18mins

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The All Hail the Royals Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Royals' World Series victory over the Mets. They also talk about ESPN's decision to shut down Grantland, and they interview National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts.
 
Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theater
 
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Email: hangup@slate.com
Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup

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Nov 02 2015

1hr 25mins

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UPDATED: The Superest of Superteams Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Mike Pesca to discuss the Warriors' NBA Finals win. George Dohrmann also joins to talk about U.S. soccer phenom Christian Pulisic. Plus, an interview with Ice Cube about the documentary Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies. NBA Finals (2:06): A conversation with Hang Up alum Mike Pesca about the Golden State Warriors’ NBA title, Kevin Durant's greatness, and where LeBron James, the Cavs, and the NBA go from here. Christian Pulisic (21:56): George Dohrmann joins to discuss his story on how Christian Pulisic came to be a star, and whether U.S. soccer will learn the right lessons from his development. Ice Cube (38:46): The narrator of the ESPN 30-for-30 documentary Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies explains his affection for his hometown team and how race played a role in the Boston/L.A. rivalry. He also talks about 3-on-3 basketball becoming an Olympic sport. Afterballs (57:03)

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Jun 13 2017

1hr 10mins

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The Believably Unbelievable Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by ProPublica’s David Epstein to discuss Usain Bolt, U.S. swimming, and the limits of human performance. Slate’s Jessica Winter also joins to discuss allegations of abuse against the Karolyis.

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Aug 15 2016

1hr 19mins

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The 111-1 Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and special guest Joel Anderson are joined by the Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins to talk about UConn’s loss in the women’s NCAA tournament. They also discuss the men’s Final Four, the Las Vegas Raiders, and NBA hook-up culture.

Women’s Final Four: Sally Jenkins joins to explain how Mississippi State broke UConn’s 111-game winning streak, Bulldogs coach Vic Schaefer’s decision to bench Morgan William in the title game, South Carolina’s title game win, and Geno Auriemma’s comments on women in coaching.

Men’s Final Four: Breaking down Oregon player Jordan Bell’s self-flagellation after his team’s defeat and the North Carolina-Gonzaga championship matchup.

The Las Vegas Raiders: Why the Raiders fit in Vegas, what a new stadium means to the city’s taxpayers, and what the move says about the NFL’s gambling policies.

Tinder and the NBA: Weighing in on ESPN the Magazine’s story on how dating apps may affect teams’ performance on the road.

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Apr 03 2017

1hr 3mins

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The Fox Sports 1 Isn’t Fox News Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and guest panelist Jane Coaston discuss the weekend's NCAA tournament storylines and the U.S. women’s hockey team’s boycott. Ben Mathis-Lilley also joins to talk about his Slate article on Jamie Horowitz and Fox Sports 1.

NCAA Tournament (2:51): Analyzing the weekend’s thrilling buzzer-beaters, the value of one-and-done programs, and the endearing imperfections of college basketball games.

U.S. Women’s Hockey (17:26): Breaking down the debate over Team USA’s decision to boycott this week’s IIHF World Championships as part of their fight for equitable treatment and a living wage. 

Fox Sports 1 (27:57): Will Jamie Horowitz’s cable network succeed in his mission to revolutionize sports media one hot take at a take? Ben Mathis-Lilley joins the show to talk about his story on Fox Sports 1.

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Email: hangup@slate.com

Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup

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Mar 27 2017

1hr 8mins

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The Be Careful Who You Meme Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Spencer Hall to talk about college football’s opening weekend; interview NFL long snapper and Green Beret Nate Boyer about his conversations with Colin Kaepernick; and celebrate Vin Scully.

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Email: hangup@slate.com

Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup

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Sep 06 2016

1hr 17mins

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Bad Taste on Ice

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Banner Society’s Spencer Hall to discuss the college football playoff. The Athletic’s Wosny Lambre also joins to talk about the surging Los Angeles Lakers. Finally, the Wall Street Journal’s Louise Radnofsky explains skaters’ strange obsession with Schindler’s List.

College football (01:53): Why Clemson is mad, how LSU got good, and other playoff-related matters.

Lakers (24:18): Everything is going very well for LeBron and the Lakers. What could go wrong (and when will it go wrong)?

Skating and Schindler’s List (44:56): Why do figure skaters perform Holocaust-inspired routines?

Afterballs (01:00:15): Stefan on a soccer team named after hard liquor and Josh on a Supreme Court justice remembering some guys.

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Dec 09 2019

1hr 13mins

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Live at the Hamilton

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At a live show in Washington, D.C., Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by NPR’s Gene Demby to discuss the state of sports media. Olympic gold medalist Dawn Harper-Nelson also joins to talk about her comeback as a mother. Finally, Demby, Lindsay Gibbs, and Dave McKenna ponder ethical dilemmas in sports.

State of sports media (01:38): How have our consumption habits changed since the death of Deadspin and the partial zombification of Sports Illustrated?

Dawn Harper-Nelson (16:36): The hurdling champion on the highs and lows of her career and the challenges of returning to the track after having a baby.

Ethical dilemmas (44:12): Would you report on an NCAA violation if you think NCAA rules are immoral?

Afterballs (01:00:42): Stefan on the sad fate of wonderfully named minor-league baseball teams and Josh on a peeing dog at the Egg Bowl.

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Dec 04 2019

1hr 24mins

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John Hollinger

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Josh Levin interviews the Athletic’s John Hollinger about his career inside and outside the NBA. Topics discussed include the rise of Luka Doncic, how Hollinger came up with player efficiency rating, his tenure with the Memphis Grizzlies, and trading Marc Gasol.

Luka Doncic (02:15): How the 20-year-old became a star and how he could keep getting better.

PER (07:55): The birth of the NBA’s most popular all-in-one statistic.

Grizzlies (24:15): The highs and lows of the 2013 and 2015 playoffs.

Marc Gasol (44:17): The ins and outs of trading one of the Grizzlies’ franchise players.

Afterball (51:25): Josh on the inventor of the Nerf football.

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Nov 25 2019

58mins

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Bang the Garbage Can Quickly

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Nate Jackson to discuss Colin Kaepernick’s workout and Myles Garrett’s helmet smash; the Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh assesses the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scheme; and Asif Kapadia talks about his documentary Diego Maradona.

Kaepernick and Garrett (02:58): Did Kaepernick hurt his chances to play in the NFL? And what should we make of Garrett’s burst of anger?

Sign-stealing (24:59): Did the Astros do anything that other teams didn’t do? How effective is sign-stealing anyway?

Diego Maradona (49:49): The director of Senna and Amy on how he made a film about Diego Maradona and what he learned about the soccer legend.

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Nov 18 2019

1hr 23mins

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Roll Tigers Roll

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Banner Society’s Spencer Hall to discuss LSU’s win over Alabama; by Slate’s Joel Anderson to chat about the NCAA going after Ohio State’s Chase Young and Memphis’ James Wiseman; and by the New York Times’ Lindsay Crouse to talk about runner Mary Cain’s allegations of abuse against Nike and coach Alberto Salazar.

LSU-Alabama (02:17): How the Tigers broke their losing streak against the Tide.

NCAA (22:51): The foolishness of amateurism enforcement is on display in the Young and Wiseman cases.

Mary Cain (43:53): How the young runner’s allegations could change women’s sports.

Afterballs (01:05:16): Stefan on Jeff Bezos and the NFL and Josh on Don Cherry’s “you people” rant.

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Nov 11 2019

1hr 17mins

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What Was Deadspin?

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by former Deadspin staffers Megan Greenwell, Tom Ley, and Barry Petchesky to discuss the site’s demise and what caused it. Topics covered include the conflicts between writers, editors, and management; journalism and private equity; and how Deadspin evolved.

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Nov 05 2019

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Heavy Top

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh to discuss the Astros’ massive World Series comeback. Deadspin’s Laura Wagner also joins to talk about Houston’s front office debacle, and the New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham assesses Week 1 of the NBA season.

World Series (03:37): How Houston turned it around and how Max Scherzer’s neck undid Washington.

Astros front office (22:34): What the Astros’ arrogance reveals about the culture of baseball.

NBA (39:22): Overreacting to the Warriors’ awful start, rookie Ja Morant’s star turn, and more.

Afterballs (57:16): Stefan on the last gasps of segregation in baseball and Josh searches for a seven-game series without a home win.

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Oct 28 2019

1hr 14mins

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The Making Adjustments Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by ESPN’s Jeff Passan to discuss the World Series matchup between the Astros and Nationals. The Ringer’s Kevin Clark also joins to talk about the Rams’ deal for Jalen Ramsey, and Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl assesses the U.S. men’s national soccer team.

World Series (01:45): How Houston and Washington made it and what to watch for when they square off.

Jalen Ramsey (19:47): Are the Rams outsmarting the rest of the NFL or outsmarting themselves?

U.S. soccer (34:59): Gregg Berhalter’s gotten off to a rough start. Is it time for the USMNT to cut bait and start over?

Afterballs (53:18): Stefan on the genius of @DonZemmer and Josh on a baseball walk-off conundrum.

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Oct 21 2019

1hr 14mins

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The It’s a Marathon and a Sprint Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Athletic’s Ethan Strauss to talk about LeBron James’ comments on China; the Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh discusses the Nationals’ playoff run and why baseballs aren’t flying as far; and Ed Caesar assesses marathon record breakers Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei.

LeBron, the NBA, and China (02:19): Why the league’s travails are getting worse, and what the NBA can (and should) do about them.

MLB playoffs (20:50): The Nationals’ starting pitching triumphs and the decline of home runs in the postseason, explained.

Marathoners (40:03): How Eliud Kipchoge broke the two-hour barrier and Brigid Kosgei shattered the women’s world record.

Afterballs (58:59): Stefan on CTE romance novels and Josh on shaking press boxes.

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Oct 15 2019

1hr 15mins

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The Silver in China Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Joshua Keating to talk about the NBA’s China kerfuffle. ESPN’s Sam Miller also joins to discuss the baseball playoffs and David Epstein assesses Alberto Salazar’s doping suspension and the world track and field championships in Qatar. NBA and China (02:02): How Daryl Morey’s tweet about the Hong Kong protests instigated an international incident and what the NBA should do about it. MLB playoffs (17:29): Does the Nationals’ bullpen strategy make sense? Can anyone beat the Astros? Salazar and Qatar (35:42): Why the legendary track coach got suspended, and what to make of the hot and poorly attended world track and field championships. Afterballs (55:26): Stefan on carrying jockstraps and Josh on a DVR patent war.

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Oct 07 2019

1hr 12mins

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The Kids Play the Darndest Things Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Allison Benedikt to answer your questions about youth sports. Topics covered include whether and how to teach your kids how to talk trash, how to balance sports time with family leisure time, and whether it’s ethical to watch football if you don’t want your child to play football.

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Sep 30 2019

44mins

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The Cut It Out Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Undefeated’s Jesse Washington to talk about the latest allegations against Antonio Brown and the story of a high school wrestler who was instructed to cut off his dreadlocks. The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh also assesses the disappointing Cubs and Red Sox and the surprising Twins. Antonio Brown (01:17): What we should make of the latest twists in the Brown saga, and what the Patriots should be forced to reckon with after signing Brown and then releasing him. Andrew Johnson (21:15): The high schooler went viral after a referee told him to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit his match. Here’s the story behind that story. Cubs, Red Sox, and Twins (36:05): What went wrong for the Cubs and Red Sox and how can they fix their problems? And what went right for the Twins? Afterballs (58:20): Stefan on powder-puff football and Josh on the Cubs on WGN.

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Sep 23 2019

1hr 13mins

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The Bernie and LeBron Are Both on Board Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by SB Nation’s Matt Brown to talk about California’s Fair Pay to Play Act; the New York Times’ Joe Drape discusses Triple Crown winner Justify’s positive drug test; and ex-NFL player Ryan O’Callaghan joins for a conversation about his memoir My Life on the Line. Fair Pay to Play Act (01:54): What does this California legislation mean for the future of college sports and athlete compensation? Justify (21:49): What we know about the horse, its trainer Bob Baffert, and the process whereby a positive drug test got tossed out. Ryan O’Callaghan (39:53): What it was like to be a closeted player in the NFL, and how his life changed after coming out. Afterballs (59:26): Stefan on the Dickerod and Josh on coaches’ wives as “recruits.”

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Sep 16 2019

1hr 19mins

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The Wide Receiver Performance Art Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the New Yorker’s Louisa Thomas to talk about the women’s and men’s U.S. Open finals. Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley also joins to discuss Antonio Brown’s move to the Patriots and the secrets of the Clemson football program’s success. U.S. Open (01:43): Why does Serena Williams keep losing major finals and how good is Bianca Andreescu? How did Daniil Medvedev come back against Rafael Nadal and how did Nadal hold on to win? Antonio Brown (21:15): Did Brown orchestrate his move to New England, and who’s the most to blame for his breakup with the Raiders? Clemson (41:46): Is the cohesion of Clemson’s title-winning football program impressive, creepy, or both? Afterballs (59:06): Stefan on ambulances on the field at high school football games and Josh on “Faintin’ Frank” Varrichione. 

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Sep 09 2019

1hr 16mins

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The Why Is She Hanging Around Here? Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin talk about the first week of the U.S. Open. Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders also joins to preview the NFL season, and Sheba Rawson of the Timbers Army fan group discusses the dispute over political signage in Major League Soccer. U.S. Open (01:16): How Taylor Townsend and Kristie Ahn had the best week of their careers. NFL (22:19): What should we expect from Baker Mayfield’s Cleveland Browns and Kyler Murray’s Arizona Cardinals? Politics and MLS (38:51): Should MLS ban an anti-fascist symbol? Afterballs (55:43): Stefan on Carli Lloyd and kicking Josh on watching tennis from courtside. 

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Sep 03 2019

1hr 12mins

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The Why Luck Left Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Jake Plummer and Nate Jackson to talk about Andrew Luck’s retirement; Billy Cundiff discusses the Chicago Bears’ bizarre kicker tryouts; and Slate’s Christina Cauterucci helps assess the state of the National Women’s Soccer League. Andrew Luck (01:53): What Luck’s sudden departure from the sport says about him and about football. Kicker tryouts (24:57): The right and wrong to audition kickers at an NFL training camp. NWSL (42:00): WhatSaturday’s huge crowd in Washington, D.C. says about the path forward for women’s pro soccer. Afterballs (59:56): Stefan on female placekickers and Josh on a pitcher who got struck by lightning. 

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Aug 26 2019

1hr 16mins

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The Classy Intangibles Edition

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Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and the New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham talk about Jay-Z’s new partnership with the NFL. They also discuss Joseph Tsai’s multibillion-dollar deal to buy the Brooklyn Nets. Finally, they select the words they’d like to ban from the sports lexicon.

Jay-Z (2:10): Did the NFL botch its move to bring on the hip-hop icon as a corporate partner or is the league savvier than we think? Brooklyn Nets (20:30): How and why Tsai paid the biggest price ever for a U.S. sports franchise. And will franchise values keep going up? Banned words (32:00): Is “class” the worst sports word of them all? What about “talk about”? Afterballs (48:30): Stefan on football and the heat and Josh on an incident from tennis player Daniil Medvedev’s past.

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Aug 19 2019

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The Extremely Cold Feet Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin talk with ESPN’s Sam Borden about Christian Pulisic’s Chelsea debut. The Gist’s Mike Pesca also joins to discuss Antonio Brown’s feet and helmet issues, and Rebecca Schuman explains Simone Biles’ latest feats of gymnastics virtuosity.

Christian Pulisic (01:30): What lessons, if any, can we take from Pulisic’s first Premier League match? Antonio Brown (18:04): What’s behind the Raiders receiver’s odd behavior? Simone Biles (35:57): Whythe greatest gymnast ever is the greatest gymnast ever. Afterballs (52:44): Mike on the joys of good baseball, Stefan on youth sports in 1980, and Josh on running through a brick wall.

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Aug 12 2019

1hr 12mins

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The Melosanity Edition

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Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin talk about Alejandro Bedoya speaking out against gun violence during an MLS game. The New York Daily News’ Kyle Wagner joins to discuss Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony, and the Omaha World-Herald’s Henry Cordes explains how school’s evade the requirements of Title IX. Bedoya (01:22): On the soccer player’s in-game call-out and how the sports media will cover it. Lin and Anthony (14:15): The former Knicks teammates are both feeling rejected by the NBA. Title IX (38:20): Women’s rowing rosters are growing to an absurd degree, and not because schools love rowing. Afterballs (57:10): Stefan on sports and military-style drills and Josh on Nick Kyrgios.

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Aug 05 2019

1hr 15mins

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How To! With Charles Duhigg

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Jul 31 2019

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