Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen for the week of Aug. 31, 2009.

Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen for the week of Aug. 31, 2009.

Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen for the week of Aug. 31, 2009.

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Aug. 31 2009 3:57 PM

Hang Up and Listen, the Mighty Gator Edition

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In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast, Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow, the death of the general-interest sports columnist, and a statistical scandal in the NBA.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

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Tim Tebow's speech after Florida's 2008 loss to Ole Miss.
Fox broadcaster Thom Brennaman enthuses over Tebow during the 2009 BCS championship game.
Tebow says he's saving himself for marriage.
Austin Murphy's Sports Illustrated cover story "You Gotta Love Tim Tebow."
Jason Fagone's GQ feature "Does God Have a Tim Tebow Complex?"
Pete Thamel's New York Times feature "Florida's Star Yearns To Make a Difference"
Thamel's extended Q&A with Tebow
The Web site for the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association.
Tebow is not on NFL draft expert Mel Kiper's big board.
John Koblin's New York Observer piece on the death of the sports columnist.
The Sporting Blog's Spencer Hall on why we shouldn't mourn the general-interest columnist.
The Los Angeles Times' Bill Plaschke on the horror of the PGA Tour asking golfers to play more quickly
Seminal Fire Joe Morgan takedown of Plaschke.
Plaschke's feature on the San Diego Chicken.
Plaschke column about Jim Sterkel, whose name graces the University of Southern California's basketball court.
Tommy Craggs' Deadspin post on how the Vancouver Grizzlies' scorekeeper fudged assist numbers.
Oscar Robertson complains about how assists are too easy to come by these days.
Dennis Hans' Slate article explaining why it was easier to get triple-doubles in Robertson's day.
Michael Lewis' New York Times Magazine article about Shane Battier, the NBA's "No-Stats All-Star."

Hang Up and Listen's weekly Goolagongs:

Mike's Goolagongs: a conversation about fantasy football insurance with Henry Olszewski and the movie Big Fan.
Stefan's Goolagong: The NFL's "do-over" rule for punts that hit off the scoreboard at the new Cowboys stadium.
Josh's Goolagong: Joe Posnanski, author of the Cincinnati Reds book The Machine; a 3,361-word blog post about the badness of the Kansas City Royals; and a column about a minor league pitcher named Disco Hayes.

You can e-mail us at hangup@slate.com.

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Posted on Aug. 31, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.

Aug. 24, 2009

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In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast, Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Brett Favre's latest unretirement, the dawn of fantasy-football season, and the annual hue and cry over the Little League World Series.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

Josh's story on Brett Favre's co-dependent relationship with Sports Illustrated's Peter King.
Stefan's story on how a pair of non-Favre football players—Adam Meadows and Jake Plummer—dealt with retirement.
How the Oakland Raiders birthed fantasy football.
The Fantasy Sports Trade Association estimates that 27 million adults play fantasy football.
Yahoo settled a lawsuit with the NFL Players Association over the use of player stats in fantasy sports.
The New York Times NFL blog on players who play fantasy football.
NFL.com's "Fantasy Files" commercials.
Josh's story on the big kids who dominate Little League.
Jeremy Derfner's Slate article on bogus nostalgia for Little League's more-innocent early days.
Little League's eight-year contract with ESPN.
Ron Berler's piece in the New York Times Magazine on injury-riddled Little League pitchers.
An excerpt from Mark Hyman's Until It Hurts: America's Obsession With Youth Sports and How It Harms Our Kids.
Michael Sokolove's Warrior Girls: Protecting Our Daughters Against the Injury Epidemic in Women's Sports.
Alexander Wolff's Sports Illustrated piece on the vanishing three-sport athlete.

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Hang Up and Listen's weekly sanitary socks:

Mike's sock: The NCAA violations committed by the Memphis women's golf team.
Stefan's sock: Chad Ochocinco's extra point and the low-hanging, punt-deflecting video screen in the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium.
Josh's sock: Stella Walsh, Helen Stephens, and the history of gender confusion in track and field.

You can e-mail us at hangup@slate.com.

Posted on Aug. 24, 2009 at 3:13 p.m.

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Aug. 17, 2009

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In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast, Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Usain Bolt's record-setting 100-meter dash, Tiger Woods' shocking come-from-ahead loss at the PGA Championship, and Michael Vick's performance on 60 Minutes.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

Video of Usain Bolt's 9.58 100-meter dash at the world track and field championships.
The progression of the world record in the 100-meter dash.
A Norwegian physicist estimates that Bolt could have run 9.55 in the 2008 Olympics sans showboating.
A Stanford biology professor says the world record can eventually get down to 9.48.
ESPN.com's Mike Fish on the "lost legacy of the world's fastest man."
Speedendurance.com on Usain Bolt's top speed and the world's fastest 100-meter split times.
A rundown of the streaks that Y.E. Yang broke in beating Tiger Woods at the PGA.
"Culture, Gender Roles, and Sport: The Case of Korean Players on the LPGA Tour," an article in the Journal of Sport & Social Issues on the rise of female Korean golfers and the relative lack of Koreans on the PGA Tour. (Purchase required for full essay.)
Michael Vick's interview with 60 Minutes.
The Washington Times' Thom Loverro on why James Brown shouldn't have been allowed to interview Vick.
Donte Stallworth's thoughts on his yearlong suspension from the NFL, via Twitter.

Hang Up and Listen's weekly rosin bags:

Mike's bag: Softball's exclusion from the 2016 Olympics and the inclusion of golf and rugby.
Stefan's bag: New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley's suspension for taking Adderall and the Saints' signing of 45-year-old John Carney to take his place.
Josh's bag: Charles P. Pierce's 1997 Esquire feature on Tiger Woods, "The Man. Amen."

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Posted on Aug. 17, 2009 at 4:24 p.m.

Aug. 10, 2009

Listen to Hang Up and Listen with Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:

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In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Michael Vick and the NFL's disciplinary policy, Delaware's legalization of sports gambling, and whether Twitter makes the sports world a better place.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

Tony Dungy says Michael Vick will get signed by an NFL team soon.
Mike Florio analyzes the Vick, Plaxico Burress, and Donte Stallworth cases.
The Delaware law legalizing sports betting in the state.
A federal judge denies an injunction request from the major sports leagues, allowing Delaware's plan to go forward in time for the start of football season.
FanDuel, a startup company that's looking to merge sports wagering and fantasy games.
ESPN's memo putting restrictions on how employees use Twitter.
Sports Illustrated's Peter King explains why he needs to use Twitter to break news.
The San Diego Chargers fine Antonio Cromartie for tweeting about bad food at training camp.
The Milwaukee Bucks' Charlie Villanueva gets in trouble for tweeting during halftime.
Martellus Bennett's Twitter account.
Josh and Mike's Twitter accounts.

Hang Up and Listen's weekly turf toes:
Mike's toe: ESPN's unnecessary pixelation of the mouths of cursing baseball players.
Stefan's toe: Jonathan Hock's documentary about Luis Tiant, The Lost Son of Havana.
Josh's toe: The Washington Nationals' remarkable eight-game winning streak.

You can e-mail us at hangup@slate.com.

Posted on Aug. 10, 2009 at 4:10 p.m.