Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen for the week of Oct. 26, 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 taking on the Packers, the start of the baseball playoffs, and whether table tennis will be the next big television sport.

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


ESPN's SportsNation will "try to set a record for the most mentions of Brett Favre on a TV show."
Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman argues that this year's baseball playoffs show the dominance of high-payroll teams.
Peter Gammons and Joel Sherman argue for expanding the baseball playoffs.
Baseball Analysts ranks baseball teams by "payroll efficiency."
Baseball Prospectus on the "secret sauce" it takes to win in the playoffs.
The secret sauce rankings for 2009.
Anheuser-Busch is hoping for big things from table tennis' Hardbat Classic.
The Wall Street Journal's Dan Ackman on the Hardbat Classic. has rules, history, and player rankings.
Stefan's New York Times story on team handball.

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Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic, a regular guest on NPR's All Things Considered, and a panelist on Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen. Email him at Follow him on Twitter.

Drew Magary is a Deadspin columnist and author of the book Men With Balls: The Professional Athlete's Handbook.

Mike Pesca is the host of Slate’s upcoming daily podcast. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.