Hang Up and Listen, the Early Winter Classic Edition
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Updated Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at 4:42 PM
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In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Mike Pesca, and special guest Drew Magary discuss the demise of the workhorse running back in the NFL, competitive balance in the NBA, and the later-than-ever start of the World Series.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
Drew Magary's Deadspin post on the death of the workhorse running back.
Aaron Schatz's "curse of 370" analysis of what happens to backs who reach 370 carries in a single season.
Arnold Schwarzenegger clears the way for construction of an $800 million football stadium near Los Angeles.
A history of the NFL in Los Angeles.
NFL teams have long used Los Angeles as a bargaining chip for a new stadium.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says the NFL could have a team in London within a decade.
The rich are getting richer in the NBA this season.
Economist David Berri on the historical lack of competitive balance in the NBA and his "Short Supply of Tall People" theory.
Aaron Schatz on the decline of competitive balance in the NFL.
The New York Times' Greg Bishop on whether there's a lack of parity in the NFL this season.
Why the World Series is starting so late this year.
Baseball players really need to stop wearing those dorky earflap hats and face masks.
Hang Up and Listen's weekly Gatorade showers:
Drew's Gatorade shower: the Washington Redskins' communication breakdown.
Mike's Gatorade shower: Deadspin's misguided campaign against ESPN.
Stefan's Gatorade shower: the strange kicking aid of Lou Groza.
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." You can email him at email@example.com and 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 a correspondent for National Public Radio who covers mostly sports.
Illustration by Robert Neubecker.