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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.

Podcast production and editing by Abdullah Rufus.

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

Posted on Oct. 26 by Bill Smee at 4:42 p.m.

Oct. 19, 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 Rush Limbaugh's failed bid to become an NFL owner, the umpiring in the baseball playoffs, the first BCS standings, the nascent United Football League, and a statistical controversy surrounding NBA star Kevin Durant.

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

Rush Limbaugh's Wall Street Journal essay on his flirtation with NFL ownership.
The Washington Post's Michael Wilbon on why the NFL would be right to reject Limbaugh.
In Slate, Allen Barra argued that Rush Limbaugh was right about Donovan McNabb.
Erick Aybar misses the bag on a double play ball in Game 2 of the ALCS.
Deadspin argues that it's lunacy to criticize the ump for making the right call.
The New York Times' David Waldstein explains that baseball's unwritten rules don't exist.
College football's first BCS rankings.
The New York Times' Pete Thamel on whether Boise State has a shot at making the title game and other BCS questions.
The official site of the United Football League.
The UFL's mission statement.
USA Today's Sean Leahy on how the United Football League is setting itself up as a developmental league for the NFL.
Trailer for Mike Tollin's documentary Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?
Henry Abbott's TrueHoop post about Kevin Durant's terrible plus-minus rating.
More on Durant and plus-minus in Abbott's follow-up post.
Basketball stats guru Wayne Winston, inventor of adjusted plus-minus.
Kevin Durant's response, via Twitter.

Hang Up and Listen's weekly Obies:

Mike's Obie: NFL players and the Depend campaign to end prostate cancer.
Stefan's Obie: Why do NFL coaches behave so badly?
Josh's Obie: The tale of James "Fan Man" Miller.

Podcast production and editing by Abdullah Rufus.

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

Posted on Oct. 19 by Josh Levin at 4:09 p.m.

Oct. 12, 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 the baseball playoffs, the United States soccer team qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, NFL health care and Malcolm Gladwell's article linking the NFL and dogfighting, and the state of the WNBA.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
Watching the Honduras-USA soccer match on closed-circuit television.
Raiders assistant Randy Hanson says head coach Tom Cable threatened his life.
Stefan's New York Times op-ed on NFL health care.
Josh's story on how Florida should respond to Tim Tebow's concussion.
Malcolm Gladwell's New Yorker essay comparing the NFL to dogfighting.
Michael Silver's Yahoo Sports piece on Kyle Turley's head injuries.
The New York Times' Karen Crouse compares this year's WNBA Finals to the NBA's Bird-Magic duels of the 1980s.
Bill Simmons runs down his problems with the WNBA.
Steve Kerr provided free tickets for Phoenix Mercury fans; Larry Bird did the same for Indiana Fever rooters.
Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird make big bucks playing pro basketball in Russia.
Hang Up and Listen's weekly greenies:
Mike's greenie: Lou Gehrig's post-baseball stint on the New York City parole board.
Stefan's greenie: Did the winning field goal in last weekend's Bengals-Browns game actually miss?
Josh's greenie: The artists behind the tattoos in NBA video games.

Posted on Oct. 12 by Abdullah Rufus at 5:45 p.m.

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Oct. 5, 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.
Hardbat.com has rules, history, and player rankings.
Stefan's New York Times story on team handball.

Hang Up and Listen's weekly duck snorts:

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

Posted on Oct. 5 by Abdullah Rufus at 5:45 p.m.

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 Hang Up and Listen

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 the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

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