Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen for the week of Nov. 30, 2009.

Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen for the week of Nov. 30, 2009.

Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen for the week of Nov. 30, 2009.

Slate's sports podcast.
Nov. 30 2009 2:40 PM

Hang Up and Listen, the Tiger in His Tank 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 the resurgence of Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young, the insanity surrounding Tiger Woods, the New Jersey Nets' 0-17 start, and the latest on concussions and the NFL.

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

The crazy ending to the Canadian Football League's Grey Cup.
A Grey Cup highlight reel.
Vince Young leads the Titans on a 99-yard drive to beat the Cardinals.
Stefan's Slate piece from last year on whether Young is cut out for the NFL.
Tony Dungy compares Tim Tebow to Young.
Tiger Woods' official statement about his car accident.
TMZ's exhaustive coverage of the Woods car accident.
TMZ reports that Tiger allegedly told a friend "I need a Kobe special."
The National Enquirer on Tiger's alleged mistress.
Slate
's Jack Shafer argues that the Enquirer is a reliable publication.
Woods could soon pass $1 billion in earnings.
The New Jersey Nets fired head coach Lawrence Frank.
The Los Angeles Times' Mark Heisler argues that the Nets aren't as bad as their 0-17 record.A New York court ruling might pave the way for the Nets to move to Brooklyn.
Kurt Warner missed Sunday's game because he had trouble adjusting his eyes after getting a blow to the head.
Hines Ward says he's not sure that Ben Roethlisberger should've missed a game due to a concussion.
Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell says he blacked out; the Redskins say he didn't have a concussion.
The NFL and NFL Players Association could agree on a rule banning players from returning to games after suffering a concussion.

Hang Up and Listen's weekly rouges:

Mike's rouge: The Titans' Chris Johnson is on pace to set the NFL's record for yards from scrimmage.
Stefan's rouge: The exciting conclusion of the 2009 World Scrabble Championships. (Here's the final board for Game 2 of the championship round, and here's the board for the decisive Game 4. You can read a Word Freak outtake about one of the finalists, and here's a story Stefan wrote for the Wall Street Journal about Thai Scrabble players.)
Josh's rouge: Texas Tech coach Mike Leach changing his starting quarterback's name from Taylor Potts to "Nick."

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Podcast production and edit by Abdullah Rufus.

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

Posted by Josh Levin Nov. 30 at 2:40 p.m.

Nov. 23, 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 soccer's MLS Cup finals, the Ireland-France handball imbroglio, NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson, and baseball players who study advanced stats.

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

Real Salt Lake beat the L.A. Galaxy on penalty kicks in the MLS Cup final.
Landon Donovan discusses his penalty kick strategy with ESPN's Bill Simmons.
The MLS Cup drew a crowd of 46,000 to Seattle's Qwest Field.
CNN calls Seattle "America's soccer city."
FIFA decrees that France and Ireland won't replay their controversial match.
Bahrain and Uzbekistan replayed a World Cup qualifier in 2005 due to an officiating error.
Arsenal and Sheffield United replayed an FA Cup match in 1999.
Jimmie Johnson wins his fourth straight NASCAR title.
Johnson ranks behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. in merchandise sales.
Sports Illustrated's Lars Anderson on why Johnson should be Sportsman of the Year.
Profile of Jimmie Johnson by SI's Joe Posnanski.
New York Times article on how Zack Greinke uses advanced statistics.
ESPN's Rob Neyer celebrates Greinke's Cy Young win as a victory for the nerds.
Baseball Prospectus explains Fielding Independent Pitching, or FIP.
Prospectus Q&A with Greinke's teammate Brian Bannister.
Michael Lewis' New York Times Magazine article about Shane Battier.

Hang Up and Listen's weekly restrictor plates:

Mike's restrictor plate: Massillon's win over McKinley in the Ohio state football playoffs.
Stefan's restrictor plate: the sports world's Flat Earth SocietyMurray Chass and Tony Dungy.
Josh's restrictor plate: the rebirth of Piedmont High School's A-11 offense.

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Posted by Josh Levin Nov. 23 at 5:40 p.m.

Nov. 16, 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 Colts' tight win over the Patriots, college football's BCS rankings, and the Larry Bird/Magic Johnson book When the Game Was Ours.

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

The Milwaukee Bucks' Brandon Jennings scores 55 points against the Warriors.
The Colts beat the Patriots 35-34.
Video of the Colts' fourth down stop.
The site Advanced NFL Stats argues that Bill Belichick's decision to go for it on fourth down was mathematically correct.
The Advanced NFL Stats chart on when teams should go for it and when they should punt.
David Romer's paper arguing that NFL teams don't go for it enough on fourth down.
Belichick and Mike Shanahan are among the coaches who go for it on fourth down most often.
Belichick successfully pulled off the same maneuver against the Falcons earlier this season.
A high school football team that never punts.
The New York Times on a study about golfers settling for par.
The top eight teams in college football's BCS standings stayed the same.
USC falls and Stanford rises in the college football rankings.
Notre Dame lost to Pittsburgh, in part due to a controversial instant-replay reversal.
SI.com's Stewart Mandel on college football's replay problems.
College replay officials don't have HD screens.
The Magic Johnson and Larry Bird co-autobiography When the Game Was Ours.
An NPR interview with Magic and Larry.
Isiah Thomas' reaction to Magic Johnson's allegations in When the Game Was Ours.

Hang Up and Listen's weekly sky hooks:

Mike's sky hook: George Blanda's record for most interceptions in a season: 42.
Stefan's sky hook: Captain Morgan's failed NFL guerrilla marketing campaign.
Josh's sky hook: The Anna Maria Amcats, college football's 715th best team.

Podcast production and edit by Abdullah Rufus.

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

Posted by Josh Levin Nov. 16 at 4:18 p.m.

Nov. 9, 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 best (Saints, Colts) and worst (Redskins, Browns) teams in the NFL, CBS's foray into mixed martial arts, and Bill Simmons' Book of Basketball.

Also, don't forget that next week we'll be discussing When the Game Was Ours by Magic Johnson and Larry Bird (with Jackie MacMullan).

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

The Saints and Colts remain undefeated.
The Washington Post's Dan Steinberg profiles the founder of Redskins Fans Against Daniel Snyder.
Snyder's apology to fans about the team's poor start.
Redskins legend John Riggins says Snyder has a dark heart.
Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner meets with angry fans.
Lerner's Q&A with the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
An Associated Press story on mixed martial arts returning to CBS.
CBS drew an estimated 3.79 million viewers.
The blog Bloody Elbow analyzes the fight between Brett Rogers and Fedor Emelianenko.
In Slate, Tim Marchman asks whether the UFC can survive without Emelianenko.
Also in Slate, Matthew Polly hangs out with Emelianenko in Russia.
Bill Simmons' The Book of Basketball on Amazon.
Excerpt about Isiah Thomas and "The Secret" from the The Book of Basketball.

Hang Up and Listen's weekly shin splints:

Mike's shin splint: Why is Brandon Jennings playing better in the NBA than he did in Italy?
Stefan's shin splint: New Mexico's Elizabeth Lambert kicking, punching, and yanking ponytails on the soccer field.
Josh's shin splint: the mixed message on firecharlieweis.com.

Podcast production and edit by Abdullah Rufus.

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

Posted on Nov. 9 by Josh Levin at 5:03 p.m.

Nov. 2, 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 World Series, Brett Favre's return to Green Bay, and revelations in new books by Andre Agassi and Tim Donaghy.

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

Jayson Stark's hyperbolic take on Johnny Damon's steals.
Damon's inspiration: Brandon Phillips stealing two bases on the same play against the Nationals in 2007.
Brad Lidge's ninth-inning implosion.
Alex Rodriguez's Game 4 heroics.
The secret behind Chase Utley's hair.
Sports Illustrated's Peter King on Brett Favre's return to Green Bay.
A federal appeals court ruled that the NFL couldn't suspend the Vikings' Kevin Williams and Pat Williams for taking a banned substance in a supplement called StarCaps.
A legal analysis of the StarCaps case.
The House energy and commerce subcommittee is holding a hearing this week: "The NFL StarCaps Case: Are Sports' Anti-Doping Programs At A Legal Crossroads?"
Andre Agassi's autobiography Open.
An excerpt from Open featured in this week's Sports Illustrated.
Agassi's ghostwriter J.R. Moehringer.
Huan Hsu's Slate article on insane tennis parents.
Excerpts from Tim Donaghy's book Blowing the Whistle.
The NBA will look into Donaghy's allegations.

Hang Up and Listen's weekly passed balls:

Mike's passed ball: An appreciation of ex-Titans defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth.
Stefan's passed ball: Larry Johnson's anti-gay slurs and the coming out of Irish hurler Dónal Óg
Cusack
.
Josh's passed ball: Ron Artest's new song "Afghan Women."

Podcast production and edit by Abdullah Rufus.

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

Posted by Josh Levin on Nov. 2 at 4:52 p.m.