Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen for the week of Dec. 28, 2009.

Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen for the week of Dec. 28, 2009.

Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen for the week of Dec. 28, 2009.

Slate's sports podcast.
Dec. 28 2009 3:40 PM

Hang Up and Listen, the Strength of Victory Edition

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Listen to "Hang Up and Listen" with Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and special guest Tom Scocca 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, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and special guest Tom Scocca discuss NFL tiebreakers, sad-sack franchises, the retirement and unretirement of Florida's Urban Meyer, and the NBA's economic woes.

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

The NFL's tiebreaking procedures.
The AFC playoff scenarios explained.
The definition of "strength of victory."
The Chicago Blackhawks have become more successful since their long-time chairman Bill Wirtz died in 2007.
Yahoo's Dan Wetzel on Urban Meyer's indecision.
A long profile of Meyer by Sports Illustrated's S.L. Price.
The New York Times' Pete Thamel on Meyer's decision to take a leave of absence.
CBSSports.com's Ken Berger on the NBA's decline in gate receipts.
Bill Simmons games out the consequences of the league's declining revenues.
The NBA's 2009 attendance figures.
The NHL's Ottawa Senators give away 3,000 free tickets per game.

Hang Up and Listen's weekly club seats:

Mike's club seat: Chris Johnson and Shane Lechler, both in pursuit of NFL records.
Tom's club seat: The 1948 horse-racing book How I Pick Winners by Ken Kling.
Josh's club seat: The sad decline of Bernie Kosar.

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Podcast production and edit by Abdullah Rufus.

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

Posted on Dec. 28 by Josh Levin at 3:39 p.m.

Dec. 21, 2009

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In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast, Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and special guest Dan Steinberg discuss the Washington Redskins' turbulent season, the potential expansion of college basketball's March Madness to 96 teams, and a pair of controversial college coaches: Notre Dame's Brian Kelly and Kentucky's John Calipari.

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

Rumors that Mike Shanahan will be the Redskins' next coach.
Dan's memories of former Redskins general manager Vinny Cerrato.
The Washington Post's Mike Wise on Cerrato's special relationship with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.
Get your "Offseason Champs" T-shirt.
Dan's "Scenes From the Burgundy Revolution."
Malcolm Gladwell compares Jason Campbell to Peyton Manning.
The NCAA is looking into expanding the college basketball tournament.
The Wall Street Journal's Darren Everson argues that March Madness needs 96 teams.
The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy says the tournament is already plenty big.
George Mason made a run to the Final Four as one of the last teams into the NCAA Tournament.
Cincinnati's Brian Kelly left his team to become the coach at Notre Dame.
Bearcats receiver Mardy Gilyard didn't appreciate Kelly's decision.
SI.com's Andy Staples says Kelly had no choice but to leave.
Ex-Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight calls out Kentucky's John Calipari.
Calipari shrugs off Knight's criticism.
Calipari's 1996 UMass team had its record vacated due to Marcus Camby's dealings with an agent.
The Memphis basketball program is under investigation due to allegations of "knowing fraudulence or misconduct" relating to Derrick Rose's SAT exam.
Calipari hired Tyreke Evans' strength coach for his staff at Memphis.
CBS Sportsline's Gregg Doyel runs down the 10 sleaziest coach-player package deals in college hoops history, including Calipari's hiring of Dajuan Wagner's father Milt.

Hang Up and Listen's weekly five holes:

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Mike's five hole: The All-America Football Conference's final game, the 1949 Shamrock Bowl.
Dan's five hole: In praise of the EagleBank Bowl.
Josh's five hole: Is it sacrilegious to call the New Orleans Saints quarterback "Breesus"?

Podcast production and edit by Abdullah Rufus.

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

Posted on Dec. 21 by Josh Levin at 3:27 p.m.

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Dec. 14, 2009

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

You can also download the podcast, or you can subscribe to the weekly Hang Up and Listen podcast feed in iTunes. (If you'd prefer to subscribe to the podcast in a program other than iTunes, here's the direct link to the Hang Up and Listen RSS feed.)

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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 Tiger Woods' indefinite leave of absence from golf, Alabama's Mark Ingram winning the Heisman Trophy, the kerfuffle surrounding college football recruiting hostesses, and Slate's John Swansburg's article on why he stopped being a sports fan.

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

Tiger Woods' statement on his indefinite leave of absence from golf.
Golfers and TV execs react to Tiger's temporary departure from the game.
Tiger was dropped by Accenture and "benched" by Gillette.
Swiss watch company Tag Heuer is standing by Woods.
The New Yorker's James Surowiecki on the Tiger scandal.
ESPN's rankings of the best Tiger Woods commercials.
Mark Ingram wins the Heisman Trophy.
Sports Illustrated's Phil Taylor on Stanford's Toby Gerhart, the rare white running back.
ESPN's Outside the Lines on the paucity of white Americans in the NBA.
Josh's story on how every white basketball player gets compared to Larry Bird.
The New York Times' story on Tennessee's recruiting hostesses.
SI.com's Andy Staples unearthed a photo of the hostesses with Tennessee recruits.
A 2003 Sports Illustrated story on campus recruiting hostesses.
Willie Williams' description of the young women at Auburn University.
The University of Colorado's sex parties for recruits.
Slate's John Swansburg on why he stopped being a sports fan.

Hang Up and Listen's weekly afterballs:

Mike's afterball: the New England Patriots' lack of success on fourth down in 2009.
Stefan's afterball: the history of the Downtown Athletic Club. Buy a condo today!
Josh's afterball: Willie Morris' The Courting of Marcus Dupree.

Podcast production and edit by Abdullah Rufus.

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

Posted on Dec. 7 by Josh Levin at 2:45 p.m.

Dec. 7, 2009

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

You can also download the podcast, or you can subscribe to the weekly Hang Up and Listen podcast feed in iTunes. (If you'd prefer to subscribe to the podcast in a program other than iTunes, here's the direct link to the Hang Up and Listen RSS feed.)

Become a fan of Hang Up and Listen on Facebook. Leave us a note, answer Mike's trivia question, and see what other listeners have to say about the latest podcast.

In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast, Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the 12-0 New Orleans Saints, Marion Jones' attempt to make the WNBA, the Alabama-Texas matchup in the BCS title game, the 2010 World Cup draw, and the legacy of Allen Iverson.

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

The Saints beat the Redskins in overtime to stay undefeated.
The Redskins' holder blames himself for Washington's missed field goal.
The Saints-Patriots game scored an 84 share in the New Orleans TV market.
The New York Times' William Rhoden on Marion Jones' basketball comeback.
Jones gets sympathetic treatment from Fanhouse's Kevin Blackstone.
The Seattle Times' Jayda Evans argues that the Jones-to-the-WNBA stories are an attempt to distract from the bad news about the Sacramento Monarchs.
Rutgers' Epiphanny Prince left school early to play pro hoops in Europe.
In June, SI.com's Kelli Anderson argued that Prince was making a bad business decision.
College football's final BCS standings and bowl matchups.
Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh dominated in the Big 12 title game.
Andy Staples of SI.com calls the TCU-Boise State matchup the "Separate But Equal Bowl."
The Fiesta Bowl's rationale for pitting TCU against Boise.
Oxnard College math professor Mark Bates' proposal for a 20-team playoff.
The groupings for the 2010 World Cup.
Josh's blog post about the World Cup draw.
The Sun calls England, United States, Slovenia, and Algeria the "best English group since The Beatles."
Allen Iverson is set to return with the Philadelphia 76ers.
David Berri of the Wages of Wins argues that Iverson isn't a great player.
The NBA's official magazine once airbrushed Iverson's tattoos.
Iverson's famous "practice" press conference.

Hang Up and Listen's weekly cornrows:

Mike's cornrow: A plea for Roberto Alomar to make the baseball Hall of Fame.
Stefan's cornrow: The North Korean soccer team.
Josh's cornrow: Danny Heater, who holds the record for scoring 135 points in a high-school basketball game.

Podcast production and edit by Abdullah Rufus.

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

Posted on Dec. 7 by Josh Levin at 2:45 p.m.