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In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast, Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca discuss LeBron James' ouster from the NBA playoffs, the Philadelphia Flyers' comeback from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Boston Bruins in the NHL playoffs, the role of genetics in determining athletic stardom, and the U.S. national team's chances in the upcoming World Cup.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski on LeBron the egomaniac.
In January, ESPN.com's Bill Simmons wrote that "LeBron James is the best basketball player alive."
Last week, Simmons wrote that if LeBron "owned that cutthroat Jordan chromosome, or Magic's leadership chromosome, it would have surfaced by now."
The Philadelphia Flyers came back from 3-0 down to beat the Boston Bruins in the NHL playoffs.
WhoWins.com has the stats on playoff comebacks from 3-0 deficits.
Dr. Alan Reifman is the world's leading expert on the "hot hand" theory in sports.
A blogger on Barstoolsports.com was very mad about the Bruins' loss.
David Epstein's Sports Illustrated article about sports and genetics.
American forward Charlie Davies will miss the World Cup due to injury.
Who will step in to replace Davies?
Get ready for the omnipresent sound of the vuvuzela.
Hang Up and Listen's weekly set pieces:
Mike's set piece: The Funny or Die video "A Legend in the Booth," starring Hank Azaria.
Stefan's set piece: The chairman of England's Football Association was caught on tape accusing Spain and Russia of conniving to bribe World Cup referees.
Josh's set piece: The Zambonis' song "Sumo Goalie."
Podcast production and edit by Abdullah Rufus.
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