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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 NBA playoffs, whether male athletes are predisposed to criminal behavior, NFL bust JaMarcus Russell, and the sports world's response to the Arizona immigration law.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
ESPN.com's Bill Simmons on how the Phoenix Suns built their roster.
Steve Nash's gruesome eye injury.
The Washington Post's Sally Jenkins connects the misbehavior and alleged crimes of Ben Roethlisberger, Lawrence Taylor, and University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely. Huguely had a record of bad behavior and run-ins with police.
Sports Illustrated's cover story on Roethlisberger: "an NFL superstar's repulsive behavior, the ultimate expression of athletic entitlement run amok."
SI.com's David Epstein on whether brain injuries could have contributed to Ben Roethlisberger's bad behavior.
SI.com's Don Banks argues that JaMarcus Russell failed in the NFL due to a "lack of desire."
NFL draft guru Mike Mayock said Russell performed spectacularly well at his postcollegiate pro day.
Former LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher says Russell was a stellar citizen in college.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's op-ed for ESPN.com in defense of the state's immigration law.
Suns owner Robert Sarver and point guard Steve Nash spoke out against the law.
The New York Times' George Vecsey praises athletes for voicing opposition to the Arizona law.
In 1990, Tempe, Ariz., lost Super Bowl XXVII when the state's voters voted against inaugurating Martin Luther King Day.
The presence of the Confederate flag has cost South Carolina a bunch of NCAA championship events.
Hang Up and Listen's weekly pink bats:
Mike's pink bat: The badness of sports trivia in popular culture.
Stefan's pink bat: Timberwolves draftee Ricky Rubio and erstwhile NBA-er Josh Childress starred in the Euroleague final.
Josh's pink bat: The greatness of Craig Robinson's baseball visualization site Flip Flop Fly Ball. (Here's Robinson's Dallas Braden vs. A-Rod graphic.)
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