Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen for the week of May 3, 2010.

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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 NHL playoffs, Lorena Ochoa's retirement from professional golf, Gray Smith's Sports Illustrated article on gay Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas, and Daniel Engber's Slate story on the science behind our love of the underdog.

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

Hang Up and Listen's weekly scrappy catalysts:
Dan's scrappy catalyst: The "motherhood effect" in sports. (Also note the Slate Explainer "Manny Being Woman-y.")
Mike's scrappy catalyst: The Milwaukee Bucks' unseemly "Fear the Deer" video. (Also see Bango the deer dunking off a ladder, a feat previously accomplished by the Seattle Sonics' Squatch.
Stefan's scrappy catalyst: Hockeyfights.com, featuring many tussles between Jeremy Yablonski and Jon Mirasty.
Josh's scrappy catalyst: The rise of in-game wagering, as featured in ESPN's E:60.

Podcast production and edit by Abdullah Rufus.

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

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 Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen. Email him at sfatsis9@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter.

Josh Levin is Slate's executive editor.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.