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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's Stanley Cup Finals, the Celtics-Lakers NBA Finals matchup, pro basketball's top free agents huddling together to decide where they're going to play, Roy Halladay's perfect game, Team USA's final World Cup tune-ups, and the controversy over the soccer ball that's going to be used in South Africa.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
The Chicago Blackhawks are up 2-0 on the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup Finals.
A lot was made of the Flyers' decision to suit up tough guy Dan Carcillo for Game 2.
A statistical preview of the Stanley Cup Finals from Puck Prospectus.
Hockey play-by-play man Mike "Doc" Emrick's Wikipedia page.
Emrick's weekly hockey podcast, Emrick's Angle.
The Lakers and Celtics are meeting in the NBA Finals for the 12th time.
The NBA's top free agents, including LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, are planning to discuss their potential destinations.
MLB.com's collection of stories and highlights about Roy Halladay's perfect game.
Halladay's perfect game was perhaps aided by home plate umpire Mike DiMuro.
Livan Hernandez's famous 15-strikeout performance in the 1997 National League Championship Series, aided by umpire Eric Gregg.
Oakland's Dallas Braden threw a perfect game less than a month ago.
The Charleston Gazette's collection of perfect game trivia.
In 2004, Marginal Revolution's Tyler Cowen speculated about why there have been more perfect games in baseball the last several decades.
In 1996, Stephen Jay Gould discussed his famous essay on the extinction of the .400 hitter in baseball.
Slate's Alan Siegel on the United States' 2-1 victory over Turkey in the team's last pre-World Cup friendly.
Lots of players are complaining about Jabulani, Adidas' new World Cup soccer ball.
Soccer Ball World's history of the soccer ball.
Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl on how the United States scouts its World Cup opponents.
Hang Up and Listen's weekly Buckminster balls:
Mike's Buckminster ball: The HBO documentary Broad Street Bullies. (Here's the YouTube video of the bat flying around during the Flyers-Sabres fog game.)
Stefan's Buckminster ball: The Orlando Magic limericks at youyarn.com.
Josh's Buckminster ball: The American professional debut of 18-year-old female Japanese knuckleballer Eri Yoshida. (Here's Ben McGrath's 2004 New Yorker story "Project Knuckleball.")
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