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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 first two games of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, Armando Galarraga's near-perfect game and Major League Baseball's decision to look into expanding instant replay, Stephen Strasburg's debut for the Washington Nationals, the legacy of UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, and the impending realignment of college sports.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
Jeff Van Gundy says the NBA should get rid of the concept of "fouling out."
The ABA rid itself of the foul-out rule in the league's final season.
Tim Donaghy analyzes the officiating in Game 1 of the NBA Finals for Deadspin.
Pau Gasol said Kevin Garnett has "lost a little of his explosiveness."
Charles P. Pierce's Slate story on the greatness of Rajon Rondo.
Josh's Slate piece on whether umpires are necessary in baseball.
George Will thinks Bud Selig made the right call in not overturning Jim Joyce's incorrect safe call.
Stephen Strasburg will make his debut for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
Strasburg's manager Jim Riggleman says pitch counts are "kind of a joke."
Albert Chen's Sports Illustrated feature on Nolan Ryan, who is encouraging the Texas Rangers pitching staff to go deeper into games.
Baseball Prospectus' 2002 studies on "pitcher abuse."
Tom Verducci's 2009 SI cover story on Bryce Harper, "Baseball's Chosen One."
The 17-year-old Harper was ejected from a junior college game for arguing a called third strike.
An anonymous baseball official tells Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein that Harper is "just a bad, bad guy."
John Feinstein's Wooden obit: " Untouchable record, incomparable man."
Rick Reilly's 2000 Sports Illustrated column about Wooden: "A Paragon Rising Above the Madness."
John Wooden's Pyramid of Success and the coach's instructions for putting on shoes and socks.
Tommy Craggs' Slate piece on the negative consequences of John Wooden's moralism.
The Wikipedia page for UCLA booster Sam Gilbert.
Don Yeager's book Undue Process has lots of details about alleged rules violations during Wooden's coaching tenure.
The New York Times on the NCAA's investigation of recent Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe.
Pete Thamel of the New York Times maps out the likely changes in college sports' major conferences.
Yahoo's Dan Wetzel argues that the Big 12 ensured its own demise by disapproving of a college football playoff.
Hang Up and Listen's weekly Rumsfelds:
Mike's Rumsfeld: The Houston Astros' historically bad on-base percentage.
Stefan's Rumsfeld: Michael Sokolove's New York Times Magazine cover story on how soccer stars are made.
Josh's Rumsfeld: A plea for the lords of tennis to arrange more one-on-one matchups between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Podcast production and edit by Abdullah Rufus.