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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 Spain's win over the Netherlands in the World Cup final and LeBron James' decision to leave Cleveland and join the Miami Heat. Slate's John Dickerson also joins the show to discuss which is worse, sports punditry or political punditry.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
Slate's Brian Phillips wrote that Sunday's World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands was a "perfect storm of undesirable match traits" that "transcended mere nongreatness."
SI.com's Jonathan Wilson on Spain's "tawdry coronation" in the World Cup final.
John Doyle of the Toronto Globe and Mail argues that soccer haters need to shut their traps.
New York's Will Leitch wrote that LeBron's announcement revealed "the ugly, dark heart of sports."
The Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Brian Windhorst got the inside scoop on how LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh came to team up with the Miami Heat.
Six out of ESPN's seven NBA experts believe the Heat won't win the title this year.
The New York Post says that Chris Paul made a toast at Carmelo Anthony's wedding alluding to a future Knicks Big Three of Paul, Anthony, and Amar'e Stoudemire.
The Post's headline upon LeBron James' arrival for Anthony's wedding: "Welcome to NY, jackass."
Will LeBron's choice of Miami redeem the reputation of sports pundit Stephen A. Smith?
Hang Up and Listen's weekly sagacious cephalopods:
Mike's sagacious cephalopod: The streaking Chicago White Sox have defied Moneyball to grab the lead in the A.L. Central.
Stefan's sagacious cephalopod: remembering Bob Sheppard, the great New York Yankees public-address announcer.
Josh's sagacious cephalopod: in praise of the World Cup's third-place game and third-place games in general (contra Vince Lombardi).
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