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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 agents and college sports, Major League Baseball's alleged year of the pitcher, and Asian-American basketball pioneer Jeremy Lin.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
Alabama coach Nick Saban compares sports agents to pimps.
Dez Bryant was suspended by the NCAA last year for lying about hanging out with Deion Sanders.
Jason Whitlock writes that the NCAA is a plantation and "Reggie Bush is Kunta Kinte."
The Heisman Trophy Trust is considering whether to rescind Bush's Heisman Trophy.
Yahoo Sports' 2006 investigation into the extra benefits Bush received while at USC.
Pete Carroll hired an illegal extra coach during his tenure at USC.
Yahoo's Shutdown Corner blog details Carroll's alleged infractions.
Sports Illustrated's Albert Chen on baseball's year of the pitcher.
Baseball Prospectus' Jay Jaffe runs through the numbers to assess whether offensive production has declined in a significant way (all links are subscriber only).
"Tangotiger" of the blog Inside the Book says the "year of the pitcher" is just random noise.
The Wall Street Journal wonders whether drug testing is the reason for the decline in scoring.
Bill James once wrote that "whenever runs scored go down, attendance goes down."
Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci wrote in May that strikeouts and walks take away from baseball's romance.
Dallas Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson compares Jeremy Lin to Steve Nash.
Lin will be a marketing boon for the Golden State Warriors.
True Hoop's Kevin Arnovitz interviews Lin.
Sports Illustrated's Pablo S. Torre on Lin and the rise of Harvard basketball.
There are very, very few Asian Americans in college basketball.
Jon Entine on the early-20th-century dominance of Jewish basketball players.
An academic dissertation on Jews and basketball (PDF).
Hang Up and Listen's weekly inland seals:
Mike's inland seal: Thierry Henry's amazingly awkward interview with a New York morning show.
Stefan's inland seal: Major League Baseball goes after the Cape Cod Baseball League for nickname infringement.
Josh's inland seal: Team USA lost to Canada 30-29 in slow-pitch softball's "border battle" because the Americans hit too many home runs. (Some notes on home run strategy.)
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