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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 relative loathsomeness of Brett Favre and Roger Clemens, the successes and failures of low-payroll teams in Major League Baseball, and broadcaster Vin Scully's return for his 62nd season with the Dodgers.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
Roger Clemens has been indicted for allegedly lying to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Brett Favre is coming back to the Minnesota Vikings.
Favre says he's doing his Vikings teammates a favor by coming back.
Josh's Slate interactive chart, the "Brett Favre Retirement Curve."
Emily Yoffe's Slate piece on narcissistic personality disorder.
The New York Times' Tyler Kepner on the San Diego Padres' surprising season.
The Texas Rangers have been baseball's other surprising team.
ESPN.com's Rob Neyer says the Tampa Bay Rays' 2011 payroll cuts won't be devastating.
The AP's report on the Pittsburgh Pirates' financial records.
Deadspin has financial statements for the Pirates, Rays, Marlins, Angels, and Mariners.
Vin Scully will be back as a broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers next season. It will be his 62nd season with the franchise.
Jeff Kent is the only human being who doesn't like Scully.
Salon's 1999 appreciation of Scully.
Transcript and audio of Scully's call of a 1959 "rhubarb" between the Dodgers and Giants.
Transcript of Scully's call of the ninth inning of Sandy Koufax's 1965 perfect game.
Red Smith's 1951 New York Herald Tribune story on Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round the World."
Hang Up and Listen's weekly Whitey whackers:
Mike's Whitey whacker: Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling says he's never heard of the players the team signed this off-season. Also, he's a racist.
Stefan's Whitey whacker: Robert Lipsyte's New York Times story about Harold Connolly, Olympic hammer thrower and steroids pioneer.
Josh's Whitey whacker: the extremist views of AP college football voter Joe Giglio.
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