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Slate's sports podcast on helmet-to-helmet hits, Death to the BCS, "Confessions of an Agent," and the NBA's new anti-whining policy.

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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 helmet-to-helmet hits in the NFL, the book Death to the BCS, the Sports Illustrated story "Confessions of an Agent," and the NBA's attempt to get players to stop whining about foul calls.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

The AP's synopsis of all the helmet-to-helmet hits in Sunday's NFL games.
Sports Illustrated's Peter King, NBC's Rodney Harrison, injury expert Will Carroll, Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, and former NFL director of officiating Mike Pereira opine on what should be done about helmet-to-helmet contact.
James Harrison's inflammatory postgame quotes after he knocked two Browns players out of Sunday's Cleveland-Pittsburgh game.
Rutgers' Eric LeGrand was paralyzed after making a tackle during Saturday's game against Army.
College football's BCS rankings.
Death to the BCS by Yahoo's Dan Wetzel, Josh Peter, and Jeff Passan. (Read an excerpt from Death to the BCS.)
Jeff Passan and Dan Wetzel explain why the BCS computers are bogus.
In Slate, Bill James calls on statisticians to boycott the BCS.
Sports Illustrated's "Confessions of an Agent," as told to George Dohrmann by former sports agent Josh Luchs.
Dohrmann discusses the story with Richard Dietsch on the Inside Sports Illustrated podcast.
Santonio Holmes denies taking money from Luchs.
Mel Kiper says he doesn't help agents recruit college football players.
Yahoo's investigation into the agent scandal at the University of North Carolina.
The NBA says it will call more technical fouls on players who complain to the referees.'s Henry Abbott lays out the exact rules on technical fouls.
Deadspin's Tommy Craggs and Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski argue that the NBA's no-whining policy is excessively authoritarian.
The Dallas Cowboys' Miles Austin was penalized this week for his leapfrog end zone celebration.

Hang Up and Listen's weekly Billingsleys:

Mike's Billingsley: the "Curse of the Colonel."
Stefan's Billingsley: the firing of University of Minnesota football coach Tim Brewster.
Josh's Billingsley: the book FreeDarko Presents: The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History and the video game Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden.

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Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic, a regular guest on NPR's All Things Considered, and a panelist on Hang Up and Listen

Josh Levin is Slate's executive editor.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.



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