Slate's sports podcast on Zenyatta, Cam Newton, and The Best That Never Was.
Slate's sports podcast on Zenyatta, Cam Newton, and The Best That Never Was.
Slate's sports podcast.
Nov. 8 2010 5:48 PM

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Slate's sports podcast on Zenyatta, Cam Newton, and The Best That Never Was.

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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 Zenyatta's loss in the Breeders' Cup Classic, the allegations surrounding Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, and Jonathan Hock's ESPN documentary about Marcus Dupree, The Best That Never Was.

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

The Washington Post's Andrew Beyer on Zenyatta's "valiant loss."'s Wright Thompson on the legend of Zenyatta.
CNBC's Darren Rovell makes the case for why Zenyatta shouldn't retire.'s report on the allegations surrounding Auburn's Cam Newton.
The New York Times' Pete Thamel on the Newton allegations.
Sports Illustrated's Nov. 1 profile of Newton.
The trailer for The Best That Never Was.
Jonathan Hock's Web site.
Hock's 2009 film The Lost Son of Havana.
YouTube highlights of Marcus Dupree.
Willie Morris' book The Courting of Marcus Dupree.

Hang Up and Listen's weekly little Cecils:

Mike's little Cecil: Utah's camouflage uniforms, which will be auctioned off to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
Stefan's little Cecil: A 2-1 loss to Mexico means the U.S. women's soccer team is in danger of not qualifying for the 2011 World Cup.
Josh's little Cecil: Houston's 95-21 win over SMU in 1989, in which the Cougars amassed an NCAA record 1,021 yards of total offense.

Podcast production and edit by Abdullah Rufus.


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Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic and is 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.