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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 badness of the NFC West and whether the selection process for the NFL playoffs is fair. They also talk about which sport's economic system is the most fan-friendly, and Turner joins the show to discuss ESPN's new women's sports venture, ESPNW.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
The 5-8 San Francisco 49ers are in contention to win the NFC West.
Is the NFC West pro football's worst division ever?
ESPN.com's Buster Olney says that Major League Baseball should abolish divisions (link is subscriber-only).
Jayson Werth and Carl Crawford have signed huge contracts this month.
ESPN's new women's sports site, ESPNW.
USA Today, the New York Times, and Business Insider on the ESPNW launch.
The Wikipedia entry for Sports Illustrated Women.
SI Women ceased publishing in December 2002.
Hang Up and Listen's weekly sparkly pink hats:
Julia's sparkly pink hat: Black Swan is a great sports movie.
Mike's sparkly pink hat: How to fix Saturday Night Live.
Stefan's sparkly pink hat: The Jets coach who tripped a Dolphins player—kind of similar to an incident from the 1954 Cotton Bowl.
Josh's sparkly pink hat: How a high-tech camera revealed a cricket player's bald spot.
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