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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 how the Packers and Steelers made it to the Super Bowl and why the Bears and Jets didn't, the criticism of Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler, the folk-hero status of BYU basketball player Jimmer Fredette, and the Onion's new SportsCenter parody, SportsDome.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
Slate's NFL dialogue featuring Josh, Stefan, Tom Scocca, and Nate Jackson.
Jay Cutler reportedly has a torn MCL.
Rick Reilly's ESPN.com story on why nobody likes Cutler; Stefan's thoughts on Cutler.
Tim Legler compares Jimmer Fredette to Steve Nash.
Fredette just scored 42 points against Colorado State and 47 against Utah.
T.J. Fredette's rap song about his brother, "Amazing." (Here are the lyrics.)
Fredette's dad camped out for tickets to watch him play.
Deadspin's Tommy Craggs on Fredette and Stephen Curry.
The Web site for the Onion Sports Network.
The SportsDome segment wherein Bill Belichick throws acid in Tom Brady's face.
The segment featuring the "OSN girlfriends."
James Parker's Atlantic story on the culture of SportsCenter.
Hang Up and Listen's weekly "medical balls":
Mike's medical ball: The peripatetic Forcier family, pioneers of the Twitter press release.
Stefan's medical ball: The late, great W.C. Heinz, who wrote the greatest deadline sports story of all-time.
Josh's medical ball: Tom Daugherty bowled a 100 on national television. Perhaps he needed to learn more about oil patterns.
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