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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 Pro Bowl and the state of the pro sports all-star game, how the NHL is dealing with Sidney Crosby's concussion, a new report on NFL injuries, and the language we use when we talk about football.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
The NFC beat the AFC 55-41 in the Pro Bowl, a game the AP called "ugly even by the historically low standards of this game."
Joe Posnanski's SI.com column on why the Pro Bowl doesn't matter.
Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack scores a touchdown in the Pro Bowl.
The NHL let the captains pick the teams for this year's All-Star Game; Team Lidstrom beat Team Staal 11-10.
Sidney Crosby will now be allowed to participate in "light, off-ice workouts."
Josh's entry in Slate's NFL dialogue on Crosby and the potential changes to hockey's checking rules.
USA Hockey has called to end all hits to the head.
The Minnesota Twins' Justin Morneau got a concussion seven months ago; he's still not healthy.
Esquire.com's report on an NFLPA study of player injuries.
Ben Zimmer's "On Language" column in the New York Times Magazine on football terminology.
Josh's Slate piece on the football term "war daddy."
Hang Up and Listen's weekly dip and rips:
Mike's dip and rip: Why the San Francisco 49ers drafted Alex Smith instead of Aaron Rodgers.
Stefan's dip and rip: S.L. Price's Sports Illustrated feature, "The Heart of Football Beats in Aliquippa."
Josh's dip and rip: a recap of the Australian Open.
Podcast production and edit by Abdullah Rufus.
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