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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 end of the NFL regular season and the dawn of the playoffs, TCU's Rose Bowl win and the other college bowl games, the NHL's rainy Winter Classic, and Allen Iverson's post-NBA career in Turkey.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio on the "mail-it-in mentality" of the NFL's Week 17.
The New York Times' Judy Battista on the Seattle Seahawks.
The matchups for the first round of the NFL playoffs.
SI.com's Stewart Mandel on TCU's Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin.
FoxSports.com's Thayer Evans argues that TCU "deserves a piece of the title."
The Big Ten went 0-5 in New Year's Day bowls.
The Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL's annual Winter Classic.
Puck Daddy's Sean Leahy's seven impressions from the Winter Classic.
NHL.com's interview with Dan Craig, the man charged with making the ice for the outdoor game.
The Montreal Canadiens and the Calgary Flames will play in the Heritage Classic, an outdoor game for Canadian teams.
The NBA has played a handful of outdoor games in the preseason.
Robert Huber's Philadelphia Magazine feature on Allen Iverson in Turkey.
Iverson wouldn't talk to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Kate Fagan.
Iverson's question-and-answer session with a Turkish interviewer.
Hang Up and Listen's weekly uygulmak:
Mike's uygulmak: Which bowl game sponsor has the highest market cap?
Stefan's uygulmak: Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff tied the record for most touchbacks in an NFL season.
Josh's uygulmak: Chrissie Wellington, an Ironman champion who came to sports later in life.
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