Hang Up and Listen on the NCAA Tournament, Jim Tressel and Bruce Pearl, and Jonah Keri's The Extra 2%.

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March 21 2011 5:50 PM

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Slate's sports podcast on the NCAA Tournament, Jim Tressel and Bruce Pearl, and Jonah Keri's The Extra 2%.

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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 bracket-busting opening week of the NCAA Tournament and rule-breaking coaches Jim Tressel and Bruce Pearl. Jonah Keri also joins the show to talk about his book on the Tampa Bay Rays, The Extra 2%.

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

Josh's dispatch from Saturday's Butler-Pittsburgh game.
Mike's NPR report on the game.
Video and freeze frames of the five-second call at the end of the Arizona-Texas game.
A study on seed distributions for the NCAA Tournament.
Nate Silver's blog post on the problem with tourney seeding.
A single person in ESPN's Tournament Challenge has 15 of the teams in the Sweet 16.
Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel requested to increase his suspension to the first five games of the 2011 season.
Five Buckeyes players were suspended for five games each for selling their school memorabilia.
Tressel knew about the players' rules infractions but kept the information to himself. (Here's the correspondence between Tressel and the Ohio State supporter who tipped the coach off to his players' misdeeds.)
ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach says the "scandal tarnishes Tressel, Ohio State."
Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl has reportedly been fired.
Pearl misled the NCAA about the school's rules violations. He also did not tell the school he committed a potential "bump violation."
Jonah Keri's book on the Tampa Bay Rays, The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First.
Excerpts from The Extra 2% on Deadspin, ESPN.com, and GQ.
Keri's website and podcast.

Hang Up and Listen's weekly devilsraydude99s:

Mike's devilsraydude99: Erie Community College's God's Gift Achiuwa and the high-scoring West Liberty Hilltoppers.
Stefan's devilsraydude99: How new bat regulations in college baseball have decreased the amount of home runs in the game. (Here's Stefan's 1996 Wall Street Journal piece on the potential for an aluminum bat crackdown.)
Josh's devilsraydude99: Does Anthony Robles, one-legged wrestling champion, have an unfair advantage over his opponents?

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Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic, a regular guest on NPR's All Things Considered, and 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.

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