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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 highly anticipated matchup between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. Robert Lipsyte also joins the show to discuss his memoir An Accidental Sportswriter and sticks around to assess how the NBA and Major League Baseball have responded to anti-gay slurs by the Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Atlanta Braves coach Roger McDowell.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
The New York Mets react to news of Osama Bin Laden's death.
Bin Laden was an Arsenal fan and enjoyed playing volleyball.
Bin Laden's 1998 World Cup attack plans.
ESPN's John Hollinger declared the Heat's supporting cast the worst in the NBA.
Zach Randolph just signed a four-year contract extension with the Memphis Grizzlies.
In 2007, Randolph went to a strip club while on bereavement leave. In 2009, he was charged with reckless driving. Last year, he was referred to in an affidavit as a "financier" for drug dealers.
A recent NBA.com story mentions that Randolph plays Santa Claus at Christmas time.
Hang Up and Listen sponsored Zelmo Beaty's Basketball Reference page.
Shaquille O'Neal tells David Letterman that he's never heard of Zelmo.
Robert Lipsyte's memoir, An Accidental Sportswriter.
The Daily Beast's Bryan Curtis on Lipsyte and An Accidental Sportswriter.
Major League Baseball suspended Atlanta Braves coach Roger McDowell for making homophobic remarks.
Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 for using a gay slur when insulting a referee.
Ozzie Guillen used a gay slur to insult sportswriter Jay Mariotti."
The Lakers' gay tolerance PSA.
Lipsyte's columns on Billy Bean, Esera Tuaolo, and high school linebacker Corey Johnson.
Hang Up and Listen's weekly Z-bounds:
Mike's Z-bound: Allen Bailey, the Kansas City Chiefs draft pick who grew up in the Gullah/Geechee community of Hog Hammock and eats slow-roasted raccoon.
Stefan's Z-bound: Mike Elkins, a second-round NFL draft pick who had two career pass attempts.
Josh's Z-bound: Lester "Red" Rodney, the Daily Worker sportswriter whose crusading columns helped integrate Major League Baseball. (You can read about him in the book Press Box Red.)
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