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In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast, Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and guest Bryan Curtis discuss Mexico's Gold Cup win over the United States; Derek Jeter, Roger Federer, and what happens when athletes get old; and the childhood events that lead us to become sports fans.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
Brian Phillips' Slate essay on Mexico's Gold Cup win and the odd resurgence of Freddy Adu.
The Los Angeles Times' Bill Plaschke on how Mexico overwhelmed the "home team" in soccer's Gold Cup.
Luke Cyphers of ESPN the Magazine calls Mexico's displaced partisans "the best fans in America."
U.S. goalie Tim Howard said CONCACAF's Spanish-language postgame ceremony was "a disgrace."
Mexico's tricolor flag depicts, in miniature, another tricolor flag. It is not, upon closer inspection, recursive.
A look back at the game Mexican fans remember as La Guerra Fria.
Brian Phillips also wrote for Grantland on "the long autumn of Roger Federer."
Michael Sokolove's New York Times Magazine piece on the aging of Derek Jeter, i.e., "the good Jeter article."
ESPN.com's Ian O'Connor on Jeter's hustle and its toll on his health, i.e., "the bad Jeter article."
Ron Artest plans to change his name to Metta World Peace.
Bryan Curtis' reflection for Grantland on the fiberglass backboard of his youth.
Hang Up and Listen's weekly Chicharitos:
Mike's Chicharito: Bottlegate, aka the Crinkle Affair, aka "the most controversial televised moment in PBA history."
Bryan's Chicharito: Rory McIlroy and the closing of golf's interregnum of mediocrity, aka the Angel Cabrera era.
Josh's Chicharito: Targuy Ngombo—or is it Tanguy Ngombo?—the Minnesota Timberwolves' mysterious draftee.
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