Hang Up and Listen: The Aggie Secession Edition
Slate's sports podcast on the PGA Championship, Texas A&M and the SEC, baseball sign-stealing, and profiles of jerky athletes.
Posted Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at 6:55 PM
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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 PGA Championship and new golf stats with guest Alex Turnbull. Next, Bryan Curtis comes on the show to talk about Texas A&M's possible move to the SEC. Stefan, Josh, and Mike also talk about the Toronto Blue Jays' alleged sign-stealing and pick apart magazine profiles of jerky athletes.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
Tour rookie Keegan Bradley won the PGA Championship in a playoff over Jason Dufner.
Bradley says his putt on the 17th hole was "perfect."
Michael Agger's "Moneygolf" series on Slate.
An explanation of the PGA Tour's ShotLink system and of the new "strokes gained – putting" statistic.
The SEC is holding off for now on inviting Texas A&M to join the conference.
SI.com's Andy Staples explains that the SEC's short-term hesitancy doesn't mean that Texas A&M won't be joining the conference.
Texas A&M isn't happy about the University of Texas' Longhorn Network.
Every Day Should Be Saturday's Spencer Hall says the conference machinations are all about money.
GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry was an A&M yell leader.
Texas Monthly's Paul Burka on Perry, politics, and football.
ESPN the Magazine's story on the Toronto Blue Jays' alleged sign-stealing.
Grantland's Jonah Keri parses the allegations.
Chris St. John of the blog Steal of Home deduces that the White Sox are the anonymous team that spotted a "man in white" in center field at the Rogers Centre.
The Red Sox and Yankees also seem to think the Jays were stealing signs.
The blog the Baseball Codes looks at the ethics and history of sign-stealing.
Michael Rosenberg's Sports Illustrated profile, "You're Wrong About Jay Cutler."
A classic of the form from ESPN the Magazine: "Milton Bradley knows you think he'll explode. He's out to prove you wrong."
Another Bradley profile, this one by ESPN.com's Alan Schwarz.
Jeff Pearlman's classic SI story on John Rocker.
Hang Up and Listen's weekly ranger65s:
Mike's ranger65: a conversation with past afterball subject Maddie Byrd.
Stefan's ranger65: a documentary about the Ugandan baseball players who were denied entry to the United States for the Little League World Series. (You can watch a trailer for the documentary and read director Jay Shapiro's blog post about the team's ordeal.)
Josh's ranger65: In 1927, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig captained barnstorming squads called the Bustin' Babes and Larrupin' Lous. What does larrupin' mean?
Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo.
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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 Slate's sports podcast "Hang Up and Listen." You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter.
Mike Pesca is a correspondent for National Public Radio who covers mostly sports.
Illustration by Robert Neubecker.