Hang Up and Listen Talks Vick, Belichick, Baseball, and Moneyball

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Sept. 26 2011 7:13 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 Michael Vick's latest injury and his contention that NFL referees aren't protecting him. They also talk about the NFL Films documentary A Football Life on Patriots coach Bill Belichick; the Red Sox and Braves' desperate attempts to hold on to playoff spots; and the Brad Pitt-starring Moneyball.

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

The Slate/Deadspin NFL roundtable, featuring Josh, Stefan, Tom Scocca, and Nate Jackson, among others.
Michael Vick injured his hand a week after getting a concussion.
Kerry Collins is being evaluated for a concussion after Sunday night's Colts-Steelers game.
The trailer for NFL Films' Bill Belichick: A Football Life.
David Halberstam's book on Belichick, The Education of a Coach.
Coolstandings.com says the Red Sox and Braves are still favorites to make the playoffs.
The Red Sox beat the Yankees on a 14th-inning home run by Jacoby Ellsbury.
ESPN.com's Christina Kahrl says injuries have undone the Braves' Brian McCann and Martin Prado.
Baseball Prospectus says its "secret sauce" for predicting playoff success doesn't actually predict playoff success.
The matchups if the baseball playoffs started today.
The Moneyball trailer.
Brad Pitt is on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Dana Stevens' Slate review of Moneyball, a "great sports movie for people who can't stand sports movies." (Dana and Josh also recorded a spoiler podcast on Moneyball.)
David Haglund's Slate piece on the Moneyball movie: "The numbers are good, but the story is still bunk."
Former Blue Jays executive Keith Law says Moneyball "is an absolute mess of a film."

Hang Up and Listen's weekly Pellows:

Mike's Pellow: The death of Ralph J. Lomma, popularizer of miniature golf.

Stefan's Pellow: Stephen "Baby Justice" Bishop: Moneyball actor, failed minor leaguer, and major character in Stefan's book Wild and Outside.

Josh's Pellow: Northern Illinois' 73-18 win over Fresno State in 1990, possibly the biggest victory by an underdog in college football history.

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. Email him at sfatsis9@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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.