Nate Jackson, Chris Kluwe: Hang Up and Listen on the NFL, college football, and the U.S. Open.

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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 preview the NFL season with ex-Broncos tight end Nate Jackson and Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. They also talk about college football uniforms, the opening slate of college games, tennis' nostalgia problem, and the emergence of former prodigy Donald Young.

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

Chris Kluwe trades his jersey number to Donovan McNabb.
Chris' tweet calling Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Logan Mankins, and Vincent Jackson "douchebags." (Those four players, plaintiffs in an antitrust suit against the NFL, were reportedly holding up the NFL's labor deal.)
Nate Jackson's writing for Slate.
Nate's Deadspin post: "Dear Chris Kluwe: When We Want the Punter's Opinion, We'll Ask For It (We Won't)."
Kluwe's response on Deadspin.
Sports Illustrated's Peter King on the likelihood that Peyton Manning will miss the start of the season.
Maryland and Georgia debuted striking new uniforms.
Michael Kruse in Grantland on how uniforms are Oregon's secret weapon.
Stewart Mandel on how the new Pac-12 failed to live up to the hype.
Oklahoma and Texas are talking about creating the Pac-16.
Boise State's win over Georgia kicked off another season of BCS debate.
The Wall Street Journal's college football grid of shame.
Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim says tennis has a nostalgia problem.
The New York Times Magazine's cover story on "the fierce intimacy of tennis rivalries" featured Andy Samberg as John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg.
SI's Richard Deitsch on how Donald Young has finally emerged as a star player.
The Wall Street Journal's Tom Perrotta on Young's style of play.
Serena Williams is steamrolling her opponents at the U.S. Open.

Hang Up and Listen's weekly monkeyrushers:

Mike's monkeyrusher: the scintillating USL championship soccer match between Orlando City and Harrisburg.
Stefan's monkeyrusher: the U.S. soccer team's new jersey-numbering scheme, and the history of soccer jersey numbers.
Josh's monkeyrusher: the most overrated and underrated teams in college football.

Outro: "Ballet of Fools" by Tripping Icarus.

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 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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