Hang Up and Listen: Al Davis, the MLB Playoffs, The Dotted Line, and the WNBA

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Oct. 11 2011 6:40 PM

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Slate’s sports podcast on the baseball playoffs, Al Davis, Morgan Spurlock’s The Dotted Line, and the WNBA.

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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 fairness (or unfairness) of Major League Baseball’s playoff format. They also talk about the legacy of Raiders owner Al Davis and recent portrayals of sports agents by documentarian Morgan Spurlock and CBS’ 60 Minutes. Finally, Kelly Loeffler, a co-owner of WNBA finalist Atlanta Dream, will join us to discuss the state of women’s pro basketball.

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

The four remaining baseball playoff teams are all in the middle of the pack in player spending.
Jordan Ellenberg’s Slate article on building a better World Series.
Jeremy Stahl
and Tom Scocca on Al Davis in the Slate/Deadspin NFL dialogue.
Bill Plaschke’s Davis obituary
in the Los Angeles Times.
Bryan Curtis’ 2007 profile of Davis in Play
, the New York Times sports magazine.
Michael MacCambridge’s history of the NFL, America’s Game.
Davis tells the world why he fired Lane Kiffin
.
ESPN’s page for Morgan Spurlock’s The Dotted Line.
The website for Eugene Lee’s sports agency, ETL Associates.
The 60 Minutes segment on Drew Rosenhaus.
The 60 Minutes “Overtime” segment on Rosenhaus.
Sports agent Leigh Steinberg was the model for Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire.
The Minnesota Lynx swept the Atlanta Dream to win the WNBA title.
Kelly Loeffler’s bio.
Loeffler’s interview with Forbes.
WNBA attendance and TV viewership are trending upward.
Bill Simmons’ tweet
during the WNBA Finals.
The Atlanta Dream’s star player, Angel McCoughtry.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly El Bagos:

Mike’s El Bago: A “polite takedown” of Dan Patrick’s grammar.
Stefan’s El Bago: Saying goodbye to Albania’s Qemal Stafa Stadium—and saying hello to the country’s new national stadium.
Josh’s El Bago: What is the longest down and distance to go in football history? (Here’s Every Day Should Be Saturday on Northwestern State’s 3rd-and-61.)

Outro: Coach’s Albania song from Cheers.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.

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.