Slate Sports Podcast: Dan Wheldon, the NBA Lockout, and the Rugby World Cup

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Oct. 17 2011 6:45 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Back in All Black Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the Cardinals-Rangers World Series, the death of Dan Wheldon, the NBA lockout, and the Rugby World Cup.


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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 World Series matchup between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers. They also talk about the death of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon and whether there’s any hope of saving the NBA season. Alex Goff, the editor-in-chief of Rugby Magazine, also joins the show to discuss the Rugby World Cup.

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

The Rangers’ and Cardinals’ starting pitchers haven’t been going deep into games.
On FanGraphs, Eric Seidman explains how the Rangers’ amazing bullpen has helped them make the World Series.
Texas’ Nelson Cruz hit six home runs
in the ALCS.
IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon was killed
on Sunday after a crash at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
ABC’s broadcast of the Wheldon crash
Drivers were worried about the safety in Las Vegas
prior to Sunday’s race.
Wheldon could have won a $2.5 million bonus
by finishing first on Sunday.
Seth Stevenson’s 2001 Slate piece “I Killed Dale Earnhardt.”
The New York Times article about Wheldon’s victory
in the 2005 Indianapolis 500.
NBA commissioner David Stern says the NBA’s Christmas games are in doubt.
Neil deMause’s Slate piece on why the lockout won’t be a disaster for local businesses.’s Kevin Arnovitz on the lockout and Mad Men.
TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott on “the moment the talks fell apart.”
Alex Goff is the editor-in-chief of Rugby Magazine.
New Zealand is feeling pressure
to win its first Rugby World Cup since 1987.
In praise of the Welsh rugby team
The English team’s bad behavior at the World Cup.
Team USA beat Russia for its third ever Rugby World Cup win.
Ohio State’s Nate Ebner is a rugby star
and a captain of the Buckeyes’ football team.
Rugby sevens will be an Olympic sport starting in 2016.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly collapsing mauls:

Mike’s collapsing maul: The Chicago Bears’ amazing punt return that never was.

Stefan’s collapsing maul: A report on the goings on at the World Scrabble Championships, including the case of the missing G.

Josh’s collapsing maul: Was John Gochnaur the worst player in baseball 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 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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