Slate Sports Podcast: Game 6 of the World Series, Andrew Luck, and Jonathan Hock’s Unguarded

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Oct. 31 2011 6:42 PM

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Slate’s sports podcast on Game 6 of the World Series, Andrew Luck, and Jonathan Hock’s Unguarded.


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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 debate whether Game 6 of the 2011 World Series was the most exciting baseball game of all time. They also discuss Stanford’s Andrew Luck and the NFL teams that would love to draft him. Finally, Jonathan Hock joins the show to talk about his documentary Unguarded, which centers on the drug-induced descent and ultimate recovery of basketball player Chris Herren.

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

Josh’s Slate piece on Game 6 of the World Series.
Dave Cameron of FanGraphs wonders if Game 6 was the most exciting game ever.
FanGraphs’ explanation of leverage index.
The Baseball Reference blog catalogs the most-exciting World Series games of all time.
Tom Verducci’s Sports Illustrated piece on Tony La Russa’s retirement.
La Russa was celebrated in George Will’s Men at Work and Buzz Bissinger’s 3 Nights in August.
Stanford and Andrew Luck beat USC in triple overtime.
The New York Times’ Pete Thamel has written a pair of Luck profiles.
Grantland’s Bill Barnwell explores how the “Suck for Luck” campaign will play out.
Colts owner Jim Irsay says Indianapolis will consider drafting Luck.
The ESPN Films page for Jonathan Hock’s Unguarded.
A May 2011 profile of Chris Herren by ESPN Boston.
An excerpt from Herren’s memoir
, Basketball Junkie.
An interview with Herren after Unguarded’s Boston premiere.
Listen to Hock’s previous appearances on Hang Up and Listen to promote The Best That Never Was and Off the Rez.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Tadao Andos:

Mike’s Tadao Ando: Why didn’t Joe Paterno’s record-setting 409th career win get more attention?
Stefan’s Tadao Ando: The gentlemen of the left-footed punter tryout circuit, led by Ricky Schmitt.
Josh’s Tadao Ando: Nevada coach Chris Ault, inventor of college overtime.

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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