Slate Sports Podcast: College Football Upsets, Aaron Rodgers and Tim Tebow, and The Whore of Akron

Slate's sports podcast.
Nov. 21 2011 7:13 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The BCS Chaos Theory Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on college football upsets, Aaron Rodgers and Tim Tebow, and Scott Raab’s The Whore of Akron.


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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 fallout from a weekend of college football upsets and examine the philosophical questions raised by the BCS. They also evaluate the state of quarterback play in the NFL, as Aaron Rodgers leads the Packers to a 10-0 start and Tim Tebow moves to 3-1 as the Broncos’ starter. Finally, they welcome Scott Raab to the show to discuss his new book on LeBron James, The Whore of Akron.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:’s Stewart Mandel on the “chaotic BCS.”
LSU, Arkansas, and Alabama could all end up tied
at the top of the SEC West.
Chris Suellentrop’s 2006 Slate article
on “the BCS’ dumb obsession with finding America’s second-best college football team.”
Andy Reid at the punt, pass, and kick competition
Aaron Rodgers is on pace to challenge a bunch of NFL records.
The NFL Network crew interviews Tim Tebow after the Broncos’ Thursday night win over the Jets
Broncos coach John Fox says Tebow would be “screwed” in a conventional offense. (Fox wishes he hadn’t said it.)
Football Outsiders on Tebow’s throws.
Mike Tanier’s New York Times story on Tebow’s unimpressive performance to date.
Scott Raab’s book on LeBron James, The Whore of Akron.
Excerpts from The Whore of Akron on Deadspin, the Cleveland Scene, and Esquire.
Scott’s Esquire story on Philip Roth
Listen to Scott’s first appearance on Hang Up and Listen.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Moroccan bazaar:

Mike’s Moroccan bazaar: Jack Abramoff’s many sports-world connections.
Stefan’s Moroccan bazaar: The life and times of Bevo Francis, basketball record-setter. (Here’s the game story on Griffin Lentsch’s 89-point game for Grinnell.)
Josh’s Moroccan bazaar: John Tattersall, one of baseball’s first great stat hounds.

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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