Slate’s Sports Podcast on Chris Paul, Albert Pujols, Ryan Braun, and Derek Boogaard

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Dec. 12 2011 7:22 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Death of an Enforcer Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Chris Paul in limbo, Ryan Braun’s positive drug test, and the New York Times’ series on Derek Boogaard.


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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 NBA commissioner David Stern’s decision to scuttle Chris Paul’s move to the Lakers. They also talk about Ryan Braun’s reported positive drug test, and the free-agent deals struck by Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes. Finally, the New York Times’ John Branch joins the show to discuss his three-part series on NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard.

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

NBA commissioner David Stern blocked a three-way trade that would’ve sent Chris Paul to the Lakers.’s Ken Berger says Stern’s trade blockade left the Hornets’ staff in “collective shock.”
The Clippers’ trade for Chris Paul
is reportedly now off as well.
Cavs owner Dan Gilbert’s email to David Stern
urging him to block the Paul deal.
Grantland’s Bill Simmons says Stern has lost control of his own league.
Dwight Howard says he wants to be traded because the Orlando Magic didn’t solicit his personnel advice.
The Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun has reportedly failed a Major League Baseball drug test and could face a 50-game suspension.
Will Carroll on what we know about Braun’s case thus far.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt previews Braun’s defense strategy.
Baseball Prospectus’ Jay Jaffe on how Braun’s positive test has been reported.
Albert Pujols signed a 10-year, $254 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels.
SB Nation’s Rob Neyer on whether Jose Reyes is worth $106 million over six years.
The Marlins are spending big
thanks to a new, revenue-producing ballpark.
John Branch’s New York Times series on Derek Boogaard.
The first of the Times’ three-part video series on Boogaard.
Boogaard’s listing on
Gary Bettman says NHL fans “like the level of physicality” in hockey.
What is chronic traumatic encephalopathy?

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Praters:

Mike’s Prater: Did Archie Griffin deserve to win back-to-back Heismans?
Stefan’s Prater: The greatness of the college basketball poll archive.
Josh’s Prater: Tyrone Mathieu Sr.’s 2009 election as the king of Zulu.

Outro: "Mr. Big Stuff" by Jean Knight.

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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