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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 LSU, Oklahoma State, Alabama, and college football’s annual title-game controversy with BCS defender Bryan Curtis. They also talk about Bob Costas’ campaign against NFL showboating and predict who will earn the title of Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
Alabama nosed out Oklahoma State and will play LSU in January’s BCS title game.
Mike Gundy’s stump speech on behalf of Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State’s sports information department put together this “Case for the Cowboys.”
SI.com’s Stewart Mandel believed Oklahoma State earned the right to play LSU; Mandel’s colleague Joe Posnanski said there’s no right answer (but favored Alabama).
Billionaire oilman and Oklahoma State benefactor T. Boone Pickens threatened to “have an investigation” if the Cowboys weren’t selected.
Bob Costas’ halftime sermon about the evils of showboating. (Here’s a transcript.)
Emma Carmichael and Stefan debate Costas’ argument.
The 49ers’ Dashon Goldson was penalized for excessive celebration on Sunday.
Aldon Smith’s ostentatious non-celebration in the same game.
SportsCenter’s top 10 end-zone celebrations.
Sports Illustrated’s past Sportsman of the Year honorees.
Drew Brees was the 2010 Sportsman.
The SI staff’s “My Sportsman” nomination essays.
This year’s honorees are …
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly slappies:
Mike’s slappy: An apology to fans of the Canadian Football League.
Stefan’s slappy: The world of fantasy curling and curling stats.
Josh’s slappy: Motorola sponsors NFL coaches’ headsets but doesn’t actually manufacture them.
Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo.
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