Slate’s Sports Podcast on the NFL Playoffs, High-Scoring College Bowl Games, and the Winter Classic

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Jan. 3 2012 7:20 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The New Year’s on Ice Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the NFL’s flops and successes, high-scoring college football bowls, and the NHL’s Winter Classic.


Hang Up and Listen is doing a live show in New York on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at City Winery. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 the day of the show.

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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 Jets’ woes, the Colts’ firing of the Polians, and the outlook for the NFL’s 12 playoff teams. They also talk about whether the thrill is gone from high-scoring college football bowl games. Finally, Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski joins the show to assess the 2012 Winter Classic and the state of head injuries in the NHL.

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

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan says he didn’t have the “pulse” of his team.
Jets captain Santonio Holmes is alleged to have quit on the team.
In November, Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders argued that Mark Sanchez isn’t as bad as his detractors think.
Sanchez in GQ
The Indianapolis Colts fired vice chairman Bill Polian
and his son, general manager Chris Polian.
The Colts’ string of good draft picks has stopped in recent years.
In Slate, Jeremy Stahl notes that the AFC has been dominated by the Colts, Patriots, and Steelers for the past decade.
Baylor beat Washington 67-56
in the Alamo Bowl.
Awful Announcing collects the complaints about Matt Millen’s Fiesta Bowl announcing.
Smart Football’s Chris Brown explicates the Oklahoma State offense.
Stanford’s Jordan Williamson missed three field goals
in the Cardinal’s overtime loss to Oklahoma State.
The Rangers beat the Flyers 3-2
to win the NHL’s 2012 Winter Classic.
Greg Wyshynski’s post-game Puck Daddy post, in which Rangers coach John Tortorella says “the game was refereed horribly.
HBO’s 24/7 Flyers/Rangers.
Greg’s hockey podcast, Marek vs. Wyshynski.
Greg on Marc Staal, the Winter Classic’s “feel-good concussion story.
Greg’s proposal to add an outdoor game featuring the previous year’s Stanley Cup finalists.
Sidney Crosby is out again
after a recurrence of concussion-like symptoms.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Bryzgalovs:

Mike’s Bryzgalov: The 1961 Houston Oilers, coached by the much-hated, drinking-glass ordering Lou Rymkus and the more-successful, less-loathed Wally Lemm.

Stefan’s Bryzgalov: The NBC Sports Network documentary Cold War on Ice on the 1972 hockey series between Canada and the USSR. (Here are the calls of the Game 8-winning goal by Foster Hewitt and Bob Cole.)

Josh’s Bryzgalov: Dave McKenna’s farewell to Washington City Paper and his columns about one-armed D.C. sports legend Gary Mays.

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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