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In this week’s special live edition of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the New York Giants’ surprising playoff run, Tim Tebow’s dreadful game against the Patriots, and the way football announcers talk about concussions. They’re also joined by special guest Nate Silver to talk about his transition from analyzing sports to scrutinizing elections. Finally, they talk about our perception of coaches, and whether they receive too much credit or too little.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
Daniel Engber’s Slate/Deadspin NFL roundtable entry on theories for the New York Giants’ turnaround.
Dan Wetzel’s Yahoo column, “Coughlin’s confidence inspired Giants turnaround.”
The AP’s sassy story on John Elway’s vote of confidence for Tim Tebow.
Josh’s Slate dialogue entry on the Fox announcers’ nonreaction to Donte Whitner’s helmet-to-helmet hit on Pierre Thomas.
The NFL is pondering whether to give some referees full-time positions.
The league’s nonsensical explanation for Greg Jennings’ supposed nonfumble in the Packers-Giants game.
Nate Silver’s blog FiveThirtyEight.
Nate’s baseball player projection system, PECOTA.
Nate’s “Secret Sauce” formula to determine which baseball players have the best chance to succeed in the playoffs.
Nate’s New York Times Magazine story on Obama’s re-election prospects.
Nate’s story “How to Beat the Salad Bar.”
Nate’s ranking of the most livable neighborhoods in New York.
The book Coach by Steve McKee.
Thomas Lake’s Sports Illustrated profile of Michael Jordan’s high-school coach.
Sally Jenkins’ interview with Joe Paterno.
John Wooden’s lesson on shoes and socks.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly sun-dried tomatoes:
Mike’s sun-dried tomato: The philosophical question of our age: What’s a baseball oddity and what’s a blooper?
Stefan’s sun-dried tomato: In search of Bible verses with numerological connections to great sports performances.
Josh’s sun-dried tomato: Tips on how to become a great long snapper from long-snapping evangelist Chris Rubio. (Here are the videos of long snappers James Robinson and Zach Hirth. The New York Daily News also tracked down the Giants’ snapping scapegoat Trey Junkin.)
Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo.
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