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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 Novak Djokovic’s marathon win over Rafael Nadal, Victoria Azarenka’s blowout of Maria Sharapova, and other Australian Open doings with Sports Illustrated’s S.L. Price. They also talk about the New York Times’ report on the sexual assault allegation against Yale quarterback (and one-time Rhodes scholarship candidate) Patrick Witt. Finally, they evaluate the HBO documentary Namath: Beaver Falls to Broadway.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
S.L. Price’s 2011 Sports Illustrated profile of Novak Djokovic.
ESPN.com’s Ravi-Ubha says Djokovic’s five-set victory over Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open was the greatest grand slam final ever.
Nadal and Roger Federer crack each other up while filming a commercial.
Victoria Azarenka beat Maria Sharapova to win her first grand slam title.
The New York Times’ Ben Rothenberg on the complaints about Azarenka and Sharapova’s grunting.
Josh’s 2011 Slate story on tennis’ first grunter, Victoria Heinicke.
Richard Pérez-Peña’s New York Times story on Patrick Witt, “At Yale, the Collapse of a Rhodes Scholar Candidacy.”
Pérez-Peña’s follow-up piece.
Witt’s response to the Times piece.
Kathleen Parker’s Washington Post column, “Patrick Witt and the New York Times’ rush to judgment.”
Why didn’t the Yale Daily News cover the story?
Witt’s coach Tom Williams falsely claimed to have been a Rhodes finalist.
Witt reviews New Haven ice cream parlors.
The American Rhodes Scholars-elect for 2012.
HBO’s Namath: Beaver Falls to Broadway.
Joe Posnanski on Namath’s “shockingly bad” statistics.
Jason Lisk of Pro Football Reference argues that Namath is a Hall of Famer.
Namath tells Suzy Kolber he wants to kiss her.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Majolis:
Mike’s Majoli: The horrors of the NHL’s All-Star fantasy draft.
Stefan’s Majoli: Should you root for underdog Crawley Town F.C. in the FA Cup? Probably not.
Josh’s Majoli: The world of fly-fishing mystery novels, including John Galligan’s The Blood Knot.
Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo.
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