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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 opening weekend of March Madness: the upsets, the non-upsets, the crying, and the Ohio band. Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim also joins to talk about women’s hoops star Elena Delle Donne’s path from high school stardom to the University of Delaware. And Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski comes on the show to parse Sidney Crosby’s treatment upon his return to the ice and other NHL matters.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
Stefan's D.C. School Scrabble tournament.
The great Ohio University marching band.
Memphis’ Will Barton breaks down after the Tigers’ loss to St. Louis.
Norfolk State’s win over Missouri was the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history.
Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum was overlooked coming out of high school.
Elena Delle Donne scored 39 points in Delaware’s first-round NCAA tournament win.
Jon Wertheim’s Sports Illustrated profile of Delle Donne.
ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” on Delle Donne’s relationship with her disabled older sister.
Commenters on the Hartford Courant website still hold a grudge about Delle Donne’s decision to leave UConn for Delaware.
Greg Wyshynski’s hockey podcast, Marek vs. Wyshynski.
Puck Daddy’s Sean Leahy on Sidney Crosby’s return to the ice.
The National Post’s Bruce Arthur asks, “Is Sidney Crosby being treated with deference?”
The Tampa Bay Lightning’s great Steven Stamkos is not yet as famous as Crosby or Alex Ovechkin.
The NHL’s proposed ringette line, inspired by the little-known game of ringette.
Greg on Patrick Burke’s “You Can Play” campaign.
Greg on a lesbian couple’s engagement during a Senators-Maple Leafs game.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Port Ruppert Mundys:
Mike’s Mundy: The fascinating story of anxiety-ridden Iowa State star Royce White.
Stefan’s Mundy: In honor of the Name of the Year finals, who has the name of the year in the NCAA Tournament?
Josh’s Mundy: The unvetted tweets in the Coke Zero NCAA March Madness Social Arena.
Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo.
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