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April 16 2012 5:51 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Frisbee Fever Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the NHL playoffs, Bobby Petrino’s firing, the end of’s Page 2, and professional Ultimate Frisbee.


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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and guest panelist Tommy Craggs of Deadspin are joined by Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski to talk about the violence in the NHL playoffs and the surprising 3-0 deficits faced by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Vancouver Canucks. They also discuss Bobby Petrino’s sordid dealings and subsequent firing as the football coach at Arkansas and the last days of’s Page 2. Finally, Daniel Lametti comes on the show to assess the debut of the American Ultimate Disc League.

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


Team Fatsis’ results from the 2012 National School Scrabble Championship.
Greg Wyshynski’s hockey podcast, Marek vs. Wyshynski.
The Flyers beat the Penguins 8-4
to go up 3-0 in their first-round series.
The Senators’ Matt Carkner was suspended for just one game
for punching a Rangers player while he was flat on the ice.
Shea Weber’s head slam
of Henrik Zetterberg spawned the “Webering” meme.
Brendan Shanahan’s video reviews
of the NHL’s playoff carnage.
Sidney Crosby on the Flyers
: “I don’t like any guy on their team.”
Mike Milbury apologized for calling Crosby a “punk.”
Bobby Petrino was fired as Arkansas’ football coach
after a motorcycle crash revealed he was having an affair with an athletic department official.
Deadspin’s coverage of “Ozark Chappaquiddick.”
Bobby Petrino’s text messages, including the question, “Can they get content off my text.”
The text messages of ex-Arkansas coach Houston Nutt
were also revealed in a public records request.
Tommy’s story on the emails received by Auburn PR during the Cam Newton scandal.
In answering’s SEC coaches questionnaire
, Petrino did not reveal his favorite music or his favorite restaurant.
Pat Forde’s timeline of Petrino’s less-than-honorable rides on the coaching carousel.
Mike Philbrick
, Kevin Jackson, and Jim Caple remember their days at’s Page 2.
The first Page 2, from Nov. 6, 2000
Hunter S. Thompson’s Page 2 column on Bush v. Gore, Ralph Wiley’s column on Rick Pitino and the Derby Classic, and David Halberstam’s column on Barry Bonds, “the Great Narcissist.”
Tommy’s nominee for the worst piece of sports journalism ever written: Lynn Hoppes on pizza.
Page 2 has been re-branded as Playbook.
Daniel Lametti’s Slate article on the debut of the American Ultimate Disc League.
The AUDL’s website
Brodie Smith’s YouTube trick shots

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly hucks:

Mike’s huck: On the occasion of Magic/Bird’s Broadway debut, imagining a hoops-themed, Oklahoma!-inspired musical.
Tommy’s huck: In 1986, Baseball Digest wrote down baseball’s unwritten rules.
Josh’s huck: Run for Your Lives, a “zombie-infested 5K obstacle course race.”

(Also, check out Deadspin’s video version of Mike’s afterball from last week, “Raise a Pint for the Short, Fat, Drunk, and Dead Darts Legend Jocky Wilson.”)

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Tommy Craggs is the editor-in-chief of Deadspin.

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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