NBA playoffs 2012: Hang Up and Listen on Derrick Rose’s torn ACL, Bryce Harper’s MLB debut, and Barcelona’s Champions Leaguer ouster.
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April 30 2012 6:49 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Kissing the Pitcher Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Derrick Rose’s torn ACL, Bryce Harper’s major-league debut, and Barcelona’s Champions Leaguer ouster.


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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 talk about Derrick Rose’s torn ACL, LeBron James’ image makeover, and other happenings at the start of the NBA playoffs. They also discuss the major-league debut of Washington Nationals wunderkind-slash-super-villain Bryce Harper. And Franklin Foer joins the show to ruminate on Barcelona’s ouster from the Champions League as well as the Premier League showdown between Manchester United and Manchester City.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly derbys:

Mike’s derby: Hofstra University’s Mets convention, featuring such presentations as “How Should the Mets of the Late 1980s Be Remembered?”

Stefan’s derby: The Federation Internationale de Volleyball’s new uniform rules for women’s beach volleyball. (Here’s Debbie Schlussel’s post arguing that “the Munich Olympic massacre worked.”)

Josh’s derby: Justin Bethel’s 60-inch box jump, Steve Langton’s 62-inch box jump, and tales of box jumps gone horribly wrong.

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Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic and is 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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