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April 2 2012 6:20 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Wrestling-Free WWE Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the men’s and women’s NCAA Tournaments, baseball’s opening day, and Wrestlemania XXVIII.

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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 the dominance of Kentucky and Baylor in the men’s and women’s Final Fours and whether Kansas and Notre Dame can knock them off. They also discuss the big storylines at the start of the baseball season, including whether Major League Baseball knows how to start the baseball season. Finally, they’re joined by Grantland’s David Shoemaker, aka the Masked Man, to talk about Wrestlemania XXVIII in Miami and the state of WWE.

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

New York Cosmos star (and Stefan’s childhood hero) Giorgio Chinaglia died over the weekend at age 65.
The documentary about the Cosmos, Once in a Lifetime.
Josh’s Slate piece on Rick Pitino and John Calipari.
Pat Jordan’s profile of Geno Auriemma
for Deadspin.
Even Kansas star Thomas Robinson doesn’t understand how his team won.
Robert Griffin III went to the Final Four
to cheer on Brittney Griner and the Baylor women’s basketball team.
Griner has dunked twice
in the NCAA Tournament.
ESPN.com’s Tim Keown criticizes Major League Baseball’s Japanese openers.
Sports Illustrated
’s Tom Verducci thinks the Japanese series makes a lot of sense.
Baseball Prospectus’ playoff odds
give the Astros a 0.0 percent chance of making the postseason.
The 49-year-old Jamie Moyer earned a spot
in the Colorado Rockies’ rotation.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura has no coaching experience whatsoever.
The archives of David Shoemaker’s “Dead Wrestler of the Week” column for Deadspin.
David’s Grantland column on “the conversation-heavy road to WrestleMania XXVIII.”
Wikipedia’s history of WrestleMania
.
Variety
on the business reasons behind The Rock’s wrestling comeback.
The UFC overtook the WWE in pay-per-view buys
in 2010.
World Wrestling Entertainment re-branded itself as WWE
last year.
Is Brock Lesnar returning to WWE
from mixed-martial arts?
Enjoy the pageantry of WrestleReunion.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Elmer Towns:

Mike’s Elmer: Coca-Cola’s French Quarter sidewalk graffiti drew the ire of New Orleanians.
Stefan’s Elmer: In praise of Frozen Four underdogs Union College and Ferris State. (Here’s Osprey Cam, and here’s information about the Rude Goldberg Machine Competition.)
Josh’s Elmer: A very, very explicit warning to 19th-century baseball players about the dangers of foul language.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo.

You can e-mail us at hangup@slate.com.

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Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic, a regular guest on NPR's All Things Considered, and a panelist on Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen. Email him at sfatsis9@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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.