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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.
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