Hang Up and Listen: The LeBron vs. the Durantula Edition
Slate’s sports podcast on Heat-Thunder, Nadal-Djokovic, and the horrendous Pacquiao-Bradley decision.
Posted Monday, June 11, 2012, at 7:09 PM
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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 how the Heat and the Thunder got past the Celtics and the Spurs and the LeBron James / Kevin Durant match-up in the NBA Finals. They’re also joined by Sports Illustrated’s S.L. Price to talk about Rafael Nadal’s record-setting seventh French Open title and Novak Djokovic’s failed attempt to win four grand slams in a row. Finally, they dissect the horrible decision in Saturday night’s boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Josh’s Slate piece on how the media treated LeBron James during the Heat-Celtics series.
- After Game 5, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski wrote that the “LeBron James experiment teeters on collapse.” Four days later, Wojnarowski wrote, “LeBron James heads to NBA Finals playing best basketball of his life.”
- Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic to win his seventh French Open.
- The Nadal-Djokovic rivalry.
- French Open umpires check marks on the red clay rather than rely on modern technology.
- Maria Sharapova won the French for her fourth career grand slam title.
- Trevor Pryce’s New York Times story on Francis Tiafoe, America’s top 14-year-old tennis player.
- Jon Wertheim tries to temper his enthusiasm about 19-year-old American Sloane Stephens.
- The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay on Brian Baker.
- HBO’s Max Kellerman interviews Timothy Bradley in the ring after his win over Manny Pacquiao.
- The judges defend their scorecards.
- Forty-nine of 52 media members scored the fight for Pacquiao over Bradley.
- A collection of media outrage over the outcome.
- Eric Raskin re-scores the fight for HBO and can’t understand the case that Bradley won.
- The Nevada State Athletic Commission says it will not review the judging.
- Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole says the bad decision isn’t bad for boxing.
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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." You can email him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter.
Mike Pesca is a correspondent for National Public Radio who covers mostly sports.