Hang Up and Listen: The Near-Death Penalty Edition
Slate’s sports podcast on the NCAA’s punishment of Penn State, Adam Scott’s British Open collapse, and the dawn of the London Olympics.
Posted Monday, July 23, 2012, at 5:25 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 discuss the NCAA penalties against Penn State, including a $60 million fine and a four-year postseason ban. They also talk about Adam Scott’s collapse at golf’s British Open and the rise of the long putter. And with the Olympics just a few days away, they preview the 2012 London Games: the opening ceremony, the politics, the best events for poor countries to invest in, and the prospects for USA basketball.
- Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- The NCAA fined Penn State $60 million and banned the Nittany Lions from postseason play for four years
- Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel on NCAA President Mark Emmert’s “swift, bold action.”
- Dave Zirin is not a fan of the NCAA’s actions against Penn State.
- Ernie Els won the British Open after Adam Scott bogeyed the last four holes.
- ESPN announcer Paul Azinger screwed up the rules on a Tiger Woods bunker shot.
- Golf’s powers that be are talking about whether to ban long putters.
- Long putters don’t really improve your performance on the greens.
- In his “Moneygolf” series on Slate, Michael Agger explained that Ernie Els is a really, really bad putter.
- The opening ceremony for the London Games will feature sheep, chickens, and British humor.
- Brits are complaining about the Olympics.
- The New York Times’ Nate Silver plays Medalball: Which sports offer small, poor countries the best chance to win gold?
- The IOC won’t have a moment of silence for the Israeli athletes who were killed at the 1972 Munich Games, but Bob Costas will.
- The U.S. men’s basketball team beat Argentina by just six points in an Olympic tuneup.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Glastonbury Tors:
- Mike’s Glastonbury Tor: Strange moments in the history of NCAA infractions: Morehouse College’s soccer program got the death penalty in 2003.
- Stefan’s Glastonbury Tor: The latest on team handball, including Team USA’s woes and Iceland’s funding problems. (Here’s Stefan’s conversation with Team Handball News’ John Ryan.)
- Josh’s Glastonbury Tor: Will the Lingerie Football League take off in Canada?
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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.