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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?
Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo.
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