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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 Lance Armstrong’s decision not to fight the doping charges against him and USADA’s move to strip him of his seven Tour de France titles. They also discuss the Red Sox sending $262.5 million worth of contracts to the Dodgers and what the trade means for the future of both franchises. Finally, they talk about whether the criticism of Joe Posnanski’s Joe Paterno biography is warranted.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- In the Washington Post, Mike Wise says Lance Armstrong’s accusers have been vindicated.
- In Slate, Josh argues that Armstrong will maintain “a pocket of true believers.”
- Here’s a chart showing Tour de France dopers over the last 15 years.
- The Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins writes about USADA’s hypocrisy.
- Cyclist Jonathan Vaughters’ New York Times op-ed on why he chose to dope.
- A raid against Armstrong’s team was called off in 2005, according to a French lawyer.
- Was Lance tipped off about doping tests?
- Buzz Bissinger still believes in Lance Armstrong.
- The Dodgers acquired Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Josh Beckett from the Boston Red Sox.
- Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal explains why the Dodgers made the deal.
- The Red Sox are in rebuild mode.
- Grantland’s Jay Caspian King asks why fans care about the fiscal health of billion-dollar corporations.
- In Slate, Stefan says Joe Paterno and Joe Posnanski both come off badly in Paterno.
- Stefan talks about Paterno and Posnanski on Jason Whitlock’s podcast.
- Whitlock says Paterno “reveals far more about the biographer than the subject.”
- The Wall Street Journal’s Tim Marchman says the book is “intentionally or not, a devastating blow to Paterno's legacy.”
- Posnanski discusses Paterno in a Q&A with GQ.
- Posnanski wrote in November that he planned to donate a portion of his proceeds from Paterno “to the charity of Joe’s choice.”
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Zubeldias:
- Mike’s Zubeldia: The sad story of sprinter Mark Jelks, who was suspended for two years by USADA after missing a drug test and failing to report his location.
- Stefan’s Zubeldia: Choppy Warburton and his little black bottle—proof that cycling was dirty even in the 19th century.
- Josh’s Zubeldia: If you want to watch Brad Eldred and the Hiroshima Carp, tune in to ONE World Sports. (You can also check out Judge “Extreme Akim” on Eye for an Eye on America One.)
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