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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 final week of the Olympics, including Usain Bolt’s place in sports history, the way we talk about female Olympians, and ESPN taking a back seat to NBC. They also talk about the four-team trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Lakers, and whether the new superteams are bad for the NBA.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- What’s next for six-time gold medalist Usain Bolt?
- IOC President Jacques Rogge said it’s too early to call Bolt a legend, and then he backtracks.
- Stefan recaps the U.S. women’s soccer team’s gold-medal run and ponders the sport’s professional future.
- Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post calls Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd, et al. “fabulous drama queens.”
- Slate’s Katy Waldman asks how American swimmers Missy Franklin and Allison Schmitt got so “gash-darned nice.”
- With NBC controlling Olympic television rights, ESPN took a backseat.
- On Slate, Josh compares this year’s Dream Team to the original and concludes that the competition in 2012 is tougher than ever.
- American sprinter Manteo Mitchell ran half of his 4-by-400-meter leg with a broken leg.
- Kenya’s David Rudisha breaks the world record in the 800-meter.
- Scott Van Pelt replaces Stefan as the mainstream media Handball King.
- This sculpture of 15 silver penises is called The Icelandic National Handball Team.
- Many of the records set in London may be a result of performance-enhancing facilities.
- The Lakers got Dwight Howard in a four-team deal with the Magic, Sixers, and Nuggets.
- Bill Simmons discusses the winners and losers of the Howard trade.
- The NBA’s rich are still getting richer despite the new CBA, writes Deadspin’s Tom Ley.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Barjaktarovićs:
- Mike’s Barjaktarović: John Amaechi’s basketball broadcasting, the BBC’s Friday Night Comedy, and Usain Bolt’s battle with London Games officials for the record-setting baton from the 4-by-100-meter relay.
- Josh’s Barjaktarović: Terrell Davis, Joe Horn, and Andre Reed each have their own unique brand of barbecue sauce.
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