Steve Sabol NFL Films: Hang Up and Listen on pro football’s great mythmaker, Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown chances, and a bizarre cricket scandal.
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Sept. 24 2012 6:44 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Voice of God Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the legacy of NFL Films’ Steve Sabol, Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown chances, and a bizarre cricket scandal.


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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 are joined by Jonathan Hock to discuss NFL Films president Steve Sabol’s role as football’s leading mythmaker. They also discuss Miguel Cabrera’s run at the Triple Crown, Melky Cabrera’s decision to disqualify himself from the batting race, and the Pittsburgh Pirates’ collapse. Lastly, they speak with the Bugle’s Andy Zaltzman about his love of cricket and the bizarre texting saga that has rocked the sport.

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Hang Up and Listen’s weekly silly mid ons (and silly mid offs):

Mike’s silly mid off: The 2012 Houston Astros are bad, but not as bad as the 1899 Cleveland Spiders.

Stefan’s silly mid on: Head to the Jewish Baseball News website to find out which MLB players are Jewish.

Josh’s silly mid on: If you want to be a certified “Captains of Crush Gripper,” like Manfred Hoeberl, follow these seven steps.

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Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic and is a panelist on Hang Up and Listen.

Josh Levin is Slate's executive editor.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.