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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.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Steve Sabol was a “football-loving artist,” writes Michael Oriard in Slate.
- Listen to Mike and Ron Jaworski discuss Sabol’s legacy on “To the Point.”
- Jonathan Hock’s bio.
- Rich Cohen recently profiled the Sabol family in the Atlantic.
- A 1985 NFL Films titled called “Crunch Course” captured football’s violent nature.
- Sabol wrote the poem “The Autumn Wind,” which became the Raiders’ unofficial anthem.
- The NFL lost its greatest storyteller, writes Mitchell Nathanson in The Classical.
- The sabermetric world believes that Mike Trout should win the AL MVP.
- Miguel Cabrera is putting up the same numbers he did in 2010, says FanGraphs’ Dave Cameron.
- Suspended Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera removed himself from consideration for the NL batting title.
- FanGraphs’ Alex Remington explains why the Pirates always finish poorly.
- Andy Zaltzman’s comedy podcast the Bugle.
- Andy’s ESPN cricket blog, the Confectionary Stall, his cricket-heavy Twitter account, and his cricket podcast.
- England’s Kevin Pietersen sent text messages to members of the rival South African team in the middle of a “test.”
- The story behind the fake Pietersen Twitter account.
- England beat Afghanistan by 116 runs but lost to India by 90 in the ICC World Twenty20 championship.
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.
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