Billy Cundiff Explains What It’s Like To Kick a Last-Second Field Goal in the NFL

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Oct. 2 2012 10:40 AM

Hang Up and Listen: The Live From Washington, D.C., Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the rowdy Ryder Cup, geography and sports fandom, and the pressures of kicking in the NFL.

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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 thrilling spectacles in sports, including the pressure-packed Ryder Cup and baseball’s one-game playoffs. They also talk about D.C.’s baseball fever and how fans in different cities root differently. Finally, they are joined by Washington Redskins kicker Billy Cundiff to talk about his game-winning field goal against the Buccaneers and the pressures of kicking in the NFL.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Karlises:

Mike’s Karlis: “Boston Sucks” chants came before “Yankees Suck” chants.

Stefan’s Karlis: Merv Conn, the Washington Senators accordionist, didn’t know a thing about baseball. Hear him sing “Our Washington Senators.”*

Josh’s Karlis: Relief pitcher Terry Forster created a song and music video titled “Fat Is In” after David Letterman called him “a fat tub of goo.”

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Our intern is Eric Goldwein.

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Clarification, Oct. 2, 2012: This post originally stated that accordionist Merv Conn sings "The Washington Senators, will win!," which is a lyric from the song called "Our Washington Senators."

Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic, a regular guest on NPR's All Things Considered, and a panelist on Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen. Email him at sfatsis9@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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.