Hang Up and Listen on Whether the Giants’ World Series Win Defies Rational Explanation

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Oct. 29 2012 6:33 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Lab Geek Rats and Pocket Squares Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the San Francisco Giants’ World Series sweep and the start of the NBA season.

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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 San Francisco Giants’ World Series sweep and whether the Detroit Tigers were affected by their long layoff. They’re then joined by Kevin Pelton, co-author of Pro Basketball Prospectus 2012-13, to discuss the Thunder’s decision to trade James Harden and his projections for the upcoming NBA season.

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Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Frankenballs:

Mike’s Frankenball: The greatness of the 1919 Centre Praying Colonels football team.

Stefan’s Frankenball: Lucky’s Amazing Sports Lists, maintained by Paul S. Luchter.

Josh’s Frankenball: Baseball players (and umpires) who wear cabbage leaves under their caps to keep cool. The practice was banned in the Korean Baseball Association.

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

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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 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.

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