NFL, no-huddle offense: Hang Up and Listen on baseball’s postseason narratives, the scheme that’s changing football, and Sports Illustrated’s cover story on Tyrann Mathieu.
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Oct. 22 2012 6:15 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Honey, I Badgered the Kid Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on baseball’s postseason narratives, the rise of the no-huddle offense, and Sports Illustrated’s cover story on Tyrann Mathieu.

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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 talk about the Tigers’ sweep of the Yankees, Cardinals-Giants Game 7, and the narratives associated with postseason baseball. They also discuss the rise of the no-huddle offense in the NFL, and whether it represents a fundamental shift in how football is played. Finally, they examine Sports Illustrated’s cover story on LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu and the role that investigative reporting should play in college athletics.

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Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Papa Grandes:

Mike’s Papa Grande: Southern Mississippi’s Golden Eagle looks a lot like Iowa’s Tiger Hawk. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office thought so, too.

Stefan’s Papa Grande: Central Valley High School’s Austin Rehkow kicked a 67-yard field goal on Thursday, but Ove Johansson still holds the all-time record.

Josh’s Papa Grande: The Baltimore Ravens play competitive cornhole, and Ed Reed wants to win the championship. The team posts cornhole results on Twitter.

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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.

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