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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.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- The Tigers-Yankees series confirmed and contradicted several playoff clichés, writes Jeff Sullivan on FanGraphs.
- ESPN’s Jayson Stark writes about the “improbable saga of Ryan Vogelsong.”
- Jeff Passan says the Cardinals and Giants have a “Darwinian survival instinct.”
- The Boston Globe’s Greg A. Bedard on the Patriots’ “one-word no-huddle” offense, which was inspired by Oregon coach Chip Kelly.
- Jets linebacker Calvin Pace says New England’s offense is “borderline illegal,” and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman calls it a gimmick.
- The no-huddle attack is gaining popularity in the NFL, writes Kevin Clark in the Wall Street Journal.
- Alabama coach Nick Saban complains about the quick-strike quack attack; the Oregonian’s John Canzano responds.
- This week’s Sports Illustrated features an investigative report on suspended LSU star Tyrann Mathieu, written by Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans.
- Thamel and Richard Deitsch discuss the cover story in a Sports Illustrated podcast.
- Clay Travis questions the story’s timing and relevance on Outkick the Coverage.
- Stefan’s 2005 Wall Street Journal story on Sports Illustrated’s controversial Mike Price piece.
- Deadspin’s Tommy Craggs wrote about the media’s “NCAA scandal cops” in March.
- Taylor Branch’s Atlantic cover story on the broken structure of college sports.
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