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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 MLB playoffs, including the controversial infield fly call, Al Alburquerque’s kiss, and the fluky nature of the sudden-death wild-card round. They also talk about four new sports documentaries: The Other Dream Team, Broke, 9.79*, and There’s No Place Like Home.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Video of the controversial infield fly call that helped eliminate the Atlanta Braves.
- Rob Neyer and Harold Reynolds defended the call.
- On insidethebook.com, the writer Tangotiger says the rule is horribly written.
- Before the playoffs, Chipper Jones said a bad call could cost a wild-card team.
- In Slate, Chris Park explains the business rationale for the sudden-death wild-card round.
- Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque kissed the ball before tossing it to first base, and the A’s weren’t happy about it.
- The Other Dream Team, a documentary about basketball in Lithuania.
- The 1992 Lithuanian Olympic team was sponsored by the Grateful Dead.
- The second volume of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series debuted last week with Broke. Here is the rest of the schedule.
- The film 9.79* features interviews with Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis, and the rest of the 100-meter final participants at the 1988 Seoul Games.
- Bill Simmons and Malcolm Gladwell discussed 9.79* on the B.S. Report.
- Broke was inspired by a 2009 Sports Illustrated story written by Pablo S. Torre.
- Ex-Marlin Homer Bush said he was misrepresented in the film.
- SB Nation’s Andrew Sharp wrote a critical review of Broke.
- There’s No Place Like Home follows Josh Swade in his quest to bring James Naismith’s original rules of basketball to Kansas.
- The Kansas City Star interviewed Swade, the film’s co-director.
- The results of the auction of Naismith’s rules.
- Legendary Kansas coach Phog Allen’s papers were donated to the University of Central Missouri.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Teddys:
- Mike’s Teddy: Drew Brees threw a touchdown pass in his 48th consecutive game, surpassing Johnny Unitas. The record once belonged to Cecil Isbell.
- Stefan’s Teddy: French handball has been hit with a match-fixing scandal. $113,400 worth of bets were placed before a game between Montpellier and Cesson-Sevigne—40 times the normal amount.
- Josh’s Teddy: The ring death of Charlie Mohr brought an end to NCAA boxing.
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