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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 losses by college football’s top two teams, Kansas State and Oregon. They also examine the Marlins’ latest fire sale and the evil genius of the team’s owner Jeffrey Loria. Lastly, they debate whether it’s time to outlaw youth tackle football.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Baylor upset Kansas State and Stanford beat Oregon in a wild Saturday night of college football.
- Undefeated Notre Dame stands atop the BCS standings; Alabama moved back to No. 2.
- ESPN’s Jemele Hill argues that college teams should disclose injuries to players like Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein.
- Taylor Branch’s 2011 Atlantic article saying the student-athlete label allows universities to exploit their athletes.
- On SB Nation, Samuel Chi says SEC teams benefitted from favorable scheduling.
- Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel on the flawed BCS ranking system.
- Four-star football recruit Alvin Kamara received 105 letters from the University of Alabama in one day.
- The Miami Marlins traded Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Yunel Escobar and prospects.
- The headline on the team website: “Marlins feel trade will fill several needs.”
- Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal calls the trade “a violation of the public trust.”
- Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is “basically a cartoon villain at this point,” writes
- FanGraphs’ Dave Cameron.
- In Grantland, Jonah Keri writes about the genius of Loria.
- University of Washington professor Ron Kamara examines the effect of new stadiums on attendance.
- Despite their brand new ballpark, the Marlins’ attendance was still mediocre.
- In the Slate-Deadspin NFL roundtable, Stefan argues that kids shouldn’t be allowed to play tackle football and Matt Chaney says the “heads-up” safe-tackling campaign is bogus.
- Concussion expert Robert Cantu says children under 14 shouldn’t play tackle football.
- Riddell sells a $1,000 helmet that’s supposed to “monitor the number and severity of impacts.”
- MomsTeam, “The Trusted Source for Sports Parents,” teamed up with the NFL in October.
- The “Safety For Your Kids” section on NFLEvolution.com.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Billy’s Bunch:
- Mike’s Billy’s Bunch: The University at Albany’s mascot is a Great Dane. It used to be a Penguin named Pierre.
- Stefan’s Billy’s Bunch: The Daily Mail’s Des Kelly wasn’t that impressed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal against England. Piers Morgan was.
- Josh’s Billy’s Bunch: When it comes to winning free food for Chicago fans, Joakim Noah is no Joe Kleine.
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