Black Monday, NFL: Hang Up and Listen on pro football’s record-breaking season, the right and wrong time to fire a coach, and the NHL lockout.

Slate’s Sports Podcast on the NHL’s Fistic Cliff

Slate’s Sports Podcast on the NHL’s Fistic Cliff

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Dec. 31 2012 6:08 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Fistic Cliff Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on pro football’s record-breaking season, Black Monday in the NFL, and whether the NHL will cancel its season.

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim discuss how rookie quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson led their teams to the playoffs and Adrian Peterson came up just short of the single-season rushing record. Next, they talk about the victims of the NFL’s “Black Monday,” Avery Johnson’s firing by the Brooklyn Nets, and the volatility of the coaching profession. Finally, Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski joins to assess whether the NHL’s players and owners can reach a last-minute agreement.

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Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Ratchuks:

Mike’s Ratchuk: ESPN announcer Dave LaMont went overboard with his praise of bowl games during the Independence Bowl, but at least he has a Homer Simpson-themed Twitter account.

Jon’s Ratchuk: All aboard the mediocre, hipster-friendly Brooklyn Nets bandwagon.

Josh’s Ratchuk: Rutgers lost the Russell Athletic Bowl.* They’ll probably end up losing financially as well.

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*Correction, Jan. 6, 2013: This article originally misidentified the Russell Athletic Bowl as the Rutgers Athletic Bowl.