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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 Broncos’ conservative play-calling, the Falcons’ near-collapse, and quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s historic rushing day. They are also joined by HarperCollins executive editor David Hirshey to talk about the sports-writing legacy of the late Richard Ben Cramer.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Conservative play-calling may have cost the Broncos in their loss against the Ravens.
- Brian Burke defends Denver coach John Fox in the Slate-Deadspin NFL roundtable.
- In September, Burke wrote that running down the clock is “no longer a winning strategy.”
- A look at all the fourth-quarter kneeldowns in tie games since 2000.
- Stefan’s Slate-Deadspin roundtable story arguing teams should try more 60-plus-yard field goals.
- Ravens kicker Justin Tucker took an illegal practice kick before his 47-yard game-winner.
- Quarterback Colin Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards in the 49ers’ 45-31 win over the Packers.
- Jason Gay recaps the NFL’s exciting weekend in the Wall Street Journal.
- Mike’s NPR piece on Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Richard Ben Cramer, who passed away last week.
- Cramer’s New York Times obituary.
- Cramer’s 1986 Esquire feature, “What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?”
- On the blog Bronx Banter, David Hirshey explains the editing process behind the Williams piece.
- Cramer never finished a planned biography of Alex Rodriguez and was sued by his publisher to recoup the advance.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly “SYPHILITIC SON OF A BITCH!”:
Mike’s SYPHILITIC SON OF A BITCH: A telegraph error (maybe) helped Gavvy Cravath become one of baseball’s premier power hitters in the dead-ball era.
Stefan’s SYPHILITIC SON OF A BITCH: Now that the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame vote is over, it’s time to check out the candidates for the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals.
Josh’s SYPHILITIC SON OF A BITCH: Who has the record for the longest baseball throw ever?
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