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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 are joined by Sports Illustrated’s Melissa Segura to discuss Danica Patrick, Ronda Rousey, and a historic weekend for women in sports. They also talk with Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski about the Chicago Blackhawks’ hot start, whether the NHL will create a coach’s challenge system, and the rise of Kevlar socks. Finally, on the occasion of the worst free throw of all time, they create a taxonomy of sports bloopers.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Danica Patrick became the first woman to lead a lap at the Daytona 500.
- In the Atlantic, Hampton Stevens calls Patrick “the most important female athlete on the planet.”
- Ronda Rousey defeated Liz Carmouche in the first women’s fight in UFC history.
- Melissa Segura’s Sports Illustrated story on Rousey’s rise to MMA stardom.
- Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel called the fight a “groundbreaking moment” for female athletes.
- Rousey said she loves being naked.
- In January, Rousey tweeted a “Sandy Hook Truther” video.
- Tomas Rios’ Deadspin article on the UFC’s failure to promote its women.
- The Chicago Blackhawks are 15-0-3 after their 1-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
- The NHL may be adding a challenge system.
- Ryan Lambert’s Puck Daddy article on the lack of equipment rules in pro hockey.
- Mike Eruzione’s “Miracle On Ice” jersey sold for $657,250.
- Listen to Monday’s edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski.
- Deadspin breaks down the worst free throw ever.
- Mike talked about the misfired foul shot on NPR.
- More adventures at the foul line: Brady Morningstar, Chuck Hayes, and Brian Okam.
- Rodney McCray’s painful crash into the outfield wall in a 1991 minor league game.
- Jack McCallum’s 1991 Sports Illustrated article on “blooper oversaturation.”
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly afterbutts:
Mike’s afterbutt: A new gizmo lets NASCAR fans customize their experience at the track. It’s time to bring this technology to football.
Josh’s afterbutt: Robert Driscoll started the fire that (indirectly) kept baseball in Seattle.
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