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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 recap all the craziness of Super Bowl XLVII, including the blackout, the 49ers’ near-comeback, and the Ravens’ intentional safety. They also talk about CBS’s not-so-hard-hitting interviews with Ray Lewis and Roger Goodell. Next, they talk about their favorite schoolyard games, from dodgeball to punch ball, in response to a Wall Street Journal story about a 23-year game of “It” played by grown men.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- The Ravens beat the 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII.
- Josh’s Slate story on all the strange moments in a very strange game.
- A power outage caused a 34-minute delay in the third quarter.
- The blackout exposed the uselessness of NFL broadcasters, writes Drew Magary in Deadspin.
- Baltimore cornerback Jimmy Smith may have gotten away with a holding penalty on the 49ers’ last pass.
- The Ravens took an intentional safety to kill time in the closing seconds.
- Roger Goodell compared football to girls’ soccer in an interview with CBS’s Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation.
- A 2006 meta-analysis of concussions in contact sports in the Journal of Athletic Training.
- A transcript from Roger Goodell’s State of the League news conference.
- Mike’s NPR piece from January on the media’s failure to mention Ray Lewis’ murder case.
- Before the game, Lewis spoke to CBS broadcaster (and former teammate) Shannon Sharpe about the trial.
- Video of Lewis’ postgame interview with Jim Nantz.
- Russell Adams’ Wall Street Journal story about a 23-year game of “It.”
- An intensive discussion of schoolyard games on the Hang Up and Listen Facebook page.
- Harold Seymour wrote about “punch ball” in Baseball: The People’s Game.
- The Wikipedia entry for Children’s Games, a 1560 painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly knucklebones:
Mike’s knucklebones: Myanmar hopes to win the 2013 Southeast Asian Games by eliminating its weakest sports, including baseball and bowling, while adding wushu, bodybuilding, and “traditional boat race.”
Stefan’s knucklebones: Pele’s dramatic retirement puts Ray Lewis’ to shame.
Josh’s knucklebones: Who has the longest football throw in history? Candidates include Vinny Testaverde, Kordell Stewart, and … Terrell Owens?
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