Super Bowl blackout: Hang Up and Listen on the Ravens’ Super Bowl win, CBS’s coverage of the power outage, and our favorite schoolyard games.
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Feb. 4 2013 6:09 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Twirling a Hat on a Stick Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the Ravens’ Super Bowl win, CBS’s coverage of the blackout, and our favorite schoolyard games.

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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:


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?

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Our intern is Eric Goldwein.

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Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic and is a panelist on Hang Up and Listen.

Josh Levin is Slate's executive editor.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

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