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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 Franz Lidz to discuss Jason Collins’ decision to come out and how the magazine got the story. Next, they talk about the hugs, hubris, and hyperbole of the 2013 NFL draft and why the event draws so many viewers. Finally, they speak with Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski about what to expect in the NHL playoffs.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- In Sports Illustrated, NBA center Jason Collins tells Franz Lidz why he chose to come out now.
- SI editor Chris Stone explains how Franz Lidz broke the news, and Jon Wertheim tells the story behind the Collins story.
- Collins was Joe Kennedy’s roommate at Stanford.
- Other openly gay athletes include Brittney Griner, Robbie Rogers, and John Amaechi.
- The NHL partnered with the You Can Play project earlier this month.
- Richard Deitsch previewed the NFL draft in Sports Illustrated.
- The draft had 20 million combined viewers on ESPN and NFL Network on Thursday night.
- The Big Lead’s Jason Lisk graded Mel Kiper Jr.’s 2007–09 draft grades.
- A photo of NFL team hats in glass cases.
- Geno Smith was not happy about slipping to the second round.
- Former NFL GM Charley Casserly discussed draft day decision-making with Mike Francesca.
- Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman says “something came through flourition.”
- Patrick Hruby’s Sports on Earth article arguing the draft should be abolished.
- ESPN’s Todd McShay said Buffalo Bills’ third-round pick EJ Manuel had “slow eyes.”
- The New York Jets released Tim Tebow.
- Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski ranked the NHL’s playoff matchups in order of watchability.
- Listen to Monday’s edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski.
- Bill Barnwell’s 2012 Grantland story explaining why it’s tough to bet on the NHL playoffs.
- SB Nation’s Ted Starkey on the Washington Capitals’ turnaround.
- A new study on the effects of concussions on retired NHL players in the Journal of Sports and Exercise Psychology.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Goldweins:
Mike’s Goldwein: Picking on CBS’s Pete Prisco and his 2008 NFL draft grades. Someone needs to hold the pundits accountable.
Stefan’s Goldwein: In light of Abby Wambach’s mismanaged concussion, it’s time for women’s soccer to take a progressive stand on head injuries.
Josh’s Goldwein: After a 15-year hiatus, 53-year-old MMA fighter Fred Ettish made a rousing comeback.
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