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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 talk about the golf world’s overreaction to Tiger Woods’ illegal drop at the Masters. Next, they discuss Kobe Bryant’s torn Achilles tendon and whether the season-ending injury was preventable. Finally, they’re joined by Ralph Branca to talk about playing alongside Jackie Robinson and surrendering the most famous home run in baseball history, 1951’s Shot Heard ‘Round the World.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Adam Scott won the Masters in a sudden-death playoff with Angel Cabrera.
- Tiger Woods was handed a two-shot penalty due to an illegal drop reported by a television viewer.
- Michelle Wie was disqualified from a 2005 tournament because of a reporter whistleblower.
- Viewers frequently report rule infractions at the Masters.
- Josh’s Slate story on golf pedantry.
- Photos suggest Woods might have been the victim of a false confession.
- ESPN’s Bob Harig on the golf honor code.
- USA Today’s Christine Brennan wrote that Woods should disqualify himself.
- Bob Costas bashed CBS’ Masters coverage on The Dan Patrick Show.
- Kobe Bryant’s season is over after he suffered a torn Achilles tendon on Friday.
- Bryant vented on Facebook.
- ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne said the “Lakers are not better without Kobe Bryant” after he sprained his ankle in March.
- A list of the Lakers’ injuries.
- NBA trainer Tim Grover spoke about the Black Mamba’s Jordanesque drive in Sports Illustrated.
- A Kobe Bryant work ethic story, via Reddit.
- Mike and Kevin Pelton explored the relationship between ACL injuries and minutes played in Basketball Prospectus.
- Ralph Branca’s website.
- Branca’s autobiography, A Moment in Time.
- The Jackie Robinson biopic 42 premiered on Friday.
- Joshua Prager’s Wall Street Journal story on the New York Giants’ sign-stealing in the 1951 season.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Flowering Crabapples:
Mike’s Flowering Crabapple: Don’t forget to sign your scorecards.
Stefan’s Flowering Crabapple: Jackie Robinson was not Major League Baseball’s first black player and neither was Moses Fleetwood Walker.
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