Slate’s Sports Podcast on the Past, Present, and Future of the Spitball

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May 6 2013 6:21 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Sandpaper, Pine Tar, and Hair Gel Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the NBA playoffs, spitball accusations, and Spelman College dropping out of the NCAA.

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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 discuss the NBA playoffs, including the great coaching of Tom Thibodeau and Mark Jackson, the Oklahoma City Thunder in a post-Russell Westbrook world, and the masterful shooting of Stephen Curry. They also talk about the spitball accusations being thrown at Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz. Finally, they explore Spelman College’s decision to cut all of its sports and whether other schools could follow its lead and abandon the NCAA.

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Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo.

You can e-mail us at hangup@slate.com.

Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic, a regular guest on NPR's All Things Considered, and a panelist on Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen. Email him at sfatsis9@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter.

Josh Levin is Slate's executive editor. You can email him at sportsnut@slate.com, visit his website, and follow him on Twitter.

Mike Pesca is the host of Slate’s upcoming daily podcast. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.