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June 10 2013 6:53 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Overly Lasered Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the NBA Finals, Major League Baseball’s latest drug scandal, and lasers at live sporting events.

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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 first two games of the NBA Finals, including the media’s “Heat gaze” and Miami’s tendency to ratchet its intensity up and down. They also talk with Sports Illustrated’s Michael McCann about whether Major League Baseball will succeed in suspending Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun, and others who’ve been implicated in the Biogenesis scandal. Finally, they discuss whether laser first-down lines and world-record markers should invade live sports.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Lazar Wolfs:

Mike’s Lazar Wolf: Matt Bonner tells the tale of getting treated by the team dentist for salmonella poisoning while playing in Sicily in 2003.

Stefan’s Lazar Wolf: Les Rohr, the second overall section in 1965’s inaugural MLB draft in 1965, had his career derailed after pitching the final 2.1 innings of the Mets’ 24-inning loss to the Houston Astros.

Josh’s Lazar Wolf: Can Roy Hibbert get his release from the Jamaican basketball team? Alternately, can the Jamaicans use Twitter to recruit Andre Drummond, Ben Gordon, or Ryan Hollins to take his place?

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Our intern is Michael Gerber.

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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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