Slate’s Sports Podcast on the Simultaneous Greatness and Terribleness of the NBA Finals

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June 17 2013 6:05 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Derecho Finals Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the close-but-lopsided NBA Finals, the overtime-laden Stanley Cup Finals, and the U.S. Open at tiny Merion Golf Club.

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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 high quality of the NBA Finals games despite the lopsided final scores. They also talk with Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski about the terrific endings from the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals and Doc Emrick’s fantastic announcing. Finally, they break down the U.S. Open, where players struggled and the USGA sacrificed revenue to hold the event at the tiny Merion Golf Club.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly fescue:

Mike’s fescue: More from the Tales of Matt Bonner vault. This time Bonner discovers his doctor is a dentist.

Josh’s fescue: Tahiti beat New Caledonia to win the 2012 Oceania Nations Cup. Now the team of amateurs—including PE teachers and a “climber”—plays on its biggest stage yet, the Confederations Cup.

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, a regular guest on NPR's All Things Considered, and 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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