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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and special guest Mike Schur discuss the Aaron Hernandez murder case and the media’s quest to find someone to blame. They also talk about the NBA draft, Doc Rivers’ feud with Bill Simmons, and NBA teams’ quest to become awful. Finally, they celebrate Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig’s historic first month.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Aaron Hernandez has been charged with murder, is suspected of involvement in a double homicide, and is being sued for shooting a man in the face.
- Joan Vennochi of the Boston Globe writes that the Patriots have struggled to uphold the “Patriot Way” since Myra Kraft died in 2011.
- Deadspin’s Tommy Craggs responds to Peter King’s tweets in a post titled “Not Every Dillweed Is a Murderer.”
- Justin Peters of Slate says that Hernandez’s pre-draft “character issues” have no bearing on his murderous behavior.
- Jason Reid’s Washington Post column on John Wall’s tattoos.
- Frank Schwab of Yahoo’s Shutdown Corner blog reports on the 28th and 29th NFL players arrested this offseason.
- Tony Manfred of Business Insider details the first 27 players arrested.
- The Boston Globe on the end of an era as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are traded to the Nets and Doc Rivers goes to the Clippers.
- Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated’s Point Forward blog says the Nets traded for “significant short-term gains.”
- SB Nation’s Tom Ziller says the 76ers are going to be good by first becoming very bad.
- The Big Lead breaks down the Bill Simmons/Doc Rivers feud.
- After Simmons accused Rivers of quitting on the Celtics, Rivers reacted on ESPN, the Dan Patrick Show, and local Boston radio station WEEI.
- Simmons responded to Rivers via Twitter.
- The Rockets are going all out in courting Dwight Howard.
- Gwen Knapp of Sports on Earth writes about the Hollywood-like Yasiel Puig story.
- On SB Nation, Grant Brisbee watches and reports on every Puig hit as of Friday, while Marc Normandin focuses on one “ridiculous” plate appearance.
- In 2005, Jeff Francoeur received similar hype from Sports Illustrated.
- On Saturday, the Royals designated Francoeur for assignment.
- Vin Scully has a hard time believing Puig’s recent grand slam against the Braves.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly grass allergy:
Mike Schur’s grass allergy: You don’t have to be a crotchety old man to appreciate when guys like Chipper Jones stay with one team their whole careers.
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