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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and the Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg discuss the everyman appeal of Phil Mickelson and his unabashed pride after winning the British Open. They also talk with Matthew Beaudin of VeloNews about Chris Froome’s Tour de France victory and whether it’s fair to speculate about the possibility that he’s doping. Finally, they consider the mounting criticism of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, and the growing spectacle of the SEC football offseason.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Dan Steinberg’s D.C. Sports Bog.
- Phil Mickelson won the 2013 British Open.
- Is Mickelson’s final round at Muirfield one of the best in major history?
- Time’s Sean Gregory writes about Mickelson’s popularity and his everyman appeal.
- In 2007, the Washington Post’s Eli Saslow wrote about his love of Mickelson.
- After tying for second at the U.S. Open last month, Mickelson went zip-lining in Montana.
- Tiger Woods says he had a “hard time adjusting to the speeds” on Sunday.
- Ian O’Connor of ESPN.com writes that Woods’ problem “is with his mind and not his game.”
- Chris Froome won the 2013 Tour de France.
- Matthew Beaudin writes for VeloNews that Froome may have actually been inspired by the non-stop doping questions.
- Andrew Hood of VeloNews asks “is Chris Froome just too good to be true?”
- Physiologist Ross Tucker believes he can tell which riders are doping by using basic physics.
- In Outside, Michael Puchowicz finds that Froome’s performance measures up to the greats of the doping era.
- Garmin-Sharp CEO Jonathan Vaughters says we’ll have to wait 10 years to know for sure if Froome’s performance was clean.
- Chris Mortensen reports that Johnny Manziel was sent home from the Manning Passing Academy after missing scheduled appearances due to illness.
- RumorsandRants.com says they have a source that claims Manziel was seen on Bourbon Street at 4 a.m.
- Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports has another source, however, that says Manziel never left Thibodaux.
- Paul Finebaum says he was “bothered” by Manziel after listening to his explanation.
- Deadspin’s Drew Magary says America is ruining its quarterbacks.
- Is there more news about SEC this offseason because ESPN has a new agreement with the league that runs through 2034?
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly flying bags of urine:
- Mike’s flying bag of urine: Chris O’Leary popularized the idea that the “inverted W” throwing motion causes injures for pitchers. If it were up to O’Leary, it would be called “the M.”
- Dan’s flying bag of urine: How can anyone possibly root for the U.S. men’s soccer team to beat a country like El Salvador?
- Josh’s flying bag of urine: In praise of Allan Roth, the first full-time statistician for a major-league baseball team.
Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Our intern is Michael Gerber.
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