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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 closing stretch of the baseball season, including the playoff races, the A’s sewage problems, and the Dodgers’ pool-focused celebration. They also talk about the strange, alarming, amusing America’s Cup, a best-of-17 sail-off between Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA. Finally, they’re joined by Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association, to talk about his group’s “All Players United” campaign and the first stirrings of college athlete activism.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Baseball Prospectus’ playoff odds report.
- Fangraphs’ Dave Cameron explains how the 2013 Oakland A’s are different from Billy Beane’s early-2000s Moneyball teams.
- A rundown of the Oakland A’s sewage problems.
- Josh does not like new baseball stadiums.
- The Diamondbacks are mad that the Dodgers celebrated their division title by jumping in Arizona’s outfield pool.
- The Minnesota Twins gave Mariano Rivera a rocking chair made of broken bats. The Yankees also gave Rivera a rocking chair.
- Arizona Sen. John McCain called the celebration a “no-class act.”
- Our sailing expert Tim Zimmerman is a correspondent for Outside and the author of The Race: Extreme Sailing and Its Ultimate Event.
- Some America’s Cup highlights.
- The New York Times’ Christopher Clarey documents Oracle Team USA’s big comeback.
- Katie Baker’s dispatch from the America’s Cup for Grantland.
- There have been many delays on account of too much wind and too little wind.
- The America’s Cup cheating scandal, explained.
- Back in May, we discussed the death of sailor Andrew Simpson with author Bruce Knecht.
- ESPN.com’s story on college football players marking up their gear with the letters “APU.”
- The National College Players Association’s All Players United campaign and its mission and goals.
- The website for the National College Players Association.
- NCPA president Ramogi Huma’s biography.
- USA Today’s Dan Wolken wrote that the APU protest was “more murky than meaningful.”
- The Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins on the corrupt fiction of college sports.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly daggerboards:
Stefan’s daggerboard: Should Tottenham fans stop chanting the word yid?
Josh’s daggerboard: Send a letter to your favorite team and they may just send you a free “fan pack” in return.
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