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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 Broncos’ high-scoring win over the Cowboys, Peyton Manning’s amazing start, and the eternal sadness of Tony Romo. They’re also joined by Steve Fainaru, the co-author of the new book League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth, to discuss that book and the new Frontline documentary of the same name. Finally, they have a lightning round on the baseball playoffs and calls for FIFA to wrest the 2022 World Cup away from Qatar.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Be like Stefan and buy a T-shirt from No Mas.
- The Broncos’ 51-48 win over the Cowboys was the fourth-highest-scoring game in NFL history.
- NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling compares Peyton Manning to Greg Maddux.
- Most writers did not succumb to the siren call of labeling Tony Romo a choker.
- Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats asks when Dallas should have allowed Denver to score.
- Judy Battista’s New York Times story on why Norm Van Brocklin’s single-game passing mark is still in the record books after six decades.
- Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru’s book League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth.
- Excerpts from the book appeared in ESPN the Magazine and Sports Illustrated.
- Frontline’s documentary League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis debuts on Tuesday at 9 p.m. EDT.
- Dr. Elliott Pellman, the former head of the NFL’s Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee, was a rheumatologist who had no background in neuroscience.
- Jane Leavy’s Grantland profile of leading CTE researcher Dr. Ann McKee.
- The NFL paid $765 million to settle a concussion lawsuit brought by former players.
- The New York Times reported that ESPN cut off its partnership with Frontline on account of pressure from the NFL.
- TBS’ baseball playoff coverage includes a whole lot of slow motion.
- The Pirates’ home crowd chanted “Cue-to” at the Reds’ starting pitcher.
- The Guardian’s David Conn explains why FIFA should revote on who will host the 2022 World Cup.
- Many Nepalese workers have died while working on World Cup construction in Qatar.
- Could the Qatar World Cup move from the summer to the winter?
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Col. Zadoks:
Stefan’s Col. Zadok: In 1928, a long, long time before anyone conjured the term “chronic traumatic encephalopathy,” Harrison Martland did a groundbreaking study of “punch drunk” prize fighters.
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