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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 talk about Boston’s Big Papi–fueled comeback against Detroit and whether the St. Louis Cardinals have broken into the ranks of hateable teams. They also discuss the misery of the Tampa Bay Bucs, which includes an 0–5 start, a miserable coach, and a MRSA-infected locker room. Finally, soccer writer James Montague joins to discuss small countries hoping to qualify for the World Cup, and former U.S. coach Bob Bradley’s tenure with the Egyptian national team.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- The instantly iconic image of Torii Hunter’s legs in the air after David Ortiz’s game-tying grand slam.
- The Detroit Tigers nearly tossed a combined no-hitter in Game 1 of the ALCS.
- Drew Magary’s Deadspin post on hating the St. Louis Cardinals.
- Will Leitch on the strangeness of the Cardinals assuming the role of bad guys.
- The Wall Street Journal’s Major League Baseball Hateability Index.
- Cardinals supporters enjoy declaring themselves “Baseball’s Best Fans.”
- The Cardinals once employed gritty World Series MVP David Eckstein.
- Deadspin’s Magary does not approve of Bucs coach Greg Schiano.
- Former Bucs tight end Kellen Winslow explains why he didn’t get along with Schiano.
- Stefan’s 2009 Sports Illustrated piece asked, “Why are so many new NFL coaches such boorish tyrants?”
- Josh’s Slate story on the Bucs attacking the Giants’ victory formation.
- The MMQB’s Andrew Brandt has some inside scoop on the Bucs’ implosion and the team’s release of quarterback Josh Freeman.
- The NFLPA believes Greg Schiano leaked information about Freeman’s participation in the league’s substance-abuse program.
- The Bucs have a MRSA problem.
- Deadspin’s explainer on MRSA infections.
- The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons explains how USC football got rid of MRSA.
- Follow James Montague on Twitter.
- James’ books When Friday Comes and Thirty-One Nil.
- Iceland is trying to become the smallest nation to qualify for the World Cup.
- The Football Association of Iceland is not very happy with Aron Jóhannsson, who changed his national team affiliation to the United States.
- James’ article in the New York Times on Egypt coach Bob Bradley.
- Grant Wahl’s Sports Illustrated profile of Bradley.
- More than 70 people were killed at Egypt’s Port Said stadium in February 2012.
- Cape Verde has been disqualified from Africa’s World Cup playoffs, while Ethiopia still has a chance to go to Brazil.
- Wikipedia’s list of the nicknames of national soccer teams.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly coelacanths:
Mike’s coelacanth: A few points regarding the media coverage of the death of Adrian Peterson’s son.
Stefan’s coelacanth: Some additional thoughts on the debate over League of Denial.
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