Are the St. Louis Cardinals Truly Hateable?

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Oct. 14 2013 5:01 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Cardinals’ Sins Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the hateability of the St. Louis baseball team, the miserable Tampa Bay Bucs, and the quest for World Cup qualification.

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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:

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.

Josh’s coelacanth: What is moundball? And what are the chances that umpire Jim Joyce would toss a moundball perfect game?

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.

Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic, a regular guest on NPR's All Things Considered, and a panelist on Hang Up and Listen

Josh Levin is Slate's executive editor.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

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