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Hang Up and Listen: The Huge YAC Man Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on strange World Series conclusions, Calvin Johnson’s brilliance, and the NBA’s statistical revolution.

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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 the strange endings to Games 3 and 4 of the World Series and parse our fixation with second-guessing managers. They also discuss Calvin Johnson’s 329-yard performance against the Cowboys and whether the Lions receiver is the greatest athlete in sports today. Finally, they’re joined by Grantland contributor Kirk Goldsberry to discuss his visualizations of NBA shooting and the state of pro basketball analytics.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Myer "Whitey" Skoogs:

Mike’s Skoog: On Lou Reed’s passing, and his connections to sports.

Stefan’s Skoog: Remembering Carlton Fisk’s role in another controversial World Series interference call, Fisk’s ads for chewing tobacco, and Bobby Murcer’s “hit” single “Skoal Dippin’ Man.”

Josh’s Skoog: Some final thoughts on the BCS computers before they leave us forever.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Casey Butterly.

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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