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Hang Up and Listen: The Bullies, Boors, and Bucks Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on NFL bullies and Hulu’s Behind the Mask. Also: Aaron Krickstein discusses his famous match with Jimmy Connors.

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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 locker room bullies in the NFL, and the team’s decision to suspend offensive lineman Richie Incognito. They also review Hulu’s Behind the Mask, a new documentary series on the secret lives of sports mascots. Finally, they’re joined by Aaron Krickstein to discuss ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary This Is What They Want and his legendary match with Jimmy Connors at the 1991 U.S. Open.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Pierre the Pelicans:

Mike’s Pierre: Does connecting Boston’s World Series victory and the Boston Marathon bombings “belittle the importance of what people have been going through in this city”?

Stefan’s Pierre: On the USA’s early success in the World Cup of Rugby and the Wiggles’ support of the Tomahawks’ efforts to “Shock the World.”

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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