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Dec. 2 2013 5:41 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Relearning How to Hit Each Other Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the remarkable Alabama-Auburn game, the NHL’s new TV deal and concussion lawsuit, and fallen hoops prodigy Lenny Cooke.

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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 Auburn’s crazy missed–field goal return for a touchdown to beat Alabama and other happenings in the penultimate college football weekend of the regular season. They are also joined by Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski to assess the first third of the NHL season, a new concussion lawsuit brought against the league by former players, and the consequences of the nearly $5 billion rights deal that the league just signed in Canada. Finally, they discuss the new documentary on Lenny Cooke, the high-school star who was thought to be the equal of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony but never played a minute in the NBA.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Howard Garfinkels:      

Mike’s Garfinkel: Investigating the history of field goals returned for touchdowns in college football.

Stefan’s Garfinkel: Undeterred by looming existential threats, the island nation of Kiribati continues its efforts to become a member of FIFA.

Josh’s Garfinkel: On the Austrian soccer “Wunderteam” of the 1930s, its Jewish star Matthias Sindelar, his refusal to play for Nazi Germany, and his mysterious death.

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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