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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:
- Auburn defeated Alabama 34–28 on Saturday thanks to an improbable 108-yard field-goal return on the last play of the game.
- Rod Bramblett, the voice of the Auburn Tigers, gave a memorable call.
- SB Nation chronicled the “Internet implosion” spurred by the game’s conclusion.
- Alabama kicker Cade Foster missed three field goals during the game. Fan reaction was swift and brutal.
- CBS’s Jerry Palm projects the possible BCS outcomes after this weekend’s games.
- The NHL introduced new division names for the 2013–2014 season.
- The league signed a $5.2 billion (in Canadian dollars), 12-year agreement with Rogers Communications for its Canadian broadcast rights.
- Greg Wyshynski analyzes the NHL concussion lawsuit on his Puck Daddy blog.
- Former Maple Leafs captain Rick Vaive recently withdrew from the lawsuit.
- Commentators have speculated on the NHL’s probable defense of fighting if/when it becomes an issue in the lawsuit.
- Finland’s amazing Olympic hockey jerseys.
- The Lenny Cooke documentary website gives a schedule of screenings.
- The trailer for Lenny Cooke.
- A few Lenny Cooke highlights from his tenure with the Celtics’ NBA summer league team.
- Harvey Araton’s New York Times piece on Cooke, the “Star-to-Be Who Never Was.”
- Rafe Bartholomew considers the film and details Cooke’s sojourn into the Philippine Basketball Association for Grantland.
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.
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