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Dec. 16 2013 5:41 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The How Extreme Is Too Extreme Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Mike Shanahan’s benching of Robert Griffin III, Mack Brown’s last days at the University of Texas, and the documentary The Crash Reel.

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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 Mike Shanahan’s benching of Robert Griffin III and the Washington football team’s state of dysfunction. They are also joined by Grantland’s Bryan Curtis to discuss Mack Brown’s departure from the University of Texas, Brown’s legacy, and UT’s chaotic recruitment of Alabama coach Nick Saban. Finally, they review the documentary The Crash Reel, which tells the story of snowboarder Kevin Pearce, and his recovery from the traumatic brain injury he sustained in a 2009 crash.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Lizzy the Boxer:

Mike’s Lizzy the Boxer: Considering the Football Championship Subdivision’s Simple Rating System (SRS).

Stefan’s Lizzy the Boxer: On the elusive etymology of slew-footing,  a hockey violation similar to tripping.

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

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Stefan Fatsis is the author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic and is 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.