The Cursingest, Cheatingest Youth Football League in America. (It’s in Texas.)

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Jan. 27 2014 5:32 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Tennis, Tykes, and Tragedy Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the Australian Open, the TV series Friday Night Tykes, and the Grantland story “Dr. V’s Magical Putter.”

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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 are joined by the New York Times’ Ben Rothenberg to discuss the heat, the new stars, the injured backs, and the surprising champions at the 2014 Australian Open. They then review the new TV show Friday Night Tykes, about a terrifyingly competitive youth football league in San Antonio, Texas. Finally, they discuss Caleb Hannan’s story “Dr. V’s Magical Putter,” and the huge backlash against the 8,000-word Grantland article.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Wet Bulb Globe Temperature:

Mike’s wet bulb: On John Moffitt, the former Seahawk, Bronco, and star of The Real Rob Report, who voluntarily walked away from the NFL earlier this season.

Stefan’s wet bulb: Prolific New York Times sportswriter Arthur Daley consistently predicted that Sonny Liston would defeat Muhammad Ali, and called their eventual fight “strange and quite preposterous.”

Josh’s wet bulb: Catching up on Athletes in Action, God’s favorite basketball team.

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, 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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