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March 17 2014 5:55 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Hoisted by Their Own Criteria Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on March Madness, NFL free agency, and Major League Soccer.

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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 discuss the seeding of the NCAA Tournament, the snubs and the questionable inclusions, and the insanely difficult Midwest region. They are also joined by former Green Bay Packers executive Andrew Brandt to analyze the NFL salary cap, the supposed billion dollars in contracts signed in the first week of free agency, and if any of the numbers actually mean anything. Finally, they talk about the start of Major League Soccer’s season, and whether American soccer fans should feel obligated to support the league.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Chivas USA Goats:

Mike’s Goat: Revealing the secret factor that can sink Amazon book reviews.

Stefan’s Goat: Suggesting the best sports words for Hasbro’s contest to put a new word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Josh’s Goat: Considering whether high school basketball should have a shot clock, inspired by the sluggish pace and amazing finish of a Minnesota state semifinal.

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.

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