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April 7 2014 5:58 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Mr. Monopoly Was a Hipster Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the Final Four, the Premier League's relegation system, and Monopoly's new rules.

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In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Mike Pesca, and Mary Pilon preview the analytics-defying NCAA men's basketball final between Connecticut and Kentucky and the preordained women's final between Connecticut and Notre Dame. They are then joined by sportswriter and Fulham FC diehard Andy Glockner to discuss what it's like to root for a team facing relegation from the world's top soccer league. Finally, they talk about Monopoly and Hasbro Inc.'s upcoming inclusion of "house rules" in the century-old board game.

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

Hang Up and Listen's weekly Sir Craven of Cottage:

Mary's Sir Craven of Cottage: Considering Risk, the game of world conquest, and its versatile inventor, filmmaker Albert Lamorisse, who directed The Red Balloon.

Mike's Sir Craven of Cottage: Decrying the euphemisms sports teams use to avoid referring to injuries of the gluteal muscles.

Stefan's Sir Craven of Cottage: Remembering sportswriter and editor Steve McKee, author of My Father's Heart and The Call of the Game, who died last week.

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 Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen. Email him at sfatsis9@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter.

Mary Pilon is a sports reporter for the New York Times. Her book, The Monopolists, will be published in 2015. Follow her on Twitter. 

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.