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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 scintillating, home-court negating first weekend of the NBA playoffs. They are also joined by Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski to discuss all things playoff hockey, including the changes to the postseason format. Finally, they review the ESPN documentary Hillsborough, which chronicles the horrific 1989 stadium disaster that saw 96 people lose their lives.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- The first weekend of the NBA playoffs saw five of eight home teams lose, including three of four on Saturday and another two on Sunday.
- Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri yelled “F--k Brooklyn! to assembled Raptors fans prior to the game on Saturday.
- Zach Lowe of Grantland gave a comprehensive preview of the eight first-round playoff series.
- Greg Wyshynski is the editor of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy blog and co-host of the Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast.
- FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine concluded that which goalie becomes “hot” during the playoffs is largely random.
- On Saturday, 18-year-old Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon made a remarkable move to score the goal of the playoffs so far.
- Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review questions Sidney Crosby’s playoff production, noting “Crosby never has scored in a playoff OT and—get this—has one third-period goal in his past 30 playoff games!”
- USA Hockey is considering instituting a Look-Up Line, which is “essentially a visual warning track, alerting players to their proximity to the unyielding boards.”
- Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook was suspended for three games for a hit to the head on St. Louis captain David Backes.
- Daniel Gordon’s documentary Hillsborough.
- Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl interviewed Gordon.
- Rob Williams of The Independent wrote about the 25th anniversary of the disaster and a new, recently opened inquest into the matter.
- Liverpool supporters sing “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
Hang Up and Listen’s Roman Hamrlíks:
Mike’s Hamrlík: Billy Hamilton and the other worst-hitting base stealers of all time.
Stefan’s Hamrlík: John Tarrant, The Ghost Runner, who responded to being banned from a promising running career by gatecrashing races.
Josh’s Hamrlík: On Gulfstream Park’s “devilish” Rainbow Six wager.
Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Casey Butterly.
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