A Close Read of Three of Gary Smith’s Greatest Sports Illustrated Stories

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May 5 2014 5:18 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Red Flags With Character Issues Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the NBA playoffs, NFL draft, and Sports Illustrated’s Gary Smith. 

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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 thrilling first round of the NBA playoffs, with its multitude of seven-game series, upsets, and overtimes. They also talk about the NFL draft, the echo chamber of pre-draft analysis, and the problematic assessment of prospects’ “character issues.” Finally, they consider the illustrious career of Sports Illustrated writer Gary Smith in another installment of the Hang Up and Listen Magazine Club.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s Lil’ Romeos:

Mike’s Lil’ Romeo: Does the Game 7 slogan “win or go home” actually make sense? 

Stefan’s Lil’ Romeo: Talking to Loch Phillips, director of the upcoming 30 for 30 short, Barbosa: The Man Who Made Brazil Cry.

Josh’s Lil’ Romeo: Roller derby stars have started using their real names.

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 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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