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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 NBA officiating, trash talk, medical staff decisions, and other playoffs news. They also talk to documentary filmmaker Jonathan Hock about his new ESPN series, Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil, and the controversy surrounding Jürgen Klinsmann’s decision to leave Landon Donovan off of the World Cup roster. Finally, they examine David Owen’s New Yorker piece on the yips, an affliction that affects golfers, baseball players, and even musicians.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- LeBron James and Chris Bosh led the Heat to a 3–1 advantage in the Eastern Conference finals, and Paul George thought the officials helped.
- Lance Stephenson said that James’ Game 3 trash talk showed weakness.
- LeBron James passed Michael Jordan with his 74th career playoff game with at least 25 points, five rebounds, and five assists.
- Forbes discussed Paul George’s quick return after a concussion, and gathered links, including to FiveThirtyEight’s story.
- Adrian Wojnarowski wrote about Serge Ibaka’s health improvement on Yahoo.
- Stefan wrote about Lance Stephenson in the Atlantic in 2009.
- Stefan wrote on Slate about Jürgen Klinsmann’s relationship with Landon Donovan.
- ESPN talked with Jonathan Hock about his new series, Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil.
- Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl wrote about Klinsmann’s response to questions about his roster management, and his decision to cut Donovan.
- Harrison Stark talked about perceived cliques in his Slate review of the U.S. team’s chances in Brazil.
- Donovan said he deserved to be on the team, and then set the MLS career goal record on Sunday night.
- Michael Bradley and Tim Howard talked about Donovan’s absence.
- The Shin Guardian blog’s excellent commenters took on the U.S. Men’s National Team.
- Read David Owen’s New Yorker piece on the yips.
- In Golf Digest, Owen talks about his article and provides video evidence of the yips at the British Open.
- The Mayo Clinic defined “the yips” and reported that 52 percent of surveyed golfers self-report suffering from the yips.
- Read Sports Illustrated’s 1991 story on the yips in baseball.
- A 1985 Los Angeles Times article includes quotes from Tommy Lasorda about Steve Sax’s throwing woes.
- A 2012 New York Times article describes focal dystonia in musicians.
- It took high-profile snooker and cricket players 10 years to recover from the yips.
- Wikipedia lists high-profile cases of focal dystonia.
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Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Chris Laskowski.
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