Did Anyone Seriously Criticize LeBron James for Cramping Up in the NBA Finals?

Slate's sports podcast.
June 9 2014 5:10 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Boring Plus Time Equals Consistency Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the NBA Finals, California Chrome’s Triple Crown bid, and Delonte West.

111003_HUAL_illo

Listen to Hang Up and Listen with Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:

Become a fan of Hang Up and Listen on Facebook here:

Advertisement

This episode is brought to you by Squarespace, the fast and easy way to create and manage a high-quality website or blog. Create a website that's uniquely you, all in the design and colors of your choice. For a free trial, go to Squarespace.com/hangup.

In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the media’s reactions to LeBron James’s cramps and the Spurs’ place in the NBA’s narrative. They look at California Chrome’s failed attempt to win the Triple Crown and his owner’s claim that the horse was defeated by cheaters and cowards. Finally, they talk to Slate’s David Haglund about his recent profile of Delonte West and whether the sports world’s stigma against mental illness is keeping him out of the NBA.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Eddie Mabos:

Mike’s Eddie Mabo: A vexillological analysis of the World Cup groups.

Stefan’s Eddie Mabo: Remembering Bob Millar, coach of the 1930 U.S World Cup team, the Shot-Putters.

Josh’s Eddie Mabo: What do Mike Tyson and the NFL have to do with one of the biggest upsets in tennis history?

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Novak Djokovic–Rafael Nadal rivalry, clay courts, and the dearth of female coaches in sports. Slate Plus members get an ad-free version of this podcast with bonus segments. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Chris Laskowski.

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.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

The Democrats’ War at Home

How can the president’s party defend itself from the president’s foreign policy blunders?

Congress’ Public Shaming of the Secret Service Was Political Grandstanding at Its Best

Michigan’s Tradition of Football “Toughness” Needs to Go—Starting With Coach Hoke

Windows 8 Was So Bad That Microsoft Will Skip Straight to Windows 10

A Plentiful, Renewable Resource That America Keeps Overlooking

Animal manure.

Politics

Cringing. Ducking. Mumbling.

How GOP candidates react whenever someone brings up reproductive rights or gay marriage.

Building a Better Workplace

You Deserve a Pre-cation

The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.

The Ludicrous Claims Women Are Pitched at “Egg Freezing Parties”

Piper Kerman on Why She Dressed Like a Hitchcock Heroine for Her Prison Sentencing

Behold
Oct. 1 2014 11:48 AM An Up-Close Look at the U.S.–Mexico Border
  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 1 2014 12:20 PM Don’t Expect Hong Kong’s Protests to Spread to the Mainland
  Business
Business Insider
Oct. 1 2014 12:21 PM How One Entrepreneur Is Transforming Blood Testing
  Life
Outward
Oct. 1 2014 11:59 AM Ask a Homo: A Lesbian PDA FAQ
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 30 2014 12:34 PM Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 10:54 AM “I Need a Pair of Pants That Won’t Bore Me to Death” Troy Patterson talks about looking sharp, flat-top fades, and being Slate’s Gentleman Scholar.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 12:26 PM Where Do I Start With Leonard Cohen?
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 11:48 AM Watch a Crowd Go Wild When Steve Jobs Moves a Laptop in This 1999 Demonstration of WiFi
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 1 2014 12:01 PM Rocky Snow
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 30 2014 5:54 PM Goodbye, Tough Guy It’s time for Michigan to fire its toughness-obsessed coach, Brady Hoke.