Is Kevin Love a Great Player or Was He Just Padding His Stats in Minnesota?

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Aug. 25 2014 5:14 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The All’s Fair in Love and WAR Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the value of the NFL preseason, Alex Gordon’s unlikely MVP candidacy, and Kevin Love’s move to Cleveland.

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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 risk and reward of the NFL preseason and whether you should be paying attention. They also talk about unlikely MVP candidate Alex Gordon, whether we can trust defensive metrics, and whether any one statistic can end the debate about who is the best player in baseball. Finally, they speak with ESPN’s Kevin Pelton about the impact of the trade that sent Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers, how Love and LeBron James will change their games to play together, and new tools that may give more insight into players’ defensive value. 

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

Hang Up and Listen’s Butterbeans:

Mike’s Butterbean: Sports sketch comedy on Monday Morning Live.

Stefan’s Butterbean: Fisking FIFA’s profile of Dear Leader Blatter.

Josh’s Butterbean: The most dominant women’s “college” basketball team you’ve never heard of.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talked to Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post about her column on Mo’ne Davis and how the male-dominated sports world discusses women’s sportsSlate 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.

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