Bushwacker retires: Hang Up and Listen on the World Series, the University of North Carolina academic scandal, and the greatest bull ever.

Let Us Celebrate Bushwacker, the Greatest Bull in History

Let Us Celebrate Bushwacker, the Greatest Bull in History

Slate's sports podcast.
Oct. 27 2014 5:16 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Greatest Bull in History Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the World Series, the University of North Carolina academic scandal, and Bushwacker’s retirement.

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

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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 Madison Bumgarner’s folksiness and World Series dominance, how the San Francisco Giants built their pitching staff, and the latest declaration of baseball’s death. They talk to whistleblower Mary Willingham about the University of North Carolina’s “paper classes” for athletes, what coaches knew about the academic scandal, and what kind of education schools owe athletes. Finally, they interview Professional Bull Riders statistician Slade Long about how the great Bushwacker compares to bulls of the past, what makes a great bucking bull, and the best names in the sport.

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

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Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Mississippi Hippies:

Mike’s Mississippi Hippy: Explaining how, in one possession, TCU could cover just 35 yards in 14 plays, while still managing to score 82 points for the game.

Stefan’s Mississippi Hippy: Pointing out the convenient omissions in golf writer Chick Evans’s book-length humble brag.

Josh’s Mississippi Hippy: Remembering checkers master Marion Tinsley, the other man who took on a machine.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca look to Japan to build a better baseball playoff systemSlate 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.