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This week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen with Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca is a special live show from Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn. Stefan, Josh, and Mike discuss the exciting opening week of the baseball playoffs and whether we’re ruining it by complaining about how dumb the managers are. They also discuss the NBA’s new $24 billion TV deal and whether the TV sports bubble is about to burst. And they are joined by Roy Blount Jr. to discuss his classic book on the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, About Three Bricks Shy of a Load.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- In Grantland, Ben Lindbergh wrote about how close and exciting the baseball playoffs have been.
- The Washington Post’s Thomas Boswell says Matt Williams should have let Jordan Zimmermann try to make history in Game 2 of the Nationals-Giants series.
- Williams was also criticized for his bullpen management in the deciding Game 4.
- Don Mattingly didn’t send Yasiel Puig to the plate in Game 4 of the Dodgers-Cardinals series.
- Bunt-tastic manager Ned Yost hasn’t kept the Royals from being the most exciting team in the baseball playoffs.
- The NBA signed a $24 billion TV deal with ESPN and Turner.
- The Wall Street Journal asks if the new deal will drive people away from the high costs of cable television.
- The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson says TV’s sports addiction could destroy its business.
- In Slate, Felix Salmon doesn’t buy that there’s a sports TV bubble.
- Roy Blount Jr.’s book About Three Bricks Shy of a Load.
- Jonathan Yardley reviewed the book for the Washington Post.
- Blount covered the Steelers’ Super Bowl win for Sports Illustrated in 1975.
- More Blount pieces for SI: on the Rooney family, football players’ hands, and going back to watch a Steelers game four decades after he covered the team.
Hang Up and Listen’s Frenchy’s goldfish:
Mike’s Frenchy’s goldfish: Joe Garagiola’s obsession with Jose Canseco’s arms, and his refusal to believe that Canseco was taking steroids.
Stefan’s Frenchy’s goldfish: The history of pitch invasions in Major League Baseball, from the Washington Senators’ World Series win in 1924 to modern times.
Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Chris Laskowski.
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