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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 talk about Dez Bryant’s disputed catch, the Patriots’ formational trickery, and the release of the Mueller Report on the NFL’s Ray Rice investigation. ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh then joins the show to talk about the surprising success of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons. Finally, writer and climber Andrew Bisharat explains what’s going on in Yosemite, where a pair of climbers are attempting the first free ascent of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Aaron Rodgers shouted “New York Bozo” during the Packers-Cowboys game.
- The Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor leaped over the line twice to try to block field goals.
- Did the Cowboys’ Dez Bryant make this catch?
- The NFL’s explanation of why the catch didn’t count—it’s the “Calvin Johnson rule.”
- Dallas coach Jason Garrett says the Cowboys didn’t lose because of the referees’ reversal of the Bryant catch.
- The MMQB’s Peter King explains why the NFL hasn’t changed its definition of a catch.
- Ravens coach John Harbaugh complained that the Patriots’ formations were “deceptive.”
- Former FBI director Robert Mueller reported that there’s no evidence that the NFL saw the in-elevator video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée before it was released by TMZ.
- Slate’s Jeremy Stahl writes that the Mueller Report “proves the NFL’s negligent handling of the Ray Rice case, but doesn’t go far enough.”
- NBC’s Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth talked about the commissioner’s integrity.
- Deadspin’s report on the ex-cop who screwed up the NFL’s Ray Rice investigation.
- Follow Tom Haberstroh on Twitter.
- USA Today assesses how the Atlanta Hawks became the best team in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.
- ESPN.com’s Kevin Arnovitz on how the Hawks have flown under the radar.
- For ESPN Insider, Haberstroh writes that the Detroit Pistons are a new incarnation of Stan Van Gundy’s Orlando Magic.
- With LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and others all missing time, Haberstroh ponders whether the NBA will cut down on the minutes played by its star players.
- Follow Andrew Bisharat on Twitter.
- Bisharat has been filing regular reports for National Geographic on Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson’s free ascent of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall.
- Footage of Caldwell ascending the Dawn Wall.
- The New York Times’ John Branch has also been writing about Caldwell and Jorgeson’s ascent.
- A 2000 Outside profile of Caldwell.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Yosemite Decimal System:
Mike’s Yosemite Decimal System: For some reason, the American Football Coaches Attention is still awarding a crystal trophy to the No. 1 team in the USA Today coaches poll.
Stefan’s Yosemite Decimal System: Defining some new animal-based oil patterns for the world of professional bowling.
Josh’s Yosemite Decimal System: Kevin Bradshaw’s 72-point game was the only bright spot in the 1990–91 U.S. International basketball season.
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