Dez Bryant catch: Hang Up and Listen on the NFL playoffs, the Hawks and Pistons, and the first free ascent of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall.

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Jan. 12 2015 4:55 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Football Move Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Dez Bryant’s disputed catch, the NBA’s surprising Hawks and Pistons, and the first free ascent of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall.

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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:

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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.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the woeful New York Knicks, and the New York Times’ decision to pull their writer off the beat. 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.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.