Patriots deflategate: Hang Up and Listen on the NFL playoffs, how the Super Bowl gets produced, and the NHL at midseason.

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Jan. 20 2015 5:00 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Deflated Balls Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the NFL playoffs, how the Super Bowl gets produced, and the NHL at midseason.

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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 the Seahawks’ crazy comeback to beat the Packers in the NFC title game and the NFL’s investigation of the Patriots using deflated balls in their rout of the Colts. They also interview Fred Gaudelli, the coordinating producer for NBC’s NFL coverage, about what goes into televising the Super Bowl. Finally, they’re joined by Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski to discuss outdoor games, the surprising New York Islanders, and other goings on in the NHL at midseason.

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 Sparky the Dragons:

Mike’s Sparky the Dragon: An interview with historian Julian E. Zelizer about the leadership of Rex Ryan.

Stefan’s Sparky the Dragon: The etymology of the word sporteaucrat.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk to NBC producer Fred Gaudelli about how the network televised Odell Beckham’s amazing catch. 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.