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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 opening weekend of the NFL playoffs, and how the Dallas Cowboys got a rare playoff victory with a bit of referee assistance. They also discuss Oregon and Ohio State’s victories in the inaugural college football playoff semifinals, and whether Alabama and whether the SEC was overrated. Finally, SportsCenter anchor Jay Harris joins the show to talk about the life and career of his ESPN colleague Stuart Scott, who died of cancer over the weekend at age 49.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Why Ed Hochuli referred to a fellow NFL official as “jungle boy.”
- The awkward Jerry Jones/Stephen Jones/Chris Christie three-way hug.
- The Arizona Cardinals set a record for playoff offensive futility.
- Referee Pete Morelli did not have a great explanation for overturning a crucial pass interference call in the Cowboys-Lions game.
- Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats says the referees’ decision decreased the Lions’ chance to win by about 12 percentage points.
- The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore on the likely concussions suffered by Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger and Heath Miller.
- The college football playoff did boffo ratings for ESPN.
- Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples says Oregon’s Mark Helfrich is a great coach.
- CBS Sports’ Jerry Hinnen breaks down the SEC’s postseason losses.
- Cardale Jones did not go to Ohio State to “play school.”
- David Wilson’s superlist of college football polls.
- ESPN’s obituary for Stuart Scott, who died of cancer at age 49.
- Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch on the network’s tributes to Scott.
- Jay Harris worked with Scott for almost 12 years.
- Slate’s Jeremy Stahl explains how Scott paved the way for black voices in sports media.
- In March, the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir profiled Scott.
- The transcript of Leon Wynter’s 2002 On the Media segment about Scott.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly booyahs:
Mike’s booyah: A quiz for Stefan and Josh: How do you spell this Butler basketball player’s last name?
Stefan’s booyah: Deep inside Diner’s Baltimore Colts quiz.
Josh’s booyah: The alternatehistory.com message board discusses what sports would be like “in a Confederate secession world.”
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Houston Texans’ amazing, not-so-whimsical defensive lineman J.J. Watt. 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.
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