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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 latest developments in the Patriots’ Deflategate scandal. They also interview John Biever, one of four men to take photographs at every Super Bowl and one of the subjects of the new documentary Keepers of the Streak. Finally, they speak to American tennis player Tim Smyczek, who nearly beat Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open and has been celebrated for a show of sportsmanship in the deciding game of that match.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Deadspin’s supercut of Tom Brady saying “balls.”
- Bill Belichick’s press conference about the science of ball pressurization.
- The trailer for ESPN’s Keepers of the Streak.
- Warren Sharp in Slate on the Patriots’ amazing ball security.
- Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch on the four photographers who’ve shot every Super Bowl.
- An SI gallery of Super Bowl photos taken by those four men.
- John Biever’s bio.
- A gallery of Biever’s favorite photos.
- Biever’s iconic image of Bart Starr’s quarterback sneak in the Ice Bowl.
- Biever’s photo of Joe Jurevicius from Super Bowl XXXVII.
- Biever’s picture of the Titans’ Kevin Dyson being stopped short of the goal line.
- Biever’s picture of John Taylor’s touchdown catch.
- Follow Tim Smyczek on Twitter.
- Smyczek lost to Rafael Nadal in five sets in the second round of the Australian Open.
- Nadal and Novak Djokovic praised Smyczek for his sportsmanship.
- The act of sportsmanship in question.
- Andy Roddick’s good sportsmanship cost him a match in 2005.
- FiveThirtyEight’s Carl Bialik on income inequality in tennis.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Hales Corners:
Mike’s Hales Corners: The strangeness of the Byrds song “America’s Great National Pastime.”
Stefan’s Hales Corners: A short history of crotch-grabbing, and a possible PR strategy for Marshawn Lynch.
Josh’s Hales Corners: A very strange newspaper story from 1892 about a baseball game between the Bichlorides and Jimjams.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca scrutinize Klay Thompson’s record-setting 37-point quarter. 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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