Curtain of distraction: Hang Up and Listen on Kevin Durant vs. the media, Little League’s latest scandal, and Arizona State’s free-throw distraction technique.

Does Arizona State’s “Curtain of Distraction” Really Discombobulate Free-Throw Shooters?

Does Arizona State’s “Curtain of Distraction” Really Discombobulate Free-Throw Shooters?

Slate's sports podcast.
Feb. 17 2015 5:12 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Twerking Unicorns Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Kevin Durant calling out the media, a Little League baseball scandal, and a new free-throw distraction technique.

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Listen to Hang Up and Listen with Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:

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This episode is brought to you by The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, the new documentary series from HBO, airing Sundays at 8 p.m. only on HBO.

In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Kevin Durant and other athletes ranting against the media. They also discuss the decision to strip Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West Little League of its 2014 U.S. title due to violations of residency requirements. Finally, Slate columnist Daniel Engber joins the show to discuss the art and science of free-throw distraction and the latest innovation therein, Arizona State’s “Curtain of Distraction.”

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 Mavs Man and Champ:

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Stefan’s Mavs Man and Champ: An update on the new season of the TV show Friday Night Tykes.

Josh’s Mavs Man and Champ: Author J.M. Barrie assembled a terrible cricket team consisting of amazing writers.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Last Man, a contest in which contenders go for as long as they can without learning who won the Super Bowl. 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.