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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 are joined by Sports Illustrated’s Alexander Wolff to talk about the death of legendary North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith. Nathaniel Vinton, author of the book The Fall Line: How American Ski Racers Conquered a Sport on the Edge, also joins to discuss the Alpine skiing world championships in Colorado. Finally, filmmaker Jonathan Hock joins for a conversation about his new documentary, Of Miracles and Men, which examines the U.S. hockey team’s triumph in 1980 from the perspective of its Soviet opponents.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Alexander Wolff’s Sports Illustrated obituary for Dean Smith.
- Smith’s New York Times obit.
- The Times’ William C. Rhoden on Smith’s social responsibility.
- Smith was a statistical innovator.
- Nathaniel Vinton’s book The Fall Line: How American Ski Racers Conquered a Sport on the Edge.
- Excerpts from The Fall Line appeared in Deadspin, the New York Daily News, and on the Only a Game website.
- The results from the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships.
- Bode Miller suffered a gruesome injury last week.
- Vinton on the rivalry between Lindsey Vonn and Tina Maze.
- Jonathan Hock’s latest documentary for ESPN, Of Miracles and Men.
- The New York Times obituary for the great Soviet hockey coach Anatoly Tarasov.
- The Soviets played Canada in the 1972 Summit Series.
- Video of the Miracle on Ice game.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly bandys:
Mike’s bandy: The time Dean Smith took a basket away from North Carolina freshman Clifford Rozier.
Josh’s bandy: The unlikely success of San Marino’s baseball team.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Diana Taurasi’s decision to sit out the WNBA season at the behest of her Russian club team. 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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