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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 Wisconsin’s upset victory over Kentucky and how the 38–1 Wildcats will be remembered. They also discuss the start of the 2015 baseball season and whether the triumph of the pitchers will continue. Finally, they interview composer Bob Christianson, who has written more than two dozen sports television theme tunes.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Wisconsin beat Kentucky 71–64 to end the Wildcats’ undefeated season.
- Nate Silver argues that Kentucky hurt its chances by slowing down the pace.
- The Wisconsin players are having fun.
- The New York Times on basketball players’ facial expressions.
- The Washington Post talked to players about whether they deserve a cut of NCAA tournament profits.
- Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes is a plaintiff in one of the many lawsuits against the NCAA.
- Chicago’s Wrigley Field has some bathroom problems.
- The Sporting News picked the Cubs to win the World Series, while the Nationals are the oddsmakers’ favorites.
- The Cubs sent Kris Bryant to the minors despite his amazing spring training performance.
- Grantland’s Rany Jazayerli on the Nationals’ and Cubs’ approaches to team-building.
- Craig Calcaterra on the Angels’ unseemly annoyance that Josh Hamilton wasn’t suspended.
- Erik Malinowski’s Slate piece on sports theme-tune maestro Bob Christianson.
- Christianson’s website.
- Christianson’s reel of sports tunes.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly chukkers:
Mike’s chukker: A deep dive into Hoosiers, the greatest sports movie of all time.
Stefan’s chukker: On the triumphs of Webster University’s Susan Polgar, the John Calipari of college chess.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the United States’ recent success in the sport of polo with player Remy Muller. 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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