DeAndre Jordan free agency: Hang Up and Listen on the emoji-filled NBA saga, the greatness of Serena Williams, and the state of baseball analytics.

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July 13 2015 6:47 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The All We Are Is Cyber Dust in the Wind Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on DeAndre Jordan’s emoji-filled free agency saga, the greatness of Serena Williams, and the state of baseball analytics.

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and special guest Mike Schur, the co-creator of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, talk about the DeAndre Jordan emoji saga and Mark Cuban’s response to Jordan’s decision to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers. They are also joined by tennis writer Courtney Nguyen to discuss yet another dominant performance by Serena Williams, focusing on why she continues to receive less fanfare than the beloved Roger Federer. Finally, they talk about advances in sabermetrics, including the increasing importance of exit velocity in recognizing a player’s potential.

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 Superbikes:

Josh’s Superbike: Even dedicated fans get frustrated when the New York Mets continue to mislead their fans about player injuries.

Mike’s Superbike: Is “side out and rotate” the name of a sports blog or podcast? What about “runners at the corners”?

Mike Schur’s Superbike: The baseball All-Star Game is deeply flawed, and no one is doing anything about it.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Mike Schur discuss the intersection of sports and comedy, focusing on the new Andy Samberg tennis mockumentary 7 Days in Hell as well as professional athlete cameos on Parks and Recreation. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.

Podcast production and edit by Zack Dinerstein. Our intern is Emma Zehner.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.

Josh Levin is Slate’s editorial director.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

Mike Schur is a TV writer and producer, and his new show is called ⁠⁠The Good Place⁠⁠, on NBC.