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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 Grantland’s Bryan Curtis to talk about Jason Day’s victory at the PGA Championship and another outstanding performance by Jordan Spieth, the sports media’s favorite young star. They also talk about the New York Jets’ locker-room fight and how players’ character is evaluated in the NFL. Finally, Sports Illustrated’s Tim Layden joins to assess Nick Symmonds’ standoff with USA Track and Field over sponsorship money.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Jason Day won the PGA Championship with a record-setting score of 20 under par.
- Shane Ryan’s profile of Day in Grantland in 2014.
- Bryan Curtis in Grantland on the media’s love affair with Jordan Spieth.
- ESPN.com’s Kevin Van Valkenburg on how Spieth was gracious in defeat.
- IK Enemkpali broke the jaw of his Jets teammate Geno Smith, reportedly due to a dispute over $600.
- The New York Times’ profile of Enemkpali.
- PFT Commenter says Geno Smith needs to toughen up and play through his broken jaw.
- Smith got in trouble with the team for playing catch right after surgery.
- ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini argues that Smith lost credibility with his teammates by getting punched in the face.
- Former Jets coach Rex Ryan immediately signed Enemkpali to play for the Buffalo Bills.
- Washington’s NFL team’ general manager Scot McCloughan says Junior Galette is “half-crazy, but that’s OK—that’s a football player.”
- While Jonathan Martin retired from the NFL, Richie Incognito was named a starter for the Buffalo Bills.
- In Sports Illustrated, Tim Layden argues that “Nick Symmonds vs. USA Track and Field is far bigger than just one runner.”
- The New York Times’ Jeré Longman on Symmonds vs. USA Track and Field.
- In a piece for the Huffington Post, Symmonds explains why he didn’t sign USATF’s “Statement of Conditions.”
- A report by economics professor Andrew Zimbalist on USA Track and Field’s finances and payments to athletes.
- Michael Jordan covered up a Reebok logo with an American flag at the 1992 Olympics.
- USA Track and Field’s Jill Geer says athletes can “pack their personal gear and wear it on personal time.”
- Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano couldn’t find a sponsor after the London Games.
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