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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 the U.S. Open, where Serena Williams lost her bid to win the calendar-year Grand Slam and Novak Djokovic took down Roger Federer. They also discuss whether college quarterbacks are coming into the NFL unprepared for the rigors of the professional game. And they look at how European soccer clubs have responded to the Syrian refugee crisis, and how their approach differs from the way American franchises see the world.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Josh’s Slate piece on Roberta Vinci’s shocking upset over Serena Williams at the U.S. Open.
- Vinci’s amazing post-match interview.
- Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer to win the U.S. Open.
- Brian Phillips’ Grantland pieces on Serena’s loss and Djokovic-Federer.
- David Foster Wallace’s 2006 profile, “Federer as Religious Experience.”
- History-making chair umpire Eva Asderaki-Moore did a fantastic job officiating the Federer-Djokovic match.
- The Wall Street Journal’s Kevin Clark on the NFL’s “quarterback crisis.”
- Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky assesses Clark’s Journal piece.
- Marcus Mariota was great in his NFL debut, Jameis Winston not so much.
- Rory Smith of ESPN FC on European soccer’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis.
- James Montague in the New York Times on how soccer fans in Germany have welcomed migrants.
- Stefan’s wife, Melissa Block, interviews Stefan’s cousin Maria Vlassopoulos, who has been helping migrants on the Greek island of Chios.
- An NPR report on racism in European soccer.
- A story on the fraught relationship between European soccer clubs and Africa.
- A Bloomberg rundown of charitable giving in American pro sports.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Reeperbahns:
Mike’s Reeperbahn: Inveighing against a terrible NFL statistic: third-down conversion rate.
Stefan’s Reeperbahn: In praise of Michael Bamberger’s new golf book, Men in Green.
Josh’s Reeperbahn: Complaining once again about the dumbest rule in the NFL.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss sports blackouts—how it feels when you miss a big game or a thrilling, unexpected moment. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.
Podcast production and edit by Zack Dinerstein.
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