Participation trophies: Hang Up and Listen on why everyone loves to hate the ubiquitous awards.

Why Does Everyone Believe Participation Trophies Are Ruining America?

Why Does Everyone Believe Participation Trophies Are Ruining America?

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Sept. 3 2015 3:48 PM
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The You Get a Trophy Just for Listening Bonus Segment

The wimpiest sports podcast in America defends your right to get a participation trophy.

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You get a trophy! And you get a trophy! And you get a trophy! Everybody gets a trophy!

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In their Aug. 17 Slate Plus bonus segment, Hang Up and Listen’s Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca discuss participation trophies, a supposed scourge that even NPR-listening softies point to as a sure sign of American decline. Josh, Stefan, and Mike were reacting to recent anti–participation trophy comments made by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison.

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