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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 Spencer Hall of SB Nation to talk about the college football game of the year: Michigan State’s bizarre, last-second win over rival Michigan. They also discuss Daniel Murphy’s hot streak, José Bautista’s bat flip, and the other big storylines of the baseball playoffs. Finally, they examine Lamar Odom’s near-death experience and his position at the nexus of the sports and entertainment worlds.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- The week in whimsy: “Chocolate Phil,” vampire mouth guards, and the worst trick play in NFL history.
- Follow Spencer Hall on Twitter.
- SB Nation’s look at the insane ending to Michigan State’s win over Michigan.
- The Washington Post’s Chuck Culpepper and the New York Times’ Marc Tracy on the game.
- Each team’s radio announcers call the Michigan State–Michigan ending.
- Grantland’s Bryan Curtis on “the meaning of college football viral fan shots.”
- The original mortified Michigan punter GIF.
- Michigan State hero Jalen Watts-Jackson is out for the season after breaking and dislocating his hip during his game-winning return.
- The Mets’ Daniel Murphy hit his fifth home run of the 2015 playoffs to lead New York over the Chicago Cubs.
- Murphy took paternity leave in 2014 and said he disagreed with the gay “lifestyle.”
- The New York Daily News reports that the Mets aren’t planning to re-sign Murphy.
- Lists of unlikely postseason heroes from MLB.com, Baseball Prospectus, and ESPN.com.
- José Bautista’s bat flip in the American League Division Series.
- The New York Times’ Andrew Keh on the rise of the bat flip.
- ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports that Lamar Odom is now breathing on his own.
- The Los Angeles Times calls Odom’s life “a Shakespearean tale for the TMZ era.”
- A clip from Keeping Up With the Kardashians: Khloé gets the news that Lamar’s best friend died.
- TMZ’s 2013 report on Odom’s alleged drug abuse.
- Odom rants to TMZ about how he’s been portrayed.
- In Slate, Claire Landsbaum argues that Odom “has actually been portrayed with a lot of sensitivity on Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
- Us Weekly’s collection of Odom’s “best reality TV moments.”
- Stefan wrote about Odom’s brief tenure at the University of Rhode Island for the Wall Street Journal.
- Lee Jenkins’ 2009 Sports Illustrated profile of Odom.
- Pablo S. Torre in ESPN the Magazine on Khloé Kardashian’s new paramour, James Harden.
- The Saturday Night Live parody of Girls where Tina Fey plays an Albanian woman named Blerta.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Hal Smiths:
Mike’s Hal Smith: Chris Webber will be a “professor of practice” in Wake Forest’s sports storytelling program.
Stefan’s Hal Smith: The classic sports film John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!
Josh’s Hal Smith: A quasi-failed attempt to time-shift the LSU-Florida football game and Mets-Cubs baseball game.
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Podcast production and edit by Zack Dinerstein.
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