Concussion, NFL referees, and Sports Illustrated’s pick of Serena Williams over American Pharoah.

Why the Will Smith Movie Concussion Is So Terrible

Why the Will Smith Movie Concussion Is So Terrible

Slate's sports podcast.
Dec. 21 2015 5:46 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Horse Awakens Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the movie Concussion, the state of NFL refereeing, and Serena Williams over American Pharoah as Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year.

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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 with Slate contributor Daniel Engber about whether the movie Concussion depicts the complexity of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the NFL, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. They also discuss the state of NFL refereeing, and Sports Illustrated’s Tim Layden joins the show to discuss horse fans’ outraged reactions to the publication’s nonequine choice for its 2015 Sportsperson of the Year.

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 Green Raiders:

Mike’s Green Raider: Sirius Satellite Radio’s NFL offerings can’t quite quit the clichés. (And Vikings announcer Paul Allen delivers time and again.)

Stefan’s Green Raider: Did Roy “Wrong Way” Riegels  run toward his own end zone in the 1929 Rose Bowl because he had a concussion?*

Josh’s Green Raider: Robert Duvall got his turn as a star athlete on the 1975 competition show Celebrity Superstars.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca revisit segments from the recent past, including conversations about the Philadelphia 76ers, the Golden State Warriors, and Kobe Bryant. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.

Podcast production and edit by Zack Dinerstein. Our intern is Christina Cody.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.

*Correction, Dec. 22, 2015: This post originally misstated that a 1928 medical journal article claimed that Roy Riegels ran the wrong way after suffering a possible concussion. The claim was made in newspaper articles.