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In this week’s special extra episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Bryan Curtis to talk about Alabama’s 45–40 win over Clemson in the college football national championship game. They discuss the similarities between this game and the 2006 Rose Bowl, Alabama’s surprise onside kick, and what the Crimson Tide’s dominance tells us about Nick Saban as a coach.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Alabama beat Clemson 45–40 to win its fourth national title in seven years.
- It was the best title game since the 2006 Rose Bowl.
- Josh’s Slate piece on Alabama’s surprise onside kick.
- Barry Petchesky of Deadspin breaks down the kick.
- The New York Times’ Marc Tracy on what the onside kick revealed about Nick Saban’s evolution as a coach.
- In Slate, Michael Weinreb called Saban “Alabama’s joyless champion.”
- In 2012, Saban said of no-huddle offenses, “Is this what we want football to be?”
- The Big Lead captures a glimpse of ESPN2’s “Film Room.”
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