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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss how the Broncos’ defense pounded on Tom Brady and the Patriots to get to the Super Bowl, as well as Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers’ domination of the Arizona Cardinals. Next, ESPN’s Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer Dave McMenamin joins the show to discuss David Blatt’s firing and Tyronn Lue stepping in as head coach. Finally, Josh chats with Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim about pro tennis’s match-fixing scandal.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Slate’s Sharan Shetty discusses how the Broncos’ defensive dominance meant that Peyton Manning didn’t need to do much to beat the Patriots.
- The longer extra points that the Patriots pushed for cost them against Denver.
- The Panthers and Cam Newton pummeled the Cardinals.
- Why is CBS’s refereeing expert Mike Carey so bad at his job?
- Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst of ESPN say David Blatt’s firing was a “long time coming.”
- LeBron James claims he had nothing to do with Blatt’s firing.
- Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo says Blatt “never stood a chance.”
- New coach Tyronn Lue says the Cavs need to get in better shape to play the fast tempo he wants.
- Heidi Blake and John Templon of the BBC and BuzzFeed investigate match-fixing in tennis.
- Retiring Australian tennis star Lleyton Hewitt says it’s a “joke” that he was identified as a possible fixer
- Ian Dorward says there is no evidence to support the claim that Hewitt fixed matches.
- Carl Bialik of FiveThirtyEight says betting data alone can’t identify match fixers.
- In Slate last year, Ben Rothenberg wrote about allegations of match-fixing in the sport’s lower levels.
- In the New York Times, Rothenberg and James Glanz wrote about suspected match-fixing in a mixed doubles match at this year’s Australian Open.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Fatty Taylors:
Stefan’s Fatty Taylor: The incredible losing streaks of Caltech’s sports teams, and some epic losing streaks in Scrabble.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s John Swansburg to discuss NBA basketball players opting for shorter shorts.
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