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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Jonathan Hock talk about Syracuse’s surprising trip to the Final Four, the school’s academic scandal, and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s handshake line hijinks. Next, Ken Early joins the show to discuss the death of Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruyff. Finally, they review Hock’s latest documentary, Fastball.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Syracuse’s press fueled an amazing comeback against Virginia.
- The Final Four matchup between Syracuse and North Carolina is not a good look for the NCAA.
- Buddy Hield carried Oklahoma to the Final Four.
- Josh wrote in Slate about Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s smarmy handshake line behavior.
- Eric Betts’ Slate obituary for Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruyff.
- In the Irish Times, Ken Early described Cruyff as the “greatest European footballer of all time.”
- Cruyff’s field strategy created the modern game.
- Brian Phillips described Cruyff as a “colossal pain in the ass.”
- Jon Hock’s documentary Fastball covers 100 years of hard throwers.
- Bob Feller’s fastball vs. a motorcycle.
- Baseball Almanac investigates the fastest pitcher in baseball history.
- The “rising fastball” is an amazing optical illusion.
- Noam Scheiber wrote in Slate about why pitchers can’t throw much faster than 100 miles per hour.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Johnny Humphries:
Mike’s Johnny Humphries: Which batter struck out the most against a particular pitcher?
Jon’s Johnny Humphries: Nolan Ryan claims that his elbow healed itself before the start of the 1987 season.
Josh’s Johnny Humphries: Chantel Osahor’s set shot is a throwback to the days before the jump shot was king.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Jon Hock discuss Major League Baseball’s return to Cuba, and Hock’s film about Luis Tiant, The Lost Son of Havana. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.
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