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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 discuss the slew of upsets in the NCAA Tournament. Next, WNBA player Sue Bird joins to discuss UConn women’s basketball and analytics in women’s sports. Finally, Allison Benedikt of Slate’s parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting joins to discuss Adam LaRoche’s sudden retirement from baseball due to the supposed opposition of his son’s presence in the clubhouse.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- This year’s NCAA Tournament was full of first-round upsets, but the favorites won out in the second round.
- Josh wrote for Slate about Texas A&M’s miraculous comeback against Northern Iowa.
- Bill James explains in Slate when a lead in college basketball is safe, and how to calculate it.
- Was Michigan State’s loss to Middle Tennessee State the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history?
- Follow Sue Bird on Twitter.
- The UConn women dominated Robert Morris in their opening NCAA Tournament game.
- Why are the UConn women so much better than their competition?
- Breanna Stewart is on track to win her fourth national championship with UConn.
- Upon his retirement, Robert Morris coach Sal Buscaglia urged reporters to cover women’s basketball.
- Bird wrote in the Players’ Tribune about the lack of analytics in women’s sports.
- Listen to Bird on Zach Lowe’s podcast.
- Subscribe to Slate’s parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting.
- Adam LaRoche walked away from a $13 million salary because the team wanted to scale back how often his son came to the clubhouse.
- LaRoche stated “the decision was easy” when it came to picking his family over his team.
- In 2013, LaRoche explained that his family is “not big on school.”
- White Sox pitcher Chris Sale said players “were lied to” by management.
- Dirk Hayhurst of Vice says locker rooms aren’t day care centers.
- It was a huge story when the Mets’ Daniel Murphy took a few days of parental leave.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly islets of Langerhans:
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