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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 about Adam Jones’ claim that there haven’t been any Kaepernick-like protests in Major League Baseball because it’s a “white man’s sport.” They also discuss the trend of premature football celebrations and why players keep dropping the ball before they cross the goal line. Finally, they speak with rock climber and BASE-jumper Steph Davis about why she continues to put on a wingsuit after losing her husband to the sport.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- In an interview with USA Today, Adam Jones called baseball a “white man’s sport.”
- Arizona Diamondbacks executive Tony La Russa said Jones couldn’t be “wronger” about baseball and race.
- Jeff Passan’s Yahoo column on La Russa’s hypocrisy.
- Former major leaguer Doug Glanville surveyed current and former black major leaguers on the “challenges of mixing baseball and activism.”
- Around 8 percent of current major leaguers are black Americans.
- Josh’s piece on 26 times football players dropped the ball before scoring a touchdown.
- This weekend, Cal’s Vic Enwere and Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon both dropped the ball before crossing the goal line.
- From CBS, “Five ways to ensure football players stop dropping the ball at the goal line.”
- One of many YouTube compilations of athletes celebrating too early.
- Andrew Bisharat’s National Geographic piece, “Why are so many BASE jumpers dying?”
- Follow Steph Davis on Twitter, check out her website, and read her memoir Learning to Fly.
- Ben Esch profiled Davis.
- Davis’ husband Mario Richard died in a BASE-jumping accident.
- Davis explains her decision to continue jumping after her husband’s death.
- A video of Davis free climbing.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Kinsellas:
Mike’s Kinsella: Blake Bortles is clearly not a great name for a leader of men. What about Joe Montana?
Stefan’s Kinsella: Analyzing a Washington Post letter to the editor urging soccer players to wear helmets.
Josh’s Kinsella: In praise of trillballins’ transformation of Darren Rovell tweets into grunge songs.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Josh, Stefan, and Mike discuss Abby Wambach’s new book Forward and whether it will change our perception of the American soccer star. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.
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