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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 are joined by Slate writer Ben Mathis-Lilley to discuss Ohio State’s victory over Michigan and Jim Harbaugh’s post-game rant on the poor officiating. They also examine U.S. Soccer’s decision to fire Jürgen Klinsmann as head coach of the national team and to bring back former coach Bruce Arena. Finally, they talk with FiveThirtyEight’s Oliver Roeder about the World Chess Championship and how to cover a sport that is difficult for even the most knowledgeable fans to understand.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Watch Chicago Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson drop a wide-open touchdown pass and punt the football at a security guard’s butt.
- The Baltimore Ravens committed multiple holding penalties and took a safety on the final play to beat the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.
- Follow Ben Mathis-Lilley on Twitter.
- Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said he was “bitterly disappointed” in the officiating during his team’s double-overtime loss to Ohio State Saturday.
- A controversial fourth-down conversion set Ohio State up for a game-winning touchdown.
- Michigan fans pointed out that the head referee for this past weekend’s game had been dismissed by the Big Ten in 2002.
- Watch Harbaugh spike his headset after a penalty call.
- U.S. Soccer fired national team head coach Jürgen Klinsmann last Monday.
- In 2013, Sporting News spoke anonymously with 22 individuals close to U.S. Soccer who questioned if Klinsmann was the man for the job.
- Doug McIntyre of ESPN FC reported that Klinsmann’s complaining, including claiming the 2015 Gold Cup was “fixed” for Mexico, was a constant problem.
- Bruce Arena, who coached the national team from 1998 to 2006, will take over for Klinsmann.
- Follow Oliver Roeder on Twitter.
- The World Chess Championship comes down to one final full-length game Monday afternoon between Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Sergey Karjakin of Russia.
- The New York Times framed the World Chess Championship in geopolitical terms.
- Roeder has chronicled fan response to the championships for FiveThirtyEight, including how the chess kids of New York have watched the games.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly hyperaccelerated pterodactyls:
Mike’s hyperaccelerated pterodactyl: Vanderbilt fans poked fun at Tennessee football coach Butch Jones’ comment that his team won “the championship of life.”
Josh’s hyperaccelerated pterodactyl: If he were still alive, Woody Hayes would be supporting Donald Trump.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Josh, Stefan, and Mike discuss how a referee’s wrong decision cost a high school football team the chance to play for a state championship. Should the courts get involved? Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.
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