The Patriots and the White House, Kevin Durant and Charles Oakley, and the Pine City Dragons on Hang Up and Listen.

Are Cupcakes the Weirdest Symbol of Fan Anger in Sports History?

Are Cupcakes the Weirdest Symbol of Fan Anger in Sports History?

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Feb. 13 2017 5:51 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The Cupcakes Aren’t Soft Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the Patriots and the White House, Kevin Durant and Charles Oakley, and a revolutionary high school hoops team.

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and special guest Dan Steinberg discuss the New England Patriots players who will be sitting out their team’s trip to the White House and whether White House visits still make sense in the age of Trump. They also talk about Kevin Durant’s return to Oklahoma City, where he was met with a chorus of boos and an abundance of cupcakes, and the kerfuffle between New York Knicks owner James Dolan and ex-player Charles Oakley. Finally, Kyle Allen, the basketball coach for the Pine City High School Dragons, joins to discuss his radical effort to eradicate midrange shots from his team’s arsenal.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

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Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Spuddies:

Mike’s Spuddy: Swen Nater was a student of Bill Walton and the second-best Dutch basketball player of all time.

Josh’s Spuddy: Vladimir Petrov is Pine City, Minnesota’s resident Soviet wrestler.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Stefan, Josh, and Dan discuss the actually pretty good Washington Wizards and the forboding success of the Washington Capitals.

Podcast production and edit by Patrick Fort.

Our intern is Adam Willis.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.

Josh Levin is Slate’s editorial director.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

Dan Steinberg writes the D.C. Sports Bog for the Washington Post.