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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin and guest panelist Mina Kimes of ESPN are joined by Slate’s Jim Newell to talk about Jordan Spieth’s come-from-ahead victory at the British Open and how Spieth compares with Tiger Woods. Josh and Mina also scrutinize Kyrie Irving’s trade demands, his possible destinations, and whether puppet master LeBron James is pulling the strings behind the scenes. Ben Mathis-Lilley of Slate comes on the show to examine what brought down Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze. Finally, Josh, Mina, and Ben talk through which sports stories would have gone viral if Twitter had been around before 2006.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Follow Mina Kimes on Twitter.
- Follow Jim Newell on Twitter.
- Karen Crouse of the New York Times on Jordan Spieth’s British Open victory.
- The Ringer’s recap of Spieth’s nerve-racking third major win.
- Inside Spieth’s dramatic 13th hole, as explained by Josh Sens of Golf magazine.
- The Instagram post featuring Michael Jordan that supposedly motivated Spieth’s win.
- ESPN’s behind-the-scenes story on the Kyrie Irving trade and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ dysfunction.
- Nick Greene in Slate on how Irving’s trade request could ruin the Cavs and his career.
- The Cavs were reportedly close to acquiring Paul George earlier this summer.
- ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith claims Irving believes LeBron James leaked the news that he requested a trade.
- Analyzing Irving’s four preferred destinations and why his preferences don’t really matter.
- Examining a possible Irving trade to the Suns in exchange for Eric Bledsoe.
- Follow Ben Mathis-Lilley on Twitter and read his Slate article on the saga that led to Hugh Freeze’s resignation.
- Freeze resigned as the head football coach at the University of Mississippi after phone calls he made to an escort service surfaced.
- How Houston Nutt indirectly brought Freeze down the same way Nutt was brought down a decade earlier.
- The state of Mississippi is no stranger to odd college football scandals.
- Vice Sports’ feature on what sports stories from the past 40 years would have broken Twitter.
- Kerri Strug’s remarkable performance at the 1996 Summer Olympics.
- Jesse Owens’ gold medal triumph at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Nazi Germany.
- Nolan Ryan beating up Robin Ventura in an infamous brawl.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Josh and Mina discuss the disappointing spectacle that was Michael Phelps quasi-racing a great white shark. Visit Slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.
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