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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Justin Peters to break down the start of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Slate’s pop critic Jack Hamilton discusses the reshaping of the Cleveland Cavaliers after the NBA trade deadline. And Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl sheds light on the regime change at the United States Soccer Federation.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Follow Justin Peters on Twitter.
- Peters wrote in Slate about figure skater Adam Rippon, who “has already scored the biggest upset of these Winter Olympics.”
- Rippon said in his post-skate interview that he and teammate Mirai Nagasu ate In-N-Out and cried while watching the 2014 Sochi Olympics from home. Now, they’ve both already won bronze medals.
- NBC’s Mike Tirico asked Rippon about his clash with Vice President Mike Pence.
- Also read Peters in Slate on the mesmerizing North Korean cheer squad.
- Russia isn’t competing in these Winter Olympics, but “Olympic Athletes from Russia” are.
- Peters also wrote this week on 17-year-old Red Gerard’s thrilling gold medal in the slopestyle snowboarding event. Gerard said the first thing he’ll do with his medal is “look at it for quite some time.”
- Strong winds made for a wild women’s slopestyle final.
- Follow Jack Hamilton on Twitter and listen to his Slate podcast series on race and pop culture in the 1960s.
- Hamilton’s piece on the Cleveland Cavaliers blowing up their team to please LeBron James.
- Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley wrote that the Cavaliers “traded pretty much everyone who isn’t LeBron”
- Has James been on “cruise control”?
- James had tension with Isaiah Thomas, who may have single-handedly blown up the Cavaliers’ season.
- Cleveland’s front office, led by general manager Koby Altman, attempted to turn the Cavaliers into a team that can play as a team.
- Follow Grant Wahl on Twitter.
- Wahl explains how Carlos Cordeiro won the election for president of the United States Soccer Federation.
- Wahl interviewed Cordeiro last week, just before the election.
- In the Players’ Tribune, U.S. Men’s National Team defender Geoff Cameron spread blame around for the team’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
- Phenom Jonathan González, who holds dual Mexican and American citizenship, disappointed the U.S. soccer world by choosing to play for the Mexican national team.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Schneemann:
Stefan’s Schneemann: The International Olympic Committee’s dedicated broadcast feed Olympic Channel News is the Muzak of the Winter Games.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan and Josh talk to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl about his upcoming book, Masters of Modern Soccer: How the World’s Best Play the Twenty-First-Century Game, 19-year-old rising star Christian Pulisic, and more.
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