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In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, Michael Agger, and Hanna Rosin discuss the National Scrabble Championship, Alex Rodriguez's milestone 600th home run, Agger's Slate series on golf's statistical revolution, and the conclusion of Season 4 of Friday Night Lights.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
The 2010 National Scrabble Championship.
Stefan's game-by-game statistics at the Scrabble championships.
A pereion is "the thorax or the seven metameres comprising the thorax of some crustaceans (as a decapod)."
SI.com's compilation of Alex Rodriguez's home run stats.
HitTracker.com's home run data for A-Rod. (AOL Fanhouse's Frankie Piliere points out that A-Rod's home run velocity has declined the last several seasons.)
MLB.com's Derek Jeter Record Tracker.
Michael Agger's "Moneygolf" series on how new statistics are changing the game.
Agger's Slate piece on why Tiger Woods has struggled on the golf course this season.
Slate's Friday Night Lights TV Club, featuring Hanna Rosin, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz.
Hang Up and Listen's weekly Riggins' Rigs:
Mike's rig: The hilarious boilerplate write-ups on findticketsfast.com. ("The Pirates Vs Mets Game Comes Down To One Simple Thing, Bragging Rights!")
Josh's rig: The Senate's gridlock over resolutions honoring sports teams. (Read George Packer's New Yorker article on the Senate's non-sports-related dysfunction.)
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