Silva-Weidman, UFC 162: Hang Up and Listen on the slowness of baseball games, Anderson Silva’s mixed martial arts trolling, and the future of sports highlight shows.

Slate’s Sports Podcast on the Biggest Troll in Mixed Martial Arts

Slate’s Sports Podcast on the Biggest Troll in Mixed Martial Arts

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July 15 2013 5:18 PM

Hang Up and Listen: The I Bought a Hippo Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on whether baseball games are too slow, how Anderson Silva trolled UFC 162, and the dire state of highlight shows.

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin and Mike Pesca welcome new Deadspin editor Tim Marchman to discuss the slow pace of baseball games, Chris Davis’ rise from struggling slugger to hitting 37 home runs by the All-Star break, and Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter. They also review Anderson Silva’s loss at UFC 162 and the long-time champ’s trolling tactics. Finally, they consider if the sports highlight show has outlived its usefulness.

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Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Vodka Drunkenskis:

Mike’s Vodka Drunkenski: In 1954, legendary sportswriter Red Smith wrote about the claim that a baseball is only in play for 12 minutes during a three-hour game.

Tim’s Vodka Drunkenski: Baron Davis confesses that he was abducted by aliens, though he hesitates to call it an abduction.

Josh’s Vodka Drunkenski: World champion Frisbee dog Ashley Whippet was called the “Professor Naismith, the Babe Ruth and the Michael Jordan of his sport all rolled into one.”

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Our intern is Michael Gerber.

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Josh Levin is Slate’s editorial director.

Tim Marchman is the deputy editor of Deadspin. You can follow him on Twitter.

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