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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about New England’s 28–24 win over Seattle in Super Bowl 49, and the Seahawks’ decision to throw from the 1-yard line at the end of the game. Grantland’s Bryan Curtis joins to discuss the surprising stardom of the Patriots’ undrafted rookie Malcolm Butler and the Seahawks’ former Foot Locker employee Chris Matthews. NBC’s lead producer Fred Gaudelli also comes on to explain what he saw as he helmed his fifth Super Bowl broadcast.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Slate’s Jeremy Stahl said this Super Bowl showcased everything there is to love and hate about the NFL.
- NBC didn’t show Doug Baldwin’s touchdown celebration, which maybe was inspired by Adam Carolla.
- The Seahawks’ Byron Maxwell gave the ball a squeeze to make sure it wasn’t deflated.
- A dance critic defends the “bad left shark.”
- Brian Burke of Advanced Football Analytics argues that Pete Carroll’s play call wasn’t as dumb as it looked.
- Carroll tries to explain what he was thinking.
- Grantland’s Bryan Curtis on unlikely Super Bowl heroes Chris Matthews and Malcom Butler.
- Read more of Bryan’s Super Bowl stories and follow him on Twitter.
- Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press writes about Julian Edelman’s possible concussion.
- Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch interviews NBC’s Fred Gaudelli and assesses the network’s Super Bowl broadcast.
- Hang Up and Listen previously interviewed Gaudelli in 2013 and this January.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Scott Myricks:
Mike’s Scott Myrick: a critical assessment of Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl.
Stefan’s Scott Myrick: Did Qatar try to buy its way to a handball world championship?
Josh’s Scott Myrick: The “IBM Insights” on ESPN’s tennis broadcasts aren’t all that insightful.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the genius of Key & Peele’s East/West Bowl sketches. Slate Plus members get an ad-free version of this podcast with bonus segments. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.
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