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A weekly sports discussion from Slate. Hang Up and Listen features Slate sports editor Josh Levin, writer Stefan Fatsis (author of A Few Seconds of Panic), and a selection of interesting guests from around the sports world.

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    No Grand Slam for Novak

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 73:56


    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and the New Yorker's Louisa Thomas talk about Daniil Medvedev's upset over Novak Djokovic and Emma Raducanu's shocking U.S. Open title. They also discuss Jameis Winston, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Cam Newton's interview with his dad. Finally, they assess the U.S. men's national soccer team's rocky opening to World Cup qualifying. U.S. Open (2:25): What to make of Djokovic's loss, and his response to it. Plus, where did Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez come from?   NFL (31:12): Making sense of pro football's opening weekend.   U.S. soccer (48:19): How concerning are the USMNT's on-field struggles?   Afterball (1:06;30): Stefan on Sheriff Tiraspol, the Moldovan soccer underdog that you maybe shouldn't root for Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Who or What Is Bishop Sycamore?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 70:02

    Josh Levin and Joel Anderson are joined by Spencer Hall to talk about the opening weekend of the college football season. They also discuss Bishop Sycamore, the fake high school that made its way into an ESPN football showcase. Finally, the CBC's Morgan Campbell joins to assess Canada's series of sporting triumphs.   College football (1:48): Alabama looks like its old self. But what's up with Clemson?   Bishop Sycamore (24:37): Where did it come from? Is it unique or a sign of a larger phenomenon?   Canada (40:44): Soccer, track, tennis. What's behind Canada's run of athletic success?   Afterball (56:35): Josh on Dutch tennis player Botic van de Zandschulp. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Turmoil at ESPN

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 76:08


    Josh Levin interviews Ben Rothenberg about his reporting on domestic abuse allegations against tennis player Alexander Zverev. Josh, Stefan Fatsis, and Joel Anderson are then joined by Grant Wahl to discuss Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Manchester United. Finally, assessing Rachel Nichols' fall and Stephen A. Smith's rise at ESPN.   Zverev (3:50): What are the accusations and how has the tennis world responded? Ronaldo (19:19): Why he's returning to the club where he became an international superstar.   ESPN (41:57): What we know about personnel moves at the Worldwide Leader.   Afterball (1:06:15): Josh on what might be the longest down and distance in NFL history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Turmoil at Jeopardy!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 71:30


    Joel Anderson and Stefan Fatsis talk with track writer Jojo Gretschel about sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson's last-place finish in her return from a suspension. Former pro basketball player Rod Benson discusses Draymond Green's revealing conversation with Kevin Durant and the future of athlete-driven sports media. Finally, an interview with Claire McNear of the Ringer about her blockbuster reporting that brought down the new host of Jeopardy! Sha'Carri (5:23): Track writer Jojo Gretschel on Sha'Carri Richardson's 100-meter flop.   Dray and KD (22:31): Ex-basketball pro Rod Benson on Draymond Green's revealing interview with Kevin Durant. Jeopardy! (40:57): Claire McNear of the Ringer on the comments that brought down Alex Trebek's successor. Afterball (1:04:54): Stefan on pro ultimate frisbee.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Baseball in a Cornfield

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 76:39


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about Major League Baseball's Field of Dreams game. Writer Jessica Luther also joins to discuss the Deshaun Watson and Trevor Bauer cases. Finally, they review the documentary Malice at the Palace.   Field of Dreams (4:42): Is this kind of nostalgia good or bad for baseball?   Watson and Bauer (26:02): How should leagues handle allegations of sexual misconduct?   Malice at the Palace (46:35): What the Netflix documentary leaves out.   Afterball (1:07:16): Stefan on hockey players fighting fans in 1979. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The Lionel Messi-Barcelona Breakup

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 74:20


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the end of the Tokyo Olympics. They also discuss NFL players who've refused to get the COVID vaccine, and what the league should do about it. Finally, author Simon Kuper explains the tearful end of Lionel Messi's brilliant career at F.C. Barcelona.   Olympics (3:31): The troubled 2020 Olympics could reset how fans view athletes and the games.   NFL (22:32): Kirk Cousins would rather surround himself with Plexiglas than get vaccinated.   Lionel Messi (42:12): Why did it have to end this way? And what's next for Messi and his longtime club?   Afterball (57:53): Joel on the tiny countries that bagged Olympics hardware for the first time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The Simone Biles Speaks Up and Sits Out Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 75:26


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the latest in the saga of Simone Biles at the Tokyo Olympics. They also assess the U.S. women's national soccer team's semifinals loss to Canada and other stories from the Summer Games. Finally, Jeff Passan of ESPN joins to talk about Major League Baseball's trade deadline.   Biles (2:31): What are the bigger picture lessons of the gymnastics legend's Tokyo opt-out? Olympics (23:45): A surprise in the men's 100 meters and a smile in the men's high jump.   Baseball (42:34): MLB's trade deadline was the craziest in history.   Afterball (1:04:55): Stefan on the return of Olympic Channel News, the state-run broadcasting service of the Summer Games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Sponsored: Game-Changing Leadership with Cynt Marshall

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 38:31

    This episode features Cynt Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks and the NBA's first Black female CEO. After spending 36 years in senior management at AT&T, Cynt pivoted to the sports industry where her values-based leadership has transformed the Mavericks' culture to emphasize community and employee engagement. Cynt's authentic and humanizing perspectives shed light on how empathy and technology can help us stay connected and enhance shared experiences. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Potemkin Village Olympics Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 89:06


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the weirdness of the Tokyo Olympics being staged without spectators. They also assess the wobbly starts by the U.S. men's basketball and women's gymnastics teams. Finally, they examine the implications of Texas and Oklahoma seeking to leave the Big 12 for the powerhouse SEC.  Olympic atmosphere (2:39): The absence of fans has made for a weird start to the Summer Games.   Olympic sports (24:41): Simone Biles and the U.S. women's gymnastics team stumbled in the preliminary competition.   SEC (47:11): Will Texas and Oklahoma usher in a major realignment in college sports?   Afterball (1:09:12): Josh on baseball broadcast pioneer Mary Shane, the subject of the latest episode of his new podcast series, One Year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    One Year: Mary Shane's Rookie Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 54:50

    Slate's new podcast One Year and will introduce you to people and ideas that changed American history--one year at a time. The show is hosted by your Hang Up and Listen host Josh Levin. And our first season covers 1977: a year when gay rights hung in the balance, Roots dominated the airwaves, and Jesus appeared on a tortilla. This episode introduces you to Mary Shane, who made history with the Chicago White Sox as the first woman hired as a legitimate major-league baseball announcer. But in 1977, she had to fight to be taken seriously in one of America's most sexist industries. One Year is produced by Josh Levin, Evan Chung, and Madeline Ducharme. Mixing by Merritt Jacob. Like this episode? Subscribe to One Year on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Welcome to the Coronavirus Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 76:56


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by New York Times Tokyo bureau chief Motoko Rich to discuss the troubled run-up to the Olympics. They also talk about the dominance and humility of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. Finally, they review Space Jam: A New Legacy.   Olympics (2:53): The Summer Games face positive coronavirus tests, public antipathy, and heat and humidity.   NBA Finals (22:59): How Giannis led the Bucks back against the Suns.   Space Jam (42:50): Just how bad is the Warner Bros. sequel starring LeBron James?   Afterball (1:04:25): Stefan on pitcher Wayne Garland, who flopped in 1977 after signing one of baseball's first big free-agent contracts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    It's Coming Home to Italy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 75:47


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by Nicky Bandini of the Guardian to discuss Italy's victory over England in the Euro 2020 final. Next, they talk about Giannis Antetokounmpo, Chris Paul, and the first three games of the NBA Finals. Finally, they assess the pitching and hitting phenom Shohei Ohtani. Euro 2020 (3:34): Italy beat England but the final was marred by racist and violent fan behavior.   NBA Finals (23:48): Giannis Antetokounmpo is remarkable at a young age, Chris Paul at an old one. Shohei Ohtani (47:25): Is the Japanese pitcher and hitter better than Babe Ruth? Afterball (1:06:18): Josh on the reaction to Novak Djokovic's Wimbledon triumph. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Sha'Carri Richardson Did Nothing Wrong

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 72:42


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson's marijuana suspension. Penn State professor Amira Rose Davis joins to discuss Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry and Black women activists in sports. And finally, a look at the first week of new name, image, and likeness rules in the NCAA.   Sha'Carri Richardson (02:28): Why is marijuana a banned substance in the first place?   Black women activists (20:59) How athlete protests have evolved and what to expect at the Tokyo Games.   NIL (46:32): College athletes signed a range of deals in a wild first week of commercial rights.   Afterball (1:03:06): Stefan on a Myanmar men's national soccer team player who protested against the military dictatorship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Carl Nassib Comes Out

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 70:40


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss NFL player Carl Nassib's historic announcement. They also talk about the key players and storylines in the NBA conference finals. Finally, they assess the Week in Sports Idiocy.   Nassib (1:55): The significance of an active NFL player coming out.   NBA (24:09): What Giannis Antetokounmpo and Trae Young have in common.   Week in Sports Idiocy (42:19): The Tour de France and the College World Series were prime idiot-spotting territory.   Afterball (56:44): Joel on 17-year-old track star Erriyon Knighton. Podcast production by Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Did the Supreme Court Just Kill the NCAA?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 81:04


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss NBA injuries, Kevin Durant's heroics, and Ben Simmons' struggles. Slate's Mark Joseph Stern also joins to assess the Supreme Court's decision in NCAA v. Alston. Finally, David Epstein talks about distance runner Shelby Houlihan, who claims her positive drug test came from eating a burrito.   NBA (3:14): What does the data say about NBA injuries? And what happened to the Nets and Sixers?   Alston v. NCAA (24:13): Does this week's unanimous ruling put the college sports business model in peril?   Houlihan (46:50): The case against the American track star, and why she might be telling the truth.   Afterball (66:33): Stefan on the on-field death of NFL player Chuck Hughes. Podcast production by Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    What Happened to Christian Eriksen

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 73:16


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss Danish soccer player Christian Eriksen's collapse at the UEFA European Championship. Stephanie Apstein of Sports Illustrated also joins to talk about baseball pitchers slathering the ball with goo. Finally, Stefan and Josh interview Jon Wertheim about Glory Days, his new book on sports in 1984.   Eriksen (2:14): The agony of waiting to see if the soccer star was OK.   Sticky stuff (22:34): What will baseball's powers that be do about the game's latest scandal?   1984 (44:04): How Michael Jordan, Lakers vs. Celtics, Martina Navratilova, and more changed the sports landscape forever.   Afterball (60:31): Stefan, Josh, and Jon Wertheim on the French Open. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The Kevin Durant and the Asteroid Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 74:03


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by Sam Anderson to discuss Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets. They also discuss the U.S. men's national team's win over Mexico and the retirement of Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. Durant (01:52): What makes him unique among NBA superstars.   Soccer (21:44): Is the U.S. men's national team's latest victory meaningful or meaningless? Coach K (42:06): Understanding the legacy of a college basketball legend. Afterball (61:06): Josh on Mike Krzyzewski and Abar Rouse. Podcast production by Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The Naomi Osaka Withdraws Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 76:17


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about what Naomi Osaka’s French Open withdrawal reveals about athletes and mental health and athletes and the press. They also discuss the spate of atrocious fan behavior in NBA arenas, and Rebecca Schuman joins for a conversation about Simone Biles’ latest feat of gymnastics excellence. Osaka (2:20): How the controversy over her French Open comments played out, and what comes next.   NBA (25:44): Has fan behavior reached a new low or are we just paying closer attention? Biles (45:47): Why her new vault is so amazing, and why judges are undervaluing it. Afterball (63:26): Remembering Lee Evans, who staged a quiet protest at the 1968 Olympics. Podcast production by Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The Old Man Mickelson Wins a Major Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 63:41


    Joel Anderson and Josh Levin are joined by Shutdown Fullcast’s Spencer Hall to discuss the start of the NBA playoffs and the spate of injuries befalling NBA stars. They also discuss Phil Mickelson’s PGA Championship triumph and Tim Tebow’s possible NFL return. NBA (2:46): How LeBron looks, and how injuries have changed pro basketball’s postseason outlook. Golf (18:30): How the 50-year-old Mickelson did it, and what his victory means for older athletes. Tebow (34:05): Will he make it as a tight end? Is it possible to have a good Tebow take? Afterball (51:04): Josh on the found art of Major League Baseball transaction logs. Podcast production by Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The New York Knicks Are a Thing Again Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 73:37

    Joel Anderson and Josh Levin are joined by the New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham to discuss the rise of the New York Knicks and the start of the NBA playoffs. The Athletic’s Chantel Jennings also joins to talk about the start of the WNBA season. Finally, Joe Drape of the New York Times assesses the case against racehorse trainer Bob Baffert. NBA (3:42): Does the Knicks’ return to non-terribleness matter? And what are the big storylines going into the playoffs? WNBA (24:42): The return of Sabrina Ionescu and other big news from the league’s opening weekend. Horse racing (42:58): Is the sport turning on Bob Baffert after yet another doping scandal? Afterball (58:39): Joel on Sam Houston State’s football championship. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.  Podcast production by Margaret Kelley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The How Fast Is DK Metcalf? Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 76:14


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the upcoming NBA play-in tournament. They also discuss the latest brouhaha over violence in the National Hockey League and they assess NFL wide receiver DK Metcalf’s performance against pro sprinters.   NBA (2:49): Why LeBron James hates the play-in games and most everyone else loves them.   NHL (21:21): Does hockey have a cultural problem or a Tom Wilson problem?   DK Metcalf (43:03): He didn’t come close to winning. He still proved something.   Afterball (61:37): Josh on Armando Galarraga’s almost-perfect game, 10 years later. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.  Podcast production by Margaret Kelley Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The Move Back the Pitcher’s Mound Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 77:13


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin welcome a trio of guests. Master Tesfatsion of Bleacher Report discusses the NFL draft. Ben Lindbergh of the Ringer explains why moving back the pitcher’s mound could boost Major League Baseball’s anemic offenses. And Rebecca Schuman talks about the leotard, the unitard, and the sexualization of female gymnasts.   NFL draft (3:06): Five quarterbacks got picked in the first round. No one really knows if they’ll succeed.   Baseball (26:09): A minor league is moving the mound back one foot. Will the majors try it next?   Gymnastics (48:48): Why it’s revolutionary that a trio of German women have ditched the leotard.   Afterball (01:06:26): Joel on why high school sports matter, especially for transgender athletes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The Future of Trans Athletes Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 77:12


    Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Tariq Panja of the New York Times to discuss European soccer’s Super League fiasco. Stefan, Josh, and Joel Anderson then talk about Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry’s absurd month. Plus, an interview with researcher Joanna Harper about transgender athletes in girls’ and women’s sports.   Super League (2:11): Why did it implode? What comes next?   Stephen Curry (26:04): Assessing one of the most incredible months in the history of the NBA.   Joanna Harper (43:45): An interview with the transgender runner and researcher about the science, politics, and culture war around trans girls and women in sports.   Afterball (63:34): Josh on the many grudges of new LSU women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.  Podcast production by Margaret Kelley Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Everyone Hates the European Super League

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 64:56


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by Ken Early of the Irish Times to talk about European soccer’s proposed Super League. They also discuss the NFL’s top quarterback prospects and they debate whether Triller Fight Club is the future of boxing.   Super League (2:10): What is this new soccer proposal? Why is it making everyone so mad? Is there any way to stop it?   Quarterbacks (21:40): What we know about Trevor Lawrence and crew, and why so many QBs will likely get picked at the top of the first round.   Boxing (38:52): Are Jake Paul, Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, Evander Holyfield the salvation for a dying sport?   Afterball (52:19): Stefan on the San Diego Sockers music video “One for the Thumb.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The Man Who Followed Jackie Robinson

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2021 70:22


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the sports world’s pandemic purgatory. They also ponder what sports feats have still yet to be achieved. Finally, Luke Epplin joins to discuss his book Our Team and the story of Larry Doby, the second player to break baseball’s modern color barrier. Pandemic purgatory (3:11): What to make of the Texas Rangers’ full stadium and the Vancouver Canucks’ 20-plus positive COVID tests. Rare sports feats (20:30): The Padres have, at last, thrown a no-hitter. What achievement can we cross of the list next? Larry Doby (35:37): The first Black player in the American League was a pioneer in his own right. Afterball (54:30): Joel on North Carolina’s JV men’s basketball team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Baylor, Haley, and a Buzzer Beater

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2021 82:37


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the men’s and women’s NCAA finals and Jalen Suggs’ Final Four buzzer beater. They also discuss Major League Baseball’s decision to move this year’s All-Star Game in response to Georgia’s new voting law, and Arizona State professor Victoria Jackson joins to assess the athlete compensation case NCAA v. Alston. NCAA (2:57): How Baylor and Stanford won it all, and assessing Jalen Suggs’ remarkable shot. MLB and voting rights (26:54): What went into baseball’s boycott decision. Alston v. NCAA (48:18): What we learned in Supreme Court oral arguments, and what comes next for the NCAA and college athletes. Afterball (68:19): Josh on the transfer portal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Remember Elgin Baylor

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2021 82:55


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about Gonzaga’s greatness and the Sweet 16 match-up between Paige Bueckers and Caitlin Clark. Stefan and Josh then try to convince Joel to become a fan of the U.S. men’s national soccer team. Finally, Defector’s Dave McKenna joins for a conversation about basketball legend Elgin Baylor, who died last week at 86. NCAA tournaments (2:18): What’s the secret to Gonzaga’s success? What stood out in UConn’s win over Iowa? U.S. soccer (22:57): What’s not to love about this generation of American men’s soccer talent? Elgin Baylor (45:03): What you need to know about the Washington D.C., College Idaho, Seattle University, and Los Angeles Lakers icon. Afterball (65:27) Podcast production by Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The TikTok Video That Blew Up College Basketball

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2021 67:57


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the opening weekend of March Madness. They also discuss the inequalities between the men’s and women’s tournaments, and author Jessica Luther joins for a conversation about the assault lawsuits against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. NCAA Tournament (3:03): A bunch of fun games or just a whole lot of bad basketball? March Madness inequality (20:38): How a viral TikTok video brought attention to NCAA disparities. Deshaun Watson (37:14): How to think about the allegations, and what comes next. Afterball (54:17): Josh on “you don’t need a 3 here.” Podcast production by Margaret Kelley. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The Marvelousness of Marvelous Marvin Hagler

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2021 74:40


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the lead-up to March Madness. They also talk about the controversy surrounding “The Eyes of Texas,” the song the University of Texas plays before and after football games. Finally, they assess the life and career of Marvelous Marvin Hagler. March Madness (01:09): Should the NCAA Tournament be played? “The Eyes of Texas” (21:35): What we know about the song and what the conversation about it leaves out. Hagler (41:00): What made him and his fights so memorable. Afterballs (60:25): Stefan on the etymology of packed and stuffed. Podcast production and edit by Margaret Kelley. You can email us at hangup@slate.com. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Baseball’s First Openly Gay Player

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 81:17


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the NBA All-Star Game and the state of the league a year after it suspended play due to COVID-19. They also talk about a new report on LSU’s failures to deal with sexual assault claims and allegations about the school’s ex-football coach Les Miles. Finally, Andrew Maraniss joins for a conversation about his book Singled Out, on the plight of the gay baseball player Glenn Burke. NBA (1:55): What has the NBA learned, if anything, during our year-long pandemic? LSU (18:54): How should the school respond to a report laying out its Title IX failures? Singled Out (38:49): What Glenn Burke went through, and what his legacy means today. Afterballs (58:24): Stefan on Muhammad Ali’s activities before his first fight with Joe Frazier and Josh on listeners’ favorite free throws. Podcast production and edit by Margaret Kelley. You can email us at hangup@slate.com. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    What Is NBA Top Shot?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2021 77:30


    Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by FanGraphs’ Meg Rowley to talk about Seattle Mariners president Kevin Mather’s resignation and Fernando Tatis Jr.’s new contract. Alex Kirshner also joins to discuss NBA Top Shot. Finally, they interview Nick Greene about his book How to Watch Basketball Like a Genius. Baseball (2:18): What Mather’s comments reveal about the Mariners and MLB, and what Tatis’ deal says about the Padres and major-league economics. NBA Top Shot (23:38): A collecting craze + an internet-fueled bubble = investment mania How to Watch Basketball Like a Genius (43:37): What game designers, economists, and ballet choreographers can teach us about the sport. Afterballs (61:37): Stefan on Jack Inglis and Josh on a Luka Doncic rookie card. Podcast production by Margaret Kelley and Asha Saluja. You can email us at hangup@slate.com. Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Ranking the Best Dunks Ever

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2021 75:19


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by the New Yorker’s Louisa Thomas to talk about the Australian Open. They also discuss the NBA’s new G League player development model. Finally, they assess Anthony Edwards’ huge dunk and name their favorite dunks of all time.   Australian Open (04:06): How Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic won and what the future holds for Serena Williams.   G League Ignite (24:50): Jalen Green’s path to the pros could change the NBA and college basketball.   Dunks (44:50): Will Anthony Edwards’ slam stand the test of time? Which dunks will we never forget?   Afterball (01:02:32): Josh on posterization, the word and the concept. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Should Sports Teams Stop Playing the National Anthem?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 72:46


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin assess the debate over whether to play the national anthem at sporting events. They also discuss what the pandemic taught us about the mysteries of home-field advantage. Finally, ESPN’s Ryan Smith joins to talk about a lawsuit alleging that the NFL’s concussion settlement discriminates against Black players.   Anthem (3:11): Why the Dallas Mavericks stopped playing it, why they resumed, and what happens next.   Home-field advantage (21:49): How home teams fare in a world without crowd noise.   Concussion settlement (38:22): Inside a lawsuit brought by pro football retirees.   Afterball (60:07): Stefan on “Star-Spangled Banner” debates of the past. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Tom Brady Can’t Stop Winning

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2021 69:33


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the Bucs’ Super Bowl win over the Chiefs. Among the topics discussed: Tom Brady’s latest triumph, the Bucs’ defense, and Patrick Mahomes’ valiant effort in defeat. They also assess the rising conflict between NBA players and the league.   Super Bowl (4:39): How Tampa won, why Kansas City lost, and why we were so wrong about Tom Brady.   NBA (38:03): Why the league’s best players are so upset about the All-Star Game.   Afterballs (56:36): Josh with more on Jackie Robinson’s letter to Bill Keefe and Stefan on Muhammad Ali and One Night in Miami. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Is Curt Schilling a Hall of Famer?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2021 77:14


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the latest NFL hiring cycle, where just one Black coach got hired to run a team. They also assess Australia’s tennis quarantine and discuss whether Curt Schilling will break the baseball Hall of Fame. NFL coaches (01:52): What if anything can be done to get Black coaches more opportunities? COVID (20:52): Sports in Australia vs. sports in the pandemic-ravaged United States. Curt Schilling (35:56): Should writers consider his “character” when casting their Hall of Fame ballots? Afterballs (54:14): Josh on Jackie Robinson vs. sportswriter Bill Keefe and Melissa Kaplan on the Phillie Phanatic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Remembering Henry Aaron

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2021 76:28


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the Packers’ mystifying field goal attempt and the Chiefs’ run for a second straight title. They also discuss the life and legacy of baseball legend Henry Aaron, who died last week at the age of 86. NFL (01:35): What was Packers coach Matt LaFleur thinking? What’s the secret to the Chiefs’ success? Henry Aaron (21:55): Remembering Aaron’s upbringing, his career, his chase of baseball’s home run record, and everything he needed to overcome to be great. Afterball (01:02:24): Stefan on the sad and courageous story of Black baseball players Leander and Jim Turgeson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The Mystery of Kyrie Irving

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2021 72:58

    Joel Anderson, Josh Levin, and special guest Damon Young talk about the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. They also discuss the Brooklyn Nets’ trade for James Harden and Kyrie Irving’s absence. Finally, they review the HBO documentary Tiger. NFL (01:49): Drew Brees, the concussion protocol, and the Chiefs’ gutsy fourth-down call.  Nets (21:51): Is Kyrie Irving just misunderstood? Tiger (41:15): What the two-part doc reveals about Tiger Woods’ life and career. Afterball (59:29): Joel on the time Hakeem Olajuwon wanted out of Houston. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Alabama Is (One of) the Greatest Teams Ever

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2021 65:38


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about Alabama’s win over Ohio State in the college football title game. They also assess how athletes and leagues reacted to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Finally, they discuss the NFL’s Super Wild Card Weekend. College football (01:39): What will we remember about this season, and what should we make of the Alabama dynasty? Insurrection (21:29): Why did the NBA and NFL powers that be stay silent? NFL (38:02): The Cleveland Browns won and Nickelodeon made its playoff broadcasting debut. Afterball (52:38): Stefan on Marine AFC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The NFL’s Final Game Tankapalooza

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2021 69:27


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about Washington’s win over Philadelphia on Sunday Night Football. They also discuss Alabama and Ohio State’s victories in the College Football Playoff and ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel joins for a conversation about the Duke women’s basketball team opting out of the season. NFL (01:28): Did the Eagles commit fraud in their loss to Washington or was it all just a big laugh? College Football Playoff (19:27): On Justin Fields, Ryan Day, Dabo Swinney, Nick Saban, DeVonta Smith, Najee Harris, Brian Kelly and the other heroes and villains of the CFP. Duke women’s basketball (37:14): Why did the players opt out? What happens next? Afterball (55:58): Stefan remembers Penn Quaker Kevin Warren. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Answering Your Questions About Sports in 2020

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2020 66:53


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin field listener questions about how sports changed the national response to COVID, whether the pandemic sowed mistrust between owners and players, their personal players of the year, and a whole lot more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Giannis Is Staying in Milwaukee

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2020 72:51


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the end of college football’s regular season and the College Football Playoff matchups. They also discuss Giannis Antetokounmpo’s decision to re-sign with the Bucks. Finally, they ponder what pandemic-era changes will become permanent and which will be forgotten. College football (2:23) Did the committee get it right? Is it possible to make the sport more equitable? Giannis (22:18): Why did he decide to run it back with the Bucks? Is his decision good for the NBA?  Pandemic-era changes (41:44): How will players, leagues, and fans shift to a post-pandemic age? Afterball (1:00:32): Josh on how Michael Jordan could’ve been a Dallas Maverick. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    After the Dance

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2020 9:30


    In this bonus episode preview, Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss “The Last Last Dance,” Joel’s special podcast on Michael Jordan’s tenure with the Washington Wizards. Topics discussed include why Jordan chose to go to D.C., how he treated Kwame Brown, and whether Jordan’s time in Washington makes him a more or less sympathetic figure. Sign up for Slate Plus here to hear this bonus episode in full. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The Last Last Dance

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2020 57:27


    In this special episode of Hang Up and Listen, Joel Anderson tells the story of Michael Jordan's second comeback. How did Jordan end up in Washington, D.C.? Why couldn’t he make the Washington Wizards into winners? And what does the final chapter of Jordan’s career reveal about him as a player and a person? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The New York Jets Are Bad

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2020 71:05


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the latest humiliation of the winless New York Jets. They also discuss the Russell Westbrook-John Wall trade, and Russell Dinkins joins for a conversation about his quest to save college track programs. Jets (03:55): Are they trying to lose on purpose? Should Trevor Lawrence stay away? Westbrook and Wall (23:57): The thin line between NBA superstardom and basketball sadness. Track (39:32): Why are men’s track programs disappearing, and what does race have to do with it? Afterball (58:21): Joel on the end of the Southwest Conference and the decline of the Houston Cougars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Remembering Diego Maradona

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2020 69:15


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the Broncos playing without a quarterback and other NFL COVID chaos. They also discuss the life and death of soccer legend Diego Maradona. Finally, they assess the debut of kicker Sarah Fuller, the first woman to play in a Power 5 football game. NFL (02:03): Should the Broncos have been forced to play? Will the NFL make it to the playoffs? Maradona (22:14): Could there ever be another player like him? Sarah Fuller (40:51): What should we make of her historic achievement and her performance on the field?  Afterball (57:28): Stefan on the “Greek Maradona,” Vasilis Hatzipanagis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    What Happened to Freddy Adu? 

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2020 77:16


    Joel Anderson and Josh Levin are joined by Yahoo’s Seerat Sohi to talk about the latest NBA deals. Jessica Luther then joins Joel, Josh, and Stefan Fatsis to discuss LSU’s mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations. Finally, Grant Wahl comes on to talk about American Prodigy, his new podcast on soccer phenom Freddy Adu. NBA (03:17): What moves will make the biggest impact on the coming season? And is Giannis going to stay in Milwaukee? LSU (21:57): What Yahoo’s investigation revealed, and what should come next. Freddy Adu (44:54): Why was he so hyped? Was his career a failure? Afterball (01:06:43): Joel on Utah high school football amid the coronavirus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Kim Ng Is Finally a General Manager

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2020 69:14


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by FanGraphs’ Meg Rowley to discuss the Marlins’ hiring of Kim Ng as baseball’s first woman general manager. They also talk about the putrid NFC East and why the sports world has failed to adjust as the COVID crisis worsens. Kim Ng (02:54): Why did it take so long for her—or any woman—to get a job running a major-league team? NFC East (21:55): How pro football’s showcase division got so bad. COVID (39:42): Will the games still go on this winter? And why are leagues still insisting on having fans in the stands? Afterball (57:14): Josh on domestic abuse allegations against tennis star Alexander Zverev. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    What Sports Can Teach Us About Elections

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2020 74:46


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the differences between election TV and sports TV, and whether election forecasters should be criticized. They also compare how a great sports victory compares to a political one. And they discuss Notre Dame’s win over Clemson and the field-storming that followed. Election TV (4:12): Can cable news learn something from how sports are covered? Sports victories vs. political victories (24:23): Do we prefer landslides/blowouts or the thrill of a last-second win? Notre Dame-Clemson (43:16): A great college football game feels different in 2020. Afterball (58:36): Stefan on the heroism of Nebraska state senator Ernie Chambers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The Athletes and the Election

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2020 81:23


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the positive COVID tests for the Dodgers’ Justin Turner and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. WNBA player Renee Montgomery then joins to talk about the More Than a Vote campaign. Finally, they revisit Ruth Shalit Barrett’s article about rich parents and niche sports, which the Atlantic has now retracted.  Positive COVID tests (03:17): Why are outbreaks spreading in college football? And how have fans responded to Justin Turner’s maskless on-field celebration? Renee Montgomery (23:03): Why she opted out of the WNBA season and how she approaches social activism. Ruth Shalit Barrett (40:52): What lessons should be learned from the Atlantic’s decision to assign the story to Barrett, and then to retract it in its entirety? Afterballs (01:00:56): Joel on Billy Tubbs and Josh on an NFL rule that needs to change. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Brett Phillips, World Series Hero

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2020 65:46


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the likely and unlikely heroes of the 2020 World Series. ESPN’s Myron Medcalf also comes on to talk about how the pandemic is affecting college sports “have nots” like UC Riverside. Finally, the hosts are joined by … a mystery guest! World Series (02:02): Where did Brett Phillips come from? And how did Clayton Kershaw transform his postseason legacy? UC Riverside (20:34): Why this Division I school is considering eliminating sports entirely. Mystery guest (37:31): A sports innovator joins the show. Will Joel and Stefan be able to guess who he is? Afterball (55:14): Josh on Andrew Giuliani’s failed lawsuit after he got kicked off the Duke University golf team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    Goodbye to Billy Beane and Daryl Morey

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2020 72:51


    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by the Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh to discuss the World Series matchup between the Dodgers and the Rays. They also discuss Billy Beane reportedly leaving the Oakland A’s and Daryl Morey departing the Houston Rockets. Finally, they assess an Atlantic piece on rich white parents using niche sports to get their kids into Ivy League schools. World Series (02:12): What do the Dodgers and Rays have in common, and what are the differences between baseball’s best teams?  Beane and Morey (21:09): What’s the legacy of the sports world’s best-known analytically inclined executives? Rich parents and niche sports (39:12): On the culture of high-level squash and college admissions. Afterball (58:20): Joel on Derrick Henry, the rare star high school running back who made it in the NFL. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


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