Hang Up and Listen

Hang Up and Listen

By Slate Podcasts

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), Slate writer and Slow Burn host Joel Anderson, and a selection of interesting guests from around the sports world.

Episodes

College Football Players Want to Play

In this Plus preview, Joel Anderson, Josh Levin, and Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley talk about the battle over the 2020 college football season. To help support Hang Up and Listen and listen to every episode in full, sign up now for Slate Plus. Members get to skip the ads and get bonus segments and episodes on many Slate podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/08/2021m 14s

The Pac-12 Football Players Are United

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the NBA’s strong restart and Major League Baseball’s disastrous season. They’re also joined by UCLA’s Otito Ogbonnia and Elisha Guidry for a conversation about the #WeAreUnited movement. Finally, they discuss Joel’s piece about Liberty University’s attempt to become a sports powerhouse—and why Black athletes have started leaving the school. NBA and MLB (02:42): What the NBA is doing right and what baseball is doing wrong. #WeAreUnited (22:46): How Pac-12 football players came together, and what reforms they want to see in college sports. Liberty (45:34): Can Jerry Falwell Jr.’s school overcome its racist past and present to become a college sports juggernaut? Afterball (01:05:07): Stefan on the Seattle Sockeyes’ romance novel roots. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/08/201h 16m

The Miami Marlins Have a Coronavirus Outbreak

In this Plus Preview, Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the spread of COVID in Major League Baseball. What should the Miami Marlins and Major League Baseball do in response to the team’s coronavirus outbreak? To help support Hang Up and Listen and listen to every episode in full, sign up now for Slate Plus. Members get to skip the ads and get bonus segments and episodes on many Slate podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/07/2025m 8s

What Next Goes Inside the NBA Bubble

Hang Up listeners, we thought you'd enjoy this episode of Slate's daily news show What Next. The NBA has announced an ambitious plan to restart the season more than four months after it was abruptly halted due to the coronavirus. Twenty-two teams have entered the COVID-free “bubble” at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida—a state with some of the highest cases of coronavirus in the country. As long as players and staff remain in the bubble, they will undergo regular coronavirus tests and face strict campus rules. So what’s life like inside the NBA bubble? And what does this experiment say about who gets access to coronavirus testing and results? Guest: Ben Golliver covers the NBA for the Washington Post.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/07/2024m 20s

Athletes and Anti-Semitism

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Power Plays’ Lindsay Gibbs discuss the Washington NFL team’s sexist workplace culture. They also examine the WNBA’s rocky preseason. Finally, Joel, Stefan, and Josh Levin discuss anti-Semitic remarks by the Philadelphia Eagles’ DeSean Jackson. Washington and sexual harassment (02:08): Will the NFL force Daniel Snyder to sell? Is that even the point?  WNBA (20:12): The league is facing off-court stories about the shabby treatment of Elena Delle Donne and a revolt against the Atlanta Dream’s co-owner, Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Anti-Semitism (40:58): What to make of DeSean Jackson’s comments and the response (or lack thereof) that followed. Afterballs (01:00:06): Joel on Mike Konrad and Stefan on Leeds United. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/07/201h 16m

College Football Is in the Bargaining Phase

In this Slate Plus preview, Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss college football conferences scaling back their seasons. To help support Hang Up and Listen and listen to every episode in full, sign up now for Slate Plus. Members get to skip the ads and get bonus segments and episodes on many Slate podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/07/2020m 45s

The Washington NFL Team Is Getting a New Name

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the sudden move to rebrand the Washington NFL team. They also discuss all the athletes opting out of entering the sports world’s various coronavirus bubbles. Finally, Mina Kimes discusses her new role as an analyst for ESPN’s NFL Live. New Washington team name (02:42): What should we think about the franchise’s decision to finally leave its nickname behind? And what should become of the Cleveland Indians?  Players opting out (23:08): Which athletes are going to sit out as games get back underway, and which have no choice but to play. Mina Kimes (41:47): The Hang Up and Listen legend talks about why she loves football’s X’s and O’s. Afterballs (01:02:17): Stefan on George Preston Marshall’s domed stadium plan and Josh on David Duke and Curley Hallman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/07/201h 15m

Cam Newton Is Going to New England

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and special guest Gene Demby of NPR’s Code Switch discuss Cam Newton’s move to the New England Patriots. To help support Hang Up and Listen and listen to every episode in full, sign up now for Slate Plus. Members get to skip the ads and get bonus segments and episodes on many Slate podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/06/2020m 50s

Will Washington’s NFL Team Finally Change Its Racist Nickname?

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by Ben Lindbergh of the Ringer to discuss Major League Baseball’s labor fight. They also talk about whether the Washington NFL team will ditch its nickname. Finally, they interview hammer thrower Gwen Berry about her battle for Olympic athletes to have the right to protest. Baseball (05:54): Will baseball be back this year? If it isn’t, who’s to blame? Washington NFL team (27:41): Racist monuments are getting toppled everywhere. Will a racist team nickname be next?  Gwen Berry (46:57): The hammer thrower raised her fist on the podium in 2019. What does she think of today’s protest movement? Afterballs (01:09:02): Joel on his father and Bobby Mitchell and Stefan on Detroit boxer Ducky Dietz.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/06/201h 28m

Is the NBA’s Orlando Bubble Bursting?

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the NBA players who are pushing back against the idea of restarting the season. To help support Hang Up and Listen and listen to every episode in full, sign up now for Slate Plus. Members get to skip the ads and get bonus segments and episodes on many Slate podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/06/2021m 6s

Roger Goodell Says Black Lives Matter

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the NFL’s about-face on players and social activism. They also assess the different roads taken by the NBA and Major League Baseball to returning to play. Finally, they interview Bao Nguyen, the director of the documentary Be Water, on the life of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. NFL (05:44): Roger Goodell, Drew Brees, Colin Kaepernick, and the changing conversation about civil rights and pro football. NBA and MLB (24:54): There’s labor peace in the NBA and labor strife in pro baseball. What does that say about those two leagues? Be Water (39:31): The latest film in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series is about Bruce Lee, and about racism in America. Afterballs (01:02:56): Josh and Joel on black football coaches and Stefan on a man who could have played in the majors. To help support Hang Up and Listen and listen to every episode in full, sign up now for Slate Plus. Members get to skip the ads and get bonus segments and episodes on many Slate podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/06/201h 20m

George Floyd Is a Sports Story

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about how the sports world is reacting, and how all of us are reacting, to the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. They’re also be joined by ESPN’s Myron Medcalf to talk about college sports, and who is and isn’t speaking out about racial injustice. George Floyd (01:12): What athletes and leagues are saying and doing after Floyd’s killing, and what should happen next. Floyd and college sports (26:16): Basketball coach LeVelle Moton called out his white colleagues for their silence. Will anything change going forward? Afterball (54:27): Joel on George Floyd, Houston high school athlete. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/06/201h 6m

The NBA Is (Probably) Going to Disney World

In this Plus episode preview, Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the latest plans to bring back professional and college sports. In the full show, Ultrarunner Zach Bitter also joins to talk about setting a 100-mile world record on a treadmill. Finally, Stefan speaks with Simon Anthony about his experience solving the “miracle Sudoku.” To help support Hang Up and Listen and listen to every episode in full, sign up now for Slate Plus. Members get to skip the ads and get bonus segments and episodes on many Slate podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/05/2019m 39s

What Was The Last Dance?

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the final episodes of ESPN’s documentary The Last Dance. Announcer Ian Eagle also joins to talk about the challenge of calling games remotely. Finally, they assess the NFL’s proposed modifications to the Rooney Rule. The Last Dance (01:29): What we learned, and didn’t learn, about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.  Remote broadcasting (22:22): A veteran sportscaster on what it’s like to call a huge sporting event from a studio. Rooney Rule (44:49): Does it make sense to offer teams better draft picks to hire minority coaches and executives? Afterballs (01:01:54): Stefan on 19th century baseball and smoking and Josh on Michael Jordan’s absence from NBA Jam. To help support Hang Up and Listen and listen to every episode in full, sign up now for Slate Plus. Members get to skip the ads and get bonus segments and episodes on many Slate podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/05/201h 18m

Michael Jordan is a Jerk

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the latest episodes of ESPN’s Chicago Bulls documentary The Last Dance. To help support Hang Up and Listen and listen to every episode in full, sign up now for Slate Plus. Members get to skip the ads and get bonus segments and episodes on many Slate podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/05/2028m 38s

What Happened to Equal Pay?

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin check in with ESPN’s Chicago Bulls documentary The Last Dance. They also discuss the latest turn in the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s equal pay lawsuit. Finally, the Hang Up and Listen Quarantine Magazine Club discusses the 1998 Sports Illustrated story “Where’s Daddy?” The Last Dance (02:33): Assessing the episodes on Jordan’s gambling and political stances (or lack thereof). Equal pay lawsuit (22:02): A judge ruled against the USWNT. What happens next? Quarantine Magazine Club (41:24): Looking back at a story on athletes and out-of-wedlock children and the controversy it kicked up. Afterballs (01:00:00): Stefan on Pele’s final competitive match and Josh with another round of pandemic sports trivia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/05/201h 18m

Let’s Have an NFL Draft at Home

In this Hang Up Plus preview, Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by David Roth to talk about the socially distanced NFL Draft. Further in the episode, Lindsay Gibbs of Power Plays joins to talk about when and if women’s sports leagues will come back. Finally, Mike Schur of Parks and Recreation and the Good Place helps us assess the 2020 Name of the Year bracket. To hear the full episode, sign up for Slate Plus at Slate.com/HangUpPlus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/04/2023m 28s

Michael Jordan, the Bulls, and the Last Dance

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss ESPN’s documentary on the Chicago Bulls, The Last Dance. They also talk about whether the NBA’s new development program is a threat to college basketball and assess the state of sports media during the coronavirus pandemic. The Last Dance (05:38): What we made of the first two episodes of the 10-part documentary. G League (22:46): Jalen Green is passing on the NCAA to go pro. What does that mean for the future of basketball? Sports media (37:33): How the pandemic will change sports journalism. Afterballs (53:34): Stefan on his daughter’s Scrabble triumphs and Josh on KO Pete McBride. To help support Hang Up and Listen and listen to every episode in full, sign up now for Slate Plus. Members get to skip the ads and get bonus segments and episodes on many Slate podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/04/201h 11m

What Happened to the Warriors and Kevin Durant

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the latest on sports and the coronavirus. They also talk with the Athletic’s Ethan Strauss about his new book on the Golden State Warriors, The Victory Machine. And the Hang Up and Listen Quarantine Magazine Club convenes to discuss Bill Russell’s “How I Psych Them.” The pandemic (03:48): ESPN televising HORSE and Major League Baseball’s insane plan to restart the season. The Victory Machine (23:36): The decline and fall of the Warriors’ basketball dynasty. Quarantine Magazine Club (44:29): A conversation about a classic Sports Illustrated piece about sports and psychology. Afterballs (01:01:46): Stefan on SI’s 1963 profile of Bill Russell and Josh with some sports trivia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/04/201h 22m

The NFL Is America’s Bellwether

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the push to bring football back and the psychology around restarting sporting events with crowds. Hurdling champion Dawn Harper-Nelson also joins to discuss how her life has changed now that the Olympics have been postponed. NFL (4:04): Donald Trump wants games to start back up again by August or September. Is that realistic?  Dawn Harper-Nelson (26:25): Our live show guest from December returns for an update on her life and her training now that the Summer Games are off the calendar for 2020. Afterballs (47:24): Joel on Bobby Bowden, Stefan on Fountains of Wayne’s “All Kinds of Time,” and Josh on a 1948 race between old baseball men. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/04/201h 12m

When Will Sports Be Back on TV?

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by the Athletic’s Joe Vardon to talk about the push to get games back on television. They also discuss the HBO documentary The Scheme, and Josh interviews tennis player Kristie Ahn about what an athlete does when she can’t leave her house. Sports on TV (03:16): TV networks have paid billions to televise sports. What’s going to happen to all that money? And will those dollar signs push leagues to get games on TV as soon as possible? The Scheme (18:24): Is the HBO documentary on corruption in college basketball worth watching? And what should we think of its protagonist, Christian Dawkins? Kristie Ahn (39:37): What’s life like for a pro tennis player who can’t be on the court? Afterball (01:02:13): Stefan on the spitball and the Spanish flu pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/03/201h 15m

Tom Brady Is a Buc

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about Tom Brady’s move from New England to Tampa Bay. They also discuss the increasing calls to postpone the Olympics. Finally, they interview rugby announcer Nick Heath, who has taken to providing commentary on ordinary life events. Tom Brady (02:02): Did the Patriots disrespect the legendary quarterback? What can we expect of his tenure with the Bucs?  Olympics (20:38): Why has the International Olympic Committee been so slow to understand the reality of the global coronavirus pandemic? Life commentary (35:19): How a play-by-play commentator adapted to a world without sports. Afterballs (54:50): Joel on claiming unearned national championships and Josh on the fake games played by the 1982 Saints. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/03/201h 8m

The NFL Has a New CBA

Joel Anderson and Stefan Fatsis talk about the latest on the coronavirus and sports. They are joined by former NFL player Domonique Foxworth and former NFL executive Andrew Brandt to break down the league’s new labor deal. Hall of Fame soccer player Julie Foudy assesses the women’s national team’s equal-pay fight. Finally, they interview Tegan Hanlon of Alaska Public Media about the Iditarod sled-dog race. Coronavirus (02:25): The reality of life without sports has set in. NFL (16:37): Did the players get fleeced by the owners? Women’s soccer (37:52): The U.S. Soccer Federation argued that “indisputable science” proved that its World Cup-winning women’s team was inferior to men. Iditarod (52:36): As the rest of the sports world ground to a halt, the Iditarod mushes on across Alaska. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/03/201h 7m

Coronavirus Shuts Down Sports

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin get together for an emergency podcast on the cascading shutdowns in the world of sports due to the coronavirus pandemic. They discuss which leagues have handled the crisis admirably and which haven’t and they talk about what to expect in the weeks and months to come. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/03/2034m 1s

Is the Hot Hand Real?

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen to talk about the latest on the coronavirus and sports. They also interview Cohen about his book The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks. Finally, they assess a chaotic week in New York professional basketball.   Coronavirus (1:52): When will our sense of American exceptionalism end and reality set in?   Hot hand (19:35): What the latest research tells us about the elusive “zone.”   Knicks and Nets (39:24): James Dolan is beefing with Spike Lee and Brooklyn just fired its coach. Yowza.   Afterballs (59:48): Stefan on team handball and Joel on Carl Crawford. Slate Plus members get a bonus segment on Hang Up and Listen each week, and no ads. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/03/201h 14m

The Coronavirus and Sports Edition

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the rise of Zion Williamson. They also discuss the legends and myths of the NFL’s scouting combine and assess how the spread of the coronavirus will affect sports around the world.   Zion (3:59): Understanding the might and charisma of the teenage NBA superstar.   NFL combine (19:49): Is pro football’s annual scouting carnival actually useful as an evaluation tool?   Coronavirus (36:08): How teams, leagues, and the Olympics might be affected. Afterballs (49:35): Stefan on a historic Penn collapse and Josh on a fateful kick over the uprights. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/03/201h 8m

Will the NFL Move to a 17-Game Season?

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the push for a 17-game NFL season and John Beilein’s short, tumultuous tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Joseph Bien-Kahn also joins to discuss ultrarunner Jim Walmsley’s quest to qualify for the Olympic marathon. NFL (01:42): The pros and cons of a longer professional football season. Beilein (17:31): He was a great college basketball coach. How did it go so wrong in the NBA? Ultramarathon (33:30): Can the world’s best super-long-distance runner hang with the best for 26.2 miles? Afterballs (51:26): Stefan on Little Leagues and major-league nicknames and Josh on segregation at the Sugar Bowl. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/02/201h 10m

I Just Binged Cheer

Joel Anderson, Josh Levin, and special guest Lindsay Gibbs talk about the fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. They also discuss WNBA free agency and the rise of Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu. Finally, they review the Netflix docuseries Cheer. Astros (03:13): What should we make of baseball players’ anger toward their Houston brethren? Women’s basketball (19:53): What’s the deal with all the player movement in the WNBA? And is Sabrina Ionescu the sport’s next huge star? Cheer (38:16): What makes the Netflix docuseries great and why it’s often disturbing to watch. Afterballs (01:01:00): Joel on the Knuckleheads podcast and Lindsay on the pioneering Immaculata women’s basketball program. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/02/201h 14m

The XFL is Back

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the opening weekend of the new XFL. They also discuss the Houston Rockets’ small-ball experiment and review ESPN’s new Michael Vick documentary. XFL (01:57): Is the latest iteration of Vince McMahon’s NFL competitor built to last? Rockets (22:48): Is playing super-duper small a smart idea, a desperate ploy, or a smart idea that’s also a desperate ploy? Vick (37:11): Assessing the quarterback’s contrition 13 years after he pleaded guilty to a dogfighting charge. Afterball (58:02): Stefan on one of Bobby Knight’s most memorable meltdowns. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/02/201h 13m

Patrick Mahomes is the Super Bowl Champ

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the Chiefs’ win over the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. Stefan and Josh are then joined by the New Yorker’s Louisa Thomas to discuss the wins by Novak Djokovic and Sofia Kenin at the Australian Open. Super Bowl (01:31): The great Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs to a comeback victory as Andy Reid outcoached Kyle Shanahan. Australian Open (24:34): How Novak Djokovic controlled his mind and body to beat Dominic Thiem, and what you need to know about the latest American woman to win a grand slam title. Afterballs (46:05): Stefan on “Proud to Be an Astro” and Josh on the tragic story of Jim and Martha Tyrer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/02/201h 2m

Remembering Kobe Bryant

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about Kobe Bryant’s on-court and off-court legacies with NPR’s Gene Demby and Lindsay Gibbs of the Power Plays! newsletter and the Burn It All Down podcast.   Kobe’s shocking death (00:50): What we felt when we heard about the helicopter crash, and why his peers thought Kobe was Michael Jordan’s heir.   Kobe on the court (14:09): Why so many fans loved his game and so many didn’t.   The sexual assault allegations and Kobe’s support for women’s basketball (35:48): How the case against him is and isn’t remembered, and how to reconcile it with Kobe’s post-retirement life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/01/201h 4m

Ken Jennings Is the Jeopardy! GOAT

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about how the Chiefs and 49ers made the Super Bowl. They also discuss the new Netflix documentary Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez. Finally, Fatsis and Mike Pesca interview the greatest Jeopardy! player of all time, Ken Jennings. Chiefs and 49ers (02:49): On Patrick Mahomes, the 49ers’ running game, Andy Reid, and Kyle Shanahan. Aaron Hernandez (20:50): Does the new Netflix doc have any reason to exist? Ken Jennings (36:20): The greatest Jeopardy! player of all time tells all. Afterballs (01:03:02): Joel on Marshawn Lynch and Stefan on the Memphis Kings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/01/201h 15m

LSU is the Geauxt

Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and new Hang Up and Listen co-host Joel Anderson revel in LSU’s win over Clemson in college football’s title game. ESPN’s Jeff Passan talks about MLB’s punishment of the Houston Astros. Finally, Daniel Engber discusses his story on a rape accusation against three New York Mets, and how those players were never charged. LSU-Clemson (04:21): How the Tigers from Baton Rouge won it all. Astros (20:34): What signal was commissioner Rob Manfred trying to send with the penalties he imposed against Houston for sign-stealing? Mets (40:52): A woman accused three New York Mets of raping her in 1991. Those players weren't charged. She was forgotten. Afterballs (1:10:05): Stefan on the NBA trillion (or is it a quintillion?) and Josh on a Sporcle quiz that made him sad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/01/201h 29m

The Commissioner Is Making Funny Faces

Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis are joined by Slate’s Seth Stevenson to discuss the Patriots’ playoff loss and the post-NFL life of Rob Gronkowski. ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan also joins to talk about the legacy of NBA commissioner David Stern. Finally, they interview Theo Anthony about his documentary Subject to Review.   Patriots and Gronk (01:39): Why couldn’t Tom Brady and Bill Belichick pull it together this year? And should we pity Rob Gronkowski or feel happy that he got out of the NFL at 29?   David Stern (17:41): How we should think about the legendary commissioner, who had a reputation for meanness but made the NBA a corporate giant.   Subject to Review (42:31): A heady, trippy documentary about replay in tennis.   Afterballs (57:48): Stefan on the origins of “trash panda” and Josh on decibel readings at football games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/01/201h 15m

Giving It Everything on the Klaebo-Bakken

Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis are joined by Spencer Hall to talk about the College Football Playoff. They also interview Matthew Goodman about his book on the CCNY point-shaving scandal, The City Game. Finally, they review the greatest sports moments of the decade.   College Football Playoff (01:45): How LSU destroyed Oklahoma and Clemson squeaked out a win over Ohio State.   The City Game (23:36): A new book about the point-shaving scandal that rocked college basketball 70 seasons ago--and remains relevant today.   Sports moments of the decade (53:42): LeBron, Serena, the USWNT, the Kick Six, and a lot more.   Afterballs (01:18:41): Stefan and Josh on their personal sports moments of the decade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/12/191h 33m

Barking Dog Tells All

Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis are joined by the Ringer’s Bryan Curtis to discuss the Dallas Cowboys’ demise. Power Plays’ Lindsay Gibbs also joins to talk about WNBA owner and incoming GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Finally, “barking dog” Jason Holt on his moment of basketball glory.   Cowboys (01:24): Why has owner Jerry Jones accepted mediocrity for so long? And what’s next for one of the NFL’s showcase franchises?   Kelly Loeffler (20:17): How will the league and its players handle having a Trump-supporting U.S. senator as an owner?   Barking dog (36:01): Breaking down an iconic moment in sports history and everything that came after.   Afterball (56:41): Josh on Egypt’s squash dominance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/12/191h 6m

Bronny Makes His Name

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Undefeated’s Lonnae O’Neal to talk about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri also joins to discuss baseball free agency. Finally, author Damon Young chats about the rise of Bronny James.   Lamar Jackson (01:24): What’s the larger significance of this particular black quarterback?   MLB free agency (18:47): Stephen Strasburg, Gerrit Cole, and Anthony Rendon have all signed huge deals. What do those contracts say about the state of the game?   Bronny James (33:50): There’s a lot of pressure on LeBron’s son. Over the weekend, he lived up to the hype. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/12/191h 2m

Bad Taste on Ice

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Banner Society’s Spencer Hall to discuss the college football playoff. The Athletic’s Wosny Lambre also joins to talk about the surging Los Angeles Lakers. Finally, the Wall Street Journal’s Louise Radnofsky explains skaters’ strange obsession with Schindler’s List.   College football (01:53): Why Clemson is mad, how LSU got good, and other playoff-related matters.   Lakers (24:18): Everything is going very well for LeBron and the Lakers. What could go wrong (and when will it go wrong)?   Skating and Schindler’s List (44:56): Why do figure skaters perform Holocaust-inspired routines?   Afterballs (01:00:15): Stefan on a soccer team named after hard liquor and Josh on a Supreme Court justice remembering some guys. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/12/191h 13m

Live at the Hamilton

At a live show in Washington, D.C., Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by NPR’s Gene Demby to discuss the state of sports media. Olympic gold medalist Dawn Harper-Nelson also joins to talk about her comeback as a mother. Finally, Demby, Lindsay Gibbs, and Dave McKenna ponder ethical dilemmas in sports.   State of sports media (01:38): How have our consumption habits changed since the death of Deadspin and the partial zombification of Sports Illustrated?   Dawn Harper-Nelson (16:36): The hurdling champion on the highs and lows of her career and the challenges of returning to the track after having a baby.   Ethical dilemmas (44:12): Would you report on an NCAA violation if you think NCAA rules are immoral?   Afterballs (01:00:42): Stefan on the sad fate of wonderfully named minor-league baseball teams and Josh on a peeing dog at the Egg Bowl. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/12/191h 24m

John Hollinger

Josh Levin interviews the Athletic’s John Hollinger about his career inside and outside the NBA. Topics discussed include the rise of Luka Doncic, how Hollinger came up with player efficiency rating, his tenure with the Memphis Grizzlies, and trading Marc Gasol.   Luka Doncic (02:15): How the 20-year-old became a star and how he could keep getting better.   PER (07:55): The birth of the NBA’s most popular all-in-one statistic.   Grizzlies (24:15): The highs and lows of the 2013 and 2015 playoffs.   Marc Gasol (44:17): The ins and outs of trading one of the Grizzlies’ franchise players.   Afterball (51:25): Josh on the inventor of the Nerf football. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/11/1958m 59s

Bang the Garbage Can Quickly

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Nate Jackson to discuss Colin Kaepernick’s workout and Myles Garrett’s helmet smash; the Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh assesses the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scheme; and Asif Kapadia talks about his documentary Diego Maradona. Kaepernick and Garrett (02:58): Did Kaepernick hurt his chances to play in the NFL? And what should we make of Garrett’s burst of anger? Sign-stealing (24:59): Did the Astros do anything that other teams didn’t do? How effective is sign-stealing anyway? Diego Maradona (49:49): The director of Senna and Amy on how he made a film about Diego Maradona and what he learned about the soccer legend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/11/191h 23m

Roll Tigers Roll

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Banner Society’s Spencer Hall to discuss LSU’s win over Alabama; by Slate’s Joel Anderson to chat about the NCAA going after Ohio State’s Chase Young and Memphis’ James Wiseman; and by the New York Times’ Lindsay Crouse to talk about runner Mary Cain’s allegations of abuse against Nike and coach Alberto Salazar.   LSU-Alabama (02:17): How the Tigers broke their losing streak against the Tide.   NCAA (22:51): The foolishness of amateurism enforcement is on display in the Young and Wiseman cases.   Mary Cain (43:53): How the young runner’s allegations could change women’s sports.   Afterballs (01:05:16): Stefan on Jeff Bezos and the NFL and Josh on Don Cherry’s “you people” rant. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/11/191h 17m

What Was Deadspin?

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by former Deadspin staffers Megan Greenwell, Tom Ley, and Barry Petchesky to discuss the site’s demise and what caused it. Topics covered include the conflicts between writers, editors, and management; journalism and private equity; and how Deadspin evolved. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/11/1959m 43s

Heavy Top

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh to discuss the Astros’ massive World Series comeback. Deadspin’s Laura Wagner also joins to talk about Houston’s front office debacle, and the New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham assesses Week 1 of the NBA season.   World Series (03:37): How Houston turned it around and how Max Scherzer’s neck undid Washington.   Astros front office (22:34): What the Astros’ arrogance reveals about the culture of baseball.   NBA (39:22): Overreacting to the Warriors’ awful start, rookie Ja Morant’s star turn, and more.   Afterballs (57:16): Stefan on the last gasps of segregation in baseball and Josh searches for a seven-game series without a home win. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/10/191h 14m

The Making Adjustments Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by ESPN’s Jeff Passan to discuss the World Series matchup between the Astros and Nationals. The Ringer’s Kevin Clark also joins to talk about the Rams’ deal for Jalen Ramsey, and Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl assesses the U.S. men’s national soccer team.   World Series (01:45): How Houston and Washington made it and what to watch for when they square off.   Jalen Ramsey (19:47): Are the Rams outsmarting the rest of the NFL or outsmarting themselves?   U.S. soccer (34:59): Gregg Berhalter’s gotten off to a rough start. Is it time for the USMNT to cut bait and start over?   Afterballs (53:18): Stefan on the genius of @DonZemmer and Josh on a baseball walk-off conundrum. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/10/191h 14m

The It’s a Marathon and a Sprint Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Athletic’s Ethan Strauss to talk about LeBron James’ comments on China; the Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh discusses the Nationals’ playoff run and why baseballs aren’t flying as far; and Ed Caesar assesses marathon record breakers Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei.   LeBron, the NBA, and China (02:19): Why the league’s travails are getting worse, and what the NBA can (and should) do about them.   MLB playoffs (20:50): The Nationals’ starting pitching triumphs and the decline of home runs in the postseason, explained.   Marathoners (40:03): How Eliud Kipchoge broke the two-hour barrier and Brigid Kosgei shattered the women’s world record.   Afterballs (58:59): Stefan on CTE romance novels and Josh on shaking press boxes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/10/191h 15m

The Silver in China Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Joshua Keating to talk about the NBA’s China kerfuffle. ESPN’s Sam Miller also joins to discuss the baseball playoffs and David Epstein assesses Alberto Salazar’s doping suspension and the world track and field championships in Qatar. NBA and China (02:02): How Daryl Morey’s tweet about the Hong Kong protests instigated an international incident and what the NBA should do about it. MLB playoffs (17:29): Does the Nationals’ bullpen strategy make sense? Can anyone beat the Astros? Salazar and Qatar (35:42): Why the legendary track coach got suspended, and what to make of the hot and poorly attended world track and field championships. Afterballs (55:26): Stefan on carrying jockstraps and Josh on a DVR patent war. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/10/191h 12m

The Kids Play the Darndest Things Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Allison Benedikt to answer your questions about youth sports. Topics covered include whether and how to teach your kids how to talk trash, how to balance sports time with family leisure time, and whether it’s ethical to watch football if you don’t want your child to play football. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/09/1944m 27s

The Cut It Out Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Undefeated’s Jesse Washington to talk about the latest allegations against Antonio Brown and the story of a high school wrestler who was instructed to cut off his dreadlocks. The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh also assesses the disappointing Cubs and Red Sox and the surprising Twins. Antonio Brown (01:17): What we should make of the latest twists in the Brown saga, and what the Patriots should be forced to reckon with after signing Brown and then releasing him. Andrew Johnson (21:15): The high schooler went viral after a referee told him to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit his match. Here’s the story behind that story. Cubs, Red Sox, and Twins (36:05): What went wrong for the Cubs and Red Sox and how can they fix their problems? And what went right for the Twins? Afterballs (58:20): Stefan on powder-puff football and Josh on the Cubs on WGN. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/09/191h 13m

The Bernie and LeBron Are Both on Board Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by SB Nation’s Matt Brown to talk about California’s Fair Pay to Play Act; the New York Times’ Joe Drape discusses Triple Crown winner Justify’s positive drug test; and ex-NFL player Ryan O’Callaghan joins for a conversation about his memoir My Life on the Line. Fair Pay to Play Act (01:54): What does this California legislation mean for the future of college sports and athlete compensation? Justify (21:49): What we know about the horse, its trainer Bob Baffert, and the process whereby a positive drug test got tossed out. Ryan O’Callaghan (39:53): What it was like to be a closeted player in the NFL, and how his life changed after coming out. Afterballs (59:26): Stefan on the Dickerod and Josh on coaches’ wives as “recruits.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/09/191h 19m

The Wide Receiver Performance Art Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the New Yorker’s Louisa Thomas to talk about the women’s and men’s U.S. Open finals. Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley also joins to discuss Antonio Brown’s move to the Patriots and the secrets of the Clemson football program’s success. U.S. Open (01:43): Why does Serena Williams keep losing major finals and how good is Bianca Andreescu? How did Daniil Medvedev come back against Rafael Nadal and how did Nadal hold on to win? Antonio Brown (21:15): Did Brown orchestrate his move to New England, and who’s the most to blame for his breakup with the Raiders? Clemson (41:46): Is the cohesion of Clemson’s title-winning football program impressive, creepy, or both? Afterballs (59:06): Stefan on ambulances on the field at high school football games and Josh on “Faintin’ Frank” Varrichione.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/09/191h 16m

The Why Is She Hanging Around Here? Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin talk about the first week of the U.S. Open. Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders also joins to preview the NFL season, and Sheba Rawson of the Timbers Army fan group discusses the dispute over political signage in Major League Soccer. U.S. Open (01:16): How Taylor Townsend and Kristie Ahn had the best week of their careers. NFL (22:19): What should we expect from Baker Mayfield’s Cleveland Browns and Kyler Murray’s Arizona Cardinals? Politics and MLS (38:51): Should MLS ban an anti-fascist symbol? Afterballs (55:43): Stefan on Carli Lloyd and kicking Josh on watching tennis from courtside.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/09/191h 12m

The Why Luck Left Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Jake Plummer and Nate Jackson to talk about Andrew Luck’s retirement; Billy Cundiff discusses the Chicago Bears’ bizarre kicker tryouts; and Slate’s Christina Cauterucci helps assess the state of the National Women’s Soccer League. Andrew Luck (01:53): What Luck’s sudden departure from the sport says about him and about football. Kicker tryouts (24:57): The right and wrong to audition kickers at an NFL training camp. NWSL (42:00): WhatSaturday’s huge crowd in Washington, D.C. says about the path forward for women’s pro soccer. Afterballs (59:56): Stefan on female placekickers and Josh on a pitcher who got struck by lightning.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/08/191h 16m

The Classy Intangibles Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and the New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham talk about Jay-Z’s new partnership with the NFL. They also discuss Joseph Tsai’s multibillion-dollar deal to buy the Brooklyn Nets. Finally, they select the words they’d like to ban from the sports lexicon. Jay-Z (2:10): Did the NFL botch its move to bring on the hip-hop icon as a corporate partner or is the league savvier than we think? Brooklyn Nets (20:30): How and why Tsai paid the biggest price ever for a U.S. sports franchise. And will franchise values keep going up? Banned words (32:00): Is “class” the worst sports word of them all? What about “talk about”? Afterballs (48:30): Stefan on football and the heat and Josh on an incident from tennis player Daniil Medvedev’s past. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/08/191h 0m

The Extremely Cold Feet Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin talk with ESPN’s Sam Borden about Christian Pulisic’s Chelsea debut. The Gist’s Mike Pesca also joins to discuss Antonio Brown’s feet and helmet issues, and Rebecca Schuman explains Simone Biles’ latest feats of gymnastics virtuosity. Christian Pulisic (01:30): What lessons, if any, can we take from Pulisic’s first Premier League match? Antonio Brown (18:04): What’s behind the Raiders receiver’s odd behavior? Simone Biles (35:57): Whythe greatest gymnast ever is the greatest gymnast ever. Afterballs (52:44): Mike on the joys of good baseball, Stefan on youth sports in 1980, and Josh on running through a brick wall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/08/191h 12m

The Melosanity Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin talk about Alejandro Bedoya speaking out against gun violence during an MLS game. The New York Daily News’ Kyle Wagner joins to discuss Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony, and the Omaha World-Herald’s Henry Cordes explains how school’s evade the requirements of Title IX. Bedoya (01:22): On the soccer player’s in-game call-out and how the sports media will cover it. Lin and Anthony (14:15): The former Knicks teammates are both feeling rejected by the NBA. Title IX (38:20): Women’s rowing rosters are growing to an absurd degree, and not because schools love rowing. Afterballs (57:10): Stefan on sports and military-style drills and Josh on Nick Kyrgios. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/08/191h 15m

How To! With Charles Duhigg

This is a feature episode of a new Slate podcast. Subscribe on your preferred podcast player or listen on Slate.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/07/1930m 58s

The Sleeping Pods in a Space Station Edition

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about ESPN’s stance on mixing sports and politics and LSU’s fancy new football facility. Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri then joins to discuss the Atlantic League’s role as a laboratory for new baseball rules. Sports and politics (01:19 ): Is it possible to construct a corporate policy on mixing sports and politics or is the problem the existence of a policy in the first place? LSU locker room (19:17): What a $28 million privately funded athletic facility says about the state of college sports. New baseball rules (37:47): Robotic umps! Stealing first base! What can we learn from these independent league experiments? Afterballs (53:30): Stefan on NFL training camp entrances and Josh on a very Louisiana legal case. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/07/191h 5m

The Dave McKenna Edition

Josh Levin interviews Deadspin’s Dave McKenna about his life and journalism career. Topics covered include the greatness of Elgin Baylor and Gary Mays, getting sued by Washington NFL team owner Dan Snyder, and reporting out sexual abuse allegations against Kevin Johnson. D.C. sports and segregation (01:14): How black athletes like Elgin Baylor and Gary Mays were discriminated against and ignored by white-owned media. Music (21:45): Seeing Nazareth at RFK Stadium, the genius of Heavy Metal Parking Lot, and running away to meet Elvis Presley. Dan Snyder (30:33): What it was like to get sued by the owner of the Washington NFL team. Kevin Johnson (41:15): How he was able to remain a public figure despite sexual assault and harassment accusations, and the choices journalists make in reaching out to alleged victims.  Slate Plus members get bonus segments and ad-free podcast feeds. Sign up now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/07/1954m 49s

The Popping Greenies Edition

Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis talk about how Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep won at Wimbledon. Sam Anderson also joins to discuss Russell Westbrook and the end of an era in Oklahoma City, and John Thorn helps assess Jim Bouton and Bouton’s classic book Ball Four. Wimbledon (01:26): On Novak Djokovic’s incredible win over Roger Federer, why fans don’t love Djokovic, the greatness of Simona Halep, and Serena Williams’ continuing quest for her 24th major. Westbrook and OKC (21:36): Why Oklahoma City fell in love with Russell Westbrook, and how we should think about the last decade for the Thunder. Ball Four (42:50): Jim Bouton’s book exposed the underbelly of baseball, but it’s about so much more than ballplayer carousing. Afterballs (55:38): Stefan on Dick Young and Jim Bouton, and Josh on the Cricket World Cup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/07/191h 12m

The All They Do Is Win Edition

Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis talk about the U.S. national team’s triumph at the Women’s World Cup; Ethan Strauss joins to discuss Kawhi Leonard’s move to the Los Angeles Clippers; and Louisa Thomas assesses the rise of 15-year-old tennis sensation Coco Gauff. Women’s World Cup (02:41): How the USWNT won its fourth title and what the future holds for the team and for pro soccer in the U.S. Kawhi to the Clippers (21:41): Is his move (with Paul George) to L.A. good for the NBA or a sign of bad times ahead? Coco Gauff (46:57): How theteenager won our hearts at Wimbledon, and why we’re so delighted by tennis prodigies. Afterball (01:04:54): Josh on the Women’s World Cup before the Women’s World Cup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/07/191h 15m

The Our Hero Rapinoe Edition

Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Caitlin Murray discuss the U.S. women’s big win over France at the World Cup. Josh, Ben Mathis-Lilley, and Vinson Cunningham break down the big moves in NBA free agency. Finally, Josh and Ben are joined by the Guardian’s Nick Miller to assess baseball in London. Women’s World Cup (01:43): Breaking down the USA-France match and previewing the semifinal between the U.S. and England. NBA free agency (29:14): Why Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving went to Brooklyn and what will become of the Golden State Warriors. Baseball in London (51:32): A Brit on what it was like to watch the Boston Red Sox play the New York Yankees in England. Afterballs (67:35): Ben on the Knicks and Josh on a plane crash in Carroll, Iowa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/07/191h 20m

The Buffalo Mexico City Bills Edition

Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis discuss the U.S. national team’s win over Spain at the Women’s World Cup. Josh and Joel Anderson are then joined by David West to talk about the NBA draft and the Historical Basketball League. Finally, Josh and Joel assess the plan for the Tampa Bay Rays to play half the season in Montreal. Women’s World Cup (01:24): Stefan reports on his view from the stands in Reims, France. Plus: Did England go too far in denouncing Cameroon? David West (18:50): The NBA all-star on whether the draft should be abolished and how his college experience convinced him to try to establish a professional college basketball league. Tampa Bay / Montreal Rays (38:53): Could a two-city solution ever work in pro sports? Afterball (53:22): Joel on UConn football and Josh on Toby Kimball. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/06/191h 6m

The Finals Destination Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Canadian soccer player Diana Matheson to discuss the Women’s World Cup; Sports Illustrated’s S.L. Price talks about agent Rich Paul and Paul’s client Anthony Davis; and the Athletic’s Ethan Strauss ruminates on the possible end of the Warriors dynasty.  Women’s World Cup (2:27): Did we learn anything from the U.S. women’s national team’s two blowout wins? Did the Americans’ celebrations go too far?  Rich Paul and Anthony Davis (21:59): How the agent orchestrated the deal that brought Davis to L.A. Warriors (43:35): Who’s to blame, if anyone, for the injuries to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson? What’s next for Golden State?  Afterball (1:04:34): Stefan on the death of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/06/191h 19m

The Golden State Calf Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Athletic’s Marcus Thompson to discuss the Raptors’ rise and the possible end of the Warriors’ dynasty. Louisa Thomas of the New Yorker also joins to talk about the French Open. Finally, Thompson returns for a conversation about analytics and race. NBA Finals (2:38): Can Kevin Durant save the Warriors’ season? Are the Raptors just the better team? French Open (16:03): How Ashleigh Barty won her first grand slam and Rafael Nadal took his 12th title at Roland Garros. Analytics and race (32:19): Are advanced stats making the league’s front offices whiter? Afterballs (50:32):  Josh on Mariano Puerta’s contaminated water glass and Stefan on Ada Hegerberg. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/06/191h 6m

The Andre the Provocateur Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz to discuss the NBA Finals. ESPN’s Julie Foudy also joins to talk about the Women’s World Cup, and Ben Lindbergh comes on the show for a conversation about his book The MVP Machine. NBA Finals (2:55): Why the Warriors won Game 2, and how both teams are playing great defense. Women’s World Cup (23:40): How the U.S. stacks up against the world, and how the fight for pay equity will play out during the tournament. The MVP Machine (47:34): The player development revolution in baseball, explained. Afterballs (1:05:01): Stefan on the spelling bee and Josh on aluminum bats as scrap metal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/06/191h 20m

The If The Raptors Don't Get Stage Fright Edition

Stefan Fatsis, and substitute co-host by Gene Demby, are joined by Bruce Arthur to talk about the Raptors, Lindsay Gibbs to talk WNBA and Howard Bryant to talk about black players in the MLB. NBA (2:42): Are the Warriors worried about the Raptors? Should they be? WNBA (19:42): Women's leagues have always been an overlooked part of the sports world. But there is some hope for change. MLB (36:15): A conversation about black players in baseball. Afterballs (58:29): Stefan on Bill Buckner and the mistake from the 1986 World Series that he never really lived down.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/05/191h 9m

The Three-Body Problem Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by The Athletic’s Ethan Strauss to discuss the Warriors and Zion Williamson. NFL retiree and mathematician John Urschel also joins to talk about his book Mind and Matter. Finally, Louisa Thomas assesses tennis player Nick Kyrgios. NBA (4:21): Are the Warriors better without Kevin Durant? Should Zion Williamson spurn the Pelicans? John Urschel (29:14): Why he decided to leave pro football to focus on his math career. Nick Kyrgios (52:10): The tennis star is enigmatic and temperamental. Should he quit the sport? Afterballs (1:10:04): Josh on old people who make lots of free throws and Stefan on the dean of old-man-softball players. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/05/191h 25m

Introducing The Queen

Linda Taylor was a con artist, a kidnapper, maybe even a murderer. She was also America’s original “welfare queen,” the villain Ronald Reagan needed to create a vision of a country being taken advantage of by its poorest citizens. In this new mini-series, Josh Levin reveals the never-before-told story of a woman whose singular life was forgotten in the rush to create a vicious American stereotype. Subscribe to The Queen in Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/05/1925m 2s

The Bounce Bounce Bounce Bounce Win Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss Kawhi Leonard’s Game 7 buzzer-beater with ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz. Slate’s Joel Anderson also talks about Warriors-Rockets and Blazers-Nuggets, and the New York Times’ Rory Smith analyzes the state of English soccer. Kawhi’s game-winner (1:51): What it was like in the arena when that shot bounced and bounced and bounced and bounced on the rim. Western Conference playoffs (19:10): Do the Rockets have a mental block against the Warriors? How annoying is Chris Paul? How good is C.J. McCollum? Soccer (42:25): An amazing week in the Premier League and the Champions League, assessed. Afterballs (59:18): Stefan on The Professor and the Madman and Josh on the word swatsmith. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/05/191h 15m

The Kawhi Gets the Last Laugh Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss the Kentucky Derby with Sports Illustrated’s Tim Layden; author David Epstein talks about the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s ruling on Caster Semenya; and Slate’s Nick Greene discusses Kawhi Leonard and Nikola Jokic. Kentucky Derby (2:46): Did officials at the Kentucky Derby make the right call in disqualifying Maximum Security and giving Country House the victory? Caster Semenya (19:14): Everything you need to know about the controversial ruling that could end the Olympic champion’s career as an 800-meter runner. Kawhi and Jocic (40:11): A conversation about two of the NBA’s oddest superstars. Afterballs (58:38): Stefan on a disqualification at the 1968 Kentucky Derby and Josh’s 50 story ideas for ESPN the Magazine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/05/191h 15m

Introducing Man Up

Josh Levin talks with Aymann Ismail, the host of Man Up, the new Slate podcast about masculinity in the modern world. The two discuss Ep. 1 of Man Up, which features Eric Kelly. Kelly was so successful at fighting off bullies as a kid in Brooklyn, that he grew up to become an Olympic level boxer, until a bar fight ended his career. Subscribe to Man Up in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, or search for Man Up from Slate in your favorite podcast app.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/05/1928m 31s

The Mouth Full of Bread Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss Warriors-Rockets and Kevin Durant with the Athletic’s Marcus Thompson; the NFL draft with ESPN’s Mina Kimes; and ESPN’s new 30 for 30 documentary The Dominican Dream with director Jonathan Hock. Warriors-Rockets (3:00): Houston is complaining about the referees. Kevin Durant is putting up huge numbers. What else can we expect in the Western Conference semis? NFL draft (17:39): Why did Mina start screaming when the Giants selected Duke quarterback Daniel Jones? The Dominican Dream (34:29): Felipe Lopez was a basketball phenom who didn’t become an NBA superstar. It’s not fair to call him a bust. Afterballs (52:29): Stefan on bat-flipping and Josh on Kevin Garnett’s move from South Carolina to Chicago. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/04/191h 11m

The I’m Kevin Durant Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss NBA playoff beefs with Slate’s Nick Greene. ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski joins to talk about the NHL playoffs. Finally, Sports Illustrated’s Jack Dickey assesses Jeopardy! genius James Holzhauer. NBA beefs (4:07): Durant vs. Beverley.Dudley vs. Simmons. Westbrook vs. Lillard. What’s the best NBA beef, and which postseason beef needs more seasoning? NHL playoffs (24:12): How did the Tampa Bay Lightning get bounced after putting together one of the best regular seasons ever? James Holzhauer (40:52): The secrets of the quiz-show savant who’s destroying the Jeopardy! record books. Afterballs (57:09): Stefan on Kate Smith and the Flyers and Josh on the first player to palm a basketball. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/04/191h 15m

The Tiger! Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss Tiger Woods’ Masters win with Slate’s Jim Newell. The New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham joins to talk about Kyle Korver’s essay on white privilege. Finally, ESPN’s Jeff Passan explains the logic behind Ozzie Albies’ awful contract. Tiger Woods (1:55): His win at the Masters was an all-time great sports moment. Here’s how we’ll remember it. Kyle Korver (24:32): What he got right in his Players’ Tribune essay on race and the NBA and what he left out. Ozzie Albies (44:55): If the young Braves star is happy with the “worst contract ever” then do other players have the right to complain? Afterballs (1:01:09): Stefan on the photographer Robert Riger and Josh on the Claudine Longet Invitational. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/04/191h 18m

The Make America Cheat Again Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss the women’s NCAA tournament with Lindsay Gibbs of ThinkProgress. Sports Illustrated’s Chris Ballard also joins to talk about Giannis Antetokounmpo. Finally, Slate’s Jim Newell assesses Donald Trump’s cheating on the golf course. NCAA tournament (2:01): How did Baylor beat defending champ Notre Dame? And what should we make of Baylor coach Kim Mulkey and Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw? Giannis (25:59): How coach Mike Budenholzer helped transform the Milwaukee Bucks and gave the Greek Freak space to become the NBA MVP. Trump and golf (40:44): Does Rick Reilly’s reporting on Trump’s cheating tell us anything about the president that we didn’t already know? Afterballs(58:50): Stefan on the history of the participation trophy and Josh on burning infields. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/04/191h 17m

The Farewell to Zion Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca break down the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four and are joined by Lindsay Gibbs of ThinkProgress to discuss the women’s tournament. Ben Lindbergh of the Ringer talks about the new Major League Baseball season. And author Wayne Coffey comes on to discuss his new book, They Said It Couldn’t Be Done, about the miracle New York Mets of 1969. Basketball (2:40): Despite one of the greatest collections of young talent ever, Duke didn’t make the Final Four. Despite a perceived snub of a No. 2 seed, the Connecticut women did.  Baseball (28:14): Major League Baseball has a labor problem: It has stopped overpaying older free agents but isn’t compensating its best young players at market rates. Mets (48:38): Fifty years ago, the New York Mets went from one of the worst franchises in the history of pro sports to World Series champs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/04/191h 6m

The March Equals Madness Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss Duke’s crazy NCAA Tournament win over UCF. They also talk about Michigan State coach Tom Izzo’s sideline behavior, and Ian Eagle joins the show to explain how play-by-play announcers call buzzer-beaters. Duke-UCF (1:14): How the Blue Devils pulled it out, and how Zion vs. Tacko lived up to its advance billing. Tom Izzo (14:20): Assessing the national conversation about Izzo’s anger issues and how coaches should treat players. Buzzer-beaters (34:48): CBS’ Ian Eagle describes how he calls game-winning plays and explains the elements of a memorable call. Afterballs(57:32): Stefan on the origins of the term “punch drunk” and Josh on Canadian superjocks and immigration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/03/191h 13m

The Poorly Photoshopped Water Polo Action Shot Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Ben Mathis-Lilley talk about the field for this year’s NCAA tournament and Zion Williamson’s return to the court. They also discuss the college admissions scandal and the Giants’ move to trade Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. March Madness (1:55): Did the selection committee get it right? Will Zion dominate the tournament? Should you root for LSU or Yale? College admissions scandal (22:00): The best tidbits from Operation Varsity Blues. Plus: Is the bribery at issue here a massive problem or a minor issue? Odell Beckham Jr. (39:50): Why the Giants traded their best player. (Spoiler alert: It makes no sense.) Afterballs(54:48): Ben on Terance Mann and Sam Malone, Josh on Raycom Sports. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/03/191h 12m

The Sorting Out the Winners From the Losers Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin talk about the basketball recruiting scandal at LSU. The New York Times’ Joe Drape also joins to discuss the deaths of 21 horses at Santa Anita Park. Finally, the Ringer’s Bryan Curtis assesses the sportswriter Dan Jenkins, who died last week at age 90. LSU (1:48): Should webe outraged about what we heard basketball coach Will Wade say on an FBI wiretap? Is Wade a villain or a victim? Horse racing (21:53): Why have so many horses died at Santa Anita in such a short period of time? What can be done to stop the epidemic? Dan Jenkins (38:14): What made the sportswriting legend a sportswriting legend. Afterballs (58:30): Stefan on Marxist sportswriter Mike Jay and Josh on the NCAA’s NET rating system. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/03/191h 15m

The Rabbit Out of His Head Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Jemele Hill of the Atlantic to discuss what’s gone wrong with LeBron James and the Lakers. They also talk about Bryce Harper’s $330 million deal with the Phillies and Jason Witten’s return to football after a year in the broadcast booth. LeBron (1:18): We knew the Lakers star would have a tough road in the Western Conference. We didn’t know it would be this tough. Bryce Harper (17:04): Was the Phillies’ record-setting outlay wise or foolish? Will Philly fans embrace Harper or boo him? Jason Witten (29:31): The Cowboys tight end had a rough first year on Monday Night Football. Is that why he’s hanging up his microphone and heading back to the field? Afterballs (45:56): Stefan on Bill Walton and Jack Scott and Josh on a crazy high school basketball ending. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/03/191h 3m

The Breaks of the Game Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Damon Young to discuss Zion Williamson and the NCAA. ESPN’s Scott Eden also joins to talk about disgraced NBA ref Tim Donaghy and Deadspin’s Dvora Meyers assesses whether breaking should be an Olympic sport. Zion Williamson (1:24): In the aftermath of his shoe explosion and knee injury, should the 18-year-old superstar leave college basketball for good? Tim Donaghy (19:46): ESPN investigated the referee for two years and found evidence that he fixed games. What should we make of his (and the NBA’s) continued denials? Breaking (40:51): If it becomes an Olympic sport, what will it look like and who will profit from it? This episode is brought to you by Capterra. Try it today, for free, at Capterra.com/HANGUP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/02/191h 12m

The Settling Our Grievances Edition

Josh Levin is joined by Robert Lipsyte to discuss the settlement between the NFL and ex-49ers Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid. Sean Forman also joins to explain how he built Sports Reference and Tom Junod talks about his article on his father and sports gambling. Colin Kaepernick (3:10): Robert Lipsyte opines on whether Kaepernick or the league emerged victorious and what the next step is for the quarterback. Sports Reference (25:57): Sean Forman’s network of sites gets more than 1 billion pageviews per year. He explains how it got started and how it works as a business. Gambling (44:54): Tom Junod details how illegal sports betting helped bring his father to ruin and brought his family closer together. Afterball (60:05): Josh on the pioneering 7-footer Elmore Morgenthaler. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/02/191h 7m

The Telling Not Showing Edition

Josh Levin, NPR’s Gene Demby, and the New Yorker’s Vinson Cunninham discuss the big moves and non-moves at the NBA trade deadline. They also talk about Steven Soderbergh’s new NBA lockout movie High Flying Bird and the nascent Alliance of American Football. NBA trades (1:25): Anthony Davis isn’t going to the Lakers (yet) and Markelle Fultz is leaving Philly. How does that shift the league’s balance of power on the court and between players and management? High Flying Bird (22:05): A rare movie about sports and business with a pro-labor point of view, and that thinks seriously about race. AAF (39:56): Did this new spring football league learn from the XFL’s mistakes or is it doomed to repeat them? Afterball(51:45): Josh on the best comparison for Zion Williamson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/02/191h 0m

The You’re We-ing This Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley discuss the Patriots’ putrid Super Bowl win over the Rams. The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis also joins to assess Tony Romo’s performance. Finally, they critique the Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis trade. Super Bowl (1:32): It was a bad game. Very bad. How did the defenses muck things up in such an offense-dominated season? Tony Romo (21:21): The CBS star didn’t have much great material to work with. Did he shine anyway? Porzingis (39:23): Ben says the Knicks’ move to deal their best player was “fandom-destroying.” Some smart analysts disagree. Who’s right? Afterballs (52:55): Stefan on Chip Oliver and Josh on “left, right, left, right, sit down!” This episode is brought to you by Capterra. Try it today, for free, at Capterra.com/HANGUP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/02/191h 11m

The Most Alarming Feet I’ve Ever Seen Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Courtney Nguyen to talk about Naomi Osaka’s Australian Open win. The Wall Street Journal’s Louise Radnofsky also joins to assess the U.S. figure skating championships, and the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner discusses NBA players’ feet. Naomi Osaka (6:22): The 21-year-old backed up her U.S. Open victory with a second grand slam title. Has Osaka matured in the last five months, and how should we reconcile her shyness and on-court toughness? Figure skating (22:50): What you need to know about U.S. champions Alysa Liu (she’s 13!) and Nathan Chen. Plus, Gracie Gold opened up about her battle with depression. NBA feet (44:01): Everything you maybe don’t want to know about basketball players’ disgusting toes. Afterballs(58:55): Stefan on the Dane who invented modern team handball and Josh on the biggest feet in NBA history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/01/191h 15m

The When You’re the Steak Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by The Gist’s Mike Pesca to discuss the NFL’s conference championship games. ESPN’s Steve Fainaru also joins to talk about the collapsing football insurance market, and Ben Lindbergh of the Ringer assesses baseball’s ice-cold free agent market. NFL playoffs (3:51): The Saints got robbed. Does that mean the NFL should institute instant replay for pass interference? Also: Is there anything new to say about the Patriots? Football and insurance (32:44): It’s getting harder and harder for the NFL and other football entities to get insurance coverage. Does that mean the sport is on the verge of collapse? MLB free agency (50:01): With spring training getting closer, superstars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain unsigned. What’s going to break the impasse? Afterballs (68:05): Stefan on “good from 70” and Josh on Mike Tice’s Super Bowl ticket scalping. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/01/191h 19m

Remember When U.S. Women's Gymnastics Used to Be Joyful?

Josh Levin is here to introduce you to What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. UCLA’s Katelyn Ohashi wowed the internet this week with a viral video of her college gymnastics floor routine. As Ohashi’s star rises, the U.S. women’s gymnastics program is imploding. Fans of the sport wonder: What is the price of being world-class? Slate contributor Rebecca Schumann joins What Next host Mary Harris to investigate. Subscribe to What Next on Apple Podcasts or sending an email to whatnext@slate.com. Follow us on Instagram for updates on the show. Podcast production by Mary Wilson and Jayson De Leon, with help from Danielle Hewitt.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/01/1921m 10s

The Rooting for the Mustache Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by The Football Girl’s Melissa Jacobs to discuss the NFL playoffs. They also talk about the state of black coaches in the NFL and Racquet’s Caitlin Thompson helps assess the career of the (possibly) retiring Andy Murray. NFL playoffs (1:16): What we saw in the divisional round—Pats! Chiefs! Rams! Saints!—and what to expect in the conference championship games. Black NFL coaches (23:18): There were recently 7 black head coaches in the NFL. Now there are 2. What happened, and what should be done to increase minority representation on the sidelines? Andy Murray (36:27): Is the fourth member of men’s tennis’ Big Four really done with the sport? And why does everyone love the three-time major champion? Afterballs (53:51): Stefan on Penn basketball player Matt White and Josh on odd football tiebreakers. This episode is brought to you by Capterra. Try it today, for free, at Capterra.com/HANGUP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/01/191h 8m

The Phenomenal Young Gentleman Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Nick Greene to discuss the NFL’s wild card weekend. Jonathan Tjarks of the Ringer also joins to talk about James Harden and Roger Bennett of Men in Blazers assesses Chelsea’s acquisition of Christian Pulisic. NFL playoffs (1:56): Lamar Jackson was bad, Cody Parkey doinked another field goal, and more happening from the opening weekend of the pro football postseason. James Harden (21:30): The Houston Rockets guard is shooting 3-pointers at a record-setting rate. Can he possible sustain this pace? Christian Pulisic (36:38): How much did marketing factor into Chelsea’s decision to sign the young American? And is the English mega-club the right place for the 20-year-old to develop his game? Afterballs(47:25): Stefan on ties (they’re OK!) and Josh on college football’s targeting rule (it’s bad!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/01/191h 3m

The Yepremian Corollary Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin take listener questions in a special year-end call-in show. Topics include which sports movies are the most realistic, what sports story would make for a great season of Slow Burn, and what would happen if women’s sports were the only ones broadcast on television. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/12/1852m 26s

The Round Mound of Rebound and the Cat Litter Scientist Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Shirley Wang to talk about her dad’s friendship with Charles Barkley. Jane Leavy also joins to discuss her Babe Ruth biography The Big Fella, and ESPN’s Joel Anderson helps assess the Mike Tyson-Buster Douglas documentary 42 to 1. Lin Wang and Charles Barkley (1:50): Why Shirley Wang’s story about their unlikely friendship had such a profound effect on so many people. Babe Ruth (14:20): Jane Leavy explains how the Bambino changed sports and celebrity culture, and how she debunked myths about Ruth’s childhood. 42 to 1 (34:42): Looking back at one of the greatest upsets in the history of sports, and pondering what we should make of Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas today. Afterballs(53:54): Stefan on Babe Ruth’s best nickname and Josh’s continuing Pat Summerall / House of Buggin’ quest. This episode is brought to you by Simplisafe. Start protecting your home today at simplisafe.com/HANGUP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/12/181h 5m

The Caught Between the Moon and Golden State Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham. They discuss Raheem Sterling and racism in English soccer, the 25th anniversary of the FOX-NFL alliance (with the Ringer’s Bryan Curtis), and Stephen Curry’s comments about the moon landing being a hoax. Raheem Sterling (2:26): How an Instagram post started a much-needed conversation about race, society, and soccer. Fox and the NFL (21:57): Rupert Murdoch’s $1.6 billion deal changed the network and pro football forever. What were the biggest repercussions and missed opportunities? Stephen Curry and the moon (39:10): Does Curry really believe that the moon landing was faked or was he just trying to go viral like Kyrie Irving? Afterballs(51:04): Vinson on the “modern NBA,” Stefan on the origin of the game ball, and Josh on Pat Summerall and House of Buggin’. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: SimpliSafe, protect your home today with twenty-four seven monitoring for just fifteen dollars a month, visit simplisafe.com/hangup. Helix, a new kind of DNA testing. Try today for a deep discount at helix.com/hangup.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/12/181h 11m

The Edward R. Tebow Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by NPR’s Gene Demby to discuss Heisman winner Kyler Murray’s impending choice between pro baseball and pro football, the Philadelphia 76ers’ chemistry issues with Jimmy Butler in the mix, and the NFL’s request for new punting proposals. Kyler Murray (2:30): Can the Oklahoma star play both football and baseball at the professional level? Should he try? Sixers (22:27): Joel Embiid is the face of the franchise. Jimmy Butler is a hyper-competitive star. Can they get along and lead Philadelphia to NBA glory? Punting (39:55): The NFL wants to “modernize” punting. What does that mean? And how can we help? Afterballs(49:01): Stefan on poet and baseball writer Tom Clark and Josh on Zach LaVine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/12/181h 3m

The Deja Vu All Over Again Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by ThinkProgress’ Lindsay Gibbs to discuss the Kansas City Chiefs’ decision to cut Kareem Hunt. The New York Times’ Marc Tracy also joins to talk about Alabama’s comeback win in the SEC title game and Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl helps assess Gregg Berhalter, the new head coach of the U.S. men’s soccer team. Kareem Hunt (3:19): The NFL clearly screwed up its investigation into Hunt’s offseason incidents. But what’s a better way to investigate off-field conduct? Alabama (22:51): Backup quarterback Jalen Hurts led the Crimson Tide to victory. Should he be celebrated for his decision not to transfer? Gregg Berhalter (42:20): U.S. Soccer’s hiring process was awful, but how will Berhalter be as a coach? Afterballs (57:27): Stefan on Mongolian knuckle-bone shooting and Josh on the worst season ever by an NFL quarterback. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/12/181h 13m

The Foot Locker Gift Card Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by SB Nation’s Spencer Hall to discuss Texas A&M’s seven-overtime win over LSU. Joshua Robinson of the Wall Street Journal also joins to talk about the chaos in Argentina surrounding a soccer match between Boca Juniors and River Plate. And Jim Newell assesses The Match between Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. College overtime (1:23): Football players are not built to run around for seven extra periods. Also, 146 points is a lot of points. Copa Libertadores (18:29): What is it about soccer in Argentina that makes violence such an enduring part of the sport, and is there anything anyone can do to fix it? Tiger vs. Phil (33:57): “The Match” was a debacle. What will sports leagues and sports executives learn from it? Afterballs (50:11): Stefan on Olivier Giroud’s meaty French forehead and Josh on the Battle of the Bones trophy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/11/181h 5m

The NBA Players Aren’t Friends Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Athletic’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss to discuss Draymond Green’s beef with Kevin Durant. Oliver Roeder of FiveThirtyEight also joins to talk about the World Chess Championship and the Atlantic’s Derek Thompson talks about income inequality in youth sports. Draymond vs. KD (2:40): Will interpersonal strife tear the Golden State Warriors apart, or is this just a small bump on the road to another championship? Chess (22:46): Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana have played eight games, all eight of which have ended in draws. Are we having fun yet?? Youth sports (41:40): Kids from wealthy families are playing sports at increasing rates, while participation is dropping for kids from lower-income families. What’s the solution? Afterballs (1:03:50): Stefan talks to Brin-Jonathan Butler about his book The Grandmaster and Josh on a strange college basketball upset. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/11/181h 19m

The NBA Jam Is Real Life Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen to discuss Duke freshman Zion Williamson and the video game–like NBA and NFL. Baseball writer Rob Neyer also joins to discuss Bill James’ claim that baseball players are replaceable. Zion Williamson (4:09): After two games, the Duke star looks like the greatest athlete in the history of basketball. Where can he possibly go from here? Sports as video games (19:55): Record-setting offenses in the NBA and NFL owe a lot to NBA Jam and Madden. How far will sports go in mirroring their video game counterparts? Bill James (37:06): The legendary iconoclast said, “If the players all retired tomorrow, we would replace them, the game would go on.” Is he right? Afterballs (58:58): Stefan on the next “next Bobby Fischer” and Josh on the case for NFL running backs to take performance-enhancing drugs. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers:  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/11/181h 16m

The Worst Quarterback Ever Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Washington Post’s Rick Maese to talk about the state of the Maryland football program after DJ Durkin’s firing. Slate’s Nick Greene also joins to discuss Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman and Bleacher Report’s Mirin Fader explains why WNBA players opted out of their collective bargaining agreement. Maryland (1:07): Maryland suspended D.J. Durkin, then reinstated him, then fired him. Rick Maese explains how the process played out and why Durkin ultimately got ousted. Nathan Peterman (21:18): The Buffalo Bills quarterback is, by some measures, the worst quarterback ever. Why does it bring us so much joy to watch someone who’s so bad at his job? WNBA (36:25): The world’s best women basketball players want higher salaries and better treatment. Will they get what they’re after given that the WNBA perennially loses money? Afterballs (54:27): Stefan on why high school football teams are forfeiting games and Josh on UConn football coach Randy Edsall’s bizarre incentive-laden contract. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/11/181h 13m

The How Not to Get Fired Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by ESPN’s Sam Miller to discuss Boston’s fourth World Series title in 15 years. ESPN’s Dave McMenamin also joins to talk about LeBron and the Lakers, and the Ringer’s Kevin Clark explains why NFL coaches are finally getting aggressive on fourth down. World Series (3:31): How the Red Sox won a championship, how David Price got vindication, and how Dodgers manager Dave Roberts got criticized for removing Rich Hill from Game 4. Lakers (21:07): The Lakers are off to a 2-4 start. How is LeBron’s team looking, and what’s the nature of the media scrum around basketball’s biggest star? Plus, why did LeBron’s old team fire its head coach Tyronn Lue? Aggressive NFL coaches (35:37): How coaches stopped worrying and starting going for it on fourth down and going for two-point conversions with increasing abandon. Afterballs (54:57): Stefan on the historical significance of Arizona’s Warren Ballpark and Josh on kicker Morten Andersen’s single “Take It to the Top.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/10/181h 12m

The Crotch-Chopping, Bat-Flipping Edition

Stefan Fatsis is joined by Ben Lindbergh of the Ringer and Emma Baccellieri of Sports Illustrated to discuss the baseball playoffs; by author Michael Sokolove and Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports to talk about college basketball’s corruption trial; and by writer Liam Boylan-Pett and history professor Louis Moore to discuss Bob Beamon’s record-shattering long jump and his underreported civil-rights protest at the 1968 Olympics. Baseball (1:01): The Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers are meeting in the World Series as the two hottest, and probably the two best, teams in baseball. Basketball trial (23:55): The federal government’s case against three bit players in the business of college basketball player recruiting masks the actual problem with the sport: the NCAA. Bob Beamon (47:43): Sports fans are familiar with Bob Beamon’s record long jump at the Olympics in Mexico City 50 years ago. But his medal-stand protest was overshadowed by that of Tommie Smith and John Carlos. Afterballs (1:05:38): Stefan talks about whether boys should be allowed to play on girls’ field-hockey teams—and a gripping game in which one was. This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Simplisafe. Start protecting your home today at Simplisafe.com/HANGUP. Bombas, the most comfortable socks in the history of feet. For 20% off your first order, go to bombas.com/hangup and use code hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/10/181h 19m

The Middle Relievers All the Way Down Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Yahoo’s Jeff Passan to discuss Red Sox pitcher David Price’s October awfulness. ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle talks about why Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew are staying in Ohio, and Deadspin’s Dvora Meyers assesses gymnast Simone Biles. Baseball playoffs (3:20): Why have David Price and Clayton Kershaw been so much worse in the playoffs than in the regular season? And will the Milwaukee Brewers’ bullpen-first strategy come back to haunt them? Columbus Crew (21:22): The Major League Soccer franchise was supposed to move to Austin. How did Columbus manage to keep its team? Simone Biles (38:48): The reigning Olympic gold medalist is still taking gymnastics to new heights. She’s also getting more comfortable speaking out in public. Afterballs(58:42): Stefan on the UEFA Nations League and Josh on an obituary cliché. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/10/181h 16m

The Name-of-Coach Experiment Is Over Edition

Josh Levin, Ben Mathis-Lilley, and Slate’s Joel Anderson discuss Drew Brees becoming the NFL’s all-time passing yardage leader, the UFC fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor,  and college football at the season’s halfway point. Drew Brees (1:49): What does the New Orleans Saints quarterback’s success say about the NFL? And is his persona winning or grating? UFC (18:32): Was anyone seriously outraged by the melee after Khabib Nurmagomedov’s victory? And why weren’t more people outraged by McGregor’s actions before the fight? College football (32:02): Alabama is great again. Is Notre Dame any good? And will UCF ever get a shot at a championship? Afterballs(45:28): Ben on college football and TV commercials, Joel on ESPN’s Junior Seau documentary, and Josh on Alan Page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/10/181h 4m

The Satan’s Armpit Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Deadspin’s Laura Wagner are joined by Ben Lindbergh of the Ringer to discuss the baseball playoffs, and by Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post to discuss New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Plus, a conversation with Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal about  Gritty. Baseball (1:44): Can “bullpenning” carry the Oakland Athletics past the New York Yankees in the playoffs? And why were the Baltimore Orioles historically bad? Belichick (17:02): Bill Belichick talked to Sally Jenkins about the changing state of football and his obsessive approach to the game—but not his relationship with Tom Brady. Gritty (34:54): The Philadelphia Flyers’ new mascot, Gritty, is simultaneously terrifying and beloved. How did he become an overnight media darling? Afterballs (48:02): Laura on Johnny Manziel’s “letter” to Baker Mayfield and Stefan on the etymology of “bullpen.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/10/181h 1m

The Tiger! Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Jim Newell to talk about Tiger Woods’ first win in five years. Plus, Lee Jenkins explains why he left Sports Illustrated to take a job with the Los Angeles Clippers’, and Jonathan Hock discusses his documentary 14 Back. Tiger Woods (1:19): It had been 1,876 days since Woods won a golf tournament. Why did it mean so much to see him back on top of the game he’s dominated for decades? Lee Jenkins (22:10): SI’s longtime lead NBA writer decided to leave that gig to become the Clippers’ executive director of research and identity. Why’d he make the move? Also, what’s an executive director of research and identity? 14 Back  (42:15): Jonathan Hock’s latest film is about the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees and the classic one-game playoff in 1978 in which Bucky Bleeping Dent played a starring role. Afterballs(1:03:00): Stefan on Bucky Dent’s bat and Josh on an American star in Australian Rules Football. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/09/181h 20m

The Let’s Retire at Halftime Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss Vontae Davis’ mid-game retirement and Le’Veon Bell’s holdout, Outside Magazine’s Alex Hutchinson talks about Eliud Kipchoge’s new marathon world record, and Aaron Gordon assesses The Athletic as a business and editorial venture. Vontae Davis and Le’Veon Bell (1:25): Davis’ sudden exit from the league and Bell’s refusal to suit up without getting a long-term contract show the limits of player solidarity in the NFL. Eliud Kipchoge (21:27): The 33-year-old Kenyan has won 10 of the 11 marathons he’s entered. Alex Hutchinson explains what makes him so great and how he destroyed the world record. The Athletic (39:31): Will the new media outlet save sports journalism or destroy it? Aaron Gordon’s non-hot take: The answer is somewhere in between. Afterballs(59:47): Stefan on live retweets of high school football carnage and Josh on the pleasures of airplane mode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/09/181h 14m

The Let’s Talk About Serena Edition

Josh Levin and guest host Vann Newkirk of the Atlantic are joined by the New Yorker’s Louisa Thomas to discuss Serena Williams and the 2018 U.S. Open final. They’re also joined by Slate’s Derreck Johnson to assess LeBron James’ HBO series The Shop. Serena Williams (1:02): What happened in the 2018 U.S. Open final between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, and how we should think about the confrontation between Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos. The Shop (44:50): LeBron’s new show debuted with an episode featuring Snoop Dogg, Draymond Green, and Jon Stewart. Is it any good? Afterballs(1:04:05): Vann on men’s doubles and Josh on eight-peats. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/09/181h 19m

The Jerry Jones Did What With Shoes? Edition

Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis are joined by Deadspin’s Laura Wagner to discuss Colin Kaepernick and Nike. Mark Leibovich also joins to talk about his new book on the NFL, Big Game. Finally, they interview the Washington Post’s Dave Sheinin about his piece on a baseball player who came agonizingly close to making the majors. Kaepernick and Nike (1:21): How cynical should we about this alliance between athlete and corporation? And how surprising is it that Nike struck a deal with the leader of the NFL’s social justice protests? Big Game (16:15): Mark Leibovich spent years chatting with NFL owners and chasing commissioner Roger Goodell and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Here’s what he learned. Brian Mazone (38:14): What goes through a baseball player’s mind when he comes up just short of his lifelong dream? Afterballs (51:46): Stefan on his baller mom and Josh on turnover props. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/09/181h 7m

The Speeding the Cube Edition

Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis are joined by Jessica Luther to discuss Ohio State’s decision not to fire its football coach Urban Meyer; Stefan talks to John Branch about competitive Rubik’s cube solving; and the hosts play two of their favorite Slate Plus segments from 2018, on the perils of co-ed sports and Chinese NBA nicknames. Ohio State (2:53): What does it say about college football that Ohio State chose to suspend, but not fire, Urban Meyer for his failure to do much of anything about domestic abuse allegations against an assistant coach? Speedcubing (21:35): John Branch talks about the subculture of speedcubing, his son’s fascination with the Rubik’s cube, and the autistic teenager who can twirl a cube faster than anyone in the world. Co-ed sports (40:10): Slate’s Christina Cauterucci joins to discuss the lessons she learned as a 9-year-old girl on a co-ed soccer team. Chinese NBA nicknames (56:10):Stefan and Mike Pesca discuss their favorites. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/08/181h 7m

The Last Bruh You Hear Before You Get Hit In the Face Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by The Root’s Damon Young to discuss Jalen Ramsey, Jarvis Landry, and the state of NFL trash talk. They also talk about major rule changes in college basketball, and the Athletic’s Dana O’Neil joins to assess the future of UMBC basketball. NFL trash talk (1:52): Jalen Ramsey gave his honest opinion about a handful of NFL quarterbacks. Should more players adopt his approach? And is Jarvis Landry’s rant what the Cleveland Browns needed? College basketball (24:04): Are the NCAA’s moves to allow players to sign with agents and to test the waters of the NBA draft a step in the right direction? UMBC (38:08): The No. 16 seed made history by beating No. 1 Virginia in the NCAA tournamentT Where can the Retrievers go from here? Afterballs (56:25): Stefan on plaques in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Josh on Marge Schott, and Damon on Zion Williamson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/08/181h 21m

The Nudity as a Social Construct Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Jim Newell to discuss Tiger Woods’ near-win at the PGA Championship, SB Nation’s Spencer Hall talks about toxic college football cultures, and ESPN’s Sam Miller assesses the effectiveness of shifts in baseball. PGA (2:15): Brooks Koepka won the PGA Championship, but all eyes were on runner-up Tiger Woods. Is Tiger really back? And will Koepka finally get his time in the spotlight? College football (20:25): Has DJ Durkin coached his last game at Maryland? And why are we only hearing about the program’s abusive culture now? Defensive shifts (42:25): Shifts have been around for decades, but their use has skyrocketed in recent years. How effective are they? And do they suppress offense or boost it? Afterballs (58:19): Stefan on a recent Scrabble triumph and Josh on a teenage pole-vaulting prodigy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/08/181h 14m

The Love Me Some Me Edition

Josh Levin is joined by Deadspin’s Laura Wagner and the New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham to talk about Urban Meyer’s possible ouster at Ohio State, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees Terrell Owens and Ray Lewis, and the NFL’s new helmet rule. Urban Meyer (1:40): Ohio State has placed its head coach on administrative leave. Does that signal a societal shift in how institutions handle domestic violence? Pro Football Hall of Fame (23:36): Terrell Owens’ solo ceremony was a strange spectacle. So was Ray Lewis’ long speech in Canton, Ohio. What should we make of both players’ performances on stage and in their careers? Helmet rule (40:10): Will the NFL’s new ban on leading with the head change the game or will the league forget about enforcing it once the regular season begins? Afterballs (49:39): Laura stumps for the demise of five-set tennis matches, Vinson revels in watching NBA players destroy small children, and Josh describes the joys of the 2016 Classic Tetris World Championship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/08/181h 9m

BONUS: Upon Further Review - What if Tom Brady Never Became The Patriots’ Quarterback?

Live from the airwaves of WRNT, the 50,000 watt scorching (yet fictitious) voice of Boston sports radio….it’s The Dougie and The Donk Show. On today’s episode we take a trip to a fantastical football universe. A new TV special about a notorious 2001 Patriots game asks a lot of crazy questions. Like what if quarterback Drew Bledsoe, the hero of Pats Nation, had been pulled and replaced by benchwarmer Tom Brady? And what if Bill Belichick took over for the Big Tuna? It’s a bunch of malarkey but we’ll give our guest Steve Kornacki a chance to explain before The Donk destroys him. And as always, we’ll take your calls. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/08/1828m 41s

The Cloud of Salbutamol Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Dallas Wings star Liz Cambage to discuss the state of the WNBA. VeloNews’ Frederick Dreier talks about the Tour de France. Finally, Keith Barnes of the Mamie Johnson Little League talks his history-making team. Liz Cambage (1:42): The All-Star center has spoken out against basketball's gender wage gap and WNBA officiating. Will the league listen? Tour de France (19:25): What do we know about Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas? Is it good for cycling that the Chris Froome era is winding down? And what should we make of Lance Armstrong’s latest apology? Little League (38:04): A squad representing the Mamie "Peanut" Johnson Little League just became the first all-black team to win the Washington D.C. city championship. The league president explains how they got there. Afterballs(51:15): Stefan on a beloved Boston journalist who wrote about the ravages of the NFL and Josh on what LeBron James Jr. can learn from Michael Jordan’s kids. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/07/181h 6m

The Fighting Cancer Beats Godspeed Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by ESPN’s Howard Bryant to discuss the militarization of sports, Slate’s Christina Cauterucci talks about Jaelene Hinkle, and Deadspin’s Dom Cosentino assesses the future of flag football. Sports and the military (1:56): From flags the size of football fields to veterans throwing out the first pitch, sports and the military have become so closely tied since 9/11 that some forget it wasn’t always this way. What do veterans think of these patriotic pre-game displays? Jaelene Hinkle (19:08): Last year, the pro soccer player turned down a spot on the women’s national team because she didn’t want to wear a rainbow jersey during LGBTQ Pride Month. What should we make of U.S. Soccer’s decision to extend her another invitation? Flag football (36:39): The American Flag Football League just concluded its first complete season. As more and more kids are choosing not to play tackle football, is the flag version the future of the sport? Afterballs(56:12): Stefan on the Icelandic club Vikingur Reykjavik F.C. and Josh on Mississippi State’s search for a “ball coach.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/07/181h 14m

The Allez Les Bleus Edition

Henry Grabar and Josh Levin are joined by Men in Blazers’ Roger Bennett to discuss the World Cup. Racquet Magazine’s Caitlin Thompson talks about Wimbledon. And Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri assesses the terrible Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals. World Cup (2:33): France won the World Cup with an average age of 25 years and 10 months. Is this the beginning of a French soccer dynasty? Wimbledon (20:12): Is Serena Williams’ remarkable comeback truly unprecedented: Also, Kevin Anderson and John Isner’s semifinal match lasted 6 hours and 36 minutes. Is it time to bring fifth-set tiebreakers to Wimbledon? Should men play three sets instead of five? Baseball (39:40): The Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals are on pace to be some of the worst teams of all time. Is that a problem the major leagues needs to try to solve? Afterballs(55:18): Henry on horse racing tracks and Josh on the bizarre shooting of Cubs shortstop Billy Jurges. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/07/181h 11m

The Strangely Likable England Edition

Nick Greene and Josh Levin are joined by Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl to discuss the World Cup. The New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham also joins to discuss Stephen A. Smith. Plus, an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim about Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.  World Cup (1:25): How will a young French team fare against Belgium’s front three? Will England’s reliance on a set piece–heavy offense end its tournament run? And is Croatia headed to penalties for the third straight game?  Stephen A. Smith (18:20): How did the talking head go from being one of the most hated people in sports media to becoming the face of ESPN? And what’s he really like in person? Federer-Nadal (38:04): Ten years ago, the pair went head to head in the greatest match ever played. The new documentary Strokes of Genius looks back at the 2008 Wimbledon final and their 15-year rivalry. Afterballs(55:22): Nick on a Chilean soccer scandal and Josh on flipping the order of penalty kicks and extra time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/07/181h 13m

The LeBron to the Golden State Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley to discuss LeBron to the Lakers, Sports Illustrated’s Luis Miguel Echegaray talks about the World Cup, and the Political Gabfest’s Emily Bazelon assesses the controversy over Luke Heimlich. LeBron (1:16): How will the NBA’s balance of power shift now that the league’s best player is on the West Coast? What does LeBron’s departure mean for Cleveland? And will the Lakers be able to compete with the Warriors? World Cup (27:26): How disappointed should Mexico be after yet another Round of 16 departure? Also, does Russia have a chance to win it all? Luke Heimlich (44:43): The Oregon State baseball star went undrafted after it came out that he’d pled guilty to a sex crime as a juvenile. Should he get a chance to play in the major leagues? Afterballs(1:11:58): Stefan on Pele in America and Josh on a new perspective for the penalty shootout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/07/181h 27m

The Crying Neymar Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss the World Cup with Ken Early of the Irish Times, the fate of the DH and Major League Baseball expansion with Ben Lindbergh of the Ringer, and killing the NBA draft with Jay Caspian Kang of Vice News. World Cup (2:00): Ken Early joins for a conversation about Argentina’s fall from grace, England’s impressive play, and Neymar’s meltdowns. Baseball (20:20): Ben Lindbergh explains why likely expansion and realignment in MLB will lead to the welcome death of pitchers hitting.  NBA draft (38:27): Jay Caspian Kang talks about how replacing the NBA player draft with an open auction would end tanking and empower players. Afterballs (58:05): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/06/181h 16m

The 54 O’s Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss the World Cup with Slate’s Nick Greene and Slate’s Jim Newell joins to talk about golf’s U.S. Open. Plus, an interview with BuzzFeed’s Ken Bensinger about his book on corruption in soccer, Red Card.  World Cup (2:20): Stefan, Josh, and Nick Greene discuss the start of the men’s World Cup in Russia, including exuberant Spanish-language goal calls, the World Cup debut of replay review, and whether American fans should root for archrival Mexico. U.S. Open (25:28): Stefan, Josh, and Jim Newell assess Brooks Koepka’s back-to-back wins at the U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson’s weird, possibly unethical putt, and everyone’s whining about the difficulty of the Shinnecock Hills course. Red Card (43:00): Stefan and Josh interview Ken Bensinger about how the U.S. got involved in investigating FIFA and what it was like to hang out at Sepp Blatter’s house. Afterballs (1:01:12):  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/06/181h 17m

The Monday Morning Center Back Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by ESPN’s Dave McMenamin to talk about LeBron James' next stop; by Bruce Arena to discuss why the U.S. missed the World Cup; and by Slate's Jayson De Leon for a conversation about who to root for in Russia. LeBron's future (2:21): Nobody knows where the world's best player will end up. But where should he go? (Josh thinks New Orleans.) U.S. soccer (21:52): Former U.S. men's national team head coach Bruce Arena shares his thoughts on why Team USA missed the World Cup for the first time in 1986. Who to root for in the World Cup (39:28): Slate's Jayson De Leon stumps for Peru. How about Argentina? Perhaps Egypt? Afterballs(57:48):  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/06/181h 13m

The As Excited As Pat Sajak Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss the NBA finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors and the crazy story of anonymous Twitter accounts linked to Philadelphia 76ers GM Bryan Colangelo. Hockey writer Greg Wyshynski of ESPN joins the show to discuss the Stanley Cup finals between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. NBA Finals (3:10): Stefan and Josh talk to Ethan Strauss of The Athletic about the first two games of the NBA finals. Bryan Colangelo (34:27): Stefan, Josh, and Ethan discuss the fallout from the discovery of Twitter burner accounts that revealed details about inner workings of the Philadelphia 76ers. NHL Finals (54:08): Stefan and Josh talk to ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski about the Stanley Cup finals between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/06/181h 16m

The Bricks, Bricks, and Additional Bricks Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by ESPN’s Kevin Pelton to discuss the fourth straight Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals. NPR’s Gene Demby also joins to talk about the NFL’s anthem policy, and Deadspin’s Laura Wagner comes on for a conversation about her piece “So Who Is Barstool’s PFT Commenter?” Warriors and Cavaliers (2:16): Kevin Pelton explains whether the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics should’ve stopped shooting 3-pointers, how to predict playoff outcomes when teams don’t try their hardest during the regular season, and what to watch out for in the latest Warriors-Cavs championship series. NFL’s new anthem policy (21:46): Gene Demby talks with Stefan and Josh about the motivation behind the NFL’s new stand-or-else national anthem policy and how the league’s players will respond. PFT Commenter and Barstool Sports (41:32): Deadspin’s Laura Wagner assesses why media outlets haven’t revealed Eric Sollenberger’s identity and how his PFT Commenter character helps make Barstool Sports palatable. Afterballs (60:01):  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/05/181h 13m

The My Favorite House Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Athletic’s Marcus Thompson to discuss the Warriors and Steph Curry. Bloomberg’s Ira Boudway also joins to talk about legalized sports betting, and John Swansburg helps assess Tom Wolfe’s classic piece on NASCAR driver Junior Johnson. Golden State Warriors (4:20): With Steph Curry looking spry and healthy, can anyone stop the NBA’s best team? And what’s the deal with Curry’s mom fining him for cursing? Legalized sports betting (26:15): The Supreme Court’s huge ruling will change how leagues operate and how fans wager. Bloomberg’s Ira Boudway explains the ramifications. Tom Wolfe on Junior Johnson (44:35): Tom Wolfe’s Esquire piece “The Last American Hero Is Junior Johnson. Yes!” is a classic of new journalism. What did Wolfe get right about Johnson and NASCAR and what did he miss? Afterballs (1:11:40):  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/05/181h 27m

The Seven Dwarves Versus Four Giants Edition

Stefan Fatsis and guest host Mike Pesca discuss the start of the NBA conference finals and the debate over the debate over who’s the greatest, Michael Jordan or LeBron James. Stefan talks to Roger Bennett of Men In Blazers about Wayne Rooney’s reported move to America and Roger’s new book, Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica. And Stefan and Mike are joined by Nate DiMeo to discuss his essay in Mike’s new book, Upon Further Review, about the alternate history of tug-of-war. NBA (1:42): Stefan and Mike discuss Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, Michael v. LeBron, and Charles v. Shaq. Wayne Rooney (22:04): Stefan and Roger Bennett of Men In Blazers talk about English striker Wayne Rooney’s reported move to D.C. United of Major League Soccer. Tug-of-War (40:24): Stefan and Mike talk to Nate DiMeo about imagining what would have happened if tug-of-war hadn’t been kicked out of the Olympics a century ago. Afterballs (56:01):  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/05/181h 15m

The Little Tikes Hoop With a Saggy Pamper Edition

Stefan Fatsis is joined by ESPN’s Dave McMenamin to break down the epic buzzer-beater by LeBron James in Game 3 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference playoffs and by hockey writer Sean McIndoe to discuss the Stanley Cup playoffs. Slate’s Christina Cauterucci and Juliet Macur of the New York Times talk about the exploitative treatment of NFL cheerleaders. And ESPN’s Sam Miller explains how there were more strikeouts than hits in the major leagues in a month for the first time ever. LeBron (3:15): Stefan and ESPN’s Dave McMenamin conduct a forensic breakdown of LeBron James’s seemingly impossible game-winning shot against the Toronto Raptors. NHL playoffs (21:39): Stefan and hockey writer Sean McIndoe discuss the Vegas Golden Knights, the Winnipeg Jets, a rare playoff suspension, and Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins licking his opponents. Cheerleaders (43:50): Slate’s Christina Cauterucci and Juliet Macur of the New York Times talk with Stefan about Juliet’s reporting on the treatment of cheerleaders for Washington’s NFL team Baseballs (1:01:32):  ESPN’s Sam Miller talks with Stefan about the decade-long rise in strikeouts and whether Major League Baseball needs to do something about it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/05/181h 15m

The No Texts or Nothin’ Edition

Josh Levin, Wosny Lambre, and Ethan Sherwood Strauss discuss the NBA playoffs. They also talk about Meek Mill’s release from prison and his relationship with the 76ers, and they ponder quarterback Josh Allen’s old, racial-slur-laden tweets. NBA playoffs (2:20): Josh, Wos, and Ethan assess the state of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the NBA’s most polarizing player, Russell Westbrook. They also examine LeBron James’ latest triumph and check in on the state of the Golden State Warriors. Meek Mill (22:35): Upon his release from prison, the Philadelphia rapper headed straight to the Sixers’ game against the Miami Heat. How did Mill forge such a tight connection with the team, and how did he become a cause célèbre for criminal justice reformers? Josh Allen (37:23): The Wyoming quarterback’s tweets were publicized the night before the NFL draft. Should we care about Allen’s social media misadventures, and how should we think about athletes’ old tweets more broadly? Afterballs (56:00):  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/04/181h 15m

The Bill Belichick’s Best Friend Edition

Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis discuss the NBA playoffs with Slate’s Nick Greene. The Irish Times’ Ken Early joins to talk about Arsene Wenger’s departure as Arsenal’s manager, and the MMQB’s Tim Rohan explores the history of the mock draft. NBA playoffs (2:00): The hosts are joined by Nick Greene to assess the first round, which has featured standout play from the Philadelphia 76ers, a shocking sweep by the New Orleans Pelicans, and LeBron James’ efforts to drag a subpar supporting cast past the Indiana Pacers. Arsene Wenger (21:25): Ken Early explains why the legendary Arsenal manager’s tenure went south and what his legacy will be in the Premier League. Mock drafts (40:30): Where did mock drafts come from and how have they eaten the world? Tim Rohan, who did an oral history of the mock draft for Sports Illustrated’s MMQB, comes on the show to explain.   Afterballs (53:25):  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/04/181h 9m

The Not Michael Jordan Edition

Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis discuss the musical Small Ball with Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey. ESPN’s Bill Barnwell joins to talk about why the NFL is bad at scouting quarterbacks, and The Good Place’s Mike Schur explains his love for Dan Le Batard. Small Ball (1:55): The day after the Rockets’ win in Game 1 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, general manager Daryl Morey talks about his passion for musical theater, which led him to commission a basketball-themed musical. Quarterbacks (18:00): Why can’t the NFL separate the Akili Smiths from the Carson Wentzes? Bill Barnwell crunched the numbers for ESPN and joins the show to theorize about why the league can’t figure out which signal-callers to draft. Dan Le Batard (37:39): Mike Schur, the creator of Parks and Recreation and The Good Place, discusses why he’s obsessed with the Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz and what makes it such a special radio show. Afterballs(57:17):  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/04/181h 14m

The Everybody Hates Patrick Edition

Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis discuss Patrick Reed’s Masters win with Slate’s Jim Newell. The Toronto Star’s Bruce Arthur also joins to talk about the Humboldt bus crash, and the Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh helps assess Shohei Ohtahi’s amazing week. Masters (1:36): Jim Newell explains why first-time major champion Patrick Reed is so widely loathed, and they discuss whether we should be repulsed by Reed or feel bad for him. Canadian hockey tragedy (20:43): The bus crash in Saskatchewan that killed 10 youth hockey players and five adults joins a long list of horrifying sports accidents. Bruce Arthur and the hosts talk about the legacy of those events and the special place junior hockey holds in Canadian society. Baseball (31:26): Ben Lindbergh prognosticates about whether Los Angeles Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani can keep up his amazing pitching and hitting. They also chat about Giancarlo Stanton’s slow start and Gabe Kapler’s bizarre managing decisions. Afterballs(51:37):  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/04/181h 8m

The Goalie Is an Accountant Edition

Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis discuss the women’s NCAA tournament with Jere Longman and Kara Lawson. Patrick Fort also joins to talk about emergency hockey goalies, and they interview Jack Alexander and Bill Bunten about sports before Brown v. Board. NCAA Tournament (2:20): The New York Times’ Jere Longman and ESPN’s Kara Lawson come on the show for a conversation about the last three games of the women’s basketball tournament, all of which were decided at the buzzer.  Emergency Goalies (29:18): How did a full-time accountant end up playing goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks? Should baseball, football, and other sports have rules that allow non-professionals to suit up in an emergency? Sports Before School Desegregation (43:07): Jack Alexander played basketball for the all-black Ramblers. Bill Bunten played for the all-white Trojans. The two men reflect on sports before school desegregation, and how coaching legend Dean Smith helped integrate the Topeka High School basketball team. Afterballs(56:18):  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/04/181h 14m

The Everyone Is Going Through Something Edition

Josh Levin, ESPN’s Joel Anderson, and NPR’s Gene Demby discuss March Madness. They also talk about the sports world’s response to the police killing of Stephon Clark and how Kevin Love and DeMar Derozan started a conversation about mental health. NCAA Tournament (2:00): Josh, Joel, and Gene examine Loyola-Chicago’s Cinderella run to the Final Four, Duke’s ouster in the Elite Eight, and whether any women’s team other than the UConn matters. Stephon Clark (24:00): The hosts assess the sports world’s response the police killing of an unarmed black man in Sacramento, how activism is different in the NBA and NFL, and what it means that Eric Reid hasn’t yet been signed by an NFL team. Mental health in sports (38:00): Will Kevin Love’s Players’ Tribune piece help change the way we talk about athletes and masculinity? Should Royce White get more credit for starting the conversation about sports and mental health? Afterballs (52:30):  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/03/181h 13m

The Humble Swagger Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the New York Times’ Marc Tracy to discuss UMBC. Deadspin’s Dom Cosentino comes on to talk about Kirk Cousins’ new contract. Plus: Dave Kindred on covering girls’ high school basketball. NCAA (1:27): Stefan, Josh, and Marc Tracy of the New York Times recap the first weekend of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, including 16-seed UMBC’s historic win over 1-seed Virginia. Kirk Cousins (23:30): Stefan and Josh are joined by Dom Cosentino of Deadspin to discuss whether NFL players and agents will be emboldened by free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins’ groundbreaking guaranteed contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Dave Kindred (40:06): After retiring home to Illinois seven years ago, Dave Kindred began covering the local girls’ basketball team for fun. Then his wife suffered a massive stroke. Dave talks about the experience with Stefan and Josh. Afterballs( 56:30):  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/03/181h 17m

The Passing Is an Expression of Failure Edition

Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis talk with Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley about the NCAA Tournament, Slate’s Jim Newell joins to talk about Tiger Woods’ comeback, and ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz assesses the Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets. March Madness (1:31):Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley chats with Josh and Stefan about how to be a college basketball fan without being a huge hypocrite. Plus: Can Penn become the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 in the history of the men’s tournament? Tiger Woods (19:47):Slate’s golf correspondent Jim Newell analyzes Woods’ second-place finish at the Valspar Championship, discusses Woods’ strange vocabulary, and looks at whether golf courses should be more patriotic. Raptors and Rockets (35:01): Kevin Arnovitz joins for a conversation about the NBA’s (maybe) two best teams. Are Toronto and Houston for real, and what explains their regular-season success? Afterballs (52:00): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/03/181h 10m

The Golden Age of Tanking Edition

Guest hosts Daniel Engber and David Epstein talk with Carl Bialik about robot line judges in tennis, Mike Pesca joins for a review of NBA tanking, and Florentina Hettinga discusses the science of the Paralympics. Robot umpires (1:47): Carl Bialik discusses the latest innovation in line-calling technology and how it might affect tennis. Tanking (18:25): Hang Up host emeritus Mike Pesca chats about why there’s more tanking than ever in the NBA and what might be done about it. Paralympics (36:09): Sports scientist Florentina Hettinga sheds light on debates over classification in the world of disability sports. Afterballs (45:39): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/03/181h 1m

The "Here Comes Diggins!” Edition

Stefan Fatsis welcomes Slate’s Justin Peters and NBC Nordic skiing commentator Chad Salmela to recap the Winter Olympics. And journalist Ben Strauss and sports economist Andy Schwarz examine the government probe of NCAA basketball recruitment. Winter Olympics (1:42): Stefan and Justin Peters recap the final week of the Winter Olympics including the United States men’s curling team gold medal, Canada’s Olympic heartbreak, Mirai Nagasu’s post-skate comments, and more.  Chad Salmela (22:23): Stefan and Justin interview NBC commentator Chad Salmela, who called the dramatic finish of the first-ever American gold medal in cross-country skiing. NCAA Basketball (37:12): Ben Strauss and Andy Schwarz join Stefan to explain the latest developments in the FBI’s investigation into men’s college basketball. Afterballs (57:30) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/02/181h 7m

The Trickless Hungarian Edition

Josh Levin is joined by Slate’s Justin Peters and the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen to talk about Elizabeth Swaney, Ester Ledecka, Nathan Chen, and more from the Olympics. PhillyVoice’s Kyle Neubeck also joins to discuss what’s wrong with Markelle Fultz. Winter Olympics (:59): Josh, Ben Cohen, and Justin Peters talk about the United States’ relatively tiny medal count in Pyeongchang and Norway’s enormous haul. They also discuss Nathan Chen’s “quad-ification” of figure skating and the rights and wrongs of Olympic tourism. Markelle Fultz (37:37): PhillyVoice’sKyle Neubeck talks with Josh about the mystery of the Philadelphia 76ers’ No. 1 draft pick Markelle Fultz. Does he have a shoulder injury or has he forgotten how to shoot? Afterballs (55:32) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/02/181h 6m

The Yoo-Hoo, We Did It Edition

Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis talk with Slate’s Justin Peters about the top stories from the Olympics, Jack Hamilton joins to look at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ roster shake-up, and Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl discusses what’s next for U.S. Soccer. Pyeongchang 2018 (1:00):Josh, Stefan, and Slate’s Justin Peters break down the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics, touching on figure skater Adam Rippon, North Korean propaganda, the shameful handling of Russia’s participation in the games, and snowboarding gold medalist Red Gerard.  Cleveland Cavaliers (21:24):Slate’sJack Hamilton joins the hosts to talk about the Cleveland Cavaliers’ deadline deals, and whether LeBron was playing badly to force the team to make a move. U.S. Soccer (38:34): Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated chats with Josh and Stefan about why and how Carlos Cordeiro won the election for president of the United States Soccer Federation. Afterballs (55:36): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/02/181h 8m

The Nick Foles Is a Super Bowl MVP Edition

Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis talk with the Gist’s Mike Pesca about the Eagles’ win over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII. They’re also joined by Jeff Passan of Yahoo to discuss what can be done to fix Major League Baseball’s broken economic system. Super Bowl LII (1:15): The original Hang Up crew discusses all aspects of the Eagles’ thrilling 41-33 victory over the Patriots, including Nick Foles’ excellent play, Doug Pederson’s gutsy coaching, Bill Belichick’s benching of Malcolm Butler, and what’s next for Rob Gronkowski. MLB economics (35:40): Yahoo’s Jeff Passan assesses the different factors leading to baseball’s stalled free agent market, and how players and owners might resolve the stalemate. Afterballs (53:37): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/02/181h 10m

The “What Did Izzo and Dantonio Know?” Edition

Josh Levin talks with Paula Lavigne of ESPN and Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley about the Michigan State sexual abuse scandal. ESPN’s Howard Bryant also joins to discuss the Australian Open, and the Root’s Damon Young assesses the NBA’s all-star draft. Michigan State (1:30): Paula Lavigne of ESPN’s Outside the Lines explains what she’s learned about the failures of the Michigan State athletic department to deal with sexual assault cases, and whether it’s right to focus on the school’s football and basketball programs. Australian Open (16:40): ESPN’s Howard Bryant discuss Roger Federer’s 20th major championship, Caroline Wozniacki’s first grand slam title, and how American Tennys Sandgren went from a fan favorite to a pariah in record time. All-star draft (34:55): The Root’s Damon Young helps Josh assess the NBA’s first-ever all-star draft and the seeming implosion of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Afterballs (59:50): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/01/181h 11m

The One-Armed Bandit Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin talk about the Patriots’ and Eagles’ wins in the NFL’s title games; the New York Times’ Juliet Macur discusses the sex abuse scandal in U.S. gymnastics; and Deadspin’s Dave McKenna helps remember D.C. sports legend Gary Mays. NFL playoffs (1:41): A conversation about the Patriots’ inevitability, the rise and fall of the Jaguars, the state of being Blake Bortles, and the shocking excellence of Nick Foles. Larry Nassar (24:40): The New York Times’ Juliet Macur discusses the power of the victim impact statements from Aly Raisman and other gymnasts, and talks about how the sport should reckon with its massive sexual abuse scandal. Gary Mays (42:52):Deadspin’s Dave McKenna memorializes the one-armed basketball and baseball star, who died last week at the age of 82. McKenna explains how Mays shut down Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor, and how he thrived despite being deprived of opportunities due to segregation. Afterballs (1:00:21): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/01/181h 16m

The “They Shoot Utility Infielders, Don’t They?” Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss the Vikings’ last-second win over the Saints and other NFL playoff doings; the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen joins to talk about Trae Young; and Sam Miller comes on for a conversation about a 50-inning baseball game. NFL playoffs (1:35): Stefan consoles Josh about the Saints’ tragic defeat. They also talk about whether Blake Bortles is an elite quarterback and the dominance of the Jaguars’ and Vikings’ defenses. Trae Young (20:15): Ben Cohen explains how Stephen Curry influenced Oklahoma’s freshman superstar and other members of the “Curry Generation.” Fifty-Inning Baseball (37:25):Sam Miller dares to imagine what might happen if a major-league game lasted much, much longer than any game has ever lasted before. Afterballs (59:49): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/01/181h 15m

The Citronauts Are National Champions Edition

Stefan Fatsis, former NFL player Nate Jackson, and football writer Melissa Jacobs discuss the NFL playoffs. Then Stefan talks to Spencer Hall of SB Nation about the University of Central Florida’s claim on college football’s national championship. And Stefan talks to soccer writer Jonathan Wilson about Manchester City’s dominance of England’s Premier League. NFL playoffs (1:09): Stefan Fatsis, former NFL player Nate Jackson, and football writer Melissa Jacobs discuss the first round of the NFL playoffs, more controversy over head injuries, a reported rift inside the New England Patriots, and Jon Gruden’s hiring as head coach of the Oakland Raiders. College football (14:35): Stefan talks to Spencer Hall of SB Nation about unbeaten Central Florida’s self-declaration as the national champion of major college football. Manchester City (29:50): Stefan talks to Blizzard editor Jonathan Wilson about Manchester City’s dominance in England’s Premier League, and the chances it can pull off an unprecedented “quadruple”—winning the league title, FA Cup, League Cup, and European Champions League. Afterball (39:51) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/01/1850m 53s

The 200 Seventh-Graders vs. LeBron Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Gist’s Mike Pesca to discuss a whole bunch of sports conundrums. Among the questions they ponder: How many seventh-grade basketball players would it take to beat LeBron James? How would you change an NBA court or an NFL field if irregularities were allowed? What’s a more worthwhile career—a few years of brilliance or a decade-plus of mediocrity? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/01/1852m 17s

The Remember Connie Hawkins Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Ben Strauss to discuss why academically rigorous universities like Wesleyan are betting big on football. They also speak with Rick Telander about the life and legacy of hoops legend Connie Hawkins. Division III football (3:09): Ben Strauss joins to assess the trend of elite schools investing big in sports, and what happens on campus when universities prioritize football. Connie Hawkins (23:15): Rick Telander, the author of Heaven Is a Playground, explains how Connie Hawkins—who died back in October—became a mythical figure on the New York playground scene, and why he’s a tragic figure. Afterballs (33:33): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/12/1758m 24s

The Badly Photoshopped Flag-Burning Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Andrew Brandt to discuss the allegations against Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson; by Chris Nowinski to talk about the NFL concussion protocol; and by Deadspin to assess the rise of fake sports news. Jerry Richardson (1:41): Former Green Bay Packers vice president Andrew Brandt discusses the allegations that the Carolina Panthers owner engaged in inappropriate workplace behavior, and Richardson’s announcement that he’s going to put the team up for sale.  NFL concussion protocol (22:04): Chris Nowinski of the Concussion Legacy Foundation joins for a conversation about the recent spate of high-profile head injuries in pro football, and how to get fans and players and teams and the league to care about the dangers of big hits.  Fake sports news (39:41): Deadspin’s David Roth talks about fake sports news stories populating websites like viralusa.org, as well as the online hoax that had some people convinced that the Washington football team had changed its name to the Redhawks. Afterballs (58:52): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/12/171h 19m

The Bronx Bombers’ Big Boppers Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Warren Cromartie and the Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh to discuss Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton; David Epstein joins to assess Russia’s Olympics ban; and Daniel Libit talks about his muckraking site NM Fishbowl. Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton (2:10): Former Japanese League star Warren Cromartie assesses how Japanese star Shohei Ohtani will perform in the major leagues, while Ben Lindbergh explains the economics of the Los Angeles Angels’ deal with Ohtani and the Yankees’ trade for slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Russia’s Olympics ban (25:21): David Epstein explains the International Olympic Committee’s move to (kind of) ban Russia from the Winter Games. NM Fishbowl (41:57): Daniel Libit talks about his year-long effort to investigate New Mexico athletics and whether the model could work nationwide. Afterballs (1:05:55): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/12/171h 28m

The Most Valuable Vegan Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Jeremy Stahl of Slate, and Howard Bryant of ESPN discuss the rift among NFL players over the league’s plan to donate money to social causes. Then Stefan and Josh Levin talk to Tom Haberstroh of Bleacher Report Magazine about the NBA’s new veganism. And Stefan talks about the forgotten, first black quarterback in New York Giants history, and the perception of black quarterbacks during the civil-rights era, with Louis Moore of Grand Valley State University. NFL protests (2:05): Stefan Fatsis, Jeremy Stahl of Slate, and Howard Bryant of ESPN discuss the rift among players involved in negotiating a deal with NFL management to aid social-justice causes—over where the money is coming from and whether it is mostly aimed at ending more than a year of on-field protests during the national anthem. NBA vegans (21:02): Stefan and Josh talk to Tom Haberstroh of Bleacher Report Magazine about his recent feature on Boston Celtics star point guard Kyrie Irving eschewing meat, and whether slimmer NBA players are better NBA players. Hank Washington (36:20): Stefan delivers an extended Afterball about the first black quarterback in New York Giants history, and then talks about the perception of black quarterbacks in the civil-rights era with Louis Moore, an associate professor at Grand Valley State University who studies African-American and sports history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/12/1759m 42s

The Shania Twain and Sled Dogs Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Spencer Hall to talk about Alabama’s loss to Auburn and Tennessee’s Greg Schiano fiasco; by Vann Newkirk to discuss Alabama’s 3-on-5 basketball near-miracle; and by Bruce Arthur to assess the Grey Cup. College football (1:53): Spencer Hall of SB Nation discusses Auburn’s big win over its rival Alabama, whether the Crimson Tide will get bounced from the College Football Playoff, and the University of Tennessee’s hiring and unhiring of football coach Greg Schiano. 3-on-5 basketball (22:40): Vann Newkirk of the Atlantic helps Josh and Stefan dissect Alabama’s spectacular, bizarre near-comeback against Minnesota in a basketball game in which they played three against five for most of the second half. Grey Cup (38:49): The Toronto Star’s Bruce Arthur joins for a conversation about the Toronto Argonauts’ win over the Calgary Stampeders, and about the overwhelming Canadianness of a snow-covered football championship game. Afterballs (50:30): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/11/171h 7m

The So Many Interceptions Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Ringer’s Kevin Clark to talk about NFL quarterback play and the Root’s Damon Young discusses Donald Trump’s feud with Lavar Ball. Plus: Slate’s June Thomas joins for an interview with swimmer Diana Nyad.  Quarterbacks (2:00): Kevin Clark comes on for a conversation about Nathan Peterman’s extraordinarily bad debut as an NFL starter, plus the second-year surge of Carson Wentz, and the prognosis for Dak Prescott and Jared Goff. Lavar Ball vs. Donald Trump (21:22): Damon Young helps assess the feud between the basketball dad and the president of the United States. Plus, who’s right and who’s wrong in the war of words between Draymond Green and Mark Cuban about what we should call NBA “owners”? Diana Nyad (43:18): The record-setting marathon swimmer discusses her recent New York Times piece, “My Life After Sexual Assault.” Afterballs (52:02): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/11/171h 9m

The Cavalcade of Whimsy Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl to talk about the race for the U.S. Soccer presidency, and Mike Pesca comes on to talk about NFL celebrations, the Miami turnover chain, and inspirational locker room speeches. U.S. Soccer (1:30): SI’s Grant Wahl talks about the contenders for the top job in U.S. Soccer, why no women are running for the position, and whether promotion and relegation is coming to an American soccer field near you. Mid-Season Whimsy Spectacular (18:33): The original Hang Up trio of Stefan, Josh, and Mike Pesca reunite for a check-in about the state of whimsy in football. Should the NFL get credit for its celebration renaissance? Is the Miami turnover chain amazing, spectacular, or transcendent? Afterballs (44:11): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/11/171h 1m

The No Berries for Brady Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Chuck Culpepper to discuss a crazy weekend in college football, by Charles P. Pierce to talk about Tom Brady’s weird diet and workout regimen, and by Greg Wyshynski to assess the Vegas Golden Knights. College Football (1:40): Chuck Culpepper of the Washington Post joins for a conversation about Alabama’s predictable dominance, the Big 12’s high-octane offenses, and whether Wisconsin will make the playoff. Tom Brady (15:59): Charles P. Pierce, the author of Moving the Chains: Tom Brady and the Pursuit of Everything, explains how the Patriots quarterback came to embrace weird lifestyle rituals. Vegas Golden Knights (31:54): ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski explains how the NHL’s Las Vegas expansion team got so good so fast, and whether hockey will succeed in Nevada. Afterballs (45:00): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/11/171h 2m

The Juiced, Slick, and Out of the Park Edition

Josh Levin is joined by Ben Lindbergh to discuss the World Series; by Don Van Natta Jr. and Jeremy Stahl to talk about behind-the-scenes machinations in the NFL; and by Alexandra Starr and Christina Cauterucci to examine sexual abuse in sports. World Series (1:39): The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh comes on the show for a conversation about the Astros’ 13-12 win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series, as well as Yuli Gurriel’s racist gesture and Major League Baseball’s decision not to suspend him until 2018. NFL (22:31): Slate’s Jeremy Stahl and Don Van Natta Jr. of ESPN discuss their reporting on meeting between the league’s players and owners, as well as Colin Kaepernick’s lack of a role in those conversations. Sexual abuse in sports (41:45): Alexandra Starr and Christina Cauterucci join to talk about Starr’s Harper’s story about sexual abuse scandals in gymnastics, swimming, and other sports, and a new organization that’s trying to fix the scourge of abuse. Afterball (1:01:36): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/10/171h 14m

The Grotesquely Swollen Jaw Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss the World Series and Dusty Baker with ESPN’s Howard Bryant. Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN also joins to talk about the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Alan Siegel helps assess the legacy of the Simpsons’ “Homer at the Bat.” Baseball (1:37): Howard Bryant comes on the show to preview the World Series matchup between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers, and to discuss the Washington Nationals decision not to retain manager Dusty Baker Giannis Antetokounmpo (17:03): Kevin Arnovitz explains how the Greek Freak has taken the leap to become an NBA superstar and what he’s like off the court. “Homer at the Bat” (31:35): Alan Siegel joins for a conversation about the classic Simpsons episode and the new mockumentary Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson. Afterballs (46:34): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/10/171h 3m

The How Many Altuves Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss Colin Kaepernick’s collusion grievance. They’re also joined by Evan Drellich to talk about Houston Astros star Jose Altuve, and by Caitlin Murray for a conversation about the Portland Thorns women’s soccer team. Kaepernick and collusion (1:50): Stefan and Josh assess whether Kaepernick’s grievance against the NFL has a chance of succeeding and what the quarterback has to gain from pressing a collusion claim Jose Altuve (19:36): Former Houston Astros beat writer Evan Drellich explains how the 5-foot-6 second baseman transformed himself into one of the best players in baseball. Portland Thorns (37:25): Freelance writer Caitlin Murray discusses whether the National Women’s Soccer League champions provide a model for success for other women’s pro sports franchises. Afterballs (52:34): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/10/171h 14m

Hang Up Extra: The World Cup Catastrophe Edition

In this special emergency episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss the U.S. men’s national team’s disastrous loss to Trinidad and Tobago and what comes next for American soccer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/10/1729m 53s

The Duglegur Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss Jemele Hill, Jerry Jones, and Donald Trump with the Ringer’s Bryan Curtis. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan also joins to discuss the baseball playoffs, and Roger Bennett of Men in Blazers talks about Iceland’s World Cup dreams. Politics and the NFL (1:10): Bryan Curtis joins for a conversation about ESPN’s suspension of Jemele Hill, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ directive that his players stand for the national anthem, and the increasing politicization of the NFL. Baseball playoffs (22:52): Jeff Passan talks about Game 4 of the Astros-Red Sox series and the radical shift in how pitchers are deployed in the baseball postseason. Iceland (37:01): Roger Bennett revels in the soccer triumphs of the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup. Afterballs (49:46): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/10/171h 6m

The Watch Out for the Pious Ones Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss the shifting politics of the NFL protests with Jamil Smith. Bloomberg View’s Joe Nocera also joins to discuss the FBI investigation of NCAA basketball, the Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh previews the baseball playoffs. NFL protests (2:24): Jamil Smith joins for a conversation about how NFL owners have tried to co-opt players’ protests for racial equality. FBI vs. NCAA (23:46): Joe Nocera comes on the show to break down the FBI’s investigation into the nexus between shoe companies, assistant coaches, and college basketball players. Why is the federal government sticking its nose into college hoops now, and can anything good come out of this inquiry. Baseball playoffs (41:11): Ben Lindbergh joins to discuss some of the postseason’s top contenders, among them the Cleveland Indians, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Washington Nationals, and the Houston Astros. Afterballs (56:42): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/10/171h 16m

The U Bum Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin and Marcus Thompson of The Athletic discuss the wave of protests against Donald Trump’s remarks about the NFL. Then they talk about Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant’s recent Twitter snafu and his fragile psyche. And broadcaster and former U.S. soccer player Marcelo Balboa joins for a conversation about hot, new Major League Soccer team Atlanta United FC. NFL protests (1:35): Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Marcus Thompson of The Athletic discuss a remarkable weekend in professional sports that began with Donald Trump calling protesting NFL players “sons of bitches” and culminated in hundreds of athletes, coaches, owners, and others across sports rebuking the president in a wave of on-field protests and statements. Kevin Durant (27:16): Stefan, Josh, and Marcus assess Kevin Durant’s apparent insecurities—reflected in his new line of Nike sneakers with insoles that take on his critics—and whether it’s possible to be an NBA superstar and also mingle with the public like a regular guy. Soccer (41:13): Stefan interviews three-time World Cup soccer player Marcelo Balboa about Atlanta United FC, the Major League Soccer expansion team that recently drew a league-record 70,000 fans to a game in a new stadium in Atlanta. Afterballs (48:17): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/09/171h 10m

The Ninja Doppelgänger Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by NPR’s Gene Demby to discuss Jemele Hill and ESPN’s conservative trolls, by HBO’s Eric Raskin to talk about Golovkin-Alvarez, and by Ninja Warrior’s Josh Levin for a conversation about obstacle course stardom. Jemele Hill (1:28): Gene Demby of NPR’s Code Switch comes on the show to explore why ESPN has become a target in the culture wars and the kinds of discussions that happen when people of color become leading voices in the mainstream media. Golovkin-Alvarez (25:43): Eric Raskin of the HBO Boxing podcast explains what made the middleweight fight between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez an instant classic, and what can be done about scoring controversies in boxing. Josh Levin (46:55): A different Josh Levin comes on the show to chat about what it’s like to appear on American Ninja Warrior and his quest to become an Olympic rock climber. Afterballs (1:01:20): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/09/171h 21m

The Shack Atop a Telegraph Pole Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the New York Times’ Mark Leibovich to discuss the NFL’s opening weekend, by Racquet’s Caitlin Thompson to assess Sloane Stephens’ U.S. Open win, and by Mike Pesca for a debate about the Red Sox’s sign-stealing. NFL (1:08): Mark Leibovich describes his experiences in New England and Dallas during pro football’s opening week, and whether owners are getting closer to dumping Commissioner Roger Goodell. Sloane Stephens (18:38): Caitlin Thompson joins to talk about the rise of the young American women at the U.S. Open, and what to make of Sloane Stephens’ surprising triumph. Red Sox sign-stealing (32:56): Mike Pesca returns to Hang Up to help Josh and Stefan decide whether the Red Sox’s technologically enabled sign-stealing scheme is cheating or gamesmanship. Afterballs (50:09): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/09/171h 6m

The Quarterback Named Buckshot Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by SB Nation’s Spencer Hall to discuss college football. Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders also joins to talk about NFL tanking, and Ed Cunningham explains his move to quit his job as a football announcer for ESPN. College football openers (2:14): Spencer Hall talks about Texas A&M’s crushing loss to UCLA, Howard’s exhilarating win over UNLC, and other scenes from college football’s opening weekend. NFL tanking (21:08): Aaron Schatz explains why and how the Jets, Bills, and Brows are losing on purpose; whether tanking is a sound strategy for NFL teams; and what the league should do to address it, if anything. Ed Cunningham (37:43): The longtime ESPN announcer explains how he came to the decision to quit his job as a college football analyst, why he developed ethical qualms about the game, and why he doesn’t enjoy watching the NFL. Afterballs (57:48): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/09/171h 17m

The Rats Fighting in a Sewer Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay to discuss  Floyd Mayweather’s win over Conor McGregor, by Ken Rosenthal to talk about the Athletic, and by Robert Lipsyte to assess Clay Travis and ESPN’s supposed liberalism. Mayweather-McGregor (1:30): Jason Gay, who watched the fight while high, explains why fans weren’t unhappy with the experience, and looks at what’s next for the two very rich fighters. The Athletic (16:09): Longtime sportswriter and baseball sideline reporter Ken Rosenthal explains why he signed on with the sports media start-up and why he believes its business model makes sense.  Clay Travis and ESPN (32:54): Former ESPN ombudsman Robert Lipsyte discusses accusations that the Worldwide Leader of Sports is a liberal bastion and the marketing genius of Clay Travis, who has brought the culture wars to sports.  Afterballs (52:24): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/08/171h 7m

Hang-Up: The Blackin’ Out the NFL and the Sun Edition

Stefan Fatsis is joined by former NFL player Hamza Abdullah and ESPN’s Howard Bryant to analyze race and sports. ESPN writer Mechelle Voepel and MinnPost.com’s Pat Borzi chat about the WNBA. And director Adam Hootnick discusses his documentary about Texas high-school football, What Carter Lost. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/08/171h 7m

The Moneyball for Rich People Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Johnette Howard to discuss Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension, tennis writer Ben Rothenberg comes on to talk about Sascha Zverev, and Mike Schur analyzes the Los Angeles Dodgers’ excellence. Ezekiel Elliott (2:16): Johnette Howard joins to review the domestic abuse allegations leveled against the Cowboys running back, if the NFL punishment system worked in this case, and whether the suspension marks a change in the NFL’s treatment of alleged victims. Sascha Zverev (15:14): New York Times tennis writer Ben Rothenberg and Johnette assess Zverev’s impressive defeat of Roger Federer and if the 20-year-old can be the one to finally unseat tennis’ Big 4. Los Angeles Dodgers (27:47): The Good Place creator Mike Schur discusses how the Dodgers got so great, the team’s transition from lousy to good (and rich) ownership, and how fans in L.A. might react to another early postseason exit. Afterballs (47:17): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/08/171h 7m

The Pray for the Ravens Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by ProPublica’s David Epstein to discuss Usain Bolt’s loss to Justin Gatlin. The Irish Times’ Ken Early also talks about Neymar’s record-setting transfer, and Josh and Stefan analyze Colin Kaepernick’s NFL exile. Usain Bolt (1:14): David Epstein joins to dissect Usain Bolt’s final competitive 100-meter race, Justin Gatlin’s surprise win, and how the sport is handling its perpetual doping problems. Neymar (19:06): Ken Early assesses the shocking departure of the Brazilian star from Barcelona, the mind-boggling price paid by Paris Saint-Germain, and why he believes the transfer is such a tragedy.    Colin Kaepernick (32:10): Josh and Stefan discuss whether the league is colluding against the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and whether it would ever be possible to prove such collusion is happening. Afterballs (49:20): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/08/171h 6m

The Greyhens Not Grayhens Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by sportswriter Jessica Luther to discuss girls in baseball. Dan Nosowitz also talks about trends in basketball sneakers, and Scrabble champion Will Anderson comes on the show to recount his victory. Girls in Baseball (1:29): Jessica Luther joins to describe her time covering the elite Girls Travel Baseball team, why girls are dissuaded from playing baseball in high school, and what can be done to increase female participation in the sport. Death of the High-Top (15:53): Esquire contributor Dan Nosowitz assesses Kobe Bryant’s role in the decline of high-top basketball shoes, whether the ankle support actually works, and how sneaker-makers are finding more ways to sell shoes. Scrabble (29:38): An interview with Will Anderson, 2017 the North American Scrabble champion, with analysis of his victory, the debate over Boggle versus Scrabble, and some stump-the-champ anagramming. Afterballs (50:57):  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/07/171h 6m

The Kyrie Irving and the Chamber of Secrets Edition

Josh Levin and ESPN’s Mina Kimes are joined by Slate’s Jim Newell to discuss Jordan Spieth’s British Open win. Josh and Mina also dissect Kyrie Irving’s trade drama, and Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley analyzes Hugh Freeze’s ousting as Ole Miss football coach. Jordan Spieth (2:15):Jim Newell joins to talk about how Jordan Spieth avoided a Sunday collapse, how he compares to Tiger Woods, and whether Spieth is cool or dorky. Kyrie Irving Trade Request (13:49): Josh and Mina examine the motivations behind the star point guard’s bid to leave Cleveland, where he could end up landing, and if this means the last of LeBron James’ prime years will be wasted. Hugh Freeze (30:50) Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley delves into the scandal-filled backstory of the Ole Miss football coach’s ouster, which featured gas mask bongs, America’s public information laws, and a vengeful coach named Houston Nutt. Pre-Twitter Viral Sports Stories (45:30): In lieu of afterballs, Josh, Mina, and Ben opine on what notable pre-social media sports story would have broken Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/07/171h 0m

The Man Hit Ball Far Edition

Wimbledon (2:15):Howard Bryant joins to assess Roger Federer’s routine victory, Venus Williams’ recent resurgence, and whether the next generation of tennis stars will ever step up to challenge the sport’s veterans. Record-Setting Rookies (16:04): Sam Miller of ESPN discusses the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger and the New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, and whether either of the two players can become the new face of baseball. (Sorry, Mike Trout.) 30 for 30 (29:03): Producer Rose Eveleth talks about the inaugural season of ESPN’s new podcast series, featuring episodes on an all-female Arctic expedition and a multi-million-dollar baccarat swindle. Afterballs (46:47) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/07/171h 2m

The Best Bad Guy You Can Be Edition

Josh Levin and Ben Mathis-Lilley are joined by Daniel “Progressive Liberal” Harnsberger to chat about his wrestling persona. The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis also discusses Jamie Horowitz and Fox Sports, and Nick Greene analyzes NBA free agency. The Progressive Liberal (1:27): Professional wrestler Daniel Harnsberger joins to describe the inspiration behind his character, whether he’s critiquing the Democratic Party, and what it’s like to be the bad guy in wrestling. Jamie Horowitz (19:01): Bryan Curtis, editor-at-large of the Ringer, comes on the show to assess what the sacking of Fox Sports 1’s Jamie Horowitz means for the channel and FS1’s lineup of debate-based programming. NBA (35:04): Nick Greene joins to discusses Kevin Durant’s massive pay cut, and whether anything can be done about the massive exodus of talent from the East to the West. Afterballs (54:04) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/07/171h 11m

The Kaepernick of the Hardwood Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by former NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf to discuss his return to basketball in the BigIG3, his protest of the national anthem, and how Tourette's Syndrome affected his career. Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts also comes on the show to discuss being openly gay in the NBA and how the franchise is grappling with its status as the league’s supervillain. Finally, Slate’s Henry Grabar explains what makes Miami’s new, David Beckham–-backed stadium deal so great and why Las Vegas’ plans for a new NFL stadium will hurt the city and its taxpayers. More information at slate.com/hangup. Sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/hangupplus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/07/171h 18m

The Warriors Derangement Syndrome Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Joel Anderson of BuzzFeed to discuss the NBA draft. Graphic designer Todd Radom also joins to debate the merits of updating the NBA logo. Finally, they chat about the perils of playing sports while old. NBA Draft (2:00): Assessing the latest news on the pro basketball transaction wire, including the implications of the blockbuster Jimmy Butler trade, whether it’s time for the Celtics to go all-in, and whether the 76ers’ rebuilding process has finally paid off. NBA Logo (18:43): Todd Radom comes on the show to assess whether it’s time to modernize the league’s Jerry West-inspired design or if the logo is too iconic to tinker with. Playing Sports While Old (33:41): A bunch of players got hurt during the debut of the BIG3 three-on-three league. Is it too sad to watch old people play basketball? Afterballs (43:12): Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/06/171h 5m

The When an Apple Fights an Orange Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Kevin Draper to discuss the upcoming Mayweather-McGregor mega-fight. Ben Lindbergh also joins to discuss whether major-league baseballs are juiced. Finally, David Gessner talks about his memoir Ultimate Glory. Mayweather-McGregor (1:28): A conversation with the New York Times’  Kevin Draper about the logistics of the upcoming match-up between boxer Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial artist Conor McGregor, and whether McGregor has any chance of pulling off an unlikely upset. Juiced balls (13:37): Ben Lindbergh of the Ringer comes on the show to explore the various theories behind why baseball players are hitting more home runs than ever before. Ultimate Frisbee (30:01): David Gessner discusses his memoir Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession, and My Wild Youth. Was it a mistake for Gessner to spend the best years of his life chasing a flying disc? Afterballs (42:21) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/06/171h 2m

UPDATED: The Superest of Superteams Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Mike Pesca to discuss the Warriors' NBA Finals win. George Dohrmann also joins to talk about U.S. soccer phenom Christian Pulisic. Plus, an interview with Ice Cube about the documentary Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies. NBA Finals (2:06): A conversation with Hang Up alum Mike Pesca about the Golden State Warriors’ NBA title, Kevin Durant's greatness, and where LeBron James, the Cavs, and the NBA go from here. Christian Pulisic (21:56): George Dohrmann joins to discuss his story on how Christian Pulisic came to be a star, and whether U.S. soccer will learn the right lessons from his development. Ice Cube (38:46): The narrator of the ESPN 30-for-30 documentary Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies explains his affection for his hometown team and how race played a role in the Boston/L.A. rivalry. He also talks about 3-on-3 basketball becoming an Olympic sport. Afterballs (57:03) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/06/171h 10m

The Mr. Met Has No Middle Finger Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Marcus Thompson to discuss the NBA Finals. Bruce Arthur also joins for a conversation about the Stanley Cup Final, and Sadie Stein comes on the show to talk about Mr. Met. NBA Finals (1:10): A conversation with Marcus Thompson about the Golden State Warriors' dominance thus far, how the Cleveland Cavaliers might turn the series around, and Kevin Durant's relationship (or lack thereof) with Rihanna. Stanley Cup Final (17:15): Bruce Arthur examines the series between the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins, assesses Sidney Crosby's performance, and looks at why the NHL won't be sending players to the 2018 Olympics. Mr. Met (33:57): Sadie Stein explains her ardor for the New York Mets' baseball-headed mascot and examines why he snapped at a bunch of unruly fans. Afterballs (45:50) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/06/171h 3m

The Not a Victory Cigar Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Ethan Sherwood Strauss to preview the NBA Finals. They also talk with Charles P. Pierce about the legacy of writer Frank Deford, and Daniel Engber joins for a conversation about our favorite non-famous athletes. NBA Finals (1:54): A conversation with Ethan Strauss about what to look out for in the third consecutive finals matchup between the Warriors and Cavs. What will Golden State do in crunch time? Will Draymond Green kick anyone? Frank Deford (21:25): Charles P. Pierce, who worked with Deford at Sports Illustrated and The National, talks about what made him a great writer and reminisces about his favorite Deford stories. Non-famous athletes (40:10): Daniel Engber discusses his obsession with Mets utility player Keith Miller, and we talk about our listeners’ favorite non-superstars. Afterballs (56:50) More information at slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/05/171h 9m

The His Airness Plays Ping-Pong Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin and guest Jane Coaston talk about the NBA playoffs. Sean Singer also joins to discuss Enes Kanter and Turkish politics, and economist Andy Schwarz comes on the show to announce his plan to kill the NCAA’s amateur model. NBA playoffs (2:42): A conversation about the inevitability of a third straight Cavs-Warriors finals, and whether anticipation for that series has killed the rest of the postseason. Enes Kanter (15:50): Former Turkish Basketball Federation official Sean Singer explains how Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Enes Kanter became a political activist, and how his conflict with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is perceived in Turkey. A plan to kill the NCAA (30:50): Andy Schwarz rolls out the HBCU League, which would pay college players and prepare them for the NBA. Afterballs (49:22)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/05/171h 14m

The More Reckless Than Malicious Edition

Bryan Curtis and Stefan Fatsis talk with Michael Lee about John Wall and the NBA playoffs. Former NFL player Stephen White joins to discuss why quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains unemployed. Bryan and Stefan discuss the NFL broadcasting prospects of retired quarterbacks Tony Romo and Jay Cutler. And Scott Price joins to discuss his recent articles about the declining health of NFL legends Nick Buoniconti and Jim Kiick. NBA playoffs (2:00): We talk with Michael Lee about the rise of John Wall, the Washington Wizards point guard, and the first game of the Western Conference playoffs between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs.  Colin Kaepernick (12:28): Former NFL defensive lineman Stephen White breaks down the tape and argues that Kaepernick has not found a job because of his decision last year to kneel during the national anthem. NFL announcers (22:35): Bryan and Stefan discuss the quick hires of just-retired quarterbacks Tony Romo by CBS Sports and Jay Cutler by Fox Sports, and what makes a good ex-jock television broadcaster. Miami Dolphins (37:13): Scott Price joins the show to discuss his recent Sports Illustrated stories about the dementia taking over the lives of Nick Buoniconti and Jim Kiick, two stars of the unbeaten 1972 Miami Dolphins football team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/05/171h 0m

The Big Baller Dad Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin talk with ESPN’s Howard Bryant about racism in Boston sports. Damon Young also joins to discuss LaVar Ball and the “black basketball dad,” and David Epstein analyzes Nike’s effort to engineer a sub-two-hour marathon. Racism in Boston sports (??): A conversation with Howard Bryant, the author of Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston, about the recent racist heckling at Fenway Park and the history of racism in the city and on its sports teams. LaVar Ball (??): Damon Young of Very Smart Brothas discusses his conflicted feelings about Lonzo Ball’s father and the specific role black parents play in their kids’ athletic development. Nike’s marathon gambit (??): Assessing Eliud Kipchoge’s 2:00:25 marathon, Nike’s marketing of its Breaking2 event, and whether we’ll see more attempts to break the two-hour barrier. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/05/171h 7m

The Sun Also Rises on Waiters Island Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and guest Wosny Lambre talk about the layoffs at ESPN. They also discuss how NFL teams evaluate draftees with "red flags" and review Dion Waiters’ genius essay for the Players’ Tribune. ESPN layoffs (2:31): What do the massive cuts at the Worldwide Leader say about the network’s new business model and the state of sports journalism? NFL draft (16:30): This year’s draft class had a host of players, among them Joe Mixon and Gareon Conley, with so-called “character issues.” How should teams look at prospects who've been convicted of or accused of heinous crimes? Dion Waiters (29:25): Why the Miami Heat shooting guard's essay “The NBA is Lucky I’m Home Doing Damn Articles” is such an effective piece of writing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/05/171h 3m

The Take That for Data Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Greg Howard talk with Kevin Arnovitz about the NBA playoffs. Alex Hutchinson joins to analyze an upcoming attempt to break the two-hour marathon. And Stefan interviews John Kelly, the lone finisher of this year’s Barkley Marathons. NBA playoffs (1:48): We talk with Kevin Arnovitz about the media coverage surrounding the death of Isaiah Thomas’s sister; Kawhi Leonard and Mike Conley’s duel in Game 4 of the Spurs-Grizzlies series; and Russell Westbrook’s media antagonism. The Two-Hour Marathon (20:59): Alex Hutchinson discusses Nike’s planned attempt next month to break the two-hour marathon, and the ethical, physical, and technological issues surrounding the effort. Barkley Marathons follow-up (32:29): John Kelly, the lone finisher of this year’s Barkley Marathons, objected to Stefan’s critique of the race on last week’s show. Kelly joins to talk about why he runs the Barkley and its many challenges. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/04/171h 1m

The Optimal Draymond Edition

Stefan Fatsis is joined by Shea Serrano and Marcus Thompson to talk about the NBA playoffs. Stefan and Josh Levin also interview Nick Elam about how to fix basketball’s end game. Finally, Stefan and Christina Cauterucci talk with Becca Roux about the new labor deal in women’s soccer.  NBA Playoffs (2:20): Breaking down the best matchups of the first weekend, evaluating the Cleveland Cavaliers’ title hopes, and celebrating the rise of Giannis Antetokounmpo.  Fixing NBA Endgame (17:06): Nick Elam joins to explain his radical proposal to fix basketball’s crunch time and talk about the plan’s likelihood of being implemented in the NBA.  Women’s Soccer (37:04): Becca Roux, the interim executive director of the USWNT’s Players’ Association, discusses the team’s new collective bargaining agreement and the ongoing battle for equitable treatment in women’s sports. Barkley Marathons (55:02): In his Afterball, Stefan examines the heartbreaking ending of the Barkley Marathons in the mountains of Tennessee and whether the race might be too cruel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/04/171h 25m

Hang Up Extra: I Have to Ask with Isaac Chotiner

Ethan Sherwood Strauss has been covering the Golden State Warriors for several years for ESPN, during which time the team became the most popular and successful in the NBA. On the eve of the NBA Playoffs, he sat down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss life on the NBA beat, the strange life of Steph Curry, and fans who want ESPN personalities to “stick to sports” in the age of Donald Trump. And please take our brief survey:  http://www.survey.panoply.fm  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/04/1735m 8s

The No Rest for the Winners Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin talk to Jim Newell about the Masters; Tom Haberstroh about Russell Westbrook and resting NBA players; Meg Rowley about baseball’s return; and Jonathan Hock about One and Not Done, his ESPN documentary on John Calipari. The Masters (2:20): Breaking down a thrilling finish, Sergio Garcia’s long-awaited major championship, and Jim Nantz’s odd announcing tendencies. The NBA (16:00): Discussing the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard's latest triple-double feats and the conundrum of star players sitting out regular-season games. Baseball (33:45): Baseball is back! Does it matter? Delving into the sport’s entertainment value and lack of big-name stars. One and Not Done (48:34): Talking with Jonathan Hock about his new 30 for 30 documentary on John Calipari and how to assess the Kentucky’s coach’s legacy as it is still unfolding. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/04/171h 11m

The 111-1 Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and special guest Joel Anderson are joined by the Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins to talk about UConn’s loss in the women’s NCAA tournament. They also discuss the men’s Final Four, the Las Vegas Raiders, and NBA hook-up culture. Women’s Final Four: Sally Jenkins joins to explain how Mississippi State broke UConn’s 111-game winning streak, Bulldogs coach Vic Schaefer’s decision to bench Morgan William in the title game, South Carolina’s title game win, and Geno Auriemma’s comments on women in coaching. Men’s Final Four: Breaking down Oregon player Jordan Bell’s self-flagellation after his team’s defeat and the North Carolina-Gonzaga championship matchup. The Las Vegas Raiders: Why the Raiders fit in Vegas, what a new stadium means to the city’s taxpayers, and what the move says about the NFL’s gambling policies. Tinder and the NBA: Weighing in on ESPN the Magazine’s story on how dating apps may affect teams’ performance on the road. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/04/171h 3m

The Fox Sports 1 Isn’t Fox News Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and guest panelist Jane Coaston discuss the weekend's NCAA tournament storylines and the U.S. women’s hockey team’s boycott. Ben Mathis-Lilley also joins to talk about his Slate article on Jamie Horowitz and Fox Sports 1. NCAA Tournament (2:51): Analyzing the weekend’s thrilling buzzer-beaters, the value of one-and-done programs, and the endearing imperfections of college basketball games.  U.S. Women’s Hockey (17:26): Breaking down the debate over Team USA’s decision to boycott this week’s IIHF World Championships as part of their fight for equitable treatment and a living wage.  Fox Sports 1 (27:57): Will Jamie Horowitz’s cable network succeed in his mission to revolutionize sports media one hot take at a take? Ben Mathis-Lilley joins the show to talk about his story on Fox Sports 1. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/03/171h 8m

The We Love Mike Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the NCAA tournament and the World Baseball Classic. Mike also announces his departure from the show, and Josh and Stefan send him off with Pesca Jeopardy! NCAA Tournament (5:24): Was the first round of March Madness boring? Is poor seeding to blame? We break down the first two rounds of the tourney and discuss Duke’s loss to South Carolina. The World Baseball Classic (17:16): We talk about Adam Jones’ fantastic catch and the charm of the international tournament. Pesca Jeopardy! (25:58): How well does Mike remember his best quips from seven-plus years on Hang Up and Listen? We find out with a Pesca-specific twist on America’s favorite quiz show. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/03/171h 13m

The Unlimited Salad Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss March Madness, the Brock Osweiler trade, and the Washington NFL team’s decision to fire Scot McCloughan. They also talk about the annual video ranking the best hair in Minnesota high school hockey.   NCAA Tournament (3:40): Why isn’t Gonzaga the bettors’ March Madness favorite? Is Villanova getting enough love? We assess the March Madness matchups and potential biases in the NCAA selection committee. NFL Offseason (16:49): An analysis of the game-changing, questionably legal Brock Osweiler trade between the Texans and the Browns, plus a breakdown of the Scot McCloughan firing and how the Washington Post covered it. “All Hockey Hair Team” (31:20): Minnesota native John King creates a video every year celebrating the best hair in Minnesota high school hockey. How does the 2017 lettuce celebration compare to history’s greatest hockey hair videos? Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/03/171h 1m

The Whore of Carnegie Mellon Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Duke’s Grayson Allen and other NCAA basketball matters. Scott Raab also joins to talk about his new book You’re Welcome, Cleveland, and Oliver Roeder of FiveThirtyEight explains how a computer program beat four pro poker players. Grayson Allen and NCAA hoops (2:55): exploring America’s longstanding hatred of white Duke basketball players; Northwestern’s likely maiden visit to March Madness, and the first-ever Ivy League basketball tournament. Scott Raab’s You’re Welcome, Cleveland (21:37): The writer and Cleveland sports fan explains what he got wrong in The Whore of Akron and whether LeBron James would like his new book. How a computer took down the poker pros (33:40): Oliver Roeder explains how poker went the way of chess, checkers, Go, and Scrabble, and what the next challenges are for artificial intelligence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/03/171h 10m

The Stick to the Oscars Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss sports parallels for Sunday’s big Oscars mishap. They also talk JaVale McGee’s feud with Shaquille O’Neal, and Ken Early of the Irish Times joins to discuss the decline of Leicester City. Sports and the Oscars (3:07): breaking down the Moonlight-La La Land mix-up, pondering different sports analogies, and discussing whether sports TV would have covered the incident differently. Shaq vs. JaVale McGee (16:43): Do McGee’s frequent bloopers warrant relentless mockery on “Shaqtin’ a Fool”? Where is the line between comedy and bullying? Leicester City (32:11): Ken Early joins to talk about Leicester’s fall from glory, the team’s decision to fire manager Claudio Ranieri, and how the squad can avoid relegation. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/02/171h 2m

The Balls Can Ball Edition

Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Kevin Arnovitz discuss the DeMarcus Cousins trade and the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles, the football team whose fans call the plays. LaVar Ball also joins to talk about parenting and how his three sons will change basketball. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/02/1758m 39s

The Cupcakes Aren’t Soft Edition

Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Dan Steinberg discuss Patriots players spurning the White House. They also analyze Kevin Durant’s return to OKC and Dolan v. Oakley, and high school coach Kyle Allen joins to explain his effort to revolutionize basketball. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/02/171h 4m

The Super Bowl of Super Bowls Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Patriots’ epic Super Bowl comeback and the Falcons’ amazing collapse. Charles P. Pierce joins to discuss Tom Brady, and SB Nation’s Spencer Hall explains why the game was quintessentially Atlanta. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/02/1758m 9s

The He Still Hate Me Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Mike Pesca, and Josh Levin break down the Australian Open. Tim Layden also joins to discuss the sports ramifications of Trump’s refugee ban, and Rod Smart and Charlie Ebersol talk about the 30 for 30 documentary This Was the XFL. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/01/171h 12m

The Lot of Ways to Lose Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Jack Hamilton talk about the Falcons’ and Patriots’ conference title game wins. Sports Illustrated’s Chris Ballard also joins to discuss the streaking 76ers, and they assess the Baseball Hall of Fame’s new inductees. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/01/171h 10m

The Real Locker Room Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and special guest Nate Jackson talk about the NFL playoffs. They’re also joined by Don Yee to discuss his proposed pro football minor league and ESPN’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss to assess the 35-6 Golden State Warriors. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/01/171h 17m

The Gitanic Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the New York Giants’ playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers and Odell Beckham’s pre-game boat trip. They also discuss the legacy of ESPN’s Chris Berman and the 2017 World Darts Championship. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/01/171h 11m

The Triple-Double Entendre Edition

Josh Levin and Mike Pesca are joined by the Ringer’s Bryan Curtis to discuss the college football playoffs and the quarterback crisis in the NFL playoffs. They’re also joined by ESPN’s Kevin Pelton to examine the NBA’s sudden surge in triple-doubles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/01/171h 8m

The Legends of HUAL Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk with their favorite guests of 2016: Leicester City beat writer Rob Tanner; Mina Kimes of ESPN the Magazine, author of a profile of Martellus and Michael Bennett; and Ann Beaty, the widow of Zelmo Beaty. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/12/1656m 25s

The Most Cleveland Thing Ever Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca discuss the Minnesota football sexual assault invesigation with journalist Jessica Luther. They also talk about Ronda Rousey's UFC return with Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, and the year in Cleveland sports with writer Scott Raab. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/12/161h 12m

The Dark Scorigami Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca are joined by ProPublica's David Epstein to discuss the Russian doping scandal. They also examine MLB offseason moves with ESPN's Sam Miller and discuss rare NFL final scores with Jon Bois of SB Nation.  Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/12/161h 18m

The Japan's Babe Ruth Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Yahoo’s Jeff Passan to discuss baseball’s new labor deal and Japanese star Shohei Otani. They also assess the Cavs’ J.R. Smith and George Dohrmann joins to talk about the NFL’s marketing to children. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/12/161h 12m

The Call on the Field Does Not Stand Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Ohio State's double overtime victory over Michigan with Slate writer Ben Mathis-Lilley; US Soccer's firing of Jurgen Klinsmann; and the World Chess Championship with FiveThirtyEight's Oliver Roeder. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/11/161h 13m

The It's Like a Whole Other Quarterback Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the success of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, talk with FiveThirtyEight'sNeil Paine about Randall Cunningham's legacy, and speak with Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshynski about teenage NHL stars. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/11/161h 16m

The Popovich for President Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss post-election critiques from NBA coaches and Ernie Johnson's call for unity on Inside the NBA. They also speak with Univision's Leon Krauze about Mexico's 2-1 victory over the U.S. men's soccer team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/11/161h 6m

The Stick to Everything Edition

Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and The Ringer's Bryan Curtis discuss the intersection of sports and politics, Alabama's college football dominance, and Harvard's cancellation of its men's soccer team’s season due to lewd “scouting reports” of women players. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/11/161h 6m

The Cubs Win?!? Edition

Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca record a special emergency episode to discuss the Chicago Cubs’ Game 7 win over the Cleveland Indians. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/11/1627m 49s

The Kevin Hustle Plays Kabaddi Edition

Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca discuss the first five games of the World Series. They also interview Shaun Assael about The Murder of Sonny Liston and talk about the Kabaddi World Cup with writer Jemayel Khawaja and Team USA’s Kevin Hustle. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/10/161h 24m

The Joy Is Retroactively Applied Edition

Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and ESPN’s Pablo S. Torre discuss the Cubs-Indians World Series match-up and interpersonal drama in the NBA. Deadspin’s Diana Moskovitz also joins to talk about Josh Brown, Derrick Rose, and sports leagues and criminal justice. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/10/161h 18m

The She's Big League Edition

Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca discuss the stars of the baseball playoffs, including Clayton Kershaw, Javier Baez, and Francisco Lindor. They also examine the many theories on the decline of the NFL’s television ratings. Finally, they discuss the Fox show Pitch with former minor league baseball pitcher Ila Borders. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/10/161h 21m

The Locker Room Talk Edition

Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca talk about the MLB playoffs and Donald Trump’s concept of “locker room talk.” They also interview Sports Illustrated’s S.L. Price about his book Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/10/161h 15m

The Humid Urgency of the South Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca talk about the Ryder Cup, MLB playoffs, and the wild weekend in college football.  Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/10/161h 9m

The Short, Joyous Life of Jose Fernandez Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca talk about Jose Fernandez, the politics of Cubs' ownership, and Nate Jackson's new book on fantasy football.  Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/09/161h 8m

The Fear of Flying Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the whiteness of baseball and football players celebrating too early. Plus, an interview with Steph Davis about deaths in BASE-jumping. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/09/161h 11m

The Zelmo the Hall of Famer Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss whether the NFL’s on-field product is getting worse. They also speak with Paralympic goalball player John Kusku and interview Annie Beaty about her husband Zelmo’s induction in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/09/161h 12m

The Be Careful Who You Meme Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Spencer Hall to talk about college football’s opening weekend; interview NFL long snapper and Green Beret Nate Boyer about his conversations with Colin Kaepernick; and celebrate Vin Scully. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/09/161h 17m

The O’er the Land of the Free Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and ESPN’s Mina Kimes discuss Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem. They also assess Joey Bosa’s contract dispute with the Chargers, and Baseball Prospectus’ Sam Miller joins to evaluate hot-hitting Gary Sanchez. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/08/161h 16m

The Interview with a Gold Medalist Edition

In this re-broadcast of an interview from June 27, Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis interview boxer Claressa Shields and film producer Sue Jaye Johnson about Shields’ preparations for the Olympics and the documentary about her life, T-Rex. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/08/1633m 5s

The Let The Games Be Gone Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca evaluate NBC’s coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Sports Illustrated’s S.L. Price also joins to talk about how the Olympics played in Brazil, and Luke O’Brien discusses Conor McGregor and the state of UFC. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/08/161h 18m

Olympics Extra: The Stars of Field Edition

Josh Levin speaks with long-time TV commentator and high-jump champion Dwight Stones about what’s wrong with NBC’s track-and-field coverage. Plus, David Epstein of ProPublica debunks the myth that Usain Bolt wins races because he decelerates slowly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/08/1637m 48s

Olympics Extra: The What Did Lochte Do? Edition

Josh Levin speaks with ESPN The Magazine’s Mina Kimes about Ryan Lochte’s claim that he was robbed at gunpoint and why he might have lied about it. Plus, David Epstein of ProPublica explains how Jamaica is able to development so many great sprinters. Mina Kimes: https://twitter.com/minakimes Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Ending music by mtbrd http://mtbrd.bandcamp.com/ & Flamingosis https://flamingosis1.bandcamp.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/08/1636m 2s

Olympics Extra: The Not-Quite Olympian Edition

Josh Levin interviews retired distance runner Lauren Fleshman about her career, her belief top distance runners are doping, and her fraught relationship with Nike. Plus, ProPublica’s David Epstein explains why U.S. hurdlers didn’t win a medal on Tuesday. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Ending music by mtbrd http://mtbrd.bandcamp.com/ & Flamingosis https://flamingosis1.bandcamp.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/08/1638m 49s

Olympics Extra: The Disappointed Gymnast Edition

Slate’s sports podcast talks to Megan Abbott about her new book "You Will Know Me," set in the high-stakes world of elite gymnastics.  Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Ending music by mtbrd http://mtbrd.bandcamp.com/ & Flamingosis https://flamingosis1.bandcamp.com/  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/08/1634m 50s

The Believably Unbelievable Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by ProPublica’s David Epstein to discuss Usain Bolt, U.S. swimming, and the limits of human performance. Slate’s Jessica Winter also joins to discuss allegations of abuse against the Karolyis. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/08/161h 19m

Olympics Extra: The Field Hockey Heroes Edition

Josh Levin interviews 2016 U.S. Olympic field hockey star Michelle Vittese and 1984 U.S. field hockey Olympian Karen Shelton. Also, David Epstein of ProPublica assesses the greatness of British rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Ending music by mtbrd http://mtbrd.bandcamp.com/ & Flamingosis https://flamingosis1.bandcamp.com/  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/08/1628m 3s

Olympics Extra: The Don’t Swim Like a Terrestrial Mammal Edition

Josh Levin speaks with swim coach Terry Laughlin about what makes Katie Ledecky so fast in the water.  Plus, David Epstein of ProPublica talks about how 43-year-old gold-medal-winning cyclist Kristin Armstrong defies the sports age curve. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Ending music by mtbrd http://mtbrd.bandcamp.com/ & Flamingosis https://flamingosis1.bandcamp.com/  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/08/1627m 25s

Olympics Extra: The Final Five Edition

Josh Levin talks with writer Dvora Meyers about the U.S. women’s gymnastics team’s dominant win in the team all-around. Plus, David Epstein of ProPublica explains why elite female gymnasts are shrinking. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Ending music by mtbrd http://mtbrd.bandcamp.com/ & Flamingosis https://flamingosis1.bandcamp.com/  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/08/1626m 41s

Olympics Extra: The Brazil After the Games Edition

Slate’s sports podcast talks to Franklin Foer about what will happen in Rio when the Olympics are gone, and David Epstein about the USA vs. Russia breaststroke dramatics. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Ending music by mtbrd http://mtbrd.bandcamp.com/ & Flamingosis https://flamingosis1.bandcamp.com/  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/08/1623m 48s

The Kids Don’t Tip Edition

Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Justin Peters talk about NBC’s Olympics coverage, American jingoism, shooting sports, and gymnastics injuries. Then, Justin discusses his part-time job as a beer vendor at Wrigley Field. Facebook: http://fb.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at http://slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/08/161h 8m

The Semenya Dilemma Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by ProPublica’s David Epstein to discuss Caster Semenya. Eugene Monroe also joins to talk about his retirement from the NFL and medical marijuana advocacy. Finally, they assess Ichiro Suzuki. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/08/161h 14m

The Granny Shot Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the IOC’s decision not to make a decision about Russian Olympians; interview Tanisha Wright of the New York Liberty about WNBA players’ support of Black Lives Matter; and examine free throw psychology. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/07/161h 15m

The Boiling Point Edition

Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca are joined by the Cleveland Browns’ Andrew Hawkins to discuss athlete activism. Jason Gay also joins to assess the Tour de France, and they discuss the paltry pay for minor league baseball players. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/07/161h 12m

The Fleek Five Edition

Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and June Thomas discuss Serena Williams’ Wimbledon win. They’re also joined by the Irish Times’ Ken Early to talk about Portugal’s Euro 2016 victory, and Meghan O’Rourke joins for a conversation about the evolution of gymnastics. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/07/161h 9m

The Kevin Durant Just Broke the NBA Edition

Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Shira Springer discuss Kevin Durant’s move to the Warriors. Then they’re joined by Sky Sports’ Bryn Law to talk Wales’ unlikely run in the Euros. Finally, they speak with Sally Jenkins about the life and legacy of Pat Summitt. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/07/161h 18m

The Cry for Argentina Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca are joined by Sam Borden to discuss Messi’s retirement announcement and the Euros. They talk to NBA agent Doug Neustadt about the international players. Finally, Josh Levin and Stefan interview Olympic boxer Claressa Shields. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/06/161h 21m

The Struggle Makes It Worth It Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Cavs’ Game 7 win over the Warriors. Scott Raab also joins to describe the joy of the Cleveland sports fan, and Sports Illustrated’s Michael Bamberger explains the golf rules kerfuffle at the U.S. Open. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/06/161h 12m

Hang Up Extra: The NBA Finals Have Gone Totally Mad Edition

Josh Levin talks to ESPN’s Golden State Warriors beat writer Ethan Sherwood Strauss about Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Cleveland super fan Scott Raab then joins to discuss what it was like to attend the series-tying game and how he feels going into Game 7. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/06/1636m 53s

The Balls Don’t Lie Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Draymond Green’s suspension and the United States’ first-place group stage finish in Copa America. They're also joined by the Toronto Star’s Bruce Arthur for a conversation about Gordie Howe. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/06/161h 10m

The Great, Greater, Greatest Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca evaluate LeBron James’ playoff record, talk to The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis about how Muhammad Ali changed sports writing, and discuss Novak Djokovic’s growing popularity with the New York Times’ Ben Rothenberg. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/06/161h 6m

Hang Up Extra: The Understanding Ali Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Robert Lipsyte to discuss what Muhammad Ali stood for and what he represented in the broader culture. Lipsyte: Muhammad Ali Dies at 74: Titan of Boxing and the 20th Century http://nyti.ms/1sUHBHj Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/06/1628m 48s

The Three Is Worth More Than Two Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Warriors' Game 7 win over the Thunder and the firing of Baylor football coach Art Briles. They’re also joined by Ken Early of the Irish Times to evaluate Cristiano Ronaldo’s skill and his ego. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/05/161h 15m

The Stud Muffins and Rumble Ponies Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by ESPN’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss to discuss the Golden State Warriors; by Brandiose’s Jason Klein to talk minor-league team names; and by the New York Times’ Greg Howard to assess The Undefeated. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/05/161h 29m

The Corny Sneakers Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the NBA playoffs. Slate’s John Swansburg also joins to talk about why Stephen Curry’s shoes don’t have cultural cachet. Finally, they assess whether the Olympics should be cancelled due to the Zika virus. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/05/161h 8m

The Bartolo and Pancho Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mina Kimes discuss Bartolo Colon’s first career home run; the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle joins to discuss the NHL playoffs; and they discuss the marketing of WNBA stars Skylar Diggins, Diana Taurasi, and Brittney Griner. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Hang Up and Listen is supported by Slack. Slack brings all of your communication at work into one place. Create a new team right now at Slack.com/hangup and you’ll get one hundred dollars in credit for when you decide to upgrade to a paid plan. That’s Slack.com/hangup.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/05/161h 3m

The Perverse Ingenuity Edition

Josh Levin and Mike Pesca are joined by Slate’s Tommy Craggs to discuss Laremy Tunsil. Rob Tanner of the Leicester Mercury also joins to talk about Leicester City, and Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller discuss their book The Only Rule Is It Has to Work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/05/161h 12m

The Live From a Major Media Market Edition

In a special live show, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss whether Bryce Harper can make baseball fun and Curt Schilling's firing by ESPN. Ali Krieger also joins to discuss the U.S. women's national soccer team's push for equal pay. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by Slack. Slack brings all of your communication at work into one place. Create a new team right now at Slack.com/hangup and you'll get $100 in credit for when you decide to upgrade to a paid plan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/04/161h 24m

The San Antonio Big Macs Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Kobe Bryant's last game and whether refs are biased against Jeremy Lin; the Rams' trade for the top pick in the NFL draft; and the NBA's move to put ads on the front of jerseys. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by Slack. Slack brings all of your communication at work into one place. Create a new team right now at Slack.com/hangup and you'll get $100 in credit for when you decide to upgrade to a paid plan. That's Slack.com/hangup.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/04/161h 3m

The Putting on Buttered Crusts Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk to Karen Crouse of The New York Times about Jordan Spieth's historic collapse on the back nine of the 2016 Masters. They also talk to Chris Ballard of Sports Illustrated about the Golden State Warriors' one-game-to-go chase for the record for most wins in an NBA season. Finally, they interview Yahoo baseball writer Jeff Passan about his new book, The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by Goldman Sachs. Get information about developments currently shaping markets, industries, and the global economy on the firm's podcast Exchanges at Goldman Sachs - available on iTunes.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/04/161h 13m

The Absolute Travesty Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the U.S. women's soccer team's push for equal pay with Briana Scurry; Bruce Schoenfeld joins to assess the Golden State Warriors' owners; and they examine baseball's mysterious surge in home runs. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by T-Mobile. This season, T-Mobile customers can get a free season-long subscription to MLB.TV Premium. Sign up by April 10th at T-Mobile.com/MLB. Sign up for MLB.TV while on T-Mobile's network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/04/161h 15m

The Feller vs. Motorcycle Edition

Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Jonathan Hock talk about the NCAA Tournament and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski's handshake line hijinks. Ken Early also joins to discuss the death of Johan Cruyff. Finally, they review Hock's latest documentary, Fastball. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/03/161h 13m

The Always Reppin' Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the slew of upsets in the NCAA tournament, Sue Bird joins to discuss UConn and analytics in women's sports, and Allison Benedikt of Mom and Dad Are Fighting comes on to discuss kids in baseball clubhouses. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup This episode of Hang Up and Listen is supported by Goldman Sachs. To learn about developments currently shaping markets, industries, and the global economy, subscribe to the firm's podcast, 'Exchanges at Goldman Sachs,' available on iTunes. And by Amazon's Original Series Bosch, based on the best selling novels by Michael Connelly. Stream the new season now on Amazon Prime Video. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/03/161h 3m

Hang Up and Listen Extra: The Greatest Taunt in Sports

In this Hang Up and Listen Extra, Josh Levin delves into the history of the greatest taunt in sports: the “air ball” chant. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/03/1617m 47s

The We're All Doomed Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the leaked March Madness bracket and NCAA tourney snubs; review Fantastic Lies, ESPN's documentary on the Duke lacrosse case; and speak with Ben Rothenberg about Maria Sharapova's positive drug test. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup This episode of Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website today at Squarespace.com. Enter offer code RealSimple at checkout to get 10% off! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/03/161h 16m

The Other Bridgegate Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss LSU's freshman basketball phenom Ben Simmons. Luke O'Brien also joins to discuss the upsets at UFC 196, and the New Yorker's David Owen explains the recent cheating scandal in professional bridge. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a 100-day period. Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting Casper.com/hangup and using the promo code HANGUP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/03/161h 13m

The I Was Just Massaging My Hands Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Stephen Curry's amazing weekend and the Warriors' haters. They're also joined by ESPN's Bob Ley to talk about new FIFA president Gianni Infantino. Finally, they examine the size of NFL quarterbacks' hands. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/02/161h 14m

The Feting, Fetid, Fecundity Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss SB Nation's piece on rapist and ex-football player Daniel Holtzclaw. They also delve into the science of fatigue, and ESPN's Bonnie D. Ford joins to discuss Rio's polluted waters in advance of the 2016 Olympics. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/02/161h 10m

The Putting Peyton on a Pedestal Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the sexual allegations against Peyton Manning. Joe Nocera and Ben Strauss also join to discuss their book Indentured, and they interview director Greg Kohs about his Iditarod documentary The Great Alone. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup   Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code HANGUP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/02/161h 16m

The Winning Very Ugly Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Broncos’ Super Bowl win with Giants offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz. The Leicester Mercury’s Rob Tanner also joins to explain Leicester City’s rise in the English Premier League. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code HANGUP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/02/161h 10m

The Climbing Trees and Wrestling Dogs Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh’s recruiting tactics. PFT Commenter also joins to share his strong takes on the NFL, and they talk with Jon Wertheim about his new book This is Your Brain on Sports. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by Harry's, the shaving company that offers German-engineered blades, well-designed handles, and shipping right to your door. Visit Harrys.com for $5 off your first purchase with the promo code HANGUP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/02/161h 13m

The Fixing the Fixers Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin discuss how Denver and Carolina made it to Super Bowl 50. ESPN's Dave McMenamin joins to discuss the firing of Cavaliers coach David Blatt, and Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim explains pro tennis' match-fixing scandal. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup   Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by Credit Karma. Do not pay for your credit score! With Credit Karma, you can get your credit report, right now, absolutely free. Just visit CreditKarma.com/save to get started. There are no strings attached and no credit card is required - at CreditKarma.com/save. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/01/161h 6m

The Rad Sporstplayers Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the NFL playoffs. Greg Wyshynski joins to discuss his campaign to make enforcer John Scott an NHL All Star, and they interview Matt Hill about his NBA cartoon Spurs Special Forces. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website today at Squarespace.com. Enter the offer code HANGUP at checkout to get 10 percent off. Squarespace — Build it Beautiful.   And by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a 100-day period. Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting Casper.com/hangup and using the promo code HANGUP.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/01/161h 16m

The Clemson Gets Kicked Edition

In a Hang Up extra, Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by Bryan Curtis to talk about Alabama's 45-40 win over Clemson in college football's national championship game. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/01/1628m 14s

The Flaming Pile of Garbage Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the Steelers-Bengals pro football catastrophe. Neil deMause of the website Field of Schemes joins to discuss the NFL's Los Angeles schemes. Finally, they assess the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame voting. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by Credit Karma. Do not pay for your credit score! With Credit Karma, you can get your credit report, right now, absolutely free. There are no strings attached and no credit card is required. Just visit CreditKarma.com/save.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/01/161h 5m

The Eating Ribs in Hell Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Spencer Hall to talk about the college football playoff's not-so-smashing New Year's Eve debut. They also discuss Chip Kelly's firing and allegations that Peyton Manning used human growth hormone. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup   Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website today at Squarespace.com. Enter the offer code HANGUP at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace — Build it Beautiful. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/01/161h 13m

The History of the Sports World Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk sports history. They take a look back at Super Bowl I; speak with professor Michael Zogry and Sports Illustrated's Alexander Wolff about James Naismith; and discuss Ali-Marciano, boxing's fake title fight. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/12/151h 9m

The Horse Awakens Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk with Slate's Dan Engber about the movie Concussion. They also discuss NFL refereeing, and Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden discusses Serena Williams over American Pharoah as SI's Sportsperson of the Year. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/12/151h 15m

The Universe Really Is Just a Circle Edition

In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Mina Kimes, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the end of “The Process” to turn the Philadelphia 76ers into a championship team. They are joined by Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus to discuss baseball's newly minted juggernaut, the Chicago Cubs. Finally, they interview University of Minnesota punter Peter Mortell, who has given himself a prestigious award: college football's Holder of the Year. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by MileIQ. If you're one of the 60 million Americans who drive for work then you know that your miles are your dollars. Every mile you don't log is money that you are losing. MileIQ is the only mileage-tracker app that detects, logs, and calculates your miles for you, ensuring that every mile is accounted for and no dollar is lost. Try MileIQ for free today by texting HANGUP to 31996. Give the gift of Slate Plus to another Slate fan in your life and they'll receive all the benefits of membership: ad-free podcasts, bonus podcast segments, access to our ambitious, multi-part Slate Academies and so much more. No wrapping required! Give Slate Plus today. Visit slate.com/giveplus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/12/151h 14m

The Worst Best Great Mediocre Team Ever Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by guest Bryan Curtis to talk college football and Stephanie Cox to discuss the U.S. women's soccer team canceling a game due to poor field conditions. Finally, they discuss the 12-0 Carolina Panthers. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/12/151h 7m

The Barking Where There Are No Dogs Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the final years of Peyton Manning and Kobe Bryant. They also talk about LSU's decision to keep Les Miles and Georgia's to fire Mark Richt. Finally, they interview Ian Eagle about how he calls a game. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/11/151h 17m

The Runaway Potting Shed Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Golden State Warriors' amazing start. They also talk about the state of daily fantasy sports, and film director Taika Waititi joins to assess New Zealand rugby star Jonah Lomu, who died at age 40. Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by MileIQ. If you're one of the 60 million Americans who drive for work then you know that your miles are your dollars. Every mile you don't log is money that you are losing. MileIQ is the only mileage-tracker app that detects, logs, and calculates your miles for you, ensuring that every mile is accounted for and no dollar is lost. Try MileIQ for free today by texting HANGUP to 31996.   And by The Message, an original science fiction podcast from Panoply and GE Podcast Theater. All of Season 1 is available now, so listen and find out why a 70-year-old alien recording seems to be killing people. Search for The Message on iTunes. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/11/151h 13m

The Russians Are Doping Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are live from Town Hall in New York City. In this segment from Slate's Superfest, they discuss the Russian track and field doping scandal.   Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/11/1519m 26s

The Bonus Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca collect the show's best Slate Plus bonus segments. Topics: how to write a sports column (w/Dan Steinberg), taking your kids to games (w/Allison Benedikt), women in sports media (w/Emma Span), and East Coast bias.   Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/11/1542m 12s

The Serious Times Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Dallas Cowboys' Greg Hardy. Slate's Jamelle Bouie also joins to talk about the Missouri football players' boycott, and they interview Jonathan Hock about his documentary The Gospel According to Mac.   Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by Spotless, a sexy and bold drama laced with dark humor, from Esquire Network. Learn more about Spotless by downloading "Coming Clean," a roundtable podcast that goes behind the scenes of TV's best dramas, and tune into the Spotless series premiere November 14th at 10 Eastern/9 Central on Esquire Network.   And by MileIQ. If you're one of the 60 million Americans who drive for work then you know that your miles are your dollars. Every mile you don't log is money you're losing. MileIQ is the only mileage-tracker app that detects, logs, and calculates your miles for you, ensuring that every mile is accounted for and no dollar is lost. Try MileIQ for free today by texting HANGUP to 31996.   And by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theater.   Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/11/151h 20m

The Balls and Strikes Bonus Segment

Every fall for eight years, contributing writer Seth Stevenson has been pitching a story where he goes to umpire camp and reports back, and every fall Slate's editor-in-chief has been rejecting the proposal as too expensive. Now Slate Plus has agreed to foot the bill - as long as we can attract 1,000 new members by Jan. 1   In this podcast extra, Seth joins Hang Up and Listen to discuss the campaign. To help Seth reach his goal, join Slate Plus at Slate.com/HangUpPlus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/11/1514m 0s

The All Hail the Royals Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Royals' World Series victory over the Mets. They also talk about ESPN's decision to shut down Grantland, and they interview National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts.   Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theater   Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/11/151h 25m

The Hockey on Cocaine Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the World Series with baseball writer Rany Jazayerli. They also talk about the NFL's foray into Internet-only broadcasting, and Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshynski joins to assess the NHL's 3-on-3 overtime format.   Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by SAP HANA. SAP HANA helps the world's best companies get the answers they need to become more agile, develop new streams of revenue, and predict the future. Run SAP. And Run Simple. Visit sap.com/reimagine to learn more.   And by MileIQ. If you're one of the 60 million Americans who drive for work then you know that your miles are your dollars. MileIQ is the only mileage-tracker app that detects, logs, and calculates your miles for you, ensuring that every mile is accounted for and no dollar is lost. Try MileIQ for free today by texting HANGUP to 31996.   Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/10/151h 11m

The Steely Dan and the Wolverine Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by SB Nation's Spencer Hall to discuss Michigan State's bizarre win over Michigan. They also talk about the MLB playoffs and assess basketball and reality TV star Lamar Odom's near-death experience.   Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by SAP HANA. SAP HANA helps the world's best companies get the answers they need to become more agile, develop new streams of revenue, and predict the future. Run SAP. And Run Simple. Visit sap.com/reimagine to learn more.   And by SeatGeek. SeatGeek pulls in ticket options from hundreds of online ticket sellers to create a one-stop shop for tickets for sporting events, music concerts, and more. Use the promo code HANGUP​ in the SeatGeek app and get a $20 rebate off your first purchase, or shop online at SeatGeek.com.   Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/10/151h 21m

The Coriolis Force-Assisted Field-Goal Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Mike Pesca, and Emma Span discuss the MLB playoffs, Robert Andrew Powell joins to scrutinize the U.S. men's national soccer team, and lastly they talk about the annual rash of deaths in high-school football.   This week's episode is brought to you by SeatGeek. SeatGeek pulls in ticket options from hundreds of online ticket sellers to create a one-stop shop for tickets for sporting events, music concerts, and more. Use the promo code HANGUP​ in the SeatGeek app and get a $20 rebate off your first purchase, or shop online at SeatGeek.com.   Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/10/1558m 29s

The You Don't Know What Fluffer Means Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the collapse of the Washington Nationals and the start of the MLB playoffs. Ken Early joins to assess the chaos at English soccer club Chelsea. Finally, they talk about LSU running back Leonard Fournette.   This week's episode is brought to you by SeatGeek. SeatGeek pulls in ticket options from hundreds of online ticket sellers to create a one-stop shop for tickets for sporting events, music concerts, and more. Use the promo code HANGUP​ in the SeatGeek app and get a $20 rebate off your first purchase, or shop online at SeatGeek.com.   Hang Up and Listen is also brought to you by The Message, a new podcast series from GE Podcast Theater.   Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/10/151h 17m

The Nobody Goes There Anymore It's Too Crowded Edition

Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and guest panelist Scott Raab are joined by Max Linsky to talk about the Cleveland Browns podcast Brownscast. They also discuss ESPN's embrace of gambling and mark the passing of baseball and linguistic legend Yogi Berra.   Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by SeatGeek. SeatGeek pulls in ticket options from hundreds of online ticket sellers to create a one-stop shop for tickets for sporting events, music concerts, and more. Use the promo code HANGUP in the SeatGeek app and get a $20 rebate off your first purchase, or shop online at SeatGeek.com.   Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trail today at www.slate.com/hangupplus.   Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/09/151h 9m

The Total Victory Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal to discuss baseball's great rookie class. They also discuss the rise of IMG Academy's high school football program and assess the popularity of American Ninja Warrior. Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by Draft Kings. One-week fantasy football at Draft Kings means every moment could take you closer to a life-changing payday. Play when you want and pick a new team every time! Use the code HANGUP to play free for a shot at a million bucks in this week's Millionaire Maker event... only at Draft Kings dot com! Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trail today at www.slate.com/hangupplus. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/09/151h 9m

The Sad Serena, Resplendent Roberta Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Serena Williams' shocking U.S. Open defeat. They also discuss whether the NFL has a quarterback crisis, and how European soccer clubs have responded to an influx of Syrian refugees. Hang Up and Listen is brought to you by Draft Kings. One-week fantasy football at Draft Kings means every moment could take you closer to a life-changing payday. Play when you want and pick a new team every time! Use the code HANGUP to play free for a shot at a million bucks in this week's Millionaire Maker event... only at Draft Kings dot com! Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trail today at www.slate.com/hangupplus.   Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/09/151h 6m

The Roger Goodell Is Bad at His Job Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and the Washington Post's Dan Steinberg discuss the latest Deflategate news. They also talk about the Washington NFL team's publicity nightmares, and Yahoo's Jeff Passan joins to assess Mets pitcher Matt Harvey's arm.Hang Up and Listen is sponsored by SAP HANA. SAP HANA helps the world's best companies get the answers they need to become more agile, develop new streams of revenue, predict the future, and reimagine the way they do business. Run SAP and run simple.Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trail today at www.slate.com/hangupplus.Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListenEmail: hangup@slate.comShow notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/09/151h 5m

The You Get a Trophy Just for Listening Bonus Segment

This podcast extra is free to all readers to preview our membership program, Slate Plus. Visit slate.com/hangupplus to learn more.In their Aug. 17 Slate Plus bonus segment, Hang Up and Listen’s Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca discuss participation trophies, a supposed scourge that even NPR-listening softies point to as a sure sign of American decline. Josh, Stefan, and Mike were reacting to recent anti–participation trophy comments made by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison.To access each week’s Hang Up and Listen bonus segment, visit slate.com/hangupplus and try Slate Plus free for two weeks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/09/1515m 0s

The Grab the Stick and Run Like Hell Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the latest innovation in NCAA evildoing: football programs fining players. They also interview 81-year-old track star Irene Obera and review HBO’s Hard Knocks, starring the Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt.Hang Up and Listen is sponsored by Draft Kings. Start this football season by winning two million dollars! This isn’t fantasy as usual. This is Draft Kings. Use code HANGUP to play free for a shot at two million dollars in the Week One Ten Million Dollar Maker. Go to www.draftkings.com and use the promo code HANGUP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/08/151h 1m

The Drop Kick Me Jesus Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Usain Bolt’s win over Justin Gatlin at the track and field world championships. They also discuss Baylor’s handling of football player Sam Ukwuachu’s sexual assault and the place of religion in sports. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trail today at www.slate.com/hangupplus. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/08/151h 1m

The She's a Married Baseball Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Jason Day and Jordan Spieth with Grantland’s Bryan Curtis. They also talk about the Jets’ locker-room fight, and Sports Illustrated’s Tim Layden explains Nick Symmonds’ brouhaha with USA Track and Field.Hang Up and Listen is sponsored by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a 100-day period. Right now, get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by visiting www.casper. com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/08/151h 4m

The How Does He Even Have a Computer? Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and ESPN the Magazine’s Mina Kimes discuss record-breaking swimmer Katie Ledecky with the New York Times’ Karen Crouse. They also talk about Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly, and they interview WNBA star Elena Delle Donne.   Slate's Hang Up and Listen is sponsored by Trunk Club. Answer a few simple questions about your look, style, and size, and receive a trunk full of great looking clothes that fit perfectly and make you look amazing. Only pay for the clothes you keep, and shipping is free. Go to TrunkClub.com/hangup.   Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/hangupplus.   Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/08/151h 5m

Hang Up: The Fiddlin’ with Equipment Edition

Josh Levin, Stephen Metcalf, and Mike Pesca discuss Roger Goodell’s decision to uphold Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension and the New York Mets’ surprising surge. June Thomas also joins for an interview with Greg Louganis about his new HBO documentary. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/08/151h 6m

The NBA Meets American Ninja Warrior Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Basketball Tournament, a winners-take-all hoops competition. Nancy Lieberman joins to talk about women coaching men, and they interview Brad Balukjian about his book project Wax Pack. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/hangupplus. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/07/151h 17m

The How Tiger Lost His Stripes Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pescsa discuss whether Tiger Woods will ever be great again. Writer James Andrew Miller also joins to talk about recent departures from ESPN, and author Molly Knight explains the Los Angeles Dodgers’ free-spending ways. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/07/151h 1m

The How to Make Sports Funny Bonus Segment

This Slate Plus bonus segment is free to all listeners to promote our membership program. Consider joining Slate Plus to listen to super-sized versions of Hang Up and other Slate podcasts. To learn more, visit slate.com/hangupplus   In their July 13 Slate Plus bonus segment, Hang Up and Listen hosts Josh Levin and Mike Pesca spoke to special guest Mike Schur, the co-creator of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, about the intersection of sports and comedy.   They discuss Andy Samberg’s tennis mockumentary 7 Days in Hell, the use of professional athlete cameos on Parks and Recreation, and the law firm of Babip, Pecota, Vorp, and Eckstein. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/07/1514m 20s

The All We Are is Cyber Dust in the Wind Edition

Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and special guest Mike Schur talk about the DeAndre Jordan emoji saga and his decision to re-join the Clippers. Tennis writer Courtney Nguyen joins to discuss Serena Williams, and they evaluate the latest advances in sabermetrics. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/hangupplus. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/07/151h 4m

The Carli Lloyd Is a Golden God Edition

Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Bryan Curtis are joined by Stefan Fatsis, who watched the U.S. beat Japan to win the Women’s World Cup. They also talk about the strange economics of NBA free agency and consider the pros and cons of ESPN’s “K Zone” graphics. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/hangupplus. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/07/151h 2m

The Other People's Podcasts Edition

In a special edition of Slate's Hang Up and Listen, we feature segments from three fellow sports podcasts, including Howler's DUMMY, a show about soccer, Effectively Wild from Baseball Prospectus, and 538's Hot Takedown. Slate's Hang Up and Listen is sponsored by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a 100-day period. Get 50 dollars toward any mattress purchase by visiting Casper.com/hangup and using the promo code hangup.   Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/hangupplus. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/06/151h 2m

The Zack the Ball-Catching Maniac Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Shane Ryan to talk about Jordan Spieth’s U.S. Open win. They also discuss the knockout round of the Women’s World Cup and they interview Zack Hample, the man who caught Alex Rodriguez’s 3000th hit. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/hangupplus. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/06/151h 15m

Slate Plus Preview: "United Passions" Commentary Track

Enjoy a free preview of Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca's commentary track for one of the lowest-grossing movies in American cinema history—the FIFA propaganda film United Passions.  If you're already a Slate Plus member, hear the full (nearly two hour!) commentary track here. If you're not a member, consider signing up -- and get a free two-week trial. Go to slate.com/hangupplus.  How to sync: After introduction, listen for the producer counting "1, 2, 3, go!" When you hear "go," starting playing your copy of United Passions, available from Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/06/1512m 58s

The Plus Plus Plus to Plus Plus Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the NBA Finals. Grantland’s Katie Baker also joins to discuss the Stanley Cup Finals, and they interview ProPublica’s David Epstein about his investigation of running coach Alberto Salazar. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/hangupplus. Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/06/151h 4m

The Save It for Judge Judy Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mary Pilon talk about the NBA Finals, including LeBron James’ inefficient dominance. Sports Illustrated’s Tim Layden also joins to discuss American Pharoah’s Triple Crown. Finally, they preview the Women’s World Cup. Show notes at slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/06/151h 5m

Hang Up Extra: Sepp Blatter To Resign

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who announced today that he will step down amid a corruption scandal at soccer's international governing body.  Show notes at slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/06/1514m 47s

The Good Nat, Bad Nat Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss whether there’s any hope that FIFA will reform itself. Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski also joins to talk about the Stanley Cup Finals. Finally, they assess Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg.     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/hangupplus.   Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen   Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/06/151h 7m

The Screwing the Kicker Again Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Mike Pesca, and special guest Richard Deitsch discuss Stephen Curry's head injury, LeBron James' dominance, and other stories from the NBA playoffs. Later, retired NFL kicker Nate Kaeding weighs in on the league’s decision to make the extra point 15 yards harder. Finally, ESPN correspondent Jeremy Schaap talks about his recent E:60 report on Sepp Blatter’s scandal-ridden tenure as the president of soccer’s international governing body, FIFA.  Find links and other show notes at slate.com/hangup Update, 5/27: Swiss authorities have arrested several FIFA officials in conjunction with a U.S. Department of Justice investigation. The Swiss are also investigating bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup. Read the latest on Slate and skip right to Hang Up’s interview with Schaap. In our Slate Plus bonus segment, Isiah Thomas' appointment as president of MSG’s women’s basketball team, the New York Liberty. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks. The Gist is sponsored by QuickBooks. If you work for yourself, try QuickBooks Self-Employed. It helps separate your business and personal expenses, estimate your federal quarterly taxes, and more. See what QuickBooks Self-Employed can do for you with a free 30-day trial at tryselfemployed.com/hangup Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/05/1559m 19s

The 0-162 or Bust Edition

In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca take listeners’ questions in a special spring call-in show. Topics include how the worst baseball players in history would do against a team of all-time greats, the next great corporate stadium names, the proper time to buy championship apparel, and the panel’s favorite sports books.   Hang Up and Listen is sponsored by QuickBooks. If you work for yourself, try QuickBooks Self-Employed. It helps separate your business and personal expenses, estimate your federal quarterly taxes and more. See what QuickBooks Self-Employed can do for you with a free 30-day trial at TrySelfEmployed.com/hang.     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/hangupplus.     Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/05/1553m 41s

The Hours of Something Approaching Pleasure Edition

Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Seth Stevenson talk about the Wells report on the Patriots’ underinflated balls and how the NFL should punish Tom Brady. They also discuss Bill Simmons’ imminent departure from ESPN and the rise of daily fantasy sports.     Hang Up and Listen is sponsored by QuickBooks. If you work for yourself, try QuickBooks Self-Employed. It helps separate your business and personal expenses, estimate your federal quarterly taxes and more. See what QuickBooks Self-Employed can do for you with a free 30-day trial at TrySelfEmployed.com/hang.     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/hangupplus.     Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/05/151h 6m

The Snooze of the Century Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Floyd Mayweather’s victory over Manny Pacquiao. They also discuss the Los Angeles Clippers’ Game 7 victory over the San Antonio Spurs and how the NFL handled “character issues” in the 2015 draft.   Hang Up and Listen is sponsored by Shari's Berries. Treat your mom to something sweet this Mother's Day with fresh berries dipped in chocolate, starting at just $19.99. It's a great last-minute gift, and right now, you can double your berries for just 10 bucks. Visit berries.com, click on the microphone, and use the promo code hangup.     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/hangupplus.     Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/05/151h 6m

The Cracking on Hacks and Hack-a-Shaq Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about whether intentional fouls have a place in the NBA. They also discuss Floyd Mayweather’s history of domestic violence and assess Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price’s profanity-filled tirade.     This episode is sponsored by Shari's Berries. Treat your mom to something sweet this Mother’s Day. Shari’s Berries is offering giant, freshly dipped strawberries—starting at $19.99! Over a 40% savings! Go to www.berries.com, click on the microphone, and type in the code Hangup.   Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/hangupplus.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/04/151h 9m

The Our Dump Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about whether the Warriors and Hawks will dominate the NBA playoffs. Andrew Zimbalist also joins to talk about Boston’s Olympic bid, and they discuss the New York Islanders’ last season in Nassau Coliseum.     Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/hangupplus.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/04/151h 6m

The Lord Stanley's Coffee Urn Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Jordan Spieth’s runaway Masters win. They also interview Sonny Vaccaro about the new documentary Sole Man. Finally, they ogle the Stanley Cup and speak to the trophy’s keeper Philip Pritchard. More at slate.com/hangup Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/hangupplus   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/04/151h 3m

The Earworm Madness Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Wisconsin’s upset victory over Kentucky and the start of the 2015 baseball season. They also interview composer Bob Christianson, who has written more than two dozen sports television theme tunes.     Facebook: facebook.com/HangUpAndListen Email: hangup@slate.com Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup     Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/hangupplus.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/04/151h 7m

The UConn Territory Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and special guest Kate Fagan talk about the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments and the dominance of Kentucky and UConn. They also discuss the U.S. women’s national soccer team and assess the state of the gay athlete.   Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/03/151h 9m

The Stuffed Sparrow on a Cricket Ball Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament and the early retirement of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland. They’re also joined by writer Andrew Miller to discuss the Cricket World Cup.   Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus.   Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.     Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/03/151h 6m

The Hate, Hope, and Hockey Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the NCAA tournament and ESPN’s I Hate Christian Laettner. They also discuss all the player movement during NFL free agency, and Bruce Arthur joins to assess the imploding Toronto Maple Leafs. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/hangupplus.   Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/03/151h 10m

The College Hoops in Crisis Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about college hoops’ slow pace with Ken Pomeroy. They also discuss the decline of the NFL running back and interview Errol Morris about his new series of short sports documentaries for ESPN. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/03/151h 6m

The Good News for People Who Love Stat News Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by ESPN.com’s Kevin Pelton to talk about the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. They also discuss Larry Sanders’ decision to leave the NBA and Ben Rothenberg joins to examine match-fixing in tennis. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/03/151h 3m

The Two Guys Punching Each Other in the Face Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Grantland’s Eric Raskin to discuss Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. They also compare Alex Rodriguez and Kobe Bryant, and they look at new rules designed to make baseball speedier. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/02/151h 6m

The Twerking Unicorns Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Kevin Durant’s anti-media rant. They also discuss Jackie Robinson West Little League losing its U.S. title and Slate’s Daniel Engber joins to explore the art and science of free-throw distraction. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/02/151h 8m

The Not-So-Menacing Red Menace Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca are joined by Sports Illustrated‘s Alexander Wolff to talk about Dean Smith, by Nathaniel Vinton to discuss U.S. ski racers, and by Jonathan Hock for a chat about his Soviet hockey documentary Of Miracles and Men. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/02/151h 10m

The One Yard From Stardom Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about New England’s 28-24 Super Bowl win. Grantland’s Bryan Curtis joins to discuss the game’s surprising stars and NBC’s lead producer Fred Gaudelli gives a behind-the-scenes look at the TV broadcast. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/02/151h 17m

The Good Sport, Bad Sport Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Deflategate. They also interview John Biever, who’s photographed every Super Bowl, and tennis player Tim Smyczek, who’s been lauded for his sportsmanship after losing a tight match to Rafael Nadal. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/01/151h 19m

The Deflated Balls Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the Seahawks’ comeback win and the Patriots’ allegedly deflated balls; interview NBC producer Fred Gaudelli about televising the Super Bowl; and talk to Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski about the NHL. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/01/151h 26m

The Football Move Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the NFL playoffs and Dez Bryant’s disputed catch. ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh joins to assess the NBA’s Hawks and Pistons and Andrew Bisharat talks about the first free ascent of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/01/151h 14m

The Great Scott Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs and the inaugural college football playoffs, wherein the SEC went down to a crushing defeat. ESPN’s Jay Harris also joins to discuss the death of Stuart Scott. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/01/151h 1m

The Troubleshooter, the Faluter, and the Kid Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca take listeners’ questions in a special year-end call-in show. Topics range from their greatest sports moments to what to watch on TV when you can’t sleep to gender bias in the sports media. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/12/141h 1m

The Inside the NBA Insider Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Kentucky's surplus of basketball talent. They also talk with Sports Illustrated executive editor Jon Wertheim about the future of sports TV and assess Yahoo NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski. Show notes at slate.com/hangup Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/12/1457m 43s

The I Love It When a Plan Comes Together Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Kobe Bryant’s legacy and the NBA’s conference imbalance. They also talk to Baseball Prospectus’ Sam Miller about MLB’s winter meetings and interview attorney Sharon Vinick about NFL cheerleader lawsuits. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/12/141h 9m

The Transactions vs. Transgressions Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the pairings for the inaugural College Football Playoff and look at UAB’s decision to drop its football program. They also interview legendary journalist Robert Lipsyte about his tenure as ESPN ombudsman. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/12/141h 22m

Hang Up Extra: Brooklyn's Baseball Graves

Mike Pesca drives Josh Levin to Brooklyn's 176-year-old Green-Wood Cemetery. On a tour led by the cemetery's historian, they visit the graves of two great (but definitely dead) baseball pioneers. This extra was recorded on the 2014 National Gabfest Tour made possible by Acura. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/12/1417m 43s

The Rice Reinstated Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the decision to overturn Ray Rice’s suspension and the injury-riddled careers of Robert Griffin III and Derrick Rose. Gideon Haigh also joins to talk about the on-field death of cricketer Phillip Hughes. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/12/141h 11m

Hang Up and Listen: The Beckham Doesn’t Need Stickum Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Odell Beckham Jr.’s amazing catch, painkiller usage in the NFL, and Adrian Peterson’s extended suspension. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/11/141h 4m

The Superfest East, Live in Brooklyn Edition

Hang Up and Listen joins the Political and Culture Gabfests, onstage at the Music Hall of Williamsburg with emcee Dan Kois, for a blockbuster show in front of a live audience. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/11/141h 17m

The Whore No More Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk to Whore of Akron author Scott Raab about LeBron James’s return to Ohio. They also examine the NFL’s obsession with London and review ESPN’s documentary about Livan and Orlando Hernandez, Brothers in Exile. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/11/141h 14m

The SEC Ganks Noobs Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin ask Paul Finebaum about ESPN’s alleged pro-SEC bias. They also talk to Amanda Hess about Lauren Hill and inspirational sports moments and quiz Seth Stevenson about the video game League of Legends and the rise of e-sports. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/11/141h 4m

The Greatest Bull in History Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Madison Bumgarner’s World Series dominance and the latest claim that baseball is dying. They also talk to UNC whistleblower Mary Willingham and assess the bull Bushwacker with PBR statistician Slade Long. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/10/141h 6m

The Whimsy Watch Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk to Grantland’s Jonah Keri about the Royals-Giants World Series. They also discuss the ethics of NBA teams tracking their players’ biometric data, and Bob Ryan joins to talk about his new book Scribe. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/10/141h 5m

The Flaccid Hagiographic Concatenation Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Fox Sports 1’s sabermetric-friendly NLCS broadcast and debate Georgia football player Todd Gurley’s suspension. They also talk to Dvora Meyers about superstar gymnast Simone Biles. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/10/141h 3m

The Live at Galapagos Edition

In a special live show in Brooklyn, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the baseball playoffs and the NBA’s TV deal. Roy Blount Jr. joins to discuss his classic book About Three Bricks Shy of a Load, and the hosts do a listener Q-and-A. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/10/141h 21m

The These Are My Bosses Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss ESPN’s decision to suspend Bill Simmons, talk about the Kansas City Royals with Grantland’s Rany Jazayerli, and look at the turmoil surrounding the Michigan football program with Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/09/141h 10m

The What Are We Going to Do With These People? Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk to ESPN’s Jane McManus about the NFL and domestic violence. They also discuss Jameis Winston, Hope Solo, and what their teams should do about them. Finally, Grantland’s Ben Lindbergh joins to talk baseball. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/09/141h 9m

The Will Goodell Go? Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the NFL’s continued failures and whether Roger Goodell will go. They also examine the U.S. team’s dominant win at the FIBA World Cup and interview SB Nation’s Jon Bois about his Breaking Madden series. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/09/141h 10m

The Ravens Cut Rice Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Ravens’ decision to cut Ray Rice. Slate’s Jamelle Bouie also joins to discuss the Atlanta Hawks owner’s racist email. Finally, Josh interviews Josh Keefe, the worst high school quarterback ever. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/09/1449m 8s

The Jerry Loves Johnny Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss college football’s opening weekend bonanza of games at NFL stadiums. They also interview ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. about his profile of Jerry Jones and talk to SI.com’s Courtney Nguyen about the U.S. Open. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/09/141h 5m

The All’s Fair in Love and WAR Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the pros and cons of NFL preseason. They also talk about MVP candidate Alex Gordon and baseball’s search for an all-in-one stat, and speak with ESPN’s Kevin Pelton about Cleveland acquiring Kevin Love. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/08/141h 10m

The "Are the Kids Alright?" Edition

Stefan Fatsis and Mike Pesca discuss the election of Rob Manfred as the new MLB head. They also speak with author Mark Hyman about Little League baseball and talk to ESPN's Bonnie Ford about Canada’s bid to host the Women’s World Cup on turf fields. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/08/141h 10m

Hang Up and Listen: The Tragedy at Canandaigua Edition

Josh Levin and Mike Pesca interview Motorsport.com’s Steven Cole Smith about the death of Kevin Ward Jr.; talk to Grantland’s Shane Ryan about Rory McIlroy’s PGA win; and chat with the New York Times’ Marc Tracy about big changes in college sports. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/08/141h 3m

Hang Up and Listen: The Breaking News Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Paul George’s leg injury and its implications. They also talk with Slate’s Emily Bazelon about college sports and sexual assault, and interview Baseball Prospectus’ Sam Miller about MLB’s trade deadline. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/08/141h 8m

Hang Up and Listen: The Suspension and Disbelief Edition

Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and special guest Jason Gay discuss the NFL’s suspension of Ray Rice. They also break down the Astros’ failure to sign top overall pick Brady Aiken, and Kathryn Bertine joins to discuss her push to get women in the Tour de France. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/07/141h 8m

Hang Up and Listen: The Losingest Winner Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Mike Trout’s fame or lack thereof, interview the Iroquois Nationals’ Ansley Jemison about the World Lacrosse Championship, and talk to NBC Sports’ Joe Posnanski about Washington Generals coach Red Klotz. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/07/141h 4m

Hang Up and Listen: The Ohio Player Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Germany’s World Cup win, Lionel Messi’s loss, and what the heck happened to Brazil. They also talk about LeBron James’s return to Cleveland, and his decision to make the announcement in Sports Illustrated. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/07/141h 4m

HUAL World Cup Extra: The Myth of Jogo Bonito Edition

In this episode of Dummy, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi sift through the aftermath of the semifinals. They also talk with reporter Matt Negrin about his experience covering the only indigenous professional team in Brazil. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/07/1442m 56s

HUAL World Cup Extra: The Dutch, Masters of Gamesmanship Edition

On today’s episode of Howler Magazine's Dummy, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi discuss Dutch diving, conflicts faced by African teams, whether crowds are representative of Brazil's typical soccer-watching demographics, and more. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/07/1448m 57s

Hang Up and Listen: The Going Mouth to Mouth Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Neymar, Messi, penalties, and other World Cup matters. The New York Times’ Ben Rothenberg also joins to talk Wimbledon, and Major League Eating CEO George Shea chews over the state of competitive eating. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/07/141h 14m

HUAL World Cup Extra: The Tim Howard Is Everywhere Edition

In today’s episode of Howler Magazine’s Dummy, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi talk about the U.S. loss to Belgium. They’re also joined by Dr. Emilio Bruna to discuss the Brazilian government’s failed environmental promises. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/07/1436m 48s

Hang Up and Listen: The Soft Rock and Salary Caps Edition

Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca discuss the end of the group stage and the beginning of the knockout round at the World Cup. They also talk about team-building in the NBA and MLB and debate the strategies of the 76ers, Astros, and A’s. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/06/141h 7m

HUAL World Cup Extra: The Undead in the Group of Death Edition

In today’s episode of Howler Magazine’s Dummy, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi talk about the USA advancing in the World Cup, the Luis Suarez incident, the best and worst of the group stage, and what’s ahead in the tournament. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/06/1438m 25s

HUAL World Cup Extra: The Miguel Herrera is Pleasingly Rectangular Edition

Hang Up and Listen presents Howler’s World Cup podcast DUMMY. Today, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi break down the USA-Portugal draw and the scenarios for the U.S. to advance. Plus, NBA MVP and soccer fan Steve Nash. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/06/1439m 24s

Hang Up and Listen: The White Elephant in Manaus Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Mike Pesca, and Grantland’s Bryan Curtis discuss American soccer’s emotional rollercoaster in Brazil and talk to Slate contributor Luke O’Brien about the scene at the U.S.-Portugal game. Finally, they ponder the legacy of Tony Gwynn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/06/1454m 42s

World Cup Dummy: The Now We Believe! Edition

Hang Up and Listen presents a special World Cup extra from our friends at Howler Magazine. Topics discussed in this episode of Dummy include the U.S. victory over Ghana, Costa Rican wunderkind Joel Campbell, and the health of Luis Suarez. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/06/1444m 30s

Hang Up and Listen: The San Antonio is Beautiful Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Spurs’ beautiful domination of the Heat in the NBA Finals. They also look back at a goal-filled first weekend of the World Cup and talk with USA Today’s Steve Berkowitz about O’Bannon v. NCAA. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/06/141h 2m

World Cup DUMMY: No Doves Were Killed in the Making of This Podcast

Hang Up and Listen presents a special World Cup extra from our friends at Howler Magazine. Topics discussed in this episode of DUMMY include the Brazil-Croatia opener, the FIFA Congress, and what it’s like to get tear-gassed at a protest. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/06/1435m 5s

Hang Up and Listen: The Boring Plus Time Equals Consistency Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss LeBron James’ cramps and other NBA Finals matters. They also look at California Chrome’s failed Triple Crown bid and interview David Haglund about his Slate profile of Delonte West. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/06/141h 7m

Hang Up and Listen: The Elephants in the Garden Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the Heat-Spurs NBA Finals rematch. They also interview hockey historian Stan Fischler and talk to former U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley about his tenure in Egypt and the documentary American Pharaoh. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/06/141h 7m

Hang Up and Listen: The Ninety Percent of the Game Is Half Mental Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the latest NBA playoffs news. They also talk to Jonathan Hock about his ESPN series on the U.S. World Cup soccer team and Landon Donovan’s roster omission. Finally, they discuss the mystery of “the yips.” Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/05/141h 1m

Hang Up and Listen: The Way Too Many Animals Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca interview ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap about the horror show in Qatar in advance of the 2022 World Cup. Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski also joins to talk hockey, and they discuss California Chrome’s Preakness win. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/05/141h 10m

Hang Up and Listen: The Baring Your Sole Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about Michael Sam and the NFL draft. They also talk about NBA comebacks, the Thunder’s coaching, and Kevin Durant’s MVP speech. Finally, they’re joined by Slate’s John Swansburg to assess minimalist running. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/05/141h 1m

Hang Up and Listen: The Red Flags with Character Issues Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the thrilling first round of the NBA playoffs. They also talk about the NFL draft and how teams assess prospects’ “red flags.” Finally, they consider the career of Sports Illustrated writer Gary Smith. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/05/141h 4m

Hang Up and Listen: The Sterling's Reputation Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca explore what the NBA should do about Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. They also talk about baseball’s strange relationship with pine tar, and Deadspin’s Tim Marchman joins to discuss UFC star Jon Jones. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/04/141h 12m

Hang Up and Listen: The Remember the 96 Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the home-court negating first weekend of the NBA playoffs. They’re also joined by Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski to discuss all things playoff hockey, and they review the new ESPN documentary Hillsborough. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/04/141h 11m

Hang Up and Listen: The Farewell to Throwing Arms Edition

Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and special guest Johnette Howard discuss Bubba Watson’s Masters win. They also talk about baseball’s alarming rate of Tommy John surgeries, and are joined by the New Republic’s Christopher Beam to explore football in China. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/04/1458m 57s

Hang Up and Listen: The Mr. Monopoly Was a Hipster Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Mike Pesca, and Mary Pilon preview the NCAA basketball finals and discuss with Andy Glockner what it's like to root for a Premier League team facing relegation. Finally, they talk about Monopoly's upcoming inclusion of "house rules." Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/04/1458m 24s

Hang Up and Listen: The Kain Mutiny Edition

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the NCAA tournament’s surprising Final Four. They also talk about Northwestern football players getting the go-ahead to unionize, and they evaluate Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout’s huge contract extensions. Show notes at www.slate.com/hangup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/03/141h 5m
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