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

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

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    The Brett Favre Welfare Scandal

    The Brett Favre Welfare Scandal

    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the Boston Celtics’ decision to suspend head coach Ime Udoka. They also talk about Roger Federer’s tearful retirement. Finally, Anna Wolfe of Mississippi Today joins for a conversation about Brett Favre and the state’s enormous welfare scandal.
     
    Udoka (4:24): Did the media and the Celtics mishandle the news of his suspension?
     
    Federer (21:01): What makes his relationship with Rafael Nadal so special.
     
    Favre (42:20): How the ex-quarterback got enmeshed in an escalating welfare controversy.
     
    Afterball (1:02:46): Joel on Mississippi, a segregation academy, and a football field.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Should the NBA Ban Robert Sarver?

    Should the NBA Ban Robert Sarver?

    Josh Levin, Joel Anderson, and the New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham discuss the NBA’s suspension of Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver and Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett’s bizarre decisions. Finally, Josh and Stefan Fatsis speak with Olympic champion Mark Spitz about the new documentary series 72—A Gathering of Champions.

    Robert Sarver (4:07): Should Adam Silver have done more?

    Nathaniel Hackett (25:55): What is this coach thinking?

    Mark Spitz (45:57): One of the greatest Olympians ever remembers the dizzying highs and brutal lows of the 1972 Summer Games.

    Afterball (1:10:40): Vinson on the greatness of Manu Ginobili.
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Our New Tennis Overlord

    Our New Tennis Overlord

    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and the New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham discuss the opening weekend of the NFL season and the rise of tennis phenoms Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek. They’re also joined by Josh Levin (same name, different guy) to discuss how he made the final stage of American Ninja Warrior.
     
    NFL (3:10): The cognitive dissonance of a new season.
     
    Tennis (23:27): Why 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz looks like a legend in the making.
     
    Josh the Ninja (47:20): How he conquered his Ninja Warrior demons.
     
    Afterball (1:11:07): Josh on notable moments in Knicks message board history.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Serena’s Coach Tells All

    Serena’s Coach Tells All

    Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis speak with Rennae Stubbs of ESPN and Racquet about coaching Serena Williams at the U.S. Open. Alex Kirshner of Slate and Split Zone Duo joins to discuss the start of college football season and the new 12-team playoff. Finally, the New York Times’ Juliet Macur talks about her story on how the Afghan women’s soccer team escaped the Taliban.
     
    Rennae Stubbs (3:24): What she told Serena before and during her grand send-off in New York.
     
    College football (24:22): How the game is changing, and how it’s staying the same.
     
    Afghan women’s soccer team (49:23): The harrowing story of their escape from Kabul.
     
    Afterball (1:11:42): Stefan on American soccer players on rival Scottish teams having the gall to eat dinner together.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    The Coco Gauff Hype Train

    The Coco Gauff Hype Train

    Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Vinson Cunningham are joined by Ben Mathis-Lilley to discuss his new book on college football, The Hot Seat. They also discuss the hype around American tennis star Coco Gauff and review the soccer documentary Welcome to Wrexham.
     
    The Hot Seat (2:14): Why does college football make so many of us insane?
     
    Coco Gauff (24:54): Is the publicity warranted, or is too much for an 18-year-old to handle?
     
    Welcome to Wrexham (47:60): Does the story of Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney buying a soccer team make for good TV?
     
    Afterball (1:06:51): Josh on drinking beer through a hot dog straw.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    I Guarded LeBron

    I Guarded LeBron

    Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Vinson Cunningham are joined by Defector’s Maitreyi Anantharaman to discuss the WNBA playoffs. Dion Wright also joins to explain what it was like to guard LeBron James. Finally, they talk about Isiah Thomas’ “No Crime Day,” the subject of the first episode of Slate’s One Year: 1986 podcast.
     
    WNBA (2:48): Can Sue Bird lead the Seattle Storm to a fifth title?
     
    Dion Wright (23:39): How it felt to go viral for going up against one of the greatest of all time.
     
    No Crime Day (42:20): A conversation about basketball and athlete activism in the 1980s.
     
    Afterball (1:05:56): Stefan on the agony and ecstasy of watching Pete Carril’s Princeton teams.
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    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
924 Ratings

924 Ratings

Buck Boats ,

Vinson Cunningham

Gonna miss Vinson. It’s always been a great sports podcast with a wider view and variety of stories, but Vinson clearly the most entertaining.

Bones T ,

Great, but I’m out

The content of this show is usually good but I think I’m going to move on from it because (1) the show has begun to suffer from a lack of continuity among hosts; while the guest hosts are good, I prefer a show with regular hosts who are committed to the project and have a rapport with each other; this is no longer that kind of show; (2) this podcast has technical problems unlike any other in my feed —e.g., sometimes I get the non-subscriber version even though I’m a subscriber; also, about once a month or so the show doesn’t download properly so I have to delete, re-download/reset. Points (1) and (2) combine to make this podcast increasingly bush league. That’s too bad because for years it was one of my favorites.

David from Eastwood ,

Jim Brown

Tremendous stuff from Joel Anderson on Jim Brown. I’m a Syracuse native and huge Cuse fan, obviously. I’m also a big Lacrosse fan. You ask any old times lacrosse person and they will tell you Jim Brown’s best sport was Lacrosse. Love the Pod, as always. David from Syracuse.

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