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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.

    What Happened to Freddy Adu? 

    What Happened to Freddy Adu? 

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

    Kim Ng Is Finally a General Manager

    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by FanGraphs’ Meg Rowley to discuss the Marlins’ hiring of Kim Ng as baseball’s first woman general manager. They also talk about the putrid NFC East and why the sports world has failed to adjust as the COVID crisis worsens.
    Kim Ng (02:54): Why did it take so long for her—or any woman—to get a job running a major-league team?
    NFC East (21:55): How pro football’s showcase division got so bad.
    COVID (39:42): Will the games still go on this winter? And why are leagues still insisting on having fans in the stands?
    Afterball (57:14): Josh on domestic abuse allegations against tennis star Alexander Zverev.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    What Sports Can Teach Us About Elections

    What Sports Can Teach Us About Elections

    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the differences between election TV and sports TV, and whether election forecasters should be criticized. They also compare how a great sports victory compares to a political one. And they discuss Notre Dame’s win over Clemson and the field-storming that followed.
    Election TV (4:12): Can cable news learn something from how sports are covered?
    Sports victories vs. political victories (24:23): Do we prefer landslides/blowouts or the thrill of a last-second win?
    Notre Dame-Clemson (43:16): A great college football game feels different in 2020.
    Afterball (58:36): Stefan on the heroism of Nebraska state senator Ernie Chambers.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Athletes and the Election

    The Athletes and the Election

    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the positive COVID tests for the Dodgers’ Justin Turner and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. WNBA player Renee Montgomery then joins to talk about the More Than a Vote campaign. Finally, they revisit Ruth Shalit Barrett’s article about rich parents and niche sports, which the Atlantic has now retracted. 
    Positive COVID tests (03:17): Why are outbreaks spreading in college football? And how have fans responded to Justin Turner’s maskless on-field celebration?
    Renee Montgomery (23:03): Why she opted out of the WNBA season and how she approaches social activism.
    Ruth Shalit Barrett (40:52): What lessons should be learned from the Atlantic’s decision to assign the story to Barrett, and then to retract it in its entirety?
    Afterballs (01:00:56): Joel on Billy Tubbs and Josh on an NFL rule that needs to change.
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Brett Phillips, World Series Hero

    Brett Phillips, World Series Hero

    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the likely and unlikely heroes of the 2020 World Series. ESPN’s Myron Medcalf also comes on to talk about how the pandemic is affecting college sports “have nots” like UC Riverside. Finally, the hosts are joined by … a mystery guest!
    World Series (02:02): Where did Brett Phillips come from? And how did Clayton Kershaw transform his postseason legacy?
    UC Riverside (20:34): Why this Division I school is considering eliminating sports entirely.
    Mystery guest (37:31): A sports innovator joins the show. Will Joel and Stefan be able to guess who he is?
    Afterball (55:14): Josh on Andrew Giuliani’s failed lawsuit after he got kicked off the Duke University golf team.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Goodbye to Billy Beane and Daryl Morey

    Goodbye to Billy Beane and Daryl Morey

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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
868 Ratings

868 Ratings

lizzardmelissa ,

the guys are great

i save this pod for my tuesday run and look forward to it every week. even when i don't think the subject will be interesting, it usually turns out to be because of the questions and discussion lead by joel, stephan, and josh. I like it best when they are chatting. their friendship is evident. please keep it up.

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Thank you for dropping gems

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Great but...

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