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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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    Ja Morant’s Moment

    Ja Morant’s Moment

    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the NFL’s Super Wild Card Weekend. Then they talk about the rise of the Memphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant. Finally, Defector’s Kalyn Kahler joins for a conversation about nepotism in NFL coaching.
     
    NFL (4:50): Do expanded playoffs mean worse games?
     
    Ja Morant (24:55): Was his block the best ever? Is he the NBA’s next superstar?
     
    Nepotism (44:54): How big of a problem is it, and can anything be done to fix it?
     
    Afterball (1:08:14): Josh, Joel, and Stefan on goofy ideas to fix sports.
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Georgia Dethrones Bama

    Georgia Dethrones Bama

    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss Georgia’s win over Alabama in the college football title game. Then they break down the wild ride that was the Chargers-Raiders NFL regular-season finale. And tennis writer Ben Rothenberg helps unpack the saga of unvaccinated Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open.

    College football (2:44): How the Bulldogs took down the Tide.
     
    Chargers-Raiders (23:08): The game theory behind the crazy almost-tie.
     
    Djokovic (44:12): Why did an Australian court allow him to stay in the country? What’s next?
     
    Afterball (1:07:03): Stefan on the Sports Word of the Year.
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Why Isn’t Becky Hammon an NBA Head Coach?

    Why Isn’t Becky Hammon an NBA Head Coach?

    Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss the College Football Playoff and bowl game opt-outs. ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel also joins for a conversation about Becky Hammon, who chose to leave the NBA to become the head coach of the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces. Finally, they talk about the life and legacy of John Madden.
     
    College football (3:33): What are the sport’s real issues and what problems are imaginary?
     
    Hammon (25:15): Why didn’t she get a shot to run an NBA team? Is going to the WNBA the right move?
     
    Madden (48:11): How should the coach and announcer be remembered?
     
    Afterball (1:10:38): Joel on Marcus Williamson and what college football takes from Black athletes.
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    The NBA’s COVID Christmas

    The NBA’s COVID Christmas

    Josh Levin and Joel Anderson are joined by ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz to talk about Christmas Day in the NBA. Washington Post health reporter Dan Diamond also joins to discuss the past, present, and future of COVID in sports. Finally, Josh, Joel, and Stefan Fatsis interview Mitchell S. Jackson about his award-winning story on Ahmaud Arbery and running while Black.
     
    NBA (3:37): How did the Warriors and Suns leap to the top of the West? And how are teams dealing with all the positive tests?
     
    COVID (25:51): What should leagues be doing, and what will they do in 2022?
     
    Arbery (45:59): A discussion about the Pulitzer-winning story “Twelve Minutes and a Life.”
     
    Afterball (1:06:04): Josh on the Washington Post’s coverage of Daniel Snyder.
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Urban Meyer Is Out

    Urban Meyer Is Out

    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley talk about COVID running rampant through every sports league, again. Next, they discuss the end of Urban Meyer’s very brief career as an NFL coach. Finally, Joshua Neuman joins Stefan and Josh for a conversation about Kenny Washington, who broke the NFL’s color barrier a year before Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s.
     
    COVID (3:13): How should leagues and teams respond to the next wave of the pandemic?
     
    Urban Meyer (22:37): Why did the successful college coach flame out of the pros?
     
    Kenny Washington (41:25): Why isn’t the pioneering Black football player an American icon?
     
    Afterball (1:02:30): Stefan on the state of Scorigami.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Chess King Wins Again

    The Chess King Wins Again

    Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Slate’s Alex Kirshner talk about the controversial ending to the Formula 1 season. Next, they examine the opening months of college sports’ name, image, and likeness era. Finally, Stefan and Josh are joined by author and chess champion Jennifer Shahade to assess Magnus Carlsen’s latest world title.
     
    Formula 1 (2:46): Who should’ve won the duel between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen?
     
    NIL (22:55): How college athletes are capitalizing, and how it’s changing the game.
     
    Chess (44:28): How Carlsen won, and what’s next for him and for the game.
     
    Afterball (1:04:10): Josh on basketball on the Marshall Islands.
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    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
910 Ratings

910 Ratings

w22211 ,

Great hosts, and chemistry!

Excellent! Really enjoy the current lineup of host. My constructive criticism is that the after balls goes on too long. Sportscasters love to hear themselves speak. It doesn’t really diminish the podcast because the hosts usually have something insightful to say.

If I were to compare this to other sports podcasts I would have to give it 7 stars out of 5. The hosts here are knowledgeable and funny. But they are not annoying bros with “hot takes” like the vast majority of sports programming!

Keep up the good work!!!!!

Around there ,

Rachel Nichols

It is crazy that at the start of every game, Rachel Nichols flashes the white power symbol with her left hand, for a long time during her monologue. You can go back and check. She did it from the preseason on. She obviously does not Want to be around “those” people. It devastated my children and I when we saw it. It is awful to do to the young, full of hopes and dreams. It is clear she wants to do something else. Let her do that something else away from our sons and daughters.

Kleinias ,

A very odd proposition

Listening to “Hang up and listen” is a very odd proposition. You quickly realize that sports is not the point at all. Instead it’s just accelerant used to move quickly into a very provincial way of thinking about the world around us. It’s politics everywhere and all the time and sports certainly will not escape this panopticon.

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