Hang Up And Listen

Hang Up and Listen: The Football and the Flag Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the NFL and 9/11, Serena Williams, Michigan-Notre Dame, and a possible Red Sox collapse.

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca talk about the NFL’s opening weekend and the league’s ceremonies to commemorate the Sept. 11 attacks. They also discuss Serena Williams’ latest U.S. Open outburst, the wacky game between Michigan and Notre Dame and the state of Fighting Irish football, and the possibility of an epic collapse by the Boston Red Sox.


Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

The Slate/Deadspin NFL roundtable, featuring Josh, Stefan, Tom Scocca, and Nate Jackson, among others.
Jim Cornelison’s national anthem before Sunday’s Bears-Falcons game.
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King argues that the “lockout and the weird offseason really hurt the game.”
There have been three kickoff returns for touchdowns in the NFL’s opening weekend.
Samantha Stosur beat Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final, and Williams called the chair umpire a “hater” after being penalized a point for hindering her opponent.
The USTA’s hindrance rule.
George Vecsey’s New York Times column on what to make of Williams.
Before this year’s U.S. Open, Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim wrote about Williams’ complexities.
Williams cursed out a match official at the 2009 U.S. Open; before this year’s tournament, she claimed not to remember what happened.
Michigan came back in the final seconds to beat Notre Dame 35-31.
Brent Musberger called Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson “the most exciting player in college football.”
Stephen Rodrick’s Slate piece on the ubiquity of bad plays in college football.
Cold Hard Football Facts on the decline and fall of Notre Dame football.
The Boston Red Sox were just swept by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Are the Red Sox staging a historic collapse?
Boston has major injury problems.
The Soxaholix are panicking. So is David Ortiz.
Mike discussed the Rays’ mishandling of Desmond Jennings on a previous Hang Up podcast.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Cornelisons:

Mike’s Cornelison: A piece of sports memorabilia for the collector who has everything: NFL grounds crew attire.
Stefan’s Cornelison: Gaffe-prone cricket announcer Brian Johnston. Also, an update on the etymology of the phrase “rush the monkey.” (Here’s a collection of T. Boone Pickins’ sayings. “Don’t rush the monkey” is Booneism No. 1.)
Josh’s Cornelison: Victoria Heinicke, the first tennis grunter.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo.

You can e-mail us at hangup@slate.com.