Hang Up And Listen

Hang Up and Listen: The How Tiger Lost His Stripes Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the decline of Tiger Woods, ESPN’s talent exodus, and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ extravagant spending.

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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 discuss why Tiger Woods keeps getting worse and whether it’s time for him to call it quits. They are also joined by James Andrew Miller, author of Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN, to talk about the recent departures of three high-profile names at ESPN. Finally, they interview Molly Knight, author of The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Wild Struggle to Build a Baseball Powerhouse, about the different team-building strategies of the Dodgers and the Houston Astros.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Simon Brodkins:

Mike’s Simon Brodkin: What’s more unexpected than a walk-off balk? A walk-off balk on an intentional walk.

Stefan’s Simon Brodkin: The conclusion of the Women’s World Cup highlighted more problems with FIFA’s treatment of women’s soccer, including the disparity in pay for female and male champions. Now the women have a chance to use their newfound stardom to make meaningful changes, especially with regard to concussion protocols.

Josh’s Simon Brodkin: Josh is watching football watch lists so nobody else has to. In particular, he has his eyes on the watch list for the Dodd Trophy for coach of the year, which might be the dumbest thing in all of sports.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Stefan Fatsis discuss Grantland’s Bill Barnwell’s proposal for an MLB loan system. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.

Podcast production and edit by Zack Dinerstein. Our intern is Emma Zehner.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.