Hang Up And Listen

Hang Up and Listen: The NBA Meets American Ninja Warrior Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the Basketball Tournament, women coaching men’s sports, and the book Wax Pack.

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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 the Basketball Tournament, an open, single-elimination contest for a winners-take-all prize of $1 million. Then, they are joined by Nancy Lieberman, the former head coach of the NBA D-League’s Texas Legends, to talk about Becky Hammon’s success with the San Antonio Spurs and what it means for the future of female coaches in the NBA. Finally, they interview Brad Balukjian about his attempt to track down 14 baseball players from a pack of 1986 Topps baseball cards.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Tim Stoddards:

Mike’s Tim Stoddard: Nate Karns hit the first home run by an American League pitcher since 2011. In the case of the New York Mets, the hitters can learn something from the team’s pitchers.

Stefan’s Tim Stoddard: Chris Froome is not the only Tour de France rider who has had urine thrown in his face. Turns out, there is a strong tradition of spraying cyclists.

Josh’s Tim Stoddard: The University of North Dakota has proposed five new nicknames. We shouldn’t forget the ideas on the nonconsideration list.

Emma’s Tim Stoddard: Ethiopian runner Genzebe Dibaba just broke the 22-year-old world record in the 1,500 meters. How much faster can we go?

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Josh Levin, Mike Pesca, and Stefan Fatsis discuss whether Junior Seau’s family should be allowed to speak at his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.

Podcast production and edit by Mike Vuolo. Our intern is Emma Zehner.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.