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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 greatness of the Golden State Warriors, who at 15–0 have matched the best start in NBA history. They also talk about the legal machinations around daily fantasy, with New York’s attorney general demanding that DraftKings and FanDuel stop taking bets from that state’s residents. Finally, film director Taika Waititi joins to discuss the life and legacy of Jonah Lomu, the New Zealand rugby legend who died last week at age 40.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- The week in whimsy: Wallace Gilberry’s cleats, Cam Newton’s fox tail, and a squirrel.
- The Golden State Warriors tied the NBA record by starting the season 15–0.
- Jonathan Tjarks on the Warriors as “the epitome of positionless basketball.”
- Ethan Sherwood Strauss on the Warriors’ small lineup, aka the “Death Lineup.”
- Were the Warriors lucky to win last year’s title?
- Can the Warriors go 73–9 this year? Maybe!
- How the Warriors use technology to track players’ health.
- Stephen Curry is having one of the best seasons ever (so far).
- CBS Sports’ Curry three-point tracker.
- SB Nation on the greatness of Draymond Green.
- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says that daily fantasy games are illegal gambling.
- Daily fantasy’s proprietors say it’s a legal game of skill.
- Sports Illustrated’s Michael McCann assesses a class-action suit brought by daily fantasy players and a prosecutor’s investigation. He also looks more broadly at the legal ins and outs of daily fantasy.
- Another rundown of the legal issues at play in daily fantasy.
- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell claims to be concerned about the rise of daily fantasy.
- Barry Petchesky in Deadspin: “How Daily Fantasy Fucked Things Up for Everyone.”
- Deadspin reports that FanDuel told its employees not to win too much on DraftKings.
- Sports Business Journal reports on how most daily fantasy winnings go to a few top players.
- Obituaries for Jonah Lomu in the Telegraph, the Guardian, and the New York Times.
- Follow Taika Waititi on Twitter and watch his movies Boy, Eagle vs. Shark, and What We Do in the Shadows.
- Jonah Lomu’s appearance on Flight of the Conchords.
- The New Zealand Herald writes that “Lomu dominated rugby like no other.”
- In the Sydney Morning Herald, Peter FitzSimons asks, “How can such a force of nature no longer be with us?”
- Highlights from Lomu’s most famous match, in the 1995 Rugby World Cup against England.
- Lomu was a “runaway potting shed in boots.”
- The New York Times on how Lomu changed rugby.
- Lomu nearly played in the NFL.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly silver ferns:
Mike’s silver fern: The game theory behind Iowa State’s horrible loss to Kansas State.
Stefan’s silver fern: How much is the NFL actually collecting in fines?
Josh’s silver fern: Why Virginia Tech football players major in apparel, housing, and resource management.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Kristaps Porzingis, the king of New York basketball. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.
Podcast production and edit by Zack Dinerstein.
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