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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 do a special year-end history show. First, they take a look back at Super Bowl I and assess whether pro football’s championship game will become something bigger and better than what it was in 1967. Next, they speak with University of Kansas professor Michael Zogry and Sports Illustrated writer Alexander Wolff about a new recording of James Naismith, and what it says about the origins of basketball. Finally, they discuss the greatest boxing match that never happened, a championship fight between Muhammad Ali and Rocky Marciano.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- The Wikipedia entry for Super Bowl I.
- NFL.com’s recap of Super Bowl I.
- The Super Bowl I halftime show.
- The Nielsen Ratings for the 1967 NFL championship game.
- Sports Illustrated on the rivalry between the AFL and NFL.
- University of Kansas professor Michael Zogry recently discovered an audio recording of basketball inventor James Naismith.
- Listen to the Naismith audio.
- The New York Times’ story on the Naismith discovery.
- Alexander Wolff’s 2002 Sports Illustrated story on Naismith’s rules of basketball.
- Sean Ingle’s Guardian piece on “the forgotten story of the Rocky Marciano v. Muhammad Ali Super Fight.”
- The Wikipedia entry on the Marciano-Ali fight.
- A video clip of the Marciano-Ali fight.
- A long article from The People’s Almanac on the history of Murry Woroner’s simulated fights.
- Sports Illustrated’s William Johnson on Woroner and the radio fights.
- The full broadcast of Max Schmeling vs. Muhammad Ali, one of Woroner’s simulated radio fights.
- The computer fight from Rocky Balboa.
- The barbershop scene from Coming to America.
Podcast production and edit by Zack Dinerstein.
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