Hang Up And Listen

Hang Up and Listen: The Worst Best Great Mediocre Team Ever Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the college football playoff, the U.S. women’s soccer walkout, and the unbeaten Carolina Panthers.

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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 are joined by Bryan Curtis to talk about the end of college football’s regular season and the noncontroversial picks for the second-ever college football playoff. They also speak with soccer player Stephanie Cox about the U.S. women’s national team’s decision to postpone a game rather than play on a substandard field. Finally, they discuss the 12–0 Carolina Panthers, the least-beloved undefeated team in NFL history.

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

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Sir Purrs:

Mike’s Sir Purr: The burning questions of college football bowl season: What is Zaxby’s? What is the AutoNation Cure Bowl trying to cure?

Stefan’s Sir Purr: In praise of Garry Brown’s sports column in the Springfield Republican, “Hitting to All Fields.”

Josh’s Sir Purr: The Warriors and Stephen Curry are too good. It’s time to give them some additional challenges.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss crab-claw-laden stadium lounges like the Coaches Club at MetLife Stadium. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.

Podcast production and edit by Zack Dinerstein.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.