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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 Spencer Hall to talk about the college football playoff’s not-so-smashing New Year’s Eve debut and the title game matchup between Alabama and Clemson. They also discuss Chip Kelly’s firing as the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, and they assess the allegation made in an Al Jazeera documentary that Peyton Manning used human growth hormone.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- The week in whimsy: Mason Crosby’s gray hair and Dan Carpenter’s self-destructive helmet slam.
- Follow Spencer Hall on Twitter.
- Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch on the college football playoff’s ratings flop.
- Disney’s product placement for the college football playoff on General Hospital.
- ESPN’s Ted Miller calls Alabama-Clemson a glorified SEC matchup.
- SI.com’s preview of the title game.
- Michael Weinreb in Slate on Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and Alabama’s Nick Saban.
- Swinney will bring that dolphin to Jesus.
- The Philadelphia Eagles fired head coach Chip Kelly.
- ESPN.com’s Sheil Kapadia summarizes Kelly’s Eagles tenure.
- Eagles owner Jeff Lurie explains why he fired Kelly.
- Bill Belichick defended Kelly.
- Eagles players were reportedly not big Chip Kelly fans.
- Back in August, Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman reported on Kelly’s dictatorial ways.
- Neil Paine of FiveThirtyEight reports that Kelly’s hurry-up offense worked.
- The Al Jazeera documentary The Dark Side alleged that Peyton Manning used human growth hormone.
- Manning denied emphatically that he ever used performance-enhancing drugs.
- Peter King interviewed Manning about the allegations.
- In a 2011 piece in Slate, Tommy Craggs asked, “What if HGH could save Peyton Manning?”
- Al Jazeera’s Deborah Davies says the documentary only claimed that HGH was sent to Manning’s wife.
- Ryan Zimmerman, James Harrison, and Ryan Howard also deny allegations from the documentary that they used performance-enhancing drugs.
- The Denver Post on Dr. Leonard Guyer’s connection to HGH.
- Manning reportedly went to Europe in 2011 to get stem cell treatment for his injured neck.
- Deadspin’s Albert Burneko writes that “PED-abuse allegations in the NFL scandalize precisely no one.”
- Mark Cuban is funding HGH research.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Cook IIs:
Mike’s Cook II: Jets fans grapple via text with the team’s season-ending loss.
Stefan’s Cook II: Who invented “from left to right on your radio dial”?
Josh’s Cook II: Maurice Douglass, an accomplished football player and an accomplished stripper.
Podcast production and edit by Zack Dinerstein.
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