Hang Up And Listen

Hang Up and Listen: The Other Bridgegate Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Ben Simmons, upset losses for UFC stars Conor McGregor and Holly Holm, and cheating in bridge.

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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 freshman sensation Ben Simmons and why the LSU basketball team has struggled despite Simmons’ greatness. Next, they’re joined by Luke O’Brien to discuss the upsets at UFC 196, where Conor McGregor and Holly Holm both lost. Finally, the New Yorker’s David Owen joins the show to explain the recent cheating scandal in professional bridge.

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Hang Up and Listen’s weekly rear naked chokes:

Mike’s rear naked choke: UFC displacing boxing is similar to Donald Trump sticking it to the Republican Party.

Stefan’s rear naked choke: The NFL has managed to keep Trump from owning a team.

Josh’s rear naked choke: Peyton Manning praises his basketball coach Billy Fitzgerald, even though they weren’t fans of each other when Peyton was growing up.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss Peyton Manning’s retirement and how the NFL star will be remembered. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.

Podcast production and edit by Zack Dinerstein.

Our intern is Julia Karron.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.