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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin and Mike Pesca are joined by Slate’s Tommy Craggs to discuss Laremy Tunsil’s bong video and dipping draft stock. Next, they’re joined by Rob Tanner of the Leicester Mercury to talk about Leicester City’s miraculous climb to the top of the Premier League table. Finally, they interview Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller about their new book The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- Laremy Tunsil’s Twitter account got hacked, and someone posted a video of him smoking marijuana with a bong and a gas mask.
- Peter King says one team GM stated, “Oh my god, this looks like Hannibal Lecter.”
- Tunsil also had his Instagram account hacked, which exposed text messages showing Ole Miss athletic department officials offering to pay his rent.
- Tommy Craggs wrote in Slate that this was a moment of reckoning for the NFL.
- Connor Cook was judged by the NFL as lacking character, but doesn’t know what he did wrong.
- Roger Goodell stated that Tunsil’s first-round slide is “what makes the draft so exciting.”
- Rob Tanner’s book 5000-1 covers Leicester City’s miraculous season.
- In Slate, Eric Betts explains Leicester’s improbable rise to Premier League supremacy.
- Claudio Ranieri has a point to prove as Leicester’s manager.
- Jamie Vardy signed a contract extension with Leicester earlier this season. Riyad Mahrez might be harder for the Foxes to re-sign.
- Leicester City has made the fewest changes to its starting lineup of any club in the Premier League.
- The payout for winning the Premier League could be $100 million.
- Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller are the co-hosts of Baseball Prospectus’ daily podcast Effectively Wild.
- Ben and Sam’s new book is The Only Rule Is It Has to Work.
- Sam wrote in the New York Times that he and Ben should have done a better job marketing analytics to their players.
- Sean Conroy, one of the pitchers Lindbergh and Miller signed off a spreadsheet, became professional baseball’s first openly gay player.
- Sound philosophy from blowhard UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun.
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