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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin and Stefan Fatsis are joined by ESPN The Magazine senior writer Pablo S. Torre to discuss the significance of the Chicago Cubs’ first World Series appearance in 71 years, and how baseball’s biggest stage will be used as a platform to discuss the Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo logo and Aroldis Chapman’s suspension for domestic violence. They also examine how interpersonal drama has replaced in-season suspense in the NBA. Finally, they speak with Deadspin senior editor Diana Moskovitz about Josh Brown, Derrick Rose, and how sports leagues should handle criminal justice.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- The New York Giants’ Eli Manning denied saying “Trump” at the line of scrimmage.
- The New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski is very excited to have 68 career touchdowns.
- “A Chicago Cubs World Series championship would be the Last Great American Sports Story,” said Charles P. Pierce in a May cover story for Sports Illustrated.
- In Slate, Justin Peters wrote about how Cubs fans became optimists.
- Dexter Fowler will be the first black Chicago Cub to play in a World Series.
- In 1948, the Indians’ Satchel Paige and Larry Doby became the first black players to win a World Series.
- Fox’s Joe Buck got kudos for his call of the Cubs’ pennant-clinching win on Saturday night.
- The Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo logo will face continued scrutiny during the World Series.
- Aroldis Chapman showed indifference towards reporters’ questions about his past domestic violence problems when he was acquired by the Cubs in July.
- “The NBA finals matchup seems predetermined,” wrote Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck in his Golden State Warriors–centric NBA preview last week.
- ESPN’s Ethan Strauss examined how Draymond Green’s volatile personality could be the Warriors’ downfall.
- Rolling Stone’s profile of Kevin Durant.
- Russell Westbrook said Durant’s comments about the family atmosphere in Golden State were “cute.”
- Follow Diana Moskovitz on Twitter.
- Read Moskovitz’s coverage of Josh Brown and the Derrick Rose case on Deadspin.
- Derrick Rose was found not liable of gang rape in a civil case that concluded last week.
- In Slate, Laura Wagner wrote that its handling of the Brown case shows “the NFL still doesn’t care about domestic violence.”
- “Any felony committed against a woman should be a full-season suspension,” said ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy during a preseason NBA broadcast.
- Moskovitz detailed the problems with zero-tolerance domestic violence policies.
- Pablo’s comments on the Josh Brown case and rape culture on Dan Le Batard’s radio show.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Jim Bakkens:
Stefan’s Jim Bakken: A rundown of songs dedicated to Steve Bartman, including Serengeti’s “Don’t Blame Steve.”
Josh’s Jim Bakken: In 2008, ESPN created a game to simulate protests of the Olympic torch relay. Can you beat Josh’s high score?
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Josh, Stefan, and Pablo Torre discuss the difference between writing about sports and talking about it on television. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.
Podcast production and edit by Mickey Capper.
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*Correction, Oct. 24, 2016: Due to a production error, this page originally included audio and links for the incorrect podcast. Those have been replaced by the correct audio and links.