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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 the Ringer Editor-at-Large Bryan Curtis to discuss the intersection of sports and politics in 2016. They also talk about Alabama’s college football dominance and the importance of coaching in the sport. Finally, they examine Harvard’s decision to cancel the season of its men’s soccer team after the discovery of lewd “scouting reports” of female players.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
- A squirrel was loose in the end zone during the Green Bay Packers–Indianapolis Colts game on Sunday.
- A rabona onside kick attempt by Pittsburgh Steelers’ kicker Chris Boswell went terribly wrong.
- Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King celebrated a good kick by riding an imaginary pony.
- Check out Bryan Curtis’ archive for the Ringer and follow him on Twitter.
- For the Ringer, Bryan wrote that the World Series was not a reprieve from the election.
- Bryan also examined CNN’s coverage during this election cycle.
- Alabama beat SEC West rival LSU 10-0 on Saturday behind a stifling defensive performance.
- Nick Saban has signed 35 five-star recruits for Alabama since 2008.
- The Harvard Crimson first revealed the existence of a “scouting report on female recruits” created by the men’s soccer team in 2012.
- The New York Times compared the Harvard soccer team’s actions with Trump’s “locker-room talk” comments.
- Baylor fans wore black shirts to support former coach Art Briles during a loss to TCU on Saturday.
- The Wall Street Journal detailed 19 incidents of sexual or domestic assault by Baylor football players since 2011.
- Baylor’s assistant football coaches released a message of support for Briles on Twitter on Friday night.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Mazel Tov cocktails:
Bryan’s Mazel Tov cocktail: Trick-or-treaters in Texas may offer a preview of the decline of football in the American consciousness.
Mike’s Mazel Tov cocktail: Joel Embiid needs to stop referring to himself as “The Process.”
Josh’s Mazel Tov cocktail: Kudos to Chip Kelly, who found a way for his team to benefit from intentional penalties.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Josh, Mike, and Bryan discuss the future of sports television amid declining NFL ratings and ESPN’s hemorrhaging of subscribers. Visit slate.com/hangupplus and try it free for two weeks.
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