Hang Up And Listen

Hang Up and Listen: The Strangely Likable England Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the World Cup, Stephen A. Smith, and the Federer–Nadal rivalry.

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Nick Greene and Josh Levin are joined by Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl to discuss the semifinals of the men’s World Cup in Russia, including Belgium’s impressive front three and England’s set piece–heavy offense. The New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham joins the show to talk about Stephen A. Smith’s approach to his job, what he’s like in person, and his close friendships with top athletes. Finally, Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated talks about the documentary Strokes of Genius, on the classic 2008 Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Lightning Seeds:

Nick’s Lightning Seed: Down 1–0 in a qualifying match for the 1990 World Cup, Chile goalie Roberto Rojas cut his head with a razor in a failed attempt to sabotage Brazil.

Josh’s Lightning Seed: Getting rid of extra time is a bad idea. A good idea: Dario Perkins’ proposal to switch the order of extra time and penalty kicks.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Nick, Josh, and Christina Cauterucci talk about how to maximize the length of “gooooooooooooal” calls.

Podcast production and edit by Patrick Fort. Our intern is Meredith Ellison.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.