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Slate’s sports podcast on Zion Williamson, the video game–like NBA and NFL, and Bill James.

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen to discuss the Duke men’s basketball team’s remarkable freshman class, led by Zion Williamson. They also talk about what video games have to do with record-setting offenses in the NFL and the NBA. Finally, baseball writer Rob Neyer discusses legendary baseball iconoclast Bill James, who said last week, “If the players all retired tomorrow, we would replace them, the game would go on.”

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

Follow Ben Cohen on Twitter.
• Slate’s Nick Greene says, “Let’s Bubble-Wrap Zion Williamson and Duke’s Other Freshman Stars Until the NBA Draft.”
• The Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton argues there’s never been a player like Williamson.
Myron Medcalf’s ESPN profile of Williamson.
• Cohen and Andrew Beaton wrote that the NBA and NFL have become video games.
• Nick Greene asks, “Is Being an NFL Quarterback Too Easy These Days?
• Benjamin Morris’ 2015 FiveThirtyEight piece made the claim that Stephen Curry should shoot more.
Follow Rob Neyer on Twitter.
Tyler Kepner’s New York Times piece on Bill James’ controversial Twitter statement about how baseball players are replaceable.
• Ben McGrath’s 2003 New Yorker profile of James, “The Professor of Baseball.”
James’ thoughts on voter fraud.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Zion McKinneys:

Stefan’s Zion McKinney: Fabiano Caruana is the next “next Bobby Fischer.”

Josh’s Zion McKinney: Le’Veon Bell’s holdout is going to cost him $14.5 million. Would he have been better served by taking performance-enhancing drugs?

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan and Josh are joined by Rob Neyer to discuss Neyer’s new book, Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game.

Podcast production and edit by Patrick Fort.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.