In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by former NFL players Jake Plummer and Nate Jackson to talk about Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck’s shocking retirement. Longtime NFL place-kicker Billy Cundiff also joins to discuss the Chicago Bears’ bizarre kicker tryouts. And Slate’s Christina Cauterucci helps assess the state of the National Women’s Soccer League and the NWSL’s Washington Spirit.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
• Follow Jake Plummer and Nate Jackson on Twitter and buy Nate’s books, Slow Getting Up and Fantasy Man.
• Read columns on Andrew Luck’s retirement from the New York Times’ Ken Belson, the Ringer’s Kevin Clark, the Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay, Deadspin’s Drew Magary, and ESPN’s Bill Barnwell.
• Nick Greene in Slate on Luck’s habit of congratulating opponents for hitting him.
• Follow Billy Cundiff on Twitter.
• Cundiff was the special guest on a 2012 Hang Up and Listen live show.
• Kalyn Kahler’s Sports Illustrated piece on the Chicago Bears’ kicker tryouts.
• Bears coach Matt Nagy responds to the SI story.
• Follow Christina Cauterucci on Twitter.
• The Washington Post’s game story on Saturday’s Washington Spirit victory over the Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League.
• Spirit owner Steve Baldwin says female soccer players should get paid more than men.
• Cauterucci’s pieces on Megan Rapinoe, the joy of the U.S. women’s national team’s World Cup celebrations, and the USWNT’s revolutionary glamour.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Crystal Thomases:
Stefan’s Crystal Thomas: In honor of Carli Lloyd kicking a 55-yard field goal at an NFL training camp, a rundown of female place-kickers, actual and fictional.
Josh’s Crystal Thomas: The Cleveland Indians pitcher who got struck by lightning and stayed in to finish the game.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan, Josh, and Nick Greene review the XFL’s new team names and descriptions.
Podcast production and edit by Melissa Kaplan.
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