Hang Up and Listen

The Bang the Garbage Can Quickly Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Colin Kaepernick and Myles Garrett, the cheatin’ Houston Astros, and Diego Maradona.


Episode Notes

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In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, author and former NFL player Nate Jackson discusses quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s bizarro workout and defensive lineman Myles Garrett’s unorthodox use of a helmet. Ben Lindbergh of the Ringer assesses the Houston Astros’ latest front-office disgrace—a sign-stealing scheme allegedly involving a camera and a garbage can. Finally, an interview with director Asif Kapadia about his new documentary on the life of soccer icon Diego Maradona.

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

Follow Nate Jackson on Twitter and buy his books, Slow Getting Up and Fantasy Man.

After a chaotic week of conflict, Colin Kaepernick worked out for a handful of NFL team executives.

• In Slate, Nick Greene asked what the NFL was trying to achieve with its Kaepernick workout plan.

• Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk said Kaepernick was right not to sign a liability waiver proffered by the league.

CBS’s James Brown and ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said that Kaepernick should play by the NFL’s rules if he really wants to play again.

• Greene wrote in Slate that Myles Garrett made it easy for the NFL.

Follow Ben Lindbergh on Twitter and buy his books, The MVP Machine and The Only Rule Is It Has to Work.

• Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of the Athletic revealed a complex scheme by the Astros to steal opposing teams’ signs in 2017.

• Rob Arthur in Slate: “The Astros’ Sign-Stealing Left a Fingerprint in the Audio Data

The Twitter account Jomboy posted video of Astros personnel banging on a garbage can to alert hitters to what type of pitch was coming.

• According to Bob Nightengale in USA Today, two MLB team executives want the Astros to be stripped of their 2017 World Series title.

• Director Asif Kapadia’s documentary Diego Maradona is on HBO.

• The New York Times’ review of Diego Maradona

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan and Josh discuss Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s season-ending hip injury and whether, with his team leading 35–7, he should have been playing at all.

Podcast production and edit by Melissa Kaplan.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.


About the Show

A weekly sports discussion show from Slate. Hang Up and Listen features Slate personalities Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin.

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