In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about Tom Brady’s big move from New England to Tampa Bay. They also discuss the increasing calls to postpone the Tokyo Olympics. Finally, they interview English rugby announcer Nick Heath, who’s taken to calling some alternate events during our global sports shutdown, among them the Two Lonely Blokes in a Park Final and the Regional Qualifiers for Market Bartering.
• Seth Wickersham’s ESPN piece on why Tom Brady left the Patriots.
• Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller says Bill Belichick offered Brady to the 49ers in 2017.
• The International Olympic Committee said on Sunday that it was considering postponing the Tokyo Games.
• Joel wrote in Slate that “Team USA Must Boycott the Olympics.”
• Canada and Australia announced they will not send athletes to the 2020 Games
• Follow Nick Heath on Twitter and listen to his podcast, Cue Commentators.
• Watch Heath’s #LifeCommentary videos, Dogging, Two Lonely Blokes in a Park Final, 2020 Crossroad Dash, Find a Bargain Steeplechase, Find a Brunette a Seat With the Blonde Girls Qualifier, Middle Class Arena, and Regional Qualifiers Market Bartering.
• A New York Times feature on Heath and his videos.
• Joe Buck is borrowing the idea.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly International 4x4 Pushchair Formation Finals:
Joel’s International 4x4 Pushchair Formation Final: Kansas finished the college basketball season as the nation’s top-ranked team. The Jayhawks should look to Steve Spurrier, who made a great case for why they don’t need March Madness to consider themselves national champions.
Josh’s International 4x4 Pushchair Formation Final: The fake games played by the 1982 New Orleans Saints, and broadcast by WGSO AM.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Joel, Stefan, and Josh talk about the BIG3’s plan for quarantine entertainment and whether the NBA should stage a pandemic dunk contest.
Podcast production and edit by Melissa Kaplan.
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