In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by David Roth to talk about the socially distanced 2020 NFL Draft. Lindsay Gibbs of Power Plays then joins to talk about when and if women’s sports will come back from the pandemic. Finally, Mike Schur of Parks and Recreation and the Good Place helps us assess the 2020 Name of the Year bracket.
The Hang Up and Listen Quarantine Magazine Club is back next week with the May 4, 1998, Sports Illustrated cover story on athletes and out-of-wedlock children, “Where’s Daddy?” We’ll talk about the article and the controversy it kicked up.
• Support Hang Up and Listen by subscribing to Slate Plus.
• Follow David Roth on Twitter.
• Roth’s piece on the NFL Draft on Unnamed Temporary Sports Blog.
• Slate’s Nick Greene on NFL coaches’ weird houses.
• The New England Patriots drafted a kicker with a militia tattoo.
• Follow Lindsay Gibbs on Twitter; subscribe to her newsletter, Power Plays; and listen to the podcast she cohosts, Burn It All Down.
• Gibbs wrote about letting women’s sports go first when sports return and how the media covered the WNBA draft.
• In the New York Times, Talya Minsberg wrote about the challenges facing women’s sports after the pandemic.
• Caitlin Murray of Yahoo Sports wrote that the virus derailed what looked like the best year ever for women’s sports.
• Cast your ballot in the 2020 Name of the Year Tournament.
• On Hang Up and Listen in 2018, Mike Schur talked about inventing funny names for characters on his television shows.
• On the Unnamed Temporary Sports Blog, Stefan and his NOTY colleagues wrote about nominees Gimadiah Scrogum, Mickey Mental, Perfecto Cuervo, Jan SIx XI, and Jimbertson Vapor.
• LSU wide receiver commit Decoldest Crawford has reached the NOTY Elite Eight.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Steve Dalkowskis:
Stefan’s Steve Dalkowski: Two recommendations: Read Mitchell Nathanson’s new biography of Jim Bouton, Bouton: The Life of a Baseball Original, and watch The Battered Bastards of Baseball, a flawed but fun documentary about the 1970s independent minor-league Portland Mavericks.
Josh’s Dalkowski: An update on the life story of KO Pete McBride, who it turns out cleaned hats for a living.
On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Stefan, Josh, and Mike Schur discuss the upcoming Parks and Recreation reunion special, a benefit for Feeding America.
Podcast production and edit by Melissa Kaplan.
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