Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin are joined by the Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh to discuss the World Series matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays. They also talk about the potential end of an analytics era, with Billy Beane reportedly leaving the Oakland A’s and Daryl Morey leaving his post with the Houston Rockets. Finally, they have a conversation about an Atlantic piece on how rich white parents are trying to use sports like squash to get their kids into Ivy League schools.
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• In the Ringer, Ben previewed the World Series and explored why home runs have dominated the playoffs.
• Good riddance to the Houston Astros, who cheated and showed no remorse.
• The Wall Street Journal’s Jared Diamond on how the Rays epitomize baseball in 2020.
• Brian Phillips in the Ringer on Daryl Morey and Billy Beane.
• Ruth S. Barrett in the Atlantic on niche sports and wannabe Ivy League parents.
• A 2019 Atlantic piece by Derek Thompson on how Harvard gives preference to affluent white athletes.
• The Athletic’s John Hollinger and David Aldridge on Morey.
• Defector’s Ray Ratto on why Beane was done with baseball.
• Ben Strauss in Slate in 2017 on sports at Wesleyan.
• In July, Stanford announced that it was cutting 11 sports, including squash.
• Cindy Shmerler in the New York Times in 2018 on squash phenom Marina Stefanoni.
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On this week’s bonus segment, Joel, Stefan, and Josh discuss comments from Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird about why women’s soccer is more popular than women’s basketball.
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