Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about Alabama’s win over Ohio State in the college football title game. They also assess how athletes and leagues reacted to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Finally, they discuss the NFL’s Super Wild Card Weekend.
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• ESPN’s Bill Connelly says the 2020 Alabama Crimson Tide are the best team of the College Football Playoff era.
• The 2001 Miami Hurricanes were very good.
• Golf governing bodies in the United States and the United Kingdom said they wouldn’t host championships at courses owned by Donald Trump.
• LeBron James, Gregg Popovich, and other NBA players and coaches powerfully condemned Trump and the raid on the Capitol, while teams kneeled on the court to protest the insurrection and a decision not to charge the police officer who shot Jacob Blake.
• NFL players spoke out about the riots at the Capitol but commissioner Roger Goodell and the team owners were silent.
• After its game against George Washington was canceled during the riots, the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team fled the city through a back staircase of their hotel.
• Nick Greene in Slate: “The Cleveland Browns’ Cinderella Story Is Brought to You by a Deadly Virus”
• The NFL’s Nickelodeon broadcast mostly played to good reviews.
• George Dohrmann’s 2017 HuffPost story on “the NFL’s relentless, existential, Big Tobacco–style pursuit of your children.”
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Chris Campbell:
Stefan’s Chris Campbell: Charming, eighth-tier Marine AFC lost 5-0 to Tottenham of the Premier League in English football’s FA Cup.
On this week’s bonus segment, Joel, Stefan, and Josh talked about the Houston Texans alienating their quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Podcast production and edit by Melissa Kaplan.
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