Hang Up and Listen

The What Is NBA Top Shot? Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on Kevin Mather and Fernando Tatis Jr., NBA Top Shot, and How to Watch Basketball Like a Genius.

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Episode Notes

Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by FanGraphs’ Meg Rowley to talk about Seattle Mariners president Kevin Mather’s resignation and Fernando Tatis Jr.’s new contract. Alex Kirshner also joins the show to discuss the NBA Top Shot phenomenon. Finally, they interview Nick Greene about his new book How to Watch Basketball Like a Genius.

• Support Hang Up and Listen by subscribing to Slate Plus.

Follow Meg Rowley on Twitter.

• Lauren Thiesen’s Defector summary of what Seattle Mariners president Kevin Mather said to the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club.

Jeff Passan’s ESPN piece on Mather.

• The Seattle Times’ 2018 reporting on sexual harassment allegations against Mather.

• Tyler Kepner in the New York Times on Fernando Tatis Jr.’s new contract.

• Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal on Tatis’ deal with an investment fund.

Follow Alex Kirshner on Twitter.

• Kirshner’s Slate piece, “The NBA Has Its Own GameStop-Style Craze.”

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst on NBA Top Shot.

• David Roth’s 2014 Slate piece on Topps’ forays into digital sports cards.

Josh’s Bismack Biyombo layup “Moment.”

Follow Nick Greene on Twitter.

• Buy his book How to Watch Basketball Like a Genius and read an excerpt on Slate about what an astrophysicist sees in basketball that you don’t.

Hang Up and Listens weekly Blubs Alberdings:

Stefan’s Blubs Alberding: Jack Inglis, who is sometimes credited with basketball’s first dunk, was a shooting and dribbling pioneer who died in the 1918 influenza pandemic.

Josh’s Blubs Alberding: The backstory behind a Luka Doncic rookie card that just reportedly sold for $4.6 million.

On this week’s bonus segment, Stefan and Josh talk about Tiger Woods’ car accident and whether it’s OK to speculate about his possible return to the golf course.

Podcast production and edit by Margaret Kelley and Asha Saluja.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.

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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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