Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about March Madness and the road to the Final Four, which this year is about avoiding COVID-19. They also discuss “The Eyes of Texas,” the song the University of Texas plays before and after football games, and which has become the subject of heated debate at the school because of its historical connection to minstrel shows. Finally, they assess the life and career of Marvelous Marvin Hagler.
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• Why you should pick the Houston Cougars in your NCAA pool.
• Nick Greene in Slate: “Top-Seeded COVID-19 Looking to Topple the Field at March Madness”
• Colgate’s strange path to a 14-1 record.
• Gonzaga could be the best men’s college basketball team ever.
• Tyler Valeska in Slate on “The Eyes of Texas” and the First Amendment.
• The University of Texas’ full report on “The Eyes of Texas.”
• Texas Tribune’s Kate McGee on rich donors threatening to pull their support if the school backs away from the song.
• Middleweight boxing champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler died on Saturday at age 66.
• The first round of Hagler’s 1985 title defense against Thomas Hearns is one of the most vicious three minutes in boxing history. Watch the full fight here.
• Read Sports Illustrated stories about Hagler by William Nack in 1982, Rick Reilly in 1987, and Rick Telander in 1990.
• After losing to Sugar Ray Leonard in 1987, Hagler retired and moved to Italy, where he appeared in films including Indio and Indio 2.
• Boxing promoter Bob Arum told ESPN’s Mark Kriegel that Hagler was “the most loyal, dedicated fighter I ever promoted.”
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Sugar Ray Seales:
Stefan’s Sugar Ray Seales: The basketball slang packed for a blocked shot might have emerged from a volleyball term for a male player spiking the ball in the face of a female player. But packed is still no match for stuffed.
On this week’s bonus segment, Joel, Stefan, and Josh talk about Drew Brees’ retirement, and what he meant to the Saints franchise and the city of New Orleans.
Podcast production and edit by Margaret Kelley.
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