Hang Up and Listen

The Remember Elgin Baylor Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments, U.S. men’s soccer, and the death of a basketball legend.


Episode Notes

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about Gonzaga’s greatness, the Sweet 16 match-up between Paige Bueckers and Caitlin Clark, and other stories from the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments. Stefan and Josh then try to convince Joel to become a fan of the U.S. men’s national soccer team. Finally, Defector’s Dave McKenna joins for a conversation about basketball legend Elgin Baylor, who died last week at 86.

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• Alex Kirshner argued in Slate that Gonzaga could become the greatest men’s college basketball team ever.

• Kirshner on Iowa’s Caitln Clark and John Bronsteen on UConn’s Paige Bueckers.

In a showcase of young stars, the U.S. men’s national soccer team beat Northern Ireland on Sunday. In a showcase of other young players, it also lost to Honduras on Sunday and failed to qualify for the Olympics.

• In the Athletic, Paul Tenorio argued that missing the Olympics isn’t a reflection on the state of the men’s program. In American Soccer Now, Brian Sciaretta wrote that it did reflect poor preparation by the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Eric Betts wrote in Slate that the United States is better than ever at recruiting dual nationals like Yunus Musah and Sergino Dest.

• Steven Goff of the Washington Post profiled promising American striker Daryl Dike, now playing for Barnsley in England.

• Dave McKenna’s Defector obituary for Elgin Baylor.

• McKenna talked about Elgin Baylor on Hang Up and Listen in 2019.

• McKenna’s interview with Elgin Baylor in 2018: “Elgin Baylor Is Finally Ready to Tell People He Was Great

• McKenna on Baylor’s journey to the College of Idaho.

• McKenna in 1999 on Baylor in Washington, D.C.

• McKenna on Baylor’s pickup games with Wilt Chamberlain. :

• McKenna makes the case for D.C. to rename Woodrow Wilson High School after Baylor.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly James A. Clays:

Joel’s James A. Clay: How Howard Schnellenberger transformed Miami from a college football backwater to a national power.

Stefan’s James A. Clay: Fans were really nice to North Dakota goalie Adam Scheel, who allowed a fifth-overtime, NCAA tournament game-winner against Minnesota-Duluth, and to Leah Hextall, who did the play-by-play for ESPN.

On this week’s bonus segment, Ben Mathis-Lilley joins Joel, Stefan, and Josh to debate whether Marquette made a smart move by hiring former VCU and Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart.

Podcast production and edit by Margaret Kelley.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.


About the Show

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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