Hang Up and Listen

The Are the Chiefs Bad Now? Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the NFL, the World Series, and The Night the Lights Went Out.

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Episode Notes

Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Defector’s Drew Magary talk about the seeming decline of the Kansas City Chiefs. They also discuss who to root for (and who to root against) in the World Series, the Houston Astros or the Atlanta Braves. Finally, they speak with Drew about his book The Night the Lights Went Out: A Memoir of Life After Brain Damage.

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• Alex Kirshner in Slate: “What the Hell Is Wrong With the Kansas City Chiefs?

Two members of Congress have asked the NFL for documents related to the investigation of the Washington Football Team’s sexist workplace culture.

• A lawyer for WFT owner Daniel Snyder denied that anyone from the team leaked the emails that led to Jon Gruden’s resignation.

Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins wrote that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has a chance “to become more than just a careerist shoveler who buries treasure and excrement for pirates.”

• Kelsey McKinney in Defector: “I Would Like to Forgive the Astros One Day.”

Astros players are wearing T-shirts reading “H-Town vs. Everyone.”

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal on one reason to root for the Astros: their manager, Dusty Baker. Sports Illustrated’s Stephanie Apstein on a reason to root for the Braves, reliever Tyler Matzek.

• Travis Tritt singing the national anthem at a Braves playoff game was “an endorsement of the kind of misinformation that keeps the COVID-19 pandemic going strong,” USA Today’s Dan Wolken wrote.

Will Fox Sports show Atlanta fans doing the “tomahawk chop” during World Series telecasts?

• In 2019, after criticism from a Native American player, the team said it would “evaluate” use of the chant. In 2020, it said it would not change its name.

• Last week, the Braves were criticized for not directly addressing LGBTQ youth on GLAAD Spirit Day.

Read an excerpt from Drew Magary’s The Night the Lights Went Out in Slate.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Cotton Davidson:

Stefan’s Cotton Davidson: The Atlanta Braves’ offensive nickname dates to 1912, when the team played in Boston. Other names suggested by writers and fans at the time: Apostles, Hustlers, Wardens, Prospectors, and Maybes.

On this week’s bonus segment, Stefan, Josh, and Drew Magary discuss Defector’s editorial mission and business model.

Podcast production and edit by Kevin Bendis.

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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