Hang Up and Listen

The Michigan Finally Beat Ohio State Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on the Wolverines’ win over the Buckeyes, new USC football coach Lincoln Riley, and the struggling Lakers.

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Episode Notes

Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk with Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley about the Michigan football team’s big win over rival Ohio State. They also discuss Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley’s surprising departure for USC and the state of LeBron James and the Lakers.

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• In a light snow in front of 111,156 fans, Michigan defeated Ohio State, 42-27, in Ann Arbor on Saturday, its first win over its rival in a decade.

• In Slate, Alex Kirshner wrote, “College football’s real beauty sometimes comes in killing demons, and Michigan just buried the scariest one of all.”

• Read Mathis-Lilley’s 2019 essay in Slate, “In College Football, Everything Is Great and No One Is Happy.”

• On Saturday, Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley said he wouldn’t leave to coach LSU. On Sunday, he left to coach USC.

Slate’s Kirshner on Riley’s move: “Nothing like this hire has ever happened in the history of college football.”

• According to the Los Angeles Times, USC began recruiting Riley in September.

• Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports wrote that, in the wake of Oklahoma’s recent move to the SEC, Riley’s decision showed that the “knife in the back can twist both ways.”

• Are the Los Angeles Lakers, in the words of a headline on a column by Patrick Redford in Defector, “big-time butt”?

• They may not be bad, but the Lakers are definitely old.

The Athletic’s John Hollinger wrote, “This 36-year-old version of LeBron James, while surely still quite good at basketball, just isn’t That Guy.”

• James served a one-game suspension for elbowing Isaiah Stewart of Detroit. James also was fined $15,000 for making an “obscene gesture” during a game from which he had two fans ejected.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly ART U:

Stefan’s ART U: Stephen Sondheim, who died last week, didn’t do sports, maybe because sports and musicals rarely work well together.

On this week’s bonus segment, Joel, Stefan, Josh talk about some of their favorite moments as fans.

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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