Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin break down college football’s playoff match-ups and coach Brian Kelly’s move from Notre Dame to LSU. Investigative reporter Bradford William Davis joins to discuss the sport’s first work stoppage in a quarter-century and his story about Major League Baseball using two different balls last season. Finally, after Oklahoma City lost a game by an NBA record 73 points, a conversation about sports blowouts.
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• Read Stefan’s reporting from Albania in 1996.
• Alabama, Michigan, Georgia, and Cincinnati were selected for the College Football Playoff.
• Undefeated Cincinnati is the first school from outside the Power 5 conferences to get in.
• A week after saying he’d never leave Notre Dame, football coach Brian Kelly left for LSU.
• Kelly was mocked for adopting a Southern accent after arriving in Baton Rouge.
• Follow Bradford William Davis on Twitter and read his Insider story about Major League Baseball secretly using two different baseballs in the 2021 season.
• Baseball owners locked out the players, the sport’s first work stoppage since 1995.
• Kevin Pelton of ESPN and Kyle Irving of the Sporting News compiled some crazy stats from the Oklahoma City Thunder’s record-setting 73-point loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
• The England women’s national soccer team beat Latvia 20-0 in World Cup qualifying, prompting calls to change the tournament’s format.
• Read Rodger Sherman’s taxonomy of blowouts in the Ringer.
• In 2015, ESPN compiled a list of the top 100 blowouts of all time.
Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Yeshiva Maccabee:
Stefan’s Yeshiva Maccabee: More sports musicals, including Daryl Morey’s Small Ball; Nagano, an opera about the 1998 gold medal-winning Czech hockey team; and King Kong, a 1959 South African production about a Black boxer.
On this week’s bonus segment, Joel, Stefan, Josh talk about Deion Sanders leading Jackson State to a conference title in his second season as head coach.
Podcast production and edit by Kevin Bendis.
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