Hang Up and Listen

The Oklahoma City Thunder Lost by 73 Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on college football, the baseball lockout, and blowouts.


Episode Notes

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.

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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