Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin discuss Georgia’s win over Alabama in the college football title game. Then they break down the wild ride that was the Chargers-Raiders NFL regular-season finale. And tennis writer Ben Rothenberg helps unpack the saga of unvaccinated Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open.
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• Alex Kirshner in Slate: “Georgia’s National Title Made an Old Strategy Look New Again”
• Kirshner called the Raiders’ 35-32 win over the Chargers on Sunday “one of the strangest games in the NFL’s modern history.”
• In ESPN, Bill Barnwell absolved the Chargers for a curious timeout during overtime.
• The Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton explained how the game was a classic example of “the prisoner’s dilemma.”
• At the World Cup in 1982, West Germany and Austria engineered a mutually favorable result in a game that became known as the Disgrace of Gijón.
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• A judge in Melbourne, Australia, ordered Novak Djokovic released from immigration detention, increasing his likelihood of competing in the Australian Open.
• In Slate, Rothenberg wrote that the “only place most Australians want to see Djokovic right now, it’s clear, is on a flight home.”
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On this week’s bonus segment, Joel, Stefan, Josh talk about the NFL’s annual ritual of firing head coaches the day after the end of the regular season.
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