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In this week's episode of Slate's sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the World Series matchup between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers, the high-powered college football offenses at Oregon and Auburn, the start of the NBA season, and the possibility of contraction in pro basketball.
Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:
Rob Neyer's World Series analysis on ESPN.com.
Cliff Corcoran's breakdown of the Texas Rangers on SI.com.
The San Francisco Giants' Brian Wilson has bizarre facial hair.
The heartbreaking (for the Giants) conclusion to the 1962 World Series.
How the Washington Senators became the Texas Rangers.
How Nolan Ryan's ownership group bought the Rangers.
George Vecsey's New York Times column comparing Josh Hamilton and Mickey Mantle.
The New York Times' Pete Thamel on Oregon's offense.
ESPN.com's Gregg Easterbrook breaks down the Oregon "blur."
Extremely comprehensive post about the Auburn offense on the Clemson football blog Shakin the Southland.
Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel on the greatness of Auburn's Cam Newton.
Lee Jenkins' Sports Illustrated cover story on Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Brandon Roy went to see a sports psychologist this summer.
NBA commissioner David Stern floats the possibility of contraction.
Lakers legend Jerry West is in favor of contraction.
Major League Baseball's owners voted to contract in 2002; it never happened.
Law journal article by Scott Rosner on the history of contraction in pro sports (PDF).
Hang Up and Listen's weekly Barons:
Mike's Baron: Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe: rock star, critic of NFL rules, tweeter.
Stefan's Baron: Shenanigans and chicanery in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Josh's Baron: Are football helmets with external padding set to make a comeback?
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