Hang Up and Listen

The Taylor Swift-Travis Kelce Edition

Slate’s sports podcast on college football, Major League Baseball, and the pop star and the NFL’s Kelce brothers.


Episode Notes

Stefan Fatsis is joined by writer Spencer Hall to break down a busy Saturday in college football, including Deion Sanders’ blowout first loss to Oregon. Ben Lindbergh of the Ringer discusses baseball’s wild-card races, the greatness of Ronald Acuña Jr., and the future of Shohei Ohtani. Finally, Slate’s Nadira Goffe and Defector’s Dan McQuade assess Taylor Swift’s budding relationship with Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce and a new documentary about Kelce’s brother, Jason, of the Philadelphia Eagles.

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• Listen to Spencer Hall on the college football podcast Shutdown Fullcast.

Oregon demolished Colorado 42-6, handing Deion Sanders and the Buffaloes their first loss of the season. Ducks coach Dan Lanning’s pregame speech went viral. Sanders actually took it all well.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day and Washington State coach Jake Dickert blasted octogenarian former coaches Lou Holtz and Lee Corso for comments about their teams.

Read Ben Lindbergh in the Ringer, listen to him on the podcast Effectively Wild, and buy his books, The Only Rule Is It Has to Work and The MVP Machine.

• Read Ben’s story on Shohei Ohtani’s injury-shortened MVP season and how it affects his upcoming free agency.

Major League Baseball’s regular-season tiebreaker rules, implemented last year, eliminate the charm and fun of the one-game playoff.

• The Athletic’s Jayson Stark investigated whether the Atlanta Braves are the greatest offensive team in MLB history.

• ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian explored the methodical rise of the Baltimore Orioles.

• Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Yusei Kikuchi sleeps 13 to 14 hours on the nights before he starts.

• Read Nadira Goffe’s work in Slate and Dan McQuade’s work in Defector.

• Pop megastar Taylor Swift attended the Kansas City Chiefs’ game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday at the invitation of tight end Travis Kelce, watched the game in a luxury box with his mom, and walked out of the stadium with him. “No PDA,” TMZ reported.

• Watch the new documentary Kelce about Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce. In her review in Slate, Goffe called Kelce the most Philly sports movie ever.”

• Goffe interviewed a reporter who covers Philly’s self-proclaimed weirdness, including that of its sports fans. McQuade profiled Philly superfan Amin Khalifa and assembled a montage of Philly fans acting very Philly.

On this week’s bonus segment, Stefan, Slate’s Nadira Goffe, and Defector’s Dan McQuade discuss Philadelphia sports movies and the city’s preferred underdog image.

Podcast production and edit by Jared Downing.

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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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