Remembering Ashley Whippet, History's Best Frisbee-Catching Dog

The Ashley Whippet Invitational is the world's premier athletic competition for dogs that excel at catching frisbees, and it wouldn't exist if not for the contributions of its namesake. On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang up and Listen, Josh Levin takes a look back at the career of the greatest frisbee-catching… »7/26/13 4:46pm7/26/13 4:46pm

A Curious List Of Things That Floyd Landis Is Not Allowed To Say About Pat McQuaid

Pat McQuaid, former president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), has long been at odds with disgraced cyclist Floyd Landis. Recently, McQuaid filed a proceeding against Landis in a low-level Swiss court. The court ruled in McQuaid's favor, and Landis was given a list of things that he, according to the Swiss… »1/25/13 6:27pm1/25/13 6:27pm

What Happens When You Try To Buy Or Sell Counterfeit NFL Jerseys?

Slate's Josh Levin attended the Seahawks-Redskins game on Sunday, and, while he saw a lot of genuine RGIII memorabilia, he also saw plenty of knockoffs. So, in this week's excerpt from the Hang Up and Listen podcast, Josh dives in to this nefarious underworld. Where does counterfeit memorabilia come from? And who… »1/11/13 3:10pm1/11/13 3:10pm

Dear ESPN Announcers: Please Stop Inventing Merits Of Terrible Bowl Games

We can understand why so many mediocre bowls line our on-screen guides every December and early January: They're lucrative for everyone (well, almost everyone) involved. Local dignitaries in moderate-sized middle American metropolises gotta eat. But we could really do without all the specious shilling. On this week's… »1/04/13 2:10pm1/04/13 2:10pm

A Story About College Sports Conferences, Told Through One School's Many Entangling Alliances

You want to know what conference realignment looks like? We've told you about how it works at bigger schools, but how does it work at smaller schools, like, say, the University of Denver? Most of its teams are headed to the Summit League. Where are they coming from? Mike Pesca explains, in this week's excerpt from… »12/08/12 11:00am12/08/12 11:00am

Oh No, Caffeinated Cracker Jack ("Cracker Jack'd") Is A Thing Now

Oh no, oh no, oh no. Not only do the folks at Frito-Lay want to ruin your childhood, they want to ruin baseball too. They recently unveiled Cracker Jack'd, or, caffeinated Cracker Jack. Yeah. On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang Up and Listen, Slate's Josh Levin sings (literally sings) of Cracker Jack'd's ravages. »11/30/12 2:20pm11/30/12 2:20pm

FIBA Really Wants Three-On-Three Basketball In The 2016 Olympics

Olympic basketball is fun. But doesn't it look a little too much like NBA basketball? Sure, the lanes are were trapezoidal, and the three-point line's a little bit closer, but those tweaks are minor when compared to the upheaval that FIBA's proposed three-on-three basketball brings. Watch the clip above to get a… »10/19/12 3:30pm10/19/12 3:30pm

A Major Match-Fixing Scandal Is Rocking French Handball

Handball: it's not just a sport to watch on CNBC at 7:45 a.m. in early August every four years. Apparently there are leagues and teams, and those teams play important games, on which people bet money. Not very much, though, as Stefan Fatsis explains, on this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang Up and Listen podcast. When… »10/12/12 1:50pm10/12/12 1:50pm