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Why Do We Say Three-Pointers Come From "Downtown?"

If you've ever watched a basketball game, you've heard a play-by-play announcer exclaim something along the lines of, "From way downtown!" after a made three-pointer. But when did this become the go-to turn of phrase for describing three-point shots? On this week's excerpt of Slate's Hang up and Listen podcast, Josh Levin attempts to answer that very question.


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