Joel Anderson is a staff writer at Slate and the host of Season 3 of Slow Burn. Previously, he worked as a reporter on sports, culture, and politics for ESPN and BuzzFeed News.
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the Lakers’ win over the Nuggets and the Seahawks’ win over the Patriots. They also discuss the Big Ten’s decision to play football this fall. Finally, Slate’s Jim Newell joins to assess U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau.Sunday in sports (02:24): Four good teams, two great finishes. Are sports normal again? Big Ten (20:36): Is it surprising that the conference uncancelled the fall football season?DeChambeau (37:47): What you need to know about golf’s weirdo tinkerer.Afterball (57:01): Joel on Deion Sanders, a bad coaching hire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin talk about the NFL’s opening weekend. They also discuss Naomi Osaka’s victory and her outspokenness at the U.S. Open. Finally, they survey happenings in college football, the NBA, and the Premier League. NFL (02:56): The protests, Tom Brady’s interceptions, and everything else that happened on and off the field.U.S. Open (20:56): How Naomi Osaka found her voice.Sports mania (40:32): What we watched and thought about on one of the biggest sports weekends ever.Afterball (01:00:21): Josh on the worst punts in football history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin are joined by the Washington Post’s Ben Golliver to talk about the NBA playoffs. Tennis player Noah Rubin also joins to discuss Novak Djokovic’s disqualification and life in the U.S. Open bubble. And finally, Dom Cosentino of theScore comes on for a conversation about the start of the NFL season.NBA playoffs (01:52): What’s gone wrong for the Bucks? Are the Clippers still title favorites? Should the Rockets build a statue of P.J. Tucker?U.S. Open (22:38): Did Djokovic deserve to get tossed out? What’s going on behind the scenes in pro tennis during the pandemic?NFL (47:56): What will the league’s social justice protests look like, and what will the Patriots and Bucs do on the field?Afterball (01:05:10): Stefan on Stefanos Tsitsipas tweeting his feelings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Joel Anderson, Josh Levin, and special guest Vinson Cunningham of the New Yorker discuss the aftermath of last week’s NBA strike. They also talk about the life and legacy of Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson. Finally, the Athletic’s Lindsay Jones joins to assess the latest reporting on the toxic culture of the Washington football team.NBA strike (01:40): Why did the players decide to come back? What did they gain?John Thompson (21:51): How he changed college basketball.Washington Football Team (41:38): What will it take for the NFL to have a #MeToo reckoning?Afterball (01:04:30): Joel on Cliff Robinson and the 1990-1991 Portland Trail Blazers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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