Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning meets with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton after an NFL game in Indianapolis in 2011. Manning and Newton will square off in the 50th Super Bowl, in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday. The two quarterbacks were No. 1 overall draft picks 13 years apart. AJ Mast/AP hide caption

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Sweetness And Light

Super Bowl 50's Quarterbacks: So Talented And So Different

For Frank Deford, the best football games are those played with two star quarterbacks, because football needs quarterbacks.

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Sometimes, You Have To Pass The Ball

Cities lose sports teams, as occasionally things have to change, and that's just part of life, according to sports commentator Frank Deford.

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Soccer, The Normal-Sized Player's Game

It's called "the beautiful game," but sports commentator Frank Deford says that's because of who plays soccer, not because of how it's played.

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Pete Rose appears at an autograph signing event last month in Las Vegas. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected Rose's plea for reinstatement, citing Rose's continued gambling and evidence that he bet on games when he was playing for the Cincinnati Reds. Without reinstatement, Rose can't be elected to the Hall of Fame. John Locher/AP hide caption

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