The Detroit Lions huddle during a snowstorm in the first half of a game against the Philadelphia Eagles in December. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Supporting The Home Team From The Comfort Of Your Couch

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Fifty Years Later, Did The U.S. Win The War On Poverty?

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Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (left) and tackle Jonathan Martin stand on the field during practice in Davie, Fla. Martin left the NFL after he faced harassment from Incognito that his lawyer said went "beyond locker-room hazing." Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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Why Has Football Become So Brutish?

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"In our world of global entertainment ... passports don't matter and ... taste trumps nationalism," says Frank Deford. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Root, Root, Root For The Home Team?

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Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) and Juan Pablo Montoya (42) drive through turn four on a restart during the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Can NASCAR Steer Itself Back Into Popularity?

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Hit The Numbers: Stats guys say that the clutch is a random crap shoot. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Frank Deford: 'Some Of Us Are More Valiant Than The Rest'

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An Ohio judge ruled that Donald Miller is legally dead — despite the fact that he is very much alive. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Judge: 'You're Still Deceased As Far As The Law Is Concerned'

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The Straight Dope: The use of steroids and blood doping traces back at least into the 1970s. Robert Byron/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Love Of Victory In The Time Of Steroids

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Head Games: NFL Should Share Records About Concussions

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More Than Average: Dow Jones Adds The 'Swoosh'

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Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad swims toward shore in Key West, Fla., on Sept. 2, the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage. She arrived at the beach about 53 hours after beginning her swim in Havana. J Pat Carter/AP hide caption

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Diana Nyad's Accomplishment Makes America's Cup Look All Wet

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Why Keep Athletes Eligible But Uneducated?

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A gay-rights activist chants slogans during a demonstration in front of the Russian Consulate in New York on July 31. Gays in the United States and elsewhere are outraged by Russia's intensifying campaign against gay-rights activism. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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How About A Gold Medal For Human Rights For Gay People?

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Dick Kazmaier of Princeton University poses with the Heisman Trophy at New York's Downtown Athletic Club before the official presentation in 1951. Kazmaier, the last Ivy Leaguer to win the Heisman Trophy, died on Thursday. John Rooney/AP hide caption

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Dick Kazmaier, 'A Honey Of A Guy'

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