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Can NASCAR Steer Itself Back Into Popularity?

Commentator Frank Deford has some theories about why NASCAR is having trouble expanding its audience.

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Dick Kazmaier, 'A Honey Of A Guy'

Commentator Frank Deford remembers the last Ivy League football player to win the Heisman Trophy. Kazmaier, 82, died on Thursday.

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Clap If You Believe In Roger Maris

Commentator Frank Deford has cooked up a plan that invokes Tinker Bell for baseball's annual All-Star Game.

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