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Beyoncé, Coldplay singer Chris Martin and Bruno Mars perform during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif.
February 8, 2016 We talk about the game, the quarterbacks, the halftime show in which Coldplay was hopelessly outshined, and lots more.
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Tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa.
February 5, 2016 Dan Pashman from The Sporkful podcast joins us for a talk about the eternal question: If you're watching the Super Bowl, what are you eating while you do?
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If you rooted for Washington's NFL team because of Robert Griffin III, you'll almost certainly root for a new team this fall.
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January 20, 2016 Sometimes, sports fandom comes naturally: We grew up immersed in it, or we get swept up in local fervor. But there's more than one way to become a fan.
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Russell Martin of the Toronto Blue Jays chose the Nicki Minaj song "Truffle Butter" for his walk-up music.
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October 19, 2015 Four teams remain in the battle to crown a World Series champion. So it's a natural time for Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby to discuss the songs you hear when different players get up to bat.
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Serena Williams serves to Roberta Vinci during their Women's Singles Semifinals match of the 2015 US Open on Friday.
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September 14, 2015 On Pop Culture Happy Hour's sports spinoff, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss this weekend's U.S. Open final between two women not named Serena.
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Oh, sure, they got a trophy. But did they earn it?
August 25, 2015 On Pop Culture Happy Hour's sports spinoff, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss the recent controversy over an athlete's decision to return his children's participation trophies.
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Brett Favre serves as a sturdy metaphor for, well, a lot of things.
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August 17, 2015 In Pop Culture Happy Hour's sports spinoff, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby tackle the many metaphors at the heart of the retired quarterback's public persona.
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Oh, shut up, Freddie Mitchell. And what are you smiling about, No. 31?
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July 14, 2015 In the first installment of a new series on sports memories, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss "4th and 26," a single play between the Eagles and the Packers in the 2003-04 NFL playoffs.
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June 20, 2015 Sportswriter Kent Babb talks about his new book Not A Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson.
This is the Duke Blue Devil, which is here because Linda chose the photo rather than Stephen.
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April 6, 2015 Two of our Pop Culture Happy Hour regulars find themselves on opposite sides of Monday night's NCAA men's basketball final. Things could get tense.
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Duke's Christian Laettner stretches during a news conference in Indianapolis in March 1991.
March 13, 2015 Christian Laettner played basketball for Duke in the early '90s, and ESPN's excellent documentary series investigates the intriguing vehemence with which people ... well, hated him, and still do.
Katy Perry dances with a couple of sharks during the Super Bowl halftime show.
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February 2, 2015 Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson of Pop Culture Happy Hour sit down for a chat about the game, the halftime show and the adorable, adorable puppy.
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Columnist Bill Simmons, seen here in February, is suspended for three weeks.
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September 25, 2014 Earlier this week on his podcast, ESPN's Bill Simmons called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a "liar" and dared the network to come after him for it. And then it did.
September 24, 2014 Steve Almond's new book is a powerful polemic laying out the reasons he, a longtime passionate football fan, is giving up the sport.
Michael Sam, seen here in November 2013, told The New York Times over the weekend that he's gay.
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February 10, 2014 When NFL prospect Michael Sam announced that he's gay, at least one source told Sports Illustrated that there's no room for a gay player in a "man's-man game."
Dancers perform Dove of Peace during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
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February 8, 2014 The opening ceremonies in Sochi did little to dispel the controversies around the games, even as they served up some of the usual campy pleasures.
February 7, 2014 Inviting people to ignore you is the best and most considerate way to make generous use of hashtags during major and heavily tweeted public events.
Fans of U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding put up a sign in support while she skated at the Clackamas Town Center mall rink in 1994, while a grand jury considered whether to indict her.
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January 16, 2014 A new ESPN documentary suggests that both the original narrative about Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan and the counternarrative that sprang up later are entirely too simplistic.
June 17, 2013 The NFL has a new bag policy that won't allow camera bags, seat cushions, or — gasp! — purses.
Ryan Lochte, seen here during the London Olympics in 2012, has a new reality show on E!.
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April 24, 2013 Ryan Lochte has a new reality show in which he embraces the role of the public dummy. Given the fact that he has 11 Olympic medals, does this mean being a public hero has become too much of a drag?
The Louisville Cardinals huddle up on the court after teammate Kevin Ware injured his leg in the first half against the Duke Blue Devils on Sunday.
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April 1, 2013 Decisions like whether to watch a grisly injury on replay underscore the fact that with less gatekeeping and more personal choice, we're all stuck with wrangling our own curiosity.
Kicker David Akers of the San Francisco 49ers waits during a power outage that occurred in the third quarter that caused a 34-minute delay during Super Bowl XLVII.
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February 4, 2013 The blackout during the third quarter of last night's Super Bowl was the one spontaneous event of the whole evening, and the one thing that brought out the best in social media.
Sourdough Sam, the mascot for the San Francisco 49ers, looks on in January 2012.
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February 3, 2013 If you can't develop a real rooting interest in the Super Bowl, perhaps you can come up with something almost completely arbitrary to help you care.
Cyclist Lance Armstrong addresses participants at a Livestrong event in October.
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January 15, 2013 With Lance Armstrong set to confess to Oprah Winfrey, what comes into stark relief isn't just that he has apparently said a lot of things that weren't true, but that he has said them very forcefully.
Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on during a game against the Washington Redskins on Dec. 23, 2012 in Philadelphia.
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January 4, 2013 When coaches are getting fired left and right based on fewer games in a whole season than a baseball team plays in the playoffs, how much does anybody really know in the NFL?
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