After former Penn State coach Joe Paterno's death was announced Sunday, fans paid their respects at a Paterno statue on campus. Paterno exerted a rare amount of control in his decades coaching football, says Frank Deford. Patrick Smith/Getty Images hide caption

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As A Coach, Paterno Was One Of A Kind

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"It's not that I've fallen out of love; I've actually never liked sports, and I never understood how I became an athlete," Serena Williams said recently, according to TennisNow.com. "I don't like working out; I don't like anything that has to do with working physically." Tertius Pickard/AP hide caption

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Take Your Ball And Go Home? How Dare You!

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Even if you don't watch ESPN's Monday Night Football, you help to pay for it if you're a cable subscriber. ESPN's monthly fees are the highest in the business. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images hide caption

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If You Pay For Cable, You're A Hostage Of Sports

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A woman inspects crowns of the Holy Roman Empire at a museum in Berlin. Much like that regime, the Bowl Championship Series is full of ornate pageantry — and also fails to live up to its name, Frank Deford says. AP hide caption

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Why The BCS Is The Holy Roman Empire Of Sport

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Michael Haley of the New York Islanders fights Stu Bickel of the New York Rangers in the first period of an NHL game at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Dec. 26. Paul Bereswill/Getty Images hide caption

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Dear NHL: Hit The Puck, Not The Players

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The NBA Is Bullish On Christmas, By Necessity

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End Zone Dance: Asante Samuel (22, right) celebrates a touchdown after making an interception, as his Philadelphia Eagles teammates seem to wait for cues to the next dance steps, Nov. 13. Rich Schultz/Getty Images hide caption

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Look, Ma, I'm In The End Zone!

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The Marching 100, Florida A&M University's band, performs on the field before Super Bowl XLIV, Feb. 7, 2010. The band's director, Julian White, was fired in November after a band member died, allegedly from a hazing incident on a bus. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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For Some Marching Bands, Hazing Means Brutality

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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim (above), two days after sexual abuse allegations against a former assistant were made public, and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing (below), during a youth leadership event last year, played alongside each other in the 1960s. Nate Shron/Getty Images hide caption

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For Two Old Teammates, Risks Of Loyalty Are Real

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For the most avid golf fans, there's now a golf course where they can be laid to rest for all eternity. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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An Eternal Tee Time Option For Die-Hard Golfers

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Then-Penn State head coach Joe Paterno gets out of the way during warm-ups before an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., last month. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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Is Football Culture The Core Of The Problem?

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Florida players (from left) Taurean Green, Corey Brewer, Walter Hodge, Joakim Noah and Marreese Speights hold up the Southeastern Conference sign after defeating Arkansas in the SEC basketball tournament championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in 2007. John Bazemore/AP hide caption

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Frank Deford: In With The South, Out With The East

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The Presidents Cup, on display in front of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia. It's unclear to Frank Deford exactly what the Presidents Cup is — he knows only that it's played in November.

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No Love For November, Sports' Drama-Free Month

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Fans who are tired of the NBA lockout can get some basketball entertainment from a new show, Lysistrata Jones, which opens on Broadway next month.

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The (Basketball) Show Must Go On

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Bored with a best-of-seven series? Frank Deford has some alternative suggestions.

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Sometimes, One Is Enough

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