Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis speaks at a news conference in New Orleans on Monday. The Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday. It will be Lewis' last game. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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History Joins The 49ers In Opposing Ray Lewis

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According to commentator Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated writer Peter King — shown here during an event at Seton Hall Preparatory Academy in Dec. 2005 — is the champion model of sportswriters. Tim Larsen/AP hide caption

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Sports Calendar's Black Hole Gives Us Time To Reflect On Sportswriters

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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey lies motionless after he was hit while attempting to catch a pass during a Sept. 23, 2012, game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Heyward-Bey suffered a concussion and neck strain and spent the night in the hospital under observation. Hector Amezcua/AP hide caption

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Love Of Football May Kick America Down The Path Of Ruination

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Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Morris throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 3 of the American League Championship Series between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees on Oct. 16. Morris is a candidate for the National Baseball Hall of Fame this year. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Steroid Accusations Likely To Bench Baseball Hall Of Fame Candidates

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New Jersey Tries To Horn In On Nevada's Gambling Turf

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Peace Tops Sporting Wish List For 2013

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Frank Deford says those who have the potential to reduce the gun violence are people who own guns and who are good sports. LeightonPhotography /iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Time For Gun Owners To Be Good Sports About Gun Restrictions

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Mike Bolt, keeper of the Stanley Cup, takes it off the ice on Dec. 7, 2012, in Vancouver, British Columbia. The NHL lockout enters its 88th day on Wednesday. Darryl Dyck/AP hide caption

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NHL Lockout Leaves Fans Out In The Cold

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Carl Pettersson of Sweden putts for birdie on the eighth hole during the final round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, S.C., in April. The long putter he uses is in danger of being banned. Hunter Martin/Getty Images hide caption

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Navel-Gazing: Why Golf Should Embrace Belly Putters

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Despite the Big Ten's expansion, Frank Deford says the conference will struggle to compete with pro football in the Northeast. The conference announced the addition of Maryland and Rutgers earlier this month. Patrick McDermott/Getty Images hide caption

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College Football: Pro and Con(servative) Views

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Jockey Rosie Napravnik sponges off Shanghai Bobby after winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile horse race at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Mark J. Terrill/AP hide caption

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What's Good For The Goose Is Good For The Gander

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NBA Commissioner David Stern speaks during a basketball news conference on Oct. 25. Stern announced he will retire on Feb. 1, 2014. Kathy Willens/AP hide caption

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Dear Sports Czars: Take Your Ball And Go Home

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The American Pastime Fades In Popularity

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C.J. Watson of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles upcourt in a preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers. The New York City borough finally has a pro sports team to call its own, says Frank Deford. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images hide caption

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Brooklyn Finally Nets A Team Of Its Own

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Place kicker Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos kicks a second quarter field goal on a hold by Britton Colquitt against the Houston Texans at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High in Denver on Sept. 23. Justin Edmonds/Getty Images hide caption

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Kickers Are Taking The Kick Out Of Football

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