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America's Love Affair With Football Keeps Getting Stronger

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In Ice Skating's Biggest Story, The Media Were Poor Sports

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Candace Parker (right) of the Los Angeles Sparks and Candice Dupree of the Phoenix Mercury during Game 2 of their WNBA semifinal series in September. Matt York/AP hide caption

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Women's Team Sports: Where Is The Love?

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Supporting The Home Team From The Comfort Of Your Couch

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The (Very) Long View On The State Of Football

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Benny and the Elevators perform during the game between the NBA's Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets Dec. 25, 2012. The Bulls are one of 10 NBA teams playing on Christmas Day this year. David Banks/Getty Images hide caption

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No Rest For Ye Merry NBA Players This Christmas

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Wesley Matthews of the Portland Trail Blazers goes up for the shot as Philadelphia 76ers defend the basket on Saturday in Philadelphia. Chris Szagola/AP hide caption

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Why The American Dream Is Still Alive In Sports

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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston reacts during the ACC Championship game on Saturday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images hide caption

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Should Character Count In Sports Awards?

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Fox sportscasters Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson appear during the 2005 Super Bowl pregame show in Jacksonville, Fla. Frank Micelotta/Getty Images hide caption

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To Liven Up NFL Pregame Shows, Take A Cue From 'The View'?

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Metro Meteor, a retired racehorse, stands with owners Ron and Wendy Krajewski and one of his paintings at Motters Station Stables in Rocky Ridge, Md., earlier this year. Jeffrey B. Roth/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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The Horse Who Picked Up A Paintbrush

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This year, there are three college players being called "the next LeBron James." Meanwhile, many are speculating about where the first LeBron James, now playing for the Miami Heat, will be next season. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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In Basketball, It's Always About What's Next

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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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