Sweetness And Light Frank Deford's weekly commentary on sports appears Wednesdays on NPR.org.

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan celebrates with his teammates after defeating the Miami Heat in game five of the NBA finals in June. Ashley Landis/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Be Thankful This Year For The San Antonio Spurs

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The executive committee of FIFA — the international organization that regulates soccer — was so suspected of taking bribes that FIFA ordered its own internal investigation. It's no surprise, says Frank Deford, that it found no wrongdoing. Kirill Kudryavstev/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Outside Of The Games, Are Sports Corrupt?

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Joe Tinker of the Chicago Cubs and Bill Bradley of the Cleveland Naps around 1910. Library of Congress hide caption

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Chicago Or Cleveland: Whose Teams Had More Downs Than Ups?

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Cleveland Browns inside linebacker Karlos Dansby celebrates during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday in Cleveland. The Browns won 22-17. David Richard/AP hide caption

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Americana: Hot Dogs, Apple Pie And Football?

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Fans cheer during the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals at AT&T Park. Rob Carr/Getty Images hide caption

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Start World Series Games Earlier; Let Us Sleep

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Brandon Wells of the Mississippi State Bulldogs takes the field before a game against the Ole Miss Rebels last year. Stacy Revere/Getty Images hide caption

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College Football's Big Ten Conference? Try The Littler Ten

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Super Bowl volunteer Ben Schreiber distributes fan guides for Super Bowl XLVI festivities in 2012. Chad Ryan/CSM/Landov hide caption

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Nonprofit NFL Seeks Super Bowl Volunteers, Again

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NFL sideline reporter Alex Flanagan (center) interviews Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick last year. Mark Zaleski/AP hide caption

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Deford: A New Sports Talk Show By Women, But Will People Watch?

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Rulon Gardner took off his shoes to symbolize his retirement after defeating Sajad Barzi, of Iran, during the men's Greco-Roman 120kg wrestling bronze medal bout at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Mark J. Terrill/AP hide caption

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Goodbye To All That: Farewells In Sports

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Florida State fans cheer Rashad Greene after a 74-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Clemson in Tallahassee, Fla., on Sept. 20. In college sports, African-American student athletes and white student audiences are the norm. Commentator Frank Deford asks why this dynamic does not make us more squeamish. Mark Wallheiser/AP hide caption

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Race And Sports

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The NFL has had a lot of bad press lately. But it doesn't seem to have any impact on sponsors or fans. AJ Mast/AP hide caption

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Is The NFL Too Big To Fail?

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The Star-Spangled Banner, played before every baseball game, has become so tied to the sport that an old joke asks, "What are the last two words of the national anthem?" and answers, "Play ball!" Michael Dwyer/AP hide caption

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The National Anthem, And The National Pastime

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Yasmani Grandal is swarmed by teammates after hitting a walk-off single to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. But commentator Frank Deford wonders why "walk-off" has become such a ubiquitous term. Gregory Bull/AP hide caption

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You'll Never Walk-Off Alone

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Commentator Frank Deford advises the White House press office not to let the president be photographed in a golf cart again. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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Golf May Be Too Polite A Sport For Presidential Politics

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Between innings, racing sausages entertain Milwaukee Brewers fans. Christian Petersen/Getty Images hide caption

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Deford: Frankly, Hot Dogs Best Served At The Ballpark

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