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

Sports commentator Mike "Doc" Emrick waves to fans as he is presented with a jersey by the New Jersey Devils in 2012. Bill Kostroun/AP hide caption

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Hockey's Doc Emrick And His 153 Verbs

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A sculpture at Britannia stadium in the English city of Stoke-on-Trent commemorates the Christmas Truce, a legendary soccer game played between German and British troops in December 1914. Rui Vieira/AP hide caption

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Deford: It's Hard To Write A Christmas Story About Sport

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner was named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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What's A Sportsman Anyway?

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Members of the St. Louis Rams raise their arms to protest the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., before a game last month. The players faced a backlash from St. Louis police and have been asked to apologize. L.G. Patterson/AP hide caption

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Deford: What's Wrong With Pro Athletes Taking A Stand?

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Alabama defensive back Nick Perry (right) breaks up a pass on Auburn wide receiver D'haquille Williams (center) as Alabama defensive back Landon Collins looks on during the second half of the Iron Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Alabama won 55-44. Butch Dill/AP hide caption

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Flag On The Play! Playoffs May Shift Focus From Football's Fumbles

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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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