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The Score On Sports With Frank Deford
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Tick Tock: Make The Serve, Pitch, Putt Or Shot

In baseball, golf and tennis in particular, we are being slowly lulled to sleep before every pitch, every shot. Hurry up already, says commentator Frank Deford.

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In basketball, as in life, we may dutifully celebrate the aggregate, but we'™re always spellbound by the exceptional. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Write This Down: Keeping your own score does not make you more noble, says Frank Deford. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Watch The Throne: Not so long ago Michael Jordan was the GOAT. Now, there's a groundswell to ordain LeBron James as the greatest-of-all-time basketball player. Fred Jewell/Alan Diaz/AP hide caption

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No. 1s: The Latest Greatest Of All Time

The NBA will soon crown another team as the best. And another MVP will be named. But commentator Frank Deford says such titles of greatness are fleeting.

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Jackie Robinson during spring training at Vero Beach, Fla., in March 1956. It would be Robinson's 10th and last year with the Brooklyn Dodgers. AP hide caption

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Some say baseball is too slow and doesn't appeal to young people. Not Frank Deford. Rodolfo Arguedas/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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It's Been An Ugly Year For College Basketball

Frank Deford isn't impressed with the style of play — or the style of uniforms — in this year's March Madness.

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