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The Score On Sports With Frank Deford

The sun sets over Coors Field in Denver. While summer nights are perfect for baseball, late-season games can get a little chilly. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images hide caption

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On his 56-year quest, Dick Wessels visited all of the Division I college football stadiums. David Lee/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The Goal(post)-Oriented Pilgrimage

Commentator Frank Deford tells of a 56-year quest by a man who set out to visit all of the Division I college football stadiums in the nation.

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"Pick up your playbook and go see the coach" — a phrase no NFL player wants to hear. Peter Morgan/AP hide caption

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You're Off The Team: The Most Unkindest Cut

It's never fun to get cut from the team. But, as commentator Frank Deford points out, it's particularly brutal to get cut from football.

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Former Michigan State football player Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith raises his arms during a 2006 ceremony at which his jersey number was retired. Smith died at his home in Los Angeles on Aug. 3. John Gwillim/AP hide caption

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Thinking Back On Bubba Smith

Former professional football player Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith died last week. Commentator Frank Deford has this remembrance.

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NCAA: Still Stalled By 'Amateur Hour' Thinking

As university presidents meet to discuss college athletics, commentator Frank Deford laments the facade of amateurism in the NCAA.

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Jesse Owens crosses the finish line in Berlin to win the 100-meter sprint, one of four events in which Owens won gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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When Owens Beat Hitler, And The Olympics Changed

It's the diamond anniversary of the 1936 Summer Olympic Games. Commentator Frank Deford looks back on what made the Berlin Olympics so memorable.

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At last year's HOPE Week, pitcher Mariano Rivera warmed up with Jorge Grajales before the New York Yankees played the Detroit Tigers. Grajales threw out the game's first pitch. Jim McIsaac/Getty Images hide caption

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Rory McIlroy poses with his prize after winning the 2011 U.S. Open. Now, the pressure is on him to perform well in the British Open. David Cannon/Getty Images hide caption

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Retired pitcher Roger Clemens' perjury trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday, on charges related to his denial of using steroids and human growth hormone. Here, the former Yankee arrives for a pretrial hearing in late 2010. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Competitive eaters down their frankfurters during the 2010 Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at the original Nathan's Famous on Coney Island. Michael Nagle/Getty Images hide caption

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Hot Dog! It's Independence Day!

Hot dogs are great to eat at sports events. But commentator Frank Deford doesn't think eating hot dogs should be a sports event.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal (right) and Switzerland's Roger Federer pose with their trophies after the men's final match at the 2011 French Open. The two men are currently playing in the 2011 Wimbledon Championships. Lionel Cironneau/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Who Wants To Be The GOAT?

Frank Deford remarks on the evolution of the word "goat." What used to be an insult might now be the highest compliment in sports.

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FIFA President Joseph S. "Sepp" Blatter talks to media at a press conference after being re-elected during the 61st FIFA Congress on June 1 in Zurich. Julian Finney/Getty Images hide caption

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If You Can't Stand The Heat ...

Following in the footsteps of the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys, the Miami Heat are the new team that Americans love to hate, Frank Deford believes.

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Once an example of smooth speed at the plate and in the field, the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter has faced doubters this year. Chris Trotman/Getty Images hide caption

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