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

Rafael Nadal (right) shakes hands with Tim Smyczek after winning a match at the Australian Open on Jan. 21. Rob Griffith/AP hide caption

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The Tennis Court Offers A Good Lesson For The NFL

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The Atlanta Hawks' Mike Scott scores over the Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe in a game Monday. The Hawks are currently leading the NBA's Eastern Conference. Dave Tulis/AP hide caption

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Frank Deford To The NBA: Who's On Worst?

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Boston is in the running to host the 2024 Olympics. walknboston/Flickr hide caption

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Not So Wicked Smaht: Boston's Olympic Hopes

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The Yale football team in an undated photo. Commentator Frank Deford finds it curious that a sport as brutal as football became popular among the academic elite. AP hide caption

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Crowning The 33rd-Best Football Team In America

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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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