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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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A judge recently ruled players should be paid for having their likenesses used in video games. EA Sports hide caption

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Amateurism's Dying Hour

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Commentator Frank Deford says part of why we can't do away with college sports is history. Football and basketball have always been tied to college. AP hide caption

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Are NBA And NFL Rules Bush League?

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at a press conference in May. Goodell's handling of concerns about concussions and controversies surrounding players has led commentator Frank Deford to wonder whether Goodell is up to the job. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Deford: Is Goodell Good Enough To Lead The NFL?

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In spite of mounting pressure to change the Washington Redskins' name, team owner Daniel Snyder seems to remain unmoved. Nick Wass/AP hide caption

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The Washington Football Team That Must Not Be Named

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Charles Dillon Stengel had been known as Dutch — derived from the German Deutsch. Only after the U.S. went to war was Casey Stengel born. AP hide caption

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Remembering How The Great War Changed U.S. Sports

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American golfer Michelle Wie was a child prodigy. As an adult, she might just be the best female golfer in the world. Tim Hales/AP hide caption

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A Golf Prodigy Grows Up, And Goes All The Way To The Top

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In sports, Americans only dilly-dally for crucial, life-affirming reasons: to allow commercials. L.G. Patterson/AP hide caption

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The Time Of Our Sports Lives: How Europe's Games Neglect The Clock

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Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson at practice for the 2014 NCAA men's college basketball tournament. Commentator Frank Deford says that, despite NCAA claims to the contrary, most college players are not typical students — "their job is to play a sport." Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Deford: NCAA Says Amateurism Is Alive And Well, But The Jig Is Up

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Remodeling the National Stadium Mane Garrincha in Brasilia, Brazil, for the FIFA World Cup cost the Brazilian government $900 million. Eraldo Peres/AP hide caption

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Deford: How To Host A Sports Extravaganza That Won't Break The Bank

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