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Frank Deford's weekly commentary on sports appears Wednesdays on

Last Build Date: Wed, 07 Sep 2016 04:48:00 -0400

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Sports Need A Better Playbook For Suspensions

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 04:48:00 -0400

There is no rhyme or reason for how suspensions are handed out in sports, according to commentator Frank Deford. He thinks it's time for that to change.

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What Is Football Doing To Us As A People?

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 04:41:00 -0400

Recent comments from NFL executives on the safety of football have Frank Deford wondering, when will we Americans stop adoring the game?

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Basketball's 3-Pointer: From Tacky Gimmick To Strategic Platform

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 04:32:00 -0500

This shot has come a far piece since it was adopted by the NBA in 1979, and Stephen Curry's prowess will make it an even bigger part of the game, according to sports commentator Frank Deford.

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Sometimes, You Have To Pass The Ball

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 04:33:00 -0500

Cities lose sports teams, as occasionally things have to change, and that's just part of life, according to sports commentator Frank Deford.

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Soccer, The Normal-Sized Player's Game

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 04:39:00 -0500

It's called "the beautiful game," but sports commentator Frank Deford says that's because of who plays soccer, not because of how it's played.

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NBA Dares To Speak Out On Gun Violence

Wed, 30 Dec 2015 04:34:00 -0500

With the NBA's new ad campaign against gun violence, commentator Frank Deford says a bunch of athletes may finally provide the first successful nudge toward stiffer firearm regulation.

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Dear NBA: Why So Many Games?

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 04:35:00 -0500

Basketball players don't endure numerous concussions like some football players do, nor do they suffer the arm injuries common to baseball pitchers. But the grind on the hardwood can wear bodies down.

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More College Football Bowl Games Than Winning Teams?

Wed, 16 Dec 2015 04:55:00 -0500

When two teams play a game that doesn't count, call it what it is — an exhibition. Sports commentator Frank Deford reminds us that words, and their meanings, matter.

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Monument Underway For Slain 1972 Israeli Olympians

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 04:40:00 -0500

Frank Deford wonders why it took so long to build a monument commemorating the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by terrorists at the Munich Summer Olympics 43 years ago.

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Remembering The Forgotten Of The Sports World

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 05:01:15 -0500

Sports gets bigger all the time. But even in the biggest bull markets, there are always a few stocks that fail. The same is true in sports history. Whatever happened to the Little Brown Jug? Bowling?

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