Football

1:42am

Wed February 4, 2015
Sweetness And Light

Dear Aging Athletes: Say Hello To Goodbye

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 7:13 am

Tiger Woods on the ninth hole during the second round of the Phoenix Open last Friday, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Woods, who'll turn 40 this year, is making Frank Deford wonder: How does an athlete know when to retire?
Rick Scuteri AP

When Fred Astaire was 69, he gave up dancing, explaining: "At my age, I don't want to disappoint anyone, including myself." All great athletes should keep that quotation up on their bathroom mirror.

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5:49am

Sat January 10, 2015
Sports

As Dallas Comes To Town, Green Bay Remembers Historic 'Ice Bowl'

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 12:09 pm

Boyd Dowler of the Green Bay Packers grabs a Bart Starr touchdown pass in the NFL championship game on Dec. 31, 1967. The "Ice Bowl," played in frigid temperatures, was won by the Packers 21-17.
AP

This weekend's NFL playoffs include a faceoff between the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys. That game is being billed as the second "Ice Bowl."

These teams have played each other often since that cold game on Dec. 31, 1967, but this is the first time since then they'll meet for a playoff at Lambeau Field.

The temperature that day was minus 15. But while it will be cold in Green Bay this Sunday, it won't be that cold.

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4:07pm

Sat October 25, 2014
Around the Nation

'Ole Miss' Debates Campus Traditions With Confederate Roots

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 4:54 pm

Mississippi Rebels fans cheer for their team prior to their game on October 18. The University of Mississippi has been in an ongoing effort to distance the state's flagship academic institution from its segregationist history.
Michael Chang Getty Images

University of Mississippi football is riding high these days; they're undefeated and one of the top three teams in the nation.

But as Ole Miss fans come together to root for their team, many other traditions are coming under scrutiny. The school's been engaged in a long-running effort to remove potentially divisive, and racially charged symbols, to try and make the campus more "welcoming."

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2:33am

Wed October 22, 2014
Sweetness And Light

College Football's Big Ten Conference? Try The Littler Ten

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 8:24 am

Brandon Wells of the Mississippi State Bulldogs takes the field before a game against the Ole Miss Rebels last year.
Stacy Revere Getty Images

Nothing in sport reflects the changing demographics of the country more than college football — most especially the decline of the Big Ten Conference and the ascendance of the Southeastern Conference.

Big Ten territory represents steel mills and coal mines, blue collars and black smoke, where America's pigskin heroes used to be weaned on frozen fields. But the SEC, in the growing Sun Belt, has completely taken over. Mississippi State is the No. 1 team in the country. Excuse me: Mississippi State? This is like Antiques Roadshow soaring to the top of television ratings.

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1:39am

Wed October 15, 2014
Sweetness And Light

Nonprofit NFL Seeks Super Bowl Volunteers, Again

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 12:18 pm

Super Bowl volunteer Ben Schreiber distributes fan guides for Super Bowl XLVI festivities in 2012.
Chad Ryan CSM/Landov

That familiar old preface we so often hear — usually from long-winded people — is: "To make a long story short." I've noticed lately that that expression has become more common, but, to make a long story short, it's been shortened to just "long story short." I'll even bet it's gotten initialed in the text universe to LSS.

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