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3:07am

Wed April 2, 2014
Sweetness And Light

Deford: Paying College Athletes Would Level The Playing Field

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 11:04 am

Paycheck Players: Love of the game may no longer be enough motivation for college athletes.
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For many decades, baseball had a reserve clause, which essentially tied a baseball player to a franchise in perpetuity. The statute fell into legal jeopardy, and a few wise men amongst the owners said, maybe we ought to toss these players a bone, before we blow the whole scam.

But the owners were arrogant and stood pat, and, soon enough, the reserve clause, kit and caboodle, was outlawed as, essentially, un-American.

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5:39am

Wed March 26, 2014
Sweetness And Light

The Mystery And History Of Sport's Front Office

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 10:35 am

Phil Jackson recently signed on as the new president of the New York Knicks.
Mark Lennihan AP

One great mystery of sport is why they call the place that the general manager rules over the front office. Obviously, it's the box office that's out front. What they call the front office is really the "office office."

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5:28am

Wed March 19, 2014
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There's A Reason They Call It Madness

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 8:28 am

Streeter Lecka Getty Images

More than any other nation, America is awash in teams. There are the pro teams, the college team, the high school team, the fantasy teams.

Well, at a certain point, something has to give — and apparently, the team sport that's given way the most is men's college basketball.

Yes, college hoops has its fleeting moment in the vernal equinox. It's fun. You make out brackets — but it's not like other sports where you're familiar with the principals.

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5:44am

Thu March 13, 2014
Sports

Who's The Best In College Basketball? Let's Look At The Numbers

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 7:22 am

In just a few days, college basketball fans will celebrate the sport's biggest day: Selection Sunday. As soon as the bracket unveiling ends, the speculation will begin over who will be this year's Cinderella.

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5:32am

Wed March 12, 2014
Sweetness And Light

In Sports, There's No Such Thing As A Bad Hustle

Pete Rose swings for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1985 season. Rose, aka "Charlie Hustle," famously ran to first base even when he was given a walk.
Stephen Dunn Getty Images

Surely, "hustle" is the single most beloved word associated with sport. As color is to rainbows, as chocolate to the palate, as sweet nothings to love, hustle is to sport.

Hear it now:

Hustle up!
Hustle down the line!
Show us more hustle!

And oh, my, how often are you gonna hear this in the weeks ahead during March Madness: They gotta hustle back on defense. That, apparently, is the only way human beings can properly get back on defense.

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