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Sports
2:51 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Did The U.S. Patent Office Just Mark The End Of Indian Mascots?

A Washington Redskins helmet.
Flickr Photo/Keith Allison (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Jay Rosenstein, journalism professor and producer of "In Whose Honor?", about the history of Indian mascots and the significance of the U.S. patent's office cancelation of the Washington Redskins' trademark.

Equality In Sports
3:22 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

How The First Openly Gay NFL Player Could Open Doors For Others

Michael Sam runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in February. He was drafted to the St. Louis Rams last weekend.
AP Photo/Michael Conroy

Ross Reynolds talks with Dave Zirin, sports editor at The Nation, about Michael Sam — the first openly gay football player to be drafted by a National Football League team.

Coming Out In Football
10:55 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Dave Kopay's Advice To Michael Sam: 'Start Bringing It Like You've Never Brought It Before'

Missouri senior defensive lineman Michael Sam speaks to the media during an NCAA college football news conference Jan. 1, 2014, in Irving, Texas.
AP Photo/Brandon Wade

Marcie Sillman talks with former NFL running back Dave Kopay, who came out as a gay man after his retirement from football, about All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam's announcement that he is gay.

Sports
2:57 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Sen. Maria Cantwell: NFL Needs To Abandon Redskin Name

A Washington Redskins helmet.
Flickr Photo/Keith Allison

Ross Reynolds talks with U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., about her letter to the National Football League urging it to get rid of the Washington Redskins' name.

Sports Politics
7:47 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Coming Out Complicates Player's Prospects, NFL Execs Say

Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam.
Rick Scuteri AP

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 12:55 pm

Michael Sam has been a star defensive end at the University of Missouri. He's been an All-American and The Associated Press SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

A senior, he's been among the players scouts have said are sure to be selected by an NFL team when the league holds its draft on May 8-9.

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Broncos Fan Examines His Love
9:24 am
Fri January 31, 2014

How To Be A Fan

Detached admiration for sporting achievement? Not on your life. It's all about allegiance and, even, love.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 7:57 am

My son didn't weep when his beloved 49ers lost to the Seahawks in the NFC championship. His team may have been vanquished, but at least there was ground for hope that the Broncos would stop the enemy from winning the Super Bowl.

Ah, the ways of love and hate in the world of the fan!

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The Real Super Bowl
9:23 am
Fri January 31, 2014

In The Puppy Bowl, Bach Goes To The Dogs

Bach, a 14-week-old Bernedoodle, is one of the competing canines in this year's Puppy Bowl.
Keith Barraclough Animal Planet

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 12:24 pm

Not every sports fan is glued to the Super Bowl. Sunday also brings Puppy Bowl X, the 10th iteration of the immensely successful Animal Planet program featuring playful pups and a beleaguered human referee. This year's new element is a fantasy game, in which each viewer may log in to a Facebook account and pick a trio of cuddly canines destined to dominate the dog-on-dog action.

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Sweetness And Light
8:31 am
Wed January 29, 2014

America's Love Affair With Football Keeps Getting Stronger

Seattle Seahawks fans, perhaps in a moment of reflection, before the NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers on Jan. 19.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 9:49 am

Football fandom simply overwhelms all other sports in America, growing not just merely super, but superior, from high school right on up to this Sunday's quasi-religious festival — which celebrates our adoration of the sport as much as the sport itself.

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Home Away From Home
7:59 am
Wed January 29, 2014

In LA, Sports Bars Face Off Over Seahawks And Broncos

Cedric James Morris, founder of the Los Angeles Seahawks fan group, stands outside Backstage, in Culver City. The bar has become so overrun with Seahawks fans on Sundays that Morris has a list of overflow bars he hands out to fans when Backstage fills up.
KPCC Photo/Ben Bergman

The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos will be facing off in New Jersey in Super Bowl XLVIII this weekend. In Los Angeles there will also be a contest, of two rival sports bars.

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Sports
4:09 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

What It's Like To Cover The Super Bowl

The Seattle Seahawks face the Denver Broncos for Super Bowl XLVIII.
Flickr Photo/Matthew Black

David Hyde catches up with Jerry Brewer, Seattle Times columnist and radio host, about what it's like to cover the Super Bowl.

Word Blitz
4:19 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

5 Football Terms Every Seahawks Fan Should Know

The Legion of Boom bus.
Credit Flickr Photo/Dena Rosko (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Just like learning acronyms at a new workplace, catching on to the Seahawks’ lexicon can be daunting for the uninitiated. Ben Zimmer, linguist and self-described “word nerd,” helps us break down the terms that are flying around as often as a 12th Man flag.

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Super Bowl Sides
2:09 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Gambling: It May Be Illegal But 'Everyone Likes To Have A Little Action On The Game'

Sports betting in the U.S. is only legal in Nevada, particularly popular in Las Vegas, but offshore betting and other workarounds mean betting is happening in every state.
Credit Flickr Photo/Baishampayan Ghose (CC BY-SA)

Super Sunday is big business between ticket sales, television revenue and tourism. But a huge amount of money will also be changing hands based on an activity that is largely illegal: sports gambling.

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Seattle Seahawks
2:05 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Pushback On Richard Sherman Debate: 'He Is The Antithesis Of The Dumb Jock Stereotype'

Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks cornerback, speaks at a news conference after Seattle beat the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC Championship on Sunday.
Credit AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

The Seattle Seahawks booked their ticket to the Super Bowl by winning the NFC Championship on Sunday, but not without some controversy.

When Erin Andrews of Fox Sports grabbed Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman for a post-game interview, he looked right into the camera and said, “I’m the best corner in the game and when you try me against a sorry receiver like Crabtree that’s the results you going to get.”

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Sports & Taxes
3:36 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

The NFL: Big Business With Big Tax Breaks

MetLife Stadium in New Jersey will hold the 2014 Super Bowl. The stadium gets a break on local property taxes.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 8:04 am

If you're a football fan, Sunday is kind of like Christmas.

Two conference championship games will determine the teams that advance to the Super Bowl, and the matchups couldn't be more exciting: Denver vs. New England (Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady). And some would say the other game, pitting San Francisco against Seattle, might just feature the two best teams in the league.

America shows its love for the sport in many ways beyond breathless anticipation of big games. It also gives back to the National Football League with tax breaks and publicly funded stadiums.

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Sports
3:31 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Seahawks One Win Away From Reaching Super Bowl

The Seattle Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, Jan. 19.
Flickr Photo/Mike Morris

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer about the Seattle Seahawks' chances of reaching the Super Bowl.

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