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Seattle Seahawks' Derrick Coleman speaks with members of the media about how he can read lips, before an NFL football practice Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Renton, Wash.
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Marcie Sillman talks to Seattle Seahawk fullback Derrick Coleman about his new book "No Excuses" and what it was like learning to play football with a hearing impairment. 

Whatever the question, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has the answer. At a (mandatory) media appearance for the upcoming Super Bowl, Lynch stuck to one response Tuesday: "I'm just here so I won't get fined." After he said it nearly 30 times, he added one word: "Time."

The Patriots and Seahawks host the AFC and NFC Conference Championship games on Sunday. New England meets the Indianapolis Colts for the AFC crown. Seattle entertains the Green Bay Packers for the NFC crown.

The winners of those two games will kick off against each other in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday February 1 in Glendale, Arizona. Here & Now sports analyst Mike Pesca joins host Robin Young to preview the games.

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The Green Bay Packers are the only community-owned NFL team.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Dave Zirin, sports editor of The Nation magazine, about the Green Bay Packers, the only community-owned NFL team.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice sits on the sideline during a preseason game in 2007. Rice was the focus of a domestic violence controversy in 2014.
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Marcie Sillman talks with journalist Sam Eifling about the NFL's troubles in 2014 and why we can't stop watching.

The University of New Hampshire Wildcats are heading into a do-or-die quarterfinal football game this week against the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.

And whether they win or not, there's one thing you can say about the Wildcats: They are likely the only football team in America trying to reduce concussions by practicing without helmets.

Football has a concussion problem, from the National Football League down to Pee-Wee teams. And there are lots of efforts out there to fix it.

Century Link Field, Seattle.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Dave Zirin, sports writer for The Nation, about how the recent federal raids to inspect illegal drug use are just one of many signs that the relationship between the federal government and professional football is changing.

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Yesterday, at the end of the fourth quarter, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos were tied. That triggered overtime. The referee tossed a coin, Denver's quarterback called tails and it was heads. So Seattle got the ball, scored a touchdown -- and the game was over.

That’s it.

Denver never got the ball, never got a chance to score.

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  The “Columbus” in Columbus Day is under contention and may be on its way out in favor of “Indigenous Peoples Day.” Seattle-based megachurch Mars Hill has been experiencing an exodus of attendees and has had to close several locations in the wake of recent scandals. Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat is back as a bus rider again after years away, but has found that Metro has changed.

Bill Radke reviews the week’s ins, outs, comings and goings with Joni Balter, C.R. Douglas and Luke Burbank.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice sits on the sideline during a preseason game in 2007. Rice was the focus of a domestic violence controversy in 2014.
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Marcie Sillman speaks with Merril Cousin, executive director of the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, about the complexities of celebrity and domestic violence.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Sport Press Northwest co-founder Art Thiel about his new book about the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl-winning quarterback called "Russell Wilson: Standing Tall."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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