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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.

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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.

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.

How To Be A Fan

Jan 31, 2014

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!

In The Puppy Bowl, Bach Goes To The Dogs

Jan 31, 2014

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.

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

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