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Super Bowl Fervor
7:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Stocking For Success: Merchandisers Prepare For Super Bowl Win

World Vision distributed shirts and gear from Super Bowl XLII, which incorrectly stated that the New England Patriots had won, to different schools in Nicaragua in March 2008.
Courtesy of World Vision

While football fans are eagerly watching the Super Bowl, stores and manufacturers will be likewise poised for the final outcome to set in motion a landslide of merchandise to cater to the winners.

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KUOW Takes On CPR
12:39 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Public Radio Super Bowl Bet: Denver Vs. Seattle

Public Radio hosts from the Broncos and Seahawks' hometowns -- Seattle's Andy Hurst and Denver's Jay Keller -- talk smack and place bets in anticipation of Super Bowl XLVIII. (Arturo Pardavila III/Flickr)

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 9:28 am

The deluge of hype, buildup, beer and pizza ads will be over on Sunday, because either the Seattle Seahawks or the Denver Broncos will rise victorious out of the swamps of Jersey — raising high the trophy that goes to the winner of Super Bowl XLVIII. Back in the hometowns, the fans are gearing up.

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Sports
11:07 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Mike Pesca Likes The Seahawks For Super Bowl Champs

The Seattle Seahawks face the Denver Broncos for Super Bowl XLVIII.
Flickr Photo/Mike Morris

Steve Scher checks in with Mike Pesca, NPR sports correspondent and voice on Slate's 'Hang Up and Listen' podcast, about why he thinks the Seattle Seahawks will come out victorious against the Denver Broncos this Super Bowl Sunday.

Sochi Olympics
8:33 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Bellingham Skier Overcomes Strength-Sapping Disease To Make Olympic Team

Angeli VanLaanen practices in the superpipe during last week's Winter X Games competition in Aspen, Colo.
Flip McCririck ESPN Images

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 3:43 pm

Nomination to the U.S. Olympic Team completes a remarkable comeback for a pro skier from Bellingham, Wash.

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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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News From Canada
7:43 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Keystone, Winter Olympics, And Seahawks Fever

Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer has the latest news from Canada.
Flickr Photo/Christopher Policarpio

David Hyde talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about an ad blasting Prime Minister Stephen Harper during the State of the Union, the upcoming Winter Olympics and Seahawks fever spreading north of the border.

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.

Sports
9:53 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Super Bowl Tickets Are 'Cheap,' And Weather Isn't Only Reason

Tickets? Tickets? Anybody need tickets? Some are available to Sunday's Super Bowl in New Jersey at "bargain" prices.
Charlie Riedel AP

Sure, the game-time temperature's going to be in the low-30s or high-20s at Sunday's Super Bowl in New Jersey.

But brokers say that's not the only reason why tickets to the game aren't going for super-high prices on the websites where they're being resold.

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Sports
9:42 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Broken Ribs Can't Stop Seattle Skier's Drive To Compete In Winter Olympics

Roberto Carcelen of Seattle carried the Peruvian flag at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He is tabbed to be Peru's flag bearer again in Sochi.
Jude Freeman Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 4:30 pm

It's every Olympic athlete's worst nightmare: After years of preparation, training and fundraising, an accident mere weeks before the Olympic Games derails everything.

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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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Sports
9:25 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Big Crop Of Northwest Olympians Headed To Sochi Games

The 2014 U.S. Olympic Team has a Northwest flavor, including these Nordic skiers, Sadie Bjornsen (3rd from R), Erik Bjornsen (5th from R), Holly Brooks (5th from L) and Simi Hamilton (2nd from L).
Sarah Brunson U.S. Ski Team

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 11:10 am

Athletes headed to the Winter Games from Oregon, Idaho and Washington run the gamut from Olympic rookies to medal-draped veterans.

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Week In Review
1:11 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Richard Sherman Post-NFC Interview, Bertha's Troubles, And Changes At Eastside Catholic School

In Seattle, the Seahawks and Richard Sherman have ruled the headlines in the last week.
Flickr Photo/Mark Samia

A post-NFC championship game interview with Richard Sherman causes controversy. Is Seattle the "bad guy" in the Super Bowl narrative? Plus, Bertha stays stuck, and the Eastside Catholic School president steps down.

We review these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger and The Stranger's Eli Sanders. Plus, we hear from Live Wire host Luke Burbank.

Pregnant Athletes
4:22 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

A Baby Didn't Bump These Moms Out Of Competition

Malaysian shooting athlete Nur Suryani Taibi was eight months pregnant in 2012 as she prepared for the Summer Olympics in London.
Rebecca Blackwell AP

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 2:32 pm

Let's be clear: Olympians handle the physical challenges of childbirth differently than most of the rest of us.

Aretha Thurmond is a discus thrower who'd already competed in two Olympics when she went to the hospital in labor.

"So I get there and they're like, 'Yeah, whatever, you're 4 centimeters dilated. Go walk around the hospital and come back,' " she says.

Thurmond's hospital was part of a university, so she headed straight for its track, where she power-walked for the next two hours. Then the school's discus throwers came out.

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Sports Psychology
3:07 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Obsessed With The Seahawks? Science Can Explain Why

Author Eric Simons says flying flags and Blue Fridays actually have a psychological and evolutionary basis.
Flickr Photo/Philip Robertson

In recent weeks, the 12th Man has been more ubiquitous in Seattle than rainfall (actually, we’ve been having pretty mild weather).

The flying flags, Blue Fridays and produce displays actually have a psychological and evolutionary basis, according to Eric Simons, author of “The Secret Lives of Sports Fans.”

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