Sweetness And Light
Dec 4, 2013 — The Sunday pregame shows feature interchangeable ex-players and ex-coaches saying the same banal things, one after another. But on female-centered shows, observes Frank Deford, the hosts actually argue, hash things out, laugh and generally behave like flesh-and-blood human beings.
Nov 27, 2013 — After his career at the racetrack ended, Metro Meteor was adopted by an artist in Pennsylvania, who discovered the horse's gift. Now, his paintings raise money to treat his knee problems and to help other retired thoroughbreds find new homes.
Nov 20, 2013 — Things move so fast in college basketball that there are three players this year who are being called "the next LeBron James. " In the NBA, most of the talk is already about where the superstars will be next season.
Nov 13, 2013 — The owner of the Miami Dolphins says he will meet Wednesday with the player who has accused teammates of harassment. Frank Deford says the allegations represent just the most recent disgrace for football.
Nov 6, 2013 — Does a citizen of any country — not just the good ole U.S.A. — have an obligation to support its national teams? According to Frank Deford, in our world of global entertainment, passports don't matter and taste should trump nationalism.
Oct 30, 2013 — Commentator Frank Deford has some theories about why NASCAR is having trouble expanding its audience.
Oct 23, 2013 — As the World Series begins, the sports commentator longs for proof of the existence of a legitimate clutch hitter. Stats guys say that the clutch is a random crap shoot.
Oct 16, 2013 — Commentator Frank Deford responds to suggestions of things he should comment on. Here, he takes on the Washington Redskins' name; high school football games on national TV; hockey fights; Pete Rose and the Baseball Hall of Fame; and the tradition of pouring Gatorade on winning coaches.
Oct 9, 2013 — Commentator Frank Deford notices how often the European sports masterminds get it wrong, whatever the game. FIFA is dealing with problems with the 2022 World Cup. The Olympics — helmed by a series of Europeans — will be in Russia, where homophobia is enshrined in law. And then there's Formula One: run by an Englishman charged with bribery.
Oct 2, 2013 — On Sept. 27, 1988, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was stripped of his 100-meter gold medal when tests showed a performance-enhancing drug in his system. As Alex Rodriguez appeals his illegal doping ban from Major League Baseball, Frank Deford reflects on a historical moment of drug use among athletes.