Frank Deford appears in the following:
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Outside of sport, the word "hustle" has a negative connotation: A hustle is a scam; a hustler a flimflam man. But in the world of sports, says commentator Frank Deford, you can never hustle too much.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
It's not just his long career that sets apart tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, just accepted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. It's how he transformed the way we raise our athletic children.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Commentator Frank Deford has a modest proposal to make baseball more interesting: cut an inch and a half off each side of home plate. It'd lead to a better game to both play and watch, he says.
Wednesday, December 04, 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.
Wednesday, November 06, 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.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Commentator Frank Deford has some theories about why NASCAR is having trouble expanding its audience.
Wednesday, October 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.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
America's Cup yachts can gracefully skim above water at better than 40 mph, but Frank Deford says when he looks back at the seven seas in 2013 he'll remember 64-year-old Nyad "plowing, all by herself, freestyle, through 100 miles of surf from Havana to Key West."
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Each football season brings exciting plays and game heroes, but Frank Deford says the real heroes are often overlooked. He points to Mary Willingham, an educator who decided to speak up.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Russia is pledging that the 2014 games will be free of discrimination despite its anti-gay measures. Frank Deford isn't buying it and says Olympic officials need to be accountable.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The centerpiece of Fox's new all-sports network is a talk show hosted by Regis Philbin, who says his credentials for the job are that he's a fan. Poor Fox. Poor Regis Philbin. This is no way to start a sports network.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Don't you think that sometimes, even in baseball, with all its sacred statistics, you can round numbers off and call it equal, plus or minus a margin of admiration?
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Commentator Frank Deford remembers the last Ivy League football player to win the Heisman Trophy. Kazmaier, 82, died on Thursday.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The Super Bowl is one of the great financial bonanzas of modern times. From the players to the networks to the hotels, everybody involved with it makes a killing.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Commentator Frank Deford says our educational system should care more about encouraging good black students instead of using good black athletes.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Commentator Frank Deford has cooked up a plan that invokes Tinker Bell for baseball's annual All-Star Game.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Twenty-nine NFL players have been arrested since the Super Bowl. Football needs to be cleansed, says sports commentator Frank Deford.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
After a rough loss at Wimbledon last week, many fans are wondering if this is the end for the Swiss tennis star.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
We in the U.S. think, nostalgically, of athletics as integral to higher education, but perhaps they're so unusual that they should be entirely separated from the academic and turned into an honest commercial adjunct.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
In baseball, golf and tennis in particular, we are being slowly lulled to sleep before every pitch, every shot. Hurry up already, says commentator Frank Deford.