Frank Deford

Frank Deford appears in the following:

Hockey's Doc Emrick And His 153 Verbs

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hockey announcer Mike "Doc" Emrick is that rare play-by-play man who is both an authority on the game and a connoisseur of the language.


Deford: It's Hard To Write A Christmas Story About Sport

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Linking sports and the Christmas spirit is a true challenge, says commentator Frank Deford. "The idea of sports is to beat the other fellow," he says, "while the idea of Christmas is to be giving."


What's A Sportsman Anyway?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford says awards for sportsmanship seem archaic. These days, he says, we're more likely to talk about unsportsmanlike conduct.


Deford: What's Wrong With Pro Athletes Taking A Stand?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NFL and NBA players are famous and influential, says commentator Frank Deford. So if they want to show support for protests against police brutality, he asks, why shouldn't they?


Flag On The Play! Playoffs May Shift Focus From Football's Fumbles

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

As fans prepare for the first college playoff games, commentator Frank Deford points out that the sport faces far more serious problems than which school will win the conference title.


Be Thankful This Year For The San Antonio Spurs

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Just in time for Thanksgiving, commentator Frank Deford describes his gratitude for everyone's favorite team in any American sport. The Spurs, he says, are gentlemen, do right and are beloved by all.


Outside Of The Games, Are Sports Corrupt?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford discusses some recent sports-related scandals, including the abuse of young swimmers by their coaches, and fake classes created for college athletes.


No 'Misteak': High Beef Prices A Boon For Drought-Weary Ranchers

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If you've shopped for meat recently, you no doubt have noticed that beef prices are up. That may be hard on consumers, but the prices are helping ranchers purchase expensive feed and rebuild herds.


Chicago Or Cleveland: Whose Teams Had More Downs Than Ups?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford ponders which city has had the worst luck in sports. It's hard to decide whether Cubs fans or Cleveland fans deserve the most sympathy for their years of cheering on futility.


Americana: Hot Dogs, Apple Pie And Football?

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford explains why he thinks football has a better claim on being America's national pastime than baseball.


Start World Series Games Earlier; Let Us Sleep

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford says the Fall Classic could boost its sagging ratings by scheduling games early enough for people in the Eastern and Central Time Zones to see the end.


Among The Young And Privileged In North Korea

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

American journalist Suki Kim spent six months teaching English at a North Korean University that serves the sons of the elite. She chronicles her experience in a new book, Without You, There Is No Us.


College Football's Big Ten Conference? Try The Littler Ten

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Country music isn't the only American cultural institution rallying in the South. Commentator Frank Deford says the region has triumphed in college football, taking over where Big Ten had ruled.


Nonprofit NFL Seeks Super Bowl Volunteers, Again

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The NFL is looking for 10,000 volunteers for this season's Super Bowl. Commentator Frank Deford thinks other causes are more deserving.


Deford: A New Sports Talk Show By Women, But Will People Watch?

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Women are everywhere in sports — coaches, executives, athletes and reporters. Commentator Frank Deford wonders why there's still low viewership for women's sports on TV.


Goodbye To All That: Farewells In Sports

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

In honor of Derek Jeter's last game, commentator Frank Deford recalls other sports' so-long-see-you-laters.


What We Talk About When We Talk About Race And Sports

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford reflects on the owner of the Atlanta Hawks' controversial efforts to market the team to white audiences.


Is The NFL Too Big To Fail?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The NFL has suffered a number of scandals recently, but the sport has emerged relatively unscathed. Commentator Frank Deford asks if anything could change the way Americans feel about football.


The National Anthem, And The National Pastime

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

This Sunday marks the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key's penning of "The Star-Spangled Banner." As commentator Frank Deford explains, baseball and the national anthem go way back.


You'll Never Walk-Off Alone

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

With baseball's pennant race in full swing, commentator Frank Deford takes a moment to examine an oft-used baseball phrase ... and imagines how sportswriters might apply it to big moments in history.