Frank Deford

Frank Deford appears in the following:

Boxing Fans Shift Focus To Small Men, Big Money

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

As some boxing fans await a major welterweight matchup on Saturday, it's clear that the sport is struggling to keep the attention on the boxers' athleticism rather than their riches.


Bruce Jenner's Long History Of Clearing Hurdles

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

As Jenner prepares for an interview in which he's expected to talk about his gender identity, commentator Frank Deford looks back at the reality TV star's days as an Olympic athlete adjusting to fame.


As American Sports Skew More Armcentric, Throwing Injuries Rise

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Baseball players' arms are becoming more like football players' heads โ€” subject to frequent injury and in need of immobilizing surgery.


Deford: Americans Don't Care About Major League Soccer

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The curmudgeonly sports commentator is pessimistic about the sport's prospects in the U.S.


Remembering Legendary NBA Announcer 'Hot Rod' Hundley

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Hundley, who died last week at age 80, was one of the first former NBA players whom the Basketball Hall of Fame honored for calling games.


'Borland Effect' A Fumble For Football? Deford Says It Will Pass

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

San Francisco 49ers player Chris Borland is retiring from the NFL after a single season to avoid potential brain injuries. Some see this as the beginning of the end of football's popularity.


News From The Charity Stripe

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NCAA basketball fans often strive to rattle free throw shooters โ€” but, for commentator Frank Deford, few efforts match Arizona State's Curtain of Distraction, which he sums up as: "shock and awful."


Deford: NCAA Fans Continue To Drink Deeply Of The (Sports) Spirits

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Recent scandals involving student athletes at Syracuse University and other prominent athletic departments, remind commentator Frank Deford of speakeasies during Prohibition.


Alex Rodriguez Is Back, For Better Or Worse

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

As Major League Baseball's exhibition season begins, commentator Frank Deford says the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez is unlikely to be able to overcome his fall from grace, at least in the eyes of the fans.


An Uneventful Week In Sports Could Still Go Down In History

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NASCAR is suspending a driver accused of domestic violence, and the NFL is considering allowing two teams to share a stadium? Sports commentator Frank Deford is pleased.


John Calipari Gets The Best Out Of His One-And-Done Bench

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Commentator Frank Deford analyzes the University of Kentucky men's basketball team's winning streak.


Deford: 'Gentleman and Coach' Dean Smith Did What He Believed In

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Hall of Famer led the University of North Carolina to two national titles during his 35-year career coaching basketball. Commentator Frank Deford remembers Smith, who died Saturday.


Dear Aging Athletes: Say Hello To Goodbye

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Commentator Frank Deford contemplates the difficulty of knowing when to quit.


Frank Deford: NFL Could Learn A Lesson From The Tennis Court

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

As Deflategate and other embarrassing incidents continue to hit the NFL, Frank Deford says a selfless act by a little-known tennis player could teach the league something about fairness.


Frank Deford To The NBA: Who's On Worst?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Commentator Frank Deford marvels at the topsy-turvy nature of the NBA this season; some usually mediocre teams are at the top, and some usually great teams are collectively having an off year.


Not So Wicked Smaht: Boston's Olympic Hopes

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The city is excited to be in the running to host the 2024 Summer Games. Commentator Frank Deford counts the many ways Boston will be a big loser if it wins.


Crowning The 33rd-Best Football Team In America

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

As we eagerly await the first official college football championship, commentator Frank Deford says it's intriguing that the U.S. places as much emphasis on college sports as it does on the pros.


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.