Frank Deford

Frank Deford appears in the following:

Time To Root, Root, Root For Final Innings

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A baseball odd couple ends their careers this year: Commissioner Bud Selig and Yankees' shortstop Derek Jeter.


Deford: Paying College Athletes Would Level The Playing Field

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The sports commentator renders his verdict on the recent National Labor Relations Board ruling that Northwestern University's football players are employees and have the right to unionize.


The Mystery And History Of Sport's Front Office

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In light of legendary coach Phil Jackson's recent move to the New York Knicks as the organization's president, commentator Frank Deford looks at how the office has evolved (or hasn't).


There's A Reason They Call It Madness

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

As March Madness gets underway, commentator Frank Deford wonders if Americans just have too many teams to root for.


In Sports, There's No Such Thing As A Bad Hustle

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.


A Star Tennis Coach And The End Of The All-Around Athlete

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.


It's Time To Shrink Home Plate

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.


To Liven Up NFL Pregame Shows, Take A Cue From 'The View'?

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.


Root, Root, Root For The Home Team?

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Does a citizen of any country โ€” not just the good ole U.S.A. โ€” 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.


Can NASCAR Steer Itself Back Into Popularity?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Commentator Frank Deford has some theories about why NASCAR is having trouble expanding its audience.


Frank Deford: 'Some Of Us Are More Valiant Than The Rest'

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.


Diana Nyad's Accomplishment Makes America's Cup Look All Wet

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."


Why Keep Athletes Eligible But Uneducated?

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.


How About A Gold Medal For Human Rights For Gay People?

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.


Tennis Fans: A Stadium Roof Is Coming. So Is Regis Philbin

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.


Pete Rose Should Enter The Hall Of Fame With Ichiro Suzuki

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?


Dick Kazmaier, 'A Honey Of A Guy'

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Commentator Frank Deford remembers the last Ivy League football player to win the Heisman Trophy. Kazmaier, 82, died on Thursday.


Why Would You Volunteer For Next Year's Super Bowl?

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.


NCAA Should 'Bolster And Reinforce' African-American Players

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.


Clap If You Believe In Roger Maris

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Commentator Frank Deford has cooked up a plan that invokes Tinker Bell for baseball's annual All-Star Game.