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The Leonard Lopate Show

NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless 1970s

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Kevin Cook explains why he thinks the 1970s were the most colorful decade in NFL history and were the years that pro football grew up. His book The Last Headbangers: NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless ‘70s—the Era that Created Modern Sports draws on interviews with legendary coaches and players—Franco Harris, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Ken “Snake” Stabler—and tells the story of their heroics and off-field carousing.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Floyd Little

Friday, September 07, 2012

Football legend Floyd Little talks about his journey from poverty to military school, college, the NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In Promises to Keep: My Inspired Run from Syracuse to Denver to the Hall, he shares his favorite tales from his first high school game, his time playing for Syracuse and for the Denver Broncos. He also recounts stories about fellow Hall of Famers of his era, his Broncos teammates, and shares his thoughts about today's NFL stars.

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The Takeaway

Fantasy Football Gets a Sitcom

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Labor Day has passed and fall is officially in the air. For some people, that means it's time to start getting ready for the 2012 fantasy football season. With over 27 million participants, the popularity of fantasy football is at an all-time high. The phenomenon of this popularity is documented in a comedy on FX, called The League, which presents six long-time friends as they navigate extreme football fandom. 

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The Takeaway

Reacting to Penn State's NCAA Penalties

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

We already know the impact that recent NCAA penalties will have on the Penn State football program, but how will they affect the Penn State community?

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Soundcheck

The Music of Euro 2012 | The Fans

Friday, June 29, 2012

After the national anthems are finished, the focus of the Euro 2012 final will be squarely on the field. But in the background of what's sure to be a fantastic soccer match, there's still plenty of music to be heard.

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Soundcheck

The Music of the Euro 2012 Final | The Anthems

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Before the Euro 2012 final even starts on Sunday, both Italy and Spain will display their national melodies front and center. What exactly will the players be singing (or humming along with) when their anthems are played?

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Euro 2012: Football and politics in Poland and Ukraine

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Euro 2012: Football and politics in Poland and Ukraine

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The Takeaway

College Football Approves New Playoff Format

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A committee of university presidents has approved a new playoff system for college football. After this year, the much-derided Bowl Championship Series will come to an end, and be replaced by a four-team playoff and a Super Bowl-style title game.

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The Takeaway

Former NFL Player Wade Davis: I Didn't Think I Had the Support to Come Out

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

It's no secret that coming out is tough. No one can ever really gauge just how someone will react beforehand, no matter how close to you they may be. Now imagine that you're making millions of dollars in an industry that relies heavily on it's super macho image. This may seem like an unrealistic scenario, but for retired NFL player Wade Davis, this was an all too familiar reality.

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The Takeaway

Will Racist Soccer Hooligans Tarnish Euro 2012?

Friday, June 01, 2012

The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship will kick off a week from today. Normally it's a cause for celebration, but concerns that some racist fans in the host countries of Poland and the Ukraine will harm black and Asian fans and players have dominated any discussion about the tournament. Is racism really that entrenched in European soccer?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Michael Oher Beat the Odds

Friday, May 25, 2012

Michael Oher, the football star made famous in the book and movie The Blind Side, talks about rising above the circumstances of his youth. In I Beat the Odds, Oher looks back on how he went from being a homeless child in Memphis to playing in the NFL, and looks at how he broke out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family.

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Features

Gregory Porter, 'On My Way To Harlem,' Live on Soundcheck

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Gregory Porter says he got into songwriting because his mother was a minister. "Melodies, lyrics, thoughts come to me in the most average of places ... when I'm birdwatching, which I like to do," he said on Soundcheck. Watch a video of Porter singing "On My Way To Harlem."

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The Takeaway

Where Will Peyton Manning Play?

Thursday, March 08, 2012

After 14 years with the Indiana Colts, quarterback Petyon Manning is parting ways with the team he helped transform and lift to a 2006 Super Bowl victory. Now, the NFL's only four-time most valuable player becomes a free agent. Where will he end up? A Jets fan and a reporter following Mr. Manning give us their take.

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The Takeaway

NFL To Investigate Allegations of New Orleans Saints' Bounty Fund

Monday, March 05, 2012

Former New Orleans Saints assistant coach Gregg Williams is being called to New York to discuss an alleged bounty fund he employed with his players. The fund rewarded players for game-ending injuries inflicted on an opposing team’s players, and targeted superstars such as Brett Favre and Kurt Warner. The fund reached its height in 2009, the year the Saints won the Super Bowl. Williams is alleged to have maintained when he ran the Washington Redskins’ defense as well.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Undefeated”

Friday, February 17, 2012

Daniel Lindsay and T. J. Martin, directors of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Undefeated,” along with coach Bill Courtney. Manassas High School in North Memphis had never won a playoff game until Courtney came along and transformed the team. For player and coaches alike, the season is not only about winning games, it’s about how they grapple with the unforeseeable events that are part of football and part of life.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Oscar Nominated Documentaries: "Undefeated"

Monday, February 13, 2012

T.J. Martin and Daniel Lindsay, co-directors of "Undefeated", talk about their documentary following a football season at an inner city high school. "Undefeated" opens Friday, February 17.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Michael Oher Beat the Odds

Monday, February 06, 2012

Michael Oher, the football star made famous in the book and movie The Blind Side, talks about rising above the circumstances of his youth. In I Beat the Odds, Oher looks back on how he went from being a homeless child in Memphis to playing in the NFL, and looks at how he broke out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family.

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The Takeaway

Giants Win Super Bowl in Dramatic Fashion

Monday, February 06, 2012

The New York Giants beat New England 21-17 in a game that most certainly would be consider an instant classic. Eli Manning was the game's MVP, completing 30 of 40 passes and engineering the late 4th quarter touchdown drive that would win the Giants the game. Tom Brady could not execute a successful one-minute drive after launching a Hail Mary pass that went unanswered.

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The Takeaway

Learn to Talk Football with The Takeaway

Friday, February 03, 2012

While football may have supplanted baseball as the national pastime, it's not necessarily a universal language. Perhaps you carelessly yell "foul!" during the game, don't fully understand what the "end zone" is, or mistakenly throw up your arms when the opposing team gets a touchback. But fear not: The Takeaway will teach you how to sound smart on Super Bowl Sunday.

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Features

WATCH | Our Favorite Super Bowl 2012 Commercials

Friday, February 03, 2012

Dogs, Ferris Bueller and "poop-free" babies figure prominently in some of this year's Super Bowl XLVI commercials. Watch some of our favorite Super Bowl Sunday ads. Then vote for your favorite ad here.

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