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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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The Takeaway

Superbowl XLVI: The Ultimate Sports Movie Sequel?

Friday, February 03, 2012

In a world where one team must face off against another not once, but twice, on the world stage tempers will flare, bodies will be pushed to the limit, and reveling fans will discover if the underdog can triumph over tragedy… or if the top dog will rise again. Cliched? Absolutely, but appropriate: just as they did in 2007, the New England Patriots will face off against the New York Giants in this year's Superbowl.

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WNYC News

Hospitality, Compact Downtown Make Indy A Super Bowl City, Mayor Says

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Lots of folks are obviously very excited in Indianapolis as Sunday's Super Bowl at the city's Lucas Oil Stadium approaches. The mayor says it's his town's chance to shine.

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The Takeaway

Legendary Trainer Angelo Dundee Dies at 90

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Angelo Dundee, who was nearly always right, but mostly he was right about the fighters he taught and fought with, and some of the greatest collaborations in the history of sports. Angelo Dundee has died from complications from a blood clot and stroke. He was 90. Speaking to our partner the BBC this is what Muhammed Ali had to say about his former coach.

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WNYC News

Super Split: Bowl Has Connecticut At War With Itself

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The state is part of New England, but many of its football fans pick the N.Y. Giants over the Pats. "Way back when, they were the only game in town," one fan says of the days before the Patriots came to the area in 1960. But feelings run deep on both sides — and nothing reveals that like a Super Bowl.

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It's A Good Time To Be An L.A. Clippers 'Superfan'

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Lakers have Jack Nicholson. Los Angeles' other NBA team has "Clipper Darrell." He has missed only one home game in the past nine years and shows up in full Clippers gear to taunt the other team. Now that his team is no longer second fiddle in Los Angeles, Clipper Darrell is in his element.

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The Takeaway

Giants and Patriots Head to the Super Bowl

Monday, January 23, 2012

It'll be Eli Manning leading the New York Giants to a Super Bowl rematch against the New England Patriots. The Giants came out on top as they won their fifth straight road playoff game. But even kicker Lawrence Tynes says it's no miracle. Tynes kicked a 32-yard field goal in overtime to send the Giants to the Super Bowl. Eli Manning played like his brother last night, setting a franchise records for completions and attempts, even in the bad weather.

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WNYC News

Legendary Football Coach Joe Paterno Mourned

Sunday, January 22, 2012

All day cars drove slowly past a bronze statue of Paterno, who coached Penn State's football team for 61 years until he was forced out last November. Many stopped and quietly walked up to the statue outside the football stadium to pay respects to "JoePa," who died Sunday.

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The Takeaway

NFL Playoffs: Giants Pummel Packers, Tebow Gets Hammered

Monday, January 16, 2012

Time is short in the 2011/2012 NFL season, but this past weekend certainly left behind some incredible moments. The New York Giants pulled off a huge upset by pummeling the Green Bay Packers. And speaking of a pummeling, that is exactly what Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow received from the New England Patriots as his offensive line could not hold.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mike Pesca, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin Toss Around Football

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mike Pesca, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin, the hosts of “Hang Up and Listen,” Slate’s sports podcast, talk about college football’s national championship game and the college football system. They’ll also discuss the NFL playoffs and the highlights and lowpoints of the year in football.  

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The Takeaway

In Defense of Paying College Athletes

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Be it from ticket sales, memorabilia, television rights, or donors, college sports generate over $6 billion in annual revenue. Yet while coaches are receiving larger and larger contracts — the average college football coach's salary in 2010 was $1.36 million — the money doesn't trickle down to the players. The discrepancy has led many to call for stipends or other methods of paying college athletes for their work on the field. On January 14, the National Collegiate Athletic Association will review the issue.

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WNYC News

In Winter Classic, Rangers Nip Flyers, Al Fresco

Monday, January 02, 2012

The New York Rangers rallied from two goals down to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in the Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park Monday. The hockey rink stretched from first base to third base at the Phillies' baseball stadium.

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The Takeaway

Weekend NFL Rundown

Monday, January 02, 2012

Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin looks back at the last 17 weeks of the NFL season and gives his analysis of this weekend's games.

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The Takeaway

Delayed NBA Season Begins

Monday, December 26, 2011

After weeks of delay, the shortened NBA season began on Sunday. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin spent roughly 12 and a half hours watching basketball on Christmas Day. He breaks down the day's games, and also looks back at the major sports moments of 2011.

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The Takeaway

Lockout-Shortened NBA Season to Begin Sunday

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sunday will bring a Christmas miracle for sports fans when the NBA begins its much delayed 2011-2012 season. A labor dispute kept players off the courts for weeks. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin previews the shortened season.

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WNYC News

The NBA Is Bullish On Christmas, By Necessity

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

In 2010, Phil Jackson, then the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, complained about the NBA's scheduling of games on Christmas Day. It seemed, he said, that "Christian holidays don't mean anything" any longer. With its season shortened, the NBA can't afford to skip the holiday this year.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Cartoonist and Sports Writer Thornton Fisher, WNYC Sports Commentator 1924-1925

Friday, December 16, 2011

Thornton Fisher (1888-1975) began his broadcasting career in 1923 at AT&T's WEAF in New York as one of radio's earliest sports commentators. He switched to WNYC the following year, not long after the municipal station began broadcasting. The Evening Leader of Corning, New York  praised Fisher's Tuesday and Thursday evening program, Sports Analysis, and said, "he is one of the keenest sports writers and cartoonists in the world of journalism. His love for all sports, coupled with his sparkling wit and understanding of every phase of every game, have created an immortal place for him as chronicler of the progress of sports."[1]

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WNYC News

McQueary Repeats Allegation About Sandusky

Friday, December 16, 2011

The key witness in the case against the former Penn State assistant football coach says in open court that "I believe Jerry was sexually molesting" a young boy.

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The Takeaway

If Tim Tebow Were a Muslim

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

With another stunning come from behind victory against the Bears last Sunday, the Tim Tebow train keeps rolling. The Denver Broncos’ quarterback has become a cultural phenomenon. But his on-field exploits only make up one part of the Tebow mystique. Tebow’s public displays of faith play a major role in the star athlete’s public persona and the narrative surrounding him.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sports, Concussions, and Brain Trauma

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

John Branch, New York Times sports reporter and author of the three-part series “Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer,” about Derek Boogaard, a professional hockey player; Alan Schwarz, New York Times education reporter and formerly a sports reporter whose coverage of concussions in sports was nominated for a Pulitzer prize; and Dr. Robert Cantu, neurosurgeon and co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine, discussing the link between contact sports, concussions, and degenerative brain conditions.

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