Frank Deford

Frank Deford appears in the following:

More College Football Bowl Games Than Winning Teams?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

When two teams play a game that doesn't count, call it what it is — an exhibition. Sports commentator Frank Deford reminds us that words, and their meanings, matter.


Monument Underway For Slain 1972 Israeli Olympians

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Frank Deford wonders why it took so long to build a monument commemorating the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by terrorists at the Munich Summer Olympics 43 years ago.


Remembering The Forgotten Of The Sports World

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Sports gets bigger all the time. But even in the biggest bull markets, there are always a few stocks that fail. The same is true in sports history. Whatever happened to the Little Brown Jug? Bowling?


There Are No Winners Without Losers

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Somebody has to lose, right? So, let's learn from defeat.


Commentary: Mizzou Football And The Power Of The Players

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Frank Deford wonders: Once the games are over, are the football players really accepted, or are they just hired hands?


The NFL Is Kicking The Ball To The United Kingdom. Why?

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

London soon will be hosting up to eight NFL games each fall. What's behind these plans to play so many regular season games across the pond?


Bill Belichick: Love Him, Hate Him, But Don't Deny He's An Original

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

The time has come to recognize that Bill Belichick is the best pro-sports coach of this century, says commentator Frank Deford.


States Should Get Into The Sports Gambling Game

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Commentator Frank Deford takes a close look at fantasy sports and concludes the profits to be made there are very real.


The 'Good Sports' In College Athletics

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Commentator Frank Deford says big universities often see athletics as primarily spectator entertainment. Smaller schools, he says, do better in making it a participant activity for students.


Baseball's Arms Race: The Price Of All Those Fast Pitches

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Too many pitchers are throwing too hard for the human body to bear, commentator Frank Deford says. What makes these injuries unique is that the players are doing it to themselves.


Football, Notre Dame And Winning 'For The Gipper'

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Commentator Frank Deford marks the 75th anniversary of the college football movie Knute Rockne, All-American, which included a famous phrase, uttered by the movie's star, Ronald Reagan.


Why Women's Sports Get So Little Attention

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

As the WNBA finals approach, NPR commentator Frank Deford explains why — Serena Williams aside — women's professional sports are not as popular as men's.


Yogi Berra, The Ultimate In Athletic Americana

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Yogi Berra died Tuesday at age 90. The Hall of Fame catcher is part of our culture in ways that other great athletes never manage. To mark his passing, Morning Edition airs this encore from 2005.


Too Many Sports Columnists Being Cut From The Team

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Baseball used to be a newspaper game, says commentator Frank Deford. Now, sports are equal parts television and fantasy.


Spending Public Money On Sports Stadiums Is Bad Business

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Municipalities all over the country keep forking over money for new football stadiums, and sports commentator Frank Deford finds it outrageous "because football stadiums are the worst excesses."


Deford: When It Comes To The Courtroom, Bet On The Players

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

History shows why we shouldn't be surprised that a judge recently overturned New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's suspension.


Why Is There An Extra Point In Football, And Do We Need It?

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

This year, the extra-point line of scrimmage has been moved back to the 15-yard line. Will that make any demonstrable difference in lowering the conversion rate?


What If Serena Williams Had Faced Tougher Rivals?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

As Serena Williams seeks her 22nd Grand Slam title, commentator Frank Deford wishes tennis produced more competitors worthy of her.


Deford: When 'Deflategate' Dust Settles, Put Goodell Out To Pasture

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

As NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and star quarterback Tom Brady head to court over "deflategate," commentator Frank Deford says it's time for Goodell to be replaced in the league's front office.


Bryce Harper Or Mike Trout: Are These Two Too Good?

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Commentator Frank Deford weighs in on two of the youngest, brightest stars in professional baseball.