National Football League (NFL) http://kunc.org en Michael Sam, A Distraction? Please http://kunc.org/post/michael-sam-distraction-please Now that Michael Sam, an NFL draft prospect, has announced that he is gay, there's been <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2014/02/10/274652475/defining-masculinity-down-the-mans-man-game">a lot of mumbling</a> that he would be a distraction — but it's really an issue of antipathy<em>.</em><p>What <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20140209/michael-sam-draft-stock/">some are saying</a>, in coded language, is that too many players and fans would hate Michael Sam because he's gay, and the media will pounce on this, and that would be bad for his team and henc Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:05:00 +0000 Frank Deford 54160 at http://kunc.org Michael Sam, A Distraction? Please Seahawks Say They Figured Out Manning's Signals http://kunc.org/post/seahawks-say-they-figured-out-mannings-signals Here's a window into why the Seattle Seahawks' defense so thoroughly dominated the Denver Broncos' offense during Sunday's Super Bowl, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/02/270657316/seattle-dominates-denver-to-win-its-first-super-bowl-victory" target="_blank">which Seattle won 43-8</a>.<p>Yes, it certainly seems as if Seattle's players were just bigger and faster and played better.<p>But like all teams do, Seattle spent the better part of two weeks before the game studying the Denver offense. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:43:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 53849 at http://kunc.org Seahawks Say They Figured Out Manning's Signals Seattle Dominates Denver To Win Its First Super Bowl http://kunc.org/post/seattle-dominates-denver-win-its-first-super-bowl The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 to win Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday night, the first Super Bowl victory in the team's history.<p>The game got off to an odd start on the first play from scrimmage when Broncos center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball past quarterback Peyton Manning, who was walking up to the line and didn't have his hands ready. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 03:15:00 +0000 Steve Mullis 53818 at http://kunc.org Seattle Dominates Denver To Win Its First Super Bowl America's Love Affair With Football Keeps Getting Stronger http://kunc.org/post/americas-love-affair-football-keeps-getting-stronger Football fandom simply overwhelms all other sports in America, growing not just merely super, but superior, from high school right on up to this Sunday's quasi-religious festival — which celebrates our adoration of the sport<em> </em>as much as the sport itself.<p>There are multiple reasons to account for this increased devotion to football, but curiously, there's no balancing diminution in interest in other sports. Baseball may no longer be the national pastime, but it's doing quite well. Sports fandom is not necessarily a zero-sum game. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:37:00 +0000 Frank Deford 53718 at http://kunc.org America's Love Affair With Football Keeps Getting Stronger Super Bowl Tickets Are 'Cheap,' And Weather Isn't Only Reason http://kunc.org/post/super-bowl-tickets-are-cheap-and-weather-isnt-only-reason Sure, the game-time temperature's going to be in <a href="http://www.weather.com/weather/wxdetail5/USNJ0355" target="_blank">the low-30s or high-20s</a> at Sunday's Super Bowl in New Jersey.<p>But brokers say that's not the only reason why tickets to the game aren't going for super-high prices on the websites where they're being resold.<p>"The issue with the weather is one thing, but the teams are not drawing," Lance Patania, president and CEO of Prominent Tickets, a ticket brokerage in Glen Rock, N.J., <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/super/2014/01/27/super-bowl-ticket-prices Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:40:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 53699 at http://kunc.org Super Bowl Tickets Are 'Cheap,' And Weather Isn't Only Reason