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12:24am

Wed September 5, 2012
Sweetness And Light

Southern Pride And The Southeastern Conference

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 2:09 pm

Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin speaks to reporters at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media day.
Butch Dill AP

Well, the Southeastern Conference season has begun. I have it on good authority that other college football teams around the country will also be playing games this fall.

I don't know when exactly the SEC took over America. I know this is hard to believe, but the epicenter of college football used to be in the Midwest. I'm so old, I can remember when Notre Dame actually mattered, and the real tough players were supposed to come from Western Pennsylvania and Ohio.

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4:12am

Sat September 1, 2012
Book Reviews

'Headbangers' And The New American Pastime

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 8:24 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

Baseball is still called the national pastime, and poets still compose paeans to its subtlety and gentle pace. But in the 1970s, pro football began to become America's defining game, and it was about as subtle as a kick in the head. As Kevin Cook suggests in his new book, the '70s - the days of Mean Joe, "Mad Dog" John Madden, buttoned-up Tom Landry and Howard Cosell - the days when football was raw and unfiltered.

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1:29am

Tue August 28, 2012
Sports

Heat Guidelines Help Keep Young Athletes Cool

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 2:07 pm

Doctoral student Brett Comstock wears a football uniform as he walks on a treadmill at the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut.
Craig LeMoult for NPR

As extremely hot temperatures continue to hit much of the country, high school football teams are busy getting ready for the fall season.

Last year, five high school football players died of heat stroke. Across the country, experts are trying to prevent those kinds of tragedies.

At the University of Connecticut's Korey Stringer Institute, researchers study the effects of extreme heat on athletes.

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12:24pm

Thu August 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Shannon Eastin Set To Become First Female To Officiate NFL Game

In this photo taken on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, and provided by the Seattle Seahawks, NFL official Shannon Eastin works during the Seahawks NFL football training camp in Renton, Wash.
Rod Mar AP

Tonight, Shannon Eastin will break a gender barrier: The line judge will become the first woman to officiate an NFL game.

In a conference call today, she told the AP she wasn't intimidated.

"I want to encourage women: Don't be afraid," Eastin said. "Pursue and have dreams. This is my dream. With very step I hope to show it really doesn't matter if you are male or female."

The thing is that Eastin is stepping into the role during a difficult time. She is a replacement official because the regular officials are currently locked out because of a labor dispute.

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8:03pm

Tue July 3, 2012
Sweetness And Light

Joe Paterno's Legacy: Protect Players At All Costs

Originally published on Wed July 4, 2012 6:39 am

Joe Paterno walks the sidelines during warm-ups before a game between his Penn State Nittany Lions and the Temple Owls in Philadelphia last September. Paterno, who died in January, was fired on Nov. 9, four days after Jerry Sandusky was initially arrested on charges of sexually abusing 10 boys.
Chris Szagola AP

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