Another football tragedy this week renews questions about the safety of the game that made many stars rich, but at some cost. Also, it may be closing time for one of the all-time greats. Over in hockey playoffs, are they going Hollywood? Host Scott Simon talks with Howard Bryant of ESPN.
And now, let's turn our attention to the world of sports.
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WYNONA CARR: (Singing) Life is a ball game being played each day. Life is a ball game...
GREENE: Life is a ball game, isn't it? Well, at least that's how Mike Pesca sees it. He is NPR's sports correspondent and also WEEKEND EDITION's guide to those intersections of sports and life. And he joins us now.
From time to time, people say on this program perhaps we should show more emotion, a little more excitement. Perhaps something like this.
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JOHN WALTON: The Boston Bruins now turn it over, a two on one. Kanuvel(ph) coming with Ward. Kanuvel with a chance (unintelligible). They score. They score. They score. It's over. Ward on the rebound. Good morning. Good afternoon and good night, Boston. The king is dead. There will be a new Stanley Cup champion. The Capitals are still dancing.
Hockey fans in the nation's capital are savoring an underdog victory: last night, the Washington Capitals knocked the Boston Bruins, last year's Stanley Cup champions, out of the playoffs. Nearly three minutes into overtime, Caps right winger Joel Ward fired a puck past Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, ending Boston's hopes for a repeat of the 2011 victory. The final score: 2-1.
Hockey teams wearing darker-colored jerseys are more likely to be penalized for aggressive fouls than teams wearing white jerseys, according to new research. Teams wearing black jerseys in particular get penalized the most, according to an analysis that may offer a window into the hidden psychological dynamics of the ongoing NHL playoffs.