Sports

2:22pm

Fri February 1, 2013
The Two-Way

3 Things To Say At A Super Bowl Party

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 12:02 am

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Joe Skipper Reuters /Landov

If you're invited to a Super Bowl party and aren't quite up to speed about Sunday's big game, join the club. This blogger's a Buffalo Bills fan and tries to kind of tune out around this time of the season because, after all, it brings back some painful memories.

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12:02pm

Fri February 1, 2013
Shots - Health News

Are NFL Football Hits Getting Harder And More Dangerous?

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 7:56 am

Adam Cole NPR, Getty Images, AP Images

Super Bowl XLVII will kick off Sunday with its typical bombastic fanfare: Beyonce will wow us with her live halftime show, and "space baby" commercials will overload us with cuteness.

But this year, there's a gray cloud hanging over the Super Bowl: the mounting anger about devastating injuries to players' brains and bodies.

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9:36am

Fri February 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Wacky Super Bowl Ads Are Already Getting Serious Play

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 5:07 pm

The Volkswagen Super Bowl 2013 commercial is among the ads that already surfaced on social media. Some critics say its racial tone is demeaning.
Volkswagen via Youtube

9:03am

Fri February 1, 2013
The Picture Show

The Super Bowl No One Cared About

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 3:28 pm

Quarterback Len Dawson in the Chiefs' locker room, Super Bowl I, 1967
Bill Ray Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

It's hard to imagine a day when the Super Bowl wasn't a spectacle of all things over the top.

It's harder still to imagine that the first-ever Super Bowl really wasn't that super. It wasn't even called the Super Bowl. It was known as the First AFL-NFL World Championship Game. Played in Los Angeles in January 1967, the Green Bay Packers versus the Kansas City Chiefs, it remains the only Super Bowl that did not sell out. The most expensive ticket, according to the NFL, sold for a mere $12.

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6:28am

Fri February 1, 2013
Sports

Ravens Are Super Bowl Underdogs, But Are Stats On Their Side?

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 1:09 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The Baltimore Ravens are the underdogs in this Sunday's Super Bowl, going up against the San Francisco 49ers. Now, there have been bigger underdogs. And yes, the Ravens are not the lowest-seeded team to make it to the Super Bowl. But the Ravens have beaten the odds in another way. NPR's Mike Pesca talked to some football numbers guys and has this report.

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5:36pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Around the Nation

Cyclo-Cross Championship Takes U.S. By Storm, Mud And Sand

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 7:55 pm

Competitors in a men's category race in the 2013 National Cyclo-cross Championships in Bradford, England, this month. The sport requires riders to traverse mud and sand on off-road courses peppered with obstacles.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

While many Americans will be tuning into the Super Bowl on Sunday, there's another big sports competition this weekend: the Cyclo-Cross World Championships. This weekend's event, in Louisville, Ky., marks the first time in its 60-year history that the world championships will be held outside of Europe.

Cyclo-cross, a grueling sport requiring riders to traverse mud, sand and other obstacles, is growing rapidly in the U.S. And the fans can be a bit crazy. At the 2012 Louisville Derby City Cup, hundreds of people — some in costumes — packed onto the course to cheer the riders on.

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2:31pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Sports

Are Shooting Ranges The New Bowling Alleys?

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 10:33 am

Renee Blaine, a leader of the Leander, Texas, chapter of A Girl and A Gun during the "Girls Night Out" event.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

The traditional American shooting range is extending its range.

In Summerville, S.C., for example, the ATP Gunshop & Range stages community-minded blood drives and Toys for Tots collections. Twice a week there are ladies' nights, where women can learn to fire pistols and receive free T-shirts.

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12:37pm

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Portugal's Monster: The Mechanics Of A Massive Wave

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 11:07 am

American surfer Garrett "GMAC" McNamara rides what could be, if confirmed, the biggest wave conquered in history as a crowd watches Monday in Nazare, Portugal.
To Mane Barcroft Media /Landov

11:56am

Thu January 31, 2013
Africa

Soccer: A Surprising Player In Egypt's Unrest

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 5:02 pm

Violent protests are breaking out in Egypt, just two years after a massive uprising led to the fall of the former dictator. One of the unexpected driving forces is soccer. Host Michel Martin talks to Dave Zirin, sports editor at The Nation about how the sport affects Egypt's political landscape.

3:17am

Thu January 31, 2013
Sports

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Colin Kaepernick?

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 7:55 pm

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick throws before the NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons on Jan. 20.
David Goldman AP

There's always a question surrounding San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Years ago, people wondered whether the talented athlete would be good enough to start in college.

Then there was the question of what role he would play in the NFL. And after the 49ers took him, fans questioned whether he could throw enough to be more than a backup.

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