Sports

11:21am

Mon February 3, 2014
The Two-Way

Joe Namath's Fur Coat: Nothing New, But It's A Talker

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 1:04 pm

Former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath in 1971, left, and at Sunday's Super Bowl in New Jersey.
AP

The Seattle Seahawks' "Legion of Boom" defense delivered on its promise. Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos couldn't do anything right. Bruno Mars came through with a "red-hot" halftime performance.

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8:19am

Mon February 3, 2014
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Obama And O'Reilly Hit Harder Than Denver And Seattle

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 7:50 pm

President Obama and Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly at the White House on Sunday.
FoxNews.com

There wasn't anything close about Sunday's Super Bowl — a 43-8 blowout win for the Seattle Seahawks over the Denver Broncos.

But before the big game, there was a much more contentious contest:

President Obama's live interview with Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly.

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7:05am

Mon February 3, 2014
The Two-Way

Budweiser's 'Puppy Love' Ad Wins Super Bowl Viewers' Hearts

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 2:29 pm

Puppy + Clydesdale = awww.
Anheuser-Busch.com

The Super Bowl sure didn't live up to expectations. Pigskin prognosticators told us it would be a close game between the NFL's two best teams.

Instead, Seattle won a 43-8 laugher. Denver was never really in it.

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5:01am

Mon February 3, 2014
Sports

Seahawks Dominate Broncos For Super Bowl Victory

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 5:20 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

The Super Bowl was supposed to pit the best offense in pro football against the best defense. Turned out the dominant offense and defense were both on the same team. The final score was Seattle 43, Denver 8.

NPR's Mike Pesca reports on the game that was played between last night's commercials.

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3:26am

Mon February 3, 2014
Shots - Health News

Young Athletes Risk Back Injury By Playing Too Much

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 9:27 am

A West Coast team player kicks the ball during a match at the Adidas Challenges America's Youth Soccer Stars tournament in Venice, Calif.
Getty Images

Jack Everett sat on his living room couch wearing a back brace, eyes glued to a massive TV set playing his favorite video game, NHL 2013.

"I'm the Boston Bruins," the 10-year-old said as he deftly worked the video controls. "The guy that just shot was Milan Lucic. He's a really good guy on our team."

Whether at home or during recess at his elementary school in suburban Los Angeles, Jack's young life now is about sitting still.

"Well, I can eat lunch with friends, and I play cards," Jack says. But his classmates are out running and jumping outside.

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3:25am

Mon February 3, 2014
The Edge

The Games Are A Great Party, But Not A Great Investment

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 7:02 pm

Graffiti covers a vent adjacent to the Athens Olympic Stadium in this photo from Feb. 18, 2012. Expenditures on the 2004 Athens Summer Games contributed to the country's debt load, which sparked the current economic crisis.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

NPR correspondents Ari Shapiro, in London, and Joanna Kakissis, in Athens, teamed up for this joint look at Olympics economics.

The Winter Olympics in Sochi are just a few days away. Russia has spent $50 billion on everything from construction to security, making these the most expensive games in history.

Countries often justify the Olympic-sized price tag by saying the investment pays off in increased business and tourism.

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10:09pm

Sun February 2, 2014
The Two-Way

Seattle Dominates Denver To Win Its First Super Bowl

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 9:52 am

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson stiff-arms Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey on Sunday during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Jeff Zelevansky Getty Images

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.

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. That set the tone for the trouncing the Broncos would receive over the course of the night at the hands of the voracious Seahawks.

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5:17pm

Sun February 2, 2014
The Edge

After Decade-Long Fight, Ski Jumper Lindsey Van Is 'Ready To Fly'

Originally published on Sat February 8, 2014 6:34 pm

Lindsey Van at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships last year, in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
Mike Hewitt Getty Images

For more than a decade, ski jumper Lindsey Van dreamed of making the U.S. Olympic team, but one thing held her back: Female ski jumpers weren't allowed to compete. Until this year.

This month, the 29-year-old from Park City, Utah, will be one of the athletes competing at the Olympics on the U.S. women's ski jumping team. For Van, that competition marks the end of a very long road.

"Honestly, I don't really have words for it," she said at a press conference announcing the team. "I'm just completely overwhelmed and happy to be representing my sport."

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12:43pm

Sun February 2, 2014
It's All Politics

Super Bowl XLVIII: A Political Guide

New York and national politicians join the NFL Super Bowl host committee in New York's Times Square Saturday. When it comes to political contributions, the owners of Sunday's Super Bowl contenders are plenty active.
Christopher Gregory Getty Images

Pro football prognosticators are divided over who's the favorite to win Sunday's Super Bowl. Some give the edge to Peyton Manning and the high-flying Denver Broncos. Others believe the stifling Seattle Seahawks defense will carry them to victory.

Here at the It's All Politics blog, we can't help with any game-day analysis or offer any insights into how the two teams match up against each other.

But we can tell you a little about the politics surrounding each team.

The Denver Broncos

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9:17am

Sun February 2, 2014
The Sunday Conversation

There's 'More To Life Than Sports': Lineman On Leaving NFL

Originally published on Sun February 9, 2014 4:35 am

John Moffitt, #74, protects Seattle Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst in a 2011 game versus the Cincinnati Bengals.
Otto Greule Jr Getty Images

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

John Moffitt started playing football when he was 8 years old, and made it all the way to the top of the game. He played offensive lineman for the Seattle Seahawks for two seasons, then got traded to another powerhouse team, the Denver Broncos.

Incidentally, those two teams are playing in Super Bowl XLVIII, but Moffitt won't be on the field; he quit midway through this season.

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