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Super Bowl Talk (Other Than Ball Deflation)

The Super Bowl is one week away. What would we be talking about if we weren't talking about deflated footballs? Mike Pesca of Slate.com joins NPR's Rachel Martin to answer that question.

All Things Considered

Former Wrestlers Sue, Say WWE Ignored Injuries

Two fighters are suing World Wrestling Entertainment for allegedly ignoring the signs of brain damage and injuries suffered by wrestlers. Both say they suffered serious neurological damage as a result of fighting.

Patriots' Coach: Team 'Followed Rules' On Inflation Of Footballs

Bill Belichick says that after an exhaustive investigation he determined that temperature differences between the locker room and the field inadvertently caused the discrepancies.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Remembering Ernie Banks, A Fan Favorite Whose Favorite Was The Fans

Ernie Banks, Hall of Fame baseball player, has died. NPR's Scott Simon and Tom Goldman remember the Chicago Cub who meant so much to the city and the fans he loved to greet.

'En Garde' Takes On New Urgency In A Duel With Machetes

The short film 'Papa Machete,' which is having its U.S. premiere this week at Sundance, introduces viewers to a 70-year-old Haitian farmer who's the master of a secret martial arts form.

Chicago Cubs Legend Ernie Banks, 1st Black Player In Team History, Dies

The shortstop known as "Mr. Cub," who began his career in the Negro leagues, hit 512 home runs in his 19 seasons with the team and remained a cherished figure to the team and its fans. He was 83.

NFL Hires Investigators, Says Patriots Used Underinflated Balls

It's the latest twist in a story that, to some, exemplifies the overhyped talking points that often get blown out of proportion during the two-week wait for the Super Bowl.

Could The Battle Over 'Redskins' Change Trademark Law?

Advocates hope that the Department of Justice's involvement in a lawsuit is a crucial step in ending trademark protection for the Washington football team's name.

Morning Edition

Will 'Deflategate' Let The Air Out Of Super Bowl Hype?

Football talk hasn't really focused on the Super Bowl yet. Instead, all eyes are on the New England Patriots who are accused of deflating footballs in their playoff game with Indianapolis.

Morning Edition

Why NFL Teams Should Reconsider Giving Coaches The Heave-Ho

Research finds the systematic elimination of losing coaches by NFL teams generally leads to weaker performance among those teams in the following few years.

Sports Analyst Mike Reiss Talks ‘Deflate-Gate’ Scandal Ahead Of Super Bowl

January 25, 2015
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks during an NFL football news confernece at Gillette Stadium, Saturday, Jan. 24. (Steven Senne/AP)

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is trying to put an end to the media frenzy dogging the Pats as the team prepares for next Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks. ESPNBoston.com reporter Mike Reiss discusses Belichick’s explanations.

Belichick On Deflated Balls: ‘We Try To Do Everything Right’

January 24, 2015
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks during an NFL football news confernece at Gillette Stadium, Saturday, Jan. 24. (Steven Senne/AP)

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is defending the way his team preps its game balls and said his team earned its spot in the Super Bowl fairly.

Opponents Weigh Referendum On Boston’s 2024 Olympics Bid

January 24, 2015

Opponents of bringing the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston are looking into a voter referendum, an effort that could jeopardize hopes of bringing the Summer Games to U.S. soil for the first time since 1996.

Fat Bikes: The Winter Sport Of The Future?

January 24, 2015
With tires twice as wide as the standard mountain bike, fat bikes are made for snow. Some ski facilities are trying to cash in on the bikes, which are becoming a popular alternative to cross-country skiing. (Citizen 4474 via Compfight cc

With tires twice the width of a standard mountain bike, fat bikes are made for snow. Some ski facilities are embracing the bikes as a way to keep business booming when there’s not quite enough snow to ski. Jon Kalish has this story from Vermont.

A Pioneering Basketball Coach And MLK’s Priceless Speech

January 24, 2015
Former USC basketball coach George Raveling turned down a $3 million offer for three very important pieces of paper. (Colin E. Braley/AP)

How is former college basketball coach George Raveling linked with Martin Luther King Jr.’s most famous speech and a document worth millions of dollars? Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis joins Doug Tribou to explain.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

January 24, 2015
This week, the biggest story in the NFL was... the Pro Bowl! Nah, just kidding. (Rick Scuteri/AP)

Doug Tribou and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the trouble with deflation, the New York Knicks’ winning ways and a “Super” Super Bowl bet.

For Some Former NFL Players, ‘Life After Football’ Can Be Uncertain

January 24, 2015
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Former NFL linebacker George Koonce Jr. talks about ‘Life After Football’ in his new book, co-written with Marquette University sociology professors James Holstein and Richard Jones. Koonce and Holstein join Doug Tribou.

PGA Champions Tour, Golf’s Senior Circuit, Turns 35

January 24, 2015
Hale Irwin just missed this put in 2014 at the 3M Championship in Blaine, Minnesota, but he's made plenty of others. His 45 Champions Tour wins are a record. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

After 35 years, the PGA’s Champions Tour is still extending older golfers’ careers. And this week, the tour announced a major business deal. OAG’s Doug Tribou talks with golf great Hale Irwin and others about the history and future of the tour.

Advice For Coach K: High School Coach Remembers Her 1,000th Win

January 24, 2015
Coach Dorothy Gaters earned her 1,000th win on Nov. 18, 2014 (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is still seeking his 1,000th win as a men’s basketball coach. Dorothy Gaters, John Marshall Metropolitan High School’s girls basketball coach, has already reached that milestone. She joins OAG’s Doug Tribou to recall her record-setting night — and to offer her advice for Coach K.

With Max Scherzer, Are Nationals World Series Favorites?

January 24, 2015
Max Scherzer has joined the Washington Nationals. (Evan Vucci/AP)

The Washington Nationals signed ace Max Scherzer to a seven-year deal worth $210 million. Does the addition of Scherzer make the Nationals the favorite to win the World Series? The Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga makes a case.

Bud Selig’s Legacy As Commissioner Of Major League Baseball

January 24, 2015
After serving as Commissioner of Baseball since 1992, Bud Selig is retiring this month. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Bud Selig stepped down as commissioner of baseball this past weekend. ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian talks about some of Selig’s moves as commissioner and puts Selig’s legacy into perspective.

‘Deflate-Gate’ And The Psychology Of Cheating In Sports

January 24, 2015
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick denied any knowledge of tampering with footballs at a press conference Thursday (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

In light of allegations that the New England Patriots tampered with footballs in the AFC Championship, Only A Game’s Doug Tribou asks a Wharton professor who studies deception why teams, coaches and athletes cheat.

Bradley’s Go-Ahead 3 Helps Celtics Beat Nuggets 100-99

January 24, 2015

Avery Bradley hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and a jumper to help secure the lead in the final 1:24, and the Boston Celtics hung on to beat Denver 100-99 on Friday night

Week In Review: ‘Deflategate,’ Olympics, Baker’s Budget, Tsarnaev

January 23, 2015
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady answered questions from reporters at a news conference in Foxborough Thursday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

We discuss the Patriot’s “Deflategate” scandal, developments in the Tsarnaev trial, more details on Boston’s Olympic bid, and the Massachusetts budget gap.

Investigation Into Patriots’ Deflated Footballs Ongoing, NFL Says

January 23, 2015
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady faces members of the media at a news conference in Foxborough Thursday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

The NFL says it is still investigating how the Patriots used underinflated balls in its last game but has no conclusions yet and no timetable for resolving the cheating accusations with the Super Bowl nine days away.

Duke Basketball Coach On The Verge Of 1,000th Win

January 23, 2015
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils gestures during a game against the Army Black Knights at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 30, 2014 in Durham, North Carolina. (Lance King/Getty Images)

Jeff Tiberii of North Carolina Public Radio reports on the milestone within reach for Duke University’s legendary “Coach K.”

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