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Bill Littlefield On Sports: Super Bowl Haikus04:59
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The Vince Lombardi Trophy inside the NFL Experience Tuesday in San Francisco. (David J. Phillip/AP)
The Vince Lombardi Trophy inside the NFL Experience Tuesday in San Francisco. (David J. Phillip/AP)
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The sports story this week, of course, is Super Bowl 50. The Carolina Panthers will be taking on the Denver Broncos this Sunday in Santa Clara. It's the young, swashbuckling Cam Newton versus the battered Peyton Manning. The rumor mill is in full swing that this may be Manning's last NFL game ever.

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Bill Littlefield, host of NPR's Only A Game, which tweets @OnlyAGameNPR.

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The Cauldron On Sports Illustrated: Why Are We So Fascinated By Cam Newton?

  • "His appearance in Super Bowl 50 is about so much more than his race. With him, the nuance is important. His being here, while wholly himself, makes him the first black quarterback to make it this far, this way. The two-fold effect of This Cam Newton 1) forces an understanding of something different from the majority; and 2) helps nudge the taboo an inch closer to normal."

The New York Times: Angelique Kerber Upsets Serena Williams To Win Australian Open

  • "Williams, the world No. 1, was the defending champion and a six-time titlist here. But in the final it was as if she were playing singles against a doubles team of Kerber and Graf. As strong as Williams is, she could not quite push through the pressure of history and a free-swinging Kerber, who pulled off the 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 upset at Rod Laver Arena."

This segment aired on February 3, 2016.

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