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What's The Beef With College Football Rankings

College football bowl season is just around the corner, and with it comes the seemingly perennial controversy around the bowl game selection process. Rachel Martin and NPR's Mike Pesca discuss the vagaries of the Bowl Championship Series ranking system, and why you can't just blame it on computers.
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Heidi: The Little Girl Who Changed Football Forever

On Nov. 17, 1968, the New York Jets had taken a two-point lead over the Oakland Raiders with 50 seconds left on the clock. But before the final whistle blew, the stadium faded out and the Swiss Alps faded in for fans watching the game in their living rooms.
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Former Bears Coach Mike Ditka 'Feels Good' After Minor Stroke

Former Bears Coach Mike Ditka was hospitalized after suffering a minor stroke on Friday. He's telling fans not to worry, but he will be taking the weekend off from his job as analyst at ESPN.
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A Peek At Basketball, How Head Trauma In The NFL

It's a role reversal in Los Angeles basketball: The Clippers are top dogs of the city. Meanwhile, the Lakers are trying to pick themselves back up after an abysmal start. They're hoping a new coach does the trick. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Tom Goldman about basketball and recent concussions in the NFL.
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Online Courses Keep Grades Up, Athletes In Play

Host Scott Simon speaks to Brad Wolverton from the The Chronicle of Higher Education about his recent profile of Western Oklahoma State College. The school's online courses are popular with NCAA student athletes at risk of losing their eligibility to participate in sports.
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Anxiety Disorder Complicates NBA Player's Career

Audie Cornish speaks with sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about basketball player Royce White. He suffers from an anxiety disorder that greatly impacts his ability to perform as a member of the Houston Rockets. The team, which at first was supportive of helping him deal with his problem, is now thinking of sending him down to its D-league team.

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