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4:46 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Major League Baseball To Begin Post-Season Play

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 10:19 am



Major League Baseball's regular season ended yesterday with the kind of day that would warm the commissioner's heart: fans cheering from coast to coast, a towering achievement for one very good hitter, and the promise of even more excitement to come as the playoffs begin. NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman has been tracking this season. He's on the line.

Good morning, Tom.


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The Two-Way
3:15 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Teddy Wins! Washington Nationals' Mascot Snaps 525-Game Losing Streak

Teddy broke the tape first today รขย€ย” after 525 losses over seven seasons.
Greg Fiume Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 11:15 am

As monumental as the Washington Nationals' first trip to Major League Baseball's playoffs has been, this news may come close in importance for some fans in the nation's capital:

Teddy, one of the team's four presidential mascots, finally won a "race" today.

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Sweetness And Light
10:03 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

The NFL's Lesson: There's No Replacing Good Refs

Referee Walt Anderson makes a call in the Chicago Bears game against the Dallas Cowboys Monday, ending the NFL's first full slate of games with its regular officials.
Ronald Martinez Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 10:14 am

So, we found out that the National Football League is too big to fail. But not so big that it couldn't make a complete fool of itself and show to the world that its owners are stingy, greedy nincompoops.

Not so big that it couldn't make its commissioner, Roger Goodell, stand out in front, looking lost and small, so that their erstwhile tough-guy commander suddenly became an errand boy, losing respect and dignity that will be hard to regain the next time he needs it.

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2:13 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Surprise Teams Round Bases To MLB Playoffs

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 2:35 pm

The Oakland A's are headed to the playoffs for the first time in six years, and Washington's Nationals brought the pennant home for the first time since the Senators did it back in 1933. NPR's Mike Pesca talks about the surprises, the end of the baseball season and the outlook for the playoffs.

The Two-Way
9:58 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Fantasy Baseball: Major Leaguer Has To Reenact Home Run To Make It Official

Michael Morse (in red) pretends to swing again before going on another home run trot.
MASN2 video Yahoo Sports

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 11:27 am

Two weeks ago it was baseball's 500,000th error.

Now, we want to pass this along: There were some very odd odd events Saturday during a game between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals.

Here's what happened:

The Nationals loaded the bases. Slugger Michael Morse was at bat. And his long hit to right field bounced off the top of the fence.

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5:13 am
Mon October 1, 2012

After Dramatic Comeback, Europe Wins Ryder Cup



Those who think golf is a boring sport to watch saw otherwise at the end of the Ryder Cup yesterday. A team of 12 European golfers staged the greatest comeback ever seen in this event that dates back to well before World War II. Those 12 European golfers left a dozen American golfers stunned and embarrassed in a team event on their home course, Medinah Country Club outside Chicago. NPR's Tom Goldman has barely recovered from the shock. He's with us this morning.

Tom, good morning.


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7:45 am
Sun September 30, 2012

Gaining From A Bad Call: What Should Athletes Do?

Originally published on Sun September 30, 2012 8:04 am



SISTER WINONA CARR: (Singing) Life is a ball game being played each day. Life is a ball game...


If life is a ballgame, then Mike Pesca is our man in the dugout giving us the play by play and the big picture. Pesca, how the heck have you been? It's been a long time.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: I've been well.

MARTIN: OK, good. Well, I've missed you. I can't wait to hear what's on tap for this week. What's on your mind?

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7:43 am
Sat September 29, 2012

Sports: The Refs Are Back And Who's At Bat

Originally published on Sat September 29, 2012 3:17 pm



This is Weekend Edition from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. You know, as Dickens might up it: It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It's time for sports.


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4:50 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Fans Cheer NFL Refs As They Return To The Field

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 7:24 pm



This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.


And I'm Robert Siegel. Last night, football fans heard a rare sound - fans cheering referees. The National Football League's real refs returned to the field in Baltimore, after three weeks of turmoil and embarrassment in America's richest and most popular professional sport. Sports writer Stefan Fatsis joins us now, as he does most Fridays. Hi, Stefan.


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The Two-Way
8:22 am
Fri September 28, 2012

After Further Review, Having Regular Refs Back Made It 'A Real NFL Game'

In Baltimore, fans made their feelings clear Thursday night.
Larry French Getty Images

Friday morning quarterbacks seem to be unanimous in saying that having a "regular" crew of officials back on the field for Thursday night's NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns made an immediate โ€” and positive โ€” difference.

"It felt like a real NFL game because the real NFL refs were back," writes ESPN's Jamison Hensley.

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