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Football Is Literally the Most Popular Sport, Shocked? – Survey of the Day

While pro football’s ultimate champion will be decided next week, the entire  NFL was a winner in 2011, as the league has never been more popular.

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Say it Ain’t So – Don’t Change the Astros’ Name

The new owner of the Houston Astros, Jim Crane, is revealing the changes he's going to make, and some of the changes he's just thinking about, including a new name for the team.

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Legendary Penn State Football Coach Joe Paterno Dies at 85

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, the all-time leader in college football history who was involved in the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, has died at age 85 of lung cancer.

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Historic Prison Rodeo Arena Demolished

Another piece of Texas history is falling under the wrecking ball.  The historic arena where the Texas Prison Rodeo was held for more than 50 years is being demolished to make way for...for...who knows what.  Something to be decided later.

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Wade Phillips Won’t Interview for Bucs Job

Houston Texans Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips says he's staying put.  He says he has changed his mind, and he will not interview for the head coaching job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Charles Barkley: Tim Tebow a “National Nightmare”

Poor Charles Barkley. If it weren't for the dumb and outrageous things he says on TV, no one would pay the slightest attention to him. Barkley is paid princely sums to be mouthy and abrasive in public, but now he's taken "mouthy and abrasive" one step beyond.

Barkley has had his fill of Tebow mania.

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Where Does the Saying ‘Take a Raincheck’ Come From?

When you say, “I’ll take a raincheck,” you’re telling someone that you can’t accept his or her offer or invitation now, but you’d be happy to accept it down the road. The phrase can also be used sarcastically, by letting someone know you’d prefer to delay something unpleasant until the future, or as a promise for out-of-stock goods.

But how did this expression make it into our lexicon?

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The Green Bay Packers Are America’s Favorite Football Team — Survey of the Day

We won’t know for almost a month if the Green Bay Packers’ 15-1 season ends with a second straight Super Bowl win, but the team’s continued success has certainly helped it snag the title of America’s most popular football team.

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