Mike Pesca http://nhpr.org en Seahawks Dominate Broncos For Super Bowl Victory http://nhpr.org/post/seahawks-dominate-broncos-super-bowl-victory Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>The Super Bowl was supposed to pit the best offense in pro football against the best defense. Turned out the dominant offense and defense were both on the same team. The final score was Seattle 43, Denver 8.<p>NPR's Mike Pesca reports on the game that was played between last night's commercials.<p>MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Here's a theory. Denver doesn't understand the concept of the point spread. Word was out that they were minus two versus the Seahawks. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 42886 at http://nhpr.org 5 Points To Help Simplify Sunday's Super Bowl http://nhpr.org/post/5-points-help-simplify-sundays-super-bowl The chatter, hype and jargon in the weeks leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII is more impenetrable than the Seahawk's secondary.<p>Perhaps you've heard the Seattle Seahawks have a running back who enters "Beast Mode." Maybe you've heard that the Denver Broncos' counter to Beast Mode is a defensive lineman <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/from--beast-mode--to--pot-roast--to--pig---a-primer-on-super-bowl-nicknames-011914808.html">nicknamed</a> "Pot Roast."<p>Vociferously debating Beast Mode versus Pot Roast is no longer the exclusive domain of a <a href="http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Su Sun, 02 Feb 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 42852 at http://nhpr.org 5 Points To Help Simplify Sunday's Super Bowl Cold Super Bowl Could Lead To More Turnovers http://nhpr.org/post/super-bowl-sunday Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>This Sunday's Super Bowl features the number one defense, the Seattle Seahawks, against the number one offense, the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning. That is a surprisingly rare matchup, number one defense against number one offense. It's only happened a few times in all the Super Bowls to date. But of course that means there is a defense and an offense in the game that are not number one. NPR's Mike Pesca looks at what having greatness in one phase of the game does to the rest of the team.<p>MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: This year the Denver defense was OK. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:48:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 42682 at http://nhpr.org A Closer Look At The NFL's Most Taken-For-Granted Point http://nhpr.org/post/closer-look-nfls-most-taken-granted-point The extra point might just be the most unexciting play in football. After all, the post-touchdown, 1-point kick is successful 99.5 percent of the time — so successful that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/0ap2000000315795/Goodell-talks-possible-elimination-of-extra-points">recently talked about eliminating it</a>.<p>Like the phrase "after-dinner drink," the extra point defines itself in relation to another entity. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:28:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 42538 at http://nhpr.org A Closer Look At The NFL's Most Taken-For-Granted Point Seahawks To Face Broncos In Next Month's Super Bowl http://nhpr.org/post/seahawks-face-broncos-next-months-super-bowl Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The Super Bowl is set. The Seattle Seahawks will face the Denver Broncos. The Broncos handily dispatched the New England Patriots. Seattle, in an extremely close game, beat the San Francisco '49ers. NPR's Mike Pesca is here to give us some game day details. Good morning.<p>MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.<p>MONTAGNE: Tell us about the Seahawks versus '49ers game. It came down to a rather amazing defensive play.<p>PESCA: Oh, yes. It came down to that play. This was a great defensive game, in fact, in the first half. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:19:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 42125 at http://nhpr.org Two Long-Time Braves And A Slugger Go To The Hall Of Fame http://nhpr.org/post/two-long-time-braves-and-slugger-go-hall-fame Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux were Atlanta Braves teammates, Cy Young Award winners and, as of this afternoon, they are the newest members of Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame. Also making the hall was the slugger known as the Big Hurt, Frank Thomas.<p>But some of the game's most notable players were kept out again this year by the baseball writers, the taint of performance-enhancing drugs still overshadowing their careers. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:53:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 41513 at http://nhpr.org NFL Thursday Matchup: 2 Losing Teams Will Still Get Ratings http://nhpr.org/post/nfl-thursday-matchup-2-losing-teams-will-still-get-ratings Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It must be said the NFL game between the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars tomorrow night, is not a marquee matchup. The Texans are two-and-10, the Jaguars look a little better, having won three of their last four games, but that was only after losing the first eight games of the season. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 39526 at http://nhpr.org An Inside Look That Strips The Face Paint Off The NFL http://nhpr.org/post/inside-look-strips-face-paint-nfl Nicholas Dawidoff's <em>Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football</em> may be the best book I've ever read about football. It is certainly the most detailed account of the players inside the helmets and the coaches obscured from an enthralled public by large, laminated playsheets.<p>Like a brilliant coach, Dawidoff's approach relies on smart tactics and skillful execution. First of all, he outworked the competition, living with the New York Jets all year. Sat, 23 Nov 2013 22:14:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 39034 at http://nhpr.org An Inside Look That Strips The Face Paint Off The NFL Bullying Scandal Continues To Embroil Miami Dolphins http://nhpr.org/post/bullying-scandal-continues-embroil-miami-dolphins Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish wrapping up the week at NPR West in California.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block in Washington. The most contentious conflict in the National Football League isn't on the field right now. It's among former teammates and it's playing out in the press. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 38232 at http://nhpr.org Reversed Call Gives Sox Opening To Win World Series Game One http://nhpr.org/post/reversed-call-gives-sox-opening-win-world-series-game-one Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The St. Louis Cardinals hope to come back against the Boston Red Sox in game two of the World Series tonight. In game one, well, just about nothing went right with the Cardinals. NPR's Mike Pesca joins us. He's covering these games from Boston. Hey there, Mike.<p>MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hi.<p>CORNISH: So, in the first inning, there was this big mistaken call by the umpire at second base and then a reversal of that call. What happened?<p>PESCA: David Ortiz grounds to second, second baseman flips it to the shortstop. So that should have started a double play. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:17:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 37352 at http://nhpr.org Red Sox Take One-Game Lead In World Series http://nhpr.org/post/red-sox-take-one-game-lead-world-series Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The Boston Red Sox have taken a one game to none lead over St. Louis in the World Series, beating the Cardinals eight to one last night at Fenway Park. The evening started off badly for the visitors and didn't improve from there. NPR's Mike Pesca was there and has this report.<p>MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: They call it the fall classic before anyone even has a chance to judge the quality of play. Last night the Cardinals put in a performance that was classically inept. Little Leaguers the world over are schooled in avoiding the incident that befell St. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:01:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 37309 at http://nhpr.org 'Fetch Clay, Make Man': Ali, Fetchit And The 'Anchor Punch' http://nhpr.org/post/fetch-clay-make-man-ali-fetchit-and-anchor-punch ---<p>Muhammad Ali's first title defense, a first-round TKO of Sonny Liston in 1965, <a href="http://life.time.com/icons/muhammad-ali-sonny-liston-and-the-phantom-punch-title-bout-1965/#1" target="_blank">propelled Ali to the status of icon</a>. In Ali's training camp before the fight was an icon from an earlier era: Lincoln Perry. He was the first African-American movie star, who went by the stage name Stepin Fetchi. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 21:22:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 36642 at http://nhpr.org 'Fetch Clay, Make Man': Ali, Fetchit And The 'Anchor Punch' Yankees Say Goodbye To Rivera And His Cut Fastball http://nhpr.org/post/yankees-say-goodbye-rivera-and-his-cut-fastball Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>OK, the baseball post-season is not quite settled. The Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays will fight for the final playoff spot in a game tonight. The post-season of the New York Yankees is settled: There is not one. The Yankees failed to make it into the playoffs for only the second time in the last 19 years. And that means one of the most successful careers in baseball history has ended. Mariano Rivera has officially pitched his last game. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 08:34:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 35856 at http://nhpr.org Qatar's Heat May Force World Cup Schedule Changes http://nhpr.org/post/qatars-heat-may-force-world-cup-schedule-changes Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The global governing body of soccer, or football as the rest of the world calls it, has a big decision to make next week. Some in that group, known as FIFA, are rethinking their plan to hold the 2022 World Cup in the desert nation of Qatar in the middle of summer.<p>NPR's Mike Pesca reports on what he calls the Confluence of Football and Fahrenheit.<p>MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: At 99 miles in length and 55 miles in width, the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar is sometimes spoken of in English media as being half the size of Wales. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 10:25:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 35598 at http://nhpr.org In NCAA Division I Football, Winning Isn't Everything http://nhpr.org/post/how-ncaa-division-1-schools-make-money-sports The college football season got under way Thursday night. In one game, Presbyterian College lost to Wake Forest 31-7. That result was not a surprise. Presbyterian is the smallest football school in Division I. Every year, lower-level Division I schools make a lot of money losing to larger and richer schools. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 08:46:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 34102 at http://nhpr.org