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Which former athlete made the most successful transition into pop culture?

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<p> Which former athlete made the most successful transition into pop culture?&nbsp;</p>
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Which former athlete made the most successful transition into pop culture? My husband says former Rams defensive lineman Merlin Olsen (“Little House On The Prairie,” etc.), but I vote for Chuck Connors, who played pro basketball and baseball before turning to acting (“The Rifleman,” etc.). What do you think? 

2012 Holiday Gift Guide for Sports Fans

Here's what every sports fan needs under their Christmas tree
<p> Here's what every sports fan needs under their Christmas tree</p>
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Are you looking for the perfect and unusual gift for the sports fan in your life? Welcome. You’ve come to the right place. Here’s a look at some of our favorites.

8 Memorable Thanksgiving Moments for the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions

The Dallas Cowboys' Leon Lett was a Thanksgiving Day turkey in the snow back in 1993.
<p> Best and Worst Thanksgiving Day Moments: Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, including Leon Lett's mistake in the snow in 1993, Jerome Bettis and Phil Luckett's coin toss confusion in 1998, Randy Moss' three-touchdown game in 1998, Jason Garrett's duel against Brett Favre in 1994, O.J. Simpson's record-breaking effort in 1976 and Ndamukong Suh's stomp heard round the world in 2011.</p>

Just like the crazy uncle with the nonstop inappropriate jokes or the aunt with the barely edible green bean casserole, the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys are welcome additions to the holiday family gathering even though they will probably provide an awkward moment or two.

Here are a few of the noteworthy Thanksgiving Day memories from the Lions, whose first Turkey Day game was in 1934, and Cowboys, who first sat at the table in 1966.

Random Facts about College Football's Best Thanksgiving Weekend Rivalries

"Tryptophanatics" go crazy for college football's best Thanksgiving weekend rivalry games.
<p> College Football's Best Thanksgiving Weekend Rivalries, including the Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles, Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and USC Trojans, Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines, Ole Miss Rebels and Mississippi State Bulldogs, Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys, Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers, South Carolina Gamecocks and Clemson Tigers.</p>

Thanksgiving weekend college football rivalry games are as much of a tradition as eating leftover turkey and falling into a tryptophan-induced coma on the couch.

The best games of the year are crammed into a holiday weekend like an extra slice of pie on an already overflowing plate. Naturally, the oldest and most bitter rivals have produced some of the most memorable moments in the sport’s history.

Was there an NFL game in the 1980s that had no play-by-play commentary?

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<p> Was there an NFL game in the 1980s that had no play-by-play commentary?</p>
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It seems to me that in the 1980s the NFL televised a game where the only audio came from the sidelines and PA system. There were no play-by-play commentators. Did this game ever take place or was I dreaming? 
— Wilbert Dill, Warwick, Md.
 

Has any major league baseball player ever come back to the team he started with three times?

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<p> Has any major league baseball player ever come back to the team he started with three times?</p>
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Has any major league baseball player ever come back to the team he started with three times? 

— Larry Luttrell, Lubbock, Texas
 

15 Athletes Turned Politicians

These former players became major leaders in America.
<p> 15 Athletes Turned Politicians</p>
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Many athletes hit the campaign trail once their playing days are over. And on the other side of the aisle, quite a few politicians were once on-field leaders. Here are 15 former players who became important leaders in the field of politics.

Gerald Ford
38th President of the United States (R)

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