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Tony Dungy On Michael Sam: Is It Possible To Agree & Disagree All At Once?

I’ve spent the last day and a half recovering from a 24-hour flu virus, watching a recorded Red Sox game about 12 hours after it finished and writing the Pac-12 football preview here at TheSportsNotebook.  I just returned to the sports media world about an hour ago and found that Tony Dungy had set the cat down amidst the pigeons when it came to Michael Sam. If it’s possible to strongly agree and strongly disagree with a statement all in one fell swoop, Dungy’s quote was it.

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Pac-12 Football: Should Oregon Be The Top-Heavy Favorite?

There’s been a clear contrast in Pac-12 hype and Pac-12 results over the last two college football season. The run-up to the seasons in 2012 and 2013, and much of the hype for a couple months always surrounded the Oregon Ducks and their national title hopes. Then the Stanford Cardinal, quietly, with sound fundamentals and physical play, smacked the Ducks in the mouth in November and walked off with the conference championship.

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Why The Kansas City Royals Aren’t Getting Over The Hump

This should be “the year” for the Kansas City Royals, to at least make it into the playoffs. Last year almost was. And maybe 2014 still will be—the Royals are only 2 ½ games out of the second wild-card spot going into their Saturday night game in Boston. But Kansas City is also only 48-47, they’ve been passed in the AL Central by the Cleveland Indians and both teams are still looking up at the Detroit Tigers. So what’s the deal, why can’t Kansas City get it done?

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Why Have The Milwaukee Brewers Fallen Apart?

The Milwaukee Brewers had a good night on Tuesday at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis. The three Brewer starters all made good early contributions—Jonathan Lucroy doubled twice, while Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Gomez each made nice plays in the field. But that’s about all that’s gone well for the Brewers in the month of July.

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NFC North Preview: Can Anyone Catch Green Bay?

The Green Bay Packers have owned the NFC North, for the most part, since this division was created in its present form in the realignment of 2002. The Packers won the North from 2002-04, and again in 2007. The torch passed from Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have won this division each year since 2011. The last time they didn’t win the NFC North was 2010…when they merely won the Super Bowl as a wild-card.

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