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There comes a time in every man's life when he looks in the mirror and sees something different. He sees someone different.

His face looks weathered and worn. His eyes look tired, maybe even sullen, definitely bruised. His hair looks shorter, more grown up. More professional.

When a man—any man, but in this case, let's call him Olympic champion Shaun White—looks in the mirror and sees how his face has changed over the years, it has to make him wonder if he can still be the same man he used to be.

Is it possible? Is it possible to be the same person you were a decade ago, with all the things in life you've experienced? With all the wisdom you've gained from getting older?

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Michael Sam is gay. He's known this for quite some time. He just didn't tell you.

Sam said in his many interviews released Sunday night with the New York Times, ESPN and Sports Illustrated that he wasn't keeping the fact he is gay a secret. He told SI's Jon Wertheim, "if I was walking down the street and someone asked me if I was gay, I would've told them I was gay." Not only did most of his friends and family know, but his entire Missouri team did.

So why would it be a distraction now that the rest of us know?

It didn't seem to be much of a distraction for his college team. You know the Missouri Tigers, right? The team that made it to the SEC title game, finishing the season 12-2, ranked fifth in the nation? Yeah, that team. Sam was their best defensive player.

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The caption to the photo on Julia Mancuso's U.S. ski team bio goes like this: "With eight major championships medals, Julia Mancuso is hands down the most dominant big race skier the U.S. Ski Team has ever experienced."

In her fourth Olympic Games, Mancuso used all that big-race experience to show just how dominant she still can be, winning bronze in the women's super combined. The medal is the fourth of her illustrious Olympic career, the most of any American woman in Alpine history at the Games. She adds the bronze to her gold and two silver medals, unparalleled success for an American rider—though perhaps still a bit bittersweet.

Mancuso set the tone during the downhill run of the combined event, completing the course in a blistering 1:42.68, nearly half a second ahead of the competition. Perhaps most importantly, Mancuso was more than a second ahead of German Maria Hoefl-Riesch, the reigning world champion and 2010 gold medalist in the super combined.

Hoefl-Riesch would not be denied another gold, however, dominating the medal contenders in the slalom run—besting Mancuso by more than a second and a half—to sneak across the line just 0.17 ahead of silver medalist Nicole Hosp of Austria.

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"What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger." If there is a silver lining to the disappointing run for Bode Miller in the men's downhill final at the Sochi Olympics, it's that the Russian course didn't in fact kill him.

Something tells me a silver lining, especially one like that, does not feel as good as a gold medal might. Unfortunately for Miller, mistakes on the icy downhill trail pulled him far out of medal contention in the marquee Alpine event, finishing a disappointing eighth by race's end.

There is no silver lining in losing when you enter the final as the favorite.

Much like his Olympic career, Miller had a fascinatingly turbulent experience on the men's downhill this week. After training on Saturday, Miller looked like a clear favorite in the event, well out ahead of the field as he carved up the competition. He won two of the three training runs, setting a course record in his third time down the hill on Saturday.

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The opening ceremonies to the Sochi Olympics began with a young girl looking wide-eyed into a camera. The girl then lifted up like a kite and took off into the Russian night sky.

That girl's adventure included an amazing display of lights and sounds, culminating in brilliant twinkling snowflakes coming together to form the five Olympic rings, hanging high above the adoring crowd.

Well, four of the five rings. Like much of the preparation for the Sochi Olympics, the final ring didn't quite finish in time.

The opening ceremonies, highlighted by the parade of nations and a theatrical glossing of Russia's rich and tumultuous history, with lots of ballet, boats and an abundance of rollerskating, took place on Friday—don't let the tape-delayed content on NBC fool you into thinking its broadcast of the event is live—culminating in the lighting of the Olympic torch by Russian Olympic legends Vladislav Tretiak and Irina Rodnina.

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If you tuned in to watch the qualifying round of the Olympic men's snowboarding slopestyle competition on Thursday, there was one enormous name among the medal contenders missing from the event.

Shaun White, without a doubt the most famous snowboarder on the planet and a bona fide American household name, pulled out of slopestyle competition after jamming his wrist during a training run on the difficult Sochi course.

The men's slopestyle event is suddenly—and quite noticeably—Tomato free.

That news has not gone over well in the snowboarding community. Nothing about White does these days.

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There will be nearly 300 medals handed out during the Sochi Olympics. There are 230 United States Olympians, many of whom are scheduled to compete in multiple events.

Doing the math, America should win…all of the medals.

We should win all of the medals in Sochi because we're Americans, and that's what America does. (Can someone check my math on this? Preferably someone from another country because we are ranked 30th in the world in mathematics proficiency, according to Liana Heitin of Education Week.)

America is the best, which is why we love the Olympics—both summer and winter—so darn much in this country. We win all of them, almost every time.

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Roger Goodell must have made a deal with the devil.

After years—I mean years—of concern about the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather city being socked with disastrous conditions, the temperature for kickoff on Sunday was downright balmy.

Players warmed up in shorts. Some fans didn't even bother bringing winter coats. The media actually complained the auxiliary press box was too hot for them, because the NFL put in so many heat lamps to account for the cold that the place turned into an incubator when the temperatures ended up being so mild.

It rained a little bit in the second half, which was a friendly reminder that conditions could have been worse, but all things considered—and the NFL certainly considered all things, including the potential of moving the Super Bowl to another day this week if the weather was too bad to play the game on Sunday—the day was perfect.

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Super Bowl XLVIII was billed as one of the most memorable title clashes in NFL history before the game even started. New York City, the weather, the best offense against the best defense. It was going to be a game for the ages.

Until it wasn't.

The weather was a complete non-factor. The city was a fine host all week, but once the game began, the New Jersey stadium had zero impact on making the game more memorable. For the casual fans, or diehards without a rooting interest, Super Bowl XLVIII was a disaster from the opening kickoff.

Denver fell behind after an errant snap forced a safety on the first play of the game and was never able to recover. The game felt more like the Broncos' Super Bowls of the 1980s, when Denver got blown out by NFC stalwarts, than the victorious trips in the 1990s.

That's the thing about Super Bowls. All the hype in the world can't make a game close, and blowouts never go down in history as all that memorable. Historic, sure. The Seattle victory over Denver is one of the most historic victories in the Super Bowl era. We will certainly remember the outcome, especially with Peyton Manning losing another Super Bowl, this time in his brother Eli's building. So, sure, we'll remember the result, but the game itself was ultimately forgettable, save a few huge plays that made the difference.

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As the old saying goes, history has a tendency to repeat itself. I'm wondering if that might be true about the Super Bowl this year.

With two teams so seemingly well matched in Super Bowl XLVIII, picking a winner between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks feels harder than most seasons. Can the best defense in the game today stop one of the best offenses in history? Will the Seattle offense be able to outplay the Denver defense? Which of these two great teams is going to win on Sunday?

We can toil for hours studying film, breaking down each position battle and analyzing coaching strategies. Hell, we could put both logos on a board and throw a dart to pick a winner this year. Or, perhaps, we can take a look at history.

Can past Super Bowls tell us anything about this year's game? Can history tell the future?