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Every year the enthusiasm level of NFL fans goes up around the first of March. For the last decade or so, that’s when the free agency market has gotten started each off-season.

Fans of 32 teams hope their management opens up the franchise’s vault and throws millions of dollars at the biggest and best names on the free agent list. Those clubs that sign the big names get a lot of attention and are thought to be the league’s movers and shakers. Those clubs sitting on the sidelines when those big, early contracts get done are considered slow on the trigger, cheap or football idiots.

Oh, how many times I’ve heard from Chiefs fans unhappy that the cream of the crop among free agents never stepped foot in Kansas City. Lamar Hunt, Carl Peterson, Dick Vermeil, Herm Edwards, Scott Pioli, Todd Haley and Clark Hunt were all suspect.

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Leonard Pope, a four-year NFL veteran and former University of Georgia star, will be in Americus Saturday, promoting the fight against childhood obesity with his annual “Kids Day” event in his hometown, featuring a “Fitness Walk,” football drills, lunch and talks from NFL players about staying in shape.

“Basically, (we’re hoping for) the whole town (to come out),” Pope said. “We’re looking for a good turnout, because it’s a chance for the kids and the community to come out and have a little fun. Just for once to be able to exercise and have fun all at once.”

Marcus Johnson, co-founder of the event Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, said it’s a great scene every year. Pope was born at the hospital — which was known as Sumter Region Medical back then — and has made the new facility a beneficiary of his community events since it was ravaged by a tornado in 2007.

“The whole theme of it is to keep moving,” said. “We want the kids to know that they will not only not make it to the pros with a sedentary lifestyle, they won’t be able to live a healthy, productive life.”
Pope has been doing similar events for local kids since 2005, but got the idea about focusing this year’s event on obesity after talking to Johnson.

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LONDON, United Kingdom – With America’s John Isner finally defeating France’s Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon on Thursday in the longest-ever tennis match, here are some epic encounters from other sports:


The longest NFL game came in a Christmas Day 1971 play-off that saw Miami Dolphins beat Kansas City Chiefs after 82 minutes and 40 seconds.

The result came after the regulation 60 minutes, a first 15-minute overtime and more than half of another.

Garo Yepremian kicked a 37-yard field goal to give Miami a 27-24 triumph.

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