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This week on Morning Edition, there’s a pretty good chance that sports commentator Frank Deford will kvetch about how the NCAA’s rumored four-team playoff won’t solve all the problems in college sports. But why settle for the three-minute version? And why wait until Wednesday? Tonight Deford discusses his new memoir, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter, onstage at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. He’ll share the bully pulpit with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, and no doubt talk current sporting events: the Caps, the Nats, and whether that proposed $2,000 NCAA stipend would keep athletes in school. (“No way,” he’s likely to say.) Over Time is Deford’s 18th book, but the first billed as a memoir, and its timing is right: 2012 marks his 50th year as a professional chronicler of American athletics. Deford came to Sports Illustrated in 1962, fresh out of Princeton University, and remains on the magazine’s staff as a senior editor. Inside the Beltway, he’s probably better known for his weekly NPR commentaries that occasionally come out of left field. You never know whether he’s going to take on a major scandal, like Ozzie Guillén’s recent “I love Castro” faux pas, or champion a small-town hero, like a stroke survivor playing D III basketball. Give him an hour onstage, and he’s sure to cover it all.
Deford and Inskeep talk at 7:30 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $12. sixthandi.org. (202) 408-3100.