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Refs Let 49ers Put As Many Men On Field As They Want

SEATTLE—Sighing into the microphone as he stood at the 50-yard line of Centurylink Field, NFL referee Gene Steratore ruled during Sunday’s game that the San Francisco 49ers could put as many men on the field as they want.

Stunned Adam Schefter Receives Ominous Tip From Future Self

BRISTOL, CT—Slowly returning to his desk shaken and confused, sources reported Wednesday that ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter was stunned to receive an ominous tip from his future self while walking through one of his office building’s hallways.

‘FanSided’ Ranks All 128 NFL Teams

NEW YORK—As part of its comprehensive professional football coverage in anticipation of the upcoming season, sports news site ‘FanSided’ published an article Tuesday ranking all 128 NFL teams.
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Controversial Hall of Fame Selections

Voters almost unanimously sent Rickey Henderson to Cooperstown, but some inductees barely made the cut. We run down the controversies, debates, and scandals surrounding these marginal Hall of Famers:

Jim Rice: Inducted because, adjusted for inflation, his 39 home run season in 1979 would be the equivalent of an 88 homerun season in 2007

Cal Ripken, Jr.: Though he broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive-games-played streak, many point out that Ripken never recorded a major league hit

Max Carey: Who the hell is Max Carey?

Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown: Though he is considered one of the greatest pitchers of all time, many resisted Brown's induction on the grounds that he was only "98 percent of a man"

Gary Carter: Was somehow able to compile 324 home runs as a catcher despite playing a good deal of his career for something called the "Montreal Expos"

Cy Young: Retired with a major league record 511 wins, but rules at the time allowed players to claim a win whenever they wanted one

Robin Yount: Although the three-time all-star had a solid 20-year career with the Brewers, he never would have made it on the first ballot if his 385 cousins weren't voters

Babe Ruth: Fat

Ty Cobb: Had a lifetime .367 batting average, but also a lifetime .985 racist average

Honus Wagner: Though he was one of baseball's first Hall of Famers, his selection is controversial because Wagner paid Abner Doubleday $2 million to construct a Baseball Hall of Fame and place him in it

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