Talking Points: Tough to cheer for or not?

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What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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Put yourself in the football fans' shoes of Penn State for a moment.

Could you still be a fan of (insert your team here) if what is happening in Happy Valley was happening at (insert your team here)?

Our unscientific poll here at Talking Points generated some, well, talking points.

Some felt that regardless of what has happened in the past, they would still be a fan of the football program and would still proudly wear the school colors.

Some said they would want to see how the school handled the situation before making a decision on whether or not to return to the football stadium for a game.

And others said they would want to support the current players on the field because they had nothing to do with what had happened in the past.

No matter where you fall on the topic, we can all agree we would rather not have Penn State problems at (insert our school here).

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photoThe rather familiar yellow-and-wing-clad Gdynia Seahawks of the Polish American Football League.

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Is the picture on the left:

A) Oregon football uniforms from a parallel universe.

B) The result of a Frankenstein-like merger between the Ducks and Seahawks?

C) None of the above (at least we hope).

The answer is probably C, in spite of what we are thinking. The yellow jerseys are those of the Gdynia Seahawks of the Polish American Football League.

Apparently, American football is all the rage these days in Poland, and Sunday was the league's Super Bowl between the Seahawks and Warsaw Eagles.

The game was even played before 30,000 fans at the newly built National Stadium in Warsaw.

For those wondering, the Seahawks won the game.

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Times are tough. Just ask a U.S. Olympic medal hopeful.

The United States Olympic Committee gives out $25,000 bonus for a gold medal, $15,000 for silver and $10K for bronze. And it's been that way for 10 years.

Yahoo Sports blog Fourth-Place Medal points out how other countries reward athletes.

If a Malaysian athlete wins gold they will receive a solid gold bar worth $600,000. Russians received $135K for gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics and $54K for bronze.

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