Talking Point: Sleeves for the NBA All-Stars

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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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The NBA didn't learn its Christmas lesson.

Uniformly panned by critics when worn Dec. 25, jerseys with sleeves will return during this season's All-Star Game in New Orleans.

The NBA and Adidas revealed the All-Star Game uniforms Thursday. The NBA All-Star Game is Feb. 16.

The Eastern Conference will wear blue and the West will wear red, but the jerseys will feature Mardi Gras colors — green and purple. The NBA All-Star logo appears on the chest of the jerseys in the shape of the fleur-de-lis, the official symbol of Louisiana.

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The First Amendment right to free speech?

U.S. athletes will need to check that at the door for the Olympics in Sochi.

American goaltender Jesse Vetter will have to go to the Olympics without a quote from the U.S. Constitution on her mask.

Vetter's original design included a reference from the preamble to the Constitution, including the iconic script of the opening words, "We the People." But International Olympic Committee rules ban any "form of publicity or propaganda, commercial or otherwise," on uniforms.

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The verbal jousting between Seahawks and Niners fans has reached a fever pitch this week.

The same is true for fans and critics of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

But beyond all the noise, the consensus of sports fans across the nation sides with Denver and Seattle.

In an ESPN poll that had nearly 500,000 votes Thursday, 31 percent expect Denver to win the Super Bowl. About 29 percent expect Seattle. The 49ers have 24 percent and New England brings up the rear with 16 percent.

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