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Vince Lombardi, son of Italian immigrants, defied economic odds and a small physical stature to become a star football player for Fordham University in the mid-1930s. 960 1280

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Despite being undersized for the position (5'8", 183 lbs.), Lombardi became the right guard in the "Seven Blocks of Granite," a nickname given to Fordham's dominant defensive front line. In this photo he pursues a Purdue ball carrier in the mid-1930s. 960 1280

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After several highly successful years coaching high-school football, Lombardi returned to Fordham in 1947 to coach the freshman teams in football and basketball. The following year he served as an assistant coach for Fordham's varsity football team. 960 1280

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In 1948 Lombardi left Fordham to accept another assistant coaching position at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), then a national power in college football. He served under Army's legendary head coach Colonel Red Blaik. 960 1280

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From 1954 to 1958, Lombardi served as offensive coordinator for the New York Giants and helped lead the team to the NFL title in 1956. In 1959, he became head coach of the struggling Green Bay Packers. By 1960, Lombardi had transformed the Packers into a football powerhouse. 960 1280

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Lombardi's most famous play became known as the "Lombardi Sweep," executed here by Paul Hornung (#5) in the 1965 NFL Championship game against the Cleveland Browns. From 1959 to 1967, Lombardi's Packers won 5 NFL championships, including victories in the first 2 Super Bowls. 960 1280

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Lombardi's NFL-champion Packers defeated the AFL-champion Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in the first Super Bowl on January 15, 1967, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The venerable stadium, built for the 1932 Olympics, had a capacity of over 90,000 seats, but attracted only 61,946 for the game. 960 1280

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Lombardi became head coach of the Washington Redskins in 1969. In his first year he broke a string of 14 losing seasons, finishing with a record of 7'5'2. In this photo, he instructs a player during training camp on August 7, 1969. 960 1280

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After being diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of cancer, Lombardi died on September 3, 1970 at the age of 57. Three days later, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle named the Super Bowl trophy the "Vince Lombardi Trophy." 960 1280

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Lombardi was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH, in 1971. 960 1280

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A 14-foot statue of Lombardi was erected on a plaza outside Lambeau Field as part of the 2003 renovation of the stadium. Lombardi stands in an overcoat grasping a program, as he often did on the sideline. 960 1280

Once called the "Pope of Green Bay," the Lombardi legend lives on with this present-day Green Bay Packers fan. The Packers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6, 2011. 960 1280

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Stadium vs. Stadium

Stadium vs. Stadium

The Seattle Seahawks play their home games at CenturyLink Field, just south of downtown Seattle. The $360-million facility includes a roof that protects about 70% of the 72,000 seats available in stadium. Owners claim that the stadium has the largest executive suites in professional sports. You make the call! 960 1280

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Stadium vs. Stadium

Stadium vs. Stadium

Head to the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA -- just 33 miles from downtown Boston -- to see the New England Patriots play their home games. The 1.9 million-square foot stadium has 68,756 seats, including 6,000 club seats and 2,000 suite seats. According to the Stadium’s website, every seat in Gillette Stadium is focused toward midfield to provide optimum sight lines for Patriot fans. 960 1280

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Museum vs. Museum

Museum vs. Museum

The Seattle Art Museum, also commonly referred to as "SAM," opened its doors in 1933 and has just about 25,000 pieces in it’s collection. Although the museum is closed Mondays -and Tuesdays, you can get your fix of modern and ethnic art the other 5 days of the week. 960 1280

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Museum vs. Museum

Museum vs. Museum

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest museums in the United States. Attracting more than 1 million visitors per year, this museum is one of the most visited art museums in the world. 960 1280

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Iconic Food vs. Iconic Food

Iconic Food vs. Iconic Food

Although Seattle is the birthplace of the Starbucks coffee craze, it’s also known for having some of the freshest seafood in the country. 960 1280

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Iconic Food vs. Iconic Food

Iconic Food vs. Iconic Food

Boston is known for having some of the best clam chowder in New England. 960 1280

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Shopping vs. Shopping

Shopping vs. Shopping

From Pike Place Market to the city’s 12 neighborhoods, downtown Seattle is home to more than 1,000 retailers both big and small. 960 1280

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Shopping vs. Shopping

Shopping vs. Shopping

Located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, Newbury Street has been a trendy shopping spot for Bostonians since the late 1970s. 960 1280

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Transportation vs. Transportation

Transportation vs. Transportation

With 13 stops, the Central Link light rail travels from Sea-Tac Airport to downtown Seattle. 960 1280

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Transportation vs. Transportation

Transportation vs. Transportation

Boston’s MBTA, better known as The T. 960 1280

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Park vs. Park

Park vs. Park

Olympic National Park is a must-see. Just a short ferry ride from Seattle, the park encompasses 6,000 square miles of snowcapped peaks, lush forests and emerald lakes. 960 1280

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Park vs. Park

Park vs. Park

Going all the way back to 1634, the Boston Common is the oldest city park in the United States. It consists of 50 acres of land, including the famous “Emerald Necklace” of parks that extends from Common south to Roxbury. 960 1280

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Sports Bar vs. Sports Bar

Sports Bar vs. Sports Bar

With 28 HDTVs, several beers on tap and tasty bar food, Dub Pub is the premier destination on the Eastside to watch your favorite team on football Sundays. 960 1280

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Sports Bar vs. Sports Bar

Sports Bar vs. Sports Bar

Owned by and named after the legendary Red Sox color commentator, Jerry Remy, Jerry's features 2 "Big Monster" 11-foot TV screens, as well as more 36-inch flat screens then you know what to do with. And we can’t forget the great food. 960 1280

  

Landmark vs. Landmark

Landmark vs. Landmark

The 604-foot structure was built in 1962 for the Seattle World’s Fair and has been one of the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic structures ever since. 960 1280

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Landmark vs. Landmark

Landmark vs. Landmark

The Paul Revere statue outside of the Old North Church in Boston’s North End, where the famous "1 if by land, and 2 if by sea" signal was sent. 960 1280

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University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY
In downtown Lexington, KY, the historic Kentucky Theater has been providing entertainment since 1922. The theater started off as a concert hall and playhouse, and is now a place for modern cinema, both wide-release and art-house films.
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Ohio State University

Ohio State University

Ohio State University - Columbus, OH
South Campus Gateway is a hub of entertainment in Columbus, OH. Considered the Main Street of Columbus, it is frequented by university students and neighborhood residents alike because of its many shops and restaurants.
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Syracuse University

Syracuse University

Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY
A triangle-shaped park, Hanover Square was the first commercial district in Syracuse, NY, and comprises 17 historic buildings. Now the setting for many cultural gatherings and live music, the square was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
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University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC
Considered the social hub for university students, Franklin Street was named after Ben Franklin and has been in use since the university's construction began in the 1790s. The street is celebrated for its festivals, nightlife and myriad of shops.
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University of Arizona

University of Arizona

University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ
In Tucson, AZ, the university's athletics teams were nicknamed the "wildcats" after the LA Times praised Arizona for showing "the fight of wildcats" in a 1914 football game against Occidental College. The image stuck as the school's official mascot.
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Marquette University

Marquette University

Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI
The largest private university in Wisconsin (and one of the largest Jesuit universities in the country), Marquette is located 1 mile from Lake Michigan, and is responsible for Milwaukee's reputation as one of America's great college basketball towns.
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University of Texas

University of Texas

University of Texas - Austin, TX
With more students than any other college in Texas, the University of Texas at Austin has been recognized as "America's Best Sports College" by Sports Illustrated. The Texas Longhorns have long been revered as a powerful football team. In recent years, their men's basketball team has also made their name among the elite.
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Indiana University

Indiana University

Indiana University - Bloomington, IN
Located in the heart of Bloomington, IN, Kirkwood Avenue is lined with bars, shops and restaurants. It was named for astronomer Daniel Kirkwood in 1895, whose observatory can be seen from the avenue.
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Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN
Located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, Vanderbilt University started calling its sports teams the "Commodores" or the "'Dores" after the university's namesake Cornelius Vanderbilt, who made his fortune in shipping.
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Georgetown University

Georgetown University

Georgetown University - Washington, DC
In Washington, DC, M Street is part of a major shopping district in the Georgetown neighborhood. Georgetown University is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the US. To this day, no one is quite sure why the university's team is called the "Hoyas."
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Duke University

Duke University

Duke University - Durham, NC
The American Tobacco skyline is home to Duke University, which changed its name to Duke in 1924 for tobacco industrialist James B. Duke. Durham, NC, embraces college basketball with fervor, selling out every men's home basketball game.
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Michigan State University

Michigan State University

Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
The pride of East Lansing, MI, Michigan State University is not only home to a championship-winning men's basketball team, but it is also considered one of the country's "public Ivies." Meanwhile, Grand River Avenue is the hub of shopping and entertainment at the university.
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University of Kansas

University of Kansas

University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS
The home of the University of Kansas, downtown Lawrence, KS, is full of culture. It's home to an annual film festival, as well as a festival for buskers, or street performers. Lawrence is also filled with history; it was named one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "most distinctive destinations."
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