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May 23rd, 2015

This Week’s Show

The fascinating new film “(Dis)Honesty” reveals the truth about lies in sports and in everyday life. Bill Littlefield talks with a psychology professor and NBA-ref-turned-convicted-felon Tim Donaghy. Also, we reveal how an old-fashioned children’s game has become one college’s metaphor for social change. And OAG’s Doug Tribou and Shira Springer of the Boston Globe join Bill for “Three Stories You Should Know.”

Feature
May 23rd, 2015

Competitive Hoop Rolling: A Wellesley College Tradition

For ages, children rolled hoops for fun. The game has faded from popular culture, but at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, a hoop rolling competition has survived. And as society has evolved, so has the definition of what it means to win. Wellesley graduate Zoë Sobel has our story.

Featured Book
May 23rd, 2015

‘League Of Outsider Baseball’ And The Sino-Japanese War

Baseball has plenty of well-known heroes — guys like Ted Williams and Babe Ruth. But what about the game’s obscure and unappreciated stars? You’ll find some of them in Gary Cieradkowski’s new book, “The League of Outsider Baseball.” The author joins Bill Littlefield to share the story of two pitchers — one Japanese, one Chinese — who went head-to-head in the Pacific Coast League during the Sino-Japanese War.

Charlie Pierce
May 23rd, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Which league has been worse on the concussion issue, the NHL or the NFL? Can the Lightning silence New York Rangers fans in Tampa Bay? Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the week’s news in sports.

Featured Movie
May 23rd, 2015

‘(Dis)Honesty’ Explores Why People — And Athletes — Cheat

A new film titled “(Dis)Honesty — The Truth About Lies” looks at why we cheat. Disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy and Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke, join Bill Littlefield to discuss dishonesty in sports.

In Their Own Words
May 23rd, 2015

Can A Love Of Horse Racing And A Love Of Animals Co-Exist?

With American Pharoah preparing to race for the Triple Crown on June 6 in the Belmont Stakes, we asked turf writer Teresa Genaro to tell us about how she balances her love of horse racing — a sport where the stars are sometimes mistreated — with her love of animals.

In The News
May 23rd, 2015

American Pharoah Could Win Triple Crown … But Won’t Save Racing

Jennie Rees of the Louisville Courier-Journal joins Bill Littlefield to predict whether American Pharaoh will be the first to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.

Feature
May 23rd, 2015
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Sport Is Politics For 73-Year-Old FC Barcelona Fan

Sixty-six years ago, Marti Dalmases’ father signed him up as a member of the FC Barcelona fan club. The 73-year-old estimates he’s now seen about 2,500 matches. He talked with Only A Game’s Ian Mount about the politics of soccer in Spain, archrival Real Madrid and next week’s Copa Del Rey Final, which Barca will be looking to win.

3 Stories
May 23rd, 2015

Michael Sam, Women’s World Cup And The NBA’s Foul Problem

Should the NBA cut down on intentional fouling? Why aren’t more people talking about the women’s World Cup? And what should we make of Michael Sam’s move to the CFL? Bill Littlefield, Shira Springer and Doug Tribou address those questions in this week’s “3 Stories You Should Know.”

Only A Blog
May 21st, 2015
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NFL Owners Vote To Move Back Extra Point

NFL owners have voted to move extra points back 13 yards. The point after, which has become almost automatic, might get a tad harder — and some kickers don’t seem to like the change.

Commentary
May 20th, 2015

Commentary: Taking All The Air Out Of Deflate-Gate

Why is America abuzz with the NFL’s Deflate-Gate news when three other major sports are in full swing? Bill Littlefield offers one theory…

Only A Blog
May 17th, 2015
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OAG Comedy: Recording Reveals Reason For Deflate-Gate Punishment

How did NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decide on the Deflate-Gate punishments for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots? The Only A Game Players offer their entirely fictional (and allegedly funny) guess.

Feature
May 16th, 2015
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‘Yiddish Fight Club’ And A 600-Pound Jewish Wrestler

Rutgers University’s Eddy Portnoy found references to Yiddish wrestling stars while reading Polish newspapers from the 1930s. He turned his research into an exhibit that is on display this summer in New York City. Portnoy sat down with reporter Jon Kalish to discuss street fighting, a 600-pound wrestler — and how to say ‘noogie’ in Yiddish.

In Depth
May 16th, 2015

Teams Honoring The Military: Feel Good Moment … For Sale?

After reports that 14 NFL teams received money from the Department of Defense and National Guard for staging on-field tributes to soldiers and veterans, the U.S. House condemned “paid-for patriotism.” Michael Cygan is a veteran who was honored at a sporting event, and he joins Bill Littlefield to weigh in.

Charlie Pierce
May 16th, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Should Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt get more than a rotunda at Tennessee? Is “deflator” really a term for losing weight? Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the week’s news in sports.

Interview
May 16th, 2015

Penn Athlete’s Life And Death Inspires Social Media Movement

To the outside world, Penn freshman Madison Holleran seemed happy, but she was struggling more than anyone knew. On Jan. 17, 2014, she took her own life. ESPN’s Kate Fagan has written about Holleran’s life and death, and she joined Bill Littlfield to discuss Holleran’s story and how social media affected how she viewed the world.