PLEDGE NOW
May 6th, 2016

Our Latest Show: May 7-8

Why do the horses at this weekend’s Kentucky Derby have names like Suddenbreakingnews and Oscar Nominated? This week on Only A Game, we trace the history of creative horse names back to El Cid. Plus, we look ahead to Space Jam 2 starring LeBron James. And, we’ll hear how Nike’s endorsement deals turned athletes like Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods into legends — for better or for worse. Join us!

FEATURED BOOK
May 7th, 2016

Matthew Futterman On Nike’s ‘Legend-Making Machine’

In his new book “Players,” Matthew Futterman details how Nike changed the sports landscape by turning athletes — starting with Michael Jordan — into larger-than-life figures. Futterman joined Bill Littlefield to discuss this phenomenon and its dangers.

IN THE NEWS
May 7th, 2016

Can LeBron James Upstage Michael Jordan In ‘Space Jam 2’?

A “Space Jam” sequel starring LeBron James is in the works. Kristen Ledlow, one of “Space Jam’s” biggest fans, and film critic Desson Thomson join Only A Game to answer the tough questions, like how LeBron will compare to MJ as an actor

ONLY A BLOG
May 5th, 2016
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How Did This Year’s Kentucky Derby Horses Get Their Names?

Ever wondered how Kentucky Derby horses landed their ridiculous names? Here are the stories behind some of the horses that will take to Churchill Downs this weekend.

COMMENTARY
May 4th, 2016

Leicester City’s Big Win Is Fun For Everyone — Except Bookmakers

Leicester City is assured of finishing first in England’s top soccer league. Bill Littlefield is among the surprised and delighted.

FEATURE
April 30th, 2016

Onaje Woodbine’s Spiritual Journey Leads Back To The Court — And Stage

Former Yale star Onaje X.O. Woodbine quit basketball at the top of his game to pursue “the higher aims of divine purpose and truth.” As it turns out, that journey took him back to basketball. He tells Bill Littlefield his story.

CHARLIE PIERCE
April 30th, 2016

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce weigh in on the Raiders’ Vegas dreams, Ted Cruz’s latest gaffe and Andrew Luck’s book club. Plus, what’s to make of Team USA’s newly unveiled Olympic uniforms?

FEATURE
April 30th, 2016

Ballparks And Organ Music — A Match Made In Chicago

The first time an organ was played at a baseball game wasn’t as long ago as you might think. Ballpark organists Josh Kantor, who plays for the Red Sox, and Bobby Cressey, organist for the Padres, share the unexpected history of music at the ballpark.

FEATURED BOOK
April 30th, 2016

Tennis In Bullrings And On Ice: Rod Laver On The Pro Circuit’s Early Days

Until the advent of the Open Era in 1968, professional tennis players were excluded from the sport’s top tournaments. So instead of competing at Wimbledon or the US Open, tennis pros toured the world, often playing in unusual — and unfavorable — conditions. Tennis Hall of Famer Rod Laver joins Bill Littlefield to talk about his experiences.

COMMENTARY
April 30th, 2016

The Takeaway From Laremy Tunsil’s NFL Draft Night

Laremy Tunsil’s is a story to which all sorts of different morals might be attached. One of them is that it’s good to be the quarterback.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS
April 30th, 2016

Olympic Shooter Kim Rhode Takes On The Critics

If U.S. Olympian Kimberly Rhode qualifies for the Summer Games in Rio, she could become the first American to win a medal at six different Olympic games. So why haven’t many people heard of her? Because her sport involves firearms.

IN THE NEWS
April 30th, 2016

Deflategate To The Supreme Court? Nina Totenberg Weighs In

A federal appeals court upheld Roger Goodell’s suspension of Tom Brady, but there’s still a chance that the case could be brought before the Supreme Court. And if it did, how would the nation’s highest court rule on the most over-inflated saga in NFL history? Bill Littlefield talks Deflategate with NPR’s Nina Totenberg.

ROUNDTABLE
April 30th, 2016

3 Stories You Should Know: NFL Draft Silliness, Painkillers, #MoreThanMean

Why is an NFL scout commenting on a prospect’s cooking skills? Is Prince’s death a cautionary tale for NFL players? And, what can be done to change the vitriol received by women in sports? Shira Springer and David Steele join Bill Littlefield.

COMMENTARY
April 27th, 2016

Littlefield: Derby Day’s Coming

Is it too early to begin thinking about the first Saturday in May and the horse race traditionally run on that day? Bill Littlefield doesn’t think so.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS
April 23rd, 2016

Seeing Home: Baseball Broadcaster Ed Lucas Defies The Odds

Friendships between broadcasters and ballplayers aren’t common, but in Ed Lucas, players saw someone who had struggled as hard as they had — if not harder — to get to where he was. Ed and his son, Chris, tell their story, In Their Own Words.

CHARLIE PIERCE
April 23rd, 2016

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

After dropping a game to the Rockets, is it time for Golden State to hit the panic button? Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce weighs in. Bill and Charlie also review the NHL’s swift suspension of Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw and ESPN’s firing of Curt Schilling. Plus, Charlie shares memories of former Syracuse basketball star Pearl Washington.

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