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This Week's Show
October 1st, 2014

This Week’s Show

October is here, which means it’s time for champagne — and the MLB Playoffs! This week on Only A Game, we’ll take a closer look at the Division Series and discuss which playoff team is the most hateable. We’ll also preview the upcoming NHL season and visit a baseball team from the San Quentin State Prison. Join us!

 

Rhymes With Bill
October 1st, 2014

A Patriots Fan’s Lament

Bill Belichick’s Patriots have been at or near the top of the NFL since 2001. A slow start to this season, however, has Bill Littlefield wondering if New England fans may be losing confidence in their once-invincible coach.

Only A Blog
October 1st, 2014
By Martin Kessler

Following Mishandling Of Head Injury, Michigan Students Call For AD’s Ouster

Michigan students rallied on the steps of the university president’s residence Tuesday night, calling for the removal of the school’s athletic director and head football coach. At issue is the school’s handling of a head injury suffered by Michigan quarterback Shane Morris during Saturday’s 30-14 loss to Minnesota.

In The News
September 30th, 2014

FCC Blackout Rule Ends, Blackouts Still Possible

The FCC has voted unanimously to end its sports blackout rule, but does that mean fans no longer have to worry about whether their local stadium is sold out? Only A Game’s Karen Given has our update.

Only A Blog
September 28th, 2014
By Martin Kessler

Fenway Park Says Goodbye To Derek Jeter

On Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park in Boston, Red Sox and Yankees fans bid farewell to retiring New York shortstop Derek Jeter.

Feature
September 27th, 2014
By Susan Valot

National Pro Grid: Exercise Becomes Sport

A new pro sports league is capitalizing on the growing popularity of CrossFit. But can the National Pro Grid League take off? Susan Valot travels to Long Beach, Calif. to check out a competition.

In Depth
September 27th, 2014

Forty Years Later, Soviet Athlete’s Life-Saving Heroics Remembered

Shavarsh Karapetyan had recently been cut from the Soviet swim team when he went for a run along a lake in his home country of Armenia. Then a trolleybus went off the tracks and plunged into the water. Grantland’s Carl Schreck joins Bill Littlefield to recount the tragic events of that afternoon nearly 40 years ago.

Charlie Pierce
September 27th, 2014

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss Derek Jeter’s walk-off dramatics, Phil Mickelson’s trash talk at the Ryder Cup, and a bewildering bribe between two college presidents.

Featured Book
September 27th, 2014

‘Draw In The Dunes’ Details Ryder Cup’s First Tie

In 1969, for the first time, the Ryder Cup ended in a tie, thanks in part to a gesture of sportsmanship by golfer Jack Nicklaus. Bill Littlefield speaks with author Neil Sagebiel about his new book, ‘Draw in the Dunes,’ which chronicles the tournament.

Feature
September 27th, 2014
By Robyn Murray

Nebraska: America’s Cricket Hotbed?

There’s a new sport in Nebraska. (Actually, it’s an old one.) Cricket is gaining ground in America’s heartland through the most enthusiastic of sports fans: kids. Robyn Murray has the story from Omaha.

In Depth
September 27th, 2014

Charlie Strong Enforcing ‘Core Values’ At Texas

First-year Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong has kicked nine players off the football team since March. What’s his plan? Associated Press reporter Jim Vertuno joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

Commentary
September 27th, 2014

ESPN’s NFL Coverage: Compromised?

ESPN suspended Bill Simmons this week for calling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar. Bill Littlefield explores the network’s checkered past concerning NFL criticism.

In Depth
September 27th, 2014

Will Sports Betting Save Atlantic City?

With Atlantic City’s median income falling, unemployment rising and casinos shuttering, some New Jersey officials believe the legalization of sports betting could help the city’s economy. But for casinos and racetracks, legal hurdles remain — and financial analysts say the economic benefits are minimal. Bill Littlefield has the story.

In The News
September 27th, 2014

A Year of Disappointment For New York Baseball

Which of New York’s MLB teams had the more disappointing season? The New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the Mets’ missteps — both on the field and on social media — and the Yankees’ lackluster sendoff for Derek Jeter.