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August 2nd, 2014

This Week’s Show

This week on Only A Game, a┬áconversation with former Oakland Raider Ray Guy, the first punter in the NFL Hall of Fame. Also, we’ll introduce new NBA players union head Michele Roberts and see how skateboarding is still rolling on an Arizona Apache reservation. Join us!

Commentary
July 30th, 2014

New NCAA Concussion Policy Brings Back Common Sense

On Tuesday, the NCAA agreed to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by establishing a $70 million fund designated for the diagnosis of brain trauma in college athletes. The decision shook loose one of Bill Littlefield’s memories from his college days.

Only A Blog
July 30th, 2014

Amateur Boxing Drops The Headgear In Glasgow

A major change for the sport of boxing is on display at the Commonwealth Games. Male boxers at the Games in Glasgow are fighting without headgear. That same change is also coming to the Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Boxers have worn headgear during Olympic bouts since the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

Feature
July 26th, 2014

Commonwealth Games: 71 Teams, 4,500 Athletes And A Common Bond In Glasgow

One of the world’s largest sporting events is happening now, and if you’re from the United States, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of it. From Canada to Cameroon and Pakistan to Papua-New Guinea, more than 4,500 athletes have traveled to Scotland for the 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games.

In the news
July 26th, 2014

Ji Cheng: China’s Rep At The Tour De France

Ji Cheng, the first Chinese rider to compete in the Tour de France, will likely finish in last place. But Ji isn’t upset about his position. Ian Austen of The New York Times joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

Charlie Pierce
July 26th, 2014

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss Donald Sterling’s latest lawsuit, the Baseball Hall of Fame’s most recent honorees and news from NFL training camps.

Commentary
July 26th, 2014

Crime And Punishment in Sports

How do our games respond to domestic violence? This week, the NFL suspended Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice for two games while the Minnesota Twins canceled the ceremony to honor former second baseman Chuck Knoblauch. Bill Littlefield weighs in.

In Depth
July 26th, 2014
By Dan Brekke

Senior Hockey Tournament Honors ‘Peanuts’ Cartoonist On Home Ice

At an ice rink just north of San Francisco, players are proving the game of hockey is both timeless and, well…ageless. KQED’s Dan Brekke reports on a senior hockey tournament with close ties to a beloved American cartoonist.

Feature
July 26th, 2014

Drama And Heroics At Wiffle Ball All-Star Game

The Golden Stick Wiffle League All-Star series featured the best wiffle ball players from around the world — or at least the Northeast. Bill Littlefield was there to witness the fluttering pitches, the home run trots and the high hopes for the sport’s future.

In The News
July 26th, 2014

Tim Kurkjian On Theo Epstein And MLB’s Competitive Balance Draft Lottery

The competitive balance lottery was designed to help struggling MLB franchises. So why are the St. Louis Cardinals, winners of two World Series titles in the last decade, being awarded an extra draft pick? ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

Interview
July 26th, 2014

As Traditional Golf Courses Shutter, Topgolf Draws Crowds

While the rest of the golf industry is in a tailspin, one company has managed to thrive. Using new technology, Topgolf is drawing crowds to its 10 locations in the United States. Topgolf CEO Ken May joins Bill Littlefield to share the company’s secrets.

In The News
July 26th, 2014

McIlroy – Woods: A Rivalry That Could Save Golf?

With his win at the British Open, Rory McIlroy became the first golfer since Tiger Woods to win three majors by age 25. Meanwhile, Woods’ career seems to be going in the opposite direction. ESPN’s Farrell Evans joins Bill Littlefield.

Interview
July 26th, 2014

Concerns Mount Over NFL Concussion Deal

The NFL has agreed to pay former players for the long-term effects of concussions, but some are concerned the deal will exclude many of those who need help. Bill Littlefield speaks with Sports on Earth’s Patrick Hruby.