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July 26th, 2014

This Week’s Show

This week on Only A Game, we’ll find out if Rory McIlroy, fresh off a win at the British Open, can capture the world’s attention like no golfer has since Tiger Woods. We’ll also look at how legendary ‘Peanuts’cartoonist Charles Schulz created a long-running summer hockey competition and learn about Ji Cheng, the first Chinese rider in the Tour de France. Join us!

Only A Blog
July 24th, 2014

Queen Elizabeth Delivers A Royal Opening For The Commonwealth Games

Scottish hospitality, humor and charity were on display at the opening ceremony for the 20th Commonwealth Games on Wednesday night at Glasgow’s Celtic Park.

Rhymes With Bill
July 23rd, 2014

To Golf, Or Not To Golf?

Rory McIlroy’s recent triumph at the British Open has some golf enthusiasts hoping for a rise in the game’s popularity. That’s caused Bill Littlefield to remember his own youthful attempts to play golf.

Only A Blog
July 22nd, 2014

Commonwealth Games: More Than A Mirror Of Olympic Sports Schedule

The Commonwealth Games have many of the events you see in the Olympics — and many you don’t. And this year, Commonwealth Games spectators will get a glimpse of some things on the horizon for the Olympics. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports from Glasgow.

Only A Blog
July 22nd, 2014

Commonwealth Games Bring History And The Queen’s Baton To Glasgow

The Olympics have a torch. The Commonwealth Games have the Queen’s Baton, which travels through all of the 71 participating nations and territories on its way to the Games.

Feature
July 19th, 2014

No Shortage Of Real Athletes In ‘Big Man Run’

Picture a distance runner and you probably see someone small and thin. Maybe even shockingly small and thin. But Only A Game’s Karen Given recently attended a running event where bigger is, for once, better.

Listener Comments
July 19th, 2014

Feedback From OAG Listeners

Only A Game listeners have written in to discuss the use of hands in soccer, skipping stones, and horses who lose. Bill Littlefield responds.

Charlie Pierce
July 19th, 2014

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the financial windfall accompanying LeBron James’ return to Cleveland, the “silly” plan to tear down Houston’s Astrodome, and the Shake’n Bacon Brew.

Featured Book
July 19th, 2014

Revisiting Ali, Frazier And Foreman In Richard Hoffer’s ‘Bouts of Mania’

Richard Hoffer’s ‘Bouts of Mania’ chronicles the “Golden Age” of heavyweight boxing as well as the era’s three main figures: Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman. Hoffer joins Bill Littlefield.

In Depth
July 19th, 2014

Remembering Red Klotz, The General Who Beat The Globetrotters

Washington Generals founder and owner Red Klotz passed away last week, leaving behind a legacy as an integral part of the Harlem Globetrotters’ success, and a true love of basketball. Bill Littlefield spoke with Richard Goldstein of the New York Times.

Interview
July 19th, 2014

Has Derek Jeter’s Celebration Turned Into Deification?

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is in the midst of his farewell tour. But has the celebration of a great career crossed over into deification? Sports on Earth’s Will Leitch says yes. He joins Bill Littlefield to make his case.

Feature
July 19th, 2014
By Dan Brekke

Football Legends Face Off At Candlestick Park’s Farewell Game

San Francisco’s long, long goodbye to Candlestick Park continues. This past week saw what was billed as the final football game, ever, at the 54-year-old wind tunnel by the Bay. As KQED’s Dan Brekke reports, 49ers legends and their fans visited the park one last time.

In Depth
July 19th, 2014

To Attract Fans, College Football Teams Take Cues From MLS. Seriously.

Despite overwhelming success on the football field, SEC schools are experiencing a decline in attendance. The pro sports league they’ve turned to for help might surprise you. The Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen tells Bill Littlefield what the SEC is learning from the MLS.

In The News
July 19th, 2014

Carmelo Anthony: Still In New York, Far From An NBA Title

The return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers has grabbed most of the NBA free agency headlines, but Carmelo Anthony’s decision to stay with the New York Knicks is also intriguing. Bill Littlefield speaks with SI.com’s Ben Golliver.