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October 22nd, 2014

Remembering Bart Giamatti, A Baseball Fan

It’s been 25 years since former MLB Commissioner Bart Giamatti died. In his latest commentary, Bill Littlefield shares his thoughts on the legacy of Giamatti, who was a fan of the game above all else.

Feature
October 25th, 2014
By Hannah Morris

Reclaiming Eastern European Jewish Identity Through Soccer

With the help of the international Jewish sports organization Maccabi, two Polish soccer teams revived a historic rivalry this past summer. From Krakow, Poland, Hannah Morris brings us the story.

Feature
October 25th, 2014

At The Fall Classic, MLB Broadcaster Honors A Friend’s Final Wish

Kansas City Royals broadcaster Denny Matthews’ best friend died last year. When his widow Arnie Arnesen called to ask for help speading his ashes during the World Series, Matthews said yes. Matthews and Arnesen join Bill Littlefield to tell their story.

Charlie Pierce
October 25th, 2014

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Bill Littlefield and Charlie Pierce discuss the disappointing TV ratings for the World Series (so far), the departure of Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon and the new commissioner of the Feline Football League.

Featured Book
October 25th, 2014

Bob Ryan Reflects On A Life In Sports In ‘Scribe’

From basketball to football, the Olympics to golf, long-time Boston Globe sports writer and ESPN personality Bob Ryan has covered it all. He joins Bill Littlefield to talk about his new book, “Scribe: My Life in Sports.”

In The News
October 25th, 2014

Report Implicates UNC Personnel In Grade-Boosting Scheme

A new report finds evidence that between 1993 and 2011, approximately 3100 students — nearly half of them athletes — took “paper classes” (one paper, no classes) at the University of North Carolina. Investigative reporter Dan Kane from the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. joins Bill Littlefield.

In Depth
October 25th, 2014

Under New Owner, Clippers Hope To Sail Ahead

Almost six months since the Donald Sterling saga began, we finally turn our attention to the Los Angeles Clippers, the basketball team. With big stars and a championship coach, the Clippers seem to have the right pieces, but is it enough? Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times joins Bill Littlefield.

In Depth
October 25th, 2014

Defense Key To Detroit Lions’ Turnaround

With star wide receiver Calvin Johnson on board, the Detroit Lions were supposed to ride their offense to NFL relevancy. But it’s been the team’s defense that has the Lions positioned to finish with a winning record for just the second time since 2001. Bill speaks with Mlive’s Kyle Meinke.

In The News
October 25th, 2014

Is It Time To Forgive Barry Bonds?

Barry Bonds, the all-time home run king, remains the face of MLB’s steroid era. Michael Powell of The New York Times thinks Bonds gets too much blame. He makes his case to Bill Littlefield.

In Depth
October 25th, 2014
By Greg Echlin

Run, Royals, (Pinch) Run!

All postseason, the Kansas City Royals’ x-factor has been their speed on the basepaths. Much of their success can be attributed to their use of the pinch-runner. Greg Echlin brings us the story.

Only A Blog
October 23rd, 2014
By Martin Kessler

Is Kobe Bryant Responsible For Lakers’ Downfall?

In a scathing piece for ESPN The Magazine, Henry Abbott writes that Kobe Bryant is the reason the Lakers have struggled to land big-name free agents. But critics from within the NBA — and outside of it — have attacked the report.

Only A Blog
October 23rd, 2014
By Eric Larrabee

When Sideline Interviews Get Awkward

Thanks to the magic of live television, sideline reports can sometimes go awry.

In The News
October 21st, 2014

Dallas Cowboys Cut Michael Sam

The Dallas Cowboys have cut Michael Sam from their practice squad. Sam would be the first openly gay player in NFL history, but has yet to make a regular-season roster.