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