PLEDGE NOW
February 5th, 2016

Our Super Bowl Show

The Super Bowl…is good — so says Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce, and this week we’re devoting our show to the annual spectacle. We’ll meet the last surviving member of the original Never Miss A Super Bowl Club. We’ll also hear from a man who spent more than 150 hours watching recordings of all 49 Super Bowls. Plus, a former NFL Pro Bowler explains why he wishes he never played football. Join us!

SUPER BOWL HAIKU
February 6th, 2016

Super Bowl Haiku XXII

Our 22nd edition of Super Bowl Haiku is a winner. Would it be an exaggeration to suggest the game will be an anti-climax? You decide.

INTERVIEW
February 6th, 2016

What’s It Like Watching 49 Straight Super Bowls?

One man who will most likely not be among the estimated 189 million Americans tuning into Super Bowl 50 is Slate writer Justin Peters. Peters’ editors recently tasked him with watching all 49 previous Super Bowls.

CHARLIE PIERCE
February 6th, 2016

Charlie Pierce: The Week in Sports

It’s time for Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce to make his annual Super Bowl declaration! Bill and Charlie also discuss the late NFL-great Ken Stabler’s CTE diagnosis. Plus, Bill and Charlie pay tribute to Bob Elliott.

FEATURE
February 6th, 2016
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Super Bowl Veteran Dave Pear: ‘It Just Wasn’t Worth It To Me’

Retired Pro Bowl defensive tackle Dave Pear is left with two reminders of his NFL career: a diamond-encrusted Super Bowl ring and a nightmare that has stayed with him for the past 37 years. Reporter Alex Ashley has the story.

ROUNDTABLE
February 6th, 2016

3 Stories You Should Know: USWNT, Harbaugh Hoopla, Mechanical Doping

Why is US Soccer suing its star players? Can national signing day get more extravagant? What is mechanical doping? Shira Springer and Jason Gay join Bill Littlefield for this week’s roundtable.

FEATURED BOOK
February 6th, 2016

‘The Game’s Not Over’ Seeks Middle Ground In Football Debate

In an increasingly polarized debate over the merits of American football, Gregg Easterbrook tries to present a middle position in his new book “The Game’s Not Over: In Defense of Football.”

FEATURE
February 6th, 2016

Going On 50: Don Crisman And The ‘Never Miss A Super Bowl Club’

Don Crisman is the last surviving member of the original Never Miss A Super Bowl Club. He has been to every Super Bowl ever played — but he’s had some close calls. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.

Only A Blog
February 4th, 2016
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Vernon Davis’ Curling Obsession And Other Super Bowl 50 Fun Facts

You might be familiar with the X’s and O’s surrounding Sunday’s Super Bowl 50 matchup, but did you know about Broncos OT Ryan Harris’ stint on MTV? What about Panthers CB Robert McClain’s passion for drawing? Here are some unusual facts about the players taking the field this weekend.

COMMENTARY
February 3rd, 2016

Super Bowl 50: A Game Of Numbers

The Super Bowl is all about numbers … or at least that’s the way Bill Littlefield has come to see it.

Commentary
January 30th, 2016

A Bird In An Elevator

If you found yourself riding in an elevator with a sports celebrity, would you strike up a conversation? Would it be fun, or just too awkward for words? Only A Game’s Gary Waleik recalls an elevator encounter he had over 20 years ago, in which he cleared up a mystery about a basketball legend.

FEATURED MOVIE
January 30th, 2016

‘In Football We Trust’ Explores The NFL’s ‘Polynesian Pipeline’

Many current and former NFL players are of Polynesian descent. The PBS documentary “In Football We Trust” tells the stories of high school football players from Utah who hope to one day ride that so-called “Polynesian Pipeline” into the NFL. Tony Vainuku, the film’s director, joins Bill Littlefield.

Charlie Pierce
January 30th, 2016

Charlie Pierce: The Week in Sports

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce weigh in on Super Bowl 50, the steep punishment inflicted by the NHL on Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman and Shaquille O’Neal’s most recent controversial comments.

FEATURE
January 30th, 2016

Remembering Barney Hall: Legendary NASCAR Broadcaster Dies At 83

Beloved NASCAR radio broadcaster Barney Hall died this week at the age of 83. ESPN’s Ryan McGee joins Bill Littlefield to share his favorite stories about the man whose voice was a fan favorite for more than 50 years.

FEATURE
January 30th, 2016

Why Donald Trump Will Be The Next FIFA President

While the U.S. Presidential hopefuls are getting ready for the first primary ballots to be cast, another heavily contested election is heating up across the globe — the race to replace Sepp Blatter as head of FIFA. Bill Littlefield examines the parallels between the two contests.

ROUNDTABLE
January 30th, 2016

3 Stories You Should Know: Cam Newton, NFL Tickets, All-Star Games

Why are many fans critical of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton? Are the NFL’s ticket resale policies legal? And should we get rid of All-Star Games? Bill Littlefield is joined by Cindy Boren and Patrick Hruby.

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