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August 30th, 2014

This Week’s Show

This week on Only A Game, the U.S. Open gets noisy. Should the rest of tennis follow suit? Also, Bay Area pinball players get their thumbs back in shape after an 80-year ban in Oakland. Plus, Pro Football Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome talks about entering another hall of fame. And we meet a 15-year-old NASCAR driver aiming for the big time. Listen in!

In The News
August 28th, 2014

Goodell Announces New NFL Domestic Violence Policy

After being widely criticized for his handling of Ravens running back Ray Rice’s suspension, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has announced new, stricter league policies regarding domestic violence.

Commentary
August 27th, 2014

Retirement Should Be ‘Brought Up’ After Welker’s Latest Concussion

How many concussions is too many? Bill Littlefield hopes that Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker is asking himself that question.

Feature
August 23rd, 2014
By Todd Melby

Popping Wheelies And Busting Tires At The Lawnmower Demolition Derby

In Zumbrota, Minn., you don’t need a car to experience Demolition Derby. Todd Melby visits the Goodhue County Fair, where lawnmowers get turned into destructive machines.

Interview
August 23rd, 2014

Dick Bavetta, The NBA’s Iron Ref, Retires After 2,635 Consecutive Games

Dick Bavetta officiated NBA games for 39 years. He worked a record 2635 consecutive regular season games before retiring this week. Bavetta joins Bill Littlefield to look back on his career in stripes.

Charlie Pierce
August 23rd, 2014

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

OAG’s Charlie Pierce looks at the plethora of penalty flags flying in the NFL preseason; the settlement over a punch that ended an NHL career; the latest turn in O’Bannon v. NCAA; and paying for the honor of performing in the Super Bowl halftime show.

Featured Book
August 23rd, 2014

‘The Opening Kickoff’ Reveals Parallels Between Football’s Early Years And Today

Pay for play? Academic eligibility issues? Concerns about player safety? Those topics are big news in college football today, but they were just as prevalent in the 1890s when the game was new. Big Ten Network anchor Dave Revsine joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book ‘The Opening Kickoff.’

Feature
August 23rd, 2014
By Charlie Schroeder

7,985 Miles From Williamsport: Hong Kong Plays Little League

Making it as a baseball player in Hong Kong isn’t easy. The fields are unkempt and the opportunities limited. But, as reporter Charlie Schroeder learns, there’s something to gain from learning America’s national pastime abroad.

In The News
August 23rd, 2014

Little League World Series Puts Kids In Bright Spotlight

Has the celebration and commercialization of Little League baseball gone too far? Melissa Isaacson of ESPN — which broadcasts the Little League World Series — joins Bill Littlefield to look at the spotlight being placed on young kids. .

In Depth
August 23rd, 2014
By Ian Mount

Inequality, Debt Hold Spanish Soccer Back

In Spain’s top soccer league, TV money isn’t split equally. That’s pushed smaller-market teams to spend more to keep up, creating an economic crisis that’s trickled down to the lower leagues. Ian Mount has more from Barcelona.

In Depth
August 23rd, 2014

Eugenie Bouchard: The Next Star Of Women’s Tennis?

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard is 20 years old. She has a crush on Justin Beiber and she enjoys snacking on baby food. But she’s also the eighth-best female tennis player in the world. Is she the next big star of women’s tennis?

In The News
August 23rd, 2014

Blaring Music And A Haz-Mat Suit: Life At Ohio State After Braxton Miller

If your Heisman-candidate starting quarterback goes down with a season-ending injury, just crank up the music and collect urine samples. Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel explains why Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is taking a page from Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly.

Only A Blog
August 21st, 2014

In The NFL, It’s Raining Flags

If you like football and yellow’s your favorite color, you’re in luck. NFL penalty flags are logging some serious frequent flier miles this preseason as officials work to enforce the league’s “points of emphasis” for the upcoming season.