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 in shape after an 80-year ban in Oakland. Plus, World Cup star Jermaine Jones is joining MLS. Bill Littlefield looks at the league’s unusual free agency rules. And we meet a 15-year-old NASCAR driver aiming for the big time. Listen in!
What did you do on your summer vacation? For 15-year-old Kaz Grala, that question takes a while to answer. The honor roll student is the youngest full-time driver on one of NASCAR’s top two developmental leagues. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.
After an 80-year ban, pinball is legal again in Oakland. Wired’s Bo Moore joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the game’s strange history and to look ahead to its future.
Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the NFL’s new domestic violence policy, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart’s return to the track, and outgoing baseball commissioner Bud Selig’s less-than-popular legacy in San Diego.
After reading about Philadelphia’s Martin Luther King High School merging with rival Germantown High School last year, documentary filmmaker Judd Ehrlich made ‘We Could Be King’, a film about the school’s resulting football season. Ehrlich and head coach Ed Dunn sat down with Bill Littlefield.
In a highly-criticized move, a blind draw determined whether the U.S. national team’s Jermaine Jones ended up with the Chicago Fire or the New England Revolution. Bill Littlefield looks at the oddities of the MLS “designated player” rule.
Tennis is famous for playing its Grand Slams on different surfaces. But the tournaments are also known for having very different sounds, from the quiet of Wimbledon to the noise of the US Open. Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times joins Bill Littlefield to make some noise about, well, noise.
The Kansas City Royals haven’t been in the playoffs since they won the 1985 World Series. But that may change this year, thanks in large part to the efforts — and patience — of general manager Dayton Moore.
The Minnesota Timberwolves lost another NBA superstar when they traded Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers. But could the pieces they received in exchange change the franchise’s fortunes?
The NFL season begins Thursday with the Green Bay Packers visiting the Seattle Seahawks. Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports joins us to discuss the league’s new domestic violence policy, Johnny Manziel, and a surprising pick to win Super Bowl XLIX.
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.
How many concussions is too many? Bill Littlefield hopes that Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker is asking himself that question.
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.