PLEDGE NOW
May 20th, 2016

Our Latest Show: May 21-22

The class-action concussion lawsuit against the NFL has long been settled. But with no clear timetable on payouts, former players are being offered high-interest loans. This week on Only A Game, we meet the especially vulnerable group being targeted. And baseball’s bunt is dead…maybe. We’ll explore why. Plus, the story of a WWII veteran who went on to pitch for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Join us!

Rhymes With Bill
May 25th, 2016

Mickelson News: A Reminder That ‘It's Great To Be In Sports’

After golfer Phil Mickelson was named in an insider trading lawsuit, Bill Littlefield was reminded that it can be good to be a famous athlete.

In Their Own Words
May 21st, 2016
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Tommy Warren: A WWII Veteran Turned MLB Pitcher

Tommy Warren was set to join MLB as a Brooklyn Dodger in 1941. But Pearl Harbor interrupted Warren’s plans to pitch in the Majors. Instead, he joined the Navy. Tommy Warren’s son, David, tells his father’s story, In His Own Words.

Charlie Pierce
May 21st, 2016

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Everything seems to be falling into place this postseason for LeBron James. Will his Cavaliers take home the NBA title in 2016? Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss LeBron as well as star pitching in Chicago and the possibility of a Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight.

Feature
May 21st, 2016

High-Interest Loans Tempt Families Waiting For NFL Settlement Checks

While former players wait for NFL settlement checks, some are considering taking high-interest advances on their awards. But are these men, who suffered brain damage from playing football, in the right frame of mind make that decision? Karen Given has our story.

Roundtable
May 21st, 2016

3 Stories: Zero Latino Managers, NCAA Concussion Lawsuits, David Ortiz

What questions does the firing of former Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez raise about MLB’s diversity problem? Is college football more vulnerable than the NFL to concussion lawsuits? Should fans beg David Ortiz not to retire? Mina Kimes of ESPN The Magazine and Will Leitch of Sports on Earth join Bill Littlefield.

Featured Book
May 21st, 2016

A Magazine Editor’s Attempt To Get (Very) Good At Tennis

Not until he was in his mid-50s did former New York Times Magazine editor Gerald Marzorati decide to take tennis seriously. Very seriously. Marzorati hired a coach and spent hours practicing. He chronicles his quest in his new book, “Late to the Ball.”

In Depth
May 21st, 2016

Not Dead Yet: The Unpredictable History Of Baseball’s Bunt

Baseball’s bunt is dead…maybe. Bill Littlefield delves into the past, present and possible future of baseball’s much-maligned maneuver.

Commentary
May 18th, 2016

Littlefield: Retirement Advice For Tim Duncan

Even before the San Antonio Spurs were bounced out of the playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder, there was speculation about whether Spurs veteran Tim Duncan would retire. Bill Littlefield offers the potential retiree some advice.

Only A Blog
May 18th, 2016

$60M Vs. $1.8M: Sports Facilities There And Here

Last week’s program featured the story of not one but two $60 million high school football facilities in Texas. Meanwhile, voters in Hull, Massachusetts, recently defeated a $1.8 million plan to install a new turf field.

Mystery Title
May 14th, 2016
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Where In The World Is Bob Knight’s Chair?

Just five minutes into the first half of a college basketball game in 1985, Indiana coach Bob Knight was tossed from the game — but not before he tossed a chair all the way across the court in a temper tantrum. Gregg Doyel writes about his attempt to locate the infamous chair.

Commentary
May 14th, 2016
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Mike Pesca: Why I Love The Losers

There’s nothing better than watching winning teams dominate in a way you never thought possible. Unless, maybe, it’s even more compelling to follow the worst of the worst. Commentator Mike Pesca explains why he’s so captivated by the sports world’s best — and worst — teams.

Charlie Pierce
May 14th, 2016

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce tackle the NBA’s unanimous decision to name Steph Curry MVP, Max Scherzer’s 20-strikeout game and the San Jose Sharks’ postseason run. Plus, how did a fisherman’s tragic mistake cost him a world record?

In Their Own Words
May 14th, 2016
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Marilyn Bell Di Lascio Gets Back In The Water

Record-breaking swims across Lake Ontario, the English Channel and the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the 1950s made Marilyn Bell Di Lascio a teenage celebrity. Years after stepping away from the sport to start a family and life out of the water, Bell Di Lascio, now 78, has rediscovered her joy for swimming.

Roundtable
May 14th, 2016

3 Stories You Should Know: Harbaugh, The End Of The Running Boom, Zika

Why is Jim Harbaugh going to Australia? Should the 2016 Olympics be moved from Rio? Why is the running boom over? John Niyo of the Detroit News and Rachel Bachman of the Wall Street Journal join Bill Littlefield.

Feature
May 14th, 2016

The $19 Million Quarterback And The $7,000 Ford Bronco

Quarterback Matt Flynn has made $19 million over the course of his NFL career. Now he’s earned an extra ~$7,000…after selling his 1996 Ford Bronco on Twitter. Flynn tells Bill Littlefield the story of his former car.

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