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This Week's Show
January 29th, 2015

This Week’s Show

The Super Bowl is right around the corner! This week we’ll hear about the faceoff between Seattle coach Pete Carroll and the man who replaced him in New England, Bill Belichick. We’ll also delve into the economics of the Super Bowl and share some of our favorite listener-submitted Super Bowl haiku. Join us!

Super Bowl Haiku
January 31st, 2015

Super Bowl Haiku XXI

Sure, the Seahawks and Patriots are a good Super Bowl matchup, but we’re just here for the haiku. Bill Littlefield presents the most recent iteration of Only A Game’s annual tradition.

In The News
January 31st, 2015

The Best Ever? NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur Retires

NHL goalie Martin Brodeur announced his retirement after 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils and a brief tenure with the St. Louis Blues. The Newark Star-Ledger’s Steve Politi regards Brodeur as the greatest NHL goalie of all time and he joins Bil Littlefield to make the case.

Charlie Pierce
January 31st, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss Super Bowl ticket prices, a possible Major League Soccer players’ strike and a malfunctioning fire alarm.

Featured Book
January 31st, 2015

‘The Fall Line’ Explores The U.S. Ski Team’s Dominance At 2010 Olympics

The United States’ alpine skiers raked in eight medals at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, becoming only the fourth nation to accomplish that feat. Author Nathaniel Vinton wrote about the U.S. skiers’ journey in ‘The Fall Line.’

In Depth
January 31st, 2015

‘Mr. Cub:’ One Newspaperman’s Encounter With Ernie Banks

Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks died last week. The passing of “Mr. Cub” offered Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg the opportunity to reflect on his own career.

In Depth
January 31st, 2015

Madison Keys: America’s Next Tennis Star?

At the 2015 Australian Open, 19 year old Madison Keys topped Venus Williams to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal. She fell to Serena Williams on Thursday, but the teenager’s future is bright. Sports Illustrated’s Courtney Nguyen joins Bill Littlefield.

In Depth
January 31st, 2015

After Recovering From Health Scare, Vinovich Will Ref First Super Bowl

In April 2007, NFL referee Bill Vinovich suffered an aortic dissection, a tear inside the wall of the major artery that carries blood out of the heart. He was told he would never officiate another game. Now Vinovich is preparing to work the Super Bowl.

In Depth
January 31st, 2015

Seattle Seahwaks Secondary: More Than ‘Fine’

The Seahawks’ secondary, known as the “Legion of Boom,” uses a unique motivational technique. The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Clegg wrote about the unit’s self-imposed fine system and he joined Bill Littlefield to explain.

Feature
January 31st, 2015

Belichick Vs. Carroll: Two Coaching Styles Clash At Super Bowl

Back in 2000, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick replaced Pete Carroll as the Patriots’ head coach. Carroll now leads the Seattle Seahawks. The two coaches have used very different philosophies to get their teams to Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Only A Blog
January 29th, 2015

The Patriots Don’t Want To Talk About … Arizona

The New England Patriots are tired of thinking about it, tired of talking about it and ready to move on. No, not deflate-gate … Arizona.

Only A Blog
January 28th, 2015
By Keely Flanagan

How To Fix The NFL’s Pro Bowl

The 2015 NFL Pro Bowl is officially in the books, and television ratings are down again. How can the league fix its all-star game?

Feature
January 24th, 2015
By Jon Kalish

Fat Bikes: The Winter Sport Of The Future?

With tires twice the width of a standard mountain bike, fat bikes are made for snow. Some ski facilities are embracing the bikes as a way to keep business booming when there’s not quite enough snow to ski. Jon Kalish has this story from Vermont.