This week on Only A Game, we’ll find out if Rory McIlroy, fresh off a win at the British Open, can capture the world’s attention like no golfer has since Tiger Woods. We’ll also look at how legendary ‘Peanuts’cartoonist Charles Schulz created a long-running summer hockey competition and learn about Ji Cheng, the first Chinese rider in the Tour de France. Join us!
Scottish hospitality, humor and charity were on display at the opening ceremony for the 20th Commonwealth Games on Wednesday night at Glasgow’s Celtic Park.
Rory McIlroy’s recent triumph at the British Open has some golf enthusiasts hoping for a rise in the game’s popularity. That’s caused Bill Littlefield to remember his own youthful attempts to play golf.
The Commonwealth Games have many of the events you see in the Olympics — and many you don’t. And this year, Commonwealth Games spectators will get a glimpse of some things on the horizon for the Olympics. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports from Glasgow.
The Olympics have a torch. The Commonwealth Games have the Queen’s Baton, which travels through all of the 71 participating nations and territories on its way to the Games.
Picture a distance runner and you probably see someone small and thin. Maybe even shockingly small and thin. But Only A Game’s Karen Given recently attended a running event where bigger is, for once, better.
Only A Game listeners have written in to discuss the use of hands in soccer, skipping stones, and horses who lose. Bill Littlefield responds.
Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the financial windfall accompanying LeBron James’ return to Cleveland, the “silly” plan to tear down Houston’s Astrodome, and the Shake’n Bacon Brew.
Richard Hoffer’s ‘Bouts of Mania’ chronicles the “Golden Age” of heavyweight boxing as well as the era’s three main figures: Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman. Hoffer joins Bill Littlefield.
Washington Generals founder and owner Red Klotz passed away last week, leaving behind a legacy as an integral part of the Harlem Globetrotters’ success, and a true love of basketball. Bill Littlefield spoke with Richard Goldstein of the New York Times.
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is in the midst of his farewell tour. But has the celebration of a great career crossed over into deification? Sports on Earth’s Will Leitch says yes. He joins Bill Littlefield to make his case.
San Francisco’s long, long goodbye to Candlestick Park continues. This past week saw what was billed as the final football game, ever, at the 54-year-old wind tunnel by the Bay. As KQED’s Dan Brekke reports, 49ers legends and their fans visited the park one last time.
Despite overwhelming success on the football field, SEC schools are experiencing a decline in attendance. The pro sports league they’ve turned to for help might surprise you. The Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen tells Bill Littlefield what the SEC is learning from the MLS.
The return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers has grabbed most of the NBA free agency headlines, but Carmelo Anthony’s decision to stay with the New York Knicks is also intriguing. Bill Littlefield speaks with SI.com’s Ben Golliver.