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November 1st, 2014

Bill Littlefield’s New Children’s Book: ‘Take Me Out’

There is poetry in sports and in Bill Littlefield’s new book for children, there is sports in poetry. Take Me Out is a collection of verse celebrating everything from race car drivers to mumblety-peg to the Olympics. With the same sense of fun and imagination that he brings to Only A Game every week, Bill illuminates the rings, rinks, fields, frustrations and joys of sports and games.

Learn more, read an excerpt, and buy a copy at the Take Me Out Amazon.com page here.

In The News
November 1st, 2014

Stolen Rings Returned, But Mystery Remains For Siena College Trainer

When Siena College athletic trainer Greg Dashnaw’s NIT and NCAA tournament rings were stolen in 1991, he figured he would never see them again. After 23 years, the first one showed up and the second one followed. Dashnaw joins us to tell the story.

Featured Book
November 1st, 2014

Littlefield’s ‘Take Me Out’ Blends Sports And Poetry

Only A Game host Bill Littlefield turns interviewee and speaks with Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim about his new book of sports-themed poetry for children, “Take Me Out.”

Featured Book
November 1st, 2014

In ‘The Rookie Bookie,’ Math, Sports Betting And Middle School Collide

A children’s book about sports gambling? Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated explains to Bill Littlefield how he and co-author Tobias Moskowitz weave math, common sense and morality into their story of a middle-school oddsmaker.

Only A Blog
October 30th, 2014

Giants, Baseball Fans Win 2014 World Series

“The 2014 World Series proved to be a delight,” Bill Littlefield writes.

Only A Blog
October 30th, 2014
By Martin Kessler

Remembering Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s Sports Legacy

Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, who died Thursday, oversaw one of the most dominant eras in sports history. But there’s more to Menino’s sports legacy than championships.

Commentary
October 29th, 2014

An MLB General Manager’s Offseason To-Do List

With the baseball season coming to a close, Bill Littlefield offers his suggestions for general managers aiming to have their teams in the World Series next season.

Feature
October 25th, 2014
By Hannah Morris

Reclaiming Eastern European Jewish Identity Through Soccer

With the help of the international Jewish sports organization Maccabi, two Polish soccer teams revived a historic rivalry this past summer. From Krakow, Poland, Hannah Morris brings us the story.

Feature
October 25th, 2014

At The Fall Classic, MLB Broadcaster Honors A Friend’s Final Wish

Kansas City Royals broadcaster Denny Matthews’ best friend died last year. When his widow Arnie Arnesen called to ask for help speading his ashes during the World Series, Matthews said yes. Matthews and Arnesen join Bill Littlefield to tell their story.

Charlie Pierce
October 25th, 2014

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Bill Littlefield and Charlie Pierce discuss the disappointing TV ratings for the World Series (so far), the departure of Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon and the new commissioner of the Feline Football League.

Featured Book
October 25th, 2014

Bob Ryan Reflects On A Life In Sports In ‘Scribe’

From basketball to football, the Olympics to golf, long-time Boston Globe sports writer and ESPN personality Bob Ryan has covered it all. He joins Bill Littlefield to talk about his new book, “Scribe: My Life in Sports.”

In The News
October 25th, 2014

Report Implicates UNC Personnel In Grade-Boosting Scheme

A new report finds evidence that between 1993 and 2011, approximately 3100 students — nearly half of them athletes — took “paper classes” (one paper, no classes) at the University of North Carolina. Investigative reporter Dan Kane from the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. joins Bill Littlefield.

In Depth
October 25th, 2014

Under New Owner, Clippers Hope To Sail Ahead

Almost six months since the Donald Sterling saga began, we finally turn our attention to the Los Angeles Clippers, the basketball team. With big stars and a championship coach, the Clippers seem to have the right pieces, but is it enough? Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times joins Bill Littlefield.

In Depth
October 25th, 2014

Defense Key To Detroit Lions’ Turnaround

With star wide receiver Calvin Johnson on board, the Detroit Lions were supposed to ride their offense to NFL relevancy. But it’s been the team’s defense that has the Lions positioned to finish with a winning record for just the second time since 2001. Bill speaks with Mlive’s Kyle Meinke.

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