Have you noticed that the Jumbotrons in some sports venues cover more square footage than the average American home? Sportswriter Mary Pilon has, and this week on Only A Game, she explains the history of the device. Also, the declining power of home-field advantage, why one New England college made their sports opponents feel right at home and how a transgender swimmer found a home on the men’s team. Those stories and more as we explore how teams, players and fans play out concepts of “home” in our games.
Traditionally, Atlantic Union College, a Seventh-day Adventist institution, wasn’t interested in sports. But in the ’90s, the school started looking at athletic competitions differently. Only A Game’s Bill Littlefield took in a post-game reception at the college in 1995 and came back with this report about the school’s unique sportsmanship.
After Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad made the team as an 18 year old, veteran Willie Mitchell invited the rookie to live with him and his wife, Megan. Last spring, Katie Baker wrote about the trio for Grantland, and she joined Bill Littlefield to share what she learned.
It’s Thanksgiving week, so Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce are talking football: NFL concussion policy, which NFL teams will play in London next season and an amazing performance by Calvin Johnson. Also, Charlie offers a tip of the cap to a 22-year-old Amish man who completed the Harrisburg marathon.
An avid swimmer since childhood, Jay Pulitano was the first openly transgender swimmer in the NCAA. Pulitano talked with Only A Game’s Zoe Sobel about how he found a supportive home in collegiate swimming.
The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay has compiled a list of rules for Thanksgiving Day touch football, to help keep your family’s annual game from disintegrating into lawlessness. Gay joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the rules, which are included in his new book “Little Victories.”
Home, Thanksgiving and Football. For many American families, those three things are being celebrated this week, in varying degrees. But it hasn’t always been that way. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.
There was a time before sports stadiums had Jumbotrons (and the obligatory “kiss cam” to go with them). Will there be a time after as well? SB Nation’s Mary Pilon joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the past, present and future of these giant video boards.
After analyzing 127 years of English soccer matches, Columbia psychology professor James Curley has proven that home-field advantage exists. But Curley also found that the advantage has been declining over time, and he joins Bill Littlefield to explain why that might be.
Bill Littlefield is among the many giving thanks for gifts past and present. “Thanks for balls that bounced just right,” he writes, “And games that brightened up dark nights…”
A recent United States Soccer Federation resolution is aiming to cut the number of headers in youth soccer. Will the move keep young athletes safe? Is there a chance the U.S. will become less competitive in international competitions? Here’s a look at how analysts and former players are reacting to the resolution.
The library is rarely the first place to turn if you’re hoping to catch some high-intensity sporting competition. That is, unless you know about the annual book-sorting competition between the King County Library System and the New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries. Bill Littlefield gets the inside scoop.
Fox tossing, monowheel rolling and waterfall riding are just three of the “sports” explored in Edward Brooke-Hitching’s new book “Fox Tossing: And Other Forgotten and Dangerous Sports, Pastimes, and Games.”
Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce take on safety, security and resilience at large-scale sporting events, the UConn women’s basketball team’s unprecedented success and the beer mile world record.
Sports coaches often times act as mentors to their young athletes. Coaching athletes through the basics of a sport can grow into guiding them through the tough parts of their lives. Bill Littlefield sat down with Lou Bergholz and John McCarthy to discuss their work in promoting sports mentorships.
After 11 seasons in the NFL, Kermit Alexander returned to his hometown. That’s where he first ran into a talented but troubled football player who would murder four members of Alexander’s family. Only A Game’s Karen Given sat down with Alexander to learn how he led himself back from tragedy.