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October 18th, 2014

This Week’s Show

The Dallas Cowboys are 5-1. This week we’ll take a closer look at the team’s turnaround — and learn about another football team that’s had unexpected success: No. 1 Mississippi State. Plus, we’ll preview the Royals-Giants World Series and hear about a cyclist who biked through Afghanistan to improve the lives of women. Join us!

In The News
October 21st, 2014

Dallas Cowboys Cut Michael Sam

The Dallas Cowboys have cut Michael Sam from their practice squad. Sam would be the first openly gay player in NFL history, but has yet to make a regular-season roster.

Feature
October 18th, 2014
By Beverly Amsler

Pea Shooting: A Sport For Everyone

Pea shooting, popular in the U.K. for years, is a relatively new sport in the U.S. Just this month, the first U.S. Championships took place in Roanoke, Va. Beverly Amsler brings us the story.

In The News
October 18th, 2014

The Florida Panthers’ Empty Den

Attendance at Florida Panthers home games is bad. So bad, in fact, that beat writers for visiting teams have tweeted pictures of the half-empty arena for laughs. Bill Littlefield chats with Yahoo! Sports’ Greg Wyshynski about the Panthers’ attendance woes.

Charlie Pierce
October 18th, 2014

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the Royals-Giants World Series matchup, the latest on Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and the sports-based appeal of a $26,000 watch.

Featured Book
October 18th, 2014

Biking ‘Mountain To Mountain’ To Improve Lives Of Afghan Women

Shannon Galpin didn’t plan to break cultural norms and ride a mountain bike in Afghanistan. But she did, and her new book, “Mountain To Mountain,” recounts her attempt to have a meaningful dialogue about women’s role in Afghan society.

In The News
October 18th, 2014

Autographs And The NCAA’s ‘Own Little Universe’

Georgia running back Todd Gurley and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston are under investigation after an autograph-authentication business certified their signatures on thousands of items. But, as Michael Weinreb tells Bill Littlefield, it’s the image of the NCAA that’s taking the biggest hit from the scandal.

In The News
October 18th, 2014

Mississippi State Is No. 1 For The First Time Ever

Mississippi State started the season outside the AP Top 25 poll. Six wins later, the Bulldogs are ranked No. 1 in the country. How did it happen? The Clarion-Ledger’s Michael Bonner joins Bill Littlefield.

In Depth
October 18th, 2014

This Just In … The Cowboys Are Good

2008 — that’s the last year the Dallas Cowboys finished the regular season with a winning record. But the Cowboys are off to a 5-1 start in 2014 and seem well on their way to NFL relevancy. Mac Engel of the Dallas Fort-Worth Star Telegram joins Bill Littlefield.

In Depth
October 18th, 2014

Rule 7.13: Baseball’s Crash Course On Eliminating Home-Plate Collisions

This season Major League Baseball took a crash course in how to eliminate collisions at home plate. In its first year, Rule 7.13 has been celebrated and criticized, but a much bigger injury risk is still in play for catchers. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports.

In The News
October 18th, 2014

Royals Vs. Giants In Wild(-Card) World Series

The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants represent a most unlikely World Series pairing. Bill Littlefield and ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian break down how each team arrived to the Fall Classic.

Only A Blog
October 16th, 2014
By Eric Larrabee

The Best Pictures From MLB’s Playoffs (So Far)

From a sullen Buck Showalter to a horizontal Mike Moustakas, Only A Game has compiled the best photos from the first three rounds of the 2014 MLB playoffs.

Commentary
October 15th, 2014

A Farewell To Landon Donovan

Soccer star Landon Donovan has played his last game for Team USA. Bill Littlefield shares his thoughts on Donovan’s career and his impact on U.S. soccer.

Feature
October 11th, 2014
By Annie Ropeik

Alaskan Soccer Game With Roots In Russian-American Fishing Venture

Inspired by a silver trophy from 1987, a diverse group of athletes in a remote Alaskan fishing hub recently participated in the International Friendship Cup. Annie Ropeik has the story of this unique community-building soccer tournament on Unalaska Island.

Interview
October 11th, 2014

Dutee Chand: A Woman Banned From Women’s Sports

Female track star Dutee Chand has been banned from competition due to naturally occurring high testosterone levels. Chand is fighting her ban. Juliet Macur of the New York Times recently profiled Chand and joins Bill Littlefield.