This week on Only A Game, as MLB players get into regular-season shape, ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian has tales of spring training. Plus, in the 1980s, the Los Angeles Lakers produced dramatic moments on and off the court. Jeff Pearlman joins us to discuss his book, Showtime. And OAG‘s Doug Tribou has the story of a boy who traveled around the world to see an NBA game before he loses his vision.
The average NBA player earns over $5 million a season, but there are only 400 jobs in the NBA. For players in the NBA Development League, life is a bit different. Rowan Moore Gerety has our story.
Star athletes still make it onto Wheaties boxes. But it seems that the cereal’s reign of popularity may be waning. The Wall Street Journal’s Kevin Helliker joins Bill Littlefield to discuss what’s happening to The Breakfast of Champions.
OAG analyst Charlie Pierce joins Bill to discuss MLS soccer’s popularity with teenage boys; Gregg Popovich’s fallback coaching advice; Manny Ramirez’s chances of getting back into the MLB; and the Lakers lopsided loss.
The Lakers may be struggling today, but in the 1980s they won five NBA titles. Jeff Pearlman joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book ‘Showtime’ which looks at L.A.’s glitz-and-glamour dynasty.
Dean Smith won 879 games and two national titles while coaching the North Carolina men’s basketball team from 1961 to 1997. Now he’s suffering from dementia, a struggle chronicled by Tommy Tomlinson in his piece “Precious Memories.”
The MLS season kicks off this weekend. Bill Littlefield chats with Sam McDowell of the Kansas City Star about defending champions Sporting Kansas City and their prospects this season.
From intentionally dropped fly balls to a player running out to Wal-Mart to buy a glove, ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian shares his favorite stories from spring training.
If you knew you were going blind, what would you go to see while you still could? A 12-year-old boy from New Zealand suffering from a degenerative eye condition traveled to the U.S. to see an NBA game. OAG’s Doug Tribou reports.
Now that the Olympics are over, the Paralympics in Sochi have begun. Bill Littlefield is joined by Craig Spence of the International Paralympic Committee to discuss how the crisis in Ukraine is–and isn’t–impacting the event.
Wichita State is 31-0. Are they really as good as their record shows? OAG’s Zoë Sobel looks into the Shockers’ postseason prospects.
Rubin “Hurricane” Carter is dying, and the former boxer has one final wish. Bill Littlefield interviewed Carter years ago and shares his thoughts about a man who avoided bitterness after being wrongfully imprisoned.
25 years ago, a California company named Upper Deck exploded onto collectible sports card scene. What followed was a surge in the popularity of baseball cards that hasn’t been matched since. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Graf shares the birth of Upper Deck and how it changed the sports card industry.