In his recent book ‘Cheating the Spread,’ author Albert Figone has collected chronicles of fixes, point-shaving scandals, and various other sketchy endeavors occurring at schools large and small, most of them over the past 70 years. Bill Littlefield speaks with the author.
Author and frequent OAG contributor Keith O’Brien spent a year with the Scott County Cardinals, a high school basketball team in Kentucky good enough to attract 6-foot-8 transfer students. Bill Littlefield speaks with O’Brien about the difficulties of handling the pressure to win in a community with above average interest in high school hoops.
ESPN host and former Washington Post reporter and columnist Michael Wilbon is the guest editor for ‘The Best American Sports Writing 2012′. Wilbon and series editor Glenn Stout join Bill Littlefield to discuss the best of the best in the collection.
Bestselling author John Grisham recently set aside legal fare to write about America’s pastime: baseball. His novel, ‘Calico Joe’, follows the story of a breakout Major League star. Grisham joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the book and his love of baseball.
Each week on Only A Game, Bill Littlefield talks to the author of a book about sports. Some of those books go on to be bestsellers, but others don’t get as much attention as they deserve, so Bill has compiled a list of three somewhat hidden gems of 2012.
People today sometimes refer to it as the “No Fun League,” but there was a time when the NFL was best described as the “National Forgotten League.” Bill Littlefield speaks with Washington Times sports columnist Dan Daly about his new book on Pro Football’s first 50 years.
Only one major league baseball player has ever died from being hit with a ball. Molly Lawless, author of the graphic novel ‘Hit by Pitch,’ joins Bill to discuss Ray Chapman’s death in 1920.
The new book, ‘The Queen of Katwe’ tells the story of a girl from a Ugandan slum who found solace in chess. Bill talks with the author, Tim Crothers.
Before the Iron Curtain fell, hockey players from countries under Soviet leadership defected for the chance to play in the United States. Tal Pinchevsky’s ‘Breakaway: From Behind the Iron Curtain to the NHL’ tells these players’ stories and sacrifices. He talks with Bill about this period in hockey history.
Gwendolyn Oxenham traveled the world with an open mind and a soccer ball. The former Duke University player documented her experiences as she explored new countries and interacted with strangers using the universal language of sport. Bill Littlefield speaks with Oxenham about ‘Finding the Game: Three Years, Twenty-Five Countries, and the Search for Pickup Soccer.’