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December 30th, 2015

Remembering Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon

One of the most popular basketball players of all time died on Sunday. Bill Littlefield is one of the many millions of people delighted by Meadowlark Lemon during his long and nearly undefeated career.

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December 21st, 2015

‘Summer Of The Bass’ Celebrates Country That Remains Wild

“Summer of the Bass” by W.D. Wetherell “is a celebration of country that remains wild and healthy, and of the native species that thrives in it despite everything else,” writes Only A Game’s Gary Waleik.

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December 16th, 2015

Ban Upheld: Pete Rose Is Still Out

Pete Rose had hoped that the fourth MLB commissioner to hear his plea for mercy might let him back into the game. On Monday, commissioner Rob Manfred said no. Bill Littlefield says it’s a case of failure to reconfigure.

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December 9th, 2015

Aroldis Chapman’s Uncertain Future

Baseball’s winter meetings have seen various players change teams. Aroldis Chapman is not among them, though he was supposed to be. Bill Littlefield has since turned his attention to Chapman’s story, detailing what’s taking place on and off the field for the Cincinnati Reds pitcher.

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December 2nd, 2015

Kobe’s Retirement: A Teachable Moment

On Sunday, longtime Lakers star Kobe Bryant announced that this will be his final NBA season. Bryant told the world via a poem titled “Dear Basketball.” Bill Littlefield was intrigued by Bryant’s decision to reveal his plans via verse.

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November 25th, 2015

‘What A Way To Make A Living:’ Bill Littlefield Gives Thanks

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…”

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November 25th, 2015
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(Don’t) Use Your Head: Is U.S. Soccer’s Youth Restriction The Right Move?

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.

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November 18th, 2015

Why Fighting Still Thrives In The NHL

When the Nashville Predators played the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night, Mike Fisher knocked out one of Kevin Bieksa’s teeth. And, yes, hockeyfights.com is still in business. Bill Littlefield has always wondered why fighting, which is seriously discouraged in other sports, gets a pass in hockey.

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November 17th, 2015
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The Links At Petco Park — And Other Ballpark Transformations

Ever wanted to hit a golf ball from home plate? San Diego Padres fans recently got the chance to do just that when Petco Park was converted into a nine-hole golf course. This inspired Only A Game to look back at other times when ballparks hosted sports other than baseball.

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November 11th, 2015

Missouri And The Future Of Athlete Activism On Campus

The boycott of football-related activities by members of the University of Missouri team to protest racism on the campus is over, and the president and chancellor of the university have resigned. Bill Littlefield considers the potential impact of the action on athletes at other campuses.