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September 3rd, 2015

Twitter Reacts To Deflategate Ruling

On Thursday, a federal judge ruled against the NFL in the “Deflategate” case, nullifying the four-game suspension of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The reaction on Twitter from NFL analysts, Pats fans and even some New England politicians was swift.

September 2nd, 2015

The 'Emperor Of Baseball' Halts Shoeless Joe's Run At The Hall

What does a Wallace Stevens poem have to do with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s decision to preserve Shoeless Joe Jackson’s ban from baseball? Bill Littlefield explains.

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August 31st, 2015

Watch: Will Smith Takes On NFL In ‘Concussion’

In “Concussion,” scheduled to be released on Christmas Day, Will Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who discovered CTE. A neurodegenerative disease, CTE is believed to cause depression and mood swing and has been detected in the brains of former NFL players.

August 26th, 2015

Sports’ Most Difficult — And Stunning — Act?

The best athletes make everything they do look effortless. Bill Littlefield asks: which athletic feat is most impressive?

August 19th, 2015

Debate Over Participation Trophies Heats Up

Steeler James Harrison ordered his children, ages 8 and 6, to return trophies they’d received for participating in a program designed to teach them teamwork. His rationale was that they hadn’t won anything, so they shouldn’t get trophies. Bill Littlefield doesn’t agree.

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August 13th, 2015

Sidelined By Freak Injuries: From Sneezes To Bad Dreams

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith will miss six to 10 weeks after his jaw was broken in a locker room altercation. The incident reminded Only A Game of some other memorable injuries that occurred off the field of play.

August 12th, 2015

Commentary: Rousey Vs. Mayweather Should Remain A Verbal Fight

With the two undefeated fighters exchanging words, there’s been talk of a showdown between UFC champ Ronda Rousey and boxer Floyd Mayweather. Bill Littlefield reasons that such a fight would never, ever occur — but, then again, maybe it could…

August 6th, 2015

Commentary: Junior Seau And America’s ‘Schizophrenic Relationship’ With Football

On Saturday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio will induct the class of 2015. Bill Littlefield is focusing on one particular inductee: Junior Seau, who suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy and took his own life in 2012.

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August 4th, 2015

The International: Taking Video Games To A New Level

The International — the world championship of the video game Dota 2 — is the largest eSports event ever. It kicked off on Monday and has a prize pool of $18 million and counting.

In Their Own Words
July 30th, 2015

Inside The Winner’s Circle With Basketball’s Sue Bird

With the 2015 WNBA season just past its halfway point, Only A Game was reminded of the story of Seattle Storm guard and basketball great Sue Bird, who has found success throughout her legendary hoops career.