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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.

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November 9th, 2015
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From The Archives: Grantland Meets Only A Game

The staff at Only A Game was sad to learn that ESPN was shutting down Grantland — the sports and culture blog founded by Bill Simmons in 2011. Over the past four years, we’ve had a number of Grantland writers join us on Only A Game to discuss their stories. Here’s a look back at some of those conversation.

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November 4th, 2015

Daily Fantasy: State-Run Edition?

The world of daily fantasy sports may face significant changes as state and federal entities further investigate FanDuel and DraftKings. Even bigger changes to the landscape, however, may result if state lotteries start producing their own versions of the games. Bill Littlefield isn’t convinced that’s a great idea.

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November 4th, 2015
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4 For 40: Impressive Performances From Athletes ‘Over The Hill’

Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter recently announced his retirement at the age of 40, bringing an end to his 19-year career. Hunter’s decision prompted Only A Game to take a look back at athletes who had successful careers well into their 40s.

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October 28th, 2015

Better With Age: Baseball’s Expensive Memories

The greatest moments in baseball often produce sought-after memorabilia. A jersey worn by Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista recently sold at auction for $27,606.01. This transaction has inspired Bill Littlefield to share some rhymes.

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