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FEATURE
March 12th, 2016

International Chess, A Family Pub And The History Of Brackets

While college basketball fans prepare to fill out their March Madness brackets, Bill Littlefield plots the little-known history of the bracket from an 1851 chess tournament to a Long Island restaurant in the 1970s.

Feature
March 5th, 2016

At Inner-City Hope High School, ‘Ball Is Life’

The 2012-13 Hope High School boys’ basketball team faced challenges — perhaps the least of which was the squad’s 2-7 start. Some players dealt with hunger and homelessness. Still, Hope advanced far in the state tournament. Bill Littlefield catches up with some of the that team’s star players — and finds that the ups and downs have continued.

COMMENTARY
March 2nd, 2016

An Old Basketball Player And An Old Gym

It’s easy for sports writers to get excited about the newest great player who comes along. Sometimes Bill Littlefield likes to check in with the ones who came along a while ago.

ONLY A BLOG
March 1st, 2016
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Damian Lillard, Shaq, Serena Williams And Other Notable Rap-letes

When Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard was left off of the 2016 NBA All-Star team, he responded in the recording booth. Lillard is far from the first athlete to try his hand at rapping. From Shaq to Clint Dempsey, here are other notable players that have stepped behind the mic.

ROUNDTABLE
February 27th, 2016

3 Stories You Should Know: Medical Privacy, Golden State, Court Storming

Can everyone agree that tweeting an athlete’s medical records is an overreach? Is there any limit to the dominance of the Golden State Warriors? And is court storming a fun college tradition or a dangerous phenomenon? Michael Lee and Shira Springer join Bill Littlefield to discuss.

ONLY A BLOG
February 22nd, 2016
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The Definitive Ranking Of The NBA’s Cutest Kids

It would be easy to say that each NBA kid is equally cute, but we live in a hierarchical society, and one adorable kid MUST rise above the rest. Will Riley Curry or Lil’ Chris reign supreme? What about PJ Rose or LeBron James Jr.?

FEATURE
February 20th, 2016

Kenny Sailors: The Long-Forgotten Inventor Of Basketball’s Jump Shot

Today, the jump shot is one of basketball’s fundamental moves. But it didn’t exist in the early days of basketball history. Where did it come from? And who invented it? Only A Game’s Karen Given’s investigation begins 84 years ago on a farm in Wyoming.

FEATURE
February 20th, 2016

Can The NBA’s Dunk Contest Be Great Again?

For years, NBA fans have been complaining that the annual dunk contest has lost its luster. In the wake of last weekend’s showdown between Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine, Only A Game’s Karen Given examines whether or not the contest is really still in decline.

FEATURED BOOK
February 13th, 2016

‘This Is Your Brain On Sports’ Looks At The Psychology Of Our Games

Why do sports fans do and say the things they do? Tufts professor Sam Sommers and Sports Illustrated editor L. Jon Wertheim attempt to find out in their new book, “This is Your Brain on Sports.” The pair shared some of their findings with Bill Littlefield.

Commentary
January 30th, 2016

A Bird In An Elevator

If you found yourself riding in an elevator with a sports celebrity, would you strike up a conversation? Would it be fun, or just too awkward for words? Only A Game’s Gary Waleik recalls an elevator encounter he had over 20 years ago, in which he cleared up a mystery about a basketball legend.

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