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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 5th, 2015
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Morning At The Gym — Or A Visit To Olympus

Despite not being an early riser, Elissa Ely visits the gym four mornings a week. One visit, Ely was pleased to discover she was among “gods” who perform astonishing athletic feats before most people have had their coffee.

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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…”

COMMENTARY
November 21st, 2015

Two Sportsmen Face Life After Paris

Atlanta Hawks’ guard Thabo Sefolosha understands life in Europe: he is from Switzerland and played for three years on a French basketball team. Bill Littefield compares remarks Sefolosha recently made about the attacks in Paris with his own recent experience in the city.

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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.

Commentary
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 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.

Rhymes With Bill
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.

Commentary
October 21st, 2015

Al Michaels And Fact-Checking The Booth

Athletes are often asked to comment on matters outside their area of expertise. Sports broadcasters sometimes do that without even being asked. Bill Littlefield takes issue with one of them.

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