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January 16th, 2016

Commentary: Let’s All Keep The Retirement Of Athletes In Mind

Retired Blackhawks player Daniel Carcillo tells Only A Game that the transition to life after sports can be jarring. Many athletes don’t think about retirement and the resources they’ll need until it’s too late. Bill Littlefield thinks this is a story worthy of attention.

Commentary
January 13th, 2016

The Sublime And The Shameful: Lionel Messi And FIFA

On Monday, Barcelona star Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or, given to soccer’s top player, for the fifth time in his career. Bill Littlefield is among those good with that.

Commentary
January 9th, 2016

Is An ‘Empire’ Worth The Risk?

This week, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder told Only A Game that he wanted to build an “empire” for his children to enjoy. Bill Littlefield wishes him well, but isn’t optimistic about the odds.

Commentary
January 7th, 2016

The Super Bowl’s Comin’

The NFL’s postseason gets underway this weekend. Over the next month’s worth of weekends, 12 teams will be whittled down to the two that will meet in the Super Bowl, which Bill Littlefield has already begun to consider.

Commentary
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.

Commentary
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.

Commentary
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.

FEATURE
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.

Commentary
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.

Commentary
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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