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January 14th, 2015

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction At Machine Gun America

Machine Gun America is a real place in South Florida: a place where anyone over the age of 13 can shoot machine guns at targets resembling zombies, gangsters or Osama Bin Laden.

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January 7th, 2015

NFL Playoff Referees Should Have Our Sympathy, Not Scorn

In a playoff game between the Lions and Cowboys, officials reversed a pass-interference penalty. The refs may have sent the Lions home early, but as Bill Littlefield knows from personal experience, they aren’t the only officials who’ve ever erred.

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December 31st, 2014

Military Rehab Program Welcomes NFL Retirees

After the Impact pairs former NFL players with combat veterans in therapeutic activities. According to Devin Hutchings, the program’s director, the vets and former players “create a brotherhood” based on their mutual respect as well as the similar challenges they face.

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December 17th, 2014

Remembering A World War I Truce On Christmas Eve — 100 Years Later

Bill Littlefield reflects on a remarkable World War I ceasefire that featured a soccer game between German and British troops.

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December 10th, 2014

Olympic Hosting Not Without Peril

“A mad indulgence and a glorious spectacle” — hosting the Olympic Games can bring a city both prestige and problems. Bill Littlefield believes the representatives of cities vying to host the 2024 Summer Games should recognize both sides.

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December 3rd, 2014

Playing Surface Controversy Continues Ahead Of Women’s World Cup

The official draw for groups for the 2015 women’s World Cup is scheduled for Dec. 6. Meanwhile, the dispute over plans to use artificial turf at the competition is ongoing. Bill Littlefield weighs in on the situation.

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November 26th, 2014

Thanksgiving Memories For ‘Only A Game’

From covering tennis in Rome to underwater rugby, from interviewing Hall of Famers to poet laureates, Bill Littlefield has had much to be thankful for as host of “Only A Game.”

Rhymes With Bill
November 19th, 2014

Without Losers, There’d Be No Winners

A common expression uttered after an exciting, well-contested game is “somebody had to lose.” Bill Littlefield pays homage to some unfortunate squads for whom losing has become an all-too-familiar habit.

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November 15th, 2014

Making A Case For Shorter Seasons

In sports, perhaps less is more? Bill Littlefield argues for the virtues of shortening our sports seasons.

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November 12th, 2014

Nearing Retirement, Landon Donovan Puts Soccer In Perspective

Whenever a future Hall of Fame player is retiring, people pay attention. Bill Littlefield has been playing close attention to Landon Donovan’s comments recently, and he likes what he’s hearing.

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