King Henry VIII is remembered for marrying six women…and beheading two of them. But what if Henry VIII was more than just a bad husband? What if some of his erratic behavior can be traced back to a jousting match and the same degenerative brain condition that now affects former athletes?
This week Deadspin editor Timothy Burke wrote that “the scripted world of pro wrestling cares more about its athletes’ brains than the NFL does.” Bill Littlefield investigates what led Burke to come to that conclusion.
Retired Pro Bowl defensive tackle Dave Pear is left with two reminders of his NFL career: a diamond-encrusted Super Bowl ring and a nightmare that has stayed with him for the past 37 years. Reporter Alex Ashley has the story.
In an increasingly polarized debate over the merits of American football, Gregg Easterbrook tries to present a middle position in his new book “The Game’s Not Over: In Defense of Football.”
Inspired by the death of a friend and teammate, former Chicago Blackhawks player Daniel Carcillo is now working to help athletes adjust to life after hockey. He tells his story, In His Own Words.
What would happen to football if a blood test could determine brain damage? Should other leagues adopt the NFL’s Rooney Rule? And would anyone be sad if they were told to stop doing sit-ups? Patrick Hruby of Vice Sports and The Wall Street Journal’s Rachel Bachman join Bill Littlefield.
The film “Concussion” tells the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian immigrant who discovered C.T.E., a neurodegenerative disease linked to repetitive head trauma. Can a Hollywood blockbuster starring Will Smith raise awareness about the dangers of football? “We were paid to kill people,” one former NFL player said after seeing a sneak-preview of the film.
Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss–among other things–if Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo would seriously play for archrival Barcelona and the rising popularity of the New York Knicks’ 7’3” star Kristaps Porzingis.
It’s Thanksgiving week, so Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce are talking football: NFL concussion policy, which NFL teams will play in London next season and an amazing performance by Calvin Johnson. Also, Charlie offers a tip of the cap to a 22-year-old Amish man who completed the Harrisburg marathon.
After 11 seasons in the NFL, Kermit Alexander returned to his hometown. That’s where he first ran into a talented but troubled football player who would murder four members of Alexander’s family. Only A Game’s Karen Given sat down with Alexander to learn how he led himself back from tragedy.