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July 2nd, 2011

Contador’s Conflict And More With Charlie Pierce

The Tour de France begins on Saturday, and defending champion Alberto Contador is looking to repeat. However, his victory might be taken away from the courts, as he is defending himself against a positive doping test from last year’s tour. Charlie Pierce talks to Bill Littlefield about Contador’s predicament, along with another drug related issue involving golfer Robert Garrigus. In addition, Charlie gives his input on the two sport lockouts, and rails against the MLB’s plans to seize the Dodgers.

June 25th, 2011

Tainted Supplements And David Vobora’s $2 Million Reputation

In the largest ruling of its kind, a federal judge has awarded St. Louis Rams linebacker David Vobora $5.4 million in his suit against a supplement manufacturer whose product was tainted with steroids. Vobora was suspended by the NFL for four games in 2009 after a positive test. He says the court case has restored his reputation, but Only A Game’s Karen Given explores whether that’s possible for Vobora and other athletes who’ve inadvertently run afoul of anti-doping measures.

May 26th, 2011

Lance Armstrong In Rhyme

Lance Armstrong is currently under investigation by a grand jury and his former teammates have accused the seven time Tour de France winner of using performance enhancing drugs. Bill Littlefield and Karen Given stage a doggerel that presents two views of Armstrong’s legacy.

May 21st, 2011

Teammate Says Lance Armstrong Took EPO

Retired American cyclist Tyler Hamilton has accused former teammate Lance Armstrong of injecting himself with the blood booster EPO during Armstrong’s first Tour De France win in 1999 and while training for the event in 2000 and 2001. Armstrong denies Hamilton’s claims, and hopes his perfect drug test record will speak for itself.

May 10th, 2011

Not Dead Yet

Phil Southerland, competitive cyclist and founder of Team Type 1, joined Bill Littlefield for a conversation about living (and competing) with diabetes back in March. His new biography, Not Dead Yet, is now available in bookstores.

March 5th, 2011

Team Type 1 and the Race Against Diabetes

Phil Southerland was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at seven months old and must test his blood sugar up to 20 times a day. However, Southerland hasn’t let the disease stop him. He cycled at the collegiate level and co-founded Team Type 1, a professional cycling team for athletes with diabetes. Bill talks with Southerland about raising diabetes awareness across the globe.

February 16th, 2011

Lance Armstrong: Retirement 2.0

After un-retiring in 2009, Lance Armstrong has once again called it quits. Bill Littlefield probably isn’t the only one who wonders if this retirement will stick.

January 22nd, 2011

“The Case Against Lance Armstrong”

Cyclist Lance Armstrong is  facing a federal investigation examining allegations that he organized blood doping on the US Postal Service team between 1999 and 2004. Armstrong has vehemently denied ever using performance enhancers. In their article, “The Case Against Lance Armstrong” in the current issue of Sports Illustrated, reporters David Epstein and Selena Roberts examine […]

October 2nd, 2010

I Won't Have What He's Having

Anyone know which supermarket sells that steroid meat Alberto Contador’s been eating? Charlie Pierce joins Bill to discuss the cyclist’s strange doping explanation and the rest of the week’s sports news.

July 17th, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010

This week on Only A Game, Lance Armstrong may not be wearing his customary yellow jersey at this year’s Tour de France, but the race has still provided plenty of fireworks (and even some flying fists). Plus, Greg Echlin reports on Marion Jones’ comeback not on the track, but on the basketball court. Also, author Dave Zirin speaks about how George Steinbrenner changed the business of sports ownership, and Bill talks to Esquire writer Chris Jones about the man who figured out “The Price is Right.”

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