April 30th, 2016

Deflategate To The Supreme Court? Nina Totenberg Weighs In

A federal appeals court upheld Roger Goodell’s suspension of Tom Brady, but there’s still a chance that the case could be brought before the Supreme Court. And if it did, how would the nation’s highest court rule on the most over-inflated saga in NFL history? Bill Littlefield talks Deflategate with NPR’s Nina Totenberg.

April 2nd, 2016

Football To Broadway To Wall Street: The Re-Invention Of Eddie George

Eddie George won a Heisman trophy while at Ohio State University and played in the NFL for nine years. But after his playing days ended unexpectedly, he had to re-invent himself. Eddie George tells his story, In His Own Words.

March 12th, 2016

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

This week, Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce ponders whether recent allegations played a role in Peyton Manning’s retirement. Bill and Charlie also break down Erin Andrews’ legal victory. And will Pop Warner’s settlement with a family whose son was posthumously diagnosed with CTE signal the end of youth football?

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March 12th, 2016

In Deflategate Science Fair Project, 7th Grader Takes On NFL

MIT professor John Leonard assesses the work of Ben Goodell, a 7th grader whose recent science fair project sought to prove Tom Brady’s innocence. “Ben Goodell’s experiment,” the professor tells Only A Game, “just adds to the evidence in my own mind that the Ideal Gas Law is pretty tried and true.”

March 9th, 2016

Peyton Manning And Knowing When It’s Time To Go

On Monday, Peyton Manning, who quarterbacked the Broncos to victory in the Super Bowl in February, announced his retirement. The announcement provoked Bill Littlefield to think about timing.

February 27th, 2016

3 Stories You Should Know: Medical Privacy, Golden State, Court Storming

Can everyone agree that tweeting an athlete’s medical records is an overreach? Is there any limit to the dominance of the Golden State Warriors? And is court storming a fun college tradition or a dangerous phenomenon? Michael Lee and Shira Springer join Bill Littlefield to discuss.

February 13th, 2016

Super Bowl 100: A Look Into The Future

Super Bowl 50 is in the past and Super Bowl 100 is in the future, except for Steve Rushin of In a “Special Report From The Future,” Rushin imagines the 100th edition of the game — one featuring teams from two countries and players of various genders.

February 13th, 2016

Whether It’s L.A. Or St. Louis, One Rams Fan Believes For Life

The St. Louis Rams are now the Los Angeles Rams, and, for the first time in two decades, L.A. will have its own NFL team to cheer for. One particular fan is very excited.

February 13th, 2016

Super Bowl 50 Through The Eyes Of An $11 Hot Dog Vendor

Freelance journalist Gabriel Thompson experienced Super Bowl 50 from a different perspective: as a concessions worker helping to keep fans fed during the prime-time spectacle. Thompson shares what it’s like to be a low-wage worker for the NFL.

February 11th, 2016

Marshawn Lynch Retires: An Ode To Beast Mode

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch unceremoniously announced his retirement on Twitter during Sunday’s Super Bowl. Just as captivating as Lynch’s runs was his enigmatic personality. Here are the moments that defined the Skittles-loving, custom-gold-grill-procuring back.

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