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In Depth
December 20th, 2014

Andrew Luck Redefines NFL ‘Trash’ Talking

When Colts quarterback Andrew Luck takes a big hit, he makes sure his opponents hear about it — but not in the way you’d expect. Bill Littlefield speaks with the Wall Street Journal’s Kevin Clark, who wrote a story about Luck’s unique on-field demeanor.

In The News
December 17th, 2014

49ers Release McDonald After News Of Rape Investigation

The San Francisco 49ers have released defensive lineman Ray McDonald after learning that he’s the subject of a rape investigation. McDonald was arrested in August as part of an unrelated domestic violence case.

In The News
December 13th, 2014

For College Football, It’s Finally Playoff Time

For the first time in college football history, we can finally say it’s playoff time. We now know the four teams in the semifinal games. Grantland’s Matt Hinton joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the pros and cons of the new format.

In The News
December 6th, 2014

Controversial Science: Football Helmets And Concussions

Concern over concussions suffered by football players has led to the development of new helmets which, according to some researchers, can diminish the dangers. Reporter Patrick Hruby tells Bill Littlefield why those researchers may be wrong.

In The News
November 22nd, 2014

New York Times Investigation Spotlights Cover-Up Culture In NFL

While the NFL sorts out issues of crimes and punishment, Steve Eder, an investigative sports reporter for the New York Times, has written about the league’s culture surrounding domestic violence. He joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his findings.

Interview
November 15th, 2014

After 0-9 Start, Raiders Flirting With Infamy

“The Black Hole” at Oakland Coliseum seats the most die-hard Oakland Raiders fans. Unfortunately, the light of victory has yet to shine on the team this season. Scott Ostler from the San Francisco Chronicle joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the winless Raiders.

In Depth
November 15th, 2014

Rice, Peterson Await NFL Reinstatement Rulings

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is scheduled to meet with NFL officials on Monday. Former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice is awaiting a ruling from an independent arbiter on the appeal of his indefinite ban. Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farrar joins us to discuss the chances of the players getting back on the field.

In The News
November 8th, 2014

Arizona Cardinals Off To Surprising Start

Who’s in first place in the NFC West? The Seattle Seahawks, winners of last year’s Super Bowl? No. The San Francisco 49ers, who reached the NFC Championship a season ago? Nope. It’s the Arizona Cardinals. The Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the team’s surprising success.

Feature
November 1st, 2014

Fall Experimental Football League Keeps NFL Dreams Alive

For college football stars, it’s the NFL or bust. Unlike this country’s other major sports, the NFL does not have a developmental league. But there’s a movement to change all that. From a recent Fall Experimental Football League game in Boston, Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.

In Depth
October 25th, 2014

Defense Key To Detroit Lions’ Turnaround

With star wide receiver Calvin Johnson on board, the Detroit Lions were supposed to ride their offense to NFL relevancy. But it’s been the team’s defense that has the Lions positioned to finish with a winning record for just the second time since 2001. Bill speaks with Mlive’s Kyle Meinke.

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