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Commentary
January 20th, 2016

Tom Brady, Peyton Manning Prove It’s A Quarterback’s World

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have faced each other 16 times over the course of their exceptionally successful careers. On Sunday, they will face each other again. Sort of.

Feature
January 16th, 2016

Quarterback Carousel: Graduate Transfers Shake Up College Football

On Monday night, Alabama became college football’s champion. Crimson Tide fans can thank quarterback Jake Coker — who transferred to Alabama in 2014 after getting a degree from Florida State. Bill Littlefield explores the growing tend of quarterbacks graduating early to switch schools.

FEATURE
January 9th, 2016

The Glasnost Bowl And The Strange History Of American Football In Russia

In 1989, the USC and Illinois football teams were supposed to play a game in Moscow. Bill Littlefield discovers why the ‘Glasnost Bowl,’ as it was to be called, was cancelled — and learns how a group of high school seniors from Oklahoma eventually brought American football to the USSR.

FEATURE
January 2nd, 2016

The 1951 USF Dons: Uninvited From The Orange Bowl?

The University of San Francisco Dons finished the 1951 regular season 9-0. According to members of that team, the Dons had an invitation to the Orange Bowl, but on one condition — they had to leave their two black players behind. Bill Littlefield shares the team’s story.

In Depth
December 26th, 2015

Vince Lombardi’s $43,000 Sweater: Found For $0.58 At Goodwill

When Sean and Rikki McEvoy stopped by a Goodwill in Asheville, N.C. in 2014, they found a sweater across which was written “West Point.” They bought it for $0.58. They later sold it for $43,000. Sean and Rikki joined Bill Littlefield to share their story.

Commentary
December 19th, 2015

Bill’s Holiday Wish List: No Sports For Christmas

Bill Littlefield’s feeling a bit like Ebenezer Scrooge as he contemplates the sports landscape this holiday season. But don’t worry, he’ll be back in the sports spirit soon enough.

FEATURED MOVIE
December 19th, 2015

‘Concussion’ Changes The Game For Players, Fans

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.

Roundtable
December 12th, 2015

3 Stories You Should Know: Youth Football, Coach Salaries, Artificial Turf

Bill Littlefield is joined by USA Today’s Nancy Armour and Vice Sports’ Patrick Hruby to discuss whether or not kids should play football. Also, why do some college football coaches make over $1 million while their schools claim to be too poor to pay the full cost of attendance for their athletes? Plus, how the USWNT stood up against dangerous — and unfair — playing conditions.

FEATURE
December 5th, 2015

An Experiment: Six Weeks Without Football

Sportswriter Matt Crossman recently tried to escape from football. Could he live his life without seeing, hearing, watching or knowing anything about the sport? Crossman joins Bill Littlefield to share the results of his experiment.

Featured Book
November 28th, 2015

‘Little Victories’ And The (Many) Rules Of Touch Football

The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay has compiled a list of rules for Thanksgiving Day touch football, to help keep your family’s annual game from disintegrating into lawlessness. Gay joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the rules, which are included in his new book “Little Victories.”

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