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November 18th, 2015

Why Fighting Still Thrives In The NHL

When the Nashville Predators played the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night, Mike Fisher knocked out one of Kevin Bieksa’s teeth. And, yes, hockeyfights.com is still in business. Bill Littlefield has always wondered why fighting, which is seriously discouraged in other sports, gets a pass in hockey.

CHARLIE PIERCE
November 7th, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

This week, Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discusses paid patriotism in professional sports, a baseball stadium that’s been converted into a nine-hole golf course and a sports broadcaster who fell asleep — on air — during a Champions League soccer match.

Commentary
October 21st, 2015

Al Michaels And Fact-Checking The Booth

Athletes are often asked to comment on matters outside their area of expertise. Sports broadcasters sometimes do that without even being asked. Bill Littlefield takes issue with one of them.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS
October 17th, 2015

Michael Brown: My Years As The Notre Dame Leprechaun

Unlike most sports mascots, the Notre Dame Leprechaun’s face is fully visible. And in the spring of 1999, when Michael Brown was tapped to do the job, there was something about his face that got people talking. He tells us his story, In His Own Words.

Only A Blog
October 16th, 2015
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The NFL’s Controversial Decisions On Uniform Policy

During the month of October, the NFL sells millions of dollars in “Pink” merchandise to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But recent attempts by NFL players to spread awareness in their own ways have been halted by the league.

Feature
October 10th, 2015

The Gospel Of Tony Franklin: Tempo, Tempo, Tempo — And Sharing

Football coaches are known for closely guarding their playbooks, but Cal offensive coordinator Tony Franklin shares his with dozens of high school coaches around the country. Bill Littlefied has the story of an unusual collaboration.

Only A Blog
October 5th, 2015
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The Kick Is Up, And It’s… Bad?

The NFL’s extra point rule change is having the intended effect: the PAT is more challenging and kickers are missing. Does this mean that more teams are going to opt for the two-point conversion?

Charlie Pierce
October 3rd, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce parse through NFL, MLB and NHL headlines aplenty. But the bigger question concerns compensation for golfer Jordan Spieth’s caddie.

Featured Book
September 26th, 2015

‘Saban’ Sheds Light On College Football’s Premier Coach

Other college football coaches envy his success. His recruits love him. And yet he never seems to be satisfied with his results. Monte Burke’s biography “Saban: The Making of a Coach” examines what drives Nick Saban. Burke joins Bill Littlefield.

Rhymes With Bill
September 23rd, 2015

Prepare For The Curse Of Ragnar

It’s been almost 40 years since the Minnesota Vikings reached the Super Bowl. Bill Littlefield worries that with the recent firing of the team’s beloved mascot, Ragnar, it might be another 40 more.

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