The Drake University football team will travel to Africa next year to play the first ever American football game on the continent. Bill Littlefield acknowledges that this experience will probably benefit the student athletes, but he asks: does Africa really need an introduction to football?
If you’ve ever thought road races could be improved with flames, barbed wire and free beer – and who hasn’t? – tune in to Only A Game on Saturday to hear Kim Green’s report on the Warrior Dash in Georgia. Also, Only A Game’s Doug Tribou will look at some of the best teams ever to represent the USA as this year’s batch of Americans prepare for the World Championships.
The weather is oppressively hot, but MLB pennant races are still lukewarm. Need a pick-me-up before the dog days of August? Only A Game has you covered with some of our favorite stories from the past year, including stories on Rome’s controversial swimming pool at Foro Italico; hangin’ with the dudes at the Big Lebowski Fest; the Pan-Mass Challenge and more.
Who says the USA doesn’t like soccer? This week on Only A Game, Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl talks about late-game heroics from the Americans, the collapse of the defending champs, and more from the World Cup. Plus, we speak with Wimbledon’s official poet, Bill chats with David Remnick, editor of a new collection of sportswriting from the New Yorker, and Only A Game’s Ron Schachter looks at “tornado and hurricane,” two children looking to become tennis’s next superstars. Join us.
The Goethe Institut in Boston is usually a place for philosophical discussions of Marx, Nietzche and the Institut’s namesake. But when Germany plays its World Cup matches, the Institut transforms into a lively place for fans to enjoy a beer, a Bavarian pretzel and cheer on Deutschland. Curt Nickish has the story on Only A Game this week. Meanwhile, check out these photos from Germany’s rout of Australia. All photos courtesy of the Goethe Institut-Boston.
This week only Only A Game, Tiger Woods tries once again to get back on track at the U.S. Open. Plus, international diplomats look to settle their differences on the soccer field, the latest on the real World Cup, and some classic cars on display.
Africans have been celebrating in the streets for weeks, and now they’re really excited! This week on Only A Game, soccer fans from the South, North, East and West brace for the beginning of the 2010 World Cup.
If Rafe Bartholomew’s experiences are any indication, a D-League journeyman struggling to break into the NBA could do worse than looking east to the Philippine Basketball Association. Bill shares his thoughts on Bartholomew’s new book, Pacific Rims.
The national soccer teams from the USA and Nigeria are both going into the World Cup with modest expectations. Advancing past the group stage would be a pleasant surprise for both squads. But some students in Cambridge are providing reason for fans from both nations to remain positive despite little chance of either team bringing a trophy home from South Africa. Bill provides his commentary.
Soccer may be England’s most popular sporting creation, but it’s not the only one. Bill takes a look at a group of Brits in Gloucester who brave bodily harm to keep a strange tradition alive.