Bill is joined by New York Times sportswriter Jere Longman, whose recent Times column explores the various sports interests and unconfirmed athletic exploits of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.
Some of the top female squash players in the world have gathered at Havard University for the Women’s World Junior Squash Championship. The tournament was originally scheduled to be held in Cairo, but was moved due to the political unrest in Egypt. As Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports losing home court advantage hasn’t affected the Egyptian players one bit.
When Yao Ming announced his retirement this week, the 7-foot-6-inch NBA center left a massive question mark for Chinese basketball. Reporter Dan Levin wrote about Yao’s retirement for the New York Times. He joins Bill from Beijing to discuss Yao’s legacy and the unusual problems with China’s state-run basketball training program.
At the Ferrari World theme park in Abu Dhabi, automobile lovers can experience the life of a Formula One racer and ride the world’s fastest roller coaster. Only A Game’s Ken Shulman reports from the United Arab Emirates about the fast times at Ferrari World.
American football is not yet a sport enjoyed around the globe, but that could be changing. The Israel Football League started in 2007 and has been rapidly expanding their teams and fan base. Only A Game’s Jon Kalish reports from Israel about the small, but growing, culture of football in the Holy Land.
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.