It’s time to stop all the talk about preseason rankings, training camp holdouts, and Brett Favre’s annual “retirement.” This week on Only A Game, we talk real NFL and college football. Plus, Karen Given looks the unusual partnership between NASCAR and BET, and Bill interviews the authors of a book that examines the Washington football team’s scandal-ridden 2000 season.
This week on Only A Game, Lance Armstrong may not be wearing his customary yellow jersey at this year’s Tour de France, but the race has still provided plenty of fireworks (and even some flying fists). Plus, Greg Echlin reports on Marion Jones’ comeback not on the track, but on the basketball court. Also, author Dave Zirin speaks about how George Steinbrenner changed the business of sports ownership, and Bill talks to Esquire writer Chris Jones about the man who figured out “The Price is Right.”
The national 11 are headed for South Africa. This week on Only A Game, a report from Team USA’s send off match just ahead of the World Cup tournament. Also, the sometimes weird and frequently wonderful history of the World Cup, and a preview of the Stanley Cup Finals.
This week on “Only a Game,” NASCAR’s gas men, jack men, and catch can men compete trackside in the pit crew challenge, Diego Maradona tries to hold it together for the World Cup, and Henry “The Hammer” Aaron gets a big, thick book.
The oxen of the autumnal equinox are back on the fields! This week on Only A Game, an NFL season preview. Also, recalling Staten Island high school football when Staten Island was still an island, a US Open update, and a bicycle race for donut lovers.
This week on Only A Game, as NASCAR prepares to garage the cars, we visit a NASCAR garage. Also, a book about the days when NFL players were Gaints, even though they’re bigger now, and a memorial for the pro wrestler who changed his name to “Killer.”
This week on Only A Game, a flash forward to the Final Fours for the fellows and for the females. Also, Cubs fans anticipate a possible Wrigley renaming or renovation, and Pi-loving math geeks assemble for a contest …not for gorging, but for recitation.
Did you ever wonder why auto racing is so massively popular? Liz Clarke’s new book One Helluva Ride examines where the sport came from, and how fans of NASCAR have become so passionately devoted. Bill Littlefield reviews the book, and finds that there’s more than meets the eye in the land of left turns.
This week on “Only A Game,” we review the myriad sounds of baseball…from the congressional hearing room to audibly distinct ballparks across the country. We’ll talk NASCAR at Daytona, too, which will probably be much louder.