Which NFL fans are the most unstable? Emory University professors Michael Lewis and Manish Tripathi used Twitter data to find out. Professor Tripathi joins Bill Littlefield to share the findings.
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Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce and Bill Littlefield discuss the value of an Aaron Hernandez jersey, the obliviousness of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, and the case for Dennis Rodman’s Nobel Peace Prize.
Journalist Jeff Benedict has spent more than two decades studying the link between football and crime. He joins Bill to discuss how his research applies to former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez.
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is facing a first degree murder charge. He’s being held without bail as the investigation into the death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd continues. Bill Littlefield spoke Tom E. Curran, who covers the Patriots and the NFL for Comcast Sports New England.
Tim Tebow might be the best-known back-up quarterback in NFL history. The New York Jets cut him in April, but this week Tebow signed with New England. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou was on hand for his first Patriots practice and presents this portrait of a media circus.
Tom Brady’s contract extension with the New England Patriots has raised eyebrows, but not for the reason you might expect. Some have suggested that Brady’s $27 million deal is “eye-poppingly conservative.” Bill Littlefield shares his thoughts.
After taking down the Houston Texans last weekend, New England will play Baltimore for a spot in the Super Bowl. This is the second consecutive AFC title game matchup between the two teams and earlier this season, the Ravens defeated the Patriots by a single point. Bill Littlefield has a preview.
This season, 6-foot-8 giant Nate Solder will replace veteran left tackle Matt Light on the Patriots’ offensive line. But, even though he was listed at 319 pounds last season, Solder’s frame wasn’t quite heavy enough for the position. So, as Only A Game’s Karen Given reports, Solder did what many pro athletes are doing. He hired a personal chef.
With its elaborate halftime show, over-the-top commercials and the surrounding media frenzy, the Super Bowl provides an unusual viewing experience. It’s even more unusual watching the game early in the morning in an an Irish pub in Kunming, China. Commentator Randy Hoover shares his story.
Super Bowl XLVI will be played this weekend in Indianapolis. In honor of the Big Game, we present Super Bowl Haiku XVIII, our 18th annual merging of American football and Japanese poetry.