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In The News
January 10th, 2015

Past And Present Collide In Manning Vs. Luck

Peyton Manning played 13 seasons for the Indianapolis Colts. Now he’s with the Denver Broncos, who host the Colts and their new star QB Andrew Luck this weekend in the NFL Playoffs. Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star previews the matchup.

Commentary
January 7th, 2015

NFL Playoff Referees Should Have Our Sympathy, Not Scorn

In a playoff game between the Lions and Cowboys, officials reversed a pass-interference penalty. The refs may have sent the Lions home early, but as Bill Littlefield knows from personal experience, they aren’t the only officials who’ve ever erred.

In Depth
January 3rd, 2015

2014: The (Sports) Year In Review

What was the most significant sports moment from 2014? The cases against Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice? Michael Sam coming out? The Sochi Olympics? The World Cup? Donald Sterling’s ouster from the NBA? In a year loaded with major news, Only A Game asked top sports writers to make their picks.

In Depth
January 3rd, 2015

Tips For Hiring Your Next NFL Head Coach

After the annual round of firings that mark NFL’s “Black Monday,” teams are in the market for new head coaches. Bleacher Report’s Mike Tanier joins Bill Littlefield to offer his suggestions for what questions owners should ask of prospective employees.

Commentary
December 31st, 2014

Military Rehab Program Welcomes NFL Retirees

After the Impact pairs former NFL players with combat veterans in therapeutic activities. According to Devin Hutchings, the program’s director, the vets and former players “create a brotherhood” based on their mutual respect as well as the similar challenges they face.

In Depth
December 20th, 2014

Andrew Luck Redefines NFL ‘Trash’ Talking

When Colts quarterback Andrew Luck takes a big hit, he makes sure his opponents hear about it — but not in the way you’d expect. Bill Littlefield speaks with the Wall Street Journal’s Kevin Clark, who wrote a story about Luck’s unique on-field demeanor.

In The News
December 17th, 2014

49ers Release McDonald After News Of Rape Investigation

The San Francisco 49ers have released defensive lineman Ray McDonald after learning that he’s the subject of a rape investigation. McDonald was arrested in August as part of an unrelated domestic violence case.

Interview
November 29th, 2014

Sorry, NFL Fans — A Tweeting Robot Is Probably Smarter Than Your Team’s Coach

You’re an NFL coach, it’s fourth down and your team just needs to pick up a couple yards. Should you punt or go for it? The New York Times has turned to a robot for the answer. David Leonhardt from the Times explains.

In The News
November 29th, 2014

Ray Rice Reinstated, Free To Return To The NFL

Ray Rice, whom NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended indefinitely after a video showing Rice knocking out his wife became public, has been reinstated following appeal. Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann joins Bill Littlefield to explain what the decision means for Rice and for Goodell.

In The News
November 22nd, 2014

DEA Inspections Point To NFL’s Prescription Drug Suit

Last weekend, agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration surprised the medical staffs of five NFL teams with unscheduled inspections. ESPN’s John Barr joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

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