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January 2nd, 2016

The 1951 USF Dons: Uninvited From The Orange Bowl?

The University of San Francisco Dons finished the 1951 regular season 9-0. According to members of that team, the Dons had an invitation to the Orange Bowl, but on one condition — they had to leave their two black players behind. Bill Littlefield shares the team’s story.

January 2nd, 2016

Meadowlark Lemon, ‘The Heart And Soul Of The Harlem Globetrotters’

Harlem Globetrotters star Meadowlark Lemon died last Sunday at the age of 83. Lemon’s former teammates tell Bill Littlefield about the man who entertained crowds around the world.

December 30th, 2015

Remembering Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon

One of the most popular basketball players of all time died on Sunday. Bill Littlefield is one of the many millions of people delighted by Meadowlark Lemon during his long and nearly undefeated career.

In Depth
December 26th, 2015

Vince Lombardi’s $43,000 Sweater: Found For $0.58 At Goodwill

When Sean and Rikki McEvoy stopped by a Goodwill in Asheville, N.C. in 2014, they found a sweater across which was written “West Point.” They bought it for $0.58. They later sold it for $43,000. Sean and Rikki joined Bill Littlefield to share their story.

December 26th, 2015

Skiing The Thunderbolt: A Modern Day Sport Tackles A Historic Trail

Before World War II, Adams, Mass. attracted skiers by the thousands until the advent of chair lifts lured the crowds away. Now backcountry enthusiasts who enjoy climbing up a mountain to “earn their turns” on the way down are bringing skiers and riders back to the small town and the historic Thunderbolt Ski Run.

December 19th, 2015

Newly Discovered Naismith Audio Alters Basketball’s Origin Story

It’s been nearly 125 years since Dr. James Naismith invented basketball. In a recently discovered audio recording from 1939, Naismith reveals his “big mistake” and more. Bill Littlefield takes a listen.

Featured Book
December 5th, 2015

‘Leading’ Shares Alex Ferguson’s Stories, Lessons And Regrets

Manchester United has long been a successful club in the world of English soccer. That is, in part, due to the 38-year tenure of manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Bill Littlefield speaks with Ferguson about his new book, “Leading.”

November 28th, 2015

The Pilgrims Would Not Have Liked Football…Especially On Thanksgiving

Home, Thanksgiving and Football. For many American families, those three things are being celebrated this week, in varying degrees. But it hasn’t always been that way. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.

In Depth
November 28th, 2015

The History — And Uncertain Future — Of The Jumbotron

There was a time before sports stadiums had Jumbotrons (and the obligatory “kiss cam” to go with them). Will there be a time after as well? SB Nation’s Mary Pilon joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the past, present and future of these giant video boards.

November 14th, 2015

Remembering The ‘Fifth Down Game’ Of 1940

On Nov. 16, 1940, Cornell’s football team beat Dartmouth on a last-second play — on the fifth down. What happened after that error has cemented the “Fifth Down Game’s” place in college football history.

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