In his book High Strung Stephen Tignor writes about the rivalry between John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg. While McEnroe was defined by his wild behavior, Borg was concerned with protecting his reputation as a consistent and unflappable player. Bill Littlefield talks with Tignor about the very different approaches that McEnroe and Borg took to tennis.
Mardy Fish is the lone remaining standard-bearer for the U.S. on the men’s side of the French Open. Bill Littlefield talks to Sports Illustrated’s L. Jon Wertheim about the American presence in the tournament.
The Australian Open has already encountered a few surprises, including a final without Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal. Bill updates last few matches of the tournament.
This week on Only A Game, a look at professional disc golf, complete with caddies, announcers, and – before you laugh – a $50,000 purse. Plus, the latest from the US Open, and Bill speaks with the author of Lost Dogs, a book that tells the story of the pit bulls that survived Michael Vick’s dog fighting operation.
Roger Federer will turn 29 next month, but he looked over the hill in his disappointing exit from Wimbledon. This week on Only A Game, Bill speaks with Bud Collins about where Federer will go from here. Plus, baseball in the 70′s, Roger Bennett discusses the shady refereeing at the World Cup, and Only A Game’s Sadie Babits reports on a tournament showcasing some extremely creative facial hair.
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.
This week on Only A Game, a report from England on the National squad’s latest preparations to follow up their impressive 1966 World Cup victory. Also, the nationwide decline of thoroughbred racing, and why the Celtics and Lakers just can’t leave each other alone.
Astute listeners of Only A Game know that Bill Littlefield was on vacation last week, and those paying really close attention know how and where he spent at least one day of that vacation. Now that he’s returned, Bill offers more details…
When watching professional sports it’s easy to wonder, “How did these guys get so good?” Some chalk it up to natural talent, but author Matthew Syed has another theory. In his new book, Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success, he argues that with enough practice, we can all be excellent. Bill shares his thoughts on the book.
Will he goad the NFL, propose marriage or change his name yet again? This week on Only A Game, Karen Given fills-in for Bill and talks with Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver and provocateur Chad Ochocinco. Also, college basketball with Pat Forde and Indonesian bull racing.