OAG analyst Charlie Pierce talks with Bill about the World Series, the NFL standings, and the upcoming NBA season. He also discusses NBA Commissioner David Stern’s decision to retire and the Miami Marlins’ decision to fire Ozzie Guillen.
In the aftermath of the Super Bowl, it figures that lots of are still thinking about the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Bill Littlefield finds himself thinking about an athlete for whom the latter concept is apparently inconceivable.
The WNBA playoffs are underway, with the Minnesota Lynx facing up against the Phoenix Mercury in the Western Conference Final and the Indiana Fever playing the Atlanta Dream in the East. Clay Kallam of FullCourtPress.com joins Only a Game this week.
In the largest ruling of its kind, a federal judge has awarded St. Louis Rams linebacker David Vobora $5.4 million in his suit against a supplement manufacturer whose product was tainted with steroids. Vobora was suspended by the NFL for four games in 2009 after a positive test. He says the court case has restored his reputation, but Only A Game’s Karen Given explores whether that’s possible for Vobora and other athletes who’ve inadvertently run afoul of anti-doping measures.
The trading deadline’s come and gone and A-Rod (finally) got his 600th home run. With that out of the way, we’ll talk with ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian about baseball’s stretch run. Also, we’ll profile Mamie Johnson, the first woman to pitch in the Negro Leagues, and check in on a team upsetting the delicate balance of power in unicycle basketball. Join us!
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.”
This week on Only A Game, a look back at the 1968 Summer Olympics with SI Senior Writer Richard Hoffer. Also, the Los Angeles Angels try to regain their 2002 form, and…Here ye, Here Ye!…a competition featuring Town Criers.
The Detroit Shock, three times the WNBA Champs, have lost a lot this summer. This week on “Only A Game,” their current story. We’ll also ask “Whither golf in these hard times? Will it whither?” Whether or not it does, we’ll witness bad bowling at the Big Lebowski Fest.
This week on Only A Game, Yankees fans bid farewell to their old Bronx ballyard and prepare for the new one right next door. Also, remembering the Dallas Cowboys’ wild and often uncontrollable ride in the nineties, and 1936 Olympian Jo Warren Madden recalls the Berlin Games.
This week on Only A Game, a profile of Sue Walsh, who missed her Olympic chance in 1980 but has recently been shattering world records as a masters swimmer. Also, dancing librarians let down their hair and their horn rimmed glasses at the 2008 Drill Cart Team Competition.