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April 18th, 2015

This Week’s Show

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka is trying to help his homeland, but it’s a big job. This week on Only A Game, Ibaka discusses “Son of the Congo,” the new ESPN documentary about his journey to the NBA and back to his roots. Also, New York Islanders fans bid farewell to Nassau Coliseum, the team’s long-time home. And designated hitters David Ortiz, Paul Molitor, and Chili Davis weigh in on the debate about adding their position to MLB’s National League.

Featured Book
April 18th, 2015

‘Course Correction’ Details A Title IX Fight, A Naked Protest And An Olympian’s Story

Ginny Gilder fell into rowing at an important moment. The sport gave her an escape from family turmoil, but also thrust her into the fight for female athletes’ rights. Gilder, who won an Olympic medal in 1984, tells her story in “Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX.”

In The News
April 18th, 2015
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Hecklers Welcome At Big 12 Tennis Matches

With the number of college tennis programs and scholarships dropping, the Big 12 Conference is trying to drum up interest in the sport by allowing fans to yell and cheer during play. The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Perrotta witnessed a noisy match between Baylor and Oklahoma and joins Bill Littlefield to share what he learned — and heard.

Charlie Pierce
April 18th, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce makes his NBA Playoff picks, weighs in on Aaron Hernandez’s first-degree murder conviction and explains why Boston should not host the Olympics.

Interview
April 18th, 2015

Running To Remember: The Story Of Cancer Survivor Matt Tullis

Matt Tullis was the type of person who made fun of runners. But when he decided to hit the pavement to get in shape as an adult, memories of his time in a children’s cancer ward started to flood back. Tullis joins Bill Littlefield to share his story.

Commentary
April 18th, 2015

Commentary: Tsarnaev Sentencing Looms Over 2015 Boston Marathon

Bill Littlefield: “The Boston Marathon has been a celebration of effort, determination, camaraderie, community, and charity. That’s what it will be again on Monday. But what hangs over this race is the fate of the man … convicted of 30 criminal counts connected to the bombing two years ago.”

Feature
April 18th, 2015

MLB’s DH Debate: Ortiz, Molitor, Davis Weigh In

MLB’s designated hitter debate got new life this spring when a players association official confirmed that owners have discussed adding the position to the NL. For more on the on the pros and cons, Only A Game’s Doug Tribou speaks to a lineup of some of the best DHs in history.

In Depth
April 18th, 2015

N.Y. To Scranton Vs. K.C. To Hawaii: Triple-A Downgrades … And Upgrades

Not all demotions to Triple-A baseball are created equal. In fact, sometimes getting sent “down” to the minors can mean an upgrade in lifestyle, according to Craig Calcaterra of NBC’s HardballTalk. He joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the best and worst moves for players.

Feature
April 18th, 2015
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Islanders Fans Say Goodbye To Their ‘Wonderful Dump,’ Nassau Coliseum

After more than four decades playing in Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum, the New York Islanders will move to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center next season. WNYC’s Jim O’Grady went to the Nassau Coliseum to find out what will be lost.

Featured Movie
April 18th, 2015

NBA’s Serge Ibaka Returns Home In ‘Son Of The Congo’

Growing up, the NBA’s Serge Ibaka didn’t always have shoes to wear on the court, food to eat after practice or even a bed to sleep in. In a new Grantland documentary, Ibaka returns home to the Congo and shares his story. Bill Littlefield talks with Ibaka and filmmaker Adam Hootnick.

Commentary
April 15th, 2015

Remembering Eduardo Galeano, Writer And Soccer Lover

Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano, known partly for his books about soccer, passed away Monday at the age of 74. Only A Game’s Bill Littlefield remembers Galeano’s writing.

Only A Blog
April 15th, 2015

Jackie Robinson Day And The Breaking Of Baseball’s Color Barrier

On April 15, 1968, Jackie Robinson desegregated Major League Baseball.

Only A Blog
April 15th, 2015

New MLB Pace-Of-Game Rules Are Working

Baseball games are speeding up thanks to new pace-of-game rules implemented prior to the 2015 season.

Only A Blog
April 15th, 2015

Aaron Hernandez Found Guilty Of 1st-Degree Murder

The former New England Patriots tight end will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Featured Book
April 11th, 2015

‘Men In Green’ Profiles Golf’s Legends, Living And ‘Secret’

In his new book “Men In Green,” Sports Illustrated’s Michael Bamberger reconnects with some of the golfers he’s met while covering the sport. The author joins Bill Littlfield to discuss the project.

Only A Blog
April 11th, 2015

Commentary: Lauren Hill Made The Most Of Every Day She Had

College basketball player Lauren Hill passed away Friday at age 19, but her message will carry on. Bill Littlefield shares her story.