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July 4th, 2015

Our Latest Show: July 4 – 5

In honor of Independence Day, we learn how one MLB team is celebrating former U.S. President Calvin Coolidge (and why First Lady Grace Coolidge would be a better choice). Also on Only A Game, we look at a superhero cartoon and other unusual tools for recruiting NBA free agents. And we hear about Dustin Brown’s journey from living in a camper to knocking off Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon. Plus, best-selling author George Vecsey and Rob Neyer of Fox Sports join us for “3 Stories You Know.”

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July 4th, 2015
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Trap Shooting Hits Its Target In Minnesota High Schools

With more than 8,600 students competing, trap shooting is the fastest growing school sport in Minnesota. The reasons for its popularity might surprise you and now other states are copying the model. Reporter Dan Kraker visits with the Hermantown High School team to find out more.

Featured Book
July 4th, 2015

‘Fanaticus’ Explores Why Sports Fans Get Unruly

Put a group of people together. Make them overpay for tickets. Add booze. Then give them teams to root for. The result can be a disorderly collection of people — also known as fans. In her new book “Fanaticus,” ESPN producer Justine Gubar explores the phenomenon of fandom around the world.

In Depth
July 4th, 2015

Has The Wrong Coolidge Been Added To The Nats’ Presidents Race?

Calvin Coolidge is joining the Presidents Race, the mascot competition held during the fourth inning of Nationals home games. Coolidge was in office the last time a club from Washington won the World Series. Even so, Ben Freed of the Washingtonian thinks a different Coolidge should be added to the race.

Only A Blog
July 3rd, 2015
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Trading Jerseys: Luke Ridnour And Other NBA Journeymen

Veteran guard Luke Ridnour was traded four times in less than a week. But Ridnour, who’s played for just five franchises in his 12-year career, still has a long way to go before he reaches the level of some other NBA journeymen.

Commentary
July 1st, 2015

Commentary: La Liga Appeals To FIFA — On Its Own Terms

Spain’s top soccer league, La Liga, filed an appeal to FIFA regarding the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The competition is set to take place in November and December instead of during the summer, as is custom. Bill Littlefield weighs in on the situation.

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June 27th, 2015
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The Battle For The Waves: Surfers Vs. S.U.P.ers

Stand-up paddle boarders are encroaching on surfers’ ocean turf. Saul Gonzalez explains the competition to catch waves.

Featured Book
June 27th, 2015

‘Great Men Die Twice’ Revisits The Writing Of Mark Kram

Mark Kram was a legendary sports writer for Sports Illustrated in the 1960s and ’70s. His exit from S.I. caused problems for his son Mark Kram, Jr., who had the name first and also became a sports writer. Kram, Jr. edited the new collection of his father’s work titled “Great Men Die Twice” and joins Bill Littlefield.

Charlie Pierce
June 27th, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce joins Bill Littlefield to discuss loud boos at the NBA Draft, Sepp Blatter’s possible un-retirement from FIFA, and the latest in the long saga of Pete Rose’s attempt to return to baseball.

In Their Own Words
June 27th, 2015

In Chess, The Computer Rival Becomes The Teacher

Chess playing computers have only improved since Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov in 1997. Today, a human player doesn’t stand a chance against a computer. But while researching a new strategy, chess master Dana Mackenzie learned to view the computer not as a rival, but as a partner.

In Depth
June 27th, 2015

Ken Dryden On Canada’s Stanley Cup Rivalry With The U.S.

The Stanley Cup was donated by an Englishman to Canada back in 1892. But no Canadian team has brought home the Cup since 1993. Legendary NHL goalie and Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden joined Bill to discuss Canada’s hockey drought and the country’s other rivalries with the U.S.

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June 27th, 2015

MLB Draft Pick Pat Connaughton Drafted Again By NBA

Most athletes will never be drafted by one pro team, let alone two. Notre Dame graduate Pat Connaughton signed with the Baltimore Orioles in 2014 and this week was chosen in the NBA Draft. In an interview with Bill Littlefield, Connaughton says he’s not ready to pick one sport over the other.

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June 27th, 2015
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Inside South American Soccer Rivalries

Sports rivalries often start with the play on the field, but the clash between Peru and Chile began with a war. Elizabeth Trovall has our story as those two teams prepare to meet in the semifinals of the Copa America.

In Depth
June 27th, 2015

Darts Study Proves The Power Of Rivalries

Many sports fans enjoy heckling players from the rival team. But a 2012 study performed at the University of Exeter shows taunting an opponent may actually help the opposition. Bill Littlefield has the story.

Only A Blog
June 25th, 2015
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Overlooked On Draft Night, But Making It In The NBA

Getting passed over during the NBA Draft doesn’t mean the dream is over. Only A Game looks at three active players who have made an impact on the league despite not getting their name called on draft night.

Rhymes With Bill
June 25th, 2015

Pete Rose-Colored Glasses: A Case For Charlie Hustle

The ongoing campaign by Pete Rose to return to baseball’s good graces and become eligible for the Hall of Fame hit another bump in the road this week when ESPN revealed evidence that Rose had bet on games when he was a player … something he had denied. Bill Littlefield thinks Rose should be enshrined anyway.

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