Have you noticed that the Jumbotrons in some sports venues cover more square footage than the average American home? Sportswriter Mary Pilon has, and this week on Only A Game, she explains the history of the device. Also, the declining power of home-field advantage, why one New England college made their sports opponents feel right at home and how a transgender swimmer found a home on the men’s team. Those stories and more as we explore how teams, players and fans play out concepts of “home” in our games.
After Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad made the team as an 18 year old, veteran Willie Mitchell invited the rookie to live with him and his wife, Megan. Last spring, Katie Baker wrote about the trio for Grantland, and she joined Bill Littlefield to share what she learned.
An avid-swimmer since childhood, Jay Pulitano was the first openly transgender swimmer in the NCAA. Pulitano talked with Only A Game’s Zoe Sobel about how he found a supportive home in collegiate swimming.
The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay has compiled a list of rules for Thanksgiving Day touch football, to help keep your family’s annual game from disintegrating into lawlessness. Gay joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the rules, which are included in his new book “Little Victories.”
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.
Does the home team really have an advantage? After analyzing 127 years of English soccer matches, Columbia psychology professor James Curley has proven that it does. But Curley also found that home-field advantage has been declining over time, and he joins Bill Littlefield to explain why that might be.
Bill Littlefield is among the many giving thanks for gifts past and present. “Thanks for balls that bounced just right,” he writes, “And games that brightened up dark nights…”
A recent United States Soccer Federation resolution is aiming to cut the number of headers in youth soccer. Will the move keep young athletes safe? Is there a chance the U.S. will become less competitive in international competitions? Here’s a look at how analysts and former players are reacting to the resolution.
The library is rarely the first place to turn if you’re hoping to catch some high-intensity sporting competition. That is, unless you know about the annual book-sorting competition between the King County Library System and the New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries. Bill Littlefield gets the inside scoop.
Fox tossing, monowheel rolling and waterfall riding are just three of the “sports” explored in Edward Brooke-Hitching’s new book “Fox Tossing: And Other Forgotten and Dangerous Sports, Pastimes, and Games.”
Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce take on safety, security and resilience at large-scale sporting events, the UConn women’s basketball team’s unprecedented success and the beer mile world record.
Sports coaches often times act as mentors to their young athletes. Coaching athletes through the basics of a sport can grow into guiding them through the tough parts of their lives. Bill Littlefield sat down with Lou Bergholz and John McCarthy to discuss their work in promoting sports mentorships.
After 11 seasons in the NFL, Kermit Alexander returned to his hometown. That’s where he first ran into a talented but troubled football player who would murder four members of Alexander’s family. Only A Game’s Karen Given sat down with Alexander to learn how he led himself back from tragedy.
Atlanta Hawks’ guard Thabo Sefolosha understands life in Europe: he is from Switzerland and played for three years on a French basketball team. Bill Littefield compares remarks Sefolosha recently made about the attacks in Paris with his own recent experience in the city.
Under head coach Joe Scott, Denver’s men’s basketball team has played at one of the slowest paces in the country — last year they held onto the ball before shooting longer than all but two teams in Division I. How will the NCAA’s decision to reduce the shot clock affect the Pioneers? Scott joins Bill Littlefield.
Come March, sports fans around the country will crowd around TVs to catch the three-week pandemonium that is March Madness. But how can the NCAA get people more interested in college basketball games occurring at the beginning of the season? Bill Littlefield speaks with the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen about the latest attempt to make college hoops more exciting.