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August 27th, 2015

Our Latest Show: Aug. 29-30

It’s been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. This week on Only A Game, we examine how the Superdome has changed from being a symbol of the disaster to one of the city’s┬árecovery. And Katie Ledecky — who won five gold medals at the swimming world championships earlier this month — and her older brother join us to talk about their friendship. Plus, we’ll learn the rules of “fowling,” the football/bowling combination that’s a hit in┬áDetroit. Join us!

In Depth
August 29th, 2015

Is It Time To Put Diver Greg Louganis On The Wheaties Box?

Olympic champion Greg Louganis might be the best diver of all time, but he never appeared on the front of the Wheaties box. Julie Sondgerath has started a petition to change that, and she joins Bill Littlefield.

Interview
August 29th, 2015

No Sibling Rivalry Here: Katie And Michael Ledecky

At this month’s world swimming championships in Russia, Katie Ledecky won five gold medals. There to cheer her on was her No. 1 fan: older brother Michael. The Ledecky siblings join Bill Littlefield to talk about their close relationship, their earliest days in the pool and Katie’s first win against her brother.

Charlie Pierce
August 29th, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

This year, some universities will begin to cover the full cost of attendance for athletes, but football players at Cincinnati have to follow the rules to get their checks. Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce says this might be another way to exploit free labor. Plus, Bill and Charlie will discuss the Chicago Cubs’ likely playoff berth.

Featured Book
August 29th, 2015

‘Year Of The Dunk’ Extends Above The Rim

Having beaten cancer and entering into his mid-30s, Asher Price set out on a quest to dunk a basketball for the first time in his life. Price chronicles that year-long journey in his book, “The Year of the Dunk: A Modest Defiance of Gravity.” The author joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his attempt and to share what he learned.

Feature
August 29th, 2015
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Fowling: Football-Bowling Hybrid Strikes Detroit

What do you get when you combine football and bowling? Fowling! Reporter Zak Rosen visited the Fowling Warehouse in Detroit and shares the story of the sport’s origins.

In The News
August 29th, 2015

Rugby Star Leaves Australia For Try At The NFL

Jarryd Hayne, a two-time National Rugby League MVP, was due to make $4 million this season in Australia. Instead, he left his home country to try and make it in the NFL. He’s been impressive in his pre-season showings for the 49ers. Julie Tullberg, former sports editor for Melbourne’s Herald Sun, joins Bill Littlefield to discuss Hayne’s chances at an NFL career.

3 Stories You Should Know
August 29th, 2015

The Future Of Sports Betting, The Mets’ Surge And The Value Of ‘Team Chemistry’

Should sports betting be legalized? Does “team chemistry” really matter? And how about those Mets? Best-selling author George Vecsey and Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports join Bill Littlefield for this week’s rendition of 3 Stories You Should Know.

In Depth
August 29th, 2015

10 Years Post-Katrina, The Role Of Sports In New Orleans’ Recovery

In the days after Hurricane Katrina, the Superdome was a place of desperation in New Orleans. How did it become a symbol of the city’s ongoing recovery? Bill Littlefield speaks with Sports Illustrated’s Tim Layden.

Commentary
August 26th, 2015

Sports’ Most Difficult — And Stunning — Act?

The best athletes make everything they do look effortless. Bill Littlefield asks: which athletic feat is most impressive?

Commentary
August 22nd, 2015

Littlefield: A Transistor Radio, A Baseball Bat And A Childhood Memory

To cap off this week’s “Time Show,” Bill Littlefield recalls a night listening to a New York Giants’ comeback on a transistor radio.

Commentary
August 22nd, 2015
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A 6 Year Old’s Quest To Summit 48 Peaks

On a hike in New Hampshire, commentator Elissa Ely ran into an atypical peak bagger. Hunter’s 6 — and dead set on climbing all of his state’s 4,000 footers.

Feature
August 22nd, 2015
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WWE Lures Former Fans Back To Pro Wrestling

For fans of professional wrestling, getting older often means losing interest. But as Only A Game’s Martin Kessler reports, a new emphasis on storytelling is luring some young adults back to their former pastime.

Charlie Pierce
August 22nd, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Charlie Pierce has joined Bill Littlefield on Only A Game for more than two decades. This week, Charlie and Bill discuss how sports have changed over the years — and they predict what the sports landscape will look like 20 years from now.

In Depth
August 22nd, 2015
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Meet Jen ‘Dr. J’ Welter, The NFL’s First Female Coach

The Arizona Cardinals made history this summer by hiring the league’s first female coach as an intern during training camp. And as reporter Phil Latzman found out, Jen Welter, aka “Dr. J,” has already made an impression on players.

Featured Book
August 22nd, 2015

From MLB To Homeless: J.R. Richard Tells His Story In ‘Still Throwing Heat’

J.R. Richard was a star pitcher for the Houston Astros in the ’70s, but his life changed forever when he suffered a stroke in 1980. He never pitched in MLB again and ended up living under bridge. In his new book “Still Throwing Heat,” Richard tells his story of overcoming homelessness.