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March 28th, 2015

This Week’s Show

Basketball star Steve Nash retired this week. Early in his college career, he didn’t quite look like a future NBA MVP. We’ll talk to his coach and a teammate about the point guard’s early career. After a perfect regular season, Princeton basketball coach Courtney Banghart shares her thoughts on how to improve the women’s NCAA tournament. And if baseball has an Achilles heel, it might be elbows. OAG’s Doug Tribou reports MLB’s Tommy John surgery epidemic.

Interview
March 28th, 2015

John Lucas: Former NBA Player, Former Coach And Recovering Addict

“Recovery has been the greatest gift I have ever gotten,” says former NBA player and coach John Lucas. “It’s given me life after basketball.”

Feature
March 28th, 2015

Florida Panthers Teammates Not Only Work Together, They Live Together

Nineteen-year-old Aaron Ekblad and 37-year-old Willie Mitchell are more than just NHL teammates. They’re roommates. Grantland’s Katie Baker tells Bill Littlefield how Ekblad came to live with Mitchell and his wife.

Charlie Pierce
March 28th, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce and Bill Littlefield discuss why more people tuned in to meaningless college football bowl games than important basketball tournament matches, the Golden State Warriors’ first division title, and the pleasant surprise in legendary coach Dean Smith’s will.

In Depth
March 28th, 2015

Protecting High School Athletes From Preventable Deaths

Between 20 and 30 high school athletes die while playing sports in the U.S each year, estimates researcher Doug Casa. Casa joins Bill Littlefield to explain recommendations made by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association to prevent deaths and catastrophic injuries.

Interview
March 28th, 2015

After Testing Fails, Expert Says Education ‘Only Weapon’ In Steroid Fight

After spending $10 million and catching just a handful of cheaters, Texas might discontinue a program that tests high school athletes for steroids. Don Hooton has lobbied for steroid testing since his son’s death and joins Bill Littlefield.

In Depth
March 28th, 2015

As Tommy John Surgeries Soar, MLB Focuses On Youth Baseball

One recent survey found one-in-four MLB pitchers has had Tommy John surgery. What’s behind baseball’s injury epidemic? Only A Game’s Doug Tribou asks experts — and Tommy John himself.

In The News
March 28th, 2015

NFL Gives Concussion Spotters More Power With ‘Julian Edelman’ Rule

Former NFL tight end Ben Utecht knows all about concussions, suffering at least five of them during his playing days. He joins Bill Littlefield to weigh in on the newest NFL effort to promote player safety.

Interview
March 28th, 2015

30-0 = No. 8 Seed? The Plight Of The Mid-Major In Women’s Hoops

After a 30-0 regular season, the Princeton women’s basketball team received just a No. 8 seed for the NCAA tournament. Princeton coach Courtney Banghart joins Bill Littlefield to explain the challenges mid-majors face in women’s basketball.

Feature
March 28th, 2015

Before He Was MVP: Steve Nash’s Career At Santa Clara

This week, two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash announced his retirement. Long before he was an NBA star, Nash was a little-known point guard for Santa Clara University. His coach and a former teammate share their favorite stories from Nash’s college career.

Commentary
March 25th, 2015

Applauding Boston’s Move Toward An Olympic Referendum

Bill Littlefield muses on the upcoming referendum in Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics.

Featured Book
March 21st, 2015

In ‘Cuba Straits,’ Doc Ford Series Takes The Diamond

The 22nd book in Randy Wayne White’s Doc Ford Series includes a fictional character who attempts to smuggle a Cuban baseball player into the U.S. The author joins Bill Littlefield to discuss “Cuba Straits” and his own experience distributing baseball gear in the country.

Feature
March 21st, 2015

Inspired By MLB Star, Teenage Girl Trades Softball For Baseball

Before he earned two World Series rings, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was told he was too small to play baseball. He didn’t listen and now he’s inspired one teenage girl to ignore the critics who say girls should stick to softball. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou has our story.

Charlie Pierce
March 21st, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss a record-setting day in the NCAA tournament, 24 proposals to fix (and further slow down) NFL games and hamburger night with the Ottawa Senators.

Profile
March 21st, 2015

Dressed All In Pink, This Strongwoman Takes On The World

“When people think of strongman they don’t think of women,” says strongwoman Brittany Diamond. Diamond speaks with Only A Game’s Karen Given about what it means to be strong.

Interview
March 21st, 2015

NFL Wives Call For More Help For Older Retirees

The wives of 26 NFL Hall of Famers sent a letter to the league and its players’ association stating that both organizations have neglected the needs of players whose careers ended in 1993 or earlier. Gerri DeLamielleure, whose husband Joe was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003, joins Bill Littlefield.