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…”
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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.
When the Nashville Predators played the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night, Mike Fisher knocked out one of Kevin Bieksa’s teeth. And, yes, hockeyfights.com is still in business. Bill Littlefield has always wondered why fighting, which is seriously discouraged in other sports, gets a pass in hockey.
Ever wanted to hit a golf ball from home plate? San Diego Padres fans recently got the chance to do just that when Petco Park was converted into a nine-hole golf course. This inspired Only A Game to look back at other times when ballparks hosted sports other than baseball.
The boycott of football-related activities by members of the University of Missouri team to protest racism on the campus is over, and the president and chancellor of the university have resigned. Bill Littlefield considers the potential impact of the action on athletes at other campuses.
The staff at Only A Game was sad to learn that ESPN was shutting down Grantland — the sports and culture blog founded by Bill Simmons in 2011. Over the past four years, we’ve had a number of Grantland writers join us on Only A Game to discuss their stories. Here’s a look back at some of those conversation.
The world of daily fantasy sports may face significant changes as state and federal entities further investigate FanDuel and DraftKings. Even bigger changes to the landscape, however, may result if state lotteries start producing their own versions of the games. Bill Littlefield isn’t convinced that’s a great idea.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter recently announced his retirement at the age of 40, bringing an end to his 19-year career. Hunter’s decision prompted Only A Game to take a look back at athletes who had successful careers well into their 40s.
The greatest moments in baseball often produce sought-after memorabilia. A jersey worn by Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista recently sold at auction for $27,606.01. This transaction has inspired Bill Littlefield to share some rhymes.
Athletes are often asked to comment on matters outside their area of expertise. Sports broadcasters sometimes do that without even being asked. Bill Littlefield takes issue with one of them.