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November 28th, 2015

‘Little Victories’ And The (Many) Rules Of Touch Football

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.”

November 28th, 2015

The Pilgrims Would Not Have Liked Football…Especially On Thanksgiving

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.

November 21st, 2015

Sports Mentors Help Kids Take ‘Tiny Steps’ To A Better Life

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.

November 18th, 2015

Why Fighting Still Thrives In The NHL

When the Nashville Predators played the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night, Mike Fisher knocked out one of Kevin Bieksa’s teeth. And, yes, is still in business. Bill Littlefield has always wondered why fighting, which is seriously discouraged in other sports, gets a pass in hockey.

November 7th, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

This week, Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discusses paid patriotism in professional sports, a baseball stadium that’s been converted into a nine-hole golf course and a sports broadcaster who fell asleep — on air — during a Champions League soccer match.

October 21st, 2015

Al Michaels And Fact-Checking The Booth

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.

October 17th, 2015

Michael Brown: My Years As The Notre Dame Leprechaun

Unlike most sports mascots, the Notre Dame Leprechaun’s face is fully visible. And in the spring of 1999, when Michael Brown was tapped to do the job, there was something about his face that got people talking. He tells us his story, In His Own Words.

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October 16th, 2015

The NFL’s Controversial Decisions On Uniform Policy

During the month of October, the NFL sells millions of dollars in “Pink” merchandise to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But recent attempts by NFL players to spread awareness in their own ways have been halted by the league.

October 10th, 2015

The Gospel Of Tony Franklin: Tempo, Tempo, Tempo — And Sharing

Football coaches are known for closely guarding their playbooks, but Cal offensive coordinator Tony Franklin shares his with dozens of high school coaches around the country. Bill Littlefied has the story of an unusual collaboration.

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October 5th, 2015

The Kick Is Up, And It’s… Bad?

The NFL’s extra point rule change is having the intended effect: the PAT is more challenging and kickers are missing. Does this mean that more teams are going to opt for the two-point conversion?

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