Strap on a virtual reality headset and watch film to get better at football? A virtual reality startup company is working with three NFL teams to help quarterbacks prepare for games. Former Stanford kicker Derek Belch is the founder of STRIVR Labs and he joins us to explain how the new technology works.
When Rio de Janeiro was awarded the Summer Olympics, Brazilians celebrated. Six years, an economic nosedive and a World Cup later, the country’s residents feel very differently. In her new book “Dancing with the Devil in the City of God,” Brazilian journalist Juliana Barbassa chronicles the change.
The Disc Golf World Championships aren’t as popular as the NBA Finals or World Series, but the tournament is Red Whittington’s Super Bowl and he’s isn’t going to let heart surgery slow down his quest for a fourth title. Liz Reid of Only A Game affiliate WESA in Pittsburgh spoke with Whittington.
Andrew Peterson was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. As a child, he struggled to walk. Now he’s a standout runner who won three gold medals at last year’s Special Olympics USA Games. Dana Hunsinger-Benbow recently wrote about Andrew for the Indianapolis Star. Dana, Andrew and his father Craig joined Bill Littlefield.
Why would a reporter trade MLB parks for high school sports? Only A Game’s Doug Tribou profiles Maureen Mullen, an accomplished sports reporter who returned to the hometown newspaper she once delivered door to door.
Peter Milligan has run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, for the last 12 years. In his new book “Bulls Before Breakfast,” Milligan explains why he keeps going back year after year.
Alex Ward helped start a hurling club five years ago in Oregon. Ward tells the story of teaching the ancient Irish sport — which resembles a cross between field hockey, lacrosse and baseball — to a group of inmates at a youth correctional facility.
Pitcher Gregg Olson reached his first and only All-Star Game in 1990. And so did catcher Greg Olson. They haven’t spoken since. On the 25th anniversary of that game, Bill Littlefield got Greg and Gregg on the phone together to remember the coincidence — and to find out what happens to all those baseball cards that get mailed to the wrong Olson.
Our colleagues at NPR’s program Latino USA have produced an episode devoted to Latin America’s influence on the game of baseball. We present their story of how Latin American players blurred baseball’s color line before Jackie Robinson ended segregation in big leagues.
With more than 8,600 students competing, trap shooting is the fastest growing school sport in Minnesota. Other states are now copying the model. Reporter Dan Kraker visits with the Hermantown High School team to find out more.