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Only A Blog
August 31st, 2015
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Watch: Will Smith Takes On NFL In ‘Concussion’

In “Concussion,” scheduled to be released on Christmas Day, Will Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who discovered CTE. A neurodegenerative disease, CTE is believed to cause depression and mood swing and has been detected in the brains of former NFL players.

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.

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.

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.

Commentary
August 19th, 2015

Debate Over Participation Trophies Heats Up

Steeler James Harrison ordered his children, ages 8 and 6, to return trophies they’d received for participating in a program designed to teach them teamwork. His rationale was that they hadn’t won anything, so they shouldn’t get trophies. Bill Littlefield doesn’t agree.

Only A Blog
August 13th, 2015
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Sidelined By Freak Injuries: From Sneezes To Bad Dreams

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith will miss six to 10 weeks after his jaw was broken in a locker room altercation. The incident reminded Only A Game of some other memorable injuries that occurred off the field of play.

3 Stories You Should Know
August 8th, 2015

Bucs’ Blunder, An Atheist In The Backfield And OSU’s Generic Jerseys

Bill Littlefield is joined by the Washington Post’s Cindy Boren and John Doyle of Foster’s Daily Democrat for this week’s edition of “3 Stories You Should Know.”

Commentary
August 6th, 2015

Commentary: Junior Seau And America’s ‘Schizophrenic Relationship’ With Football

On Saturday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio will induct the class of 2015. Bill Littlefield is focusing on one particular inductee: Junior Seau, who suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy and took his own life in 2012.

In-Depth
August 1st, 2015

NFL Youth Exercise Program: Healthy Fun Or Marketing Ploy?

NFL training camps are getting started after what’s been a tough year or so for the league’s image. But would anyone criticize the league for teaching kids about exercise? Well, it turns out they would. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou looks at the NFL “Play 60″ program and hears from one of its critics.

Interview
August 1st, 2015

Employee Rights: Tom Brady v. The Average Man

This week, the NFL upheld Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in the Deflategate saga. As the league and its players union prepare for a court battle, guest host Doug Tribou speaks with employee rights expert Lewis Maltby about how this situation might have played out if Tom Brady delivered pizza for a living.

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