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 14th, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discusses the NFL’s concussion protocol, activism in college sports and NHL goal scoring. Charlie also shares some candidates — including Ronda Rousey, Lionel Messi and American Pharoah — for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.

November 7th, 2015

3 Stories You Should Know: Ohio State OUI, Daniel Murphy, Paid Patriotism

Is taking a scholarship away from a student-athlete an appropriate form of punishment? Is it possible to appreciate a player who might not be able to appreciate you? And is it acceptable that professional teams are getting taxpayer dollars from the Pentagon? Bill Littlefield is joined by Patrick Hruby and Kate Fagan.

October 31st, 2015

Are These U.S. Soccer’s Good Ole Days?

The MLS is offering its most exciting games of the year, but those games just can’t compete with the World Series, the start of the NBA season and the ever-popular NFL. Bill Littlefield laments soccer’s predicament in the U.S. and celebrates it at the same time.

Only A Blog
October 13th, 2015

Bring Back The Mullet? Jaromir Jagr Says ‘Yes’

Decades ago, the mullet was a popular look. Today, though, you’d be hard pressed to find the classic hairstyle. Might that change this year thanks to one NHL legend?

September 19th, 2015

The Price Of Entertainment: A Father’s Criticism Of The NHL

This week, fans learned the details of the NHL’s plans to protect players who might have been concussed during games. But Len Boogaard, father of the late Derek Boogaard, thinks the effort is not enough. He joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

Only A Blog
August 13th, 2015

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.

In Depth
June 27th, 2015

Ken Dryden On Canada’s Stanley Cup Rivalry With The U.S.

The Stanley Cup was donated by an Englishman to Canada back in 1892. But no Canadian team has brought home the Cup since 1993. Legendary NHL goalie and Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden joined Bill to discuss Canada’s hockey drought and the country’s other rivalries with the U.S.

3 Stories
June 13th, 2015

NHL Beards, Education For Athletes, And Women’s Sports On TV

Should NHL players shave their beards because people don’t want to see all that facial hair? How can the colleges and universities help their athletes get an actual education? And why does Sportscenter only devote 2% of its hour-long program to women’s sports? That’s this week’s “3 Stories You Should Know.”

In Depth
June 6th, 2015

Hollywood Scores A ‘Miracle’ With Locker Room Speech

The 2004 movie “Miracle” dramatizes the United States’ win over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Olympics. In the film’s most famous scene, U.S. coach Herb Brooks, played by Kurt Russell, delivers a motivational pregame talk. But how accurate was that movie speech? Bill Littlefield tracks down some of the players who were in the locker room 35 years ago and finds a surprising answer.

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