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…”
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.
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 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.
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.
Despite accusations of insider trading surrounding DraftKings and FanDuel, neither company seems to be losing momentum. Bill Littlefield wonders what the future of daily fantasy sports might look like.
On Sunday, hours before the New York Yankees played their final game of the regular season, pitcher CC Sabathia told his manager, “I need help.” Bill Littlefield is among those wishing the former Cy Young winner a healthy future.
Teammates can sometimes push things a little too far. On Sunday, two members of the Washington Nationals traded blows in the dugout. For Bill Littlefield, images of the fight brought back memories of fisticuffs past.
It’s been almost 40 years since the Minnesota Vikings reached the Super Bowl. Bill Littlefield worries that with the recent firing of the team’s beloved mascot, Ragnar, it might be another 40 more.