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CHARLIE PIERCE
February 6th, 2016

Charlie Pierce: The Week in Sports

It’s time for Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce to make his annual Super Bowl declaration! Bill and Charlie also discuss the late NFL-great Ken Stabler’s CTE diagnosis. Plus, Bill and Charlie pay tribute to Bob Elliott.

ROUNDTABLE
February 6th, 2016

3 Stories You Should Know: USWNT, Harbaugh Hoopla, Mechanical Doping

Why is US Soccer suing its star players? Can national signing day get more extravagant? What is mechanical doping? Shira Springer and Jason Gay join Bill Littlefield for this week’s roundtable.

FEATURE
January 30th, 2016

Why Donald Trump Will Be The Next FIFA President

While the U.S. Presidential hopefuls are getting ready for the first primary ballots to be cast, another heavily contested election is heating up across the globe — the race to replace Sepp Blatter as head of FIFA. Bill Littlefield examines the parallels between the two contests.

Commentary
January 13th, 2016

The Sublime And The Shameful: Lionel Messi And FIFA

On Monday, Barcelona star Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or, given to soccer’s top player, for the fifth time in his career. Bill Littlefield is among those good with that.

Roundtable
December 12th, 2015

3 Stories You Should Know: Youth Football, Coach Salaries, Artificial Turf

Bill Littlefield is joined by USA Today’s Nancy Armour and Vice Sports’ Patrick Hruby to discuss whether or not kids should play football. Also, why do some college football coaches make over $1 million while their schools claim to be too poor to pay the full cost of attendance for their athletes? Plus, how the USWNT stood up against dangerous — and unfair — playing conditions.

Charlie Pierce
December 5th, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce cover Kobe Bryant’s storied career, the MLS Cup final and the legacy of Tiger Woods. The two also make their picks for who should perform at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show.

Featured Book
December 5th, 2015

‘Leading’ Shares Alex Ferguson’s Stories, Lessons And Regrets

Manchester United has long been a successful club in the world of English soccer. That is, in part, due to the 38-year tenure of manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Bill Littlefield speaks with Ferguson about his new book, “Leading.”

In Depth
November 28th, 2015

Tracking 127 Years Of Home-Field Advantage

After analyzing 127 years of English soccer matches, Columbia psychology professor James Curley has proven that home-field advantage exists. But Curley also found that the advantage has been declining over time, and he joins Bill Littlefield to explain why that might be.

Only A Blog
November 25th, 2015
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(Don’t) Use Your Head: Is U.S. Soccer’s Youth Restriction The Right Move?

A recent United States Soccer Federation resolution is aiming to cut the number of headers in youth soccer. Will the move keep young athletes safe? Is there a chance the U.S. will become less competitive in international competitions? Here’s a look at how analysts and former players are reacting to the resolution.

Commentary
November 14th, 2015

Take Your Pick: Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman Of The Year Candidates

Which athlete, team or horse had the definitive performance of the year? Bill Littlefield picks out his frontrunners for who is most deserving of Sports Illustrated’s annual honor.

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