The staff at Only A Game was sad to learn that ESPN was shutting down Grantland — the sports and culture blog founded by Bill Simmons in 2011. Over the past four years, we’ve had a number of Grantland writers join us on Only A Game to discuss their stories. Here’s a look back at some of those conversation.
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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.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter recently announced his retirement at the age of 40, bringing an end to his 19-year career. Hunter’s decision prompted Only A Game to take a look back at athletes who had successful careers well into their 40s.
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.
NCAA athletic programs spend millions of dollars recruiting student athletes. So why would one football powerhouse invite the entire student body to come try out for the team?
During the month of October, the NFL sells millions of dollars in “Pink” merchandise to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But recent attempts by NFL players to spread awareness in their own ways have been halted by the league.
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.
Remember our story about Jake Smith and his girlfriend, Susie? They’re the two Chicagoans who spent the 2015 MLB regular season trying to become baseball fans. With the Cubs advancing to the NLCS, we decided to follow up.
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?