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.
“Executives, coaches, players across the NBA have really come to realize that who is playing on your team at the start of the season is actually far less important than who’s going to be on the team at the end of the season,” the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen tells Bill Littlefield.
If you pay attention to the headlines, there have never been more opportunities for women in sports. But is the landscape as good as it seems? Bill Littlefield speaks to Professor Nefertiti Walker.
It’s been a decade since the NBA implemented a controversial dress code. Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports joins Bill Littlefield to explain the initial opposition to the rule — and to discuss why many players have changed their minds.
For young girls of East African descent living and playing basketball in Minneapolis, balancing cultural and religious standards of modesty with a love of sports can pose challenges. Producer Sam Radwany has the story of how the Lady Warriors basketball team designed uniforms that keep them both observant and competitive.
Inspired by Bill Belichick’s recent “SnapFace” reference, we decided to take a look back at some of the most memorable press conference moments in sports history.
Half-court shots are generally ill-advised, but one military family is happy Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith took one Monday night.
The story of Jay Mullen — CIA agent turned basketball coach — starts at a small women’s college in 1970 and ends up in Uganda at a basketball game during the Cold War. Journalist Shaun Raviv joined Bill Littlefield to help tell Mullen’s story.
Can a three-point shooter really “get hot”? Or is it just an illusion? A new paper has revived an old debate. Cornell psychology professor Tom Gilovich, one of the first to debunk the hot hand, joins Bill Littlefield.
What should we make of Larry Brown’s suspension? How much should we celebrate the hiring of a female coach in MLB? And should more sports be added to the Summer Olympics? George Vecsey and Shira Springer join Bill Littlefield for this week’s “3 Stories You Should Know.”