We often hear stories of how much a good coach can change an athlete’s life. Hilary Niles reminds us that, sometimes, athletes leave a mark on their coaches, too.
What questions does the firing of former Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez raise about MLB’s diversity problem? Is college football more vulnerable than the NFL to concussion lawsuits? Should fans beg David Ortiz not to retire? Mina Kimes of ESPN The Magazine and Will Leitch of Sports on Earth join Bill Littlefield.
Why is Jim Harbaugh going to Australia? Should the 2016 Olympics be moved from Rio? Why is the running boom over? John Niyo of the Detroit News and Rachel Bachman of the Wall Street Journal join Bill Littlefield.
Laremy Tunsil’s is a story to which all sorts of different morals might be attached. One of them is that it’s good to be the quarterback.
Offensive linemen have to be big. Some college linemen weigh more than 300 pounds. But what happens after their final game? Many players keep the extra pounds — and the associated health risks. But at the Naval Academy in Maryland, linemen have to shed that weight — fast — in order to pass a required physical readiness test.
Super Bowl 50 may barely be in the rear view mirror, but it’s not too early for Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce to give his predictions for next season. Bill and Charlie also review whether Louisiana residents would rather have a governor or the LSU football program.
On Monday night, Alabama became college football’s champion. Crimson Tide fans can thank quarterback Jake Coker — who transferred to Alabama in 2014 after getting a degree from Florida State. Bill Littlefield explores the growing tend of quarterbacks graduating early to switch schools.
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.
Home, Thanksgiving and Football. For many American families, those three things are being celebrated this week, in varying degrees. But it hasn’t always been that way. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.
There was a time before sports stadiums had Jumbotrons (and the obligatory “kiss cam” to go with them). Will there be a time after as well? SB Nation’s Mary Pilon joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the past, present and future of these giant video boards.