One game into the 2016 NBA Finals, is it fair to say LeBron and the Cavs are big underdogs? And why does forward Anderson Varejão have better odds than anyone else of getting a championship ring? Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce and Bill talk NBA playoffs and more.
The controversy surrounding Tom Brady and deflated footballs might be more widely known than some basic facts about American history and politics. Commentator Mike Pesca explores the cultural obsession with Tom Brady versus the NFL.
While former players wait for NFL settlement checks, some are considering taking high-interest advances on their awards. But are these men, who suffered brain damage from playing football, in the right frame of mind make that decision? Karen Given has our story.
Last week’s program featured the story of not one but two $60 million high school football facilities in Texas. Meanwhile, voters in Hull, Massachusetts, recently defeated a $1.8 million plan to install a new turf field.
Quarterback Matt Flynn has made $19 million over the course of his NFL career. Now he’s earned an extra ~$7,000…after selling his 1996 Ford Bronco on Twitter. Flynn tells Bill Littlefield the story of his former car.
How much is too much to spend on a high school football stadium? The answer to that question is different in each community that asks it. And the answer is bigger in Texas, where everything’s bigger…and football is king. Karen Given tracks the history of $60 million stadiums in the Lone Star state.
A federal appeals court upheld Roger Goodell’s suspension of Tom Brady, but there’s still a chance that the case could be brought before the Supreme Court. And if it did, how would the nation’s highest court rule on the most over-inflated saga in NFL history? Bill Littlefield talks Deflategate with NPR’s Nina Totenberg.
Eddie George won a Heisman trophy while at Ohio State University and played in the NFL for nine years. But after his playing days ended unexpectedly, he had to re-invent himself. Eddie George tells his story, In His Own Words.
This week, Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce ponders whether recent allegations played a role in Peyton Manning’s retirement. Bill and Charlie also break down Erin Andrews’ legal victory. And will Pop Warner’s settlement with a family whose son was posthumously diagnosed with CTE signal the end of youth football?
MIT professor John Leonard assesses the work of Ben Goodell, a 7th grader whose recent science fair project sought to prove Tom Brady’s innocence. “Ben Goodell’s experiment,” the professor tells Only A Game, “just adds to the evidence in my own mind that the Ideal Gas Law is pretty tried and true.”