The film “Concussion” tells the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian immigrant who discovered C.T.E., a neurodegenerative disease linked to repetitive head trauma. Can a Hollywood blockbuster starring Will Smith raise awareness about the dangers of football? “We were paid to kill people,” one former NFL player said after seeing a sneak-preview of the film.
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.
Sportswriter Matt Crossman recently tried to escape from football. Could he live his life without seeing, hearing, watching or knowing anything about the sport? Crossman joins Bill Littlefield to share the results of his experiment.
The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay has compiled a list of rules for Thanksgiving Day touch football, to help keep your family’s annual game from disintegrating into lawlessness. Gay joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the rules, which are included in his new book “Little Victories.”
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.
Sports coaches often times act as mentors to their young athletes. Coaching athletes through the basics of a sport can grow into guiding them through the tough parts of their lives. Bill Littlefield sat down with Lou Bergholz and John McCarthy to discuss their work in promoting sports mentorships.
When the Nashville Predators played the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night, Mike Fisher knocked out one of Kevin Bieksa’s teeth. And, yes, hockeyfights.com is still in business. Bill Littlefield has always wondered why fighting, which is seriously discouraged in other sports, gets a pass in hockey.
This week, Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discusses paid patriotism in professional sports, a baseball stadium that’s been converted into a nine-hole golf course and a sports broadcaster who fell asleep — on air — during a Champions League soccer match.
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.
Unlike most sports mascots, the Notre Dame Leprechaun’s face is fully visible. And in the spring of 1999, when Michael Brown was tapped to do the job, there was something about his face that got people talking. He tells us his story, In His Own Words.