Africans have been celebrating in the streets for weeks, and now they’re really excited! This week on Only A Game, soccer fans from the South, North, East and West brace for the beginning of the 2010 World Cup.
If Rafe Bartholomew’s experiences are any indication, a D-League journeyman struggling to break into the NBA could do worse than looking east to the Philippine Basketball Association. Bill shares his thoughts on Bartholomew’s new book, Pacific Rims.
The national soccer teams from the USA and Nigeria are both going into the World Cup with modest expectations. Advancing past the group stage would be a pleasant surprise for both squads. But some students in Cambridge are providing reason for fans from both nations to remain positive despite little chance of either team bringing a trophy home from South Africa. Bill provides his commentary.
Soccer may be England’s most popular sporting creation, but it’s not the only one. Bill takes a look at a group of Brits in Gloucester who brave bodily harm to keep a strange tradition alive.
The national 11 are headed for South Africa. This week on Only A Game, a report from Team USA’s send off match just ahead of the World Cup tournament. Also, the sometimes weird and frequently wonderful history of the World Cup, and a preview of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Are you looking forward to the World Cup next month but feeling you need to brush up on your soccer knowledge? David Hirshey and Roger Bennett have you covered. In their book, the ESPN World Cup Companion, you can learn everything you’ll need to impress your friends at the office. Bill shares his thoughts on the book.
This week on “Only a Game,” NASCAR’s gas men, jack men, and catch can men compete trackside in the pit crew challenge, Diego Maradona tries to hold it together for the World Cup, and Henry “The Hammer” Aaron gets a big, thick book.
This week on Only A Game, a small golf course in Aceh, Indonesia reopens five years after the 2004 tsunami. Also, Mark McGwire gets all teary-eyed remembering that really great summer of ’98, and Charlie Pierce dissects the week’s sports news.
Author Declan Hill argues that without major changes to security and enforcement, the game of soccer will be forever damaged by criminals’ efforts to fix games around the world. Bill Littlefield shares his thoughts on The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime.
Only A Game’s Ken Shulman reports from an exhibition cricket match at the Longwood Cricket Club in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Ironically, the Longwood Cricket Club hasn’t hosted a cricket match in 75 years. Fortunately for these cricketeers, the wait is over. Click here to see more pictures from the exhibition match.